Illumination

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
~Plato~

Like the sun, you shine ever more brightly as you become more spiritually aware. Whether you’re conscious of it or not, this energy does have an impact on those around you. For this reason, it’s important to cultivate compassion with the understanding that others may not yet be ready to see their own shadows… shadows created by the light you cast.

Often we have to stand by and witness as people create additional challenges in their own experience. The ego’s reactivity creates excessive drama causing them to make choices that keep them stuck or they simply make things much harder than they need to be. These patterns come to the surface because they haven’t yet reached the necessary level of understanding or integrated the lesson they are working on.

Compassion comes from remembering how it felt to be asleep yourself. There was likely a time when you fumbled toward ecstasy, lost in the dark, frustrated and looking for answers… until something within you awoke. Shamans call this illumination. The process of awakening is different for everyone – a chance meeting, the perfect teacher comes at the right time – a burst of inspiration shatters limited perception and suddenly, growth is possible. As loving beings, it is our job to offer support without judgment and be there to act as guides when someone is ready to ask for direction.

Cultivating the Art of Patience

“Patience is the calm acceptance that things can happen in a different order than the one you have in mind.”
~David G. Allen~

Patience is more than just being willing to wait. It is choosing to remain conscious and peaceful while waiting.

Often, the spiritual approach to life is the exact opposite of what we witness as physical beings. Our society tends to rush, to place great value on how quickly things are achieved… and then we rush on to the next thing. When we slow down and really pay attention, the entire construct of time begins to change. It slows down with us.

Make patience a focused aspect of your practice today. Observe when you feel you must “kill time” with your cell phone, talking or reading or playing a game while waiting and choose instead to be extra alert and aware. When someone is moving too slowly (figuratively or literally) for the pace you have set, consciously adjust to their pace. Become a receptive listener. When others speak, do not plan ahead what you will say when there is an opening. Listen with your whole being, pause, and then speak.

Because it goes against the grain of our human tendencies, cultivating the art of patience will not only provide valuable insight, but you will witness the varied miracles and synchronicities of life that are often missed in the rush.

Possibility

“The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.”
~James Allen~

Your thoughts create your reality. Where do you choose to allow your mind to dwell? It’s time to break free from any self-imposed prisons and explore infinite possibilities that await your discovery.

Shifting consciousness is a practice. Within it new ways of being are revealed and our interpretations of the world are transformed. As our perception broadens we begin to recognize more opportunities, different outcomes, and bear loving witness to the subtle shifts that shape our lives.

We are evolving beings; therefore, it’s healthy to allow yourself expand into new areas of growth. Throughout the process you may just discover aspects of your being that have long called out for expression. These transformative seeds of light exist within you, and are ready to unfold in your experience.

Be Here Now

“Being spiritual has nothing to do with what you believe and everything to do with your state of consciousness.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

It’s important to create spaces within your experience to be fully present, peaceful and quiet. In a world filled with distractions and demands, it’s easy to lose the Now. Many people constantly rush from one place to another, one belief to another, one goal to another, one lover to another in order to find perceived fulfillment… never realizing that grace and fulfillment are already here.

Slow down and breathe. Take a break from the flow of thought and movement and find the sacredness that resides within and all around you. You’ll discover that this moment is the space of pure potential. In the silence, all things are possible, yet none are required.

Spend this day as a conscious observer. See how much you can engage with life while saying very little. This will allow you to actively participate; however, you may come away with a greater understanding of your own level of consciousness as well as greater clarity regarding those with whom you interact.

The art of stillness is one that consistently needs to be cultivated in the midst of our busy and ever-changing world. You have access to a great wellspring of peace and power that will provide balance and replenish your soul.

Power From Within

“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.”
~David R. Hawkins~

The time has come to honor your innate power and allow yourself to be transformed by love. When you choose to recognize all that you see and experience as sacred, your choices will consistently demonstrate a higher awareness and you will bring a new energy to your interactions.

As we release the need to control, we expand the parameters of possibility. Awareness, acceptance, compassion and empowerment blend to create a new reality. Higher consciousness changes how we relate to one another and ignites an inherent ability to see life differently.

