By Julie Day
Did ya know this? Are you plugged into the practice of listening? And most importantly… are you following them down to the teeniest, tiniest of prompts??
Following inner prompts often feels like a red light/green light game with Higher Self. Red lights are when you are told to stop. There’s not optimal alignment, yet. Don’t pursue that path. Pause on what you’re creating/doing. They are time-outs from your Higher Self.
Green lights are when we have reached alignment with something, and are told to gogogo! Everything comes alive with energy, and things come together with little effort.
Green, of course, is fun! Gogogo~ yassss! That syncs up well with what the world tells us. It’s easy for our ego to relax and allow in that green light state. Reds, however, are challenging. I’m supposed to stop… now?! Really?! But, the world says… my friends say… my ego says…
It's not easy to go toe to toe with a whining, fearful ego ;-) I’ve found, though, that if I can follow the prompts, if I can truly and courageously follow them, even the red ones (especially the red ones!!)… magic happens, synchronicities happen, and things get done with heaps of ease and grace. When I don’t follow them, when my ego takes over with fears, insecurities, or shoulds…. the journey turns uphill. I suddenly feel effortful, fatigued and outta that river of magic.
If you're feeling a lil' confused, that's perfect! This is masterful stuff! It takes practice and dedication.
I want let you in on my latest Red light/Green light game. Perhaps you’ll recognize your own journey in this… or perhaps you’ll better understand how your Higher Self has been trying to give you those prompts!! And lastly, I hope it gives you the confidence to follow your prompts! ;-)
THE FIVE CHAPTERS OF LISTENING TO MY RECENT INNER PROMPTS.
AKA: EGO VS HIGHER SELF (bwaaahaha)
Julie: Ideasideasideasideas. They flood my mind with creativity and inspiration. I prioritize them. I make a mighty fine list. I think I do quality inner listening. Something, though, feels lukewarm. What is it? Is it laziness? It is the Lunar Elipse? Am I doing something “wrong” that needs to be shifted? Am I out of alignment somewhere? Hmmmmm…. I decide to follow my “list” anyway and see where that goes.
Higher Self: JULIE STAHHHHHHP! Stop. You don’t have all the info!! Stop being such a Mars in Aries. Oh geez, now there’s that ego getting insecure, thinking you’re messing up. JULIEEEEEEE~ you’re actually ahead of schedule!! Stop, go take a yoga class, enjoy the sunshine!! OK, we see you’re not yet trusting this. We’ll make it more obvious!
Julie: I sit in a cafe to do computer time, which is following my list. I get tired. I have zero energy. My writing falls flat, I can’t seem to get in my flow. (Red light!) OK. I get it. The list is not happening today. It’s a beautiful day, I go for a hike instead~ I feel great now!
Higher Self: YASSSSS!!!! High fives!!! Alrrrriiiiiight, lady, way to listen!!
(ONE WEEK LATER)
Julie: Still no productive energy. Still no flow. Red Lights everywhere. Shit~I have stuff to build! I have things to do! Only X weeks until the next term~ and we’re building so much more this round!! I gotta DO, I gotta go! What am I doing wrong, what am I not seeing?!
I write anyway. It doesn’t feel good. I recognize I’m pushing. Still, though… I gotta get stuff done!! Crap, I know that’s just mental BS. I vision, I meditate… I get murky things that don’t add up.
Higher Self: That’s cause it’s not time yet!! It’s on its way, but you’re going to have to wait! Sorry, love, you are also needed by your family for another assignment, ok? Green light to go there now!
Julie: Deep things start happening with my family. I feel so tired and “offline.” I think I need to tackle all this biz stuff, but the energy is just dead. OK, I hear you, Spirit. I’ll rest. I’ll pay attention to my family. I surrender and I show up where I am called.
Higher Self: Thanks, Love. We’re working as fast as we can over here. We hope you feel our love over there… let it in. You’re right where you’re supposed to be!
