Dance Into The Light

How To Stop Chasing Your Tail



Dance Into The Light

"Come dance with me
Come on and dance into the light
Everybody dance into the light

There'll be no more hiding in shadows of fear
There'll be no more chains to hold you
The future is yours - you hold the key
And there are no walls with freedom"

Phil Collins Dance Into The Light





Why We End Up Chasing Our Tails

At time of writing as the Covid lockdown restrictions are gradually easing many of us are feeling anxious.

Adopting a mindful approach is helpful in dealing with these uncertainties.

I can say from personal experience that the mindful approach to life is an effective way of becoming aware of our habitual thought patterns and emotional states and weakening their hold on us to the point that we no longer self identify with these thoughts and states.

As the mindfulness teachers and leading practitioners will tell you, making peace with the present moment, as the Buddha put it “the suchness” of life, and accepting what is, is the gateways to allowing this awareness to develop.



Creating Hell On Earth

However I have to also say that in my experience I have found that all too often we are too unconscious and too self-identified with these unconscious states to be able to make much if any progress. As Eckhart Tolle says:



    "To create suffering without recognizing it - this is the essence of unconscious living; this is being totally in the grip of the ego.

    In this way, you make yourself and others suffer and don't even know that you are doing it, don't know that you are creating hell on earth. "




This happens when we are too subsumed within our underlying and deeply embedded negative energetic states.


Living in Samsara

We live in an energetic universe and, contrary to what we are brought up to believe, it is not just our actions that generate the results we experience in life it is also our energetic states.

Many of us are from a western influenced background and so are culturally conditioned to an action orientation, and thus we automatically place a great value on activity.

The effect of social media

A current example of this is how we are influenced by social media which tricks you into thinking that unless you are running three businesses, attending celebrity functions, have learned a new language and a thousand fun hobbies that you are not doing well enough...

Given that so many of our actions are based on underlying energetic - or dominant emotional - states of fear, doubt, worry or other ego based states of greed, pride and other forms of self-centredness, it is hardly surprising that we do not experience the joy, fulfilment and inner peace that we mistakenly believe these things will deliver.

We go unconscious...

To counter our dissatisfactions and misery we initially go unconscious and over-indulge in all the usual distractions...

...then the me-time focus

Then we resurface and embark on yet more activity but this time with a me-time focus such as various forms of relaxation, health driven pursuits and of course the ubiquitous personal development.

We recharge our batteries and get back on track only to revert to type with our usual activities of miss-creation driven by underlying negative energetic states.

The result of all this is that we end up repeating the cycle and "chasing our tails" to make up for the impacts of the unintentional miss-creations of our negative energy.


Buddhists refer to this state as samsara, that is to say, the endless cycle of suffering and dissatisfaction.







Dance Into The Light - And Grace Will Lead Us Home




A mindfulness based approach will, over time, enable us to break this cycle of chasing our tails.



    I have found that it is possible to accelerate and supercharge this process via a direct approach to our higher self - the transcendent part of our psyche.

    In my experience this cuts straight through to the energetic aspect of the problem.



Our higher self, the "God part" of us, the higher power - call it whatever you want - I call it The Energy Of Life - has the power to unleash a transformation that can not only stop us chasing our tails but that can change us in ways that we can barely imagine.

I am talking about a spiritual rebirth, a new life and sense of purpose, and an identity that retains the best of us and drops the dross and that enables us to stay aligned to The Energy Of Life.

But in order for this to happen we have to ask for it!

This article, this website and every personal expression of spiritual experience that I offer whilst not specifically Christian nor Buddhist nor from any other faith tradition nevertheless draws heavily on these expressions wherever I have found them to point to a universal truth.

In this context, the hymn and popular song "Amazing Grace" is a powerful message and metaphor of spiritual healing, forgiveness and the change and transformation that is possible regardless of the depths of the personal hell in which we have sunk and in which we are stuck.

Through many dangers, toils and snares
We have already come.
T'was grace that brought us safe thus far
And grace will lead us home.


This is a Christian song about a Christian expression of spiritual awakening, regeneration and transformation. The grace that is referred to is the grace of God or as we refer to it in this series of articles The Energy Of Life.

