I recently enjoyed a lovely vacation in Hawaii and was asking my Soul what primary resonances and energies I should focus on while I was there. The phrase “original source” immediately came to me. I thought about how the land itself feels particularly connected to its origins because of the lava flows coming directly from the Earth’s core in magnificent, fiery fountains and then hardening into solid landmass that can support life. I connected with the soft, gentleness of the Divine Feminine energy which is so prevalent there, both in the fluidity of the ocean and in the more easeful and welcoming lifestyle of the traditional culture. And then I asked, “What does original source mean for my spiritual evolution?”
In Standing in the Light®, we teach that we are all in the process of coming back into alignment with Source and fully experiencing our Oneness with All That Is. We have never been separate from Source, but we have believed in the illusion of separation for so long that it feels real to us. My “original source” feels like my original spark of uniquely creating as an individual consciousness, before all the stories and emotions I created about who I think I am. So, by focusing on that origin energy, I was bringing myself back to that basic remembrance.
In the Fall season, we have many rituals that lend themselves to “taking stock” of where we are and where we’re going. We have the energy of going back to school, reviewing what we know and what we will be learning in the coming year. There is also the energy of the harvest and gathering up what we’ve grown to see what we now have to sustain us through the next year. We process the fruits of the harvest and store the seeds for the next growing cycle. These activities have in common the questions of “Where are we now and what is our next step going forward?”
We can make use of the natural energies of this coming season by taking stock of where we are spiritually and bringing awareness to the spiritual basics. What are my priorities? What is my divine truth? If I strip my self-perception down to its essence, who do I believe myself to be? How can I simplify my life back to the basics? Fancy retreats, juice cleanses and even special meditation techniques can all be useful tools at the right time, but they are still just ways to take us back to the simple remembrance of who we truly are. Who am I in the stillness and what do I know to be true? It really is just that simple when we take a quiet moment and listen.
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Author’s note: I have been cleaning my office on this August day. I found this channeling and although a little early in the year for snow fall, even for the front range of Colorado, I thought the ideas this blog entry raises are welcome no matter the season. Transport yourself to winter…
As I watch the snow fall during rush hour in the city, I am reminded how the snowflakes are like wisdom. Most of the time, we are not the warm ground ready to integrate and embrace the snowflakes of wisdom into our lives. Instead, we are the harsh ground hoping to eliminate the unwelcome advice of the universe before we have a chance to enjoy the beauty. We don’t want to alter our habits and our plans for the evening. In fact, this life giving precipitation is seen as inconvenient at a minimum; do we have plenty of bottled water, milk and toilet paper (and wine, if you are at my house!) in case the electricity goes off? I am never quite sure how the toilet paper is supposed to help if the electricity goes out, but if conventional wisdom says to buy it, we do. And at the extreme, at least on the days we need to commute, the snow is threatening, a burden and potentially has the power to harm. At least that is how the headlines would read; “five killed in freak snow storm.”
Aren’t new ideas – aka wisdom – seen as inconvenient? I am going to have to learn something new? Didn’t I learn everything I was supposed to in Kindergarten, anyway?” We allow ourselves, grudgingly in some cases to learn new technologies, new techniques, but do we really open ourselves up to new ideas and concepts? “If my mother didn’t tell me about it, well then, it probably doesn’t need to be learned.” OK – I learned a lot, both practically and spiritually from my mother, but I am willing to admit, as would she, that there are plenty of other teachers out there who might have another piece to help me complete my puzzle.
If we don’t embrace the wisdom when it is falling slowly, lovely and silently from the heavens – if we don’t get it when the wisdom is gentle, then we may only surrender to the wisdom when it is piled high and terrifying. Just like the snow during the afternoon commute, the wisdom will eventually take hold. The only question is whether we will embrace it and be an early adopter; enjoying the benefits of the secrets the universe has for us and for all? Or will we be late comers to the new information? It doesn’t matter which we are. There is no judgment from the wisdom. It is simply a matter of how joyful is our commute home.
Being prepared for the snow may be as easy as being open to the gentle wisdoms; integrating the snowflakes as they fall into our conscious awareness, shovel as we go along and have the cork screw ever at the ready. Then, do as the high school students do: pray for a snow day.
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“The brain gives the heart its sight. The heart gives the brain its vision.” These are the words of Rob Kall, a biofeedback engineer. I like Kall’s idea that we need both the functions of intelligence and logic of the brain balanced with the compassion and love of the heart.
One of the Standing in the Light® classes focuses on energetically balancing the brain and the heart. The premise is that we need both of these aspects to be healed and working at full capacity in order to evolve into our ultimate mastery, in order to ascend.
The last time I taught this class, we talked about the myth that humans only use 10% of our brains and all the sci-fi movies were someone is exposed to a chemical, drug or other phenomenon where their brain is able to activate and utilize 100% of its capacity. Specifically, we discussed the 2014 movie, Lucy, with Scarlett Johannsson and Morgan Freeman, where the title character ingests a drug that increases her brain capacity and allows her to activate powers such as telepathy, telekinesis and mental time travel. Lucy’s power is unstoppable. The problem with the extra brain function is that it seems to have eliminated Lucy’s compassion and empathy for others.
