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The Answers Lie Within

All through elementary and high school I kept journals where I would write my thoughts and original poems. I remember going through some old stuff and coming across a poem I had written about someone who was searching for God everywhere and finally realized that he needed to stop searching because what he was looking for was in his heart all along.

I am amazed I was even thinking about this in high school (I was admittedly a strange kid!) and I am also reminded how easy it is for us to forget that what we are seeking for is not outside of us.

For those of us that are on a spiritual path (including myself) it is to easy to jump from one teacher/healer to the next, from one book to the next, from one web page to the next, and in today’s day and age, one Facebook post or Youtube video to the next searching for all the answers.

This is what I call extra curricular activity. While fun and potentially beneficial to learn and even be inspired from a variety of sources, they are not the heart of your spiritual path, they are just sign posts that hopefully point you in the right direction to your true inward destination.

As I am writing this I hear these words in my head:

The answers you are searching for are inside
The peace you are wanting is inside
The inspiration you are needing is inside
Your spiritual gifts you are seeking to discover are inside

Going Inward

So if going inward is so important, then how do you go inward?

My advice is to keep it simple.

Here is a simple exercise that I have found extremely beneficial:

  • Set aside a few minutes each day and just sit with yourself.
  • Focus on your breath and pay attention to any sensations you might be feeling.
  • Empty your mind as best you can and be in an open and receptive state.
  • And then just wait.
  • Do nothing and just sit in an open and receptive state.

I don’t know what will happen for you. Nothing might happen. Your might get a message or just a feeling.

I have a notebook by my side in case any messages or inspirations come through when I do this exercise. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. It doesn’t matter either way, because these few minutes are some of the most sacred of my entire day. It’s my chance to experience who I truly am without any filters.

A Poem for You

Now that I’m an adult, I don’t write many poems anymore. However, occasionally the right inspiration will hit. I would like to share with you one of my most recent poems that I think fits in with the topic of this blog post perfectly. It’s called Love’s Door and it explains in poem form the exercise above. Hope you enjoy:)

Love’s Door
by Cecilia Kinzie

Today I take off
my many hats
for the all the roles I play

Today I take off my masks and robes
that have kept me guarded and safe

Today I let go of the facade
that I was ever in control

Today I choose to lay my burdens
at Love’s Door

Today I gently
bow my head
and knock

And patiently wait
to hear
the music
of my heart

Hope you enjoyed this blog post; please like it and share any thoughts in the comments section below.

Love and Gratitude,
Cecilia

P.S. If you liked this simple exercise you will like my downloadable meditation mp3 exercise called breathing into the heart.

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About Cecilia
CeciliaCecilia is a gifted and compassionate intuitive healer and meditation teacher who is passionately dedicated to helping sensitive and intuitive people tap into their soul power to live strong, balanced, and purposeful lives. Learn more about Cecilia and schedule an intuitive healing session.

 

12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Richard #

    Cecilia,
    Some surprise after a long, long time of your absence…
    Your poem, well… to tell the truth I like it but only one word spoils it all. The word is “today”. Why only today? All the time – the statement should read. Perhaps I am a maverick and have been like that all my life. Frankly speaking I have never worn masks (at least consciously) save for a couple of occasions. I have always wanted to be myself whatever the situation, formal or informal. Obviously I exclude joking, etc. Consequently I have been battered very heavily by life – that’s the price I have been paying for my attitude. But I don’t remember losing face. Life is hard if one decides to go on like that… but at least I have clear conscious. The (dis)advantage of it all is that I have a very strong ego, which today is considered rather negative in the spiritual circles. But I don’t care (I am not and will not run after fashion). The only thing that puts me on a in collision course with the spiritual movements is that I will never agree with getting rid of the ego. I am in the process of toning it down but I will do everything in my power not to forsake it. You cannot abandon your main cultural feature altogether because nowadays the Orient is in vougue. It is like believing in the fact that the grass is always greener on the other side of the field whatever the big spiritual gurus think. Once you reach that stage, you would love to come back, because you would be unable to live in a static society where everybody has been prescribed their social role at birth. The great Joseph Campbell would laugh his head off at the final destination proposed by the true spiritual leaders. What about his heroes without their ego? Follow your bliss, I will follow mine.

