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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“We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.” ~ Albert Einstein
We would update that from the spiritual perspective to say that we cannot solve our problems with the same consciousness that created them. In order to make our shift as a planet into the new paradigm, we must allow ourselves to transition into new ways of thinking, doing and Being. When we are coming from a higher consciousness, we are able to understand and know from a completely new perspective; a perspective that is more expansive, all-encompassing and inclusive. This is where brilliant insights and miracle solutions come from.
There is a poignant scene in the movie, A Beautiful Mind, which illustrates this point. Russell Crowe plays real-life mathematician John Nash Jr, who struggled with schizophrenia much of his life, and Jennifer Connelly plays his wife. After his diagnosis, he is trying to find a way out of the delusions he has created in his mind and he asks his wife for more time to figure it out. He is trying to solve his mental illness the only way he knows how, through analytical thinking. His wife suggests to him that the answer lies not in his head but his heart. The way for him to get back in touch with reality is by focusing on his connection with the people who literally touch his life through his heart.
As a country, a society, a planet, we are experiencing a lot of change as the break-down of old systems becomes increasingly visible while the new systems have not fully grown to take their place. We tend to want to come up with solutions in the way we’ve always done things, by thinking about them and what we’ve done in the past. But in order to move into the new paradigm, new solutions will need to come from entirely new places. We will each need to reach into deeper places within ourselves to create this new paradigm.
Ask your Soul where you are guided to be looking within yourself for your next steps in your evolution. Be open to an answer that may surprise you because you may be called upon to draw on a part of yourself that you haven’t worked with much or even trusted before. Allow yourself to see yourself in a completely new light. Allow yourself to try new things from a new place of being, from your beautiful Soul.
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There are many forms that our self-expression of divine qualities can take. A healer could work with healing the physical bodies of animals or humans, focus on healing the planet by promoting sustainable practices or heal organizations by offering insights on how companies can better serve both their clients and their own employees. These are all forms of healing. A visionary could create uplifting poetry with words of wisdom, channel spiritual visions of what is possible in our future or imagine new inventions and devices that offer us the opportunity to connect with each more directly other across the globe. In that same spirit, acts of self-love can take many forms, as well. It’s more than just bubble baths!
A courageous act of self love for one person might mean standing up for themselves and setting clear boundaries in their relationships. An appropriate act of self love for another person might be to focus on giving to others unconditionally. Self love can mean supporting your physical body with the nutrition and exercise that it desires for the best health. Self love can mean creating a comfortable home environment by giving yourself a clean, pleasing place to relax and live in. And self love might mean contributing to your own financial health by not making impulse buys or committing to a regular savings plan to support you. When done with the spirit of giving generously to yourself, and not with the intention of taking or withholding from others, these can all be ways of showing deep love.
We invite you to make July your personal month of Divine Self Love. Start with a meditation with your Soul on which areas of your life where you have already been making choices from self love. Honor yourself for where you are choosing love! Next, ask your Soul to help you identify one or two key areas where you have not been expressing your love for yourself. Then, ask for a plan of action from your Soul that is a perfect match for your needs. Which activities will most support you in healing your blocks to self love?
As spiritual beings moving into our spiritual mastery, our vision is to come into full and complete, unconditional Self Love: love with no expectations and no conditions. But, as human beings, we are still works in progress. Don’t allow yourself to feel daunted by the bigness of this vision for your love. This is why we recommended choosing one or two specific areas where you can truly focus on and commit to practicing the next level of Self Love. Remember, loving yourself is not a goal post and there is no sign that says, “Congratulations! You now love yourself!” It is a process and a practice because it is a consciousness, and there is no finish line for a level of consciousness. Be gentle with yourself and choose to love yourself right where you are.
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Whether you’ve spent many lifetimes on this planet or are just here for a quick stop before moving on to another spiritual classroom, we are all members of the human family. Families sometimes feel complicated because we may love them but not always get along with them. There may be moments of deep vulnerability and connection while other times we feel very triggered by our family. We may fight, but then hug and say “I Love You.” But the great mirror about family is that they are always our family, whether we like them or not, whether we’re even speaking to them or not. Your mother will always be your mother and your father will always be your father and your sibling and your aunt and so on. You can’t erase those genetic ties because they are the reflection of much deeper ties, your Oneness. What if we started approaching our relationships with all human beings as members of our greater family?
In Standing in the Light®, we teach techniques for remembering and fully experiencing the spiritual Truth that we are all One. This is an enormous concept to wrap ourselves around and sometimes feels very esoteric as a distant possibility. It may be easier to say, “Oh, yes, I believe that I am One with everything” when we aren’t directly confronted by our resistance and judgments because we aren’t acknowledging our hidden fears of Oneness. No matter how much we may consciously want to come into Oneness, we all still have fears around it.
But we can practice being One with the family of All That Is by starting with our human family, the people who are right here with us every day. We can help ourselves to heal by approaching everyone we meet as a member of our extended family who is always going to be part of our lives in one way or another, whether directly or very indirectly, because we all share the same spiritual “genes” in our human family which link us forever.
So, talk to the woman checking you out at the grocery store as though she’s the aunt you don’t visit very often and approach your co-worker like the brother you care about but also don’t always communicate with very well. It doesn’t have to be perfect every time, but there’s no escaping our connection. Be present, be aware of when you’re triggered or feel the desire to separate yourself, then ask to clear those blocks. Honor the moments when you see something in another that you love and admire. These are all reflections of our Oneness.
The people on the other side of this big blue marble may seem very distant from your everyday reality, but they are as much a part of you as the family you grew up with. By practicing this awareness of our human family connections, we can take that next step toward Oneness with All.
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