Habituated patterns embed themselves into your life. This is neither right nor wrong. It just is. However, some of those habituated patterns steal aspects of your life from you.
Certainly, it is a great habit to brush your teeth after every meal. Yet, you do not define yourself as a tooth-brusher or one who brushes their teeth daily as a sole description of your life.
Whereas, other habits or habituated patterns tend to define you. Sometimes to the exclusion of not trying something new.
You may prefer to watch television every evening. Do you define yourself as a couch potato? Even just jokingly in your mind? And yet, you may tend to allow that labeled habit to define your choices every day rather than allow yourself opportunity to experience other things.
Do you prefer to drink a particular beverage? Is that who you are? Does this require you to judge those that drink something else as less than or even the enemy? Does this preclude you from trying another beverage upon occasion? You may still hold to your preferences, yet you allow yourself to move beyond a constricting definition of who or what you are. You may observe others with open curiosity rather than disdain.
What about other habituated patterns? Is it actually imperative to drive in a hurry or has that just become a habit. Is it actually imperative to get grumpy when washing clothes or has that, too, just become a habit.
Transform your habituated patterns into worthy activities. Allow your patterns to support your journey rather than to limit you or define you in this journey.
Your true identity exists beyond the habituated patterns. Allow yourself to be guided by The Light. In this, you will find the truth of your existence. You will find and contain peace in every action and the joy you so strongly desire shall be found in trusting this Light to guide you - as It will.
Create yourself anew each day with new choices supported by guidance from The Light. You are emerging.
We delight in this transformation you are already doing!
Phil and I got an Instant Pot for Christmas last year. I’ve been learning to use this new piece of equipment. I comes with recipes, so I’ve been trying some new things. Some are pretty tasty.
I’ve been trying some of my old favorites and they work famously in the new gizmo. Some not so much. I’ve had two failures recently. I have a spare rib in bbq sauce that does famously in the crock pot. I decided to use pork loin instead of pork ribs - I don’t know if it was the different meat or what, but the sauce wasn’t very good. Meat was nice and tender, but the sauce was too sharp with vinegar. I decided to try my beef stroganoff recipe. Nope. Not a winner.
But, I keep trying!
I like the idea that I can put something into the Instant Pot and it’s done in about an hour—rather than waiting for at least three hours with a crock pot or slaving over a stove mixing and stirring other meals. This allows me to do a bunch of other stuff most days without thinking about the main meal of the day until the later.
Planning and meal prep has been a major portion of my day—every day for most of my life. Having a new toy . . . I mean, a new tool, makes it a bit more fun and interesting. With the latest failures, the word “interesting” takes on new meaning.
I like the flavor of the old and familiar. I like the speed of new and different. Will the worlds collide? Will I be able to blend the two? Maybe not. Maybe I’ll learn new recipes the new way and do the old and familiar recipes the old way.
I’ve done it before . . . When Phil discovered his gluten intolerance, everything shifted. I had to learn a whole new way of cooking. Now we are both gluten free. The shift was a lot easier with the pattern already in place.
So time to adapt again. Time to find some new patterns/recipes. The hardest part is the trying and failing. Yet, without failing, I don’t know what works (or what doesn’t). Failing holds great value! Failure teaches us things that success cannot reveal.
My chili was too thick for the Instant Pot. So was my stroganoff. I’m learning. Bless Phil’s heart—he will eat even the failures—unless they are burned. His willingness spurs me on to try again. What will it be today? Good thing the weather is turning cooler and we can have some hearty soups. My squash soup in the Instant Pot was spectacular! Success! I’ll do more of that and mark stroganoff off my Instant Pot list.
It’s hard to let go of what doesn’t work. Part of me thinks that if I just tried harder . . .
Don’t we keep trying things that don’t work? We think it will work this time. It won’t. Let it go. Time to utilize new tools and techniques for a happier result. It’s hard to try something new. It’s hard to let go of what used to work. Failure is our friend—when we listen.
What’s our friend Failure teaching us right now? What are we learning? What new tools, techniques or patterns will help us have a better result? Take a new look. Take a new step.
Today is here now. Are you here within it? Is your awareness lagging behind in the past or scampering ahead of you into the future?
