Loss

Is it truly taking something away from you?

Or is it a transition to a new way of being?

Does the impermanence of this life set you back

Or gently guide you forward?

Can you accept these changes with love and gratitude?

Can you understand that it is not truly a loss

But a transformation of being

 For you and others?

Dear One, this human existence allows for many forms of transformation, of loss, as you see it. There is the loss of a livelihood, of possessions, of health or loved ones. With each of these changes in your life you grieve, for an old way of being. But after the grief is over, can you look forward to the possibilities that these transformations provide for you?

Remember the web of connection, how all of existence is affected by your actions or by those of another. Remember that you are gently guided forward every moment of your existence by loving beings who encourage you to grow. And remember that without change, there is no forward movement.

Loss of a loved one is not truly a loss, but a transformation of being. That is to say that your loved one is still present in your life, but in a different way. Be it through a transition to an energetic state as they leave their physical body behind, or in a relationship that has changed, the connection is transformed but still remains; for all are connected.

As the grief, the anger, the emotion subsides, are you able to step back and take a wider view of this transition and how it affects you? Can you see what the gift might be in this transformation occurring in your life? For there is always a gift present in every transition in your life, if you can view it from a different lens.

Yes, the transformation may bring new challenges for you, but do not despair, for you always have support waiting for your call for help. Ask for guidance, for the ability to see things more clearly, as you step onto new ground, moving into uncharted territory in your life.

Dear One, what occurs to you is never a punishment, but an opportunity for personal growth. For your reason for being here upon this physical plane is to experience personal growth in a way unique to this existence. Please remember that you are a divine being who has more power and connection than you realize. And often these transitions occur to open your eyes to seeing yourself and your world in a different light.

This is a time of awakening for all. A shift in consciousness is occurring and it will challenge you to look through a different lens. Remember the times when what you wished for never occurred and at a later date, upon reflection, you were relieved that your wish was not fulfilled.

The challenge of this physical life is that you can not see the whole picture. The perspective that you have is a more personal one and does not include seeing how the connections of the All are affected. There is an intricate network among all of creation which ebbs and flows with the movement of energies across the spectrum of life. Can you trust that love is the hand that moves this vast cosmic connection forward?

Dear One, again we tell you what courageous souls you are to have chosen this physical life. For with it came a loss of the memory of who you truly are and how you are connected to the All. However, the time is now ripe for your awakening to this truth that has been buried deep within you for so long. It is emerging as you realize that the way of being to which you have been accustomed for so long is no longer working. And it is time to change your perspective.

There is never truly loss, only transition. And you have the strength and the help to move through these transitions with grace. You are more powerful than you realize and can create a world of love and abundance. Embrace the love which surrounds you and use it to change the world. For change begins with you.

Through which lens

Do you choose to see your world?

The choice is yours

And you have loving beings

Eager to guide you forward.

Rediscover who you truly are

A divine being on a physical journey,

Empowered and connected.

Dear One with All of Thee.

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Searching

So many are searching

For answers

For purpose

For peace and connection.

How and where does this search end?

Dear One, you live in a world of duality, showing you contrasting ways of being. Is one way better than another or does it not matter how you live your life? Where does this end and how do you feel at the culmination of your physical life?

The world in which you live has been created by you. Yes, the original template, the physical reality was placed here before your arrival. But the energies that have grown upon this plane have been created by you, through your thoughts, your words and your actions.

The world that you see is affected by the perspective you choose to use as you scan your environment. And your perspective is driven by your personal experiences. Your view is filtered through the emotions that have resulted from those personal experiences. For this reason, two people might view the exact same situation and give polar opposite explanations of what has occurred.

The energetic vibration is rising throughout the entire Universe and it is also affecting this physical plane of existence. You have come full circle from when you were a child, not distinguishing between self and non-self. As you matured, so did your Ego, and much of your life has been driven by that Ego. However, now you have come back to the beginning, realizing that there is a different way of being than just following Ego. You have begun to realize that life has lost its purpose, its glow and so you have begun to search for answers for this feeling of disconnect.

Part of this is due to the rising energies across the cosmos. Since you are an energetic being, you feel the pull but do not know how to reconcile the discord between what you see and what you wish to see in your world. This is yet another gentle reminder that it is time for you to adjust your way of being. You are being guided forward in a way that feels unfamiliar to you as you have not nurtured your connection with the All for much of your life.

