Blog – Healing Light Expo

You Think

A few nights ago, as I was about to drift off into sleep, I heard some words that I thought were very encouraging. I hoped I would remember them in the morning when I woke up. Gratefully, they were there when I awoke. Here they are . . . they sound surprisingly like something the Ancient Ones would say, don’t they? May this bless you as much as it has blessed me!

You think you are powerless,

When, in fact, you have merely reached the limits of your will. Divine Power has not even yet been tapped.

You think you are weak,

When, in fact, you have endured great tribulation with honor and grace.

You think you are afraid,

When, in truth, you have shown extraordinary courage to get this far!

You think you are lost,

When, in truth, you have lifted anchor and set sail for undiscovered lands.

You think you are adrift,

When, in truth, currents of Divine Inspiration guide your towards safety.

You think you are worthless,

When, in truth, your value to Divine Source exists beyond words.

Your thinking causes you great pain.

Truth brings you courage, resources, and unbounded Love.

Messages From The Ancient Ones – Amidst the World

Amidst all the clutter in your world, there is space.

Amidst all the hurry and rushing in your world, there is calm.

Amidst all the viewpoints and opinions in your world, there is acceptance.

Amidst all the outrage and outcry, there is peace.

Amidst all the self-defeating thoughts in your world, there is empowerment.

Amidst all the cruelty and harshness in your world, there is kindness.

You will find what you are looking for. Seek for space, calm, acceptance, peace, empowerment, and kindness. We are already there.

Finding Blessings in Loss

Phil and I really enjoyed Mother Nature on our walk this morning. It was cool, but not crisp fall air yet. The trees were turning and the leaves beginning to fall. We certainly see and acknowledge the beauty of their letting go.

Why can’t we see that same beauty in our own releasing of things?

We view releasing as tragic or sorrowful. Yet, is it not like the trees releasing their leaves?

Friendships end. Jobs terminate. Doors close.

We see those as tragic and yet they are transition points to the next better thing.

I was asked this morning what brought Phil and I to the Tri-Cities. Tragedy. The utter loss of a business. It was heartbreaking and sad. It was financially devastating and ego wounding.

Yet, looking back, it was what HAD to happen to bring us to where we are and doing what we are doing. Certainly, we could have made other choices once we arrived here. Yet, surprisingly, one thing after another just “worked out” in our behalf and led us to stay here.

Though Phil’s first impression of this high desert of Eastern Washington was one of horror. As we crested the hill past Hermiston and dropped down into the valley, there wasn’t a tree in sight. Coming from Seattle, Sacramento, and Houston Texas most recently, Phil hadn’t really lived away from trees. His comment was, “What have you done to me?!” A few weeks of spectacular sunrises and sunsets softened the blow a bit. Now, dynamite couldn’t get him out of this area!

With the remarkable landscapes, the mild weather, and warm friendships and kinships, we flourished here. Once established, we were then able to be of service to others—where our true calling came into being.

Looking back on those losses, I’m eternally grateful for them! I see them as freedom rather than loss. I perceive them as wiping the slate clean rather than forfeiture.

More losses appear as life happens. Loss of health. Loss of vitality. Loss of concentration. Loss of moments that slip by too quickly. These losses however can be seen as blessings. With loss of health and vitality, I’ve learned to ask for help. (That’s a big one for me!) With loss of concentration, I’ve learned to move from one idea to the next more quickly—I get less bogged down in analyzing things to death. Loss of moments as they slip by is replaced with cherishing each and every experience.

Loss hurts. Yet, loss opens the door for the next wonderful thing to happen. Finding gratitude even when there is hurt, sorrow, and pain not only blesses the soul, but speeds delivery of new, amazing experiences.

To find a blessing in hurt and sorrow, complete this sentence, “I’m really grateful this is happening because . . . “ Sit with it. Ponder it. Allow the truth of it to come to the surface. When all we see or experience is the hurt and loss, we miss it. Even when the sorrow is happening, the blessing is already there! Focusing on the sorrow blocks us from seeing the blessing.

Take a new look. Be blessed and really feel the blessings flow!

Messages From The Ancient Ones – Exploring Inner Joy

Life's circumstances may be experienced and explored with open curiosity or they may be filtered through auto-pilot or self-judgment. Often self-judgment activates auto-pilot because judging one's self to be less than takes all the fun out of life! Remove the fun, remove the joy, life becomes, well . . . . lifeless.

We are fortunate to live in the etherial realms where we experience joy at all times. We see your suffering and your pain and have compassion for you. Yet, we take action in your behalf rather than experience a lack of joy.

We celebrate your valiant efforts to vanquish fear and rise above conflict and distress. This is worthy of great joy! Even when you do not see your progress, we rejoice in it! We bring you signs and evidence of this joy. Can you perceive it?

