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Wake Up!

It has been a while since I’ve posted, dear friends, but I’m back to Share the Spiritual again. While I was gone, personal crisis came into my life and changed it forever, affecting everyone I hold dear. I turned us inside out and served spiritual lessons galore. In retrospect, this challenge I never saw coming had the power to shake us to the core and deliver invaluable riches.

The spiritual journey never ceases in this human realm, and that is what our souls ardently desire. We want this precious opportunity to grow exponentially, and this requires extreme courage. It means that we will know events that push us to the edge of our humanity and obliterate comfort zones. The bigger the crisis, the bigger the growth. The more honest we can be through it all, the more our souls shine with gratitude.

If you are going through personal turmoil of your own, know that you are not alone. You are living in times of unprecedented transformation that require walking through the fires of your own hell. But the other side is sublime. Because you are being given the opportunity to free yourself from lifetimes of human conditioning – lifetimes of feeling inferior and powerless.

Your relationships inspire this and play it out. They vacillate between supportive and heartbreaking, driving you to seize your freedom. And this is because they show you how you are imprisoning yourself.

If you can open yourself to feel what you are being shown, you will get closer to freedom every day. If you can hear your soul’s call and love yourself as you answer, you will grow brighter than you ever dreamed! And you will teach those around you. This is your destiny.

So hold my hand, dear soul, and let’s dive into these last lessons together. Remember, we are all one consciousness, reuniting after eons of separation. If you haven’t already done so, wake up to all that you are beyond this human world. It is time to open your eyes to your unlimited capabilities in these limiting environs. For you are a powerful, multi-dimensional being living out a temporary human existence. And through your bright awakening, you are here to change the earth.

Love is Easy

Spiritual love is easy. Resisting it is hard. But resistance is what we’ve been taught. It’s what we settle for and plan our lives around.

Resistance means trying to control things by defining them, before they’ve even been experienced. It means denying what we go through before we have seen the lessons there. This is the detrimental consequence of resistance. It keeps us from actualizing what we came here to experience. It squanders the opportunities of our human lives.

In your own life, every time that you ignore an experience, you resist what is asking to be felt. Every time that you measure a human being, you resist the love that is waiting to be known. And when you focus on what you aren’t getting from what’s around you, you end up limiting your very self. Because the judgment that you inflict upon the world begins and ends with you.

The truth is that it takes tremendous work to perpetuate limitation. It is endlessly exhausting to constantly judge your little world. But you can decide to let this thinking go and expand your consciousness. You can open your magnificent heart and feel the ease of love instead.

Of course, opening your heart can be scary. There’s a lot you have buried in there. But once you acknowledge how you really feel about what you have been through, you can let it go. It finally stops defining you.

And then you will feel a peace you may have forgotten, perhaps for a very long time. You may even begin to feel ecstatic, as you let love flow through you again. This is the love that you come from. It is who you really are.

You see, love is easy. Resisting it is hard. You are here to remember this and to act with love instead. That is why you are living as a human being – to heal yourself by surrendering yourself to effortless spiritual love.

Thanks to You

At this moment, your life is giving you experiences that your soul ardently desires. Everything that you are going through is prompting you to grow in ways that you have always wanted to. And during these intense times, you are being asked to grow more than you ever have before.

At this moment, you are being challenged to stop the human madness of resisting love. You are being reminded to summon the infinite love that has always been within you. When you do, you open your all-accepting heart, and you grow your very soul. Not only that, but you inspire all of us to do the same in this frustrating, limiting world. You show us that limits are to be overcome, so that we can grow more than we thought possible.

Oh I know how impossible the task can seem! I know just how unforgiving life can feel. And that is why you are such a brave adventurer. You are so courageous to be a human being.

But you have everything you need to break through your challenges with love. You have the exact situations and relationships that will perfectly get you there. When you do, what seemed impossible becomes almost easy. In fact, you become grateful for everything you’ve ever had to endure.

And this gratitude isn’t about repenting or feeling unworthy. It’s not about feeling guilty because you haven’t been grateful before. It means loving all life without condition, including yourself. It means seeing that this love is integral to you.

