The only question in life is whether or not you are going to answer a hearty 'YES!' to your adventure. -Joseph Campbell

You know what it’s like. It’s happened to just about everyone who has stepped onto their spiritual path with intention. You have an Aha! experience, an epiphany of a new way of knowing yourself, moving to a higher awareness. It’s one of those peak moments in your personal evolution and you absolutely get it. Your consciousness is elevated to the next level. You won’t ever be the same.

Now what?

How do you hold onto that change you initiated in that eternal instant and embed it into your life as the way it is rather than the old paradigm you cracked like a shrimp shell to shed from your essence?

It isn’t easy. There is no silver bullet that will just get rid of all of the patterns and programming that held you to who you were. To overlay who you are becoming, to deeply root a change, takes doing the Work.

What exactly does ‘doing the Work’ mean? It means excavating yourself to the core inside to discover your true nature. It means looking at your life and how you walk through it in an entirely different way. Taking responsibility for your actions and understanding that this is your life and that you create it- therefore you have the right to change it. Making the choice to respond rather than react. The trick is to be sure the part of you that had the flash of understanding is the part that is in charge of those changes, not a piece of the shrimp shell past that is clinging for dear life, whispering sweet nothings in your ear. Things like this is hard, inconvenient, uncomfortable and not worth the trouble. Aren’t you really much happier with the way things were?  That inner voice can become insidious, luring you into your comfy chair with the remote and eroding your hard earned Aha! into a vague memory.

Holding onto changes of this nature and steering the course of your unfoldment takes vigilance and consistency. There are many techniques around that can give you exercises and clues, but what I find makes doing my Great Work effective and accelerates my personal evolution is having allies to work with, particularly a teacher who has walked this path ahead of me. Other travelers on their journeys, like you, provide me with insight and support. We are all in this alone together.  It is always a pleasure to meet others dedicated to their personal evolution with whom to share stories and experiences.

Doing the Work is not always pretty and not always fun. It is, however, always interesting and enlightening. For me, doing the Great Work is the most rewarding thing there is to do. I have discovered the treasures that lie within to be priceless beyond measure.  Are you willing to unearth your treasures?

Cristina is dedicated to her Great Work as a Sustainable Wellness™ coach. Her website is and you may feel free to contact her at  

©2012 Cristina Smith All rights reserved.

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