Watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is a tradition in many households in the US at this time of year. My husband and I were watching it today when Pat paused the movie to try to read the sign on the wall in George’s Building & Loan office, under his father’s picture. The sign said, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” This seems like the perfect mantra of George and Pa Bailey, the men who had dedicated their lives to affordable homes for their community. It is also a great saying for us to ponder, like all good spiritual dichotomies.
Recently, in my personal meditations and actions, I have been consciously working to be open to receive energy, even allowing myself to feel vulnerable, in order to eliminate the separation I feel within myself and between me and other beings. The result of these small experiments in my willingness to receive energy or love or other resonance, is that I am more open to giving those same energies. In my willingness to receive, I am more willing to give. I am breaking down the perceived barriers between myself and what I used to call “others”. I am seeing and experiencing the oneness of giving and receiving.
In Standing in the Light® and other similar metaphysical teachings, the infinity symbol is used to represent the flow of energy. If at any point on the infinity symbol, the energy is blocked the energy will not flow in the other direction. If the flow is blocked in the ability to give, the energy won’t flow in the direction to receive either. And vice versa.
How does this apply to the holiday season? There is an old saying that it is better to give than to receive. This saying may be useful in a society that might take for granted its blessings or even might sometimes come from a place of material entitlement. If we are being overly selfish, then having the pendulum swing to the other side with the idea of giving instead of receiving, has some merit.
However, in Divine Truth, having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the goal. Having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the ultimate creation of true abundance. Having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the healed position of knowing we are one with everything and everyone. We don’t need to “get” more because we trust that our needs will be met when necessary. We don’t need to stockpile against the fears that “others” will take our power or our abundance from us. Or that others will have their needs taken care of but I won’t have my needs taken care of. This true abundance will flow easily through and between us, because there is no separation between us, because we are One.
This experimenting with giving and receiving may feel vulnerable, but try it this holiday season. Try it first with small situations and then evaluate how it feels. If it feels scary, ask why. If you feel exposed, ask why. Then clear the beliefs, emotions or old patterns of behaviors that you uncovered. If it feels good, expansive or restorative, go with those feeling states and try being open to receive and give on a bigger issue for you. Keep playing around with being vulnerable to give and receive so you eventually reach the state of Oneness through giving and receiving. We need to move from viewing life, energy, and abundance as a zero sum game and instead move to a win-win situation through giving and receiving.
May you know that it is a wonderful life.
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Who should we love? Everybody Always. This is the title to the book by Bob Goff. In Everybody Always, Goff details when he was able to love everybody always and a few times when he didn’t quite have the experience of that mastery.
The quote that stood out for me in this book of practical wisdom was when Bob said, “He speaks to me loudest on the way.”
Many of us have periods of time, maybe even months, where it doesn’t feel like we are accessing wisdom from our guidance. We feel paralyzed by indecision and confusion. We judge ourselves that we might take a wrong step and therefore judge that we may access a lower version of “the plan.” Or we fear that our actions will lead to punishment. These fears lead us to inaction, feeling stuck and ultimately like we are a victim. We feel like we are victim to our circumstances and possibly a victim to our guidance – questioning our worthiness because we were not able to access the wisdom of our guidance.
Goff’s quote of “He speaks to me loudest on the way,” encourages us to take action steps, even if they are baby steps in order to create the momentum that will help with accessing the guidance and hearing the wisdom. Your action steps may be inner work like meditation, filling with resonances or spending time with friends to increase your frequency. The action steps may be to make a phone call, find out some more information or do some research. If you are stuck, the action step may be to seek help from a counselor or likeminded friend. Maybe you are guided to join a reiki circle or other event to help you move through the blocks that are keeping you stuck. Taking the baby steps will help carry you forward.
There are lots of phrases that could be used here to help illustrate the need to persevere until you are able to access the wisdom of your guidance. “Fake it till you make it.” “God helps those who help themselves.” “Never give up. Never surrender.” “A journey of a 1000 miles starts with one step.” “He speaks to me loudest on the way.”
Perhaps the phrase that will help the most is to know: “When you take action steps, you are not alone. The wisdom, power and love of the universe is with you on your way.”
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the image.
Many Lightworkers or other spiritual people look forward to the day that they have transcended the human body. That transcendence may look different for people based on their belief system. However, it usually includes no longer being in a physical body or no longer being on the planet.
