Conscious Reads: The Passion Test

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I just finished reading The Passion Test written by Janet and Chris Attwood. The purpose of this two-part book is to help you discover what your deepest passions are, and how to actively create a life filled with the things that bring you joy.

The first half is dedicated to discovering your passions. The way the The Passion Testauthors do this is by having the reader make a list of events or things that would be happening when their life is ideal. Then after the list is completed the authors walk the reader through a test in order to find out which of the things listed are the most important. I love books that are interactive so I jumped at the opportunity to take this test! I made my list and used the formula to narrow down my ideal life situations, and I thought I would share with you what I wrote. Here is what my list looks like:

When my life is ideal I am:

  1. Surrounded by like minded, conscious people who are on the spiritual path, and will support me on my journey.
  2. Developing spiritually/meditating daily on my life, and awakening to the truth of who I really am.
  3. Making my living by having fun, my “work” is play. I do what I love and love what I do.
  4. Traveling the world, meeting new people, visiting places I’ve never been and taking my camera along with me to document my travels.
  5. Involved in a soulful, blissful, loving relationship with a man aligned with my highest good.

After your list is complete the authors guide you through action steps to gain clarity on how to make your ideals a reality. I found the exercises to be enjoyable and easy to accomplish.

It is so important to dive deep into yourself and figure out what it is that really makes you happy. If someone asked you today what you are passionate about, would you be able to answer that question confidently or would it take you a while to think about it?

I have gotten to the point in my journey where I am clear on what IUntitled-1 love I am now just learning how important it is to make these things the main focus of my life. I am also realizing that these interests seem to shift and change over time. This book stresses that taking this test is something you should do at least once every six months. I think it is important to do this “check-in” and see where you are on cultivating your joy path, and if any changes need to be made.

The second half of the book consists of examples of people who have taken the test and some wisdom they have learned along the way. They share their stories and give tips as well as advice on what you can do strengthen your confidence and start living your passion filled life.

If you are craving more clarity about who you really are and what makes you joyful, this is a great resource. Make a cup of tea, put on some relaxing music, grab a journal and take the test, you may find the results to be eye opening!

Written by Jen Moeller

EmBody Bliss: Grounding

Grounding, there is much talk going around about it. Most people think of grounding as a strengthening and opening of the root chakra. To do this, a lot of people send an energetic chord or anchor into the center of the earth; some carry grounding crystals around with them; some simply walk bare foot on the ground. These are all wonderful things. feetGrounding1With huge energetic shifts happening in the world right now, most of us could benefit from grounding, but I’d like to dig a bit deeper into the ground with you today.

With higher vibrational changes come inevitable purging of old, stale, and stagnant energies, providing room for new energy. In this time of purging, we often experience downward spirals, instability, lethargy—you name it! These things are coming to the surface in hopes for our attention to move into new life. It is important to embrace and take care of these lower vibrational states, as they are a time of internal creation. It is also important to give credit to divine order, change, and flow, and to not settle on the idea that we are just emotional basket cases.

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We are one with a collective vibration and all of its changes. Although you may not visibly see energy moving around you - it is there – and you are no doubt affected by it all of the time. It is not something to run from, it’s something to flow with. Divine order holds you.

Grounding can be a bit consciously or even subconsciously nerve wracking, and therefore, unpracticed. As stated above, most consider grounding an activation of the lowest chakra, but it is my belief that grounding is the activation and balance of all chakras. It is often said,

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”

As we contemplate these words, we remember that our inherent nature is that of a spiritual connection to All That Is. We did not come here to dispose of that foundation; we came here to integrate heaven and earth—the spiritual and the physical. Finding peace between the two is the deeper essence of the human experience.

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Part of the human experience that we chose into is ego. As all things are, the ego in and of itself is a creation of Source, we don’t want to make an enemy of it. The ego creates perceptions of separateness, and it’s only in knowing separateness that we know Oneness. Ideally, we want to integrate with the ego—not crucify it.

The choice to experience ego in the first place was a part of your purpose, and running from your purpose is only bearable for so long. Finding the balance between our more spiritual and physical energy centers (chakras) is much like a term we use in the holistic health industry—homeostasis. Homeostasis is a state in which the body operates in healthy levels of internal regulation, experiencing stability and balance.

For light workers or more spiritual types, they may feel a hint of fear around the idea of grounding because playing in their ethereal upper 1234569040rP7L4Cchakra worlds is just too darn fun. Or perhaps, leaving them seems unsafe because your physical world feels like a harsh and painful reality.

For those who aren’t as in touch with their spiritual nature, they likely will experience the opposite and cower in fear or doubt to a boundless, mystical world. They may feel more safe, stable, and familiar within the activation of lower chakras. Whichever behaviors you fall under, both are experiencing pain.

As we feel pain, we shift into fear; fear of survival, rejection, compromised foundation, instinct, and will to live. Some also experience fear of their shadow, perceived identity, mind-scapes, all possibility, no boundary, or detachment to absolute truth.

When we feel the gravity of pain, we tend to withdraw into our “safety chakras” in a protective manner of escape—which is what has caused an imbalance in the first place. This is a perfectly normal escape route but I-am-PowerfulI’m here to tell you that you’re brave, powerful, and chose to be present here in your spiritual body.

Although we live in a society that doesn’t foster balance or grounding extremely well, it is my hope that we find the balance in ourselves between heaven and earth that we intended. Once we taste of the integration, we will find more joy in our experience. When we experience that joy, we become happily committed to being here. In my experience, I’ve found that the most “ungrounded” people are those that have not quite committed to life here yet. It is my hope that we find the safety in our decision to be here as a spiritual being having a human experience.

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In the midst of heaven and earth, with clear and balanced chakras, Source knows nothing but to envelope you. Grounding is about loving yourself exactly as you are, where you are, because it’s where you chose to be. If you wish to be anywhere else, your joy will never know where to meet you.