All You Have To Do is BE

Posted on September 10, 2015. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , |

The way to do is to be.  ~ Lao Tzu
 The art of simply being seems to have gotten lost somewhere along our journey.  Society, American culture at least, applauds and exalts busy-ness.  We are taught proverbs such as, “Idle hands are the devil’s playground” from an early age and encouraged to keep busy.  Kids these days run, or
are shuttled, from activity to activity by parenThe way to do is to bets intent on keeping their kids busy and supposedly out of trouble.  But what price do we pay for all of this busy-ness?
Because of all of this noise, chaos and activity, many of us have lost touch with who we really are.  Not only have we become uncomfortable with quiet and stillness, but we no longer know where or how to find our true essence.  We then spend decades in search of ourselves, never realizing that we’ve carried the answer within us all along.
Western culture is now seeing an increase in popularity in meditation, energy work and other spiritual practices.  We are being pulled to slow down and embrace the stillness that allows us to connect with our inner being and our Source Creator.  Slowly, mainstream culture is seeing the benefits of relaxing, resting and reflecting.
We need that quiet time to go within, to embrace the silence of being and to connect to our Source which feeds and nourishes our being-ness, our soul.  It is in this silence that we allow the energy of Life to flow through us unimpeded by the critical thoughts, deadlines and daily expectations that fill our waking hours.  Through this unimpeded flow, we once again remember our true essence and our connection to All That Is.  We are one with everything, part of the universal experience of the divine in human form.  But until we slow down enough to hear that silence, we remain too busy to notice this essential connection.
Certainly there is a balance to be struck between doing and being.  But since society has over-emphasized the doing for so long, many of us need to focus more on practicing being as that is still our weakest link.  We find though that as we spend more time allowing ourselves to simply be, our doing becomes more inspired and fruitful rather than simply busy.  And this gives us more than enough time to experience, relish and regal in the glory of being human right now.
Take time to get quiet.  Allow your mind to still.  Reach for the peace that resides at the center of that stillness.  And allow your awareness to expand to include everything else.  This knowing is simply waiting for you to embrace it.  And all you have to do is BE.
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Seeing Through the Veil

Posted on February 27, 2015. Filed under: Spiritual Awakening | Tags: , , , , , |

We’ve all heard the expression that the veil in thinner now than it’s ever been.  The veil separating the physical and non-physical worlds is what I’ve always thought this referred to.  And it does.  But it’s also more than that.

Up till now, I’ve seen it as the separation of beings – physical and non-physical.  Today, however, I saw this in a whole new way. The veil also covers our own perceptions and understanding of ourselves.  It’s an internal thing – the separation between who I see myself to be from the perspective of ego which has been wounded and hurt and the perspective of my soul which looks at all experiences with benevolence, love and compassion.

I clearly saw how denying what is true for me simply sets up an internal dilemma – which then plays itself out in external dramas and emotional upheavals.  Admitting my truth to myself seems to be the first step in releasing this inner conflict.love pierces the veil

So this veil is not really so much about separating “worlds,” like I used to believe, as it is about separating perceptions.  Seeing through the eyes of love pierces that veil and releases the illusion that there is really a separation between anything.  Truly love is the energy that flows through everything, the energy that created stars, and the energy that makes us One – even as we play out different experiences from our unique ego perspectives.

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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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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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Reaching for Happy – I Found Me

Posted on September 3, 2011. Filed under: Spiritual Awakening, Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , , |

ARE YOU HAPPY?

A potent question.  One I don’t think we give enough consideration to.  Think about what your answer would be…

But STOP!

The question isn’t, “Do you have everything you want?” or “Do you love your __________ (fill in the blank)?”  The question is ARE YOU HAPPY?

This is not a question about external circumstances.  This is a question about your state of being – a completely internal affair.

When put that way, isn’t it easy to see that being happy is SEPARATE from the THINGS in our lives?  Yet, we all seem so ill-equipped to navigate this internal terrain without the touchstones of our physical experiences.  We all hesitate to unequivocally proclaim our happiness because we are not yet THERE – wherever there is.

Being happy does NOT preclude wanting MORE – more money, more love, more fun, more freedom.  Being HAPPY simply declares that I CHOOSE to love where I am – right now, in this moment, however temporary this place may be.  Being HAPPY gives me the power and momentum to attract more into my life – more of whatever I want.

And it is in the PROCESS of attracting, creating, allowing new circumstances into my life that I discover my POWER.  I AM the master of ME.  I AM the creator of my world.

In knowing that it is all up to me, in owning that expansiveness, I allow all sorts of magnificence and abundance into my life.  Happiness is just the portal through which my power flows.

Being happy is not saying that I’m done, that I’ve achieved whatever the goal was – and now there is no more.  To the contrary, choosing happiness invites greater achievements, bigger opportunities, grander adventures.

Every time I get THERE, I can see farther, pursue greater dreams.  Happiness simply fuels the journey.

And therein lies ME – the truth about my magnificence and the power to create worlds.

My journey can never be the same now that I’ve acknowledged my power, now that I’ve found me.

Let the games continue!

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