Podcast Conversations with Janet Morrow: I Am A Spiritual Being Having A Human Experience (3/11/13)
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“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” ― Wayne W. Dyer
Listen in as Janet Morrow, Chair of Inner Sight, shares her journey of discovery in finding her eternal spirit. One of Janet's core conclusions is that she is a Spiritual Being Having A Human Experience. Below are highlights from her thoughts that we have pulled from the podcast. We’ve nicknamed them "gems".
Whoever you are, it is likely that there is something to be learned from a woman who, in the sunset of her life here on earth, has completed a 360 degree turn from the beliefs of her childhood and opened her mind to not only the vastness and mystery of our universe, but the vastness and universe existing inside herself.
- Changing old attitudes and beliefs about what ought to be can be critically important because those values and resulting expectations are likely to have been based on false premises.
- Change does not come easily or fast because there is so much that’s deeply programmed into us. However, it can be liberating to understand that there was intent and purpose behind each of our unique designs which we participated in scripting before incarnating into this school for our spirits.
Question for Introspection: How would it affect the way you interact with others if you viewed yourself as being here for a specific purpose; and that everyone else was also? How would it change the way you view yourself if you believed that before birth you participated in writing your own script for this life? And how would you view all those good and bad relationships throughout your life if you could see how they were there to teach you what you came here to learn? How might this different truth change your self-image and the identities you’ve given others?
- We project both the best and the worst of ourselves onto others. Our worst is usually projected on someone who, just like us, has some wonderful attributes but is imperfect, just like us.
- Anger will always cover pain for anger is so much easier and acceptable to express because showing pain is deemed as weak and people who show feelings are not admired. Janet says, "To me that is the most pathetic thing we do to ourselves and others because the people that feel are the people who know how to love; who are capable of love. To me, that is the hero’s attribute."
- Janet says, "I have been a terrible receiver. I do not handle a compliment well so I must say to myself, 'Look at that Janet, look at that. What is that telling you about the fact that you are not self accepting? Is there still a place in you that doesn’t think you deserve it?"
- The place for reflection and growth comes from being conscious in each moment of every day about how you are feeling about the interactions you are having and what is being activated in you.
Question for Introspection: Do you find that it is much easier to give than to receive? Do you have a hard time accepting a complement? Why? Is there a part of you that doesn't think you are deserving?
- Kindness is a choice and those that choose otherwise have something really hard to learn or are going to be developing a karma they will have to deal with in another lifetime.
- According to Fr. Charlie, (see blogs of 10/5/11 and 10/14/11) Karma was written out of our western tradition in the early four hundreds. It is real, it is valuable and it needs to be accepted in order to understand that I am a spiritual being having a human experience. There is a part of me that is beyond this body or I wouldn’t call it my body. But the fact that I do separates me from it.
- There is growing recognition that there are other forms of intelligence outside of this planet. There is a much bigger picture and a much bigger mystery as to who we are and our role in it all: it is also likely that we are not the superior beings in these universes.
- We are here to experience third dimension physicality and to learn from it. Earth is a school for our souls. The fact that we are able to experience cause and effect in this time space continuum with the help of our five senses may be giving us an opportunity that could be unique among all other forms of intelligence in other universes.
Thought for Introspection: Janet says, "I really do believe we could have heaven here on earth if we made different choices and learned what is really important. We fight about money, we fight for power, we fight over being right but none of those is really that important in the big picture."
- It is not your responsibility to make someone else happy. Be as kind as possible but know that it may not be seen or received.
- Your responsibility is to be the best person you can be, and that is never going to be perfect.
- “This above all, to thine own self be true.” When you do this, you will find that you just don’t want to be around people that are not constructive, not affirming, not positive, and not creative.
- Why spend time with people you know are going to be toxic?
This lesson applies to the rest of our world, as well. The world is as it is because we are as we are. If you don’t like it, in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “You must become the change you wish to see in the world.”
Thought for Introspection: Learning about ourselves is about learning from others as well. There is not just one true perspective in this world. How can we grow and learn if we feel that our own perspective is the only one worth holding onto or hearing? Isn’t this what tolerance and intolerance are all about?
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