Letting Go

One of the hardest lessons in life is to know when to let go. Whether it is guilt, loss, love, anger or betrayal change is never easy. We fight to hold on and we fight to let go. We must be willing to sacrifice our limited tunnel vision and fly. When we rid ourselves of limitation, hesitation, or refusal to take right action we can make our lives sacred. We must admit our own mistakes as well as forgive those that have caused us pain, letting go of guilt, shame and blame and begin from love. We must be willing to stand fully in the light.

In order to stand in the light, we must be willing to let go and sacrifice those unhealed parts within ourselves that are no longer in accordance with the sacredness of our being, this would be our shadow side. We should not deny our needs, our refuse our heart’s desire, but rather eliminate the thoughts and actions that keep us from our true happiness. In order to find the balance to support our true self, we have to be willing to preserve the dance of life. We must leave no stone unturned while we clear our least desirable traits, and free our minds of negativity. We will make our lives sacred when we can make our actions of self-sacrifice stand for who we are, where we might be going, how we intend to get there, why we choose our path, and most importantly how we intend to change. Eliminate those aspects of self that cling to limitation and we can reconnect with the universe in all its sacredness. Begin right now in love and peace.

Looking behind I am filled with gratitude. Looking forward I am filled with vision. Looking upwards I am filled with strength. Looking within I discover peace.~Quero Apache Prayer

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Connecting to Mother Earth

Where do you find a connection with the Earth that speaks to you? Every inch of Mother Earth is a sacred place, and there is a connection spot for every one of us, no matter where we are physically located. However, we have to be in communion with her to experience a connection. When we are out of sync with our Mother Earth, our energy connection will be poor.  Native American traditions teach that Mother Earth is a living being and that when a human being goes to a power spot on the earth, the attention of Mother Earth is directed there and energy begins to flow because our bodies, like the earth, are electromagnetic. Whenever a human being seeks an Earth connection, Mother Earth is there to provide solace.

Thich Nhat Hanh expresses these thoughts so beautifully by telling us that when we walk like we are rushing, we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth. Be aware of the contact between your feet and the earth. “Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feet.”  When we can achieve that type of connection, we become fully present in the now and know that our empowerment is fully represented by unconditionally loving everything that we are in that moment. This becomes our power place, our inner connection where each one of us comes to a place of awareness. Mother Earth provides us with the safety and security to express our authentic selves and when we can reconnect to the power place, we find once again what has always existed within us.

In these present times of chaos, hatred towards mankind and our Mother Earth, wouldn’t it be a good idea for all to reconnect to our authentic loving selves and know that we are enough just as we stand? I encourage all of us not to harbor any hatred toward our fellow-man, especially those we think are ‘evil’ or different from us, but rather to take some time to reconnect with our spiritual side and Mother Earth, giving thanks for what we have right now, all the while basking in her unconditional love and strength. We needn’t wage war on anyone or anything; we simply need to know that we are enough. Mother Earth is waiting for you to connect to all that you are; you are responsible for your own personal empowerment.

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper. ~ W.B. Yeats

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Victim or Heroine?

We have all heard the phrase life is what you make of it. On the surface this sounds doable and makes perfect sense. However, when we are in a place of darkness this sounds very unobtainable. Often we develop a sense of being victimized. The victim, best described as one who feels powerless and in that moment of feeling powerless is rendered unable to take appropriate action to resolve situations adversely affecting their well-being. When we make a choice to be powerless, we are often acting from learned behavior that originated in early childhood experiences where core needs were not adequately met. This translates into most of humanity; we all suffer some from this condition. The question is will you choose to stand in it, or move to another point of perspective? The choice really is ours to make.

