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True Change Comes through Love

True Change Comes through Love

True, lasting change can only ever come through love. Love from within. We sometimes forget this when we are triggered by something in the outer world we perceive as wrong or unfair. In our anger or fear, we may have the impulse to try to fix it or get what we believe to be justice, either for ourselves or those we see as victims. We do still need mechanisms in society to hold people accountable for their actions. But we can’t legislate people into expanding their consciousness. Those changes must ultimately come from within.

There are many who are stepping forward to protest injustice or inequity and are making their voices heard on many issues. It is wonderful when people want to participate in creating positive change. But how we go about creating that change is as important as the actual results themselves. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luter King, Jr. made this point eloquently:

You have very little morally persuasive power with people who can feel your underlying contempt.

When we use our power to create change by coming from anger and blame, the very people we want to enlist in that change often become defensive and angry themselves. It is like throwing gasoline on the flames of conflict. When we approach issues on the attack, we are coming from divisiveness and separation which just fuels more divisiveness and separation.

When we focus on common ground and hold the intention for change to benefit all in the long run, we see far more movement. This is why the truly great visionaries for societal change preached peaceful, non-violent action. Their intention was to take effective action using education and understanding, not to seek punishment or revenge. This takes courage, patience and love. It may not create instant results in the outer world (and the lower self does crave instant results), but once the tidal wave of change gains momentum, that change is powerful and lasting because a tipping point has been reached in the collective consciousness, not just in the minds of a few.

These leaders in change understood that we must hold a vision of love for all involved, including ourselves, in order to create true change. To do that, the change must start within. We must be willing to make the changes we’re asking others to make by modeling that vision in the outer world. Another visionary of change, Mahatma Ghandi, put it this way:

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.*

This should be our starting point for any issue we see mirrored in the outer world. We must first look within to understand what the matching vibration within ourselves is trying to teach us. Then, in humility and surrender, we can follow guidance whether to continue working on the issue within, share our insights with others, or take action steps in the outer world. Once we’ve started healing the issue within ourselves, we are now holding that higher frequency for the benefit of everyone. This is what creates true, lasting change and that divine power lies within each of us.

*This quote has been repeated many times, and I’ve since come to learn that it is actually not a direct quote but a powerful paraphrasing of Ghandi’s meaning. I share it here in its paraphrased form because it is true to his original intent and is in alignment with divine truth.

For further exploration of these concepts, I recommend Divine Justice: Healing through Love, Compassion, and Forgiveness by Marsha Hankins

Image by PopcornSusanN from Pixabay

Unwritten

Unwritten

I love when I find wisdom in song lyrics. Recently I was putting together a playlist for the ecstatic dance group – Wild Embodiment Dance (WE Dance). One of the songs that really spoke to me is “Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield. Not only is the music uplifting but the words give us permission to be our authentic selves and to be unconcerned that we might not have everything figured out. The song encourages us to enjoy being in the now and reminding us that no one else can live our lives for us. Our experiences are our experiences, and we should take pleasure in those experiences.

The lyrics also urge us to look at each new day as a new book, one that isn’t written yet. This allows us to forget any perceived mistakes or lower frequency experiences and, instead, start fresh each day. In Standing in the Light®, we acknowledge that the perceived mistakes or lower frequency choices may be from different lives, not just our current incarnation. We need to be willing to make a new start every day / every minute of every day for all the baggage and cellular memory from other lives and other dimensions, too. Standing in the Light® has specific clearing and healing techniques that most of you know already. Simply setting the intention to clear all cellular memory of these experiences is a good start. This is an intention that we can set every day just as we are picking up the quill to write our new experiences.

Here are the Spotify link and the full lyrics to “Unwritten”. I hope you are inspired by it, too.

Unwritten • Natasha Bedingfield (spotify.com)

“Unwritten” by Natasha Bedingfield

Songwriters: Natasha Bedingfield, Danielle Brisebois, Wayne Rodrigues

I am unwritten
Can’t read my mind, I’m undefined
I’m just beginning
The pen’s in my hand, ending unplanned

 

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you cannot find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

 

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten, yeah

 

Oh, oh

 

I break tradition
Sometimes my tries, are outside the lines yeah, yeah
We’ve been conditioned to not make mistakes
But I can’t live that way oh, oh

 

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you cannot find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

 

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

 

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

 

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words that you cannot find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

 

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins

 

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Gratitude to Hansuan Fabregas with pixabay.com for the dancing in the rain image.

