What is This Life?

What is this life you live

Here upon this physical plane?

For what purpose do you exist?

And how do you know

If you have succeeded?

Dear One, you were created in love, are a creature of love and are embraced by love with every breath that you take. Your personal challenges are just lessons presented to you in order for you to discover your inner strength; your connections with others; and the help available to you if only you call for it.

Your challenges were never meant to be taken on in solitude. Though often times of solitude bring you the inner awareness to better understand yourself and others. The challenges that present themselves to you can be seen in many ways and it is up to you to choose how you view them.

Challenges are opportunities, for growth and self-discovery, not only for your own personal growth, but for the growth of the All. Dear One, you are an extension of the Divine Source of All That Is. And it is through your learning that the All, the Source, also experiences self-discovery and growth. It may seem outrageous to some to consider this concept, but realize that nothing that exists is stagnant. And that includes the One, the Source of All That Is.

If you did not have reasons for personal reflection and growth, there would be no need for you to have embodied on this physical plane. The Mystery Schools present themselves to many in different planes of existence, in different ways of being. And here upon this physical plane you are able to get a taste of the power of pure love and connection.

There are many levels of learning. And this physical plane is only one of countless forms of existence which allow the expansion of the Universal Being. You are a part of the All. We have told you this many times. And we understand that the very nature of physical embodiment makes it difficult to accept this connection which you have with the All of Existence.

Your scientists have proven the existence of energy. You have felt it yourself and many have understood the exchange of energies which can help or hinder another. Know that the true nature of this plane is one of goodness and love. How can it be anything else when created by the Divine Source?

What this plane is experiencing at this point in time is the result of your free will. For you have been given this in order to test the waters, just as a babe tests her abilities as she grows more confident each day. Whatever occurs here upon this plane is valuable for the collective consciousness. And there are many from other realms observing how you navigate this challenging form of existence.

Know that all are cheering you on and are willing to help and guide you forward to overcome the feelings of inadequacy, powerlessness and fear. Contemplating your life here prior to embodiment, many thought it would be an easy task. But the human condition has many alluring features which can lead you astray from your original conceptions of physical life. The web of connection between all of existence is very complex and unexplainable in your ways of speaking. But understand that many are here to be catalysts for change, to urge you to take actions you may not have taken without these souls here to challenge your way of being.

It is easy to become complacent in your life because of many of the beliefs which you hold about life and what is necessary for successful living. Many souls have chosen to experience severe challenges to encourage you to act with compassion and love. Honor those souls who came into being knowing that they would suffer for the purpose of the greatest good. And remember that this physical existence is but a single breath in an eternal life of being and learning and loving.

Dear One, do not doubt yourself or what you are capable of accomplishing here upon this physical plane. Many are led to ‘greatness’ or leadership. But a simple life lived with love and faith and service is also a life of greatness. Cease your judgment of others, no matter what they do. Instead, learn from them. Ask yourself, ’What can I learn from this person and how they live their life?’

For each and every one of you has something to teach another, be it how to live or how not to live. Embrace the impermanence of this physical existence while understanding that you make a difference with every breath that you take. For you, Dear One, are holy. All of life, of creation, is sacred. No longer walk in fear. Follow your inner guidance and feel the joy of your existence here upon this physical plane.

Engage all of your senses

As you experience your life here.

Cease judgment

And seek knowledge

From all who cross your path.

And know that you are a teacher yourself

With every breath that you take.

You are loved and admired beyond measure

For the decision to be here upon this plane.

Dear, dear One With All of Thee.

Much gratitude to thee.

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Unconditional Love

Is it possible to love another

Unconditionally?

Is it possible to love yourself

Unconditionally,

With compassion for all?

Dear One, this world offers challenges daily to the concept of unconditional love. How can you love another unconditionally when you disagree with their words or actions? How can you have compassion and unconditional love for yourself when you do not live up to your own expectations of perfection? Ah, how to accept this life as a training ground for personal growth?

Many of you train your physical body. You understand that it takes repetition and dedication to build a stronger body. And yet, when it comes to your own personal growth, if you fail on the first attempt, you belittle and judge yourself and others. You expect that personal learning should be instantaneous, not requiring repetition and conscious attempts at change.

