Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Message from Archangel Michael

Archangel Michael's name means "he who is like God" or "he who looks like God". To me, his vibration is one of infinite love and patience. I could be throwing a fit, angry at God, and he would still come to my side. I don't always hear him, but he always makes it known he is here with his vibration of love and faith. If you are in a pinch, or just want to try to connect with him, call him. You can say "Archangel Michael, please come to me now. I need to talk." and then just talk like you would with a friend. Don't worry, you are not insane when you hear him. He is very real and very gentle.

Beloved,

Much have you learned, o dear ones. You have come a long way since you began your journey home. Fear not that you must suffer more.

Light is strong now on earth. We are preparing for the return of the Christ consciousness in each of you. Be willing to accept the Love within.

There are sorrow in some of you. Please release them to us. We cannot take your burden away without you giving them to us. We have not abandoned you. We have always been with you. Have faith that you are heard.

Some of you demand a guarantee of safety in passage. Do you know not that there is nothing that can truly harm you, o powerful ones? You fear to know who you truly are.

When you realized that you are Light, you are home.

This message is ended with so much loving energy for all of us. Close your eyes for a moment, and see if you can feel or sense it. Notice your heart area. Give yourself some quiet moment to receive such unconditional love.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Dare to Be Clear

This article was first published in Metta Center email newsletter (October 2, 2007 issue.)


"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself, and know that everything in life has purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences, all events are blessings given to us to learn from." ~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

A while back, a client asked me, "Do you ever get overwhelmed?" To which I replied, "Of course!"

I have come to understand the teachings of this emotion we call "overwhelment." I have learned to appreciate and celebrate its message, and its energy can be harnessed to gain powerful clarity into what is needed to bring my life back to balance.

Feeling overwhelmed is an indicator that we are not centered in our being. Think of it as being out of the range of joy, love and appreciation that is our natural element. When we heed the message of this emotion and choose to apply its wisdom in our life, we can turn our situation around for the better, and grow in the positive direction without having to undergo further downward spiral into blame, procrastination, excuses and so on.

For many people, the key signals of feeling overwhelmed are discomfort and constrictions in the physical body, the feeling of emotional chaos inside, a sense of mental confusion and spiritual disconnection. In other words, our body, mind, emotion and spirit, our whole being, is giving a loud alarm bell to tell us that a new direction is needed so that we can bring ourselves back to peace and well-being. Can you see the gift in this emotion? This emotion is alerting you, "Dude, you're going the opposite way from where you want to go!"

But many of us have become trained to ignore these early signals and too often simply tough it out. Some of us have even been trained to fear these signals. Some of us judge ourselves for having these signals, as if we are not "powerful" or "strong" enough to withstand the conditions. These habitual responses come at a cost to ourselves because instead of gaining the wisdom of clarity we could get from appreciating the signals, we become lost in the symptoms and the dis-ease that comes with them.

So, I encourage you to notice this negative emotion, accept it and thank it for being present to guide you. Then, take the steps to identify and apply its message to help you help yourself.

When you recognize that you are feeling overwhelmed:
1. Allow yourself to stop (or at least slow w-a-a-a-y down,): Take a deep breath, and create space for you to inquire within for the hidden gem of wisdom. Rather than beating yourself up for feeling overwhelmed, honor your emotional information. When you accept and value the higher guidance inherent in this (or any negative emotion) you allow Light to enter and guide you.

2. Dare to be clear: Set your intention to be clear of what your Inner Being is guiding you to know so that you can go back to your center and find peace. You can start with an inquiry: "What do I need to know now to bring me back to peace?" Or, "What is it I am being asked to be clear about here?" Or your can just allow the right question to bubble up from within you. Take the time to evaluate, amend and clarify your values and intentions because these easily have changed as you continue to have new perspectives in life. Your Inner Being is constantly inviting you to expand yourself and your life in an easy and graceful way towards that which you value most and want most in your life.

3. Lead yourself: Honor your inner guidance and change your course. Allow yourself to adjust your priorities and shift your focus to be in alignment with new values and intentions coming from your new clarity. Of course, this means invariably that you enter into new territories -- new ways of thinking, habits and actions. Welcome this opportunity to grow according to your inner rhythm!

This deliberate process of changing and growing is not without effort, but it feels effort-less and wonderfully exhilarating and fulfilling! It is co-creating your life by connecting to the inspiration of your own Divine Self!