Notice that whenever things seems the darkest, it is easiest to reach out to Divine Source for assistance. We hope you reach out even when things are just boring! To us, boring is an alarm bell ringing loudly announcing that you have forgotten who you are.

Find humor in every little thing and joy floods the landscape and brings you energy, peace, perceptions and power to move forward.

We cannot say enough about the influence that a smile has upon your world. Not just your personal world, but the world around you.

Allow yourself to find delight in the little things.

We wait for you there.

Choosing More Energy

Well, I finished cleaning my home office. It ended up taking 2 half days and one full day. I had notes and workshop stuff stacked up here and there and everywhere. Years of scheduling myself from one thing to the next without sufficient time to put away the last class taught along with no real organized way of storing weird stuff . . . well, it was something.

Good news is that I got to sort through a ton of stuff. Letting a bunch of stuff go that I no longer had use for and reviewing a ton of old classes and lessons that I’d previously taught. Some of those classes were poorly attended, but really way-cool stuff. Maybe it just wasn’t time yet, or maybe I had some spiritual growing to do. Either way, I can revisit those things and present them as I’m led to do so.

I was amazed at how much energy it took to look through things. Each piece of paper had to be examined. Each notebook required scrutiny. Each packet of workshop handouts had to be evaluated. I must have made a million decisions throughout the process.

It’s amazing to me how much energy I have as a result!

We harbor so much material in limbo without making a decision on it. Making a decision releases a ton of energy. It seems like it would be the opposite. On some levels, I was really tired after making all those decisions and yet, it unlocked a huge amount of energy that, unknowingly, had been blocked!

We hold back from making decisions thinking those decisions are “too hard” for us. We delay moving forward because we don’t want to make a mistake. When really, the only mistake we make is doing nothing. It’s actually not even doing nothing, it’s less than nothing. There are vast energy stores blocked because we are afraid to move forward.

Certainly, we can list pros and cons to a decision and make the best one we can. We drag our feet on that because it feels like that would be hard. Yet, we have that information within us. We know both sides. We might even discover more that we know that we didn’t know we knew!

What happens sometimes is our head and our heart don’t seem to agree. Do I keep this or throw it away. My brain says it’s just crap and my heart says, “That friend gave it to me! I cherish it!” So, I kept a bunch of what my mind judged as crap and feel really good about it. I let go of a bunch of stuff that my brain said I should keep because, “I might need that someday.” If I truly need that, I’ll acquire it again – maybe in a different form.

The point is, keep it or don’t. Doesn’t matter. Just decide. It’s the deciding that breaks loose the blocked energy. Do it or don’t. Doesn’t really matter in the long run. Just decide. Even “mistakes” are actually great opportunities for blessings, lessons. and insights as yet unknown.

What are you hanging on to? If you choose to cling to something, clearly choose that option – find its value and cherish it. If you decide to move on, do that! Either way, you release blocked energy and have restored vitality to do something of value.

Be brave. Make a choice.

Messages From The Ancient Ones – Glimmer of Hope

We see that it is easy for you to lose faith in yourself. Rather, it is hard to have faith in yourself. Because of this it is even harder to have faith in Divine Source.

Where you see and feel that you have let yourself down, you perceive that Divine Source also will let you down because you feel not good enough. As if you let yourself down so that entitles you/requires you to being let down by Divine Source.

May it never be!!

Things may not turn out as you expected, yet this is not "letting you down," this is "letting you explore!" You cannot explore with a closed mind and a closed heart. However, you can explore - indeed, are driven to explore - when your expected options fall through.

This falling through is not let down. The wisdom behind the fall through may not surface until later when you have time and distance to look back and realize the value of what DID happen as opposed to what you thought SHOULD happen.

We offer you a glimmer of hope to guide you on your way. When you abide in your heart - of - hearts, Divine Source works in your behalf to bring to you exactly what is necessary for your ascension.

Once you can release judgment about your circumstances, you then can offer up to Divine Source anger, sadness and fears. This offering up happens when trust abides within the heart - of - hearts.

How can you receive this trust? Ask for it. Allow for it. Act as if it is already there. The blessings that unfold will amaze you and set your heart - of - hearts free to life fully and joyfully no matter what!

Divine Source delights in you! With a glimpse of this you can begin to sense the energy at work in your behalf. . . . whether you feel as if you "deserve" it or not! With a willing heart, you are "WORTHY" of it.

What to Decide

I started cleaning my home office this morning.

What a disaster.

They say a messy desk is the sign of genius. I wonder what a disaster of an office means?

