Let things be

Posted on January 20, 2015. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Can you feel it?  Are you too struggling to find your joy and happiness right now?  Do you feel like part of you has hunkered down and is now in hibernation?  Well, if that’s the case, I want you to know that you’re not alone!

My 2015 started out in the best possible way – connecting with amazing people, having phenomenal experiences, stepping into knowing what I want to leave behind in 2014 and what I want to invite into 2015.  But the first few weeks of this new year have felt all over the board.  Physically, I’ve already had two bouts with cold and flu.  Clearing?  Purging?  I think so – on many levels.  And now my body remains tired.  Overly tired despite getting plenty of sleep.

My mind wants to know what’s going on.  I want to ask myself what it is that I’m doing “wrong,” as if this is somehow wrong.  But I know better than that too.  I KNOW that we are all where we need to be, moving through everything we need to experience.  I trust that it’s all good and that whatever this is, it is happening for my highest good.I will let things be

So I’m left with just one thing:  BE GENTLE.  Those words keep coming to me.  Be gentle – when in the past I might berate myself for “still” being in this space after hours, days, now weeks.

I connect with the people who uplift and support me.  I talk to my friends, many who offer their insights into what they perceive is going on with me.  I balance and weigh their perceptions with what I believe to be true myself.  And underneath it all is the admonition to TRUST myself, to trust the process, my process.  What is right for me isn’t necessarily right for anyone else – but beating myself up definitely won’t make it any easier.

Sometimes the words I offer to my clients during readings are as much for me as they are for them.  Today I am reminded of words that I recently shared with a client – to get out of my own way and stop micro-managing things.  I DO trust that everything is working out.  Some days, the best thing is to just let them be.

I know that in a short time, things will have shifted sufficiently that I will feel completely differently.  So for right now, I vow to just let things be.

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Figuring it out as we go…

Posted on December 22, 2014. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Life is a process.  Each experience leads to another, to the next.  For better or for worse, we can only take one step at a time, whether that feels like a forward step or a backward step.  We just keep racking up experience after experience.  And we hope that we are going somewhere – somewhere that feels good, that feels fulfilling.

We made assessments about life at a very early age.  We made determinations about our worth, our value, about success and failure – long before we fully understood the depth of meaning of those concepts.  Then we spend our lives marching to the tune of those beliefs acquired long before we had the power to choose deliberately and consciously.  We were subjected to customs, traditions, duties and obligations – and those things became the fabric of the tapestry of How We View Life.

At some point, most of us wake up to the fact that we can actually examine and discard those beliefs that feel like vices around our very lifeblood – those things that choke the hope, joy and love out of our existence.  You know the ones I’m talking about – those things like, “You’re a worthless piece of ^%*$,” or “You don’t deserve to be happy,” or “It’s all your fault.”  Pick your poison.  We’re all carrying some version of it around inside of us.

The way I now see it, the path to happiness lies in exposing these false beliefs that underlie the very Each experiencefoundation of who we see ourselves to be.  They impact everything.  Every relationship.  Every interaction.  Every choice.  We’re either proving to ourselves that they’re true, and we are worthless – or we’re faced with the realization that the very foundation of what we’ve built our identity upon is cracked, damaged and in dire need of rebuilding.

So that brings me back to my initial comment – Life is a process.  I said that to a friend today, and he thought he heard me say, Life is a crock.  Perhaps that’s really what I was saying.  Sometimes the process just plain sucks.  It can be hard.  But only – and I mean ONLY – because somewhere along the line we’ve deemed it so.

See, we came in with a clean slate.  We entered this life knowing that we are divine creators, still basking in the loving oneness that precedes and supersedes life as we consciously know it.  And then we forgot.  We forgot that we come from love and that the point is and has always been simply experiencing and expressing this love in an infinite variety of ways.  Somewhere along the line we messed it all up by coming to believe that we are anything less than who we were when we began this journey as little tiny infants.  We created limiting beliefs … and now we’re on the journey of exposing them for the falsehoods that they are, one by stinking one.

Gradually we begin to reassemble the pieces of the puzzle into their proper places.  We begin to see ourselves as the powerful creators of our experience that we always have been, but which we were taught to diminish and discount, belittle and bemoan.  When we take responsibility for our lives, we see that each experience is one more piece of the puzzle reassembling our divine birthright which is to know that love is all there is.  Everything else is illusion.

