Tag Archive | transformation

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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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

Are you Hiding Out?

1381644_594206667283333_1578599035_nI love to watch the deer that are all around the community where I live in the hills of Northern California.  I so enjoy watching the circle of life each year as they have their precious babies in the trees, keeping them safe from the predators they fear.

In observing the deer I have noticed a human parallel in the impulses that cause a deer to run away.  When someone or something triggers a hot button within us, for whatever reason, the trigger caused by the perceived threat ignites and the heart starts pumping faster and faster.  What causes you to react in your heart?  I have observed people freezing up, or watched them being unkind to others or have witnessed rude comments expressed to someone who innocently walks into their space.  That is exactly what happens when a deer hears a sudden sound and reacts with fear.

Even though we rarely face life-threatening dangers, many people defend themselves psychologically rather than physiologically.  We can struggles with our inner fears, insecurities, damaging, critical, and hurtful behavior patterns.  The struggle resides within us and they need our realization because if it triggers us, it is inside of us begging to be healed.

Many people tend to defend the space around us.  Some people defend their self-concept, others guard hidden emotional territories and possessions and when triggered and unexamined can cause great confusion and hurt in others. All of this drama is our version of running into the woods and hiding, like a deer, behind a tree.

Recently I witnessed a mature spiritual teacher move toward a random person rather than say hello to someone she was clearly uncomfortable with.  The look on her face was quite revealing even though I had no idea what actually motivated her.

People know exactly how to close down their hearts and put up psychological barriers.  If you discover that you are doing some of that and you are working very hard to avoid discomfort or pain, it is causing you to close your heart down and it is shutting innocent people out.

Guarding our hearts and energy centers only serves to make the world a colder and indifferent place.  Life will stir our energies when we are hiding from old fears and wounds lodged in your energy centers that are called samskars in Yoga.  This is what causes all of our physical, emotional and energetic trouble in our bodies.  It will show up in every area of our lives.  I believe that it eventually  greatly impacts and effects the whole planet.  We are all One.

Who you are does matter and what you do sends out ripples of love and inclusiveness or pain and separation.  What will you choose to bring forth today?

Know that you are loved.  I love you…  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

Energy Drains

How is your energy supply today? Do you notice what tends to drain you? If I am not on top of what is going on within my emotions, I have no clue as to why I am feeling tired and drained of my normal energy flow.

My life has always presented me with plenty of emotional lessons. I realized quite some time ago that I had to figure out how to master my emotions. Over the years, I have made lots of progress, yet it is still a constant practice of both present moment awareness and shifting to my hearts intelligence and out of my head.

When I manage my emotions and don’t take the roller coaster ride of assigned meanings, I am significantly more free from moods, impulses, or frustrations. I find that I am less likely to blame or shame myself or others for any of the emotional experiences that come up within me.

When I use the some of my favorite realization tools, like placing my hand on my heart, and breathing into my heart center, I find that I become more calm, centered and awake to my inner self. I stop reacting to what is going on outside of myself and the triggers that throw me off balance. I realize the reactions are within me and I can breath new life into myself, as soon as I become conscious of what is going on within me.

You can master your emotions a little bit at a time. Next time you feel stressed, simply place your hand on your heart and breath into it. It is a #HeartMath tool that I have been using for many years and it always works for me.

Each time I shift my energy from an exhausting and draining experience to a more aware and heart centered place within me, I find that my heart leads my head into a more congruent, helpful and uplifting place. I am happier, healthier and more joyful and from that place, I can serve others.

#EmotionalFreedom is essential to my life. I find that I have a greater capacity to use my mind and I am more open to the possibilities before me.

Know that you are loved!    Blessings, Rev. Barb

Spiritual Growth Tips for Balancing Emotions

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Learning to observe ourselves and watch the tendencies of our thoughts is a life skill that makes a huge difference in our ability to be happy and free.  It is not an instantaneous skill but even beginning to be aware does make a difference and eases up the drain on our energy flow.   Jesus and many other Spiritual Masters tell us to “Know Thyself.”   Learn to deeply reflect upon the tendency of our thoughts and find out what drives us.  Eventually we will gain a deeper perception of who we really are beyond the dramas of our lives. Continue reading

Emotional Freedom: Part 1

How to Be Happy All the Time

Lately I have been working with one of my favorite books about “How to be Happy All of the Time.  It is filled with the wisdom of Paramahansa Yogananda.  Like all wisdom teachings, he passes the responsibility for how we are feeling, right back to us.  He clearly relates that happiness is a decision that we make.  If you would like to find a copy of this great little book, it fits in my purse, you can buy it at crystalclarity.org.

