We are the Power of These Times ~ Awaken!

Our awakening happens in cycles & rhythms, ebbs & flows, valleys & peaks, stages & phases, continuous next levels & layers.

The beginning stages/phases often find us desiring greater health, balance, wellness. Exercise, diet, hatha yoga, are some of the new choices we seek out. We feel better, brighter, and with this comes the initial peeking into our emotional/mental landscape, addressing destructive habits, behaviors, re-evaluating people, places, things, in our lives.

At some point if we are to continue on, we often feel called to go deeper. We are ready for the stillness of meditation. We’re called to study, gain spiritual knowledge, explore the more subtle expressions of our reality through understanding/experiences of the energy, in all it’s forms. Our inner lives remain fairly stable & secure, ego has been identified, yet we too are identified with our egoic-personality.

Ahh … but then, again if Soul realizes we are ready to go deeper still, the stages & phases, expand & deepen into the cycles/rhythms, ebbs/flows, valleys/peaks. This is when we often run into a dark night of the soul. Stability & security begins to be a bit more precarious. Soul has a way of ushering us, initiating us into depths of our being, we didn’t know existed, as long as we lived top-side of life, the surface of life, the surface of ourselves.

This phase is not often the spiritual journey we consciously choose, as in the first, feel-good stages of awakening. This is the inner journey, where the rubber meets the road, where all that we’ve known to be true crumbles into ecstatic piles of rubble. Yes, it’s true ecstasy & spiritual death, can live side by side.

Here we dive deep into our own darkness … and don’t be fooled to believe you are free of the cracks & crevices, within your psyche & heart, your cells & tissues, your brain & bones. We live within the confines of our Shadow, until enough Light rays dissolve it’s hold. For when we truly awaken into the deeper levels, we find eons of unresolved lies, pain, distortions, that require space to survive.

Yet, Soul has other plans than only the surface, top-side existence. The valleys grow deep & long as we purge all that has been carried for eons. The identity of personality must be transformed, before we KNOW who we are.

We will rise up to the peak once again, and yes, we will dive down again as well. True awakening isn’t for the faint of heart. It isn’t warm & fuzzy, happy go lucky, when the deep work is being done. We will feel alone & isolated, as the un-initiated can’t comprehend the demolition at hand. And there will be few words that can accurately illustrate the experience happening within.

There are the initial cycles, where the depths & ebbs will be greater than the times of peaks & flows. Hold yourself close & dear, loves. It’s all temporary.

True awakening in the later phase, is for the warrior aspects within us. Here we grow stronger, more vital, learning how face the fire of illusions. And rejoice in the burning.

But not to fret! For there is a purpose to this fire & it’s raging does indeed become warm embers. Whether you wish to call the Awakening that we are undergoing, simply that of Awakening… or Ascension… or the embodiment of Shakti-Kundalini … or … ??? Language matters not. There are no words for the direct experience of dying to who & what we thought we were, & being reborn into the Remembering of the Truth WE ARE.

Dear Ones … those of you in the fire, keep burning!
Keep surrendering! What awaits you, is a deeper Wisdom, beyond what any books, scriptures, intellectual knowledge can convey. For this is the path of Know Thy Self. This is the path of Divine Embodiment.

Once we travel the inner cycles/rhythms, we are freed up of the chains that once held us captive, without our even knowing we were prisoners. We come out the other side, with a lightness of being, the realization that Love abounds & is unceasingly present. The density of all that was, has now enabled more levity, spaciousness, faith & trust, Light.

Concepts of our purity, goodness & love, transform into KNOWING & Being, the Divine Humans that we are that have awoken those divine qualities within.

The Freedom & Joy of traversing the depths, facing the fires, allowing the crumbling of all we’ve held true, is that we have access then to next leveling, upon next leveling, into heights that we never expected of knew existed.

This is the power of our time. We were made for this time. 
If you are in the stage of crumbling, break down, Sweetness!
You were made for this process! 
This process awaits us all. This is the transformational, evolutionary event of our being. 
And it is a never ending journey.

Rejoice! As the true beauty that you ARE awaits you!
 Lotus

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Creators, we are!

It’s that time of year again. The wheel has turned and we are just at the cusp of the winter holidays ~ Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years. Before we even begin, lets first recognize that the expectation that we are supposed to be happy, joyous and free during these months, can be a heavy load for some. I feel it’s important to be sensitive to the variety of experiences people have at this time of year.

Not all experience the holidays with such an outlook. Some people experience feeling of loss and loneliness. Others feel the stress of money. Introverts may feel overwhelmed with socializing. And those who don’t have close, loved ones in their lives can feel very isolated. It’s important to remember, that even though there can be great joy for many, these holidays are indeed a collective thought form that we have been programmed to buy into. And the key word here is ‘buy’. ie spend money, over indulge, experience excess, thanks to corporate agenda’s. But that is NOT what this post is about, lest I get distracted. However, it is a way of consoling those who may feel the rumblings of ‘Bah! Humbug’ settling in. It is ok if these days, are just another day.

