Doing the Work

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Enlightenment is the result

Of an awakening

To who you really are.

And the process of awakening

Requires reflection

And observation.

Are you ready for this?

Dear One, you are surrounded by divinity, you yourself are a divine being. But the process of being housed in a physical body has allowed you to become detached from your true nature. The road to enlightenment requires time and self-reflection.

Although you have many guides who are ready to help you on your journey, the work begins with you. The gift is not the enlightenment. The gift is in the process of awakening and becoming aware of the true nature of your being. For these moments of self-discovery can be intense moments of joy. Even if that joy comes after much trial and suffering.

For Dear One, this is the reason for your incarnation upon this plane. Just being told by another the how and the why of your present state of being is not of service to you. Small insights into your personal life are helpful to guide you down your path. But the personal work must be done by you.

Consider being given all the answers to a test without having had to prepare or study prior. What is the impact for you? Do you retain anything at all of what was given to you? However, if you spend hours preparing so that you truly understand the subject, do you not gain much more from the exercise?

The same is for your personal growth. If you do not spend the time in reflection and observation of the how’s and why’s of your behavior, how will just being given the information truly help you in your awakening?

The guidance you seek is not always provided in complete answers to your questions. Instead the guidance may lead you to the trailhead of the next path to take. The guidance may provide you with synchronous moments to provide the option for you to observe and decide how to best move forward.

And if there is a particular lesson you chose to learn this incarnation, each successive opportunity for learning it may be a little more difficult. For living without reflection does not allow for the AHA moment that is possible in each opportunity and the lesson will be lost.

You are held so dearly by all of divinity. Can you change your perspective to one of gratitude and reflection rather than one of being victim? This is not meant to downplay any intense suffering experienced by many. It is suggested to help you understand that all occurrences in your life are possibilities for growth.

Remember also that often what occurs in your life was meant to be a lesson for another. For prior to embodiment, your life’s possibilities were reviewed with loving intention. And often souls offer to experience certain interactions for the personal growth of other souls to be embodied at the same time.

Before you judge another harshly or feel extreme frustration in a situation, ask yourself if this is an opportunity for growth. For you or for another, for a nation, for the world. The complexities of the Universe are beyond the understanding of the human mind.

But the love that resides within your heart can provide much solace and peace. Allow the peace to gently send any thoughts on their way, not providing them a seat at the table. Just passing through as you reflect, observe and process a situation.

You will always have assistance and guidance in your personal awakening. But you must also do the work with each step you take forward.

You have the strength.

You have the connection.

And you are loved so dearly.

Help is always provided

Often in most subtle of ways.

Know the joy of awakening

To your true divinity.

Dearest One With All of Thee.

This Day

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This day contains

Moments of stillness

Nuggets of joy

And a plethora of peace

Whenever you choose

To accept them.

Do so often.

And share these moments

With the ones whom you love.

Dear One, you are the one in charge of how you move through your day. No one other. You are the one who has the choice to see beauty or darkness. No one other. And you are the one who has the ability to send either love or fear into your world. Which will you choose today?

The world you see is viewed through whichever lens you choose. It is a world of duality. Which means that there is both light and darkness to see. You have a choice to move through your day breathless, with fear or anger. Or you can breathe deeply, sending love outwards with every breath. It is entirely your choice what kind of world surrounds you.

You still do not realize the power which you hold to create your own world. Yes, you live in a physical world with billions of other incarnated souls. But you also are connected to a world not yet visible to most, which vibrates at a higher frequency. A world of love and light and peace.

You are capable of settling in either of these worlds every moment of your day. For you have a foot in both worlds, more heavily weighted in the physical at this time for most of you. And yes, this physical world is a classroom provided for your own self-realization. And the time is now for you to graduate to the next level. You are ready.

As long as you are incarnated in this physical vessel, you will always have a foot in this physical world. But you are ready to more evenly share the weight of your consciousness in the unseen world as well. What does this mean to you? It is simply retrieving your power which you have so readily given to this physical world.

You are currently a slave to time, which does not exist in other realms. How do you break this bondage? Begin by acknowledging that there is plenty of time, by believing that all will occur at the most perfect time.

For remember your connections spread across infinity and often pieces of others’ lives must fall into place before your experience can occur. Rather than rushing to your destination, can you take a breath and say, ‘I am on my way’ and calmly complete your journey.