    June 5, 2012
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Richard,

      Thank you for your insight. I agree, getting rid of the ego, completely, is impossible.

      I am not telling people to get rid of their ego, I am not telling people that there is a final destination to their spiritual path. My message is to encourage people to go within and listen to their hearts and inner knowing because I have seen it work for me and many others to live much more rich and satisfying lives. Following your bliss, following your heart, following your inner guidance, this is my message.

      My suggestion in this blog post is to encourage people to go inward a few minutes a day and experience who they are without the filter of their ego through surrendering and listening. In my experience this is a powerful exercise that I feel renews me and recharges me to be out in the world. I encourage you to try the exercise and let me know what you experience. This exercise is not something you can figure out in your mind, it is something that needs to be experienced, and each person’s experience of it will be unique.

      Thank you for your comment about the word “today”, you make a very valid point! My intention by using the word today was to remember to do this exercise everyday, one day at a time. That is just where I’m at:)

      Best Wishes,
      Cecilia

      June 5, 2012
  2. Janette #

    Beautiful, Cecilia! Sharing n FB!!! TY!

    June 5, 2012
    • Cecilia #

      Thank you!

      June 5, 2012
  3. Fran #

    Cecilia,
    What a beautiful message today, I LOVE it!!!! Thank you for being so brave to put your gifts out there. I am trying to get over my obstacles of being accepted and needing to be perfect to get my own gifts out.
    I agree with the use of “today”. Here is why: we only have NOW. That’s all we have. In order to stay in the NOW, our focus is on today only. When we pray the Lord’s prayer, it says, “give us THIS day our daily bread.” We have a tendency to put so much energy into yesterdays and tomorrows, that we miss TODAY. In reiki, we say, “just for TODAY, I will….” That is to bring our focus to the present moment which unfolds into the next and the next etc. It is noble to want to say, “All the time, I will.,…” but we don’t know what tomorrow will bring right? We have no control on that, plan as we may try.
    For me, it gives a simplistic view of being that bridge between Heaven and Earth, for each moment, that Divine energy is pouring in and around. In order to best channel it, use it, enjoy it..whatever, we have to be aware of it…at that time, in that NOW, in that TODAY.
    Thank you so much for your message and gentle heart. God bless you! Fran

    June 5, 2012
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Fran,

      Thank you for your insight and kind words. I never thought of why I used the word, “today” it just felt right, but after reading your comment it makes complete sense.

      I just got done taking a walk to the beach with my dogs. Instead of my usual rambling thoughts I made the intention to “listen” as I was meditatively walking the beach. I got a message as I was listening, as I sometimes do, and the message was, “The time for hesitation and doubt is over, the time is now” A strong feeling came over me. Felt like I needed to share that message with you and anyone who is on the fence about putting their unique gifts out there.

      Thanks again for your comments.

      Best Wishes,
      Cecilia

      June 5, 2012
  4. So well expressed, Cecilia! Always coming home to ourselves. Thank You!

    Love & Blessings,
    Lorraine

    June 5, 2012
    • Cecilia #

      Hi Lorraine,

      Thank you so much for your words of encouragement, much appreciated.

      Best Wishes,
      Cecilia

      June 5, 2012
  5. Chris #

    Love your suggestions, so many say look within but fail to recomend a practical practice to go within.

    Thank you,

    Cd

    June 5, 2012
    • Cecilia #

      Thanks Chris ~ there will be more suggestions and meditations from me on how to go inward in the future, but I suspect that every single person has their own unique way of experiencing their soul. The exercise I shared today is a great starting point because it’s so simple.

      Best Wishes,
      Cecilia

      June 5, 2012
  6. Patricia #

    Cecilia,

    The Answers Lie Within – so very true.

    Much Love & Blessings,
    Patricia

    June 5, 2012
    • Cecilia #

      Thank you Patricia. I’m glad you resonated with the message.

      Best Wishes,
      Cecilia

      June 5, 2012

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