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Sacred Geometry: The Hidden Significance Of Geometrical Shapes

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Our physical reality is located within Space and Time. Modern esoteric knowledge has revealed the possibilities of practical work with the shapes of Space. Sacred geometry is the doctrine of the shapes of Space and the laws of the development of Being in accordance with these shapes.

If you are new to this term then this article is for you! In this article, I will share with you what sacred geometry is and what its benefits are.

What Is Sacred Geometry?

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Sacred geometry is based on symbolic and sacred meanings of certain geometric shapes and proportions. There is a belief that god created the universe according to a geometric plan, and therefore, God is considered the geometer or architect of the world.

Sacred geometric shapes are an important means of spiritual growth. Understanding the simple truths of sacred geometry leads to consciousness expansion and the opening of the heart, which is the next step in personal evolution.

Sacred geometry unites the wisdom of many mystical schools, both existing long before our era and modern, linking esotericism with the latest achievements of quantum physics. This amazing science recognizes all the typical forms of manifestation of higher knowledge, considering them as containers of information about the manifested world and about humanity’s place within it.

Sacred geometry has played a major role in the art, architecture, and philosophy of many cultures for thousands of years.

Geometric ratios and geometric shapes were often employed in the designs of ancient Egyptian, ancient Indian, Greek, and Roman architecture.

Medieval European cathedrals also incorporated symbolic geometry.

Indian and Himalayan spiritual communities often constructed temples and fortifications on design plans of mandala and yantra.

Islamic geometric patterns are well known too, which are used in the Qu’ran, Mosques and even in the calligraphies of personal names.

The Purposes

So, the purposes of sacred geometry are:

  • keeps us in a state of awareness of who we are, where we came from and why we are here now;
  • teaches deep reflection on the mysteries of being and ways to achieve spiritual perfection;
  • refers to the ancient and modern knowledge of the spiritual worlds, which provide the possibility of establishing balance on all planes of existence;
  • endows the soul with responsibility for actions, compassion, and love.

Sacred Geometry is the Key to Harmony

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We live in a geometrically regulated world where the actions of the physical plane obey the laws of mathematics. Creation is directly expressed through harmony.

Sacred geometry defines the laws of existence and brings them to people through the language of numbers, angles, and shapes. Sacred geometry describes the forces of self-organization that shape the world. It measures the harmonic vibrations that sustain life at all levels of being.

The science of sacred geometry combines the material aspects of creation with the spiritual essence. It is the interaction of the visible and the invisible, the manifested and the unmanifested, the finite and the infinite.

Sacred geometry provides the means to contemplate the manifestations of God and his diversity in the universal order of things. This idea is especially evident in Islam and Hinduism. Mosques contain many keys to the structure of the Cosmos, symbols of the world as a creation of God. Various ritual and occult structures have similar geometric shapes.

Natural Geometrical Shapes

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Many shapes observed in nature can be related to geometry. For example, the chambered nautilus grows at a constant rate and so its shell forms a logarithmic spiral to accommodate that growth without changing shape.

Another example is the honeybees. These beautiful creatures construct hexagonal cells to hold their honey. These and other correspondences are proof of the natural significance of geometric forms.

If nature is harmonious and a human being is a part of nature, then he/she himself/herself must be harmonious by nature. The laws governing our minds and bodies reflect the manifestation of nature on a larger scale.

Symbolic systems serve to help develop, manifest and restore the organicity of the life path – the path of developing nature.

Sacred Geometry And Architecture

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For thousands of years, sacred geometry has been used as a tool to establish universal order on Earth. The specific embodiment – the sacred architecture.

The laws of sacred geometry were used by the ancients to build cities and temples. These laws have not changed, except they have become more complex. However, the original shapes of the sacred geometry of the Universe remained the same: circle, triangle, square, rectangle, and their combinations.

Since it is impossible to build anything at all without knowledge of geometry and Supreme harmony, knowledge of it is the key to the mysteries of the Universe. The harmonious combination of proportional parts in an architecture, their proportionality, and organic unity gives rise to emotional, aesthetic and spiritual joy.

Countries located in different geographical, climatic and social conditions create similar artistic and mystical symbols, aesthetic patterns and architectural canons.

Sacred Geometry And Feng Shui

The applicability of Feng Shui ideas in construction helps people to get into resonance with natural human and earthly rhythms. The interaction of Feng Shui and sacred geometry is manifested in the generality of methods for determining the direction of vital energy flows and working with the subtle world.

Despite the great popularity of Feng Shui, the truly effective use of this science is not available to everyone, because practical adherence to the methods of sacred architectonics of the house requires high professionalism.

The Mysteries Of Geometric Shapes

From ancient times, people were in search of a universal language of communication with God. These searches have led to the discovery of certain symbols and images that, in fact, reflect the external reality. A combination of these symbols represents a geometric pattern that describes the world.

