Growing Pains

 

Just as physical growth

May cause some discomfort

So too, spiritual growth

May do the same.

But know the end result will be wondrous.

Dear One, growth comes with its own process and often discomfort. Spiritual learning may cause you to reflect upon issues long buried deep within your being. And it is the brave soul who allows these issues to percolate and emerge for reflection and release.

The human psyche is well developed to allow you to move forward despite many hurts or disappointments. And often this is done by burying those feelings so that you are able to survive the moment and carry on.

But eventually, especially if you have opened to your spiritual path, these long-forgotten feelings must be brought to the surface to be faced with love and forgiveness. For they sub-consciously affect how you walk through your world even though you do not remember them. What was initiated as a protective measure for you may become an anchor holding you back from further progress upon your path.

It takes courage and faith to allow these feelings to surface and we encourage you to seek help or counsel if you are struggling with what is emerging. It is a part of the process of the cleansing of the soul which will allow more light to emerge as a result.

Dear One, if this is happening to you, it means you are ready, you are strong enough, you have the support to allow this process to continue. Trust in yourself and do not attempt to over-analyze what is occurring. It is more helpful to focus upon what you are feeling rather than what your mind is thinking. For the human condition in many cultures encourages thinking over feeling. And it is time to recognize your feelings and allow them to be heard.

The world is changing, the universe is expanding, and all sentient beings are affected by what is occurring. There are many upon this plane who are very aware of this and who are working very hard to help others to raise their vibrations to ease any discomfort these changes bring to them.

If you are struggling, reach out to others whom you trust. If you have come to the other side of those growth spurts, reach out to those who are confused about what is occurring in their lives. Remember, all are connected. And as one person works through long-forgotten issues, all others gain. This is because you all have similar issues, with varying degrees of intensity, but still they are universal across the human condition.

As you continue to grow, and indeed you will and are growing, love and compassion will become a more natural response to incidents which occur in your life. This includes self-love and self-realization of how far you have come in this earthly life of yours.

It will include compassion for others as you begin to reflect upon the common traits of the human condition and how the spectrum is affected by the level of personal awakening of each person. You will begin to reflect upon how you speak to others, how you listen to others and how you act toward others.

This is in your future, Dear One. But it requires effort on your part, and some discomfort, as discomfort usually goes hand-in-hand with growth. However, you must remember that you are not alone in this. Many others are experiencing the same as you. And you have much help available to you from both the seen and the unseen worlds. Reach out; either for help or to give help. It is all connected and each person’s progress will affect you also.

You are a being of light

Brave enough to live in a world of duality

Where the lessons can be challenging

But not insurmountable.

Help surrounds you

Reach out and take it.

For you are loved and respected

Beyond measure

Dearest One With All of Thee.

 

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The Wonder of It All

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When did you last look upon your surroundings

Through the eyes of a child?

When did you last take a deep breath

And notice the aroma that fills the air?

When did you last tell someone

You loved them?

Dear One, this physical journey is often seen as a trial and a challenge to just make it through another day. But it is also a gift beyond measure. And every day you are in the presence of greatness, be it Mother Nature or other people in your life. And if you remember what we have told you before, you are a part of this greatness, connected to all of creation.

You are not living this life alone. Your fears are felt by others. Your joys are felt by others. The energetic connection between all allows this to occur. Those of you who are very sensitive are already much aware of this phenomenon. For others, just awakening, you have not yet discovered this connection across lives, across miles, across dimensions.

You are the wonder of connection who can contribute either chaos or serenity to the world and beyond. You can choose to disagree in the most belligerent of ways, or you can calmly embrace the connection between you and all things.

Of course, you have a right to your opinion. Although connected, you are also an individual soul with your own personality. But remember that all sentient beings come from the same Source and will return to the same Source. This physical plane is an opportunity for you to stretch your proverbial wings and explore your strengths and weaknesses.

You, each and every one of you, have a unique gift to share with this world. The question is ‘how will you share it?’ Will it be to unite with compassion or to divide with vitriol and anger?

It begins with love, Dear One. And it ends in love. It is that simple. What happens in between is your choice on how you move through this wondrous place of learning.