I don’t want to focus on the holidays per se. Instead, I’d like to talk about the creators that we are. That regardless how we hold the holidays, that just like all days, we have the power to cultivate our own inner experience.

Do you believe this to be true?

That’s an important question to begin with. If we don’t have that faith and trust in our ability to literally create the emotional experience in our lives, that we choose, then we won’t. Now, I’m not going to blow rainbows and sparkles up you know where.

It’s not always easy.

It does require acknowledging & understanding what causes you unhappiness, restlessness, fear, anxiety, hate, and self-rejection.

It requires commitment & dedication to your own healing & self wisdom.

And, it actually takes practice, flexing your emotional/mental muscles, to create and maintain high frequency states of being.

But the good news is, you CAN begin to make shifts, even if you haven’t yet realized that your Soul/Highest Self long for your person-hood to be Happy, Joyous and Free!

Let’s start, shall we? 

Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths.
Breathe slowly, deeply, until you feel yourself relaxing.

After you’ve settled into yourself for a moment, bring a memory of something that you can’t help but smile about.
Allow the smile to take over!
(My memory is of my dogs that I used to have. As soon as I see them in my minds eye, my heart explodes, and an uncontrollable smile takes over my whole face.)

Find that kind of memory and really FEEL the emotion. Keep your eyes closed and just feel all of that for a couple of minutes.
Let this frequency vibrate through your being

Once you have connected the memory, to the feeling, continue to let this experience/feeling/frequency vibrate through your being.
Allow yourself to feel how amazing the feeling, feels.

This is the entry point.
Every morning before you rise, every night as you’re going to sleep, any moment that opens up for you during the day … Close your eyes, breathe, let the smile bloom across your face, feel this memory fill your being with whatever the positive qualities are that plugs you into your Light.

This is Your Light. Your Radiance. Your Joy. Your Enthusiasm.

Soon, you won’t need the memory. Your smile will become enlivening. Your physiology & biology, brain & heart will soon rewire itself, enabling you to access higher emotional states, raising your frequency, with ease & grace! 

This practice will also help you to become aware of those habitual thoughts, feelings, stories, stresses, decisions, and beliefs, that literally bring you down. That is, lower your frequency.

That is, bring about depression, sadness, anger … you get the picture. There’s no need for concern or judgment. This is simply information pointing you in the direction of your healing work. The denser feelings are simply teachers, pointing out where we still carry pain or dishonor of self, wearing a myriad of masks.

You will get to choose, over & over,
“Do I wish to continue to cultivate/create my own Joy?”
“Am I willing to do the inner work?” 

Or, “Do I choose to remain, maintain, in a space that either brings me suffering or resting in a comfortable status quo.”  

To choose more happiness, joy, freedom, peace, heart connections, abundance, and celebration of life, will require some effort. There’s no quick, lasting fix. The only way to the other side, is through the denser frequencies and raising them through deeper & higher awareness.

So, as we enter this holiday season, wherever you find yourself emotionally, be gentle with the preciousness that you are. May you find this simple practice a helpful tool to increase the joy that you may already be filled with, because there is no end to how high we can go! And if you are feeling sad, lonely, or frustrated, I hope this assists in bringing you some levity of spirit, to your heart & mind.

Here’s to coming into Joy & Harmony with yourself, so your can see that reflected back to you over this time of Gratitude & Peace.

With Love, 

Lotus

Are You Awakening?

“Spiritual awakening refers to a shift in consciousness, a perception of reality which had been previously unrealized. The culmination of such realizations is in the recognition of oneness with all of existence.”  from the Urban Dictionary

This is a good comprehensive description of awakening. I would add, that awakening is an on-going process for the vast majority … but only if we engage with the process consciously.

Awakening is the topic of our time, because it’s a very real, exciting, evolutionary leap that humanity is making present day.

But what does this really mean?

What does this feel & look like?

Who does it affect?

Why does it matter? 

Who is awakening?

I can only share from my personal, direct experience & from witnessing the journey of others, whether it be friends, family, or clients.  As the quote from the Urban Dictionary expresses above, as we begin to wake-up, our perceptions change & consciousness expands. Yet this can still seem quite vague to some still asleep or just on the cusp of waking.

It helps me to break it down in specific, tangible examples, even though it can often defy any kind of concrete description. Waking-up is a deeply personal voyage we take into our own heart & soul.  As we awaken, our perceptions of what we believed to be true  begin to shift, morph, fall away & expand. This may happen in a flash from an intense experience that forever changes our awareness. Or it may happen subtly, over time, from beginning a practice of  yoga or meditation. It may also come on in trauma, from an injury or illness, or perhaps from the loss of someone we loved dearly.

Rumi wrote in this poem, a key phrase: Don’t go back to sleep. 

For years, copying other people, I tried to know myself.
From within, I couldn’t decide what to do.
Unable to see, I heard my name being called.
Then I walked outside.

The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you.
Don’t go back to sleep.
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep.
People are going back and forth across the door sill
where the two worlds touch.
The door is round and open.
Don’t go back to sleep.

