There is a tremendous amount of change going on in the outer world, in our personal lives and globally, that appears to be unusual, outside of business as normal. From the perspective of the mental body, it can seem like chaos that is taking us nowhere or even backward. We might find ourselves asking, out of doubt and fear and frustration, “What’s the game plan?” But remember, that’s just a perception based on the outer illusion of what’s happening. The more we resist what we perceive in the illusion, the more challenging it is for the energy to move easily and effortlessly. The more we hold onto, “That’s not the way they used to do things,” or “That’s not the way it’s supposed to be” or even “That’s not the way I want it to go” the more we close ourselves to the magic and miracles we can create from our Higher Selves/ Souls. By resisting the change on the outer, we are really just feeling the effects of our resistance to the changes on the inner. That’s where the real resistance is. By holding a fixed idea of how something should be, we are cutting off the energy and potential of how everything could be, of how we could experience the change- with Freedom, Flow, Ease, Joy.
In allowing, we can start with giving ourselves and others permission to follow their path, wherever it takes them. In allowing, we can give ourselves and others permission to make choices even when they don’t appear to be the highest choices. Give yourself full permission to be who you are in this moment, even if you feel that it is not your best self or the self you desire to be. Give yourself permission to be who you are whether it’s the part of yourself you like or the part you don’t. You will get there, but only if you let go of the shame and judgment and unworthiness about where you are now. Allowing yourself to be who you are now is the key to being who you desire to be. Remember, you can allow yourself to be your shadow self without actually acting out on it. We’re not talking about doing whatever the lower self wants but about the inner state of allowing. We can’t heal the parts of ourselves that need to be healed if we don’t allow them to be, but instead stuff them down or try to hide them. This allowing of our shadow selves is a key step to healing.
True allowing isn’t just giving yourself permission, but also giving others full permission to make their choices along their path. We don’t know what issues others are working on and we certainly don’t know the best way for them to bring those pieces to their awareness and heal them. Their Souls know what experiences they need for healing.
Detachment is being more and more in your witness self as you make your choices in life and not taking what happens in your own life so personally. We still have a tendency to punish ourselves mentally when we aren’t able to manifest the absolute highest frequency of the divine plan or when things shift and the highest plan itself changes. We either blame ourselves for not doing a good enough job or we blame our Souls for giving us wrong information. The Plan changes because we change. Detach from the need to always know exactly why it might have changed and trust in your Soul to have that wisdom. Detach from the way in which the plan might have changed and let go of the idea that one path was better than another. Every path leads to the Buddha.
Remember, the Divine Plan is not a what, it’s a why. The actual plan is not about an action plan, though there are sometimes some physical action steps that are part of it. The Divine Plan itself is not the new job, new partner or new home. It is not about the physical results. Those are the physical vehicles or tools in the physical realm to help you work with, understand and be the feeling states. The Divine Plan is about coming into higher frequency states of being. The Divine Plan is a loving opportunity, not a command or a directive! Detach from all outcomes in the outer world.
If you look at what is happening in our national politics it may appear on the outer that the current administration is reversing the changes made by the previous administration. Some people are happy about that and some people are not happy about it. But the belief that we’re going in reverse is the illusion! We are not going backward and we are never going to go backward. The illusion is that those previous changes meant that we had healed all the issues and that all of our collective energies were ready to move forward! But we weren’t all ready and we hadn’t made all of those shifts on the inner, so we’re seeing a reflection of the lower-self group consciousness going into fear and putting on the breaks. But, from the Soul’s perspective, this just allows us each the opportunity to identify and clear what we’re still resisting in moving forward. Regardless of who you voted for, what party you are registered with or no party at all, regardless of what vision your mental body has for how things should be, your Soul is part of the co-creation of what is happening. You are a part of what is happening.
Remember, that we all volunteer to play different roles in the outer world as part of the co-creation. Just because certain people have raised their hands to be the tool for helping us to see what still needs to be healed, does not mean they are the cause of the block. They are just the person in the physical world bringing it to our attention. We are each holding onto our own blocks and as long as we remain in judgment, it makes it more difficult for us to acknowledge and heal those blocks.
The above excerpts are from the class “Allowing and Detaching from All That I See” taught on July 14, 2018.
