As we move into a day of spookiness and spirit activity, of black cats and pumpkins and yes...
bats in the house!....
I wanted to share with you my own little Halloween story, created by the talented Patrick Keller at Big Seance Blog and Podcast
Or play the bat story now:
Finally: Halloween does not have to be a spooky time. It's a time when the veil is thin... but this is also an opening into the Divine.
If you are faced with any darkness, all you need do is lean toward the Light: call in a guide or angelic being, hold the energy of the Divine in you mind and heart. All is well, and all will be well.
When I’m working with people for the first time, one of the questions I ask is this: Do you have a spiritual belief system?
Most people are happy to talk very clearly about their relationship to God/One/All/Divine/Universe, or whatever name they might use for the infinite ineffable.
It is lovely to hear profound, well-considered manifestos from people all over the globe.
“I used to be this religion, now I follow my own path.”
“I believe in God, but not the way I learned it as a kid.”
“I know there are Divine beings who help us.”
“I believe I am fully supported by the Universe.”
“I don’t know what I know, but I know there is more than me.”
“Everything is one infinite soul.”
And on and on. I love these statements of belief!
But my next question: Do you have a regular spiritual practice? often meets with a sort of head-hung, I’m-so-ashamed kind of response.
People feel guilty if they don’t meditate every day.
People feel guilty if they have trouble sitting still to meditate.
People feel ashamed if they don’t pray regularly.
Sometimes people think that having a spiritual practice means have a consistent, daily practice: prayers and study at dawn, yoga every day, a particular diet or routine.
This is a path for some.
Others think that having a true spiritual practice will leaves no room for anything else. That to be spiritual means to live as a renunciate: to leave behind family, friends, interests and move into monkhood high in the Himalayas.
This is a path for some.
But for most of us. spiritual practice is the aspect of life that we somehow squeeze into the hubbub of everything else in our lives. We’re “householders,” in the Hindu term: doing our dharma in the every day of work, family, chores, community… the big ALL of life.
Spiritual practice as a way of being
Now, my question is never meant to invite shame or guilt over what we’re doing or not doing the “right” way.
And it is true: some people are very consistent in their habits:
Some do yoga at break of dawn, every single morning.
Some read daily, studying the teachings of the great mystics, saint and sages.
Some are true bhakti: they sing and dance and celebrate daily, a regular part of their lives.
Some go to community services weekly or more.
But for most of us… spiritual practice is often catch-as-catch-can. And I’d like to say—with one small caveat—that this is a fine way to run your spiritual practice.
That instead of thinking about your spiritual practice as something you “should do”, or as something that must be done “a certain way” or at a “certain time,” instead consider your spiritual practice as your way of being.
Not something separate from yourself.
But how you show up in the world.
Now what you do at a certain time or in a certain place.
But how you are all the time, everywhere.
You are Divine, all of the time
In this way of being, of living from consciousness, of living as a luminous, radiant, being of love, you would naturally be drawn to all the practices that help you to open and expand: studying, reading, praying, meditating, walking, journaling, singing, dancing, being in nature… all of it… because these are all the ways that help us open our true self, and become One with our oneness.
You would naturally be drawn to connecting with the Divine beings and helpers who are continually surrounding us in other dimensions, layers and levels of Universal vibration.
You would naturally be committed to learning the language of the cosmos, because this is the language of living from soul.
You would naturally be curious about ways to “open” into more presence.
And of course, in leaning toward the light, you automatically notice yourself leaning away from the dark.
You would naturally begin to turn away from all those things that shut down consciousness: many habits of modern society, so many old belief systems that belong to others and to you, and certainly anything that brings you shame or guilt or unworthiness.
When you begin to think of spiritual practice as the way you are being in the world, it becomes a great joy to create space for things that help you to feel yourself as one of One.
Living as Divine human
Each of us enters this world as soul, packaged in a human container, and organized with a particular personality.
We’re not going to change any of it very much: the spirit, body and mind have to learn to work together in this lifetime.
So… don’t fight your personality so much!
If you are a consistent, regular person who does best with an organized practice, go do that.
If you are a wiggly, in-the-body person who has trouble sitting on a meditation cushion, don’t sit. Go for a walk, or go dance, or do chi gong. Move through your meditation.
If you are a person who loves to study and read, do that.
If you are a person who likes to work from audio, do that.
And so on.
My own practice has become like a strand of pearls: a very full day, with each break from work or family dedicate to being one of One, to the fullest extent I can.
When I have three minutes, I might breathe, deeply and gratefully.
When I have ten minutes, I might meditate.
When I have twenty minutes, I might head out into nature.
When I have an hour or more, I might do yoga, or dance, or write or head to a community service or… so many ways to open to the Divine.
If I have a lot of time, I might head out to the nature around us: the forest, the Pacific ocean, all the beautiful places here in the Northwest.
I don't worry about a regular, consistent schedule, because life isn't arranged that way.
Instead, I focus on showing on connecting as often as I can: if I have a little time or a lot, I will dive deep, into that space where everything is healed, renewed, become whole.
The more room we make for such a life, the more such a life arrives to us.
And while I’m not yet able to live every minute conscious… I am able to bring consciousness to many, many more minutes of my day.
I invite you to let go of all shame, guilt or unworthiness about how your spiritual practice “should be.”
Do what you can.
Connect where you are.
Begin to live in Divine space, in the way that is best for you.
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By Sara Wiseman
When you hold that strand of pearls once worn by your grandmother, do you sometimes imagine you can smell her perfume, a subtle lingering impression of the Blue Grass she kept on her dresser?
When you sit in that chair you bought in that antique store so many years ago, do you sometimes sense the places that chair lived before: in other living rooms, with other families?
