Thursday, December 10, 2009

Moving beyond Ego...

When we think of ego in ourselves or other people we often focus on how we view ourselves as superior or better than other people. I think that few people realize that we we judge ourselves to be less-than, or inferior to anyone else that is also our ego at work. In fact virtually ALL of our judgements about ourselves or anyone else come directly from the ego.

In order to transcend the ego, we need to realize and recognize all of the insidious ways our egos show up in our lives. When you begin to do this you will realize the magnificence of your Light, and have a much easier time seeing that light in others, without the fear and judgement that many of us experience in new situations when we are stepping out of our comfort zones.

How has your ego stopped you from showing up in your life in the ways you want to show up? Where have you judged yourself to be inferior or unworthy? You are a beautiful manifestation of God -- learn to embrace yourself with compassion and acceptance so you can inspire others to do the same.

More on the Shadow...

Even though my last blog entry was posted over a month ago, I wanted to add a quick addition, because the theme of confronting and embracing our "shadow selves" was poignant for me yesterday as I watched the movie "The Shadow Effect". There is so much power in having the courage to embrace all of the parts of our experience and personality, especially those parts we judge to be bad or unacceptable. As we each embrace and confront our shadow selves we allow our light to shine through and make the world a better place. Compassion and forgiveness are gifts we give ourselves and the rest of the world...

Sending Love to All of You...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Peeling Back the Layers...

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.” ~August Wilson

I have been consciously working on examining my own areas of darkness and embracing them so they can be transmuted and transformed, but it has not been an easy road. When I am peeling back the layers of pain or darkness, I realize that as I consciously clear, I discover new layers underneath that still need healing. This can be frustrating for me, but as tough as it is the rewards and benefits of this type of self-examination and conscious healing has brought me so many benefits, and has enhanced and deepened my own spiritual path and practices. In finding compassion for myself, I find it so much easier to look at others through the lens of compassion and love, and I find it much easier to be present more of the time as I reach deeper and deeper within myself -- clearing all that no longer serves me.

It takes a lot of courage to be able to look at our dark spaces and embrace them, so they can be transformed. Often, it is more challenging to take full responsibility for our lives, our thoughts, and ultimately what we create in our lives resulting from our thoughts and choices, than it is to remain passive or a "victim of our circumstances". But in remaining passive, and not fully owning our emotions and dark spaces, we give away all of our power, and surrender our Divine roles as conscious co-creators with God.

Even when it feels as if we are going backwards, or repeating old patterns, we have an amazing opportunity to become present with our feelings and patterns -- observing them in a new way so we can clear space for new understandings to come into our lives.

Ultimately, all the challenges we face, serve to make us stronger and provide the contrast that is necessary for our own soul growth, so that we all can fully realize the Truth of our own Divinity and experience ourselves as One with God and all of Creation.


Sunday, September 27, 2009

Getting in the Flow...

In the past week, I have found myself coming up against some resistance and feeling like I am pushing to make things happen instead of just allowing and being in the place I call "the flow"-- where things seem to happen easily and in the perfect timing of the Universe. Through this contrast of not being in the flow, I have been given the opportunity to contemplate the sacredness and beauty that I feel when I am in a state of allowing and acceptance, versus struggle and resistance.

When I allow myself to stay connected into the flow and the infinite wisdom of Source, everything in my life seems to happen effortlessly: The right people show up exactly when I need them, and circumstances seem to line up in the most perfect way.

Staying in this place of allowing is like a dance for me -- Sometimes I lose the rhythm or find myself off balance, but I am always amazed at the ease with which I can enter into the dance again, picking up right where I left off. The more I practice consciously participating in the dance of allowing, the more I realize I am being led by the magnificent song of Creation and I find even greater trust in the wisdom of the process.

I express my deepest gratitude for the contrast which allows me to understand the process of conscious creation, and revel in the connectedness I feel when I allow Life to flow through me with ease. Where are you coming up against resistance in your life? What can you do today to get into the sacred state of allowing and flow?

Blessings of Love and Peace,
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Monday, August 24, 2009

The Healing Power of Relationships

Our relationships seem to be the fertile training ground for many of our most important life lessons. Through our interactions with other people, we learn enormous amounts of information about who we are and how to walk in this world. These lessons sometimes come in pleasant and enjoyable forms, but many times also come through in our most painful experiences and interactions. Although it is hard to immediately see these lessons when we are in the midst of our own pain, there is much learning and wisdom to be gained through the painful and challenging interactions we have with important people in our lives.

Through our relationships with others we are given the opportunity to learn about forgiveness and compassion. We can learn to love more deeply and fully, and to peal back our layers of armor which can be barriers to intimacy and authentic connection. We can also learn about our true divinity when we realize how connected we are to the people in our lives. As we heal from the pain of a difficult argument, break-up, or loss, we are given a chance to learn about our own capacity to love ourselves and other people even more. And when we leave a relationship that no longer serves us, we are given the opportunity to rise up out of the ashes like the phoenix, to fully express our beautiful divinity and power so we can share our light more fully with everyone we meet.

