Ask. Allow. Receive.

Posted on August 20, 2013. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , |

ask allow receiveAsk.  Allow.  Receive.  The trinity of our life process.  How well we utilize this trinity varies as we move forward in life – and we are always moving forward.

Ask.  Life gives us a myriad of opportunity to play with variety, to decide what we like and what we don’t like .  Yet it’s all good, and we need not declare anything wrong or bad or even evil to decide that it’s not for us.  We can simply apply our focus elsewhere.

Allow.  Life is big enough to accommodate all possibilities.  Life is big enough to grant us every one of our heart’s desires without taking anything from anyone else.  Once we’ve decided what we want, our job is done.  It’s up to the Universe to orchestrate the circumstances through which to deliver our desire.  Our “work” is to allow, to trust, to surrender the need to “make it happen.”

Receive.  This last step would seem to be an easy one, wouldn’t it?  If I’ve asked for something, why wouldn’t I want to receive it?  The answer to that is as varied as the individual.  Receiving seems to have been given a bad wrap – labeling those who receive openly as selfish, demanding, controlling or even manipulative.  Receiving is different from taking.  Receiving is a passive act whereas taking is an aggressive one.

Ask.  Allow.  Receive.  As we practice this process deliberately, we open ourselves to ever greater possibilities.  How comfortable are you with this process?

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No Explanation Necessary

Posted on August 16, 2013. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , |

“Never explain yourself.  Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it.”  ~ Belgicia Howell

We use words all of the time – to share information, to promote ideas and products, to educate and to entertain.  Our days are filled with written and spoken words, but how much of that is just the noise with which we fill our minds?

Obviously, words are not our only means of communicating with others.  Our actions speak.  Pictures are said to be worth a thousand words.  And our energy speaks Never explain yourselfvolumes.  In my opinion, it is actually our energy that people respond to more powerfully than our words, because as we all know, words can lie, manipulate and deceive.  Energy does not.  Ever.

This past week I encountered a few comments on my Facebook page that needled me until I wrote a commentary about it all.  I was overwhelmed by the many supportive responses that I received, and many pointed out the obvious:  I needn’t have provided any explanation at all.  This brought home a point I’ve encountered before and that is alluded to by the quote at the beginning of this blog:  any explanations that I offer are really an attempt to convince myself.

That, in and of itself, is not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s certainly a good thing to be clear about.  I use words in this way quite frequently.  Journaling, blogging, writing are all ways in which I process my thoughts to become clearer about what I think and feel.

So are explanations ever useful?  Oh certainly – as a means of providing information, they’re helpful.  Do they ever convince someone who is opposed in the first place to see your viewpoint?  Probably not, and the reason for this, I believe, lies in the energy that is projected.  By virtue of needing to explain and consequently justify one’s actions by way of the explanation itself, the “explainer” is projecting an air of uncertainty about their actions.  That energy is never going to convince anyone who doesn’t already agree with you to change their perspective.

All that being said, providing the explanation that I did definitely solidified my comfort level in advertising my services on my FB page.  I get to do whatever I want on my page – and everyone else gets to stay or leave according to their needs.  No explanation necessary.

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Standing in Confidence

Posted on August 2, 2013. Filed under: Spiritual Awakening, Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Just two weeks ago when I attempted to write this blog, I was in a completely different space.  Now things have shifted, I have shifted, and I see the same things from this different perspective.

I guess I’m learning (again) to trust the process, my process.  I’m learning to trust this new foundation upon which I’m crafting my ever-expanding, constantly moving world.  I’m experiencing the power and the “rightness” of honoring my truth, sharing my voice and fully experiencing my emotions.

The bottom line is that life continues to be a fluid reflection of my inner world.  As I claim, with confidence and surety, the power of my connection to my Source, others reflect back to me the “magic” of allowing that connection.  It’s become such an anomaly, this natural connection to Source, that when we witness it, we’re awestruck and mesmerized.  The truth of the matter is that we ALL have this connection to Source; we ALL have access to the seemingly magical and miraculous happenings that flow from this connection.  We ALL do.  I’m not special – I’m just practicing living in the space of that connection, and it feels incredible.

sea-103539_1280I shared several Akashic Record readings this week that not only profoundly affected my clients, but which also profoundly affected me.  Each reading is unique and special, but this week something incredible happened for me.  I experienced a deep knowing about the power of aligning with my Soul.  I gained “evidence” of the magic of sharing my gifts in ways that makes my heart sing.  I realized that I am very good at what I do, and the more fully I stand in confidence, knowing Who I Am, the more powerfully I am able to influence my clients’ experience.