Personal growth requires being given the same scenario multiple times until you are able to move forward with compassion and unconditional love; for yourself and others. In fact, you often unconsciously choose to associate with those who can offer you the biggest lesson. People who are similar to those in your past from whom you did not learn this lesson. Reflect upon this.

The universe will provide you with many opportunities for growth, not only as an individual, but also as a collective. This physical world is smaller than you might think, when compared to the entirely of being. This means that it is possible for the same lesson to be offered to all who exist upon this physical plane. Remember that all are connected, all are one.

Consider the common challenges across the globe and how many mirror the personal challenges each of you has in your own life. Your actions, small as you might see them, can have an effect on the entire world. And it begins with how you see yourself, how you treat yourself, how you love yourself.

Can you move forward in your own life having compassion for yourself and not judging yourself so harshly when perceived failures occur? Can you not see them as another opportunity to move forward? Can you step back and ask what you have learned (for indeed, you always learn something) and see the perceived failure as forward movement?

Remember that synchronicity will provide you with opportunities to try again. They might be opportunities to act as a benevolent catalyst for another. Conversely others may act as a catalyst for your own personal growth. By recognizing this, your anger or judgment towards them may abate. It is all connected, Dear One, and gratitude rather than judgment is the response of one who has seen this connection.

Becoming more aware of these connections will help you to grow more towards a life of unconditional love and compassion. All who exist upon this physical plane are here to learn a personal lesson. But all are also here to learn a collective lesson. The pendulum swings back and forth as more awaken to the truth of their existence here upon this plane.

Dear One, take the time to talk to others who see the world differently than you do. Rather than judge them, look closer and you will see the commonality between you both. Offer loving kindness rather than judgment and anger. And trust that all is unfolding as it should. This is a time of many opportunities for growth for you individually and for all collectively.

Remember the connection between all beings not only here upon your physical plane, but across other realms of existence. The lessons you learn individually also affect the collective here and into infinity. Can you begin to move towards unconditional love and compassion even during challenging times? It appears a tall order and yet, it can be so simple.

The solution is love.

And it begins with you.

Show yourself more compassion

And less judgment.

Remember the Divine lives within all.

And that the trials offered you

May be the most generous gift of all.

Dear One With All of Thee.

The Embodiment of Love

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Love is not intangible

For you are love

Every breath you take exudes love,

Shares love between all of creation

And Thee.

Dear One, search not for love outside of thyself, for thee is love incarnate. And thee is one with all. And all of creation is the embodiment of love. Every cell in your body, every breath that you take, all come from love. For, in truth, that is all there is.

The human existence requires an illusion of duality in order for growth. For without challenges, your time here upon this plane would be unnecessary. Your true nature, the memories seated deep within you, belong to love. And to love is where you shall return after this physical journey is complete.

The mind is necessary for existing in a physical realm. How to function, how to solve a problem, how to survive in the harsh environment often present on this physical plane. For your human form is very fragile and the mind is meant to be used to provide ways to live comfortably on this physical journey.

But the mind has caused much suffering also. It remembers harsh words, compares levels of success and abundance and creates worry about past or future events. Indeed, planning is necessary for survival and reflection can help the process of personal growth. But the mind can take you only so far and the heart is where your true essence lies. And it has been overshadowed by the activity of the mind.

Love exists in your heart and can permeate your mind if allowed. As your species has grown over the centuries here upon this plane, the mind has been able to take you only so far. And it has led you astray, away from the power of your heart. Intuition, faith and trust, the loving connection between all living beings resides within your heart.

Mind takes you to the past or the future. Heart keeps you in the present. Mind calculates, compares and criticizes. Heart offers loving kindness. Mind worries about possibilities which may never occur in the future. Heart trusts that all will unfold exactly as it should. Mind requires words. Heart is able to send love with only a breath, a touch or through an energetic exchange.

Come back to your heart when love is embodied. We do not speak of the physical heart, but of the heart center, the energetic source of love within you all. That center does exist very near the physical heart area of your body and can work through your very being. You have felt the energy there and have described it as being ‘heartbroken’ or having your ‘heart swell with joy.’

Come back to your heart and begin to use the power of love which lies there. Allow mind to receive pulses of energy from your heart to soften the hardened crust of jealousy and judgment. The answers which you seek come from your heart. Do not follow mind’s search outside of yourself. Do not accept mind’s beliefs that all are not worthy of your love. Your heart knows that all are connected in love and that the search ends within your heart.

