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We've all hurt others at one time or another in our lives, and we've also felt hurt by others in our lives at one time or another.
If we can understand that we humans act, at times, from a place of our own pain, we can eventually understand compassion for some people's hurtful actions. This is where the teaching comes in about taking nothing that others do, personally. It's a hard one to get one's head wrapped around, especially when w have felt so deeply hurt by the actions of another. We can even take it to the extreme acts of abuse and even murder if we can open our minds that far. A person who abuses another phsically, emotionally or even sexually, I believe has very deep, unhealed pain from past experiences. Often times having experienced traumatic, even what we'd consider horrific events in their childhood or younger life.
This kind of pain experienced, can cause a closing of heart and emotions, a built in mechanism of human self protection. If we've been hurt, and we harden and be mean, no one will or can get close enough to hurt us again. The meaner the better actually. Pain that is deep rooted and never looked at or dealt with, can surface in unspeakable ways. All we have to do is look around this crazy world to see the evidence of this.. The anger, the hurt, the pain coming out in the form of abuse, hate, anger, destruction, killing, etc.
I think that many people will not heal their pain in this lifetime and many people will. We only have power over our own lives and no one else's. Our power lies within and it's never too late to make a fresh start. Our power is always in the now.
When we have a willingness to look in those dark, scary places of our own pain and take responsibility for our own unhealed pain, and the pain we've caused others as a result, forgiveness can eventually happen. Self forgiveness thus the forgiveness of others. I've found for me, self forgiveness has had to come first, and as that journey unfolds, the old layers of feeling bad for past actions comes up, a feeling compassion for everyone else's place of pain and the hurt they may cause others from that place, can be understood. We have not walked that person's journey or experienced their pain and they have not walked mine. Understanding, compassion and forgiveness doesn't mean we gotta hang out with those we've felt hurt by, it means freeing ourselves from holding on to the resentment that's ultimately hurting US. I pray for them to find their way, continue to work on my own 'stuff', and surround myself with people who lift me up and continue honoring my own healing journey.
I'm sharing a guided meditation from youtube that I listen to when I feel the need and it's totally helped me ALOT. If you dare to listen, it may bring up some uncomfortable feelings and even bring some tears, but that's where the healing is.
Thanks for reading.....I honor your journey.
Peace, Love and Healing
Have you ever taken a side? You know what I'm talking about, people in your world are disagreeing, not getting along, one person does something the other person thinks is unspeakable and runs to tell you about how horrible the other person is....or maybe you witness something between two people and you form your own opinion, place a judgement and take a side. I find this human behavior of ours quite interesting to observe. It runs especially rampant within family units and causes mixed feelings, bad feelings, and unnecessary upheavel. In my experience it can all be prevented by practicing one simple piece of advice: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS. : ) What is between two people is between two people. It's none of our business.
It's hard sometimes actually putting this into practice because we love our family members and friends and feel protective of them, so when one feels hurt by something the other has done or said, it's not the easiest thing to take a step back...stay detached...just listen and offer support without judging or taking a side. If we come from a place of understanding that those two people have something to work out and learn from each other, we can manage to put this into practice, and we are one step closer to finding our inner peace.
Have you ever taken a side and regretted it? I have. More than once in my life that's for sure and it's sometimes left me sitting alone being the odd man out in the end. Once the two people who were having issues ended up working through them, forgiving and loving each other again, there I was on the outs with the other person who ultimately did nothing that had anything to do with me in the first place! Awkward!!
It's interesting to observe people, after being 'hurt' by another, run around telling everyone their version of the story in an attempt to accumulate allies! My advice? Don't fall into this trap! Don't be their ally just be their friend. It's far healthier to offer your ear and some compassion and let them know there is some life lesson they are having to learn as a result. Let them know you are there for them but you aren't willing to get involved, just do yourself a favor and don't take a side.
The next time your friend, or sister, or brother, or cousin gets into a conflict with someone.....try practicing detachment and minding your own business. See how it feels not to get over involved in the lives of others (after all this is just a distraction to not have to face our own life!). Or the next time you feel that someone has done you wrong or is triggering you, don't attempt to gather allies....take a step back and ask yourself what it is you are meant to learn about yourself through that experience and take responsibility for your part.
