Love is Divine Power

Last week I mentioned that I started reading Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. I’m now reading the parts about how to correct adrenal fatigue.

One of the biggest things the book recommends is to eliminate energy drains in your life – if you can. I had a moment of irony as I was reading this particular section.

Love is Divine PowerI have a relationship in my life that is a big energy drain, and for various reasons, it is not one I am able to just walk away from (for anyone wondering, it is NOT my husband – he is a HUGE support for me!). Just as I finished reading about identifying energy drains, this person contacted me. At first I was just frustrated, but later I was able to laugh about it!

Since this is not a relationship that I can just end, I need to find ways to adapt myself to deal with the drain on my energy. This fits in with my beliefs anyway – if someone is bothering me, that irritation is not about the other person; the irritation is often a reflection of myself in some way, or a lesson for me.

The next morning as I was meditating, I started my normal routine of grounding and checking in with my chakras. (My “normal” routine hasn’t been so normal lately. With the extra fatigue, I end up falling asleep more often than not during the meditation time.) I started with some Reiki and grounding, however, when I started to connect to my root chakra, my attention went straight to my heart chakra.

The heart chakra affirmation (from Carolyn Myss’s Anatomy of the Spirit) is “Love is Divine Power”. To me this means that when I come from a place of love, from my heart center, I am connected to Source and in my power.

With regards to the energy draining relationship, the way through it is to remain in my power, to remain in my heart center and interact from a place of love, even when I’m not really feeling it. I am bigger than this challenge.

So I made this image (the background is an image I found on Google Image Search – if it is yours, I will happily credit you!), and made it the desktop background on my computer to remind me of the lesson.

On a somewhat related note, I was feeling really down yesterday morning before the Farmers Market. I knew that was not the right space to be in for reading tarot. The morning was grey, and there was hardly any traffic at the beginning of the Market. So once we had our tent set up, I took a few moments to close my eyes and return to my heart center. Before too long, the sky started to brighten, and I had my busiest and best day of readings yet! And my husband sold a chess set! Thank you, Universe!

Blessings,

Mary

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2013: The Year We Choose Love?

We’re more than two weeks into 2013, and more than three weeks post-apocalypse. Do you feel any different?

Around the beginning of the year, there were a couple of pictures that circulated on Facebook regarding 2013.

2013 Eros2013 = LoveThey got me wondering – is this the year we finally choose love?

So much of our society is based on fear – fear of war, fear of crazy people, fear of gay marriage crumbling our society, fear of terrorist attacks, fear that there’s not enough (money, food, resources, clean water, clean air, etc.) to go around.  We are bombarded by these fear messages every day.

How do we counter the influence of all this fear? With love. Love is the opposite of fear.

It takes a conscious choice many times to choose love rather than getting sucked in to the fear. And it’s not always easy. Yet it is one of the ways we will evolve.

It is my great hope that 2013 is indeed the year we choose love. That’s the world I want to live in.

Blessings,

Mary

Feeling the Collective Fear and Loving Anyway

There’s a lot of anxiety in the world right now. Whether you believe that the world is going to end some time today or not, it’s not very clear what is going to happen next.

There’s all kinds of talk about a change in consciousness, or a shift in vibration, or the dawning of a new age. What does all that mean? What will it look like? Will we wake up tomorrow and suddenly be able to read each others’ minds? Or will all the wars just stop because everyone realizes (finally) that we are all connected and our differences make us stronger? Or will some people have mysteriously vanished during the night, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves?

I wish I had the answers to those questions. I could be a very rich woman! 🙂

Here there be monstersWhatever you believe, I think most people believe that today marks a change of some kind. For a lot of people, myself included at times, uncertainty = fear. There could be monsters in that great big unknown after all.

Some of us are more sensitive to the energy and emotions of the world than others. And some of us are better equipped to handle that energy than others. (I think the tragedies of last week were a reflection of our collective fear from people who were sensitive to it and couldn’t handle it.) There’s no shame in getting caught up in that whirlpool of fear – I did, too. The trick is to notice when it is happening, so it doesn’t drown you.