Geometric symbols are used in mythology, the religious sphere, different spiritual traditions, alchemy, mysticism, etc.

The symbols of sacred geometry describe the structure of the Universe in its vertical and horizontal aspects. Complex ornaments can create an ethical and moral space denoting such concepts as faith, hope, fortitude, justice, truth, law.

The symbolism of geometric shapes underlies the structure of space and the shape of objects. The knowledge of the symbolism of geometric figures brings us closer to the knowledge of God.

Each geometric figure can be allegorically understood as a kind of map, which contains part of the vast knowledge about the structure of the world, man, and the Universe. Knowing the language of geometric figures can help one gain an understanding of the Divine.

Below you will find short descriptions of the most common symbols of the sacred geometry.

Vertical Axis

The vertical axis indicates connection and unity with the absolute. It is the power of heaven descending upon men.

Horizontal Axis

The horizontal axis symbolizes the connection with the life force. It is the Union of life in men and all living beings.

Sphere

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The sphere is the simplest yet most perfect geometric shape. It symbolizes the expression of unity, completeness, and integrity. Atoms, cells, seeds, planets, and globular star systems are all spheres. If you pay attention to the shapes prevailing in the Universe, the most common is spherical: planets, stars, galaxies have a spherical shape. Even on our planet Earth due to the forces of surface tension, air bubbles in water, water droplets on a hot plate, mercury droplets acquire a spherical shape.

The spherical scheme of the Cosmos embraced by the world abyss is very widespread among different peoples. In the ancient Indian traditions have said about the 33 gods that are allocated to the three cosmic spheres: celestial, atmospheric, and earthly.

In the mythology of Bali known chthonic sphere – the abode of demonic forces that carry both destruction and renewal, the link between life and death.

In Buddhism, the upper Heaven realm is formed by two spheres in samsara: the sphere that has a form (Rupa) and the sphere that has no form (Arupa).

Jannah, the Muslim Paradise, according to legend, is located on the eight heavenly spheres.

Circle

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A circle is a two-dimensional shadow of a sphere, which in all cultures is considered to represent the indivisibility and perfection of the Universe. The circle has neither beginning nor end, it represents infinity, perfection and eternity and is a symbol of God.

In the system of geometric magic, the circle is one of the main figures to protect against the penetration of unwanted creatures.

The circle serves to describe various forms of both being and non-being.

Rulers often choose the circle as an emblem of their power and authority.

Dot

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A dot is an infinitesimal element in the center of a circle or sphere. It symbolizes the unity of time and space. A dot is the beginning of all other shapes.

In Islam, the light of Muhammad is understood as the first creation of Allah, appearing as a luminous dot long before the creation of man.

The Egyptians called God the Eye of the universe. The dot within the circle was considered the personification of the deity surrounded by eternity.

Spiral

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Since time immemorial, people have known about the spiral development of the Universe and humanity. In ancient Egyptian temples, the spiral was depicted as a Cobra on the Pharaoh’s helmet. In India, the vital energy, Kundalini, is located at the base of the spine in the form of a snake coiled. In Freemasonry, the spiral staircase expresses the idea of spiritual growth.

Triangle

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A triangle can be seen as a symbol of the sun. This is because the Sun itself is the source of life, heat and light, the three principles. In various mythologies, the triangle symbolizes the fruiting power of the earth, marriage, flame, head, mountain, pyramid, trinity, physical stability; body-mind-soul; father-mother-child; three cosmic zones (heaven-earth-lower world).

The three connected triangles are the symbol of the absolute, the Pythagorean symbol of health.

A triangle pointing up has long symbolized the masculine, while a downward-pointing triangle represents the feminine.

A triangle in the square symbolizes divine and human, heavenly and earthly, spiritual and corporeal.

A triangle in the circle is the symbol of Trinity in the One.

Two intersecting triangles are the symbol of the Union of fire and water, the victory of spirit over matter.

In the language of forms, a triangle is the simplest form after a dot.

The three points of the triangle belong to the triads of world principles: creation, preservation, and dissolution.

Square

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A square is a basic shape. It is the receptacle and basis of the manifested world. The four is a symbol of the world expanding in four directions.

A square is the form of order and perfection. It is the support of the geometry of space. This figure symbolizes stability.

It symbolizes reliability, integrity, peace of mind.

In Hinduism, a square symbolizes the ordered Universe.

It is associated with ideas such as number 4, equality, simplicity, directness, order, wisdom, honor, earth.

A square serves as a model of many temple structures (ziggurat, pyramid, pagoda, Church), which in turn are considered as an image of the world.

Ellipse

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An ellipse symbolizes decline and ascent, involution and evolution. Inclined ellipse is a symbol of dynamics and pressure.

It also symbolizes the cosmic egg.

