It’s Hunting Season

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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?

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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.

Listen

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There is much being said to you.

In words, in actions, in silence.

Have you learned how to listen

Not only with your ears

But with your heart?

Dear One, are you willing to listen to the silence and learn what it is telling you? Not only the silence as you sit quietly, but also the silence between the words spoken to you, the silence between actions. Can you begin to recognize the messages told to you in ways unfamiliar to you in this noisy, chaotic world in which you live?

Often you are so busy doing, or preparing for speaking, that you fail to listen, to truly listen to the messages you are being given. All of creation has something to tell you, each in their unique, individual way of connecting.

What does the Mother say to you each morning through the song of her birds or the flow of the wind? What does your body say to you throughout the day as you move, eat, or rest? And what does your higher self say to you in those AHA! moments, in times of synchronicity, or during moments of stillness in your day?

How attuned are you to your surroundings, to your own physical body, to your connection to the All? And how willing are you to listen to others who speak to you of issues on which you disagree? Do you give them the time they need to express their reasons for how they think, for what they want? Or are you dismissing their words in judgment as soon as they begin to speak?

It is important to remember that all who cross your path have something to teach you. All who cross your path are like you in that they are trying to find their way forward in their world. And all who cross your path are searching for love and connection, whether they admit it or not.

Are you able to listen, truly listen and reflect upon what another says to you? All are products of their environment. And the experiences each one of you has had will affect the way you see your world. There is no right or wrong, only diversity in how one sees and experiences their world. What would you learn by allowing someone time to give you their perspective on a situation, an idea, or an interaction?

You have been given so many tools to use here in this lifetime, but how many of you use those tools? Aside from the senses of the human body, you also have your innate gifts of intuition and perception. How many of you use those gifts in listening beyond the words or actions of another to understand the true message being given to you?

To live in peace and harmony with each other, it is necessary to understand that there are elements of truth in everything that is said. Your truth may appear to be different from another’s truth, but the emotions behind both are often the same. Can you begin to listen more carefully rather than spend your energy trying to convince another of seeing the world in the way you see it? For all perceptions are valid and worthy of respect.

Recognize that fear lies behind the loud displays of rhetoric. Fear of the unknown, fear of change, fear of personal growth or fear of loss. You all have experienced this in one form or another. It is part of the human condition. And so, can you take a few breaths, allow the emotion to settle and approach another with compassion rather than with judgment.

Approach another quietly, allow them time to speak without judgment or condemnation, and recognize that what they are saying is their truth, at this moment in time. This may change as each one of you continues to grow. But in this moment, this is all they can see.

Emotions and fear cloud personal vision. It is only when one allows time and place for those emotions to settle that a true exchange of words or ideas or discoveries can begin. Only then can love begin to emerge and become an element of the interaction between you.

Pause, breathe and listen, truly listen, to all that is said with and without words. Come from compassion rather than judgment. For remember that all are connected. And the experiences of another can give you valuable knowledge without your having to repeat those same experiences. This is the way of the Universe as you share your lessons learned with realms far beyond this physical plane.

Allow love to transmute

The fear within others

Within yourself

And see how your world can change.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Compassion for Self

 

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How do you see yourself?

How do you describe yourself?

How do you fit into the world around you?

Do you live in community

Or are you an island alone?

Dear One, it is impossible to truly love another if you do not love yourself. For all are connected and how you feel about yourself affects how you feel about others. And so, the work begins to better understand why you are so self-critical. From where did this habit come?

Begin by noticing how you describe yourself to others. How long have you judged yourself for words spoken or actions done in the past? How often do you compare yourself to others and feel unworthy or undeserving of another’s love or admiration? What do you think when you see your reflection in a mirror? How often are negative words of description used in these situations?

It is time to reclaim your power from old ways of thinking. Children are open and receptive to love and new experiences and believe all that is said to them. Much of this has been done in love, but can often be misconstrued because of the naivety of the child. A comment made by a tired adult in attempts to teach may be misunderstood by a child, yet held close to the heart and carried throughout life.

Everyone loves in the best manner that they are able, but often it is not given in the way most needed at the time. The lesson to be learned is how love yourself in the way you need to be loved. This can be done by reflecting on an incident from the past and offering comfort to that younger self as the adult you are today. For only you know how best to comfort your younger self. Embrace that child self and tell them what they most needed to hear at the time. Practice this exercise and see how powerful it can be for you.

Dear One, you all embodied to learn lessons and many of you chose difficult lessons. This does not mean that you are unable to move through them and past them. But it takes time and compassion to clearly see the way forward. It also is very helpful to have community to guide you forward. This community could be formal or informal, large or very intimate. As you grow, your needs for this will change over time. Have faith that the teachers, the companions, the community you need at this very moment will be provided. Trust the synchronicity of your life.

