Accepting Change

Change creates a space in which something new can occur.

“I am safe in the world. I am comfortable with change and growth.”  ~Louise Hay~

Repetitive patterns are meant to be broken. As old beliefs and behaviors become outmoded, our soul will seek new experiences. The mind, fearing the unknown, will create obstacles, reasons to procrastinate or “what if?” scenarios that paralyze. Sometimes, a thunderous shift will occur in one’s experience that forces a change. In those moments, the awakened soul will turn and greet it with conscious awareness knowing that resistance creates needless pain and confusion.

Acceptance allows us to see more clearly. Rather than getting caught up in the mechanisms of the mind, we look within to find the lesson, inspiration and insight. Walking forward, we have an opportunity to expand into new levels of consciousness.

“There is a great value in doing new things, not just for diversion or escape, but in order to help us awaken. When we put ourselves in a new or foreign situation, that very act awakens our senses, our awareness, our presence. Sometimes we have to take a leap in order to experience and heal the fear that holds us ever at the edge of familiar safety. Our task in awakening is to go against the grain of our mechanical tendencies.”  ~Ezra Bayda~

Taking Conscious Action

Choosing to take full responsibility for your own experience leads to empowerment and spiritual mastery.

“Feeling disappointment is a natural part of being human. Festering in resentment is against our deepest nature.”
~Ezra Bayda~ 

When you seek movement in your experience, operate from a state of empowerment rather than one of victimhood. If a situation has created challenges in your experience, recognize that it has a valid purpose in your spiritual growth. Initially, it may be difficult to know the right steps to take: is it appropriate to leave it, change it or accept it?

Begin by attempting to create change using the tools you have cultivated thus far on your journey. Communication, compassion, conscious action and intention can shift the energy dramatically in many cases. If you have tried these to no avail, consider if it’s in your highest good to step away and pivot into another direction on your life path. If you are stuck in the situation, then you must accept it and change your perspective.

No matter which approach you deem appropriate, each brings unique lessons, insight and energy that will ultimately assist in your awakening. Everything works toward your highest good. Everything.

Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

Rather than being a slave of the mind, seek instead to regulate it back into the helper it is meant to be.

“Enlightenment is a state of freedom not only from the counterproductive emotions driving cyclic existence but also from the predispositions established in the mind by those afflictive emotions.”
~Dalai Lama~ 

What you allow to repeat in your mind slowly becomes a truth that you experience in your daily life. For example: if one thinks that no one appreciates them, this mindset eventually creates a filter through which every experience is interpreted. Even when someone expresses appreciation or kindness, it will be overlooked or viewed with suspicion by the person who is enslaved by their own mind and beliefs.

As we become more aware of our limiting thought patterns, we can consciously choose to shine the light of consciousness upon them. The ego-generated negativity can only function well in the dark; therefore, your attention and positive choices will shift the energy. Affirmative statements, when repeated consistently, create new experiences. The mind will, at first, attempt to sabotage because its tendency is to embrace the known and fear the unknown – even when the unknown is a life of peacefulness, balance and joy.

You can create the life of your dreams and it begins now, in this moment. Keep your thoughts aligned with what you wish to experience. Be kind to yourself and know that when you change your thoughts, you change your life.

Giving Love

Create space in which a transformation can occur.

“What we want most from another is often most difficult for them to give. Conversely, what’s most difficult for us to give is often what another wants most from us.”
~Ezra Bayda~ 

Every relationship in your life provides an opportunity to become a better version of yourself. Neediness, desire, frustration or feelings of lack often push us into areas of self-awareness and growth that we would never venture on our own. Notice these feelings of discomfort when they arise and rather than feeding energy into them, go deeper within to discover the emotional wound that is ready to be healed. Your awareness and attention begin the process of transformation.

Let your actions be guided by joy rather than by fear or lack. When you can give without attachment or expectation, you allow the limitless love of the Divine to flow through you. Whether interacting with family, friends, lovers or strangers, be love. Your kindness can transform the world. Those who grace your life need you to be your authentic self. Do your best, act with integrity, accept what is.

Sensing Sacredness

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Consciously spending time in nature is another pathway to Oneness.
“The sun shines not on us but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us. Thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing. The trees wave and the flowers bloom in our bodies as well as our souls, and every bird song, wind song, and tremendous storm song of the rocks in the heart of the mountains is our song, our very own, and sings our love.”
~John Muir~ 

As we learn to transcend the mechanics of the ego and rise above thought, we are able to recognize the sacredness in life and within ourselves. All that you see is a reflection of your current state of consciousness; therefore, choose to periodically remove yourself from outside distraction and just be. Experience the beauty of life without mental chatter. Immerse yourself in the magic of the present moment and feel the love that rains down upon you from all dimensions.

