Suffering Can Bring Grace

The underbelly of our society has come out of the shadows… is the fear of ‘other’ that has been hiding under our collective beds.  We have named it many times…..bigotry, patriarchy, sexism, islamophobia, communism, fascism, terror, religion, a caste system of capitalism, inequality, uneducated, white trash, body image……And on and on.  The fear of the ‘other’ is upfront and center, asking to be healed.  Can we slowly open to the darkness with an embrace of compassion and understanding?  Or are we too afraid that we will be tainted by the fear?  Are we too afraid we will be overwhelmed with despair?  

Is so, then we have forgotten who we really are.  We are Love at our core…..all of us.  We are all sparks of the Great Spirit, of the Universal Consciousness, of the Divine Light, of God…..whatever concept fits for each of us personally.  We are One.  We know this deep in our hearts.  We feel the resonance in our bodies when we feel Love.  And we are aware in our bodies, minds, and spirit when we have lost the connection.  We can employ spiritual bypassing and just think positive thoughts but we all know where that gets us.   Healing the mental without healing our emotions and hearts keeps us in limitation limbo.  We are safe but not growing.   

The underbelly shadow is here.  We may not like it or want to acknowledge its presence but we need to work on accepting what is.  In that light we might ask ourselves several questions……how are we personally withholding love?  What areas in my heart have I explored to see where I may give some but not wholly.  How am I separating myself from others? In what ways large and small am I contributing to the shadow?  

Is it possible that this new experience we are having could actually be a gift?  Is this shadow asking us to explore our own hearts in a vastly deeper way than before… a way that we didn’t even know was possible?  Are we being asked to take responsibility for ourselves overtly and in our deeper inner processes in a way that reminds us that WE  really really are the change?  Are we realizing that we no longer need to look for an authoritarian parental figure to guide us?  

We know in our hearts what to do now.  We can smile with our hearts with our neighbors who voted differently and we can speak up assertively and strongly when our ethical boundaries are violated.  Can we start in this very precious present moment to titrate a drop of fear into the vast, infinite ocean of love……watching it dissolve into divine healing light?  We can take a deep breath and reconnect to our hearts right now.  We may need many more deep breaths until we feel the energy of love permeating our every cell.  Let’s spread it out, expanding this amazing healing energy all around us to all of existence.  When we forget, we breathe and come back to what is real….our hearts.  Suffering can bring grace because the answer is always included in the question.  May all beings be in peace.

Andrea Avari Stevens

(I just noticed that there is an ad for Andrew Cohen on this page…..I do not in any way support him or this ad….but I do send him light to heal!)

“There is Nothing Wrong With Us” by Caroline de Lisser

There is nothing “wrong” with us. Everything about us is purposely there to serve our own unique evolution.
We are growing out of duality consciousness and shifting into unity consciousness that is all inclusive and without need to compare and reject.
It’s ok to be flawed, messed up even…We all came in with stuff to work on. That is the nature of being in human form and no one is exempt.
The grass may appear greener on the other side but the other side always has it’s own hidden crosses to bare.

We are creating an inner split when we feel that we need to be someone other than who we are. We will be in perpetual conflict and self rejection while lost in a dream of trying to become something that we are not rather than simply being with who we are and drawing forth our own authentic strengths and talents.
This cannot happen if we are busy trying to be someone else.
We will miss our own power hidden under our denied parts.
Being fully present with what is, as it is, is where life and growth happens.
To start the warrior’s journey, we have to start by retrieving all of ourself, no parts left under the carpet or locked away in the broom closet.
We have to be willing to claim our vulnerable, unfinished, imperfect self and accept all of it so that wholeness has a chance to occur.
This is not something that usually happens overnight, it is a purposeful journey with intention and self awareness as our vehicle. We will fall off our horse time and time again into self rejection but each time we willingly get back on we gain strength and confidence and the ability to hold on to our seat.
© Caroline de Lisser

What is Love?

Timothy Freke, bestselling author and internationally respected authority on world spirituality, explains what Big Love is and describes how to experience the FEELING OF LOVE any time you want. 

What is love?

That is such a big question and so important. For me, my understanding of love is that love is how one must feel when we see through the veneer of separation that seems to divide us and connect with somebody (or with some thing or place or activity) as one with that person or thing. We experience this in our body – there’s chemicals, there’s good feelings, it’s an embodied thing – and it comes from this recognition of oneness. More

Is the Practice of Positive Thinking a Distraction from Soul Work?

Andrea Lee Avari, Ph.D.

The soul is a vastly beautiful energy that surrounds and permeates our body, mind, and heart. It is the droplet of Universal Spirit that is uniquely each of us as each individual human being exists. If you were reading the story of it all, you couldn’t put the book down. And what an incredible story it is…….just look down at the complexity of one of your hands. Unbelievably amazing! Think of your eyes, your liver, your brain…… it all works in a flow of atomic synchronicity.

Taking it all for granted is the poison of its demise. The soul wants to shake us up and help us to remember that we really don’t know how we got here; we don’t know what we are doing here, or at the end, where we are going. There is a grand mystery operating in our lives if we want to pay attention and not keep falling asleep.

We want to be happy. We don’t want to feel negativity. And so we learn to focus on positive thoughts. We set our intentions and then sit back. We think we know “The Secret.” The soul, however, is waiting for us to experience all of life. Whatever experience it takes to awaken us to greater consciousness is grist for the soul’s mill. If we are only willing to mine the positive experiences and feelings, we have struck shallow dirt. More

A Spiritual Level of Conversation: Between Higher Selves

Andrea Lee Avari, Ph.D.

Most of us have never had any lessons to assist us in sharing with another person how we feel about something in a respectful way and how to ask for what we need. And most of us are just skating by on the time-tested skills of our parents and their parents who most likely had less opportunity for skill-building than we have had in our lives. We may have passed algebra (or not) but most educational organizations never taught us the art of effective communication. We try to get by on whatever communication skills we have picked up along the way.

Even if we have had exposure to proper training in communication skills, how many of us become blank slates of knee-jerk reaction when conflict comes into our lives? More

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