The world is awakening at this time and many of you are going through personal growth that can feel overwhelming. You are not alone in this and you are exactly where you need to be at this time. If you are just beginning to realize how your previous way of life no longer serves you, understand that you were not ready until this moment to make the changes required to move forward.

Begin today to gently reflect and make changes in how you see yourself in the world. Ask for help if you cannot do this alone. Allow synchronicity to take you where you need to go.

You are connected to the All and embedded in the web of connection. The forward movement of others affects you as that positive energy moves down the energetic filaments of the web. In the same fashion, any personal growth that you experience affects others.

This is the time for a major awakening and you will be offered more opportunities for growth and reflection. Do not be afraid to take them, to use compassion and forgiveness in your personal reflections.

You, Dear One, have come so far

And have the potential

To reach higher than ever imagined.

There is no limit to how far you can go

But do it gently with compassion for self.

Allow your internal light to fill your physical body

With love and only love.

It is time.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Truth and Illusion

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What is truth?

Is your truth the same as another’s?

How can you see past the illusions of this world?

Is it even possible?

Dear One, there is only one Universal truth and it is built on love. Everything else is an illusion. However, understanding this in a world of illusion is a difficult task. For there are so many opportunities to be led astray. How can you keep your course in a chaotic world swirling with illusion?

You have been given the tools to see past the smokescreens of others. And they include intuition, but also compassion. This path is filled with your personal illusions and those of others which cause you to doubt your ability to discern what your own truth is.

You all have the ability to recognize your own truth but you do not yet trust yourself enough to believe what your intuition is telling you. This requires practice by allowing time to go within and connect to your higher self through quiet times, meditation and contemplation. You are being led by your higher self throughout your day. You have just forgotten how to listen.

All who are present here upon this physical plane are on a journey of awakening. And despite what you may think, more are awakened at this time than ever before. Many will not be able to complete their journey. But they will travel further on their path with the help from those like you who are already awakening to their true selves.

How can you help them? It is by living a life of compassion and loving kindness. There is no need to engage with others in angry discourse due to a difference of opinion. As you move forward on your path, a deeper understanding of the Universal truth will be revealed to you. For all have an individual path of learning and awakening which differs from that of others. The truths revealed have not changed. It is you who have changed as you move forward, becoming more open to the next level of teachings to be revealed to you.

Because another disagrees with you does not make them your enemy, for remember that you are all connected and you would be fighting with yourself. All are searching for love and connection. And many hold onto beliefs because they see no other way. Can you show compassion and loving kindness to them rather than anger and judgment?

Remember that this plane is a learning ground and all have a purpose. And some do have the purpose of being a catalyst to move others forward. They have a choice of being a benevolent catalyst or a more derisive catalyst. That is their lesson. Your lesson is to respond with grace rather than to re-act in anger or judgment.

But all are here to move forward, awakening to their own divinity and connection to the All. Can you use your intuition to discern if what is presented to you is truth or illusion? Can you rise above the discord and be a beacon of light, of calm, of integrity and love? This is how you help others awaken. It is by providing them with an example of how to be in chaotic times.

Go within and become more accustomed to how your higher self speaks to you. Move through your day knowing and trusting that you are being guided constantly through your connection with the higher planes. As you do this you raise your own vibration and the vibration around you.

This raising of the energetic vibration on this plane will most certainly affect others. It is their choice whether they re-act with fear or respond in love. You in your daily life can be a benevolent catalyst just by allowing yourself to awaken and trusting your connection with the All.

Dear One, do not spend time trying to convince others to believe your truth. Show them by how you live and move through this world. Use compassion. Send love rather than anger and judgment. You are a being of light and are capable of being a beacon for others; lighting the path for them. It is their choice whether to follow. But perhaps you will show them a way they have never before envisioned.

Be the loving soul that you are.

Walk in strength and confidence

That the world is unfolding as it should.

Help the pendulum of life shift

In the direction of love.

It is possible through you.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Remember

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Remember this day all the love which surrounds you

Remember those who have crossed your path

And bless them for their impact on your life.

Remember the connection that brings you

Strength, knowledge and guidance.

And remember who you really are,

An eternal being of light, created in love.

Dear One, do not allow your human mind to block out the truth of your existence. Do not allow your suffering to cause a permanent rift between you and your Source. Instead, embrace the love which surrounds you. Understand that suffering is only a step towards enlightenment.

Would you truly move forward on your own if you were safe and settled in your daily existence? Would you readily choose to leave behind stability and complacency in order to travel out of your personal comfort zone? This journey of yours includes forward movement which often must be initiated from an external source, be it from this realm or from another realm.