This physical world encourages you to re-act to others, to give your power to them by allowing them to cause you anger or fear. And you often respond in kind.

When, if you were weighted more in the other realms, you would understand that responding in kindness and compassion can cause THEM to re-act in kind/kindness. Or at the very least, to stop the negative exchange and allow it to become a more loving one.

You have the power to do this, Dear One. And yet, so many of you continue to give away your power rather than use it to raise the energetic vibrations of any exchange.

For every physical being present in your life creating strife and discord, there are multitudes of others who are quietly working to make a change. To send love out into this world and beyond. And for every incarnated soul who causes you despair, there are a plethora of unseen hands reaching out to hold you close in loving embrace.

This is the truth of your existence and it is time for you to begin to practice placing more weight, giving more attention to the loving environment rather than the chaotic physical world around you.

We have told you this before, Dear One, that YOU are the one who can change this world. One step at a time. One breath at a time. Gently, quietly, lovingly. Every moment of your day provides opportunities to do so.

Begin today in this very moment. Send love out to your world, to those you love. And to those with whom you have had many challenges. All are experiencing their own personal lessons.

And those heavy loads can be lightened so easily by recognizing that you have a foot in both realms. That you have more power than you realize. It is just a matter of a shift in consciousness. Give more weight to love than fear. To kindness rather than animosity. To compassion rather than judgment.

Change your perspective

Change your world.

Embrace the unseen help

Which surrounds you at all times.

Open your heart to the possibilities

Of love, of joy, of peace.

It begins with your next breath.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Listen

Open your heart and listen.

To the guidance that resides within.

And gently use that guidance

To speak to others

To guide them forward

Until they are able

To connect in the same manner.

Dear One, all are on the same path. All are One. But each of you is in a different state of awakening as you find your path home. For those of you who have reached a certain equilibrium with your internal guidance, it is time to listen. Time to speak.

The world in which you live is moving through a cycle of growth which appears chaotic and defeating. You may feel helpless when in fact, you are in the perfect position to help. It begins with listening to that voice within, that voice which comes from your heart, from your connection with the All. You all have heard it, though many still do not trust it.

It is the voice, the feeling, the urge to do something, to say something, to go somewhere. At this time in your own evolution, this guidance may encourage you to gently, though often firmly, take the next step forward. Can you begin to listen and trust what you are being told? Can you begin to trust your own power in contributing to the growth of this world and the realms beyond?

Dear One, you have already had experiences which you question, synchronicities which have caused you to wonder, was it real? Do not compare yourself to others, saying that you are not worthy, are not evolved enough spiritually to have this experience. Do not feel this experience is an anomaly. For it can and does happen in your life every day, if you listen.

By holding back and not saying or doing or going where you are guided, you are allowing fear to take charge. The world needs you and the smallest gift of kindness, of honestly speaking your truth, or of being where you are led can make a most wondrous difference in the world as you see it. You are the solution. For as you move forward, you allow the space, the opportunity for others to do the same.

By doing nothing, by questioning your worth, you are helping to hold this world in its current state. Remember that you are connected, not only with all sentient beings you see, but also to all sentient beings who are unseen. And you have support to be successful in your efforts, in your life.

Remember the cascade in life which begins from the smallest of actions. Acting in response to your guidance, in the best way you can, will create movement for someone who may be stuck. The response may not be what you anticipated, but if done in love, the action will begin the process of awakening for another. And as more and more embodied souls begin to awaken, the energetic vibration rises throughout this world and beyond.

The time is now for you to begin to accept your role in the evolution of the All That Is. Allow yourself to be the conduit of love helping others to begin to glimpse the infinite possibilities in their lives. Understand that often it is your mere presence that is all which is required to support forward movement.

Wrap yourself in light. Wrap all whom you meet in light. Wrap your world in light. And if there is an upcoming situation which causes you trepidation or fear, wrap that situation in light. It can be as simple as that.

You are needed, Dear One. You chose to be present in this world at this time. And we gently encourage you to reclaim your power. The power which comes from love. Act in love and have no expectations of the outcome. For if your intent was pure, you are on your way.

