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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Service to Tribe

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blue spiral © Gill Hobson 2011 http://www.imgfave.com

You are a part of a tribe

Be it local, worldwide or universal.

You are not alone in your existence

During this current lifetime.

How do you interact with

And serve your tribe?

Dear One, we have encouraged you to understand that you are not alone on this journey of which you have taken part. We have explained to you the web of connection and how you are affected by the ebb and flow of its movements throughout your day, throughout your life. Now let us review this same concept in terms of your tribes.

Whether or not you consciously participate, you are a member of more than one tribe. In the physical realm, it can be familial, local, national or worldwide. You belong to each and every one of these tribes. You also belong to the wondrous collection of souls who expand across dimensions, across the universe, in different shapes and forms. All are in the process of acquiring knowledge to share with others.

Each of you has a unique position within these tribes, a position only you can fill because of your personality, your gifts, your strengths and your perceptions of the existence of being surrounding you.

In truth, you are contributing to some of these, if not all of these tribes unconsciously. Your mere existence, your state of being, contributes to the state of the All in each of these communities.

The teachings of these writings have encouraged your personal growth to help with your own awakening to prepare you for this current state of being. Understand that in order to contribute your finest tithe, it is important to experience personal piece of mind and self-love. For the most generous contribution you can make is one of unconditional love to all of creation, at all levels of your existence.

Despite the complexities of the connections in this web of existence, forward movement is accentuated by a very simple concept. And that is the concept of love. We have encouraged you to do the personal work on yourself. For how can you love another when you cannot love yourself? How can you contribute joy when your personal shadow self has not yet been embraced by you? Can you begin to understand that you are perfect within your deepest well of being?

You were created by the Source and so you embody a part of the Source within you now. Reflect upon that for a moment.

You are here for the purpose of self-discovery, not only for your own personal growth, but for the growth of the Source. Reflect upon that for a moment.

The challenges you experience are given to you in order for the All of Creation to experience self-discovery through you. You are a conduit of knowledge sending information back, just as you are also on the receiving end of knowledge being sent to you.

If you begin to see your life in this way, you will understand the purpose in it. Your existence is not of random chance. Your experiences are not given as rewards or punishments. They are cause and effect of situations presented to you and the choices you made on how to move through those situations. There is no judgment because each decision made will provide another opportunity for growth. And how you grow, the discoveries made throughout your life, serve your tribe with the knowledge gained from those experiences.

However, once you begin to accept your connection to the All, you will understand that your light will affect others as you enter a room. Your mere presence will have an effect on others in close proximity. Your emotional state will travel across the web of connection and affect others, to either build an existence of love or of fear across your world and across realms.

That being said, understand that there is a reciprocity between and among beings. So that for every moment of fear you experience, there is love awaiting your acceptance to balance out that negative state of being. So too, when you move forward with love, you are offering a state of joy, holding others up to their highest potential as they move through their day.

The contribution you make to your tribe begins with how you are unconsciously moving through your day. As you grow and come into a state of awakening, you will be able to consciously contribute loving energies to those around you and to the All. And soon, it will become a way of being, understanding that the web of connection provides a powerful means to expand the collective consciousness in a loving way.

You, Dear One, are never alone

You exist within many tribes

Which can either nurture you

Or pull you down.

It is your choice to which tribe you belong.

It is your choice what you wish to contribute.

But know that all of life is a collective journey

Of self-discovery for the All That Is.

Of this you are an integral part.

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

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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.

 

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.

Change Your Perspective

See your world as we see it,

As a community of courageous souls

Here to learn lessons from each other

Here to teach each other

And to find their connection

Despite the limitations of the physical form.

Dear One, you are one of a community of star seeds who have come to experience life in a physical form. This required much courage, as this way of living, feeling separate, is the exact opposite of your normal way of being. But you chose this temporary embodiment because you understood the value of what could be learned in such a short period of time.

In your natural state, you understand that all are connected and all are part of the whole. Unique personalities are honored and cherished as each is another expression of the Divine in Its many forms. These are the truths with which you have lived for so many eons of time in other realms that did not involve the physical separation that is a part of this world.

You have inhabited this realm many times, in many lives, and have evolved during each return to this physical plane. However, it is now time for a major change in the vibrational energies here and so you are beginning to feel the beginnings of the shifts in consciousness.

This is the time greatly anticipated across many realms and you chose to be here to partake in this transitional shift. Many of you are becoming more awakened, understanding that the old ways of being no longer work here in your lives. Though you may not understand the significance of this in your conscious mind, your soul knows exactly what is occurring. And for many of you, your soul, your higher self, is gently guiding you forward, connecting you to those who can now help you.

You are needed at this time to help turn around the way of thinking, of being, here upon this plane. The universal fear that has been building is now at a point where it shall be dissolved in ways that help shift the consciousness of this physical plane. The more who are awakened at this time, the easier it will be to continue this process which has started to make the shift.

Consider how those who appear so different from you in appearance, beliefs and customs are so easily judged to be unworthy of your respect or attention. Consider how the suffering of others is but a fleeting thought for many. Consider how dis-empowered so many of you feel as you move through your lives.

Can you begin to change the way you move through your day? Can you cease the ‘auto-pilot’ and truly experience every sacred moment of your existence? Can you look more closely, listen more intently, to those with different ideas and see that indeed, you are connected in love rather than separated by fear?

The chaos which is present is here to bring to light many of the thoughts that were hidden so deeply for a long time. For how can change occur if you do not see the disharmony that requires change. If all continue to embrace fearful living rather than love, the coming changes will feel more powerful.

Please understand that this is not punishment but the natural evolution of the collective consciousness that is now occurring. There is much interest in how those embodied here on this plane will grow and evolve during this process. And there is much help available to you, for your success is anticipated through loving eyes. Ask for help. And then be mindful of how that help comes to you. For it will come, though perhaps not in the way a human mind would expect it.

You, Dear One, are a powerful, loving soul, who is connected to the All of Creation. You have been given tools to use during this journey. Ask and you will be shown how to best use the gifts, the tools, you have been given. For you are dearly loved, no matter what you do or say or think.

Embrace the love we give you and share it will all you meet.

For you have more in common than you realize.

It is time for you to open up to the wondrous light of the Universe.

It is time for you to walk in love and cease fearful living.

Seek out the teachers to help you

For they are here waiting for you to call.

You, Dear One, will never be abandoned

And will always be loved.

Dear One With All of Thee.

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