This is how your connection to the All works with you. Synchronistic encounters, creative tension in relationships or actions, many of which are challenging you to find the strength within to move forward. Dear One, your purpose here is not to settle into a protective trance and not emerge until you return home. You chose to come here to experience new challenges to ‘test your wings’, to see how well you could fly in the face of adversity and adventure.

There is no judgment or punishment involved in your path homeward. Quite the opposite, there is only loving support, watchful anticipation and gratitude for you as you go through this experiential existence. Do not doubt yourself or your worthiness for love. Understand that all of thee are being encouraged to ‘spread your wings’ and to fly with grace and love.

Understand the connection that you have with all of creation when situations arise that are challenging for you. Understand that all are a learning opportunity for you. You have the choice to engage in love or in anger. You have the choice to walk away with grace or in fear. Can you find the compassion within for others who are creating the tension and see them through a lens of love? Can you see others, even those who have been in your life for many years, can you see them as if for the first time?

The choice is yours whether to act or to re-act towards others. The choice is yours whether to practice self-love or self-judgment. The choice is yours whether to cower in doubt and fear or to take a chance with faith and courage. Whatever you choose, our love for you continues in all of its intensity. And whatever you choose, we will always provide another opportunity to grow and to soar.

Remember, Dear One, to breathe, to love and to allow time to just sit in silence and peace as often as you can. These quiet times allow you to re-connect with the All in a manner which will empower you with the strength and knowledge you need to move forward.

May you know love in its purest form.

May you accept this love and share it will all who cross your path.

Shake the mist from your eyes

And see clearly the magnificent light which surrounds you.

Feel the warmth of our embrace

As we love you unconditionally and support you on your journey home.

Know peace. Know Joy and share it with all who cross your path.

Dearest One with All of Thee.

 

The Light of Dawn

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Have you seen the sunrise in all of its glory?

It begins with a muted hue of light

Bursting into a tapestry of red, purple, pink, orange.

Spreading across the horizon.

A precursor to the expansion of light

Eradicating the last vestiges of darkness.

So too, with you,

 And your awakening to who you really are.

Dear One, how often have you seen the dawn and reveled in its beauty, in the hope that comes with the light? The darkness fades as the fire in the sky emerges slowly and then dramatically fills your field of vision with color and beauty.

When you see this every day, consider the similarities to your own personal awakening, as your internal flame bursts forth to fill you with hope. In the same way, your light fills your immediate surroundings and beyond, reaching further than you realize. Your personal light diminishes the shadows of fear as it rises further, joining others and their personal flames of spirit and love and hope.

You are the solution. You are the source of love. You are the impetus for change. You have the power to create a world of love with a brilliant light that emanates from within to all who cross your path. You bathe in the light of others who wish to share their hope and love with you. The brilliant dawn you see every day is a reflection of you and how far-reaching your offerings of love can be.

You, Dear One, have that fire within and it is yearning to emerge from behind the clouds of insecurity and fear. It is there now, seeking a way to reach others. It may be liberated with a conscious decision on your part to share your love, your vulnerabilities, your connection with others. Or, it may seep out through the wounds you nurse, those cracks in your external veneer that show others that you, too, have suffered and survived.

You are not alone in your suffering, just as you are not alone in your strength. Do not focus on the suffering, but on the emergence of strength that is a result of that suffering. For every trial you have encountered on this personal journey of yours has empowered you more. You have not failed. You have survived, you have thrived, and you have the experience to help others.

Your own life experiences offer you a reason for compassion for others. Rather than judging others, consider how they are just like you; learning, growing, seeking love and connection. For you all have come from the same Source. You all have memories of that intimate connection with All. And you all seek a way to find that connection once again in this world of illusions.

Allow that internal flame to emerge as a beacon to others, as a source of love and compassion towards others who are just like you. Compassion is what connects each and every one of you. For it cannot exist in the same breath with judgment. It cannot exist in the same breath with fear. It can only exist in conjunction with love.

When you doubt yourself, look towards the dawn and remind yourself that it reflects back to you that which is your true nature. That which is the true nature of all of creation, of all those with whom you interact every day.

Move your focus from that mind of yours which sees fault and flaws and fears. Move your focus instead to your heart, that part of you which knows only love and compassion. See the flame within and accept that you are at the dawn of your own awakening. The time is now, Dear One. You are ready. You need not question whether you have prepared enough. For the world needs you now to allow your internal light to ignite others to action and awakening.

Reflect upon this as you begin your day, as you see the majesty of the Mother as she stretches outward from the horizon time and time again. She moves across your globe encouraging all to awaken with her. Her light never ceases, just as your light continues to shine, though often hidden by doubt.

Emerge in all of your glory, Dear One.

Trust that you can make a difference

With every breath that you take.

Share your light with others

And see how they awaken as the connection grows.

Be at peace, Dear One.

For you are the embodiment of love and strength and compassion.

You are an extension of our love.

Dear One with All of Thee.

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