Thursday, October 15, 2015

How to Recognize Spiritual Signs


     "Why is it so important to pay attention to signs? Because signs give us the feeling of being supported, encouraged, nurtured, cherished and loved. And those feelings awaken greater health."
~ Heidi DuPree,  Awaken Your Greater Health: How Energy Medicine Opens the Way to Healing

     "The universe is always speaking to us...Sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, and to believe in something else, something more."  ~ Nancy Thayer, Belonging

     I haven't ridden a horse since my honeymoon 35 years ago. The horses at Shenandoah National Park where we honeymooned were super calm and plodded slowly and steadily along the trail.  It was a wonderful, relaxing experience that I wanted to re-create on our vacation to southwest Virginia in the year of the horse 2014.  Unfortunately, the experiences could not have been more different!


     For one thing, the horses for our re-creation were spirited. Don't let the smile on my face in the picture below fool you. Within minutes of getting on my horse, I was terrified! My horse wanted to trot past the others and get first in line while I hung on for dear life. For another, our trail guide took us down steep ravines. It took every ounce of my strength to push back in the saddle to keep from tumbling forward and off the horse going down hill. I didn't want to spook my horse, but when my arms turned to jelly and started shaking I couldn't help but hyperventilate in panic.

 
     What got me through this experience was silently praying and invoking help, and then seeing the signs that my prayers were being answered. As the line of horses made their way through a patch of woods, I noticed a huge white feather on the ground. Feathers are a spiritual symbol of angels and it is thought that when you see a feather, angels are near.  My husband knows this as well, and as he passed by the feather behind me, knowing how distressed I was he called out, "Did you see that feather?!"  Yes I had, and was grateful for the reassurance.


     When our horse riding experience had concluded, with much relief I dismounted. Our trail guide texted me the picture she had snapped of us on our horses. As I flipped my phone open to see the picture, the time was 3:33. I gasped, knowing this is another amazing sign. The numbers 333 indicate the presence of ascended masters. No matter how frightened I had been, I knew that I had been watched over and protected throughout the horse riding experience. 


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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Your Answers Are Within You

     "Remember, all the answers you need are inside of you; you only have to become quiet enough to hear them. "  ~ Debbie Ford, The Dark Side of the Light Chasers

     A few years ago  I had a special event coming up with nothing to wear.  I  shopped for weeks, visiting two different malls, and many department stores....but found nothing suitable. The outfit had to be conservative but still flattering, appropriate for warmer weather and fit right! Nothing seemed to fit these parameters.

     In desperation I bought some fabric and a pattern and decided to make something myself. I have sewn beautiful outfits many times before, but this time it was a disaster! There was a piece missing in the pattern that I had to create a substitute for, and the directions were confusing. After sewing all day the completed outfit didn't fit or lay right.  I had no choice but to go back to the mall and search yet again.

     As I was getting dressed for the mall, I spotted an outfit in my closet that I hadn't worn in 10 years.  OMG -- it was exactly what I'd been searching for! I tried it on and it fit perfectly and met all my parameters.

     I'd been searching for other answers in my life during that time, and the experience with the outfit reminded me that my answers are within. I can ask for the opinion of experts, but ultimately I have to make my own decisions based on my intuition and what feels right to me. 

     Is there an area of your life where you are searching for answers? Have you been allowing the opinions of others to sway you from what you know deep inside? Listen to your heart. Breathe. Sink into the stillness that lies beyond the mental chatter.  Cut through the drama to your inner wisdom. Your answer will come. Maybe from inside your own closet!


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cracking Open Your Heart

    "There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."  ~ Leonard Cohen, Book of Longing


    As I was walking through the woods one day, the exposed trunks of trees that had been cut down caught my eye. They had a distinctive pattern of cracking from the inside that has some strong symbolism.

     Twenty-five years ago, my life cracked open from the inside through an awakening process. Everything that I thought I was, everything that I believed about myself was false.  My identity had been built on the illusion that I was a victim unworthy of love and acceptance. That cracking apart led to an amazing journey on the outside, where my career evolved from clinical nurse to energy healing practitioner -- which led to becoming an award-winning author and more recently a teacher of Energypathy Healing®.

     A few years ago, it happened again. Once more, it felt like my life was cracking apart from the inside. The illusion that was cracking apart that time was the belief that I am a shy, reclusive person, incapable of a public life, a belief incompatible with sharing the message of my books on a wider scale. It was a painful, emotional process.  But sharing about the insights I am gaining on my internal journey to greater health helps me stay in my higher self.

     How about you? Are you experiencing a cracking open from the inside in your life? This can be in the form of a health crisis, relationship crisis, career crisis, losses, heartbreak, etc.  Although it may seem like the cracking apart is happening on the outside, the real journey is internal.  What is really cracking open is your own heart. 

    We can easily lose perspective when we are in the middle of it, but don't fight the process. Allow the losses and crisis in your life to crack all the way through from inside to outside, and your inner light will be revealed. Breathe through the pain, for this is the labor to birth a new self.

