I am endlessly fascinated by the messages and mirrors that I receive from my Soul. Sometimes lessons come to us in ways that we may find frustrating, sometimes joyful and sometimes humorous. Each of those energies have the potential to get our attention if we allow them, free of judgment. Recently, I had a very humorous message from my Soul about the importance of being in alignment that most definitely got my attention!
I was out walking on a trail and was about to take a route branching off in another direction when I got a nudge to continue on the main trail. I kept walking, enjoying the sunlight and the sounds of the birds caw-ing nearby. Suddenly, a strong gust of wind stirred the air and I felt a light splat. I looked down and saw that a bird had relieved himself down the front of my top. The first thought that popped into my head was “Right on the mark!” If I’d been a second earlier or later, there would have been no impact. If the gust of wind that had just kicked up had been a little bit softer, there would have been no impact. If I hadn’t stayed on the main trail, it wouldn’t have happened. There were probably innumerable factors that went into the timing of this noteworthy event!
As I headed home, I realized that every one of our creations is a result of this same precise mix of timing, actions and intent. Much of it seems ordinary and familiar, so we don’t always take note or we feel like nothing is really happening. But we are always creating this actively! There is always dynamic change in progress, though it may not be in our conscious awareness yet. Our energies are shifting and changing from moment to moment, lining up for the next creation and the next and the next.
The key is to continue to be aware and conscious of how you are resonating and be responsive when your energy shifts out of alignment with the divine plan of Love and Light. Is it time to take a pause in the stillness? Did you miss an action step? Are you allowing your thoughts to pull you out of your center? There is nothing we can do in the outer world to change our experience unless we first create a change in our energetic alignment within. Ask yourself: What can I do right in this moment to bring myself back on target?
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In our recent July class exploring Divine Self Love, Rebecca Cribelli shared her insight into giving and receiving love when she was feeding her cat, Primrose. She felt her deep connection with Prim and felt great joy in being able to show her love for Prim by caring for her. That simple act of service was both a gift to Prim and a gift to herself. In that moment, Rebecca had the realization that this unconditional love and joy in giving is what Source feels for all of us, as aspects of All That Is. She was tapping into the unlimited love that Source has for Source. If only we could allow ourselves to feel that same great love!
We’ve all heard how important it is for those in long-term caregiver roles to make sure that they are taking care of themselves. It is sometimes hard to give to yourself when you’re helping someone who seems to be in much greater need, but it is equally important, like the advice in the airplane safety guidelines to put on your own oxygen mask before you assist others with theirs. It feels selfish on the surface, especially if you are with someone who may genuinely need special help to get their mask on. And intellectually we understand the logic: if you pass out from lack of oxygen then you really cannot be of any assistance to anyone else and also could end up requiring others to now spend energy assisting you. But still we feel that filling ourselves up first is selfish because we’ve been told so many times that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
But when you start to look at acts of self-love, from the perspective of Unity, you understand that loving yourself is loving all. It is only selfish when the intention is to take control, take over or take from others. That’s not Divine Love in any form: it’s fear. It is fear from a belief in lack and limitation. But self-love from the divine perspective is all-inclusive, not exclusive. In those moments of self-care, you may be focusing on that aspect of Oneness that is you, but if you are holding the awareness and the intention that you are part of the One, then what you do to support yourself becomes something that ultimately benefits everyone. You are keeping the infinity flow open and balanced, being both the giver and receiver. It is not more blessed to give than to receive: it is essential to allow both.
That infinity flow of giving and receiving must always be in balance. In our Eminent Reiki™ circles, we spend time receiving the Reiki energy and then sharing it long-distance with others. In some circles, we choose an ascended master to send energy to and then take a moment to receive from that master. At New Moon ceremonies, we have a time to be in the circle to receive energetic support for our personal manifestations and we also spend time giving to others and to the planet. We do this to honor the principle of keeping that infinite flow in motion with the understanding that whether you’re receiving or giving, it is always a universal act of self-love and love for all.
*This blog contains excerpts from a class taught in July 18, 2020. If you are interested in purchasing the full recording, contact us at our Standing the Light contact page
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My former cat companion, Xena, was a true priestess who navigated life with grace, poise and detachment. She was every bit the elegant lady, but even she had moments of being frazzled. What she modeled so well was her ability to regain her composure easily and effortlessly after a moment of imbalance.