Pentagon

The Pentagon in the shape of a star is a symbol of perfection, eternity, the Universe. It is a symbol of health and prosperity. It is the legendary key of Solomon and the symbol of the five wounds of Jesus Christ. In Japan, it is a sign of high status in society.

Hexagon

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A hexagon is a symbol of beauty, abundance, freedom, and number 6. This geometric shape is often found in nature: honeycombs, the structure of some complicated molecules, etc.

Cross

A cross carries a high spiritual aspect. It symbolizes the pursuit of God and eternity, the unity of life and death, and the highest sacred values.

Tetrahedron

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The tetrahedron is a three-dimensional symbol of balance and stability as each side is flat no matter how it is turned. This geometrical shape creates a natural balance between the physical and the spiritual. It corresponds with the Solar Plexus Chakra.

Cube

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It is a 3-dimensional symbol of grounding energy and focus. It connects us to the energies of Earth and nature. The cube is associated with the element of earth and corresponds with the Root Chakra.

Octahedron

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It is a 3-dimensional, self-reflecting shape. The octahedron is associated with the element of Air and corresponds with the Heart Chakra. Through the octahedron, we attune to the spiritual nature of the self.

Icosahedron

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It is a 3-dimensional symbol that encourages us to go with the flow, allowing for creativity and expression to flow effortlessly. The icosahedron is associated with the element of water and corresponds to the Sacral Chakra. It helps us to gain freedom of expression and the removal of the emotional blocks that hold us back.

Dodecahedron

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It is a 3-dimensional symbol that reminds us of our ability to go beyond the physical body to reconnect with the higher resonance of our true nature. It is associated with the element of ether and corresponds to the Third Eye and Crown chakras.

Sacred Geometry Patterns

Vesica Piscis

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The Vesica Piscis is formed by the intersection of two circles or spheres whose centers exactly touch. This symbolic intersection represents the “common ground”, “shared vision” or “mutual understanding” between equal individuals. Interestingly, the shape of the human eye itself is a Vesica Piscis.

Torus

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Rotating a circle about a line tangent to it creates a torus, which is similar to a donut shape where the center exactly touches all the “rotated circles.” The surface of the torus can be covered with 7 distinct areas, all of which touch each other.

In Sacred Geometry, the Torus is considered as the first shape that emerged out of the genesis pattern. It governs many aspects of life, including the human heart, with its seven muscles that form a torus. The torus is literally all around all life forms, all atoms, and all cosmic bodies such as planets, stars, and galaxies. It is a primary shape in existence.

The energy of a torus is rotating up and down and horizontally, but always in a circular fashion.

The Flower of Life

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The flower of life is a geometrical shape composed of multiple evenly-spaced, overlapping circles arranged in a flower-like pattern with six fold symmetry like a hexagon. The most common form of the ‘Flower of Life’ is a hexagonal pattern (where the center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter), made up of 19 complete circles and 36 partial circular arcs, enclosed by a large circle.

It contains a vast Akashic system of information, including templates for the five Platonic Solids.

This universal symbol is found in many ancient cultures and countries such as Egypt, Turkey, Italy, Israel, Austria, Denmark, Bulgaria, India, Spain, Japan, and China. It can be found in manuscripts, temples, and art throughout cultures around the world.

The Flower of Life represents the cycle of creation. This symbol shows that all life and consciousness arise from one source (this being the first circle). The next 6 circles are identical with the cell division process. Therefore, the Flower of Life is seen as a model of God’s Creation.

The Seed of Life

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It is made up of seven circles; one in the center, and six others placed around it. These circles are not just touching, though, but overlapping. The overlapping pattern of the seven circles creates a design of interlocking rings.

The Seed of Life is the basis for all creation, and the universe as we know it. The seven circles symbolize the seven days of creation, with the different circles being ascribed to different points in the universe’s making. The overlapping of the circles shows that these events did not happen independently of each other, either, but that each is intimately connected to the next, building atop what came before it.

If you continue to add circles and expand the design, then the Seed of Life grows and turns into the Flower of Life.

Merkaba

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It is a shape made of two intersecting tetrahedrons that spin in opposite directions, creating a 3-dimensional energy field.

Merkaba represents protection and transports your consciousness to higher dimensions. It combines opposing energies in perfect balance: masculine and feminine, earth and cosmos.

How To Use Sacred Geometry?

Start with noticing Sacred Geometry shapes in your environment, whether it’s in nature or in your home. Take time to appreciate the shape and hold reverence for its power even for just a few minutes. Let these shapes communicate wordlessly to your spirit. Focus on what these shapes of Sacred Geometry represent and symbolize. Feel how you receive the energy of the certain quality from these shapes.

For example, when you see a triangle shape in your environment, focus on the quality of the energy it represents, such as strength and support. Visualize how this energy coming from triangle fills you in and make you stronger as you’re focusing on this shape.