What if instead of looking to transcend the body, we focus on healing our beliefs around being in a physical body and embrace the joy of our physical bodies?
Our cultures, societies, religions and philosophies have definite beliefs regarding what the physical body should look like and what actions and feelings are appropriate for the human body. In contrast to these more mainstream beliefs, there are many books, movement practices and ways of being that focus on finding the core beliefs (false beliefs) that might be holding us back from realizing how divine and perfect the human body is as a vehicle for this experience.
In Standing in the Light®, we use the meditation called “Invocation to the Unified Chakra” to help us open up and merge with all the different aspects of our multidimensional self. This invocation was first channeled from Archangel Ariel through Tashira Tachi-ren in the book What is Lightbody? It is a very powerful meditation.
We are guided to use it in the Standing in the Light® classes and private sessions because it focuses on expansion of the energy within us and a merging of the emotional, mental and spiritual bodies with the physical body. It does not ask us to leave the physical body behind nor to lift our energy off the planet. It focuses on knowing and being the Light here in a physical body.
In one of the stanzas the Invocation to the Unified Chakra states:
I breathe in Light
Through the center of my heart,
Allowing the Light to expand,
Encompassing my eighth chakra
(Above my head)
And my upper thighs
In one unified field of Light
Within, through, and around my body.
I allow my emotional body to merge
With my physical body.
I AM a unity of Light.
In order to truly heal all aspects of ourselves, we need to recognize and love the full experience of being human which means recognizing and loving our physical body. What action steps do you need to take to start to enjoy and love your body? Is it to dance more, laugh more, walk more, luxuriate more, and sleep more? What about judging less, criticizing less and comparing less?
What do you need to believe or do to help you know the joy of being human? Find your joy and be your joy. Let us seize the day and be grateful for being in a human body.
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Many spiritual traditions talk about the power, wisdom and love we feel as the oneness with everything and everyone. For many of us this seems like a pie in the sky, a dream that we will never manage to create or reach. What if we focus on a step that might be easier, a half step on the way to oneness? What if we look at the power, wisdom and love of the We, instead?
Let us all look at how we would feel and the energy we would create if we no longer looked at situations from a them vs. me perspective. If we take a problem in our life, whether it is a micro problem within our family or local community or if it is a macro problem with our state or a county, and stop assuming that “the other side” is trying to take advantage of me. Instead, what would happen if we were on the same side, the same side of trying to get to the same goal regardless of which direction each of us is coming at the problem. Wouldn’t that make it possible for people who had opposite views on a topic to pool their ideas and resources to see what might be achieved when pulling in the same direction? This is not about compromising our ideals and what we believe as our purpose or truth. It is about seeing the We-ness, the things we have in common, the common goals and working towards those.
I recently thought about an episode from the TV series Boston Legal which aired between 2004 and 2008. One year, the Halloween episode had James Spader’s character defending a local elementary school who was being sued to cancel its Halloween parade. The two families bringing the suit were coming at the situation from opposite directions. One family was self-described as conservative Christians who believed that the portrayal of demons and witches in the parade would encourage devilish behavior instead of godly behavior. The second family joining in the suit were Wiccans who believed the parade would demonize and stereotype witches as bad people. The two families, philosophically, couldn’t agree less on the topic. But, for the common goal of canceling the parade, they were in sync.
What areas of your life can you find some common ground and be in sync with another so that you can work on the issue from a We perspective instead of from an adversarial perspective? We have talked in this blog many times before about the concept of “It’s not the what, It’s the why.”
If you are a parent, what areas can you agree with your child so that you can work toward them being fully sovereign beings living healthily on their own? If you are the child, what areas can you agree with your parents so that you will be a fully sovereign being and able to enjoy your life as you see fit? The why here, the common ground here, is the child being a fully sovereign being. That is the goal. It is now up to both parties to figure out how that works.
As humans who still require food and water, what goals can we focus on that we have in common no matter whether we are the producers of food and clean water or the consumers of food and clean water? Try not to let the politics of whether someone believes or does not believe in the science of climate change to determine whether you are willing to seek common ground. The “why” here is sufficient food and water for humans and animals to thrive. What do we need to do to make that happen? We need to look at others through the “We lens” instead of the “Us v. Them lens”.
