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.
P.S. I would love to work with you on the 2018 Beyond Words Cruise.
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.
P.S. Books make wonderful gifts. See the list here.
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.
P.S. Books make wonderful gifts. See the list here.
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.
P.S. I had a great time on Psychic Shawn's CAFE ESOTERICA Radio. Take a listen here!
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.
P.S. Reserve your space for the 2018 Beyond Words Cruise.
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.
P.S. It's a great time to plan ahead for the Beyond Words Cruise this February!
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.
P.S. LAST CHANCE to sign up for small group training Fall 2017!
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.
P.S. Wow! I'm going to be teaching FOUR Soul Intensive workshops and offering a special Sacred Sound Healing Circle at the 2018 Beyond Words Cruise. Find out more.
Decades ago, when the building I worked in was one of the tallest and newest in Seattle, I was a file clerk for a big insurance company.
My sole duty was to push a metal cart around the office, stop at each of the endless agent desks haphazardly scattered in one enormous room, collect all the files stacked in their out box, and then go file them in the dozens of metal filing cabinets that filled the back room, in alphabetical order.
Arthur comes before Atura
McNab comes after Macnab.
Brighton comes before Broghten.
Calumus comes after Caluminus.
I became an expert alphabetizer, during the nine hours a day, five days a week I did this job.
The work days were all the same: the agents yakked on their phones, and clattered on their typewriters and pounded their staplers and smoked up a storm of cigarettes. Back then, almost everyone smoked, everywhere.
And then, after exactly three hours and forty five minutes, the round, white clock on the wall would do that little clicking sound, and everyone would stand on cue and file out for their break.
Every four hours.
We punched out with a little card.
Then everyone herded over to the break room with its metal chairs and one free phone, and proceeded to smoke as many cigarettes as they could in 15 minutes.
I lasted about two breaks in that room, yellow with smoke and depression just as acrid, and then I started sneaking away: misfit, miscreant, I hung back from the pack and rode the elevator down to the ground, where I stepped outside and turned my face up into the Seattle rain.
I didn’t last long at that job, expert alphabetizing skills notwithstanding.
I wish I could say that I quit, but I didn’t: I needed the money too much.
Besides, that’s what most jobs were like back then.
But I didn’t go back in the break room, and soon after I did get laid off. Thank you, Universe.
It was decades ago. Those were different times.
But it’s good to remember how silly we were, how stunted, how numbed, how unaware. How we’d put up with something like sitting in room smoking our entire break, our entire life away.
It’s good to look back, and see that we have made some progress.
P.S. Our JUNE course of the month is Understand You Are Enough. Just $10!
P.S.S. If enjoy this blog, will you click the FB and Twitter links below? I appreciate it!
People say to me “I know you’re really busy,” and I have to laugh, because I don’t feel busy.
In the last few years, I’ve committed to living a life in which I don’t feel rushed; I’ve committed to doing my work in a way that feels spacious, unhurried, calm and most of the time, enjoyable.
I have gotten to this place, by letting go of my schedule.
If you looked at my calendar, you’d find I keep my schedule much emptier than most.
There are core things that I show up to: writing and teaching and recording.
There are family things that I show up to: taking care of my kids and kin.
But the rest of it?
In the desire to live in the spacious, unhurried, unrushed way, I needed to let go of a lot of busyness and distraction.
As I stared to pare down the “shoulds” on my calendar, I found that most of the “shoulds” weren’t important.
They were someone else’s idea of how I should fill my time. They reflected what mainstream society said I should do. They stemmed from some old guilt I had about needing to be busy all the time.
I let it all go, and I haven’t missed any of it.
Instead of being distracted, rushed and exhausted by all this constant transition of one thing to the next to the next, I now have big blocks of time in my schedule in which I can have intensive periods of concentration and focus. Intensive and complete attention to what matters most, which right now is my clients and students.
I’m working incredibly hard and with incredible attention.
And at the same time, there’s…
No sense of rush or hurry.
No sense of plowing through a to-do list.
No overwhelm at trying to be in seven places at once.
No slavery to calendar or clock.
If you know what you really want to do in this life, paring down your schedule to nothing else except that, can help you begin to live that life.
If you don’t know what you really want to do in this life, paring down your schedule might help you figure it out.
P.S. Final days for Earlybird Savings for the Beyond Words cruise!
We have lots of choices about how we spend our time.
Some of us like to be social.
Some of us like to be out and about.
Some of us like to work.
Some of us like to be relaxed.
For me, I like to spend time on my work and my family, and what I’ve come to understand is that when you’re really committed to something, there isn’t a lot of room for much else.