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Recently, I was guided to go see the movie A Quiet Place in the theater. Yes, I was guided by my Soul to see a horror film! In the past, I avoided horror films because I didn’t like the tension building, feeling anxious or being startled. I put off seeing this particular movie for several weeks, but I know how this works. As we teach in the Standing in the Light® program, our divine selves, our Souls, have an expanded perspective and can see potentials that we just can’t comprehend from our limited viewpoint in the physical realm. My lower self might believe that I won’t possibly get anything out of a horror film, but my Soul knows otherwise. I have learned to trust my Soul.
So, I went to the movie knowing that I might get scared, might jump out of my seat and that people in the film would probably die. I was fully conscious of the kind of experience I was likely to have, yet I still got pulled into the movie enough to feel some of the tension, to jump in my seat at key moments and to feel a little sad when some of the characters died. But what I discovered, what my Soul desired for me to have the opportunity to understand, is that I still had fun! I wasn’t just accepting or tolerating the movie, not just sitting there and getting through it, but fully and truly enjoying all aspects of it: the scary parts, the sad parts, the heart-warming and poignant moments. When I let go of the resistance and the judgment and just embraced the whole experience, I genuinely enjoyed it.
Every time I jumped in my seat or felt a little intense about the action, I laughed at myself and remembered that it was just temporary and that it wasn’t real. And that’s the key. When we know that this is all just an illusion, a temporary experience that we chose step into, even the things we judge as horrible or bad experiences can be beautiful. When we remember who we are and remember the divine truth underneath the physical trappings, it’s quite wonderful.
Richard Bach writes of the metaphor of life as a movie in his book Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah. He reminds us that our physical lives as humans are a temporary illusion, like a film, that we write, direct, act in and also serve as audience. At the level of our Soul consciousness, we can change the script, change the roles we play, change the background scenery and even stop the movie all together. All of these factors are part of the illusion that we’re experiencing and cannot change our divine essence, the truth of who we are within.
So, regardless of what type of movie you’re watching in your life right now, embrace it, love it and let go of your judgments of it. See the gift of learning and move on to the next scene. As you truly begin to master each scene with complete acceptance, you will find that you can begin to make changes in the script mid-movie! You can shift your experience even while you are experiencing it, but only when you surrender your judgments of it and see the truth underneath. So, grab your popcorn and enjoy the film!
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The Most Reverend Michael Curry, bishop of the American Episcopal church, recently gave an inspiring sermon at the wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, Meghan, on the power of love as a profound source of change in the world. He said:
If you don’t believe me, think about a time when you first fell in love. The whole world seemed to center around you and your beloved. Oh, there’s power, power in love. Not just in its romantic forms but any form, any shape of love…. There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show, it actually feels right. There’s something right about it. And there’s a reason for it; the reason has to do with the source. We were made by a power of love and our lives are meant to be lived in that love…. Ultimately the source of love is God Himself, the source of all of our lives.
Reverend Curry invited us to re-connect with that passion of love within each of us. We sometimes fall into the habit of thinking about divine love as serene to the point of being bland, but we can find the fiery, joyful aspects in divine love just as we can see it in our passion for a significant other or intense love for a child. It’s time to bring back the passion in our devotion to the divine. Many Sufi poets wrote of the ecstasy of being in love with the divine and spoke of courting that love as one might court a lover, not in a sexual sense but with the pure, unconditional passion of love.
Let yourself remember a time as a child when something was new and wonderful to you or a time when you saw the world as radiantly beautiful because you had newly fallen in love. Re-capture that feeling of awe and wonder, then allow yourself to expand that feeling to encompass everyone and everything. Allow yourself to fall in love with the world, with all of creation, with every part of your life. That is the passionate side of divine love.
When we feel that kind of joy, we feel as if we can accomplish anything. We don’t see obstacles but rather opportunities. Living in that blissful state opens us to limitless possibilities and a genuine desire to create for the benefit of all. That is the power of love.
In his sermon, Reverend Curry shared a passage from the Song of Solomon in the Bible: “Love is as powerful as death; passion is as strong as death itself. It bursts into flame and burns like a raging fire. Water cannot put it out; no flood can drown it.” True, divine love is eternal and expansive. Remember the unquenchable love within you and let the passion and desire of your Soul catch fire in the world.
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If God had a name what would it be?
