Remember that fascinating feeling when you were a kid, and you looked into a kaleidoscope? You marveled at colorful bits and pieces seemingly flying together at random to create ever new forms as you turned the kaleidoscope.
I feel that life can be compared to a kaleidoscope in that when I am in touch with my inner truth and living in my integrity, there are so many possibilities lying ahead of me. Just one turn this way or that, and things take on a new perspective; there are new doors to open. But, sometimes the chaos of all the colorful bits and pieces of life's kaleidoscope can seem daunting. How do we know where or how to take the next step?
When I feel overwhelmed by so many potentialities, I find comfort in the words of Friedrich Nietzsche, "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." Without the chaos of all the colorful bits and pieces of opportunity, we wouldn't have the material to create something as wonderful as a dancing star -- something coming from our true, authentic self.
But nowadays, with so much information available to us at our fingertips, many of us suffer from information overload. For people who are on the spiritual path and seeking information to help them connect with their divinity and raise their vibration, sometimes too much information can become overwhelming and confusing. There are so many ancient and new gurus and spiritual philosophies from whom we can gather a great deal of wisdom. It can be a challenge to be true to ourselves and maintain our autonomy when so many different belief systems are calling for our attention.
How can we discriminate between the information we receive from outside sources and know what to take on board for ourselves as our own truth? In my experience, when I have listened to or read about spiritual beliefs, I have always made an effort to see how these new ideas resonate with my true self. How does this way of thinking make me feel? Is there something dogmatic about a religion, philosophy or belief system that makes me feel uneasy?
Some may think we have no place in questioning the ideology of a particular system of beliefs because the books were written by wise, enlightened people. But, when we are asked to subjugate our own convictions to comply with a spiritual dogma, we are burying our authentic self in order to fit in with a particular community. So, my motto is: if it doesn't feel right, don't take it into your own personal belief system. Take the best, and leave the rest! We need to remember that we, ourselves, have the answers within us.
It doesn't seem so intimidating to organize the kaleidoscope of life if I remind myself that I am the co-creator of my life, together with the Universe. I can take any of the colored elements that I see and put them together in shapes and pictures in a way that supports my highest good. If I follow my inner voice, I can create a life that is true to my heart and feel the Universe supporting me along the way with signs and synchronicities.
© Erika Marie McClane and Good Vibes, 2021