The soul knows where it belongs. Not some of the time. All of the time. When you strip everything away and get bare this fact sings.
It doesn’t matter what path you choose, what form the exploration, just that you remove any blocks and keep yourself open. Your life to date, the pain and wounds, joy, laughter and love, all the love… you can use as a road map of how to find your way back to the space that knows. That lives in eternal joy and peace. That flourishes in a warm embrace.
Like Dorothy at the end of The Wizard of Oz when she says “Why didn’t you tell me all I needed to do was click my heals three times to go home?” to which the Good Witch responds “You never would have believed me.” I remember thinking as a kid, “Mother F-er … Would have been good to know.”
How much easier would life be if we skipped the drama and those harried flying rabid attack monkeys?
You can choose to see things differently and take any light bulb moment of truth to change the story you’ve created. To get help. To share yourself. To move from fear to love, from insecure to joyful. You can choose in this moment to open yourself up to the possibility of being happier today than you were yesterday, to be the change necessary so you are delivered from whatever your current circumstance into peace and Love. Simply by choosing to be awake.
Today. Right now. I’m giving you a free pass. A pass to forgive yourself and anyone you have been carrying a ‘hate on’ or ‘worry fest’ for. As you read this allow forgiveness to be understood and accepted and make the “journey (without distance) from your head to your heart.” Notice it says without distance, not without resistance. I get that it might be upseting to remember the universe has it covered. I get that people will trigger you. Don’t let it take you around and around the yellow brick road. No matter what comes your way, you always have access to your center, just as Dorothy did, you can click your heals three times and go directly home.
Release the past. The future has no business today and be willing to have the truth, your truth Lovingly blossom.
You owe it to the earth. You owe it to yourself.
Here’s to a magnificent new week!
Day Twenty Three of #LoveLand101
The essence of Satyagraha (a name Gandhi invented meaning “adherence to truth”) is that it seeks to eliminate antagonisms without harming the antagonists themselves and seeks to transform or “purify” it to a higher level. A euphemism sometimes used for Satyagraha is that it is a “silent force” or a “soul force” (a term also used by Martin Luther King Jr. during his famous “I Have a Dream” speech). It arms the individual with moral power rather than physical power. Satyagraha is also termed a “universal force,” as it essentially “makes no distinction between kinsmen and strangers, young and old, man and woman, friend and foe.”
Get a little Sara Bareilles out there in the world and BE BRAVE.
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
When the road gets too long, when your options seem limited, speak out.
God will be with you in each breath of exquisite light.
There is no where to hide. It’s time to stand and say.“Love don’t run, Love don’t hide, we won’t turn away or back down from a fight… Love’s too tough, it won’t give up, not on us Love don’t run.” — Steve Holy
In James Cameron’s first Terminator film, the terror and horror of The Terminator wanting Sarah Conner dead because she carries the seed that will save the world is a universal archetype for that which is in us that our ego is continually terminating.
It’s all there… run from your fear because you don’t understand what’s chasing you and why, and when you do get it you realize it is not going to stop. You need to take a stand against the demon, hoping for a victory, so you can live to save the world. Sarah Conner survives and she is different from having faced her assassin. In the sequel, The Terminator II in which the evil and bad Terminator from the first movie becomes the savior of the heroine and hero in the second. You begin to see the archetypal pattern as Arnold Schwarzenegger playing The Terminator appears before a terrified and tortured and mentally unstable Sarah Conner fleeing for her life… Reaching out his hand. “Come with me if you want to live.” You have a choice. Crucifier or Savior. It’s all a matter of your perception, shifting the illusion of time and space. In one movie, he’s the killer. In the other movie his is there to save her. Our terminator can be our savior or our crucifier depending on our perspective. Whatever you want to say about James Cameron he has his brand of rock star metaphorical archetypal story telling. We all relate because on some level we all get within us lies the ability to save the world by facing our fears. Our Terminators can be a guide to peace or they can be our guide to pain. It’s so wild that we choose which story arc it will be.
Since we are not living in a movie with a science fiction script containing and demonstrating the hero’s journey in 100 plus action packed pages… We are on our own to figure it out. No one teaches us how to face our fears. When you have no instruction and there is no operating manual it seems perfectly reasonable to hide from The Terminators of our lives and to keep up the cycle of forever running away from our self, becoming fused to our fear, allowing it to build an empire of untruths.
