The Great Silent War & The Gift of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
The war as old as time itself. The eternal battle of Light versus Darkness. You are at the forefront.
One of the greatest realizations that you can gain in life is that you are not a human being having spiritual experiences. You are a spiritual being having a human experience.
We are all on a spiritual journey, whether we are aware of it or not.
On that journey, we are fighting a great war.
Battle by battle. Day by day. Moment by moment. The enemy is merciless, it knows your every weakness, and it’s not afraid to use it. Who is this enemy you can’t see, but you can occasionally feel breathing down your neck, whispering into your ear, and poisoning your mind and spirit?
It’s you. The other you. The dark side of you.
The side of you that’s petty, fearful, anxious, jealous, angry, untruthful, selfish. This side of you is marked by self-centeredness as life happens to you.
It’s your lower self.
There is the other side of you. The one that is calm, kind, generous, compassionate, truthful, selfless, joyful, loving. This side of you is in the place of inner peace where life happens for you and through you.
It’s your higher self.
The concept of the lower and higher self is as old as humanity itself.
Inner peace, harmony, and love are a part of every religion. At the core of any religious teachings, you can find a reference to a place of the higher self, a place of the omnipresent reality.
Unfortunately, many of us have become too absorbed into the cynicism of a lower self to recognize and acknowledge the message these religions share. After all, we think we know better than to look into religion for answers.
Ultimately, what many religions and spiritual practices preach is the notion of peace beyond the noise of a thinking mind. Here, we live on a foundation of Love, Truth, Compassion, Meaning. Here, we are free of the anger, fear, or anxiety of an individual ego.
The Consequences Are Real
The idea of a higher and lower self is far from an intangible and abstract notion of reality. We all operate from these places in our everyday lives, and the consequence of our actions are very real. The scary part is that most of us are oblivious of the transition that can happen at any given moment.
Whenever we feel threatened in any way, we cross that line in the sand.
The threat can be a physical danger where the fight or flight mode kicks in. When that happens, you can easily get into a heated argument or a physical conflict with another person. Even though, deep down, you know better and want to do better than that.
However, the threat can be more subtle than that. It often is.
Subtle triggers such as your beliefs about money, family, career, relationships, religious, scientific, or political dogma can easily cause the transition from the higher to a lower place of self. In a blink of an eye, you can shift from a cool, calm, and collected to an angry, bitter, or fearful version of yourself.
The real danger lurks from the shadows. Giving in and letting the lower self takeover can have detrimental consequences — Especially, when you act from that dark place.
What you know is not enough
We know that making an important decision while emotionally charged can lead to many regrets later. We know that having a difficult conversation with a loved one while fuming with anger can only lead to further escalation. We all know we ought to be kind, compassionate, respectful, honest, and loving to those who cross our path.
We know it’s common sense. Unfortunately, common sense is not the same as common practice.
Even though we are aware of these consequences, many often make the same mistakes and they end up with the same outcomes. Fighting the lower self means the intentional practice of the value of the higher self.
Fighting the darkness requires a regular check-in with yourself and deconstruction of those beliefs that you know are your trigger and a gateway to your lower self.
This is why practices such as meditation, journaling, mindfulness or prayer, are important and necessary. These practices are incredibly valuable because they increase your awareness threshold.
That awareness gives you a direct connection with your higher self.
Discover, develop, and cultivate that awareness. Learn to recognize and tell the difference between these two opposing sides. Exercise self-control because it is one of the most powerful weapons for any warrior of the light.
The awareness can help you catch the transition and the moment when your lower self tries to takeover. After a while, you’ll notice how the body reacts as the transition happens. Your lower self will manifest itself through the physical sensations in your body.
Just like you shouldn't engage people from the place of your lower self, avoid making longer-term plans or major decisions when you are fearful or anxious. Doing so is a recipe for failure, and fueled disappointment.
The great silent war is raging; everyday battles are spiritual and subtle in their essence. While the idea of this inner silent war may seem abstract, you have the power to chose the side. You can choose to align with the side of light — your higher self.