I want to suggest to you that the most powerful and direct route to changing your dominant energetic state is by becoming humble, and reaching out to your higher power/higher self/God/The Energy Of Life and asking for spiritual help.

Let's Call This A Prayer

Don't get hung up on the 'God dilemma'. Don't put a label on it. As Aldous Huxley put it: "The finding of God is a coming to one’s self."

Drop your ego, stop thinking, sit down somewhere quiet, better still kneel down and say - and feel it - as you say it - and mean it:


"Please help me.
I can not control my thoughts and feelings I need your help.
Please fill me with your spirit of grace and the feeling of your peace.
Please help me to live a life filled with positive energy.
Please show me what to do and lead my in your path.
Thank you."



    May this be the beginning of a new relationship between you and your higher self and the energy of life.

    May this become the most important relationship in your life and the foundation of your life and the grounding of your certainty.








Further Reading:

The Energy Of Life
How To Live In A Participatory Universe
The Power Of Gratitude
The Loving Father
A Portrait Of A Person Connected To The Field Of Intention






Dance Into The Light - Phil Collins

I want to close with a powerful and high energy song from Phil Collins and that I feel is especially appropriate to the theme of this piece and the dark times that we are all experiencing and will emerge from:









Next Article:

Change Your Language To Change How You Feel

Return:

to: Walking The Talk

Or to: What Is Spirituality?



Contact me





Zen-Tools.Net



English Chinese (Traditional) Russian French German Italian Spanish Vietnamese


LATEST ARTICLES

  1. Your Relationship With Failure Is Critical To Your Success

    Just Because You Have A Spectacular Failure Doesn’t Mean The Game Is Over. The thought that you could fail can really slow you down. But the problem is not the failure, the problem is your relationshi…

    Read More

  2. Lost, Stuck & Going Round In Circles?

    Are You Lost In Transition? To be in an alien North African city, late in the evening, in the dark, completely lost in transition from the main market square back to the obscure location of our Riad…

    Read More

  3. Seeing Is Believing Or Is It?

    Do You Believe What You See Or Do You See What You Believe? Like the characters in "The Matrix" we are fooled by the illusion that what we see is how things really are. Why? Because this is the mind's…

    Read More

  4. What Difference Did You Make?

    What Impact Will You Leave In The Lives Of Others? If you knew you were going to die tonight and you were given a few minutes to reflect before that happened, what would you say was the meaning of yo…

    Read More

  5. Compassion Is Selfish And You Need It

    If You Want Others To Be Happy, Practice Compassion. If You Want To Be Happy, Practice Compassion. Compassion is derived from the Latin words "com pati" meaning to suffer with. It has been defined as…

    Read More

  6. The Placebo Effect - 2 Key Takeaways

    The Power Of Expectation Of An Outcome Regardless Of The Lack Of Any Substance To That Expectation. Traditionally, the placebo effect occurs when false, or dummy, treatments of inert substances [that…

    Read More

  7. The Red Pill

    This Is What Will Happen After You Take It. "This is your last chance," rebel leader Morpheus tells Neo, holding a coloured pill in each hand. “You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in y…

    Read More

  8. Transformational Life Hacks

    This Has To Be One Of The Best Ways For Living The Best Life You Can Possibly Live. An online search on life hacks will invariably provide you with multiple links to ways of increasing your productivi…

    Read More

  9. This Too Shall Pass

    The Blessing And The Curse Of Impermanence. There is a story of a king who sought wisdom. Eventually he heard of a man living in a remote part of the kingdom who had a reputation for great wisdom. The…

    Read More

  10. The Stories We Tell Ourselves

    The Stories That We Tell Ourselves Are A Matter Of Choice. The stories we tell ourselves form the backcloth and the tapestry of our lives. These narratives shape and define our sense of self and how a…

    Read More

  11. Who Do You Trust?

    Trust Is A Choice And It Creates Your Reality. Nothing in life is permanent and nothing lasts forever. Every relationship ends in tears. Somebody leaves or somebody dies. This is how things are. This…

    Read More

  12. How Positive Asymmetry Can Transform Your Life

    Finding This Hidden Value Is The Key To A Huge Upside. Most of us spend our lives working to linear rules where there is an equal relationship between effort and result. Work hard you get a result. Wo…