These techniques offer great insight for the here and now, yet when indulged to excess, they rob one of the life unfolding in this moment.
Noticing what was may offer insights as to your own growth. If you notice that you are horrified at your past behavior, this signals you that you have grown! If you notice that you feel diminished by the past - lost your power momentarily to a person or situation in order to preserve yourself. This signals you that you have survived!
Bless and release these signals as they are merely smoke signals on the horizon to assist you as you decide the course of your life.
Are you sending your awareness into the future? When perceptions are trained, this skill can offer wonderful impressions and insights for your next step. The untrained perceptions merely utilize fear to search for upcoming trauma that may or may not unfold. If you find yourself scanning into the future, please take note! Ask yourself if you seek insight or directive or if you seek to protect yourself from unforseen harm that might unfold. Your intent flavors your perceptions in this realm. Only when you feel safe and fearless would we encourage you to future-scan. In a moment of calm strength, you may have glimpses of opportunities. Even so, these are possibilities within the timeline of life. The future flows and shifts with each new decision made and with each conscious step taken, so what you might perceive, might shift and change. So use this information with a grain of salt.
We would prefer that you stabilize the here and now. Bringing your awareness to what matters to you and acting upon those things with a whole heart. This grants you freedom and power. Knowing one's heart (intent/purpose) and acting from a heart-felt place of purposefullness yields great abundance for one's life.
Abundance of joy, financial abundance, abundance of healing energy for greater health, abundance of expansion and expression, and an abundance of connectedness with All That Is along with all that exists within creation.
This yields a centeredness that balances one's life and yields abundant living. This centeredness allows one to move through all aspects of life within a state of ease. Struggles fade away. Be at ease within this moment and see where that takes you.
We wait for you there.
The human capacity for filtering information is profound. Scientific studies yield opposing viewpoints depending upon the ones interpreting the evidence.
Two people can view the same situation and have completely different opinions about what that situation means. One person may view the situation as a struggle or a difficulty where another person views it as a challenge or opportunity.
This is because you see things with your physical eyes and you view things with your awareness at the same time. If you are only aware of tragedy and challenge, that will be all that you will see in your environment. If you have experienced tragedy, challenge, joy and elation, you are more apt to perceive things with all of these filters engaged - this gives you a broader perspective.
Add to this perspective a spiritual awareness and your filters expand to add in more light into your vision. This vision we speak of includes not only what you see in the here and now, but what you hope to accomplish - your vision.
What do you envision for yourself? For your world? Does your vision include a spiritual perspective?
To obtain a spiritual perspective, read spiritual things, talk to spiritually engaged people, talk to Divine Source, listen to your inner awakenings and pay attention to Divine Source as the connection deepens and you become more aware of Presence.
Perhaps you perceive this as hard work. You may have a filter blocking you from noticing the ease in which spiritual awareness happens! Notice your filter. Has it always been hard to achieve the things you desire? Bring your awareness and your perspective to notice the letter "a" on this page. It blends into the other letters and just becomes part of the words that communicate information to you. However, take a moment and notice the letter "a" as it appears within this sentence.
There it is! You see it! It was easy to see! You merely adjusted your filtering system to perceive it. You allowed yourself the opportunity to look and behold! You saw the letter "a" throughout the sentence.
Same is true with spiritual awareness. Shift your filter by saying something like: I'm now open to seeing Divine Source in my life.
Now open your awareness and look. Behold! There! You now allow yourself to perceive Divine Source in your life.
This is easy and this is fun. You may find yourself surprised at how often you sense, see, feel or experience Divine Source in your life.
We will speak more later about utilizing Divine Source to guide, direct and manifest within your life.
For now, behold and enjoy!!
I was resting outside in my lawn chair a few minutes ago. I ran through a few tapping rounds utilizing the 5 Waterfalls of Light info. I tapped the heal of my hand and said, “I hereby move into the Waterfalls of Light.” I tapped over of the tapping points saying, “I step into Active Peace wherein I enjoy relaxed intensity.” I then tapped through the other tapping points saying, “I access Vitality by releasing efforting/anguishing about things I cannot change nor things I do not understand.” Then I did a round of tapping saying, “I notice Courage building as I get clearer and stronger.” Then, “I open myself to Expansive Awareness that allows me to be guided and become aware of that guidance.” Then, “I sense a renewed depth of Compassion for myself and for others as a result.” Then I just continued to rest in the lawn chair with my eyes closed expecting to fall asleep.