What if everyone, but you, is in on the joke?

What if everyone, but you, is in on the joke?

When I first realized I was on a spiritual growth path, I started to listen to inspiring authors on tape. Yes, I typed “tape”. That tells you how long ago it was. I was listening to my good ole cassette player in my first Subaru Outback while driving from Colorado to Kansas to visit my parents. I was taking a break from filling with resonances with the technique I had just learned from Kris Duffy in the I AM SOURCE™ classes. I was convinced I was going to have cleared enough and raised my frequency enough to be a Full Living Master by the time I saw the “Leaving Colorful Colorado” sign. 😊

I don’t remember the exact tape I was listening to, but I think it was a Jack Kanfield tape published by Rings True production company.

While discussing how we could overcome life’s irritations and issues that were mirrored to us by people we didn’t get along with and other button pushers in the outer world, the author raised this question. “What if everyone else is in on the joke? They have already evolved, and they are acting the way they are acting simply to help you find what you still need to heal for your evolution.”

That was definitely a great way to look at my issues with other humans in order to not blame them for what I saw as their short comings and instead to look at what their actions forced me to view about myself.

Fast forward 20 years and I believe this question will help us reframe everything we see in the outer world today.

What if everything that is happening in the outer world is simply to get me to figure out what I still need to heal in order to be a Full Living Master? This outlook allows me to focus on my issues not what I believe is wrong in other people. It allows me to lessen and heal my judgement of others which is really just judgment of myself. The Christ tells us that judgment is THE block to knowing ourselves as Source.

What if I can heal my judgments and be thankful for the nutty-ness of the times we are living in so I can heal my dependency on _______ in order to be happy, abundant, confident, and secure? (Fill in the blank.)

  • My dependency on a partner
  • My dependency on the government
  • My dependency on the country I live in
  • My dependency on natural resources
  • My dependency on others to define my success, my confidence, my evolution

If I reframe what I see in the outer world to be happening FOR my evolution versus happening to me as a victim, I will be able to more easily heal what still needs to be healed for me to remember myself as The Full Living Master that I strived for 20 years ago.

Thanks to souandresantana with pixabay.com for the image.

 

The Wisdom of Chop Wood, Carry Water

The Wisdom of Chop Wood, Carry Water

In Zen Buddhism, there is a wise saying:

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.

My soul recently reminded me of this quote to bring to my attention that I had been focusing a little too much on the results of my spiritual practices. Or rather, what my lower self ego perceived as the lack of results! Oops. Time to adjust my inner pendulum back into balance and re-align with my soul’s vision for my focus and intention.

This saying, like many spiritual truths, has many layers of understanding for students and masters alike. But one of the key pieces for me is the reminder that our spiritual evolution is entirely an inner process. Yes, there are times when we make an inner shift and experience a corresponding change in our outer world. As within, so without is spiritual law. But the further along the path of our spiritual mastery we travel, the fewer and fewer obvious outer world changes we are likely to see. We simply don’t need the validation of seeing a change and, in our mastery, all of our experiences feel equally divine.

When we fully realize the wisdom of “chop wood, carry water”, we understand that every moment is our spiritual path and also our deepest spiritual expression. A moment savoring a simple piece of lettuce just picked from the ground is as joyful as listening to the most beautiful, world-renowned symphony playing a complex composition. Scrubbing the floor can be just as inspirational as sitting in meditation in a beautiful garden. It all comes back to how we’re resonating and the frequency with which we’re vibrating.

Since this quote about enlightenment is coming into your life today, take it to your soul and ask what its particular meaning is for you and your life. What is your unique expression of chopping wood and carrying water with enlightenment? I’m sure it will be absolutely divine.

Image by TheUjulala from Pixabay

Divine Respect – How we recognize others as Source, too.

Divine Respect – How we recognize others as Source, too.

