Imagining

I rejoin with you today on a New Moon, an auspicious cycle for planting seeds and taking steps to create greater fertility in our lives and in the world.   But in the midst of countless tragedies (from environmental disasters to mass shootings) and a precarious and volatile presidency in the U.S., many of us feel heavy in our hearts and tired in our bodies and minds.

Given the pervasive impact of recent events and the collective consciousness itself, I wanted to acknowledge the vastness of what we are all processing and help to reignite our capacity to create through imagining beyond the evident.   Albert Einstein spoke often of the power of imagination:  “Imagination is more important than knowledge.  Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.”

How true that is!  But our minds are so conditioned to imagine negative possibilities that it has become difficult to imagine hopeful ones.   Worry comes from imagining what we fear and most forms of media we are exposed to on a daily basis, infect and promote the fear-based mind.  This is why it is so critical to practice meditation and regularly supply the mind with materials that reflect higher truths and our higher selves.

So on this New Moon (or any day you come upon this blog) despite your own fatigue or difficulties, consider the power you have been given to create through your imagination, and determine to lead your mind rather than be led by it.  Here are some tips that can help.

Replace worry with wonder:  “I wonder what I’ll be inspired to create today.   I wonder how much love I can share and receive today.    I wonder how I’ll be supported today.   I wonder how many ways money can arrive in my bank account.   I wonder how the world will support my children today.   I wonder how I will be healed.   I wonder how we can all heal and come together in peace.   I wonder what I can contribute.   I wonder what I really want.   I wonder how many ways I can have fun today.   I wonder how brilliant and capable I really am.   I wonder how this can change.”

Be curious instead of afraid or judgmental.  Curiosity inspires wonder, innocence, and trust.  We can all relate to getting angry when we’re driving because someone has been careless or traffic is jammed.  What if we got curious first?  “I wonder what’s causing the hold-up?  I wonder what that person is going through to cause them to drive in that manner?  I wonder how I can handle this frustration in a better way?”  In any hurtful or painful experience, try being curious first.

Pray ahead the day.  Check in with yourself to be aware of how your body, mind, heart, emotions, and spirit are doing.  Based on that check-in and knowing your general plans for the day, imagine how you want to be – how you want to act – how you want to feel.  See yourself in that way until you feel the accompanying emotion, and pray for the help to realize and sustain it.

Re-training our minds to use our imagination for the highest good is like exercising our bodies.  It takes commitment and practice and the more we do it, the stronger we get and the easier it becomes.  We don’t have to succumb to the effects of the collective streams of consciousness that are fear based and fake news (sorry!).  We are all creative beings who can command the ability to imagine our passions, lives, relationships, and world.  We are all creators through the thoughts, actions, and choices we make each day.  And we can all learn to be conscious and direct our imagination to create our dreams of a flourishing, loving, healthy humanity and earth.  And by the way…. it feels wonderful!

P.S.  For anyone wondering what a spiritual counseling session/intuitive reading with me is like, this podcast is an excellent, entertaining description and introduction to two fabulous women writers I had the privilege of working with recently – Liz Craft and Sarah Fain.  Enjoy!

http://happierinhollywood.com/episode17/

 

 

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Opening to Nurturing Love

The summer solstice June 20/21 and super New Moon in Cancer on Friday, June 23 opens the cosmic door of our hearts to replace the wounds of the past with nurturing and love, and return to our tribal connectedness through the embrace and expression of the feminine.

This is a fantastic time to set intention about nurturing yourself, while observing the emotional processing that arises.  As old memories connected to family, the feminine, and hurtful experiences surface, observe the stories as if you are watching the movie of your personal journey, noting what no longer serves you.

Journaling can be helpful in sorting things out and having a place to express your emotions.  Time in nature will connect you to the healing and instinctual elements of the feminine that we have disregarded to our detriment.  Prayer will link you to the spiritual awareness and insights that support your transcendence.

Along with the prompting for deep inner reflection, there is an invitation to experience a stronger connection to the divine, so the practice of spiritual ceremony and ritual can be especially beneficial.  The stimulation of higher mind and new direction is there for the asking, so be sure to query the Universe.

All religions and indigenous cultures have stories of the power of going to the Earth and seeking God, and there is truth in that.   Sit with Mother Earth (the embodiment of the sacred feminine and your true mother in the physical dimension) and reflect upon her nature.  Ask how you can nurture and be nurtured, and openly express yourself to Spirit.

