Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lessons from the Laundromat - The Law of Circulation

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Last year we had to move unexpectedly. My husband, a friend and I landed in a great place. We moved from an old apartment building to a large four bedroom house with a backyard. The only thing missing is a washer and dryer. So we take bi-monthly trips to the laundromat.

At first I hated the idea, but we didn’t have the funds for a washer and dryer. So off we trekked to a place called Superior Laundry about 10 minutes down the road with our bags of laundry. At 8:30 a.m. on a Monday morning we arrived to find it kind of busy. I hoped it would all go smoothly.

We got our carts and found machines that weren’t being used. So far so good. I noticed the dryers were just about all busy. Damn, I thought. Would we have to wait? We didn’t.

As we made our way through the process, I noticed the flow. No one seemed to have to wait. As long as you stayed in the flow, cleared out the machines when they were done and moved along at a decent pace all needs were met.

When I walked in and saw that it was busy, I was thinking from a lack mindset. The laundromat is a place of continual flow and movement. There wasn’t going to be a hold up because everything kept moving.

This is true of our experiences and lives. All is in continual flow. As long as things keep moving and we stay in the flow, we get what we need.

I did notice there were possible problems when someone put their laundry in the dryers and then staked out folding space for the next 30 minutes or so. That space could have been used by someone else who would have been finished by the time that person’s clothes were dry.

This is how we can block the flow of life around us. Holding onto anything you’re not using can cause a backup. Just like the laundromat, life is a process. There is a continual flow. That’s not to say there aren’t times of rest of course, but it’s all process and movement.

Now I remember to stay in the flow at the laundromat and I’m learning to do it in all areas of my life. Life is a gift to be used and to be given. May we all stay in the flow of Love.

Monday, March 5, 2018

The Power of Being

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It’s been about the doing for so long that I forgot to just be. Be the writer. Be the word priestess. Be the spiritual guide. And just simply be. It became about doing the writing and doing the work of a spiritual guide.

Wisdom found me in the form of a book, Neale Donald Walsch on Abundance and Right Livelihood. He reached out to me with his words to remind me abundance lives in me and by giving of myself…wisdom, experience, prayer, healing words…I can realize this abundance. It’s about being instead of doing. He says it isn’t by doing that we get money or any other form of abundance. It’s by remembering who we are and acting from there.

Yesterday I changed the way I view myself. I think I’d been heading in this direction for the past couple of weeks, but Neale nudged me just a little further. I stepped into being the spiritual guide and word priestess and people have reached out to me. I brought into my experience those who needed help by being that which is needed.

We believe we have to make things happen by doing, but it’s really when we stop doing and just be who we are that things happen. This doesn’t mean we don’t take action. It just means we take action from who we are being. It follows naturally. And it feels good. If it doesn’t feel good, you’re probably in a doing mindset. Let go. When you can just be, Spirit takes over. There is synchronicity, powerful intuition and inspirations when we allow things to unfold. This is the good news. This is the gift Life offers. Embrace it and miracles and magic will surround you.

Monday, February 26, 2018

You Already Have All You Need

The title may not seem true to you if you don’t have the money in hand to pay bills now due or a working car or any number of other unmet needs. I understand the frustration. In fact, I’m dealing with it right now. My life is my practice.

I don’t have it all figured out. But I do know that the frustration I feel is not helpful. It’s a result of me thinking I don’t have what I need. I get to turn this around. My way of viewing the situation can be changed.

What I do know is that everything I see and experience is colored by my thoughts and beliefs. And all of it is in the One Mind. We are the rising energy of Spirit moving into expression through all manner of being. If I am that which is everything and the potential of everything, I have all I need.

The practice comes in fully realizing this truth in the midst of my experience. I get into to trouble when I run around in fear and try to make things happen. I interfere/interfear. I interject my fears into the One Mind and so that is what plays out for me.

I realize the truth by becoming silent and connecting to Spirit. I allow the Presence to take over so I can relax. When I relax and trust, I am open to Spirit’s inspirations and grace.

There are studies that show how a relaxed state of mind is conducive to solving problems because we are open to what is already there within the subconscious. Fear is restriction and restriction cuts off flow. Release the fear and the way through is made clear.

Another way to put this is, know the truth and then show the truth. The truth is that you do have all you need. I speak this as a reminder to myself. I treat and I trust. I know and I show. Spiritual Mind Treatment or affirmative prayer is a tool I use to shift my consciousness. But the main thing to do is to trust and let go. The answers are within. Everything we need comes from Spirit rising to the surface.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Let It Be

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Whoever makes all cares into a single care, the care for simply being present, will be relieved of all cares by the Presence, which is the creative power.
~ Kabir Helminski

The Beatles may have come to mind when you saw the title to this blog. Their beautiful song "Let it Be" expresses the core of the wisdom tradition. We can relax and know all is well no matter what is going on around us. When we know this, when we let this be our truth, we take part in creating it as our experience.

Our greatest power comes in letting go. We set our intentions based on the desires in our heart, but then we let it be what it will. We hand it over to a power greater than us. We do this trusting the Presence has a greater perspective than we do.

Let it be is a phrase used in the Bible to express the idea of creative power. God says, let there be light, and there was. We have creative power, too. We speak our word and then let it be. As our desire rises and we speak it, it exists. There may be actions we need to take on the physical plane, but the power of creation is in knowing it is already done and so we just need to let it be.