When we spend time in nature in this manner, our energy is replenished. The stresses of the day become less important as simple gratitude transforms the mundane into the sacred. The small, ordinary things of life become vehicles of spiritual awakening. The laugh of a child, the love of a dog, clouds creating pictures in the sky… everything is the voice of the Divine. Recognizing this, you are enlightened.

Creating a New Reality

Turn and face your shadows. Shine the light of consciousness upon them.

“Wholeness is beyond the shadow. The only ones who conquer the shadow don’t fight it; they transcend it. When you transcend, you go beyond.”
~Deepak Chopra~ 

No matter what challenges you face, remember that no problem can be solved at the same level of consciousness at which it was created. Therefore, if anger or reactivity set a frustrating situation in motion, purposely shift yourself to a higher level such as courage or neutrality prior to taking corrective action. Ruthlessly observe your state of consciousness, consciously take ownership of it and love yourself enough to gently correct course when required.

Transcending fear allows each of us to be a source of love. Through awareness our vision expands and we learn to accept ourselves without blame. Acceptance releases the need for self-judgment, guilt or recrimination, and rather than seeing oneself as flawed, we see only a spirit who is in the process of awakening.

As we change, the world around us is transformed. Life becomes easier as we become less reactive. We discover the joy of being and begin to view existence without the old filters of limitation. The result? Wholeness, joy and peace.

Everything is Music

Have you ever stopped to listen to the symphony of existence?

“If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.”
~Albert Einstein~

All of life plays its perfect part in the symphony of your experience. Dedicate a moment today to listen to the song of your heart. The beauty resides within the contrast and the silences as much as it does within the melody.

Step outside and hear the music of nature. Existence itself sings your name with messages of love. Feel the rhythm and allow it to move your soul. When you find the place where sound and spirit meet, you’ll discover a new depth and breadth of experience.

Become a pure channel for the creative energy of the Universe. Open yourself by learning to embrace periods of silence. Remove all distractions and focus on the beat of your heart and the breath as it fills your lungs. Realize that you are a vibrant, living, evolving work of art.

The Joy of Being

Purposely slow down, breathe and fully experience this moment.

“You are an incredible mystery that you will never figure out. To be this mystery consciously is the greatest joy.”
~Adyashanti~

Life doesn’t happen to us, life responds to us; therefore, the process of awakening requires that we take full responsibility for our state of consciousness in the present moment. Joy is something that we must choose again and again and there are many ways to align with its energy. Purposely surround yourself with sparks of magic and gratitude and let your life be a living, evolving conversation with the Divine.

Joyfulness opens us to receive the vibrant blessings that are all around us. Sharing smiles, kindnesses, optimism, heartfelt hugs and compassion feeds our collective consciousness in miraculous ways. The greatest gift that you can give is to be a source of joy for those who grace your life.

You are a unique expression of the Divine. There are infinite layers and levels and facets to explore – allow joy to light your way.

 

Life Supports You

In every moment you have a choice to live from the heart.

“I see the best in everyone and help them bring out their most joyous qualities.”
~Louise Hay~

When we choose to live from the heart, the journey becomes a blessing. It’s easier to recognize the beauty that surrounds us, to laugh at ourselves and take life a little less seriously. We realize that we can honor each others’ paths without judgment or expectation.

Embrace those who grace your experience with joyous delight. Your demonstration of consistent, unconditional love creates space where a transformation can occur. Trust the processes of your awakening. The only thing over which you have any control is how you choose to respond to life. Your choice to live, love and let go demonstrates a freedom and faith that will propel you into new dimensions.

Nothing is missing. You are right where you need to be. You can breathe new life into your relationships by allowing love to work through you.

Complacency

Spiritual practice is not about playing it safe. It’s about expanding perception through new experiences and discovering facets of your strength that have yet to be explored.

“Don’t die with your music still inside you.”
~Wayne Dyer~

As we play the game of life, it’s easy to get distracted by the trappings of perceived safety. Many strive within the framework of this illusion and coast through their days on autopilot thinking that all is well. Often, life will present a challenge that seems to pull the rug out from under our feet – health problems, the partner who leaves, financial struggle, anything that rocks the foundation – and we are left with no choice but to accept what is in order to move forward.

When we can say “yes” to the shocks of life, they transform us. They compel us to enter new pathways of experience that we would not have consciously chosen. Our perspectives change, we cultivate greater compassion and discover the support and love that surrounds us.

Know that whatever unfolds in your life is happening for you rather than to you. Every circumstance plays its role in your spiritual development. Your vulnerability and faith ensure that you will continue to grow and it’s important to remember that you are loved, supported and guided each and every step of the way.