I have been reflecting recently on the fullness and the miracle of the human experience and what it means to be an conscious spiritual being having a human experience. How do we hold that balance within ourselves of celebrating all the uniqueness and sensory aspects of human life while still maintaining our expanded perspective as one aspect of an entire universe? How do we heal our rejection of the parts of human life that we dislike or even fear and move deeper into understanding them and eventually to truly celebrating them?
I am guided to share this poem by the Sufi poet Rumi called “The Guest House”.
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
Who violently sweep your house
Empty of its furniture,
Still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing,
And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond.
I have been focusing on making this my practice, to be grateful for whoever comes to the door and to invite them in wholeheartedly, even if I don’t think I know them. Because a stranger, or a strange experience, is simply a place where we haven’t recognized our Oneness, yet. Some day, they will all be my great companions in Unity once I know them for who they truly are- all aspects of the divine. Ask your Soul to help you see what kind of guest house you are being. Is there an area in your life where you feel comfortable throwing open the door? Are there still areas where you are hesitant or fearful of being that inviting guest house to new experiences? Ask to start clearing those limitations and begin to make a practice of welcoming those new visitors as dear friends because that is what they are.
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As the calendar clicks over to another year, many are once again making a personal list for what they want to accomplish, experience, create. Crafting your vision is an essential step in manifesting, but it’s important not to get stuck in that phase, forever visualizing and not taking the steps. If you’re one of those who find themselves tripped up by taking your first steps toward creating something, consider a temporary shift in focus and just start doing it. Just take one step forward.
I’m not talking about letting go of your Soul’s vision completely and rushing into frantic action. I’m suggesting that you might re-evaluate your balance between the visioning stage and the action phase. The truth is that our vision, our divine plan, is fluid and is constantly shifting and re-adjusting as we shift and change. You may not be able to see the entire creation with everything in place from start to finish. The vision itself is created in the process of doing. So just do it.
Once you have your general vision from your Soul, ask for your action steps. Allow yourself to really embrace those action steps, free of fear that you don’t have all of the steps yet or that you might somehow “mess up” your creation. You won’t. Step forward with confidence and joy. We are still physical beings in a physical world and an integral part of our manifestations still involve physical aspects. The physical parts aren’t the sole aspects of our creations, but they’re still equally valuable parts as are the emotional, mental and spiritual components. Give each aspect the attention they’re due in order to keep that divine balance.
So, check with your Soul for your vision and go for it. Then, take a breath and check back in with your Soul to re-evaluate where you are and get your updated vision. In doing your action steps, you may very well have discovered more pieces to your vision or started identifying any blocks you need to heal in order to fully manifest it. Be okay with a stumble here or there while you expand your understanding of your Soul’s vision and get increasing clarity. The divine plan is a living, breathing unfolding of evolution, not some prophecy written on stone tablets. Spend the time you need in the stillness and silence, then allow yourself the time you need to get moving forward!
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The illusion is the false perception of ourselves as separate: separate within ourselves, separate from others, separate from God/Goddess/Source. Faith, Trust and Surrender are key resonances to coming back into Unity and Oneness.
Divine Faith is that deep inner knowingness free of the need for any validation or outer world proof of what you know. Divine Trust is the belief in your inner divine self. In Divine Surrender, we move beyond the limited ego-self perspective and step more fully into Oneness. Surrender is not giving up anything but becoming everything.
If I don’t have faith in what I can’t physically see and verify, if I can’t trust what I know within even if the outer world seems to reflect something different to me, then I am still in the illusion. If I can’t trust in my Soul as another aspect of my own consciousness rather than something outside myself with a separate agenda and power over me, then I am still creating from the lower self and I am still in the illusion. If I am unwilling to surrender my identity of separateness out of a need to maintain control, then I am holding on to the illusion.
These three energies have the potential to greatly uplift us into the remembrance of ourselves as fully expanded, multi-dimensional beings. When we truly know ourselves as All That Is and we function as Source, then possibilities for our creations truly are limitless. But this is not a pie-in-the-sky magic potion. We must be willing to do the work. We must be willing to identify the subconscious beliefs that are blocking us from remembering the truth of who we are. We must be willing to acknowledge where we are still in denial of ourselves as creators and still blaming someone or something outside ourselves for what we dislike or fear. We must have Faith in ourselves as divine beings, have Trust in our ability to fully manifest that divinity and Surrender to our greater Divine Will.
