Day 8 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of your strengths in taking care of your soul? #spiritualselfie
The first step in taking care of my soul is recognizing its presence. Finally, I am at a place where I have full appreciation of my soul. Using intuitive skills, I regularly read my spiritual essence and allow space to honor my soul level truth and plans. Most times, my mind wants to control things, but I am getting much better at ignoring its tricks and games. I am able to recognize the foreign energies in my space and diligently work on letting go of any energy which blocks my soul’s wishes.
In my relationships, I also recognize others’ truth at the soul level. This helps me in ignoring what they say or do in a given moment and anchoring on the purity of their essence. As a result, my connections with people are much deeper and stable.
From the perspective of maintaining psychic hygiene, I keep my aura, physical, astral and emotional bodies clean. I fine tune my chakras, body channels and body glands for proper functioning of my body. These practices help me in releasing my own limitations and stepping into my soul’s truth. As we live through many lifetimes, unwanted karma gets accumulated. I work hard in clearing out any past lives karma so that I can experience true bliss and joy. I also let go any unconscious contracts with others souls and redefine them based on my consciousness and truth.
The most important step in taking care of my soul is living life in detachment from the chatter in the physical world and being in communion with the Supreme Being. Connecting my inner divinity with the universal divinity is ultimately what makes my soul dance with joy.
Day 9 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What are some of the limitations in how you see yourself, and what have you done to start healing that? #spiritualselfie
Growing up, I took standards set by society, family, religion and culture to my heart and sincerely believed that I wasn’t good enough. In every area of my life, I saw myself failing. I believed that I was not good looking and had plenty of body issues to deal with. In my relationships, I couldn’t measure up against everyone’s expectations and felt like a looser. In academics and career, I saw myself unintelligent and unconfident. I held the limiting belief that I was undeserving and I needed to work very hard to achieve anything in life. Basically, the feeling of inadequacy affected my perception in every single aspect of my life. As law of attraction would have it, the experiences I encountered reflected my belief system and made it much worse. All this was driven by foreign energy within my solar plexus chakra, which is the source of personal power and governs self-esteem. This foreign energy skewed how I viewed myself, that is, my self-image in the fourth aura layer. It also altered how I communicated and saw the world around me. All of these things combined made me feel suffocated and withdrawn internally.
My first step was bringing awareness to this foreign energy and reminding myself that I can heal it. I diligently mediated to release this energy for years. Most recently, I used tools such as, grounding, aura cleansing and releasing pictures by mocking up my reading space. The deep awareness helped me in understanding the roots of my thoughts. The practice of mindfulness further enabled me to separate my true self from the thoughts generated by this energy. When these thoughts did arise, I merely played the role of a witness. After all this work in any given moment, I am currently at the stage of managing this energy well. This foreign energy is still not completely released from my space yet, but it doesn’t have a grip on my life anymore. Now I embrace my imperfections and see tremendous beauty in them. Finally, I am at a place of living an empowered life and enjoying the calm and peace within me.
Picture: this pic was taken at my wedding a few years ago. I have to admit that my wedding pictures triggered severe thoughts of imperfections related to my facial features, outfit, make-up, hair, etc. I share this with a lot of humility that now I only see perfection and immense beauty in the woman photographed here. :)
Day 10 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: Share a story about healing your self-image? #spiritualselfie
Out of all the prompts that I have responded to in this challenge thus far, this story is the toughest one to share on the social media.
I want you all to meet Gudiya (meaning: doll). When she was born, she felt rejected by her mother, who was expecting a much better looking child and hoping for a boy. Her father didn’t embrace her until a situation forced him to hold her when she was 6 months old. Both parents’ actions were driven off of cultural and social conditioning, which neither was conscious about. Time passed by and both of her parents were busy in their lives, doing what they had to do. Gudiya was a sensitive child. She felt very lonely and felt the constant yearning to be loved, accepted and understood. She responded to this situation by becoming very quiet and shy. Her confidence was completely shattered as she was confused about why she wasn’t loved as much as she wanted to. Gudiya felt the emotions of abandonment and blamed herself for causing them.
