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Taking Care of Your Higher Self
by Karen Kingston

I once read that Deepak Chopra goes off by himself to a desert every year and spends a whole month meditating. Wise man, I thought. It certainly explains how he continues his phenomenal output year after year.

We all need time out for ourselves. Most people call this ‘down time’. I suppose they are referring to the feeling of laying down their responsibilities for a while. I prefer to call it ‘up time,’ since for me the real purpose of taking time out from the demands of everyday life is to strengthen and develop the higher connections that sustain me.

In our busy world it is all too easy to lose touch with the important things in life. My father, a devout workaholic, had a rhetorical question I heard him pose many times as I grew up: "Do you live to work, or work to live?" He strived for the latter but always ended up back in the former.

Following in his footsteps, I, too, have a very busy professional life, but my spiritual education has better prepared me to deal with this common trap. I elude it by having one golden rule: I always put me on my calendar first.

Born and raised in England, since 1990 I have lived in Bali, Indonesia. I totally fell in love with the place and the spiritual connections that are available to me here. When planning my year ahead I first block out which six months of the year I want to spend in Bali, and then arrange my international teaching schedule to fit in around that. I always put me first. Or rather, I always put the spiritual me first.

In the early days, this seemed an impossible dream. How could I live in Bali for six months of each year and expect to find work in the west for the other six months? But I did it and have never looked back. Not only I have I realized my dream but now the highpoint of my year is when people fly to Bali to take workshops with me here. I don’t even have to leave home.

The important thing is to follow your spiritual integrity. Let that be the guiding beacon in your life. You can tune into it at any time and if you constantly follow its direction, great spiritual forces can gather to support you and assist you on your way. They are already there, just waiting for you, but most people never make the connections.

Do this right now. Sit up straight, close your eyes, and place your attention above your head. There’s a central channel of energy that extends infinitely upwards from the center of the top of your head. If you gently probe this, you will find there are several nodes along this channel. As you click into each of them in turn, feel how it feels. Each of them has a different flavor. The one you are looking for is the one that connects to the knowing of who you are and what you are here to do.

I recently discovered a wonderful book that describes this whole magnificent process in great detail. It’s an epic novel called ‘Atlantean Secrets’ by Samuel Sagan (published by Clairvision). The author describes this mechanism as ‘tuning in to the clear fountain’ and shows how the hero learns to rest on the clear fountain and allow it to guide him on his path. It’s become one of my favorite books of all time.

It’s this knowing that I tune into each year when planning my year, and each day when decided what to do or not do. It’s about living life from the top down rather than from the bottom up, prioritizing according to spiritual purpose rather than being buffeted on the winds of time. Our earthly existence is but a passing phase – a ‘rent-a-body’ situation for a few brief years and then we return to spirit again. We must never allow ourselves to lose sight of this.

In Bali, they know this very well. It’s their constant awareness of the higher worlds that makes it such an attractive place for me to live. A newborn baby, as an example, is always addressed in the high language usually reserved for Gods and priests because it’s clearly still so close to Highness. We come from there, we return to there, and we can stay connected there while we are here. It’s all a matter of taking care of your Higher Self.

Copyright © Karen Kingston, 2001. All rights reserved.

Karen Kingston is recognized as the world's leading authority on Space Clearing, the Feng Shui art of clearing and consecrating energy in buildings.

Her two ground-breaking international best-sellers, Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui (published 1996) and Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui (published 1998) have both been translated into more than 10 different languages and have widespread appeal.

Born in England, Karen has made her home in Bali since 1990 and spends half of each year traveling and teaching internationally. She met her Balinese husband, Rai, in 1993 and they were married in 1996.

Karen's teachings are based on over a quarter of a century of intensive personal exploration of the unseen worlds, which have become as tangible to her as the seen worlds. Her workshops are a unique blend of spiritual insights and practical information, delivered with her own lively brand of humor. She teaches to packed audiences around the world, primarily in the UK, USA & Bali.


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