There is a Buddhist tale where a monk meditating in his cell is confronted by a soldier who is pointing a gun at him. The monk doesn’t react and so the soldier gets angry and says, “You don’t understand. I have the power to take your life.” The monk responds with, “No, you don’t understand. I have the power to let you.”

This story shows us that we always have choice and the power to create our experience. We’ve been taught that we have no power over our experiences. The above scenario seems impossible to believe we would have power in it. But that’s where we must change our thinking.

To let something be is to trust our good which is always with us. I don’t have to do anything because my good is here and now. As I mentioned above, there may be steps to take on the physical plane, but our mindset, our heartset is one of non-interference. We are weavers not because we do something out there but because we weave the light of consciousness at the heart of Being.

Monday, February 12, 2018

You Need to Begin Where You Are and Where You Are is Holy Ground

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You can appreciate your life, even if it is an imperfect situation.
~ Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Discontent may motivate us to change, but it cannot help us to change. Discontent breeds more discontent because where you focus shall be your experience.

But it’s important to acknowledge where you are right now. If you work to manifest something that is beyond your belief, it’s not likely to happen. It’s important to have a vision of where you want to go, but then you need only focus on the next step and that step needs to feel possible. Often, if you remain open and listen for what comes next, you’ll be presented with an idea that is believable or action that is doable. If we rush to act before we are inspired, those actions may not have the power of your belief behind them.

What’s even more important is to live in gratitude and appreciate your life right now even if it’s imperfect as mentioned in the quote above. Just as discontent breeds more discontent, gratitude breeds more gratitude or as Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money says, “What you appreciate, appreciates.”

Wherever you happen to be right now in your life, I want you to know that you walk on holy ground. Gratitude is an act that acknowledges this fact. When we acknowledge that our life and everything is holy, miracles occur. Our minds are transformed and we are moved to reverence. And it is in this state we create true change.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Tomorrow Begins Within

The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

What would you like to experience in your life? Whether it’s abundance, love or a successful career doing what you love, it all begins within.

The future enters into us as a desire. If we want that desire to become an experience, we bring our attention to it by visualizing it, affirming it as though it already exists and feeling how we would feel while having the experience. We bring it to life with our imagination and our hearts.

But it takes a little more than imagination. In order to bring the tomorrow of our dreams into our lives we must allow the desire to transform and evolve. There is a certain amount of letting go involved in creating the life we want.

Here’s one way I experienced this process. Last May, I found out the building I lived in was being sold. It was actually already in escrow. There was only a week between finding out and getting a letter from the new owners telling us our services as managers were no longer needed and our rent was going to be doubled. We had 60 days to move if we couldn’t afford it. We couldn’t.

So, we had this unexpected life change upon us. It was such a shock that at first I couldn’t act. I had to change the shock and fear into a desire for a better place to live. I had wanted that anyway. The universe had given me a nudge.

I went back to that desire and visualized and affirmed that I had a great place to live. While doing this my husband and I researched possibilities. Every avenue seemed to be blocked. Financially we weren’t ready for this move.

At this point I just surrendered, trusting that my inner work would guide me. It did. As I relaxed into it, the desire evolved and a friend’s available house came to mind. But how could we afford it? That was solved as well. A friend in the same building became a roommate.

We began to feel things were possible again. It was touch and go for a while. We didn’t know if it would come about, but I continued to trust. Then I remembered when I first saw the house I now call home. Our friend gave us a tour when she first bought it. There’s a little nook up and behind the master bedroom. My desire for the place began then. I wanted to experience writing in that little nook. Years went by, but now that desire was the one drawing me to the house.

The future entered me nearly 10 years ago when I saw the nook. It had evolved and now joined the desire to have a nice, affordable place to live. Knowing fully what I wanted, I completely surrendered. Two months to the day of the call from our former landlord about selling the apartment building, we were moved into the house with my writing nook. This is where I am sitting now as I write this.

This future wasn’t just about a place to live. It was about becoming the writer I always wanted to be. Released from the old life of time consuming building management and maintenance I am now free to live the live I’ve always wanted.

As the desire is transformed, so are we. Inspired we feel the pull of our creation as it leads us to take the actions that will bring it into form and surrender when needed. It may take hours, days, weeks, months or years depending on the desire and our ability to allow the tomorrow of our dreams to come. But if we trust the process and take the actions, tomorrow will arrive in the way we dreamed…and often better.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Becoming Aware of Our Layers

 “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.”
C.G. Jung

As we grow through life we gain more and more layers. There is a richness in this and a beautiful complexity, but we can become blind to older layers that still play a role in our lives.

An old layer of mine is fear of abandonment. My parents left me with my aunt for a week when I was just six weeks old. My mother’s mother passed and she needed to take care of things far away. I always had this fear of being left and so was a bit clingy as a child. I thought I’d grown out of it, but I found, through deep spiritual work that it was still there and it was affecting my life in a myriad of ways.  I found that my people pleasing stemmed from this fear as well as my inability to get truly close to most people. Becoming aware of this layer and its subsequent layers has allowed me to find self-acceptance, a stronger core and to become more open.

Peeling back our layers to discover more about ourselves helps us to understand where any particular layer may be getting in the way of our best life. Through meditation, contemplation and other spiritual practices we can see the richness and complexity of who we are. And once we see it, we can then realize we are more than those aspects. We can realize that for all the beauty that is found in the combination of our many selves, even more beauty is contained in our ability to consciously choose who we become.