Everyday Mysticism: Dismantling the Ignore Button

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Here at Two Ladies Tarot, we pride ourselves on many things. Being Tech Forward is not on that list. A couple of months ago, we became a two-cell family–both are prepaid Tracfones from Family Dollar. Kat is the proud owner of our first “smart” phone, while I’m still rocking my “Kirk-to-Enterprise” flip phone.

My phone may not have a lot of features, but it does have the “ignore” button. It’s a nifty little tool, and one that translates mightily as a metaphor when taking control of your spirituality.

 

Since humans are at least almost as efficient as the basic flip phone, it comes as no surprise that we have our own internal “ignore” buttons. We use them frequently, for good and for ill, as we amble through our time on this planet. Temporarily ignoring  fear and doubt can be crucial to pursuing our dreams and goals. Temporarily ignoring tiredness can give us that final push when completing a long project. And, as anyone who is a bit too fond of social media (like me) can tell you, ignoring your newsfeed can work wonders for your stress levels.

But we also hit the ignore button at times when perhaps we should be paying attention. Like the snooze button, the ignore button allows us not to deal with issues that either frighten or upset us. It allows us to do things we want to do, even when our common sense tells us otherwise. It enables a lot of wasted time and energy.

When I have trouble writing these posts, I often turn to podcasts for inspiration. This morning, Teri Uktena’s Akashic Reading podcast on Seeking just gave me a buzz in my brain. You see, Seekers go through life thinking, “Is this all there is?” They look around, they try things out, eventually figure out that the list of options aren’t sufficient to their needs, and then start creating their own paths.

Driving to work, I started turning this idea over in my head. You see, I truly believe most of us are potential Seekers. I doubt even the most shallow person has never had a moment where they wondered about their purpose in life. We all have that voice inside of us asking the question, “Is this all there is?”

Michael Neill refers to that small voice as a flute, and the thoughts and distractions in our heads as a brass band. We could also call them the “ignore” button.

My small, persistent voice has always been more flugelhorn than flute, and when I was younger, I had no “ignore” capacity at all. It caused me a great deal of social and emotional grief at the time, because most of my contemporaries were not paying attention to that question. Their ignore buttons took the form of drinking, partying, sports, extracurricular activities, dating–you name it. This is normal when you’re in high school.

But as we get older, how many of us never break the habit of hitting the ignore button on our intuition and higher instinct? We fill up our days with stuff–bills, family and work obligations, social media, politics, sports obsessions, buying obsessions, even alcohol and substances–in an effort to avoid that still voice in our head which repeatedly asks, “Is this all there is?”

The older we are, the louder that voice gets. And  the louder it gets, the more stuff we need to ignore it. Sooner or later, those distractions just don’t work at all. And the question is still there.

Is this all there is?

Perhaps the time has come to stop depending on that ignore button. Meditation, spiritual study, even quiet walks in the park can help calm the need for distraction. Just physically and mentally slowing down can be enough to open a space for that voice to come through.

Don’t be surprised if it’s a little perturbed with you at first. This happens, but it’s okay. It won’t stay miffed for long and, as Michael Neill says, “Your higher intuition will never tell you that you suck.” That voice wants your highest, truest life for you, and it’s going to be your best friend as you forge that path forward.

So why not skip the ignore button for a while and just listen?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s blog. Please feel free to share this post. Feedback is always appreciated, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and Twitter. Comments are always open.

Deb

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