Consciousness is the new frontier of happiness and success. We know this and yet, how well are we managing the thoughts that generate our level of consciousness? Most of us get stuck in the DRAMA loop as a default program our brains run. These are any thought patterns that emerge from lower levels of consciousness (Low-LOCs: hopelessness, fear or frustration) and are Disempowering, Reactive, Assumption-based, Maladaptive and Addictive. We assume our way of seeing things is the truth of how they are. We use outdated methods in an attempt to get our needs met. However, even with good intentions, any action that emerges from the Low-LOCs will not have the positive effect we desire, nor will they truly serve our lives or the greater whole.
As the antithesis of DRAMA, thriving is keeping pace on the physical plane with one’s spiritual expansion, which naturally and easily yields happiness and joyous life experiences. The higher levels of consciousness (High-LOCs) are where thriving is at. Simplistically, they are identified by the Four C’s: Courage, Contribution, Curiosity and Connection.
First, Courage is the willingness to believe things can and will get better, regardless of what current evidence would indicate. Second, Contribution is a basic level of satisfaction with a desire to be involved and bring one’s best skills and talents. Next, Curiosity holds an energy of exploration in the interest of finding the best solutions for the greater whole, yet while remaining detached from “being right” or taking credit. And at the highest level of consciousness, Connection is the energy of love, joy, harmony and flow.
In order to live continuously expanding, harmonious, joy-filled lives, we have to become skilled at managing our internal worlds of thoughts, emotions and motivations. This simply means that when we find ourselves in the Low-LOCs of DRAMA we need a strategy to recover to the High-LOCs of thriving. To do that, practice “GRATE-full” Living:
GRIEVE. Let yourself feel the true emotion represented by the DRAMA so you can process the experience. Usually there is something going on at a deeper level that the DRAMA chatter is distracting you from. Find what that is simply by asking your brain the question “what’s this DRAMA really about?” (or some variation of this) and see what your brain comes up with for an answer. Then honor the emotion of whatever that is.
RECOVER. Get grounded in the present moment and and recover to the High-LOCs to evaluate in a more effective way what the DRAMA says about what you don’t want and what you do want. This will be your guide for whatever changes need to be made or action needs to be taken.
ALIGN. Connect to your Higher Self and into a feeling-good state, marked by relief, joy, appreciation, love, harmony. This will give you the most powerful platform for taking highly effective action.
THRIVE. Act on the inspiration fueled by the alignment with your Higher Self.
EVOLVE. Grow with the new experience the action takes you into, and live the expansion your soul.