We are all on our own journeys and learning about ourselves as we go. Go easier on yourself and on others, think before you speak, set necessary boundaries with others, and don't forget to mind your own business!! ;-)
Peace, Love and Mind Your Own Business
You know that saying 'you gotta see it to believe it'? I think the more accurate saying would be 'you gotta believe it to see it'! Believing in the so called 'impossible' and keeping my faith in my dreams against all logic, has resulted in the realization of some of my dreams and desires on my journey so far.
In my younger years, growing up in a small town in Northern Ontario, I would dream of swimming with dolphins. Where was the logic in that? From where I sat at the time, it seemed like an impossibility, but I never lost faith. I always KNEW I would swim with my dolphin brother and sisters one day, and I did. It happened organically many moons later when I was in my early thirties. I didn't TRY to make it happen. I just kept the vision my whole life and trusted it would happen, and it did.
Swimming with dolphins was one of many visions I had for myself in this life. The one I felt to share with you today as an example of needing to believe in something in order to see it. There are many, many more I could share with you, but that would be a book not a blog! Some are small in comparison to others and some have fallen away as they aren't aligned anymore with the person I've become.
An important part of the visioning process is that we don't listen to the people who call us crazy and tell us that the vision we may have is 'unrealistic'. They may say 'that'll never happen', or 'who do you think you are?', or they may even tell you 'that's impossible!'. Or maybe it's our own voice saying those things to ourselves. My advice is not to listen to them, or the voices in your head that may be whispering (or screaming) those very same things to yourself. It's best to surround ourselves with people who lift us up, not pull us down. Remember those people are in our lives reflect our own doubts back to us. It's a projection of their own fears about living their dreams. Maybe they're afraid to live their dreams? Or maybe they're afraid that if you live yours, they will lose you? We humans really are a funny bunch, and the reasons aren't that important. What's important is that we find a way to do what we love, to be who we are with no excuses or pretences, to believe in the so called 'impossible', and to keep the faith where our hearts desires are concerned.
If you are happy playing and making music, then do that. Put your heart and soul and energy into it, and the universe will support you by opening doors of opportunity to swing open to get your music out there to bring joy and healing to whoever is meant to hear. You may be a rock star one day, or maybe not, but you WILL touch the people you're meant to touch doing the thing you love to do. In the end, it's not about becoming a rock star anyway, it's about what you believed could happen. It's about what was created from your heart and freely given with the spirit to lift someone else up. Oprah's vision was not to be rich and famous, but rather to use her life. By following her heart and listening to her soul, the universe kept opening doors for her and giving her the platform she needed to do what she came here to do. Being rich and famous was simply a result of her using her life in service.
I like to draw and write. It feeds my soul and has me feeling fulfilled. I put it away for many years as I lived life according to others, doing what I thought I was 'supposed' to do next. However, putting that part of myself away was like packing my heart away in a box and putting it in storage while I followed the sheep. There was this emptiness inside that could not be filled with anything or by anyone, despite my constant attempts at reaching outside myself to find fulfillment.
It's great to remember that everything in this life moves in cycles. So just because things are not transpiring as fast or in the way that we 'want', it doesn't mean it will never happen. Everything has it's 'time' and will transpire if it's for our highest good and the highest good for all. I keep a saying by Colette Baron-Reid constantly in my mind....."what is FOR you, cannot go past you", and one from Spirit came through loud and clear one morning that has stuck with me, it was simply "what's the hurry?".
The cool thing is there is not ONE person exactly like us on this entire planet. We've all come here with our own unique sense of being. We have our own gifts, dreams and desires, and not one person's bucket list would be exactly the same as anyone else's. I think the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others is a version of our true selves. It takes the ability of self awareness first and asking ourselves the hard questions like 'who am I'? and 'what do I truly desire'? We are the only ones who can answer those questions.
It's been an interesting journey so far, the one to find my true self. Sometimes accompanied by struggle and sometimes experiencing joy and elation at levels I'd never reached previously. Sharing one's soul with others can feel like a vulnerable road to travel at times, I'll admit that. One thing I've learned hands down is that if we wait to see it before we believe it, we may never see it....but if we BELIEVE it, we have a much better chance of seeing it.
