Awakening the Spark of Interest

Had a really weird dream last night. It’s still “haunting” me. Funny how that happens. I remember in the dream, feeling a touch on my shoulder and then being teleported to a warzone and defending helpless people. After making sure they were safe, I was touched on the shoulder and brought back to my normal life. When I was touched, I would be teleported to where I was needed and given super powers while being dressed in white flowing garments. This kept happening and I became known as “The Apparition” – a super hero.

I don’t know what bothered me more, taking violent actions (even thought it was to defend others) or the fact that I never knew when it was going to happen. I awoke being afraid to get in the shower. Pretty silly. (Actually, I might want to sell the idea to Marvel – lol).

Yet, here it is, hours later, and I’m still feeling the effects of a dream.

Our bodies respond to what our mind is doing, thinking, processing. Our hormones respond to what our mind is doing, thinking, processing. Our health responds to what our mind is doing, thinking, processing. Our emotions respond to what the mind is doing, thinking, or processing. The mind is a powerful tool.

Giving my mind the task of writing to you, allows my mind to switch gears and shift focus. This in turn, allows my body and emotions to disengage from the night’s dream. Perhaps it’s a diversion. Perhaps it’s a re-set. Either way, I can move forward into something new and different.

I’m hoping to apply the same technique as I re-set my intentions for healthier living. I had a few low energy days and unfortunately, habituated the sitting around pattern. Boy, it’s hard to shake that! Once I’ve parked my backside down, it’s really hard to hoist it back up and get moving again. It will be imperative for me to find something to capture my attention. Sitting activates boredom which activates more sitting. (Crazy, right?!?) Good ole’ human nature!

I generally have lots of interests . . . unfortunately none of them interest me when I’ve gotten locked into the boredom mode. It’s like being a kid on vacation with all the time in the world and “nothin’ to do.” All the things I COULD do seem boring.

So, it’s time to cultivate something NEW. I wonder what that could be? Time to seek. Time to open the eyes of my heart and look for something that might interest me and generate a spark of interest. Once that spark ignites, there’s not much to hold me back.

Maybe I’ll write a story about “The Apparition.” Could be fun!

I’ll keep you posted!

Messages From The Ancient Ones – The Heart-Space Knowing

Reach out with your heart-space to discover your next step.

Your mind knows the options and can weigh these for you, yet your heart-space has a knowing that goes beyond fact. This heart-space knowing takes into consideration one's feelings, yet it is not based upon an emotional response.

Learning to trust the heart-space knowing can be challenging. Learning to hear the heart-space knowing also challenges the spirit and will of the being.

The will wants what it wants and wants it now. The spirit within a person desires the greater good, expansion, awareness, connection, and peace. The spirit within easily hears the heart-space knowing because it is tuned into that energy.

The will on the other hand has expectations, pleasure and gratification driving it. These driving forces appear loud in the consciousness. Their "noise" deadens the message from the heart-space and from the inner spirit (which is connected to Divine Spirit.)

It takes a quieting of the will's "noise" to be able to hear the wisdom of the heart-space. Some people meditate to quiet the noise. Others write down their goals and hopes. Others listen to instrumental music. Others hum or chant. And others still utilize walking in nature to allow the heart-space knowing to arise into awareness. Whatever technique you might use, use it often!

Pose a question to yourself and then allow the heart-space knowing to arise to guide you. This guidance may be an inner knowing or it can manifest as a word spoken by a stranger or a song on the radio. Once you pose the question and become willing, the Universe will use any means necessary to communicate with you and bring it to your heart-space knowing. It is there that you will receive a ring-true feeling that brings peace, courage, understanding, and love.

May your seeking be blessed.

You Think

A few nights ago, as I was about to drift off into sleep, I heard some words that I thought were very encouraging. I hoped I would remember them in the morning when I woke up. Gratefully, they were there when I awoke. Here they are . . . they sound surprisingly like something the Ancient Ones would say, don’t they? May this bless you as much as it has blessed me!

You think you are powerless,

When, in fact, you have merely reached the limits of your will. Divine Power has not even yet been tapped.

You think you are weak,

When, in fact, you have endured great tribulation with honor and grace.

You think you are afraid,

When, in truth, you have shown extraordinary courage to get this far!

You think you are lost,

When, in truth, you have lifted anchor and set sail for undiscovered lands.

You think you are adrift,

When, in truth, currents of Divine Inspiration guide your towards safety.

You think you are worthless,

When, in truth, your value to Divine Source exists beyond words.

Your thinking causes you great pain.

Truth brings you courage, resources, and unbounded Love.

Messages From The Ancient Ones – Amidst the World

Amidst all the clutter in your world, there is space.

Amidst all the hurry and rushing in your world, there is calm.

Amidst all the viewpoints and opinions in your world, there is acceptance.

Amidst all the outrage and outcry, there is peace.

Amidst all the self-defeating thoughts in your world, there is empowerment.

Amidst all the cruelty and harshness in your world, there is kindness.

You will find what you are looking for. Seek for space, calm, acceptance, peace, empowerment, and kindness. We are already there.

Finding Blessings in Loss

Phil and I really enjoyed Mother Nature on our walk this morning. It was cool, but not crisp fall air yet. The trees were turning and the leaves beginning to fall. We certainly see and acknowledge the beauty of their letting go.

Why can’t we see that same beauty in our own releasing of things?

We view releasing as tragic or sorrowful. Yet, is it not like the trees releasing their leaves?

Friendships end. Jobs terminate. Doors close.

We see those as tragic and yet they are transition points to the next better thing.

I was asked this morning what brought Phil and I to the Tri-Cities. Tragedy. The utter loss of a business. It was heartbreaking and sad. It was financially devastating and ego wounding.

