What You Fight, You Strengthen

You have the ability to create powerful changes in your experience.

“When stuck in apathy, procrastination, or the morass of depression, choose one small task and complete it mindfully. Momentum will follow.”
~Ezra Bayda~

Sometimes the changes we seek to create in the world (and within ourselves) seem daunting or overwhelming. Discomfort arises when we begin to realize that something needs to shift and, of course, the ego-mind immediately jumps in with momentum to stop dialogue.

Bring your focus to the end result and celebrate the fact that if you can visualize it with passion, you can draw in what you wish. Rather than fighting what you perceive as “wrong”, purposefully feed your energy into what inspires you as you create positive changes.

Most people do not realize how powerful they are. Making even one small positive change can shift the momentum of your life. Set an intention and speak it out loud in the present tense as you set the tone for the day. Then support your intention by ensuring that your thoughts, words and actions are all in alignment. And finally, be willing to receive with the knowledge that you are a powerful co-creator of your experience.

Creating Sacred Space

In this fast-paced, intense world, everyone needs a sacred space to re-balance, recharge and be at peace.

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.”
~Joseph Campbell~

Everything is energy and we are significantly impacted by the frequencies that surround us. It’s important to ensure that your home is set up in a way that allows you to feel more deeply connected to your true, authentic nature. This looks different for everyone, of course, and that’s the beauty of discovery!  Does everything around you touch your heart in some way?

It’s also important to create a specific space in which to meditate, pray or move into stillness. Keep this space dedicated for mindful activity so that the energy is always ready to help when you need to release the stress of an intense day. The more consistently you use this space, the more it becomes filled with the light of consciousness.

This is immensely helpful when there are many people sharing the home. When you are at peace, you have more kindness, patience and compassion to share with others.

Wisdom

There is always something new to discover.

“Embrace the wisdom of uncertainty.”
~Deepak Chopra~

A vibrant life is one that is filled with adventures of experience and discovery. Every situation we encounter has multiple layers of information that continue to provide insight as we move forward on the path of awakening. See the obstacles and challenges you encounter as stepping stones to an evolving, empowered version of yourself.

We learn through contrast, ultimately finding that everything has something of value to teach. Experiences are interpreted through the filters created by our level of consciousness; therefore, as you awaken, understand that your interpretations will transform as well. Breakthroughs occur when we learn to be comfortable with the unknown.

You are a work in progress. Integrate the lessons, be willing to expand your perceptions and welcome the changes that prompt you to go beyond outmoded ideas and perceived limitation. Bless all that you’ve learned. Appreciate those who have walked this journey with you, and most importantly, honor your path as sacred by living with an open heart.

Silence

Listen.

“Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me. Be silent.”
~Rumi~

Many people experience great stress in their lives. This is often due to the lack of moments of solitude and reflection. In our busy world, we are constantly inundated with sounds and images that keep the mind active. Contemplative silence is a necessary and empowering practice.

All of life has secrets to share. In stillness, mysteries can make themselves known. Insight combines with inner wisdom to inspire words of compassion, healing and light. Demonstrate your loving nature by approaching your interactions from a place of mindfulness. Let your words uplift and inspire.

Consistent moments of Presence will awaken conscious awareness throughout your daily journey of discovery. Your peaceful approach will transform communication from banalities into authentic exploration. This is what cultivates and strengthens the friendships of the soul.

Lucid Living

You are the dreamer and life is the dream.

“To awaken within the dream is our purpose now. When we are awake within the dream, the ego-created earth-drama comes to an end and a more benign and wondrous dream arises. This is the new earth.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

Lucid dreaming is a term that means to be conscious of the fact that you are dreaming while still in the midst of the dream. As we awaken spiritually, we discover that life itself is a dream and learn to see beyond the illusion to the truths of our purpose here.

To be spiritually aware in the midst of illusion could be called Lucid Living. This means that we are no longer identified with the things of this world. Seek to bring a balance of your spirituality to your physical expression of life by being in the world but not of it.

Some spiritual seekers withdraw completely from life, shunning the trappings of unconsciousness: money, prestige, tangible items and the like; however, as we awaken the ego becomes more subtle. These same people can tend to develop a new ego-identity: one of “the enlightened one.” They may see themselves as “more evolved” than those around them which involves judgment.

The key is to function well in the world, to enjoy and even love the things of this earth without attachment, to be immersed in the present moment as an awakening soul while walking consciously in the midst of our physical playground.

We are in the process of discovering a peacefulness that transcends the human experience.

