Earlier this week you were invited on our Facebook page to ask your Higher Self (the Soul within you thru every human incarnation) to write your lower self (you in this lifetime & body) a note about Who you really are…without your looks, achievements, career, hobbies, desires, dreams, feelings, or history. The root question was, who are you at the CORE and WHY do you believe you’re HERE? How did that go? Any surprises?
It surprised me how many of my initial responses were about my education, family, friends, dreams, lifestyle, looks, etc. Did you catch yourself doing that, too? We sure can get caught up in all the distraction and busy-ness of Earth School, can’t we? Anyway here’s my response as promised:
I am an old soul here for experiences that raise my consciousness and advance me in my Journey with the Divine.
How SIMPLE! Was that anything like what you ended up with? Amazing how all that we find so terribly important in our daily lives pales in comparison. Thankfully we are evolving through our relationships, or we wouldn’t get anything accomplished once we got down here and lost ourselves in the hustle and bustle of these complex social structures we’ve created. Isn’t it fun to get a fresh perspective on what really matters in your life?
That is what I do. I help people get a fresh perspective on situations in their lives where they keep getting stuck. If I can help you with that, please reach out. I don’t give answers, only clarity to find the best answers within. Have a great week!
Boy did I get stuck in the final weeks of 2012. As our energy levels were being raised further, I kept hearing how the old ways will no longer work and we must move into new ways of being. We will be shown almost instantaneously whether we are going the right direction or not. Believe me, I quickly realized I wasn’t!
The special event I’d created before Thanksgiving to carry me through the holidays was nonexistent. I’m not talking about lower sales than I’d expected. I’m saying I had NO sales! I’d done everything as I had with successful events, so I couldn’t understand what was wrong. This kind of ‘failure’ soon leads us into self-doubt, and when I continued asking Spirit for direction to co-create abundance, I was instead shown that I already had more abundance all around me than I appreciated. My home was full of items I rarely acknowledged or enjoyed, and I’d resumed squandering money on take-out food and other things without even really appreciating the food, nutrition, or my body. Going deeper into gratitude allowed me to see and release what I wasn’t really enjoying or appreciating, including many family heirlooms I’d inherited in the past. I could sell these beautiful items to others who really would love them, best honoring them and myself in the process. That’s exactly what I did, and that money carried me through my difficult time. To my delight, I’d learned about gratitude and abundance while also creating a wonderful new energy flow through my home rearranging and appreciating all I’d retained. I was reminded that stuff has energy, and releasing excess and all that we don’t really love and appreciate can create space for fresh energy and a new flow to a place.
Back to my events and income generation…at a pivotal time in this process, I was guided to watch a special by Andrrea Hess that really resonated with me. She discussed allowing more flexibility in our work to respond to the energy of the moment, and following Spirit guidance in every moment regardless of how brain/ego may judge the messages we are receiving. When I really opened after Andrrea’s webinar to seek deeper Spirit guidance about my events, I knew exactly when and were to create them and flow was restored that very week! I share this with you as a woman with a graduate degree who spent much of her life learning the processes that lead to success. It’s not easy to throw it all aside when Spirit guides us to do so, without any logical reason, and yet I’m here to tell you that is the only way to true abundant flow. All this education is great once we’re moving int he right direction, but we must stay in Spirit guidance or manifestation will definitely cease…and these days it is almost immediate!
I hope that sharing these experiences might help you recognize some aspect of your life in which a bit more gratitude or Spirit guidance can really open you up to increased Possibilities. 2013 is really going to be an amazing year!!
My Mom was definitely an expert at judging everyone and everything from angles most people would never even dream of, so I consider myself well trained. In fact, at 46 I can still hear her voice (in my mind as she passed away 18 years ago) judging many of my actions. An interesting thing has happened over time, though. Her voice has turned into my own, self-judging everything until at times I simply stop all action because I don’t know what to do next. Lately I have been hyper-conscious of the little judge inside me, what she does to my relationships when I am critical (“helpful”) toward others, and how to distinguish the difference internally between the voice of self-judgment (“reason”), and the voice of spiritual Divine guidance.
To start, I am shocked at how much of what we think and say is a judgment. Our mind has nothing else to do, so this goes on 24/7! This is good. That is bad. This is stupid. That is ugly. Oh how beautiful! Isn’t so-and-so ridiculous/brilliant/lazy…why don’t you do this faster/slower/softer/louder…it never ends! It isn’t so harmful running a-muck in the mind, but then we are gracious enough to impose these judgments on those we to us. You should…you ought to…have you tried…why don’t you…??? Oh, but it doesn’t stop yet. Next, we get insulted, offended, or puzzled when they don’t take our well-intended advice, as if we are inside of them and know exactly when they should do what for their Highest good. My favorite action that I have observed is to then repeat myself as if they must not have heard me the first time(s). What is that all about? We humans are really funny critters.