Yet, looking back, it was what HAD to happen to bring us to where we are and doing what we are doing. Certainly, we could have made other choices once we arrived here. Yet, surprisingly, one thing after another just “worked out” in our behalf and led us to stay here.

Though Phil’s first impression of this high desert of Eastern Washington was one of horror. As we crested the hill past Hermiston and dropped down into the valley, there wasn’t a tree in sight. Coming from Seattle, Sacramento, and Houston Texas most recently, Phil hadn’t really lived away from trees. His comment was, “What have you done to me?!” A few weeks of spectacular sunrises and sunsets softened the blow a bit. Now, dynamite couldn’t get him out of this area!

With the remarkable landscapes, the mild weather, and warm friendships and kinships, we flourished here. Once established, we were then able to be of service to others—where our true calling came into being.

Looking back on those losses, I’m eternally grateful for them! I see them as freedom rather than loss. I perceive them as wiping the slate clean rather than forfeiture.

More losses appear as life happens. Loss of health. Loss of vitality. Loss of concentration. Loss of moments that slip by too quickly. These losses however can be seen as blessings. With loss of health and vitality, I’ve learned to ask for help. (That’s a big one for me!) With loss of concentration, I’ve learned to move from one idea to the next more quickly—I get less bogged down in analyzing things to death. Loss of moments as they slip by is replaced with cherishing each and every experience.

Loss hurts. Yet, loss opens the door for the next wonderful thing to happen. Finding gratitude even when there is hurt, sorrow, and pain not only blesses the soul, but speeds delivery of new, amazing experiences.

To find a blessing in hurt and sorrow, complete this sentence, “I’m really grateful this is happening because . . . “ Sit with it. Ponder it. Allow the truth of it to come to the surface. When all we see or experience is the hurt and loss, we miss it. Even when the sorrow is happening, the blessing is already there! Focusing on the sorrow blocks us from seeing the blessing.

Take a new look. Be blessed and really feel the blessings flow!

Messages From The Ancient Ones – Exploring Inner Joy

Life's circumstances may be experienced and explored with open curiosity or they may be filtered through auto-pilot or self-judgment. Often self-judgment activates auto-pilot because judging one's self to be less than takes all the fun out of life! Remove the fun, remove the joy, life becomes, well . . . . lifeless.

We are fortunate to live in the etherial realms where we experience joy at all times. We see your suffering and your pain and have compassion for you. Yet, we take action in your behalf rather than experience a lack of joy.

We celebrate your valiant efforts to vanquish fear and rise above conflict and distress. This is worthy of great joy! Even when you do not see your progress, we rejoice in it! We bring you signs and evidence of this joy. Can you perceive it?

Notice that whenever things seems the darkest, it is easiest to reach out to Divine Source for assistance. We hope you reach out even when things are just boring! To us, boring is an alarm bell ringing loudly announcing that you have forgotten who you are.

Find humor in every little thing and joy floods the landscape and brings you energy, peace, perceptions and power to move forward.

We cannot say enough about the influence that a smile has upon your world. Not just your personal world, but the world around you.

Allow yourself to find delight in the little things.

We wait for you there.

Choosing More Energy

Well, I finished cleaning my home office. It ended up taking 2 half days and one full day. I had notes and workshop stuff stacked up here and there and everywhere. Years of scheduling myself from one thing to the next without sufficient time to put away the last class taught along with no real organized way of storing weird stuff . . . well, it was something.

Good news is that I got to sort through a ton of stuff. Letting a bunch of stuff go that I no longer had use for and reviewing a ton of old classes and lessons that I’d previously taught. Some of those classes were poorly attended, but really way-cool stuff. Maybe it just wasn’t time yet, or maybe I had some spiritual growing to do. Either way, I can revisit those things and present them as I’m led to do so.

I was amazed at how much energy it took to look through things. Each piece of paper had to be examined. Each notebook required scrutiny. Each packet of workshop handouts had to be evaluated. I must have made a million decisions throughout the process.

It’s amazing to me how much energy I have as a result!

We harbor so much material in limbo without making a decision on it. Making a decision releases a ton of energy. It seems like it would be the opposite. On some levels, I was really tired after making all those decisions and yet, it unlocked a huge amount of energy that, unknowingly, had been blocked!

We hold back from making decisions thinking those decisions are “too hard” for us. We delay moving forward because we don’t want to make a mistake. When really, the only mistake we make is doing nothing. It’s actually not even doing nothing, it’s less than nothing. There are vast energy stores blocked because we are afraid to move forward.

Certainly, we can list pros and cons to a decision and make the best one we can. We drag our feet on that because it feels like that would be hard. Yet, we have that information within us. We know both sides. We might even discover more that we know that we didn’t know we knew!

What happens sometimes is our head and our heart don’t seem to agree. Do I keep this or throw it away. My brain says it’s just crap and my heart says, “That friend gave it to me! I cherish it!” So, I kept a bunch of what my mind judged as crap and feel really good about it. I let go of a bunch of stuff that my brain said I should keep because, “I might need that someday.” If I truly need that, I’ll acquire it again – maybe in a different form.

The point is, keep it or don’t. Doesn’t matter. Just decide. It’s the deciding that breaks loose the blocked energy. Do it or don’t. Doesn’t really matter in the long run. Just decide. Even “mistakes” are actually great opportunities for blessings, lessons. and insights as yet unknown.

What are you hanging on to? If you choose to cling to something, clearly choose that option – find its value and cherish it. If you decide to move on, do that! Either way, you release blocked energy and have restored vitality to do something of value.

Be brave. Make a choice.