We ask you once again to remember that all of your thoughts, words and deeds move out into the world, into the cosmos, affecting all with the energetic imprint you have sent with them. You do not realize the power that you have to contribute to this world and its way of being. We are here to tell you that you affect all sentient beings every moment of the day by of how you are in those moments.

This is not to cause you distress if you are already feeling depressed or alone. For indeed, there is much love surrounding you, love being sent to you from the awakened ones whom you have never met. Accept this love and understand that there is always help available to you, that you are worthy of this love, no matter what your past or present.

You are connected by an invisible wave of energy that ebbs and flows with each breath you take. And you can make a difference by sending out positive energy, by sending out love into this world and beyond.

All that is in your presence is vibrating, even what you perceive as inanimate objects. For you live in a field of energy that affects you daily. This energy is most beneficial when it can move and flow around you. This is why you often have the urge to get rid of the old, of that which no longer serves you. This is why certain objects affect you in a certain way, either positive or negative, depending on the charge, the memories, they might ignite within you.

Dear One, it is time to reassess how you move through this world of wonder. Can you remove that which no longer serves you? Can you move with grace, compassion and love whether or not you are in agreement with another? Can you begin to realize how others are affected by your energies and you by the energies around you?

You are a source of light

Contained within a physical form.

This is a journey of self-discovery for you.

In a world filled with wonder and love.

The negativity can be changed

By you.

With each breath, with each step

Send love to all.

And to yourself

Dear One With All of Thee.

My Deer Ones

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Deer hunting season in North Carolina ended on January 1st and I’m always happy to see it go. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that the deer population needs to be culled and many hunters do it responsibly and with respect. It is just hard for me to hear the gunshots or a pack of hunting dogs on a scent behind my property. I cannot think of anything more terrifying to a deer that a pack of dogs on its trail.

I know that some take refuge in a certain area of my land at night and I bless them in the morning when I see where they have bedded down. The truth is that I love these magnificent creatures and consider them MY deer.

These are the ones who come onto my land in the spring and leave their fawn for safekeeping as the doe go off to feed. I have come across these young, speckled fawn over the years. Once when I was quietly pruning blueberries, I almost stepped on one nestled in between the blueberry bushes.

Another fawn had a particularly challenging start to its life when my dog found it untended in the woods. I heard this scream and looked up to find a very young fawn being pulled out of the woods by my lab. No! You cannot kill Bambi!, I thought, and ran over to get my dog off of it. Separated and unharmed, the poor little fawn wobbled off down the slope to get away from this canine. I knew mom would find it and took the dog in the house.

A few weeks later, once again, I was outside working and heard that scream again. Sure enough, my dog grabbed that fawn for a second time. It was now a little older and stronger and after I separated them, it lay there panting for a few moments before it got up and calmly returned to the safety of the woods. Another close call for Bambi, but saved. I like to think my dog just wanted a playmate, but I also understand her hunting instinct and take no chances.

And yes, the story is not quite over. This fawn appeared once more a few weeks later. I noticed the mother first, grazing on the grass. Then I saw the fawn, much larger with fewer spots. It saw us too, but this time it just tossed its head and gracefully pranced out of range of the dog who found it twice before. I just laughed with the knowledge that it survived at least into its adolescent years.

They come, first one or two and then in larger groups into the blueberry patch to feed in summer. Does bring their fawns, some with twins, some accompanied by a buck. I don’t worry about it. There are enough berries for all of us. I realize that I am not the owner of this land, only the steward. And I am also not the only creature to call it home.

One summer, I watched three deer walk into the blueberry patch to feed. I went out onto the porch and whistled. All three deer came out of the patch, stood in a row with ears peaked, looking over at me. I could just hear them saying to me, ‘What? Can’t you see that we are feeding?’ I told them that I was just about to come out with the dog and thought it would be best if they left. And they did, begrudgingly. I’m sure they came back later to continue their dinner when they could do so undeterred by the ‘guard’ dog.

And so the cycle begins once more. Those who survived the hunt will return and leave their fawn for safe-keeping as they go off to feed. Later in the summer, I will see blue scat in the blueberry patch as they continue to enjoy the blueberries. Another year of living in harmony with MY deer on the farm.