Today while out for a run I found my mind drifting to a very recent conversation I had with my son, who resides a long way away and I don’t have the opportunity to speak with very often. I heard myself talking to him and beginning to whine about the holidays. He is leaving today to go visit his half-brother for the holidays and won’t be traveling home to be with me. He is my only child, I am a widow, live alone, don’t have a significant other . . . you get the drill. ME all alone for the holidays, just like so many others in the world. He, my very smart child, snapped me right out of my victim mentality and grounded me back into what is real. What is real is that I have a family, both parents and 4 siblings; I am choosing not to be with them this holiday season. Additionally, I have my health, a beautiful son who is healthy, an amazing dog, and a lovely home that protects me from the elements, enough food to eat, and many wonderful friends. The list of blessings could go on and on. So why was I tapping into the victim mentality? There are many reasons why I was going down that road. What is important to ask yourself when you find that you are taking a visit there, is why are you? What needs did you not get met when you were a young child, and why have you not made peace with those issues yet? Why don’t you love yourself enough to know you are enough just as you stand?

It is about taking control of your life, and making it the best life. It is about being able to see the stars even while sitting in the darkness and never forgetting that you are the heroine of your own play. Life really is what you make of it!

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Love Can Heal

What to do when the world around us isn’t practicing mindfulness, much less civility towards human beings? How can you stop this negative, sometimes hateful, destructive energy from tiptoeing into your heart and creating unbalance and unrest? First, it is important to acknowledge and address all emotions.  In other words, you cannot sweep aside feelings of unrest by not acknowledging how they make you feel.  Confront the emotion directly and perhaps ask yourself what you are to learn from it?  What changes can you make in your own life that will lead to more harmony for all of the universe?  This is one of the most difficult tasks, and in these times with daily images of hatred being bombarded on our psyche via television, social media, and our own neighbors forgetting to be mindful and compassionate, it can be a challenge.  If your soul is that of an Empath, all this horror can bleed directly into your heart. What this translates into is fear, and fear is something we don’t want to be living with, we want to be free of fear.

When we normally feel compassion it is biased and mixed with attachment. However, genuine compassion flows towards all living beings, particularly your enemies. If I try to develop compassion towards my enemy, it may not benefit him directly, he may not even be aware of it. But it will immediately benefit me by calming my mind. On the other hand, if I dwell on how awful everything is, I immediately lose my peace of mind.

How to do this? I am struggling with this lately, and it is the state of our world and the fact that more and more people are coming from a place of fear instead of love. Yes, love is where we need to come from in all that we do. We must forgive those that have wronged others and we must forgive ourselves. This does not mean that we do not hold people responsible for their actions.  Collectively we must send out a vibration to the universe of love. When we can all come to this space and hold love for one another, we can begin to heal the issues each of us faces. This won’t be easy; it will test your soul to its very core. That is fine. Sit with whatever comes up for you personally, acknowledge it and ask those simple questions and then begin to heal with love.   Today I have been pushed in many directions on this front, and I found myself asking the questions, what can I learn and where can I change things in myself?

One-way that was clear to me was to write about it, which is a good catharsis for the soul. Grab some paper, or your journal and jot down some things that have been on your mind. Remember when journaling, do not concern yourself with grammar just let the words flow. Set a timer if you must, for even just 5 minutes, and free write whatever comes to mind. It is an amazingly healing exercise that has been scientifically proven to help reduce your stress level.

Collectively we can make this world a better place if we become united in our thoughts of love toward one another, even when we don’t like the actions of another individual. When we can become the love that is divine, and share that love in our thoughts and actions to all of humanity, we might begin to heal.

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know.

~ Pema Chodron

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Shine Your Own Light

How do we effect change in our lives? We all seem to wish for some, be it for peace in our hearts, more money, more love, and on and on. The lists for change are as endless and varied as the people who create the lists. The question is how do we bring about change? There are so many options available in today’s world, from Internet seminars, to this guru and that all reaching out to teach what worked for them. But this is where it becomes tricky, because people don’t ever change by becoming someone else. We human beings can only effect change when we seek, find and nourish the best of who we are. When we persist through the darkness, and reach deeper into our own true nature we will find all that we need as we stand in our true source. When we demand the best from ourselves, we rise above the fears of our daily life. Only when we stand firm in the best of ourselves, honoring the ancient ground of our being, will we be able to see our own true path and claim it.

