“You and I possess within ourselves at every moment of our lives, under all circumstances, the power to transform the quality of our lives.” – Werner Erhard
When you are triggered by a situation or someone else behavior, you should be thankful. Thankful, yes, thankful! A trigger is a sign that you have a trauma that you need to heal, and healing is required to live our best life. Most often, our first response, when we are triggered, is to react negatively towards the source of the trigger. Our bodies recall lower level thought forms and emotions, anger, fear, frustration, worry, doubt, from a previous time, and we bring that energy into our current situation and circumstance. Rather than taking the time to be mindful and process our feelings under a greater awareness, our minds flag our experiences and tell us how we should react. Reacting with negative, lower level emotion to a trigger is a mind on auto-pilot. It is how most of us live daily.
We are spiritual beings having a physical experience, and that means we experience the full range of human emotions. It is a duality that many people are unaware of. Our lower self is our physical mind-body. Lower level emotions are a reaction to our perceived physical experience and our perceived limits. Our higher self knows the truth of what we are, non-physical/spiritual beings not limited by physical limitations. Awareness from this place raises us above physical conditions and allows us to see rightly beyond what presents in our physical reality.
Have you ever seen a tapestry or needlepoint? From underneath, it is a mess. Knots and strings are going every which way. There is no pattern; there is no beauty to behold. We are lucky if we can make some sense out of it. So we try to make the best out of what we see. However, from the top, it is a beautiful work of art. Every stitch is perfectly laid with precision and creates a masterpiece that is personally crafted and truly one of a kind.
When we are operating in our lower self mindset, we see things from underneath the tapestry of life. Life, as we see it, is randomly happening to us and seems to have no rhyme or reason. In this place, we are just trying to navigate through the mess. Things are happening to us and seem to have no purpose. We react based on the circumstance and situation. We are just trying to make it to the finish line. Our lower self reacts with lower-level emotions by what it perceives because that is all it knows.
However, when we awaken to the truth of who we are, there is another side. When we embrace the duality, we gain a higher perspective. We see that there is more to life than the underside of the tapestry. We raise our awareness to embrace a higher seeing, a greater knowing. We can leave the preceptions of our lower self behind and gloriously arise to find that WE are weaving a majestic masterpiece. As our higher selves, we know that we are creating something amazing, and everything happening underneath is purposeful and necessary.
When we learn to trust our higher self, we no longer react to our situations. We learn how to respond in our knowledge that all things are happening for the beauty we are becoming. When we are triggered, we can choose to reach for an emotion that embraces our knowing. We no longer dwell in our lower level emotions because we trust in the process and are living as our higher selves. You know that every person or situation that triggers you is actually assisting you in releasing behaviors, feelings, and thought forms that no longer serve your higher knowing and being. You no longer respond with lower-level emotions because you choose to raise your awareness to a level that observes all that happens in life as infinitely good and happening solely for your benefit and expansion. In this place, triggers become trainers. They become lessons that teach us how to respond in love and gratitude in all things. Now we can rest in the peace that surpasses all human understanding moment by moment, by moment. This is how we heal.