    Read More

  13. 5 Tips For Developing A Growth Mindset

    How To Be There When Preparation Meets Opportunity. The growth mindset holds the core belief that your intelligence and personality is something you can develop and that you can expand and grow. The p…

    Read More

  14. Lost For Words? Experience Truth

    If you can't think of the right thing to say, say nothing. The concepts we employ, the categorizations we apply and the words we choose and use to articulate a direct experience put us in a double bi…

    Read More

  15. Belief - A Terrible Tyrant Or An Empowering Servant

    To Believe Or Not To Believe - That Is The Question. Nothing has inflicted more suffering on humanity than its beliefs and dogmas. The religious and cultural beliefs that sanction and allow or impose…

    Read More

  16. How To Avoid Herd Mentality

    How To Stay Far From The Madding Crowd. Herd mentality describes how we make decisions based on what everyone else is thinking and doing. It is also known as a mob or crowd mentality. We follow the he…

    Read More

  17. Are You Trying To Teach A Cat To Bark?

    We Suffer Every Time We Believe A Thought That Argues With What Is. When your mind is perfectly clear, what is, is what you want. If you want reality to be different than it is, you might as well try…

    Read More

  18. The Value Of Slack

    Slack Is The Capacity To Effect Change And The Resource To Deal With The Unexpected. Many organizations are obsessed with efficiency and try to ensure that every resource is fully utilized to its full…

    Read More

  19. 6 Tips To Help You Stop Trying Too Hard

    Less and less do you need to force things, until you arrive at non-action. We are brought up to believe that we get what we want in life as a result of what we do, by the actions that we take, that ha…

    Read More

  20. Your Point Of Focus

    Is It Helping You Or Hindering You? Your point of focus is the central point of your attention. Your point of focus is a binary choice and the result of that choice is critical to your happiness, your…

    Read More

  21. Your Secret For Success

    To accomplish any success in life, you must identify accurately what it is that you hunger for, thirst for and long for. The purpose of this article is to look at the foundation of the secret for succ…

    Read More

  22. Can You Stop Thinking?

    Discover The Joy Of A Quiet Mind Can you stop thinking? According to Zen Buddhist priest Shunmyo Masuno the art of not thinking about anything is not easy to achieve. Even practising monks find it dif…

    Read More

  23. How To Build Self Confidence

    What Is Holding You Back From Pursuing Your Dreams? Your self confidence is based on ability. Your self confidence is all about your level of trust, faith and belief in your abilities [your power] and…

    Read More

  24. How To Overcome Fear And Perform Powerfully

    Learning how to overcome fear and perform powerfully is a skill that we all need to acquire as fear of failure affects most of us at some point in our lives. Whilst it is natural to feel a level of fe…

    Read More

  25. Dance Into The Light And Stop Chasing Your Tail

    You are creating hell on earth when you are too subsumed within your underlying and deeply embedded negative energetic states. To counter your dissatisfactions and misery you initially go unconscious…

    Read More

  26. Change Your Language To Change How You Feel

    How you mentally characterize a situation has a profound impact on how you respond to it emotionally. There is a direct causal link between how you think about a situation, the words you use to articu…

    Read More

  27. How To Live In A Participatory Universe

    What good is a universe without somebody around to look at it? What Conclusions Can We Draw About Living In A Participatory Universe? The inescapable conclusion is that the world and the universe (wit…

    Read More

  28. 4 Keys To Working With The Energy Of Life

    The journey home to the energy of life does not consist in arriving at a new destination it is a coming home to one’s self. [1] How are you feeling, what is your dominant emotion right now? [2] Where…

    Read More

  29. How To Deal With The Challenges Of Playing The Long Game

    You have to be willing to suffer today in order to reap enormous rewards tomorrow. The long game is so hard to play because it involves taking a series of very small steps, that people rarely see, per…

    Read More

  30. If You Don't Take Care Of You, Who Will?

    How To Build Self Esteem In my early life and until my early twenties I suffered from a deep inferiority complex and low self esteem. Forty years later and, said in sincerity and with humility, I have…

    Read More





The Balanced Life



The Balanced Toolkit



3 Keys Solutions


Get new posts by email:



Support This Site