You are the Captain of Your Vessel

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As humans, we tend to learn best through metaphor. That’s why the most profound spiritual texts are gloriously allegorical.

To leverage this effect, I came up with an illuminating metaphor for the mind, body and spirit:

Life is a voyage and you are the captain of your vessel.

Life is the journey, the expedition, the adventure. It’s truly a tremendous experience.

“Reality” is the scene upon which your voyage takes place. It is the ocean, the weather, the wind…etc.

Your body is the ship, or vessel. Your mental and emotional states are the sails of the ship. And you (the ‘I am’ presence) are the captain of the ship.

Let me elaborate a bit…

Life is like a “choose your own adventure” game as well. You select your ship and set out on your own unique voyage.

Reality, the ocean, is the stage upon which life is set. Can we control the weather, the wind or the scenery? Perhaps. Maybe reality is participatory and co-created by all of us, like a highly advanced, completely customizable online multiplayer video game. But until we know that for sure, this quote provides potent advice…

“When you can’t change the direction of the wind — adjust your sails” – H. Jackson Brown

Sail towards your purpose. Sail towards your passions. Sail towards your essence. And realize that it’s not about the destination, but about the journey itself. The deep sense of fulfillment you’re looking for is found by fully embracing the bliss that lies within every moment of the experience.

Harmonizing all aspects of self will maximize your journey. Neglecting any element of yourself will inevitably result in a less-than-enjoyable voyage.

If you neglect your physical body, your vessel, you’ll become a shipwreck prematurely. A damaged ship will gradually sink, no matter how nice the weather or how competent the captain is. And before it sinks, it will move slowly and require constant maintenance, leaving little time for enjoyment.

If you neglect your sails, you’ll always be at the mercy of the weather. You will be a victim of circumstance. The winds will have their way with you. You will have trouble avoiding turbulent weather. No matter how adept your captain is or how strong your ship is, it won’t last long being battered by constant storms.

If you neglect your spiritual self, the captain, then you essentially become a vessel without a pilot. You will be aimless, with no awareness to experience the beauty of the journey. The absence of the captain makes the voyage meaningless.

To harmonize the totality of self, you don’t have to be perfect. You don’t need to be the perfect captain, or have the perfect boat or have the perfect sails. But you cannot neglect any of them if you wish to make the most of your voyage.

A harmonious self would consist of a fun-loving, skillful captain, sailing a strong vessel. The sails would be well-kept and adjusted to each unique circumstance. You will be able to enjoy the good weather, and when storms come, persevere and become stronger as a result.

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How to Maximize Your Voyage: 2 Actionable Items for Each Aspect of Self that You Can Implement Today

Regarding Your Body (The Ship):

1. Just Eat Real Food – The 80/20 of healthy eating is as simple as eating real food. If it has a commercial or a mascot, it’s probably not good for you. Like Jack LaLanne said, “If man made it, don’t eat it.”

For a simple diet that will help cultivate health and strength, I highly recommend Jason Ferruggia’s Renegade Diet (click here to get it).

2. Move – Move your body daily. Walk as much as possible, practice yoga, lift weights, hike a mountain…etc. Our bodies are built to move. So much dysfunction comes from too much sitting and stagnation. Even gentle movement (like walking or light stretching) allows for lymphatic circulation, blood circulation, chi circulation, effective digestion and normalized hormones; all of which are absolutely crucial for good health.

Regarding Your Mind/Emotional State (The Sails):

1. Don’t complain for a day – Complaining is utterly useless. It’s passive and negative. Either let things go, or take action to change them, and continue flowing through life with a sense of empowerment. Challenge yourself to not complain and your life will never be the same.

2. Be present – Be here now. The present moment is all that ever exists. Only refer to the past or future when they’re completely relevant to the now. Presence is where inner peace is found and creates space for awareness. From that awareness, you are in the position to change anything in your life.

“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry – all forms of fear – are caused by too much future, and
not enough presence. Guilt, regret, resentment, grievances, sadness, bitterness, and all forms
of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past, and not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle

Further reading: There Are No Problems in the Present Moment

Regarding Your Spirit (The Captain):

1. Meditate daily – If you’re new to meditation, set a timer for 2 minutes and do absolutely nothing. You can sit or lay down, whatever is more comfortable. Simply observe your thoughts while breathing deeply. Meditation, like presence, begets awareness. Meditation allows you to use the mind as a tool without getting overwhelmed by it. Make it a daily habit.

2. Show gratitude – Every day, write down at least three things that you’re grateful for. Show gratitude for everything in your life. This will not only make you happier, but also open the door to all forms of abundance. The feeling of gratitude is so fulfilling and it aligns your spirit with the other aspects of yourself, uniting the wholeness of your being in joyful harmony.

Remember, you are the captain of your vessel.

Enjoy the voyage.

– Stevie P
 

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Soul Mates

Stevie P’s note: This is a post by Dean Hurtt, and originally appeared on his website at  www.deanhurtt.com. Dean explained the enigmatic concept of soul mates in such a succinct and straightforward tone, so I had to share it. Also, the analogy of us being leaves to a tree was an “Aha!” moment for me. Enjoy!

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I often hear these terms thrown around rather haphazardly, and I wanted to clarify what my understanding of “soul groups,” “soul mates,” and “soul twins” are.

Perhaps by just hearing these terms you already have an intuitive understanding of what they mean. It is actually quite logical, and there is a hierarchy in the terms.

An analogy might be useful to start with, so that you can more easily picture how this whole process operates. Imagine a tree with leaves and branches—this is how your soul operates.