This is a period of readjustment for all of creation, including this physical realm which feels it yet is unable to reconcile it due to lack of practice. But do not despair for it is always possible to make corrections so that you feel more at peace as you move forward.

It is time for you to move into stillness to re-discover the connections that have been there throughout your life. These are your connections to your higher self, to the Source, to the loving guides who have followed your progress in this physical existence. It is time to lift up the shade and allow the light to shine through.

How do you find your answers? They are within the stillness. The peace you seek is within your breath as you bring in the life force of loving energies and send them back out into your world. Dear One, if you are creator of your world, you are able to change it. For it begins with you.

All of creation is divine. All interactions are sacred. There is abundance for all provided by the Mother. Connections are made through sacred reciprocity, for the results of your actions are mirrors of how you approach your life. Open your eyes to the sacred connections you have with all of creation and move forward with grace and respect for all who cross your path.

Rather than dishonoring the differences among you, embrace them. For it is from the uniqueness of each individual that they will find their gifts, their purpose for being here at this time. And underneath the illusion of separateness, there is a commonality, a connection between all souls. You are all a piece of the Divine, created in love.

Search no more for your answers in the chaos that surrounds you, for the answers come from within. Allow yourself the gift of stillness as part of your daily routine. Understand that change begins with you, that no action is too small or insignificant. For all actions, words or thoughts are magnified greatly if they come from love. Like attracts like and loving kindness will only encourage more of the same.

Dear One, your life has a purpose and it is to re-discover your own divinity. Understanding this will guide you as you move forward. Grace will begin to fill your interactions and your world will begin to lighten as the shadow of fear begins to dissolve.

Change begins with you

In your discovery of who you really are.

Connected to all of creation

Through your energetic vibrations.

Allow your signature glow to emerge

And see how others will follow suit,

Inspired by you and your loving kindness

Dear One With All of Thee.

It’s Hunting Season

hunting season

Deer in Blue Mood by Nicole Gelinas http://www.fineartamerica.com

It’s 6AM and still pitch black outside. I’m outside with the dog on our first walk of the day around the property. I’ve already done my morning meditation and have felt the surge of energies coming in from above. It’s a beautiful morning, not too cold. The moon is just past full and I can see Venus shining in the Southern sky.

As I walk, I do my morning prayers, blessing the world, my property and all of creation. I stop and look at the moon as it begins its descent for the day. And I thank it for sharing its beauty with me. I just stand there soaking up the silence. No planes, no cars, no equipment running and no gunshots. I allow the peace and the moonlit morning to envelop me as I bless the day.

And then I hear it. The gunshot. And it is close. It jars me so much tears begin to flow. Its hunting season here and I live in the country. I have allowed myself to be wide open as I connect with the day and the gunshot rattles me to the core. It’s dark outside and they are not supposed to hunt deer in the dark. I look towards the sound and I can see the red light from the gun through my naked trees. And I hurry back into the house with the dog. Although they are not on my property, they are close.

Last fall they clear cut that land behind my house and I mourned the loss of those magnificent hardwood trees. The noise and dust were overwhelming, and I felt that my space was being invaded.  But the loggers were just doing their job and they were very respectful of me, as much as they could be under the circumstances. Fortunately, I have a little buffer of my own trees before you see the damage done. After it was over, some friends and I did ceremony out there for the lost trees and I felt better.

Now it is deer hunting season and the owner of that land allows hunters to use it. And although I am not a hunter, I understand that the deer need to be culled. I’ve lived through hunting seasons every year that I’ve been on this land. But this year is different because of the clearcut. It’s easier for them to see with the trees gone. I suspect the hunters come in and put down deer corn and just wait, hiding with a clear view of the deer. This year they are hunting closer to my house although they are still within legal limits.

I told myself that when I heard them shoot a deer on Thanksgiving morning as I was preparing the feast for the company coming later that day. But once again it upset me and I had to calm myself down. I could hear the hunter in his glee saying ‘I got it, I got it!’ as I silently blessed the spirit of the deer that was killed. I think it was the buck. I just saw that buck on my land a few weeks ago and I marveled at how handsome he was. At the time I did a silent prayer that he would survive hunting season. I don’t think he did. They came back after dark the next day with an ATV, four of them retrieving the deer carcass.

This is the time of year that tests me. How do I not judge these hunters because I love those deer so much? I try to put myself in their shoes with the adrenaline rush of the hunt and the thrill of the kill. I try to see them ‘just like me’ doing something that they love. And I remind myself that they will be using the meat for food.

