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Spiritual Development, Or Putting Out Fires?

click for a free psychic reading at PsychicAccess.comMany people come to me when life gets tough, things go south, dreams are crashed, emergencies are looming, and then, once they are up and running so to speak, off they go again. I call this ‘putting out fires.’ It is just a superficial solving of problems, getting quick answers, or even seeking to ‘feel good again’ once the externals in their life are working… for now. When the problems come back, people then once again seek out another ‘fix’ without addressing any of the underlying reasons or issues, or energetic or spiritual causes of the problem.

Treating only he symptoms will provide quick relief, or perhaps simply some entertainment value. It can be a way to distract yourself, in order to feel good again. Seems a bit like having a drug, alcohol, sugar or nicotine habit, no? Therapists run into this same issue. People seek out therapy when there is an issue, problem, challenge, or they don’t feel good, when actually the best time to get deep work done, to actualize your growth, expand and get stronger, is when you are stabilized (at least a bit), and when you are strong enough to have the psychic and emotional space to grow – not just struggling to get out of pain, or fear, or grief.

Externals are excellent tools for healing, for comprehension of ideas, soothing the ego, boosting self-esteem. And they are fun! But ultimately externals will not save you or expand you, unless those externals teach you about spiritual energy and how to go deep inside to connect with self – so that Source can come in, because someone is home to receive. By ‘externals’ I mean things like Yoga, essential oils, crystals, oracle cards, shamanic journeys, past life life regressions, or religious ceremonies.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul ~ Swami Vivekananda

In the end, it all comes down to you being willing to accept who you are, and accept this life you chose. This deep meeting of the self, which is an energetic encounter, allows you to connect to own this life, with all of the joys and challenges and emotions that come with it, including taking care of the body you selected for this lifetime. Only when you connect with self, can you then connect to your Higher Self, and only then are you truly connected to Source. Your Higher Self is your soul energy, which is part and parcel of Source. They are really one and the same. You cannot bypass the Self to get to Source. When you go out of body, on purpose through some practice, you are on your own, or in the hands of some human leading a ceremony. These kinds of tools can show you the way, but ultimately you will have to internalize it and learn to do it yourself, without the aid of psychedelics, drums, chanting, oils, crystals, and so on.

Internalizing will ultimately mean going in, and then being led out and up by Source only. If you go out of body because you feel it is so much better, or fun, or exciting, or you think it makes you more ‘spiritually advanced’ than when you are merely present in this life, in this body, then you are telling Source and yourself that you do not like yourself or this life. It suggests your rejection of Source and your Higher Self, and implies that somehow Spirit and your soul made a mistake in regards to you and your current life.

When you go out-of-body as a way to get away, despite the fact that you may call it ‘connecting’ rather than running away… because it is all you know, rather than going inside first to connect with self (soul) and Source, and then allow yourself to be guided out-of-body by Source, you will be encountering other spiritual energies, not Source. Yes, so-called guides, entities, beings, ancestors, and so on, are all helpful in our spiritual quest, but they will all only reflect your current level of development. That is something people are more comfortable with, rather than working with Source, because they are able to accept what is happening, as it will match their current level of development and understanding. Because you can understand and immediately make sense of that level of guidance, it will soothe your left brain and boost your ego and confidence level, without challenging you to develop faith. Faith is the ability to receive and follow guidance that does not make sense to your human brain. Receiving guidance this way is not bad at all, and it can be a good starting point, but it is not a true practice.

The spiritual quest is not some added benefit to our life, something you embark on if you have the time and inclination. We are spiritual beings on an earthly journey. Our spirituality makes up our beingness ~ John Bradshaw

When you go out-of-body by yourself, in other words to get away rather than going in and then being led by Source, you will encounter other entities. Remember that entities that mean you harm will usually present as ‘good’ beings, just like bad people will seduce you, then rip you off, or rip out your heart. Being out-of-body you will not be protected, unless you are with a truly talented Shaman or Medicine Person, and they are near impossible to find these days. Your personal radar will be off, because you are ‘away’ from self and therefore from Source,  while you are ‘floating out there’ looking like a nice energetic brownie to hungry spiritual predators!

But when you accept you, this life you are in, you are telling Source that you have stopped fighting to get away from this current life, from who you are, and that you are now willing to be taught and guided by Source. Then, and only then, have you given Source permission to work with you and only then are you able to be ‘home, so you can actually receive guidance and be truly protected, and stay connected enough to have the strength and courage to follow the guidance given to you from a higher level.

Guidance from Source does not just reinforce your current concepts, your current level of development. Source teaches you with energy, without language. Guidance from Source teaches you what you don’t already know. You will be loved as well, without language. Other energies are great tools for healing, building your self-esteem and ‘putting out fires.’ Source is the only One that can open the doors for true soul evolution, giving you guidance, tools, and gifts that are so far beyond your imagination you cannot at your current level ask for them, or even pray for them, because you don’t even know they are possible. That is true spiritual evolution and development. Healing is putting out fires. Both are good, but they are very different.

Some people awaken spiritually without ever coming into contact with any meditation technique or any spiritual teaching. They may awaken simply because they can’t stand the suffering anymore ~ Eckhart Tolle

If you want to work on your spiritual evolution and development, in order to have a better quality of life, rather than just learning to put out fires, take those classes and have private sessions when your life is already working. It is like going to graduate school: you cannot do the work required if you are suffering, or overwhelmed. You need to have the space, time and energy to study in order to practice and learn. Get your life in order first, and then continue with your education. Only then can you truly study, learn, practice, and evolve beyond your current circumstances, beyond your current level of development. Spiritual evolution is an opportunity not everyone is blessed to have.

About The Author: Nonna

Nonna lives in Southern California, and is a professor of psychology and a teacher of psychic development, energy work and meditation, who has recently finished her PhD. She has been a counselor for both humans and animals for thirty years, removing energy blocks through her expertise in the spiritual arts. She also has numerous years of study and practice with classic psychological therapeutic models, family work, twelve-step processes, nutritional and body/mind/spirit healing, complementary, alternative, and quantum medicine. Nonna is brilliant at unearthing the gems in every client's soul and polishing them to a fine finish. To release your own soul's sparkle, contact Nonna at

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