True Beauty

Cultivate the ability to see the limitless potential in those who grace your life and then treat them as if that’s all you can see.

“Spirituality is not the practicing of any virtue; spirituality is the gaining of a new vision. Virtue follows that vision; it comes on its own accord. It is a natural by-product. When you start seeing, things start changing.”  
~Osho~ 

When one learns to see beyond the mechanisms of the mind and the roles that people play, it’s amazing how beautiful life becomes. Many spiritual teachers gaze upon their students with a peaceful, knowing little smile, simply loving them, and will often trigger the student to feel like their problems aren’t being taken seriously; however, nothing could be farther from the truth.

Viewing life with a clear heart and mind removes distraction. Rather than becoming embroiled in turmoil, one can turn inward with a willingness to see clearly and, more quickly than you can imagine, transform any situation into one of awakening and empowerment.

Your beauty is always there and it shines like a beacon throughout the universe. Remind yourself to look past any fears or challenges to recognize the grace and depth of your being. Practice this self-directed unconditional love and then allow it to flow outward into the world of form.

Honor This Moment as Sacred

Cultivate the ability to be at ease with the unknown.

“When difficulties arise, one of our first reactions is to ask “Why?” We want knowledge, logic, simple causality. We think this kind of knowing is necessary to alleviate our discomfort. Yet, most often, the reasons we come up with to explain why we think and behave the way we do are at best only marginally accurate. In reality, everything affects everything else, everything relates to everything else. The complexity of this inter-relatedness defies description, and our subjective filters make explanation even more dubious. Yet we still look for simple explanations to account for what we see, unaware of the blinders obscuring our vision. Deep understanding never lies in the cognitive world of why, but in directly experiencing the ambiguous complexity of the present moment.”  
~Ezra Bayda~ 

The mind seeks answers and explanations. The ego projects the belief that all will be well with a definitive plan in place and creates distraction by constant search and analysis. There is more truth to be discovered by genuinely living in the present moment and placing your full attention on whatever you are experiencing now.

As I was writing the words above (a mind generated process to be sure), my dog Minky distracted me mid-sentence with a gentle middle of the night “woof…” At once I was prompted to stop and gaze into her eyes. We experienced a moment of smiling doggy love which I joyfully realized was the most important thing to experience in all the world at that moment. Rather than being a distraction, it was a simple reminder that love is alive and all is well.

The profundity of the human experience lies in our ability to honor the present moment as sacred, however it presents itself. And in that sacredness, we can act with integrity, do our best and accept what is.

Hold no cherished outcome

Awakening teaches detachment and detachment leads to freedom.
“A burning passion coupled with detachment is the key to all success.”
~Mahatma Gandhi~

The human experience is filled with preferences, desires, goals and dreams. They propel us forward, spark changes in perception and open us to new experiences. Many get trapped when their preferences develop into absolute requirements. The joy that began as a spark of infinite possibility becomes limited by the expectations of the ego.

Create room for miracles by allowing the universe to surprise you. When we choose to say yes to life, we open our energy to receive – often discovering much more love and beauty than we originally imagined possible.

There is always something new waiting to be discovered. See yourself as a lifetime student of love – one who is willing, open and ready to explore the limitless facets of being. All of life participates in your awakening.

 

Verbal Chakra Balance

Seven chakras. Silhouette of a woman against a turquoise sky. Sunset or dawn. The concept of harmony and mental health
Make energetic and spiritual balance a part of your daily routine.
~Louise Hay~

Throughout our daily experience we can often absorb energies from other people, places or stressful situations. Spiritual seekers are typically very open and it’s important to release any heaviness from our auras on a daily basis. There are many ways to do this such as meditation, daily gratitude walks, visualization, playing with crystals, forgiveness work or prayer.

A daily clearing, built into your morning or evening routine, allows you to re-balance more easily. If you wait for health issues or life challenges to grab your attention, you may need outside assistance to realign your chakras.

Using the verbal chakra balance above, begin with the crown chakra and briefly touch each one (crown, 3rd eye, throat, heart, solar plexus, belly and root) as you say the mantra aloud. It can also be helpful to complete the process by setting a daily intention.

Your thoughts and intentions create your reality. When your mind, body and spirit are in balance, you will see it reflected in your life experience.

Divine Potential

You are ready to shine.
“The Orchid Priestess of your highest spiritual destiny calls to you now, beloved. She calls you to your purpose, path and Soul passion. You are called to rise again and again to live up into your potential, with all its uniqueness and beauty.”
~Alana Fairchild~ 

The path of awakening is often experienced like a spiral of energy. There is an initial blast of inspiration or new vision that propels us to follow wherever the journey leads us. The initial practice is powerful and new; however, many experience a lull when the bloom wears off, and, despite their best intentions can become distracted by life.