And as you continue to grow, and you will, you may reflect upon past actions and see how the next time, a small change would be kinder, gentler and more powerful. Movement is required to prevent stagnation. Perfection is present in every interaction, if only to allow for more growth and reflection.

Trust your connection. Honor your own truth. You have already grown so much and will be supported to continue on this journey of self-realization. What is found at the end of the journey? Something indescribable with human words. The realization that love is all there is.

Trust yourself and your connection

Understand that growth is required

And is occurring every moment of your life.

Choose to make a difference

By coming from your own truth

And from love.

That is all there is, Dear One.

Dear One With All of Thee.

We Were Made For These Times

I ran across this piece by Clarissa Pinkola Estes recently and wanted to share it with you as it is so appropriate for today’s world. Many of you may already be familiar with it. But it is worth reading again at this time. Many blessings to all. Shine your light brightly!


My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is a time of almost daily astonishment and often righteous rage over the latest degradations of what matters most to civilized, visionary people.

 You are right in your assessments. The lustre and hubris some have aspired to while endorsing acts so heinous against children, elders, everyday people, the poor, the unguarded, the helpless, is breathtaking. Yet, I urge you, ask you, gentle you, to please not spend your spirit dry by bewailing these difficult times. Especially do not lose hope. Most particularly because, the fact is that we were made for these times. Yes. For years, we have been learning, practicing, been in training for and just waiting to meet on this exact plain of engagement.

 I grew up on the Great Lakes and recognize a seaworthy vessel when I see one. Regarding awakened souls, there have never been more able vessels in the waters than there are right now across the world. And they are fully provisioned and able to signal one another as never before in the history of humankind.

 Look out over the prow; there are millions of boats of righteous souls on the waters with you. Even though your veneers may shiver from every wave in this stormy roil, I assure you that the long timbers composing your prow and rudder come from a greater forest. That long-grained lumber is known to withstand storms, to hold together, to hold its own, and to advance, regardless.

 In any dark time, there is a tendency to veer toward fainting over how much is wrong or unmended in the world. Do not focus on that. There is a tendency, too, to fall into being weakened by dwelling on what is outside your reach, by what cannot yet be. Do not focus there. That is spending the wind without raising the sails.

 We are needed, that is all we can know. And though we meet resistance, we more so will meet great souls who will hail us, love us and guide us, and we will know them when they appear. Didn’t you say you were a believer? Didn’t you say you pledged to listen to a voice greater? Didn’t you ask for grace? Don’t you remember that to be in grace means to submit to the voice greater?

 Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach. Any small, calm thing that one soul can do to help another soul, to assist some portion of this poor suffering world, will help immensely. It is not given to us to know which acts or by whom, will cause the critical mass to tip toward an enduring good.

 What is needed for dramatic change is an accumulation of acts, adding, adding to, adding more, continuing. We know that it does not take everyone on Earth to bring justice and peace, but only a small, determined group who will not give up during the first, second, or hundredth gale.

 One of the most calming and powerful actions you can do to intervene in a stormy world is to stand up and show your soul. Soul on deck shines like gold in dark times. The light of the soul throws sparks, can send up flares, builds signal fires, causes proper matters to catch fire. To display the lantern of soul in shadowy times like these – to be fierce and to show mercy toward others; both are acts of immense bravery and greatest necessity.

 Struggling souls catch light from other souls who are fully lit and willing to show it. If you would help to calm the tumult, this is one of the strongest things you can do.

There will always be times when you feel discouraged. I too have felt despair many times in my life, but I do not keep a chair for it. I will not entertain it. It is not allowed to eat from my plate.

 The reason is this: In my uttermost bones I know something, as do you. It is that there can be no despair when you remember why you came to Earth, who you serve, and who sent you here. The good words we say and the good deeds we do are not ours. They are the words and deeds of the One who brought us here. In that spirit, I hope you will write this on your wall: When a great ship is in harbor and moored, it is safe, there can be no doubt. But that is not what great ships are built for.

 By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

American poet, post-trauma specialist and Jungian psychoanalyst, author of Women Who Run With the Wolves.

 

Have I Done Enough?

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You want to help

To make this a better world.

But you do not feel

That what you do is enough.

Is it?

Dear One, the world in which you live is in transition. There is much fear and animosity, judgment and blame. There is a lack of compassion and empathy. More thoughts of self-preservation rather than community and connection. Have you done enough to help change this world?

