Living a Sacred Life

Thanksgiving is just a short while away. Over the past 7 years I have written many articles on gratitude, as it’s what makes our hearts full and allows us to enjoy what and who we have in our lives.  I want to go beyond gratitude this year and talk about what it means to live a sacred life.
“Sacred” means revered due to association

with holiness. The English word “holy” dates back to at least the 11th century with the Old English word hālig, an adjective derived from hāl meaning “whole” and used to mean “uninjured, sound, healthy, entire, complete”.
The word “sacred” descends from the

Latin “sacrum”, which referred to the gods or anything in their power. [Wikipedia]

We can safely say that living a sacred life is one in which we are whole and connected to the Divine. Living a sacred life also means that we are connected to Mother Earth and her rhythms and cycles.  Do you know what phase the moon is in right now?  We are in the new moon phase as of the 22nd of November, ushering in with it expasive light and a time for new beginnings, full of hope.  Can you feel it?  Our ancestors lived on the earth, and were able to feel her heartbeat, know her tides, understand her movements and honor her.  They created lives that were in harmony with her cycles, all the while revering the Sun, and the Moon and were guided by the stars.
We need to return to knowing our Mother initmately so that we can help her regain her optimum health and then we too, will flourish. And at the same time, to be connected to the Divine means we can hear the voice of Spirit whispering to us through the wind in the pines. The angels surrounding us will remind us that we are beautiful spirits, perfect lights here to love, learn and care for one another. The angels always use the highest vibrational words and love us dearly.  Can you hear them whispering encouraging words to you?
In these dark times full of increasing atrocities, each one of us can counter the horrific events taking place on the earth by living a sacred life where we treat everyone and everything with respect, honor and love. Each person’s actions matter…we can shift the frequency of the collective by shifting ourselves. Ram Dass said, “Remember, we are all affecting the world every moment, whether we mean to or not. Our actions and states of mind matter, because we’re so deeply interconnected with one another. Working on our own consciousness is the most important thing that we are doing at any moment, and being love is the supreme creative act.”  When we work on our consciousness, we work on our awareness of all that is around us and within us.  When we gain greater awareness, we can use our consciousness to act in ways that are more loving toward ourselves and others.

All of creation deserves our respect, including animals, plants, minerals, each other. And here is a free movie to watch called Origins, http://origins.well.org/movie/  I highly recommend you watch this movie which was just released and offered as a gift to everyone because of its important message to honor the Earth. I felt a deep sense of peace when I watched this movie and a strong feeling of hope.  I can feel more and more people waking up on the planet who are bringing the messages forth of how we can make the much needed changes to save Life on Earth.  One of the quotes I love in this film is, “The wisdom of the ancients is the medicine of the future.”  hence the title of the film, Origins…we need to return to our origins to know the best way forward.

To live a sacred life is to be informed, to listen to and pay attention to what is around us. It is to have a desire to create harmony and to support growth in a positive way.  We are then revering and loving our surroundings, which nourish and feed our very livelihood.  Take baby steps…start by opening your mind and your heart.

To thrive on this planet and within our own selves, as humanity, let’s make a pledge to live a sacred life…keep taking one step toward this intention each day and let’s all see what unfolds…it is the path toward the golden age that is looming, bright and beautiful.