Recently, our 8-year-old labrador retriever cornered a skunk in our backyard. It was dark and we saw Ruby run after something in the yard, but we assumed it was a rabbit which normally makes it through the fence before Ruby catches up with it. We noticed that Ruby stopped abruptly, didn’t retreat nor bark, and just stood there. Pat went to get a flashlight and realized that a skunk was still inside the fence and she, too, was just standing there facing Ruby. It was a standoff. Well, it was a standoff now, because the skunk had already stood in her power, demanded the respect that she is as Source, sprayed Ruby, and did not feel the need to flee.

Ruby came to us when called. At this point, we were not entirely sure that the skunk sprayed Ruby because she didn’t smell like skunk spray. She smelled slightly like burning rubber. As soon as Ruby was in the house, we realized she needed a bath. Fortunately, Ruby was upwind of the skunk, so we believe she did not receive the full effect of the spray. After two rinses for Ruby and opening the windows for a while, the smell was gone enough to sleep!

But before I slept, I referred to Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, by Ted Andrews. Andrews gives insight into animals and what awareness we might want to know when we encounter a particular animal. For the skunk, Andrews indicates that the keynote awarenesses are sensuality, respect and self-esteem.  Andrew writes this about the skunk.

It teaches how to give respect, expect respect and demand respect. It helps you recognize your own qualities and to assert them.

The skunk does not get out of the way of any animal. It moves along at its own speed, with its own mind. It is self-assured and confident in itself…

Skunks are fearless, but they are also very peaceful. They move slowly and calmly and they only spray as a last resort. (1)

The skunk recognizes itself as Source and recognizes its power without taking away anyone else’s power and without permanently nor severely harming anyone else.

Standing in our power with self-respect and self-esteem is how we recognize and allow others to stand in their power with their self-respect and their self-esteem. The more we emulate the respect energy of the skunk, the more we will see ourselves and others as powerful and peaceful Source energy.

(1) Ted Andrews, Animal Speak, (Minnesota: Llewellyn Publications,1993), 312-313.

Gratitude to www.thespruce.com for the attached image.

The Wisdom of Marcel the Shell

The Wisdom of Marcel the Shell

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On is a tiny conch shell who wears shoes. He is small but mighty and is inspiring many. Originally created by actress Jenny Slate and Dean Fleischer Camp as a stop-motion animation character in a series of video shorts, his story was expanded to a full-length animated film called Marcel the Shell with Shoes On.(1)

When the movie begins, Marcel is feeling lonely. All of his friends and family are gone, except his grandmother, and he misses them greatly. He doesn’t know where they are but he yearns to re-create the close-knit community he lost. Eventually, he gets the courage to connect with the big, wide world for help with locating them. It’s a huge endeavor given that he is very tiny and has never left his house, but he has hope. And he finds help.

Throughout his adventures, he offers many insights to the audience. Marcel doesn’t see himself as any sort of teacher; he simply shares his inner thoughts and feelings about his life experiences with honesty and earnestness. In his innocence, he is actually quite wise.

Without giving away too much, Marcel’s story does have a happy ending and he shares his final, deep insight about life in a scene where he describes sitting by an open window and feeling a breeze blow through his conch shell. I’ll let Marcel’s words speak for themselves in his very unique and sweet voice:

And one day, I was just sitting, and the wind blew in and it blew just over the top of my head in such a way…and it made a beautiful whistling sound…
It connected me… to everything, because if I wasn’t there, the sound would never exist.
And I felt like everything was in pieces, and then I stood there and suddenly, we were one large instrument.
I like to go there a lot because it reminds me that I’m not just one separate piece rattling around in this place, but that I’m part of a whole.
And I truly enjoy the sound of myself connected to everything.

Try this meditation with your soul: Ask to feel the resonance of yourself connected with everything. Then ask to feel the resonance of your unique “sound” connected to everything. This is the essence of your unique expression as your Source-self.

When we truly know ourselves as One with All, then we know ourselves as the magnificence of all of creation. May we each remember the beauty of ourselves connected to everything!

Image by Marc Pascual from Pixabay

(1) Marcel the Shell with Shoes On. Directed by Dean Fleischer Camp, based on characters created by Dean Fleischer Camp and Jenny Slate, A24, 2022.

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