For some unknown reason, I opened my eyes.
Soaring right above me was a RED-TAILED HAWK!
The Red-Tailed Hawk is a spirit animal totem for me. I told Phil and he saw it too (so it was for real!)
I cannot tell you the gratitude that flowed from my heart at that moment! It was profound! I have not seen a hawk over our property since the construction started over 4 years ago. I occasionally will hear a hawk’s piercing cry as it hunts in the nearby fields for mice, but this is the first sighting in years.
Why did I open my eyes?
Why at that very moment did I see that hawk?
Was it because I had finished tapping the 5 Waterfalls of Light, I was feeling Peace, Vitality, Courage, Expanded Awareness and Compassion? I was, certainly, at that very moment, guided to open my eyes to receive the blessing of sighting my spirit animal.
The Red-Tailed Hawk symbolizes one who is aware of the interconnectedness of all things and holds a reverence for all life. It bestows the gift of vision and inspiration for guidance for others in their awakening. (adapted from Ted Andrews, Animal Speak)
I must admit, I had been feeling kinda low and feeling as if I wasn’t very connected. Apparently that connection was renewed BIG TIME!!!
We all could use renewal now and then. I’m so grateful I felt led to do some tapping. I’m so very grateful I responded to the sense to open my eyes. I’m so very grateful my connection was renewed in a big way!
How might you renew your own connection? There is no wrong way to reconnect. Tapping is just one way. Prayer is another (though I think the tapping that I was doing WAS a prayer!) Taking time to notice the bright things in one’s life. Even when we are down or feeling low, Spirit can and will bring to our attention bright things to brighten our day.
We often feel guilty for feeling down or low. That’s a part of that efforting/anguishing that we get to let go of. We can let go of shame and blame about our life’s journey and step up into a greater awareness of who we really are and how truly connected we can be. May your connection be blessed!
We wish to convey to you how powerful you are.
We wish to convey to you how magnificent you are.
We wish to convey to you how precious you are.
We wish to convey to you how sacred you are.
As much as we might want to give you this information, it is your journey to discover these truths.
Do you not feel sacred? Precious? Magnificent? Powerful? Perhaps not - or at least not all the time. Then your journey of discovery is unfolding. There is much yet for you to learn and assimilate.
This is not to elevate you beyond another, for you each are sacred, precious, magnificent and powerful in your own way. Were you all the same there would be no need of self-descovery.
You can, however, see these elements in another and it will give you a glimpse of them in your own life. Take a quiet moment to look at one you admire. See these qualities? Notice how you also have these qualities in a different way. Without attempting to be someone you are not, you can allow your own energy to shine forth as a beacon of light.
This light is not merely for the beauty of it, but also for the power it yields to change the world ... change your world ... change how the world appears for you ... change how you appear in your world.
You are achieving much. Hold on to this hope and know that this achievement is happening because of the sacred, precious, magnificent power you hold within your awareness.
Do you have a sense of this? Keep looking. We see who you truly are and long for you to see this, too.
My phone is wasting away. Its poor little battery gets hot when I go online. Its little screen is cracked. Alas, I must replace it.
NOOOOOOooooo!!! Not the new phone syndrome! Everything will change! I won’t be able to find anything at first.
Okay, so my phone is really old. It’s pretty pitiful. I knew this day would come. So, I have insurance on the phone and I get to have it replaced with a newer version for a deductible fee – a whole lot less than the $700 for a new phone. I’m good with that!
So, after sending several sets of documents in to the insurance company and babying the old phone, I’ll be ready for the new one. It took the agony of dealing with recharging the phone several times a day and turning off the mobile data for me to become willing to accept and even welcome change.
I think change is hard on all of us. We hold on to what we know even if it no longer serves us. (At least I don’t think I’m the only one who resists change!) Sometimes the Universe asks us to move forward into something new and wonderful and we resist because the act of changing feels difficult. The Universe then asks more loudly for us to shift and move into something beautiful and new. Do we jump into the new effortlessly?
