It's often said we are Divine beings having a human experience.
But what does that really mean?
Whenever we accept things as “truth” for a long time, it’s good to step back and take another look. Sometimes looking at “truths” can be uncomfortable, or bring up some resistance—we want to believe what we believe.
But what if we did that?
What if we left out that whole "Divine being" part, and looked at this idea a little plainer, little more stripped down. As in:
"We are souls having a human experience."
Not Divine beings.
It helps us flip this idea around and look at it anew, for two reasons:
• First, souls are not neutral—they have choice. In this way, we can be either souls turned to light. Or we can be souls turned toward dark. The soul has choice.
• Second, our human selves are not neutral either—our human self, which we might call our mind, ego or personality, also has choice. As humans, we can be "good,” which most people think of as kind, compassionate, and loving. Or we can be “bad,” which most people take as mean, cruel and hateful.
We get to choose the orientation of our soul: toward Light or dark.
And we get to choose the orientation of our human self: toward Light or dark.
Nobody is perfect. In fact, most of us are woefully in the middle, perfectly imperfect, walking our path. And yet many of us are leaning toward the Light.
The thing is: it’s complicated, this task of being both soul and human! It’s not as easy to lean toward Light as we might imagine, even if that is our soul’s and personality’s desire.
We are wonderfully imperfect.
We are on the path.
We are leaning to the Light.
That is enough for today.
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Part of being a sensitive, awakened person is that we want to help others.
This is only natural—as souls, our purpose is to help other souls.
Yet sometimes we come to place where we mistakenly think that helping others is more important than helping ourselves.
"I just want to HELP," I commonly hear people say, when they discover their gifts in healing, intuition and spirituality. Again, it's a natural, correct and generous feeling.
And yet sometimes, we need to focus on ourselves.
It's very easy as an intuitive and empath (which all of you are) to see with laser-like focus what's out of balance in someone else's life. We spot the problem immediately, and we want to help, we want to fix, and sometimes we even want to save.
But this can become a distraction.
Sometimes, we become so aware of what's going on for others, we forget to look at what's going on for us.
If you believe that your sole purpose is to HELP others, you might take a small step back from this view, and check in with yourself.
Is there anything in your life that needs to balance?
Is there anything going on that needs resolving?
Do you need some healing?
Do you need some rest?
When we take care of ourselves, we become stronger and more whole. And when we lift ourselves, we also lift everyone.
We've all had our share of Valentine's Days, haven't we?
Some have been good.
Some have been ... well, not so good.
There can be this sense of dread that creeps in, if you aren't currently lock-step with the cultural expectation for over-the-top-romance on this day.
What society tells us is:
We're supposed to be in love.
We're supposed to be romantic.
We're supposed to be together.
We're supposed to be twin-flamed.
But none of this is real.
It's just a made-up story.
It doesn't reflect who we really are, at any given time in our lives.
On any given Valentine's Day, some of us will be celebrating with our Beloved, some of us will be estranged, some of us will be with friends or family, some of us will be alone .
There is no one way.
And all ways are valid.
I personally get so stressed out by the cultural expectations of Valentine's Day, that I don't really mark that day.
You can do whatever you want on February 14, too.
To my mind, the BIG LOVE we all share—our love as souls, our interconnection, the way we feel when our hearts are open to each other—is a way of celebrating love that brings true joy.
A lot of times as sensitives, we like to withdraw from the world.
The energy gets to be overwhelming, and it feels better to get all hygge on it—the Danish term for everything cozy and comfy and homey.
It is great to nestle into our favorite spaces and do quiet internal things.
But sometimes... that isn't enough.
Sometimes going quiet or going internal is a way of distracting ourselves from the true reality that it's time to make some changes in our life.
Especially in winter, when it is very easy to get very comfortable staying in, we can find ourself not just comforted by our quiet pursuits—but stuck in them.
The idea is not to change your personality—it is a true gift to be sensitive!
The bigger question is if our internal ways are serving us, or hiding us.
If you've been holing up or hiding out this winter, you might meditate on these four questions:
• What's working in my life?
• What's not working?
• What's trying to change?
• What must change?
And just see what shows up for you.
It's tricky to just sit with the new year.
Around now, you might be feeling a bit blah or uncertain now that the holidays are over—a bit confused about what's next, or where you should put your attention, or what to focus on.
When we feel like this, we tend to want to slap on some New Year's resolutions.
