A lovely sister-friend of mine posted this beautiful picture of her child on Facebook. The child is wearing a bright orange life jacket and wearing an angelic smile! Her father’s arms encircle the little one and the caption reads, “Her first life jacket. Safety first!”
The child looks completely peaceful and unconcerned. Her expression relays the kind of contentment that is brought about when you know that you are totally loved, always protected and absolutely safe!
The dictionary defines a life jacket as: A sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable construction, for supporting the wearer in deep water and preventing drowning.
So many of us today feel like we are drowning. Floundering in uncertainty, debt, lack, scarcity, grief or perceived loss…we think that our circumstances will pull us into their undertow never to be seen again.
In the deep water of our fears, we struggle against the current, envisioning the worst possible outcomes.
All along, Spirit is calling lovingly to us; working to calm our fears and stop our violent struggles.
But, like the drowning…we fight the very energy that is reaching out to rescue us from the dark turbulent waters of our own nightmarish illusions.
Each and every one of us has been issued a “Life Jacket” designed specifically to help us navigate the deep waters of our experience in complete safety and without need for fear of drowning.
You have only to accept this wonderful gift and allow your Father’s arms to encircle you!
You are wholly and completely supported at all times…no matter how turbulent the waters that flow around you!
Listen, because Spirit is saying... “Put on your Life Jacket! Your safety is always first with Me!”
Become like the child that you are and “Trust” that you will float above the content in your life… for you are the space around it!
Take a deep breath and feel the buoyancy of the unconditional love that is your heritage as the child of a loving Father/Mother God!
Remember… “God is faithful, who will not [permit] you to be tempted above that ye are able [to bear]; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.” 1 Cor. 10:13
Accept the Life Jacket that has always been yours today… and smile because you are loved!
The dictionary defines “Grace” as: a. The freely given, unmerited favor and love of God. b.The influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or strengthen them c. A virtue or excellence of divine origin…
And again, it is defined as…elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action.
To say that we live in a “State of Grace” points to a way of being that creates a flow of ease and harmony in life that some call “effortless-ness”.
The Tao, says this about effortless-ness: The way is the root of everything accomplishing all while doing nothing. Elites knowing Divine Unity accomplish with effortless application. Life unfolding in a natural process. Highest good manifests freed of desire. Serenity evolves of its own accord…
A “State of Grace” is not a state of constant, mind-numbing euphoria.
(Although, it can certainly be experienced this way from time to time.)
Rather, it is living life by responding to it with the knowledge that everything is as it should be.
It is an extreme and certain reliance on Spirit living in you, through you and as you.
It is a dance with precise steps and the fluid motions of Love given…and of Love received in this circle…called Life!
Today, consider changing your zip code to a “State of Grace“.
Maybe, like me, you are starting over...reinventing yourself...and making drastic changes in your life and affairs.
It can feel so scary to be in an unfamiliar place where all you really have to rely on is the power of faith and the strength of your vision.
Maybe you are starting over because your old job went away, you are downsizing or a relationship came to an end.
Whatever the reason, you may come to a place where you just feel like saying, "Forget it! This is just too hard and I don't want to do it anymore!"
I must feel like this at least once a day on a slow day!
So I want to share some things that have kept me from walking away from the path that I have chosen for myself.
Know the difference between "giving up" and "letting go"
Be willing to release all the things that you thought you knew about yourself and your life. Doing this creates room for God to create a new script for you and your life.
Practice Moment-By-Moment Surrender
Surrender all struggle, despair and hopelessness. Surrender all fear, doubt and unbelief. Do it moment-by-moment!
Surrender in those tearful moments when you might be on the floor in a heap praying for the strength to hold on just one more day...then...get off the floor, wipe your tears, wash your face and reach for a feeling of gratitude.
Live in Gratitude
Focus on your blessings and not on what you think is missing! When you feel despair come calling ask yourself what you are most grateful for.
Reach for gratitude constantly! Become a gratitude addict! Gratitude instantly raises your vibration.
Remember to Breathe
When you are in fear you are not breathing deeply. A good cleansing deep breath brings oxygen to the brain and gets the flow of energy moving.
When you breathe deeply and slowly you don't feel stuck. You start to feel like you have the power to keep going.
Let it Flow
Whatever you are sharing and giving to the world, keep sharing and giving to the world. If you are a writer, keep writing. If you sing, keep singing, If you are an artist, keep creating!
As you allow your gift to flow from the loving place of your I AM Presence and from the Joyful Soul of your Being...you are bringing it into perfection!
A quote from Manifesting Victory,
"Don't think you must stop, because what you expressed isn't accepted (or noticed) by the outer world! Don't mind that, but just let it flow! Just let it keep flowing and all of a sudden, when it strikes a certain vibratory action, the whole world will accept it!"
God does have a plan for you and whether you know it or not...you're living it!
Persistence is needed. Persistence is the steady adherance to a course of action!
Courage is needed. Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway!
Faith is a bird that feels dawn breaking and sings while it is still dark. - Rabindranath Tagore
Headlines are screaming about war and rumors of wars, you practically feel like you have to sign over your firstborn at the gas pump….and flooding, earthquakes and natural disasters are taking place all over the world.
Many are feeling some sense of pain, loss, confusion or at the very least…some trepidation about what’s next.
The fearmongerers are screaming loud and long…and gaining more support everyday.
The magnetic pull of the negative and panic-stricken collective consciousness bears heavy on the soul.
And so, I pose the question…what does keeping the faith really mean for us now?