 

What does this look & feel like? Before we begin our awakening, we are living in a state of slumber, asleep without knowing it. We most likely won’t even understand the meaning of being asleep, until we begin to wake.

While asleep, we are living from unconscious programs & conditioning. There is an acceptance of thought forms & beliefs that we learn form the majority. This majority may include family, education systems, culture, societal rules, etc. They tend towards thing in terms of black & white, right & wrongs; judgments, prejudices, fears & divisions, that have crept into our psyche by osmosis; the systems that ‘run’ the world are rarely questioned; and the mundane, contentment of empty entertainment/substances as the stress release from the accepted pressures of ‘this is how life is’ resolve.

But when we begin to awaken, we begin to question, we begin to seek, we desire to know more deeply who we are & why are we here. Although for me, those questions weren’t quite that clear, however as I awoke, I came closer to what seemed like the answers.

The process may be as soft as a whisper or as abrupt as thunder.

The purpose of life may take on new meaning, perhaps a new creativity springs forth, or an unquenchable thirst for learning becomes a driving force. Many experience the desire to change their eating habits to a kinder diet. Others may begin feeling called to seek truth & justice, via activism. Some find a strong call to connect with nature, while others find the need for emotional healing. Still others seek God/Spirit directly.

As we begin to look at ourselves & the world through new colored lenses, our mind & heart expand into new realizations and epiphanies.  There are new qualities of being that are accessed. While some may begin to experience as sense of Peace for the first time ever, another may feel newly energized after being previously identified by depression.

One may experience states of Bliss or Joy. This realization awakens them to another level of expanded awareness ~ that our true inner expression IS Bliss or Joy, not the personality with whom we’ve thought ourselves to be!

There are as many unique expressions of waking-up, as there are souls.

What does this mean?  Waking up, Awakening … means, we are accessing new levels of awareness, consciousness, knowing of ourselves beyond all that we have believed when we were asleep. It is this expansion of consciousness which also helps us to connect more deeply with our Soul, with the desire for more Truth, Justice, or Freedom, to feel more Peace, Compassion, Harmony, Higher Connection.

It is this expansion of consciousness which also connects us more to our heart intelligence, to Love, to our intuition, and to an inner guidance that deeply supports us in becoming free-thinking, verse conforming to the collective, mass consciousness, blindly.

Awakening inspires us to realize that we carry emotional/mental wounds. A deeper awareness begins to inform us, that these hurts we carry, often compel us to hurt ourselves & others, whether we mean to or not.  If we continue to stay open & willing to awaken, we’re inspired to heal our wounds, resolve hurts with others, and eventually to expand our focus from our individual lives, into how we can serve our sisters, brothers, Mother Nature & all living beings.

What I once believed as black & white, becomes grey & the full spectrum of color.

Where once I saw our world from one dimension, now expands to many. 

That which was once experienced as solid, is now all energy.

Though in the past I believed myself to be seperate from you, truly we are all connected.

And as we continue on the path of awakening, we begin to find it is unending, never dull, always full of wonder & magic, and that there are stages & phases of growth & change, upon stages & phases of expansion. We grow into our Wholeness. We transform. Our life transforms. . . Beautifully & continually.

Why does this matter & who does it affect?  This matters tremendously because it affects everyone! Firstly, it affects each of us, as expressed above. Secondly, our world is in desperate need of awakened hearts & minds. Souls who have healed themselves, and can bring that harmonized, balanced, clear perspective to all Life.

Our collective consciousness & those leading the majority thought forms on our planet, have been deeply asleep, separated from their own loving depths of being.  As we awaken, we become the new free-thinking, expansive, exploring higher states of being consciousness. This uplifts all of humanity & Mother Earth.

Each of us matter. And each one of us who takes on the responsibility of Awakening, makes an impact.

Who is Awakening?  My guess is, that if you’re reading this, you’ve begun! Many more around the world are beginning this amazing, glorious mass awakening at hand today, as it is written in the stars, so to speak, and the energy of this time on Earth.

Awakening isn’t a one time event. We may have a great moment or period of time, where everything is opening up in a new way. There may be a powerful epiphany which has re-set the course of a life. This is awesome & perfect. But, in the way in which I hold this awareness, that doesn’t mean we’re awake. That means we’re on the path, we’re in process, and the path is stretched our before us to continue our journey.

Some of us choose this path, because the old ways of our life aren’t bringing us happiness, health, freedom.  Some begin awakening because their Soul & Life has deemed it time! The beauty is, we don’t need to be in crisis to begin. We simply need to choose.

Are you awakening? Ultimately, you’re the only one who can answer that.

Seek within your own heart & being. Listen to that still small voice.

In quoting Rumi again … Can you hear “the breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you”?

Listen … and “Don’t go back to sleep!”

 

For guidance on your path, I offer sessions both via distance & in studio. You’re invited to reach out for a complimentary consultation lotus@artofsacredembodiment.net

 

Blessings & Love on Your Awakening Journey~

Lotus

Commitment to Rise

Embrace that which creates more genuine Joy, Peace & Harmony, in your being .