So while it is true that sometimes the process stinks, it does lead us to the magnificent revelation and understanding of our divine connection to all things.  As humans, we’re all just figuring it out as we go.  And nothing could be more perfect than that.

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Choosing from My Now

Posted on September 23, 2014. Filed under: Spiritual Awakening | Tags: , , , , , , |

I know that life happens in this now moment.  This is where I make my choices from, and the only reason my past impacts mySunshine now is because in this now moment I remember my past.  Past hurts.  Past choices.  Past repercussions.  And in the moment that I remember them, I’ve just included them in my present.  I’ve re-activated them.

If I could wash the slate of my past clean, then those past hurts, wounds, memories would no longer influence my now.  I could live freely in this moment, choosing based solely upon how life is showing up right now.  Without past baggage coloring and influencing my choices.

How will I know whether something or someone is what or who I want to keep in my life, I wonder.  Well, I’ll know based on how they choose to show up right now.  In this moment.

I will be free to respond by simply deciding if this is something I want or don’t want, like or don’t like.  And that frees me up to simply be.  Be alive, fully present, in this moment.

Ever so slowly, I am accepting me in my totality.  With my wounds.  With my fears.  With my brilliance.  Standing fully – in love with life.  As love.

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Transcendental Peace

Posted on November 29, 2013. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

In the midst of the stories, dramas, and chaos of our lives, I think we all crave peace.  If you’re like me, Breathe in Peaceyou’ve experienced episodes of this peace at various times in your life.  Some were short and fleeting, others perhaps longer lasting.  I’d like to share with you a recent experience of peace that was simply divine.

I’m not sure that the impetus for this experience really matters, but to create a context, I was with friends watching a televised dialogue between two present-day spiritual teachers.  We were expecting a wonderful experience, and I was more than pleased by what unfolded for me.

Honestly, I don’t even remember the words that were exchanged as I watched and listened to this dialogue.  I do remember feeling supremely connected to my Source, a powerful feeling of Oneness.  I found myself knowing the answers to the questions being posed even before they were offered.  I felt an acceptance, a belonging that transcended time and space.

As I sat in this space of peace, I realized how easy life truly can be if we but allow it.  I knew with a definite certainty that all of the things happening in my life WILL unfold with grace and ease if I just line up with them.  That’s it.  It IS that simple.  It’s merely a matter of releasing all of the reasons that I’m holding onto that say it can’t be that way.

In those moments, I experienced a peace that transported me beyond the confines of this life, of this self I know as Sue.  I was so much more than all of that.  And I knew in those moments that all I’ve asked for already exists, is already mine.  All I have to do is line up with it all.  All I have to do is ALLOW.

In those moments, this sense of peace transcended my life and I knew.  I KNEW.

Back in the midst of the stories and drama of my life, I’m holding onto that knowing, that transcendental peace.  I believe that what I experienced WAS real – and that all I have to do is line up with all that I’ve asked for.  With grace and ease.

 

My thanks and appreciation to Jordan Blackstone of www.imaginethatjbphotography.com for permission to use her photograph.

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Claiming My Own

Posted on July 4, 2012. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , , |

During a recent visit with extended family, I was shown just how radically different my beliefs have become.  My sense of “right” and “wrong” has been completely altered – not that I have different standards now, but it’s almost as if there are no standards except whatever feels best at each and every moment.

Doing something out of a sense of obligation no longer works for me, and watching others act from that duty has become uncomfortable.  Why would I do something that I really didn’t want to do?  Because it would make someone else feel better (i.e. that sense of obligation) is definitely NOT a good enough reason anymore.

So, this visit with extended family gave me an opportunity to observe all kinds of choices – mine as well as other’s.  I tried to hold no judgment because ALL choices are valid, but it was curious to observe MY reaction to the happenings going on around me.

The environment was wrought with anxiety, chaos and turmoil – certainly not the usual energies that I choose to surround myself with.  At times, I felt like I was losing my grip on what has become my new reality – this peaceful, calm, centered way of moving with the flow of life.  Fortunately, I was able to connect with a friend who reminded me that I’ve got this, that I’m good at holding my center.