The Art of Relaxation

relaxing catIn Western society, people are programmed to do, to act, to “get things done”.  A common phrase we hear is, “I’m so busy.”  Being busy is glorified in some circles, as if the busier we are, the more important we are.  It has become a society extremely focused on action, progress and achieving goals. People have become “human doings” rather than “human beings”.  A lot of the over-activity is tied to making enough money to live in this expensive world we have created. Some people have to work three or four jobs just to make ends meet.
Certainly, we are here to live our purpose and we must act to create, but we must also learn to live in a relaxed manner, to connect with the easy flow of life.  When we relax, we allow all good things to come to us. In his book,Return of the Bird Tribes Ken Carey writes, “The incarnational process is a process of relaxation.  It is a process of relaxing all thinking that is born from straining and holding on.  It is a process of choosing not to struggle against the current of what comes to you through the natural movement of your heart.”  Once you allow yourself to be in the natural state of relaxation, your spirit can lead your life.  “There is a movement of spirit that proceeds from within your heart to greet the world with the clarity of perfect action. That movement is intuitive.  It is your direct link with the Source of all life.  In the instant you know what to do and in the same instant, you flow into the perfect action required.”
This is why it is beneficial for us to create daily practices in our lives that will aid in our relaxation such as meditation, being in nature, taking a bath, or anything that will bring us into a relaxed state of being.  If we are so “busy” and our life is filled with tasks from dawn till dusk,  and we spend 10 hours of the day working and doing and then plop down in front of the television at night to turn our brain off, we are doing our spirit a disservice.  The busiest people are those with children, life can seem like a blur of chores and there’s no time for oneself. These are the people who need to create relaxation practices the most.  You don’t even need a practice, just go lie down on the bed and just be.
What if one of the things on your “to do” list was to relax rather than to do something else? Now I can hear all the women out there whose partners might interpret this as, well, I don’t need to mow that lawn, or clean that bathroom, or take out the trash, she’s telling me I should relax.  That’s not exactly what I’m saying. Yes, all those things still need to be done, but there should be action and rest, action and rest, like a wave. And if your life is too full of doing maybe you can look to see where you can make some cuts so you can have more time to just be. Re-create your life based on spending more time in a relaxed state.
The physical business is just one aspect.  There is also the mental state that can be bound by “doing”.  When a person’s mind is constantly chattering, constantly producing thoughts, working to solve problems, it is operating at the level of the intellect. There is another level we can visit, that lies beyond the conscious mind, it is the intuition.  This is where inspired thinking emanates from as it is our connection to our Higher Self, which is connected directly to Source. The dictionary defines intuition as “the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.” It is information that is coming to you from the Divine to guide you on your path.  If we can still the mind and cease the conscious thinking, we have access to the voice of spirit…our intuition.  It may come as a sensing beyond the 5 senses, a knowing.
Ken Carey writes, “Trust in God by honoring and trusting your intuitive sense.  No God would create a creature without the wisdom to chart its course! Trust the nature of your design.  God’s actions appear within your awareness as the most natural thing for you to do.  Following them will reconnect you with the awesome powers of the universe, for all your actions will then be in harmony with the underlying intent of the life force itself.”
Many people will say, “I don’t have time to meditate or go into nature or go to a yoga class, I’m too busy.”  But this is your life, and you are the creator of your life.  So you don’t have to “find” time, you have to create space for your Self to just be.  Make it a priority and notice how it changes your life into a life that is far more centered in your heart.
When we relax we can be fully connected to our Spirit, and our heart.  We can more easily live a life that is aligned with the will of God in which our actions ease the suffering of others.  We can have space to learn to love ourselves and each other better. To feel the beat of our own heart as it is connected with the heart beat of mother earth and to gaze at the stars and the moon in wonder at the total amazement that we are in these bodies, with this chance to learn, to grow, to love and to be grateful for every lesson or gift that comes to us in this lifetime.  When we relax, we allow all the beautiful things and people and events that life has to offer us to come flowing to us, like a river of love, rather than making it happen by sheer physical force or effort.  Breathe, connect and relax…it’s all coming to you.

 


Celebrating the Divine Feminine

Have you been feeling overwhelmed? This coming week is a beautiful new moon in Libra on September 22nd that

will be lifting the energy for all of us. The planet Venus, rules Libra and will be beaming love into our lives.
I am hosting the Goddess retreat beginning next Thursday, September 25th, which just happens to coincide with the beginning of the Hindu festival of 9 nights of the Goddess known as Navaratri.  I didn’t plan the dates to coincide, this is Divine synchronicity since I had initially planned for the retreat to be in October.  That’s Spirit, always looking out for us.
Navaratri celebrates the Goddess Durga along with her two other aspects, Lakshmi, Goddess of wealth (depicted above in a painting by Lisa de St Croix) and Saraswati, Goddess of wisdom. “In order to have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the Divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights.”
“During Navaratri, the Hindus invoke the energy aspect of God in the form of the universal mother, commonly referred to as ” Durga ,” which literally means the remover of miseries of life. She is also referred to as “Devi” (goddess) or “Shakti” (energy or power). It is this energy, which helps God to proceed with the work of creation, preservation and destruction. In other words, you can say that God is motionless, absolutely changeless, and the Divine Mother Durga, does everything. Truly speaking, the worship of Shakti re-confirms the scientific theory that energy is imperishable. It cannot be created or destroyed. It is always there.  The Hindus believe this energy is only a form of the Divine Mother, who is the mother of all, and all of us are her children.”
For me, celebrating the Goddess is also about honoring the Divine Light within.  Each of us, whether we are male or female, carries the spark of the Divine Light of Source/God/Goddess within us. As we grow, change and evolve in our lifetime, we are making an effort to improve ourselves, to act in ways that are respectful and kind toward one another, you could say that we are working on becoming our best or Highest self. It’s not always easy to do this because challenges and hardships can break us down if we let them and then we may choose the easier route, the route that doesn’t sustain us, we may follow the call of the smaller self, or the ego.  By celebrating the Light within, we are affirming that this is the path we are choosing, the path of Light is the path of God/Goddess.  We are expressing our gratitude for the Light that leads the way.  We are saying the most important words we can say, “Thank You”. Thank you for this life, thank you for this body, thank you for this day, thank you for this opportunity to learn and experience. Thank you for the guidance, thank you for the forgiveness and compassion. Thank you for the Love and understanding. Thank you.goddess isis
In our society, girls need a positive role model to become healthy women.  The Goddess provides that perfect role model.  Women want their men to honor, respect and love them.  We all want our kings and queens to walk beside us.  Is your daughter seeing the Goddess as a role model in her life?  Were you taught to see yourself in that way?  It’s never to late to teach her, to teach yourself to love and honor yourself in a very empowered way.
“I suggest you join us in celebrating “Ma Durga” during the Navaratri. She will bestow on you wealth, auspiciousness, prosperity, knowledge, and other potent powers to cross every hurdle of life.”
You don’t have to be a Hindu to worship the Goddess. Create a sacred space with a ritual. Ritual is transformational, you begin in one state of being and end it in another by changing your consciousness. Light a candle to represent the light within, place a picture of any of the Goddesses, there are many to choose from from all the corners of the earth representing many different cultures, Mother Mary, Isis, Kuan Yin, Kali, Sophia, Durga, Freya, Pele, Aphrodite, Diana and more. See the face of the Goddess reflecting yourself back to you.  Recognize yourself as the Goddess and offer your deep devotion to Her. We are all Goddesses, and it’s time we see ourselves that way.

