Collective Awakening

Everything we experience offers another opportunity to awaken.

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
~Albert Einstein~

Each of us plays a part in the collective awakening of the planet. Start by going within. Have the courage to face your own shadows and shine the light of consciousness upon them. This purposeful observation and awareness begins the transformation. The more peaceful you are on the inner, the more compassion and kindness you will demonstrate in your interactions.

There are various aspects to spiritual awakening: personal, ancestral, collective. We begin by focusing on the self, healing old wounds, releasing judgment and anger and discovering healthy empowerment. But growth doesn’t end there. Our expanding sense of “We are One” takes on new meaning as we open our hearts to show others the way. By teaching we anchor our knowledge and are compelled to apply it consistently in our life situations.
Personal evolution transforms into collective growth. The members of our soul group are also affected and will share in the new energy we emit. As you clear your own karmic imbalances, it frees those spirits to explore new aspects of their own awakening.
We are called upon to participate in a living, evolving experience of mutual awakening as the highest form of awareness. Love, teach, be an example… repeat.

Compassionate Detachment

I hold no cherished outcome… I am not subject to disappointment.
~From the Celtic Vows of Friendship~
“May I live this day…
Compassionate of heart,
Clear in word,
Gracious in awareness,
Courageous in thought,
Generous in love.
~John O’Donohue~
Attachment creates pain. We want things to be a certain way, we cling to self-imposed ideals of how life should be and when events seem to spiral out of control, we resist. All of this discomfort springs from the belief that we shouldn’t have any problems. Begin to create a healthy form of detachment by seeing the events of life only as the ebb and flow of experience. Know instead, that whatever unfolds is perfect for your growth and perfect for the awakening of all involved. This is how we transform challenges into empowerment.
Through complete surrender we begin to realize that peace always resides underneath the storms of thought. When we drop the need to resist, the heart begins to awaken. Compassion, for ourselves and others, allows us to see beyond the judgments of the mind and embrace whatever life has to offer. You are a child of light. Dive deeply into the present moment and see what you discover.

Never Stop Learning

Let your dreams expand into new dimensions.

“It’s from being melancholy and having my human down experiences that I learn, that I overcome, that I transform – and these realizations I put into song. That’s what I choose to put in my backpack and carry with me around the world.”
~Jason Mraz~

Past achievements, titles, relationships, challenges and experiences have all contributed to the person you are today. When you choose to view your history as a series of stepping stones without being attached to the recognition or stories, you will see the purpose each has played in your growth.

Keep moving forward. Embrace who you are now – a master in the process of awakening – and allow joy and passion to lead you onward. Empowerment is taking full responsibility for every aspect of your experience.

Likewise, observe those who grace your life. Encourage them to rise a little farther. Help them to recognize the beauty of their journey and all that waits discovery. The greatest gift that you can give another is to provide the space in which a transformation can occur.

Miracles await. When we really pay attention, everything and everyone becomes our teacher. Never stop learning… for the dance of awakening has just begun.

Positive Changes

Treat yourself well.

“When you’re at peace with yourself and love yourself, it is virtually impossible to do things to yourself that are destructive.”
~Wayne Dyer~

No matter what changes you wish you create in your experience, begin with self-love. When you are balanced and joyful you will have more compassion and quality time to give. Your gifts of peaceful mindfulness will create space for more beauty in your own life.

With the best of intentions, many seem to constantly put others first while neglecting themselves. This works until the server gets drained and off-balance. If positive action isn’t taken, the body will create an illness or pain in order to provide a “valid” reason to rest.

Self love prompts us to take moments to recharge. We begin to choose actions that nurture mind, body and spirit. We learn to operate with clarity about energetic boundaries in order to function well while staying in balance. Make peace of mind a priority and honor yourself as sacred. Positive changes will naturally flow throughout your life experience.

 

Thought

When we rise above thought, we enter the Bliss of Being.

Thought-stories come and go like clouds… seemingly there, but yet on close inspection are empty of meaning. Consciousness, like the sky, remains ever untouched, open, free and meaningless.
~Michael Jeffreys~

Over-active mind activity distracts from the ability to fully experience the beauty and potential of the present moment. While in the grip of obsessive thought, one can literally become lost within the labyrinths of the mind. Layers build upon one another until the truth of the soul is obscured by a self-made prison.

