Each moment that you shift out of auto-pilot and into awareness puts you in the presence of The Divine. This is not a thing to be grasped, but rather a moment to enjoy as it is experienced. Moments of awareness pass as life happens and one's attention is drawn away. Allow this moment to be and to slip away, knowing that it is effortless to reclaim awareness.
Grasping at awareness causes it to flee faster! Allow awareness to come and go effortlessly. You will find that awareness happens more often than non-awareness. You can rejoice and be glad in this!
When it slips away, you can notice and immediately re-awaken to awareness.
Often, we see you attempting to berate yourself for being human and falling into old patterns. We have no such judgment of you. Allow yourself freedom from judgment as well. Judgment merely bogs you down even further into non-awareness. Judgment is a trap created by a false illusion of control.
We encourage you to notice your thoughts and feelings. It is this awareness that grants you power to change, power to grow, and the willingness to receive blessings.
Notice the thoughts you say to yourself. Those are just thoughts . . . until they become reality. While they reside as thoughts, you have power over them and the ability to change your perceptions and your world. Reinforcing those thoughts repeatedly, makes those thoughts harden like cement in your reality. While they are thoughts, they are wisps of energy. Like steam from a cup of tea or coffee, they can vanish if you let them. Unlike steam from a warm beverage, thoughts solidify with accumulated use.
We encourage you to notice how you speak to yourself. Are you encouraging as you would to a child who is just learning to walk or to read? Or, are you critical and harsh?
If you find yourself being critical and harsh, recognize that this, too is a false illusion of control. You think that if you berate yourself enough, you will perform "better" or excel in what ever you attempt. Has that tactic ever worked?
Release this need to be in control. Release it to Divine Source. In it's place, allow yourself to re-awaken and listen to Divine Guidance. As you listen to Divine Guidance, notice yourself in the Light of this Love. A new and better you can emerge from this perspective.
Divine Presence awaits your awakening - awaits with Love, Joy, and Hope-filled Anticipation. And in each new moment, that Presences awaits your re-awakening!
Wildflowers grow where they find a place to root. Seeds scattered by the wind take hold where ever the soil will allow. Rooted on a pathway, they become trampled and unable to grow or bloom. Yet, given the space of an open field, they can bloom and multiply until the field is filled with color.
Where will you allow your awareness to grow? Do you toss your insights under the foot of one who cares not? Are you allowing yourself, your insights, your truth to be trampled?
People go where they will. You cannot stop them. (Divine Source will send messengers and experiences that give them opportunity to change. Their change is not your job.)
Yet, you bloom in a riot of color that invites the weary traveler to step off the path, even if it's just for a moment. As they notice the uplifted bloom and the fragrance of hope, they too, become uplifted and may even choose to step off the weary path. Once off the path of dreary duty, fear, or obligation, they can find opportunities for growth, service, and joy.
Know this! The weary soul is searching for a new way, a new path, a new journey. Evidence can be seen within you of a new way of being.
Face the Light
You are more of a blessing than you know, Dear One. We honor you for this.
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.
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.
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.
We see that it is easy for you to lose faith in yourself. Rather, it is hard to have faith in yourself. Because of this it is even harder to have faith in Divine Source.
Where you see and feel that you have let yourself down, you perceive that Divine Source also will let you down because you feel not good enough. As if you let yourself down so that entitles you/requires you to being let down by Divine Source.
May it never be!!
Things may not turn out as you expected, yet this is not "letting you down," this is "letting you explore!" You cannot explore with a closed mind and a closed heart. However, you can explore - indeed, are driven to explore - when your expected options fall through.
This falling through is not let down. The wisdom behind the fall through may not surface until later when you have time and distance to look back and realize the value of what DID happen as opposed to what you thought SHOULD happen.
We offer you a glimmer of hope to guide you on your way. When you abide in your heart - of - hearts, Divine Source works in your behalf to bring to you exactly what is necessary for your ascension.
Once you can release judgment about your circumstances, you then can offer up to Divine Source anger, sadness and fears. This offering up happens when trust abides within the heart - of - hearts.
How can you receive this trust? Ask for it. Allow for it. Act as if it is already there. The blessings that unfold will amaze you and set your heart - of - hearts free to life fully and joyfully no matter what!
Divine Source delights in you! With a glimpse of this you can begin to sense the energy at work in your behalf. . . . whether you feel as if you "deserve" it or not! With a willing heart, you are "WORTHY" of it.
I started cleaning my home office this morning.
What a disaster.
They say a messy desk is the sign of genius. I wonder what a disaster of an office means?
I started in the closet. Found some old cool classes I’d forgotten I’d taught. Fun! Reorganized my paper stash. Ooooh, pretty colors!! (Did I really need 3 open packages of yellow paper? Hmm. Must have!) Found some old blank cassette tapes for back when I used to record all my sessions on tape. Does anyone even use cassette tapes anymore? Well, they are no longer taking up space in my world!
I also pulled out a box full of stuff to be shredded. Good grief!
Found some other stuff I think I’ll use or share with others. I really thought I’d made some headway until I realized it had taken over an hour just to do the closet. There’s still not any room to put away the rest of the stuff cluttering up the office. I have this class and that workshop and all the handouts in boxes and totes, but they are strewn everywhere. I will teach those classes again, so I cannot get rid of that “stuff”. So, I’ll figure out a way to move stuff around so that it’s more accessible and hopefully a bit neater!