Allow your choices to carry the ever up-grading vibratory signatures, which will support your ability to hold new levels of Light & Love in your heart. 

I once had a discussion with one of my teachers, about 6 months after receiving Kriya initiation. I was inquiring whether it was ok to back off from my practice if the increasing energy in my system and the expansion process felt ‘too much’?

His reply was, “Of course you may. But also remember, if you don’t acclimate to the new levels of energy that are creating transformation, you will not acclimate to the new levels, and transformation will not take place.”

As you release the old ways, which you have believed to be you, loss is a natural feeling. 

But remember, the space being cleared out, left empty & as a void, is the Space for Grace. It is then you can be filled with more Light, which will truly serve your upliftment & Joy. 

 

Feeling called to activate your rising to the next level? 

See the Light Language Offerings here!

 

Blessings on Rising!

Lotus

Bringing in the Love ~ Light Language Activation & Meditation

Wednesday, May 16th at H2Oasis Float Center & Tea House
6:45 – 8:45 pm
$20.00 to RSVP via Paypal: www.paypal.me/sacredembodiment

 

You are invited to join us for this monthly gathering of activating more Love, Peace, Harmony, Unity, & Joy within us and in the world, via the high vibrational frequencies of Light & sound.

These sounds & tones of divine speech, are known and understood by our heart & Soul. They assist us in releasing outdated programs that keep us stuck in patterns which no longer serve our happiness & highest good.

Light Language activates aspects of the self which aspires toward spiritual awakening, greater Love, Compassion, Faith & Trust, Inner Peace & connection to the Divine.

We are learning more about the power of sound healing/vibrational healing. Light Language is another form of this which allows deep shifts to occur.

Light Language, though relatively new to many, has been known since ancient times. It has been called, ‘Music of the Sphere’s’, ‘Singing into the Spirit’, ‘Angelic Language & ‘Heavenly Language’ to name a few, as well as Soul Languages.

These sounds & divine speech is known & understood by our heart & Soul. They assist us in releasing outdated programs that keep us stuck in patterns which no longer serve our highest good. Light Language also activates aspects of the self which aspires toward spiritual awakening, greater Love, Compassion, Faith & Trust, Inner Peace & connection to the Divine.

They assist us in releasing all that separates us from remembering & knowing, the innate Love that we are, with ease & grace.

LL are a part of our make-up, our DNA. We all have a Soul Language and these activations & meditations, speak directly to our Highest Heart & highest potential.
Please bring a pillow or cushion to sit on & wear loose, comfy clothing. Also, please bring a notebook for noting any insights/experiences you have.
Please arrive a few minutes early to settle in with some tea. 🙂

Looking forward to sharing !

Love, Lotus

When the Bliss of Waking Turns South

Over the many years of working with clients as they travel on their healing path, there is a common pattern. Expanded awareness, many AhHa moments, new freedom & bliss . . . and then things ‘turn south,’ or so it feels.

I’d been working with a lovely woman who was coming for sessions every 2 weeks. Her clarity was growing, old outworn patterns were releasing. Her connection to God and her guides was deepening. She was stepping into her true expression with greater confidence. She was feeling more self-love, more love and generosity for others, and rooting deeper into her sense of self-worth.  After a few months of working together she wanted to dive deeper, so we embarked on a 3 day intensive retreat.

She was a deep-diver over that weekend! She received greater clarity and released deep grief. Though she felt much lighter, with a joyful spaciousness, she also got ‘sick’ at the very end. By sick, as I’ve stated before, that word is a more familiar label for cleansing the emotional on the physical level. With bronchitis, inconvenienced, by what was happening, and a little deflated.  It wasn’t the ending she’d hoped for.

When we really commit to our spiritual unfolding, it’s important to realize there will be peaks and valleys, highs and lows, summer and winter. These will show up in our emotional landscape. We may feel a little crazy and confused, as our mind integrates new perceptions, and the body will go through many changes. Many times, as our patterns are transformed, as our vibrations rise, we may need to boldly step into a fire, which may be painful, and walk through it to gain a new perception, a higher level of wakefulness.  The work is to show up where the rubber meets the road, so to speak, remaining vigilant and awake to practice a new way of being.

The process of awakening is amazing and filled with much wonder, as we learn to see/perceive/live, like we’ve never seen/perceived/lived before. We remember what we’ve long forgotten ~

 that we are each sparks of the Divine Love, waiting to be fully embodied. The connection with all of Life, the expansion of Love, and the deep well of Compassion we access, is without words to describe.  This is Our Truth.

And, the other side of the coin, is that we must also face the abyss of the Unknown, disconnection from identifications that previously allowed life and ourselves to make sense to our human-ness. There is an unearthing of pain, sadness, and fear, which must be released and transformed with the consciousness of waking.

When this stage of our spiritual journey is experienced for the first time it can certainly feel as if we’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere along the line! I remember after the bliss of the first 4 months of my Kundalini awakening, I became very unsettled ~ at least in the mind.