Hundreds of years ago there were fairy tales to help children process through their childhood terrors and remember the truth about themselves. Today with everyone’s personal hells being medicated, avoided, deadened and our collective unconscious wounds raging largely unprocessed we are at a turning point.
Don’t hide from your fear. Stand and see the truth. Face what you need to face and watch the resilience of your spirit rise to meet the needs of your soul’s expression.
Honor yourself by demonstrating love in action. Be gracious. Be Kind. Be compassion.
Be a bright and brilliant light so others will know the glow of truth.
Feel the fear and do what needs to be done.
Allow everything to open up in the place of connection where walls and separation crumbles and falls away surrendering to the giving and receiving of love in its purest form. “Free of the constraints of the lie you have been telling yourself forever” and remember the infinity loop of heaven on earth in the fullness of interdependent connection to someone else within the truest space of the sacred relationship with the divine in covenant in the most miraculous part of the universe.
In understanding your humanness you understand spirit in this reality of Love.
Sit in the presence of “god” or the divine free of the conditioned self. Enoy this interaction. Not the God of a youth spent in separation but the God or divine experience of openness to the present moment.
Honor the interaction as you honor the teachers who demonstrate the beauty of the butterfly and showcase the possibility of flight. Recognize the terror and the comfort in equal parts as engagements in the whole. An interdependence within the truest space of the sacred relationship cultivated in each moment of staying open to the intention to get beyond the battlefield of thinking 1000 percent in service through all the edges of disenfranchisement and separation.
Like Marcus Aurelius “the first rule is to keep an untroubled spirit. The second is to look things in the face and know them for what they are.”
Offer a loving presence to watch the fears of society unfold and dissipate under the weight of the truth in this light. Expand your vision and bring clarity into the forefront of your days. Stop the projecting of stories so tired and old that no one, including yourself, want to hear them ever again.
Love every possible space in the conscious and unconscious world.
Give the gift of knowing the deeper truth and accept the bare authenticity of each interaction.
Keep learning. Keep loving and continue to stay open.
The journey of every lifetime requires an other to reveal the truth to enter the heaven of this moment. Allow an other to know the real you. Do so now.
lots of Love,
Our task is to instill hope in possibility by letting idols go, opening our hands and minds.
Carrie Underwood and Vince Gill knock this performance of How Great Thou Art out of the park.
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze
Then sings my soul
My Savior God to Thee
How great Thou art
How great Thou art
A revolution takes place in the heart. It begins by saying enough. Enough of the behavior that keeps me stuck on the shore. There are so many ways that we hold ourselves back from the truest expression of love and joy flowing into and through our lives. Ask yourself to what end and release your soul to flourish and thrive. It is the most you can do for those you love and the planet as a whole.
Remember how great thou art and allow your heart to lead the way!
Let’s Remember Together. To any problem perceived or otherwise Love remains the answer and peace is our responsibility.
Any student of history will tell you that American is made up of the most diverse collection of races, religions, beliefs and peoples. Why? America was the new land, holding the promise of a new age, it remained the last melting plot available on our precious planet to leave behind the oppression of tyranny. But, as anyone who has ever had to face their demons or “train their dragon” will tell you, running from your fears or the fears of the collective does not make them go away. Fears exist to be met and faced and understood so they can be freed from ruling our unconsciousness behaviors.
Because we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave does not mean we do not have to practice what we preach, that we are not suffering from the afflictions of humanity, that we didn’t murder, and oppress, and cheat and steal, that we didn’t make decisions that were based in personal fears. Freedom is a discipline we apply everyday because every man brings with him and plays host to his own terrors projecting those terrors into the consciousness of a society. It is each individual’s personal journey to transcend beyond these lower thinking forms exercising bravery in the quest to be free, rising above the battlefield and baring witness to the truth.