What about what we do inside ourselves to ourselves? How harshly we criticize ourselves because we don’t think we’re up to par. I’m not sure what gauge we are using, but often it is perfection itself, and it becomes obvious why we never measure up. (Possibly we again had some helpful family members in childhood measuring our progress against perfection and letting us know how we were doing…like teachers with grades, parents with unrealistic goals, etc.) Then we run around feeling unworthy or inadequate. There is that insecurity and absence of self-love in every aspect where we harshly judge ourselves.
Next, along come a few well-intentioned friends and loved ones to tell us what they would love to see us do differently/better/faster/slower…and if we think they know better than we do what is best for us, we may even try their advice. However, at some point we are designed to live our lives according to our internal compasses and to fully have the experiences we chose in coming here. How can they know what those are or how we could best manage our life? Simply, they can’t. Their opinion is just that, an opinion!
We must turn inward on a regular basis through meditation, prayer, journaling, etc. to bring to light the internal judge and to clear the way for Spirit to guide our thoughts and actions in ways of service for our Highest good. Spirit is the only Source we can respectfully surrender to and find the guidance we so desperately want and need in this world. Our well-meaning loved ones really can’t know what is best for us, just as we have absolutely no idea what another person is here to experience or their best course of action.
In Buddhism, they talk a lot about being the observer of ourselves. That is a great way to detach from our overly stimulated minds and allow the thoughts to come as they do without reacting unconsciously to them. The mind is a busy organ, and a great resource, but it is not the best navigator to happiness, for it is unable to feel happiness. It is the ego keeping us safe by judging everything around us and remaining on guard for possible danger, threats, opportunities, etc. Watch with amusement and gratitude at how well it operates, and then turn within to heart and Higher Mind for the answers Spirit knows are best for our unique individual Path.
How did we get so caught up in judging each others’ paths to consciousness that we forgot the purpose? Within each religion are factions or denominations arguing over rules and interpretations of their holy scriptures. On a broader level, we fight wars over who has the right God or savior. I don’t claim to be an expert in such matters, but to me this really seems to miss the whole point! We can’t be loving and supporting and encouraging if we are busy dividing, judging, and condemning.
Religion failed me as a child, and for years I blamed God. I thought that the differences and disillusionment that had left me church-less had actually left me Godless, but then how much clarity would a hurt 12 year old have about such matters?
Over the years, I have explored a lot. Like clothing, I try on belief systems and teachings and ideas, keeping what fit and discarding the rest. Possibly more importantly, I found great peace and healing in the Journey to consciousness itself.
I don’t claim to have all, or more likely hardly any, of the answers to life, faith, or Divinity. However, what I do have is a deep joy in that I have never known before, and that I would wish upon every person. We all deserve happiness and peace.
Whatever your Path, know that the choices you make and how you arrive at them matter little. It is the Journey itself that means everything!
The Celestine Prophecy is an entertaining and enlightening book that is even more enjoyable for those on a path of self-discovery. In the chapter called Clearing the Past, the main character is invited to view his parents and childhood in a unique way. Rather than getting hung up on what was good or bad, right or wrong, he applies a blame-free framework to discover how his life perfectly prepared him to this point for his passion. Using prompting questions from The Celestine Prophecy, An Experiential Guide I applied these principles to my own life and found it very interesting.
Many people believe, as do I, that we repeatedly reincarnate with other souls into different characters to learn various life lessons. (If you are interested, there is a great children’s book on this called The Little Soul in the Sun by Neale Donald Walsh.) In The Celestine Prophecy, the main character is invited to look closely at what each of his parents stood for by reviewing their lives, and then examine what purpose he may have come here for that he chose to be born of those parents into those circumstances. He was told, “…the real you began in a position between (your Mom’s and your Dad’s) truths…you were born there to take a higher perspective on what they stood for.”
When I looked at my own life, my first observation was the themes that dominated my childhood: sex, money, religion, education, and government. I saw how my Mom represented one extreme on these issues while my father took a generally opposite view. For example, one lived in terror that we’d run out of money while the other pursued dreams and knew we would be fine. One was spiritual but abhorred religion yet the other made sure I was able to visit every kind of religion in our area that I might choose one. I see now how POWER and CONTROL are used in every one of those themes. I recognize how the roles of bully, victim, and martyr shifted around the family depending on the topic and stance of the conversation. Other family members and friends also got involved.
The central theme was how people give power to others and take power away from them using sex, money, religion,education, and politics. I had a perfect training ground to watch this play out in childhood with family and then watch it play out much rougher in “the real world” in later years. Now as I finally go deep enough into my exploration and healing to stand outside of the drama, I see clearly that we are all born filled with a Divine power and strength untouchable by man. Even when we are victimized as small children, there is nothing anyone here can do to diminish our deepest power or break our invincible spirit. We have all that we ever need at birth, and the rest of this is just a school to teach us that. Truly, our only occupation here is to love one another and enjoy this beautiful playground rather than getting all caught up in fighting over toys or sandbox territory.
