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I haven’t blogged in a long while. I’m the type of person that needs to feel very passionate and moved to speak before I will venture out and say anything. I haven’t felt called to blog in recent months, not because there isn’t a plethora of topics to write about, rather, I’m always thinking about content – something that might hold some meaning, or speak to the heart.
We humans are very critical of our earthly costumes. When I say costume, I mean our physical bodies. The container that is the wrapper of our Soul. This physical body container is not who we really are, yet the human condition of the world we “see” with the body’s physical eyes creates the illusion that the physical body is our identity.
If you are reading this right now, I want to share with you that you ARE beautiful. Exactly as you are, right NOW! You are beautiful and perfect, BECAUSE of your essence. You do not need to “fix,” “force” or “be happy when…” you make some external change to the the physical body container. (Diet, exercise, clothing, cosmetics, acquiring all the right “worldly possessions,” or even “earning a certain income”, or having a certain “specific goal.” Beauty has no gender, no “ideal” shape or size. Beauty isn’t measured by standards or rules of conformity. The latter, are all ego concepts based on separation. True beauty is the Divine Light that shines brightly within everyone. It is knowing that you are not your past or your future. It is knowing that LOVE is who you are, and LOVE is what you extend forward while having a physical experience here in the world.
Beauty is not something to achieve. outside, because we already have it within. Often we’ve just covered our light with a muddy film – because we’ve forgotten who we are. We unconsciously choose to “see”/create flaws, that are illusion. In truth, there is only perfection. This is something I continue to accept.
Your worth is established by God. NOTHING can change this.”
-A Course In Miracles
While there’s nothing “wrong” with diets and self-improvement techniques of various kinds, the root of true beauty & self esteem comes from learning to accept yourself exactly as you are in the NOW.
Like Lady Gaga’s fabulous song “Born This Way,” demonstrates:
“I’m beautiful in my way
‘Cause God makes no mistakes
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way
Don’t hide yourself in regret
Just love yourself and you’re set
I’m on the right track, baby
I was born this way.”
A few weeks ago I had a moment where I felt as though I was being judged. An exchange occurred, and a comment was made in passing in reference to something physical about me. The actual comment are not relevant, but I felt called to blog about this because so many of us can feel judged by others, judged by something outside of ourselves, even judged by God.
Judgement is always an illusion of fear, to keep us stuck, to hold us back, to keep us playing small.
The experience prompted me to do some soul-searching and investigate why I felt judged. First.I allowed myself to react to my feelings, and my perception of the “judgement” Then I went to the text of “A Course In Miracles. next, the teachings of Abraham Hicks, and I asked the angels for guidece, What I received was a knowing that in truth there is no judgement. Judgement is not real. This was hard for me to accept at first, because for me, when I felt as though my physical body was being judged that felt very vividly painful/ I felt as though the comment was cutting straight to the core of every flaw I’d ever felt about my body. It brought up feelings that I wasn’t good enough, that these apparent flaws implied there was something wrong with me. I felt instantly unattractive, my spirit sunk as I began to wonder if people really saw me as something that needed to be fixed as I felt these comment suggested.
Was I really something that just needed to be fixed?
Make no mistake, the person involved had no malicious intent, in fact, I’m sure they felt their comment was harmless. People are often completely unaware of the power their words can have when they speak. In the moment though, this comment brought up every feeling I’ve ever had about my body, being viewed by other people as different, unattractive, and unlovable. It wasn’t even the words spoken, it was the implication that because something looked “abnormal” there was something wrong with me that needed improvement. I didn’t like been seen like this, because it didn’t feel accurate at all
The angels let me know that when we feel judged by others, this is a sign that something doesn’t match up with our true selves, our spiritual essence, our truth. This is why we feel pain, because our true self our higher self only celebrates what is loving and wonderful about us. There are no real “flaws” nothing that needs to be “fixed.” When we feel judged by others, we know something s off. we are also judging ourselves. It’s a sign we are placing too much weight on the opinions of other people and not giving ourselves enough self-love.
This took the focus completely away from the comments that initially pushed forward my feelings, It brought the focus away from anything external including the other personality. It brought things right back to center – back within. The only person who has power over my feelings is me. I can choose to let one person’s perception of my physical body bother me, or I can choose the truth I know.