For months I’d been in a state of disintegration of the self, as I’d known myself to be. Literally, I felt empty, like a void inside, yet so clear and full at the same time. The previous ways in which my personality functioned felt washed away. I wasn’t experiencing any ‘buttons’ being pushed, even though there was plenty of button pushing happening. I didn’t need to process, discuss, or solve any issues. Silence, being present and acting from a place of being in the moment, allowed life to unfold perfectly. Judgments had escaped me and I felt deeply connected with Source. I thought I was free!

And then, it turned south, or so I thought. Around that 4 month time, the body felt at peace, empty, calm, and grounded. But my mind from nowhere, began thinking again. It was as if a switch was flipped off from being the witness/observer state of consciousness, of simply being present.  Instead, the mind’s thought was perceiving the state of intense detachment, and there was reaction. And that reaction was disturbed. I had been resting in the hightened state of witness consciousness, and next, I was entering back into the more person-hood, identified, ego consciousness.  Instead of experiencing the peace, calm, empty of the body, as I had prior, I felt greatly detached and numb to all emotion, within the mind.

This alarmed the mind, while the body remained silent and empty. Without the senses of emotion, I couldn’t access the feeling of love for my partner or family. I didn’t feel connected to myself. I felt void of personality. To top it off, the fact that I couldn’t even feel the sense of alarm in my body, that I felt in my mind, alarmed my mind even more!

This phase passed. As I traversed over the years, I recognized that at different phases of our awakening, there are a great many shifts that take place energetically, physically, and of course, this affects our consciousness.  Consciousness is the key. New states of consciousness will create a new experience in how we relate to everything. But I don’t want to digress into that long subject.

The point is, that we are growing, expanding, awakening, ascending. So many words to describe what has to be experiential, to truly understand. It’s important that we have these conversations, because this will ward off unneeded fear or disappointment. Everyone’s spiritual path is unique, and yet, there are similarities at different junctures along the way.

I didn’t take a wrong turn & head south. The client, I shared about above or the others, also didn’t take wrong turns. All of us traversing this path will realize this, if we just keep moving forward, opening our heart to love and the Divine, and keep the fire of courage burning that a spiritual warrior needs to continue their journey.

We are blessed to be living in this time of accelerated spiritual unfolding! It’s amazing. It’s daunting. It’s a path of embodiment, and this is what has been largely overlooked in spiritual teachings in the general public. So hang on, but not too tightly. The ride is filled with more ease & grace, the less we cling.  If you feel you’ve turned south, know you will soon turn north again.We’re all in this together, so you’re invited to keep rising, keep diving, keep shining.

 

Blessings on your ups & downs ~ Lotus

art: Mara Freidman

Embodying Your Divine Self

Entering into the arms of your Beloved, you enter into the Essence of You.

There are thresholds that must be crossed if you wish to come home to you Divine Self. And what is meant by the ‘Divine Self?‘  

Have you experienced those moments of empty ~ bliss?  

Where you’re so lost in something you love doing, absorbed in the moment, losing track of all space & time, shedding for those moments, the attachment to who your personality is or isn’t? 

Or when you’ve felt in such a flow with creativity gushing forth, uninhibited, expressing spontaneously, that even you were amazed in the afterglow?

Or when someone or something, has unexpectedly opened your heart to allow an ecstatic LOVE pour through your being, unafraid, unfettered, and fully expanded, that there was nothing in your mind, but that state of being in your awareness? 

Our Divine Self, expresses through vibrations, frequency & states of being, rather than emotions or thought. Those states of being are always present, they don’t ebb & flow, with our whims, fears, judgments, or grief. They are ever-present, as those qualities are our sacred ground of being. They are who we are, beneath the personality of stories, beliefs, habits, & life’s experiences.

The Divine Self radiates through us in a growing force & presence, the more that we release, heal & unfurl the false sense of self.

But how do we find the thresholds, let alone access this living presence within each of us? 

How do we learn to maintain that connection once it’s made? 

How do we allow it to transform us, so that we are living more fully as our divine Self? 

This is what we explore in the Path of Embodiment, since we can’t access, awaken, maintain & transform into the remembering of our Divine Self without Embodiment.  This path is not of the intellect or mind, it must take place within our body, heart, & Soul.  It is experiential, utilizing only as needed, the informational.

You are invited to explore & expand, deepen & embody your Truest Self, Divine Self, when you step through the first threshold of inquiry & a consultation with me.

I’ll be hosting a deep dive into this conversation of initiation, for your Beloved’s Embrace:

Beloved’s Embrace: Embodying your Divine Self

Sunday, April 23

Los Feliz, CA

10 am – 4 pm

For inquiries, please contact me:

lotus@artofsacredembodiment

626-394-1565

Embraced by Programming

Too often we are held in the warm embrace of comfort and contentment, of what we think we know to be true. It feels warm and fuzzy and non-threatening. But alas, it’s what we can also call programming.

