We are entering a new year. And I implore you, to please begin this fresh, clean year—this fresh, clean slate—by allowing yourself to live your dreams.
To answer your true calling
To become present in your real life.
And to do this today.
Even when we were children—or especially when we were children—many of us were aware of our life dream.
Sometimes we call this our life’s work, our calling, our destiny.
Often our life dream is very much at odds with what society tells us: for example, we might be told we need to get a stable job, when our soul is calling us to travel the world.
We might be told we need to live a life a certain way, when our soul is calling us to do something entirely different.
Whenever there is the whisper, the call, the longing, the dreaming of something different, this is something to pay attention to.
This is the Universe trying to get you back on track; this is the Universe trying to help you remember why you’re here.
As a soul, following your dreams is what you’re here for.
If you’ve put off your dreams for a long time, why?
Are you afraid of failing?
Or are you afraid of succeeding?
What if you understood that achieving your dreams was the most important thing for you to do in this lifetime?
That the rest: the “success” or “status” or “security” was not the point?
We are here to live as our true selves. The new year is an ideal time to begin.
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There is a lot of confusion about living in the Now.
If we live in the Now, does that mean we forget our past? Does that mean we stop planning for our future?
Living in the present moment means being aware of all times: past, present, future, and understanding that we inhabit all times simultaneously.
So, when you are thinking of the past, what you are actually doing, is going to the past and having the past, that particular parallel Universe or simultaneous reality, happen to you Now.
If you are planning for the future, what you are actually doing is going to that future possibility, that particular parallel Universe or simultaneous reality, and you are having that future happen to you Now.
There is no difference.
Past. Present. Future.
All simultaneous and instantaneous.
Whatever you’re thinking about: memory or possibility, is where you really are being Now .
One way to focus on present reality or present Now, is to consider what your body is experiencing.
When we are walking in the woods and our minds wander to the past or future, we can recall our present reality by returning to the body: feeling the air on our skin, seeing the sun slant through the trees.
It isn’t wrong to think of the past, or plan for the future.
Sliding through all the timelines is a very valid way to live.
However, to be in the present moment is extremely enjoyable: to drop out of past and future thought, and simply pay exquisite attention to the magic that is right in front of us.
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We don’t need to manifest miracles. We simply need to notice them as they show up.
Billions of miracles are happening in every moment; when we begin to pay exquisite attention to absolutely everything, we soon see our life is miracle-filled.
Our mind/personality ego may think it wants or needs a specific miracle to make us happy, but this is not so.
When we open to the miracle of every moment—really open to it—we are filled with a sense of grace and wonder.
The simple act of noticing Now will fill us completely.
Remember: you don’t have to notice Now in the present moment only. Now also includes the past, such as with memories and remembrance, and the future, such as what we are dreaming, manifesting and creating.
It’s always Now: wherever we put our consciousness is our Now.
So if you aren’t sure what you’re trying to create as a miracle, you can go back into past, or forward into future, and see what informs you there.
Many times, the miracles have been building in our lives for a long time: when we stop, and look back at where we have been and we are not, the pattern becomes clear.
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In modern life, people think it’s hard to be spiritually connected. Yet this isn’t so.
Spiritual connection isn’t something that has to happen in a certain way, at certain time of day or for a certain length of time.
It’s not a struggle!
It’s true, there are beautiful formal practices, and many people love these. But it is also okay to simply live spiritual connection as your way of being.
We can enter into to Divine space anywhere. We can look around us and become filled with gratitude anytime.
Our connection with the God/One/All/Divine/Universe/Source is always with us, because we are also that.
As you move through the holidays, in whatever way you are celebrating or not celebrating, simply hold this as key: the Divine always with you.
No separation, ever.
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The Universe has a very specific language that it uses to communicate with us.
We can learn this language, when we seek to meditate, when we spend time in nature, when we follow synchronicities, and when we allow ourselves to have peak experiences. All of these are ways the Universe speaks to us.
If you are having trouble recognizing Spirit in your life, it can be useful to let go of the idea that Spirit will come in a certain way, or bring a certain desired result.
Instead, just notice what’s happening when you’re meditating, in nature, when you notice a coincidence, when you experience bliss. All of these are ways Spirit is talking to you.
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We have this tendency to label something as “good” or something as “bad.”
But in reality, if there were no challenges to work through, we wouldn’t grow very much.
The “bad” things are like the stone in our shoe that keeps irritating us as we walk on our path: it bothers us and bothers us and bothers us, until we finally stop, take off our shoe and take a long, hard look at the problem.
When we look at the problem, instead of avoiding it, we get clear.
This is where growth happens.
If we are in the middle of a rough patch, where there is a lot of pain, chaos, drama—maybe we need to look at how we are approaching our lives, maybe we need to make changes.
