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Divide and Conquer. Which wolf will you feed?

I am just as afraid as anyone about what is going on in our world. My heart is shaken, my love and compassion for the people who are living in the midst of this madness is immeasurable, as so many of you share.  Love and prayers from millions continue to be sent around our planet for it is a world crisis. Yes I am scared.

But I am more afraid of what this is doing to normally beautiful, caring and compassionate people around the world, especially on social media. Each time I see a post that is shared that is obliviously painfully racist or anti-anyone, my heart is more shaken. This is escalating the violence, everyday someone is being assaulted because of this hate we are perpetuating against each other that is being driven by the media including social media. Each time an innocent person is hurt the “enemy” wins.

For thousands of years the best war time strategy has been divide and conquer. Social media is doing exactly what the “enemy” wants us to do.  Transform fear into division. Each time we click “share” on one of these posts it creates a back lash of angry comments of both “for” and “against” the post. The fear and anger then heightens and our world gets a little more violent. Our self-righteous selves get to be a little more defensive and more angry. Then the world gets to be  filled with more of our righteous indignation as we “comment” and “click” from the safety of our homes; while each day there are men, women and children who are terrified beyond anything we could understand at this point who are the silent victims of this collective rage that is brewing.

Instead lets refuse to be a part of the propaganda, lets choose to only post love and compassion for others.  Let us refuse to comment our anger and simply either unfriend or block their posts, take a breath…. release our anger (trust me I have to work on this diligently ) and send light and love to them.  If you still believe something to be true if it is cloaked with hate or division PLEASE do not re- post.

I am constantly asking myself “Will this add to the violence or will this possibly helps even one person shift towards a more loving, compassionate state of being.”  Hate breeds more hate.  We are human and when we are frightened it is easy to hate, but that is not what our world needs right now.

Its time we all RISE UP with our hearts instead of our fear.  Social media is part of the microcosm that is creating the macrocosm of hate in our world. If we want change we must be the change no matter how much we are afraid.

Choosing not to share “hate” one post at a time can be that change. Please let us check in with our hearts before we click “share” or comment in rage or anger. Let feed our love and compassion. Each time we do.. love rises just a little and hate dissipates in our world. Gandhi, Mandela, Mother Teresa and Martin Luther understood this on a soul level. Lets let their example be where we start.

Mother Teresa Quote’s “If you judge people, you have no time to love them. “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”

I will end with a story I first heard from my mentor and teacher Debbie Ford

ONE EVENING, AN ELDERLY
CHEROKEE BRAVE TOLD HIS
GRANDSON ABOUT A BATTLE THAT
GOES ON INSIDE PEOPLE.

HE SAID “MY SON, THE BATTLE IS
BETWEEN TWO ‘WOLVES’ INSIDE US ALL.
ONE IS EVIL. IT IS ANGER,
ENVY, JEALOUSY, SORROW,
REGRET, GREED, ARROGANCE,
SELF-PITY, GUILT, RESENTMENT,
INFERIORITY, LIES, FALSE PRIDE,
SUPERIORITY, AND EGO.

THE OTHER IS GOOD.
IT IS JOY, PEACE LOVE, HOPE SERENITY,
HUMILITY, KINDNESS, BENEVOLENCE,
EMPATHY, GENEROSITY,
TRUTH, COMPASSION AND FAITH.”

THE GRANDSON THOUGH ABOUT
IT FOR A MINUTE AND THEN ASKED
HIS GRANDFATHER:

“WHICH WOLF WINS?…”
THE OLD CHEROKEE SIMPLY REPLIED,
“THE ONE THAT YOU FEED”

The_Light_in_Me

Are you stuck in the past?

How do we truly let go of our past.  This is not an easy question to answer but I have learned along the way that most of the time  it is about allowing all of our feelings to surface and filter through us.  The only way I have learned to do this is through the wisdom of the heart.  I have learned a lot of academic knowledge like many of us over the years and yet I have discovered however educational and enlightening this is, knowledge is limited.  Through Shadow work I learned that our freedom is through the wisdom of the heart.  “What you cannot feel you cannot heal.”  This is why so many of us are stuck in the past holding onto old feelings,beliefs and emotions that dictate how we are in the world and especially how we relate to others.  When we bury these we effectively dam our life force that eventually becomes stagnant.

Because of the many challenges and losses in life we tend to harden and shut down to living whole heartedly.  This is because we are frightened of been hurt again and therefore we refuse to be vulnerable or even worse see vulnerability as a weakness. Being vulnerable is not the same as being a victim.  When we fall into our stories by blaming others for our circumstances and choose to be miserable that is being a victim.  Being vulnerable is one of the most courageous acts in life.  Being vulnerable means there is nothing to hide, we will risk failure and heartbreak again and again, we will play full out no matter what we have been dwelt or what our present circumstance is. We are willing to allow all of our feelings to flow through us by being fully present to what is!

