In this edition of Soul Notes, we visit the topic of what it means to be divinely aligned. What is alignment, how you can tell, and what are some ways to get and stay in alignment – with your authentic self and with your soul’s true desires?
What is Alignment?
For our purposes here, alignment may best be described as arrangement in appropriate, relative positions. It may be alignment in the physical sense – such as getting a chiropractic adjustment to your spine. It may also be alignment in the metaphysical sense – such as an aligning of your chakras, or energy centers. It may be a combination – such as aligning your mind, body and soul.
Let’s take, for example, an automobile traveling down the road. When in alignment, barring any intervening forces, it moves forward (or backward!) in a perfectly straight line. The vehicle moves efficiently, with minimized wear and tear on the car’s suspension, brakes and tires. Alignment makes for an even distribution of force. A driver may compensate for poor alignment through (over-)steering the car, but that exerts more wear and tear on the driver and the vehicle. (I know, I know, we’re talking physics here on the blog! It’s okay to include science in the discussion, once in a while, right?)
Similarly, reflect for a moment on those times when your spine feels out of whack. You may then seek relief by going and getting a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in the aligning (or realigning) of the vertebrae in your back and neck, and may make adjustments to other joints as well. Chiropractic adjustments are designed to help restore the body to its natural alignment and to allow the body to maximize its own natural healing ability.
Okay, great – now what about spiritual alignment? For your consideration, I pose this question: Is spiritual alignment really that much different from physical alignment?
As with a harmonic symphony, your soul when fully aligned makes for beautiful music in your life; it lays the foundation for deeply gratifying and fulfilling experiences.
How do you know when you’re in alignment? How can you tell?: THE SIGNS
Just as with visits to the chiropractor, throughout your transformational journey your body gives clues as to when your soul is out of alignment, too. It comes down to paying attention, and to being a “Sherlock Holmes” in your own life!
Here’s the #1 best way to tell when you’re in (or out) of alignment with your authentic self:
#1: The gut check
If you’re like me, I bet you can easily recall those times when you’ve noticed a queasy feeling in your stomach — when you just know that something isn’t right for you. Or, maybe it’s been a frenetic rush you feel coursing through your blood stream, or when your head suddenly starts hurting for no apparent reason? Or, maybe you feel weak in the knees; or, you feel your hands clenching, or your “heart sinking” in your chest?
Absent any actual threats to your physical well-being, these instances tend to be your body’s way of letting you know something is out-of-alignment with who you are, and what’s authentic for you. Someone else may feel just fine in that given situation; for you, however, it’s just not ‘right.’
#2: The “What lights you up?” check
A kissin’ corollary to the gut check would be what I call the “What Lights You Up?” check. When time simply flies by, and little if anything distracts you, and you feel that your whole body has been lit up from the inside out — You know that feeling? That’s a pretty darn good sign that you’re in alignment with your true, authentic self.
Following the clues:
Think of it as a Mapquest® or a global positioning system (GPS). Often, there are different ways to get to the same destination. One route may be the fastest. Other routes may be more scenic. Road hazards may come up along the way. If and when that happens, do you stop your trip altogether? Do you stop the car in the middle of the road, and abandon the journey? Nope, to get to your destination, you pay attention to what’s happening in front, back, and around you – and make adjustments along the way. The journey is fluid, not static.
The Mapquest® or GPS is simply the tool or resource you use to help you navigate. Have you ever received a “recalculating route” message coming from your GPS? I have, plenty of times! If and when I veer off course, it ever so politely alerts me to get back on track. I can ignore the message. If however, I desire to get to my intended destination, I better take heed!
So, I encourage you to do the same with your own life. By now, if you’ve listened to any of my interviews or watched my earlier video series, you know that it is the intuition which I feel serves as our own internal GPS. Use it, and use it often! Turn it on! Fire it up! And, trust it. Proceed in accordance with the messages and signals it sends you.
Why is alignment so important?
It’s important, and dare I say vital to be in alignment with your authentic self, because it makes for more productive and enriching life results, and makes this thing called the “human experience” better for you and those around you. It enhances the experiences of those whom you’re destined to serve, and in furtherance of your great work in the world. The world needs you! – The authentic you!
In contrast, as set forth above, the cost of not being in alignment is: undue stress, feelings of frustration and disappointment, and often sadness. It also takes its toll on your mind, body and spirit, all in disservice to your overall well-being.
So, with that, I leave you with the following tips to help you get and stay in alignment:
- Meditate/Get Still/Quiet (for 11 minutes)
Set aside 11 minutes that you will commit to being free from distractions, and pose this question to yourself — allowing your intuition and divine guidance to provide any and all information you need to receive:
“With regard to this particular (issue/situation), what is most in alignment for me at this time?”
- Write, Draw or Doodle in Your Journal
Next, write, draw or doodle in your journal about the answer(s) you received to your question. What words, phrases, or pictures represent what has come up for you?
If you’d like to receive additional information or clarification on the question you’ve posed with regard to a particular issue or situation, feel free to ask again! It may take doing this more than once or twice to get the full “download.”
- Keep a Log: “Gut” Checks & “What Lights You Up” Checks
Start keeping a log of those instances throughout the day or week, when you notice or feel in your gut that something is off track. Additionally, keep a record of those instances when you feel most excited, fulfilled, lit up, and on fire!
Do this daily for one week, and set aside another 11 minutes at the end of the seven days to review your log. What patterns, if any, do you notice? Is there anything that really jumps out at you? Any surprises?
- Seek out kindred spirits with whom you can share your spiritual journey and soulful quests.
“Birds of a feather flock together.” – Proverb
As in nature, we as humans benefit from traveling together with others on a similar path, quest or journey. It helps tremendously to gather together with other souls who are spiritual seekers and those, like you, who are yearning to live full out and in complete alignment with their authentic selves.
- Enlist a trusted mentor, guide, or advocate devoted to your success.
Having an advocate on your side who believes in you, supports you and holds you accountable, makes for accelerated alignment and long-lasting success.
For your consideration:
For you, what does it mean to be fully aligned?
Okay, your turn:
In what area of your life do you feel most in alignment? Which area or situation in your life feels the most off track or out-of-alignment for you right now?
I invite you to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences in the Comments section, below. Soul-to-soul!