Or sometimes we’re very present in our lives, and bad things happens anyway. Why is this?
The soul answer is that everything is a lesson that moves us to greater expansion.
Everything is an opportunity to expand further in our understanding.
And yet the human answer is that it’s very hard to be grateful when bad things happen.
If you can’t find gratitude at the moment, just feel what you feel. It is enough to be authentic for now. When, over time, you look back and recognize the lesson you were being taught, the gratitude will come of its own accord.
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Some people meditate 2 hours a day, and some never meditate.
Some people drink green smoothies, and some don't.
Some have a yoga practice, and others don't.
Does it matter?
The answer is no.. and yes.
It doesn't matter what you do as your specific spiritual practice.
There is no right way or wrong way.
Do this or do that, do something or nothing.
The Universe doesn't care.
All the Universe wants is for you to do is to connect in—to experience direct connection with All That Is, in whatever way works for you.
When we connect with ourselves at the soul level, we are healed, released, comforted—we have the sense of coming home. It is here that we find the peace we’ve been searching for.
For example, if you spend your whole life drinking soda pop, you drink a lot but you are never quenching your thirst. What you really desire is a glass of pure water. When we try to connect spiritually with worldly things, or busyness, or distractions, it’s the same: we can’t ever quench our thirst.
Yet when we connect with the Divine, we understand that we have finally found what we’ve been seeking.
Don't worry about doing it right, or doing it the way everyone else is doing it.
Just connect with All That Is. Do it whatever way works for you.
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Where I live here in Oregon, it’s haying season.
That means fields once wavy with sun-bleached grasses are now shorn down to stubble. The tractors are baling morning till night, binding hay into stacks or rolls..
We've been talking lately about the cycle of nines: the concept that we're now in a "one" year, once again passing through the same lessons we began in the "one" cycle that started in 2008.
We are surely in a planetary cycle, with the path of totality revealing the solar eclipse—a rare event for collective soul.
And we, at least in the northern hemisphere, are also in a cycle of summer.
It's s summer now, so we're making hay.
But after that, there’s nothing to do for a while.
We'll be at pause, rest, wait.
You see around here, the harvest comes in stages. First there's hops, then berries, now hay, then apples and veggies and corn, and finally pumpkins and grapes.
The hay is in.
Nothing else is ready yet.
There’s no harvest today.
Nothing to do but wait.
These cycles of the growing—planting, growth, harvest, rest—have been part of our human DNA for a very long time.
When we follow these cycles, instead of resisting them, our whole life gets easier.
When the garden has been planted, you don’t plant it again.
You simply water it, maybe weed it.
But you don’t over attend.
The same goes for now.
Whatever you planted in the spring, in terms of goals or plans or ideas or dreams?
Let it go for now.
The Universe has things well in hand.
It’s not the harvest yet.
What we're called to do now is pause.
To rest in the shade with cool glass of something and enjoy this moment of Now.
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Soul lessons repeat until we finally learn them.
This is true for each of us as individual souls, and for collective soul.
Which is why is it is so interesting to look back into the past, compare it to the present, and notice the future we are creating.
In truth, all time is NOW. Yet we can use the illusion of time to understand the patterns that we are repeating, in this now.
At the beginning of 2017, we talked about the nine-year cycle. How this year, we're in the same starting place we were in 2008. You can refresh your memory on that forecast here.
What is important to know, as we are just slightly over the halfway mark in 2017, is that your soul lessons are calling you.
Look back again, to what you were doing in August of 2008. And there will be the answer, to what you are experiencing now: the same pattern, the same movement, the same shift, the same soul lesson.
• What happened in love?
• What happened in family?
• What happened in work?
• What happened in health?
• What happened in abundance?
• What happened in awakening?
• What else happened?
I would love to hear your comments about how the nine-year cycle is running in your life.
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There’s a fine line between listening to Divine guidance and hiding from our destiny.
It's very easy to receive clear visions and signs about your future, your path, your calling.
And it's very easy to simply ignore those visions and signs.
The way to tell the difference, is to notice what actions you are taking.
If you have a deep longing to be an artist, for example, it is a beautiful thing to dream and imagine the art you will create.
However, the actions are what separate the artist from the non-artist: you must draw or paint or photograph or whatever is your medium, and this must be the primary activity of your life, once you have finished with your responsibilities for keeping yourself and your family sheltered and fed.
If you’re not doing art, but just thinking about art… you’re living in fantasy.
The only way you can get to your dream is through action: even if you’re not good at art yet, even if what you put on the paper does not match what is in your mind.
Over time, with daily practice, with teachers and workshops, you will get better. This might take years, but it will happen.
This is why the journey to our dreams is a journey; we do not gain the experience we need from only dreaming and imagining and fantasizing about something.
We need to take active steps, in order to get there.
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