This leads us to ponder that perhaps as important as understanding how wonderful the human brain is and its capacity to have more insights, gifts and powers then many of us use on a daily basis, we should also encourage balancing that with the compassion and love of the heart. This is what I believe Kall is suggesting, allowing the brain to give the heart sight and perhaps even common sense but allowing the heart to determine the direction for the actions to be taken.
Often, humans marvel at our intelligence and brain capacity over other animals while at the same time degrading and diminishing the feelings and dignity of others. To paraphrase the Mark 8:36 quote from the Bible, for what shall it profit a man if he has ultimate power and knowledge but doesn’t have compassion, love and kindness? Does the power and the knowledge make us computers as opposed to humans? Does acting as computers make us tools instead of enlightened beings?
The goal is to access ultimate wisdom and power while balancing it with vital empathy and love. The intelligence will allow us to see what needs to be done and the capacity for empathy and love will give us the desire to do it.
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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With the Fourth of July holiday upon us, my friend, Marsha Hankins, suggested a few books by authors who explored their inner freedom even in the midst of physical imprisonment. Viktor E. Frankl, a Nazi holocaust survivor, tells his story in Man’s Search for Meaning. Immaculee Ilibagiza, a Rwandan holocaust survivor, writes her story in Left to Tell. Both Frankl and Ilibagiza describe the deprivation of the circumstances they survived in the physical realm. Both authors speak of what they were able to withstand physically because of the transformation within. We can look to these people as role models for finding inner peace and freedom.
Frankl writes, “ When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.”
Ilibagiza, a Rwandan who spent three months in 1994 hiding in a small bathroom with 7 other women states, “I found a place in the bathroom to call my own: a small corner of my heart. I retreated there as soon as I awoke, and stayed there until I slept. It was my sacred garden, where I spoke with God, meditated on His words, and nurtured my spiritual self…I spent hours contemplating the meaning of a single word, such as forgiveness, faith, or hope.”
These are beautiful thoughts and feelings during two of the most violent episodes of the twentieth century. Most people know that 6 million Jews died during World War II, but might not know that 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and 10,000 Batwa died at the hands of their Rwandan countrymen, the Hutus, over the course of three months in 1994.
Besides the underlying fear and hatred that precipitated these genocides, the divisions of the culture into ethnic and religious, as well as other categories, allowed for the identifiable markers to permit such mass action of neighbors against each other. Separating ourselves and others into categories helps dehumanize the “other” from ourselves. It might even allow us to see a different group as the cause for our current problems or potential scapegoat for issues in the future.
The Nineteenth Century Danish Philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, said, “Once you label me, you negate me.” Not only does labeling negate who we truly are, but it is the seeds for incivility, discrimination, and ultimately, labeling is what leads to the divisiveness that has allowed hatred between groups and the consequences of violence against each other.
As with the Nazi and Rwandan Holocausts believing that the labeling of a person or a group as a basis for how they should be treated, is a slippery slope to civil wars and conflict all around the world.
What labels are you allowing to guide your thoughts, fears and prejudices currently?
Do you label yourself or others as liberals, conservatives, republicans, democrats, independents, gay, straight, male, female, or other? Do you label yourself and others based on education, religion, union membership, management, haves, have nots, 1%, or 99%? Do you label yourself as the ones with God on your side and the others with evil on its side? And then, do you use those labels to draw battle plans, determine who is right or wrong, demonizing them without discovering the issues or circumstances that make the others feel differently than you feel? Many of us take the label as the short cut for action and belief instead of taking the time to understand the human with the human fears, potential frailties and needs and desires, similar or different from our own.
Depending on which source you read, humans, chimpanzees and bonobos have 95% – 99% similar DNA with each other. If we are so similar to our animal brethren, why do humans label each other with abandoned disregard to the aspects that are similar within our own species? If we want to label ourselves, why not find common ground labeling like: air breathers, water drinkers, earthlings, sun revolvers, universalists, or unique expressions of Source. Aren’t these the qualities that we all are and need to cherish? Would the differences in our approach to policies be minimized if we saw the bigger picture, the “Bigger We” and used language with less rhetoric and hyperbole and more civility? Kierkegaard also stated: “People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for freedom of thought…”
As we celebrate the birth of our nation, can we still hold the words of the Declaration of Independence to be true, to be self-evident? “That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Can we change the trajectory of the slippery slope of demonizing someone else because of cultural, religious, ethnic, political or orientation label? We cannot wait for the “other side” to become civil. We must examine our fears, our lack of feeling safe and secure, and our need for someone outside of us to protect our rights and to heal these issues within ourselves. We need to encourage our internal wisdom, power and strength. Then, as guided, we may take action in the outer world for the issues we believe are for the highest good of all, but we will do it based on inner wisdom, inner power and inner love. We must look, as Frankl and Ilibagiza did, to changing ourselves to recognize who we truly are: Unique Expressions of Source. No labels, no divisions, simply Source.
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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