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Why am I Alive?

After the Fire — How will I choose to live my life?

Chloë Rain
Burning the Boats
Growth is the willingness to let reality be new every moment, surrender is being alert to exactly what is happening now, we find our path not by thinking, feeling, or doing, but through surrender, surrender reveals the impulses of spirit beneath the mask of ego, any desire to grow is following the flow of love, if we block our desires we block our natural avenue of growth.
— Deepak Chopra

There is an experience I've heard of when people experience a complete loss, due to a fire. When they lose their home and all of their belongings, many people recover quickly, and many people never recover. There is a distinct difference in the way these "two sets of people" experience in their loss, before the fire and after the fire, the only difference between their similar experience is how they deal with the emotionality of the aftermath.

The balance of their life and existence become determined by a choice— how will they live their life after the fire? What remains is a choice of how to respond.  

How will I live my life? How will I choose to experience this loss of everything I once was, in order to go on?

Burning the Boats (A Spiritual Practice)

A particular irreversible action can be a point of no return, but the point of no return can also be a calculated point during a continuous action.

To burn one's boats alludes to certain famous incidents where a commander, having landed in a hostile country, ordered his men to destroy their ships, so that they would have to conquer the country or be killed. 

"Break the kettles and sink the boats" This is an ancient Chinese saying, which refers to Xiang Yu's order at the Battle of Julu (207 BC); by fording a river and destroying all means of re-crossing it, he committed his army to a struggle to the end with the Qin and eventually achieved victory. Wikipedia references to the Point of No Return.

Beyond a certain point there is no return. This point has to be reached. The point of no return is the point beyond which one must continue on his or her current course of action because turning back is physically impossible.

So often, along my own personal journey I felt empty. I felt lost. I experienced a lot of fear, and this caused me great pain. I pondered the people who give it all up, relinquish all personal possessions, find themselves on some spiritual journey in a foreign land, and dedicated their daily life and energies to the search within themselves. What happens to "these people"?

Something inside of me was broken, broken open, broken to the point of not being able to put it back together again.

Now I understand how one finds themselves contemplating this existence, because at the core of life, there is death, no one escapes this end, and if we are not to escape death, and do not know when it comes for us, then how shall we spend our lives? The breath in your lungs, the blood in your veins, all this energy expended on doing and gathering and saving up for the end?

I simply realized that no matter what I thought and what I had proclaimed about myself, I had to let go of everything I once was in order to move on.

Everything I had always identified myself to be, the stories I told myself about my entire adult life, the person, the things, the qualities of my personality, my relationships to others, my relationship to myself, all died and ceased to exist, and now are completely transformed

The pain and the grieving, and the clutching, clinging, and posturing to hold on to a particular self image was painful. But who was causing this pain? I was. And why?

I decided to let go.

It appears, that a fundamental problem of life is resistance to experience. Logically the solution to this problem is to become willing to experience what we experience, and that tiny little thing is so incredibly simple yet so difficult that most people are content to live in the world of non-experience, of drama, of shadow.

When we experience what we are experiencing, we line ourselves up with what actually is. We stop pretending that it isn’t. This is the source of much power in our lives. Masters are people who allow themselves and others to be the way they are. Accepting what is real is also the source of creativity. When we line ourselves up with what is true within ourselves, it seems to open us up to more truth. And what better thing could life be about than opening up ourselves to more power, clarity, truth, and love?

"You must let go, in order to go on."

A personal note from me: There is something about sitting in nature that is truly healing. In the beginning of my personal journey, I would go regularly to the beach near my house and sit on the ground, even in the cold of the Pacific Northwest winter, until I felt whole, secure, grounded, and at peace with the state of my life and my existence in the world. I wondered if I could go and sit for a year under a tree like Siddhārtha Gautama and grow a long beard and perhaps then I would be happy and find enlightenment. In my case I sat by a large body of water, melted into the sand, and didn't wear mascara for a year, my hair became long again, and happiness became real.

It is difficult, but not impossible.

Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

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Why am I alive? Questions to the Divine : Explore Deeply Sessions

Be who you want, Healing, Learning to Love YourselfChloë RainComment

Its that time of year again...the end of the year is fast approaching... we're all wrapped up in the Holiday season and taking stock of our lives and thinking about what's up for us in the New Year...

But this time of year can be a tricky time to navigate emotionally with all of the Holiday activities, and things meant to cheer, especially if this time of year is particularly rough for you year after year.

Each year I host a Happy Holidays Healing Circle in hopes to provide a supportive and cheerful space for those of us who find this time of year particularly difficult, or for those people who would just like to join in a circle of like minded souls and receive healing and good cheer.

This year I am doing things a little differently.

I am introducing Why am I alive? Explore Deeply Sessions and if everybody digs them, then maybe they will continue into the New Year, and beyond.

About once a week, I will be answering one of your questions in a VLOG (video blog post.)

Think of it kinda like a self help column where you can write in and ask questions about your life purpose, your career, your relationships, family dynamics, wealth & prosperity, love, self-love, soul purpose or anything other areas of particular concern.... and I will be answering your questions on the blog via a special video cast channelled especially for you and your wellbeing.

Please write me with your questions and I will choose one to answer each week.   

You will be surprised that many of us have the same questions and part of the healing you will receive in asking your questions is in knowing you are not alone, and that your question may be helping someone else out there wondering the same thing.

You may want to receive insight on a particular question about relationships, career, prosperity, family dynamics, soul purpose, life purpose... any topic is welcome.  Or you may want help with the one thing you are struggling most with at this time.

The Divine is not limited by human time, space or physical concerns. Each day take down one boundary between you and the Divine.
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Chloë Rain is the Founder of Explore Deeply and the Explore Deeply Movement. She is a Spiritual Teacher & Intuitive Guide.

Chloë has had the pleasure of working with women and men all over the globe to learn to source their inner power, deepen their relationship to self love, and experience greater fulfillment, so they can enjoy the happiness they have always wanted, and have confidence and joy in their lives, relationships, and finances.

Many of her clients find that their relationships and careers shift dramatically in new and exciting ways after doing this work, creating freedom and fulfillment in their personal and professional lives. To find out more about working with Chloë go → here.

Please feel free to share content freely from Explore Deeply™. However, please be courteous and link back to the original post, and credit Explore Deeply as well as the writer where applicable. I hope you find many resources here to serve you as you walk your path of purpose. Much love!