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The Joy of the Unfinished Task

The Joy of the Unfinished Task

I confess I do like checking items off my “To Do” list, and I have always been one of those people who unpacks within the first few days of a move so that everything is in its place. These are great organizational skills to have, but they can also distract my focus toward the end goal rather than staying fully present in the experience of the moment.

For a while now, I’ve been working on several long-term projects that are each in the “middle” phases of progress and are not showing obvious, major jumps forward. The “list” part of me sometimes has a desire to jump in and make something more visible happen. Even though I can check with guidance and know that they are just in process and not stuck, I feel the pull of that old desire to feel the satisfaction of checking something off my list as complete.

But every creation has a life of its own, involving many unseen factors and energies, and the greatest benefit comes from learning how to remain in alignment with all of those factors as the creation unfolds. Like a good wine, we need to allow time for our creations to “breath.” In Standing in the Light® Level 2, we talk about the cycle of creation which starts with holding the vision, taking action which has an impact, then going into a phase of evaluation and rest before creating a new vision and starting the process again. This is how we can listen to our creation and stay in sync with the divine timing of it. We learn just as much, if not more, from the quieter phases of visioning and evaluation as we do from the more visible action phases.

In nature, everything is essentially incomplete as it’s always moving toward something else. The sunny sky will not stay that way as needed rain clouds are already blowing in from the West. The vibrant bean stalk growing so rapidly in Spring will not stay that way once it finishes fruiting because it will begin to wither and die.

Rather than thinking of these projects of mine as messy and incomplete, I am learning to see them as simply alive, either actively growing or temporarily resting, but always perfectly in alignment with each phase of creation. I am enjoying the freedom of putting one down for a time, walking away or shifting to a different project so that it has time to percolate. And whenever I’m guided to pick it up again, I know that I am perfectly in sync with the next step. Surrendering to the ease of this ebb and flow is the true joy of the unfinished task.

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Resolutions of Willingness

Resolutions of Willingness

Here we are again at that time of year when so many feel the urge to list the things we want to change about ourselves, about our lives. The lists are often packed full of what we want, but are light on the concrete follow-through for achieving them. So, why not do an honest self-check and ask yourself what you’re really willing to give in order to experience those goals? Rather than a list of wants, create a list of willingness.

If you really want to lose weight or be healthier, what old habits are you truly willing to give up? If you want to put more into your savings each month, what monthly splurges are you willing to stop spending on? If you’re wanting a new partner, identify qualities within yourself that you are willing to share with that person, rather than what kind of person you want them to be for you. Be honest. If you’re just not willing to make that change yet, then set it aside. Sit with it and ask yourself why. If you know it would be in your best interest, then what is blocking you?

In Standing in the Light® classes, we teach that the first step of any manifestation is to check in with your Soul for guidance on what is the highest good to create in the first place. Then identify and clear the blocks you are still holding back from manifesting it. Next, allow yourself to begin to be those changes you want to make, as feeling states within yourself. Finally, what are your action steps to create that change out in the world? Instead of creating from outside in, we teach creating from inside out. With each step of the spiritual creation process, there must be a genuine willingness to make changes within in order to be aligned with new outer change mirrored back to you. That is the fundamental law of attraction.

So, this year, approach your goals a little differently and ask yourself what you’re willing to give to your creations rather than what you believe you’re going to get out of them. In the end, what you create in your life will be more deeply satisfying and infinitely more long-lasting.

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Divine Knowing

Divine Knowing

What do you know for sure? And how do you know this? Spiritual teacher Krishnamurti once taught, “The day you teach the child the name of the bird, the child will never see the bird again.” The child will lose its innate connection with the spirit of the bird and see only the labels attached to the name.

We need language to function in the world and to communicate with each other. Words contain a great deal of information, but there is a big difference between third dimensional knowledge and Divine Knowing. How do I operate my car to get someplace? Where do I meet you when I get there? What is the name of the restaurant I’m looking for? This kind of information serves our physical needs. But when the words stop being simple tools because we start to attach meaning to them by giving them labels, they become ways for us to justify and strengthen our walls of judgment and separation.

Divine Knowing is not about facts or measurements we can see but is an understanding that comes from within, from our Soul. In Divine Knowing, we do not require proof that something is what we know it be in our hearts. We feel it. We connect with it. We know it without having to think about it.

Ask yourself: How do I know I love someone? How do I know that someone is sad even though they have a smile on their face? How do I understand the freedom of the bird in flight even while I’m on the ground? Because you feel it. The feeling is your knowingness. And the feeling comes through your connection.

While on a silent retreat some time ago, I took a long walk through the woods and tried to go through the entire walk without thinking of a single name of anything that I saw. (And it was much harder than I expected!) I focused on simply seeing the colors, the textures, the shapes while feeling the aliveness of everything. I was connecting with the unique essence of each plant, tree, rock without placing any labels or expectations on them. I was practicing what is natural to us in our pure divine state: to know something simply through being present with its energy, through my connection with it, through our Oneness.

As we move into the quiet of the winter season, focus on your knowingness from within. What do you know for sure, as your divine self? Does your divine self require words or thoughts to know this? What triggers you to forget what you already know?

The more we can let go of what we think we know, the more we can truly enjoy the mystery of the world around us. It is in the surrender of these identities, including our own, that we truly come to Know everything in the universe.

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Love Flow

Love Flow

This song has been playing in my mind recently, so I’m going to share it with you in The Bellamy Brothers’ own words.

Let Your Love Flow

Just let your love flow like a mountain stream
And let your love grow with the smallest of dreams
And let your love show and you’ll know what I mean it’s the season
Let your love fly like a bird on a wing
And let your love bind you to all living things
And let your love shine and you’ll know what I mean that’s the reason

Divine Love doesn’t require an object or a goal or an outcome; it simply is. Allow your own divine love to flow freely and openly, connecting you with all things. Let that pure connectedness soak through your whole being, sinking deep into each cell of your body just as you know yourself to be a cell in the body of Source. Feel that connection with all that you are and allow it to expand to encompass the entire world, the entire universe. To shine your love, that is the reason… for everything.

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

Do you believe in miracles? Really believe, not just as an idea, not just as a vague thought that they are surely happening somewhere. Are you holding miracle consciousness and welcoming them actively in your life? Have you asked yourself why not?

A few months ago, I was struggling to channel the topics for a class that I was scheduled to teach. I finally heard from my Soul that even if the entire class was simply an exercise in sitting quietly and opening ourselves to Divine Love that the class would be a success. I received the message and believed the truth of it, but I also realized that I didn’t fully accept it. No actions required, no words to be spoken? I was in doubt. I wasn’t truly allowing that Love could be so powerful as to teach an entire class just by the energy of it. I wasn’t allowing a form of miracle.

A miracle is simply an event that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws. Our spiritual laws teach that they are not only possible but expected. What we see as impossible in the physical world is quite normal from the spiritual perspective of our limitless, multi-dimensional selves. Science hasn’t quite caught up with that, yet, but scientists are getting closer and closer each day to explaining the mechanics.

But we don’t really need to know all of the scientific principles in order to experience miracles. We simply need to have Trust in the wisdom of our divine selves that it will be so. We need to hold enough Love to receive it and to be in Detachment and Surrender as to how and when it comes into form. We need to believe in miracles not as a hypothetical concept but be in Gratitude for miracles, knowing them as a real and living experience in our lives. Ask your Soul to bring to your awareness why you still don’t fully believe in miracles for yourself. Ask to begin to heal the fears, self-doubts, lack of worthiness and self-love that may be blocking you from allowing Divine Will to flow freely in your life to manifest miracles.

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