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Punishment or awakening?

“Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you.”

~Paramahansa Yogananda

I know it’s easier said then done at times, but somehow the quote stuck with me. I just recently found it in reference to Yogananda, a Yogi in the “Awaken the inner Shaman” book from Jose Luis Stevens, PhD. Even there, I don’t think it was coincidence that this information surfaced at this time and crossed my path. Sometimes these messages serve as a reminder or confirmation that we are on the right path. Other times they encourage us to stand tall, to hold our ground for a little while longer. And at other times, they bring the message of staying positive throughout our challenges, to see them as a period of personal growth and coming into our higher self.

If we can learn to embrace our challenges as opportunities, perhaps it is then that we no longer view it as punishment.


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14 thoughts on “Punishment or awakening?

  1. This feels personal, for you have already shared this quote with me. For me, an example of recognising something we already know, when we know it at a deep level but maybe haven’t yet transformed that knowing into our conscious awareness. Thing is, we can hear the message numerous times, but then, suddenly, it clicks, we are finally ready to really listen and then we hear it with our heart and we get it.
    There is no punishment, there is only love, but being able to really embody such understanding takes time, trust and faith. As I have recently been finding out, even when we know it’s not punishment, it can still be difficult to accept some trials for a time, so let’s also give ourselves a break, we are only human and we keep on fighting so we get there in the end. You are an inspiration and an example, thank you for all you give through your light and love. xxx

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    1. I couldn’t have said it better my dear soul sister and of course there also remains the human element. Not all days are equal and I know all too well. My own mantra can fall short when I eat tired of being strong all the time. It is then to aware of what is happening, to allow the feelings to pass, to cry and release those negative emotions and to straighten that crown and get back up. I do have frequent times I lay my weapons down, in moments when I’m a little more human then in others. It is also then like you say to remember all the successes we had until that moment. Xoxoxo

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      1. It’s true and sometimes I can do that, embrace the lows, but I do have a nasty habit, occasionally, of beating myself up when I’m down. Trying to break that habit, though, work in progress. When looking back, it’s easier to see how far I’ve come and then easier to give myself a break. These days, if I do revert and beat myself up, I notice it sooner and get myself out of it or accept it, so it’s going in the right direction. I see such strength and kindness in you that I just desire to be there for you and offer a big hug when you need one. Consider yourself hugged. xx

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      2. I share the same path, the same progress and the same struggles. I’m sure it is part as to why we understand each other’s journey the way we do. I could easily say the same thing about you and some of the biggest gifts I can give you is my time and never being too busy for you, a true desire to be your partner in crime and a shoulder you can lean on in the highest level of sincerity, love and compassion. You will never walk alone. Hug accepted and doubled given back to you. ❤️

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      3. Imagine if we had been friends as children, how cool that would have been. 🙂 Luckily, we are not so far away from that now, sometimes! x

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  2. It is so important we each realise our awakening… then life takes on another path of returning to wholeness… I’m wondering if you’d like to join my October writing challenge and write about your awakening/ascension process or maybe just read our stories about our experience… we are cocreating another free ebook to support and inspire others to embrace everything that is happening now… looking forward to hearing from you. Much love Barbara x

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    1. Thank you so much for the invitation. I’m honored to be considered and have written about each step my spiritual awakening process. How it started and the ongoing process of course. I’d be happy to check out your link and see if and how I can contribute. Thank you very much Barbara. Hugs

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