Community

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You are a part of a Community of One

One with All That Is.

It is from this community

That you receive your support

And your lessons.

Honor it and all who are a part of it.

Dear One, you do not stand alone here on your personal journey. You never have. For you are a part of an infinite Community of One. This community is composed of all of creation, all sentient beings, who exist here in your physical realm and beyond. And it is from this community that you draw your knowledge, your support and your lessons.

It is necessary to remind you of this connection as your world appears to becoming more polarized, more judgmental and more biased. You have a role to play in this transformation, either in supporting this discourse which is occurring, or in helping to stop the downward spiral which immobilizes so many.

You, Dear One, you, chose to be here upon this physical plane at this momentous time of change and transformation. You chose to be a part of this, to be physically present, so that you could interject your influence upon the outcome of this time of transition.

Every breath, every action you take, will contribute to the forward movement of life upon this physical plane and subsequently of the collective consciousness. Do not hide from this truth. Do not allow yourself to be cowered into inaction. You have much more power than you realize and we are here to help galvanize you into rising into your own personal power.

Individual challenges allow you to grow personally. Upon reflection, many of you will acknowledge that the times which were your most trying, were also the times that encouraged you to draw upon that latent strength within and allow you to face head-on that which you first feared. The result was empowering and often surprising as you often do not recognize the depth of your connection with the power, the knowledge, of the All.

Dear One, open your hearts, open your minds, and come into every situation with curiosity and confidence that you will always be shown the solution to any conflict that presents itself. Observe and be still as you allow your intuition, that connection with the All, to access the situation and offer possible actions to resolve what troubles you most.

Understand that the Community of One has incredible power and unlimited potential, more than any individual can offer. And understand that you are a member, a contributor to this vast well of knowledge and strength that is shared across infinity. Do not doubt your involvement with this community as you are a lifetime member.

You have spent time in realms beyond this physical one you currently inhabit. And communication is different in each and every one of these realms. You have experienced communication in more ways than the physical languages you use today. And it is with these other forms of communication that you can reach others upon this physical plane who are unable to hear you with their physical receptors.

Allow the memories of these existences to slowly emerge as you see the commonality that exists between all races, all genders, all species here upon this physical plane. The Community of One was built on love. It draws its strength from the existence of love. And it communicates best through the language, the energy of love.

Send love, Dear Ones, send love to all who walk upon your sphere of existence. Send love out into the ethers to travel far and wide, encompassing all, reaching into all corners and crevices where fear hides. Send love to raise the vibration of this physical plane to better allow higher planes of existence to support you in your forward progress.

The realms are coalescing and the friction resulting from this will cause strife until an equilibrium is reached. And that equilibrium will be reached quicker if you do your part to help raise the vibrations by inculcating loving energy into every fabric of life here upon this physical plane.

You are indeed an integral part of the Community of One.

Your help is needed to support forward movement of all of creation.

Do not doubt this or yourself.

See yourself as we see you,

Capable, loving and the purveyor of strength and change.

A Divine being here by design to help with this wondrous transition.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Send Love

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With every breath you take

Send love

To no one in particular

Send love

And allow it to permeate and encompass

The fear and hatred that fills the air.

Today this is a personal message from me, the scribe. Or perhaps I should say it is in my own words, for I am only relaying what I was told in a moment of utter despair.

The recent news has been so disturbing to me, what those in leadership roles are saying and doing, or not saying and doing. The climate of unrest and fear that is permeating our lives, permeating the very air we breathe and affecting us in ways we don’t even realize.

I spoke to a dear friend the other day, a woman who is model of compassion and kindness. She told me how she has this underlying feeling of anger that has caused her to react in a way very unlike her. And she was ashamed.

I too, have had this knot in my stomach which has settled in since the logging began behind my house 3 months ago. The timber has been cut, the beautiful hardwood trees that I talked with every day are gone and only giant matchsticks of unwanted timber remain scattered across 60 acres of wasteland. And although I am making peace with my immediate surroundings, the knot remains. And I’ve realized that I have become over-sensitized, as it now becomes inflamed when I hear what is going on in the world.