Blessings of Love and Peace

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Playing Big and Letting Your Light Shine

To expand on yesterday's post I wanted to add this quote from a speech by Nelson Mandela. (This speech was actually written by Marianne Williamson, although it is often quoted as being written by Nelson Mandela)

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Every time I read it I feel deeply inspired :)

Love and Light to All

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Authenticity and Truth: Playing Big with No Apologies

“To be nobody but yourself--in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else-- means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.”
- EE Cummings

In the past week or so I have been reflecting on the importance of authenticity, and what that looks like for me in my life. I think back to all the times that I “played small” in my life in order to make other people comfortable. I cringe when I think of all the times I didn’t speak up for myself for fear of rejection or criticism. I feel my stomach start to knot up when I think back to all the times I tried to hide who I was because I believed that the truth of who I was would not be acceptable to others in my life, or would somehow limit the success I could obtain. I extend my deepest compassion towards anyone who has experienced similar feelings.

Luckily, I have transcended many of my own limiting beliefs and moved through those paralyzing self-doubts which were based in fear and illusion. I wrapped my arms around those parts of me that believed I had to hide my truth from the world in order to find acceptance, love, and success, and I have done a lot of work to heal and transform any ideas of unworthiness. In embracing my own truth, and in vowing to be authentic with everyone in my life, I have come to realize that being authentic is the only way to find real acceptance, love, and success.

Being authentic, in my view, is an essential component of spiritual and personal growth. It is also directly related to our sense of self-worth. Our beliefs about worthiness, in turn, directly affect what shows up in our lives. As soon as we believe we are worthy of success, love, and happiness, that is exactly what begins showing up in our lives. When we come to realize the truth about ourselves, and truly contemplate our own divine nature, we are no longer satisfied with playing small…

We realize that in order to be like the Source from which we came, we have no choice but to play big with no apologies. And that requires complete authenticity.

What could you do to express more authenticity as you walk your unique path?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Blissed Out with Breath of Fire

I have to share this with all of you because it has been so powerful for me.....

This past week I learned a technique for enhancing my connection with the divine realms, and honestly every time I practice I feel completely blissed out and have a tangible experience of "oneness" and complete connection with everyone and everything.

When my mentor and spiritual teacher first showed me the technique last Sunday, and explained how powerful it was, I must say I was a bit skeptical. The breathing technique she showed me is called breath of fire or Shakti breathing, and apparently it is an important component of Kundalini yoga practice. I, (the ego part of me at least), felt kind of silly the first few times I attempted this technique but I must say that the immediate effects blew my mind. Apparently, this breathing technique accelerates your spiritual growth and helps to dissolve karmic knots that we carry on our spines. The first time I tried breath of fire I could actually physically feel popping sensations along my spine and near my heart chakra -- I was amazed. I have tried many other forms of meditation and breathing, and have never experienced anything like what I experience with breath of fire.

Because of this, I have been practicing every day this week, and not only to I feel more connected to the universe and my own intuition, but I have also had amazing access to my dreams. I have been remembering three or more dreams a night, and been able to almost instantly integrate and incorporate their messages and meanings in my life.

There are tons of videos on youtube which give instructions on this technique, (look up breath of fire), and if you are interested I highly encourage that you try it. I would love to hear about your experiences as well if you decide to use this technique to enhance your current spiritual practice.

Blessings of Light and Love to all of you

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Two steps forward....

In any great endeavor we undertake it seems inevitable that there will be a few setbacks. How we deal with those setbacks, (which I prefer to look at as growth opportunities), determines to a large extent the level of success we will obtain in our lives. It can be jarring to experience one of these "opportunities", and it can cause us to question ourselves and our goals. This can be healthy in some ways, as long as we take the time to honestly reflect on our goals to determine if we are on the right path. This is not so much an intellectual process, as it is an emotional, or feeling, process.

Each supposed setback gives us a chance to renew our motivation, and get back into the flow of inspiration, which can create more energy and resolve, helping us to reach our goals, and hopefully enjoy the journey along the way. Many successful people have said that perseverance in the face of challenges and obstacles is their key to success. Sometimes this is painful for our egos, because it is hard to deal with rejection or perceived failure, but the more we practice the easier it gets. Try re-framing your thinking about your perceived obstacles, and look for their hidden gifts. This will help you consistently move in the direction of your dreams, and will help you tear down the walls of limitation, letting you transcend and move through any blocks you may face on your path.

We are all divinely supported by the universe, and we have great power when we flow with life, instead of resisting it.

Blessings of Light and Peace :)

Monday, May 25, 2009

A journey of a thousand miles....

I find great wisdom many different spiritual traditions, but the last week or so a quote from Lao-tzu, the purported writer of the Tao Te Ching, has been cycling through my thoughts, both in my meditations, and normal daily awareness. He says in the Tao:

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" ~Lao-tzu

This is so applicable to many of us who lose ourselves in the big picture or the hugeness of our future objectives, and then we find ourselves too overwhelmed to take the small action steps that ultimately lead us to our goals. In this overwhelmed emotional state, we also lose sight of the importance of the journey. If your goal is to write a book, it seems overwhelming to focus on the entire project, but if you take it a day at a time, and just get started, consistently taking the next logical step, you will have your first book written in no time. But you have to take that first step....

I challenge you today to take that first step. And please try to enjoy the journey along the way :)