Understand that each and every one of you has been provided with a unique gift. The life you have lived up to this moment in time has taught you much, about yourself, about the world. There are experiences that you have had which filter the way in which you see your world. Is your vision of the world an accurate assessment of how things really are?

Few of you will be in a position previously held by many of your greatest leaders. However, the personal experiences you have had can and will make a difference in someone’s life. And you must remember that there are many who are quietly helping to change your world, without recognition, without fanfare. You are one of these people.

The very act of living your life in a most purposeful way with kindness, strength and compassion will often affect more than you realize. And how you affect others may never be known to you. For often it is a brief encounter with a stranger, a small token of kindness, an exhibit of strength during a trying time which guides another forward.

For not only do others see what you have done in that moment and consider emulating your actions. There is also that energetic component to your presence and the energetic exchange that occurred during the interaction which can be so powerful.

Your scientists are now beginning to talk about the unseen world and how it encompasses much more than the world which is visible to you. Remember this. It is time for you to pay attention to the energy which surrounds you and which you emit as you move through your day.

Great sweeping actions are not necessary to move this world forward. It is often the smallest of actions which can change a life. Because of the experiences that you have had over your lifetime, you may be in a perfect position to offer guidance, or at the very least, compassion to another who is struggling.

Be aware, also, that you are constantly being gently guided forward through synchronicity to situations, to others; to interactions which can provide the perfect lesson for each of you involved. Remember that the gift you have received may be dormant until you have had your own challenging experiences. It may not be until this time when you blossom into the person who can provide so much to another.

Dear One, you do not exist alone but in a matrix of consciousness which is in constant motion. Your thoughts and words are just as powerful to the movement of this matrix as your deeds. Remember this as you reflect upon your life, your worthiness or when a harsh judgment arises about another. We will continue to impress upon you the power of these energetic exchanges.

You are an expression of the Divine, Dear One, who is capable of creating a world much different than the one you see. And it begins with how you live your life, how you see yourself and how much you trust the synchronicities which occur.

You have the metaphor of a snowball gaining mass as it rolls down a mountainside. So too, can a small action of yours begin the process of change, in a positive or a negative way. The choice is yours.

As you move through your day, through your life, understand that every moment has the potential for creating change. Even if it is to send out love with every breath you take. The efforts need not be large and expansive. They just need to be loving and kind. For this is your true nature and has the greatest power of all.

Accept the gift of you

Accept the gift of others

Who have passed through your life.

Whether the interactions have caused

Solace or strife

There is still a lesson there

Which can help change your world.

It begins with you

Possible with every breath you take.

Walk in love and gratitude

And change the world.

Dearest One With All of Thee.

Choices

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Every moment of your day

You make choices.

What guides those choices?

And how do those choices

Affect your life?

Dear One, as you inhabit this physical world you have the free will to make infinite choices every day. The choices that you make clear your path forward as they affect how your life evolves. What guided those decisions that you made? Was it love, fear, faith or trust? And should you judge those choices as good or bad?

Each and every one of you came here with a lesson to learn. And in the process of learning that lesson, you often are an unknowing teacher for others. How can this not be true as you all are connected through the web of consciousness?

The key to this is how observant you and those around you are to what is occurring right before your eyes. There is always an energetic, subconscious portion to every occurrence in your life. And each of you will absorb this no matter what. But the true substance of the lesson is revealed only through observation and reflection. And often this reflection is done in hindsight.

Consider this. How often do you mimic the actions of another without thinking? These might be choices made by a parent or an elder that were often done when you were a child. As that child, you repeated those actions without considering that there were other options. They were familiar and how things were always done. So of course, you continued following the same path.

But often, that way of living is not the best path for you. And it takes much reflection and courage to realize that you must take another course, to live your life another way. Making that choice may be difficult and frightening as you do not know what lies ahead. These are the times when being your authentic self and following your heart will free you to follow your own true path.

There is a great lesson in this for you. And also for those who encourage you to continue following the more familiar ways of being. The unknown lays before you with equal possibilities of causing you pain or joy. And often you are meant to follow this part of your path alone. Do you have the faith, the trust in yourself, in your connection with the All, to take a chance?