WARNING: buckets full of faith, patience and the ability to hold the desire while letting go of how it transpires, will be required.
Peace, Love and Believe to See It
Life is our mirror, we need not be afraid to look at our own reflection.
I've just recently experienced a bout of great insecurity, fear and vulnerability. Again. It's all been on an inner level. This stuff comes in waves and is a part of being human. I've noticed these uncontrollable times usually precede yet another shift in my life. To one of a stronger version of myself.
I am the only one aware of my true inner self. And you are the only one aware of your true inner self. I find it interesting to observe my feelings and reactions (interesting, not necessarily comfortable!). In the end, I think that's the way we heal ourselves and keep moving toward being a stronger, better version of us.
It's not an easy or pleasant experience at times, this journey as a soul in a human body, that's for sure. For me it continues to be well worth going to those uncomfortable places within myself in order to learn more self acceptance and take 100% responsibility for where I am in my emotional maturity. The more I practice this, the more I have become more compassionate and tolerant of others.
I find it interesting as well, how we seem to be able to look at others and see their obvious greatness and gifts, when others seem blind to it. The mirror works that way too. Seeing the best in others means on some level we see our own best, even when we aren't totally aware of it. It used to trigger me so bad when other people, through my eyes were amazing at what they did, but weren't owning their awesomeness, but that's because on some level I wasn't owning MINE!
We humans tend to look outside ourselves for answers when in fact looking within, accepting and taking responsibility for our own shortcomings eventually brings us to a place of accepting the shortcomings of others. It's like an old parlor trick this life of ours, smoke and mirrors.
As I move through the waves of uncomfortable feelings of great insecurity, fear and vulnerability, I'm learning to have compassion for myself as opposed to being angry with myself or worse, fighting those feelings. I really do know that the feelings aren't my enemy, they are my ally. They surface to help me understand and accept all parts of myself. Shadow and light. If I can accept the shadow in me, I can easily accept others for how they are.
Every one of us have different issues that continue to surface and will continue to surface until we can be honest with ourselves and take 100% responsibility for what takes place on our inner landscape. What we resist persists, so the sooner we're willing to take time, and get to know our true selves, the things we continue to resist, stop surfacing. Once again it's a process and it takes dedication and patience and a willingness to stop fighting the uncomfortable feelings, and just feel them.
I use the world outside myself now as a gauge for my inner world. It's taken years of practice but it's been worth the effort so far. If I am angry at someone or something, I ask myself 'where inside yourself are you angry with yourself Barb?' ..... or if I find myself passing judgement on another, I ask myself 'where inside yourself are you still judging yourself Barb?' ..... or if I find myself wanting to place blame on another, I ask myself 'where inside yourself are you still unable to forgive yourself Barb?' Using this method, for me, has been and continues to be truly transforming.
Taking time to get quiet and go within is a great tool and keeps us connected to our higher selves. I think it's important in this day and age where distraction is a constant temptation. It's in that quiet place where we can nurture those hurt parts and learn to love the parts that we've spent far too much energy denying.
I can't do it for you, and you can't do it for me....and maybe you don't wanna do it at all, and that's okay too!!
Peace, Love and Know Thyself
I like to look at things from a higher perspective, a soul or spiritual perspective you could say. Always aware of a bigger picture, that I am a soul, in a body, on a planet, along with billions of other souls in bodies, surrounded by planets and trillions of stars and all that makes up the universe. I chose this mission.
Since I was a young girl, I have been concerned for the planet. I guess my soul knew that I chose to come here to help, but it would be decades later and only after years of personal struggle before things 'clicked'. I even remember my very young self thinking 'this place is a polluted mess! and people are bringing more kids into this world?'. I decided young that I would not be bringing children into the world I saw. I didn't think it would be fair because I wasn't sure what shape it would be in by the time they grew up, not to mention the children I was aware of who weren't being looked after.
