A mentor of mine used to talk about ‘the hungry ghosts of the past’, thoughts and beliefs that take up residence in our mind, and wreak havoc on our well-being. We might find those ghosts rattling the chains of blame, mistrust, and arrogance, all while tempting our ego to cling ever tighter to the ties that bind (and blind).
Those hungry ghosts could very well lead us down the path of addiction (and let’s remember that feeding the ghost is an addiction that many of us suffer from). They could be the seed of physical disease and deterioration. They could be the root cause of depression. They could also be the vehicle through which our greatest transformation and liberation occur.
Pema Chodron offers this advice in her book Taking the Leap
“Then the next time you lose heart and you can’t bear to experience what you are feeling, you might recall this instruction: change the way you see it and lean in. That’s basically the instruction that Dzigar Kongtrül gave me. And now I pass it on to you. Instead of blaming our discomfort on outer circumstances or on our own weakness, we can choose to stay present and awake to our experience, not rejecting it, not grasping it, not buying the stories that we relentlessly tell ourselves. This is priceless advice that addresses the true cause of suffering – yours, mine, and that of all living beings.”
ESSENTIAL OILS to support your forward momentum:
– Black Pepper (Can help uncover hidden truths or face patterns or habits with courage.)
– Juniper Berry (Helps us do the deep work of spiritual healing, especially from trauma or pain we’re afraid to look at, or beliefs we don’t want to examine because we fear they might be true, such as “I’m unlovable”)
– Marjoram (May help you to feel safe sharing your heart with others.)
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