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

TV series, WhatsApp messages, Skype conversations, Facebook posts. News, news, comments, chats,…Breakfasts, meals, coffees and teas, brunches and movies.

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.