Self Approval

“Our self-images define our own boundaries, limiting us to the narrow ideas of who we believe ourselves to be.”
~Ezra Bayda~

If you’ve ever spent time with someone who criticized your every move, always found fault with your choices or nit-picked the decisions you’ve made, you’d likely consider that person to be toxic, and would probably limit your interactions.

Yet, the unkindness perpetrated by others often pales in comparison to the dialogue of our inner critic. Many people place impossible demands upon themselves and carry the mental weight of perceived mistakes, lost opportunities, guilt or shame.

Should you observe negative self-talk, stop and change the momentum of your thoughts. Affirmations, gratitude and self-love can shift the energy into a more productive direction. Instead of demanding that you be perfect, seek to transform your experience through conscious acceptance. Don’t hate your way to change. Let love open you to the transformative energy that is all around you.

Ultimately, since the world is our reflection, we can actively practice kindness on every level: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As your self-love increases, you’ll notice that you complain less. Acceptance, compassion, balance and harmony are the by-products of of a person who is at ease in the present moment.

Expanding Consciousness

“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.”
~Eckhart Tolle~
There is a consciousness arising within you. You have chosen to be here now, to read these words, to discover new ways of being, of thinking and experiencing the essence of life.
The path of transformation should be one of constant expansion. This beautiful energy is constant and always a part of you. It can become lost from time to time under the seemingly never-ending stream of input from the ego; however, by consciously bringing yourself fully present, you can access it in any moment.
It’s one thing to look for enlightenment and peace within challenging situations; however, even greater depth can be achieved when you look to raising your frequency when things are going well… to ask “What’s next?”
There is great value in taking a risk, in exploring new situations and circumstances. The choice to step into the unknown raises our awareness and helps us to awaken to greater possibilities.
You inner purpose is to awaken – nothing more. Continue to bring a constant spiritual approach to all that you do, look for ways to connect with your own inner sense of joy, peace and delight, and everything else will fall into place as it should. When things seem to take longer than you expect, it only means that there is more waiting to be discovered.

Soul Inspired Love

“In the end, just three things matter:
How well we have lived.
How well we have loved.
How well we have learned to let go.”
~Jack Kornfield~

Love is an inspired form of giving that breathes life into the heart and brings grace to the soul.

Healing occurs when we drop ideas, beliefs, attachments and conceptual understanding and move fully into the experience of the present moment. Feeling the Now, rather than thinking or worrying in the midst of it, aligns us with the mysterious and infinite nature of life.
Soul-inspired love creates a sense of freedom. Love yourself enough to release behavior that no longer serves you and be willing to receive the joys that life has to offer. Extend that freedom outward, releasing all demands and desire to control.
When you create sacred space within your experiences, you can be a source of great kindness, compassion, grace and safety. The greatest gifts that you can give another are space and acceptance.

Freedom and Acceptance

“All you have to do is say ‘yes.’ Don’t make some big project out of it. Don’t make some big deal out of it. Just say ‘yes.’ You don’t even know what it is to say ‘yes’, but you say it anyway. You’ll never know what it means to say ‘yes’, but you do it anyway. Freedom and Love arise when you die into the unknown mystery of being.”
~Adyashanti~
There are always two ways of experiencing the present moment – resistance or acceptance. Resistance creates anxiety and attachment to end results. The mind struggles to force the situation into a specific ideal of what is “right” and loses sight of the peace and beauty available Now. Even if there is success, the mind won’t see or appreciate it because it doesn’t exactly match what was expected. When there is nothing to fight, the mind will create something to fight against.
Acceptance allows existence to work through you. It opens the possibility of living a vibrant life filled with ease and grace. Be a conduit for divine energy. In order to keep the flow of energy pure, we must get out of our own way knowing that we cannot see the entire picture. Yes, this calls upon us to cultivate faith and operate from a higher level of consciousness. If you are willing to open to it, love is available to you Now.

The Tapestry of Existence

“If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.” 
~Margaret Mead~

Every journey is unique. As we learn to honor all paths as sacred, we discover the value of diversity and the gifts we have to offer to one another. Each life is a magnificent work of art that weaves its patterns in the tapestry of existence… and our role as interconnected beings is to live our own truth to the best of our ability. When there is too much “what if” activity in the mind, all creation stops… blocked by fear of the unknown. In order for transformation to happen we must be willing to go deep within. If there is pain, experience it without blame or self-pity and look for the gift that surely lies within each and every circumstance. Never underestimate the value of kindness and acceptance, especially when directed inward.

This moment has the potential to shift the momentum and nuances of your life to a new level of understanding. Awareness creates the space in which a transformation can occur and beneath the worry and the hesitation lies a heart ready to love, a soul ready to expand and infinite possibilities to explore. Trust the processes of your awakening… with trust, something immense opens up. Life becomes filled with the Divine and creates a bridge to eternity. Joy’s greatest expression is in the sharing of your gifts, knowledge and love.