 


Opening to the Mystery

Can you feel the enormous shift that is taking place during this time?  There is a huge influx of Light on planet

 earth, the time has arrived for us all to forge new and emboldened versions of our selves.  Now is the time to rise up and become who we are meant to be in this world.  In the past few years, we have walked through a time of death, rebirth, rebuilding and now we have arrived at the place of actualizing our new selves. Let me state that many of us are in varying stages, some are still at the place where we are experiencing a figurative death of the old self.  You must surrender completely to get past this stage.  The death is where you let go of all of the disappointments of the past, and accept that you are where you are, ground zero. Once you let go and surrender, your rebirth will begin.  It will take some time to recover and trust that the rebirth is real, in this stage it’s imperative to remain optimistic and affirm your faith in God and then the rebuilding stage begins.  The rebuilding stage is beautiful because many gifts will come and doors will open where once they were closed. Following the rebuilding stage, you will come to the next phase: Actualizing, meaning to step into the new and higher role that you are meant to play on this earth.  At this point you must not turn to look back, you must release old patterns and  you must open to the mystery… 
In this uncertain world, we may spend a lot of time planning what we want to create in our lives.  One motivation around planning everything is the need to feel safe and secure. We make plans with the intention that they  will keep us “on track”.  In truth, “safety” and “security” are an illusion.  Something we think will give us security can be taken away at any moment. We have seen an example of this in recent years, just look at all of the people who lost their retirement funds with the crash of 2008. The real place where safety and security resides is in our inner world, our center, our connection with Source.
Although it’s necessary to plan and work accordingly to bring our dreams to fruition, sometimes we can get too caught up in “our plan” and we don’t allow room for the mystery of life to bring to us its unexpected gifts and treasures.
The dictionary defines mystery as “something not fully understood or understandable.”  “anything that is kept secret or remains unexplained or unknown” and, “any truth that is unknowable except by Divine revelation.”
Often we can get ourselves into a state of fear or anxiety when we think about the uncertainty of our future.  We can imagine the worst case scenarios, perhaps based on some challenges we faced in our past.  I think the key to allowing the mystery of life to bring us her many blessings is to relax and allow and have faith that the best is coming to you.  When we become tense in our bodies and rigid in our minds, we are contracting our energy field and the flow is halted. When we relax, breathe and allow, our energy field expands and joy and the mystery can enter into our lives.  It’s another lesson in trust, always trust…
We all have our personal dreams we want to see become the reality of our lives.  Our desires need to be purified, meaning that they need to be aligned with our true Self, not our ego self.  When our desires are purified, our Higher Self will usher them into our world.  It’s best not to limit our dreams with our ideas of how they will arrive in our lives .  If we are too set in our minds of what we think should show up, oftentimes the right things will show up but they won’t look like what we thought they would so we don’t even let them in.  Give whatever it is that is showing up a chance.  Keep your desires  simple, pure, and true.
Learn to give way to the mystery and trust that the mystery you let in will be exactly what you need for your journey to wholeness.  Open your heart and experience a deep sense of oneness with the unknown.  Cultivate your relationship with your Higher Self and let your Higher Self lead you.  Whichever stage you are currently experiencing, remember that the Supreme energy or Source energy of this Universe we inhabit is based on Love.  Wherever you are in your stage of evolution, remember, Amor Vincit Omnia = Love Conquers All.  