Can you make this shift and begin to listen to your heart’s song? So many are unsatisfied and unfulfilled with what mind has told them. Try then, listening to your heart instead. Trust and release fear of the future. Forgive the past and give gratitude for the challenges which brought you to where you stand today. Dear One, you are so much stronger than you think. You have more abundance than you see. And you have more power in creating your world, your future, than you realize.

It begins with allowing love to emerge from its imprisonment by the intellect of the mind. Be once more like a child, and view your world with wonder and awe. Replace judgment with compassion, anger with gratitude and fear with love. You are ready for this. The time is now to take a chance with love.

Go within and find the truth.

All the answers you seek are there.

Focus on what your heart speaks

And allow it to guide you forward.

You have reached the turning point

And the solution is love

Only love,

Dear One with All of Thee.

Walking the Tightrope of Life

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It is a balance, this life you lead

Between love and fear,

Between worry and pure abandon.

How do you remain centered

In the midst of chaos?

Dear One, you are pulled in many directions on this personal journey of yours. There are so many opportunities to choose fear over love or to worry needlessly about perceived failures, yours and others. How can you navigate this maze of emotions, misperceptions and challenges?

It begins with love and acceptance. It continues with healing breath and ends with gratitude; gratitude for the lesson, for the opportunity, and for the support, seen and unseen, which brought you to this end.

As you move through your day, your life, do not forget the unseen forces who travel with you wherever you go. They are with you at every turn you take, gently guiding you forward to a destination at which your magnificence will shine.

The first step is to pause and pull in the love of the Universe. Breathe in the loving calm offered to you with that cleansing breath. Turn off the recording which plays in your mind, over and over, falsely pointing out the failure, the misdeed or the cause for worry. Choose peace instead and counteract this recording with your own mantra, I choose peace.

When you reach a calmer state, review the cause of your distress and look for the lesson in it. Is it a check on how far you have come in changing an unwanted pattern from long ago? Are you looking at it objectively or from the perspective of your wounded soul? Seek out help from those who know you so well, from those who can help you pull back the blinders allowing you to see more clearly.

You are not alone on this journey and are not expected to walk this path alone. The truth is that unseen forces are helping to orchestrate the lessons you chose to learn in this lifetime. This is done by putting people in your life who will help you move forward, either by creating the tension, or by helping you work through it to the solution.

None of this is done with malice, only with love. For you are the courageous one to have come here to this physical plane to learn and share the lessons placed before you. Dear One, self-discovery requires courage and patience, with yourself and with others. For every interaction is a potential lesson for all involved, should they choose to learn it.

Can you move from a place of self-doubt or self-judgment to one of peace and gratitude? We are here to help you. Just call upon us. Why would you choose to walk this path alone when there is so much help available to you? You are worthy of this help, this unconditional love, which we offer you at all times.

Allow your life to unfold as it was meant to unfold. Understand that challenging situations are there for you to learn, to check your progress and how you might change your perception. There is no punishment, no judgment involved. The only judgment comes from you, as you continue to seek perfection from yourself or others. Dear One, if perfection were the goal, your time on this plane would be endless. For perfection is impossible in the human condition.

Your heroes, those to whom you look for inspiration, all have trials and tribulations. They all struggle. They all have set-backs. The difference is in how they perceive these challenges, in how much time they spend holding onto negative thoughts and self-judgment. It requires practice. It requires faith. It requires surrendering to the imperfections within themselves and this physical world.

You, Dear One, are exactly where you need to be at this moment. You have made immense strides on this journey to get to this point in your life. You have been the catalyst for change, for the learning of others, just by being who you really are, a Divine being on a physical journey.

Choose peace.

Accept help from those who love you, seen and unseen.

Know that your life upon this plane is of great importance

And that you have helped others on their journeys

Just by being who you really are.

One With All of Thee.

Prayer and Trust

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How do you pray?

Is it motivated by fear or by love?

Can you trust that the outcome will be

Exactly as it should?

Dear One, the world needs your positive input, your blessings and your support. Your prayers are always heard and are projected out into the ethers surrounding you and beyond. You are never alone, you are never abandoned and you are never punished for perceived indiscretions.

Can you begin to trust that your life, your world, is unfolding as it should in order to lead you forward toward your individual greatness and growth? This day we wish to guide you in how to put your most positive intentions out into the ethers. For many of you do not understand the workings of the Universe.