I remember one particular morning, as I was getting ready for work, I opened the linen closet to get something and didn’t see her sneak in. In a rush to get to work, I shut the linen closet and left. When, I came home that evening, I soon heard a mournful, bleating meow coming from somewhere in the house. I searched and searched and finally identified the sound as coming through the linen closet door. When I opened it, she came frantically rushing out of the very disheveled closet where everything on the lowest shelf and floor was over-turned and jumbled together. I looked at the chaos and immediately realized what had happened. I felt terribly guilty that she had been stuck in there all day. How could I not have seen her go in? What kind of cat mom was I?
Xena, in her mastery, trotted into my bedroom, gave one last exasperated meow, then literally shook it off and went about her usual business. I could feel her energy shift, even though mine hadn’t because I’d yet to forgive myself. I checked in with guidance about whether there was anything I could do for her and heard that she had been annoyed at the experience but was already over and done with it. She had completely let go of the entire event. I heard from my Soul to do the same.
I share this bit of feline wisdom for all of us during these sometimes stressful and uncertain times. Animals are often great models of being so in the moment that once a stressful situation has passed, they are able to re-focus their attention immediately to whatever is happening in that next moment. Since most stress comes from our negative beliefs about the past or fear of the future, the greatest peace comes from allowing ourselves to fully relax into the Divine Now. I know that it’s sometimes easier said than done, but what a great opportunity to work with our own version of shaking it off as we bring ourselves back to this present moment.
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Recently, while walking on an open space trail, a young family on bicycles turned onto the trail just ahead of me. They immediately turned up a short, steep hill. The parents and the older child made it fine. The younger child, trailing behind, didn’t have enough muscle power to make it easily up the hill. She was a little mite, probably about 4 years old, wearing brightly colored, striped tights on short legs. Her little legs kept pumping furiously as she gradually slowed down. Finally, she began to chant encouragement to herself in a small, sing-song voice, “Keep pedaling, keep moving, keep pedaling, keep going, keep pedaling…” and she made it over the hill to join her waiting family.
Sometimes, the simplest reminders can be quite powerful. Keep pedaling. Keep moving. Just keep going and you’ll continue to move forward. Each pump of the pedal, each small step takes us further down the trail and closer to our destination. It doesn’t have to be done with great fanfare or all at once. Slow and steady still wins the race.
So, when you find yourself feeling a little weary or weighed down, remember that little girl, who found a way to just keep going, one pump at a time. We are all that little girl sometimes, not quite sure if we’ll make it over the hill, not quite sure of our own power. But we’ll never make it if we get off the bicycle and sit down. There is a magical alchemy that happens when we hold a clear and conscious intention and simply keep moving forward. We may just ourselves accomplishing seemingly difficult or even impossible things.
There are a lot of challenges coming up for many in these changing times. But we’ll all get where we’re going. Keep pedaling, everyone, and enjoy the ride!
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“I assure you: it will be very hard for rich people to enter the Kingdom of heaven. I repeat: it is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle.”
~ Mathew 19:23-24
Jesus, the Buddha and other masters have spoken of the evils of too many riches. They were not speaking of wealth itself (abundance is our birthright) but of our unwillingness to let go of worldly things which cause our pain and suffering. Attachments to money or possessions or status or power are all versions of that metaphorical camel that hold us back from passing through the doorway to the truth of who we are.
Our world is rapidly changing and shifting into a new paradigm that we cannot clearly see just yet. It is happening whether we think we want it to or not. While we cannot see exactly what shape it will take, we can certainly open ourselves up to feel it, to know it from within. Now is a time to shift your focus from the trappings of the illusion, the false truths of the material world, and embrace what is true from the perspective of your divine self. This can be a joyful experience when we freely release what is already crumbling away from us.
When we listen to what we know to be true, rather than what we think we see, then paradoxically we slide easily through the eye of that needle, no matter how small it appears. When we let go of our attachments, which seem so large and solid, we are actually letting go of the illusion. The moment we are willing to set aside the baggage of false beliefs we have been dragging along with us is the moment when our experiences become the rich abundance of heaven on earth. We must let go of it all in order to gain it all.
Take the time to meditate on this: Which aspect of the illusion are you holding onto most tightly right now? What is blocking you from gliding effortlessly through the doorway to spiritual freedom?