And we can feel this changing!

In this space, this close embrace, we are held in a state of sleep. By sleep, I of course am not referring to the night time, rest, rejuvenate, dream land, subconscious processing, in preparation for the coming day, sleep.

By asleep, I’m referring to a subconscious resistance to ignite a more wakeful, curiosity about the world we live in. Such as: Why do I function as I do in the world? Why do the world’s ‘advanced’ societies function in the way they do? Why do I hold the beliefs I have? What is my deepest longing? deepest fear? most wondrous joy? What am I truly here on this planet for? What is my purpose? Why do I hate? Why do I love? Why do I keep repeating habits that bring unhappiness? Do I believe I am special, unique, divine? If not, why not? Do I have a sense of the sacred or soul in my life? Do I love  myself? If not, why not? Do I believe in things I cannot see? If not, why not?

You see, many of us go through our lives on autopilot (accepted programming). Yet more of us are beginning to address these kinds of questions within ourselves. When we’re asleep/programmed, held in the arms the ordinary, mundane state of ourselves and the world, we believe this ‘comfort’ is how life should be. When our boat starts to rock, we do what is necessary to return to the status quo of the previous comfort zone (programming). The ordinary, from which we became momentarily unsettled, is the default setting.

The other option: Wake-Up to something more, ExtraOrdinary  within us and outside of us.

While in the past there has been a preference to remain asleep, this is changing. Let me say here, I don’t believe people are making the conscious choice to stay asleep. This isn’t a judgment call. It’s been an overall state of mind, that as a population we’ve been lulled into. I believe there is a deeper force which programs that ‘comfort’ of the ordinary. Here’s an illustration:

One day a couple of years ago, I was having a talk with a friend. The day was beautiful and we were out for a walk. It was not long after the Ferguson riots began, and my friend was understandably feeling the pain about the violence taking place. We had stopped at the park to rest, sitting on the grass and I began to share some information that I had come across regarding this.

I thought this was the perfect opportunity to open a conversation. I shared that according to some of the sources I’d read, that these racial upsets weren’t an accident. That there was evidence of a larger plan to begin destabilizing our population, inciting hatred and fear, to create deeper division among the population. I also made the comment that according to what I’d heard, there would be more blatant episodes of racial violence in the near future. (Which there were.)

As I shared, my friends eyes began to glaze over. I received a blank stare of silence. And then she repeated her confusion, that she didn’t understand why there was so much violence taking place. With her next sentence, she then changed the subject to the park and weather. No questions. No disagreement. No challenging me in what she may have perceived as conspiracy thinking. No indication that I had shared anything at all.

In another example of collective programming, many people are more apt to remain in circumstances which breed stress, depression, unhappiness, and frustration, particularly in the the case of ones professional/work life, than be open to seeing an alternative way of living. Being open to an alternative doesn’t necessarily mean easy or without effort. When introduced to options or a plan of change, there is an unconscious clinging to the mode of rationalizations as to why life needs to remain as it is. It’s this kind of programming that we aren’t even aware of most of the time.

The programs run through us, like a computer. They’ve been ‘downloaded’ into our mind, heart and cellular structure, by society, family, education, religions and our own past experiences. They run unquestioned, automatically in the background. When they are questioned, the ‘regulation button’ (the programmed habitual thinking) is pushed, the glaze comes over the brain, and the ‘does not compute’ signal is activated. It happens so quickly and subtly, most of the time this process isn’t even recognized consciously.

New awakening signals are breaking up the old sleep signals!

The programs connect to beliefs/feelings about survival, love, security, power, abandonment, ability, and freedom, to name a few. The list goes on to include every story we believe about ourselves, others, and life. To challenge the programming, means to greatly upset the boat, which is our mind. It will challenge our beliefs of who we are, who we think others are, what we believe about life, what we believe we deserve or don’t deserve, whether we believe we have the power to change or create in our lives, etc.

For some people, there is a deep unconscious resistance to NOT grow in ways that expand our consciousness and NOT challenge the beliefs of how we’ve been programmed. Growth, change, expansion can indeed be hard and uncomfortable, but ultimately the reward is freedom. It can be painful, but the reward is joy and peace. It can be scary, but the reward is inner power and great success.

We’re opting to grow through the discomfort to realize our Joy!

We could look at two examples of familiar paths people choose (subconsciously) to live. One being, a desire to live a life that is comfortable, predictable, and with unchallenged beliefs or emotional discomfort. A second familiar path, is one of great continued stress, difficulty, emotional pain, or fear that also becomes comfortable, and thrives like addictions do, in unending cycles.

As a new concept is introduced, the ‘regulation button’ is triggered as soon as concepts or information are introduced into the mind. If it doesn’t fit into one’s present belief system or paradigm, or if it feels to strange, big, or overwhelming,  the ‘regulation button’ is pushed, tripping the signal to ‘go back to sleep.’  The internal counter reaction to expanding our consciousness, says ‘Don’t look there. Stay here, nice and cozy and comfortable.’ ‘That’s crazy talk!’ ‘I could never do that.’ etc. This in no way serves the Highest Good of Who We Really Are. It doesn’t serve the Highest Good for humanity or our planet. It only serves the agenda of other forces which desire to have control over us, via our programmed sleep.

