Entrando en el Castillo

por Isabel Galiardo
Estamos perdiendo nuestro valioso tiempo y dando palos de ciego cuando nos identificamos únicamente con el aspecto material de la existencia y olvidamos su dimension espiritual.
Cuando hacemos esto la vida se limita a una carrera contra reloj en la que los máximos logros son el dinero y el status. La felicidad nunca sucede ahora, y si lo hace, no es duradera.
Cuando la felicidad depende de lo externo experimentamos un enorme vacío que se manifiesta de diferentes maneras, como adicciones, soledad, depresión, ansiedad y una falta de dirección y de sentido. Ninguno de nuestro logros logra satisfacernos por mucho tiempo. Cuando solo nos ocupamos de los aspectos físicos, nuestras almas están famélicas. Podremos vivir en entornos sofisticados llenos de comodidades. Podemos alcanzar nuestras mas deseadas metas y sin embargo seguimos sintiéndonos pobres. Somos vagabundos vagando sin rumbo cuando olvidamos que nuestro verdadero hogar esta en nuestro interior.
Teresa nos invito hace cinco siglos a entrar en al castillo de nuestra alma y a descubrir sus distintos aposentos. Adentremonos pues donde las mas maravillosas riquezas nos esperan en forma de amor, paz y plenitud. Seamos místicos modernos y accedamos a esa riqueza para luego traerla de vuelta al mundo en forma amor, sabiduría y valor.
“Es gran bestialidad cuando no procuramos saber que cosa somos, sino que nos detenemos en estos cuerpos.’’
  Teresa de Avila

Entering the castle

by Isabel Galiardo
We are wasting our time and missing the whole point of existence when we identify only with the material aspect of life and forget about the spiritual dimension.When we do this, we are limiting ourselves to a race against the clock in which the highest achievements are money and status.
When happiness depends on the external, we experience a huge void that manifests itself in  different ways; addictions, loneliness, depression, anxiety and a general sense of lack of direction and meaning. None of our achievements manage to satisfy us in the long term. When we only take care of the physical dimension our souls starve. We can live in sophisticated environments with all sorts of amenities. We can achieve our most desired goals, and yet feel empty. We are homeless wandering the streets because we forgot our true home is within ourselves.
Teresa invited us five centuries ago to enter the castle of our souls and discover the different rooms in it. Come inside where the most wonderful riches are waiting for you in the form of love, peace and fulfillment. Be a modern mystic, search for the bounty that lays within your castle and bring all this abundance back to the world in the form of love, wisdom and courage.
“We are incomparably ignorant when we do not strive to know who we are.
All our attention is taken up with the outer walls of the castle;
that is, with the bodies of ours.’’
Teresa of Avila

Silence, please

by Isabel Galiardo

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We are part of a culture that promotes noise. We live permanently bombarded by stimuli that make it difficult or almost impossible to internalize and connect with our interior. The lucrative business of entertainment keeps us alienated, absorbed in information, audio and visual messages of all sorts, keeping us distracted and disconnected from our selves.

We are afraid of listening internally. Afraid of encountering our insecurities, unresolved issues, loneliness and emptiness. We keep focusing our attention on something external to avoid the pain, but in doing so we are missing the connection with our essence, a place inside of us in which we can find the peace, clarity and strength we are yearning for.

Why is it so difficult to remain connected if we have all those treasures waiting for us in the depths of our being? Because first we need to fight the dragon protecting the door.

The dragon is the symbol or our fears, limiting beliefs and painful wounds. We need to confront him. We don’t want to kill him but make him our ally. We can make peace with our past. How? By accepting and embracing it, which will gives us the power to transcend it.

When we have the courage to fight the dragon, when we break through the layers of our conditioned mind, we access an inner space where we can experience the joy of just being.