Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Vultures: Better Messengers Than A Courier Service

This morning I woke up to a vulture perched on my neighbors chimney.  The view I have is direct and unobstructed from where I enjoy my first morning cup of coffee.  When I was really sick (for about 2 years), I woke up nearly every morning and would see anywhere from three to seven vultures eying me from there.  It used to frighten me as I always saw vultures as scavengers waiting on prey to die so that they could swarm in for the feast.

Seeing them made me scared and angry.  The vultures ignited my desire for better health on every level.  I was not going to run away from the challenge before me.

Picture taken with my phone as I wondered why they were visiting me.

I would (internally) talk with them and tell them they were wasting their time with me.  They weren't leaving. Resigned by the fact that I could not control the situation, I asked, "Why are you here?  What is your purpose?"  Something within me knew there was more to search and learn by these creatures who refused to land someplace else (away from me).  Instead of focusing on my illness, I focused on my journey and I did a little research on the shamanic meaning of vultures:
The scientific name for the Turkey Vulture is CATHARTES AURA which means GOLDEN PURIFIER because as it goes about it's lifetime business it purifies the landscape and environment in it's own natural way, ensuring the continued health and life of other living things.
The Vulture is a promise that all hardship was temporary and necessary for a higher purpose. Once a Vulture enters your life as a totem or guide, it will remain with you for life
Vultures live and work together, both in cooperation and friendliness. *
And so, with that, the vultures assisted in my healing. By letting go of fear and welcoming the process before me (no matter how difficult), learning took place.  This coming April will be one year of complete health--no doctors, no pills and a complete improvement on my quality of life. The vultures helped me "pick away" at the illness which gave me a new understanding rooted in compassion that made my spirit soar.

As I see this vulture this morning, I welcome it.  It comes in a timely manner as another chapter begins to unfold.  

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Thoughts Regarding The Recent Events In Japan

I woke up Sunday morning looking at my ceiling thinking that the earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a terrible dream.  I was in such a fog that I had to go through a sort of memory checklist to recount what I did the day before to make sure.  My heart sank when I realized it wasn't a dream and I immediately sent a silent prayer of healing and support to the people of Japan before I began my day.  I felt a deep sense of gratitude for where I was and that my family was safe.  I felt gratitude for the greater learning we will all gain from the experience the Japanese people are now going through.

The authors and spiritual leaders I surround myself with daily have been consistent in their message of removing fear based thoughts and prayers to ones aligned with the Divine --sending, thinking, praying only with love and support and healing in your hearts.  I understand this and accept this as the only energy that is helpful to our friends in Japan.

Information is good to have in times like this, but I implore you to be careful as the news operates like a good movie trailer inciting fear-based emotion through their words and images.  Emotion and energy go hand in hand--so what you feel as you watch the news is what you are sending out.  As James Arthur Ray states, "Energy flows where attention goes."  Push your attention toward miracles, love, greater expansion and healing...whatever you do...choose wisely.

Many have asked me if this was a sign of the "end of the world."  It is not.  It is, however, the movement toward the end of our old ways of thinking.  The Japanese will teach us a great deal because of this experience.  The Japanese will help us understand that we must work in unison with Mother Earth and not take her for granted.  We are not separated simply because we can walk, talk and think independently.  We are all spiritually connected and work in alignment with this planet.  Through this catastrophe will be more enlightenment and greater consciousness...I choose to look for that.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Climbing The Mountain of Spirituality (With A Great Pair Of Shoes, Of Course)

The more I step outside of my comfort zone, the more sychronicity shows up in my life.  I see it as a "sign" I'm choosing and traveling the right road.

This week a Spiritual notion struck a cord deep within me.  Listening to an interview with James Redfield (author of The 12th Insight, The Hour of Decision), I felt such a sense of confirmation for the Spiritual work I am doing.

Mr. Redfield stated that during this current time in history, there is very little that can surprise us.  Most everything has been discovered, named and categorized.  What next?  Well, a natural tendency for us, as humans, is to move toward a Spiritual life.  With little to truly surprise us, we can now begin to explore Spirituality more freely.  We are unfolding and reaching clarity by being radically truthful about ourselves and our desires.  

The way I see it, we are realizing that the "stuff "we have acquired is not fulfilling us like we thought it should.  The "stuff" is only temporarily filling a void.  Once we get over the newness of things, then what?  What are we meant to do?  Why are we here in the first place?  Many of us no longer accept the norm and the politics as usual, we want truth and honest living. In fact, more and more of us are demanding it.

This is a great time to be alive because we are finally passionate for deeper meaning in our life that includes integrity and truth.   We are moving away from pointing fingers, assumptions and blame and moving toward loving, caring, and nurturing communication and understanding. More of us are moving away from quick, unthoughtful reactions and moving toward becoming a part of the natural change we feel coming--a change to peace and connection and alignment with our Spirituality, our Divine self.

Mr. Redfield says that we are all Spiritually connected. By eating healthy and organic foods we are un-dulling our minds.  By quieting ourselves, we allow intuition to grow, we see miracles begin to happen and our consciousness awakens.  Amen, Mr. Redfield!!

"Consciousness is, in fact, contagious." -- James Redfield

We must take a radical look at ourselves and who we are.   I believe that we strongly desire an improved quality of life, enriched with love and spirituality and overflowing with abundance and prosperity that feels more harmonic and balanced.

Being more spiritual doesn't mean living poorly.  We are waking up and desiring more than just the material things.  We want a balance between the material and the Spiritual.   We want to enjoy what we acquire with a deeper sense of integrity.  Filling a void with "stuff" is no longer enough or even an option.  We want to work from a different place within ourselves.  It is less about an agenda and more about genuine grace and Divinity. 

The more prosperous we become the more we are able to help others.  When we are "full" or "rich" and honest about how we get there, we are more able to freely give and be of service. Our own energy expands and naturally flows to everyone connected to us. Being of service and giving keeps us in touch with our soul.  
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