Tag Archive | self reflection

Joy and Light are within you!

DSCN2674We have so many opportunities to “Practice the Presence” in our lives.  Gratefully the world is awakening to these practices more and more each day.  When I first heard the  term of “Practicing the Presence” it awakened something in me that held the power and consciousness that keeps giving and grows and support the deepening of my daily spiritual practice a little more each day.

When I decided to move to a spiritual community five years ago, I made that decision so that I could be in an environment that is in a continuous practice through out my day.  I invite you to join (Ananda Sanga Worldwide Community) in the practice of “Reawakening the consciousness of light and joy” by using the following technique: (whenever possible – try to do this in a quiet place- never in a moving vehicle)  Stop, close your eyes, and bring your energy to the spiritual eye, at the point between the eyebrows. You may find it helpful to place your fingertip there to help you focus. Now become aware of light and joy at that point. Do this for at least fifteen seconds. This is a technique that Jyotish and Devi, the Spiritual Leaders from the Ananda World Wide Community sent out in their weekly letters.  Join us in lifting up our consciousness five times a day, into the light and joy and make it another way that you can “Practice the Presence” through-out your day.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb

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Responding or Reacting

DDSCN2674o you know where your last thought came from?  After many years of study I have come to believe that most of our thoughts and feelings are rooted in the subconscious mind.   Everything that is hidden within us comes from the past, from our history in this life or a past life.  All automatic thoughts, attitudes and related feelings are rooted in the subconscious mind.  The ancient yogic teachings reveal that we bring many of our life patterns into this life, to overcome, to release, and to help us gain the lessons that those patterns reveal to us.  They are all automatic behaviors, likes and dislikes, wants and don’t want.

If someone says something to you that pushes a button in you, you can guarantee it is coming from the subconscious.  The conscious mind is not as reactive as the subconscious, that is endlessly repetitive and reveals itself in the reactive thoughts, attitudes and beliefs we have.  When you feel triggered, do you ask… where did this come from? Why do I feel so bothered by this situation, whether a comment someone says, or a behavior they express, or any situation that comes up that you have a charge about.  It is all coming up from the unconscious mind.

What I see from the patterns in my life, is that I have a reactive part of me that I want to eliminate so that I can live more freely.  We are not really free if the least little thing can push us over the edge emotionally and trigger a whole lot of thoughts and feelings that disturb our well being in a nano-second.

Learning to respond instead of reacting is a huge leap into greater spiritual freedom.  Our greatest growth comes from being more attuned to what is real and what is true.   The Master Jesus reminds us that “the truth shall set you free.”   Within that journey we will find greater joy and well being.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev. Barb

Love you Through It

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If you are having a challenging time, perhaps you are feeling down and don’t know where to turn, always remember that there is a very loving Source of Life that will lead you through it.  When our hearts are stretched as far as we think it can and we cannot make any sense of the life we are living, the compassion and love of Spirit through our loved ones, will guide us to a safe landing.

This morning I listened to a very touching song that a group of children sang to their teacher who is dealing with cancer.  They very passionately and lovingly sang this songs with their hearts open wide.  It is on YouTube, and the song is… “I’m gonna love you through it.”

Someone very close to my heart is having a very tough time for the past year.  I want to take her pain away and make sure that she lands safely on the other side of her sadness. When I heard the song that the children sang, “I’m gonna Love you Through It,” it was exactly how I am feeling.  I will be a safe place for her when she needs me.  I am going to love her through it.

When our emotions are so intense and we find that we cannot see the goodness and love that is in our lives, regardless of what else is going on, that is when we are so blessed to reach out to a power greater than ourselves.  Our limitations are our own, and the tangled strings of thoughts and memories are plugging us into a pain body that is lodged in our hearts and brains and at the moment we cannot see past them.

There is a Way!  There is a loving Presence that will help us beyond any of our thoughts or fears.  We just have to reach out and take one step at a time.  There is a Loving Presence that knows you better than you know yourself and you are never alone.

Know that you are deeply Loved,   Rev. Barb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healing the Shadow

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What are the polarizing energies that engage our thoughts, attitudes and well being that appears to pull us up to an uplifting mood or drags us in the opposite direction with attitudes that can cause us to come sliding down in an instant.  The waves of energies we are experiencing on the planet right now can stir our most human emotions and disturb the best of even mindedness.    Some may call this a Shadow Effect of the collective unconscious.  Others may call it the “sub” of the subconscious.  We all have it to various degrees and the universe is uprooting the delusion and denial of the unhealed parts of ourselves individually and collectively.

The Subconscious holds great wisdom and intelligence within us and has the power to bring up the best that is within us when it is positive, uplifting and harmonious.  Hidden within the unconscious realm of the subconscious one will also find incongruous feelings, thoughts and attitudes that we have inherited, planted in previous life times, or in moments of individual and collective confusion, sadness and fear that have programmed mixed messages within us.   The current popular name for these shadows of fear, separation and delusion of separateness from one another, our Source and our planet have changed over the centuries, but essentially they are rising to the surface to be healed now more than ever.

We are One.  What shows up on one level is operating for all of us on one point or another.  Healing the hidden frequencies of fear and separation is the clarion call of our times.  No one is exempt from the inner surrendering calling us to an urgent appeal to do something to stretch beyond the patterns that imprison our highest selves.

So if we are to heed the call of a “world that works for everyone” we must pull out the hidden awareness that is screaming for us to pay attention and heal.  We need to listen to our higher selves.  We need to do something different than we have ever done.  We must call forth the Divine that is within us to help us to rise above the enslaving past to a new day of great peace and joy.