In her childhood, Gudiya had many friends, but none of them was acquainted to her true self. Most friends appreciated her because of her ability to understand and listen. She was a master of hiding her own emotions and holding a loving space of everyone around her.
When Gudiya grew up, she transformed into a strong and independent woman, but deep inside she was still a little girl who simply wanted to love and be loved. She believed that she was inadequate and not good enough in any aspect of life. Due to this feeling, she constantly feared rejection from people close to her. To build protectiveness against this fear, she unconsciously pushed people away from her life and constructed very high walls. After all, she didn’t want to get hurt. As law of attraction works, Gudiya only attracted people and situations that further affirmed her limiting beliefs.
Years later, Gudiya raised her level of consciousness through the practice of meditation. Her intuitive skills made her realize that her soul purposefully created this set up so that she could let go of the energy of abandonment, which was prompted from one of her previous lives. Her soul wanted her to learn the lessons of loving and embracing herself. Until she could exercise self-love and acceptance, she would always feel the lack from other people. Her parents and friends were perfectly loving people, but she was unconsciously blocking their love.
The best part about Gudiya’s personality was her determination to let go of the energies that didn’t serve her right. Once her awareness kicked in, it was much easier for her to set intention to release this past life energy. She healed her inner child by using many tools, including daily grounding and keeping her energetic space clean. In any given moment, the practice of mindfulness also helped her in differentiating her truth with the thoughts generated by this foreign energy. Through diligent practice, she moved herself away from getting triggered and reacting to this energy.
After all this work over the years, Gudiya finally has come to a place of living a truly heart-centered life, in complete alignment with her truth. She is a beautiful and powerful woman who is whole and complete. She enjoys deeply enriching relationships with most people in her life and courageously moves towards the territories of openness and vulnerability. Gudiya’s story is simply a reminder that we all have the power to heal ourselves and to create the life that we desire. Whatever trauma, emotion or programming disturbs your peace, please know that you can rise above it and heal using your strong will and pure intention.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.” -Marianne Williamson
Day 12 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What activities help express your beauty or passion in life? #spiritualselfie
The expression of passion and beauty in my life isn’t limited to a specific activity. In fact, my life itself is a vehicle for expressing passion in every moment.
I express the beauty of motherhood when I joyfully interact with my child and we laugh and giggle together. When I lovingly care for him, nurture him and feed him – these are all examples from my every day life. I completely lose myself when I cherish the beautiful past memories created with him and all the great things that we are going to experience in the future together.
I express my feminine beauty every day when I lovingly cook for my family, picking each ingredient carefully to create the most nurturing meal for everyone. Every moment spent with my husband offering my pure love to him, holding accepting space for him to be himself. I express passion for partnership when we work hard together to create a solid foundation for our family.
I express and appreciate the beauty of life when I take walks in nature, enjoy biking or hiking while channeling earth and cosmic energies. Or when I completely lose myself while dancing, singing or listening to music. Watching sunsets, oceans, moon and sky remind me of the magnitude of the universe and that we are such a little part of it. On the other hand, I realize my own powerful light when I meditate and connect with the universe.
When at work, I express my passion in doing the right thing for our customers. Offering best solutions to fulfill consumers’ financial needs, while growing the business.
Most interactions and dynamics within relationships make me feel mesmerized as I realize the perfect soul contracts that we create and honor. People are amazing and every single being has a lot to teach me. Our presence in each others’ lives holds a lot of importance. We can bring positive changes for all of us by our ability to touch and heal hearts. When we merely love, appreciate and uplift each other, we create powerful ripples of oneness. My heart-centered relationships allow me to recognize and express this feeling of deep oneness.
I notice all the co-incidences the universe brings my way. Every time I am able to “decode” the whispers of the universe, I smile and thank the guy above. He really got my back! :) Losing my self completely in the communion with this divine energy expresses the beauty of my being. <3
Picture: there is no other picture better than this one to express the beauty of my life.
Day 11 – Self Image Boosting Prompt: What do you think limits people from loving themselves, and share some advice or insight on how to do so.
