Our lives are similar but different. Our temptations, our struggles and our knowledge all play a part in how our lives evolve. Circumstances may be harder or easier for each individual, but we all have the same ability to overcome the obstacles and find inner peace on this life’s journey. It takes time, patience and the will to do the inner work required to bring grace into our lives.
My wish that all find inner peace continues to grow inside me. It’s more than wishing for our health, wealth, connections and happiness. Inner peace evolves into something even more delicate and delightful and is a strong force in the world, much like love. For to have access to inner peace, we no longer live in chaos, anxiety or fear. Imagine a world of souls who have attained inner peace! What a lovely wish fulfilled that would be!
Awareness, experience, compassion and grace mark the way to healing. Holding unconditional love for all while embracing the truths and gifts of our being, allow us to reach across the earth with love so that we can walk with others who are hurting as a helpful companion, a lighthouse, an equal loving being on whom they can rely during those trying times of rebirth.
Rebirth surrenders to loving ways. Many of us shine our heartlights with enthusiasm to connect, to heal and to guide us when life feels dark.
I feel a whoosh of heartlight winds which fragrance the earth with love.
When we shine our heartlights, we glow….and when we glow, we know. But what is it exactly that we know by glowing?
We show strength in shining our own special light into the world. As we shine, we recognize others shining too. In meeting other heartlights, many times we bond for we both know something that some have yet to learn. We know that love, patience, kindness and presence increases our glow and allows others to see our heartlight shining as well.
We love, we forgive and we simply are who we are when we take the time to know ourselves and to shine our heartlights in the world around us. In the movie Avatar, the phrase, “I see you,” is an acknowledgement of opening the mind and heart to the present moment and to spiritually be in that moment with the other person. It is the ultimate compliment to understand another person, to truly love them for all of themselves and not the just bits and pieces we prefer.
Imagine for a moment our world full of presents of presence and heartlights twinkling like stars in the night sky. Imagine the peaceful planet we’d inhabit if we were all to shine freely and not hide our heartlights or dim another’s. I daresay it would be this side of Heaven.
Namaste is another way to acknowledge the divine spark we each hold. It is amazing when someone says ‘Namaste’ and we know we have been greeted soul to soul.
So this week, perhaps as you go about your days, you could take a moment to connect with the other heartlights that you meet along the way. Even if it is a fleeting moment, you could smile with a twinkle in your eye and know that your heartlights have connected. Try it and let us know how it goes for you! I am going to do it as well!
“It’s not what you go through that defines you; you can’t help that. It’s what you do after you go through it, that defines who you really are.” – Unknown
I love this quote. I think it applies to all of us, no matter what you are enduring or what you have endured. We all endure strife in our lives at some point. What’s that saying, “nobody gets out of here alive?” But it’s what you do with your life after the experience which defines you. Do you pick up the pieces and help others through what you’ve endured? Or do you wallow in a lifelong pity party and never recover? Does the experience define you? Or do you allow it to enrich the tapestry of your life? Do you use it as a springboard to better yourself ~ to find you have more strength, more endurance, more spirit than you ever knew? Do you use it to grow personally, spiritually, physically and to expand your life? Or do you wither, weaken. grieve and wallow in your troubles?
As many of you know, I am a breast cancer survivor. My disease changed me in so many ways, many definable and many so subtle that it’s taken years for me to see the changes that this experience gave to me. I am grateful for the lessons learned through that experience although I will never say that I am happy that I had breast cancer. The experience has gifted me with understanding, courage and deep friendships for which I am ever grateful. Sure, it’s been a long journey (and it still is). There have been potholes, tears, fears and grieving for what’s been lost forever. There are memories lost to a chemo-riddled brain and there’s a body which has more scar tracks than a train yard. There are lifelong limitations which plague me daily. There is sadness for what is lost, what is lacking and what is missed. But there’s also gratitude for what is, what’s come into my life which is good and for being here today and now. Sure I could go on and on about the hell I’ve survived and I will share if you’re enduring the same. I don’t want you to feel alone because I’m offering you my hand, my friendship, my understanding.
