Loving the Being, Forgiving the Behavior

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Be not afraid to love yourself with an open heart.  Feel how you love the animals of this beautiful Earth. Think how they touch your heart with loving acceptance of who you truly are.   Think how an act of kindness warms your heart and can bring tears to your eyes.  Visualize the sight of a sparkling mist hiding a snowy mountain peak, evaporating from a meadow.  Remember how your breath is sharply drawn in awe at the spectacular beauty of nature.  Be aware of how your heart opens to such beauty.  That is how God loves you….with total acceptance, no strings attached.

Think of something small about yourself you do not like.  Notice how that feels in your body.  Observe how often you separate from it.  Notice how your heart contracts.  It is peace that you are seeking.  Now, breathe into your feminine energy, drawing it in to fill you up in every cell, healing as it moves with a compassionate embrace as you would with a hurting child……….loving the Being and forgiving the behavior.  It matters not what it is or how it happened.  Love melts all.  Keep bathing yourself in love, swim in it, dive deeply into it……..this is where you truly live always.  This is your Home.

Tending Our Light at Home

How often are we having an out-of-body experience?  We are busy fussing over whether someone likes us, is annoying us, is doing what we want them to do, fearful of what they might or might not do, what has happened in the past, OMG, what could happen in the future.  Just generally off in space in our minds, projecting our hopes and fears onto someone else’s evolutionary process.

We need to tend our light at Home.  We could be busy for the rest of our lives observing our feelings, behaviors, healing and clearing what is blocking us from the pure Joy of living  the ever-changing, ever-creating life that is our mysterious gift of Being.  Do you know where your mind is?  Bring it back Home.

Hero: Conservation of Energy – A Comic About Death and Reincarnation

Hero: Conservation of Energy – A Comic About Death and Reincarnation.

Our Life is Our Meditation

Carl Jung believed that working on our childhood issues is a necessary first step towards spiritual consciousness. Carl Jung wrote, the “personal unconscious must always be dealt with first…otherwise the gateway to the cosmic unconscious cannot be opened.”   He understood that in order to realize our divinity we first work on clearing  the blocking parts of our childhood experiences.   Some people only want to focus on positive thoughts in order to become clear but that approach doesn’t touch the beliefs stored in the wounded hearts of our younger years.

The events and relationships of our lives direct us to those beliefs every day.  They are not difficult to find.  You don’t have to dig deeply and suffer longly.  For example, perhaps someone has a creative block in an art project and finds themselves procrastinating starting, working, or completing the work.  There is always something else we can find to do to alleviate the anxiety of facing our creativity…….taking the chance that it might not turn out how we hoped and realizing it is but a step in the direction of our learning and evolution.   Instead of running away, how about just noting without judgment what we are doing.  Just observe the behavior.   How often does this behavior surface in other ways in our lives?

When did we first start this behavior of trying to escape from something we want to do but we seem to be afraid of entering into a relationship with it and actually engage in the process of creation?  Were we judged as children in our display of unique creative expression?  How did we continue this behavior in other years of our lives as we were growing up?  In what ways have we blocked ourselves from the joy of creating?  What is the mantra that we have told ourselves quietly in our minds:  I can’t be creative; My work is not good enough; I am not good enough; Everyone else is better…….or whatever the words might be.

Sit with that thought quietly.  Surround that little part of you that first perceived that he/she wasn’t able to create for inner joy, with a cloud of compassion, soft and gentle and loving.  See it permeate all around that child, every cell filling with acceptance and compassion.   What if that part of you had grown up with the belief that she/he could freely create and express the self with artwork, writing, dancing……whatever.   See he/she expanding in innovation in every direction.  See the smile on the face as the body moves with grace creating from the heart.  The belief is now:  I create freely, my self-expression is uniquely my own.  Hold this part in your heart with tenderness and understanding as you pick up your brush, dust off your dancing shoes, get the guitar out from behind the couch, get ready to cook in the kitchen, or dip your pen in the inkwell.

If we pay attention with mindfulness, we can see and hear every day the blocking beliefs that keep us contracted into our limited selves.  Healing these blocking beliefs by acknowledging them, holding them without judgment in our awareness,and bringing compassion to each one of them will turn on our light more brightly as we free ourselves.  It is this work that we need to do before we try to enter the higher realms of higher consciousness.  This work brings us there.  After a while of living our life meditation and clearing our limiting beliefs, we look around and realize that we are different……we see more clearly, we accept more readily (even if we don’t like it), we say ‘yes’ to what is as we begin to move into that space of co-creation with Spirit.  We can’t jump over our daily work by only thinking positive thoughts.  The limiting beliefs need healing and acceptance.  Positive thoughts only serve to cover up the contractions for a while……..only to rise up and tug at our hearts again and again.

Our daily life is our greatest teacher.

2010andreaavaristevens

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