Who’s In Your Family?

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When asked the above question, most people will, without thinking, rattle off a list of names which includes parents, siblings, spouse, children, grandparents, inlaws and may even begin to delve into further branches of the family tree.  An occasional animal lover may include pets, both present and past as leaves in the family tree.  We consider family as the blood-line or those connected through marriage or living situations.

I get it.  Because that’s what we’ve been taught.

But what if everyone in the world were a part of your family?  What if your family wasn’t confined to your DNA gene pool and instead based on loving connections with other souls?  What if kindness, understanding, friendship and love were the basis of family?  Could you imagine your soul family then?  Would it include those in your traditional family unit?

I am a leaf/branch/part of a traditional family unit.   I could rattle off names of family members both past and present with ease.  But I am learning about soul family units as well and I’m finding it really interesting so I want to share what I know from connecting with others.

A Soul Family is one which may or may not have DNA included in the dynamic.  In fact, many times, those who are part of a soul family do not share genetics nor any other branch of the traditional family unit as we know it.  They are souls who connect on a deeper level if you will.  I’m not saying that traditional family members do not have the ability to do this as well, because I have witnessed it myself.  But there are ties that bind us in a soul family that defy earthly rules.  For we are all souls with earthly bodies.  Just because you aren’t related to someone doesn’t preclude being a part of a soul family.  We are all connected as energy and expanding our loving connections only helps to heal and raise the vibrations of peace to this world.

Have you ever heard of a soul family?  Do you have anyone in your lifetime with whom you’ve connected like family and yet there’s no traditional family tree involved?

Shine On!

xo

 

When You Feel Alone

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At times, there are fleeting connections which remind us of our place in a soul family.  Sometimes there are life long relationships.  Either way, when we connect with our heartlights, the soul family connection emerges and our souls are forever touched by the warm embrace of FAMILY.

When we feel alone, we disconnect.  It’s a natural reaction to fear.  We may turn inward, walling off any connections with ourselves and others in what we deem self-defense.  It is a choice to close ourselves off from connecting with ourselves and others.  Embraced in our own self, we retreat, we stumble and we are lost.   We sever ties and connections through fear.  We disengage from life’s precious gifts.  We grasp onto our fears and uncertainties with drowning panic, reaching out for a life preserver ring and ride life’s hurricane, barely hanging on.  We fill our mind, body and soul with the toxic mix.  We do not understand how with the release of the fears and with making connections to our own soul and our soul family we may heal.  We turn a blind heart to the sun and expect and therefore manifest a storm of epic proportions.

Our soul’s loving energy knows how to instinctively heal us.  But when we disconnect, we drown out the precious gift of healing.  It is during the eye of the storm that we are most disconnected and yet it is the most open time to reconnect ~ for the floodgates are opened and we are vulnerable to what we choose.

When all around you is in chaos, when your world feels as if it is crumbling, when you feel as if you are truly alone in this world, your precious heartlight albeit dimmed, still glows.  Sinking into the black sea of negativity and hurt is a choice.

Finding and igniting your heartlight is your destiny.

Perhaps I’m writing gibberish to you today.  After all, in rereading what I’ve written, I realize that this may have been channeled.  It happens sometimes and when I allow my fingers freedom, it seems my post helps others.

Take my hand.  I am here for you.  Connecting together a dimmed heartlight gains energy, heals wounds and glows brightly for all to see.  Walk with me on this path of life, allow our twin flames to embrace and…

Shine On!

xo

How To Be An Observer In Your Own Life

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I am learning the art of observing.  Through the help of many angelic mentors in my life, I am reaping the benefits of allowing, observing and being.  It has been through much practice that I am learning this special art.  It has been so beneficial to me in my life that I want to share with you what I’ve learned and as always, to hear from your experiences as well.

It’s easy to get caught up in drama in life.  Certainly the news, work and day-to-day relationships can fill that void and take our focus off of presence, gratitude and compassion.  We can swirl around in the they said/I said confusion and recklessly abandon peace within our hearts.  We can aggrieve hurt and mistrust by only seeing the surface of an issue.  We can ignore the chance for stillness by focusing on the back story of any issue and grow a mountain out of a molehill, complicating perhaps a simple matter until it affects every part of our day, our life and our being.  We can think we know what is meant by an offhand comment, an argument or a social media posting.  But we spin our own selves into stories that are sometimes so far off the mark that it affects relationships in a negative way.

