|Growth and Power in Relationships|
|Relationships & Empowerment|
It appears that soon seven billion people will be on planet earth. Isn’t that amazing! One aspect all of these people have in common regardless of nationality, religion, geographical location or gender, is relationship. Almost everyone has relationships with other people and everyone has a relationship with life, the earth and themselves. There must be something more to this than just keeping ourselves company as we spend our time here.
I have spent the better part of the last 20 years exploring our potential as human beings. As a shaman, I have investigated the mysteries of intention, perception, being, the Divine and healing. I have done this all with the intention of becoming more empowered on the physical plane so that I may fulfill the potential of my higher self. With all of the exploring I have done, I have found no area in life that brings me more power and purpose than relationships. This realization about personal growth has come to me through experience, and it always fills me with a great amount of hope and gratitude.
One reason relationships are so powerful is they prompt us to go outside of ourselves to learn more about our true nature. When we reach out to another human being, to discuss consciously what is going on with us, we release the energy of our current challenge. This allows us to see our challenge in a new light with the help of another. We realize that this challenge is in our lives so we can grow from it and become empowered. Then we are available to assist others with similar challenges. I have found that releasing the energy surrounding a situation, by speaking to another human being about it, is essential for being able to change our perception. Once we change our perception anything is possible. The only requirement to be available for this shift is to let go completely of the need to be right.
Another way relationships provide so much growth is through the power of mirrors. Every person in our lives is a mirror in which we can see ourselves. The way this works is that people mirror back to you everything that is within you. This includes your divinity and your character defects. The way we identify if someone is mirroring to us, instead of just being who they are, or who they think they are in this world, is if the behavior in question has an emotional charge. When we set our intention to pay attention to how we feel in our relationships, and read the mirrors without blaming anyone, including ourselves, a phenomenal amount of power comes to us. We are able to identify the small things about ourselves so we can move into the strength and purpose of our higher selves.
Most of the different spiritual traditions detail how the One Spirit many refer to as God fashioned its creation out of love so that it might get to know its Self, through its creation. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all have a relationship with the Creator and its creation. As a creator you have a relationship with the creation of your life, which includes all of your relationships. The stories and myths about the beginning of creation tell us that the power of relationship tracks all the way back to the beginning. If you reach out to other people to overcome a challenge in your life and you remember that you are using the same power and intention for creation in the first place, that challenge will become a means for you to know your Self. Soon your entire life will change as well as your challenges. Your life will be a manifestation of beauty and the meaning, purpose and power you have always wanted it to be.
Bio: John English is a shamanic healer and award-winning author of The Shift: An Awakening, whose latest book is entitled The Little Book on Relationship. He conducts private sessions and workshops about destiny, the dreamtime, shamanic healing, journeying and the medicine wheel. To learn more about John, The Medicine Wheel program or The Advanced Wisdom School of Shamanic techniques contact John through his company Dreamtime, LLC at www.mydreamtimellc.com or 480-473-8957 480-473-8957.