The Shadow in the Mirror

 

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Self-awareness is synonymous with being spiritually awake. It is the combination of conscientiousness and consciousness. Those who are self-aware take personal responsibility for who they are, what they do and what they offer to the world. They see themselves without filters thus are able to fix what needs fixing. They are constantly monitoring themselves to find a better way to everything from improving personal habits, polishing their skills and growing their gifts to improving the lives of others and the world. It is often said that to become spiritually evolved one must first become selfish in order to become selfless and it is true to a degree. The mirror must first be turned upon yourself to ferret out the flaws, heal the damage, repair the broken parts and to become the best version of you possible. Once you reach that platitude, selfless becomes easy. While you are still in the equation for the most part your mind is consumed with loving and helping others. Focusing on adding to life verses taking from it, being aware of the shadow you cast on others and the world, produces inner peace and a state of constant euphoria which has been scientifically proven. You trigger the “happy chemicals” in your body such as Dopamine, which is the good feeling you get when you approach a reward; Serotonin, which is the good feeling of getting respect; Oxytocin, which is the feeling of trust; and Endorphin, which is the euphoria that masks physical pain. Becoming self-aware is a noble goal worth pursuing. ~Ariaa Jaeger

Ariaa Jaeger is a Spiritual Life Strategist, Global Thought Leader,  Intuitive counselor and Best-Selling Author. If you would like to make an appointment with Ariaa or wish to set up a free consultation or reading, visit her website, Ariaa.com

The Contagious Culture of Goodness

I am madly in love…so deeply that most days I cannot contain the overflow. I dwell in a world of illusion so transfixed and mesmerized by this captivating wave of love. I am forever caught in its wonders and the extraordinary paths it illumines. I am captive forevermore, held hostage by its all-encompassing, all consuming, all engulfing atmosphere. I cannot free myself for it forever pursues me and chases me down each day and without so much of a hint of warning, it besieges me and overtakes my soul. The fusion occurred long ago in times which now only live in vague memories and the universal hologram.

I am head over heels in love with goodness. Though it is all around us in millions of happenings and in billions of people, I am talking about the kind of goodness there is no reward for, selfless, pure and of genuine intent.
What set me on this path and what makes a person resonate so intensely to goodness? Out of nearly 8 billion people worldwide, why are so few nestled in its warm embrace? Why are we the paupers while others are rewarded for that which is nonessential to anything that in the end matters? What is this hunger to exercise that which is good and right and true and what makes goodness the way?

I pondered all these philosophical questions the week Pope Francis visited America in the summer of 2015. What was it about this man that made even the atheists become soft and warmed by his very presence? It wasn’t a demi-god thing; there were no grandiose speeches or enormous displays of ego at work. There was a simple missionary on a mission to spread love all while being carried from event to event a tiny Fiat automobile. I marveled at how many people suddenly were enveloped in his grace and kindness…let’s face it, even the hardest of men found themselves soul searching that week while glued to the television coverage of his every move.Pope Francis inspired millions and even the Speaker of the House, John Boehner was not immune to the contagion of goodness. This simple servant managed to bring many believers and non-believers into unison with love and the dance was a high immaculate.

We watch videos of people saving animals in peril, of rescuers coming to the aid of humans in need, we see acts of kindness and we meld into a pile of goo…albeit lovely goo.The fact is goodness is contagious and in a world growing harder and colder daily, in a world where our leaders and most politicians are morally bankrupt and humans have become desensitized by life, goodness is the vaccine which cures the plague of indifference. goodnessblogariaajaeger
There have been countless studies on the effects of kindness and acts of goodness and the data reveals increased heart health benefits, the body ages slower, relationships improve and an overall sense of peace occurs. Additionally just witnessing an act of kindness triggers the happy chemicals of the brain leading to a sense of elation.

Humans are born with goodness in their composition; it is only circumstances and conditions which cause them to act outside of the boundary of love and kindness. Many have to retrain their brains and hearts for goodness to be their first response to any situation.

