What Have You Learned?

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What have you learned

In this life of yours?

Reflect upon how far

You have come

And you will be surprised

At the progress you have made.

Dear One, so many of you are self-critical as you think about your life this day. You look only at what you are not, what you have not yet accomplished or what you have done wrongly. Perhaps you should be kinder to yourself as you reflect upon and see how far you have come in this life of yours.

The human condition is so focused on certain ideals that need to be acquired in order to label yourself as a success. Who initiated this concept? Why would all of humanity be required to follow the same path in order to be admired and considered successful? We question this as most of the ideals are truly inconsequential in your path back to the Source. And many of these ideals are transient as they change with each new generation that comes into maturity.

Dear One, do not shudder as you remember actions or words expressed previously in your life. The mere fact that those memories cause you discomfort shows how much you have grown. That is what this life is meant to be, an opportunity to experience different scenarios in order to learn and grow. We have said before that the Source experiences Itself through you, as you are a part of the Divine. That is truth.

This quest to be perfect in the human condition only causes distress and self-recrimination. How can you learn if you do not fall? Is it not more important that you pick yourself back up and continue to be present in your life and in the lives of those you love? What a perfect lesson in humility, compassion and forgiveness.

We have mentioned before that what you see as your flaws are also your greatest strengths. It is the discernment as to when to draw upon these traits that leads to maturity and personal growth. Do you not understand that because of your experiences, your perceived flaws, that you are in a perfect position to help others move through the same lessons? And understand that this knowledge learned crosses realms far beyond this plane.

Oh, Dear One, you are already perfect in every way. The challenge for you is to understand that this perceived reality is but an illusion created for you as a learning ground. And you have learned so much and shared so much knowledge already with others here upon this plane and beyond. Those challenges with which you struggle only make you stronger and prepare you for future events when your strength will be needed for others around you.

You are wondrous and have come so far. Do not, do not minimize all that you have already learned. Share those lessons with others. And for those still seeking, look to others who have experienced similar situations for guidance. Be observant of others rather than being self-absorbed and you will see how others struggle as you have. Depending on where you stand on this curve of knowledge, reach forward, reach backward, reach upwards or below and connect with others. They are your community, your source of strength and guidance, and there is much to be shared in all directions.

Remember the connection that is ever-present between you and all of creation. It is difficult to acknowledge this when you are in the midst of a challenge. But if you can remember that you are not alone in your suffering, that others have experienced the same, that loving arms reach out to help you, oh how that will ease your pain.

Dear One, you have come so far and are ready for the future. You are already awakening at a rapid pace. Of this, you may not be aware, but those of us who lovingly watch over you can see the progress and celebrate your passage into a new way of being each and every day.

Honor yourself for waking up each day and being present, despite the challenges.

Honor your connection with all of creation by being respectful and kind to all living beings.

Honor your progress as you reflect upon how far you have come.

You have more strength than you realize.

You have the power to create your world

As a most loving and gentle world.

But it begins with you

And how you see and treat yourself.

Do so with kindness and compassion

For you have come so far.

And the future possibilities

Are infinite, beyond measure.

Dear One With All of Thee.

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What Can You Do?

what can you do

Klimt 

 What is it that you can do

To help with the transitions

Occurring at this time?

Be of love

Have compassion for self and others.

And allow time for rest

And replenishment.

Dear One, can you understand the sweetness of your light, the calmness of your presence, the power of your attention, as you continue to grow and evolve. You have come so very far. Do not doubt that. You have been helped and have helped others to reach your current state of being. Now is a time of reconstruction, bringing all who are willing back to center.

Much has occurred in your plane over the recent times and you have experienced many transitions to reach this point in time. But as is always the case with this physical existence, there will be more changes coming.

Do not fear the future, for it has not yet occurred. And because of the strength and knowledge you acquired over the recent times, you are better prepared to move forward in grace and in love. You have formed stronger connections with the other realms through your reaching out for help and guidance.

You have learned of the undercurrent of fear that is present in your world. It has been brought to your attention in a manner that no longer allows you to be complacent. You have reached out and found other like-minded souls to share the work that now lays before you. For now, knowing what you have learned, it will be difficult to do nothing.

The way to move forward will be different for each and every one of you. For some, it will be a matter of being aware of the beauty which surrounds you and of offering gratitude for all the gifts and abundance in your lives. This action alone, offering gratitude for what surrounds you, helps to increase the vibrational energies on this plane and beyond.

Others may be the catalysts for change in the way this world exists, from one of fear and alienation, to one of love, compassion and community. This can be done nationally or globally. But it can also be done individually as each of you moves through your day. Can you take an honest look at how you perceive your world and those around you? Can you see how your institutions and way of being have served only a small sector while others suffer in silence?

You, Dear One, will now be able to see without the blinders which have clouded your vision for so long. You have been helped to get to this point by many of us in other realms who are lovingly guiding you forward. We have told you before how difficult this physical existence can be. Do not doubt that we are always here to help and guide you forward. And we celebrate that you have reached this point of transition in your evolution.

See the cloaks of fear which have covered you for so long fall off and disappear. For on an energetic level, that is exactly what is occurring. Some will feel it greatly and be aware of the shift in energies within and around them. Others will notice a difference, but not understand what it is. And still others, who are so comfortable in those cloaks of fear, will draw them tighter around them. Show them compassion and love, for they have not yet awakened to the glorious possibilities of this physical existence.

Dear One, you are holy, you are divine and you are a part of the collective consciousness which is affected by the evolution of this physical world. Many of you are walking with a foot in both worlds, the seen and the unseen. To you we say, care for those physical bodies, for much rest is needed during this time of transition.

To all, we encourage you to walk in peace and in faith, in yourself and in the loving guidance which surrounds you every moment of your day. Do not doubt the power which lies in your hands, for it is great.

Walk in light.

Walk in love

And allow yourself

To be guided forward and beyond.

You are so precious to us

Dear, dear One With All of Thee.

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.

Service to Tribe

service to tribe

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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

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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?

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.

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