NOPE! Not me, anyway. I like the familiarity of the old. My auto pilot functions just fine here. Gotta love that auto-pilot. . . no thinking, just automatically cruising along. Not really enjoying life, but not getting into difficulty either. Just hovering and getting the little tasks done that deem themselves necessary in our lives.
Eerk! Gotta pull myself up short on that one! Just cruising is fine if you are on a cruise ship. Just cruising mindlessly through life robs me of all the possible joy available in each moment.
Certainly, I don’t need to concentrate on every tooth while I’m brushing my teeth, auto-pilot can assist with that and free my brain to consider other things. Yet, without attentiveness, I may push too hard on the brush and do damage. Or, I may miss a spot that could lead to decay. Hmmm. Best be a bit mindful even of teeth brushing. So, how is brushing one’s teeth joyful? I have teeth! I get to keep them clean so they bless my smile! I get to . . . brush my teeth!
When I allow myself to move with the directives brought by the Universe, I move into a state of “get to.” I get to do whatever is in my heart to do, and I get to do that with joyful intent. I get to learn to utilize a new phone! I certainly hope only a limited number of swear words are necessary before I become an accomplished user of my new phone. If not swear words, at least I hope I’m saved from moments of exasperation and frustration. I get to be patient with myself as I learn to navigate the new system. I get to be intrigued by any new formatting.
Now, we wait for the new phone to arrive. I get to nurse the old phone just a little while longer and hope it stays alive long enough to transfer data over. I get to be okay with that, too.
I’ve created a new definition of patience – it is peace in the unfolding. I get to be at peace while this situation unfolds. I cannot rush it by becoming impatient. I cannot delay it by being stuck in the old pattern. I get to be in a holding pattern but without struggle or difficulty. At least in this moment. I may make a new choice in the next five minutes and become exasperated. Or, I may choose to be with this as it unfolds – neither dreading nor fretting.
We shall see . . . let’s hope I choose peace in the unfolding!
You've heard the call to follow your heart. However, before you follow your heart, it requires filling. An empty heart leads you no-where.
How does one fill one's heart?
Recognize the value, grace, and beauty in all things. Yes, even in difficulty, there is a secret beauty. Look for this! And in every simple task and every simple moment look for the beauty that resides there. Seek for the grace of the moment in each activity. Assign value to every aspect of your life.
Your judgment locks you into perceiving things as unfair, bad, or unworthy. Your judgment doesn't come from the heart. Notice this judgment and allow it to be without struggle. Then move your awareness into your willingness to perceive value, grace, and beauty.
With the willingness, these elements are more easily perceived. They abide whether you see them or not. Your perceptions tune in to access their presence.
So, too, you tune your perceptions to tune in to perceiving spiritual things - spiritual truths, spiritual beings, and spiritual steps in the journey. This tuning process begins with seeking and noticing value, grace, and beauty.
We define value as that which is helpful. Do you have thoughts that aren't helpful? Notice them and choose a different thought that does contain value. A thought like, "I can't do this," can be observed without accepting it as truth or the final word. Allowing a thought of value to sit beside this other thought disconnects the first thought from harming you, or blocking you, or stopping you. Like, "I don't know how, yet." and "I wonder who can assist me?" and "I wonder, is this mine to do?"
We define grace in two ways. Ease of movement - like a grace-filled dances who moves effortlessly across the dance floor. That effortless movement came with great effort! Training, practice require effort, but when accomplished, they beget grace-ful movements. Our other definition of grace holds the receiving of spiritual assistance. Unearned, and even can be unexpected perhaps, just that extra measure of help, right when you need it. Often the two definitions come together. When you release effort the grace comes and you move forward with ease.
Our definition of beauty holds the treasuring and appreciating life as it unfolds. You see the beauty of a flower easily. It is no less beautiful as a bud than in full bloom. It's possible to perceive each moment, each situation as it unfolds as beautiful. We realize it's much more difficult to perceive one's self unfolding as beautiful. Yet, by shifting into spiritual awareness and not through physical eyes, beauty is easily perceived. Even one's own beauty.
Fill you heart with these things, Dear One. This is how we see you.
A change is due.
Oh, no. Not again!