I saw a story on 60 Minutes about a prosecutor in Louisiana who zealously and with great pomp convicted a man of murder 30 plus years ago. When DNA tests revealed the man was innocent, this once hardened District Attorney was brought to his knees. Not only had the accused lived in solitary confinement for 30 years leaving his cell only one hour a day to walk around, it was discovered upon his release that he had terminal cancer and died penniless only a few months after he gained his long overdue freedom. The DA is now trying to make amends and did apologize to the convicted man but to no avail, he could not find forgiveness of self and said he will spend the rest of his life living with this travesty he created. He admitted that he was arrogant; seduced by the culture of success and that he blatantly overlooked any other suspects because this conviction was just too easy for him. I am sure he now asks himself every day, was it worth it? Were the gains worth living a lie? Were his successes of any real value now that the world knew they were built on a lie and on harming an innocent man? To his credit he has asked Louisiana to reprimand him for his actions.

Goodness, even if late in coming is always a welcomed guest and should be treated with respect, nurtured with unconditional love and taught in schools worldwide as an essential part of academia.

Ariaa Jaeger, Ariaa.com

The Disposable Generation

There was a time when men and women shared the same values. They worked toward the same goal, they valued honesty, loyalty and relied upon each other, they built the dream together. There was a time when what was important was worth making an effort for, when you would go out of your way to ensure success in that which mattered. When the goal led to cooperation and a spirit of understanding that in the end they would be better for having shared the dream. Today’s society is disposable, everything and everyone disposable, replaceable and while that may work with things and stuff, it is not the way humankind was created and it is not the way humankind will thrive. People need people to learn from, to teach, to share, to grow, to inspire, to be a shoulder in times of pain, to be a tower of strength in times of travail. To be there in the end when the days of youth leave your face and the clouds grow grayer from the passage of time…whether it is a friend, a spouse, a husband, a wife, a lover, a sister, a brother or a kind neighbor, the bottom line is that no one wants to die alone, to be forgotten to be disposed of. YOU are an original, you are NOT replaceable in any area of LIFE or LOVE, Value YOU and the rest of the world will too. Plan a life that includes each other for you will be the richer for it in the end and so will those who choose to take that walk with you. No one is disposable, all are a gift to life ~Ariaa Jaeger ~Ariaaisms~ Spiritual Food for the Soul~ ~ ©2013 copyright All rights reserved ~ Http://Ariaa.com

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Embrace Diversity

We may look different and think differently, we may be exact opposite polarities; we may be passionate about our ideology, our philosophy, our politics and our vision but in the end cut us with the same blade and the majority of us will bleed. When human beings finally grasp the basic concept that to hurt one is to hurt all, when we finally understand the elementary principle that LOVE and civility cultivated en’masse will produce greater and more effective results than its counterpart; when we finally act from a spirit of oneness and exercise a gentler dialogue, when light is included as a partner to reason, when we understand that division makes a weak nation,that battle is the food of ignorant fools and feeds the darkness, when we finally awaken spiritually as a whole there will be real change.

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~Ariaa Jaeger ~ Ariaaisms~ Spiritual Food for the Soul~ ©2013 All Rights Reserved Ariaa.com

Paint Your Thoughts

Awaken to the world you paint with your thoughts everyday. There are no victims only those unaware of their karma, past or present, those blind to what they have attracted, good or bad, those who fail to take personal responsibility and discover the blessings within each life event.

Change your perceptions by discovering yourself, go within, meditate, seek the higher wisdom which lies within every soul. Seek the higher solutions which come in the silence where angels and sages eagerly await to help you overcome and master all you came to earth to fulfill. Wake up, tune in, spiritually evolve and stop blaming your family, your friends and the world for the lot you have drawn into your life. With every hardship there is mastery awaiting to be engaged. With every heartache quantum leaping of the soul comes. With every negative event, a positive one is sure to follow.

The earth is built on opposite polarities thus what goes up will come down, what comes down will rise again. There is a purpose and a reason unto all things. Seek to understand the measure of what you are creating, what you are a magnet to and learn to create with greater strokes of the paintbrush of life. For those who seek create the art of mastery, know thyself and discover the paradisaical within.

Ariaa Jaeger~Ariaaisms~ Spiritual Food for the Soul~ ©2013 all rights reserved

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