Recognizing the Sacred

“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment.”
~Pema Chödrön~
Imagine having the ability to send love out to all living beings in order to facilitate a space of enlightenment and wisdom. Imagine planting seeds that have the potential to shift our collective experience in such a way that we are all transformed. Imagine waves of energy emanating from you, little sparkles of light traveling through a grid of consciousness which enfolds us all.
During your next meditative moment, consider visualizing how such an action would look and feel to you. Would the energy emanate from your hands or your heart chakra, or perhaps an expansion of your auric field? What colors would represent healing? When you imagine it, it is already in motion.
The root cause of all harm is unconsciousness. We have the opportunity and ability to emit wisdom and light into the world, creating a space in which transformation can occur. Empowerment is purposely choosing to participate in our collective experience in a way that lifts one another up.

Imagine

Take a deep slow breath, close your eyes and imagine a life that is filled with loving messages from the Divine.

Imagine that you are safe, that you can feel the healing powers of the earth with each and every step you take.

Imagine that you are surrounded by love and that you can easily recognize and understand the messages from the Divine in the world around you.

Imagine that there are no wrong choices. Each path simply leads to a different type of experience – any of which will lead you exactly where you need to be in order to learn and grow.

Imagine that it is easier than ever before to be present. See yourself basking in the beauty of a day filled with unlimited possibility and discovery and that you can walk forward in faith that all is well.

Imagine that you feel healed, supported, empowered and joyful.

And finally, realize that whatever you have imagined already exists and is available to you. You can live this truth Now.

Sacred Journey

“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”
~Caroline Adams Miller~
When you view this world as an illusion, a school, who’s only purpose is to help you to understand who you truly are, the journey becomes sacred. Every challenge becomes an opportunity to discover new aspects of yourself that are ready to shine. Layer by layer we strip away the illusions that we carry, only to discover that love resides at the core of all things. Imagine going so deeply within yourself that you weep with bliss at your awareness of the whole. When everything is burned away, only joy remains. Love rains down upon you from all dimensions. If only you could see what I see when I look at you… You are amazing, and I bow to the spirit within you.

Living With Compassion

“There are two things we must raise and evolve if we are to survive and thrive as a species; our consciousness and our compassion. For millennia these have barely shifted.”
~Rasheed Ogunlaru~
All the energy that we send out into the world returns ten-fold. Whether anyone is around to witness our acts of kindness or not, they send powerful reverberations throughout the web of our collective experience. We have the opportunity to live with compassion while consciously planting seeds of growth and awareness.
Recently, I visited the Cascades Raptor Center which specializes in the rehabilitation of birds of prey. With each bird was the story about their past, how they got hurt and information unique to their breed. It was interesting to see the list of companies that contribute to the well-being of the center and I was happy to see my go-to herbal company listed there (Mountain Rose Herbs). There are many people in the world who act quietly, whose lives are statements of compassion and this is where our work lies.
Acts of kindness, no matter how small, are a beautiful use of energy. Seek to leave the world changed for the better because of your sojourn here.

A New Perception

“The moment you feel joy, the moment you laugh and change your perception, you change your immunity, your body chemistry, and your whole well-being.”
~Debasish Mridha~
A few months ago my father left the planet to begin his next adventure. I had the opportunity to take my mom to Yosemite thinking that the quiet power of the mountains might assist her at the beginning of her grieving process. It was lovely to see her have moments of connection as she began the new phase of her own journey.
She purchased the jewelry above, initially referring to it as a “broken heart” necklace. Honoring her perception and experience, I gently offered another interpretation and simply said, “How beautiful. I see it as a complete heart. The love is still whole, the two sides are just in different form. Like you and dad.” Her energy simply shifted and she mentioned that she really liked how I see things.
Grief ebbs and flows. It was nice to be able to provide another point of view and, in that moment, nice to see that it was helpful. Many things are true simultaneously and we can choose how to interpret our experience. When faced with your own challenges, see how many differing interpretations you can accept. A change in perception changes everything.

What We Think…

“Enlightenment is nothing more than the complete absence of resistance to what is. End of story.”
~Adyashanti~

Acceptance is empowerment. Begin where you are with what you have.

Then, take a deep slow breath, close your eyes and imagine….