We get all revved up, and vow to lose this weight.
We get all goal-oriented, and vow stop this habit.
But this approach has always felt unreal to me.
We're still souls, no matter what the scale says.
We're still souls, no matter what our habits are.
It's really about integrating our whole selves, rather than shaming parts of us.
2019 is going to be a landmark year.
By landmark, I mean it will be a year that we look back on, collectively and personally, and say "Oh, 2019 was the year THIS happened," or "2019 was the year I understood THIS" or "2019 was the year I changed from THAT to THIS".
I've started working on the 2019 Forecast already, and even now I can feel the energy gathering and the momentum speeding. You can probably feel this too.
But for now, right here TODAY, we have this beautiful window of time where we can do some very active sifting and sorting of 2018. As well as what still needs to be cleared from all those other years in the course of what we call our life.
Now is the time to:
• Heal RELATIONSHIPS or finally let them go.
• Heal OLD WOUNDS or finally release them.
• Let go of DISAPPOINTMENTS and finally know yourself as whole.
• Let go of CONFUSION and finally decide to trust the Mystery.
Sift. Sort. Discern. Decide. And most of all, let go of every single person, place, idea or identity that you don't want to take with you in 2019.
2019 will be a very big year. You will be glad to be traveling light.
Sometimes we enter stretches of time in which we don't know what's going to happen next.
Maybe nothing seems stable.
Maybe our identity is dissolving.
Maybe we're experiencing loss.
Maybe everything has fallen apart.
Or, perhaps all of these at once.
The markers of this situation may include:
• You are aware change is happening around you
• You are aware you are changing
• You can't see what's ahead
It's easy to fall into fear when the ground is rocking beneath you and you can't get your footing. It's easy to be uncertain if you are used to using your psychic abilities to read the future, and you suddenly can't see clearly.
However, if you can look at transition as expansion, you will have more patience as it happens.
It is normal to change.
It is normal to have things change around us.
When we accept that change is always the reality, we move through it more easily.
In the past decade—since the internet and social media became part of every day—you may have noticed an uptick in people working out their KARMA in a very public way.
Politicians, royalty, actors, models, atheletes, business owners are just a few of the categories.
Everyone seems to be doing their SHADOW work.
What's been hidden is being revealed.
The thing is, this LEVEL of this public display is a new experience for us. Yes, there have been magazines and television for decades—but this onslaught of information streaming into our very phones—this is only the last ten years.
So, what does it mean to witness this level of karma?
When you start to undersand karma as "soul lessons learned over time", it can help.
You disagree with the shadow behavior, if there is one.
But you also understand the process.
Because what is really happening, when a person is so very publically working on karma in front of the world, is that this soul is learning a soul lesson.
The lesson is provided by the Universe.
If you don't feel need to work your karma out on the world stage, that's great. It also probably means a lot less suffering for you. However we all have karma. Nobody's exempt from soul lessons—it's why we're here.
And finally, a thought to ponder as you reflect on everything going on right now:
The more advanced you are, the more subtle your soul lessons will be.
The last few years have been incredibly difficult to deal with if you are an EMPATH, which all of you are.
Why is this so?
It's not about which political side you're on.
What it's really about, is the overwhelm that comes from our CONNECTION.
The internet and social media have made us AWARE of our interconnection.
In the past, we didn't know what everyone was thinking every moment of the day.
Now, it's in the comments section.
The thing is, our interconnection has always been there.
We're just becoming conscious of it.
This can very hard to manage emotionally, when collective soul is doing such vigorous SHADOW work, as it is now.
Right now, if you are FEELING everything, it can be confusing and overwhelming to sort out how to respond.
Should you be angry and enraged?
Compassionate and peaceful?
Hopeless and depressed?
What is the spiritual response to everything that's going on?
Is there a way to stop this SENSITIVITY?
If you can accept that you are part of ONE, and that we are all together—even the people who you might be in disagreement with—it can open a window out of overwhelm.
We are One, and we are growing.
Growing pains can be very hard.
Shadow work is very hard.
We must do this, personally and collectively, in order to evolve.
In January, I presented my annual forecast: The Year of Collective Soul. A large portion of what I channeled in that report was about the awakening of women.
As we experience the influence of the Aries Full Moon, it's pretty clear—we've awakened our collective Spiritual Warrior—and in this particular cultural and political time frame, the battle is about the rights of women.