Fast forward to now. This exciting time on Earth! People rising up in the streets saying enough is ENOUGH. I swear I have been waiting my whole life for this time and my soul is on fire. Seriously. I try not to get bogged down with the negative words of the nay sayers and the haters. I know they're scared. Change must come now and that's always scary for people.
We humans have lost our way. Our priorities have become about money and stuff, and while I agree we have to survive, we really can learn to live simpler lives and find alternative solutions. In fact, I think our future depends on it.
The Indigenous people from the many Nations on our planet, have always been aware that this time would come. The prophecies are many and all speak of this time. They have been passed down from generation to generation orally, as this is the traditional way. While each prophecy varies in some way, they all speak of this time of great change on Earth.
From a spiritual perspective, I believe our souls chose to come here for this time of great change. No small undertaking. The issues we face are many, but one or two for sure, speak to our souls and it's time to take a stand for whatever that is for us. For some, like myself, it's Mother Earth, our animal friends and the next generations. For some it's about our food being poisoned and manipulated, for some it's about the chemicals the government sprays into our environment to make us sick, for some it's gun laws, for some it's animal rights, for some it's the 'legal' drug industry, for some it's war, for some it's violation of another human, for some it's our failing government systems, and the list goes on. It's whatever triggers you on a personal level.
The truths that have been hidden for so long, are coming to the surface as the truth always does. It's hard sometimes to decipher what is the truth from what is manipulation but if you listen with your soul, you will know. It seems easier to bury our heads in the sand than to stand up and actually do our part in some way. I believe the souls who have come here to change the world are the strongest of the strong, otherwise we wouldn't be here. Standing up for what we passionately believe in for the highest good of ALL will have us meeting with opposition and ignorance in many cases. One could get exhausted in the attempt to persuade closed minded people in hopes of making them understand our personal point of view. But this isn't about being 'right'. It's about prophecy. It's about Mother Earth. It's about the promise we made to carry out our soul's purpose here. It's time.
It appears to me like a proverbial large can of worms has now been opened and there's not much chance of putting those worms back in the can at this point! Personally I'm celebrating in this uprising energy. My heart beats a little faster everytime I see and take part in the gathering of brother and sister warrior souls who all share the same basic hope.....a better world. A world where we can drink clean water and pick medicine from the land, a world where we can roam freely, a world where every child is safe and protected, a world that our every move is not dictated and manipulated by governments, a world where we share, a world where no mouth is hungry and no person is homeless. If I didn't believe a world like this could exist eventually, I wouldn't be here.
We have not been taught 'real' history of events, in this country at least. I got kicked out of history class because I asked too many questions. What I was being 'taught' just wasn't sitting right with me and as it turns out my intuition was spot on. Can you imagine if Canadian and American history books taught the real history? Genocide? Civilizing the savages? Once again, not in their best interest. Since the Idle No More grassroots movement began, I have seen the beauty, proud people gathering in the streets peacefully, many dressed in traditional regalia, drumming and singing songs that many have never heard, and dancing. I have also seen many hateful and racist comments about 'Indians' and that makes me sad. If people would take time to ask questions and learn instead of making assumptions or repeating things they've learned from their parents, an understanding could take place and from understanding comes compassion, and from compassion we can find solutions. We need to look back at where we all came from in order to move toward positive change.
All leadership on all levels needs to be held accountable to the people now. Business as usual is a thing of the past.
This mess, as I like to refer to it, isn't going to get cleaned up overnight. This is just the beginning of something that isn't going to go away. The Idle No More movement is probably the most wide spread uprising in the history of this planet. Humans are being divided now, but I think it's in a good way. The caretakers of the Earth are now standing together as one, and more are joining by the day. We come in all shapes, sizes and colours but the outside is not important, we recognize each others souls and we have a common purpose. That's some powerful stuff!
Thanks for reading....stay peaceful and pray for the angry ones....great things are ahead.
What speaks to your soul?
Peace, Love and Prophecy
This drawing was channeled through me last year when I was made aware of the issue of Enbridge shipping oil through the Pacific Northwest. It feels fitting to share on this blog.
