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Music the latter of the soul
You Are Beautiful
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.”
Music Uplifts & Transforms
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.
Meditation – Am I doing it Right?
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.
My Journey To Angels
As a child, I knew I was intuitive, but I chose to turn away from it. I wanted to fit in, and I was desperate for approval. I wanted to be liked and to belong. I always had a deep sense of spirituality. Without question, I have always believed in God, source, energy love and angels, but I found that talking about any of these subjects at any depth was intimidating for people and I felt I was labeled as “odd.” I already had enough that made me different (or so I perceived), I chose the path of fear. It’s Ironic really, I wanted to experience love so much that I was willing to go anywhere outside myself to get it. The funny thing is – love must exist within first. Nothing “out there” ie: other people, status, recognition. promotion, relationships or other things outside can “fill up” what we feel may be lacking in our lives.
This brings me to my connection with angels. I’ve already mentioned that I chose to turn away from my intuitive abilities. After several years of looking outside myself in virtually every area of my life – I was deeply lost, depressed and disconnected from spirit. I had reached an all time low in terms of how I felt about myself. My higher self knew that my destiny was to be of service to comfort and uplift, teach , speak, and consult but I was so desolate I couldn’t con-sieve of how I would find my calling. All I knew at the time was that I was determined to heal the parts of mt life that had brought me to such a breaking point. I had been “diagnosed” with a form of anxiety disorder, and at the time felt that everything I knew to be true in my life was crumbling around me. I knew in that moment that this current reality I was living was not my truth. I remember sitting on my couch filled with so much emotional pain that my body ached. I didn’t know it then, but my extreme sensitivity to energies had caused my to carry other people’s pain and suffering as well as my own. With tears blurring my vision I began to ask heaven for help. My intuition was screaming at me that there had to be a better way than this. My higher self was right – there was. Today, every value I once held has shifted. I now know the value that coping with extreme anxiety has taught me, and that I can shift my own perception of anything with the help of the angels, spirit, and the inner voice of love we all share. Spirit intervened for me and I was guided to take to the internet. I was guided literally to Gabrielle Bernstein’s website and she has become one of my greatest spiritual teachers and mentors. Just a side note about being guided – I had absolutely no idea where the guidance was taking me. I just knew it felt 100% right for me. That’s the way guidance works for all of us. We all have an inner voice that speaks truth, and we have an intuitive knowing when we follow the path that is meant for us. When I was lead to Gabby’s work, I knew I was home. I began a daily meditation practice even though I had never really meditated before.I changed my diet, began taking yoga I knew the key to my health and happiness was change. With meditation. and exposure to the uplifting spiritual teachings of Gabrielle Bernstein, Abraham Hicks, Marianne Williamson and Louis Hay I have been set on a life long process of creating genuine inner peace and happiness in my life. After two months of learning to listen to the voice of my guidance, studying the incredible work of Gabrielle Bernstein and A Course In Miracles; and continuing with my meditation process, one day I was listening to Gabrielle’s weekly radio show Spirit Junkie on Hay House Radio featuring an angel communicator. I instantly resonated with the gentleman being interviewed on the show, and my intuition was once again loudly speaking to me to continue investigating the connection I have felt with angels since childhood. Anytime I was investigating anything involving angels and spiritual teaching, I felt alive and incredibly calm and peaceful. The more I learned, the more I felt that my life purpose. I booked a session for myself with that same angel communicator from the radio show. During the session, I received confirmation of my natural intuitive ability, my connection to angels and that my life purpose involved spiritual counseling and using my gifts to support, uplift. motivate and serve others. I was vigilant in my meditation practice and spiritual learning. I asked the angels to continue guiding me along my path.
I asked for miracles, and the more I asked, the more they materialized. With the help of the angels I was blessed to receive certified Holistic Angel Coach™ training with Monick Halm & Nina Jasmine from Life Alchemy School. My life as a result of this training and other influences Spirit and the angels have infused as blessings have completely transformed me from the inside out. I am now using my intuitive gifts and natural talents as a leader speaker and teacher, and equally a student to help others progress in their lives. This is my life purpose, my calling, and a genuine blessing I will always be thankful for.
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