I have chosen come into a body that deals with some challenges to learn important lessons spiritually; I know it looks a heck of a lot worse to an outside bystander than it actually feels for me.. I am so much more than my body, and deep down I love the person that I am, I try on a daily basis not to focus on my illusion of “flaws.” It isn’t always easy, that is the journey. I try to focus on being the best person I can be. I make the choice to be of service to others and to the world.
I consider it a personal mission to help people feel connected to the loving essence present in everything. Once we are aware of this love and it’s power, we become acquainted with how wonderful we really are. Potential becomes limitless, and miracles occur everywhere. This is why working with angels is my calling.
Not long after this experience where I felt judged, I was at the health food store getting groceries I met a lady there who kindly helped me pack my buggy, She asked me during the course of our conversation, what physical condition I was dealing with. When I told her Cerebral Palsy, she was visibly shocked, and went on to explain that fro her perspective a person could not tell it was so mild which is why she asked.
I knew this was the angels way of showing me an example of how the same thing cam be perceived differently. One experience was completely out of alignment with the truth of who I am, which is why I felt the pain of illusion judgement.
Lesson 31 in A Course In Miracles says:
I am not the victim of the world I see.”
We are certainly not, since we create our own reality. These two closely linked incidents were powerful teachers that I wanted to share. May they shed light for all of you who read this.
Mother Teresa was once quoted as saying “If you judge people, you have no room to love them.’ This is a beautiful statement rooted in spiritual truth. My experiences in my own life, and in sharing of the experiences of others have shed light on some insight linked to Mother Teresa’s words. People get quite hung up on the idea of judgement. The ego is crafty. Most of us recognize when we have made a perceived judgement of ourselves or someone else. Where we become trapped; is on the fact that we make judgements in the first place. The ego loves to use our judgements as a means to induce guilt and pain.
A Course In Miracles teaches that it is human nature to make judgements,and that we needn’t concern ourselves in our experiences with “stopping” or punishing our judgements. The course goes on to state that indeed we will continue to judge, we simply have none that we will keep.
“The necessary condition for the holy instant does not require that you have no thoughts that are not pure. But it does require that you have none that you would keep.”
– A Course In Miracles
A miracle, then, from A Course In Miracles perspective is a shift in perception from fear to love. Rather than beat ourselves up for the egos judgements, we can always choose love and acceptance over fear. This is the beauty in Mother Teresa’s statement. When the gentle miracle occurs, and we allow love to enter shifting our perception, fear no longer is the dominant voice. Love enters. The Miracle manifests, and illusion, fear and judgement are exchanged for contentment.
A few days ago, I was in a situation where I received a text message from someone I had never met before. The body of the message was aggressively phrased. My ego immediately went to work judging the message, and the person who had sent it. I observed myself having the desire to change the way this individual was speaking, to “correct” them and “show” them the “right way to respond in the situation at hand. Instead of judging my ego’s reaction, and making myself feel worse about my initial response, I was able to recognize within this exchange that my ego was simply reacting first. I could choose love instead. I asked for guidance from my angels, and the answer I received was that I didn’t need to change anything to view the situation as it happened, with a loving mindset. In other words, let the exchange be what it was. Accept it without trying to change or influence it.
“Seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.”
– A Course In Miracles
In allowing our encounter to be, and accepting our viewpoints in their unique forms of expression, I was being encouraged to shift my perception from “right” versus “wrong” to simply two equally valid viewpoints as viewed from two uniquely vivid energies.
The angels also lovingly encouraged me to release my irritation with the other person. They lovingly assured me that letting go of my anger didn’t suggest that my feelings about the situation weren’t justified.
“Releasing anger doesn’t equate to condoning behavior that isn’t warranted, it simply means being willing to let go of that which is hurting you (your anger), in exchange for what will bring you happiness and peace.”
In the last year, I’ve made the commitment to myself, to eat organically grown food, to avoid chemicals as much as possible, to eliminate processed sugar, caffeine, and finally to transition to a vegan diet (currently in process). I want to preface the former statement by saying, all of these things I have felt guided to do.