How do you do that? I mean, when I am in the grip of strong emotion, that’s all that exists for me.

Eventually, though, I get to a place where I can say to myself, this sucks. I don’t like feeling like this. And that’s when I can start to ask myself where it is coming from. Most of the time, those strong emotions come from perceptions and judgments I have made about the world around me and the people in it. Sometimes, though, when I ask myself that question, I realize that it’s not necessarily coming from within me. I’m picking it up from somewhere else.

Once you are aware of what is going on, and you understand where it is coming from, you can take steps to change it.

I listed a few ideas a couple of weeks ago (has this fear vibration really been going on that long?) on how to pull yourself out of hopelessness. Here are a few more easy ways to change your mood and get out of fear and into love:

  1. Smile! Your facial expressions can actually create your feelings. If you are feeling down, smiling will actually help lift you up. (It works both ways though – if you’re feeling fine, making an angry or sad face and holding it for any length of time will create those emotions physiologically in your body.)
  2. Laugh. See above.
  3. Random acts of kindness. We all love to give, and doing something nice for someone else is a definite mood booster.
  4. Remember something happy. Reliving a cherished, positive memory will recreate those same feelings in your body.
  5. Tell someone you love them. A friend of mine posted on Facebook this week that she has a new mission: each day tell a complete stranger that they are her brother/sister and that she loves them. What a fantastic way to spread the love vibration!

Martin Luther King, Jr. said it beautifully:

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

It is time to light up the darkness, and conquer fear with love. That’s the vision I would like to see moving into the new age that today is supposed to bring.

What is your favorite way to shift your fear into love? Leave your comments below!

Blessings,

Mary

PS. Happy Yule!

Love is My Truth

I had an ‘aha’ moment in meditation a few days ago. Quite a while ago, I read The Anatomy of the Spirit by Carolyn Myss. In it, she connects the seven Hindu chakras to the seven Christian Sacraments and the Kabbalah’s Tree of Life. At the end of the book, she provides a meditation to connect with each chakra, and an affirmation for each.  I added the affirmations to my daily meditation practice, taking time to check in with each chakra and notice any energetic shifts.

Most of the affirmations I easily connect with and resonate with. I have my own thoughts and interpretations about many of them. One that has stumped me, or rather, one that I have not had any extra insight into, is the affirmation for the third eye chakra, “Seek only truth.”

Love is my truthOn the surface, that’s pretty easy. Look for truth. OK. While there are some universal truths, each individual’s truth is relative. I see and interpret the world around me through the filters of my experience, and my filters are not the same as anyone else’s. So my truth is not necessarily the same as yours. Do I seek universal truths? Even so, you may not agree with me on what those are.

Skip back even farther in my reading history, to The Biology of Transcendence by Joseph Chilton Pearce. This book talks partly about the heart-mind connection, that our hearts have neurons, and that the electromagnetic field of the heart is many times stronger than that of the brain. Pearce theorizes that Jesus, and other spiritual masters, were an example of our next stage of evolution, a preview of what we can become, and it has to do with activating the frontal lobe, possibly by connecting the frontal lobe to the heart field. I always thought about it in terms of moving my thinking out of my head and into my heart.

I am not a scientist, or a doctor, so in my mind, I work to connect the third eye chakra to the heart chakra. I can visualize that, and conceptually I can understand that.

Carolyn Myss’s affirmation for the heart chakra is “Love is Divine power.” When I am connecting with my heart chakra, I open my heart to the world with love.

The ‘aha’ moment came for me when I put Carolyn Myss’s affirmations together with Joseph Chilton Pearce’s theory. If I am going to connect my frontal lobe (third eye chakra) with my heart field (heart chakra), then the way to do that is with the energy of love. If I am to “Seek only truth,” my truth is love. Therefore, I need only seek to see love energy in others to seek truth. Instead of just moving my head to my heart, I also need to bring my heart to my head.