The (very long) Road to Self Mastery

I went on a hike with a new friend and for the entire three hours we discussed how we feel we have grown so much in the past couple of years and how it has been the struggle and difficulties that are our greatest teachers. We concluded that it is these teachers that are showing the student how to become the master. To become the master, one has to overcome the Self.

One has to overcome the disappointment, the rejection, the failure and the loss. One has to learn not to take what is happening personally, feeling like life is against you. If that is a pattern that you hold, when the same pressure is applied over and over again, you can either fall into despair over and over again, or you can overcome that pattern and see that the reoccurring difficulty is there to help you transform, to choose another reaction and create another healthier pattern, which will in turn, create a healthier and happier daily existence. If the same difficulty were not repeated over a long period of time, we might not have the chance to change.

Peter Senge says, “Personal mastery is the discipline of continually clarifying and deepening our personal vision, of focusing our silent-thoughts-starry-skyenergies, of developing patience, and of seeing reality objectively.”  We must learn to deny ourselves the little things. Self mastery takes self discipline, will and action.  It is not enough to just wish for something. We can’t expect life to just bring us what we want, we have to go out and claim it as ours.

A few days ago, I read a post on Facebook by a woman I have never met who is a vibrational healer and who I friended a few years ago for that reason. Her house caught on fire on March 29th and her son who was visiting at the time, discovered the fire and saved the house just in the knick of time.

Her post expressed exactly what I have concluded and so I will share her words.  “This morning I was thinking about how many major challenges I have had in the last few months. And yet, I am so full of gratitude to God and the Universe, and so full of Joy. Then it occurred to me that that is the goal: to create a place, deep within ourselves, where we know that no matter what, we’re okay. To be completely grounded in our love of God and our love of Gaia (Mother Earth), so that no matter what happens, we have peace and joy within ourselves. That is the greatest security, where we are no longer dependent on outer circumstances to create our inner joy. This means knowing how to grieve, knowing how to let go, knowing how to find the gratitude in everything. This means knowing how to focus and manifest; it also means knowing how to let go of attachment to any particular outcome, to any material possessions and to surrender, with joy, to whatever occurs. It leaves us feeling completely independent of the approval of others, completely in integrity with ourselves, completely joyful. This is another profound step in the journey toward Ascension.” Joy Gardner

I feel Joy sums up what a lot of people are experiencing.  What a gift we are receiving!  When the soul learns a lesson, we learn that lesson for the rest of our lives and possibly the lives following this one. So if we can learn in this lifetime, to feel deep gratitude, peace and joy in the very center of our being no matter what is going on around us, then we have found liberation. The externals cannot shake us. We stay firm in our inner love and connection to the Divine knowing that we are loved no matter what. Does it get any better than this?

One thing I have learned is that it is so easy to look at other’s lives and assume that they are better than my own. Then when I sit down and talk to that person I find out all that they are dealing with and I see that we really are all the same, no matter how much money is in the bank, what job we have, where we live, what we look like, what relationships we have, everyone is dealing with their issues. Knowing this can keep us united in our hearts.

Self mastery means that we can control our thoughts, our responses, our behavior, and our emotions.  We cannot control what happens to us but we can control our self. With this self-control we can find true wisdom and true power by not being affected by what other’s think of us, say about us and do to us. This means that when someone leaves us, we are not destroyed. When our house burns down, we are not burned down with it.  We can choose to feel peace in knowing that something will follow on in its place, something different that will bring us new teachings, new love and new light.

World commandYou will know when you are beginning to master something because your response to it will change.  For example, say you had a food addiction and when you abused it you felt guilt, shame and self-hatred. Once you clear the energy within yourself of the underlying issue, if you take that same substance, it may no longer create all the same feelings that it once did.  If it no longer creates a charge in you, then you are learning to overcome the part of the self that used that substance to express the trapped and distorted energy within you, of the unexpressed shadow self. Once the charge is gone, you become free, not because you have excluded the substance, but because you have shifted the energy within. The substance (the shadow’s vehicle for expression) no longer rules you, you are now the master of the shadow – not by elimination, but by integration and you no longer abuse the substance.  Apply this same principle to relationships. Perhaps a woman had a deep-seated fear of men and because of this fear, she attracted only men who wanted to control her, feeding this fear. Once she shifts the energy within,  and realigns the distorted mental and emotional energy and overcomes the fear to feel self love, only then can she attract loving men into her life who are there to nurture and support her.  These are examples of how we can begin to master our selves, by realigning to the love energy of Source within.

Imagine what it would be like to be completely aligned with the Creator and have dominion over our energy, our thoughts, our emotions and our behavior so that we can fully love ourselves and one another. The road is stretched out before us and we are the students. Liberation is the ultimate goal, freedom from the trappings of the self. As we walk, the Creator accompanies us, within our hearts, the angels walk near us, helping us along the way.  And I feel happy in knowing that we are supported on this journey, always.