It begins with love and with trust that all will be well. It includes gratitude and understanding that all prayers should be ‘for the highest good’. Otherwise, since all are connected, the outcome you desire may come at the expense of another.

Can you trust that perceived set-backs are indeed the beginning of the path to greatness? How often did you wish for a certain outcome that never occurred? And yet, in retrospect, you were able to see how your desire would not have been the best course for you or for another.

The human perspective is limited and filtered through human emotion. Suffering is often the impetus for change. The human spirit is quite powerful, yet unrealized for its greatness. And suffering is a part of the human condition. For without personal challenges, your time here upon this earthly plane, would be for naught.

We say to you again, that love surrounds you, love supports you and love encourages you to reach higher than you thought possible. In times of distress, know that we surround you with our loving embrace and have not turned away from you. In truth, we are right there by your side, ready to help the moment you call upon us.

The words you put out into the ethers during prayer are not as important as the feelings you project. If you wish for peace, start the process by feeling peace within and projecting it out into the world.

If you desire healing for yourself or another, see the recipient of your prayers already healed. Send positive energies, see strength and power, rather than weakness, in need of help.

For although compassion is the motivation, seeing another as a victim surrounds them with negative energies. Instead, lift up their vibrations by seeing their strength and their personal power navigating them through their current challenges. Surround them in loving light, see them whole and healed, filled with love and peace of mind.

Gratitude, as well, projects out into the ethers a higher, rather than a lower vibration. Give gratitude for future events, as if they have already occurred. When you enter your vehicle, give thanks for getting to your destination and back safely. When you rise from your resting place in the mornings, give gratitude for a most wonderful day ahead. The ethers that surround you reflect back to you what you feel. If you walk in fear, you will see only fear. But if you walk in love and gratitude, your life will be filled with joy and peace of mind.

The complexity of existence is more than the human mind can comprehend. Even when you return to us, you will comprehend only as much as you are prepared to receive. Growth, Dear One, is a continuous process. It does not end after you leave your physical body. It only continues on another plane, a destination which you choose when you are ready to move forward again.

Dear One, we encourage you to walk through your day with loving kindness. Project out into the universe a world of love and joy. See others in all of their strength and power. And understand that all challenges are opportunities for you to realize the strength that resides within you.

Send blessings out into your world. Do this throughout your day. Give gratitude for gentle strength, love and joy in all who cross your path. It begins with you, Dear One.

See your own strength in your connection with the All.

Understand the power of your thoughts and feelings.

Rise above any perceived notions of failure or weakness.

You are a part of the Source of All of Creation.

Dear One, fill your world with light and love.

It begins with you.

Surrender

 

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Do not fight against the current.

Instead, allow it to take you where you need to go

The destination may surprise you

And be more glorious than you ever imagined.

Dear One, the inclination is to work towards the outcome which you think is necessary, right and appropriate. However, you do not see your life from the higher perspective as we do. You are limited by the human mind, which does not know all the wondrous possibilities available to you. Can you surrender and trust that your path is on a trajectory to greatness; to coming into your power, which continues to lie dormant in so many still, upon this physical plane?

The trials, the frustrations, the disappointments that occur in your life may seem to keep you from moving forward in the fashion you feel is best for you. When in fact, it is these challenges that steer you on your path to greatness. Reflection upon what happens, forgiveness and blessings for all involved provides opportunities for the unlimited love within you to emerge, even in the most trying of times.

Can you be that loving individual in times of stress? It is much easier to be calm and gentle when life appears to be unfolding in a most positive and uneventful way. But what do you learn during these times of easy living? The true lessons come when you are challenged by unanticipated events, which might affect your planned timeline for your day, your week, your lifetime. Are you able to be as calm and forgiving during stressful times? The answer is that yes, you can. But it takes reflection and practice.

Dear One, instead of fighting with such emotion to have your life evolve in a certain fashion, can you instead move through these challenging times with a calmer demeanor? Can you send love out into the world, send blessings to all and continue to treat all with respect and kindness, rather than with anger and frustration? Your world does not need more fear and anger. It yearns for more loving kindness and gentleness.