So, celebrate your awareness of your feeling of "overwhelment"! Dare to be clear about what you value in life and lead your life by the light of your own clarity!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Meditation: The Joy of Breath

Here's a simple and powerful meditation to help you connect with the true power and magic of your breath.

Often we take our breath for granted. Do you ever wonder what you would experience if you spent time honoring and marvelling at each breath you took in?

Ready to find out?

Here are the steps:
  • Get comfortable, either standing up, seated or lying down. Just allow yourself to feel at ease and deeply supported by the ground, the chair, or whatever surface you are on.
  • Close your eyes and take several nice, deep breaths. Allow your mind and body to relax.
  • Be aware of your breaths. Notice the temperature of your breath coming in and going out. Notice how your chest or your belly gently moves up and down in sync with your breathing. Notice that each breath is so unique and different. Spend some time doing this and you will feel even more relaxed.
  • Next, allow yourself to do something different with your breath: honor it, marvel in it, adore it, love it, enjoy and appreciate it as the most precious gift you have received.
  • As you spend time tuning into and appreciating each breath, notice what feelings, thoughts, sensations or impressions come up for you. If you notice nothing, that's fine. If you notice something, be aware of it.
  • It usually feels really good to just spend time appreciating each breath, because it is such a sacred connection with your Life Force, with your Spirit. So, take your time and continue appreciating your breaths for a few minutes or so. If you find your mind wandering, don't worry. Just come back to your breathing and honor the breath again. You will find yourself feeling more and more relaxed as you appreciate your breaths.
  • Honor your inner experience and sacred deep connection with your Life Force. As you honor your breath, you honor YOU. During this process, you might find yourself accessing your own deeper wisdom, truths and knowing. Insights, inspirations and realizations might pop in spontaneously. Embrace them and thank your Spirit for the information.
  • When you feel complete and ready to return to the here and now, spend some time appreciating yourself for taking the time to do this meditation, and thanking your body for its service to your life.
  • If you find this meditation helpful, you can practice the breath appreciation anytime, even with eyes wide open.

If you have any pains (emotional or physical), often the pain will subside within a few moments as you do this simple practice. I found myself smiling through the aches and pains of the flu I had last week. It was a truly amazing spiritual practice for me.

Remembering Self

If you knew of a very sad, scared, lonely, or angry part of you, what would you give it to heal it? So very often we look outward for sympathy, for assistance, for support, for gifts of love. But we forgot to look inward and give what we want to ourselves.

Recently, I was very ill. While lying in bed, I took the time to go inward and seek the root-cause of my illness and bring healing to it. In my inner journey, I met a very sad part of me deep inside, where both time and I had forgotten her. There she was suddenly, front and center, both a visual image and a knowing. I knew from reading the Abraham-Hicks books that if whenever I feel a powerful negative emotion that means there is something really important that I want. I noticed how sad this part of me was, so I asked her what she wanted to feel better. She just looked at me, confused, as if she didn't know what to do with that question. No one had ever asked her before what she wanted. She started wailing because she realized how long it had been since she asked for anything for herself, and she had forgotten what she wanted. She couldn't even remember who she was anymore, and that upset her even more.

Can you imagine how my heart just ached to see this part of me so miserable? I was basking in the glory of Light every day, and there she was, confused, not knowing who she was.

I gently guided her back to her right to ask for what she wants, for her right to know who she really is. I invited her to consider she might be coming from the same Source I do. She spent a long time just gazing into what seemed like a forever-space for me. It was a field of void. Carolyn Myss called this field "Potentiality." I didn't know what this part of me was thinking; I just waited by her side patiently. She turned to me slowly, still with a sad smile, saying that she would explore the time-space continuum and find what she was looking for. She finally remembered that she was free as the wind, and that was good enough to start her on her own journey.

I cried lots and lots. I never knew that a part of me felt so lost. I knew I was being shown how to find my lost self and bring her back to Light in a new way. This was a process of reuniting the parts to the whole. As the interaction came to a close, I felt warm feelings radiating out of my chest, throughout my torso and back. I felt movement in the shape of eternity (the sideways figure 8) on my 3rd eye, my shoulders, my hips and my ankles, weaving in and out, connecting my left side and right side. It was as if I was being weaved or re-knitted.

I think this incredible spiritual experience taught me that a simple gesture of self-love and kindness can powerfully move a person towards wholeness and healing.

I invite you to consider reaching inward, listening deeply, and giving to yourself that which you seek from the outside world. Then, be ready for the magic to unfold from within you, helping you remember who You really are!