I went to bed two nights ago feeling sickened by what I heard on the news, the incitement of fear and hatred from someone who should know better. I couldn’t sleep. And then I heard the owl outside my window. It has moved closer recently because so many trees are now gone. And he was hooting in that rhythmic fashion, answering the call of a fellow owl further away. It calmed me in the same fashion the cooing of a dove does during the waking hours.

I felt the love coming from the owl and realized that Mother Nature was still alive and well. And that she had only love for me and us all. That no matter what we humans do on our circuitous paths back to our Source, that she was still there and sending me a message through that owl. I was lulled to sleep by the gentle lullaby of that dear owl.

The next morning, I sat cross-legged as I began my daily meditation. I began singing the tones as I often do before a verbal message comes through. This time my dog joined in as she sat directly in front of me, peering into my open mouth as I sang in full voice. I was asking in my mind, What can I do? How can I help? And the answer was simply, SEND LOVE.

It became very clear to me that what I can do, what we all can do, is to just send love with each breath we take. We don’t have to understand the reasons for these actions, we don’t have to judge. We just need to send love. For love is greater than fear and hatred and it will begin to encompass and overcome it. Imagine what would happen if more and more people do just that during their day. Notice your breath and send love.

I understand that many are not as consciously aware as I am of the shifts in energy that surround us every day. But we all are affected by this current climate of fear. Like my friend, it can affect our actions in ways we don’t even realize. Take responsibility, make amends if needed, but understand that we all have to raise ourselves higher, through this heaviness which affects us all.

Can you go on faith, that doing what I was told would make a difference in this world; that such a simple action can make such a tremendous difference? It can, I know it can and I encourage you to do so. Of course, if you feel called to take further action, follow your heart and do that. But so many feel helpless and overwhelmed in this current climate. And it is to you I say, Send love.

I’ll be back again in a few days with another message in the voice to which you have become accustomed to hearing. Thank you for being the sensitive souls you are. To you and to the world I send all my love.

On the Cusp

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Do you see it?

Can you feel it?

You are on the cusp of change.

Do not allow fear to detain you any longer.

For it is time to remove your blinders

And see clearly once again.

Dear One, you are on the cusp of change. Feel it, see it, hear it, taste it. For it is there in the wings, awaiting your introduction to bring it centerstage in your life. Draw back the curtains and invite it forward in all of its glory, with all of its empowerment and with its knowledge flowing forth from deep within you.

You have seen much in these years spent on this physical plane. Much of it has been challenging to watch, to experience. And yet, if you did not see the darkness, how could you yearn for the light? The duality has been necessary for you to mark the contrast between the extremes of existence. You have experienced both and you have emerged wounded, yet emboldened with the realization of which path you choose as you continue your journey.

You are on the cusp of understanding the purpose of your existence here upon this plane. Just as a young babe takes those first unsteady steps with conviction, so too, you have chosen to continue the journey in spite of being unsure of what lies ahead. You have come so far.

Honor how far you have come. Honor the scars you may have accumulated in the process. Honor the strength that has allowed you to forge through despite the challenges. And honor the lessons which filled you with the desire for a better life, a gentler life, a life of love over fear.

Breathe deeply and allow that breath of yours to carry you yet further on your journey. For that breath will bring with it the knowledge that stirs deep within you, ready to emerge to guide you forward. That breath connects you to every other organism upon this physical plane which breathes in unison with you.

Honor the connection you have with others. Can you raise your perspective and see the beauty of the movement of all of physical existence in unison? Just as your winged creatures create glorious forms above you as they move in mass, in synchrony. Many connected as one in forward movement. So too, with you. Connected as one, you are the creative juices flowing through the veins of the Mother.

For you to see this unity in form, your perspective must be from a higher vantage point. You are at the cusp, Dear One, ready to raise your own vibrations so that you are able to see the Oneness of All. You are threads on the same tapestry of life. You are molecules of life moving in and out, betwixt and among all other sentient beings. You are not one island in a sea of angst, but an archipelago connected and solidly grounded beneath the visible lines of sight.

