New Beginnings

Life is filled with new beginnings.

As childhood ends, we leave school and begin the next phase of our lives.

We may attend a new school and learn new things. We may move to a new city and begin to put down new roots. Perhaps our friends move away or our relationships shift and we begin again. Life happens and our health changes and we begin to take care of our physical form in a different way.

Yet, it’s not like starting over. We don’t have to re-learn the lessons of 2 + 2 = 4; or our ABC’s. We take the knowledge already learned into the next phase of our lives.

However, the lessons we take with us may not be the lessons Spirit asks of us. Hardship forced upon us in new beginnings may teach us to hold back or be less trusting. Does Spirit teach us that lesson? No, Spirit teaches us that not all people are worthy of our friendship. Spirit teaches us about forgiveness (detaching, clearing, releasing while retaining our self-worth) as a tool for peace and a shield for protection against further abuse.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could recognize the freeing lessons brought to us through Spirit and thereby releasing the restrictive and disheartening lessons brought to us by life?

Pain and hardship shuts us down and blocks us from moving forward. Spirit releases us and uplifts us into a new state of being. Even through painful experiences, Spirit speaks to us of love, gratitude, and the power of joy. Can we find it?

Go out into the garden and seek it there. Attend services and seek it there. Watch a sunset and seek it there. Ask for the willingness to see Spirit’s love, instruction, and guidance through the pain of hardship and sorrow.

Spirit’s loving embrace awaits.

Move through the current situation and into a new beginning with hope and open curiosity. We once were fearful when we left school – it was all we had known. With a new beginning, who knows what happens next? Just take a fresh breath and a new bright step into your true self.

Begin again.

Now begins again

Hope Transcends Transiting Feelings

Wind. Cold spring wind. Rain here and there, but mostly wind.

We live on a half an acre and this time of year begs for lots of clean up this time of year. Yet, that wind. That cold spring wind.

Phil can often brave the chill temperatures and get early weeding done. Yet, wind. Cold spring wind prevails. Even Phil has not been able to endure much of that wind.

Yet, we anticipate days turning warm and the wind giving way to easy breezes. We look forward to those days as we stand inside the house and look out the sliding glass door.

So, too, sometimes life brings us trials and struggles that seem to persist long beyond the time we feel we can endure. Those difficulties hang on while our endurance slips and we feel restless, helpless, and spent.

How do we hold on? How do we endure?

We remember the good days that we’ve had and we hold on to the hope of more good days.

Hope is the life-blood of joy. Without hope we lose sight of goals and dreams. Without hope we lose the strength to go on. Yet, hope is more than a memory. Memories feed hope for sure, yet there is more to hope.

Hope shines as a bright spark of possibilities. Hope simmers as a warm stew filled with nourishing meat and veggies. Not quite ready to eat, yet savory smells wafting through the house promising warmth, nourishment, and fulfillment.

What fills your hope stew? Goals and dreams? Friends and family? Activities and experiences? Creativity and productivity? Don’t know? (You might want to try a little of each of these to see what you prefer!) When we go through changes, we lose sight of our goals and dreams because things look differently - feel differently. We don’t know what we want anymore. When we go through changes, we shut down and lock out family and friends because we don’t know how to relate anymore. When we go through changes we stop trying new things because the old stuff no longer fits and the new stuff feels . . . well, odd. When we go through changes our creativity and productivity plummets because we feel useless and blah.

Hope cures this! Hope transcends our transiting feelings and stabilizes us into a new pattern. Even though the pattern may not yet be firmly established, Hope allows us to endure change.

Finding Hope may feel like a chore. With change, everything shifts and new capacity for Hope emerges. A new depth of Hope arises. Look deeper! The Hope you need exists deeper than any other Hope previously experienced.

Even as the cold spring wind blows outside and the warmth within tides us over until better days, so, too Hope warms our spirit and sustains us.

Go deeply within to find this new level of Hope. For within the depth of being, Divine Source resides, connects and nourishes. To assist this process, read spiritually uplifting articles, books or listen to positive meditations. Feed the part of you that nourishes Hope so that Hope can and will sustain you.

