Lately, I've been up in Seattle helping my mom get her condo ready to sell.
It's a big job, and it's very sentimental for me, because Seattle is where I grew up, where I went to school, where I lived until I was 28.
In other words... I know that town.
I know the Space Needle and Ballard Locks and the troll-under-the-bridge.
I know Gas Works Park and Greenlake and that secret back road near University Village.
I know Matthews Beach and Golden Gardens and the Ferry Terminal.
I know Nordstrom and Uwajimaya and Pike Place Market: when I worked downtown, I ate there every day.
A lot of memory, held in that city.
And with my mom moving to a new place, it's likely I won't be in Seattle very often again.
There's a sense of loss, but there's also a sense of appreciation.
For even as I help my mom, I'm also experiencing a life review of all those years, in which I was a part of that place: who I was, what I was doing, what I was learning.
A lot of you are having this experience now, as you help out your older parents. Returning to old places, and feeling all the feelings that arrive.
From soul perspective, this is a soul lesson in which we are asked:
To remember it all.
To hold all of it with love.
To allow all emotions.
To feel everything fully.
To detach from clinging and grasping.
And to trust, that more joy is even in this moment, winging its way toward us.
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Not too long ago, Abby joined our household.
She’s an older Lhasa Apso, and her qualities are patience, intelligence and getting along. She is easily able to communicate with us by her actions and in telepathy.
That said, when Abby first arrived, our cat Emrys was not a happy camper.
Emrys is also sensitive, intelligent and telepathic: I have called him from the far fields many times, simply by thinking him home.
But Emrys is easy to get along. Upon the arrival of Abby, there was a lot of hissing and clawing and scratching. There were power plays, posturing, snubbing.
When the temperature dropped and it snowed for a week, we moved Emrys inside the house to stay warm, instead of in the shed where he prefers to sleep.
Oh, and there was tension in the house!
Outside the snow fell in silent beautiful while inside the animals jockeyed for position, and we had to behave like referees, keeping squabbling players from starting a riot.
Until one day…. things changed. One day during our enforced retreat, all of us held hostage by the storm... one day, in one unmemorable moment, it all shifted.
There was no more argument.
Abby and Emrys had come to their agreement: a peaceable kingdom, where two different species agreed to trust… against their DNA, against their genetic history, against all it means to be “dog” and “cat” on this planet.
Peace on earth!
A small sign perhaps, but a sign nonetheless, that we can in fact learn to get along.
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If you pay attention to news feeds, you'd think things are getting worse.
But when you tune in to the heartbeat, the vibration of the earth, of what's really going on in Gaia... what's really happening is a kind of a miracle.
It doesn't seem like it, does it?
But with the pressure of all this darkness and chaos showing up, something new is staring to happen: Light is showing up.
Light is arriving, and Light is turning on, and all of us who were somewhat complacent or head-down or not paying attention are suddenly showing up as One.
We are doing this because we are experiencing a new understanding that we are collective soul.
We are experience a great awakening, a great activation of souls who were once complacent, once happy enough to go about the regular human day-to-day.
Now with the immediate threat of darkness, repression, going back to the old contracted ways—the Light is gathering.
In the late 1970s, world-celebrated poet, writer and educator Lucille Clifton received the messages from The Ones, a collection of poems channeled from spirit Guides. Clifton was Poet Laureate of Maryland from 1979 to 1985, and twice nominated for a Pulitzer prize.
Here is one of the messages she received. (And please note, Clifton uses very strong language which may be shocking or offensive).
you are not
your brother's keeper
hiding in the bush
lying on the grate
the mad one in the cage
or at the podium
the king is you
the kike is you
the honky is you
the nigger is you
the bitch is you
the beauty is you
the friend is you
the enemy oh
others have come
to say this
it is not
you are not
your sisters keeper
your sister yes
Fake news has it wrong.
We are not separate.
We are One.
Not just standing alongside each other in support as one.
But actually as each other, as collective soul.
No separation. One soul.
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A few days back, I wrote about the Lunar Eclipse in Leo. Some of you reminded me that there was also a comet blazing through the sky during this planetary event. Thank you!
During the time of new moons, full moons, and most certainly during eclipses, I like to work with the energy of the Universe to set intention for myself, and for all of the world.
To do this, I usually do a ritual.
Thus, about an hour before the eclipse was to take place (in the afternoon where we live), I found myself in our backyard in the forest, burning an enormous box of my journals.
(Don’t worry... these journals are no loss to anyone. They are simply my way of scribbling notes. They are a scratch pad for ideas that form the writing that comes later.)
But it is good to let the past go. To release the person we are no longer, so we can become the person we are now called to be.
Thus, I started to burn these journals in our fire pit, and it took a while.
It was smoky, and it was actually fairly difficult to get all those journals to burn: starting with a few, then adding more, stirring them with a long stick, and all the while praying, praying, praying.
I ask for peace. I ask for peace for the world.
I ask for awakening. I ask for awakening for the world.
I ask of freedom from all suffering. I ask for this for the world.
I ask for clear sense of purpose. I ask for all souls to know their path.
I release all my past, I am thankful for all joys, and I step into NOW. I ask for this awakening for collective soul.
And at one point, I said to the Universe "I'd love a sign during this ritual. That would be so amazing.” Then right away I changed my mind and said, "I don’t really need a sign. I am so grateful. Nevermind."
And then I got back to the task of releasing my past self.
Asking, praying, taking, stirring, burning. About an hour passed. Near the end, I heard my husband's car rumble down the hill. He was here to join me for the eclipse. He added his own intentions to the fire, and we talked and prayed as the fire burned.
I threw the last few journals on the fire.
In that same moment, it started to lightly rain.
"It's the eclipse now,” said my husband, checking his watch. He reached over to give me a hug, and because of this, he turned, and because of this, I turned, and because we both turned, we shifted direction and because of this we saw it: a huge, wildly vibrant rainbow shining right above us through the trees.
I could not believe.
I could not fathom it.
"It's my sign" I cried out, and my heart burst with love.
The rainbow shown and shown and my heart pounded in joy.
We stared in awe and hugged and shouted and stared in awe some more. .
I started laughing. That funny Universe!I asked for a sign, and then said I didn't need one because there are miracles every day, and then I forgot about my request, and then the Universe answered it anyway.
In perfect timing, as always:
In the moment of the last journal burning, the full releasing of the past, in the exact moment of the eclipse, the exact moment of the gateway into the new consciousness... the rainbow appeared.
And then just a minute later, it disappeared.
It simply blew away before our eyes. It had only been there for that one moment. If we had not turned together in that exact timing, we would have missed it.
This is how Universe is with us ALWAYS. Always a miracle, always guiding, always pure love and joy.
And what did this sign mean?
In my heart of hearts, in my deepest direct knowing, this was the answer. "Everything is okay. Everything is as it should be. All your heart longs for, for you and for the world, is already in motion. Love is everywhere."
My dear friends... I wish you signs and miracles and your own hearts bursting open in love.
The Universe is with us, in all moments.
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