But it is hard. All the teachings I share about this life being an illusion come to mind and I am challenged to remember them in my grief. All I can think of doing is to light a candle for the hunted and the hunters. I don’t know these men. They could be my neighbors who would help me in a second if I needed it. Being hunters does not make them bad people.

I think of how the indigenous peoples honored the animals they killed for food. The respect and gratitude expressed for the animal giving its life so that they could survive. I don’t know if these hunters do that or even understand that concept, though I am sure they are grateful for the meat. And so, I do my own ceremony for the cycles of life here upon this land adjacent to mine.

Hunting season ends on January 1st. Another month to go. More time for me to learn to toughen up to this cycle of life. There is a part of me that wants to find that deer corn and pour human urine on it so that the deer don’t eat it. That is my human, visceral response. But is that truly the best response from a spiritual perspective?

Just as I was the one who mourned those magnificent trees that were felled last year, I can also honor the fallen deer as they give up their life’s breath for another’s life. That I can do and will do until this season ends. They will be in my prayers along with the hunters, for we are all one. Even if the hunting causes me distress, we are still all one and don’t I have to walk my talk?

Recognize the Sacred

sacred

http://www.flickr.com momento en la Praia de Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro 2012

You are surrounded by the sacred

For all of creation is sacred.

Every moment in time,

Every interaction,

Every breath you take is sacred.

An expression of the Divine.

Dear One, in order to promote the change that is coming to this world, it is necessary for you to recognize the sacred in all that you see, in all that you do. If all of creation comes with purpose from the Divine, then all of existence is filled with the breath of the Divine.

The human mind, this human existence, has steered you away from the concept that all need to be treated with respect and love. You have lost your way because you have lost your ability to see the Divine in all that cross your path. Every molecule that forms every life form is an extension of the Divine.

This hierarchy of power which your societies have created leads only to dead ends. This external source of perceived power feeds only the Ego, but not the Soul. And the soul is where the true power, the true connection to the All exists.

Both Ego and Soul are necessary for existence here upon this plane. Each serves its purpose in the forward movement of the Universal Being. However, the balance between both no longer exists. One is aware of the connection between all of creation, the other relies only on Self to propel itself forward in competition and judgment.

Sacred connections abound in your daily life, be it with the Mother or with any of her charges. But many of you have forgotten the language to speak, to recognize the sacred interactions that are presented to you. This lack of communication, lack of recognition, has led you astray as you focus more upon individual existence and self-absorption.

Would your life not be much easier with conscious communion with the sacred? Would not acceptance of a community of kindred spirits help you discover and realize your purpose for being? Would you not feel more at peace surrounded by love rather than fear and competition?

It begins with you, Dear One, as you remember the connection, the sacred connection, you have with the All That Is. It has been so very long since life was shared in respect and harmony rather than in judgment and discord. But change is possible and reflection upon these words will help open the channels for change within your very being.

Can you begin to see that the creation of this world had a purpose, and that purpose was one of self-discovery for you and for the Divine that lives within you and all things? For every part of creation is another expression of the multi-facets of the Divine. Sacred existence with sacred purpose for being.

You, Dear One, are on the cusp of an awakening so wondrous that all of creation is watching in anticipation. All want you to succeed and come into better understanding of who you truly are and how you have always been surrounded by love. The time is coming for you to remove the blinders that limit your view of your life and that of your world.

Begin now, at this moment, with a breath of release, a breath of acceptance of the sacredness of your own existence. Do not think yourself unworthy, for how can someone who is a part of the Divine be unworthy?

View your life, your world, your surroundings from a different perspective. See the Divine in all who cross your path, in all that you touch, all that you eat, all that you see. Begin to see the sacred threads of existence that connect you to all of creation. For if you do this, you will change how you interact with your world from this moment on.

Walk in love

See your world through a new lens

Allow the sacredness of the All to surround you

And to guide you forward

With the acceptance

Of your own Divinity

Your own sacredness

Dear One With All of Thee.

 

The Shift

 

There is a shift occurring at this time

To help accelerate the growth of the Universe.

It begins with you and all here upon this plane,

For whatever lessons you learn

Move up through all realms

For the growth of the collective consciousness.

Dear One, be not afraid of the changes coming for you and your physical plane. For they are wondrous and shall accelerate the forward movement of all of creation. Understand the connection between and amongst all and how you shall contribute to the growth of the All That Is.