That’s when observer mode comes into play and benefits us.

For when we step back from the chaos in life, we see how each and every one of us comes into a relationship with baggage, with tender spots and with beliefs that may or may not have anything to do with our present situation.  We are encumbered by these and use them in our daily relationships, sometimes as swords, sometimes as a soothing bond.

But when we drop all of that and really focus on the good with compassion in our hearts, the other stuff simply falls by the wayside.  It matters not if the other person is able to observe and not react in the situation.  We can allow them to spin on their own planet of beliefs while we settle into ours in a peace-filled manner.  When we observe with a compassionate listening heart at difficult relationships, we can see how everyone is trying the best we can under the circumstances.  We can find that loving soul that is filled with compassion even when on the outside, it isn’t been shown.  By listening with our heartlight, we uncover the good, the love and the forgiveness for any situation.  We alleviate the suffering we may be feeling by knowing that we can find peace in our own hearts even when we feel that we are swirling in the chaos of a storm.

The ‘story’ we tell ourselves may or may not be true.  When we rely on our observer mode, we instinctively are able to see what we may have missed.  Using our heartlight, we shine a peaceful understanding of circumstances beyond our control.  We emanate love instead of hate, we grow trust instead of mistrust, we gain The Presents of Presence with stillness and we help ourselves to grow spiritually into healthier human beings.  Bottom line, it’s a win-win situation for all involved.

Being able to drop our egos, release our ‘stories’ and unravel what we thought was our life ‘story’, is when we begin to embrace all the wonderful loving peace which is ours by Divine Right.  To look with gratitude at what chaos has brought instead of digging and mixing more into it is a choice.  To feel symmetry with another is to connect on a whole different level.

For we are all God’s children here, doing the best we can under every circumstance.  That’s the best we have at any moment.  What’s hard is when we can spiritually look at a situation and observe, understand and allow and we are alone in that plane for others do not see it in the same way.  But, hey, that’s ok my friends.  This is our life, our loving soul that we are in control of ~ not anyone else’s.  We must trust our intuition, our minds, our heartlights and observe.  Let go of the ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’s’ that hold us back from peace.  Embrace the circumstances, whatever they may be and move forward with our heartlight shining and singing its beautiful melody.

Life happens.  Shifts happen when we allow it.  There is place of peace in every moment when we observe with gratitude for all of our gifts.

Shine On!

xo

 

Be the Observer In Your Own Life

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Observation, like meditation, takes practice.  It’s easy to be caught up in the chaotic routine of our own lives, enmeshed in emotions, ego and struggling with the ‘shoulds’ that we place in front of ourselves.  To sit quietly and reflect can be a tiresome task to some whose brains are routinely busy.  But all the same, it is a good practice to help in healing body, mind, heart and soul.  We are bombarded daily with reminders to exercise, to eat right and to get enough sleep.  But in our busy lives, we somehow forgo the benefits of quiet time and refuse to settle our minds to simply ‘be’ in the stillness for a few moments.  We feel that we don’t have enough time.  We delay the stillness for other tasks which we deem to be more important.

How do you define stillness?

For me, stillness is sanctuary.  It’s a few moments when I can simply be with myself, notice how I feel, and check with my body for any nervous energy which may signify something is off in my heart, mind, soul, or being.  Stillness is about appreciating the moment, keeping in mind how grateful I am for this day, for the connections I’ve made and for The Presents of Presence which I enjoy.  Stillness is observance of my attitude, my actions/inactions, my day, my dealings with others and my connections with myself and others during the day.  It is without judgment.  It is in truth for good or bad.  It is with acceptance for mistakes made and praise for what is.

There are 24 hours in a day, which for some is not enough for all the ‘shoulds’ that they have listed in their heads that need to be accomplished.  I understand work, children, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping and taking care of everyone is important.  But what about you?  Taking care of you in the smallest ways is important as well.