In my humble opinion, it has to do with maintaining a place of balance, truth and sanctuary amidst the chaos and craziness created by the blaring of the media horns.
It has to do with holding a space of sanity and peace for those who cannot or will not hold it for themselves.
Tao #26 has this to say about staying centered:
Heavy is the root of light the faster we go, we slow down time standing still we are the masters of speed
Thus the wise travel all day without leaving their vehicles the scenery is accepted without undue excitement
My beloved friends, hold your course…stay on track! Be still and know God!
Be like a tree planted by the rivers of water and bring forth your fruit!
As the Psalmist said…”I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved .(Psalm 16:8 KJV).
Look not to the right hand nor to the left but remove your foot from evil. In this case, evil being everything that is unlike LOVE which cast out fear.
And my friends, not for nothing, are the Children of Light are also called “The Faithful”!
Another sacred text we know describes the essence of faith as the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
You are anointed as WayShowers, Truthtellers, and Keepers of the Light!
Put on the whole armour of God and stand having done all to stand!
And I close with a quote from Robert Schuller, “Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines.”
The guidelines only ever point in one direction…”up”!
Yesterday was a day that will go down in history for those of us living on the East Coast. Many of us experienced our first earthquake. Yes, you heard me right! A 5.9 on the Richter Scale! It came without warning, introductions or explanation.
I was on the phone with my sister when the rumbles began. It sounded like a freight train coming down the middle of my street. So foreign was the concept of “earthquake” to my experience, that I ran outside convinced that the source of the shaking must be something, anything but what it actually was.
Mumbling to my sister, “I’ll call you right back”, I hung up the phone in a daze. The earth stopped moving, but my mind was reeling in the aftermath of the sheer power of this experience!
There are words in a sacred text which declare “All that can be shaken will be shaken so that which cannot be moved will remain…”
Circumstances in life can appear suddenly with no apparent warning of which we are consciously aware shaking us to our core.
Circumstances requiring our immediate and undivided attention which can leave us dazed, numb or paralyzed with fear wondering what just happened?
When the “aftershocks” have passed, at last we turn within to the business of rebuilding and putting ourselves and our lives back together.
For those open to the gifts present in the hand of even the most adverse circumstances, something solidifies and creates a kind of fortitude that becomes immovable and unshakeable!
Consider the following text from Matthew 27: 51-53
51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
Metaphysically, quakes represents a "Shift”.
A movement from one mindset to another, a change from one course of action to another, a testing of stability and a separation of that which is temporal from that which is eternal.
The old way of being, the graves, are opened and the mind is freed and resurrected. We are transformed and the veil of the illusion of separation between us and that which is Holy is rent in two.
The rocks of old core beliefs, behaviors and patterns… those things that no longer serve us are split and the sleeper awakens.
Having been transformed, we seek to become vessels of transformation. We remember once again, humbled by the Power of our quake and empowered by its passing, that we are Conscious Co-Creators with God in our own lives. We remember that we are here to be about our Father’s business as citizens of the Holy City!
We appear unto ourselves as the Perfect, Whole and Light-filled beings that we truly are at our very core, no longer entangled by the seductions of our lives as something that we… and we alone control.
I close with a quote from the Tao:
Tao #16 ~ Cycles / Circles
Empty your mind of thought dwell in DivineUnity being Serenity
Watch the web of life weave into existence all that we observe all moves within a circle all life returns to the roots in the soil
Source of serenity absorbed in eternity this is our destiny
Denial is catastrophe
Our lives are not circumscribed we are not our bodies Knowing the Tao we release all fear Being the Tao We live forever…
Beloved know this when lifequakes come…
That which can be shaken has been created in order that what cannot be shaken may remain.
In the last post of this series we discussed the difference between longing and desire.
Longing has its focus on lack or what is missing. Like wishing, it places us in a position of limited possibility. What you focus on grows larger. Inside the web of longing, one tends to feel powerless to change their circumstance.
Desire is of the Father… it is the Formless Consciousness from which we create the life we choose. Desire is the stirring within your soul for All that tends toward Life. Desire is a place of Infinite Possibilities and Power! Inside desire lay the seeds of Wholeness and the key to the Authority of the Concious Co-Creator.
From the space of our God-Realized desire, we may “Lead with our Light”!
Knowing, that everything you need lies inside the Kingdom within and is already in your possession, you are at peace!
We create, or uncover desire from becoming present to what it is we want in the deepest way possible. When you are ready to Lead With Your Light, you will seek:
•Not the gift...but the Giver •Not the thing…but the state of consciousness from which it arises
Life is consciousness. Life is spiritual not physical.
To the degree to which we can understand these basic Truths, we will create the life we want.
Remember that you already create the life that you choose consciously or unconsciously. Whether you live as a beggar or a monarch inside your Kingdom is up to you.
Do you desire joy, peace, wealth, luxury, security or opulence? No matter, they are all within you.
Access your desire through your emotion! Feel the experience of joy, peace, wealth or whatever you desire.
Emotion = Energy in Motion
Many of us are used to the emotions of depression, lack, sadness and confusion. Expand your consciousness to include your natural state of Being. Feast on the feelings that tend toward Life!
“How do I do this?”, you may ask. Practice is the answer.
Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
As you shape your consciousness with your feelings of love, joy and gratitude you cannot fail to change your world!
In the next installment of this series we will discuss moving from “desire” to “conviction”.
This post is a continuation of “Don’t Lead with Your Need”.