Or, for example, when you see a spiral shape in your environment, focus on the changes you want to see in your life. If the spiral turns clockwise focus on what you want to attract in life. If the spiral turns the counter-clockwise focus on what you want to get rid of.

You may connect especially well to a specific shape or pattern and start noticing synchronicities in your life surrounding it.

The Bottom Line

Sacred geometry is the mathematical formulas that serve as the foundation through which everything exists. It is the place where mind and matter, the spiritual and the physical, the manifest and unmanifest, the bound and boundless meet. Sacred geometry can be found in the foundations of all things that sustain life on our planet. Therefore whether we aware of it or not we are in constant interaction with sacred geometry all the time. However, when we make this interaction a conscious practice we receive this benefit much easier and faster.

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Ishvara Pranidhana: The Art Of Living For a Higher Purpose

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Are you one of those who sincerely turn to the path of knowledge of spiritual truths, the search for the meaning of life, the comprehension of the essence of being? Do you seek to understand the nature of your Soul and your true purpose? Then you are one of those spiritual wonderers who is able to see the world beyond the material limitations of the physical world and strive to live your life for a higher purpose. In this article, I want to introduce you to Ishvara Pranidhana which means attunement to the supreme consciousness. The practice of this Divine principle will help you to plant in your heart the highest degree of piety through which the mind comes to Samadhi.

Yoga Sutras Of Patanjali

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali are a collection of 196 Sanskrit sutras on the theory and practice of yoga. It describes the goals of yoga and the principles of techniques needed to achieve them.

The two first stages that the Sutras describe are the principles of Yama and Niyama.

Yama is a set of ethical norms that teach us to communicate with others in the right way.

There are five Yamas:

  1. Ahiṃsā (अहिंसा): Nonviolence, non-harming other living beings.
  2. Satya (सत्य): truthfulness, non-falsehood.
  3. Asteya (अस्तेय): non-stealing.
  4. Brahmacharya (ब्रह्मचर्य): chastity, marital fidelity, or sexual restraint.
  5. Aparigraha (अपरिग्रहः): non-avarice, non-possessiveness.

Niyama is the step of forming self-discipline and uplifting spirituality.

Five Niyamas are:

  1. Saucha (शौच): purity, clearness of mind, speech, and body.
  2. Santosha (सन्तोष): contentment, acceptance of others, and of one’s circumstances as they are, optimism for self.
  3. Tapas (तपस): austerity, self-discipline, persistent meditation, perseverance.
  4. Svadhyaya (स्वाध्याय): the study of self, self-reflection, introspection of self’s thoughts, speeches, and actions.
  5. Ishvara Pranidhana (ईश्वरप्रणिधान): contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), attunement to the supreme consciousness.

All these principles are interdependent. If you break one of the Yamas or Niyamas, you are bound to break the others. And if you improve in the practice of one principle, then the practice of other yamas and niyamas will also be improved.

For example, if you violate Satya by allowing yourself to lie, you will not be able to practice Ahimsa. Or, if you do not observe the principle of Saucha and pollute your body and mind, it will be difficult for you to practice Brahmacharya.

What Is Ishvara Pranidhana?

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Ishvara Pranidhana is the fifth niyama described Patanjali which means the contemplation of the Ishvara (God/Supreme Being, Brahman, True Self, Unchanging Reality), or attunement to the supreme consciousness.

Ishvara is a Sanskrit word that can be translated as “supreme, God, the Absolute Brahman, True Self, or Unchanging Reality”. Pranidhana means “dedication, devotion, or surrender”.

In the Upanishads, the word Isvara means “a state of collective consciousness”. In this sense, there isn’t a Godlike figure we are supposed to worship or devote our actions to, rather ‘God’ represents a state of collective consciousness, and therefore represents all of us too.

Thus, the fifth niyama teaches us to surrender to God or Higher self, meaning, cultivating a deep and trusting relationship with the universe and making each action an offering to something bigger than us.

A person who practices Ishvara Pranidhana, dedicates the merits of his actions to the Supreme, and coordinates every step he takes (all actions, thoughts, words) with the expediency for the benefit of spiritual development. He is not looking for personal gain, his actions are pure and sincere.

Thus, when we are talking about the practice of Ishvara Pranidhana, we mean our complete surrender to God (our own higher self). If we can dedicate our lives to serving the God that dwells within everything and everyone, we will move beyond all feelings of separateness and free ourselves from the dualistic mindset. If we can say without reservation, “I give You myself: my body, my mind, and my heart, to serve the Highest Good of all,” then we will be freed from the stress, anxiety, self-doubt, as well as from negative karma.

The Idea Of Surrendering

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In our modern society, the feelings of separateness and disconnection prevail. Ego and pride are people’s main motivators, and being strong and domineering over others are the main qualities of successful people. Most of us silently accepted that this is how life goes and there is nothing we can do about it. Our egos made us believe that we, human beings, are somehow in control of the universe. Therefore, the very idea of surrendering seems like something negative, as it implies a sort of weakness or defeat.