Neptune’s influence in retrograde during this super New Moon can affect tides and tectonic plates, as well, so entering stillness through meditation and connecting to Mother Earth can bring the alignment and perceptions to keep us safe and in harmony with our environments.

We also have a Saturn/Chiron transit going on all year that is bringing up difficult physical challenges for many.  It’s not just the healing of the physical condition that’s involved, it’s the transformation of associated patterns of core subconscious beliefs, and we are forcefully being pushed to clear self-imposed limitations and illusions.  As our deepest wounds and fears are revealed, so is the potential to feel victimized or helpless.

For me, it’s come in the form of life-altering spinal degeneration, pain, dealing with a dysfunctional health care system that has tested every nerve, and then recently taking a fall in a gopher hole and fracturing an ankle.

Facing the aging process, financial issues, and these physical conditions has brought up old patterns of aloneness, abandonment, the perception of failure, and a stark review and inquiry of this particular incarnation, among other things.  It’s also revealed my unfailing commitment to serving others, my devotion to Spirit and humanity, and the infinite resource of my soul.  Wisdom comes from all experiences, and resiliency grows in facing them.

We are all being stretched and tested, but what is different now, is making the emotional connection that opens our hearts to be more compassionate with ourselves and others, and more freely feel and express love.  In any problem I’ve faced, it is the expression of love and care; the helping hand that’s been offered; the person that’s shown up for the smallest and largest task; and my connection to Spirit that has seen me through.

Every open heart can be a vessel for a miracle, and I hope you will have the courage to open yours even wider now.  Forgive yourself, forgive others, forgive the whole world.  The Course in Miracles states:  “Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love” and “All expressions of love are maximal”.    As we heal and grow together, may this New Moon inspire you to be the love that heals, inspires, and illuminates – and may it bless your life abundantly!

 

 

 

 

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Finding our Way

My last blog was about the Women’s March, an event I was passionate about participating in, and this is the unexpected story that transpired.  I had canceled a day of work to attend, and rose at 5:00 a.m. to be on the road by 7:00 a.m. in hopes of getting to downtown Los Angeles early enough to score a parking space and a good position.

My body was objecting in aches and pains, but I slapped on the pain patches and was happily driving along the wide open freeway under clear blue skies, when I heard the unmistakable sound of a flat tire.  In disbelief, I looked at the cars around me hoping it was someone else, but within seconds it was all too clear I was driving on a rim.

My heart started sinking as I pulled over to call AAA and find the nearest tire store.  While waiting, I began what became an endless recalculation of time assessment that day.  Initially, I stayed present in the conviction and faith that I would still make it.  I had a lovely conversation with the tow truck driver during the forty-five minute ride, and called ahead to ensure prompt service at the tire store.  By the time the car was deposited on site, I surrendered as I stood at the back of a long line of customers, and the recalculation resumed.

Tears were now welling as I sat down with my paperwork to wait for another forty- five minutes.  “If they are done by 9:15, I’ll go anyway” I thought, though the march officially started at 10:00 a.m.  When I heard my name called, I leapt out of my chair to the service desk, only to be told there was a problem.  “Houston, we have a problem”, I heard in the back of my mind.  The one replacement tire they had in stock had a manufacturer’s defect and didn’t fit.  We renegotiated a temporary tire and I sat down to wait and recalculate.

By the time the car was ready, the march had started and I still had an hour’s drive ahead of me.  Not able to reconcile giving up, I decided to go anyway and drove speedily toward the city.  Eventually, I joined the sea of 500,000 or more people in stop-and go-traffic until it became quite clear there was nowhere to park and the mission had to be aborted.  Now I understood why no one had agreed to car pool with me.

When I finally arrived home after the nearly five hour escapade, I couldn’t bear to turn on the news and see what I had missed.  My back was killing me and I looked for the most depressing movie I could find, hoping it would make me feel better.  I ended up passing out in a deep sleep until evening.

In the aftermath, upon reflection and meditation, here’s what stood out.  The tire that blew was brand new.  I’ve been dealing with the physical pain of a spinal condition and an exhaustive effort to heal it, for years – and my mind was overriding what my body could handle.  Despite my clearest conviction and strongest determination, I was not meant to be at that march.

Also, I WAS at that march.  My heart was in it, my spirit was in it, and my body was there even if on the peripheral.  What I gleaned as I examined my inner thrust for action in change, is a spiritual and mature understanding that at this time in my life, I do not have to be on the front lines physically.  There are countless ways to participate, and sometimes our foundations have to be stabilized before we leap.  Sometimes we have to grow our roots deeper and broader to sustain the growth and expansion of the changes at hand.