(TWO WEEKS LATER)
Julie: I went through a powerful process with family that seemed to deepen me in unexpected ways. I’m in a more heart-centered place now. “The list” got annihilated. I’m willing to be in the unknown. I’m back to following my highest resonance.
Seemingly out of the blue, I feel like reaching out to some specific people~ X, Y, and Z. It's crystal clear. I follow the prompts.
Holy shit!!! X just informed me of a whole new technology I didn’t know existed!! This makes everything so so so much easier! I can build this 5 times faster now!!
Higher Self: Buhzactly.
Julie: Oh wow!!! Y wants to work with us!! HOW FUN!! This changes everything!!!
Higher Self: Mmmmhmmmmm….
Julie: Interesting, Z is going in a different direction. This actually gives me a new idea… and it’s a much better idea!! Wow, can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that before.
So glad I didn’t spend hours working on this… I would have had to re-do it all!
Higher Self: Well I’m not going to say we told you so…. but, we told you so ;-)
Julie: Ahhhh, and there's that energy I've been waiting for! I feel the wind in my sails... enough energy to do what I am inspired to do~ Green Light. Finally!!! THANK YOU HIGHER SELF!
Higher Self: *blushes*
RECOGNIZE YOUR JOURNEY IN THIS?
Your Higher Self is working NONSTOP on your behalf! Everything… everything is FOR you, not against you!
You can trust those moments when you have zero energy to follow the world’s recipe for success! You can trust those moments when you get a red light from the Universe. You can trust when Life takes you on a seeming detour from your egoic mind’s agenda. And you can trust that when it is actually the highest, most aligned time for you to take something on, you will know, you will be given everything that you need to activate it, and it will come together in ways that make you squeal with delight!
All Love, Julie
by Marco Nunez
From one vantage point, the Alignment Process is nearly entirely comprised of dealing with the Ego. While I am sure the Ego has always been a challenge and potential trap for humans, it seems like our current culture exacerbates things enormously.
Ego is not inherently bad - it is actually an integral part of our ability to have the human experience.
Imagine for a moment what the experience would be like if the Egoic/dualistic distinctions that are present at the physical, psychological, psychic/astral planes of existence weren't there. It seems to me it would just be a big chaotic, simultaneous cacophony of thought and experience without any way to differentiate if it came from you, me, the angelic being next to us or the squirrel outside our window.
The problem occurs when we don't subjugate the Ego to its proper place and even worse, identify its voice as the Essential "I."
When we refer to the Ego (I believe) we are referring to a complex and interconnected web of interactions between our humans and what I will term the "lower" aspect of our Souls (referred to as the Animal Soul in some traditions - neither "lower" or "animal soul" carry with them any value judgments) - when we are "Unconscious" we unwittingly allow Ego to take control of our thinking and emotional bodies and because we are listening to the Ego voice (identifying with it as "I" instead of simply a powerful aspect of our human machine/suit) we are excited/energized by the things it is concerned with.
The Ego Body is constantly looking for things that affirm its understanding of who we "are." Its fingerprints are very recognizable because it always wants to do something for a reason OTHER THAN the simple enjoyment of that action. Your Higher Self is content with doing a thing for the sake of doing it. Your Higher Self knows exactly what and who you are and knows the plan you designed and requested before incarnating so it has no need of acknowledgement or reinforcement.
The objective, as I have experienced it, is not to destroy the Ego but to put it in its proper place in the hierarchy of your Inner World. This balance is what the Alignment Process creates within us as we are taught by undeniable experience that only those things aligned with our Higher Self and its desires will truly satisfy.
PS Put in its proper place, the Ego can actually be used to help you achieve and manifest desired outcomes. For example: If surfing the energy created by your Ego's desire to look a certain way helps you eat in a way that is more supportive for your Body and Soul and you can do it while remaining aware of what you are doing and why, then go for it!
We are a collective of Truth-seekers and Way-showers who believe that the most mundane things in life are just as holy as the most powerful mystical experiences.