Our minds were programmed since ancient times that surrender means losing. This belief comes from military terminology where surrender means the opposition to the victory. And it makes sense since the very nature of any war or competition is built on duality. For us, human beings, it’s normal to see surrender as something bad because our minds are stuck in the duality and it’s hard to see something beyond these limited paradigms.

In spirituality, however, we don’t limit our beliefs with “right or wrong” labels. Instead, we are learning to see the hidden meanings of everything by overcoming the dualistic mindset. Thus, victory is attained as we willingly surrender our limited idea of who we are (i.e. our name, our jobs, our problems, etc.) and create the space needed to feel our true Self, our Divine Spark which is limitless.

Surrender requires self-discipline, trust, and faith. Ultimately it will take far more effort to cling to the smallness of the ego than it will surrender the Higher self.

Applying the Practice of Isvara Pranidhana to Life

#1: Examine your path

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Start with introspection. Ask yourself what you are guided by in your life when you choose the path that you follow throughout your earthly incarnation. After all, intentions are the main criterion that reflects the sincerity of your actions, words, and thoughts.

Examine your path, the purpose you live for. Are your intentions dictated by ego, prestige, greed, or pride?

Think about your strongest motivation in life. Are you motivated by selfish motives? Or, is every action you do aim at improving this world, creating good, bringing light and love, joy and warmth to this world? Answer these questions honestly. What do you live for? A sincere answer to this question will clarify for you the meaning of your existence and direct you to the true path of life.

#2: Practice letting go and non-attachment

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If we’ve put a lot of effort into something, we often get attached to a result of our actions. Questions like: “Will they like me?”, “What if I’m not good enough?”, “Will my project be successful?” are perfect examples of attachments to a result. All this worrying about things we have no control over is the main cause of our suffering.

Instead of worrying and focusing on the result, concentrate on the process and the idea of service – meaning, dedication of the process of doing to God. In this case, you’ll be fully engaged in the action without thinking about what might or might not happen.

The practice of surrendering requires us to acknowledge that we can do our very best in each situation, but we can’t really do any more than that. Realizing this simple truth essentially allows us to fully engage and be present in what we’re doing, bringing all our energy to the present moment and experiencing it fully just for what it is.

Such attitude to the process helps us to develop trust and faith that are essential for our spiritual development.

You can do the same action with or without God. However, when you’re doing it without God (guided by ego) you’re facing all kinds of challenges, obstacles, worries, and suffering. But when you’re acting with God (focusing on offering your action to the Divine), you know that any outcome is beneficial because this is what God wants. This approach gives you satisfaction with any result – because you have your trust and faith that whatever happens as a result of your actions is for the highest good for all.

#3: Stay open

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In our daily life, Isvara Pranishana can be also seen as an opening up to what isThat is, instead of fighting against life’s twists and turns, you are remaining open to experiencing life as it unfolds.  

When we are remaining fixed and rigid in our conditioned patterns, habits, and limitations, we are doomed to a limited life. Whereas surrendering has an expansive nature that boosts your development. Surrendering is hugely challenging because it means transcending the ego, and the ego will do everything it can to stay in control over your mind.

Worries, conditioning, judgments, and perceptions are the “hooks” that the ego pulls us by. Without those “hooks” the ego would not exist. Therefore, it tries desperately to cling on when we work on quietening it.

Surrendering requires trust in the Universe and the courage to express ourselves for who we are, as we are. Each time we choose to surrender, we move closer to freedom. 

Conclusion

When we see ourselves as a part of one whole, we are no longer in the illusion of separation (duality). This leads to the emergence of healthy altruism towards all living beings and a sincere desire to share the divine light of our hearts, which becomes possible due to the disclosure of this light in our souls. When we observe the principle of Ishvara Pranidhana we become free from egoistic motivations in our behavior and in our activities.

  

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How To Stop Overthinking: 6 Effective Strategies

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Overthinking is a habit that if not taken under control can cause tremendous distress and suffering. When overthinking, our brain tries to convince us that all those worries and ruminations could be helpful. Many overthinkers have a firm belief that they can come up with a better solution or prevent themselves from making the same mistake if they spend more time thinking and analyzing. All these can lead to analysis paralysis which becomes a real problem. The more you think, the worse you feel. Overthinking often leads to anxiety, anger, frustration, fear, and other negative emotions that may cloud your judgment and prevent you from seeing the situation clearly. In this article, I want to share with you 6 effective tips on how to stop overthinking and take control of your mind.

What Is Overthinking?

Overthinking is basically what its name suggests – thinking too much. When you are going over the same thought, again and again, so that your brain becomes incapable of translating this thought into actions or positive outcomes. When you think about something too much or for too long, that you can’t get it out of your head and feel worried or stressed about it – this is overthinking.

