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“Flow” requires “Letting Go”

To be in the “Flow” of Life, requires a lot of “letting go”. Letting go of: expectations; of people; of situations; of places; of fear; of beliefs; of a self identity; of needing to be in control; of needing other’s approval; of needing the world to look a certain way; of “The Story”, whatever that is, that we cling to.

“ Letting Go” however, is a process. You may have to re-visit letting go of the same issue more than once. Each time that you do, know that it does get a little bit easier. You may call this “healing” or “growing”. Visualize this process as a spiral. Each time that you experience “letting go”, you move incrementally forward on that spiral. The spiral will keep moving around and up, level after level. So you may re-visit letting go of the same or similar issues as you progress to the next level. You will go deeper into the issue, deeper into the hidden beliefs you hold, deeper into residual emotions, deeper into yourself.

You will move at your own pace. It may be slower or faster than the person next to you. It’s all totally O.K. Don’t even look at the others. You are Uniquely You and your Journey is Uniquely your own.

And listen, sometimes I am notoriously bad at letting go. But when I do, I feel the difference at a Soul level. I feel my connection to my Higher Self deepen.

Somewhere along the way in my life, I developed the ability to step outside of myself. Most of the time, I am aware of when I am stuck in “the story”, of when I am looking outside of myself for approval. Sometimes my emotions are quite Huge and I just have to allow myself the time to feel and process these emotions before I am able to do the “letting go“ part. I allow it to be what it is. I feel the pain, I feel the anger. I use all the Spiritual Tools that I have learned over the years and call in my Spirit Team for assistance. Sometimes I experience great success at letting go of a negative self identity, of letting go of a limiting belief that has been holding me back, of providing my Inner Child/Ego Self with the Love and Nurturance that she thought she didn’t have.

Sometimes I will re-visit the same issue months or years later, as healing and growth are a process. But I can look back across the years and see my progress and see that I have come much further than I thought. So I stop and celebrate. I stop and appreciate the journey. I stop and smell the proverbial roses. I honor myself; I honor the journey; I honor my Higher Self and councils of Light, the Angels, my Spirit Team, all those in the non physical realms who I know are supporting me. Knowing I have that support is HUGE. That is what gives me the courage and the ability to move forward. Strengthening those connections is essential. That is the only way I am able to do this thing called Life.

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“Soul Flow” : Synchronicity and Trust

If we are going to talk about “Flow”, then we must talk about Synchronicity and Trust.

If you can learn to relax and let go of expectations for Life, let go of needing to know everything Right Now, you will open to the Flow and Synchronicity of The Universe, of Your Higher Self, of Your Soul. This requires us to step into Trust, that each moment indeed has layers of synchronicities and is part of “The Plan” for us, for our Journey.

Most of the time you will not see these Synchronicities until months or even years later, and then suddenly something snaps into sharp focus and clarity and you can see the thread that flows back to previous moments, sometimes across your whole Life. It is in these moments of clarity that you will be filled with awe at the Universe. In those moments, you suddenly know that the Universe does indeed have your back, does indeed support you and that you are very much loved, because there is an intelligent design behind everything.

The more you can surrender to the Flow of Life, the more these synchronicities will become apparent. It can be from seemingly small things or from huge realizations, but all of it will inspire gratitude and bring you back to a place of Trust.

I could share oodles of examples, but I will just share a couple:

I’ll start with a simple example: The photo I chose for the previous post. I took that photo three years ago, for no particular reason other than i thought it was a cool arraignment that I had on a sideboard, of one of my pencil drawings and a Buddha Board. After I wrote the previous post, I thought I would search my photo gallery for something with either art or water in it. I came across that photo and it fit perfectly for the theme of “creativity” and “flow” and I even noticed that the watery image on the Buddha Board had a heart shape on it which also fit the concept of having an Open Heart or living in the “flow” of Life with an Open Heart. Perfect!

I have also found that many of the Art works I create often have layers of meanings that don’t reveal themselves for years. Many of them I am only recently coming to understand more fully, due to the Spiritual Studies I have been engaging in for the past several years, with a teacher from Australia. In my “Shop” section you will see the course, “Path of Light” that was Channeled by her, from the Ascended Masters.