It begins with you and how you move through your immediate world. For just as the stone thrown into a body of water creates concentric circles, so too, does your internal emotional state send out waves of energy from your core. Can you send out love instead of anger? Can you send out blessings for all; the victims, the perpetrators and the observers? All would be served by receiving loving energy instead of fear and anger. This includes the observers who try to make sense of a world exhibiting such fear at this time.

Everyone here upon this plane was created in love and has unlimited love within them. Everyone. And everyone is affected by their environment, be it one of fear or one of love. Can you be the one to radiate love, trust and faith in humankind? It begins with you, in how you view those personal challenges present in your life. Can you step back and surrender to these challenges, with the faith that all will unfold in the most perfect way?

As you learn to calm those emotions of frustration and anger, to acknowledge them, bless them and then release them in love, you will begin to do this in a broader sense, with others in your world. Dear One, you are capable of so much more than you realize. Start now, at this very moment. Understand that those internal feelings of fear, when transmuted to love, will provide opportunities for change in your life, wondrous change that will affect others.

Begin today. Release those grudges, those judgments, those fears. Replace them instead with forgiveness and loving kindness, towards yourself and others. Create an environment of love, rather than one of fear and anger. You can still promote change in a loving manner. For there is much power in love, more so than in fear. It begins with you, Dear One.

Sit, reflect and bless, yourself and others. Send out waves of loving kindness rather than fear or anger. Understand that the current of life is taking you exactly where you need to go in order to reach your greatest heights. Allow the currents to steer you forward and instead of complaining, be still and observe how you are reacting. Choose to come from your heart and have faith that all is well.

Choose peace. Breathe peace in and out with every breath.

Choose love. Breathe love in and out with every breath.

What happens next may surprise you, Dear One.

Allow the power within to emerge in its gentlest way.

You are One with the Source of All That Is; a reservoir of pure light and love.

Shine, love and change the world.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Personal Musings

My computer died a few days ago. And so, I am in the library posting this weekly blog. I decided that instead of the usual message, I would get more personal and tell you a bit about my summer.

As many of you know, I am a blueberry farmer and we just finished an eight and a half week season, picking over 3800 pounds of berries. It was a bumper crop this year, despite an artic freeze this spring, when the temps went down to 10 degrees, very rare for North Carolina. Some blueberry farms a little south of me didn’t even open this year because of it. I suspect that their blossoms were further opened than mine, making them more vulnerable to the cold.

Why am I telling you these two things? Because as I reflect upon the past few months, I realize that any worry I may have had was needless. While other farmers scurried to protect their blossoms during that cold snap, I just called upon the fairies to protect my crop. I envisioned a warm blanket over them. I knew it was possible that I wouldn’t have any berries this summer. But not worrying about the outcome and trusting that all would be well, was the best thing I could do. (And honestly, I still do not excel at being free from worry, but I’m working hard on that!!)

The day my computer died, my morning meditation gave me the message that ‘all is well, not to worry’. I reflect upon that and wonder if I was being prepared for the upcoming challenge with the computer. They know me so well, my Tovarysh! But on the bright side, I got through my blueberry season with a functioning computer. And we were able to retrieve all the data from the failing hard drive. I may be without  connection for a few days, but maybe that is what I need as my body begins to recover from the season.

Do I still have a lot of farm work? You bet! But the pace will be slower as I transition from farmer to writer/teacher in the off-season. I can continue to watch the twin fawns come and go in the blueberry patch. There is a young buck too, a beautiful boy, who is part of the herd of deer who feast daily in that blueberry patch. Rabbits, too, who freeze at the sight of my dog. Lucky for them, she is getting older and no longer has the speed to catch them, though she gives it her best try.

The tobacco farmers near me are gearing up to harvest, as I am winding down. I always love this time, when I know that hard work is behind me and there is a massage waiting for me in the near future.

If there is one thing that farming has taught me, it is that I am not in control, and going with the flow is the path of least resistance. Mother Nature has taught me so much about the cycles of life. I feel so much a part of this natural world. I feel loved and protected and connected to something much larger than myself.

Thank you so much for following this blog. Hopefully, next week we will be back on-line. If not, I’ll use my imagination to come up with another way. Till then, allow yourself to be free.

Give yourself a respite from worry and fear. Believe me, I’m there with you, being given opportunities for growth daily.

Be well, My Dear Readers. Sending you all loving thoughts, my fellow travelers, on this physical journey.

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