Contrast

“Beauty does not belong exclusively to the regions of light and loveliness, cut off from the conversation of oppositions. The vigour and vitality of beauty derives precisely from the heart of difference. No life is one-sided; the life of each of us is animated by the inner conversation of forces which counter and complement each other. Beauty inhabits the cutting edge of creativity — mediating between the known and unknown, light and darkness, masculine and feminine, visible and invisible, chaos and meaning, sound and silence, self and others.”

~John O’Donohue~

Wisdom arises when we allow the soul to experience what is without judgment. The richness of various ideas, textures, perceptions and soul expression creates a vast tapestry of exquisite beauty. Contrasts allow us to experience life from several different perspectives as we explore the nuances of wholeness. We must dance within dark and light to fully appreciate the perfection in the imperfection.

Positive and negative, sorrow and bliss, yin and yang teach us of the infinite possibilities inherent within neutrality. Resist nothing and instead, allow yourself the opportunity to fully experience the present moment with an open heart. There is always something new waiting to be discovered.

Life allows us to learn from one another through contrast. Quietly appreciate differing viewpoints and history. There is a sacred unity at the core of your being and it comes to life through being a witness of life’s beauty.

 

Solitude and Celebration

“Celebrate who you are in your deepest heart. Love yourself and the world will love you.”
~Amy Leigh Mercree~

In the silence of stillness we can discover our own inner potential, beauty and ability to love. The human condition prompts us to seek out one another to engage in lessons, contrasts, support, connection and communion. But when we base our joy upon others for fulfillment, we begin to block the flow the authentic flow of experience. Create a silent space within you where love can reside. Let it be filled with innocence and wonder, awe and clarity. In that space, the concept of “I” disappears and we become more aware of the spark of the Divine within us.

Discover the beauty in moments of solitude, the freedom of it, the purity of it, and choose to become one with all that you see… the wildness of spring, the smile of a dog, the purr of a kitty, the caress of a breeze… interactions are sacred when we approach each moment with this sense of openness and possibility.

Quiet celebration transforms you into a conduit for pure Divine energy. Let the joyful song of your soul bless all that you see.

The Blessing of Friendship

“A Blessing is a powerful and positive intention that can transform situations and people. Whenever you give a Blessing, a Blessing returns to enfold you.”
~John O Donohue~
Everything in our experience is part of our collective spiritual work. When faced with changes that seem overwhelming or destructive, seek out those who act with integrity. There is always a movement of beauty within the paradoxes of life.
Friendship is one place where we can explore our collective strength. No matter how you choose to express yourself in the world, find joy in the synergy of love and connection.
It is of utmost importance to remain aware of your state of consciousness. The first priority is to operate from a state of grace, clarity and balance rather than reactivity. The ebb and flow of experience provides ample opportunities to discover who we are in the face of adversity.
It is said that what you resist, persists and what you fight, you strengthen. Take care not to fall into the traps of lower energy. We are called upon to be beacons of light in a world that often feels fraught with conflict, darkness, separation and limitation. We can consciously and consistently impart wisdom, kindness and support. This moment is an opportunity to show what love looks like.

Be Still

“Be still. Stillness reveals the secrets of eternity”
~Lao Tzu~

Quiet the mind and go within. No matter what is unfolding in your life situation, you have the ability to be at peace. Use all that you are experiencing to facilitate the next phase of your spiritual awakening. Silence is the key.

We are so conditioned to think our way through challenges that we can momentarily forget we are divine beings who are guided, loved and supported each and every step of the way. In those moments of feeling lost or overwhelmed, the first instinct is to dwell on the “coulda/woulda/shoulda” of regret.

Go within and simply be. Open to the light of the universe, and there you will discover the insight and peace you desire. Know that you are right where you need to be and the experience you are having holds the key to enlightenment. Periodically, spread your arms wide, open the heart chakra, and visualize energy flowing into you from the Sun. Just be and receive and breathe. Let this light infuse your entire being.

Honor the sacredness of your journey. Gratitude and appreciation open your heart to receive the many blessings that life has to offer.

Self-Love

“Stand up for who you are. Respect your Self and ignite the divine sparks in you. Access your powers. Choose your rights and work together with others to bring blessings into the lives.”
~Amit Ray~
There is nothing more beautiful than someone who shines from within…

Everyone who has manifested you into their life, has done so because of the unique light and energy that you possess. When you can be yourself, love yourself and occasionally laugh at yourself, you are providing them with the perfect experience.

It’s that lightness of non-expectation that is so appealing. When you first meet someone, the attraction begins because you are simply being you. When we load ourselves up with the weight of expectation, fear and desire, that beautiful, original and carefree spirit gets buried underneath layers of thought.

Love yourself. Reward yourself with thoughts of praise. Know that others respect you and appreciate all that you do. With our loving attitudes, we help to create a world where it is safe to love one another.

Empowerment and Personal Responsibility

“If you understand it, the world is a great device to make you conscious. Your enemy is your friend, and the curses are blessings, and the misfortunes can be turned into fortunes. It depends only on one thing: if you know the key of awareness.”
~Osho
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Challenging situations are blessings in disguise – always. When faced with frustration or pain, go deeper into the present moment. Without asking the other person to understand you, seek to understand yourself.
It is helpful to utilize the energy of gratitude by saying “I am grateful for this situation. Even though I may not yet understand the lesson or be aware of gift, I know one awaits me.” The willingness to be grateful in the midst of challenge opens you to higher levels of consciousness.
As you release old layers of programming and dysfunction, your life will naturally become more peaceful. Rather than being reactive, your responses will be mindful and empowered. The key to awakening is simply taking full responsibility for your life as it is while transforming the mundane into the miraculous.

Abundance

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

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 the abundance that is  already available to you. 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, it becomes easier to demonstrate kindness and generosity to others. Know that your constantly expanding consciousness will be amplified by choices that support creating and living the life of your dreams. Consider adding this statement to your gratitude walk or affirmations: I am grateful for the effortless, ever-increasing flow of abundance that moves so easily through my life.