Do you often worry about the future, catastrophic predictions about events that haven’t happened yet? Do you think with regret about your past, “should haves” and “could haves.” Do you fret over what others might think of you or let negative self-talk build up in your mind? These are examples of overthinking.

If you are one of those who tend to overthink an important decision, replaying all the options in your head, you may experience “paralysis by analysis”. You are so afraid of taking the wrong action, so you take no action at all.

Overthinking often leads to sleepless nights when your brain just won’t turn off, increased symptoms of depression, elevate your stress levels, and cloud your judgment. 

Common Types Of Overthinking

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Nick Wignall, a clinical psychologist, suggests four common types of overthinking:

#1: Worry

This is one of the most common types of overthinking where we imagine possible problems or dangers in the future.

“Of course, anticipating problems or threats in the future is often a good thing to do! But helpful planning is different from unhelpful worry in that worry doesn’t actually lead to new information or insights that can be helpful. For example, your spouse is on a plane flight and you start worrying about different ways the plane could crash and kill your spouse. This kind of thinking doesn’t actually keep your spouse safe, plus it adds a lot of stress and anxiety to you.” – Nick Wignall

#2: Depressive Rumination

This type of overthinking is about replaying events from the past in an unhelpful way. A depressive rumination is a specific form of overthinking our own past mistakes or failures.

“As opposed to helpful reflection, depressive rumination is unproductive and doesn’t lead to anything but shame, guilt, and sadness at oneself. Depressive rumination is one of the key drivers of not only depression but also self-criticalness and low self-esteem.” – Nick Wignall

#3: Angry Rumination

This type of overthinking is similar to depressive rumination except the object of the overthinking is other people and their mistakes rather than yourself.

“For example, after a fight with your spouse, you find yourself replaying arguments you’ve had with them in the past and going over evidence of why you were right and they were wrong. Although it often feels good in the moment, angry rumination tends to lead to aggression, resentment, and distorted beliefs about other people in our lives.” – Nick Wignall

#4: Fix-It Mode

This type of overthinking happens when someone is sharing a painful or difficult experience with you and you have a hard time tolerating the anxiety that comes from hearing it. It affects you in a way that you begin thinking about best ways to fix the problem or do things differently.

“Fix-It Mode is a form of overthinking because you’re applying problem-solving-style thinking when what would be more helpful is to simply listen empathetically and validate the person’s difficulty rather than trying to fix it (and make yourself feel better in the process).” – Nick Wignall

Of course, there are many other types of overthinking. But the four listed tend to be the most common and often produce the most suffering.

Why Do We Overthink?

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Often, the tendency to overthink roots in unhealed trauma or deep emotional issue. Here are the most common reasons why we overthink:

  • childhood trauma
  • obsessive desire to control the situation
  • intolerance of uncertainty and tendency to pretend that things are more predictable than they are
  • perfectionism (as intolerance of feeling less than perfect)
  • an excuse for procrastinating or avoiding decisions
  • you see everything as a problem to be solved with lots of thinking
  • excessive fear of conflict

Of course, there are many more reasons of overthinking. But the listed seven are some of the most common. The above causes are a good place to start if you want to stop overthinking.

How To Stop Overthinking?

Now let’s talk about how to stop overthinking. Here are six strategies that I find most effective.

#1: Identify the Emotions Behind Overthinking

First, try to identify what emotion is hiding behind your overthinking. For example, when you start overthinking by worrying about future events, it might be the case that overthinking is functioning to relieve or alleviate some anxiety you have about your future. Overthinking may temporarily distract you from your anxiety temporarily and give you the illusion of control in a short term. However, it’s not solving the problem but only makes it worse. Therefore, it’s essential to look for the emotions behind overthinking and ask yourself if there’s a better way to deal with them.

When you take time to identify your emotions and validate them, it helps you to become more productive in the long run.

#2: Challenge Negative Thoughts

Overthinking is often a response to feeling bad emotionally. But if you allow your negative thoughts to take control of your mind, you end up feeling even worse. It’s easy to get carried away with negative thoughts. The most effective way to switch the frequency of your thought patterns is to practice positive self-talk.

Next time when you start overthinking, pause for a moment and point out that your thinking is not entirely accurate. This simple technique will help you to achieve a more balanced and emotionally neutral way of thinking. With practice, you’ll learn to recognize and replace negative thinking patterns, before they work you up into complete insanity.

#3: Focus On Problem Solving

Overthinking your problems isn’t helpful – but looking for solutions is. If it’s something you have some control over, think about how you can prevent the problem or challenge yourself to identify a couple of potential solutions. If it’s something you have no control over – think about the strategies you can use to cope with it. Instead of overthinking your problems, focus on the things you can control, like your attitude and your effort.

#4: Schedule Time For Reflection

Instead of dwelling on your problems for long periods of time, try to take a brief reflection on them. Constructive reflection can help you to see more clearly how you could do things differently, recognize potential pitfalls to your plan, and perform better in the future.