 

Being Present

Today, choose to fully immerse yourself within one aspect of your experience and observe the ways in which you are transformed.

“Practice Presence – embrace the place where life happens.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

Lose yourself within a cloud formation. Observe the effortless artistry as the forces of nature consistently transform the day. A leaf falls, the sun rises to its zenith, a flower blooms. The ability to be a loving witness to the miracles of creation sparks passion and peacefulness that long to be given expression.

Throughout the day, bring mindful presence to whatever you choose to do. Whether working or playing or resting, be here now. Notice how your body responds to each step you take. Does the warmth of the sun on your skin awaken a smile? When you close your eyes and breathe, do you feel love? Does the flight of a bird reflect your own sense of freedom?

Your presence inspires the presence in others. More impactful than any words, the stillness of being is a timeless gift that can be shared at any moment. Be the peace you wish to see in the world.

The Life Experiment

Observe how you respond to the world around you.

“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

Pay attention to how your well-being is impacted by the world around you. Part of this life experiment is discovered through openhearted exploration of our physical experience while observing how we respond to all that we encounter. Things that are enriching can be celebrated and enjoyed. Anything depleting should be released or consciously transformed.

The key is to notice when we feel more connected to one another and to the Divine. If particular foods or drink affect the body negatively, observe without judgment and choose to make healthier choices as you move forward. Trust your inner wisdom and apply that same mindful attention to music, reading material, those who surround you and what you choose to bring into your experience.

Eventually, you’ll surround yourself with uplifting energy and encounters that consistently enhance your spiritual, physical, mental and emotional experience. You can choose reactivity or purposely take an active role in creating the life of your dreams.

 

Awakening

Be willing to stay present with whatever is unfolding in your experience.

“The heart that seeks to awaken, to live genuinely, is more real than anything. That nameless drive calls you to be who you most truly are.”
~ Ezra Bayda~

Your heart seeks to awaken. When you walk consciously in the world, you’ll discover that all of life supports you in this endeavor. Every moment is filled with unlimited opportunities for insight and clarity and the ability to recognize the inherent sacredness in all that you see is heightened.

Let the music of your soul come alive and infuse your journey with joy. You are engaged in the dance of awakening and can strengthen this movement of awareness by living authentically. Your path of transformation is unique and will continue to bless you in ways that you cannot imagine.

Silence the mind and choose to dwell in this moment with balance and elegance. Honor all that you have loved and lost, all that you have learned, and all the beauty that is yet to come. Allow life’s mystery to come alive, transforming your human adventure into one of magic and prescience.

The Gift of Compassion

Those who challenge you the most on the physical plane love you the most on the spiritual plane.

“Through relationship we grow and learn. Through relationship we heal and are returned to wholeness and truth. We need others to mirror our misperceptions and our projections and to help us bring repressed material to consciousness for healing.”
~ Colin Tipping~

The quickest way through any challenge is to utilize the contrasts. As you observe the ego clamoring to take action, choose to slow down and breathe and consciously do the opposite. When we feel compelled again and again to have our say, to voice an opinion, to point out others’ shortcomings, there’s more power in being silent.

Your energy determines how much you get out of this exercise. If your silence contains anger, then it is harming you and not balancing the situation. When anger arises, observe it, and ask how you can bring love to the present moment. As you enter a state of compassion, your silence has meaning and purpose.

There is an ebb and flow to all relationships. They serve a vital purpose in our awakening and it can be helpful to remember that we are all doing the best we can based upon our level of consciousness, imprints, and life experiences.

Living With an Open Heart

You cannot completely understand the changes that you are in the process of creating in your experience. You are on a voyage to a new world.

“With my loving attitude, I help to create a world where it is safe for us to love each other.” 

~Louise Hay~
You are a master in the process of awakening. Infinite possibilities await discovery, and the way to recognize them is to drop self-created blinders and limiting thought patterns. You can choose to enter the realm of pure potential.
Pure potential is found in the present moment and can be accessed this instant through acceptance. The way to gauge your level of consciousness is by observing your sense of peace and grace in the present moment.
If there is anger, anxiety, resentment or fear, please understand that you are allowing your mind to disrupt the beauty of the Now. Bring your awareness to the thoughts that repeat and purposely utilize stillness, conscious breath, gratitude or mindfulness to dispel the illusions of thought.
The key to grace is the ability to feel, express and laugh. The magnificence of your being is experienced by being more vulnerable and dropping defense mechanisms. Choose to bring an unprotected heart to your meeting place.