I invite you to explore your life and lineage in a similar way. I would love to hear your comments, questions, or concerns!
As the news reports murders, rapes, escaped prisoners, drunken accidents, wars, divorce, and suicides, one cannot help but wonder, ‘Where has God gone?’ What loving God would allow this madness? Innocent people being killed….so much destruction and pain…has God forgotten about us here?
Sitting outside this morning, I hear the birds sing their morning greetings. The tiniest of flying insects stops by my arms and feet, landing briefly to say hello during my meditation before flying along on their way. The trees pour forth the very air I breathe to sustain my life. I feel at one with the Universe and all that is perfect and good. Here God is certainly everywhere!
Where then is the disconnect? How can we go into nature and so quickly find God all around us, remember God deep within us, and then feel such a restless separation when we return to daily life? What can we do to stay connected to that perfect Divine Energy that permeates all of life?
Consider the following without guilt, judgement, or resentment, merely as a possible explanation for our spiritual disconnection. We have constructed modern society devoid of any real contact with nature. We live in concrete jungles, eat manufactured foods, and breathe artificially filtered, temperature regulated air. We raze the land to built modern housing and then plant St. Augustine grass and trees (often non-native to our region) to please our artificially programmed, media driven taste, with little forethought to drainage concerns or the quality of the soil and nutrients. As if all of this wasn’t enough of a disconnect from our true origin, we then isolate ourselves into our office or our house rather than living in the more communal groups like those of our ancestors around the world. Even if we become “active” in our communities, we rarely live as a true community…even without our own families. Our routine involves school or work, computers, possibly some exercise in an artificial gym environment, and then driving home and pulling straight into our garage before closing the door behind us and entering our house to watch TV or whatever. We may read a spiritual book or attend a weekly service, but the rest of the time we shake our heads at the pained world and wonder where God went.
The God we frustratingly seek is as easy to find as returning to nature. Find a native park, river, lake, or forest. Go to the ocean and get lost in the smells and sounds. Retreat to a still place in which your senses can soak in the Divine from all forms of nature and the beautiful Divinity within you can awaken to return love back to nature. Create that magnificent flow and feel alive again! THERE’s God…right within you all along! Now, how will you regenerate that feeling and keep God alive within you all the time?
As always, I welcome your thoughts. Please feel free to comment below.
Walking with a handful of U.S. tourists behind our native guide through the Amazon rainforest to experience macaws and parrots visiting a salt lick in their native habitat was deeply moving. As my feet navigated the trail in and out of muddy places, my legs often sank deep down into the soft earth. Each time, I felt some of my confusion, busyness, and modern life dissolve into the forgiving soil. With each step I felt ever more cleansed and reunified with my deepest self and truth. What began as awkward footing soon grew in certainty until I was able to balance myself without handholds returning across the bridge pictured here. My nerves, so frazzled that morning from lack of sleep and the painful past experiences that had arisen the night before in ceremony, were now steady. I felt rooted in this place.
Divine Light and energy entered through the top of my head and flowed so easily down through every area of my body, including my midriff (cleared the prior night after almost four decades of being blocked by emotional trauma). Energy flowed through my body, down my legs, and out my feet into the earth with each step. When I felt uncertain, I had merely to pause and reground myself…like a tree rooting itself…and then I could gently proceed. I was effortlessly aware of an ant ‘freeway’ making its way busily down the trail below me carrying leaves, and I avoided trampling them. Moths, mosquitoes, and many other insects landed on me, honoring my silent request not to bite me and my choice not to wear poisonous repellents on my skin when visiting their home. Birds came close and exchanged long glances with me when I was in a quiet and isolated place, distanced from the others chatting noisily, snapping their photos, and otherwise loudly disrespecting the peaceful environment.
Occasionally I reached gently to the trunk of an ancient tree, sending forth love and thanking it for steadying me along my walk. I assured each that some humans still honor and respect them and their wisdom, and thanked them for being so forgiving as we remove more and more of their kind in a seemingly insatiable appetite for consumption. I commiserated that this is a game with no winners.
Pachamama and natives throughout South America implore us to awaken to the clarity of our irreversible planetary destruction. They urge a more symbiotic coexistence with nature that can bring about deeper and longer lasting joy in humanity.
We cannot all board a plane to the jungle or feel this experience. However, returning ourselves to the sights, sounds, feelings, and smells of nature is the easiest way to awaken the same awareness no matter where we are. Within each of us is a dormant dreamer lulled unconscious by years of modern programming. Allowing her/him to slowly awaken and hearing our deepest dreams and truths is where all hope for our future really exists.
How does life flow when we tell God we’re ready to jump off a cliff and fly? Let’s just say I’m flying all the way to the Peruvian Amazon this weekend, and as recently as last month that wasn’t even on my radar!