If you've been born a woman in this lifetime, you've probably experienced:
• Unequal pay
• Unequal opportunities
• Old boys networks
• Rape culture
• Blaming the victim
• Shaming the victim
• Not being believed
I know that many of you reading this right now, have experienced sexual violence in your life.
I am one of you.
If you haven't experienced this, consider yourself extraordinarily fortunate. I invite you to open your heart to hold compassion for those who have.
So, what happens now?
If you've been or are being victimized, maybe you're ready to tell someone. You can tell a friend or a sympathetic family member. If you fear you might be in danger, you can contact www.rainn.org for resources.
To be spiritual does not mean to be passive.
We are meant to be active participants in our lives.
We are meant to stand for each other.
Finally, although this post is about women, all kinds of people in this world have been marginalized. We are all part of collective soul.
As we open to the ARIES FULL MOON in the next few days, you might be feeling angry, aggressive, even filled with rage. You might be feeling:
• Anger at the chaos of our political system
• Aggression as you are faced with people who just don't "get it"
• Rage at wounds in the collective surrounding violence and sexual assault
• Feelings of helplessness, especially if you are a woman, LGBT, or non-white—anyone who has been marginalized.
• Compassion for all those who have been victimized, including yourself
• The battle cry of "no more"
All of this fierce aggression is helping you to:
• Stand up for what is whole, safe and love
• Say "no more" to what is shattered, violent and dark
It's not the easiest full moon.
Aries is the ram.
Aries invites you to battle.
Being a Spiritual Warrior does not meaning hiding in a cave.
Aries asks us to step forward.
Here's a RITUAL: as you stand under the full moon in the next few days, close your eyes, breathe and ask the Universe for guidance. And then simply say "I say 'no more' to...." and then keep filling in the phrase until you find your truth.
If you are a Highly Sensitive Person—as almost all of you are—you may find the world is not an easy place right now.
You may be personally safe, but you know that others are in danger.
You may be personally happy, but you know that others are suffering.
You may be personally at peace, but you know the world's anger is real.
This superb sensitivity to the emotions of others—one of your best gifts!—may be causing you a lot of anxiety.
As we discussed in the last post and in the 2018 Forecast, collective anxiety is what happens as the world wakes up.
It doesn't matter what side you're on, or how evolved you are—we're all experiencing colletive anxiety, because we are One soul, and what affect the least of us affects the All of us.
Whenever someone is suffering—no matter if they are suffering because they have been persecuted or if they are suffering because they are not conscious—it is still suffering.
As you consider your own anxiety right now, recall that we are One soul.
We have to evolve for things to get better.
And we are.
Many of you are HSPs—highly sensitive people.
Many of you are introverts—you don't like clamor and chaos.
Most of you are empaths—you feel everything, always.
All of you are psychic—you "just know" things, because you are spiritually awake and you pay attention.
And right now in this world, you may find that you are overwhelmed.
You have reached a limit as to what you can deel with.
And you may be feeling anxious.
It used to be that the HSPs, introverts, empaths and psychics of the world could just hide out a bit, and things would be better.
But that's not working so great, is?
Because now, when you come back out of your shell, it's all still there: the chaos, drama, and unbelievable dysfunction.
If it helps at all, you aren't alone.
This happening to everyone.
We are experiencing anxiety in the collective soul, during the process of evolution.
You notice I said evolution.
Because what we are feeling isn't really caused by the news feeds or politics.
It's actually about our inner selves, and how we're changing there.
If you are feeling anxious, please know there are spiritual ways to manage your anxiety, so that you can feel better.
Our collective anxiety won't last forever.
Sooner or later, we will break through.
Animals have an exquisite sense of how to live in rhythm with the seasons.
Here's my cat, Emrys, taking a breather on a big rock in a meadow filled with wildflowers (Thanks to Dr. Steve for capturing this moment!)
Emrys (which is another name for Merlin) isn't doing anything. He's just hanging out, enjoying the sun and the rock and the meadow, in this season we call summer.
Summer calls us to do nothing.
To do No Thing.
To let go of "to dos" and instead just exist in the heat and light.
Now, as you know, we've been in retrograde for a while—but there is a huge energy coming for September. Some of you will start to feel this on the Solar Eclipse in Leo, August 11. There are BIG changes and MUCH energy for fall, starting soon.
But now is not soon.