Consciousness and Perception

“It helps if you remember that everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness.”
~Deepak Chopra~

When we speak of infinite possibilities, it simply means that an object, idea or circumstance can easily be experienced in myriad number of ways depending upon the beliefs, attitudes and life experiences of the person doing the interacting.

To most of us, a chair is a chair. However, to a child who has yet to learn the concept “chair”, that object may be a fort, a place to hide or anything their imagination can conjure. At some point, someone solidifies their imprinting with a statement such as “No, that’s not for play. We sit on chairs.” And, all at once, infinite possibility and joy are limited to a particular “truth” and eventually the child becomes an adult who forgets all the fun moments and discoveries he or she once had.
Consider that our early years in pure experience – everything is interesting, sometimes magical or scary, but we are willing to explore without preconceived ideas or concepts. Then we begin to learn through trial and error and from watching those around us. Limitation becomes hard-wired into our experience.
The next step of personal evolution is the re-awakening of consciousness. We begin to play in the realm of possibility, creating new realities, changing things that once seemed so permanent and find that freedom awaits. So, the next time you find yourself embroiled in a discussion of right vs. wrong or differences of perception, remember that we all process life from our own level of consciousness. Therefore; everyone’s perception is “right” to them based upon their own experience and the lessons which are needed for their soul’s growth. Given the opportunity to explore and learn, our perceptions will surely expand to encompass every possibility.

Abundance

In this vast, infinite universe, there is more than enough energy for all to experience abundance and fulfillment

Each person resides under the law of their own prosperity consciousness. No matter what you choose to believe, life will support it. Rejoice in the blessings that others manifest in their lives, be generous in your giving, open your arms and be willing to receive.

Your thoughts and attention direct your energy. Personal beliefs of lack and limitation block the ability to recognize abundance. Bless all that is already in your life. Enjoy paying bills and taxes, make sure that you are not rejecting the gifts that come your way and treat yourself with love and kindness.

As we begin to create feelings of greater safety and abundance in our own lives, it becomes easier to demonstrate kindness and generosity to others. Know that your constantly expanding consciousness will be demonstrated by choices that support creating and living the life of your dreams.

Traditionally, we associate abundance with material wealth or physical items; however, abundance is the feeling of having more than you need. It’s not surprising that the word ‘dance’ is contained within it, for when we feel abundant, on many levels we dance through life with enthusiasm.

Presence, Power and Light

“May you recognize in your life the presence, power, and light of your soul. May you realize that you are never alone, that your soul in its brightness and belonging connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe. May you have respect for your own individuality and difference. ”
~John O’Donohue~

You have an opportunity to bring a powerful sense of peace and well-being to this moment. Your thoughts create your reality – what are you choosing to create right now? Life presents opportunities to respond to darkness with light, to show kindness to those who seem to reject it the most and to experience the infinite Presence of the Now.

No matter how you choose to connect to the Divine, do it consistently. Let your life be a walking meditation knowing that awareness is your true nature. As you drop old patterns and limiting beliefs, you are left only with the infinite mystery of your being.

Everything and everyone is your teacher. Ultimately, you create your own experiences, have your own insights and live a unique journey. From this space of connectedness, simply choose to live more openly from the heart.

Conscious Surrender

“When our plans crumble and there seems to be nothing left, it is only by completely surrendering to what is that we can realize that what is left is more then enough.”
~Ezra Bayda~
The awakening spirit becomes empowered through surrender. Rather than trying to force life to meet their perception of perfection, they seek to see the perfection in life as it is. As human beings, our view is narrow – typically focused on ego-driven desire and based upon our immediate life experience. We cannot see the threads of life as they are woven together to create the tapestry of creation. The hand of the Divine is always at work in ways that we cannot imagine within our limited perception.
Often we become blocked by aspects of the human condition that prompt us to attempt to control, plan for every contingency or need assurance prior to taking action. Spiritual mastery involves conscious surrender to what is. As you cultivate worthiness and self-esteem, it becomes less important to be seen as right. Inner humility guides us as life becomes an expression of our joy. Life’s wonder and mystery can only be discovered where you are.

As above, so below

“As above, so below, as within, so without, as the universe, so the soul…”
~Hermes Trismegistus~
Everything is connected. What we think, say or do matters and has a profound impact upon our collective awakening. We are often presented the same type of lesson in various forms in order to show us the threads of continuity that run through the human experience. Not only does this foster greater compassion for one another, it allows us to fully understand a particular concept through the exploration of it’s multiple facets.
As we change, the world around us is transformed because energy expands outward. The spiritual student experiences growth by revisiting challenges along the spiral of awakening. Recognizing the repetitive pattern, he or she is able to view a situation or concept from a higher level of consciousness, each rotation presenting a broader view and greater insight.
Observe your life experience. Notice how it is reflected in the world around you and open your heart to what life is trying to teach you in the present moment. You are a master in the process of awakening.