I am by no means suggesting that this is the “How to eat a good diet” type of story. We’re all different, with unique metabolisms, no two people are going to eat the same way. Always follow your personal guidance
I know without question, that I have been divinely guided every step of the way to make dietary and lifestyle changes. I have become extremely sensitive, which also includes making the transition to non-chemical natural-based household cleaners. One of my favorite product lines for Natural cleaners is Seventh Generation. (More on that in another blog!)
This brings me to a story I felt guided to share. Yesterday, I went out shopping to my local natural health-food store. I have become a frequent shopper to this store, and I was given a gift certificate as a birthday gift from some friends. It had taken me a considerable amount of time to redeem the gifted amount, and in that time, amongst the shuffle of papers, I had misplaced my copy of the redeem slip for the certificate. I should mention, here, that for the last several months, my angels have been guiding me to work on my giving to receiving ratio, lovingly telling me that my capacity to allow myself to receive is far out of balance with my comfort level in giving to others. The angels also tell me, I am not alone.
Many of us struggle with this, which is the very thing that inspired me to write this blog. For many years, I have been acutely sensitive, to “bothering” people, worrying about “inconveniencing” them, “putting people out” or not allowing anything or anyone to “fuss” over me.
Another classic example of my inability to allow myself to receive was with complements. Even until very recently, (I’d say the last 2 months), if someone gave me a compliment, I would find a way to either deflect what was said, and shift the conversation back to the other person, or flat-out deny the compliment literally, and declare myself unworthy of it. In either case, I was refusing to receive or accept the love given from others. Isn’t that sneaky? In the past I didn’t even realize, I was denying myself. But, I sure have noticed, now that I am making a conscious effort to shift, allow and receive compliments by taking them in, and saying thank you!
Are you unknowingly denying yourself opportunities to receive?
As I waited at the till in the health food store for my grocery total, my intuition spoke so loud it was deafening. “Ask about your gift certificate!” I did just that. I had no attachment to whatever would happen, I simply trusted I was being guided. I explained how I’d misplaced the slip, but wondered if the store might have a record of a purchased gift certificate?
The clerk was happy to check for me, and after a few moments of searching, was able to produce the receipt with my name on it! The store happy to honour my voucher.
The clerk herself unknowingly confirmed the intuitive voice of my angels and guides. She gave me validation, I had heard, and followed though as I was guided. “You don’t ask, you don’t get!” She smiled.
If I had spent time playing small and worrying about asking, as I have done so many times before, I would have missed out on a lovely opportunity to receive, thank you, Angels. xo
I’ll be frank as I have been in all of my bog posts. Self love has been a core issue in my life. It is still something I work on even as I write this. For a long time, I didn’t posses much self love at all, because truthfully I was in a place emotionally I didn’t feel I deserved it. This has been one of my biggest ego hooks. Now that I have been set on the path of my life purpose working with the angels and guides to uplift and inspire others and assist in the process of removing the blocks to the love that exists within people; I know that I was meant to have the experiences I created in my life, so that I can relate to others who may be experiencing the same.
Letting go, being gentle with myself and being silly haven’t really been easy for me, not since childhood, but my angels and guides continue to help me understand that fun and play are not just something to do for the simple pleasure of it, but that acts of self-love, pleasure and fun are vital to leading a balanced and joyous life. I have found a common theme amongst clients that I work with; people carry a significant amount of guilt over allowing ourselves to let loose, have fun, be silly relax ect. We condition our minds often unconsciously to believe that life is hard, we must work all hours to be successful.
We convince ourselves that there isn’t enough time in the day to get important tasks done. We believe we must work hard to “get some result “out there” that we think will make us happy,
We set high standards for ourselves and then when we don’t feel we meet out goal, we sit in judgement, we blame ourselves and we create a type of hamster effect where we’re always in search of the elusive next result, and we certainly forget to love ourselves in the process.
I’ve made a pact with myself to be silly at least once a day, I also set aside time everyday to honour myself – no matter how busy I am or what my deadlines are. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t easy especially on the nights that I feel I should keep working. It takes effort, but I’ve spent years doing the opposite. I already know that doesn’t work! The more I can show myself forgiveness and compassion, the happier I feel. And if I treat myself with respect, I will attract people who will treat me the same way.