Ultimately, our navigation through this life is about us healing the issues and judgments that make us feel like we are separate from each other, separate from Mother Earth and separate from Source. Taking this step to seeing ourselves and others through the “We Lens” will help us move forward into the We-ness and toward the understanding of ourselves as the oneness with everything and everyone. “It’s not the what, it is the why.”
As you might suspect in the Boston Legal episode, James Spader’s character won the day with the Halloween law suit because he could argue that “the why” for the parade was not about lionizing or demonizing witches. It was about the candy.
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the great images.
Many of us are doubting our self-worth. Try as we may, we can’t seem to unlock the experience of unconditional worthiness that would be the first step to manifesting self-love, true peace and sense of our authentic self. In addition, since self-love is necessary to manifest in the 3D world (along with the energies of trust, surrender, detachment and gratitude), a lack of self-worth may keep us from manifesting the new job opportunity, the friends or partner that we would like or the abundance of worldly experiences to help us feel joy and contentment.
Sometimes when we focus so much on our perceived lack of worthiness, we create a downward spiral where we beat ourselves up about not feeling worthy and we start to convince ourselves that the unworthiness is justified. It is not. But, as much as I can say to you and myself that the self-worth is unconditional and comes from the wisdom within, many of us aren’t willing to believe it.
The recommendation for today is to spend your meditation time and self care time allowing yourself to come into alignment with your higher self / soul, with the multidimensional self that you are. Allow yourself to commune with and align with yourself from the physical, emotional and mental aspects of who you feel yourself to be in this experience with the aspects you believe to be more spiritual. You really are you, the totality of you, from the physical level to the metaphysical levels of your being, but it just may not feel that way most of the time.
Start to allow yourself to be in the energy of the divine aspects of yourself regardless if this is you in physical body, you in the emotional body, you in the mental body or you in the spiritual bodies. Feel the divinity at every level. Align yourself at every level. When you know yourself as aligned, you will not judge yourself at any particular consensuses level. Your self-worth will start to take hold more and more. Your self-worth and self-confidence will build. Then, according to the Law of Attraction, the things, feelings and experiences you are trying to manifest will start to build as well.
The following is just one idea for helping to allow in the energy of alignment in order to allow in the energy of self-worth.
I first read about the exercise of the Microcosmic Orbit from the Essential Reiki Handbook by Diane Stein. We teach the Microcosmic Orbit in the Eminent Reiki™ classes. Here is a modified version that can be practiced using any resonance or energy.
Microcosmic Orbit – Torso
The Microcosmic Orbit exercise is used to allow or guide energy throughout the entire physical body. In allowing the physical chi / ki to flow, it helps the energy of the other bodies (emotional, mental and spiritual) bodies to flow.
- Start the Microcosmic Orbit by feeling or visualizing the energy of alignment to build at the navel.
- Then, with your intention, guide the energy down and backward to the base of the spine / root chakra.
- At the base of the spine/ root chakra, allow / guide the alignment energy to flow up the spine. As guided, allow the energy to stop and build, healing blocks.
- When the alignment energy reaches the back side of the heart chakra, between the shoulder blades, allow the energy to split into two. Guide the alignment energy down the inside of the arms, to the middle of the palms, to the middle finger and up over the hands to the outside of the arms. Allow the alignment energy to build anywhere along the way that feels appropriate.
- At the shoulders, allow the energy to flow back into one stream of energy and flow up over the head and down the crown, over the face.
- Allow the alignment energy to flow down the front of the body until it reached the naval center again.
- Allow this circulation of energy throughout the body as many times as you are guided. You may feel it building and flowing more quickly as blocks are released.
- After you guide alignment energy around the microcosmic orbit, you may want to guide self-worth energy and self-love energy around the microcosmic orbit. As guided, chose any other energy to guide around the microcosmic orbit, too.
- You may want to allow the energy to integrate when you are done. No special technique is required to feel grounded afterward. Simply allow for full grounding into your body, as necessary.
Try this exercise for three or four days in a row and see if you start to feel more aligned and feel more self-worth. If you like, repeat the practice more than one time a day. Modify as necessary and allow yourself to know and feel fully aligned and fully worthy of your true self.
Gratitude to John Hain and Pixabay.com