Note: This article was originally published on Pagan’s Path (paganspath.com) on February 27, 2008.
Walking Your Talk ©
When you put patterns into your life to live your beliefs, they become part of you, part of who you are and what you are. Many people talk the talk of being a spiritual being. Some put their beliefs into practice once a week, or only when they’re conducting rituals. Many forget that walking a spiritual path means walking it every moment of your life. It’s not enough to give it lip service to impress your friends, or give yourself a false sense of “living right”. It means “Walking Your Talk”.
We do a lot of talking around here about the Divine, working with the GreatSpirits, God or a Goddess, but how often do you remember that these terms are not restricted to your spiritual practices, but rather part of your very being and life? Here in this article we’re going to talk about the Divine in a more practical sense of how you and the Divine are connected. How you practice your beliefs on a daily basis and why this is important for any spiritual being.
Let me start with a definition: Divine Universal Spirit – we’re talking about the Divine force in your life. Whither that’s the GreatSpirits, a God or Goddess, Jehovah, Buddha etc; its what YOU call the Divine force in your life. For this article, I’ll be calling that force the Divine Universal Spirit. There are three main components to Walking Your Talk.
- Meditation – To feel the Divine Universal Spirit within you and in your life.
- Energy – What you create and put out, you will get back.
- Action – Putting your spiritual beliefs into practice.
Each of us is a creation of the Divine Universal Spirit. We are connected to it, part of it and it lives within us. Most everyone here believes they have a higher self, what some call the God Self; what I prefer to call the Divine Self. The part of you that works on becoming an enlightened spiritual being. Many people hold their spiritual being separate or at a higher level than their physical being. From one perspective this maybe an accurate view. But we are still physical incarnated beings and a part of your physical being also needs to be present and cared for in a spiritual way to work toward achieving enlightenment in this lifetime. So let’s work on bring those two parts of the self together.
The Divine Self is that part of our higher mind that connects us to the Divine Universal Spirit. But it’s more than just a bridge to the Divine consciousness. It’s also where we have the ability to create, to alter and to develop what we are, what we do and what we can achieve in this life. Not just on a spiritual level, but also on a physical level. We often forget this.
We often forget that inside each of us is a “creative” source of energy that is connected to an unlimited supply of Divine Creation energy. Nothing we want to achieve can be halted or deterred when we make that connection and utilize that source of energy in our lives. Nothing is stronger than the Divine creation. You have the ability to create happiness, achievements, success and enlightenment all within your very being. Again, not just on a spiritual level, but on a physical level as well.
The problem a lot of people face is how do you tap into that part of yourself where the unlimited universe exists? It starts with meditation. Many times I’ve said in lectures and in articles, “if you don’t meditate, it’s time you start”. Now let me explain why this is important.
Meditation is the way we build the bridge between our conscious (physical mind) and subconscious (spiritual mind) and super-conscious mind (Divine Self). By making this connections stronger and stronger each time you meditate, you are establishing a permanent bridge between these conscious minds. One you can use not just in meditation, but through out your waking day. When you’re faced with an issue, or a problem, you can easily cross the bridge and look at what’s going on from a higher perspective, that of your Divine Self. Doing this can help you react to negative situations in a positive light, instead of reacting in a knee jerk negative way and making matters worse.
But more than that, it helps you to “see” with your Divine Self, or another way to say it, with your Spiritual Eyes. You can tap into your Divine Self and guide your physical actions through out your day. This helps each person walk the path of their soul, make choices during the day that leads them closer to fulfilling the purpose of their soul and the intent of their life in this incarnation. From working on karma to learning the spiritual lessons you choose to fulfill your inner spiritual purpose.
All this starts … with meditation.
Because your Divine Self has the energy to create, you have the ability to create your day in the manner in which you desire. That in turn will create your week, your month, your year and your life. You can create happiness, success, and prosperity in Mind/Body/Spirit.
A quick note about prosperity. We’re not just talking about financial prosperity, although that is part of it. But more so, we’re talking about the prosperity of spiritual enlightenment, mental happiness, love, compassion and so on. In other words, the prosperity of all aspects of your life in both a spiritual and physical sense.
How we think each morning starts the process of creation. Thought is energy that we put into motion on the ethereal plane. It moves around us, through us and walks the path we walk until it manifests in physical form. Once in physical form, the event created by our thought will generate a reaction from us. Again, creating a thought that creates a pattern of energy that we put into motion. It’s a cycle of energy that we establish around ourselves each moment of our lives. In other words, this is the Law of Accountability in action. What you put out, you get back. The Law of Accountability governs how you live your life and conduct yourself through out your life.
So you can see how it can be important for people to create positive energy in their life. Starting each morning, and moving along through out their day. How you feel about yourself, about where you have to go or whom you have to interact with, all starts with those first thoughts of the day. Dread creates negative energies. Excitement can create positive energies. And so on. Those thoughts set up how you will face the people and situations that cross your path. And how people will react to you along the way.
If you can start your day with positive insight, then you set up a pattern to react to situations (even bad situations) in a positive manner, and positive energies are created and brought to you.
If you start your day with negative insight, then you set up a pattern to react to situations in a negative way and it’s like a snowball effect. Negative thoughts; create negative energies, which establish negative activities or situations, which create negative thoughts again. Then things can go from bad to worse, because you’re bringing negative situations upon negative situations into your life.
Self Created Energy is a way of saying what we create we get. And unfortunately as human beings, what we create can be influenced by a number of factors in our lives. From what others say to us or about us, and what we see within us and when we look in a mirror; we are creating a picture of who we are. We take on society’s image of who we’re supposed to be and what we are or aren’t and we create a picture of our self in our mind. . This is a BAD move on our part. This is the self-created energy we wake up with each day and what forms our view of the coming day.