When you walk past that historical home and peek in the windows, do you sometimes feel you can sense the entire household, right down to the children playing in the living room, the parents reading in the parlor, the toys sprawled in joyous array on the floor?
We tend to think that we can only ready other people, or animals, or at the very least, other living things.
But objects hold energy. So do buildings. So do places.
In fact, everything: living or non living, holds its own energy.
In this article, we’ll look at how you can learn to sense the energy of objects and places in your world, and to receive the information that is there.
In future teachings, we’ll look at how to look at buildings, places, even environments and regions.
Later still, we’ll look at things that aren’t physical form or matter.
It is all available to you!
With practice, you can sense everything that you can recognize, living or non living, matter or beyond matter. The approach is the same.
It’s all about becoming conscious.
Everything is a Universe
The first thing to understand is that everything is a Universe of energy, and everything is One.
A stone is a Universe of stone energy.
You are a Universe of “you” energy.
A house is a Universe of house energy.
A city is a Universe of city energy.
And so on, from small to big.
Within each Universe, we find all the energy inherent in the object, place, person that reflects the beingness of that object, place or person.
We understand the past of that Universe.
We can see the future.
We understand all emotional content.
We understand the different energy levesl from other Divines.
We “get” this all at once, when we tune into the Universe of an object, place or person.
Our Oneness allows connection
The true nature of our reality: our Oneness, is what allows us to connect or tune in this way. We are all souls, part of collective Soul. We are all one, part of One.
This way of being—that we are a part of everything while also being everything at the time— means it’s very easy for us to tune into other objects, places, people.
In essence, we can tune into something, because we are also that something.
Thus, in order to sense a stone intuitively, you simply become the stone. In order to read a place, you become the place. In order to know a person, you become the person.
You don’t do this permanently—you always return to your own particular Universe or container of your self. But you learn how to simply inhabit, become or be whatever it is you’d like to look into.
Your spirit or soul self merges with the spirit or soul or energy self of the object or place, if only for a short moment. But in that short millisecond of sharing space, of inhabiting the same Oneness, you immediately KNOW all there is to know about that object, place.
Of course, it works with people, animals, guides and so much more. We’re just working on objects and places, right now.
One of the ways we learn to sense objects, is by inhabiting the vibration they are existing in. We learn to match their vibration.
Of course, it’s very hard to put the HOW of this into words. As humans, we are new to this work, and we don’t have easy ways of describing how this works with language.
But the core idea is this: if you want to understand a stone, where it has come from, how it feels, what it would like you to know… simply become the stone. In your human form, simply match yourself in all the ways you can, to the stone’s vibration.
What I have found in my own practice of vibration matching is this:
• Usually, stone vibration is quite still and solid. It’s very dense.
• Usually, crystal vibration is quite busy, buzzy, electric. It’s dense too, but in a charged, buzzy way.
• Usually, wood vibration is very mellow; it’s lively without being irritating or pushy.
• Usually, animal vibration is very lively: there’s a lot of heat and feeling.
• Usually, machinery vibration is very cold, with a sense of death or separation.
• Usually, computer vibration is super buzzy, yet also with a coldness or irritation.
Simply begin to sense and sort this vibration, until you can easily feel and recognize what “stone” feels like, vs “computer” vs “dog.”
And, then begin to practice matching your own vibration.
Simply go within, and become the object you are reading. Allow your soul self to simply inhabit this Universe or container for a moment.
You’re still coming back to your human form. You’re not staying there very long.
But one moment as a piece of wood, for example, and you will understand all there is to know about it: where it has been, what it has seen, the energies around it.
Sensing the energy of objects
Let’s go back to the idea of sensing the energy of objects.
The key would be to step aside, and allow your spirit or soul self to sense and match the vibration or frequency of that object, and to become that object.
Let’s say you want to sense the energy of your grandmother’s string of pearls.
You might hold the pearls in your hand, and simply enter into Divine space: you might enter into that psychic sweet spot where you are can most easily access visual information, language, symbolism, emotion, future thinking and so forth.
Go into that sweet spot, not too far in the ethers, not too close to earth.
And then, simply sense the energy of the pearls. As you sense this vibrational quality, begin to match in with your own body.
Sink into a place where you are one with the pearls.
Now, go a step further, and simply as to become the pearls. You may feel a transition in your body, such as your chest expanding, or skin tingling, as this happens.
Your body will stay where it is! Your spirit will experience the shift.
It is very subtle.
If you do not have much practice with meditation and spiritual intuition, you may find it hard to find this sweet spot at first. The more you practice, the easier you will be able to go there instantaneously, simply upon the breath.
As you become the pearls, you will begin to see and sense and hear from the pearls point of view.
You may find yourself going into the pearl’s memory: seeing or sensing places the pearls have been: in a house, in a drawer, around a neck.
You may find yourself going into the pearl’s energy, which we might call emotions: you might sense sticky, happy, clear, loving, sentimental energy, that show the relationship of your Grandmother, as she was in relationship to the pearls.
You may find yourself going into the pearl’s past: in the ocean, forming in the oyster, the salt and brine of the sea.
You may find yourself attaching to a memory of your own, in which some message, vision or understanding presents itself: a way for you to relate an event in your own life, to the pearls.
You may find your grandmother arrives in your consciousness, and has a message or vision for you.
Stay in. Explore. Allow what arrives to arrive.
When you are complete, call your own energy back into your own body. Come back to this reality. Write down what has been revealed to you.
You may be surprised and even shocked by how much you receive, when you do this practice of becoming the object.
Practice on other objects, and see what arrives.
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