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November Novelty: Letting Go of Labels (and Connecting to Flow)
Our Monthly Meditation Theme is all about connecting to your true essence.
I find it fascinating that this topic is coming up now. Over the last decade or so, I have increasingly been called to let go of labels. I actually add a whole section about this to the post before realizing that I would rather discuss it somewhere less public.
Which brings me to an exciting announcement: paid subscriptions are coming soon! You can find all about it at the bottom of this post. And, of course, you can also still sign up as a free subscriber.
Let’s now look at Niv’s message for us, starting with a quick summary. You can find the full message below. It contains a lot more nuances and additional information, as well as Niv going bananas over a banana. You’ll see what I mean when you get there. :)
Key Points About Labels:
This month, we invite you to explore where ideas are impeding the natural flow of your experience. We also encourage you to find ways to look at situations and experiences that make you feel good. This can require changing your labels—or letting them go altogether.
Labels can limit the flow of our experience.
While labels are sometimes helpful for logistical purpose, labeling your life experience can be tricky—for you often tend to shorten a very complex, broad, multilayered experience to one word, or a few words.
People are very attached to their labels. However, a label is really just an agreement between a certain group of people that one thing means a certain thing.
Instead of putting a label on an experience (“good” “bad” etc.), you can see a situation through different levels/perspectives. This is like putting on different colored sunglasses, where each one gives you a different view of the situation.
Look at the same experience through the eyes of your rational mind, your soul, and the eyes of grace (whatever grace means to you). How does the situation changed based on how you look at it?
This is a good exercise to do with past experiences that still impact you. You can change that impact by going back and looking at it through a different level.
When you can see the possibility that there is something more joyful than whatever negative label might have become attached to a negative experience, then you are really getting ready to step on this path of joyful growth.
Full Message About Letting Go Of Labels
Here’s the audio of my channeled session, which I recorded in our garage in my car (let’s just say it was the quietest place in our house at the time…).
If we wanted to put a label on the audio quality, “not-so-great” comes to mind. :) Since the energy is encoded in this recording and goes beyond the words, you could always listen to it on mute while reading through the transcript.
This month, we invite you to explore where ideas are impeding the natural flow of your experience. Life flows all the time. And then the mind imposes meaning on top of that experience, putting things into neat little boxes.
Sometimes that is helpful. For instance, in a warehouse, it is useful to have things grouped into certain categories that everyone understands.
However, when you do that with your own life experiences, it gets tricky—for you often tend to shorten a very complex, broad, multilayered experience to one word, or a few words… something like mistake, failure, success, learning opportunity. And that one word is like picking one potential aspect of a diamond or multifaceted crystal.
Now, if you think about an experience that you've put a label on, and in a way, it doesn't even matter if this is a positive label—”that was a fail”—or a negative label. And we may have gotten our labels confused here. And maybe that's a good thing. Because, you see, humans are very attached to their labels and get upset if you mislabel something. And in a way, a label is really just an agreement that a certain group of people has that one thing means a certain thing.
Now, to bring that back to your life experience, pick an experience, any experiences. You can trust that the first one that comes up is a good one for this exercise. And explore what label you have attached to that experience.
Now, take a moment and imagine that you're peeling off that label from that experience, how you would peel off the label from a banana. Actually look at the banana, in this case, your experience. And the thing is, you can look at an experience from many different levels or through many different lenses, we could say.
So first, look at this experience and imagine you're putting on sunglasses in a specific color. And this is the color that is your rational mind. And just see how this experience looks like to your rational mind. All right, good.
And now, you're putting on different sunglasses. Again, in a different color. Now, pick a color that, for you, corresponds to the vision of your soul. How does your soul look at this banana… I mean, your experience. How does your soul look at this experience?
Now, we can assure you that if you do not feel somewhat uplifted, at least a glimmer of hope, while you are doing this exercise, you might have put on the wrong sunglasses and not the ones that give you soul vision. If that's the case, understand that's completely normal. It is challenging sometimes to really switch perspectives—and it is entirely doable as well.
So grab another set of sunglasses. And this time, look at the situation through the eyes of grace, whatever grace means to you. And allow grace to permeate and experience, and see how that might change that experience. And this, my friend—if you're now one with a state of grace—this is a truer way of looking at this situation and whatever label you or anyone else ascribes to.
And this is also a good way if there are experiences that still impact you to change that impact, by going back and looking at it through a different level.
Adults understand that how they perceive the world is different than children. That there are things that they can see about it that children cannot see. Now, of course, the opposite is also true. And we by no means want to say that adults have all the answers. There are ways in which children are more connected to universal love. Or they have not forgotten where they came from to the same extent that adults often do. All we're saying is that the same situation looks so different to various perspectives.
And this month, we really want to encourage you to find ways to look at situations and experiences that make you feel good. There is nothing to be gained…well, in some cases, there's something to be gained from putting a negative label on an experience if it motivates you to move on from that experience.
At the same time, understand that you can also put a positive label on something and still leave it behind if it no longer feels aligned. Whether the thing you're leaving behind is maybe a relationship that no longer works, or a job or a living situation or whatever it is, you can embrace what you have and still let it go.
You can really put positive labels on as many situations as you can. Again, I was using that word there, positive labels. It's not really a label. It's really more letting all labels fall off and seeing the banana for what it really is.
Because if you've really looked at a banana—I just have to come back to this example because I think it's so funny—if you really look at a banana, look at:
Where it was grown, where it came from, all that it took to be in your hand, in your living room or wherever you're having that banana, and how it grew, the sunlight it absorbed, the fellow bananas that were next to this banana.
What stories could this banana tell of the travel it's been through? How many hands have touched that banana? How many people and other beings have contributed to the growth of that banana? What does the banana do to your body when you eat it? How many… I want to say calories, and I mean more like how much fuel does it give you to have that banana? What does that cause in your body?
You see, I could go on for a really long time about this banana, and I assure you I won't. I just wanted to give this as an example.
If even something that is seemingly simple to the human mind as a banana can have such a deep experience, what does it say about you and your life experiences? And maybe and especially the ones that seem hard and that seem bad.
When you can see or you are willing to see the possibility that there is something more joyful than whatever negative label might have become attached to this experience, then you are really getting ready to step on this path of joyful growth.
So with that, my friend, I wish you a beautiful month and a lot of fun in exploring what is underneath, the label, and enjoying the richness underneath.
And I look forward to connecting with you very, very soon.
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