Change happens. Shift happens.
But, things are comfortable the way they are!
The winds of change are blowing.
Lumps of dough on a cookie sheet become cookies with just a little heat and a little time. Wet clothes become dry with just a push of a dryer button or with a clothesline, a little sunshine, and a gentle breeze. Day slips into night without any effort. Seasons flow effortlessly through their appointed rounds. Change happens effortlessly.
Jesus turned water into wine with the power of intent and through His Divine Authority. Are you not divine in spirit?
The struggle comes from lack of clarity of intent. Before there was cookie dough, there was intent to create cookies; the gathering and mixing of ingredients; the spooning of dough onto the cookie sheet; setting the oven; setting the timer and waiting. These steps require action, yet the amount of effort depends upon the amount of resistance or dread. Making cookies out of duty or obligation adds a heaping measure of resistance and effort! Making cookies out of willingness and joyful anticipation of sharing the result with loved ones creates delight, fun, and creativity.
The key then rests upon noticing the intent of any action taken. Am I responding to unexpressed expectations? (My own or someone else’s) Am I in auto pilot where I’ve cut off my spirit, my willingness, my intent, and my divine nature?
Am I pulling weeds because I hate weeds or because I love the sight of weed-free flowers blooming in the yard? Ok, so there may be a measure of satisfaction when a weed lets go with just the right amount of pulling on my part. Even so, what is the intent? Hate? Or satisfaction and joy? Which most easily gets me off the sofa and into the garden? Which offers sustainable energy to keep me motivated to finish?
What might you really prefer in your life? What intent underlies your life right now? Does resistance ever stop change from happening? Do expectations fill the soul? Right now, there is an underlying intent running in your life. Your life is the result of this
intent. Do you like what you are experiencing? Wonderful! Keep supporting that intent and flowing with that energy.
If life seems difficult right now, a change is due. If struggles bite at your heels, you know you are ready for a change.
Focus upon selecting a clear intent for this change. Create an “I Am” statement to support the journey. “I Am peaceful.” “I Am living abundantly.” “I Am supported and blessed.” “I Am blessed and am a blessing.” Be very clear with this broad intent.
The Universe then supports change in your behalf by bringing you insights and awareness for your next step for your journey as it unfolds effortlessly.
The winds of change are blowing. You are the source of change in your own life and for changes in the world.
We honor you on your journey thus far. You walk with Light in your heart and in your awareness. Only a few moments throughout the day do you allow fear, darkness, judgment and distress to enter. You are taking less time to move back out of those energies than you used to. We applaud you in this progress!
We draw your attention to your heart's desire or desires. You do not wish to be afraid, yet your fears diminish your willingness to look at your heart's desires. You do not wish to be distressed, yet your distress diminishes your ability to look at your heart's desires. You do not wish to be in judgment, yet your condemnation of others who are different than you, blocks your heart's desires from coming into your awareness.
Your desire to be awakened and wise becomes crowded out by the impulse to fall back into those old mental and emotional habits.
You've come so far! Let's take another step in the direction of power and joy. To do this, we ask that you take a moment . . . just a moment is all it takes . . . take a moment to consider what peace feels like.
Bring into your mind's eye the visual of a tiny bird within an outcropping of rock. See with your mind a storm raging beyond this cove of safety. It may not yet be time for this little bird to sing, yet, it weathers out the storm in peace.
Your awareness is this little bird. The rock outcrop is your faith - your understanding that there is more to this life than its struggles and that you have Divine Assistance, Divine Connection, and gentle, loving Divine Attention focused upon you right now.
In an instant, your awareness clicks back online and you operate from a different perspective. A perspective of purpose, joy, and abundance.
From this perspective, your heart's desires stand within reach. Step into their presence and their energy and they will materialize for you. Step back into fear and its ilk, and your heart's desire moves away from you.
This seems really hard, and yet it is as simple as the little bird sitting within its safe haven. Allow your mind to find peace - then your journey, its next level, and your heart's desire will be revealed.
Consider this . . . your heart's desire is the same as your soul's song. Moving into the safe haven of your faith, your song will awaken for you to sing. With this singing, your heart's desire shall fulfill itself.
We love to hear this song played out in your life