To move beyond this, you need to look within yourself and connect with your Divine Self. What you ARE and always will be is a beautiful creation of the Divine Universal Spirit incarnate. We’re not talking about going around feeling as if you’re God like. We’re not talking about being above anyone else or holding a level of egotism that makes you superior.
The Divine perspective is merely an awareness of your equal value to all other things in and around the Divine Universe. Nothing else has greater energy than the Divine Universal Spirit and you working together. And nothing else is more beautiful or complete than that. I cannot stress how important this view is. Nothing can stop you, limit you or hold you back, as long as you are working in concert with your Divine Self and the Divine Universal Spirit. With this thought firmly placed within your mind, you can face anything, accomplish anything, attain anything, and surpass all limitations people and society place on you.
Action – Walking Your Talk
So how do you go about putting all this into action? Many years ago a wonderfully kind Native American Shaman named Roger, told me that when he looks at me, he thinks, “walking your talk”. When he said it to me I was filled with such elated tingly energy that his comment has always stuck with me and I began to develop a concept of what that means. So let me share with you the three steps for “Walking Your Talk”.
- Setting your day with positive energy.
- Creating supports for your daily activities.
- Ending each day with thanks and gratitude.
1. Setting your day with positive energy.
First, set aside at least an hour each week for a meditation that takes you to your Divine Self or Higher Mind. Focus on your own spirit, it’s knowledge, wisdom and it’s connection to the greater Divine Universal Spirit. Really “feel” yourself at this level of your being. Along with the love, compassion and energy of the Divine in and around you. Pull this awareness into your physical being, your conscious and subconscious minds.
Each morning, before you get out of bed spend about 5 minutes creating the positive spiritual outlook for your day. Do this through a focused, calm, visualization or light meditation. Think of yourself as the Divine Spiritual Being that you are. Talk to yourself about walking your spiritual path as you go about your activities of the day, from the perspective of your Divine Self. From the positive light and insight of the divine beliefs you hold near and dear to your heart and soul.
If you have negativity in your life, you can start your morning introspection with a quick visualized scenario of clearing negative thoughts and energies from your being. Then set the foundation of positive energy for your day. You can adapt a variety of Clearing and Cleansing processes to this effort. Shorten them, alter them, do whatever you feel right to do in the time you have in the morning.
2. Creating supports for your daily activities.
The atmosphere you place yourself in during your day is also important. If your home or office feels negative to you, then it’s time to clear and cleanse it. So here are a few suggestions.
- At home you can state an incantation and light a candle at the same time to clear and cleanse your home. This doesn’t have to be a big ritual, but you certainly can do that. One of the things I do is purchase a small candle in a jar (something like small candle from the Yankee Candle Co.) I take a Sharpe marker and write my incantation on the label. It doesn’t have to be readable, you know it’s there, the candle energy will know it’s there, but you’re setting the intent of the candle and it’s energy. Each morning when I light that candle, I say the incantation. It should burn for at least 1 hour, or you can let it burn (attended) through out the day.
- If incense are your thing, you can do the same thing with those as you can with a candle. Once you say your incantation and light the incense, walk it around your room in a clockwise motion and visualize the energy of your incantation being spread throughout the area. If you have more than one room that feels negative, use the incense in those rooms as well.
- If you’re in an area where you can’t use a candle or incense, such as your office at work, take a moment at home to program a clear crystal with the energies of one of the two previous methods. When you’re at work, pull out the crystal and walk it around the area in a clockwise motion and repeat your incantation as you move. If you work in a cubicle, you may just want to do this in your own little space. If you work in a store, you can easily put the crystal in your pocket and stroll around, saying the incantation to yourself as you move.
- Find yourself a rose quartz crystal. There are a variety of shapes and sizes to choose from. I recommend one about the size of an old silver dollar. The one I carry with me is heart shaped. But that’s just me. Take some time to sit down and program this crystal as your support tool for staying focused and guided by your Divine Self. When ever you feel you’re in a situation that may become agitated, pull out that crystal, stick it in your pocket, hold on to it, whatever and allow it’s energy to help you through the event. Periodically recharge this crystal (about once every month or two months should do).
3. Ending each day with thanks and gratitude.
Just as important as setting your energy in the morning, you need to set it at night and remember where all this came from. Giving credit where credit it due is also a key component to a spiritual path. It builds confidence in yourself and your own abilities. It affirms your connection to the Divine Universal Spirit around you.
Each night when you go to bed, don’t lay down you don’t want to fall asleep during your thanks. Sit in bed, close your eyes and connect with your Divine Self. This doesn’t have to be a full-blown meditation, just a relaxed and calm moment of your day. See your being connecting to your Divine Self. Give thanks for the efforts your soul assisted you in during the day. Then let go any negative patterns, thoughts or energies. They’ll serve you no purpose during sleep anyway, so let them go for now. See them float out your window where they can be dissipated in the Divine ethereal realm. Then give thanks to the Divine Universal Spirit that walks with you. And finally give thanks to the blessings you have in your life and that you had in this day. There are some, believe me. Even if you just say thanks for the roof over your head, remember not everyone has that. Be thankful for what you have.
I hope this little article helps those of you on a spiritual journey in some fashion. You can create what you want in life through your Divine Self and your connection to the Divine Spirit. Starting with your own Divine Path. Believe That, Acknowledge That, And Walk That path!
- Affirmations To Evolve The Spirit
- Affirmations For Change
- Living In The Light; Shakti Gawain –New World Library, 1986
- The Path Through Transformation; Shakti Gawain – Nataraj Publishing, 1993
- Living With Joy; Sonya Roman –HJ Karmer, Inc. 1986
- Centering A Guide To Inner Growth; Sanders Laurie & Melvin Tucker – Destiny Books, 1983