     
   
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Stone Child: Poem for Ascension

  "The original abandonment, the original abuse, the original horror has some reason and meaning in it. It is not senseless. Its meaning most often is the development of tremendous strength, tremendous intuition. And I will tell you frankly that most of the people who are the greatest healers living on the face of this earth are unmothered children. One of the great gifts of the unmothered child...is intuition."  ~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Warming the Stone Child

     This is a poem I wrote in 2012, during a ceremony to integrate my inner process during a year that life as I knew it ended. At that time I had no idea that the stone child is an archetypal symbol of the unmothered child. In a way, we are all unmothered children due to our disconnect from the divine feminine, which has been exiled for millennia. In this time of the return of the exiled feminine, many of us are going through an awakening process.  Part of this process is letting go of the garbage that we carry that no longer serves us. Sometimes the stuff we carry inside is so old, it's as if it has turned to stone. This poem is about releasing this old stuff.

The Stone Child  

     The heaving sobs that wrack my body, labor for the child of stone;



     the child within made of bitter gall and hardened resentments of the past.



     I give birth to her now, my own little child of pain, my stone child,



     my beautiful stone child.



     The labor past, I hold her up, my child of stone, formed within me,



     layer upon hardened layer.



     Her surface smooth as silk, ground against my inner roughness,



     the pressure of fear grinding against the fire of purpose,



     the inner alchemy that produced my stone child,



     my beautiful stone child.



     And now I lay her to rest upon the softness of the Earth,



     putting to bed the whispers of old losses and pain.



     Weary from the labor, I gather myself up and leave behind my stone child,



     my beautiful stone child.

 
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Why Surrender Doesn't Mean Giving Up

    "If turtle is your power animal: You move at your own pace, typically slower than others, taking your time to make decisions and being very deliberate about it." ~ Steven D Farmer, PhD,  Animal Spirit Guides

    I saw this box turtle on my bike ride today. He didn't move at all as I approached and then passed him. It reminded me of how I have felt like a turtle lately -- stationary and stuck on this path of life.  My small self voice has been nagging me with "you should be doing this." Or "you should be doing that." But my higher self voice reminds me that uninspired action takes me no where.  I choose to listen to my higher self...and surrender.

     Surrender is not the same as giving up. The turtle does not give up. The turtle knows it will get to where it needs to go in the exact right time.  There is no need to give in to a false sense of urgency. Its good to pause, reflect, and integrate. Life is so much easier when we let the energy of the universe carry us forward rather than trying to force an uninspired path on our own. And once we surrender and let go, the universe can indeed carry us forward in ways we couldn't have imagined.

   

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Monday, August 17, 2015

September 2015 Eclipses: The higher self eclipes the lower self

    "Eclipses are therefore about inner vision, about the process of some-thing being concealed up there in the sky in order that something can be revealed within ourselves. They are very powerful times for contemplation and for inner work." ~ Melanie Reinhart, The Nature of the Self

      The 13th of September 2015 will bring a solar eclipse in the new moon in Virgo, and September 27th will bring a full lunar eclipse in the full moon in Aries.  The energy of Aries is self-focused while the energy of Virgo is service-oriented.  All new moons bring new beginnings, new chapters, doors opening and fresh opportunities.  But this new moon will be much, much stronger with the concurrent solar eclipse. All full moons bring endings and completions.  But again, this full moon will be much, much stronger because of the lunar eclipse.  And these eclipses in Virgo and Aries will bring an end to some self-focused habits in favor of being of service to others.

     Now its very important to make some distinctions here about what it means to be of service.  Most of the clients in my energy healing practice are empathic.  If you are reading this, you may be empathic as well. Individuals who are empathic (empaths) are naturally giving and have the ability to feel the emotional pain of others. Because of their caring and giving nature, empaths tend to put the needs of others before their own and give themselves away.  This is not service. 

     Being of service does not mean sacrificing yourself.  Giving away your time, talent and energy to others because you feel obligated, coerced, manipulated or guilty depletes your energy and only serves the lower self of others and feeds the ego. It doesn't serve anyone for your energy to become depleted.  Being of service means spontaneous giving that is inspired from the heart.  True service is mutually beneficial and uplifts both the giver and the receiver. True service serves your higher self and the higher self of others.

      So what are the self-focused habits that are ending in September? Although it may seem that self-sacrificing behavior is selfless, its actually self-serving because it feeds our lower-self need to be seen as a martyr, our need to avoid feeling guilty, our need to avoid feeling unworthy, our need to avoid hurting the feelings of others, or our need to avoid being criticized.

      Here is a passage I wrote in the award-winning Awaken Your Greater Health, "When you are centered in your heart, you are automatically in the two-way sustainable energy flow of giving and receiving healing energy. This can only happen after the death of lower-self ways, when we let go of the self-serving stance of taking responsibility for others. When we step out of the way and become selfless, our inner channel is opened and cleared for spiritual energy to work through us. This service orientation is the natural state of the higher self."

     The personal changes that will happen during this eclipse season are not an end to self development in favor of more giving away of self.  It will be just the opposite. What will be "eclipsed" are the self-serving habits of putting others before self, taking on the pain of other, or taking responsibility for others in favor of heart-centered service to the world. This represents an incredible opportunity to make the shift from lower self to higher self that awakens greater health.  And the best part is you don't have to do anything but embrace the changes that are coming. You don't have to initiate anything at this time. Just let go and receive. The energies of September support your awakening, and you may begin to feel this effect in August, as well as through October.


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