It is interesting how I came to learn of her work. Firstly, I will share that when I was much younger, and searching for deeper Spiritual knowledge, I asked The Universe to help me find a teacher of very High Vibration, and had to be Female, as I knew I would not respond well to any male teachers (that’s just me). Well the Universe actually sent me several very wonderful female teachers, some of whom became very close friends. From one, I learned two forms of Reiki and Integrated Energy Therapy, which were deeply healing for me and began to Open me up to higher vibrations. That teacher has become very near and dear to my Heart. She at some point introduced me to a woman who had just opened a Spiritual Center and Art Gallery in my town, and we became fast friends. She in turn introduced me to so many other people in the both the Spiritual and Art communities. And One of whom became another very dear friend who happened to be studying with a teacher in Australia, and later became an Instructor for her work, which of course I took!

I can look back now and see all these threads weaving through all of these experiences and pivotal moments, And Life Changing friendships, all Synchronicities, leading me to exactly where I am now! And in just that one thread of my life there are layers upon layers of synchronicities that I can’t even begin to explain it all!

Now I am not saying that I haven’t struggled with letting Life Flow, because I certainly have had my share of difficulties the same as everyone else, and many years of re-visiting my woundedness and shadow aspects. But, there were enough times when I did return to my Heart Center and when I did surrender to what was, and that allowed for all of that “Flow” to happen for me. Which brings me back to a place of humbleness and gratitude and awe!

What are some of the Synchronicities in your Life?

Here’s another one, from my college days and one that I was in resistance to, but the Universe kept re-directing me until I got the message!

As a Freshman applicant to college, I submitted my Art Portfolio to The Fine Arts Department. This is standard procedure, and an applicants Portfolio must be reviewed and accepted by the Department Chair.

Well, the college informed me that my portfolio was lost. So I went to speak with the Director of The Fine Arts Dept, who hunted around for it and eventually discovered it in the Arts Education office. So it was recovered and I was accepted into Fine Arts. However, I was always filled with anxiety over what Career choice to make. I thought maybe I could be a Photo Journalist, then I shifted to Graphic Designer. However, it became increasingly clear that i did not feel at home with it and something was missing. Meanwhile, several people had suggested Art Education, and I kept saying, “never’. Eventually I went to visit an Art classroom in my hometown and realized that maybe I had been wrong and i should give it a chance. from the moment I took my first Education class, I “knew” I had found where I belonged.

So you see, The Universe was trying to provide the Synchronicity that was right for me, and I didn’t want to see it or accept it at first, but eventually I did take that leap of Faith!

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“Soul Flow”: Creative Living

“ Man is all Imagination. God is in Man and exists in all of us and we in Him…..the Eternal Body of Man is The Imagination, that is, God Himself.” ——-William Blake

The Nature of the Soul is to be Creative. Our Divine Inheritance is Creativity. The Divine wishes to express itself through you.

What are you Growing, Manifesting, Intending, Becoming?

What are you Passionate about?

What does it mean to you, to live a Creative Life?

Be curious about the everything. Be Open to exploring new ideas, be Open to being Inspired by others. Create from your Heart Space, things that have value and meaning for you.

Here are 7 Ways to Focus and utilize the Theme of Creativity: Which one Sparks your Interest and what does the Title mean to You?

1) Creativity as Play/Exploration

2) Creativity as a Way to Open to Spirit

3) Creativity as a Balance between Discipline and Surrender

4) Creativity for Self Discovery/Expression

5) Creativity as a Tool for Growth

6) Creativity as a Tool for Healing

7) Creativity as a Tool for Problem Solving

Your Ability to Create is intimately connected to your intention to matter. If you don’t think that you, your ideas, or your work matter, you won’t commit to a Creative Practice.

Affirmation:

“I AM a Vibrant Being, Full of Life, Joy, Peace and Compassion. I embrace the present Moment. I reflect my Inner Heart. I inspire others to let their fullest Light Shine Bright. I Create because my Soul is Free.”

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Movement: Dance, Yoga or Any Way You Want!

I started learning Modern Dance as a youngster and fell in love with being able to sway or move in connection to music that stirred my Soul.

Living in NYC has the benefit of access to many cultural experiences. The Alvin Ailey Dance College has had for many years a Community Dance Program for kids, which I was so fortunate to experience as a young teen. I believe in the benefits of movement of any type, as most people will certainly agree.

Yoga is also a deeply wonderful addition to any Spiritual Practice and as an Adult I have taken classes in Kundalini Yoga, which I highly recommend!

Many years ago, I was introduced to Ancient Shakti Dance, which actually shares many of the same movements as Kundalini Yoga, except of course, you are moving as a dancer.

Ancient Shakti Dance (in the vernacular, “Belly Dance”….a very Hollywood Americanized term) when approached with a more Spiritual intent, can be similar to the Sufi Spiritual ecstatic trance dance, in that the dancer is seeking communion with the Spiritual Divine Energy of God. This is seen as very Sacred and as a Beautiful way of Honoring and embodying the energy of All of Creation.