My blog is aptly named because I cherish The Presents of Presence. I hold dear the preciousness of today for none of us is guaranteed a tomorrow. I am filled with gratitude for this moment in time and I am determined to make the most of it. I am blessed. I know it and I want you to feel it as well.
What about you? Do you feel that way about your experience? Please share!
I know, this is a shocking and controversial question. But it begs to be asked ~ and answered, by you and by me. I’ve been watching way too much tv the last few days because I’ve been sick. Nestled on the couch with kitty and remote, I’ve observed and napped through several shows. I had thought it was wasted time until I came across this little nugget that has made me start to think differently ~ and that has made it all worth-while for me.
There was a woman who was traumatized ~ emotionally, physically and sexually abused who had trouble in her relationships. As the show progressed, one observation came out ~ she was more comfortable with her emotional pain than she was in the unknown that lay before her in order to heal. Does that make sense to you? Think about it. If you’ve endured any type of abuse, do you find that living with that familiar pain is somehow more comforting to you? Does it allow you to understand when you’re feeling trepidation in trying new things? Does it act as an excuse, a way to bend the rules for yourself and to allow certain actions or thought processes because you’ve been mistreated in the past? Is it an automatic anchor of “why I think/act/am this way?” Have you’ve learned how to live with this pain so well that you function despite it? Do you hoard it away, allowing it to be your own secret excuse as to why you’re not getting what you want out of this life? Because I’m damaged? Because I was hurt/wronged/abused? Does any of this sound familiar to you?
Before you get too far into wanting to strangle me for what I’ve written, I want you to take a minute to see if/how/why you are reacting so strongly towards it because that was my first inclination as well. It took meditating and sleeping on the thought overnight before I realized how my strong reaction to ‘of course I act this way because of x, y, z happened’ mellowed with the vision that it’s my strong-willed emotional pain that I use as a comfort food when I am too afraid to break the bonds that have bound me for so long.
Think about it. Are you using your own emotional pain as a comfort food?
Are you ready to choose light over pain as a comfort food?
I had a strange experience Valentine’s night. I don’t know whether I was half asleep or dreaming. I felt that I was encased in a metal armor like in medieval times even though I couldn’t see it. I remember looking down at my body, but it looked the same as it always does with nothing more on it than my pajamas as I was in bed. Then, as if spiritual hands were laid upon me, the metal plates unbuttoned themselves from my shoulders one at a time. I felt myself get lighter inside as the weights that were plaguing me were lifted. I felt each one as it was unbuttoned and lifted away, often revealing another underneath that I wasn’t even aware of in the first place. Layers were unbuttoned from my shoulders down to my toes. In my mind’s eye, I could see the metal vestments, but in reality they were invisible. When they were all finally removed, I was left with my physical body as I see it daily in the mirror, but without the weight.
All at once, I felt my spirit lift from my body and stand by the bed, even though I was still in bed. In my mind’s eye, I saw her, dressed in a pale blue shift. I could not see her face, but only saw her figure which was almost ethereal. I remember feeling peaceful as if I was watching something so special from afar and I didn’t want to break the spell of what was happening so I simply flowed with the experience.
Suddenly, I felt something start to poke my shoulder blades. It didn’t hurt exactly, but it did feel like my shoulder blades were trying to burst open and sprout wings. Yes, angel wings! I looked at the figure by my bed and I watched as she grew beautiful wings from her back. It was so ethereal that my words fail to tell you how utterly blissful it was for me to watch. But I did watch and I did feel the wings simultaneously sprout from her back and mine as well.
I remember questioning the experience ~ could we both be growing wings at the same time? What does this mean? Am I dreaming? And as those words began to form in my head, immediately I woke up and opened my eyes to see what was going on. But there was nothing there. No angelic being by my bed even though I was almost sure I’d see her as the dream was so fresh in my memory and so realistic. Was it a daydream? A dream? A gift from Spirit/God/Universe/Inner Spirit? Was I truly visited by an angel?
Has this ever happened to you? It feels so real to me. I’ve never had such an experience before ~ but if you have, please share!