Dear Sara: Here are my questions: First, how are you viewing the latest world events from a spiritual perspective? Second, how might we bring spiritual tools to support new ways of being for those steeped/attached to the “left brain/logical/linear ways of operating?” Third, how have you personally responded to those who think your gifts are “woo-woo” or unimportant?—Amalia
From Sara: From a left brain/logical/linear perspective, the world is a great big tragic mess right now. It's very difficult for everyone, no matter which "side" you're on. In fact, much of the issues is because we're still stuck in the idea that we have to take sides. Belonging to or finding one's "tribe" iis an old idea, and we're being invited to let that go. From a spiritual perspective, we are going through growing pains—the kind of awkward, tumultuous, dramatic, emotional sorts of growing pains we might experience when we are moving through any big stage of growth: kindergarten, puberty, the 20s, the 40s, the 50s and beyond—all the passages where everything seems to not make sense, not work and not be right. In essence, we are letting go of who we were, and entering into a new stage. In the world’s case at the moment, we are letting go of extreme selfishness, greed and immaturity and all the strong beliefs that we and only we are "right"—and entering into a state of communal awareness—the understanding of collective soul. This is not an easy passage! A lot of ego must be left behind. In answer to your second question, in terms of bringing spiritual tools to help others, I would say: work on yourself first. As part of collective soul, each soul who drops ego lifts the entire collective. It’s impossible to provide understanding to someone who’s not ready for it—they literally can’t get it. So don’t worry about trying to shift others. Keep working your own garden. Act and live from the highest place you know how, and push yourself to go further. As collective soul expands, others will follow. If you want to pray or meditate on the world, do that—but your own inner expansion is what really lifts the collective. What affects one affects One. Thirdly, as for people worrying about if I am too “woo woo” or unimportant, I don’t concern myself with that. Today’s “woo woo” is tomorrow’s common knowledge. We each have a soul destiny, and once you know your soul destiny and commit to that, what others think is irrelevant. Some people will “get it” and some people won’t. No matter. The more important aspect is committing to your soul destiny and fulfilling what you are here to do.
Dear Sara: In the past few years as I’ve focused on learning how to connect with the guides and nature, my connection to God has changed. It feels weak and generic. I would have thought it would be the opposite. I do long for an experience of genuine connection. Do you have that experience? What it is like? Maybe my idea of God is too generic and impersonal now and that’s the problem.— Susan
From Sara: Sometimes when we’re raised with a religious tradition, we can attach to a particular way of thinking about who or what God is. Each religion has its own belief system, and especially when we are children, we tend to absorb this belief system. Thus, if a person prays to a deity from a particular belief system, this creates a closed loop—there’s no room for a different experience. Now, this works just fine for lots of people, and of course it’s a valid spiritual practice! However, if you are a person who has detached from religious tradition and are moving into the path of a broader spiritual awakening, your perspective has changed. You are moving from the personal (a deity has a personal interest in you) to the expanded (we are all part of the Universe). When we open this way, we start to experience Universe/God/One/All everywhere, all the time, and this may not involve any particular deity. The expanded view can at first feel a little lonely—where is the connection we were raised with? Yet as we explore further and let ourselves understand ourselves as souls, we begin to understand the Divine in a different way. In answer to your question: Yes, I do have this experience of direct connection, and I’m certain you can too. To me it feels like dissolving into everything all at once, and knowing you are a part of everything. And, if you want to have peak experiences, such as bliss, Oneness, losing your ego self and existing as pure soul—just ask. The Universe loves to commune with us in this way, as often as we will allow it.
Dear Sara: Sometimes when I am in meditation I receive (or think I do) a message but when I come out of meditation and think back on it, it makes no sense to me or I can’t place it anywhere I my life. Should I wait for the moment when it all makes sense, or should I look into different places, aspects or people in my life to place it somewhere? — Margarita
From Sara: When we are gathering intuitive information in meditation, a few things can happen. First, receiving a psychic flash is instantaneous; the Universe knows your question before you ask it. That means, your answer arrives the moment, or sometimes before, you ask your question—so you will need be ready to receive information immediately, even before you are settled into your meditation. The second is that, yes—the intuitive information you receive sometimes answers your whole question, but sometimes it provides spiritual breadcrumbs—guidance you are meant to follow out into the “real” world. You might receive signs, synchronicities, events related to these breadcrumbs—this is all part of the way the Universe guides us. Use your meditation to receive messages and visions—and then go follow these spiritual breadcrumbs in the real world. Both receiving and following are part of the equation.