I’ve worn out this keyboard. Can’t read but a few letters and some of the numbers on the keys. Phil bought me a new keyboard over a year ago. Time to install that one and there would be one less box under my feet. (Although I admit, it’s kinda fun to glance down at the keyboard and realize I don’t have any visual clues there for what I’m typing. I have to look at the screen and pray for autopilot to take back over. That’s one of those times when auto pilot is a VERY GOOD thing!)
So, lots of decisions to be made in this process. Keep this? Discard that?
Each time we make a choice, we use up some of our brain’s power to control our will power. It will be important for me to be careful to not set myself up to make stupid health choices while I’m drained. I would have severely reduced will power to resist cake, for example. Research shows that our brain tires with lots of choices and our good intentions fly out the door after we’ve made a morning full of decisions.
That’s why will power is pretty much powerless and our good intentions never fly. We are worn out from deciding between this or that little thing – over and over and over. Then we “fail” at something we really would like to accomplish and feel we are bad or worthless or not-good-enough. When in fact, we are just human!
So how do we accomplish those things we really would like to accomplish?
Do them first. Make the plan first. Decide first.
Then as the day progresses, when faced with a decision to “slip” there is more energy supporting the chosen direction than there is to fall off track and into self-defeating self-indulgence.
Start the day with a plan – a plan that can be flexible when life throws a curve ball – grants us positive energy in the right direction.
Start the day with a prayer – we all could use a little help, right?!?
Start the day with a catch-phrase – a phrase that can catch us when we lose sight of the goal. A good catch-phrase might be in the form of an affirmation: I can do this. With God’s help, I am enough. I am blessed. I’m a blessing and I’m blessed. I walk a sacred path.
Whatever catch-phrase you may come up with will be instantly on your tongue and in your mind when you need it! Once uttered, it refreshes the body, mind, and soul and allows one the opportunity to reclaim the better path.
What is it you really want your day to look like?
Would you be willing to pray (speak to All That Is) about that? (Not begging for your way to happen, but for the best and brightest way to unfold. Divine Source may know more than you and might have a better plan at the ready!)
What quick catch-phrase can you create for yourself?
Our everyday world is filled with decisions left and right. Thank goodness we have the right to make choices. At the same time, those choices drain the will power. Time to rely on another kind of power that will see you through!
Hope this helps.
Your next step may not be obvious.
Your challenges may attempt to obscure your next step.
Your doubt may cloud the way.
Yet, you can step forward with trust. Each step forward will reveal another step. Trust the one-step-at-a-time process and the way will be revealed. Soon you will see your journey more clearly. We applaud you for your forward movement. For you it may seem small. Yet, to us, your efforts are huge.
Still, there are some days that you allow auto-pilot take over.
Certainly, auto-pilot is important for the little repetitions things that require no new thought or insights, yet sometimes you use this method of transportation for all of life. This cheats you out of experiencing the little beauties of your journey as well as the wonderful opportunities that slip past unnoticed.
Just stop throughout your day and check in to see if you are present. Are you fixated upon a situation and not really alive? Are you intentional in your presence?
It is when you are engaged in intentional presence that we can assist you more easily. It is when you are engaged in intentional presence that we can send signs and guidance to you.
Here we are! We hope you can notice us even more fully today and the rest of your tomorrows. We truly do walk with you.
It's okay to say, "no".
Your compassionate heart wants to be of service and wants to help others on the journey. Yet, you forget your exist within a finite body. This finite body has its limitations. So does your energy reserves and your pocketbook.
God is the Ultimate Source. You are not. You may be an expression of Divine Love and have opportunity to share and assist. This is good. We thank you for that.
If you find that you are blessing others by being a blessing and feel empty afterwards, you may be over-blessing.
Please remove yourself from being the ultimate source for another human being. By over-serving, you close the door for another to the Source. You also close the door for yourself to Divine Source by standing in the way rather than Following The Way.
As your energetic reserves dwindle, recharge yourself through prayer, reading spiritual books, receiving a healing, quiet time in meditation, getting your hands and feet in the dirt to plant a flower or to just "be" for a bit. Allow yourself to be blessed - by others and by Divine Source.
Once recharged, you may bless and be blessed. Don't know how to say "no". Perhaps you could say, "I am taking some down time today." or "I'll consider it and get back to you." or "No, thank you." or "What might your other options be?"
We honor your compassionate heart in this physical journey and walk with you as your acquire a greater sense of balance and joy. We encourage you to focus your compassionate heart upon yourself, also. We bless you in this.
Your world has so much to offer you. We encourage you to take advantage of all there is here to bless you on your journey.
It is quite easy to perceive your environment as hostile. There is much in your world to prove this to you.
Yet, this assumption dismisses and hides the truth of the grace granted to your world by Divine Source. As humans, it is easy to recognize the chaos you create that appears to darken the grace flowing to your world. Yet, grace still flows!
Yet, notice what wonderful things human-kind have created to bless one another . . . to make life simpler and less burdensome on many levels. This creative energy bases itself upon the same creation energy that emerged in the beginning of time.
You have access to this creation energy when you seek it. This creation energy can express itself as works of art and also as problem solving. When you release the negative bias that abides as common thought forms within humanity and seek this creative energy, by grace it is freely given.
Once you tap into this creative energy, you have an abundance of insights, awareness, creativity to not only solve current difficulties in your life, but also to share with others.
In this way creativity blesses you and others. Grace adds to grace and all are blessed.
May you become the blessing you already are!