TRUTH and RESPONSIBILITY ~ Babs 2012
We are connected to all things on Mother Earth….our souls know the truth of why we came here. There is a song in our hearts – a promise we made – to be caretakers of the Earth. It is time to look into our hearts and remember our song and take responsibility for her well being in honor of the next generation. Creator and the Ancestors offer assistance and guidance and are watching closely. Be truthful, speak from your heart and always do what's best for all.
We've certainly been through some rough terrain lately...some are struggling in this heart opening energy while others are feeling more free than they ever have. And it's all okay.
Sometimes we can feel like we don't have a 'right' to feel happy and joyful when others are moving through tough emotions like sadness and grief but we do. It's important to remember that we are each on our own journey and that will bring what it brings. Our individual times and experiences of 'pain' are there for us to move through and become stronger in the end, and we all experience our times of struggle and pain at different times. It's important for us to have compassion for the people in our world (some we know, some we don't) who are being pushed into uncomfortable territory for their soul's growth but we don't have to take it on.
It seems we humans sometimes 'feel bad' when they are experiencing joy and happiness in their world while others are suffering. What if our happiness and joy energy is helping to carry others through their hard times? It wouldn't be productive to feel bad for feeling good if that is the case. If we can be in our high spirit energy without guilt we can use it knowing we are lifting the energy of others while they are down. When we are down they might be up and helping to lift our energy. Even though it is an 'unseen' thing, doesn't mean it's not happening?!
So if you are going through a difficult time in your life, know that others along with Spirit are helping to carry you. And if you are happy and high on life...bask in it!! Get as high as you can without feeling bad, knowing that you are helping to carry them.
It's all about living in our hearts right now. When I went through some of my hardest times, spinning in a deep dark hole not seeing even a glimmer of light, I can see now I was being broken open. Being made to 'feel' even though those feelings didn't feel good at ALL they were still feelings. Something I'd spent most of my life trying my hardest to avoid. I'm grateful now and can see so clearly that our hearts must be cracked open in order to let the light in so we can eventually reach a feeling of peace, love, and compassion for ourselves and others. That's why we came here. To live in our hearts and it's happening, it just doesn't always feel good when we're being broken open. Those harder times also showed me who the people were who gave a shit and had my back. I wouldn't trade that for anything now because I had things all mixed up.
Our hardest experiences are often there for us to grow through and heal from so we can help others once we are in a good place again. We can't do that if we let our experiences break us down...we can only move through them keeping in mind that we are being asked to become stronger, to be role models for the others. Mostly our young ones. If they see us get healthy and strong through our painful times, it gives them hope and they will know they can do it too. If we give up, they give up. They will be the leaders one day.
If you're happy and high on life...SOAR, laugh, and play and don't feel bad about it. Our happiness is infectious and contagious! If you're experiencing hard emotions now or lately, hang on, keep the faith, and you will move through it to a better place. You'll see.
Peace, Love and Let Your Spirit Soar
Once we we become aware and know something, we can't 'unknow' it, and it is only from that place we begin to change.
Becoming aware is scary sometimes. We humans have built in denial...which at times comes in handy and has it's place in our lives. It protects us emotionally until we are truly ready to look at the truth. Sometimes though, circumstances beyond our control are thrust upon us to jolt us out of our denial and into awareness. When we are not willing to see the truth within ourselves and certain circumstances, we stay stuck in the same old cycles and rob ourselves of the opportunity to grow.
Denial keeps us safe from experiencing uncomfortable truths and the feelings that arise from accepting that truth. Awareness allows us the opportunity to change, and this is important now. Especially now. Our world is a mess and as the truth continues to be revealed in that respect, our souls are waking up and remembering why we came here. If not remembering, at least questioning. We can't really find the answers for ourselves though, until we are willing to be honest with ourselves.
When we get to the place where we can no longer deny what we see and know to be true, we begin to change and grow. We can't change what we don't acknowledge. This means taking responsibility for our actions and instead of pointing our fingers 'out there' at someone else or the circumstances, we would better serve ourselves and the world by pointing it back at ourselves.