Music is a big part of my personal spiritual practice. It has the power to lift me energetically, and is an essential tool in manifestation work. Why?
Because the key to manifestation is not the person place or thing being desired, the key to manifestation is whether our personal spiritual energy is in alignment with that which we desire.
For example, lets pretend my desire is to manifest an iphone. Intellectually I may feel like I deserve an iphone. I've placed a picture of one in my vision board, I've prayed to the divine for help to receive one, and I am excited at the thought of having one in my life. These are all fantastic starting points for manifestation, and should be commended. The steps where fellow humans (myself included) tend to get caught up is where our energetic vibration meets our desire.
1) A common misconception about manifesting
anything in our lives is that anything we want is somehow a reward for good behavior, and if we don't have something that we currently want, we believe we are being punished or that we somehow do not deserve our desire.
2) Another common misconception of manifestation s timing.
When we really want something, we often want it right now! But in spiritual truth, we might not be prepared to hold our desire just yet.
Using the iphone as an example, a person may really desire to have one, but deep down they feel the cost of the phone and the monthly bill do not match up with the desire. This may create guilt, or a feeling of unworthiness which in turn blocks the manifestation.
So where does music fit into all this? Just like we eat healthy foods to fuel our bodies, I believe every influence has cause and effect in our lives. Just like I watch what I feed my body, I also keep a close eye on the music I listen too, the movies and television I watch, and the books I read. Since I was a child, I've always had a special connection to music, I love it. There was once a time where I listened to pretty much everything. Not anymore, because not all music makes me feel good. In fact, some music can do quite the opposite. When manifesting anything, feeling good about your desire is integral. This brings me to the crux of this blog post. It is so important to make conscious choices in life, and for me, this includes the music I listen to. I no longer choose to listen to listen to music that makes me sad. If something makes me sad or unhappy , I switch it off.
I would like to take a moment and share with you a little about one of several female vocalists who have been inspiring to me. I've always enjoyed a vast variety of music, but not really anything in the Country Gene re until Carrie Underwood arrived to country music. She hit the music world as the winner of a signing contest, and has since been awarded every honour in Country and pop music. She has transcended the country mold, making country sound accessible to people who wouldn't otherwise listen to country (including me) This young lady is poised, and hasn't let fame interfere with her authentic truth. She has polished her song writing skill and has co-written a plethora of her own material. Singing live and telling genuine stories abut life, and the human spirit remain at the forefront of her music.
With lyrics like "Sometimes that mountain you've been climbing is just a grain of sand – what you've been "out there" searching for forever, is in your hand." "This is my Temporary home, its not where I belong windows and rooms that I'm passing through – this is just a stop, on the way to where I'm going. I'm not afraid because I know this is my temporary home", "I will see you again, this is not where it ends I will carry you with me until I see you again. "Life is like a ride on a party bus, turn the radio up and sing along with it."turn off the static on the TV. Wish you could see yourself the way I do. Nobody ever told you Nobody ever told you. You shine like a diamond Glitter like gold And you need to know What nobody ever told you."
Carrie is completely authentic, and watching her passion and joy as she sings brings me joy. Yes, she's a "celebrity", but she's real and her lyrics speak to my spirit. Choosing music to listen to that takes you to that place of joy and lifts you up. This is so important to accompany your manifestation work.
If you are anything like me ad you spent spent a good portion of your life feeling like you are s spiritual person, knowing you believe in the concept of God, source energy, the creator, higher self and spirit, regardless of your religious beliefs; then maybe you are also like me and you spent a good portion of your life being weird ed out by the idea of meditation.
Hey its ok if you find meditation to be uncomfortable and strange. That's the motivation behind this blog post.
I hope that by sharing my own experience and growth with meditation, I can help soothe and simplify the process with you.
Meditation is gentle and all too often, whether we are new at it or whether we feel seasoned in our practice we all tend to judge our meditation ability. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. We are all unique people which is a beautiful thing to be embraced and celebrated. Meditation is about quieting the mind. It is about relaxation, peace and communication with divine energy.