While our history has blemishes that we continue to atone for; the slaughter of the Native Americans, the entitled slavery of a beautiful race of people, women’s suffrage, civil rights, bank oligopoly, corporate raiding, seething greed, there is one thing that remains constant — faith in the “better angels of our nature.” A space where whatever unjust, not right minded human afflictions are taking place that we are willing to see the truth and hold the space for new possibilities, to look at things in a different way, to argue yes, but then to see the light and be a clear and present source and beacon of truth so this mass collection of “discordant elements” as William Wordsworth stated could “move in one society.” One society embracing each others differences in love and opening to the highest possibilities of peace for all humanity.
Getting a little biblical (and who doesn’t love the bible)– from the Sermon on the Mount. “Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.”
You can build your house on the rock of truth or the sand of your fear. We are all blessed with a choice. In making a choice between the two in a stance of honesty and Love I invite you to consider how your actions to yourself and others will affect your own personal sense of peace.
In all the drafts of his speech Abraham Lincoln included a confrontational pointedly aggressive statement addressed at the South that he removed when he delivered the speech. The final line of the Inaugural was to have read….
“Shall it be peace or sword?
Either way the result remains the same – the truth will shine through. The choice is yours.
God Bless America! Have an amazing day!
lots o Love,
Day Nineteen of #LoveLnd101
“Imagine what America would be like if Martin Luther King Jr. never had a dream.”
“It is the inner commitment to be true to ourselves and follow our dreams that triggers the support of the universe. While we are ambivalent, the universe will seem to us also to be ambivalent and erratic. If we look back at the times when the world seemed to be a capricious and untrustworthy place, we see that we were ourselves ambivalent and conficted in our goals and behaviors. Once we trigger an internal YES by affirming our truest goals and desires, the universe mirrors that YES and expands it. By trusting, we learn to trust.” ~Julia Cameron via The Artist’s Way
King often said “there is a power in our hearts more powerful than the power of bullets” … and today in the land of the free and the home of the brave it’s never been more important to remember.
Open your heart and lean into its power, get comfortable with how it feels… because there is much to celebrate and much work ahead. There is no doubt as we move through what is necessary. Have a dream. Live in its light. Take action to deal with any obstacles and remember whatever comes up. WE SHALL OVERCOME!
Lightening strikes. It is what it does. Out of nowhere lightening electrifies our being with knowledge we had been darkened to. Revealing something to us we need to incorporate and integrate into the days of our lives. Opening up that space we keep hidden from our daily thinking, these flashes of lighting, however brief, illuminate what we need to feel and understand and see for the next steps in our journey.
Remember the booming crack of brain lightening is yours in every moment you are willing to bare witness to the truth with love.
Marianne Williamson’s “God is the Electricity that flows between two people” is the essence of that sacred space created in a whole relationship where there is space for all of it and space for the divine eternal energy to express and expand itself fully.
Epiphanies are openings in the chaotic projection of daily life. They are awakenings to the truth. They are moments of lightening strikes illuminating the field in the haze of our days.
Open yourself up today to this sacred experience between you and those you encounter. Allow the lightening of expression to flow through you and into the communion with another. Experience all of yourself in its entirely in the electricity of the moment and allow that strike to unfold more and more of your experience with loving yourself.
Enlightenment isn’t a change but it is the recognition of the fiery passion that waits for the strike in every sacred encounter with the truth of who we are.
When you have these flashes of brilliant electric light. Pay attention.
Enjoy this link to a tiny moment from Oprah’s website where Marianne shares her words of wisdom in a tight package.
lots of Love,
We are connected in ways we can’t even imagine. Don’t let your pin point of perception color your entire perspective. Imagine the larger canvas of the world as you move through your days. We are a part of the story as we are the star in that story.
Enjoy the story of the Colors.
Once upon a time the colors of the world started to quarrel: all claimed that they were the best, the most important, the most useful, the favorite.
GREEN said: “Clearly I am the most important. I am the sign of life and of hope. I was chosen for grass, trees, leaves – without me, all animals would die. Look over the countryside and you will see that I am in the majority.”
BLUE interrupted: “You only think about the earth, but consider the sky and the sea. It is the water that is the basis of life and drawn up by the couds from the deep sea. The sky gives space and peace and serenity. Without my peace, you would all be nothing.”
YELLOW chuckled: “You are all so serious. I bring laughter, gaiety, and warmth into the world. The sun is yellow, the moon is yellow, the stars are yellow. Every time you look at a sunflower, the whole world starts to smile. Without me there would be no fun.”