From my perspective, what truly limits people from loving themselves is their mind. Our ego constantly feels insecure and seeks control because it wants to protect itself from any potential hurt. It keeps us dwelling on the past, feeling like a victim, or worrying about the future, to assert more control over our life situations. The idea is that our mind doesn't ever allow us to stay present in the moment. The more we drift away from the present, the more we lose touch with recognizing our own divinity and fall into the trap of the mind.
The mind also generates a plethora of expectations and rigid standards to feel secure. These expectations are unrealistic and don’t allow us to fully accept ourselves. We are all spiritual beings in human bodies, carrying the light of the universal divine. The perfection exists within us at all times, merely in our presence. The question is whether we are able to ignore mind chatter and be able to recognize it?
Ego’s true nature doesn’t support the internal emotions of happiness, contentment and joy. All of these emotions are easy to experience if we could simply learn to quiet our mind. Once the mind is quiet, it paves the way to accepting ourselves and our life situations. This simply means, full acceptance of our past experiences and deep faith that future will offer us best situations for our growth. We fully trust, realize and submit ourselves to the connection with the divine. With true acceptance of what is, there is less complaining and more satisfaction. When we approach life from the lens of contentment, it becomes natural for us to be at peace and love ourselves.
Day 13: Self-Image Boosting Prompt: Share your favorite self-loving affirmation. #spiritualselfie
I am an immensely beautiful woman, who is whole and complete. I am the pristine reflection of my soul and my intentions are driven from the purest place of my heart. I have an amazing heart which offers unconditional love and compassion at all times. My feminine energy simply wants to nurture, heal and serve everyone around.
I take full responsibility of my life situations, manifesting the life of my dreams and living it in an empowered way. I am capable of living life in perfect harmony, deeply rooted in the physical world and strongly connected to the cosmos. I am a child of the divine and perfection exists merely in my being. My inner goddess feels the connectedness with the divine and with all beings on this planet.
I do not fear all that is unseen and unknown in the moment. With grace and abundance, I simply want to receive a wide variety of rich emotions and situations that life have to offer. I have deep faith in the universe and lovingly submit myself to the universal divinity.
Picture: standing next to the statue of Kuan Yin - the Chinese goddess of compassion and kindness.
Day 14: Self-Image Boosting Prompt: What have you gained from this 2-week challenge? #spiritualselfie
The last two weeks have been a blessing to me. While responding to the prompted questions, I tried my best to reflect my soul-level truth in the answers. Keeping my mind focused on my truth naturally diminished mind chatter and elevated my vibration each day. As a result, I pursued each day with a beautiful zen like calm, which felt unbelievably blissful. This challenge opened my eyes to the secret of joyful living and allowed me to put it into practice, as preached by Eckhart Tolle: "The more you live in the Now, the more you sense the simple yet profound joy of Being and the sacredness of all Life."
I reflected on different areas of life and learned a lot about myself in last 14 days. My self image was much improved as I was able to profess my deep love for my own self. I am currently going through a growth period, releasing foreign energies around the areas of inner validation and expressing my truth. This purging process accelerated, making my energies appear and feel shinier and brighter. Not only that, my inner energy points existed in perfect harmony - my knowingness from the crown was beautifully flowing into my perception of the world in the third eye space, allowing me to witness the beauty of life. This energy then flew to my throat to speak my truth and to my heart to allow me gracefully give and receive. Touching my inner power, emotional space and deeply rooted physical space, it kept me connected with both cosmos and the earth. This is the first time ever I've witnessed the the perfect harmony between all my energy points and I must admit that the experience blew my mind away!!!
I learned a lot from my fellow participants as I recognized the beauty reflected in their responses. I felt greatly inspired and supported throughout this process. My sense of belonging in the world is much more strengthened as I am able to connect with like minded individuals.
I didn't see this challenge as a competition as I only wanted to focus on learning and growing. I my view, I am a winner and so are all other participants for courageously putting ourselves out that and inspiring each other in our journey. A BIG Thank You to BPI for organizing this challenge and for holding accepting space for all of us to open up and express ourselves.
PS: The side benefit of this challenge is that I've become better at taking selfies! :)