If you’ve ever had an ‘aha’ moment of great realization, you understand the rush of energy and excitement that goes with it. Even now, just writing about it, I’m getting tingles. Love is my truth.

What ‘aha’ moments have you had that changed your thinking or your way of being in the world?

Blessings,

Mary

Did You Ever Have That Nightmare…

I don't know what to say…where you’re standing in front of a group of people, and you can’t remember what you’re supposed to say? And you can’t think of anything to say beyond, “Umm, hi.”

I know the blog posts have been coming out faithfully every other day for the past two weeks, but I haven’t actually written one for almost a week. I’ve been sitting here staring at my computer for at least 15 minutes.

I’m terrified that I have run out of things to say. I was on a streak for a while, and then, nothing. Well, not nothing, exactly. I wrote an Introduction to Meditation course for Wiccan Seminary. I’ve recorded some more videos and gotten them ready to publish online. And now the inspiration seems to have dried up.

I want to slack off. I want to watch movies, and read books, and sleep in. Sometimes I wish I didn’t know the things I know. Sometimes I’d like to be like the “average” North American – go to work, come home, watch tv, go to sleep, lather, rinse, repeat. But a mind once expanded can never go back to its previous shape. I can never un-know the things that I know.

Part of this blog challenge is about finding my voice, and uncovering my message. I thought I knew what my voice sounded like, though I haven’t been quite as clear what my message is. It’s pretty hard to share my message with you if I’m not clear what it is.

If I’m going to claim the title, The Prosperity Priestess, my message is about abundance and spirituality. This feels in alignment for me.

I love seeing people find their connection to Source – in whatever form they connect, whether it is through Paganism, Christianity, Hinduism, or any other faith. I think we all have a right to be happy. We all deserve to live lives of abundance and joy and love. I’ve been working to increase the joy, love and abundance in my life, and I want that for others as well.

I won’t lie to you and say its easy. I’ve spent a lot of time, and to be honest, a lot of money, to learn and grow. And I would like to save others some of the time and money I’ve spent to see the abundance that I am enjoying. I may not be the richest person in the world, but I enjoy a lot of abundance in my life.

Huh, I guess I had something to say after all.

Blessings,

Mary

Blessed With Abundance

Yesterday was Christmas, a time when some of us think about our own brand of spirituality, some of us take joy in giving, and some of us are all about getting (I won’t even call it receiving).

I was a little bummed as I put out the Christmas stockings, and mine was only half filled. There were no presents for me under the tree (well, there was one, kind of – it was for me and the rest of my family). I didn’t let my slump last long though. There were quite a few presents for my boys, and I had been a little worried that they would have precious few gifts to open. And I did buy myself a present a few days before Christmas.

holiday blessingsI enjoyed seeing them get excited about the items my husband and I had found for them. I started seeing the abundance all around me: the abundance of gifts for my children, the abundance of birds in the trees outside, the abundance of love in my home, and food in my cupboards, and activities to keep my mind engaged.

I spent the day cooking for my family, and was gifted with the thanks of full tummies throughout the house (which, in a house with three growing boys, is a rare blessing indeed!).

I even went for a walk in the sunshine with my sweetheart for the first time in many weeks.

By the end of the day, I was feeling full to overflowing with blessings in my life. And so I share some of my blessings.

Until January 15th, 2012, use the coupon code “holiday11” to save 50% off your next order of guided meditations. And may you be blessed with abundance this year!

Blessings,

Mary

Redefining Free Time

Law of attraction teachers will say that to receive what you want, you have to know what you want. Be very clear about it.

For several years now, through coaching, meditation and journalling, as well as other tools, I have working to get clear on what I want. For me, it boils down to these three things:

  • Time freedom
  • Raise my vibration
  • Earn my living from my spiritual work

I’ve been actively working towards these three goals for over two years.