The 'tragedies' that are happening are all a call to an awakening. The latest being the shooting at a school in Conneticut, or the one before that in a movie theater. Instead of pointing a finger at the 'bad guy', we need to stop and say, how has it come to this? What can I do to help? Maybe we can spend more time with the kids instead of plunking them in front of a tv and allowing the electronic world of violent games and non-reality teach them because we don't have time or energy. Maybe we can teach by our own actions. Maybe we can stop playing the victim so they don't learn to be the victim. Maybe we can turn off the tv and not buy into the fear and drama and our victimhood. Maybe we can pray. Maybe we can use the pain to push us to be better, and do better. Maybe we can do alot of things.
I don't have everything all figured out....not even close. I only have my own life experiences to draw from and the fact that I made a clear decision to change my life and become who I came here to be. It's been scary and fun and will continue until I leave this world I'm sure. What I can share with you is what has helped me the most and that is to be self aware. To be willing to look at my short comings and the mistakes I've made along the way, and embrace the fact that I am human which means I have come here with an ego. We all have one. The danger lies in living in that ego part (shadow side) more than I live in my love part (light side). We are duality as is our outside world. There is no 'us' and 'them'...there is just 'us'. We all have experienced jealousy, anger, guilt, shame, fear, rage and moments of insanity right? So does every human, so how can we point at others with a finger of blame? We are not our Creator, we are a likeness of, that is why we were sent here. It is not in the human job description to judge another, I'm pretty sure of that, and the more we are willing to see the not so pretty parts of ourselves and learn to be self aware, self accepting and take responsibility for our part, we become more compassionate for ourselves, therefore others.
To continue to buy into fear, drama and victimhood keeps us powerless. To pay attention to the lives of others and remain in denial about ourselves keeps us powerless. To stand in a place of self righteousness keeps us powerless. We are no better or worse than the next guy. We just are who we are and we all walk our own path, in the circle of life no one is ahead or behind anyone else, that is an illusion. We are all somehow able to justify our actions even when they seem unforgiveable to others. We have all cheated, lied, hated, and hurt others along the way. It's part of the deal, so we can learn to better ourselves. If we've all cheated, lied, hated and hurt others, how can we possibly look at someone or something that is doing the same and judge that? All we can do is honor the journey of another and go back to work on ourselves honoring where we are on ours. We have no idea what another person's soul's contract is....that is between them and our Creator.
Being 'aware' of what is happening inside and outside of us as the truth surfaces, is pushing us to change whether we like it or not. Standing up for what we believe in is part of the awareness, but it must be done from a place of love for that belief or passion, not from a place of fear or anger. Anger and fear can't be resolved with anger and fear it can only be resolved with love and courage...both of which come from within.
There is this illusion that we are small and can't make a difference in such a huge world with so many injustices and issues, when we are actually the ones who have come to make a difference, and much of the work to be done is within. One person at a time. The most important commitment I've ever made is the one I've made to myself and my healing journey which is ongoing. If we all make that commitment to ourselves first, I believe we will see the world eventually change for the better, after all the world outside of us is simply a reflection of us.
Here's what I know for sure. That none of us here and now will know the full 'truth' of anything until it is our turn to cross over. It will only be at that time that our souls will be privy to the bigger picture. Until then we can only do the best we can to make this a better world and it begins by moving out of denial and into awareness, healing our own lives and doing our part to help others along the way.
Peace, Love and Awareness
We humans are living on this Earth at a time of great change. It's been gaining momentum for some time and has many feeling deep fear about what is coming. All this talk about the end of the world, mostly due to the day the Mayan people ended a calendar many moons ago has raised the question globally. I've wondered myself about the meaning and while I don't know anything for sure, I also know no other human knows anything about this 'for sure'. Only Creator and all who stand behind us in the Spirit world are privy to the true answer, while we humans shape a perspective based on what we feel or what we've been shown.
The universe works in cycles, as do we. Seasons work in cycles, women's moontime works in cycles, we grow in cycles (infant, youth, adult, elder), there are astrological cycles, and cycles of life and death. All cycles mean change, and change oftentimes means fears surface as the old falls away to make way for the new. This is simply the end of a cycle on Earth from where I sit. It's been happening for awhile already like a momentum of heart opening energy gaining speed, with this date as a marker point perhaps for everything coming to a head and the people standing up for themselves and their beliefs.
