Sacred Mirrors: How Triggers Reflect Our Inner Spiritual Landscape

The wound is the place where the Light enters you. – Rumi

There is an unconscious assumption that spiritual practice and all the time spent in meditation, together with the inquiry and devotion to learning, would not only open us to deeper states of consciousness but simultaneously clean up our wounding, remedy a sense of shame, transform fears of abandonment and eliminate addictive behaviours.

But these assumptions are a lens through which we sometimes navigate our lives while looking for that greater purpose and it is not surprising that our sense of self seems fragmented and our practice starts to feel messy.

A regular placement seems to always derail me and although I exhibit a facade of strength and composure, I am undeniably concealing my own emotional struggles and vulnerabilities. I am continually triggered and this nearly always elicits a strong emotional or psychological response that renders me drained and frustrated – until I remember that…

triggers are our best friends!

From a spiritual perspective, they can be regarded as invaluable allies on our journey of self-discovery and growth. These triggers serve as potent mirrors, reflecting back to us the wounds and unresolved aspects of our psyche that are in need of healing and transformation. 

When we approach these triggers with mindfulness and compassion, we embark on a profound exploration of our inner landscape, carefully tending to the ingrained patterns and beliefs that no longer align with our highest good. 

And, as we courageously navigate through these challenges, we unearth profound insights and release the energy trapped within these wounds, guiding us towards a more authentic, liberated, and enlightened version of ourselves. 

So, while triggers may evoke discomfort, they ultimately serve as guides, illuminating the sacred journey of self-awareness and spiritual evolution that leads us towards wholeness and inner harmony. There is a wisdom that must be respected not transcended so as to process the emotional content and get the energy moving again.

In the case of this placement, micromanagement by others is not only mirroring my own controlling tendencies but blocking entry into an underlying wound of ‘ not being good enough’. Once understood I could offer love and assurance to my inner child so that this wound no longer defined us, and reassure her that everything will be okay and it will be…

Reclaiming my power in this way reminded me that I have no control over outside circumstances and that any attempt to mould my world into a trigger-free environment is not logical…

So next time you are tempted to disassociate from triggers and wounds that may arise in your work situation remember that you may risk perpetuating a cycle of unhealed pain, and if you believe in the evolution of your soul, rest assured that the Universe will continue to provide you with the same experiences that elicit the same triggers to address the same wounds.

Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. – Eckhart Tolle

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