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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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.”
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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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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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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.
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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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