I started in the closet. Found some old cool classes I’d forgotten I’d taught. Fun! Reorganized my paper stash. Ooooh, preety colors!! (Did I really need 3 open packages of yellow paper? Hmm. Must have!) Found some old blank cassette tapes for back when I used to record all my sessions on tape. Does anyone even use cassette tapes anymore? Well, they are no longer taking up space in my world!

I also pulled out a box full of stuff to be shredded. Good grief!

Found some other stuff I think I’ll use or share with others. I really thought I’d made some headway until I realized it had taken over an hour just to do the closet. There’s still not any room to put away the rest of the stuff cluttering up the office. I have this class and that workshop and all the handouts in boxes and totes, but they are strewn everywhere. I will teach those classes again, so I cannot get rid of that “stuff”. So, I’ll figure out a way to move stuff around so that it’s more accessible and hopefully a bit neater!

I’ve worn out this keyboard. Can’t read but a few letters and some of the numbers on the keys. Phil bought me a new keyboard over a year ago. Time to install that one and there would be one less box under my feet. (Although I admit, it’s kinda fun to glance down at the keyboard and realize I don’t have any visual clues there for what I’m typing. I have to look at the screen and pray for autopilot to take back over. That’s one of those times when auto pilot is a VERY GOOD thing!)

So, lots of decisions to be made in this process. Keep this? Discard that?

Each time we make a choice, we use up some of our brain’s power to control our will power. It will be important for me to be careful to not set myself up to make stupid health choices while I’m drained. I would have severely reduced will power to resist cake, for example. Research shows that our brain tires with lots of choices and our good intentions fly out the door after we’ve made a morning full of decisions.

That’s why will power is pretty much powerless and our good intentions never fly. We are worn out from deciding between this or that little thing – over and over and over. Then we “fail” at something we really would like to accomplish and feel we are bad or worthless or not-good-enough. When in fact, we are just human!

So how do we accomplish those things we really would like to accomplish?

Do them first. Make the plan first. Decide first.

Then as the day progresses, when faced with a decision to “slip” there is more energy supporting the chosen direction than there is to fall off track and into self-defeating self-indulgence.

Start the day with a plan – a plan that can be flexible when life throws a curve ball – grants us positive energy in the right direction.

Start the day with a prayer – we all could use a little help, right?!?

Start the day with a catch-phrase – a phrase that can catch us when we lose sight of the goal. A good catch-phrase might be in the form of an affirmation: I can do this. With God’s help, I am enough. I am blessed. I’m a blessing and I’m blessed. I walk a sacred path.

Whatever catch-phrase you may come up with will be instantly on your tongue and in your mind when you need it! Once uttered, it refreshes the body, mind, and soul and allows one the opportunity to reclaim the better path.

What is it you really want your day to look like?

Would you be willing to pray (speak to All That Is) about that? (Not begging for your way to happen, but for the best and brightest way to unfold. Divine Source may know more than you and might have a better plan at the ready!)

What quick catch-phrase can you create for yourself?

Our everyday world is filled with decisions left and right. Thank goodness we have the right to make choices. At the same time, those choices drain the will power. Time to rely on another kind of power that will see you through!

Hope this helps.

Messages From The Ancient Ones – The Sacred Self

Your Sacred Self awaits your attention.

When you find yourself in resistance to any situation, you silence and shackle your Sacred Self. This part of your being has much wisdom and courage to share with you, yet you lock the door to your awareness - you disconnect from the Sacred Self.

There lies great power here. . . the power to choose wisely, the ability to release, the capacity to love, the comprehension of Divine Love for you, the strength to overcome, the aptitude for compassion, the comprehension of the greater good, and the awareness of Universal Mind.

Why would one cut all that off from themselves? Because it is easier to be angry. It's simpler to be resentful. It seems effortless to be oblivious and judge something as everyone else's fault.

Even though it SEEMS easier, simpler and effortless to shut down, in fact, the opposite is true! It is easier, simpler and even more effortless to connect in! However, it does require letting go.

Ah. There's the rub. Right? Control or perceived control seems valuable and precious in the face of challenges. Yet, that very thing blocks you from that which is most precious of all - connection to the Sacred Self which is connected to Divine Source.

We encourage you to notice when you seek control (perceived control). Tapping into the Sacred Self allows you to be the Master of your Life . . . far better choice than a miserable attempt at controlling things.

We say these things not to shame you or to discourage you. Rather we say these things to awaken your awareness to an encouragement already "on board"!

One way to connect with the Sacred Self is to observe nature. A falling leaf. A glowing sunrise. A wild rose. A bird flying overhead. If you cannot get out in nature, view pictures of nature and envision yourself within that place. Even just for a moment, this allows you contact with your Sacred Self.

Notice. Feel free. Be alive.

