As the calendar clicks over to another year, many are once again making a personal list for what they want to accomplish, experience, create. Crafting your vision is an essential step in manifesting, but it’s important not to get stuck in that phase, forever visualizing and not taking the steps. If you’re one of those who find themselves tripped up by taking your first steps toward creating something, consider a temporary shift in focus and just start doing it. Just take one step forward.
I’m not talking about letting go of your Soul’s vision completely and rushing into frantic action. I’m suggesting that you might re-evaluate your balance between the visioning stage and the action phase. The truth is that our vision, our divine plan, is fluid and is constantly shifting and re-adjusting as we shift and change. You may not be able to see the entire creation with everything in place from start to finish. The vision itself is created in the process of doing. So just do it.
Once you have your general vision from your Soul, ask for your action steps. Allow yourself to really embrace those action steps, free of fear that you don’t have all of the steps yet or that you might somehow “mess up” your creation. You won’t. Step forward with confidence and joy. We are still physical beings in a physical world and an integral part of our manifestations still involve physical aspects. The physical parts aren’t the sole aspects of our creations, but they’re still equally valuable parts as are the emotional, mental and spiritual components. Give each aspect the attention they’re due in order to keep that divine balance.
So, check with your Soul for your vision and go for it. Then, take a breath and check back in with your Soul to re-evaluate where you are and get your updated vision. In doing your action steps, you may very well have discovered more pieces to your vision or started identifying any blocks you need to heal in order to fully manifest it. Be okay with a stumble here or there while you expand your understanding of your Soul’s vision and get increasing clarity. The divine plan is a living, breathing unfolding of evolution, not some prophecy written on stone tablets. Spend the time you need in the stillness and silence, then allow yourself the time you need to get moving forward!
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What is in store for you for 2020? This last Sunday, the Denver Post Comics had two strips that addressed the New Year and whether it would be happy. Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis was not hopeful, but was funny. Luann by Greg Evans was gloomy. Maybe I should just stick with reading the news instead of the comics!
After reading the comics, I asked myself what is in store for me in 2020? Do I need to buy into the energy that others around me believe their 2020 will look like or can I choose what I plan to create for myself in 2020? If you are a frequent reader of this blog, you know the answer, as well as I do. I choose to create my own experiences. I can choose to let the polarization of the social and political worlds have power over me, or I can stand in my power and choose a different path for myself. I choose a path of hope.
What good does it for me to choose something other than hope? If I choose hope and don’t quite manifest hope in every moment of 2020, I will at least have created it more often than if I hadn’t tried for hope in the first place. If I don’t choose hope, and choose instead cynicism, do I get extra points at the end of 2020 because I created lower frequency outcomes and predicted well? If that is the goal of the game, to create lower frequency outcomes, then I don’t want to play that game. It doesn’t matter that others play that game or that they may entice me to play with them. I am the master of my experiences. I can be in the world but not limited by it. I can be in the world but I don’t have to give my power or sense of self over to others who have a different agenda than I want for myself. I don’t need to judge others for what they believe but I don’t have to give credence to their desire to be right, either. I can stand in my power, follow my path and be happy, joyful and hopeful regardless of what others what me to believe. The outlook for 2020 is bright.
What do you choose for yourself for 2020?
Thanks to Daniel Reche and Pixabay.com for this image.
Watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life is a tradition in many households in the US at this time of year. My husband and I were watching it today when Pat paused the movie to try to read the sign on the wall in George’s Building & Loan office, under his father’s picture. The sign said, “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” This seems like the perfect mantra of George and Pa Bailey, the men who had dedicated their lives to affordable homes for their community. It is also a great saying for us to ponder, like all good spiritual dichotomies.
Recently, in my personal meditations and actions, I have been consciously working to be open to receive energy, even allowing myself to feel vulnerable, in order to eliminate the separation I feel within myself and between me and other beings. The result of these small experiments in my willingness to receive energy or love or other resonance, is that I am more open to giving those same energies. In my willingness to receive, I am more willing to give. I am breaking down the perceived barriers between myself and what I used to call “others”. I am seeing and experiencing the oneness of giving and receiving.
In Standing in the Light® and other similar metaphysical teachings, the infinity symbol is used to represent the flow of energy. If at any point on the infinity symbol, the energy is blocked the energy will not flow in the other direction. If the flow is blocked in the ability to give, the energy won’t flow in the direction to receive either. And vice versa.
How does this apply to the holiday season? There is an old saying that it is better to give than to receive. This saying may be useful in a society that might take for granted its blessings or even might sometimes come from a place of material entitlement. If we are being overly selfish, then having the pendulum swing to the other side with the idea of giving instead of receiving, has some merit.
However, in Divine Truth, having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the goal. Having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the ultimate creation of true abundance. Having the energies of giving and receiving in balance is the healed position of knowing we are one with everything and everyone. We don’t need to “get” more because we trust that our needs will be met when necessary. We don’t need to stockpile against the fears that “others” will take our power or our abundance from us. Or that others will have their needs taken care of but I won’t have my needs taken care of. This true abundance will flow easily through and between us, because there is no separation between us, because we are One.
This experimenting with giving and receiving may feel vulnerable, but try it this holiday season. Try it first with small situations and then evaluate how it feels. If it feels scary, ask why. If you feel exposed, ask why. Then clear the beliefs, emotions or old patterns of behaviors that you uncovered. If it feels good, expansive or restorative, go with those feeling states and try being open to receive and give on a bigger issue for you. Keep playing around with being vulnerable to give and receive so you eventually reach the state of Oneness through giving and receiving. We need to move from viewing life, energy, and abundance as a zero sum game and instead move to a win-win situation through giving and receiving.
May you know that it is a wonderful life.
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the image.
The illusion is the false perception of ourselves as separate: separate within ourselves, separate from others, separate from God/Goddess/Source. Faith, Trust and Surrender are key resonances to coming back into Unity and Oneness.
Divine Faith is that deep inner knowingness free of the need for any validation or outer world proof of what you know. Divine Trust is the belief in your inner divine self. In Divine Surrender, we move beyond the limited ego-self perspective and step more fully into Oneness. Surrender is not giving up anything but becoming everything.
If I don’t have faith in what I can’t physically see and verify, if I can’t trust what I know within even if the outer world seems to reflect something different to me, then I am still in the illusion. If I can’t trust in my Soul as another aspect of my own consciousness rather than something outside myself with a separate agenda and power over me, then I am still creating from the lower self and I am still in the illusion. If I am unwilling to surrender my identity of separateness out of a need to maintain control, then I am holding on to the illusion.
These three energies have the potential to greatly uplift us into the remembrance of ourselves as fully expanded, multi-dimensional beings. When we truly know ourselves as All That Is and we function as Source, then possibilities for our creations truly are limitless. But this is not a pie-in-the-sky magic potion. We must be willing to do the work. We must be willing to identify the subconscious beliefs that are blocking us from remembering the truth of who we are. We must be willing to acknowledge where we are still in denial of ourselves as creators and still blaming someone or something outside ourselves for what we dislike or fear. We must have Faith in ourselves as divine beings, have Trust in our ability to fully manifest that divinity and Surrender to our greater Divine Will.
Today’s blog features excerpts from the recent class titled “Faith, Trust and Surrender: 3 Keys to Transcending the Illusion”, originally taught on November 16, 2019. For details on how to purchase the recording, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”
Thanks to Pixabay.com for the image.