You are the manifestation of the Divine so that the Divine can experience Itself in all possible facets of being. You, Dear One, are an extension of the Divine and because of this all interactions are sacred. Keep this in mind as you move through your day. Remember this and give gratitude to all who appear before you, be they animal, mineral or plant. For all of creation is an extension of the Divine.

Contrary to what you believe you see, all that has occurred and is occurring upon this plane of existence is a means to an end. And that end is so wondrous, it would take your breath away, should you see it at this time.

Consider, Dear One, how your children often learn best when they are allowed to explore the possibilities and consequences of their actions. Indeed, some consequences do cause suffering, but is that not an important learning moment for them?

So too, for you, as you have been given free will to experience all the possibilities of life here upon this physical plane. If you were allowed only the lightened path, your lessons would have been severely limited.

Is it not through trial and error that you learn what best serves you and your world? Have you not improved upon your own personal creations, should they be creations of art, music or writing? And was not the final product of your creation the result of many perceived failures; failures which taught you much as you moved on to your next creation?

You, Dear One, are the creator of your world and much of your learning is a result of seeing where you do not wish to go, what you do not wish to do or say. The key is that you respond to what you experience in a loving, sacred way through creating a response of a higher vibration than what you have just experienced.

Do not forget that you are the brave soul who chose to be at the forefront of this process of manifesting the Divine in a world of duality. This is one of the greatest challenges for a soul who has had little experience with duality, for it does not exist on most realms. Add to this the challenge of being embodied in a physical form which gives the illusion of separation. Another experience many of you have not had in other realms where love and connection are more apparent.

You are an extension of the Divine, and you are rapidly awakening to the task that lies before you. You are becoming more aware of how the way of living up unto this point no longer works. It is becoming more obvious to you because of the awakening you are experiencing. And that awakening is accelerating and affecting more and more embodied souls every day.

Do not judge harshly those who have shown you what can happen when you do not treat all of creation as sacred. These souls are here to show you one side of the arc of the pendulum. Their presence has been necessary to encourage you to seek another way, a way that resonates with your divinity and essence of loving kindness.

Move forward and choose to help bring the arc of the pendulum back to center. For in this world of duality, neither extreme is optimal. Only when centered in perfect balance between light and dark, will the pendulum of experience upon this physical plane be in the most perfect position.

Dear One, be joyful for the shift that is coming, that is beginning as we speak. Be not afraid, for you are more powerful than you realize and the numbers of those awakening will grow exponentially. Reach out to those around you. Teach those who are just opening their eyes and their hearts. Learn from those who are further ahead on the path, here to show you the way forward.

You are not alone. You have never been alone.

You are but one manifestation

Of the many facets of the Divine.

Here to experience and share

All the lessons learned by you, the courageous ones.

Who chose a life in an unfamiliar world of duality.

Awaken, Dear One, to your true nature

And allow the shift to encompass all.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Letting Go

Your life is filled with experiences

Both joyful and sad.

Remember them all with gratitude

For they have brought you

To the place where you now stand

In all of your wisdom and glory.

Dear One, because this life is meant to be experiential, you have had a plethora of interactions and situations in your life for the purpose of your own spiritual growth. Many seem insignificant while others appear to be important relationships, yet in truth, all have equal value in your forward movement.

For each has taught you something, about yourself or another, about how you wish to live your life, or perhaps how you choose not to live your life. Every person who crosses your path has a potential lesson for you to learn. Can you honor each one with gratitude for the offering extended to you?

Synchronicity plays an important role in your forward progress. The complexity of the web of connection is too vast for your human brain to understand. But there is an ebb and a flow, just as you see spiderwebs moving in the breeze. So too, does the web of connection move and pulse with information, with energies flowing back and forth between and among all of creation.

The experiences that you have had were meant to allow you opportunities for growth. And if you can review those experiences as a neutral observer, you will see the interplay between all concerned. During your life you have touched many others and will continue to do so while you complete your time upon this physical plane.

Dear One, can you move forward in love and release the emotional ties that you have to the past? For they now just exist within your mind and often memories are skewed by emotion. What matters is the present, the now, and how you move through this moment in time.

Forgiveness, compassion, gratitude and non-judgment are important for letting go of past events. For each of these requires you to vibrate at a higher frequency. As the energies continue to rise upon this plane, you will be more comfortable if you can adopt this way of seeing your world.