The invitation is to all of us, to continually step into active inquiry as to how we are living our life. We are becoming more conscious, dynamic, and responsible, by reflecting and asking ourselves the hard questions. We are also becoming more willing to do the inconvenient actions in our life to continue to awaken. It is the risk of changing whatever our norm is that delivers many unexpected gifts.

There is no end to the awakening process! There is no finish line, just continued expansion.

2017 has ushered in a painful wake-up call to many with a new president bringing great upheaval, forcing all who have been asleep to wake-up. For many this process is excruciating and terrifying. Going back to sleep is becoming more and more difficult, as it should be. Why? Because we are here to truly awaken to our Selves, in both our darkness and our Light.

We are pulling out of the arms that embrace us tight & hold us in a programmed slumber!

The jig is up! We are here to awaken, evolve, transform, and create magic and mayhem full of Light and Love. But we must unfurl ourselves from the arms that hold us in a false embrace of safety and comfort. We are here to pull away from the bearer of our sleep (programming), pull out of these arms, and stand tall in our Light, our Brilliance, our Power. To take responsibility for honoring ourselves as a divine humanity, awaken and become ready to transform into all of our highest qualities. We are here to rise forth and claim our right to Joy, Peace, and Loving Power.

Blessings in Our Collective Awakening!

Are You Ready to Choose Flight?

I’ve been singing some Carol King lately, with the slight change of the lyrics . . . I feel the earth move under my feet, I feel continuous walls of attachments & resistance crumbling down. I feel the sky tumbling down . . . With every release of old beliefs, stories, personality traits, whenever Spirit’s around . . .

Little did I know I had the expectation to return to a caterpillar stage & create a new groove at the start of the year. Instead the butterfly keeps emerging rapidly.

I’ve given up on finding a new routine, which I’d hoped I’d be able to ground in once I rounded this monumental corner of transformation, which I’ve been longing for, for eons it seems. Especially at this time of quickening evolution on the planet & mind blowing revelations when witnessing our human experiences . . . New, new, new. It’s sort of like being in a carnival fun house trying to find sure footing on the ever shifting floor beneath your feet. Some moments it’s amusing, others it’s anxiety producing, and many other moments you just want the ride to stop.

Instead it’s an on-going dance of new phases & stages of becoming nothing of who I used to be. I know that many of you know this feeling right now. Awakening & awakening & awakening to ever new levels of Self, Love, dimensions, divinity & assistance from beyond the veil.

The new stability is found in the heart & in the growing direct experience, rather than that which we can touch & see. It’s a constant re-aligning of action & surrender, intent & consent to the Divine flow. This is what we signed up for. We consented to go on this earthly ride at this time, to bring in & anchor greater Light.

The more resistance to change at this time, the more challenges I find. And so, I continue to Let Go & fly!

Even as there are many of us who have been experiencing the process of awakening, as it is just that an on-going process, there are many of our brothers & sisters who this may be their maiden voyage, and what a time to begin . . . Although, awakening is the purpose of this time on this planet. This time may be wrought with much unexpected, therefore I feel it’s up to all of us to come together & share our experience, strength & hope.

Change is knocking on many hearts. If there is only an understanding of a world that is linear, rational, goal oriented, work, entertainment, & processing the duality of our present political climate, when change begins to tug at you, it may not make sense.

Many people know that their old ways aren’t working any more. They feel the stress, the exhaustion, the phantom illnesses, the rising anxiety & the debilitating depression, the yearning for something new. Some realize that they are being programmed to be distracted, and follow the distractions the next moment. Others are gaining the recognition that they are comfortably numb.

There is a growing awareness & desire for something more. Something deeper. Something more sacred. Something more fulfilling & enlivening. But there is the catch. To give life to the new will require change. Change will be uncomfortable. Period.

As soon as the heart & soul reach out to inquire for the new, the life of the creative feminine force within them, the knee-jerk reactions say:
“Oh No! I just don’t have the time.”
“Oh No! My spouse would never go for that.”
“Oh No! I couldn’t take that kind of time, that would be so selfish.”
“Oh No! I can’t afford that.”
“Oh No! But what if I fail?”

All of these rebuttals, make perfect sense. They are rational, and any logical person would say, of course, ‘Stay where & how you are, there’s too much to lose. It’s better to be safe than sorry.’
This is the paradigm we are leaving behind, whether we are ready for it or not! The growing discomfort of this time is to push us out of our comfort zones, our programmed thinking. It’s asking us to question our beliefs.
Why do you believe what you believe?
Are those beliefs yours or passed on through society?
And finally, are those beliefs serving your personal highest good, bringing you joy at the end of the day & the highest good of our world at large?

