Inspiration

Sometimes it’s far too easy to chat with people about the challenges we face together – war, fire, drought, inflation, politics – forgetting that what we place our attention upon grows stronger as we feed energy into it. Observe, and it’s likely that you’ll notice perfect strangers commiserating about something today… the ego masquerading as “human connection”.
I propose that we utilize love, joy and enthusiasm in order to change the conversation. I have experimented with a few questions and had the most wonderful interactions with strangers as well as people I know well. What I discovered is that the energy between us shifted immediately. Souls opened up and we were able to bond through inspiration and love, shared positive experiences that have a deeper connection than shared frustration.
  • What is the best thing that has ever happened to you?
  • Who is your greatest inspiration or has had the greatest impact on your life?
I noticed that it was occasionally challenging for someone to pick just one “best thing” and could see them mentally going through the events of their lives only to say, “Wow, I’m not sure. There have been so many.” The answers weren’t as important as the energy created in the present moment. Try it, and let me know what you discover…

Love and Understanding

“We’re fascinated by the words–but where we meet is in the silence behind them.”

~Ram Dass~

Compassion and understanding are the side effects of conscious listening. Whenever you choose to bring an open heart to your meeting place, you create an opportunity to learn something new. In this space of awareness, you’ll discover an alternative viewpoint, garner understanding of others’ challenges or fears and have a greater opportunity to move into love.Love and judgment cannot coexist in the same space. Look upon yourself with compassion. Look upon others with compassion. Seek only to bring the best version of yourself to your life experiences. This is even more important within the workings of the mind. Every thought sends energy out into the universe. Purposely send kindness whenever possible… and as the Dalai Lama says, “It is always possible.”

Consciousness is rooted in the deep stillness of your being. It expands your energy to touch the Divine, provides clarity and brings understanding, not through the mechanisms of the mind, but through harmony with the pulse of life itself. See yourself as the observer who acts and loves and holds space while cultivating the art of detached compassion – for yourself, for those who grace your life with their presence and for the world.

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.

 

We Are One

“The way of the miracle-worker is to see all human behavior as one of two things: either love, or a call for love.”

~Marianne Williamson~

There is no “other” – no enemies or evil to fight against. There is only awakening. Though we experience life from varying levels of consciousness we share the same journey, one that ultimately leads to wisdom, healing and enlightenment.

The ego seeks to create a sense of separation. Casting judgment is divisive and it distracts us from looking within. As long as one perceives the need to fight against another, healing remains elusive.

Seek to find the spark of love in every situation. Compassion opens the doors of perception and allows us to see beyond the roles of this lifetime to the soul. From this space of awareness we have the capability to heal our own wounds; thereby eliminating the spiritual need for that particular conflict in our experience.

Once healing has occurred, a shift in perception allows us to truly be grateful for the lessons, emotional intensity decreases and our knowledge of Oneness reaches new depth and dimension.

All the answers lie within you. Advice from others may point you in one direction or another; however, you must trust your own instincts. Your path is unique.

You Are Joy

“You will arrive at the realization that you are just joy itself, and everything you do arises out of this joy, out of this spaciousness, light, and love.”
~ Mooji~

You are an aspect of the Divine experiencing the illusion of separation. Your loving awareness sparks awakening in those with whom you interact. When you are led by love, when you can step out of the maelstrom and into joy, you become a peaceful haven through turbulent times. Through contrast we discover the Oneness that connects us.

Give those you love space to work through their own lessons. Interact with kindness and integrity, knowing that everything works toward the highest good for all involved. Regardless of how it appears on the physical plane, love ultimately resides at the core of all things. As we each do our work to heal both personal and collective wounds, keep in mind that awareness is the first step of transformation.

Observe without commentary or judgment. Take ownership when necessary and then choose right action. Right action arises through expanded consciousness and mindful choices. Purposely utilize the lessons contained within every situation and you will awaken a version of yourself that is  peaceful, inspiring and empowered.

The Art of Peace

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
~Jimi Hendrix~

In every moment we have an opportunity to practice the art of peace. When we align with divine love, we understand the Oneness that connects us. Each of us must nurture the aspects within ourselves that honor all living things as sacred. By dropping judgment and taking the purposeful stance of conscious awareness, we are transformed.

All of earth, the stars and sky and all that reside within, are our brothers and sisters. We are responsible for the well-being of one another. Peacefulness is an art. It is a consistent practice that we are called upon to bring into our daily experience. Learn the value of non-reactivity. We become invincible when we choose to fight with nothing.