Life is all about learning who we are, about experiencing ourselves as the powerful creator of our world, and about allowing love to flow through us unimpeded.  The ways in which we can do all of these things are endless.  We can never get it wrong… but, oh, the deliciousness of how it feels when we allow complete and utter alignment is almost beyond description!

So today, as opposed to two weeks ago, I stand here in eager anticipation of whatever is next.  I stand with great joy and confidence that Life will be exciting and adventurous – and I’m ready.  I’m ready to embrace the entirety of my experience because I KNOW the power of my alignment, and I KNOW that I can come back to this place of alignment whenever I choose.  There is nothing more delicious, nor more exciting, than standing in the power of BEING me.

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Gaining Gratitude

Posted on October 24, 2010. Filed under: Spiritual Practice | Tags: , , , , , , |

The notion of gratitude being an elevated vibrational state is not new to me.  Much information has been devoted to the benefits of cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  While I certainly do not claim to be a master at maintaining this attitude, I am familiar enough with the concept, and even the practice of it.  Still, when given the opportunity to participate in a gratitude workshop while I was in the Chicago area a few months back, I seized the opportunity!

The topic of gratitude interested me, but I was just as interested to visit the Dynamic Ease Wellness Center and the owner, Kerry Sammon, whom I had the pleasure of meeting at another spiritual training event the previous year.  I wanted to see what Kerry had created, where she worked, and what she was doing.  I was more than surprised by the experience that unfolded.

The class consisted of a small number of students, but that only added to the intimacy.  We were led by Kerry through several different meditations during the course of the evening.  While I’ve forgotten the exact words, a few things still stand out vividly in my memory.  One was that we were to imagine a grounding cord extending from us down through the ground to the center of the earth.  We were free to visualize this cord in any form or color that seemed fitting to us.  Mine was a hot pink corrugated hose – of all things!  The image of that just tickled me – I’m not typically a hot pink kind of girl.  (And still, months later, whenever I imagine my grounding cord, it’s still this hot pink hose.)  The other image that remains etched in my memory is one of a golden light showering down over us as we meditated, filling us with a sparkling, glittering light.  I felt infused with love.  Had I not been so securely tethered by my hot pink grounding cord, I just might have happily floated off into the ethers.

All of this imagery and emotional well-being was created by Kerry’s skilled guided meditation focusing on a sense of gratitude.  But that’s not all we did during this enjoyable workshop.  We played several games where we would toss a ball around the group, stating things that we were grateful for every time we caught the ball.  Funny how hard it became to quickly name things when the ball repeatedly came our way.

The evening passed too quickly, but I carried away with me this elevated sense of well-being.  In fact, I stayed in this higher vibration of gratitude and love all through the rest of my weekend in Chicago.

From the vantage point of vibrating in love, I observed a colleague’s pettiness and self-centeredness with detachment, even amusement.  I was able to observe these interactions without absorbing any of their negativity.  I felt “above it” all as surely I was while I allowed myself to stay in this higher vibration of gratitude and love.

This experience solidified for me that there truly is power in the attitude of gratitude.  It both figuratively, and literally, raises us above the denser vibrations of fear, lack, competition and scarcity that we encounter all too often in our daily lives.

To experience this vibrational shift for yourself, there are a number of fun and easy activities you can start today.

1)   Start a gratitude journal.  Find yourself a notebook or journal and personalize or decorate the cover, if you choose.  Each night, write down 5 things about the day for which you are grateful.  Start each new day by reviewing previous lists to set a tone of gratitude for that day.

2)   Find a “gratitude buddy” to exchange daily emails with (contact Kerry at kerry@dynamicease.com for help in setting this up).  Each day send your buddy an email detailing an object of your gratitude.

3)   Spend 5 minutes each day meditating (i.e. sitting quietly) on the idea of gratitude.  Allow the sparkling golden light to shower down upon you, filling every cell of your body with gratitude, love and light.

Cultivating an attitude of gratitude in your spiritual practice may require some disciplined practice until gratitude becomes a comfortable outlook on life.  However, the blessings that gratitude bestows significantly outweigh the effort required to enjoy them.  Have fun with this!  The results will probably surprise you too.

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