Sometimes it may seem that you’re repeating old lessons or revisiting information you’ve studied before. From this higher state of consciousness, with your expanded vision and wisdom, do you not see that there are layers of energy and information that you may have missed the first time around?

This journey of insight, expansion and review is meant to show you your potential. While we may have transformative moments and sparks of possibility that burst into living flames of awareness, our spiritual practice must be a consistent breath of love that we bring to our daily, mundane experience. Give yourself the freedom to explore all the facets of light that emanate from you. You are ready to shine.

 

Live in Communion

Everything is energy.

“Looking with a mind that’s awake reveals the shimmering pulse of life. Looking with a mind full of thoughts reveals only your thoughts.”
~Ezra Bayda~ 

When you really pay attention, you’ll discover that there is beauty everywhere. Internal commentary must cease in order for us to recognize the perfection of the present moment. Within this internal stillness, we can learn to look with the heart.

Artists have discovered the art of seeing. They find the aliveness in things that others might pass by or even discard. Creativity creates a filter through which they see the world. Cultivate your inner artist by developing a loving relationship with the world around you. Find joy in the little things.

Albert Einstein once said that there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Choosing the latter will ensure a life filled with wonder and delight. You have the power to create this in your experience right now. Why wait?

Share Your Gifts

This new day is filled with limitless possibility.

“We’re all just walking each other home.”
~Ram Dass~ 

Honor the sacredness of the present moment through gratitude. When we stop and recognize the beauty of creation, we become loving witnesses to life itself. Everything is a reflection of your own state of consciousness. So when a rainbow awakens wonder within you, turn inward for it is an indicator of your own wonder and magic.

Gaze upon one another with love. Your smile has the power to awaken joy in others. Your consciousness has the power to awaken the consciousness of others. Your compassion has the power to awaken compassion in others. These are the gifts that you give the world. And it is forever transformed because of your sojourn in it.

Awareness activates dormant energies. Our ability to create is incredibly powerful; therefore, end your gratitude moment by setting an intention. If each of us chooses to be an authentic example of kindness and patience and states this intention out loud each morning, what might come of it?

The Human Experience

You are an infinite source of light engaged in a temporary human experience.

“The Tao gives you birth through a great outpouring of love. The love becomes light, light becomes energy, and energy becomes matter.”
~Jose Luis Stevens~ 

Here we dance in human form. We engage with one another in the play of consciousness, exploring relationships and energetic attachments that create the foundation of experience. Spiritual practice is not about denial. It is absolute inclusion of all things as sacred as we discover Oneness through the world of form.

Awakening naturally brings about empowerment. Recognizing our true, infinite nature makes it easier to take personal responsibility for our own experience. Feelings of victimization transform into strength. Confusion becomes insight. Inertia becomes conscious action.

Enjoy the human experience. Have your preferences and passions; however, do not allow them to destroy your peace by becoming solidified demands and expectations. Our desires are meant to open new pathways of experience. They prompt exploration and, by releasing attachment, we can play in the flow of infinite universal love and energy with one another.

Perception

Beyond the mechanisms of the mind lies a vast source of wisdom and peace.

“Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?”
~Richard Bach~ 

Time and space are mental constructs. In reality, we are all deeply connected to one another… and yet, the mind creates the illusion of separation. Healers and miracle workers cultivate the art of traversing lines of energy in order to send light and love to those in need. Practice seeing beyond the ego-driven story so that you can access the depth of your heart connections… no matter the distance.

We are here to thrive, to awaken and to embrace one another with joy. This becomes easier as awareness grows. Consider how one piece of new information or a deeper understanding of someone else’s journey can transform how you perceive a situation. With this in mind, remember that we humans have a very limited perception. All that we see represents about 1% of what is actually in play at a given moment.

Approach your life experience with humility and remember that there is always something new to discover. Walk in the world with the innocence of a child and marvel at the wonders of the divine. Your awareness will expand and your experience will be transformed.

Loving Awareness

Honor this place, this moment, this experience as sacred.

“Wherever you are and whatever you do, be in love.”
~Rumi~

Learn to look beyond the physical roles that people play in this life. Awakening calls upon us to see and respond to one another with open hearts and this cannot be done from a space of judgment. Only conscious practice can help you to cultivate the skill of loving awareness.

As always, the place to begin is within. Create a moment of stillness. Close your eyes, just be present and breathe. Feel the energy of the divine flowing through you and from you and notice how it extends outward. Your human form is a temporary expression of spirit. Now open your eyes. Whatever you see is another temporary form of spirit – a tree, a chair, the sky, a grasshopper… stop everything and honor that form as sacred. Sense its energy and recognize the reflection of yourself within it.

Try this as you walk through the world. When interacting, stop and look beyond the physical expression of the person in front of you. Sense their spirit and purposely interact with them from this level of awareness. You may be surprised at the openness with which they respond. Teach Oneness through your compassion and kindness.