Spirit has shown me for years now over and over again that my soul will leave my body here when I am 84 years old. That may sound crazy to some but it's my reality. I used to think it sucked actually because I have spent most of my life not particularly wanting to be here in this body on this earth. I'm not sure why I've been shown this, perhaps so that I sucked it up and kept putting one foot in front of other, or maybe because I needed to know I would live through this 'end of the world stuff'? What I can tell you is I finally feel excited to be here and live my life!
Many people from many cultures have some form of ancient knowledge about this time of change on Earth. I believe our souls chose to be here now, especially those who care about Mother Earth, the animals, and the next generations. Which is why I think we are being pushed out of our comfort zones to move past our fears, speak up and do what we agreed to come here to do. Basically to get our heads out of our asses, quit watching 'reality tv' and buying more 'stuff' while we turn a blind eye to what is really going on.
There is a Buddha saying that comes to mind that I feel really fits these times we are living through: "Three things cannot be long hidden, the sun, the moon, and the truth". Truth is what is surfacing now. All the dark within us and the world is coming to light. It's time. We have allowed ourselves to be lied to and controlled by our governments and the powers who run the world, for far too long but now the lies are surfacing and we are forced to no longer go along like robotic sheep while we standby and watch. We have come not to fight, but to take a stand for whatever we feel passionate about.
I mean we've got some crazy ass stuff going on here on this planet, it's become so unbalanced and out of control. There are many humans starving on Earth and no mouth should be hungry; we would be led to believe our drug industry is actually helping us when for the most part is making us more sick; we continue to allow the raping and poisoning of Mother Earth as government continues to pull the wool over the sheeps eyes so to speak; we kill animals for fun or from a place of fear without a second thought, as if they don't have a right to be here? (God made them just like he made us); humans are bought and sold daily in slavery rings; our food is being manipulated and poisoned so we get sick in order to fuel the pharmaceutical industry (to even call most of what we eat 'food' and most pharmaceuticals 'medicine' is beyond bizarre; we have organized war that costs about the same amount it would cost to feed the starving. I could go on but I won't. The point is, we have come to a breaking point in history and we get to be here for it!! How cool is that?
Sometimes I think about what those in the Spirit World see as they watch us. I'm pretty sure Creator/God/Source or whatever you believe in, doesn't see lines on the Earth saying this belongs to me and this belongs to you, and you can't cross this line unless you follow the 'rules'. I'm pretty sure they see souls and the spirit of our hearts in humans and not skin color or how or where we pray (if you pray). I'm pretty sure that Earth is the most toxic planet in the solar system and the only reason it is so, is because it is inhabited by humans who's egos have gotten a little out of control, ok, alot. And I'm pretty sure no one is coming to save us except us.
It's my belief (and I am well aware not everyone shares in my belief and that's a-o-k with me!) that the way forward is one of heart, and that we will see peace on this earth when each and every one of us makes a commitment to find peace inside ourselves. This is going to take work., by way of self awareness, practicing forgiveness (of self first), kindness, finding what brings us joy, acceptance of ourselves therefore others, and love, love, love. The more we become aware of our own egos and face the dark side of our humanness (which we ALL have) and embrace that part of us versus fueling that part of us, we slowly get there, layer by layer. If there are shake ups in your life, loss or forced change, it is there to push your soul to live up to your promise and when we begin to live our lives aligned with our souls, things start to feel better and get easier to handle.
I believe the way forward lies in looking back at the Ancestors and how they understood that everything on the Earth was connected. They understood how to live simply and that the Earth and Creator provided what was needed. They respected all living things and had a deep connection with the Spirit World through drumming, dancing, ceremony and prayer. Things got all messed up and now here we are.
There is a planetary alignment that will take place on December 21, 2012 (winter solstice) which marks the end of the Mayan calendar. This is a true turning point in the Earth's history and the beginning of a new world. How do we want this world to look? That is the question and it's up to us.
Peace, Love and Change
We can look at what we didn't do, or we can look at what we DID do...we can look at what we lost, or we can be excited about what we are about to gain...we can look at the past or we can anticipate our great future.