I believed that these alternate energies could affect my connection to my own truth.  In fact, it is the most natural thing for me to BE in the flow of life.  Anything else that I tell myself is simply part of the old belief system that I am releasing.

So, today I claim MY truth as my own.  I allow myself to remain connected to my Source at all times.  And I celebrate those times when my connection slips because it is through that contrast that I find the clarity of my desire and expand evermore.

It’s another FABULOUS day to be alive.

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Changes

Posted on January 16, 2011. Filed under: Spiritual Awakening | Tags: , , , |

Change – are we ever without it? Whether we recognize it or not, our Universe is in constant motion, consequently, in constant change. Sometimes the changes are subtle, sometimes not. Sometimes they’re internal, and sometimes they’re external. But however life is proceeding, change is the one constant we can rely on.

2011 brings us a renewed opportunity to focus on the changes we’d LIKE to witness. Something about new beginnings seems to foster a renewed interest in starting over – THIS will be the year to lose that extra weight, to finally start writing that book, to take that trip – just because.

For me, 2011 will be about walking even more boldly onto this path of spiritual growth and service. I will embrace the trinity of Mind, Body and Soul – equally honoring all those parts of myself. I will UNCONDITIONALLY TRUST myself, my intuition and my gifts, as I’ve grown to unconditionally trust the Universe to support me. I will ALLOW and RELEASE those things which no longer serve me on this journey, even when I don’t understand what I’m releasing. I will appreciate my intellect without getting stuck in it. I will believe that I AM WORTHY of these spiritual gifts, and I will willingly offer my service to the world. I ACCEPT who I am. I ACCEPT my WORTHINESS. I ACCEPT all that Life brings my way – the pain, the learning, the joy, the amazing people and the wonderful experiences. I AM WORTHY OF IT ALL!

Yep, 2011 is going to be about stepping even more fully into ME! It’s going to be a phenomenal journey. Where is 2011 going to take you??

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Enough is NOW

Posted on July 17, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Once again, I am awed by the synchronicity of life.  While I’ve been busily attending to Albums & Answers, my scrapbooking business, this past month, I’ve also been gathering energy and learning lessons to move me on to the next step of my spiritual growth.  Nothing happens without a reason.  Again, I am seeing the truth of that statement played out in my life.

Psychically I’ve felt that I’ve been stalled – not really in a rut, but not moving in any discernible direction either.  I’m feeling more in tune with my intuition – but still frustrated that I haven’t been able to tune in “on demand”.  In my understanding, that’s the difference between being intuitive and being psychic – one happens at random times, the other happens when you stop to listen.  I see now that again, I’ve been integrating what I’ve been studying and learning.  It’s been part of my process – learning to allow myself to open up.

For Albums & Answers, I’ve driven over 9000 miles in the past 6 weeks.  That translates into lots of hours with not much to do but follow the white lines.  With all of that “quiet time”, my mind wanders to spiritual topics, to angels and messages from beyond.  I love to play games with my angels who send me signs with the number “27” or “127”.  Often, I would laugh out loud at how those number would show up – over and over again!  So while I was the only one physically in my truck, I was never really alone.

Couple that bone-deep knowing with synchronistically reading about past life regressions and having an experience while reading my own Akashic record which helped explain my psychic blocks, and I’m ready to admit that the only thing standing in my way is ME.  While I’ve acknowledged this before, the lesson seems to have gone deeper this time to the point that I truly FEEL it.

So what does any of this have to do with deciding that “Enough is NOW”?

It has everything to do with ACCEPTING that I have everything I need right NOW to allow my psychic gifts and skills.  I CAN see the unseen and hear the unheard.  I CAN access my psychic gifts at will and use them to help other people.  There’s no more waiting for “something” to make it happen or make the time right.  There is no certification or class I need to give me permission to step into my ability to serve others who are seeking to open their eyes to the answers they carry within themselves.  I am here to serve, and I fully accept that mantle.

There is nothing else I need to wait for – nothing else that needs to happen other than my fully opening myself to this next step.  While part of me shudders in fear at what this could possibly mean, I still willingly step into this next phase of my psychic development.

Bring it on!  “Enough” is RIGHT NOW, and I am so ready.

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