the Lotus Grows from Muddy Waters ~ the Rubber Meets the Road

There are the moments in our lives, where the rubber meets the road of our higher ideals and practices we incorporate in our lives. This is one such moment. One that I’ve chosen to explore with you. Here. Now.

Do you know that feeling when you’ve made a mistake which can’t really be taken back? The stomach is queasy. The mind is racing. The breath feels constricted.

And I remember, the Lotus Flower blooms through dark muddy waters … Cultivating Peace

How do we access peace in that moment? How do we quiet the discomfort of what the body/mind is expressing?  Let’s walk through it together, shall we?

As I enter into all that is present, I allow all the inner noise to be present. I come first into the breath and slowly guide it down into the belly. Often times I find it easiest to lay on my back, with my hands gently resting on my low belly.

Breathing in. Breathing out. Breathing in. Breathing out. 

In the acknowledging of what I’m feeling, all the sensations, I hear the messages of my mind. They are telling me stories of ‘I’m in trouble. I did wrong. I’m ashamed. I should have known better.’  I listen and allow the voices to be heard, even though I want to shut them out. I want them to be quiet. I want them to go away. I want to go to sleep. But I simply breathe through them with gentleness and calm.

I notice that after a moment of listening, my body is starting to relax. My breathing deepens. The voices quiet. Witness steps forward to hold a silent space of observance. As I observe the inner-chaos quieting, I can begin to inquire about what is true and what is false about my stories, my beliefs surrounding the current situation.

Peace isn’t inactive or passive. It’s dynamic. It is the potency from where we charge our battery, so that our energy source is a pure source to produce ‘right’ thought, ‘right’ action, ‘right’ activation.

As Peace begins to rise within me, the answers, the truths of ‘right’ thought, begin to clarify. It’s a soft breeze, rather than the trumpeting condemnations. 

Peace expands from the qualities of relaxation, inner silence, spaciousness, and letting go. As it expands, it has the power to touch all life around us. The ground of peace, then allows for many other high frequency qualities of energy to arise and be cultivated.

Sitting and receiving the information from within my being, resting in peaceful awareness, I’m able to receive clarity. I’m able to perceive clearly, what I would actually change if I could and what is simply my story with false projections. Peace allows me to hold both in balance and hold myself in Compassion, Forgiveness, Humility, and Gentleness. 

It’s easy to speak of spiritual qualities of being when things are as we’d like them to be and it’s always a blessing when they happen upon us via Grace. But those gifts of Grace are then doorways of invitation. These invitations ask us to ground and embody these divine qualities through practice and continuous deepening. There’s real ‘in the dirt work’ which transforms us and supports our whole being to rise in vibration and consciousness.

Today is a day of seeing how well I can meet the test before me, where the rubber meets the road.  If you’ve had one of these days, then I hope this assists you as well in coming into a state of Peace to embrace your Wholeness.

In Love & Light ~

Lotus

 

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Your Most Potent Super-Power

I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of super-hero movies . . . many of them, anyway.

My husband turned me onto The X-Men when we first started dating. Prior to that, I had no interest what so ever in the comic book world. When we finally watched The X-Men, I acquiesced because a) it was something that he really wanted to share with me. b) he’d been such a wonderful sport about watching some of my movie choices which drained him emotionally. c) I put it off as long as I could.

From the very introduction, I was hooked. I felt semblances of relating through my personal process of  Kundalini awakening. While stories of Indigo children danced through my head, I could feel that inner knowing of a future of awakened, latent abilities not too far ahead. After all, the Yogi’s of India spoke of these powers, as well as Jesus.

While some call these super-natural powers miracles or magic, I believe these abilities lie within all of us, quite naturally. However, to truly awaken, harness, and express them, requires mastery.  But this writing isn’t really about super hero’s and the fighting of villains. It’s about the most powerful Super-Power, that opens the door to our greatest inner Power. Self-Love.

Yes. Self-Love. I’m proposing that Self-Love is our most potent form of power and perhaps one of the most challenging for us to master. But but in my experience, just in the beginning stages.

We have the hero within us and we have the villain within us. It is this inner villain that we must befriend. Who is this villain aspect? Our Sacred Shadow. The Shadow has become quite popular in the last couple of years. Thank Goodness! Because this shadowy villain leads us to love.

We live with many aspects, expressions of our wholeness. What I’ve called my inner uglies are those personality traits in myself which I’m not a big fan of. In some instances I’ve been quite ashamed of, disliked, and harbored harsh judgments about these ‘villain’ aspects of myself. This isn’t something any of us are alone in. It’s a part of how we learn and grow, by transforming aspects of ourselves that we deem as ‘wrong’ or ‘bad.’

When I first begin working with clients and the conversation turns toward the Sacred Shadow, one of the first things that comes up for many, is how can this be Sacred? ‘How can these parts of myself that cause me such shame or grief be called sacred.’ And this is where the access point of self-love begins. As human beings, this learning is a path that leads us to know that in Truth, we are worthy, we are good, we are Love. If we don’t know our Shadow, we can’t deeply Know our Light.

Falling into self-love you fall into the core of your being, rooting you to your inner truth.

Through self-love you are lifted into your highest purpose and light.

It escorts you with peace through times of challenge.

It holds you tenderly when your heart breaks.

Fall into this love as it guides your choices as nourishment and nurturance.

Living in love with your own being, you receive love more deeply, and can share it more abundantly.

I believe that while there are many helpful teachings for us all to choose from, a big disservice is done when we attach to the idea that we can skip this step of integrating the Sacred Shadow in our spiritual evolution.  I’m not advocating that we hang out and wallow in our darkness or depression. However, I also don’t believe that we can ‘think good thoughts’ our way to wholeness, maturity, and deep wisdom. Many feel that the Law of Attraction is a one dimensional process that centers only around the thinking, egoic mind. The vibrations & frequencies we attract with go much deeper than the logical, rational mind and into our subconscious, our body, and energy field. When we only hang onto the surface, sadly this leaves many people clinging, hoping, for change without taking the empowered actions to create those changes ~ on the inside FIRST.

The initiation upon the path of Self-Love requires willingness and commitment to look at ones whole self. This is why we have teachers and guides, to help us go where it is difficult to go alone. A simple formula I use is composed of 3 parts:

Acknowledge. Release. Receive.

We must first look within and acknowledge these shadow aspects. This begins to heal them. In the healing and releasing phase of the process, sacredness is born in our awareness. This also begins to create a relationship of receiving our self, which expresses as self-acceptance within our being, rather than self-rejection.

Self-Acceptance flourishes into the receptivity of Self-Love.

They go hand in hand.

Once we hit the new thresholds of Self-Love, we are ready to begin to step into our Super-Power training! Jesus is told to have hung out with those people who were seen as the dregs of society. They were looked down upon for their wrong-doings, their shady ways, their tarnished reputations.

But Jesus had the most important super-power. Because he KNEW himself to be made of Light and Love, this truth of his KNOWING, gave him the clear seeing that EVERYONE is also made of Light & Love. There are no dregs. There are only those who haven’t integrated the Sacred Shadow.

This is how the super-power begins to manifest within our being. When we love ourselves, when we live from a state of wholeness, everyone we meet is a reflection of that Truth, regardless how far they are shrouded in forgetfulness.

Love is the greatest power we have. We are Whole and Wholy. And it is a well-spring within us, awaiting its cultivation to bloom forth and touch the hearts of all that we meet. This is the medicine of today. Turn your attention within and walk this inner path of the Heart, for your super-power of Love awaits!

Blessings of Remembering the Truth of Love Within You ~

Lotus

artist: Shiloh Sophia