Despite my accomplishments & blessings in life, I used to feel like there was something missing that I could never quite put my finger on. I spent 5 years soul-searching & tried *EVERYTHING* from meditation, feeling my emotions, traveling to India, training in yoga, having spiritual/crystal/chakra healings, self-help books, ecstatic dance, practicing mindfulness, doing inner-child work, journaling, affirmations, working through childhood traumas, EMDR & somatic experiencing, living a healthy lifestyle, prayer, herbs, positive thinking-you name it! The most profound realization I've had throughout all of this- *the key that has tied it all together & brought me true happiness* - is a deep understanding of the concept so beautifully & eloquently expressed by AH Almaas below:
" *Not Valuing Our Essence*
There is another more universal and general reason why we don’t value our Essence. We talk here about how much of your suffering, how much of your conditioning resulted from the lack of love in your environment. Your environment wasn’t supportive, wasn’t loving, did not respond to you appropriately according to your needs, did not see your value. That is true. But we don’t see the fundamental thing that happened. The fundamental thing that happened, and 🔸the greatest calamity🔸is ***not*** that there was no love or support. The greater calamity which was caused by the first calamity is that 🔶you lost the connection to your Essence.🔶That is much more important than whether your mother or father loved you or not. 🔶You lost your own love because of that.🔶"
💚If you can understand these words, deep within your heart, you will understand the true meaning of enlightenment, the message of all mystics, self-love, health & true happiness "happiness within" 💚💚💚🙏🏼
Thank you @hannah_claire_photography for your beautiful work! I can't wait to celebrate you next week!