It is possible.  It is awaiting our willingness to call forth the seeds of greater peace and well being that is within us.  Isn’t it time that we loosen the grip that is imprisoning us all.  With the help of Spirit we will rise above the past and soar to a new level of harmony. I will be going more deeply into this subject in future posts.

Know that you are Loved,  Rev Barb

Monkey Mind goes Non-Stop

Have you ever noticed that there is a voice within you that never shuts up?  I really put a significant amount of effort to keep my own Prakriti 7energy focused and uplifting and there are times when that crazy making “monkey mind” can run over my best of intentions.

Most of us make all kinds of attempts at changing something on the outside when the issue is within us.  Our psyche is on over load when we cannot break through and move past the incessant mind that is constantly telling us what to do and what not to do.  It is always directing our lives to one thing or another, dividing our attention, our thoughts, our likes and dislikes.  Always passing approving and disapproving opinions of everyone and everything.

Monkey Mind starts problems within us and divides our energy. exhausting us and consuming the best of our potential creativity.  It always has an issue that needs our attention and it goes on and on until we get caught up in trying to fix something on the outside that cannot be fixed from a broken mental outlook.  Endless problems will only take us into endless circles of fear, grief and anxiety.

We want to fix it, and ourselves and stop the nutty suggestions that our minds make up to solve some inner concern that it makes up.  It is a delusion and a full out lie based in fear that was generated from a very dysfunctional and disturbed part of our psyche.  Monkey Mind misleads us and wastes our energy.

The problem that is really bothering us is rooted in some thought or belief that we are feeling such as we are “not enough” and do we do not feel complete in ourselves.  So whatever the root issue, we have to get to that because the Monkey Mind will make endless attempts to divert us away from the truth that is the core issue that we are not fully aware of and is hiding from the light of awareness.

Observe your own thoughts for a while. Write them down in a journal if you can. Be a dedicated watcher of your most inward thoughts.  You are not those thoughts!  You are the one who is aware and watching the thinking and where  those thoughts, if believed, can take you.

Stay with me.  We will be going ever more deeply into your true Self.

Know that you are Loved,   Blessings and Joy,  Rev. Barb

Listen to Your Heart

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Our hearts can be opened in so many ways.  It has a inner awareness that nothing in the outer world can come close to. Our hearts are lifted in joy, are expanded with love, cracked open in grief and elevated on a deeply attuned spiritual path.  We can influence our hearts awakening by the intentions we hold, yet the deeply moving and transformational growth comes from a higher place within us.   .

Sincere and authentic service helps to create new pathways in our brains that support the expansion of our hearts to to needs of others.  When we serve a higher purpose than our egos, our wants, our goals…. we can step on to an invisible bridge that is made of light.  The transcendental light of love builds bridges and heals wounds that nothing in this world of density can compare to.  Trying to understand the realm of the “heart” from our head is useless.

Everyone has the capacity to open their hearts.  Recently my family had our collective and individual hearts cracked open when one of our family members committed suicide.  It threw us into an emotional vulnerability that waves across our hearts and brings up feelings of guilt, regret, sadness, and an endless list of “what if’s.”   Everyone of us asked ourselves why we did not see this coming.  What could I have done that would have helped or even stopped this tragedy.  There are many things in life that are completely out of our control.

If we listen to our hearts beyond the grief and ask for help from Spirit… eventually we will find an inner peace and acceptance of the choices that life is revealing.  We don’t choose these experiences and would never invite them into our lives, and no one ever plans for them.  Never the less, there is a light shining in, around and through them that is leading us beyond the pain and suffering that is showing up in our life time.

May the power of Spirit guide your way.  Know that you are loved.   Rev. Barb

Mental Blocks

Wherever you are in this moment, high or low, all of your feelings will change.

Do you ever feel like your mind is stuck in a mental fog or blind spot that you have a hard time moving out of.  When I slip into a mindset that is limiting, I know that I have identified myself with the small self or our shadow.  We can only see what it can see, know what it knows and experience only what it can imagine.  When the mind is replaying the past, the same thoughts build a wall that blocks the free flow of possibilities from reaching our awareness.  Albert Einstein said,  “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”

I believe that there is a Power within us that is a power that comes from the Source of Life at the center of everyone’s being.  I know that this Presence never has any mental blocks because it has no identity with insufficiency or inadequacy on any level of its being.

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Ernest Holmes is:

Thou art the center and circumference of my life.                                                             The beginningless and endless part of me.                                                                         The eternal Reality of me;                                                                                                 The everlasting Power within me;                                                                                  The eternal Good working through me;                                                                        The Infinite Love impelling me;                                                                                     The limitless Peace and Calm within me;                                                                     The Perfect Life, living through and in me;                                                                 The joy of the Soul and Light of the Spirit, Illumining me.                                         O Lord, God, Eternal and forever Blesses, Thou art my whole being!

Dr. Holmes said that “any wall which keeps you from the greater good is built by mental blocks, cemented together by fear and unbelief, mixed in the mortar of negative experiences.”

I hope you will join me in tearing down any wall within you, that blocks your ability to see the sun shining behind the clouds.  The energy and power that fills the oceans and flows in every river, flows within you.  It is your very breath.  Take a deep breath right now and savor it.

Today I invite you to merge with the eternal river of life.  Let it fill your cup to over flowing, like the rains coming down from the sky.  Join me in declaring that every step that you take is guided and guarded.  You can become #Self Realized.

If  you would like to take my “River of Life” class, please email me and I would be happy

Joy To You,  Rev. Barb