Imagine that you are safe. Feel the healing powers of the earth with each and every step you take.

Imagine that you are surrounded by love and that you can easily recognize and understand the guidance that is available to you.

Imagine that there are no wrong choices. Each path simply leads to a different type of experience – any of which will lead you exactly where you need to be in order to learn and grow.

Imagine that it is easier than ever before to be present. See yourself basking in the beauty of a day filled with unlimited possibility and visualize yourself walking forward in faith that all is well.

Now realize that all that you have imagined already exists on some level. Each of us must discover our own way of being in the world. You have the power to create whatever experience you wish. Why not make it a joyful, passion-filled journey?

Healing Waters

“As long as I live, I’ll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I’ll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I’ll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can.”
~John Muir~
Stillness is a wonderful way to bring yourself back into balance. Wherever you are, access Presence by quieting the mind and be attentive to the world around you. Just listen without judgment or interpretation and enter Zen from there. This moment can be transformative if you allow it to be.
The language of life is a vibrant expression of love and possibility. Each of us plays an integral role in our collective symphony and we have much to learn from one another. Empowerment is taking conscious responsibility for how we choose to be in the world – how we respond, participate, create or grow.
There is an aspect of you that quietly waits, a gentleness that knows no limitation. The ancient axiom “Know Thyself” is a reminder to seek peace and potential within. There is a fathomless, inner dimension that awaits discovery. Nothing matters more than your state of consciousness in this moment.

The Grace of Gratitude

“Those who awaken never rest in one place. Like swans, they rise and leave the lake. On the air they rise and fly an invisible course. Their food is knowledge. They live on emptiness. They have seen how to break free. Who can follow them?”
~Gautama Buddha~

All life is in a constant flow of creation, evolution and transformation. The infinite love of the Divine resides within each and every particle of existence and we can choose to live harmoniously within its flow.

As you advance on your journey of spiritual awakening, things become easier. With maturity and expanded perception, you are less likely to attempt to control events  and can allow life to unfold as it will with the knowledge that everything works toward your highest good.

Trusting the flow of your life doesn’t mean floating aimlessly lost within the minutia of experience. It is a purposeful response and a conscious choice to move in whatever direction is required without losing your way. This flexibility is what allow us to be authentic instruments of the Divine, bringing aspects of creativity and healing into our lives and, by extension, into our collective consciousness.

Owl Medicine

“Everything that’s created comes out of silence. Thoughts emerge from the nothingness of silence. Words come out of the void. Your very essence emerged from emptiness. All creativity requires some stillness.”
~Wayne Dyer~
Silence takes us into the space of infinite possibility. Therein lies the potential of movement, creation, wisdom and peace. As we dance in the wilderness, we open to receive the love, light and laughter of the Universe.
No matter what you wish to create, seek expansion – of ideas, insight, art. Your unique wisdom is ready to emerge into the world of form.  As an awakening master, you can absolutely navigate any shadows within your experience and transform them into light. Step into the mystic and call upon Owl Medicine to strengthen your ability to see clearly.
This is the moment of your transformation. Sit in the stillness and notice the messages that are all around you. Slow your breathing, quiet the mind and be receptive. What you need to know will make itself known in the perfect way at the perfect time.
Honor the process of your awakening. Only through the death of the old can the new emerge.

Love and Intention

“I believe that the greatest truths of the universe don’t lie outside, in the study of the stars and the planets. They lie deep within us, in the magnificence of our heart, mind, and soul. Until we understand what is within, we can’t understand what is without.”
~Anita Moorjani~
We are powerful co-creators in our own experience. To operate from the highest level of consciousness we must embrace what is with the knowledge that each moment offers an opportunity to act from the heart. Transformation comes through achieving the delicate balance of acceptance, focused intention and right action without attachment to the end result. The empowered soul opens as a conduit for the Divine and often, miracles are set in motion.
When spiritualists speak of infinite possibility, it is this untamed, infinite energy, unlimited by time and space and unhampered by ego, to which they refer. Energy is directed and then allowed to flow as it will. Love and intention, when combined, align us with the love of the Universe. Leave ego-driven fear behind. Empowerment calls upon each of us to be purposeful and positively expectant as we set love on a journey of healing – for ourselves and for one another.