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Sometimes the best laid plans, the ones I was certain would be fulfilled are not to be. Sometimes things crack wide open, so light can fill the spaces and make room for something much grander than I could ever have imagined.

Friends, how often have you found this to be accurate in your life? It seems an oft proven principle to remember when life takes a left turn, when we meant to turn right. It wasn’t what we intended, but in time we find that something even better is down the road. Or an encounter with an important other happens while we are being steered off course, someone whose influence shapes and changes our lives in the future.

The possibilities are endless, and looking back we all have our stories of how this has proven true in our lives. And so a sustained trust comes to mind for these left turns, that, and a pinch of curiosity for the wide open potential that lies before us. Together, these shall be our guiding light…

*image by needanewname @ Deviant Art

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Your principal responsibility in this life is to keep your own consciousness free of negativity.

When you indulge in fear and doubt you flood the arena where the Higher Power is attempting to work, thus blocking the beneficial energies seeking to enter.

~ I Ching; No. 5, Hsu

We all know this, right? It’s also been said a myriad of different ways. But this somehow gets to the heart of it. I also like how it’s without the over-used catch phrases of current new thought ideology, specifically “manifestation” and “alignment”.

It’s this simple – do I want to work in concert, in *partnership* with a Higher Power, or against it?

It is sometimes harder said than done, so we can also ask for the Higher Power’s help in keeping the mind free of fear and doubt. These days I’ve been praying to Archangel Michael. If I find myself feeling any fear, or I am about to enter a situation that brings up vulnerability, I begin by praying for Archangel Michael’s assistance.

We’re not alone and isolated here, I believe there are forces working on our behalf. Why not actively seek to engage those forces?

(Image taken along coastal Hwy. 101 in Oregon. If memory serves correct, the words on the image were spoken by Dr. Joe Dispenza at one of his workshops.)

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Infinitely wise intelligence has supplied all that I need today, and then some:

The birds chirped their good cheer.

The wind sang of the invisible made visible, as it caressed my skin.

The brook babbled on and on with its tales of an endless sea.

Sunbeams seared their Grace into the very heart of the world.

Spirit took its place in all its forms.

I took my place among them.

Love, infinite and eternal, made manifest in all.

(words and image by Bethie)

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Water Bloom - Soos Creek

Water Bloom – Soos Creek

I went to another Dr. Joe Dispenza workshop this past week up at the Kripalu Yoga Center in western Massachusetts. Clearly I can’t get enough of the guy, his heart, his work, and his message. He has helped me re-tap into the unlimited potential, the greatness, the fullest expression of who I came to be in ways that no one else has.

There is a daily practice and commitment that comes with this work, and part of it includes regular meditation. Meditation has become a surprising source of downloading layers of information from the field that has been valuable for me in my own personal re-awakening.

Before I got to the workshop I meditated in a hotel lobby in Poughkeepsie, on purpose. Meaning —  it’s life, if I need to be in a quiet setting, so I can get quiet and right with myself, well then, how will I ever take this out into the world?

I am even sitting in the hotel bistro meditating where it’s peak breakfast time. I notice while in meditation, that I can hear other people talking. It’s static at first, until I lend it some further attention. Now I can hear their words, their opinions. And as I lend a little more attention to their opinions, I put my whole self in. I’m “all ears”. I hear their opinions, now I begin to form an opinion about their opinions. I am no longer sovereign, I have re-entered the world of the personality, its identity, and what always comes with it — the sense of feeling separate.

But I am meditating, too, right?! Yes, so now I am hit with a flash of inspiration! It IS all really just static. Life is like that, until the very moment I decide to hone in and select something to invest my attention in. Without and until my investment of energy, it holds nothing for me.

You know what that means? Everything, yes my sentient, sovereign beings, everything follows along these simple guidelines. And we know this, right? Until it gets big and important, like say American politics, for instance. Pick your flavor of “big and important”. Personalities love opinions, we bond over them, and we fight over them! Guess how many of these opinions we’re taking with us when we die? Nada. It’s not who we are!!

I have always been moved upon by The Great Potential (we all have), and I’m just not going to live like this isn’t the truth anymore. If I am living a story of limitation (code for opinions, judgments, ideas about what others should be doing, who should be the president, how things should be done, etc.) then I am saying: “You know what God, you tapped me for Great Potential, but I’m gonna pass today. I’m gonna live within this other narrow, *separate* (my God, it’s always separate from LOVE!), and limited focus!”

Ain’t happening here, nope. Not without some conscious awareness on my part. The gig is up, and I am waking up! Putting this into daily practice is the work.

In closing, here’s two great quotes from Dr. Joe this weekend. The first that will stop most in their tracks:

“Just because you’ve been given a diagnosis, doesn’t mean you have to have any of the symptoms.” Ponder that out-of-the-box thought for awhile. One of the tenets of his work is — watch what you “accept, believe and surrender” to.

“Every day trust love over fear.”

For more information on Dr. Joe and his work go to Dr. Joe Dispenza. I get no commissions for this – only the joy of lighting the torches of others, because he sure has lit mine!!