Thus, I glean time: I actively gather and select and choose those commitments that hold personal value to me, from the larger crop of what’s available.
I don’t do “shoulds” any more.
I don’t do peer pressure.
I know what I hold as valuable.
I gather that.
I glean time, so that I can put my attention on what’s most important to me.
Of course, we aren’t always in a passage of our life where this can happen immediately. During the years I had four kids at home and several jobs, I had to do a lot of things I didn’t like, all the time.
At first, I just ran on overwhelm and adrenaline.
But later, as choices came up, I started to make them. After being overwhelmed by the schedule of competitive soccer and basketball with two older kids, I said no to competitive sports for the two younger ones. After being drained by the pressure to be on every volunteer committee at school and church, I resigned from all committees. After being exhausted by a city job that required a two-hour commute each day, I took a less glamorous job close to home. And so on.
I made choices.
I pared down.
I said no.
I gleaned out every single minute that was available to me, and pretty soon this gleaning gained momentum, and soon it came to pass that I was no longer a busy person: I wasn’t on the teams, I wasn’t on the committees, I didn’t work in the city.
And with each “no,” with each boundary, with each gleaning of what I wanted vs. what I was “supposed” to do, I became happier and more clear about my true purpose in this life.
In those years, it was a foreign language to say “no.”
Now, I say it all the time!
I have gotten so clear on the value of downtime as the key to creativity, to spaciousness as a gateway to joy, to the understanding that it is much more important to notice and expand, then to go hurtling through this amazing life.
Try it. Say “no.”. Glean some time for yourself, and see what happens.
P.S. Registration for small group training is happening NOW.
Your dharma is another name for your soul path.
When you follow your dharma, you are following your true soul path: the real reason why you are here on this earth in this lifetime.
The overall dharma for everyone, of course, is to expand in consciousness. To expand our understanding during this life in which we are soul in human container.
But aside from soul growth, which is our over-arching dharma, there is also a more personal dharma that each of us must identify and follow.
We often talk about this as life’s purpose, or life's calling, or even destiny.
To follow your dharma, is to follow the destiny that you as a soul chose. Every soul has a personal destiny, a personal dharma.
But how do you know what your dharma is?
Well… it’s what you are drawn to do.
It’s what you’d without payment, without reward, without recognition. Without society telling you it’s what you should be doing—or that it’s right or good or valuable…
It's what you want to do all the time, no matter what. That's your dharma.
And in some cases, it’s what you’re drawn to do but not doing yet.
Sometimes a clue to your dharma can be found by looking back to the age of 10 or 11: what you loved doing most of all, what you loved thinking about and working on your own… this is likely to be where your dharma is.
Sometimes a clue to your dharma can be found by recognizing what you are deeply interested in now—whether you have allowed yourself to do this or not.
If you know your dharma, do it.
If you don’t, ask the Universe to show you.
Simply ask to be shown your true soul path.
And then follow what comes next… the signs and synchronicities that will reveal your true path.
P.S. Take advantage of EARLYBIRD savings for the 2018 Beyond Words Cruise. Join me!
As most of you know, I'm a self-proclaimed hermit. I live out here Hobbit-like in the Oregon woods, and I haven't done an in-person workshop or event for many, many years.
Because recently, the Universe showed up with this crazy, unexpected idea: something I'd never even thought about before.
And I decided to say "yes."
In my case, I found myself with Richard and Michele Cohn, the lovely publishers of Beyond Words (The Secret, What the Bleep?), and they asked me to join them as a presenter on their 2018 Your Soul Awakening cruise in the eastern Caribbean, and ...
I let go of my fear of flying.
I let go of my fear of bathing suits. :)
I let go of my longing for home.
... and I said "I'l be there!"
I do so hope you'll join me! What fun it will be, to work with you in person! I'll be teaching a special workshop Speak the Language of the Universe, plus we'll have time for group gatherings, possibly private readings (TBD).
Right now, there's special Earlybird Savings: Sign up by May 31, and save $300, plus have the option for a special installment plan.
I'm thrilled about this unexpected opportunity, and look forward to meeting you there!
Do you know what you want?
Do you know what you long for, dream for, ask the Universe for?
Do you spend time manifesting, visioning, creating?
Do you spend time affirming your dreams?
I hope very much that you don’t.
At least not much.
Or not often.
Or course there’s value in having dreams, and in looking ahead at what we’d like to accomplish.
But there is one thing that gets left out when we’re manifesting from personality, rather than soul.
