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Challenging Old Beliefs & Boundaries

Challenging Old Beliefs & Boundaries

As we strive for an ideal of achieving balance and alignment, our old beliefs and boundaries will be challenged in our daily experiences so they can be examined. The impression we may hold of authority compares our own inability to function with another who we view as more capable, intelligent or wisdom-filled to guide us into unknown territory. That territory exists within ourselves and the outside appearance reflects the underlying probabilities which lead us in the direction we are meant to go. In general, an authority figure is an icon or person who appeals to our weaknesses and expresses them in a way that leads us into our own darkness, due to insecurity and lack of faith. Our own lack of faith magnetizes these personalities to us because they mirror our internal spaces. How do we know when we’ve arrived at an authentic basis for our choices which will be in our best interest? The underlying influence is an internal resonance developed as we grow into our authentic selves, the true nature of which develops over time while we evolve and participate in experiences and receive thoughts intended to guide our homogenous patterns toward a light-filled manifestation of the new human. That individual is a receptor or transmitter of the more evolved state of humanity as it develops a maturity and understanding about its place in the grander vision of the Universe. We are transitioning through a break in human consciousness which does not carry the resonance of old thinking. The integration and identification of the steep climb toward newly evolved consciousness requires installation of upgraded codes rather than...
Why We Shouldn’t Tell Anyone What To Do — Ever

Why We Shouldn’t Tell Anyone What To Do — Ever

I wonder if I send out an unspoken invitation for friends to give me unsolicited advice, because I’ve received some pretty direct advice from a few of my well-intentioned friends. My first thought is…they must believe that they know what’s best for me, based upon their own wisdom and experience, which makes them confident that, because they know me, whatever they advise me to do will be to my benefit. Should I meekly accept their advice and do as they suggest, even if I haven’t come to their same conclusions about what might be best for me? Will I make my friends happy if I take their advice? On the other hand, I wonder…why would a friend tell me what to do, when, from my perspective, they don’t appear to be taking positive action toward improving their own quality of life, and frequently complain about their circumstances, which don’t appear to be improving. Could this be the human condition…a merry-go-round for stuck people who tell each other what to do and then never do anything? I can only conclude that I’ve created an expectation in those who know me that I will act a certain way or continue on a certain path, producing familiar results based upon my past behavior. And if I don’t, my friends are comfortable offering their loving support by giving me feedback on my deficiencies so that I’ll behave as they expect and return to the familiar path. Of course, those expectations are created from learned behavior, past experiences, and society’s expectations of what success looks like. And, if I don’t behave as expected, I...
Wedded to the Journey

Wedded to the Journey

All that distracts and is outside of ourselves is just polarized noise – a distraction from the truth of our being; a mind game to keep us polarized – a phenomenon created to separate us from the oneness of being. And so long as we allow ourselves to be triggered and distracted by it, our ability to exist in wonder, magic, manifestation, and authenticity will be eternally elusive. The ego is a fraud which collects our doubts, fears, and misperceptions in order to control our illusionary experience. Step outside that space and what do we have? Is it ordinary or extraordinary? Reach for the values that exist within love. That includes cherishing and accepting the truth which your soul calls you to understand. The value of life is a seed which grows from the smallest thought that you may germinate from the inside out. Navigate your life from that part of you that perceives that what is outside of yourself teaches and guides but does not control you. For example, the perception of the tree includes the leaves, the trunk, the roots, the rain, the sunshine, the birds and insects. All support the ecosystem of the tree so that it may thrive. But there are no polarizing factors unless there is an outside threat. So as a human what is your ecosystem – what nourishes you and makes you grow and what threatens your health and life support. Where do you sink your roots? How deep do your roots reach and is the sustenance adequate to nurture you? I am a tree. If I am a tree, the clouds contain...
The Many Layers of Our Reality

The Many Layers of Our Reality

Can we accept that our certainty about what is true today may change tomorrow? In fact, can we allow that we are changing and evolving on a continual basis, despite our best efforts to stay the same? Years ago, when I read Caroline Myss’ book “Anatomy of the Spirit,” (published in 1996) her rules for living made a big impact. The first two rules are: “Make No Judgments” and “Have No Expectations.” At that time, I wondered if I could ever apply these rules in my life, and so began a personal experiment. I initiated an internal practice of noticing when I am making a judgment about anything, and then mentally examine my perceived judgment. I then attempt to disentangle the reasons why I’ve arrived at a judgmental conclusion. This practice has produced some helpful and healing perspectives. And, I recently applied it when I received an interesting reaction to my new book. When a family friend read the book’s Preface which describes my personal journey, they reacted negatively, not wanting to believe that their idyllic perspective of my family life was different from the dysfunctional experiences I related. The book’s title, “Not What We Appear to Be,” refers to the many layers of our reality, and this was so true about my family life. However. after reading the book’s Preface, and subsequent themes which offer new perspectives about the human experience, the friend prefers to believe that their own perspective is true, and refuses to consider that there may be other possibilities. They closed the door to engaging in any conversation. Yes, I was disappointed, but I respect their desire to close...
Coping During Chaos

Coping During Chaos

We have problems wrapping our minds around the certainty of our mortality, so we generally ignore our fragility and assume that nothing is going to change. We make plans, and assume that our future will be consistent and predictable. That is, until we hear predictions about global warming, mass extinction, asteroids nearing Earth, and polar shifts. Astrological conjunctions indicate that in the next few years we will experience a jarring shift in our daily lives that will result in massive chaos. And, as a result of the recent U.S. election, some believe that we are now experiencing the ‘underworld.” How do we cope? The unknown does not respond to fear or anticipation of outcome, and it doesn’t provide a personal connection to support and comfort us. Can we possibly find comfort in our hearts, believing that love can be used as a bridge? Can we use love to carry our load and manage the structure of beliefs that we’ve acquired in order to protect us from our vulnerability? If we don’t make this essential connection, we may be frozen in time, or no-time; we may remain stuck, afraid to take action and detached from the multidimensional aspects of ourselves. We frequently forget that we are not alone and we are being guided in every moment. We ignore our connection with those parts of ourselves that are available to support us when we seek answers to unanswerable questions. Sometimes, those other aspects of ourselves seem out of reach…but they are always there. They connect with that abiding, knowing part of our heart that exists outside the box of 3-D reality....
Last Weekend at Bridge to Avalon

Last Weekend at Bridge to Avalon

Thank you so much, Jeannine Clemens, owner and guide at Bridge to Avalon in Charleston. Last Friday evening, I spoke with a vibrant circle of people. We discussed how we are changing on a daily basis, how we receive guidance, and how we manage our experiences in our new reality. It was exciting and rewarding to discuss how we are releasing old belief systems and paradigms, and that we now have the opportunity to move beyond our dramas and karmic patterns. It can be challenging, but also exhilarating, when we maintain awareness of our multidimensionality and realize that the choices we make are affected by unseen factors. We also talked about the fact that being vulnerable binds us together, that trauma can keep us stuck, and when we own our issues, it helps us to resolve trauma and heal. I then had the opportunity to give in-depth readings on Saturday and Sunday. By energetically connecting with each individual, I answered questions and provided them with insights about how their personal experiences relate to their karmic patterns and life lessons. I received gratifying feedback and found it deeply rewarding to provide support to each of these amazing lights on their spiritual path. It can be difficult to explain, but I am merely the instrument for providing support to others. I put my Self aside and communicate whatever I receive without effort. I have no personal attachment to the information received. In continuing to follow guidance, I believe that I’m experiencing the bounty of abundant gratitude: In gratitude, the heart opens to fortunate circumstance, which serves as an armament against negativity, supplementing...