For example, you could schedule 10 minutes of “thinking time”. During that time period let yourself think, analyze, or mull over whatever you want. But when your time is up, move onto something else. And when you start overthinking things outside of your scheduled thinking time, simply remind yourself that you’ll need to wait until your next “thinking time” session to address those issues in your mind.

You can’t simply make yourself stop worrying. But this simple strategy will train your mind to do it at the right time.

#5: Change Your Activity

If you can’t make yourself stop thinking about something, try to change your activity. Things like exercising, engaging in conversation on a completely different subject, or working on a project can help you to switch the focus of your attention and stop overthinking. Doing something different will put an end to the negative internal dialogue.

#6: Practice Mindfulness

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The mindfulness practice will help you to train yourself to be aware of things without thinking about them. By practicing mindfulness we become able to notice when negative thought patterns arise and shift our attention out of thinking mode and into awareness mode.

You can start practicing mindfulness by simply paying attention to the experience of every activity during daily life rather than thinking about it. Or, you can practice mindfulness meditation. For doing it, simply sit down, close your eyes, and focus on your breath for 20 minutes.

The Bottom Line

Overthinking takes a lot of energy. It takes away your inner peace and harmony. But the good news is that overthinking is a habit and habits can be broken with the right approach and enough patience. If you want to stop overthinking, the key is to understand why you do it and then implement the strategies to eliminate it.

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30 Old Soul Quotes To Better Understand Your Spiritual Nature

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Being an old soul refers to how you view and approach life. Usually, old souls look at life through a vignette of experiences they may not have lived during this lifetime, yet, but somehow, just seem to know. If you feel like you’ve lived before, and you have wisdom you can’t explain, you could be an old soul. Whether you’re an old soul or not, our collection of 30 old soul quotes could be relatable to you or some of your friends and family. When reading through these old soul quotes you may start recognizing yourself (or someone you know) and understand your (or someone’s) spiritual nature better.

Here they are 30 insightful old soul quotes!

30 Old Soul Quotes

#1

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“There is a beautiful thing inside you that is thousands of years old. Too old to be captured in poems. Too old to be loved by everyone but loved so very deeply by a chosen few.” ~ Nikita Gill

#2

“The Old Soul is more inclined to be a lifelong learner, constantly feeding his thirst for insight through his own persistent efforts. His learning has not been forced into him through education or learned out of obligation, but has been absorbed out of curiosity and personal choice.” ~ Aletheia Luna

#3

“She’s an old soul with young eyes, a vintage heart, and a beautiful mind.” ~ Nicole Lyons

#4

“Old souls are humble enough to acknowledge that life is random and surprising, but are comforted by the fact that they can always choose how to react from what happens. And the ability to reflect on one’s life is an absolute must. As an old soul, you know that it’s up to you to make it through this life in one piece. And you ensure that you take time everyday to reflect on what has transpired in order to learn about how you can move forward in life.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#5

“My heart is a thousand years old. I am not like other people.” ~ Charles Bukowski

#6

“Old souls come into this life with an agenda to experience and complete karma, while new souls want to make form out of light, and experience what it’s like to be a being in a body. As such, the new souls’ experience is a bit more lighthearted, where being an old soul can feel heavy. But in addition to that, because the old soul comes to this life with more experience and understanding, they’re able to handle obstacles and challenges with greater clarity.” ~ Randi Merzon

#7

“As an old soul, you get tired out around people quite easily. Some old souls would identify as introverts, but it’s more than that: if you are an old soul, you feel like both your body, mind, and soul need rest. This is probably why you love taking breaks from everything and everyone. From time to time, you like going somewhere different, where no one knows you, and you like to rejuvenate your energy with the unknown or with nature.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#8

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“I don’t belong on earth, my soul is from the stars. I’m visiting this planet for a while so I can help people listen to their hearts.” ~ Nikki Rowe

#9

“There is a special kind of person in our world who finds himself alone and isolated, almost since birth. His solitary existence isn’t from a preference or antisocial temperament– he is simply old. Old in heart, old in mind, and old in soul, this person who finds his outlook on life vastly different and more matured than those around him.” ~ Alethia Luna

#10

“No one enjoys being a newbie, but in fact, the benefit of being a new soul is that they carry around a lot less karma.” ~ Randi Merzon

#11

“Some people say an old soul is simply more mature than those around them. But that doesn’t tell the full story. An old soul creates their own path while the rest of society follow each other like sheep. Banality and toxic energy are non-existent in an old soul’s life. Instead, an old soul questions conventional wisdom and critically thinks for themselves. They’re not concerned with gossiping or making money. They want to understand more about life and what makes the universe tick. ~ Lachlan Brown

#12

“Anyone who takes the time to attentively listen is either an old soul or a romantic one.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich

#13

“Be grateful if you look younger than your age while also being wiser than many of your contemporaries. It means the fire of your Old Soul is alive and well. Embrace it. Surround yourself with those who celebrate this fiery Light shining bright out of your soul; those who are summoned to fan your glimmering flames and dance within them. Embrace them.” ~ Omar Cherif

#14

“Old souls are misunderstood for several things. For possibly appearing standoffish. For their desire to be alone — read, introvert. For acting withdrawn. They are deep thinkers. They could be considered daydreamers. And more often than not, when they speak, the attention quickly and quietly moves to them because you know they’ve been waiting for just the right time to say just the right, meaningful thing.” ~ Kym Klass

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige

#16

“If you are an old soul, it’s likely that you have been referred to as more mature than your friends, even from a young age. You might have always felt like you were a bit older, not just physically, but mentally. Perhaps you didn’t always get along with people your own age because you were seeing things from a different perspective. And how they see things seem short-sighted to you. It can even put you off when people can’t look at the bigger picture. It can be difficult when you are young and don’t understand why you are different, but as you age, it becomes more clear that you meant to be this way. Being an old soul is a gift, not a curse.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#17

“Innately, the Old Soul carries a sense of world-wariness as he stands on the outside, looking in. As an observer, the Old Soul like the Steppenwolf feels an all-pervading sense of alienation. He is the ultimate Outsider who is both in the world, but not quite of the world at the same time.” ~ Aletheia Luna

#18

“Old souls are givers — but they don’t do this for attention. Rather, it is something that has been ingrained in them from the beginning. They’ve just always known it is better to give. And they do that with passion.” ~ Kym Klass

#19

“Many people are drawn to old souls, for they radiate a sense of peacefulness and inner strength that is captivating and reassuring.” ~ Carla Marie Manly

#20

“People who have old souls don’t require outside validation of their worth or value. A lot of people turn to others, the internet, their jobs, or another outside source of validation to make meaning in their lives, but as an old soul, you see the value of your experiences and what you bring to the table so there’s no need to exhaust your efforts in those areas.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#21

“The concept of the old soul is inspired by the idea that our bodies are containers for spirit, and an old soul is someone who continues to reincarnate in order to heal or complete karmic agreements.” ~ Randi Merzon

#22

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“The reason old souls enjoy spending time alone is because they never really are.” ~ Unknown

#23

“A new soul wants to be fresh and new and maybe have a more hedonistic lifestyle, while an old soul wants to go into the depths and learn. Old souls may also feel somewhat isolated, as they can see through much of the illusion and separation in modern culture.” ~ Karen Brailsford

#24

“In a world of sensationalized automated newsfeeds and fake news, old souls are now more needed than ever.”

#25

“People who have old souls are often found at home. It is where they feel safe and secure. It’s where they are happiest. People who have old souls don’t have to look far outside themselves to find what really makes them happy. And if you find yourself bound to home as much as possible, then you’re definitely an old soul. There is nothing more restful than being in your favorite couch, tucked under a blanket, and simply enjoying the comforts of the place you made for yourself.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#26

“When we talk about ‘old souls’ in the realm of psychology, we are often referring to those individuals who seem to have inherent wisdom and a grounded sense of being in the world—often far more than would be expected for someone their age.” ~ Carla Marie Manly

#27

“Old souls are certainly introspective, but they don’t only think about themselves; they’re known to be thoughtful in a broader way, and they enjoy collecting, connecting, appreciating, and learning. Despite perhaps coming across as all-knowing, an old soul is keenly aware that they’re a student of the universe, not a teacher. Given this truth, it’s clear that old souls are more interested in the depth of a story than the superficial details.” ~ Mary Grace Garis

#28

“Old souls know that there’s always more than one way to look at something, and they can put themselves in someone else’s shoes. That doesn’t mean you always agree with the person you’re talking to – but you do find it easy to understand their perspective. This ability to see both sides of an issue makes old souls fair-minded – rather than just going with their gut, they make decisions based on carefully accumulated facts and opinions. The downside? Old souls often appear uncommitted to their own point of view. If people accuse you of being changeable, just keep in mind that what you are is rare. Not everyone will see what you offer, but your ability to see others’ perspectives benefits everyone.” ~ Jen Hubley Luckwaldt

Old Soul Quotes & Sayings

#29

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“Old souls are picky with people they choose to spend time with. They don’t like superficial relationships. So they would rather be alone than to be with people they don’t relate with. As a result, they are often seen alone.” ~ Lachlan Brown

#30

“Old souls serve a wonderful purpose here on Earth. We use our wisdom that we have attained through many lifetimes to pass down to others, so that we may have a peaceful, happier world. We see life differently than most people and have a unique sense of how to approach the world with an open mind, and a strong will that keeps us grounded in our convictions. An old soul sees through ancient eyes and understands with an ancient heart.” ~ Aurora Eliam

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