While working to master my own fears of scuba diving, I was guided to take the PADI Rescue Diver course. In this course we learn techniques and procedures to help if another diver is panicked, has run out of air or has had a physical injury including loss of consciousness. Later in November, I will be taking a re-certification class for the Wilderness First Responder training I have also had.
It dawned on me that the first step in both of these emergency response procedures is to determine if the situation is safe to help the other person. If you don’t have the strength, the qualifications or the training to help, it is best if you don’t offer aid. The logic is that you don’t want to turn a situation with one victim into a situation with two victims. I suppose this goes along with the airline procedures of always put your own mask on first before helping someone else with their mask.
I will tell you that I had to do my own meditating and clearing on this idea of not helping. I wonder why people struggle with this idea of restraint. Is it that none of us wants to feel powerless to help? Is it that we have watched too many action hero movies that we think we can pull off something that we are either not qualified for nor for which the outcome is going to be what the outcome is with or without our assistance – the impotent inevitability? Have we allowed ourselves to become too attached to a certain or even perfect outcome of all experiences? Could there also be a co-dependent relationship with the victim? I suppose it may be a combination of all of these and other factors too.
However, what if we aren’t talking about a life and death situations, but instead are talking about whether it is “safe” to help others in more everyday situations. We could substitute the words “highest plan” for “safe” to see if everyday situations should be acted upon. Are we allowing co-dependency to cloud our judgment whether to loan money to a family member? Are we checking with guidance regarding whether to stop alongside the road to give assistance? Are we willing to stand in our power to say “no” to a loved one when it isn’t in the highest plan to help because helping would be rescuing them instead of helping them to evolve?
Helping others when it is the highest plan is noble even part of our divine service. Helping others when it feeds their victimization is not in the highest plan. We need to follow our inner wisdom, our guidance to determine when to help and when we should refrain from helping. This is a balancing act that we can all master by following our guidance for what is in the highest good of all.
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Do you believe in miracles? Really believe, not just as an idea, not just as a vague thought that they are surely happening somewhere. Are you holding miracle consciousness and welcoming them actively in your life? Have you asked yourself why not?
A few months ago, I was struggling to channel the topics for a class that I was scheduled to teach. I finally heard from my Soul that even if the entire class was simply an exercise in sitting quietly and opening ourselves to Divine Love that the class would be a success. I received the message and believed the truth of it, but I also realized that I didn’t fully accept it. No actions required, no words to be spoken? I was in doubt. I wasn’t truly allowing that Love could be so powerful as to teach an entire class just by the energy of it. I wasn’t allowing a form of miracle.
A miracle is simply an event that cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws. Our spiritual laws teach that they are not only possible but expected. What we see as impossible in the physical world is quite normal from the spiritual perspective of our limitless, multi-dimensional selves. Science hasn’t quite caught up with that, yet, but scientists are getting closer and closer each day to explaining the mechanics.
But we don’t really need to know all of the scientific principles in order to experience miracles. We simply need to have Trust in the wisdom of our divine selves that it will be so. We need to hold enough Love to receive it and to be in Detachment and Surrender as to how and when it comes into form. We need to believe in miracles not as a hypothetical concept but be in Gratitude for miracles, knowing them as a real and living experience in our lives. Ask your Soul to bring to your awareness why you still don’t fully believe in miracles for yourself. Ask to begin to heal the fears, self-doubts, lack of worthiness and self-love that may be blocking you from allowing Divine Will to flow freely in your life to manifest miracles.
I recently enjoyed a lovely vacation in Hawaii and was asking my Soul what primary resonances and energies I should focus on while I was there. The phrase “original source” immediately came to me. I thought about how the land itself feels particularly connected to its origins because of the lava flows coming directly from the Earth’s core in magnificent, fiery fountains and then hardening into solid landmass that can support life. I connected with the soft, gentleness of the Divine Feminine energy which is so prevalent there, both in the fluidity of the ocean and in the more easeful and welcoming lifestyle of the traditional culture. And then I asked, “What does original source mean for my spiritual evolution?”
In Standing in the Light®, we teach that we are all in the process of coming back into alignment with Source and fully experiencing our Oneness with All That Is. We have never been separate from Source, but we have believed in the illusion of separation for so long that it feels real to us. My “original source” feels like my original spark of uniquely creating as an individual consciousness, before all the stories and emotions I created about who I think I am. So, by focusing on that origin energy, I was bringing myself back to that basic remembrance.