Dear One, all paths lead to the same end. It is just that some paths are richer in what they provide for you. Some paths are filled with numerous lessons unattainable if you remained on the familiar course. Yes, challenges may lie ahead. In fact, that is most assuredly a given.

But in facing those challenges and moving through them, you will find a strength, a resolve, a character trait that you did not realize you had. And in making this choice, you often are providing an example for others, encouraging them to do the same.

The possibilities of your life experiences are infinite, Dear One. So, if you are not comfortable where you sit at this moment, then make a choice to change your position. Reflect upon the path that has led you to where you are. Is your life serving you as it is? Are you serving others in your current state of being?

But remember also, that often, a pause is needed before taking another leap forward. This pause may be necessary to give you time for rest and reflection. This pause may be necessary for the matrix to rearrange itself in order to provide you with the best choices. Everything within the web may not yet be in place to lay your best path before you.

Dear One, do not compare your life to that of others. For each of you is unique in the gifts you have and in the lessons that will fill your life. If you are observant and reflective, trust that you will be led forward exactly to where you need to be to take your next step. And if a pause is necessary, accept it with the faith that it is exactly what is required at this time of your life.

Each choice made will provide a lesson. Observe your choices and those of others without judgment. Be kind to yourself and others. For each life lived contributes an important piece of knowledge to the collective consciousness. Each life lived is worthy of respect. And each life lived affects you in some way, regardless of your awareness of this connection.

Live your life to its fullest.

Embrace the challenges

With the richness each contributes

To your life.

Move forward with faith and courage.

And give gratitude for each lesson

Provided to you or to others.

All are connected.

All are loved.

Dear One With All of Thee.

Why Not Say Yes?

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Say yes to the many possibilities

In your life.

Say yes to accepting joy

In your life.

Say yes to believing

In yourself.

Dear One, can you say yes to all that life sends your way? Can you see the gift in all that crosses your path? Can you say yes to the truth that you are capable, worthy and ready to take the next step forward?

There are two components to your life, the physical and the spiritual. The spiritual component is that which guides you forward into the next lesson, the next experience. The physical is what reacts to the experience. It can accept it with love or approach it with fear and disdain.

You can experience and focus on the discomfort of the situation. Or you can approach it with acceptance that it is impermanent and also an opportunity to grow. You can bemoan the fact that this experience is not pleasant. Or you can see it as another step forward on your path, a gift to all concerned. The choice is yours.

Reacting is a physical behavior. It is driven by human emotion and often is done without forethought. Responding is the result of pausing and reflecting upon what has just occurred. In responding you are bringing in the spiritual component of your life. What just happened? Why, and how best do I respond to this?

Any discomfort you feel is temporary. And in tangent with that concept, any joy you feel may also be temporary. It all depends on how you see the current situation of your life. If it causes you despair, can you reflect upon it, seek help if needed, and honestly ask yourself what opportunities for change are present. If your current life situation brings you joy, then offer gratitude for the lightness of being which surrounds you.

Remember that this physical life is one of duality. Both highs and lows will be experienced for both light and dark inhabit this plane of existence. This is why it is such a wondrous learning ground for souls who incarnated in order to experience self-discovery. No learning results from a perfect, carefree existence. The lesson is in how you react or respond to the ups and downs of your life.

It may bring you comfort to understand the impermanence of all things on this physical plane. And it may help you to understand that the choice is always yours on what comes next. For there is opportunity for change with every breath that you take.

There are as many paths for you to take as branches on a tree. Each one spreading from the core, the trunk. And each one reaching towards the light. You are like that tree, solid in your core, but able to sway in the currents of life as you reach outward and upward. If the branch you are currently traveling breaks off, then another one resumes the journey forward.

Dear One, there are always opportunities presented to you. And each opportunity provides a different part of the lesson you came here to learn. Embrace your life and know that you have the strength, the help to move forward in love.

If you need to pause and reflect, do so. Your strength and power will once again surge through your veins. Know that there is the possibility of joy underneath every leaf on your journey. And remember that you are firmly attached to the strength of the Mother, the power of the All. Nothing can change that.

You are One with All.

You have the opportunity to change.

Each moment of your life

Provides the opportunity for growth.

And when the new blossoms appear

You will shine with more light

Than ever before.

You are a magnificent being.

Dear One With All of Thee.

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