We have just come out of a mercury retrograde phase and eclipse season...where we've all, no doubt, gone through circumstances which has tested our strength and had some 'past' feelings and issues surfacing giving us the opportunity to shed yet another layer of our old selves and old circumstances.
I dipped and dived into those waters myself for a few days. Reflecting on what was or what could have been, as it is part of our human process, it's purpose being that of personal growth. A process for which I am most grateful for today. Some days we get self absorbed and feel sorry for ourselves, wishing things could be different. But they're not. They are what they are. It's in that acceptance where we find peace. It's in keeping faith that all is as it's meant to be and the knowing there is a bigger plan working that we can't always see. It's about making mistakes and learning from them, bringing ourselves to a place of knowing better so we can do better.
The trick is not getting caught up in our negative thought patterns for too long. Just long enough to be aware of the opportunity to use them to find gratitude in our lives and to make a choice to pat ourselves on the back for our accomplishment, instead of beating ourselves up for what we know we should have done or should still do but haven't yet, or to let go of what is gone and look forward to what is yet to come.
It can definitely be a challenge to stay positive all the time that's for sure...impossible I would say...but there's power in our awareness of those negative thought patterns surfacing. We can notice them, acknowledge them and look at something to be grateful for. Taking time out to nuture ourselves and just 'be' and not 'do' helps too. It's in those quiet times where we can hear our own heartbeats, and realize we are connected to a powerful universal love energy, and truly are never alone on our journey as souls having a human experience.
I choose to be grateful today for the amazing supportive people in my life, and finding joy in the simplest things. I choose to believe that something incredible is about to happen, and that the best of my life is yet to come.
Peace, Love and Perspective
DARKNESS and LIGHT ~ Babs '12
Raven Spirit teaches us about duality and the magic that comes from moving through the dark times in our lives. Out of the dark, comes the light. If we do not experience challenges on our journey we would be unable to recognize and bask in the blessings that come from those dark times.
Ravens are one of the strongest, smartest, and hardiest of the winged ones that fly among us. They endure cold, dark Arctic winters and remind us to hang on and move through the seasons and cycles of our lives, trusting that winter does not last forever.
It's not always easy moving through the dark and challenging times in our lives, in whatever form they appear. It seems we humans find it easier to resist accepting times of pain and hardship and feeling like life isn't fair, when it is, in fact part of life. If we learn to embrace those times, meaning we accept them as part of our life experience, at some point we understand the reason. We will see the blessing in disguise that comes from such a time. The good isn't always apparent immediately, but if we trust that it is there, and will show itself eventually, we will have an easier time making sense of this life and all that appears to work against us.
When dark times fall upon us, we have an opportunity to learn forgiveness, peace and to open our hearts rather than close up more and resist life on life's terms. Dark times often see us experiencing an outpouring of love from others who are aware of our pain. We can oftentimes use these experiences to heal and get stronger then help others who will experience similar hardships after us.
Take Hurricane Sandy for instance (or any other 'tragedy'), we can look at the devastation and see only that, or we can help by praying or donating and watch and listen to the stories of love that come as a result of the darkness. People have opened their hearts and homes to help others in a city where many people were walking through life numb and taking daily blessings for granted.
If, while we are experiencing grief and sadness and chaos, we are looking for the crumbs (and I say crumbs because sometimes that's all there is) of goodness among the debris, the experience can't break our Spirits.
For me personally, and only in the past ten years after a very dark time in my own life, I've found myself getting closer to Spirit instead of further away (where I used to go). While I don't always understand the bigger reasons right away, I trust there is a grand plan that is bigger than me and us. I've also found that because of my dark times, I've found my heart more open than it's ever been. I've allowed it to soften my hard edges and find myself experiencing joy on levels I'd yet to experience. If I'd not known the dark, I'd not have recognized the light and for that I am truly grateful. I've also come to know that I am strong enough to move through whatever is coming next.
Winter doesn't last forever, only for a season.
Peace, Love & Duality
It's my sincere hope that sharing my perspective and personal experiences on my own journey to myself, helps you on yours. Peace, Love and Sharing