Our human tenancy is such that we have ideas about what we think mediation should be and if we hold those images up to our experience of meditation, we start to create the belief that we are doing it wrong. I will use some of my own experiences with meditation as examples:
When I began my meditation practice I placed a lot of expectation on myself to find stillness quickly, I have perfectionist tendencies and so, sitting in the energy of expecting perfection blocked my progress.
I got irritated with myself if I couldn't block out background noises or the sound of m own thoughts. I was frustrated if a guided meditation called for me to visualize, and I couldn't seem to bring the image to my mind.
The pressure I was putting on myself to be an expert at meditation was preventing me from creating the peace and communication with spirit that I was seeking, want to be clear though, that meditation is a journey not a destination. Some days you will feel a stronger connection than others.
There may or may not be days when you feel a wonderful profound connection to spirit, and there may be days when things just don't gel, and you feel frustrated and uncomfortable. That's completely natural. As humans we tend to be very hard on ourselves, at least I know I am. But as I progress with my daily meditation I've learned to relax more with it and accept that there is no set of rules for the way meditation is "supposed to be" I have found the key is in gentle acceptance of what the meditation experience is for you.
Here are some brief suggestions that you may want to use to simplify your meditation process:
1) Focus on your breathing
Allow yourself the time and the comfort to feel your inhalation and exhalation breath. You may want to close your eyes depending on what is comfortable for you. Sometimes our human nature may get caught up in our "meditation tools" such as music, length of time, or how we position ourselves during meditation, I have found simplifying to breath to be really important, When I forget to breathe, my body automatically tenses. I have also helps when I remember to allow my exhalation breath to be twice as long as my inhale, my relation deepens and my connection to the divine energy deepens too.If you find it hard to focus on your breath, you might want to try taking your pulse and connecting first to the beat of your heart. Next you can practice your meditation breathing though a straw – with your exhalation breath being twice as long as your inhale,
2) Try a mixture of techniques and meditation music styles.
Pay close attention to how you feel while trying each type. Notice the feelings in your body, choose what makes you feel most at ease. Don't be afraid to change styles, techniques, teachers or background sound as time goes on. Change is a natural part of the process as well, and stagnate energy is sometimes created when we established predictable routines,
3) Practice self love and acceptance of where you are at.
Allow your mediation to be perfect as it in each moment. The more you can embrace the feelings, thoughts and distractions that occur and simply allow them to be present without resistance, the more gentle, relaxing and peaceful your practice will become with time.
Spirit Junkie was the first book I read when spirit guided me to the astounding coaching work of Gabrielle Bernstein. You can read more about my blessed journey to my intuitive coaching work with angels by reading my blog most My Journey To Angels. Gabby became a mentor of mine and her book “Spirit Junkie” quite literally transformed me.
When I read the book, I could relate so much to her story. Although the details of our lives were very different, we had both overcome adversity in our lives to be guided toward inquisitive coaching work, Gabby’s teachings are inspired by a metaphysical spiritual text called A course In Miracles. Spirit Junkie is her personal autobiography detailing her journey as both a teacher and a student of the course.
One of Gabby’s many gifts lies in her ability to take the often heady text of A Course In Miracles and demystify it’s core concepts making them more accessible to a younger generation (The very reason I was guided to her work and resonated so deeply with how she communicated course principles). Spirit Junkie was my first exposure to A Course In Miracles and it was enough for me to know from a profound place inside that the course was an integral part of my path.
I too consider myself both a student and a teacher of A course In Miracles. Let me delve briefly in to some fundamental A Course In Miracles concepts At the core of the course is the key concept of the split mind. We all have an ego. The part of our mind that is the fear voice. The part of our minds that believes we are separate from spirit, God, source, spirit whatever you want to call the energy of spiritual truth. When we are tuning into the ego (the voice of fear) it is often unconscious because no one would willingly choose fear if they knew there was a better way. That fear voice unknowingly causes us to turn away from the voice of truth which is love, self love, spirit, forgiveness and faith. The ego’s tiny mad idea , and we as Gabby calls it causes our ego mind to create false projections of our reality, and we carry those projections with us and replay them over and over again in our belief systems about ourselves,, our relationships with other people, and even our perceptions of past events and situations. It isn’t that the voice of spirit aka love isn’t always within us, it’s that the voice of fear (ego) blocks the truth that love is already there.
