When you commit to a spiritual path and stay focused on your work you begin to feel a sense of inner peace and inner joy. For that is the true nature of the spirit that resides within. The divine only experiences love and joy.
For many of us we feel pulled when we start to experience an inner state of well being while there is so much suffering on the planet. Do we have a right to feel good when so many challenges are occurring around us?
When we look at how humans have been treating the planet the behavior is similar to an addict. On many levels we have been destroying the earth, air, and water which give us life. And we have been doing that, as we have become addicted to trying to manipulate the material world instead of living in harmony with our environment and from a place of cooperation and collaboration.
If you have ever been around an addict – whether someone turned to drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, etc. there is a place where one has to hit bottom before treatment is sought after. As friends and loved ones we cannot force or save another who is dealing with an addiction.
And that is what we are experiencing with much of the collective right now. We have been addicted to an unbalanced and disharmonious way of life. We do not know how far the collective has to go before a new way of life is desired.
In the meantime for those of us who got the message and are waking up to a new consciousness, we continue to become master gardeners of the earth. We continue our spiritual work and we make changes where we can so that we treat the earth and all of life from a place of honor and respect.
We can journey and/ or meditate to communicate with the life forms that are being impacted by the unconscious behavior of humans. You might be drawn to work with the life that is being impacted by the Gulf Oil Spill. The earth including the sand, the air that fumes from the oil is swirling through, the water, the animals, the plant life, etc. are all beings that you can communicate with. You can say you are sorry for what has been done and commit to them to work in a way that creates a state of health and balance for all of life. Share that you are engaged in dreaming a new dream for all of life. And you can also work in this same way in other areas of the world that are impacted by unconscious human behavior.
Back in the early 1970’s I had a near death experience where I drowned while swimming in the ocean. As I was swimming there were huge waves that kept coming that continued to pull me under. I tried to come up for air but with each wave coming I never made it to the surface to take a breath. At first I was tossed around in the turbulence. And being in such turbulence created a state of panic for me. And then after awhile I found myself moving toward a great light and entering into a non-ordinary garden where I experienced true unconditional love and peace. And in this place I heard beautiful unearthly music – the music of God. life, love, and joy.
Many of us right now are being tossed around in the turbulence of chaotic and highly charged emotions. And we must remember that as we stay true to our spiritual path we will reach the light and love of the spirit world.
We must make a choice to stay true to our path and realize that we do not have to go to the depths of the collective that has not received the wake up call. For to go down with that part of the collective does not serve yourself, the rest of life, and the earth. There are many life forms that are sacrificing themselves so that the collective wakes up. If you have received the wake up call don’t dishonor the sacrifice that is being made.
Answer the call of spirit and say yes to living a full life. Appreciate the preciousness of life. Experience the joys of life. Feed the light of the earth that is shining brightly from joy. Don’t keep feeding the energy of despair. Of course we want to feel compassion. Make a choice to ride a wave that reflects a shift in consciousness that all can rise too.
I am not suggesting that you deny all the emotions that are coming up for you. If you don’t express the depth of your emotions they will boil over in an unhealthy fashion. Just remember to express and then transform the energy behind your emotions to an energy of love and light that radiates within and throughout the earth.
And do your personal work. For if you are projecting anger and blame onto others then you must look at your own inner state that needs to be healed. For we all have aspects within that are being played out in the outer world. We are the exploited and we are also the exploiters. So go within and look at what states of consciousness within need to be acknowledged and transformed.
You might take a look at my book How to Heal Toxic Thoughts and review some of the work we should all be doing right now if we say we wish to be a positive force in the world.
And at the same time continue to experience the light, joy, awe, wonder, and the preciousness of life. For this energy of appreciation for what we do have is such a healing force for all of life right now. Feed the light and joy of the earth.
The times we live in call us to explore our spiritual mastery and spiritual capabilities. The call is for us “to be” more than “to do”. We cannot go deeper within to accomplish this unless we slow down and find quiet times. We must slow down and reestablish a harmonious and balanced relationship with ourselves before we can accomplish this with the outer world.
And we must remember that we are not alone in our commitment to working for the planet. In the last couple of years I have not been traveling and teaching as much. I am doing a lot of writing. But I have trained such wonderful and inspired practitioners and teachers.
I have described my process as being part of a relay race. For so many years I taught between 30 –40 workshops a year. And now I need to pass the staff while I attempt to slow down and go within to dream and vision what changes I need to make in my teaching that will bring me to a deeper state of service to answer the call of the coming times.