At this stage in my life I want more than anything to life full out, I believe this is possible for all of us but it takes practice and willingness.  Both of these elude me from time to time but I get reminded and step right back on the path.  I still have lots more to learn from my heart and I have discovered more questions than answers.  My heart has taught me that the questions are the answers.  I guess this is what the mystics and saints call “living in the mystery”.   I have spent enough time in the first half of my life accumulating knowledge and now I want to silence my mind more and open my heart wide to its wisdom.  I believe this is where we allow the flood gates of life to flow at full strength!

I recently listened to a Ted talk by Dr.Brene Brown who has a PHD in Social Work. In this talk she speaks to living whole heartedly how it is directly linked to being vulnerable.  This is worth the time to listen.  ENJOY!

 

How do you want to spend this next year of your life?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recently I found myself falling into some old negative beliefs again, along with some old patterns of behavior. Feeling frustrated and disappointed in myself I decided to go for a walk. I was walking along a small rural road, busy in thought when I looked ahead and instantly seen the stop sign ahead. For that moment in time I felt a little jolt, as though I was being reminded to “stop” and shift my thinking and simply be present to what was surrounding me. I smiled and reminded myself to lighten up and breathe. Suddenly I was aware of the beautiful white and grey trunks of the bare hard wood trees, the majestic evergreens filling in the spaces in between, chickadees flitting from branch to branch and the fresh scent of the morning. Where was this a moment ago; lost in the thoughts of the past. Read the rest of this entry »

Celebrate this moment!

Lately all you hear is New Year resolutions.  Although I am sure that for some this is something that is powerful and life changing,  but for most of us though it becomes a quickly passing phase of regrets and “should ofs” or “could ofs” and so on.  Like the enviable“first thing Monday morning I will start …….”.

Recently I was sent this wonderful message about instead of making new resolutions by wiping your slate clean take a moment of gratitude for the year.  Don’t be only grateful for all the wonderful things that is easy but also be grateful for all the hard things that taught us to be stronger to strive harder! Mostly be in deep gratitude for this “moment”.  The moment you are in right now as you read this! :)  Read the rest of this entry »

Become an Evolutionary

The word Evolutionary is used allot these days.  There is a intuition that seems to have an urgency connected that is calling us all to awaken.  Awaken to the new possibilities for our world.  We intuitively know that our world cannot continue on the same path if we want this beautiful planet to be here for the next generations.  

There is a feeling of sort that seems to be waking up in many of us to this call to change.  Sometimes it may seem daunting!  But it takes so little for each of us to stand in a place of williningness.  If we are willing nothing is impossible!  Part of this call is to use less and love more.  The only real answer is love.  I heard Greg Braden speak recently and I am not sure if this is his quote but he said love is the only answer for every question!

This week the invitation is how we can use less, whether that is resources or people.  We need to become more aware and present to what we eat, buy and how we treat others. We have already uncovered the uselessness of coveting, we need to honour each other as a global family and put more value on each other.  Find ways to share who and what we have.  Be that change that Ghandi speaks of.  We only need to make small changes and this will lead to bigger and wiser choices.  Reach out in love and acceptance instead of anger and gossip this week.  Challenge ourselves to be the change in our work places.  Find ways to fill our hearts and others with peace.  We can all start at home and around our communities. 

This is the true Evolution, become what we want to see in the world!  Stop waiting for someone else to make a change. No matter what our belief or spiritual practices are let us be accepting and open to learning from each other.  What ever we call our higher power, no matter what we believe, we all need to live and survive here on mother earth together.  Instead of trying to convert others convert ourselves into an instruments of peace and love.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;                      
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

“Perfection is God’s business”

“I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence, I can reach for; perfection is God’s business.”  Michael J. Fox

 Perfectionism is overrated lets not forget impossible!  Funny how even though we understand this to be true intellectually we often find ourselves in this bid to be perfect.  As if somehow if we can’t “do” and “be” perfect we are somehow flawed.   

This has been a strange week for me; I have times like this where I go down what I refer to as “the rabbit hole”.  You know the feeling when all of a sudden (or not so sudden) we find ourselves in a dark lost place.  When I first arrive here I often struggle with not being perfect somehow,  my ego will struggle and tell me that I should not be here again.  Only after I surrender that notion I become familiar and even Ok with this place.  Somewhere in my heart I have learned that no matter what is going on emotionally that there is a wee still quiet place that exists no matter what I am feeling.   In this internal space I am infinitely connected to God and have all that I need.   

I spend less and less time in this rabbit hole these days, and for the most part I don’t fall to far down before (with divine guidance) I pull myself out once again into the light.  I have come to know that these times when I feel out of sorts are opportunities to check in and see what it is that I need. I can fall into old patterns and know when I do that they are only a sign post that directs me inward. 

 Understanding and even embracing all of whom I am, my dark and my light is a constant journey of discovery.  A journey that is one of the greatest gifts I have ever given myself.

“Let us remember that within us there is a palace of immense magnificence”  Teresa of Avila

picture by Debbie Roberts

picture by Debbie Roberts