Through the process of forgiveness we bring the voice of fear into the light and remove blocks to the awareness of loves presence. Sounds pretty deep right? It is. But it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. It’s the ego part of our mind that makes things complicated. Because once we shed light on fear it has no power over us any longer and love illumines every area of our life. I can’t even begin to describe how much this book has been trans formative in my life and helped me release crazy crap that was holding me hostage. I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you disagree with some of the material, you are bound to glean insight from it.
On my personal journey toward spiritual work on myself, I was guided by spirit to change my diet a lot. This was and still is a process for me. But I know that I am being guided to eat foods that are healthy for me, and let go of things in my diet that were not serving me.(Cafine and gluten were big ones for me). I've been a vegetarian since 2008 but now I am eating an organic menu and I'm transitioning to a more Vegan diet as I am guided. Even though I considered myself a vegetarian for several years. I really didn't eat enough vegetables, and they certainly were not chemical free organically grown vegetables. Now, I've significantly increased my fresh organic vegetable intake daily.
Avocado's have become a staple good healthy food for me. Aside from the olive, avocado's are the second highest fruit source of monounsaturated fatty acids, Avocado's are used in Chinese Medicine and are known for lung and intestinal health. Nourishes and cleanses the blood. Excellent for organ health and treats ulcers. Contrary to belief that avocado's are "fatty" the fats in avocado actually boost healthy metabolism and even reduce overeating. Avocados contain 3 times more potassium than banana's. Avacodo's are a high source of iron and copper as well as phosphorous and magnesium. They are low in sodium as well as sugar and starch. They are full of folic acid , vitimin A, Vitimin B complexes vitimin C & E. Avacado's are proven to:
- Cleanse thr blood and regulate blood pressure
- Protect eyesight
- Improve Cholesterol levels
- Moisturize and prevent dhydration
- Increases he ability to absorb phytonutrients
- Bossts the immune system
- Prevent Morning Sickness
- Prevent prostate cancer
For most of my life I believed saying no to someone was selfish, that somehow by saying no I wasn’t being spiritual or in the act of saying no I was giving up the chance to be of service to someone or something. This in turn lead to feelings of guilt, an endless spiral of blaming myself or feeling bad for something I’d perceived I’d done “wrong,” I worried endlessly that saying “no” somehow made me a bad person. Especially if energetically I felt that the other person expected or needed me to say yes. Then, I felt had no choice but to swallow my feelings and agree to what was being asked of me:
1) Because deep down I love helping people, it is so important to me to be of service to others.
2) Because I just couldn’t bear the thought of hurting or disappointing anyone – even people I didn’t know.
3) Because I was afraid to set boundaries. I wanted people to like and approve of me
I had heard people speak about “owning your power” constructively, but I think I was too polite and soft – too much of a people-pleaser
to understand the difference between stepping into assertive power with kindness versus being afraid of becoming hard, mean, bitter and abusive of my personal power when using it with other people.
In the last year, I have been on a deeply personal journey learning to accept myself for who I am, learning to embrace my psychic and intuitive gifts as part of my life purpose and my true calling. Each is a process including learning to be comfortable saying “no” to certain people or situations. I am learning that sometimes saying no is the most loving thing to be done. I’ve learned that I am not serving with pure intention and love if I say I will do something,, but deep down feel uncomfortable. That uncomfortable feeling is my intuition speaking up and telling me something doesn’t feel right.
Sometimes saying “no” is an act of self-care, and your intuition will tell you the difference between whether it is time to walk away from a situation completely versus whether it is simply time for you to stay the course, face your fear step out of your comfort zone. If you take the time to sit and stillness and get in touch with your genuine feelings, the answer will come to you. I recently had an opportunity where I needed to say no. It wasn’t an easy decision because I haven’t said no to many things personally or professionally. This particular situation gave me the unmistakable message I needed to walk away. My personal energy was depleted, I didn’t feel positive about the project in question, I wasn’t being treated with respect, and ultimately the clients highest good wasn’t being served the way things stood. Saying no in this case was an act of love, done in the best interest of all with kindness and compassion.
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