When I first decided to make an effort to be happier, admittedly there were a few lingering doubts that I could even accomplish this.  I believed in the power to change my mind, my thoughts, my attitudes….. yet I was not sure I could change my emotional tenor or permanently change my outlook, but I was willing to give it a try.  And then I realized I had to make a much more affirmative decision about this if I was going to make some progress.  So I did.

So when I first decided to be happy, I saw that in the moments when we feel most challenged, we have to have an opening within ourselves that believes that it is possible.  Even if things are not going the way we think they should be, we can still be happy.  Even if all of our ducks are flying out of formation, we can be happy.  Even if I am not fully “enlightened” nor a millionaire. I was going to be happy whether or not I get to travel the whole world and see every awesome place and creation.   I can still be joyful, and feel an inner peace and calm of knowing that I live in divine partnership and I will always be OK.  I am learning to be grateful for what I have, whether I have a lot of money in the bank or not, or if I am a success or a failure by my own or the worlds standards, I can still be happy. I was not willing to suffer any longer because I gave too much value to other peoples opinions of me, good or not.   I have the power to decide to be happy and joyful whether I have a life partner to share my life with or not.  I make that decision and nothing outside of myself can determine that.

Life changes and we must be able to make room for the unexpected directions that it takes.  We are not in control of everyone and everything. In truth, we barely have control over ourselves.   We are, however able to choose to be happy or not to be happy.  It is a new pattern that we create within ourselves.  You can choose open yourself to the Omnipresent love, joy and inner peace, over and over again, whenever a dark shadow falls upon your mental or emotional household.   You can learn to release a new causation by making a fresh new decision to release the emotional burdens and declare your freedom to be happier and healthier person.  You can still find joy and peace within.  It comes from the Infinite Super-Conscious realm and each one of us choose to foster that connection.  Through the use of ageless wisdom and well tested spiritual technologies, you can reach into the higher dimensions of divine mind and create a new pathway that the frontal lobe of your brain will connect to.  We are not our bodies, we have bodies.  We are Spirit!

Choosing to be Happy

If you are suffering like I was, you might be thinking, well I did not choose to be unhappy, so if I don’t want it, why am I feeling so nuts right now?  I don’t want to ride this emotional roller coaster up and down, and down and down further.  Am I lost in a maze of discontent or can I really break free?

My first peak at freedom was simply an awareness that I wanted to be free.  I was willing to give my very best to grow beyond the daily mood swings.  I learned to become an observer of myself and life.  I had to stop judging myself.  I have had a few periods in my life when my life was so hard for me.  I had extreme highs and lows in my emotional life and I’ve struggled with the unhealed feelings that stirred within me.  For most of my youth I believed that life was happening to me.  I had no clue how to take responsibility for what I was feeling, nor did I have any models to show me how to shift.  I had many dramatic examples of suffering and the endless ways I could pass my upset over to others.  I was not willing to live like this any longer.  I went looking for solutions.

I realized I was unhappy every time I wanted a different outcome other than the one I had.  When the reflection in the mirror of my life did not fit the way I thought it should be, or how I wanted it to be, or to look like, feel like, or sound like, I was caught in a web of discontent.

The short story is  I decided to be happy anyway.  I was going to be happier person within myself whether I liked what was going on or not, I would find a way.  It enabled me to let go of some of the judgments that automatically came up when I struggled with wanting control over people, places, situations, and things that I have no control over anyway.  This is what kept me from feeling free.  I began to tell myself the whole truth.  I learned day by day, step by step to stop beating myself up for what I judged was wrong with me.  The outcomes and the struggles with shoulda, woulda, and coulda.  The endless repetition of I should have done this.  If only I would have done that instead.  Can you relate to this?

More to come…. On this subject in the next post (Emotional Freedom: Part 2).    Know that you are loved deeply.   Blessings,  Rev. Barb