Our world has always been a chaotic place filled with people operating from varying levels of consciousness. This blend of energies has a dual impact, one can either get pulled into limited perception – feeling trapped or powerless – or evolve to an entirely different type of encounter. Both are vital aspects of the human experience. The contrasts of dark and light combine to teach us the hidden mysteries of love.

Initiation

“Every positive change – every jump to a higher level of energy and awareness – involves a rite of passage. Each time to ascend to a higher rung on the ladder of personal evolution, we must go through a period of discomfort, of initiation. I have never found an exception.”
~Dan Millman~

Resisting the dark passage of initiation will create imbalance and crisis in your life experience.

Each of us must walk our own path of initiation. The loss of a loved one, relationship, health, identity or dream forces us to enter a dark night of the soul. The challenges we face often prompt us to explore lessons we would never purposely choose on our own. They provide the opportunity to discover new facets of our strength while teaching how to access our inner wisdom. Eventually, we emerge blinking into the sunlight, changed, the dark passage now a pivotal piece of our history.
Those of who have been tempered by challenging experiences have a sense of empowerment. You can recognize your ability to face the shocks of life with a quiet sense of acceptance and no longer see any losses that occur as wrong or punishment. Know that your transformation and courageousness is an inspiration to those who grace your life.

Silence

“As you quiet your mind, you begin to see the nature of your own resistance more clearly, struggles, inner dialogues, the way in which you procrastinate and develop passive resistance against life. As you cultivate the witness, things change. You don’t have to change them. Things just change.”
~Ram Dass~

We do not need to add more knowledge or new beliefs. It’s far more powerful to learn to rise above the antics of the mind into a place where we can commune with the Divine. We need to experience more wonder and more awe at the beauty that surrounds us. The minds noise can sometimes become a wall that closes us off from the miracle of the present moment.

There is a great depth of spaciousness which resides within you. Step into the silence and see if you can sense the infinite wellspring of potential that is waiting to be discovered.
Learn to be loving in your silence, otherwise your silence will become filled with closed-off energy that is helpful to no one. Love is only possible when you are fearless and exists in the absence of judgment. Simply breathe in the truth of your light, feel a smile of gratitude and observe. Bring healing and grace into your life situation by falling madly in love with life itself.

Learning Through Emotion

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor… Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.”
~Rumi~

Intense feelings, when they arise, are indicators that something within you is ready to be observed, healed and released. When you become aware of your own reactivity, move into stillness and simply notice it. Your awareness begins the process of transformation.

These moments are fleeting and can be just as mesmerizing as clouds moving across the sky. Watch them dance in your mind. Honor them as your teachers. Should they prompt you into action, ensure that you choose to come from a place of love and compassion.

Emotional upheaval shall pass. You may choose to pull back from others as you quietly and mindfully allow the new lessons and insights to emerge. The contrasts of life experience are wonderful teachers when viewed consciously.

Your journey

“Your outer journey may contain a million steps; the inner journey has only one: the step you are taking right now.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

Participation is key. Be willing to explore, experience and feel. Don’t close yourself off out of fear, for you never know what beauty may be waiting to unfold in your life.

Consciously keep your attention rooted in the present moment. Break free from the patterns of reliving the past or imagining the future. Resist nothing. Experience the sacredness and mystery of life. When you attach to an end result, you shut out all other possibilities and create pain in your experience.

Plans are meant to inspire movement. They open the heart to new ideas and start a flow of change in our lives; however, often that is their sole purpose. Once we set sail, the winds determine the direction of the journey.

Don’t wait for some achievement to give meaning to your life. Instead, see yourself as an adventurer into the infinite. Life’s magic awaits discovery.

Life’s Grace

“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies… those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
~John Milton~
Each of us chooses how we participate with life. Our day to day experiences run the gamut – from tragedy to bliss, darkness to light, pain to pleasure. Rather than layering a mind-made story on top of various events, we can choose to accept, then act.
Dark moments and challenges are not a punishment, nor are they a predetermined script by which we must abide. Instead, every situation offers a moment to shine, to learn, to expand. With our attitude, we determine how to interpret the events of our lives. Gratitude creates a space where insight and growth can occur.
Begin your day with a blessing. Honor the path of your awakening – no matter how it appears. Seek only to be the best version of yourself. This is the moment of your transformation.