“Shakti” or “power” or “empowerment”, the active Creation Force of Shiva, is The Primordial Cosmic Energy and represents the dynamic forces that are thought to move through the entire Universe. This power is responsible for Creation. It’s qualities are Change and Liberation.

The dance has its roots in very ancient India, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Turkey, but has of course spread to most cultures, who each have their own Folk versions. There are many ancient depictions on wall art, of female dancers. And by the way, there are many male dances in other cultures who do this form of dance quite well, with of course a more masculine expression of certain movements.

In recent deep mediation, I was transported back to a Lifetime I had in Ancient Lemuria, where I was dancing to Honor Mother Earth. I have also had similar meditations transporting me to Ancient Egypt, where I danced in Honor of the Goddess Hathor. Often, things we are interested in, in this life, are things we have done in past lives.

Shakti Dance utilizes patterns of Sacred Geometry. The Circle, The figure 8, a Wave, A Spiral, and Vibrations.

By moving our bodies in these patterns, we awaken the Divine Feminine Creation Energy within us, on a cellular level.

Our Souls are an Active, Creative Hologram of Divinity.

You do not need any formal training, however, to move your body. Just move intuitively or in response to uplifting instrumental music (no words). All forms of movement when approached with an attitude of playfulness and creative expression, will create a sense of Well Being and Harmony.

No matter how you do it, just move your body and get your “Soul Glow” on!

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Sound

Sound is the basis for All that is. Whether you look at Science or Native Spiritual Wisdoms or Religions, you will see the story of sound.

Native American Visionary, Joseph Rael, teaches that sound is what created Time. And Time is the power to crystallize Awareness so that manifestation can find placement.

Sound is the first phenomenon. In Tiwa language, “poh” means blowing breath and it also means sound. It is said that sound has a physical character, a mental, emotional and Spiritual character.

Imagery came after Sound, to fill in the first circle of Light. Sound can create Light. “Sonoluminescence” is the emission of short bursts of light from imploding bubbles in a liquid, when excited by sound. An intense amount of energy is created by this process. Sound Pulses can travel at velocities faster than the speed of Light and are Infinite.

Without imagery, (or dreaming) and sound, matter cannot be created.

Scientifically, Sound is Energy that is Vibrating, pulsing, and making waves, on different levels of density and frequency. Everything that exists, is made up of patterns of frequency.

Our Life Force will react to and adjust to, every stimulus or force that it is being exposed to, within the body, mind, emotions or spirit. We will come into resonance with the Highest Frequencies that are around us.

Science confirms that energy and matter interplay in massive EMF electro-dynamic fields that are measurable in terms of waveforms, frequency, wavelength and amplitude. The same electromagnetic fields and substances that move throughout the cosmos, also move through our own bodies.

Our thoughts, beliefs and emotions are projected frequencies that affect our bodies, our well being and move out into the world to create ripples that can affect other people.

“Sound Waves” are amplifiers of intention. Waves carry our thoughts. What are we thinking?

From many different cultural backgrounds come traditions and wisdom based around the idea of vocalizing, sounding, playing instruments, to raise Personal Vibrations. Energy Healers use both sound and imagery to facilitate bringing the body, mind and spirit back into resonance with health and well being. Some will simply sound the name of the body part while visualizing it as whole and healthy, directing through intention. Energy follows intention.

When we raise our Personal Frequencies, we send those ripples out into the world which will affect the collective and the earth.

Through prayer, chanting, singing, positive affirmations, loving thoughts, non judgmental thoughts, words and expressions, we can and do make a powerful difference in the world!

“A Call to Joy” : (Affirmations)

“ I call to my Blissful Soul, to The Sacred Radiant Heart Inside. I let go of fear and lack. I Embrace EASE and GRACE ! I Rise Up, on Wings of Joy!”

“ I Connect Deeply to my Heart and Soul and Allow my True Nature, as a Being of Light, to Flow Out through me and into The World, bringing Waves of Light, Peace and Joy”

Words have Power. Think about the words you use, before you speak them. Be aware of your thoughts and re-direct them to positivity. Reach for the deeper meaning of each word. Engage with its emotional quality. Be Present with the Power and Energy of each word.

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“Soul Glow”: Utilizing Meditation, Mantra and Movement.

To establish that Inner Glow of Peace and Joy, means being able to greet the day with equanimity, centered within your Heart Space, tuned in to Higher Frequencies, connected to your Higher Self’s guidance, able to catch your negative mind thoughts quickly and re-focus on the Presence of The Light within your Heart and Soul.