How can you stand in our own right and claim that gift for yourself? Where can you let go of some fear and seek the best that you have to offer the universe? These are not easy tasks, and there very well may be some readings and other such materials available to you that assist in finding your honored path, just be certain to acknowledge that you are enough as you stand. Try believing that you are enough, if only for one moment, and stand firmly in that belief. For me, this is one of the many gifts I learned along The Way while walking 500 miles this summer. I am enough just as I stand. My star will shine as brightly as I allow, and yes I have traveled into and kissed the darkness. If I had not, how would I know how to shine? But I will not entertain the darkness; I will no allow it to eat from my table. Instead, I choose to shine my own true light, my own north star. I encourage everyone to do the same. Just imagine what a beautiful world it could be if we all let go of our fears and came together in our own brilliant light.

We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.

~ Lakota Seer

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The Turning Point

Writing about grief, teaching journaling techniques to widows and widowers for healing through grief, and having lived it myself I find my world is often times full of death. Is this a bad thing I wonder? The answer is no, for oftentimes a part of us must die in order for another part to come alive. This is the natural rhythm of life. At this very moment in the Northern Hemisphere we can witness this cycle with the autumn season, things are slowing down and dying so that they may come alive once again in the spring. It is time for a rest, time to heal our souls and give way for an internal shift. This happens in everyone’s life, even if we are unaware, as we pass from infancy to childhood, from childhood to becoming an adult, etc. It is part of the cycle of nature. When these shifts occur, it is often confusion and disorientation that act as the messengers to indicate that a shift is taking place within us.

Oftentimes in our lives we have stored up some type of trauma in our souls and have formed a protective shell around ourselves to function. If we take the time to look into the changing surface of things, we will find that a shift is taking place within us. When we feel this shift, which might be as simple as feeling confined, we can begin to let go of some of the trauma we carry and move forward and begin again. We can make room for death, and in that moment we are reborn. This rebirth allows for us to continue to live our lives, and to fully stand in our light and shine.

Walking The Camino de Santiago this past summer I often felt like I had died, both physically as well as mentally. In my death, I experienced a rebirth, a lightness of being and an ability to see things clearer and to be able to listen just a little longer. It was a tremendous gift to be able to make this journey, but one need not leave their own surroundings in order to obtain such gifts, all one has to do is to surrender to the idea of death and allow for the shift to take hold. Wishing you peace for your journey and as always, love.

After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force . . . The movement is natural, arising spontaneously. For this reason the transformation of the old becomes easy. The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with time; therefore no harm results. ~ I Ching

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Letting Go

What is your spirit communicating to you precisely at this moment? Is it calling you to look within, to see who you are and to see that we are all interconnected? Or are you holding on to the past, unable to move in a forward direction? Tonight, September 25, 2014, is a good time to let go of all the debris you might be holding onto from the past, all the things the ego likes to clutch onto that are toxic to our overall health, both to our minds and our bodies. With this date coinciding with the new moon (which commenced last evening), and the celebration of Navaratri as well as the Jewish New Year, it is an even more auspicious time to clear out the old, to make way for the new. It is an optimal time to purify and cleanse in order to set the stage for restoration of that which we desire to manifest in our lives. Tonight, create a ritual for yourself by lighting a candle; saying a blessing, gazing up at the magnificent universe in the starry night sky, while perhaps using a crystal of your choice, I am being called to anything that is light blue. Blue marks the beginning of life and emotion. Within the light shades of blue crystals we find acceptance, forgiveness, reconciliation, patience, dealing with guilt, and recovery. So grab a beautiful Angelite (love the name), a Celestite, or a Blue Chalcedony and go sit outside under the stars and let go of all that is keeping you from living your best life.

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We are earth people on a spiritual journey to the stars. Our quest, our earth walk, is to look within, to know who we are, to see that we are connected to all things, that there is no separation, only in the mind.

~ Lakota Seer

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