We often forget how to take care of ourselves. We keep going, going, going. We can get caught up in our list of what we should be doing. If you have a long life ahead of you it is not possible to stay healthy physically, emotionally, or even spiritually if you are not taking time to go within, spend time in nature, regenerate, and reflect. As a friend of mine says, we must drink from the river of life. There are others in the global community who will be passionate about the work while you pass the staff and take some time to rest.
This is one of the lessons of the seasons. There are seasons in our lives and we must honor the change in seasons if we are to live in harmony with the river of life.
Are you taking time to slow down and take in the beauty of what life has to offer? If you are only lost in the stress of what is happening around you then you will certainly burn out. For we really don’t know how events will continue to transpire in our life time. We forget that we are here on the planet for such a short amount of time.
It is okay to disconnect from the news. It is okay to have fun. It is okay to slow down and take some time for yourself.
You cannot feed the light of the earth if you are burned out.
Over the years I have had the opportunity to be with people of all ages who were facing death. Every person shared how essential it is to reprioritize what is truly important. The “shoulds” are not as important as experiencing the joys of life.
Let’s get this message while we are alive! Let’s together celebrate life and life will reflect that joy back to us. This is not a selfish act. It is a healing for all of life.
The full moon is July 25. Let us continue our celebration of life by weaving together a beautiful glittering web of life within and throughout the earth.
For those of you new to the Transmutation News please take a look at Creating A Human Web of Light on this site to read about the monthly ceremonies we do together.
Let us continue to radiate light into our global community and project positive qualities into our circle as I wrote about in the April Transmutation News.
For many these are challenging times when there are so many initiation experiences requiring a death of old ways of living so that a new consciousness may be born. It is so important for all of us to spiritually support each other as we keep up the spiritual work that helps to dream a new healthy world into being.
I ask that on the full moon you find some time to go outside and connect with the heartbeat of the earth. And then experience your heartbeat connecting with the heartbeat of our global community. Let us breathe love as one into our circle and throughout the planet. Let us feel the support of the collective who is committed to focus on the spiritual practices that have great power of healing and transformation.
Let us celebrate life together!
I have continued doing interviews on the material in How to Thrive in Changing Times and Awakening to the Spirit World. During this time of change it is wonderful to have different avenues to speak about the work we are involved in as a global community.
I talked about the shamanic path of direct revelation and how learning methods of direct revelation is an important skill to have in the modern world. And I did talk about the need to stay focused in working with the Gulf Oil Spill.
I also did a very unusual podcast interview with Tami Simon who is the founder and publisher of Sounds True. Tami did not ask me the usual questions. This interview is 60 minutes and you can listen to it by visiting: http://www.soundstrue.com/podcast/?p=1727.
In June I connected with an old friend from the Bay Area in California who I had not seen in close to 30 years. His name is Dr. Tom Pinkson. Tom is a brilliant therapist and also shamanic teacher. Since I have seen him he has devoted his life to studying the ways of the Huichol people in Mexico.
He wrote a beautiful book about this titled Shamanic Wisdom of the Huichol: Medicine Teachings for Modern Times. It is now available and is published by Inner Traditions.
I also am very excited about the work he is doing to bring a new consciousness of working with aging. He is doing some beautiful work to bring back in rite of passage work to help the elderly. This is such needed work in our times. There is so much depression and loss of vision in the part of our collective that is aging. But yet it is such a potent time.
You can learn about his project Recognition Rites For A New Vision of Aging – Honoring Elders at Tom’s website which is http://tompinkson.ning.com.
And once again I wanted to announce the webinar course I am doing through Sounds True in August. I am very excited about this course as it is way to keep people inspired to work spiritually during these times and to keep dreaming a beautiful and inspired vision for the planet.
The webinar course will take place on three Thursdays in August for 1 1/2 hours each session. The dates of the sessions are: August 5, 12, and 19.
21st Century Shamanism Sandra Ingerman
Why are we seeing a modern renaissance of shamanism-the oldest form of spiritual practice? According to Sandra Ingerman, it is because it is a "path of direct revelation." Shamanism provides powerful, effective tools to let you tap into the unseen world for insight and healing-requiring no outside authorities, intermediaries, or even beliefs. With 21st Century Shamanism, this respected teacher presents three live learning sessions to introduce you to the modern evolution of this ancient practice. Using techniques drawn from indigenous practice and adapted for widespread use in today's world, Sandra provides a hands-on introduction to:
* The shamanic journey-Sandra guides you in the experience of entering an altered state to access the world of spirit * Deep listening-harmonizing yourself with the natural world for increased energy and health * Dream work-guidelines for decoding the wisdom of the deeper self * Ceremony-rituals for dissolving our limiting beliefs, opening the door to our true potential * Blessing practices-how to become a positive force for change in the world
21st Century Shamanism includes live Q&A and guided practices with Sandra Ingerman. Begins August 2010.
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