As the outer world inspires us to take action, our inner world shows the way.  For many, including myself, 2016 was largely spent in the painful process of releasing many aspects of ourselves and our lives that have imprisoned us.  Rather than impatiently lunge ahead (especially when driven by discomfort), our individual path becomes clearer when we assess our resources, fulfill our current commitments, and stay open to divine guidance as we re-determine our values and priorities.

The signs and signals are always there for us, and we learn from the choices we make.  The beauty of this universe is that it is always responsive (we are co-creators), and just as a GPS system instantly offers an alternative route when we veer from its guidance, we are given every course correction we need to find our way.  When we remove any judgment, it becomes a sacred and joyous journey of discovery and growth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Women’s March January 21, 2017

Though our nation has elected a president that speaks to a demand for economic change,  we cannot sacrifice respect for one another and human rights in the process, nor do we have to.  Women are uniting in cities throughout the United States on January 21, to march for “human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity”.  I can think of no greater power than that of women united in our heart’s truth that we must care for one another, we must nurture life to sustain it, and there can be no tolerance of domination or dictates that designate any human to be of less value than another.

Since the first Women’s Rights Convention in our country at Seneca Falls, New York in 1898, women have had to fight for equal rights and in 2017 we are still fighting.  Our united voice cannot remain dormant at this critical time of political challenge.  Once again, we must stand in solidarity and make our presence known. We must show that we have the courage and conviction to be a voice for ourselves, humanity, and the planet we share.

We don’t have to have all the answers to achieving unity and well-being, but we do have to come together and demand that we find them.  We do have to stand for love, for peace, for the awareness that we cannot endure the levels of violence and destruction that are so frequent in our daily lives as to numb our minds and hearts.

Women have long been confined by inequality, and in the U.S. we have succumbed to an over-investment in our physical appearance as a necessary and primary value of our worth.  This is an historic opportunity to emerge beyond those facades and demonstrate our inherent power to live and create in unity and respect for all life.  This is a chance to be a global voice of strength as women unite for One and for All.    Whether man or woman, you are invited to march.

In Los Angeles we will be meeting at Pershing Square downtown, marching from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (arrive by 9:00 a.m.), with events in the park taking place until 3:00 p.m.  For detailed information, go to https://womensmarchla.org,  or visit their facebook page www.facebook.com/events/1211228062281167.  For other cities, simply google “women’s march January 21, 2017” to find information on the march in the city nearest you.

As our nation awakens let us march in peace and pray in faith.  Let us be more compassionate as we demonstrate that our power together in love, is greater than any threat to divide.

 

 

 

 

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Teach Oneness

What is Oneness?  It is the awareness that we all come from the same Source, however we perceive or name that which created Us.  Born of the same source, we are all equal in value.

Oneness is the reflection that we are inherently connected, therefore, what is done to another is ultimately done to oneself.  What goes around, comes around, hence the Golden Rule:  do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

Our individual expression bestowed through incarnation, is relative to our soul’s journey and evolution.  We are all here at different levels of our spiritual (inner) growth.

Our entrapment comes through the emphasis that our differences make us separate from one another.  That’s the illusion; the divide.  It is a toxic conditioning of our minds that keeps us at odds, implies lack, and incites divisive reactivity.

In the midst of the U.S. political awakening, many more are alert now.  Those who have not felt heard are being heard.  But any change that takes place through an attack on another, cannot be lasting or effective change;  cannot heal the wounds, or mend the tears.

As daunting as the challenge appears, this is not the time to give up.  It’s the time to stand up in the truth of who we really are as spiritual beings having a temporary physical experience.  We are that which we were born of:  infinite potential, connected to infinite resource, given an infinite capacity to love.

The beauty of our individuality is that we can utilize our minds and hearts to create the visions we hold, and share the talents we are given and choose to cultivate.  Given the unalterable truth of the polarity and duality of the physical plane, it seems humanity’s relentless challenge is to create in support of all life.

The more we can embody and teach of our Oneness, the better chance we have to realize the power our unity holds.  No matter who you are, what you do, or your place in life, you make a difference – every single day.  When your inner promptings urge you to speak, share, smile, write, help, or participate… listen.  When you are uncertain, ask within; ask of Source/Spirit/God.  When you simply can’t, rest and replenish until you can.