In the Fall season, we have many rituals that lend themselves to “taking stock” of where we are and where we’re going. We have the energy of going back to school, reviewing what we know and what we will be learning in the coming year. There is also the energy of the harvest and gathering up what we’ve grown to see what we now have to sustain us through the next year. We process the fruits of the harvest and store the seeds for the next growing cycle. These activities have in common the questions of “Where are we now and what is our next step going forward?”
We can make use of the natural energies of this coming season by taking stock of where we are spiritually and bringing awareness to the spiritual basics. What are my priorities? What is my divine truth? If I strip my self-perception down to its essence, who do I believe myself to be? How can I simplify my life back to the basics? Fancy retreats, juice cleanses and even special meditation techniques can all be useful tools at the right time, but they are still just ways to take us back to the simple remembrance of who we truly are. Who am I in the stillness and what do I know to be true? It really is just that simple when we take a quiet moment and listen.
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Author’s note: I have been cleaning my office on this August day. I found this channeling and although a little early in the year for snow fall, even for the front range of Colorado, I thought the ideas this blog entry raises are welcome no matter the season. Transport yourself to winter…
As I watch the snow fall during rush hour in the city, I am reminded how the snowflakes are like wisdom. Most of the time, we are not the warm ground ready to integrate and embrace the snowflakes of wisdom into our lives. Instead, we are the harsh ground hoping to eliminate the unwelcome advice of the universe before we have a chance to enjoy the beauty. We don’t want to alter our habits and our plans for the evening. In fact, this life giving precipitation is seen as inconvenient at a minimum; do we have plenty of bottled water, milk and toilet paper (and wine, if you are at my house!) in case the electricity goes off? I am never quite sure how the toilet paper is supposed to help if the electricity goes out, but if conventional wisdom says to buy it, we do. And at the extreme, at least on the days we need to commute, the snow is threatening, a burden and potentially has the power to harm. At least that is how the headlines would read; “five killed in freak snow storm.”
Aren’t new ideas – aka wisdom – seen as inconvenient? I am going to have to learn something new? Didn’t I learn everything I was supposed to in Kindergarten, anyway?” We allow ourselves, grudgingly in some cases to learn new technologies, new techniques, but do we really open ourselves up to new ideas and concepts? “If my mother didn’t tell me about it, well then, it probably doesn’t need to be learned.” OK – I learned a lot, both practically and spiritually from my mother, but I am willing to admit, as would she, that there are plenty of other teachers out there who might have another piece to help me complete my puzzle.
If we don’t embrace the wisdom when it is falling slowly, lovely and silently from the heavens – if we don’t get it when the wisdom is gentle, then we may only surrender to the wisdom when it is piled high and terrifying. Just like the snow during the afternoon commute, the wisdom will eventually take hold. The only question is whether we will embrace it and be an early adopter; enjoying the benefits of the secrets the universe has for us and for all? Or will we be late comers to the new information? It doesn’t matter which we are. There is no judgment from the wisdom. It is simply a matter of how joyful is our commute home.
Being prepared for the snow may be as easy as being open to the gentle wisdoms; integrating the snowflakes as they fall into our conscious awareness, shovel as we go along and have the cork screw ever at the ready. Then, do as the high school students do: pray for a snow day.
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“The brain gives the heart its sight. The heart gives the brain its vision.” These are the words of Rob Kall, a biofeedback engineer. I like Kall’s idea that we need both the functions of intelligence and logic of the brain balanced with the compassion and love of the heart.
One of the Standing in the Light® classes focuses on energetically balancing the brain and the heart. The premise is that we need both of these aspects to be healed and working at full capacity in order to evolve into our ultimate mastery, in order to ascend.
The last time I taught this class, we talked about the myth that humans only use 10% of our brains and all the sci-fi movies were someone is exposed to a chemical, drug or other phenomenon where their brain is able to activate and utilize 100% of its capacity. Specifically, we discussed the 2014 movie, Lucy, with Scarlett Johannsson and Morgan Freeman, where the title character ingests a drug that increases her brain capacity and allows her to activate powers such as telepathy, telekinesis and mental time travel. Lucy’s power is unstoppable. The problem with the extra brain function is that it seems to have eliminated Lucy’s compassion and empathy for others.
This leads us to ponder that perhaps as important as understanding how wonderful the human brain is and its capacity to have more insights, gifts and powers then many of us use on a daily basis, we should also encourage balancing that with the compassion and love of the heart. This is what I believe Kall is suggesting, allowing the brain to give the heart sight and perhaps even common sense but allowing the heart to determine the direction for the actions to be taken.