Free TimeRecently, I’ve noticed just how jam-packed my schedule is. Added responsibilities at work, rehearsing for a play, extra-curricular activities for my boys, and my own regular activities have left me with very little free time. That first goal feels ever so elusive right now!

One of my core beliefs is that my outer world is a reflection of my inner world. So it occurred to me during my morning meditation last week that perhaps my lack of free time has something to do with how I am thinking and talking about time.

I thought about that for a little while, and sure enough, all of my language about time was negative. “I don’t have time for that”, “when have I had time”, “in all my copious spare time” (read that last one with a heavy dose of sarcasm).

The past few days, I’ve been thinking about how I can change my thinking about time. It’s not been quite as clear as I had hoped. The first thing I need to realize is that I have chosen all of the things and activities that I am currently involved in.

I choose to go to work (the biggest allocation of my time) in service to my family, so we can continue to have a place to live and food to eat.

I chose to audition for the play, and then to accept the part I was offered. And I really am having fun and enjoying the new relationships I am building.

I chose to enroll my boys in karate, to encourage physical activity and self discipline.

I choose to continue writing my blog, and organizing my spiritual circle, and coach my clients. It fills me with joy to witness others grow and expand.

I really have more freedom than I thought I did, once I stop and re-frame how I see my time being used. Time freedom is more about who I am choosing to be, than what I am doing with my time.  Choosing to be in love and gratitude, no matter what I am doing, is my mission for this week!

Blessings,

Mary

PS. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada!

Reflections on The ONE

Wow! What an amazing weekend!

Walks Within Exhibitor TableAs many of you know (because I’ve been talking about it for the last few weeks), I was an exhibitor and speaker at The ONE: A Spiritual Event in Parksville, BC, this weekend.  The days were pretty long, but the vibration was very high.

The turnout was a little small, though not bad for a first event. Sales were ok, and I made some amazing connections that I don’t know how else I would have made had I not been there. Though it may not qualify as a financial “success”, how do I measure the value of the exposure to new people?

It was such a joy to be a part of a cooperative event that was focused on love and unity. We were all there to lift each other up and help each other out. I was blessed to present two workshops, and everyone enjoyed the guided meditations in each workshop. If even one of those people begins to meditate on a more regular basis, I have achieved success.

I look forward to the next one!

Blessings,

Mary

Time Destroys All Things

Time
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

~One of Gollum’s riddles for Bilbo in
The Hobbit, by JRR Tolkein

I had an insight this week while I was meditating on Kali. One of the places I researched is, of course, Wikipedia.

The name Kali comes from kala, which means black, time, death, lord of death, Shiva. Kali means “the black one”. Since Shiva is called Kala – the eternal time, Kali, his consort, also means “the Time” or “Death” (as in time has come). Hence, Kali is considered the goddess of time and change.

Besides the nature of so many of the images we have of Kali, could this be part of the reason we in the West are afraid of Kali? Our society seems to value youth and beauty above all else (except money). We create endless products to slather on our skin, ingest into our bodies, or worse, go under the surgeon’s knife in an effort to preserve the appearance of youth. The media constantly determines what it beautiful for us, and women in particular starve and torture themselves to be more like the images we are shown. And yet all of these, youth, beauty and money, vanish in time.

eyetimeAs a Goddess, Kali is eternal. As time, she really is “dancing the world to destruction” because everything eventually crumbles and decays. Her dance goes on, heedless of our protests or pleading.

The only thing that stops Kali’s dancing in myth is Shiva – in one story he stops her by laying down beneath her feet, and in another version he turns himself into a baby and his crying interrupts her. For me, time seems to stand still when I am with my lover. And nothing else matters when my child is crying.

In both of these stories, love and compassion stop the destructive dance of time. Through the eyes of love, all things are made beautiful. Age no longer matters. And looking with compassion, I am able to find beauty in (almost!) every experience.

My heart is full to overflowing from these realizations. I wish you much beauty this week!

Blessings,

Mary