By Susie Ekberg
Q: So, I am currently watching a wasp that is trapped between my screen and window pane, frantically trying to get back outside and I think this is how it must be for our spirit guides; they can see our path to freedom if only we would look in a certain direction. However, I am also toying with the idea of killing it because I find wasps to be bothersome.
A: Hah! Due to your refreshing viewpoint, this will be one of the most fun columns I have ever written. Thank you for that. Your question has two distinct thoughts: are we acting as the wasps act, caught between the glass and screen, and is your desire to kill the wasp reflecting your desire to get the symbolically trapped creature out of your field of consciousness?
Or could it be a little of both? Let’s walk down the path of inquiring enlightenment for a while, shall we?
We are the wasps, caught between the two glasses of the different worlds, feeling confined, maybe sensing worlds beyond the cold, solid invisibleness, but unable to do anything about our current limited situation. How in the world do we, as wasps, free ourselves from our prisons?
No matter the level of our awareness, we ALL are able to sense something beyond what we can perceive with our five senses.
We meet someone and feel the hairs on the back our neck stand up, we meet someone else and we want to be near them for no discernible reason. People come to mind, then call us within five minutes.
What we call reality is only a drop in the bucket compared to all that is out there. Like the trapped wasp, your reality is that tiny space between the panes. What a pain.
Dreams are one way we experience life outside of the window; for when we dream we are larger than our conscious minds, free to travel through the different planes of existence, and we use more of our brains, which is actually the spiritual crank that will open our windows for us, if we can learn to work with them, rather than let them run US.
Our brains are powerful thoroughbred horses. They are untrained, and it can be very dangerous to try to ride them, because they are unpredictable and may run away with us holding desperately to their manes to keep from falling off and hurting ourselves.
But if we work with them, make friends with them, get to know them and trust them, and let them get the chance to trust us, then it becomes a matter of teamwork and cooperation. Trained minds, like trained thoroughbreds, can carry us to many wonderful places.
One way to work with our minds is through meditation and creative visualization. Meditation is usually done in silence, and gives us the chance just to BE with ourselves.
Creative visualization is usually accomplished by someone leading us through a series of meditations or mental scenarios in which we learn more about ourselves.
We are NOT our minds – we are separate from our minds, and they don’t control us. Believing that may be just the crack we need to slip through to the big outdoors. Try some of the above suggestions and see if they don’t make some sense to you.
With regard to the second part of your question, our spirit guides do indeed have a broader picture of our paths, so it would behoove us to get to know them better, and that would help us feel less frustrated with ourselves, less like wanting to kill off that helpless and clueless part of ourselves.
In the mid 1980s, when When I first became interested in this work while sitting beside the lake writing, I asked a simple question: is anybody there? I wasn’t really expecting anyone to answer, yet I felt a presence as I began answering my own question. I felt expanded, excited, as if a light were coming on in my life, allowing me to see a little further out into the darkness. I liked it. A lot.
From time to time over the years I’ve forgotten that I’ve got that connection, and those are the times that I’ve gotten so frustrated I wanted to scream. I’m sure some of those times I actually did scream. Understandable. But unnecessary. Really.
The reason we get so frustrated is that there’s a part of us that knows better. That more enlightened part of us knows we can get help, knows we can get encouragement and support if we only open ourselves to it, trust it, believe it, and work with it.
In the beginning it can be kind of like, “I’m sure I’m just making all this stuff up,” so it can be difficult to trust the new feelings, the new awareness. But keep at it.
Your spirit guides, Higher Self, God, angels, ascended masters, whatever you call all of those who are a part of your Team, who love you and support you and are with you this time around, are ALWAYS WITH YOU.
You tell me, “I ask them for help. I call to them but I can’t hear them.” So I suggest asking for a sign so you’ll know they’re there for you, and that they’re real.
The first time I suggested this to a client, I decided to try it for myself. I didn’t really need physical verification because I trust they’re there, but I thought it would be a fun exercise. I couldn’t wait – I was sure it would be some super-cool and exotic thing that would happen to me.
I asked, then waited. And felt a huge hand on my right leg. Yup. That was it. Super, wasn’t it? So don’t be surprised if you notice something subtle like a particular smell, or a noise in the wall, or a feeling come over you, to signal the presence of your Helpers.
Once you have made the connection, that could/should lessen your anxiety and frustration with anything that may occur in your ‘regular’ life.
If I have a problem, the first thing I do is what I call “take it up to the higher level” and see it from that broader perspective. Things are never as they appear down here, and I always get some valuable advice and information on how to proceed and understand my current situation.
You see? I am not a wasp; in truth, I never was. Neither are you. You may feel waspish from time to time, but all you need to remember is that if you feel trapped, you, unlike the wasp, have the power to open the window and free yourself.
There’s a big, beautiful world out there, and there’s no need to remain where you are if it’s not where you want to be. The sky’s the limit, so fly. It’s who you really are, and what you were born to do.
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