Be well and at peace my unlimited ones … until the next time …

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First PNW Forest Bloom February 2016

First PNW Forest Bloom February 2016

 

Affirmation for the day:

I am a sovereign, sentient* being. No one, no thing can affect my energy without my permission.

Now to put the affirmation to practice. Welcome every opportunity where you give your power away, because it is an opportunity for practice!

Helpful tip: Dr. Joe Dispenza suggests invoking the moniker “change” when you first start down the road with some version of “I don’t like/want/need this.”

Saying “change” is a good idea, but I’d add the breath. Conscious breathing gives you that wee window to make that choice to reaffirm and honor your sovereignty.

Say “change”, like you mean it, even if it’s silent. Then inhale for four seconds, hold it at the top of your head for four seconds, now exhale for another four. The counting with the breath will aid in interrupting any stress chemicals before they get a running start in the body. Repeat as necessary.

Now welcome your opportunities, and the chance to practice a whole new way of being! Change does take practice and commitment.

As this sovereign, sentient being, keep this in mind:

“Understand now — you can no longer complain.” Dr. Joe Dispenza

Bold statement, eh?! Because mostly everybody’s doing it, right?!

What’s wrong with complaining? It’s an outer reality-centric stance. It means you have declared that external circumstances dictate how you think and feel. One can’t be a sovereign, sentient being, and a complainer.

Complaining also says I am a victim of external situations and people. “They” or “it” make me feel such and such.

Complaining also releases stress chemicals in the body, that lead to disorder, illness, and decline in the body.

Yes, it can be hard to change old habits that have a well worn groove. How to change them then? One awareness at a time. Notice where the tendency to complain shows up, and consciously choose to withdraw your attention from it. But this is not a grin and bear it exercise. Won’t change a darn thing that way.

If your choices are to complain or stifle it, then spend more time in meditation or whatever leaves you knowing and feeling the “rapture of being alive”.**

The external world gets way less enticing when what goes on inside is a love affair with your God. You’ll eventually want that more than anything.

*  sentient being can be defined as a consciously aware being
** quote attributed to Joseph Campbell

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I love what Wendell Berry writes of in this poem.  A Mother’s love
that is so willing to rest always in love.  No matter what little or big
things come up, that love remains.  In other words, those things
that can come up — she ‘pays it no mind’.

Believing in someone is always a force for the good.  It is to merge
Heaven on Earth, as Wendell Berry brilliantly reflects in this tribute
to his Mother.  Enjoy and Happy Mother’s Day!

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To My Mother

I was your rebellious son,
do you remember? Sometimes
I wonder if you do remember,
so complete has your forgiveness been.

So complete has your forgiveness been
I wonder sometimes if it did not
precede my wrong, and I erred,
safe found, within your love,

prepared ahead of me, the way home,
or my bed at night, so that almost
I should forgive you, who perhaps
foresaw the worst that I might do,

and forgave before I could act,
causing me to smile now, looking back,
to see how paltry was my worst,
compared to your forgiveness of it

already given. And this, then,
is the vision of that Heaven of which
we have heard, where those who love
each other have forgiven each other,

where, for that, the leaves are green,
the light a music in the air,
and all is unentangled,
and all is undismayed.

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I was so impressed by a Jeff Foster video today, that I sat down to transcribe parts of it for myself and for all of you. He is one of many gifted spiritual teachers who is helping others practice compassionate awareness with self. I am always up for sharing that wisdom with all of you, so that we can all benefit.

Guest: I’ve been on this journey for more than 20 years…and I still hurt.

 

Jeff Foster: So this word … still — this is a huge one. This is the voice of the mind. After all these years, after all the healing, after all the courses, after all the books, why am I STILL feeling this? That’s one of the big stories of the mind: after all I’ve done, after all my insight, and my clarity, and my healing … why am I STILL feeling this sadness? Why am I still feeling this burning?

 

This word ‘still’ is very interesting because it implies an expectation. ‘By now’, that’s another way of saying it, isn’t it? By now this should be gone, by now I shouldn’t be feeling this. By now is the big lie. By now, is the great dishonoring of your experience. By now, still, I should be over this by now.

 

It’s so violent to ourselves, so cruel, so unkind. So quickly we go into the old story – why are you still here? I thought you would be gone by now. I’m so disappointed. Can you feel the self-violence in that? They just come, all they are asking for is to be allowed here now.

 

We go so quickly into – why are you still here? Seems like such a small thing, but when it comes to the voice of the heart it’s such a huge thing. That’s not the voice of the heart. The heart doesn’t say – why are you still here? The heart says, “aw, you’re here.” There’s no ‘still’, there’s no ‘by now’. There’s only here, there’s only now.

 

This idea that I should be “free from”. That’s the mind’s version of freedom. These are all your children: rage, doubt, joy, sorrow. They are all your children, and they come to you not to punish, or show you how much you failed, but because you are their home.

 

Sadness does not want to be healed. It wants to be held … which is the healing ironically. The word heal and whole are from the same root. It wants to be part of the whole.

 

You are presence. You are home and all these children come to visit you. Sadness will come and visit you, and she’ll leave and come back. If your heart is open, that never has to stop. That’s how you break the cycle of violence.

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