ORANGE started next to blow her trumpet: “I am the color of health and strength. I may be scarce, but I am precious for I serve the needs of human life. I carry the most important vitamins. Think of carrots, pumpkins, oranges, mangoes, and pawpaws. I don’t hang around all the time, but when I fill the sky at sunrise or sunset, my beauty is so striking that no one gives another thought to any of you.”
RED could stand it no longer. He shouted out: “I am the ruler of all of you – I am blood – life’s blood! I am the color of danger and of bravery. I am willing to fight for a cause. I bring fire into the blood. Without me, the earth would be as empty as the moon. I am the color of passion and of love, the red rose, the poinsettia and the poppy.”
PURPLE rose up to his full height. He was very tall and spoke with great pomp: “I am the color of royalty and power. Kings, chiefs, and bishops have always chosen me for I am the sign of authority and wisdom. People do not question me they listen and obey.”
Finally, INDIGO spoke, much more quietly than all the others, but with just as much determination: “Think of me. I am the color of silence. You hardly notice me, but without me you all become superficial. I represent thought and reflection, twilight and deep water. You need me for balance and contrast, for prayer and inner peace.”
And so the colors went on boasting, each convinced of his or her own superiority. Their quarreling became louder and louder. Suddenly there was a startling flash of bright lightening – thunder rolled and boomed. Rain started to pour down relentlessly. The colors crouched down in fear, drawing close to one another for comfort.
In the midst of the clamor, rain began to speak: “You foolish colors, fighting amongst yourselves, each trying to dominate the rest. Don’t you know that you were each made for a special purpose, unique and different? Join hands with one another and come to me.”
Doing as they were told, the colors united and joined hands. The rain continued: “From now on, when it rains, each of you will stretch across the sky in a great bow of color as a reminder that you can all live in peace. The rainbow is a sign of hope for tomorrow.”
And so, whenever a good rain washes the world, and a rainbow appears in the sky, let us remember to appreciate one another.
Day Sixteen of #LoveLand101 of Mel’s 100 days of Love and Inspiration.
Give birth to the fullest expression of your authentic self today. Use the fertile void between each breath to expand the truth of your unique journey, divinely guided in the most perfect fashion, surrounded by support for all the tears and laughter, expanding friendships, and connections that will feed your soul. Ignite your ancestral heritage, that vibration of eternal existence, with full nourishment providing all the new creation energy necessary for your growth.
On this day, from the heart of Los Angeles, the City of Angels, please enjoy this tiny prayer from my collection of inspired affirmations of thought I am a Magnificent Woman that was gifted to me through my own tears. It was the answer to the question that I had walked and lived after leaving my marriage not knowing which end was up. It was the answer to ‘Who Are You?’ And a most beautiful universal gift, because once I remembered who I was, I could remember who everyone is.
It was my I AM. I am a magnificent woman.
To kick off your practice of personal affirmations please enjoy this reading of I AM LOVED with some video from an annual family gathering called Yobs Club…
Break this prayer open on the wind. Use the energy of our intention and the magic of this moment to combine, uplift, and empower your next steps.
What is your I AM for today?
Allow the answer to be a gentle reminder to move to the rhythm of where you are.
The “I AM” statement is the most powerful statement of truth in the Bible “Be still and know that I am” and “I am that I am.”
Take advantage of this eternal reminder of what resides within. Utilize this I AM WHAT I AM tool in the arsenal of connecting your to divine self.
Allow the most authentic expression. To listen to the still quiet voice that has the answers for our highest good and share that with the world.
“I am listening.”
I am grateful
I am blessed
I am supported
I am content
I am ever evolving
Each “I AM” you share in the present builds on the last.
With everything going on in the world, today is the day to check in with yourself and listen to the truth of whatever today’s “I AM” is.
When you hear it.
Use your “I AM” to remember the truth…
Use it to let your emotions flow, to just be in your space, allowing defenses fall away, and the surfacing emotions to release in the loving exchange.
Today. Mine is…
“I AM LOVED!”
A love that is ever connected, ever free and whole hearted.
Day Fifteen of #LoveLand101