Now is the time to create with intention, what you will be doing in fall.
You're creating it with intention, now.
You're creating it with action, in the fall.
Don't confuse the two. Now is the time to hang out on your rock, and meditate and allow the Universe to show you the visions and messages of what is ahead, and to decide you are ready to FLOW with that.
Do nothing now.
Wait for all the retrogrades to be over.
There will be plenty of activity soon.
We used to think we had to go to church or a temple or a retreat in order for the Universe to find us. That we had to enter a sacred space or holy place, in order to make connection.
Now we understand that the Universe can reach us any time we choose to connect. All we have to to do is ask.
We talk about this a lot in my book Messages from the Divine.
The best way—and the easiest way—to help the Universe reach you, is to fill your life with loads of stillness, to create a schedule that is spacious and to do what makes us feel happy.
Today’s Daily Divine is from Messages from the Divine: Wisdom for the Seeker's Soul.
“You don’t need to close your eyes, or sit a certain way, or say mantra.
Just show up to what is.
For just one moment, drop out of human chaos and drama and distraction.
Let all your mind chatter go.
And look at this moment, this exact moment! from the perspective of your soul.”
Just as we can connect in to all the aspects of the Universe via meditation, so too can we use this process to heal our body.
We can connect in with every aspect of our body in meditation, right down to the cellular level.
When we are in communication with the different systems in our body, we can ask them what they need. Sometimes the responses are physical, sometimes they emotional, sometimes they are energetic.
When we communicate with our body, we can learn what our body needs to stay healthy, and to heal.
If you aren’t sure how to do this, you might just start by talking to your various body systems. Talk to your heart, both your emotional and your physical heart, and ask it how it’s doing. Talk to your knees and ask them. Talk to your brain. And so on: just ask all the body parts, and all the body systems, and then go deeper and ask the cells.
You will be very surprised that your body has a voice, and that your body has many voices, and all of these voices are a resounding chorus, that will inform you completely of what changes or support are needed.
Your body is not separate from you. Ask it what it needs, as you would ask an old friend.
Bliss is a vibrational state; it is a state of awareness.
We speak about the Universe having particular layers and levels of dimensionality, and we can enter these at will.
The bliss state is no different—it is a dimensional state we can enter.
For example, when we begin to hold attention to every little thing, we begin to feel wonder and gratitude, and in this way, we begin to experience bliss—we cross the veil from the dimension of pain and distraction, to the dimension of bliss.
When we allow ourselves to go there, we can really be in this vibration all the time.
Some days, it is very hard to stop smiling!
And then other days, it’s not so easy. We have to remind ourselves: my dimensional state is a choice. I can choose what dimension I’m in, or not in. I can shift my dimensional state at will.
In other words, even when things are not going as we’d like, we can still seek the vibrational state of bliss.
Does it seem Polyanna to you? Always looking on the bright side?
But that isn’t it at all.
We’re not trying to negate the negative, or claim that everything is always perfect. Of course it’s not.
We’re just noticing: there are may be vibrational states, and I get to choose at every moment, what state I want to experience.
Try choosing bliss, more often.
You will not be disappointed.
Some people approach well-being through the body, with nutrition, exercise and health practices.
Other people approach well-being through experiences: travel and adventure.
Others approach well-being through the heart: deep intimate connection.
Still others find well-being via the soul: in prayer, meditation, creativity.
Still others avoid well-being altogether: they participate in all kinds of “bad” habits, “bad” practices, addictions and so forth.
And… all of these are okay.
Whatever path you’re doing right now, is exactly as it should be.
You learn soul lessons from having discipline and being “good.”
You learn soul lessons from having no discipline and being “bad.”
You learn soul lesson from being asleep, and not knowing you’re asleep.
You learn soul lessons from being awake, and knowing that you'll wake up more.
Everyone is seem wired a little differently as to how they best experience well-being: body, experiences, heart, soul. Pay attention to what makes you happy, what makes you feel the most free, what makes you smile.
That’s where you’ll find the particular spiritual habits that help you feel best.
After my near death experience in 2000, everything changed.
In that moment I knew God, in a way I never had before. And in that moment, my whole life crumbed in front of me, like one of those action movies where the road falls away even as the hero is running on it.
Everything changed. Everything fell away. I began to search and seek. I started going to spiritual workshops and events. I began to try out all kinds of things I’d never done before.