The thing is… we often think we know what we want.
Whereas our Soul has much bigger plans in store.
So... why spend all that time and energy creating what we think we want, when we don’t even know if that’s the most expanded choice?
For me, I prefer to let the Divine lead.
To ask the Universe for guidance. And then to follow that guidance in every way, with every intention and action, that I can.
I like to think of life as a river, always in Flow.
We can be in the river the hard way, rowing upstream against the current to get the price/dream/goal we think we want.
Or we can do it the easy way, by asking the Universe to show us where the energy is moving, and then by sailing along effortlessly,, fully in Flow with where the Universe is already taking us.
It's a kind of un-Law of Attraction, un-manifesting.
A way of asking the Universe where you’re supposed to go. Then Flow with that.
P.S. Do you want to learn a new way of manifesting? Try our self-study course Manifest Miracles in 28 Days.
When we’re first getting familiar with how manifesting works, we often set in motion a lot of dreams that we don’t really want.
We set in motion dreams that come from ego, from mind, from personality:
• My bucket list is this.
• I will accomplish this.
• I will manifest this.
And yet, when we act outside of Divine guidance, when we create from mind/ego/personality, instead of from the sweet Divine guidance that is our true destiny… we often manifest things we don’t really want.
We just think we want them.
How many times have you wanted something SO BAD, and then by the time it comes to fruition, you realize: I don’t want that any more.
You have grown past it:
• I want to live in this place.
• I want to work at this job.
• I want to be with this lover.
• I want to travel to this country.
• I want to do this accomplishment.
And you get there, and the Universe, which has been carefully creating your manifestation all this time, delivers it to you with bells on and you realize: uh oh… that's an old dream.
You’ve grown past it.
The things we really want are always connection, engagement, love. We want to know we are doing our dharma; that we are in alignment with our soul destiny.
We want to do the work we came here to do.
We want to be in the relationships we came here to be in.
We want to have the experiences that expand us as souls.
The rest of it… it’s all the ego/mind/personality swirling around in distraction.
If you sense that old dreams are showing up in your life, don’t hem and haw and wait to see how things play out.
Unhook from them as soon as you understand what’s happening.
Let the Universe know where you are now.
Let go of mind/personality/ego creations.
Move on to the deeper soul work the Universe is guiding you toward.
P.S. Featured this month: Learn the Practice of Channeled Writing course!
As some of you know, I'm pretty much a minimalist. I like to keep things spare and simple; a little stuff goes a long way.
And yet in helping my mother downsize from one home to another, I’ve found myself deluged with stuff.
Every item must be sorted, handled, considered.
Moreover, each item is a memory trigger: the cake plate that was my Grandmother's. The butter mold from Norway. The antique box that we’ve somehow always had.
Of course, every object doesn't just hold memories; it is a container of Universal energy.
Thus if you add an object to your own possessions, you also take on the energy of that object. You take on the memories, the soul experience, the karma of the previous owner. Your parents, your grandparents, your ancestors, a stranger... whoever owned it before.
Their stuff contains their energy.
This isn't necessarily a bad thing. And in truth, we can never be separate from each other.
But the way I see it, the more we are bound by stuff, the more distracted we can get from our true dharma, our true calling.
If you are dealing with helping a parent sort through possessions, as many of us baby boomers are, take time to consider what you really need.
You may deeply desire having the karma of your ancestors around you via their objects. Or you may prefer to let it all go.
When you understand that every object, whether inherited from an ancestor or assembled from Ikea, contains the energy of where it came from, how it was made, who made it, who owned it—then you can decide what is right for you.
P.S. This month's course is Learn the Practice of Channeled Writing.
A neighbor of mine is really into genealogy.
She has cracked the code on how to figure out who you’re descended from, and where they lived and what they did.
Around here, it’s especially interesting to notice that so many people have been in this area for generations: since the 1800s, when pioneers headed west and pushed as far as they could, stopping just 50 miles or so short of the ocean.
What strikes me most is how little we are able to remember our ancestors. We might know one or two generations away from us. But after that, we don't know the people we came from.
It strikes me too, how we will not be remembered when we're gone. At least, not for long.
A few of us might leave a legacy, like Abraham Lincoln or Martin Luther King Jr. or Mother Theresa.
But most of us… We're just here now.
Even if ancestors remembered what we “did” or where we “lived," that is very different from knowing a person intimately: what we were like, what we thought about, how we were day to day.
It seems to me then, that the measure of a life can’t be what we do, or where we live. And legacy is probably not to be counted on.
