Remember that famous line Dorothy was told to repeat in The Wizard of Oz?:
There’s no place like home.
Dorothy wasn’t hankering for Kansas. She missed home: Auntie Em and Uncle Henry. She hungered for the love and ease that home represented.
Finding Our Way Home
When we are tired or angry, it’s hard to find our way home. The road can get bumpy and long. It’s easy to lose our way.
Home is a kingdom that resides in our heart.
It’s easy to find our home when we are well-rested and fed. When the road is smooth and predictable, home a key just waiting for you to unlock and open the door.
The challenge arrives when we are starving, confused, distraught, depressed or brimming with anger. Then, home feels like a mirage in an emotional desert.
Fortunately, there are four keys that will open the door to the Kingdom inside all of us.
Key #1: Acknowledge What Is
Whether it’s a flat tire or the death of a loved one, you are suddenly faced with bad news. Observe the news. Watch it. Don’t hide behind busy-ness or booze. Allow yourself to fully note what is right in front of you.
The pain of acknowledging what is now prevents the pain from festering later.
Unaddressed pain or problems only grow, making the road to Home that much longer.
Key #2: Accept What Is
Your cat has cancer or you just got fired. Whatever the problem or source of pain, you’ve already acknowledged what’s occurred. Now it’s time to accept it.
Accepting something painful means allowing ourselves to feel whatever emotions come up and through us.
Like acknowledging the negative situation, when we allow the less-than-pleasant emotions to go through us, we are that much closer to Home.
Acceptance over something negative or unwanted, acceptance over the myriad of unpleasant emotions we experience breeds self-compassion — a signpost on the road to Home that you are getting closer.
Key #3: Angle the Headlights Home
If you’re driving on a dirt road at night, you’ll need headlights on to help you find your way home.
Do you focus your headlights on the side of the road? Of course not. You do that, and you’ll likely get into an accident. It’ll be a long time before you make your way home then!
Appreciation is the headlight Home.
Whatever we focus on grows. Ever notice if you feel a little “off” or under-the-weather, if you head into work or get busy doing something you enjoy, you start to feel better? Why is that?
We are spirits having a physical experience, so what we focus our energy on manifests an outcome.
There is a momentum of energy that builds upon itself when we focus on appreciation. Well, the same is true for focusing on the negative, but why would we want to do that?
Right now, think of three things you could appreciate right now. Here’s my three:
- My children’s health.
- My ability to type the words you are reading.
- My ability to hear the sound of a fan whirring softly above me
Already, my mind is lit up like those headlights on a dirt road at night. I’m literally lit up with other things I feel appreciation for.
How do you feel now?
Appreciation fosters only more appreciation.
Appreciation brings us Home.
Key #4: The Spiritual Chiropractor
I see a chiropractor once a month for maintenance. But there was a time when it wasn’t just keeping my spine aligned. Like my life, my spine was all over the place.
The physical is often a manifestation of what is occurring emotionally.
The body keeps score. It’s difficult to open the key to our inner Home if we are in need of some spiritual WD-4.
We creatures of flesh and blood often forget that we are spiritual beings experiencing this temporary physical dimension.
But the body often “acts up” as whispers to remind us that we have traveled down the wrong path.
So what is the “spiritual chiropractor?” that can bring us Home even faster?
Alignment. Alignment with your Highest Self. Alignment is:
- that inner voice that tells you not to get in the elevator alone with a stranger that makes you feel uneasy.
- that inner knowing that the manuscript you are working on is meant to be written.
- trusting you are right where you need to be, however it looks to the outside world
- going within for clarity
A Different Kind of Road Trip
This is not AAA. There is no fee for your Triptik to the Kingdom. All travelers are welcome to choose this road.
The road Home that Dorothy hungered for did not require her clicking those shiny red shoes.
The road Home arrives when you understand the Keys to the Kingdom are always in you.