Cultivating Certainty: During Significant Transformational Times by Triza Schultz

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ~ Anais Nin

The butterfly has long been a symbol of transformation by indigenous people around the world because of its dramatic stages of metamorphosis from a slow crawling caterpillar into a luminously flying creature. It symbolizes the change that must occur for its complete value fulfillment. Being a part of nature, we can see ourselves within the labor for freedom of flight on many levels. As the cries of “We have broken the fear barrier!” ring out from the people of Egypt and Tunisia, and are now working their way across Libya and the Middle East into Iran, the world watches in awe at this historic transformational and deeply spiritual event taking place. People are becoming empowered with the certainty of their right to be who they really are: beings who must live in the light of freedom and denounce the suppression of darkness. The imbalance that has existed for decades is now quickly struggling to find its center of balance. People are taking flight. This is a spiritual evolution for the most basic truths of life, which of course, will rock political and religious suppression because it must. The need for freedom of speech, pursuit of knowledge and education, the need for nurturing and creative diversity in a peaceful and sustainable way, and the cry for democracy, which is ideally a way of civilized life wholly determined by the people, is the spiritual mandate for human evolution across the world in the 21st century. It’s unavoidable that we are globally becoming one family in all our magnificent diversity. We crave to share, understand, and more intimately know each other. This wave of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual transformation combines a balancing of feminine and masculine energies: The decline of dysfunctional male draconian aggression which results in violence and paralysis is now moving into the positive masculine energy of assertive, intellectual, and reasonable management by the people. And the decline of dysfunctional female servitude and repression is now opening to express the positive feminine energy of nurturing on all levels and supporting creative diversity. Ying/YangThe combined male/female energy exists within all people, regardless of whether we are a man or a woman. We each need the harmonizing aspects of the yin (female) and yang (male) energies to be balanced individuals who are then able to harmonize the spiritual and physical aspects of life as spiritual beings having a physical existence. During this historically pivotal time in our humanity, the energy of powerful spiritual transformation in an awakening to higher consciousness does have its effects. We can feel weary, frightened, and overwhelmed at times. Rapid change unsettles us because in part, our wings are wet from the birthing process, and we must trust that we will fly, just as the butterfly is driven and certain it will take its first flight. No matter where we live, we can empathically feel these immense ripples of change in the world. And we have our own individual spiritual growth process going on simultaneously that contributes to the whole. We must pause and recognize that world change does begin within each one of us. Can we see and acknowledge how powerful we are? We can extinguish our personal darkness with each small light of recognition, one step at a time. Darkness cannot exist in light. That is an absolute certainty — a spiritual and scientific truth. One of our great modern day spiritual teachers, Rav P.S. Berg, describes in his book, “The Essential Zohar,” that cultivating certainty is the power of spirit over matter, and humanity’s greatest spiritual adversary is the loss of it. He further describes that deep desire is the mechanism that promotes action, but we must take action, and when we truly know that something is best for us, the Divine will match our heart’s truth, and it will come to us. Rav Berg teaches that also cultivating patience — which overpowers doubt — is one of the results of holding certainty firmly in our minds and thoughts. We can move mountains by living our lives with clarity of purpose, with believing in our most positive desires, and knowing that we are infinite souls of the Divine tapestry who choose the design of our lives.

Being alive is more than breathing and existing in an imaginary world through someone or something else, like perpetually watching reality TV. It’s taking the risk of getting out in the world and spreading our wings to create the most positive life where we can share our gifts with others, under our own terms, and as authentically as we can.

Tips To Help Support Personal And World Spiritual Transformation: Name all the things we are grateful for every day — this positive affirmation brings in abundance energy and is the antidote to lack and victim mentality. Appreciate what we have and where we are in our life now— this positive acknowledgment brings peace and abundance and is the antidote to anxiety and lack mentality. Triza SchultzAppreciate who we are now is the antidote to negatively comparing ourselves to others. Know we pilot the direction of our life, with choices and opportunities to grow and learn in a diverse world. Appreciate that all life is cyclical. Change and movement are evident in everything. There are ups and downs, summers and winters. Practice being in awe of the mystery instead of being afraid to participate in it. Simplify life by living within our means. The greatest beauty, comfort, and satisfaction come from nature, loving relationships, and sharing our gifts with others. These are all essentially free. Patience is the antidote to uncertainty Trust in the infinite goodness of the Universe is the antidote to negative thinking and victim mentality Determining our best options in any situation and making a decision to act upon it is the antidote to apathy, wishful thinking, and helplessness Send positive thoughts/prayers (healing, peace, abundance, love, beauty, etc.) to our loved ones and our brothers and sisters in the world “for the highest good for all” is the antidote to getting negatively attached to what we think the outcome of our prayers should be, and frees the Universe to actually provide what is best.

As the beloved Lebanese American mystic, artist, and poet Khalil Gibran (1883-1931) so plainly said, “Doubt is a pain too lonely to know that faith is his twin brother.” These times are calling for the path of the heart and the certainty that banishes negativity. We are indeed, learning to fly… Resources “The Essential Zohar” by Rav P. S. Berg — Book(Uncovering spiritual truths) “Unconditional Confidence” by Pema Chodron — 2/CD audio book “What To Remember When Waking” by David Whyte — 6/CD’s Affirmation for this month — Trust

Today, I confidently cast out worry and uncertainty, and open my arms to receive the infinite goodness of the universe. Live in beauty and be well – Triza Schultz

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"I ended a 26 year corporate HR consulting career in 1997 to follow my path as a spiritual guide, writer, and artist. During that transition, I published my book, “The Fear Standard — A Guide And Personal Journey to Regain Our Intuitive Spirit.” In 2005, I was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I view this challenge as a gift and the medium from which deeply emotional, spiritual, and physical healings and insights are distilled. I realized that the greatest pain one can endure is also the point of departure to the greatest love. Fear in all its many facets is truly a spiritual matter - and love has the final word."