At the beginning, there was no differentiation between any of us; we were One, with a capital ‘O.’ Then we started to split from God, Source, or whatever you want to call it. From there we kept dividing like branches on a tree, until we finally became our present Self, which for this metaphor is going to be a leaf.

Now, back to the original terms I introduced at the beginning of this blog; let us start with soul twins, also known as “twin flames.” This is term that many people aren’t aware of, and is usually confused with soul mates.

There is only one soul twin for each of us, whereas there are multiple soul mates. The soul group is the largest of the three, and if you have known anyone in your life for longer than 15 minutes or so, and felt a connection to, they are more than likely in your soul group.

Soul mates are closer, and these are usually your friends, family, and coworkers. Finally, there is the soul twin, which people are usually the most concerned about finding.

I would like to reiterate that all of this is my current understanding of these terms, and I am not claiming this is the final definition for any of these terms. If you have a different understanding, please let me know by commenting below!

There are a few other things I would like to bring up while I’m on the topic of soul mates and such. Your soul twin is not going to make your life complete. I can’t possibly stress this enough. If you are searching for something outside yourself, you won’t find it until you realize you are already complete as you are, and don’t need anyone to fulfill your life.

In fact, you likely won’t be able to find your soul twin until you find happiness within. It is a paradox, that what you are looking for won’t appear until you realize you’ve had it the entire time.

This isn’t always the case, however, because it is possible to find your soul twin while you are still in internal conflict. When this happens, they will likely become one of your worst enemies, because they are reflecting back all the qualities you refuse to accept in yourself.

Another possibility is that your soul twin isn’t even incarnated with you on the Earth right now. You generally don’t find your soul twin actually, because all of us enjoy incarnating with different people, creating new and exciting lives that make our souls rich with experience.

Wouldn’t it become boring around the hundredth lifetime if we always kept coming back with the exact same people? Everyone is different in this regard, because some people like consistency, but others like variety.

A good test for you to tell if you generally have the same people in your lifetimes is if you enjoy watching the same movie, or reading the same book, over-and-over again. If you enjoy new things more often than not, then it’s likely your soul likes to change things up as well.

Nevertheless, even if your soul twin is here with you on Earth, it doesn’t mean they will be your romantic partner. Your soul twin can be a family member, or just a dear friend.

They may stick around for the rest of your life once you’ve found them, or they may only be in your life for a day. There are no hard-and-fast rules for these things, because we are essentially making it up as we go along in life.

Hopefully this brief overview cleared up some of the common misconceptions about soul mates.

I am interested to hear your take on these things though, so please feel free to comment…

You can find the original post HERE 

A Message To My Twin Flame

I wrote this a couple months ago and I’ve been sitting on it. So I figured putting it out there might help bring it to fruition, and maybe spark something within you (the reader) as well.

My twin flame soul mate

The other me

I feel your presence
I feel us calling out for each other

We share the same essence
Yet inhabit two bodies

The day we coexist in this reality
Already brings a smile to my face

We will share experiences
Explore together
Grow together
Better each other
Uncover our true self together

A celestial tag team
In this magical game of life

Our relationship will be a reflection
Of the relationship within ourselves
Heart-based, not ego-based
Embracing love, letting go of fear
We will share this experience of life
Share joy
Share happiness
Share Love
Love is meant to be shared, right?

Revealing to each other
As much as we reveal to our self

Coexisting in blissful harmony

The mere thought of one another
Creates a soul-bursting smile

Can you feel it?

We already have an infinitely deep connection
A unity which transcends space and time

This is my call for our divine oneness to manifest in this reality

My twin flame soul mate

The other me

I Love you

 

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Life Pyramid

The Life Pyramid is a little diagram I came up with to illustrate our relationship with ourselves and the world around us. Here’s the explanation:

Mind/Body/Soul: The foundation of everything in life

These are, by far, the things we have the most control of. Everything that happens externally is a reflection of what’s happening internally.

What is a strong mind? Being the master of your thoughts and emotions, not a slave to them. Using your mind to project positivity, visualize a goal, and have the willpower necessary to attain goals.

What is a strong body? In harmony, free of dysfunction. Free of tension. Reliable. Able to perform tasks with relative ease. The temple. A vehicle to make life easier more enjoyable.

What about the soul/spirit? The intangible, omnipotent force that resides behind your conscious mind. Pure energy. Pure love. Pure consciousness. When you stop becoming a slave to your thoughts, you open yourself up to the universe and the soul/spirit starts working it’s magic. When you’re in touch with it, situations arise, people come into your life to guide you, and you realize how malleable reality is.

Aura: The energy you project

This is the result of the mind/body/soul being in a positive state and acting harmoniously. It’s the vibe you get from people, and people get from you. It’s when you’re operating at the right frequency. It’s the energy you project to the world. When people gravitate towards you because of your amicable disposition. When strangers ask you for advice because you seem approachable. When people feel at ease around you. It’s all of those unspoken, intangible things that are conveyed externally from your inner self.

Interactions: What you do and how you interact with the world around you

These are the actions you take throughout life. The choices you make. What you say. What you do. Interactions affect others and the world around you, as well as yourself. A person who has mastered everything described above interacts with reality in a way that benefits the world around them, and brings happiness to themselves and others.

Legacy: The intangibles you leave behind in this reality

This is how you affect this reality during your time here. What you leave behind. Your mark on this plane of existence. It is the culmination of everything else in the Life Pyramid.