At first it was scary. Nobody in my then circle of soccer moms was going to ecstatic dance, for example. Nobody in my then Catholic community was going to The Esalen Institute. It was weird to be different, outside, ostracized even.
And then, as I found my way, it was exhilarating—there was a feeling of finally finding my tribe, a sense of coming home. What a gift those ecstatic dance and meditation and kirtan and intuitive communities gave me at that time in my life! It was some of the greatest support I have known.
If you need a tribe during a personal shift, it’s available to you.
If you need support during a transformation, it’s here.
The Universe always arranges it so that you will find the people you need.
One of the reasons I'm coming out of hermitage in the Oregon woods to take part in the Beyond Words Cruise this February, is to be in community with you. I remember what is was like to be supported by community. And I know that’s what is going to happen at this event.
If you are going through transition or transformation, if you are feeling stuck or need spiritual support—consider being part of spiritual community.
However you find community—the tribe that support you during transformation—doesn’t matter.
Just make space for it.
The Universe will lead you there.
When we need healing, we sometimes thing there's something wrong with our soul.
However, that's not the case.
Our soul is perfect, infinite, Divine.
What causes our suffering is not that there is something intrinsically wrong with our core.
Instead, it is always our thoughts, our opinions.. all the stuff that makes up personality.
That's where the problem is.
That's what requires an attitude adjustment.
So, how do we do this?
A starting point is to just step back and breathe.
Stop trying to figure it out or fix it.
Stop distracting yourself.
Stop participating in thought drama.
Instead, step back.
Get some retreat, rest and respite.
Have some fun, laughter, nature—any or all of these will create the shift.
When we stop thought drama and do something else, the soul has a chance to integrate all our worrisome emotions, and return to a state of calm—the natural state, in which the soul leads, and the ego is secondary.
When we provide intentional space for rest and relaxation, as well as the healing qualities of nature and fun, we make exponential leaps in our soul growth.
Don't think too much about it. Just try it: letting go, taking a break, having some fun. And see where that leads you.
Miracles are real.
Except, they're not particularly miraculous.
They're just how the Universe works.
When we begin to trust in the Universe, we discover that convergences—miracle moments in which time, space, consciousness and grace all come together—are happening all time, in every moment.
When we let ourselves believe in miracles, we start to pay attention to all the magic and power that is always around us.
At first, when we start paying attention, it seems like miracles are happening more often!
But soon we come to the understanding: miracles are always happening. It’s how the Universe works.
If you have lost your faith a little bit or a lot, take a step back from all those Misbeliefs. All that worry and angst in your head is not real. The Universe is moving in Divine Flow, just as it always has, forever.
Take a moment, take a breath, and just start noticing every little thing around you. When you pay attention, without expecting things to be one way or another way, you start to notice the synchcronicities and convergences, and you start to see the patterns, and you start to see the miracles.
And once you start to notice them, you will see that miracles—all the ways the Universe is in direct support of us—are happening all the time.
It's common to feel edgy, angry, anxious in this world.
Some days—especially these days— it feels like nothing is going our way, and everything is a challenge.
Yet inner peace by its definition isn’t based on outer events. It’s a way of looking of things, a way of perception. And most importantly: it is a way of understanding our true nature as infinite beings.
The core of it is this:
• We can begin to create inner peace by connecting to the Universe more often.
• We can begin to create inner peace by understanding that we are souls.
We can do this is many ways: meditation, prayer, stillness, nature. But the key remains the same: The more often we connect to this beautiful state, frequency or vibration, the more attuned we get to this level of consciousness or understanding. The more infused we are with this frequency, the more we live there all the time.
In other words: we experience peace, so we see things more peacefully, so we experience more peace, and so on.
What we pay attention to expands… this is the same with spiritual practice.
It’s a beautiful snowball effect of peace bringing more peace, and more peace becoming your reality.
Which is of course, a very fulfilling way to live.
So much unhappiness is caused by things we can't control.
We can't control weather extremes like hurricanes.
We can't control natural disasters like fires and floods.
We can't control political systems or world events.
We can't even control other people..
What we can be in charge of is ourselves.
That's it. Just us. And often, this simple realization that we can be in charge of ourselves—not the weather, not the world, not even our family member or friends— is enormously freeing.
This means it's all on you: to punish yourself, fight with yourself, create all kinds of drama, distraction and disarray for yourself. Or to love yourself, fully and completely, exactly as you are.
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