The cold spring wind stopped for a bit today. It was lovely. The warmth of the sun touched my face and the spring flowers brightened my soul. The wind picked back up again, yet I’m hopeful for a warm day to put my hands in the Earth and assist the flowers in their journey to full expression.

Hope sustains me even in the face of the cold spring wind. Hope uplifts me and brightens me into Joy. I smile as I watch the bright red, yellow, and pink tulips dancing in the wind. I am safe from the wind within the warmth of my home and the brightness of Hope.

May you find the Hope you need to endure any time of cold wind that might blow your way.

Messages from the Ancient Ones – Sacred Choice

You have been given a sacred choice. You can view your life as tragic and difficult, or you can view your live as blessed and sacred. The same circumstances may exist in both perceptions yet when you choose to view the sacredness of life, it becomes beautiful.

This beauty may not be without difficulty, yet even in difficulty there can be beautiful moments. How can one see the beautiful moment when life's difficulties loom?

Employ your inner child-like wonder. You may not remember the first time you saw a bug. Yet, in that moment, there was no judgment of whether it was good or bad, right or wrong, it was just a new thing to be discovered. Later, you learned that bugs could bite or they felt creepy on your skin. Later you learned that your parents didn't want bugs on you.

Before those judgments, you merely had fascination and curiosity. You wondered what it was and what it could do. You wondered if it wondered who you were.

This process of wonderment allowed your open curiosity room to explore. Employ this same curiosity now. Allow yourself to explore your options for growth . . . for experiencing.

This allows space between you and the circumstances. This provides breathing room between you and fear and struggle. It is within this breathing room that new insights happen. It is within this breathing room that Divine Source can speak to your heart. It is within this breathing room that your can speak to Divine Source. It is within this breathing room that you can breathe. It is within the breath that you can regain your composure, your focus, your bright spirit of hope and joy - your sacred self.

We long to see you regain your sacred self. We await your return.

We are Family

Whether family by birth or family by choice, those closest relationships challenge us the most! They challenge us to speak our truth and they challenge us to listen.

Yet, the biggest challenge arises in listening to one’s own heart. The clutter of expectations and drama, might cloud the inner dialogue. Especially during times of stress.

How can we make everyone happy?

We cannot.

How can we make everyone understand us?

We cannot.

Rifts and barriers exist where we wish there were none. Yet, truth is, those rifts and barriers exist. Not because we aren’t good people, but because we are unique, different, and have our own opinions and preferences. We can only allow others to be where they are. And when they cannot allow us to be ourselves because of their judgments, we also get to be with that as well.

Yet, we desire for everyone to be happy and we want everyone to understand…

We may not be able to attain those desires.

I should be able to make it okay. I should be able to sit down, shut up and let others abuse me for the sake of family harmony.

Not.

There is no easy answer as each moment, each situation holds its own experience. Perhaps one moment we can be quiet and hold sacred ground for peace. The next moment we cannot allow compliance to overshadow the peace of our own truth that must be spoken.

We can only do our best to be our best self. If triggered by another’s judgment or opinion of us, we might lose our sacred ground and become reactive. Family has the unique ability to find our “Hot Buttons” and push them quite effectively! It takes time to disengage those “Hot Buttons” so they become non-reactive. How do we do that? We move into our sacred truth. Our sacred truth has no energetic charge. Sacred Truth has no need to react or change another person, their thoughts or their perceptions. Sacred Truth just IS.

Ask yourself, what is my truth? If family (or dear friends as close as family) judge or dismiss something you feel is important or significant, what is your truth? Not, “They shouldn’t judge me.” Or “My point of view is right and theirs is wrong.” But rather, what is your Sacred Truth. Perhaps family/friends are dismissing your desire to go back to school – projecting onto you

what they think you should do. . . your Sacred Truth might be . . . “Going to school feels right for me.”

Period. End of story. They get to have their opinion. You COULD be making a big mistake . . . or you COULD be doing exactly what is perfect for your next step. Time will tell. In the meantime, you are making a choice and taking action in your own best interest. Notice how the truth statement, “Going to school feels right for me,” holds no energetic charge. No need to do battle. No need to defend. Sacred Truth. Find your Sacred Truth in whatever situation and you will find strength and power.

