As the world becomes increasingly polarized and the news stories are filled with hate, it is a wonderful reminder that we need to get back to practicing kindness.
We need to remember that we are all One Self. There is no “other.”
There is only one. There is an illusion of many, but just as all of the drops in the ocean are part of the same ocean, we are all the same Source energy, partially manifested in physical to give the appearance of many.
We are deeply connected to all that is. There is only an illusion of separation.
Offering love and kindness to others is an offer of love and kindness to ourselves.
I found this charming music video that reminds us of the benefits of practicing Universal Loving-Kindness.
When I am falling to sleep at night, I often “hear” these words over and over:
I Am Eternal
I Am Source
I have the Power to Create Worlds
I Love, Accept and Allow
I reject nothing
Everything exists in Me
My reservoir is without limit
All is Possible
All is Probable
It is up to You to Choose what you will
Of course I don’t hear it with my ears. But the words run through my mind over and over. My guidance is reminding me of the vast power available to us as we enter the formless dimension of sleep.
I have decided to read it aloud to myself a few times each morning so I set out with this knowledge each day. Beginning each day with the knowledge that I am eternal and powerful feels good. Knowing that I have access to Source and all-that-is is comforting. My confidence is boosted when I internalize this knowing.
“Get Out of Your Own Way.” The first time someone said this to me more than 30 years ago, I didn’t understand what he was saying. I was fully embedded in thinking myself into solutions, thinking myself out of problems. I could not see how I was standing in my own way.
I thought all of the thinking hard to figure things out, the working hard, the struggling to get what I wanted were not only how I obtained goals, but how I proved that I was worthy of obtaining them. If I needed to prove I was worthy, then clearly I did not believe I was worthy. I was trying to make things happen because I subconsciously believed I had to push to overcome my unworthiness.
In addition, all of the hard work and struggle were based on a deep seated belief in limitation. If you have to struggle so hard, it’s because things don’t come easily, right?
The Flow of Light Chakra is the second of four chakras in the Heart Region of body; it is located in the right breast. This chakra allows us to realize our permanence in the universe. We are and will always be a constant flow of light, love, and life force radiating out energizing the universe. Part of our spiritual journey is to know and be (go into action) as this constant flow of energy radiating out to support the universe. The spiritual symbol for this chakra is a crystal sphere and its color vibration is emerald green.
“Jacqueline” is a real estate broker, has three grown children and is currently married to her second husband. She describes most of her life as being difficult. She grew up relatively poor after her mom divorced her dad when she was six years old. Her mom moved Jacqueline and her siblings from Cleveland to a small town about 150 miles away so the family could have a “fresh start.”
The Bliss Chakra, primarily known by its Sanskrit name, Anahata, is the first chakra located in the Heart Region of the body. This chakra, when open and balanced, allows us to connect and communicate with each other, the universe and our guides on a very deep level of consciousness in an expression of love, joy and compassion.
This chakra is located on the spine opposite the middle of the chest and near the heart. It has two color vibrations, green and pink. The green vibration is primarily thought of as a healing color although I believe it also represents prosperity, abundance and vitality. The pink vibration is thought of primarily to mean various stages and expressions of love, such as passionate love, childlike love, endearing love, familial love, romantic love, sexual love, and mature love.
Both of these color vibrations are perfect in understanding how we attract exactly what we want into our lives. The key to living an abundantly fulfilling life is our willingness to be open to the expression and vibration of love by being vulnerable enough to give and receive it graciously. Wouldn’t we all live in a state of bliss if we were willing to surround ourselves with love all of the time?
I remember reading this or something like it years ago and not quite understanding the full meaning of the quote. I kind of got that it meant not to take life so seriously, but a 20 year old always takes her/himself seriously. Twenty year olds are at a juncture in their journey where everything is done in serious earnest. Now that I am older I take every opportunity to laugh at myself: my need to be right; the need to be perfect; any perceived indignation; and my judgment of others.
However what else do I need to learn? My friend Eve and I were having lunch musing over what the Goddess from all the ancient cultures would have to say about some of the things we worry ourselves with during the course of a day and what is really important about life. Here’s a part of our dream conversation with the Ancients.
Shirlyn: “Will I ever find the love of my life?” Goddesses: “A more fitting question is will your love ever be able to catch up with you! Go live a full life and love will always find you!”
The Heart Chakra Region of the body allows us to channel, draw in and anchor love into our physical environment and experiences. In the Solar Plexus Region article I stated we are here to fully express our talents, gifts and our own uniqueness. Well, how do we move forward in developing these gifts and talents? How do we become comfortable with ourselves to be unique, creative and have our own viewpoints?
We do this first by having an awareness that we are the energy of love having been created by Spirit out of love, with love and for the full expression of love. Secondly, we have to develop a realization that we are all a different expression of the One and therefore deeply and intricately connected to each other. Thirdly, we must love and accept ourselves fully, completely and unconditionally.
The two strongest and opposing energies in the universe are fear and love. Fear holds us back, restricts our progress, makes us doubt ourselves, and disconnects us from our divine connection and purpose in life. Fear makes us scared to live, face our challenges and be open and vulnerable enough to love.
I lived on the Hawaiian island of Kauai for some years. There I learned some of the Hawaiian customs. One of them is called “Ho’oponopono” — a practice of reconciliation and forgiveness. It was used by shamans or “Kahunas” to heal sick people. In order for healing to take place, all transgressions in the family had to be discussed and forgiven. It was believed that ones errors were the cause of illness. This is true in many Polynesian cultures.
They believed that the “sins of the fathers” fall upon the children. If the child is sick, the parents are suspected of quarreling or other misdeeds. Rituals were performed of mutual family confession and forgiveness to release the memories of wrong doing and free the sick from bad karma.
Whether you subscribe to these ideas or not, owning up to one’s errors, apologizing for them and receiving forgiveness can be very healing go to. It releases the great burden of carrying around unconfessed feelings of guilt. And forgiving someone for perceived “wrong doing” can heal the forgiver, as well. Feelings of anger and victimhood create a cascade of chemicals in the body that cause problems with stress and health.
When we forgive, we stop creating all of those nasty chemicals that contribute to dis-ease.
So, in that spirit, I offer the lovely video I found called “Hooponopono.” The phases repeated for Ho’oponopono are:
Please forgive me.
I love you.
So simple and profound.
And another video that gives instructions on practicing Ho’oponopono.
What do we want most out of life? Quite simply, we want to be happy. We want to smile, giggle, laugh, joke, grin and enjoy life every chance we can get. So why do we make the simplest things we want in our lives the hardest to get?
I believe it is because we are co-dependent on fear, struggle, and conflict. We seem to fill our lives these energies. Where did this co-dependency begin? Continue reading →
I’ll answer the question in the title right away. You ARE good enough. Right now. Right here. No assembly required. No additives needed. A little TLC would be fine.
That inner voice that keeps telling you that you are wrong, late, fat, ugly, geeky, stupid, or whatever — is just a continuing dialogue of what you were taught by others. Parents, peers in school and television shows are really good at telling us we are not enough. In the case of other people, they are just repeating what was taught to them. They are just parrots, repeating a bunch of crap they don’t really understand.
It’s a good idea to tell yourself “that’s THEIR issue” when someone is telling you that you are not enough. It is only YOUR issue if you believe what they tell you.