Accepting the lessons and experiences of the past, and taking the best from everything, we should press boldly forward, looking ever for the Truth, and ever ascending higher and higher into the heavens of reality. Ernest Holmes

Gremlins of old habits are some of the most daunting challenges along the spiritual path. When I illuminate an area in my life where I am not as aligned with Spirit as I would like, I suddenly become aware of how I behave, think, or speak in ways that are counter to the Spiritual growth I declare. It’s like a junk-filled basement that you ignore for years until the day you finally grab a flashlight and descend the steps. All sorts of spooky shapes and shadows startle you, until you come close enough to see that they’re only a pair of antlers on a box or your grandmother’s wedding gown draped over the back of a rocking chair. The very act of bringing in the light has caused these weird, scary shapes to appear. It’s not like they weren’t there all along. It’s just that now you are aware of them.

The same is true when we look at past choices that are hidden in the basement of our consciousness. Being willing to shine the light of spiritual principles into the corners can reveal some pretty scary and startling insights. Yet these truths have been available to us all along. We just have to look at them in the light and see them for what they are—beliefs from our family, behaviors to make ourselves feel more important, and smallness masquerading as a false sense of identity.

Spiritual Contemplation: What shadowy places and old baggage have been illuminated in your life now that you are living more from the Light?

Affirmation: I know that I am simply illuminating that which has always been there. Now I can see it and release it.

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