The measure of a life, I think, is how much we connect, how much we love, how much we engage, how much we show up and our really HERE.
There’s nobody to impress. There’s no golden ring to grab.
This life is for you: it's for you as soul in human form, so you can fill your heart with all these beautiful experiences, all this love.
P.S. Take our Release Yourself from Family Karma course here.
Sometimes we do a process I call “The Game.”
In it, one person thinks of a question (but doesn’t tell the other person what it is).
Then the other person meditates until he or she receives the answer as a Guiding Vision.
Then they switch roles for the next question.
It’s basically a blind reading.
The Game might be a little bit challenging if you don't have a meditation practice or haven't done a lot of intuitive work—but then again, sometimes it doesn't matter.
For example, The Game works extremely well with children and older people, who are often very open to new experiences and perhaps living a bit closer to the veil, on one side or the other.
The main thing is to trust, and to allow the Guiding Vision to arrive. To take a leap of faith, and let the Universe inform you.
What’s interesting about The Game is how it reveals such accurate answers.
A few evenings ago, my husband thought of a question (but didn’t tell me what it was.)
Immediately, I received a vision of Dorothy on the Yellow Brick Road, with all the distractions (witches good and bad, flying monkeys, the great Oz) she had on the way… only to find out that HOME was where her life was all along.
There was nowhere better for Dorothy to go, or nothing better for her to do. She was already right HOME, right where she was.
The question? “What is my highest focus for 2017."
Point taken, Universe!
We always think we need to be striving for what's new or next. But sometimes, we’re asked to just keep on keeping on doing what we’re doing: with focus, without distractions, without running away to OZ... just being where we are, right now. At least, that was the answer I received.
Try “The Game” someone today, and see what happens for you.
It's fun. And the Universe always has very interesting answers.
P.S. We're working on new self-study courses for February.
Years ago, when I was newly out of the gates as an author, I had the Misbelief that I had to do it a particular way.
I had a very strong case of the “shoulds.”
An author travels all over, right?
So that’s what I “should do”.
An author does expos and conferences, right?
So that’s what I “should” do.
An author sticks to one subject and doesn’t stray from it, right?
So that’s what I “should” do.
Um…. yeah.... well.... as you know, that didn’t work out.
I am miserable in planes, trains and automobiles.
I find the energy of expos overwhelming.
And everybody knows I can’t stick to one subject... I'm interested in lots of ideas!
With my terrible case of the “shoulds," I spent almost a decade trying to fit my very square peg into the very round hole we often think of as “author”, and of course none of it worked.
We can only be who we are, because that’s the reason we’re here.
We are not here to be someone we're not.
We’re here to inhabit and embrace and own our beautiful uniqueness.
We're here to be our selves.
When I finally gave up all of those “shoulds” a few years back, my work immediately deepened and my understanding of why I am here grew exponentially.
I can’t recommend this enough: letting go of all the rules of how how society says you “should” be.
And just be who you really are.
After all, that’s your purpose on this planet.
In 2017, it would be amazing if we all let go of our “shoulds”, and just were who we really are?
P.S. Take a look at amazing books and ebooks for your journey here.
When we finally move through a soul lesson, there comes a day when we notice that whatever we’ve been working on, isn’t with us any more.
The anger we had toward a certain person has dissolved.
The fear we had about a situation had left us.
The worry we had about something in the future isn’t there.
The shame we had about something has disbanded.
We were one way, wrapped up in our thoughts and emotional drama and hurt and blame… and then, suddenly it’s all just gone away.
We’re just not there any more: we’re not in relationship to that person or situation or thought like that any more.
Sometimes we release it.
Sometimes we are cleared.
Sometimes we have been working on it so long, we grow past it.
As you move through your life, you’ll find yourself facing these sticky things: anger, fear, worry, shame… around people and events and situations in your life.
Until one day, you’ll be moseying around doing something ordinary, and you’ll think of this sticky thing, and you’ll find… it’s not there any more.
You’ve worked through it.
You’ve moved past.
You’ve let go.
There is not longer any trigger! It’s not there any more! And sing sweet halleluiah, for yet another soul lesson moved through!
We can get very far with our expansion when we try.
P.S. Do you know the four steps to manifesting?
When we have just finished working through a soul lesson, the Universe will often show up with a series of “tests” to make sure we’re really, really done.
For example, if you’ve had difficulty saying “no” to people in the past, but now you’re pretty sure you’ve mastered this lesson… well, right around the time you’re feeling confident, the Universe is going to jump in and send you several people in quick succession that you will have to say “no” to.