One sign of spiritual evolution is the ability to recognize unconscious behavior when it surfaces within you. Self awareness indicates that you are becoming more awake. As you perfect your ability to notice and shift the tenor of limiting thought, you will open pathways to healing and balance.

Be patient with yourself throughout this process. The more expanded your consciousness, the more subtle the ego will need to be… but it’s still just the ego, initiating thoughts that are visitors you can allow in or not, nothing more. You are the field of presence in which thought occurs – an infinite, beautiful soul in the process of awakening.

 

Beyond Words

It’s impossible to explain the Infinite. Live beyond words.

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?
~Zhuangzi~

Allow the mystery of life to unfold as it will. When we choose to live beyond words, we open ourselves to the fullness of experience. The process of participation teaches us of our inter-connectedness with all things.

During your journey today notice how often you label what you see. Observe how the label initially satisfies the ego while limiting how you move through the present moment. (If you’ve seen one oak tree, you’ve seen them all…) Rather than labeling the bird or tree or raindrop, simply experience it with all your senses.

Seek to befriend the mystery of life that surrounds you. With the innocence and wonder of a child, immerse yourself within it. Participation will teach you new ways to experience the world.

Be Still

Acceptance is the foundation of an empowered and balanced life.

“Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance.”
~Morgan Freeman~

When you can remember to stop, breathe and be, a transformative energy begins to flow throughout your experience. All of your decisions and subsequent actions will come from a place of balance and carry within them a heightened source of energy that is not diffused by ego-generated thought or reactivity.

Empowerment has nothing to do with exercising power over others or using your intention to make things unfold the way you desire. Rather, it is displayed in the way you consciously choose to respond to whatever unfolds in the present moment.

Frantic energy breeds chaos and limitation, whereas stillness ignites unlimited potential and possibility. Give yourself spaces of silence and know that you are blessed by all things. You stand at the threshold of compassionate awareness and clarity.

Embrace This Moment

Nothing is more important than your state of consciousness in this moment.

“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”
~Paramahansa Yogananda~

To embrace the Now is to embrace life. Observe all that comes into your experience and watch how it is transformed by your conscious attention. This is the gateway to new realms of perception.

To observe means to be fully present with what is without mental commentary. Just experience the breeze, the child, the challenge or the earth under your feet. When you walk gently, you create an openness that transforms your own spirit.

Honor all that grace your path as sacred. Your life is a constant flow of messages from the Divine that are meant to be felt rather than defined. See yourself as a lifetime student of love.

Authentic joy is often the natural by-product of a quiet presence in the moment. Trust the processes of your awakening. Miracles await discovery.

 

Joyful Expression

Travel a path that has a heart.

“The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments when we touch one another.”
~Jack Kornfield~

Joyfulness is your expression of beauty in the world. It is not the end result of a long and arduous journey; rather, it is the fuel that propels your journey to its inevitable, memorable conclusion.

You have all that you need to create the life of your dreams. Write it down, live it now, expect miracles… and know that the timing will be perfect. Occasionally I’ve encountered those who say, “I’ve done all those things before and nothing happened!” And yes, perhaps nothing happened in the time-frame constructed by the mind; however, by giving up in frustration, they are leaving their story incomplete.

Intuition can give flashes of insight and direction, but it’s important to remember that our perception is very limited by design. Part of awakening is to learn to trust the process. Doing so often leads to the discovery of beautiful surprises that the universe has in store for us when we are truly ready to receive.

One More Step

Peace can happen in one place only – the present moment.

“When you reach the point where you think you can go no farther, taking one more step, one more breath into the heart, is all that’s required.”
~Ezra Bayda~

The path of awakening is the process of remembering our true nature. It calls upon us to release old baggage and beliefs and create a space where transformation can occur. Whenever you observe a repetitive pattern in your experience, see it as an opportunity to break free of habitual ideas and responses.

The more aware you are, the greater your ability to purposely make choices that support your spiritual growth and development. Conscious breathing is a wonderful way to center yourself within the Now. From a place of balance and stillness, new pathways will make themselves known. Gradually you will discover friendships and circumstances that open new doors of understanding and will joyfully celebrate your ever-evolving way of being in the world.