Even so, if we do slip and become reactive, we can only do our best to apologize and make amends.

It’s time to find balance between the love of our family and the love of our own truth. When the path is unclear, we can only hope to listen to our heart of hearts rather than our triggered feelings.

May Love and Truth guide you into the richest blessings of kindness and a sense of belonging.

Messages from the Ancient Ones – Time Shift

Time is shifting. Every changing ever moving.

Being in the moment is actually impossible as the moment passes as quickly as it arrives. The phrase "being in the moment" might better be stated as "being in the flow."

Flowing with each moment allows you the perspective of the past and the desires to be manifested. Feeling stuck may feel as if time stands still or your life stands still. However, this is not so. Your perspective

of opportunities is stuck. As you seek for a new perspective, new opportunities arise. With new perspectives and new opportunities, you move gently into the flow that is already happening.

When you consider "being in the flow" consider the flow not to be time as much as the flow is light moving through space. . . Light unbounded by distance or resistance. Light flows even through what you might consider obstacles or blocks. Nothing blocks Divine Light. Not even darkness or shadows of doubt.

Bring your awareness into the space of darkness and Light immediately fills this space. Moving through, in, under, and around bathing all in Light.

YOU carry this Light within you. Notice this Light flowing within you. Allow this Light to bring new hopes and dreams to you when old ones fade. Allow this Light to flow with you into the next moment, the next step, the next goal, the next dream, the next lifetime.

An Act of Faith

My sister-in-law, Cathy, is in hospice as her body wears down nearing its release on life.

It’s been difficult seeing her anguish in pain until the medication kicked in and even harder to see her struggle for each breath. It’s difficult to see her loved ones (including me) struggle with the realization of letting her go.

My brother asked me to write about our childhood years – we were kids together. They lived two houses down from us growing up. As I pondered those growing up years, my memory brought back some really fun times. It brought up childhood traumas as well.


As I held these things in my heart, I came to realize that there was a constant stream running through my life and through hers.

Faith.

She went to a different church and I daresay she certainly did not believe the same today. Yet, Faith prevailed. An unyielding perception in a Loving presence that guided and supported us.

Certainly, we could get ourselves into our own brand of difficulty as my memory certainly brought to my attention. Yet, whether it was difficulty of our own making or difficulty brought to us by life, this current of Faith, carried us forward.

When we speak of water flowing, we use the word current. When we speak of being present, we use the word current, like current events. Events unfolding out of previous happenings. Water currents flowing from the headwaters to the ocean.

We sometimes feel the current of life or the current of life’s events might carry us away. Yet, there is a stronger current that carries us through. Faith. Rather than battling life’s currents, we flow into the current of Faith and float upon the waters of inner peace.

Not easy! We want to fight the stream! We want to kick against the flow! The key is to know when Faith urges us to fight for what we believe or when Faith asks us to surrender our will into the current of Love and Light. Sometimes we don’t know the difference until we’ve leaped over the waterfall or have been dragged beyond it. Yet, Faith holds its course in the process.

Faith grants us the strength to do the things we feel we cannot. Faith grants us the peace to stand up for what we believe in. Faith grants us courage to release our expectations and let go of our need to control circumstances.

Faith is a choice of will and a gift from God at the same time. Faith arrives when we are out of options. Faith abides when we cannot hang on. Faith builds as our trust ignites.

You know this. You live this.

And yet, doubt sits heavy upon our hearts. We doubt that there is enough Love and Light to help. We doubt that we are worthy of being lifted by Faith. We doubt that Faith can carry us through. Doubt is the mechanism by which we recognize Faith. Honor the doubt - Faith strengthens. Recognize the doubt - Love and Light renew their efforts to be experienced.

Whatever measure of Faith we have will be strengthened and supplemented. Faith carries us through.

So, as I await notification that Cathy has breathed her last, I have Faith that we will meet again. I have Faith that she will be carried gently over to the Other Side. I have Faith that my Creator is her Creator, too. I have Faith that soon she will rest in Creator’s arms where she will await my arrival.

Whatever challenge you might be facing, may Faith make its presence known to you. May Faith carry you through.