Much of this involves being aware of your mind habits and having the ability to re-focus. Our body and our responses to the outer world will fall in line with the mind’s thoughts.

So, how do we SHIFT from the lower ego mind into alignment with the Higher Mind, or God Presence, or Christ Mind, or Inner Light? It’s not important what label you give to that Inner Presence. (It’s not important if you follow Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, New Age Spiritual Thought, or anything else…..those are just man made labels from different cultures or groups of people……different ways of talking about the same exact things. )

The important thing is, how do we move into alignment with Peace, Joy and Equanimity? How do we live a more Heart Centered Life?

That Inner Presence, that Higher Mind, is available to us all, and dwells within the Spiritual Heart. The seat of the Soul. Our Soul connects all the way back to Source, to The Great Mystery. But we have to be the ones to intentionally connect with it.

To place ourselves into that Space, it is important to establish Daily Rituals that will get us there.

My suggestions to facilitate this are: In the morning, shortly after arising, do some type of movement, such as dance or yoga, for 10-30 minutes. Meditate between 20-60 minutes. If you have a busy mind, as I do, try toning or singing mantras.

It is great to start with “OM’. This is the sound or “vibration” of Universal Source. Breathe in deep and slow and sound on the out breath, trying to sustain the sound a bit. Make sure to also sustain the “mmmm” part at the end of the sound, don’t just cut it off as soon as you close your mouth. The “mmm” at the end is keeping that vibration inside of your body, just for you! The beginning “oooooo” part is you allowing the vibration of God Source to flow through you and out into the world.

Different Sounds contain different frequencies. “Mantras” are tried and true sound vibrations of very High Frequency. It’s not necessarily about the words, but about the Frequencies they carry.

Feel free to use what works for you. Although I mainly use Mantras, such as the ones I’ll tell you about in a minute, or “OM”, when I was a teenager, I loved to spend time alone in the woods and often sang Christian Praise songs, because that was all I knew about at that time. If you desire to do that, just keep the focus on Peace, Love and Joy, remembering the purpose is Upliftment. There are many Nuances of The Presence of God Source, nuances of “vibration” contained within the sounds. Remember, Light moves with and thru sound. When we talk about “God”, we are also talking about Light. Maybe try using some of the the ancient names of God, such as : Elo-ha, Elohim,, Alahu, Yod Hey Vovhey, El Shaddai, El-Elyon Na Adonai, Er-kamka Na Adonai, Le Olam Adonai

Mantras” to try:

OM Mani Padme Hum” ( Praise to The Jewel in The Lotus) The Lotus is a symbol of the Highest Attainment of Enlightenment, of Divine Love and Compassion. It is excellent for shifting your mind out of the lower, limited, distracted mind, up to the “Mind of God”, or of “Christ Consciousness” if you prefer, or to “Universal Oneness” if you prefer. I started using this Mantra 30 years ago and it’s essence is powerful and Pure. It truly calls in The Presence of Divine Compassion.

OM Tara Tuttara Ture Soha”. (Tara is the Mother of All Buddhas) Again, this calls forth the Divine Essence and Presence of Compassion, as a Motherly Energy, who comes to relieve us of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering. This Mantra has been recommended by The Dali Lama.

Get Your “Soul Glow” On!

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Letting Go, and Stepping forward, Face to The Sun!

Life…..Sometimes quite difficult and challenging, is it not? Sometimes quite Beautiful and Miraculous.

Given the slower pace of Life right now, due to world wide concerns over the Corona Virus, There has been much more Time.

Time for deep reflection, Time for deep Stillness. Time to consider what is truly important in life. Time for letting go. Letting go of old habits of mind, letting go of unnecessary Self Judgments, shedding what is no longer needful, leaving all that behind, like a discarded snake skin left on the path behind me, as I step slowly, yet purposefully forward. I am not completely sure of all the nuances of who this new me is, but I have my face turned toward the Sun and I embrace this process of Becomingness. Becoming more of “me” as I surrender to The Great Mystery, that unfathomable Source of All, who created All, knows All, and of whom I am apart. If I relax and let go of needing to know everything, of needing to control everything, then my whole Beingness will experience the wonder of Grace and Ease, that awaits every one of us, when we allow our Higher Self and our Spirit Councils to guide and direct us. They have a much broader, wider perspective than we do. We see only what is right in front of us, while they see all the way back to Source. So here I go, stepping forward in Faith, my face to the Sun! Will you join me?