Rise above the illusion and you will calmly discover how to walk the way of the peaceful warrior through any challenge. Each level of your growth builds upon the last and sets a foundation for the next. What harms one, harms all. What heals one, heals all; therefore, set off into the world with the desire to enlighten, to expand and to show what love looks like in motion. This is where your true power lies.

Destiny

“When the Soul wants to experience something she throws out an image in front of her and then steps into it.”
~Meister Eckhart~

In our free-will experience, nothing is carved in stone. Prior to birth, we arrange unique life situations by creating a blueprint that will set the stage for particular lessons and karmic interactions to facilitate our awakening. Our destiny is to rediscover Oneness through the experience of perceived separation.

When ready to cultivate a particular aspect of spiritual awareness, we energetically send a beacon of light into the universe asking for assistance. Those who answer the call come in love to play whatever role is required for your growth. Rather than resist what your soul has set into motion, step into the experience. This conscious approach ensures that you will emerge transformed.

Honor the processes of your awakening. While our vision is initially limited by design, we can learn to expand perception through stillness and Presence. It’s helpful to have an awareness of the physical story and patterns in which we are engaged while simultaneously seeking deeper meaning and insight.

You will never know how amazing you are until you see the power of your light in motion.

 

Conscious Presence

Acting with integrity means that you’ve chosen an action that resonates with your highest truth. Decisions are based on authenticity rather than ego and have more impact because of the foundational strength and wisdom within the interaction.
From this place of empowerment and consciousness you will recognize when you’ve done your best in any given situation. Because it’s very natural to vacillate between awareness and ego, its important to remember that we all do the best we can with what we have in every moment. There is always something new to learn.
Should you experience stress or unhappiness within your life situation, realize that the ego is likely active and begin to examine your thoughts. Purposeful attention disrupts the mechanisms of the ego and creates space in which a transformation can occur. Presence ignites the ability to accept what is, move into expanded awareness, and recognize the limitless possibilities that are available.
Your loving awareness ensures that change will happen. When we choose to flow with life instead of fighting against it, our energy becomes more balanced and we remain deeply connected to Oneness. The greatest gift that you can give those who grace your life is conscious Presence.

Living Within Paradox

“Since ancient times, spiritual masters of all traditions have pointed to the Now as the key to the spiritual dimension. Despite this, it seems to have remained a secret.”
~Eckhart Tolle~

Don’t try to change, simply be aware… awareness heals. Spiritual practice is often a blend of paradox – confusion and clarity, separation and wholeness, detachment and presence. The word paradox itself comes from the Greek para dokien which means beyond thought. See yourself as a physical expression of the Divine who wishes to experience life in various forms. Allow yourself to look through the illusion yet act consciously within the present moment. Eventually the illusion will become easier to see through as we remember our true nature and mission.

So many suffer, lost within the “why’s” and entrapped by the mind. The same energy, knowledge and peace discovered by all the masters who have walked the Path of Transformation awaits you within the openness of your own heart. For all our searching, the answers lie within.

It can take great courage to learn to trust your inner wisdom. Teachers, circumstances and guides are all there to point to the inner awareness, but until one is willing to see, there it waits. Trust yourself, be gentle with yourself and open to the potential that joy brings. No matter what teachings you encounter, trust your own divine nature in order to align with your truth and integrity. Give yourself permission to live consciously within the paradox, without dissecting or analyzing it.

Conscious Transformation

“If you want to awaken all of humanity, then awaken all of yourself. If you want to eliminate the suffering in the world, then eliminate all that is dark and negative in yourself. Truly, the greatest gift you have to give is that of your own self-transformation.”
~Lao Tzu~
The slow, transformative process of change leads us inward. We must learn to turn and face our fears, acknowledge our challenges and honor them as sacred aspects of our awakening. The experiences of life allow us to cultivate new spiritual strengths and insights while providing the opportunity to apply them in the world of form.
Don’t shun the darkness, it makes the light even more beautiful. Love in the face of hatred is profound. The awakened soul sows kindness when others flee in fear. This world was created to teach through adversity and contrast and this is why we are called upon to rise above judgment. Rather than seeing some things as good and others as bad, we now are able to see the Oneness that connects them all.
You are right where you need to be. All that you need to know will make itself known to you in the perfect way at the perfect time. When you live authentically, your light will shine in the darkness.