Living in accordance with your higher self requires meaning and a sense of purpose.
How do you find that meaning and purpose in this crazy, hectic, fast-paced world we live in?
The beauty of life is that you get to mold yourself. You were created with free will, which means you get to give your life meaning.
Creating a meaningful and purposeful life requires awareness that is available to you — through introspection. Sooner or later, through the process of self-reflection, you’ll come across the matrix of identity.
Your Identity is a Construct
Who are you? How do you define Yourself?
Let’s deconstruct the subject in this equation—the self.
The whole notion of your identity comes from your idea of who you are. Essentially, identity is a construct of the human mind. The concept of oneself, of who we are, is built out of the narrative that we create out of our experience.
Everything you’ve been through thus far in your life, all the good and bad, as well as the way you perceive the world around you, creates your identity — An identity that represents your sense of self.
The trick, however, is not to get attached to the idea of who we think we are. In other words, not to get attached to the arbitrary identity we create for ourselves.
In Buddhism, the idea of attachment leads to suffering.
We suffer because we are attached to the external things we have no control over. In Buddhism, change is the only constant. The only thing that remains constant throughout your entire life is your name. (Although, for some, even that can change.) Your body changes throughout your life, and your consciousness will change and evolve with the passing time.
Our youth and good looks are temporary. People around us will die, and so will we, once our time on Earth runs out.
While we come to this world with an expiry date, we get to chose the ride.
You have the power to choose the life you wish to experience. You have the power to live your life in alignment with the values of your higher self. You have the absolute power to reinvent and recreate yourself.
Before you start reinventing and recreating yourself, accept the fact that that change is inevitable. For us humans, change is a scary proposition because, inevitably, we tend to maintain equilibrium. It’s in our nature to want to keep the status quo, to keep things the way they are.
The nature of all life is to evolve and to grow, you have to readjust from time to time.
Whenever you are moving from one level to another, that readjustment can be difficult. As a matter of fact, that readjustment and eventual identity shift need to be uncomfortable because that shift can happen only when life knocks us down, and we pause to question it.
Otherwise, if it’s all nice and dandy and life is good, why would we feel the need to change it and readjust?
In that readjustment lies the opportunity.
The opportunity to create a new self-image, and a framework for your future higher self as you start walking the new path. Re-create yourself by creating a new identity that breaks the mold of society and conformity.
Be the architect of your life. Design it in a way to align with your higher self. Your higher self that is kind, compassionate, loving, joyful, and most importantly — the one that is on a path of meaning.
In the process of creating a self-image, recognize the importance of self-talk.
The idea of who you are is born from the way you talk to yourself. It’s that self-talk that reinforces the self-image. When we see ourselves a certain way, we tend to think and behave in that certain way. As a result, we will receive external validation and feedback from our environment and the people in it, which in turn will fortify that self-image.
Self-talk creates the beliefs you have about yourself, which inevitably turns into a self-fulfilling prophecy. You will always reflect from the outside what you project from the inside.
The great silent war is happening inside of you, but the consequences of your choices are very real. Batling yourself demands a tactical and strategic approach and most importantly — the awareness of Self.
To win this great silent war, you have to be a general and a foot soldier.
As mentioned, your lower self knows your deepest fears, insecurities and will whisper them in your ear, steering you away from the right path. Your lower self will wallow in self-pity, and if you let it, it will drown you in misery.
On the other side, your higher self is there to empower you as you go through life. In these uncertain times, turn to that higher self for guidance and clarity. Chose who you want to be and how you want to be.
While on the journey, be mindful of the beliefs you hold dear, especially those about yourself. Deconstruct them and question how you came to those beliefs in the first place. Treat yourself as you would those around you — with love, kindness, compassion.
While we may be a part of some greater consciousness having wildly different experiences here in the physical plane, we still get to choose how we want to live the experience. We get to chose our meaning and walk the path of growth and enlightenment.
The times ahead will need more warriors of light. Chose your side carefully.
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