Just as we squeeze in exercise, eating right and trying to sleep long enough, we need to squeeze in a few moments of peace in our busy worlds.  It may surprise you the amount of benefits we reap when we sow gratitude, stillness and connection to ourselves.

Do you take a few moments a day to connect with yourself?  How do you fit stillness into your day?

Shine On!

xo

Book Shares Wanted

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I love to share books.  Having a kindle means I can keep my favorites all in one spot.  I can reference quickly and easily when needed.  One of my staples is  You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay (click for more info on blog post) which I frequently search when a friend confides an ailment to me and wants more information about it.  The books written by Florence Scovel Shinn are also in my fingertip library to keep me humming along with my affirmations when distractions slide me away from the Law of Attraction.

There are little escape books which make me feel good to read, relax and rejuvenate.  There are long-time favorites like Gone With the Wind, The Secret Garden and various books written by friends who are authors.  There are the usual array of positive, inspiring books in there as well.

I love to read (and to write).  Usually I read before bedtime for a bit.  My tastes vary, but I have found my local library on my kindle to be a plethora of great reading material for free.  I like to learn when I read and I don’t mean manuals.  I usually have one or two books going at a time on my reading list.

Do you enjoy reading?  What type of books do you gravitate toward?  Would you please list a book or two that you find enjoyable or meaningful in the comments below?  Even an author that you like is appreciated!  I love to read all types of books so it doesn’t have to be spiritual, although I don’t enjoy reading horror-type books.   I’d love to add to my list of future reading material and I thought it would be wonderful if we could all share what we are reading or what we have read and enjoyed.  Thank you in advance for sharing!

Shine On!

xo

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

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“You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

You’re on your own. And you know what you know.

And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

~ Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

It can be daunting to feel that freedom, to relax into it and to own it.  Many people feel it’s only for the young in age, but I believe it’s for the young at heart and available to us all.  Sure, we need to keep in mind those who depend on us, but to know that we can choose is what we seem to forget.

And that’s when we get lost.

Somewhere around middle age, in between jobs, spouses, children and responsibilities, we seem to lose that spark we owned when we were younger and had more freedom.  Lost in the shuffle of droning routine, we lose connections with ourselves and others.  We trod on the path expected, head down, shuffling along and finding ourselves miserable.

It happens to the best of us.  We sleepwalk through our lives until something pulls the rug right out from under us and we’re stopped in our tracks.  It’s then that we pick our heads up to see where we are and we look around at our lives from all aspects.  Sometimes we don’t know where we are, how we got here and realize that this is not what we wanted or what we expected.

And then we choose to change.

It’s good to re-evaluate where we are from time to time.  To see if our relationships, our jobs, our health and our responsibilities are indeed what we choose to have in our lives.  And if it’s not working, then we change direction in the kindest way possible.  For as Dr. Seuss says, “And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go…”

Take some quiet time this weekend for yourself.  Look around at your life and inspect where you are.  See if you are connecting with the people in your life and with yourself.  If you aren’t, then do something about it!  Hold a hand, give a hug, be thoughtful in how you treat yourself and others.  It only takes a moment of clarity to change the way you are looking at your life.  Don’t throw it all away.  Life is short.  Communicate.  Connect.  Choose kindness.  It’s possible.

Shine On!

xo

July

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I have lived pain, and my life can tell: I only deepen the wound of the world when I neglect to give thanks the heavy perfume of wild roses in early July and the song of crickets on summer humid nights and the rivers that run and the stars that rise and the rain that falls and all the good things that a good God gives. ~ Ann Voskamp

I know it’s the coming towards the end of July, but I found this quote last night and wanted to share it with all of you.  Ann Voskamp is the author of One Thousand Gifts:  A Dare To Live Fully Right Where You Are which spent 60 weeks on the NY Times Best Seller’s List.  Although I had never heard of her before, nor have I read her books, I may be reading them soon!

Don’t neglect the perfume of wild roses, the song of crickets, the stars and rain and all that July brings.

Shine On!

xo