Unfolding

  “There is so much more within your crystalline core than you yet know. It is time for your unfolding. One step at a time is all it takes.”         Unfolding, a card from the Luminaries Deck, encourages us to go deeper. There is more that is unfolding from within our core. When I visualize the process of unfolding, I see a bed sheet carefully folded and stored in a closet. One day you are led to bring this sheet out. Carefully, you unfold it. There are creases in it from having sat in that closet for so long. You smooth out the creases, feeling the soothing touch of closely woven cotton. You had almost forgotten that this sheet was in your closet. You smell it’s fresh scent. You touch it to your cheek. You know that it is familiar even though you have not taken it out for so long. “There is so much more with your crystalline core. . .” What else might be in that closet? What other precious attributes have you set aside? It may seem strange to focus on unfolding at a time when there is so much uncertainty. But that’s the point. We are being led to take one step into a new way of being. The uncertainty has removed our solid footing that was firmly placed in patterns of life that were familiar. What better time to step forward, even gingerly, to create a new platform from which to live! Unfolding goes on to encourage us: “At the right time and in the right place, as you connect with...

Between the Poles

Are you feeling fatigued by the flood of changes, disruptions, and sense of chaos in the world around us? Has it spilled over into your personal life? Recently, I found myself saying, “ I need a vacation!” Nothing in my life seemed to be flowing. I planned; things changed.  I was ready to throw up my hands and get out of town. Taking a break can be very beneficial. Opting out in frustration, not so much.   A quote in an article sent to me by a friend helped me put things into perspective: “If you do not trust life to unfold, the mind takes over and it becomes a game of strategy, motivated by anxiety. This mistrust is unfair. Life has given us so much, and yet we do not trust it.” http://hackspirit.com/15-quotes-modern-day-zen-master-will-blow-mind-wide-open/ I’ve learned that trusting doesn’t mean sitting around waiting for the Universe to rain down all things good. I’m still the one in human form that needs to act when the time is right. However, action out of frustration or action intended to kick the ball forward with no attention to the game, usually ends badly. I find that I am learning a new way of being. We don’t need to operate from one pole that is frustrated- action or the other pole that is trust that it will all be taken care of. There is a balance somewhere In the middle. In between frustration and blind trust (of an outside force) is a place of awake, aware action guided by inner trust. How do we get to that in between place? Here is a...

Clarity and Courage

What does clarity look like to you? Does it mean you have a clear life path–a sense of what you are here in this life for. Or perhaps clarity means you see who you are, not from another’s perspective, but from getting real with yourself. And sometimes that comes because you have said, “No, that’s not who I am.” Clarity can also mean that you have cleared away old messages about life, it’s meaning, your obligations to others, and all the many “should’s” that were heaped on you. This can leave you with a clean slate–a place to start that doesn’t have all the puzzle pieces of life already assembled for you. Then, you can fill that slate with what seems real to you; what makes you happy; what stokes your passion without expecting others to have the same things on their slate. In other words, you don’t have to compare yourself to others or to measure up to some imaginary yardstick that says, “Be this, do that, think this so you will be acceptable.” That’s where courage comes in. With nobody else’s parameters defining you, this new kind of freedom can be daunting.  “What if I leave behind something that is important? What if I am just kidding myself? Can I be this capable, this able to navigate my own life?” “Will I lose family and friends because I am not conforming? Will I have those in my life who are willing to listen to me and want to share ideas without telling me what’s right and wrong?” The color Yellow, along with Purple, give us tools for clarity...

Staying Open-Hearted in Crazy-making Times

What Does This Have to Do with the Holiday Spirit? This morning I watched pictures of the city of Aleppo and heard stories of unimaginable cruelty. Last night I enjoyed a special time with family, giving and receiving gifts, putting together a puzzle, watching dog antics, and laughing. In a time of such tragedy and uncertainty, how do we stay open-hearted without dropping deep into the despair so many feel? And what does this have to do with the holiday spirit? My answers always come back to the spiritual journey. When someone close to us dies, we feel the loss. We mourn. Yet, in the midst of the very real pain of mourning, we turn for comfort to family, nature, and the enduring human spirit that, at its best, is rooted in love. During our mourning there are– times of tears and times of laughter; times of regret and times of celebration; times of wanting to leave this world and times of determination to make every moment count. This is also true when the human spirit loses its way. We mourn then as well. What we are experiencing now in the world and in our country may feel like the deep loss of love. Yet, if we become that loss, we add to the depressive spirit that forgets there is also hope. Living in this dichotomy of grief and celebration can feel crazy-making.  We may feel that celebrating is unreal in the midst of that which wrenches the heart. We see and experience so much that shows us a heartless humanity. We may blame, gnash our teeth, feel like victims....

The Demise of Old Habits

    Turn Life into a Delicious Helping of Opportunity by Dissolving Old Habits     Old habits! What do they look like? Things you say and then think, “Why did I say that?” or “Where did that come from?” Procrastination—Believing that something will be difficult so you put it off. Filling in every moment with activity so you don’t have to feel. Feeling sure that someone is doing it wrong, even if doing it another way wouldn’t matter. Blaming another for making you feel bad. Pushing down your anger because it’s not okay to be angry. These are only a few ways we act and react from habit. What happens inside of you when we let habits rule you? Habits drain your energy! They lead to distrust in yourself and others. Depression can set in because you aren’t using your skills and abilities in a meaningful way. Your immune systems can take a hit, making room for disease and pain. So, how can you peel back the layers of habit? Here are the steps: Become aware of the habit Use tools to shift the energy that perpetuates the habit Make connections to your authenticity—your true self Catch yourself each time a habit appears that is not value added Congratulate yourself for doing something about your habits Are you ready to take back all that energy you spend on what never really worked well for you? What difference will it make? This can lead to an inner satisfaction that may surprise you. This new way of being can support you through the tough times, the confusing times, the times...

Putting Life in Order

Affirmation:  I am putting my life in order! This affirmation became a place of contemplation for me. Here’s what came to me. Why put my life in order? My brain feels free when life is in order. This doesn’t have to be a confining space. It can be a clear space. Order clears the chaos. It frees creativity, allowing higher wisdom to move in easily. Why does order create creativity? The brain will not settle in chaos. It swirls instead. Swirling not only confuses those around me, but it also hides the nuggets of wisdom and creativity ready to emerge.   What are some ways I can put my life in order?   Align with Divine Spirit Breathe Ask “What is my heart’s desire today?” What is my first step toward that heart’s desire? Do it now. Home Study Opportunities for Putting Life in Order: Basic Color Course, Level 1: Balance 3 pairs of complementary chakras so you are operating from both your human and divine self. This can bring order to chaos that tends to drain your life force. Balancing Masculine and Feminine Energies Here you balance the human and divine aspects of the feminine and masculine.  Then you bring these balanced aspects into a new partnership. This is the empowered you! Feel energized, aware, and excited about life. Come Join the One Community at The Power of Color Meet others on a spiritual journey Support each other Receive inspiration Meet on a monthly conference call Share your expertise and...