Friday, May 25, 2012
The barometer for whether or not we are in alignment with Love is how we are feeling. If we have judged ourselves or another, we probably aren't feeling joy in it's fullest. If you want to feel better, forgive. Forgiveness born of Truth teaches us that the world is merely a projection of our own mind. What we see in another is offering us the opportunity to heal ourselves and to bring our conscious awareness into a higher movement of expression. When we are frustrated, angry, or judgemental, or conversely, even happy, loving and accepting, we are simply seeing that part of ourselves reflected back to us-the good, the bad, the ugly, the innocent, the beautiful, the intelligent, the generous; whatever we see, is in us.
So what or who do we forgive? We forgive ourselves. If we pass judgement on another or ourselves, which we have all done a million times, and then think, "Well, that person has wronged me but because I am better than them, because I know better, because I am right and they are wrong, because I know everything and they know nothing, then I will forgive them" (because it's the Christian or spiritual thing to do, because I'm better than they are, because it's expected of me, because I'll go to hell if I don't!). Most of the issues we feel sad, depressed or guilty about are because we have judged another person or ourselves.
We are reminded in "A Course in Miracles" that, "Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free." And in Gary Renard's book, "The Disappearance of the Universe," he explains that the mind projects everything, observes its own projection from a different and seemingly separate point of view, and then interprets that perception as fact. Human beings blame each other constantly for their suffering and discontent and we go to war over these differences at the personal level or the collective. Be accountable for how you experience your world by recognizing it is our inner world being projected outward and then be willing to change. A willingness to see life differently is all it takes. "I am willing to forgive MYSELF for seeing this person or situation in a conflicting, argumentative, fearful way." And in, "The Way of Mastery" published by the www.shantichristo.com foundation, we are counciled that, "When you judge, you have moved out of alignment with what is true. You have decreed that the innocent are not innocent and then you have declared that about yourself. Therefore, to practice forgiveness actually cultivates the quality of consciousness in which you finally come to forgive yourself. And it is the forgiven who remember their Divinity."
We are not separate from the Divine Mother, the trees, or each other. Let us unite through the beautiful practice of self-forgiveness.
In Love and Light,
A friend on the path
photo from theberry.com
Sunday, April 22, 2012
These modalities assist us in bridging the unconscious Mind with the conscious mind. With dream interpretation, we merely need a technique or method to decipher the symbology and hidden messages. Through this conscious participation in understanding those veiled aspects of ourselves which influence our daily lives in one way or another, we can become more aware and present. We can heal old wounds, face current challenges and opportunities, gain insight to new directions we might take and understand ourselves and each other more completely. Through that understanding we can walk more peacefully and joyfully through our lives.
Many people don't remember their dreams or think they might not dream at all, but all of us dream during different phases of the sleep cycle. The best way I have found is outlined in Robert Johnson's book, "Inner Work". Start by having a journal and pen next to your bed to record the dreams you remember. Before going to sleep, impress the intention to recall the dream by saying something like, "I will to remember my dreams". Say it three times to yourself. If you wake in the middle of the night, you'll have to rouse yourself to write it down, otherwise you won't remember it by morning no matter how clear it seems at the time. It's easiest to recall the dream if you don't wake up with an alarm but most of us don't have that luxury. Record the dream with as much detail as possible.
Ideally, the next step in decoding the dream would take place however, even if daily life takes precedence over the contemplative, the dream messages and meanings will now be easily understood even days after the initial dream came through. Each symbol in the dream has a message so I usually divide my page in half vertically with the word or symbol from the dream on the left and then words of free association to that symbol on the right. ie: Sensible shoes.... walking through life, thinking sensibly, practical choices Running Shoes... running to something or away from something, hurrying, racing, exercise, moving quickly in a new direction Two Kisses... intimacy, twice as good, Hershey kisses, sweetness, double meaning. The practice is to freely associate the symbols into your own language of understanding. If a person does not care for coffee, that symbol will have a different meaning and interpretation than for a person who loves coffee and drinks it daily or someone who loves coffee but is allergic to it.
After free association for each image in the dream, you can link the images together and create a short story of interpretation and understanding. "I was wearing sensible shoes and running toward a man I know who is a successful artist" could be interpreted as, "I tend to think logically and sensibly but my Soul Self is asking me to move with urgency toward taking the art class I read about two weeks ago."
Eat the honey and know Thy Self!
In Light and Love,
a friend on the path
Sunday, April 8, 2012
The esoteric teaching of the cross is seeing the vertical axis as our connection to the Divine, the Unmanifest, Source, our infinite Holy selves while the horizontal axis is our movement through time within the physical confines of the body or form.
The crown of thorns is nothing more than our limited, fearful, judgemental thoughts. We each choose daily whether or not to wear the thorns or choose the freedom and truth of love and loving thoughts.
The nails are our rigid, cold, hardened positioning against ourselves and each other. They keep us bound to the limitations of thinking the world around us is what is real and that by our ego based judgements we will somehow be able to protect ourselves against death.
If we go deeper into the promise and hope demonstrated by the crucifixion and resurrection, we can realize we are in a position to choose fear or Love, judgement or Forgiveness, the crucifixion or the Resurrection. Let each of us make the grandest contribution we can make to the world and ourselves and to that Divine Light pulsing through us all. Teach only Love means represent Right Action by demonstrating kindness, compassion and non-judgement in every moment. Free will means we are at choice. What will you choose?
Be still and know that I Am God
Be still and know that I Am
Be still and know
Sending out Blessings of Light and Rememberance on this Easter day of Resurrection.
Your friend on the path
Photo by Lisa Winston
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Now is the time for you to awaken, set aside the veil of forgetting
And put off the cloak of limitation.
Now is the time to stand up
In Love and Power,
And let your Light shine.
From "Beyond Limitations, The Power of Conscious Co-Creation" by Stuart Wilson & Joanna Prentis
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Black Madonna: The one who calls us to see beyond the mundane, to see the eternal is all around us and also the Divine spark within each of us. She calls us to see beyond the expected, to grasp the greater picture, beyond which is perceived by the ego alone. To see with eyes of the Immaculate Heart, to see with eyes of the divine child--wholly innocent. The Black Madonna, La Virgin Negra, Black Virgin Mother. She is mother mild and tender, mother most alert and tending, mother most fierce and protective, and mother who heals the worst of the wounded. We are incubated by her Infinite embrace.
~from "Untie the Strong Woman" by Clarissa Pincola Estes, PhD
Lord, the air smells good today,