After we wake up, we gradually wind down old mind patterns and shift into the flow. Smooth actions come naturally and without side effects.
However, this also highlights places where we’re still out of sync.
Typically, it’s a place where we’re making choices based on mind patterns or emotional reactivity. The second is more obvious and usually easier to heal. Just allow the experience to arise. The emotion surges up in awareness and is completed. The wave washes in and away.
But mind patterns are often more subtle. And we can have programs running from even deeper than mind. Some have been running since before we were mentally conscious. Our mind is trained to ignore what is familiar, leaving us unconscious of our own stories. Also, where there is resistance, a wall goes up casting a shadow. The shadow hides clear seeing.
If we’re faced with an unclear path or a difficult decision, it’s often because the picture isn’t clear. Something isn’t seen. There is a shadow at play. When we recognize this, it’s good to get outside advice from a more objective perspective.
We may recognize themes running in our lives, like getting the same kind of boss or partner. The common element is you. This indicates some kind of program is running. We might call this a lesson or karma but it’s an exercise in seeing. Once we see clearly, the issue resolves by simple attention. Then we don’t have to live it out so much.
Conscious awareness or attention is the most powerful solvent in the universe. This is why the ancients called the observer Shiva.