You are on the cusp of great change and this truth brings shudders of joy and excitement throughout the Universe. Listen for that voice within which shall guide you forward. Feel the loving embrace which gently picks you up and rights you when you stumble. See kindred spirits revealing themselves through the eyes of your fellow travelers. If they show fear and trepidation, extend your hand out to them and embrace them with all of your being.

Love, self-awareness and shared experiences are propelling you forward on this journey of remembrance. And with each new day, a spark of recognition of truth, your truth, the Universal truth, will flare within you. You are ready for this. You have covered many miles to reach this point in your journey and you stand on the cusp of remembrance, of change.

Take the risk. Take the leap. Know that a safety net is always there for you in the loving embrace which concurrently cradles you with affection while gently urging you forward. Forward to freedom from your old ways of being.

Trust yourself and the process of your remembrance.

Love yourself and all who share this journey with you.

Embrace what is coming and see it only through the filters of love.

Love deeply and unconditionally.

Feel the joy and freedom of self-awareness.

And know peace, Dear One.

Dear One With All of Thee.

The Embodiment of Love

Who are you?

Are you just a physical form that walks this earth?

Or are you more than that?

Is there more substance beyond the physical?

Is there an unseen component to your true nature?

Who are you?

Dear One, you are the embodiment of love, existing in a physical form, in order to experience self-discovery in a manner only possible on this physical plane. Your true nature is one of spirit. Your true self is free-flowing, able to communicate without words, able to feel and accept the loving nature of the Universe.

When you became embodied for this physical existence, you forgot that you were love incarnate. You forgot that you were created in love, that you are surrounded by love and that you will return to love after your physical journey. The amnesia was necessary, otherwise the lessons you chose to learn would not be possible.

You have individual lessons, but there are also collective lessons for all who are present on this plane at this time. And you are all at different parts of your path of forward movement. But despite this, all are moving forward together, with those of you further along reaching back to help those still struggling.

If you can grasp the concept of your true nature, then you will be able to accept that the physical form is only a tool, with limitations. But you can reach beyond these physical limitations, using the energetic gifts that you have received. They all begin with love, for that is your true nature. Because each and every one of you has a distant memory of your life beyond this physical world, you all respond to the gift of love offered to you while still in this physical form. Distant memories are stirred by these offerings of love.

Love is a feeling, an energetic force, which is more powerful than anything else in the Universe. Why? It is because all of creation comes from love. It is the source of all being. That is not to say that it cannot be masked or wounded, altered in some way by unseen forces. But it can never be destroyed and always exists underneath any perceived negativity.

The key is to encourage that love to emerge to its natural state by surrounding the person, the situation, the physical entity with love. The memory is there. But it may be buried so deeply it will take the combined efforts of many to jar it from its prison.

This is what is happening currently in your physical world. So many have forgotten what true love feels like. They have forgotten their natural state of being. Instead they have embraced the limitations of the physical world and misplaced their understanding of true power. They have forgotten the strength, the power, of love and how love can overwhelm any other force.

You may be embodied in a physical form, but that does not limit the power of your love. This is why we so often ask you to send love with every breath that you take; why we ask you to think loving thoughts with compassion and forgiveness. These are the powerful unseen forces within each and every one of you.

Be not mistaken. You are receiving love, you are being surrounded by love, every moment of your day. The source of this comes from those on other planes, who exist at higher vibrations. But it also comes from your physical companions who are quietly working to help you raise your own vibrations every day.

There is an infinite number of loving beings wrapping you in love and encouraging you to find your way. This journey is not just a physical journey for you. It is a Universal journey for the collective consciousness. Just as you encourage a child to take that first step, so too, do a plethora of enlightened souls encourage you to do the same.

Accept this truth about yourself and your true nature. Accept this truth about the loving nature of the Universe. Accept this truth that you are traveling with loving beings who are offering help, with every step that you take.

Accept this help, for the love given to you is unconditional. And as you continue to grow, you will understand the power of your own love sent out to others in need. It is an infinite web of connection and learning, of which you are a key part.

You, Dear One, are love and only love, embodied in a physical form for personal growth. Do not accept the limitations of the physical body. Use the power of your true nature, one of love, to change this world. We are here with you always.  Feel our loving embrace surrounding you.

Always.