By Julie Day
The Alignment Process
Most of you reading this newsletter are in the alignment process.
What is that? How is that different from the awakening process? I want to flush that out here, according to my perspective, as it might help you better understand where you find yourself and why :)
The awakening process is usually a condensed life chapter. We have an epiphany, an a-ha moment, where we get that we are more than this human suit, there is something greater than us that is as us. Suddenly, the whole egoic driver to go, to produce, to get, all based on what the outer world tells us will create success or happiness, that falls to the wayside, and we begin to co-create from the inside out.
The alignment process, as I've come to understand it, is the journey that takes place after the awakening process. The alignment process takes us from being primarily aligned with our ego body, to being primarily aligned with our Higher Self. This is no small feat! Most of us have had a whopping 20+ years of limiting patterns and false beliefs ingrained deeply into our being.
This is where those uphill climbs come from, after we've awakened, after we've devoted ourselves to a spiritual practice. They seem to be so contradictory! Why is this happening now? I'm doing the work, I'm showing up, I'm meditating, etc, etc.... Why am I still calling in crappy relationships? How is it that I still am struggling to pay the bills? It can feel like a cosmic joke. Why am I doing all this work if this is the result?
However, we are not being punished. It's quite the opposite! We have entered into a very sacred process that is taking us from a 3D form of egoic alignment, into something way higher (and more joyful!), and with the capacity to be of greater service to our world.
Our Higher Self will bring us curriculum after curriculum to show us where we are aligned with and creating from our woundings, our limiting patterns, our false beliefs, and offers us countless opportunities to unwind, heal, and re-align with our authentic, Higher Self.
This is how I can so confidently tell people, you're not failing!! You're not behind!! You're in the alignment process. This pain you are feeling is based in something that is not in alignment with your higher self, AND, this pain is showing you the misalignment in order for you to know something greater, truer and more authentically YOU!
My alignment process was rife with "learning opportunities" disguised as shitty relationships ;-) But, sure enough, that's how I learned! I wanted love and conscious partnership so deeply, that I would always show up for "class." My Higher Self knew exactly the ways to get me to learn, to unwind the old, and to step into the new. And thankfully, my human kept choosing to show up and do the work.
And so, I say to you...whatever challenge you are facing, whatever hill you are climbing, is so utterly perfect for your alignment process. You are not failing! You have shown up for class.
Now, let's start asking those bigger questions: what's here FOR you? What is this moment showing you? How is this moment custom-designed to show you what's no longer true for you, and instead, what is the truest version of you? And, how can you support yourself in this process?
There are two "best practices" that I find to be essential in the alignment process.
1.) Find your tribe. Seriously.
Your tribe, your conscious community will hold you in your darker moments, and accelerate your learnings. They will amplify your authentic self, helping you to see it, and supporting you in BEing it. I find, time and time again, that there is exponential power in being seen and held by another. When that number goes from one person, to ten ... cowabunga! If you are ready to feel supported while simultaneously accelerating your process, go find your TRIBE!
2.) Identify your Authentic Voice.
Take on any spiritual practice that helps you discern between the egoic voice, and your more authentic voice. Meditation is brilliant for this, as is time in nature, following your highest resonance, or physical practices like chi-gong or tai kwon do. If the alignment process is all about moving from ego to authentic self, the more you are able to discern, and be guided from that authentic place, the more graceful will be your process.
My whole practice is built around supporting people with this alignment process. If you vibe with me, I have a Spiritual Community for you to check out and join, as well as either classes or private sessions to help you hear and be guided by that authentic voice. I'll give you those links in a moment.
I want to emphasize how important those two "best practices" are on the path. They are ESSENTIAL. If you are in significant pain or challenge right now, or if you feel that your process is dragging on and on in endless cycles, I am curious if one of those ingredients is missing, and if so, I urge you to establish those practices in your life asap. You will not believe how rapidly the shifts you are looking for will come, and how much more supported you will feel.
The Spiritual Community I cruise director, Practical Mystics' Playground, is waiting for YOU to join us! We have a whole team of teachers and we post daily, conscious content. We want you there! Click here to find us.
If you are ready for deeper support, please reach out for some 1-on-1 time with me.
To your alignment!
I believe that the most mundane things in life are just as holy as the most powerful mystical experiences.