Often, humans marvel at our intelligence and brain capacity over other animals while at the same time degrading and diminishing the feelings and dignity of others. To paraphrase the Mark 8:36 quote from the Bible, for what shall it profit a man if he has ultimate power and knowledge but doesn’t have compassion, love and kindness? Does the power and the knowledge make us computers as opposed to humans? Does acting as computers make us tools instead of enlightened beings?
The goal is to access ultimate wisdom and power while balancing it with vital empathy and love. The intelligence will allow us to see what needs to be done and the capacity for empathy and love will give us the desire to do it.
There is a tremendous amount of change going on in the outer world, in our personal lives and globally, that appears to be unusual, outside of business as normal. From the perspective of the mental body, it can seem like chaos that is taking us nowhere or even backward. We might find ourselves asking, out of doubt and fear and frustration, “What’s the game plan?” But remember, that’s just a perception based on the outer illusion of what’s happening. The more we resist what we perceive in the illusion, the more challenging it is for the energy to move easily and effortlessly. The more we hold onto, “That’s not the way they used to do things,” or “That’s not the way it’s supposed to be” or even “That’s not the way I want it to go” the more we close ourselves to the magic and miracles we can create from our Higher Selves/ Souls. By resisting the change on the outer, we are really just feeling the effects of our resistance to the changes on the inner. That’s where the real resistance is. By holding a fixed idea of how something should be, we are cutting off the energy and potential of how everything could be, of how we could experience the change- with Freedom, Flow, Ease, Joy.
In allowing, we can start with giving ourselves and others permission to follow their path, wherever it takes them. In allowing, we can give ourselves and others permission to make choices even when they don’t appear to be the highest choices. Give yourself full permission to be who you are in this moment, even if you feel that it is not your best self or the self you desire to be. Give yourself permission to be who you are whether it’s the part of yourself you like or the part you don’t. You will get there, but only if you let go of the shame and judgment and unworthiness about where you are now. Allowing yourself to be who you are now is the key to being who you desire to be. Remember, you can allow yourself to be your shadow self without actually acting out on it. We’re not talking about doing whatever the lower self wants but about the inner state of allowing. We can’t heal the parts of ourselves that need to be healed if we don’t allow them to be, but instead stuff them down or try to hide them. This allowing of our shadow selves is a key step to healing.
True allowing isn’t just giving yourself permission, but also giving others full permission to make their choices along their path. We don’t know what issues others are working on and we certainly don’t know the best way for them to bring those pieces to their awareness and heal them. Their Souls know what experiences they need for healing.
Detachment is being more and more in your witness self as you make your choices in life and not taking what happens in your own life so personally. We still have a tendency to punish ourselves mentally when we aren’t able to manifest the absolute highest frequency of the divine plan or when things shift and the highest plan itself changes. We either blame ourselves for not doing a good enough job or we blame our Souls for giving us wrong information. The Plan changes because we change. Detach from the need to always know exactly why it might have changed and trust in your Soul to have that wisdom. Detach from the way in which the plan might have changed and let go of the idea that one path was better than another. Every path leads to the Buddha.
Remember, the Divine Plan is not a what, it’s a why. The actual plan is not about an action plan, though there are sometimes some physical action steps that are part of it. The Divine Plan itself is not the new job, new partner or new home. It is not about the physical results. Those are the physical vehicles or tools in the physical realm to help you work with, understand and be the feeling states. The Divine Plan is about coming into higher frequency states of being. The Divine Plan is a loving opportunity, not a command or a directive! Detach from all outcomes in the outer world.
If you look at what is happening in our national politics it may appear on the outer that the current administration is reversing the changes made by the previous administration. Some people are happy about that and some people are not happy about it. But the belief that we’re going in reverse is the illusion! We are not going backward and we are never going to go backward. The illusion is that those previous changes meant that we had healed all the issues and that all of our collective energies were ready to move forward! But we weren’t all ready and we hadn’t made all of those shifts on the inner, so we’re seeing a reflection of the lower-self group consciousness going into fear and putting on the breaks. But, from the Soul’s perspective, this just allows us each the opportunity to identify and clear what we’re still resisting in moving forward. Regardless of who you voted for, what party you are registered with or no party at all, regardless of what vision your mental body has for how things should be, your Soul is part of the co-creation of what is happening. You are a part of what is happening.
Remember, that we all volunteer to play different roles in the outer world as part of the co-creation. Just because certain people have raised their hands to be the tool for helping us to see what still needs to be healed, does not mean they are the cause of the block. They are just the person in the physical world bringing it to our attention. We are each holding onto our own blocks and as long as we remain in judgment, it makes it more difficult for us to acknowledge and heal those blocks.
The above excerpts are from the class “Allowing and Detaching from All That I See” taught on July 14, 2018.
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