Archive for July, 2010

Calling All Spiritual Believers: It’s Time to Come Out of the Closet

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

My most recent Blog seems to have resonated with many of you based on your personal emails and direct messages/tweets to me. You say that, in fact, while you want to openly live a more spiritual life, find inspiration, and, in fact, change your life, you do not feel the freedom to do so. There remains a palpable spirituality stigma that inhibits you. People in all facets of your life — friends, co-workers, social network contacts, even family think you’re a little too ‘out there,’ even whacked. Well, I understand that…which is why I wrote the Blog, “Spirituality Isn’t Weird” in the first place. But it’s high time to come out of the closet. The enlightened shouldn’t hide. No, let me rephrase…the enlightened CANNOT hide any longer. The planet can no longer wait for your contributions. This is why I have placed myself in the forefront of ‘normal,’ hardworking, good-people who believe that the state of our planet is crying out for new voices, new leaders, to present this innate spiritual aspect of our lives in a new, fresh, pragmatic manner. As we live increasingly soul-based lives, we will naturally become happier, more purposeful, and more fulfilled which means we will stop creating negative energy and harming others. We can positively impact every aspect of our entire planet by living soul-based lives.

My experience is that most people I know want to be inspired, enlightened, fulfilled, and happy. Many people, however, are stymied as to how to fully incorporate “spirituality” into their lives in a way that can make a difference. Of course, this is what Living with Certainty is for; this is everyday spirituality on your terms. Together the “Deep-Soul Joy Army” will change the negative, flaky perceptions associated with spirituality as we join together in the Certainty Chain on this site and on Facebook and Twitter. We are supporting and affirming one another. Over time, this is all that is required to chip away at the stigma. And don’t forget, anyone who belittles or makes fun of you is not an energetic match with you and isn’t at all enlightened. They are very early on in their soul’s journey. However, as they witness you change your life, their fear and skepticism may quickly dissipate.

Recently I had a very close friend of mine – a staunch atheist – ask me “who am I” to spread this word of hope and joy during such hopeless times. To this I responded, who am I NOT to spread this word of undying hope and faith? This IS the time; there is no other. The momentum is building NOW. We are meant to change our lives NOW – of this I am certain. And I have a means to help people do so NOW.

Changing Lives and Finding Inspiration through Spirituality and Facebook

The world needs more people who stand for something good and who are willing to put themselves out there in the name of positive change. One of the most important venues for us to unite in our efforts to Live with Certainty, to exchange ideas and inspiration, and to allow for new spiritual leaders to emerge and share their insight is on the Living with Certainty Facebook page. I hear from so many of you that you are needing affirmation, validation, love, appreciation and support as you attempt to live authentically and from the heart/soul. Please take a moment to click on this site’s Facebook link and “Like” the Living with Certainty page so you will receive regular updates as to the important dialogue that takes place there. I want to hear from you – your thoughts, questions, desires, wins, frustrations, challenges, ideas, and inspirations. There are no rules – tell us about your own efforts to change the world. Your gifts and contributions may touch the lives of others in ways you cannot even remotely fathom. Don’t hold back.

We all face critics and certainly you will as you embark upon your Living with Certainty journey. Critics or skeptics in your life might include people in your network, friends, family, or co-workers.  Who cares?! Come on out of that closet! Nobody has the right to tell you how to be the True You. That’s between your Spirit and the Universe. Be bold, be brave, be the spiritual revolution for which the world weeps.

Love.

Real Spirituality Isn’t Weird – Why Living a Spiritual Life is Now More Necessary than Ever!

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

This is without a doubt the critical time on our planet to begin a dialogue about what spirituality is, what it means, and how it can change the current depressing and negative trajectory of life on Earth. We need to separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak – separate the facts of spirituality and the necessity of living a spiritual life from some of the New Age, nonsensical information that has given “spirituality” a bad name.

So many people who I hear from are seeking, searching, and trying to make sense of their lives. Most everyone I know has been affected to various extents by the economic recession. We are losing men and women serving in the military everyday in Iraq and Afghanistan. Domestic terrorism is a reality. There is so much hate and unrest the world over. And how many of us have absolutely had enough – enough! – of corrupt, blindly partisan politicians and the ensuing huge partisan divide that has pitted people against each other and also resulted in a venomous media (including so-called comedy shows…Really? They think they’re being funny when they spew hate??) the likes of which we have never seen before. All of this collective negativity is lowering the overall level of good, pure, positive, loving, and compassionate energy in the world, and is contributing to an individualism and selfishness that is unacceptable.

There is only one answer and it is to help people to understand how they can begin today to create lives that are more purposeful and, subsequently, more joyous. There is still reluctance by many people to open up and talk about the spirit, the soul, and the prominent role it should play in our lives. We can change this – it is hardly an insurmountable problem.

So why do so many people think any mention of spirituality is weird as they begin to squirm in their seats when the topic is broached?

  • They aren’t comfortable opening up and discussing personal beliefs in many cases for fear (and rightly so in some places) that if they share their beliefs, they will be persecuted or discriminated against.
  • Again, some of the New Age ethereal ideas that have been espoused over the years are too “out there” for the mainstream.
  • Since so much of the universe is and always will be a mystery, we’re skeptical, and rightly so.

Having said that, scores of people are now embracing a more mainstream “spirituality” because we know that something has to change — in each of us and in the world.

I intend to make spirituality, fulfillment, and deep-soul joy simpler, easier and more attainable for everyone — not at all weird, abstract, daunting, confusing, or complex. Knowing who you are at the soul-level and then building a life around your true self isn’t an impractical, ethereal goal and you shouldn’t be embarrassed to talk about yourself and your life on this level. This is how the most fulfilled, successful people already live — it’s how we all are intended to live. That is if you want to

  • be deeply happy, fulfilled, and at peace with your life
  • do work (and get paid for it) that you are fantastic at and passionate about
  • express yourself authentically and proudly without any embarrassment about who you really are

So let me tell you what is not weird:

  • Working with great passion and skill in an activity in which you were intended to participate
  • Providing the world with unique services and products that are a direct result of your unique skills and abilities
  • Being paid well for your one of a kind talents and inclinations, the likes of which the world has not seen before
  • Listening to your creative voices (imagination, inspiration, hunch, inkling) as you create anew with a passionate and authentic fervor
  • Thinking and envisioning your future without false ceilings and limits
  • Believing in yourself and experiencing the confidence that naturally emanates when you express innate talents and purpose
  • Being of compassionate service in a way that opens your heart and your eyes to the world around you
  • Experiencing levels of joy that you’ve never before experienced – deep-soul joy
  • Feeling deep gratitude for all that you have, including the opportunity to transition your life in a way that allows you to live with hope, optimism, purpose, and action charged with purposeful momentum

None of these things should be flaky, weird, or awkward to talk about. And I have news for you – all of these things are innately spiritual. This is what Living with Certainty is all about.

Living a life in expression of the authentic you – the Soul-You – is what your life should be all about. Your soul is intended to fulfill a purpose and you will not feel fulfilled until you serve this purpose. It takes introspection and courage to live this way. I call this a life of purposeful authenticity and it is the path to success (however you define that for yourself) and deep-soul joy. To work in a profession that fulfills your purpose is by its very nature innately spiritual.

What is spirituality but a respect and reverence for your soul? And how can you best respect your soul? By listening to it through stillness and meditation and then living in alignment with its messages, the things that make you feel authentic, good, joyous, and purposeful. It’s really quite simple, yet we have made it oh-so difficult.

I am going to change the dialogue around spirituality and success. Who wants to join me?

Kristi LeBlanc