We love you.

Messages From The Ancient Ones – Next Steps

Your next step may not be obvious.

Your challenges may attempt to obscure your next step.

Your doubt may cloud the way.

Yet, you can step forward with trust. Each step forward will reveal another step. Trust the one-step-at-a-time process and the way will be revealed. Soon you will see your journey more clearly. We applaud you for your forward movement. For you it may seem small. Yet, to us, your efforts are huge.

Still, there are some days that you allow auto-pilot take over.

Certainly, auto-pilot is important for the little repetitions things that require no new thought or insights, yet sometimes you use this method of transportation for all of life. This cheats you out of experiencing the little beauties of your journey as well as the wonderful opportunities that slip past unnoticed.

Just stop throughout your day and check in to see if you are present. Are you fixated upon a situation and not really alive? Are you intentional in your presence?

It is when you are engaged in intentional presence that we can assist you more easily. It is when you are engaged in intentional presence that we can send signs and guidance to you.

Here we are! We hope you can notice us even more fully today and the rest of your tomorrows. We truly do walk with you.

Decluttering

Phil and I cleaned out our back room yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. We have a master bedroom, an office/computer room, and a work-out room with weights and stuff. Well, the “stuff” in that room made it really hard to do anything.

Last year’s Christmas decorations were still on the floor, because I couldn’t get to the closet to put them away. Truth be told, even if I got to the closet, that was so junked up I couldn’t have gotten that box in there!

So, we dove in and got it done.

It took a couple of hours. Much of that time was looking at what was there and asking each other, will we use this ever again? Do we want this? Can we let it go?

Sometimes the answers were easy and things got move to the give-away pile or into the trash. Why WERE we keeping those bits of junk? Other times, the answers didn’t happen. No, I will never use the hand-made giant bunnies that were my mothers. Can I give them away? Nope. Can I give them to charity? Nope. For now, they got tucked into a bag for storage and redeposited into the back recesses of the closet.

Phil was wonderful about it and didn’t give me a bad time about keeping them. Of course, I didn’t give him a bad time about keeping some old car magazines that he might read again one day.

The heart just has its attachments to things. As long as we have room for them and they have value to our hearts, they can remain in our world. It was easy to see what we could release and those items effortlessly found their way out of the room.

Spiritually, we might want to take a look at what we are holding on to. Is it a truth or concept that serves us and blesses us still? Are we using that principle to guide our lives? Is it an old guilt that no longer serves to restrict us? Is it an old duty that takes the joy out of our service to the world? And the biggest question of all, do we cling to a false god of fear rather than the Divine Source of Love?

When we really look at that stuff, we can easily see what we are willing to release and what we want to hang on to for just awhile longer. We can notice what’s working and has value and keep it close at hand so it’s usable to us each day, like prayer, meditation, gratitude, and seeking guidance.

Once we got the work-out room de-cluttered, we could also dust and vacuum. It was a giant allergy pit. Now that it’s all clear, I go in there just to look around! I can see my watercolor supplies ready for me to start my next project. It brings me hope and anticipation that hadn’t been there in a while.

Spiritual de-cluttering does the same thing to our spirit! It grants us hope and anticipation that might have been hidden behind the old belief patterns or patterns of thought that no longer serve.

How does one de-clutter spiritually?

Look to see what’s not working so well in your life. There might be a stuck energy around that situation. A “should” or a “got to” or maybe a regret attached. Just notice what’s there. Without judgment, just notice. Judging makes it dig in like a tick! You’ll never extract that thing! Just notice with an open heart.

Ask yourself if that thought or belief still serves you? If it serves to make you feel badly, you get to choose whether you want to continue to feel badly or if you wish to move beyond that. Spiritual conviction implies noticing a behavior that doesn’t serve one’s self or others and making a conscious decision to change. This in no way requires guilt or shame. Those are worthless beyond an initial awareness of a wrongdoing. When we get attached to guilt or shame, we don’t really change, we just hide, shutdown, and tune out. We get to throw that out and replace it with right action based upon love, joy, and compassion.

Once we got our room cleaned up, unwanted things had to go into the dumpster. Spiritually speaking, old patterns go into a spiritual dumpster . . . not into our friend’s ear. Toss that crud to Divine Source who can sort and sift through all that and clean it up. The ultimate re-cycling! Every sorrow or sorrowful thing we’ve thought or done can be released and cleared along with all the distorted beliefs and old patterns of thought (like, “I’m worthless.” – that one’s definitely got to go!!!)

Once that old stuff is tossed, the good usable stuff can be accessed more quickly. And just like the cleaned out work-out room, a sense of peace descends and rests within us. It feels good to get clear! It feels great to be free! It feels wonderful to receive peace!

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