And would you call it to His face?
If you were faced with Him in all His glory
What would you ask if you had just one question?
What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us
Just a stranger on the bus
Tryin’ to make his way home?
– “One of Us”, lyrics by Eric Brazilian
This song was first released by Joan Osborne in 1995. The underlying theme is that you never know who you’re talking to and should treat everyone as if they might be God come to Earth. After all, Jesus was born in a humble barn and lived a carpenter’s life. To many, he didn’t look like the long-prophesied king they had been waiting to see. Buddha gave up all of his princely trappings to live among the people. And the homeless person you pass on the street who is asking for money might in fact be your greatest spiritual teacher, allowing you the opportunity to see past the surface to the divinity within all of us. So, what if God was one of us? Do you just walk past God?
In the past, when I was in a challenging situation involving other people and was having trouble seeing things from their perspective, I used to visualize that each person involved in the conflict was me. I gave them each my face and my voice and ran through the scenario as if all the players speaking and acting were other versions of myself. It helped me to remove the judgments I might have been holding about the individuals and allowed me to see from a more unified perspective, and I could better focus on what the situation was mirroring to me and what I still needed to heal within myself. It also helped me empathize and have compassion for the experiences and viewpoints of others, regardless of whether my mental body believed they were reasonable or justified.
And this exercise is meant to help us remember the divine truth. We are all playing all the parts here on Earth, in different bodies but still completely connected and created of the same infinite Source. At the level of our Godselves, we are all having all experiences together, as One.
God does walk among us because we are each an aspect of God/ Goddess incarnate. God is not just among us but Is each and every one of us. Make it your practice to go through life treating everyone as divine, giving everyone the face of God/ Goddess because that’s who you’re talking to, regardless of the name they’ve been given or the body they’re in. Who do you choose to be when God is one us?
There is an old story: Two monks are walking along a road and come to a large stream. A beautiful young woman is standing by the stream trying to cross. She asks for assistance. The monks have given vows of chastity in which they have declared they will not touch a woman or lust after the pleasures of the flesh. But one monk agrees to carry the woman across as an act of charity and he takes her to the other stream bank. As they continue along the road, the second monk is outraged and continues to lecture the first monk about breaking his vows. The first monk replies, “I only carried her across the stream but you’re still carrying her.”
The second monk had a strong story in his mind about who a monk should be and what he should be doing. He was unwilling to let go of that limitation in order to look more deeply at what was the most open-hearted response in that situation. If we look within ourselves, we may see this same energy. We carry our stories, sometimes from far in the past, and what we believe is comforting and protective becomes a heavy burden to carry which prevents us from easily moving forward in our lives and being the Truth of who we are.
Sometimes, we use stories to justify our own actions and excuse ourselves from responsibility. We might fall into a pattern of explaining ourselves with something like, “I’ve always been this way ever since that certain experience happened to me.” Other times, we may use stories to justify our behavior toward others as in, “If I’d only known she was going through that, then I would have been more understanding.” Though it is often subconsciously done, we may allow those stories to direct our behavior rather than going within for guidance on how to respond with love. The good news is that we can choose to become conscious of those stories and choose to free ourselves by letting them go. We do not have to be the same person we were several years ago or even several minutes. We don’t have to let our stories define us.
A friend once shared with me that she attended a workshop on taking responsibility for your actions and the facilitator made the following point: If you find yourself in a situation such as arriving late for a meeting with someone and saying things like, “I’m late because I got stuck behind a slow driver,” or “Traffic was really bad,” then become aware of how this shifts responsibility away from you and justifies your choices using a story. The facilitator suggested saying something like, “I apologize for keeping you waiting, I didn’t allow enough travel time this morning.” This is ownership of responsibility and also puts the power back in your hands for your actions. You are not at the effect of anyone or anything, even your own self-justifications.
Many people confuse taking responsibility with self-blame. Often, when we try to take responsibility for our actions, we end up berating ourselves for not doing it differently, not knowing better, etc. This is not responsibility but self-recrimination, guilt and shame. Divine Responsibility is simply the ability to respond, to be fully present and aware in every situation and to listen within for the response that serves the highest good. You don’t need to hear anyone else’s back story or declare your own in order to hear your inner wisdom on how to be a loving and compassionate being in each moment.
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