First in a collection of short videos. Subsequent ones will be shorter! Enjoy. Here’s the script:
The Ecology of the Soul – the Balance of Peace and Power
Hi I’m Aidan Walker, talking to you today about peace and power, and the balance between the two. I mean spiritual peace and power, of course, not the political kind – but you never know, we may come to that.
All of us who are working on ourselves, in whatever way, whether it be meditation, or yoga, or reiki or tapping or any one or combination of the thousands of techniques out there for self change, self improvement, personal and spiritual growth, are actually working towards one thing – Peace.
Everything we want in our lives – freedom from anxiety, self knowledge, self-acceptance, abundance, the power to control our thinking and our habits, the experience of being grounded, centred, yet at the same time floating on a soft, sweet sea of bliss; successful relationships, positive vibrations – all the things, in other words, that go with a heightened consciousness – can boil down to one word, one idea: Peace.
I’m not suggesting we opt out of life and sit in silent meditation all day every day, digging ever deeper into a peaceful state and blocking out the boring or bad bits. Because peace doesn’t come to those who bury their heads in the sand; that’s an action born from fear.
To raise our consciousness, to become higher beings, to achieve these desirable states of mind, we need power. Strength. It takes strength to choose a path of self change and follow it. Despite all the promises out there of immediate results, of reward without effort, we know in truth it takes work. We often fail, and we have to find the strength to keep trying.
We need power to get there, but when we get there – or even, get a glimpse of there – we recognise that power lies in the same place as peace. They are two sides of the same coin; in some senses, one and the same thing. Peace IS power, because only when you’re at true peace do you experience your Self as nothing more nor less than pure spiritual energy. As power, in other words. Energy is power, right? You the Soul are Light; You are the power and light company, ha ha. You are the light, the flame, steadily burning bright, but never consuming itself; You are pure energy, rising, flowing – but entirely still. Still and silent in stillness and silence.
That’s the blissful, enlightened state of being that encompasses both mind and spirit. Understanding with every ounce of your intellect, and experiencing in the Soul – a direct, consuming, all-enveloping, pervading experience – of Your Self as Light.
It doesn’t do for ordinary every day though. As I just said, it’s not going to work if all we do is meditate in a darkened room for the rest of our lives. We’d get high, sure – but we wouldn’t be any use to anyone but ourselves, and even that’s arguable. We have an outer life to lead – families, jobs, duties, responsibilities – and we expect our heightened consciousness to help that. We need a practical understanding for daily life that supports and forms the foundation for the undiluted experience. We need a way to live that leads us towards that experience, that feeds peace, love and joy into our actions and creates that vibration around us.
That practical understanding comes as you balance The Ecology of the Soul – your Seven Spiritual Powers of peace, harmony and wellbeing. We tap our spiritual powers and bring them into balance with each other, all working together to create us as harmonised and highly evolved beings – peaceful, powerful souls.
I’ll come on to the Seven Powers in a minute, but just now let’s consider that the Soul has an ecology just like our planet earth. It’s an eco-system, and just like the earth it needs to be kept in balance. And just like the earth, we’ve lost that balance. As the Earth, so the Soul; when everything goes out of whack, when we lose our balance, our sense of our true self, the result is grim.
The earth – nature – is self healing, it could fix itself if we left it alone. But we aren’t about to do that, because to leave the earth entirely alone would mean, ahem, extinction of the human race. We can’t fix the earth without fixing ourselves, and unlike the earth, we have the conscious power to fix ourselves. We are conscious and we can be conscient, in other words not only aware, but self-aware.
And we have the power to fix ourselves because all those seven powers are already within us. It’s just a matter of uncovering them, polishing them and firing them up; and the more fired up they are, the more they come to the top of your consciousness, the more your inner ecology comes into balance. A balance of peace and power – and love, which describes both.
What are they, these seven powers? The seven parts of your spiritual eco-system, working together in harmony?
1 The Power of Connection
2 The Power of Focus
3 The Power of Communication
4 The Power of Passion
5 The Power of Endurance
6 The Power of Creativity
7 The Power of Nature
They are powers of the soul, but as you would expect each one has a relationship with a specific area of the body, and each one – coincidentally, because I promise this isn’t a rip-off – has a direct parallel with one of the seven Chakras. That’s why I touched my head and body, even down to the parts you can’t see. Lots more to talk about on the Chakras.
Each one of the Seven Powers comes with its own seven meditations, making 49 nutty, chewy topics for you to ponder and meditate on – at one a week, almost a year’s peace and power right there. Use them to uncover and nurture the different aspects of the Powers within your Self; like the ecology of the planet, the ecology of the Soul is an inter-related system. There are many layers, revealing themselves as your understanding and experience grows.
How to connect, how to uncover, how to bring these powers to the surface? Use mini-meditations, which occupy just a single, solo minute of your time – a Magic Minute [see Magic Minutes elsewhere on this blog]. In 60 seconds every day you plant a ‘Power Seed’ in your conscious, thinking mind. It takes root and grows, and very soon you find you have a garden, a new flowering of spiritual consciousness, a balanced ecology of the Soul.
I’ll go into how that works in the next film. Meanwhile, something to leave you with. Use it as your first Power Seed, if you like. The Earth is our Home – the natural habitat for us humans. It leads us to the idea of our spiritual Home, which turns up in every religion, from Heaven to Om. The Greek word ‘eco’ means home; ‘logos’ means wisdom, understanding, knowledge. It also means ‘word’. Hence the root meaning of the word ‘Ecology’; the ‘wisdom of home’. Know the ecology of the Soul, and you have the wisdom of home. All you need to know about who you are and where you belong.
More, much more, to come.