We are not powerless in this awakening, we are power-full.  And we can use our power in the highest expressions of love and worth to pierce the illusions of our past, stepping forth as leaders of higher possibilities born out of respect for all life.

Get creative, show up, follow through, and join together…. in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Truth Remains the Same

Despite the controversial results of the U.S. presidential election, the truth remains the same:

Our power within is greater than any person, condition, or circumstance.

All lives matter.

Respect for Mother Earth and awareness of how we treat Her is critical to our existence.

Unity promotes our potential and progress as a nation.

Complacency is over, as we are challenged to define our beliefs and decide what to do about them.  Environmentalists are digging their heels in, human rights defenders are digging their heels in, constitutional attorneys are digging their heels in, and protestors are digging their heels in.  Those of us long trained in spiritual practices of meditation, forgiveness, prayer, ceremony, and inter-connectedness are equally needed in leadership now.

When outer change rocks our world,  it’s always a call to go within; to absorb, reflect, and listen.  Each of us has a unique calling, a sonar of the soul that helps to guide and clarify our direction and decisions.  This is a time to search for your own truth, and follow through in a stance of love and respect, even if your truth is to protest.  Truth in anger only ignites reaction.  Truth in love resonates universally.

If you are dealing with shock and grief, take extremely good care of yourself.  Recognize the stage you are in and nurture yourself through it.  Turn off media and rest in quiet, listen to soothing music, spend time in nature, share with those who are empathetic and stay away from the triggers until you can handle them.

Let the structure of your life and responsibilities be guideposts for moving forward, and keep going.  Your inner and outer investments will merge, in time, and yield a more cohesive plan.

There is greater purpose is all that is unfolding, and it is always about our growth.  The truth remains the same, though the path to getting there has changed.  In the presence of the unknown, rather than yield to the spawning of heightened fear, look to your soul and listen to your heart.  Call on the Wise Woman or Wise Man within and ask.  Call on Spirit/God/Universe, and ask.  What would you have me do?  Where would you have me go?  What would you have me say, and to whom?

Authenticity comes from living one’s values.  When your values become clear, embody them, express them, and create your life around them.  If we do this in respect for all life, we can demonstrate higher possibilities, inspire higher ideas and solutions, and create the higher vision we hold for the world from the recognition of the truth that remains the same:  We are One.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you, Michelle Obama

Oh yeah, I’m going there….  because as a woman in my sixties, I am distressed by the insidious abuse and seemingly endless patterns of lack of self worth and inequality that women are still controlled by – and the damaging effect it has upon our world.  I’m grateful for the political uproar at hand, because it is shining a light on this critically important topic.

As a spiritual counselor, I have sat with thousands of women from all parts of the world, and as recently as yesterday I witnessed tears flowing from a woman my age who is still battling with self loathing directed toward her physical appearance because our society has conditioned her to believe she isn’t beautiful enough.

This woman was composed, very attractive, intelligent, accomplished, and has a heart of gold.  I would consider myself lucky to have her in my circle of friends.  I am no exception either, in terms of self attack.  Our collective conditioning is so pervasive, that without challenge, we remain comfortably (or uncomfortably) numb to the status quo of sexual objectification and dictates.  Collectively as women, we still languish and succumb more than we tend to speak out or stand up.

That’s why I say “Thank you!” to Michelle Obama today.  Because I woke to hear her speech and took the time to watch the CNN film We Will Rise about her work with educating girls.  Both moved me to tears and reawakened my own sometimes dull and tired heart.

This path of transformation is no easy road and there is a blatant force in our faces via the political arena in the U.S. that is engaging destructive reactivity.  Its deeper purpose is to beckon our spirits forth to claim the value and worth of all peoples, without exception, but it requires us to display the courage to take a stand and speak out for that which connects us and renounce that which destroys us.

Here are the links to the speech and film.  I am certain they will inspire and support your remembrance of your own magnificence and the potential we have at hand to unite in strength, respect, and love.

Postscript – The acceleration of change we are undergoing is undeniable, and as we participate in the death of ancient patriarchal archetypes such as the election season reflects, compassion is needed.  Rebirth is imminent, but patience and tolerance will ease our way.  How we express ourselves each and every day is impactful and, though it’s not easy in times of stress, we have the opportunity to cultivate inner strength and demonstrate our higher potential.  The unity that grows from our efforts will be a catalyst for the rebirth.

 

http://www.cnn.com/shows/cnn-films-we-will-rise

 

 

 

 

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