This is the time to release our stuckness in the root chakras of scarcity, survival, fear, & cultural thought forms, in order to evolve & expand into who we truly are. It is the time where we are being asked to be accountable for who we choose to be, what we choose to contribute to the world, and do we choose to be a Light in the world or a shadow.

What needs to be brought into awareness is that when we choose not to inquire into ourselves as those questions invite, that IS our programming at work. This is the part of us that chooses the status quo of what is known, what is ‘comfortably numb’ verses joyful, celebrating wholeness, stepping into our purpose. This is the part of us that clings to the belief of limitation, rather than expand into abundance, desires to remain asleep, rather than awaken, that chooses to remain trapped in the servitude of programming, rather than experience a greater freedom. This is the part of us that chooses to hand over our personal power to authorities outside of our highest conscience and forfeit our sovereignty..

Change is indeed difficult. It can be confusing. It requires us to release the stability of outworn ways and grow in a faith & trust of the greatness within our soul. Change sets the stage for our transformation, and it doesn’t play by the rational rules. It plays by the rules of faith, creativity, inspiration & intuition. It introduces us to the direct experience of higher awareness, soul connection, & being true to one’s Self. It leads us to divine connection & divine knowing, which increases our Faith & Trust that we are not alone. Choosing change gives us the strength to resist falling prey to all the lies & programming of the world.

We can choose to stay in the stuckness today, a year, or 5 years from now. We’ll most likely continue seeing through the same eyes & often times carrying a heavier load. I’ve heard people say, ‘if only I’d taken that other path when I had the chance, my life could have been so much different.’ Well, this is true, and it’s also true that the path of choosing self-empowerment, self-love will always be there. Sometimes it just gets harder to see as time goes on.

We are given choices over & over again, moments when we are on that threshold again, to honor our Self fully and say
“Yes!” It’s time for something different.
“Yes! I choose to step out of my sleep walking & awaken to the truth that is calling from inside my heart.”
“Yes! I choose to face my fears, insecurities, in order to give life to my purpose & sacred calling.”
“Yes! I choose to go through the discomfort in order to access greater happiness, joy, trust, and faith.”

We all have these choices, on-going, and that is the joy and wonder of being a spiritual-human being evolving. My inner world & outer reality will continue to morph and transform, as I choose consistent awakening. This is such a powerful time to shine & radiate the Light within you. The path before you is open and calling. I hope, if you haven’t yet found you’re path, you join the growing numbers of change makers! Come fly with us!
The choice is yours! What will you choose?

Blessings ~ Lotus

Navigating the Lion’s Gate Portal

Here we are in another big shower of divine energies, serving to upgrade and upshift our consciousness and open our hearts! This cycle finds us just on the eve of the Lion’s Gate Portal happening tomorrow, August 8 ~ 8/8.  There is much information about this configuration that takes place every year, although news on the street, is that this year, we’ve been in an extra powerful Lion’s Gate cycle. Here’s a link for more insight,.

However, what I’d like to share about today, are some helpful hints to create ease and grace during this time and beyond.

The first and primary tool for all of us, is to remember, always to ground; connect to the Heart of Mother Earth and spend time in her abundant beauty.  This lifts our heart, opens out mind, balances out imbalances due to modern life, and increases our frequency.

Secondly, as we move forward, the new energies will be ushering in more of the ‘unseen’ to be ‘seen.’ Aspects of the brain, normally untapped will be/are being activated, allowing accessibility to more subtle realms. Our energy systems are also becoming more sensitive, so perceiving on all levels is increasing. Those of us already privy to these understandings can be of great support to those just ‘waking up’ to the subtleties. The more grounded we are, the higher vibration we’re holding, the greater heart/faith centered our support will be.

Thirdly, one of the gifts of the shifts we’ve been going through, is that we have much assistance in clearing our detrimental beliefs and programming. And as much as this is true, during this time, it’s important to continue to acknowledge and become willing to release habits that register in the lower vibrational range. Becoming more adept at consciously creating the qualities of Love, Compassion, Forgiveness, Inner Peace, etc will support the new frequencies.

Because we attract what we vibrate, both in our thoughts AND from the healed/unhealed subconscious, this can impact what we begin to ‘see’ as the veils of the ‘unseen’ are lifted. The higher frequency, the more Love & Compassion we’re cultivating, will bring to our awareness more of the Light of the subtle realms. The opposite may be said if we aren’t actively taking responsibility for the healing of our own heart and psyche.

If support and tools are needed for deeper healing, see here.

When we are healing the denser energies of our own experience and perceptions, those energies that are shadow aspects of each chakra become balanced, functioning from the divine qualities of heart and mind, inherent within each of us.

We can see how these three points can be interlinked to help our expansion of both consciousness and Love. The process of Awakening asks for our active participation. We aren’t simply bystanders awaiting for magic to strike.  We must co-create the magic with the divine assistance. This is our learning in how we connect to our own divinity, and help the whole human family to rise collectively.  May we all be prepared to cross the Lion’s Gate threshold of Love, Light, and Abundance, in Joy and Peace.

Divine Solar Blessings ~

Lotus