You chose to be here at this time of transition and how you respond to your current life will help move this process forward. Can you take a breath and send only love out to all who have crossed your path? Can you cease to re-act with emotion to circumstances in your life? This does not mean that you should suppress the emotion. In fact, to embrace it and send it love is the best way to move through it.

Pain is a part of this physical life, but how much that pain causes you to suffer is your choice. Remember that you are not alone in experiencing sadness or pain. Can you embrace that pain and pay attention to what it is teaching you? Seek help, of course, if that is necessary. But do not mask it with a smile in an attempt to ignore its existence.

You are a child of the Universe and loved unconditionally. You have the support of the All of Creation behind your every step, your every breath. Understand, Dear One, that all is well in your world. You are alive, you are breathing and you are capable of creating change in your immediate world and beyond.

It begins with love and only love. That is your sword of light to use as you move through this day and every day. It is more powerful than you realize and yet so gentle to use. Send out love, Dear One. And include yourself as you realize how far you have come on your personal path.

Your presence in this world has made a positive difference in the lives of many. Release and let go of what has come before this moment and focus on allowing your brilliant light to shine, sending love to all.

There will be a time when you will understand why you have had the experiences you have had. Until then, trust that you are gently being led forward by the soft breath of the Divine. It exists around you and within you, for All of Creation comes from the same Source.

Honor this day with love.

Honor your past with love

And release it to the ethers.

For lessons abound in every step you take.

Not only for you

But for the All

Dear One With All of Thee.

Acceptance or Control

Without viewing the situation

From a higher perspective

How can you know the best outcome?

How can you understand why something occurs

If you have such a limited view

Of your world, of your life?

Dear One, there is a time for simply accepting what is occurring in your life with grace and with love. The human mind, ego, wishes to control all aspects of your life, when that is not possible. The web of connection affects the forward movement of all of creation. Even when you may view it as a step backward.

You have been given free will for the purpose of learning and self-discovery. And, indeed, there are consequences for the choices that you have made as you continue on your personal journey. But do not underestimate the connection of all of creation and the interplay of lives throughout the entirety of existence.

This world of illusion encourages you to believe that you alone are the navigator of your life. You do not always understand that choices you have made, as minor as they might appear to you, affect the all of existence. Every breath that you take sends your essence out into the world and beyond. And so, we ask, is that a breath of love or one of fear?

Do not discount the synchronicities in your life. These are the moments in time when your higher self, when the guides who watch over you, are gently guiding you forward towards an outcome of personal growth and inner peace.

These physical bodies continue to add to the illusion that you are alone, a single entity moving through this world, driven only by your own decisions and actions. When in fact, the web of connection pulls you forward in ways so subtle that you feel in complete control of your life.

The purpose of this physical existence is to help with the growth of the collective consciousness. And the goal from the beginning of this existence has been to succeed with a unique form of growth only possible on this learning plane. Understand that there are legions of beings who are gently moving each and every one of you forward to a place of loving kindness.

Of course, your free will allows you to accept or reject the guidance offered to you daily. And there is no punishment or judgment should you choose not to listen to the gentle guidance given to you. There is of course, cause and effect, and so your actions always have consequences. Yet, from a higher perspective, all consequences are opportunities for growth, not only for you, but for the All. For any lessons that you learn during this earthly existence are passed onward and upward to other realms of being.

And so, we say to you once again, that you are never alone, that you are never abandoned. In fact, for those who are more sensitive, you will become aware of more and more beings surrounding you in loving embrace.

Can you begin to be more mindful of how you move through your day? Can you begin to see the effect of negative words or actions on you or on others? Can you begin to accept that the best way for you to move forward is in love, and only in love?

Dear One, accept that which you cannot change and understand that often there is a higher purpose for a situation which you cannot see from your perspective. Ask for guidance daily and look for the response to be given in a way which is most gentle and appropriate for you. It may be through nature, through a child, through a song or just an AHA moment as you are doing a mindless activity.

Do not feel as if you are being punished or judged. Move forward with compassion for others and for yourself. Choose peace over chaos. Choose love over fear. Choose acceptance and be receptive to the guidance offered to you daily.

You are on a path of self-discovery

And your path affects all of creation.

You are being guided through synchronicity.

And you are encouraged to choose love.

Only love.

Every day, with every breath.

For you are love incarnate

Created in love.

Dearest One With All of Thee.

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