“Why are all these people showing up that I have to say “no" to all of a sudden?” you'll wonder.
It will seem so odd, so coincidental, so not random: these people streaming in from all over, all of who require “no” from you.
If you’ve truly mastered this lesson, you’ll be able to say “no” in detached way, and this will be the end of the matter.
If you’re still shaky, if you haven’t quite mastered the lesson, you will find yourself having trouble, agonizing over your decision, maybe saying “yes” by mistake… and the Universe will be clear that you need a bit more work on this particular lesson.
We are tested and tested until we can test out.
If you notice a lot of “repeats” in your life, pay attention. The Universe is testing you to see what soul lessons you’ve mastered, and which ones you’re still working on.
Certainly, no failure.
We’re all in this together, each of us doing the best we can.
P.S. Will you be joining us for Manifest Miracles?
After years of warning my kids “don’t smoke pot,” I find myself driving my daughter to school each day past one of the biggest pot grows in the city.
I don’t have much to say about whether I think marijuana should or shouldn’t be legal in Oregon. The reality is, it’s legal now.
Change has come.
Canna businesses have sprung up overnight. There are greenhouses in the rural areas. And in urban areas? Cannibas cafes and dispensaries are as ubiquitous as coffee shops.
Pot is now legal in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Maine, Nevada, Colorado, Massachusetts and Washington DC. More states are following suit.
The politics of the day (and today especially) lead us to believe that we are going backwards.
Yet when we start to pay attention to what is really happening, instead of what we're fed by the media, a different reality emerges.
Used to be, women couldn't vote... until one day they could.
Used to be, people of color couldn't sit on a bus... until one day they could.
Used to be, same sex marriages weren't allowed... until one day they were.
Used to be, pot wasn't legal...until one day it was.
These are just a few of the "used to be's" we've seen change.
It's true:,some political factions are trying to stop change right now.
But from a soul perspective, we are always evolving toward Oneness.
Even on days it doesn't seem that way, it's just what souls do.
P.S. Do you know how to Manifest Miracles?
The Catholics have two periods of time in their calendar called “ordinary time”: two periods in the year when there is no feasting and no penance.
It’s the time of everyday life, ordinary stuff: no big highs, no big lows.
If you’re Catholic, you started ordinary time today yesterday. If you’re not Catholic, or not Catholic anymore,, it’s likely that after all the holdays we've just finished, your life also suddenly seeming more ordinary.
We’re back in the groove, although f you’re paying attention, you will notice that the groove we're in now is not the same groove we were in before.
These past few months have opened us up, helped us learn, given us experiences that have altered us completely, given us ways to identify what we care about and what is important to us as a whole .
Right now, these changes are subtle, like tiny flowers just beginning to open.
Ordinary time is a useful time to relax, get back to routine again, and in this very simple way of living life—of taking care of all the things and people you need to take care of—we are integration what we have learned.
Not in the intensive integration of working at it. But in the softer integration of letting it all move through you, as you inhabit your life in an everyday kind of way.
There is nothing ordinary about this time, or about you.
P.S. Are you going to be part of The 33 Lessons?
Right around now, people are already burnt out on the kale and the gym and the futile resistance to chocolate/booze/shopping/internet... whatever it is for you.
We are all in the habit of making New Year’s resolutions: “I hereby solemnly proclaim I will lose X pounds, eat clean, live within my budget”… whatever it is for you.
The thing is… making a New Year’s resolution seems so lofty.
But from soul persepective, it's a proclamation that you don’t love yourself as you are.
It’s saying “I’m not enough”.
I’m not enough with my extra twenty pounds.
I’m not enough with my addictions.
I’m not enough with my distractions.
Yes of course, it is useful to live a more clear and balanced life.
But overall, the Universe doesn’t care about your habits.
The Universe cares about your expansion.
If you (and I) were to stop trying to control the symptoms (the addictions, the distractions) and instead sink deep into spiritual practice where we have daily connection to our soul… well, eventually, over time, all the symptoms would go away.
We would love ourselves as we are.
We would understand that we are works in progress.
We would be gentle and kind and compassionate to our selfs: beautiful humans, far from perfect, walking the path.
Instead of making a bunch of resolutions this year, consider making un-resolutions.
Resolve that you’ll first attend to your soul.
The inner work always shifts the outer.
That’s the place to start.
P.S. Have you experienced The 33 Lessons?
Get Daily Divine direct to your inbox!
Sara Wiseman blogs about spirituality and intuition several days a week. Get award-winning Daily Divine delivered to your inbox, plus receive a FREE ebook!