Today’s blog features excerpts from the recent class titled “Faith, Trust and Surrender: 3 Keys to Transcending the Illusion”, originally taught on November 16, 2019. For details on how to purchase the recording, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We celebrate the many freedoms that we enjoy in this country: the freedom to pursue happiness, the freedom of speech, the freedom to vote, the freedom to protest. Today, I’m being guided to talk about the freedom to evolve, inspired by Barack Obama’s recent words about youth activism at the Obama Foundation Summit. He made some key points about our “call-out culture”, which is fostered by social media outlets, of posting criticism and judgment of someone deemed bad or wrong in their actions or opinions and then feeling self-justified for making a difference.
Mr. Obama suggested that there is more to social activism than just shouting down the other guy with whom you disagree. He reminded his audience that “the world is messy; there are ambiguities” and advised that simply being judgmental doesn’t equal activism. He also pointed out that it doesn’t solve much or create true change.
In order to do that, we need to dig deeper within ourselves. Why have we become so afraid to acknowledge that we are all works in progress? Why are we not allowing ourselves to be living, growing, changing beings? Why has it become so challenging to see the many shades of gray instead of needing everything to be either black or white, right or wrong?
Social media has a great potential to open us up to alternative perspectives. It is a great way to really understand another person’s experiences and see through their eyes. It can be the great equalizer and community builder, if we choose to use it that way. But we must make that conscious choice, rather than just joining in without deeper thought beyond what things may look like on the surface.
The world is messy, and we are multi-layered beings with many aspects. As Mr. Obama pointed out, “People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and share certain things with you.” We all deserve the freedom to evolve, to develop new understandings and change our viewpoints and choices accordingly. We deserve the right to gain wisdom through our experiences without being criticized for not having that wisdom 5 years ago. We are all divine children who haven’t yet graduated from this world experience, who are still expanding our consciousness.
None of us arrive on this planet having figured it all out. In fact, none of us will leave this planet having figured it all out because the universe is constantly expanding, and there is always something more to explore and learn. Let’s each dig deeper and call upon our humility and compassion within to allow ourselves the full, unconditional freedom to evolve.
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What is your first reaction when someone brings up the topic of being responsible? Most would say that, yes, being responsible it a good thing. It is something we definitely all should do. But it can also conjure up feelings of drudgery, unpleasant tasks and even feelings of resentment or blame. In the world of the illusion, responsibility is a very different energy than it is in the spiritual realms.
In the illusion, responsibility feels like a duty or even a burden. It can feel isolating when we take on sole responsibility for the outcome, and then we may blame ourselves for not doing a better job or blame others for not doing theirs. This frequency of responsibility often comes with a strong dose of self-judgment and it can cause a knee-jerk reaction of not wanting to take any responsibility at all. If we look at the outer world, the kinds of things that many people are saying through social and traditional media reflect this finger-pointing that someone else must be responsible with little willingness to reflect on each of our individual responsibility in helping create the situation.
True Divine Responsibility is uplifting, supportive and freeing. Divine Responsibility comes from knowing ourselves as part of the whole, part of a greater community. Divine Responsibility is being able (and willing) to respond with our whole selves in any situation. In Divine Responsibility, we are each committed to play our part, our unique role for the benefit of the group. The focus becomes “What can I do?” rather than “What did you do?” We can trust in the Divine Wisdom of the whole and let go of the need to control other people’s choices. We can focus on what we can each offer and do it with the joy of loving service for the greater good, rather than tallying up a list of who did what.
We are each responsible for our choices and our experiences. We are not responsible for others’ choices or experiences. But knowing that we are all connected, all One, why wouldn’t we want to support the best choices for everyone? Why wouldn’t we each do our best to support the whole rather than tearing it down with blame and judgment?
Let yourself choose Divine Responsibility and feel the Love of a gift freely given. Give your time and resources when and where you’re guided, without strings or resentment, and you will feel that energy coming back to you exponentially. Choose to be able to respond in every moment and you will begin to know yourself as unlimited Source.
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