When you feel fully grateful with love, you behold the beauty in all things, and then you recognize that same beauty in yourself. You remember that you are made of the haunting magic of creation, and yet your stardust is absolutely unique. Your part is essential in the dance of life, and it always, undeniably has been.

If you’d like to experience more gratitude, try this simple exercise:

One by one, think of the people who have touched your life in both “positive” and “negative” ways. Reflect upon what each person has taught you and the myriad ways they have shown you yourself. Think about what you have gained by knowing this human being and how pivotal they’ve been to your growth. Thank this person in your heart, and tell them what they mean to you.

Now view yourself in this same light. Think about everything you have been through in your life and the epic ways you have grown. See that your challenges required brave choices – in fact, every choice you ever made was brave because it created invaluable experience. This led you closer to recognizing the divine truth about you – that you are utterly exquisite to the core, and the universe is infinitely grateful for you.

Be in Nature

Nature is constantly singing to you in the language of your soul. She is humming an ancient melody that will stir your joy within. And when you listen to her song, you will feel healing take over your being. You will come back to life, so much so that you can barely contain it! That is when you remember how infinite you have always been.

 

God’s World by Edna St. Vincent Milllay

 

O world, I cannot hold thee close enough!

Thy winds, thy wide grey skies!

Thy mists, that roll and rise!

Thy woods, this autumn day, that ache and sag

And all but cry with colour! That gaunt crag

To crush! To lift the lean of that black bluff!

World, World, I cannot get thee close enough!

 

Long have I known a glory in it all,

But never knew I this;

Here such a passion is

As stretcheth me apart, –Lord, I do fear

Thou’st made the world too beautiful this year;

My soul is all but out of me, –let fall

No burning leaf; prithee, let no bird call

Be Human

My spiritual journey is asking me to be human. In fact, it is showing me how prized this tactile place is. But for years, I tried to pretend that I wasn’t human. I shunned the heaviness of earth and chose the clouds of heaven instead. This left me a wisp of a person with little substance on the ground. It put a child’s face on my humanness and kept me from being a woman out loud.

But now I know that I am here to be a full-fledged human being. I am here to feel, to know, and to experience the depths that this experience affords. I was born to touch, to taste, and to sense all of the emotions that my soul longs to feel. And this means that I must dance with my shadow and accept parts of my humanity I’d rather not. But when I do, the rewards are life-changing. I  see my pristine soul. I see the perfection in everyone because I am living with expansive love.

You are here to know more love than you ever thought possible, through your human experience. So don’t beat yourself up for having one, because you are supposed to make mistakes. This is how you grow.

Yes, your life might get messy, but orderly stagnation will never provide growth. So allow yourself to be human, and then be grateful for what you get to live out. Then carry this precious wisdom into eternity with thanks for the souls you grew with.

By allowing myself to be human, I am seeing a brand new world. It turns out that paradise does exist on earth, and what a gorgeous paradise it is! During these times of human transformation, we simply have to remember this and create from a place of love. You see, our spiritual evolution isn’t about bringing earth up to the airy-fairy clouds; it is about integrating deeper experiences into this magical realm. That is what the years ahead entail. And you are living your courageous life because you accepted the shining challenge.

Trust

Trusting your growth can seem so difficult, but your soul is asking you to choose this. Your soul wants you to trust because this is what allows you to experience spiritual love. But in order to trust, you have to stop resisting what you want deep inside. You have to heed what calls you the most.

Your soul created a plan for your life before you ever got here, and your job is to trust that plan instead of denying it. Your goal is to give yourself all of the experiences of love that you long to have and all of the growth you want to know.

Thankfully, your life plan is constantly making itself obvious, as is the voice of your soul. All you have to do is notice and listen, and do what you really feel called to do – not what feels safe and manageable. Otherwise, you are letting fear take over your life.

If you trust with all of your heart, your fears will be released, and love will flood in, unencumbered. You will finally let yourself live out loud! And this is when you truly come alive. This is when the world gets to see just how amazing you are.

Now I know that it can be hard to trust after the way this human experience has treated you. I know that your mind might hum with practical details that sabotage love. It is so easy to resist what you really want and to rationalize why you shouldn’t have it. It is so tempting to settle for convention that confines your perfect soul.

All too often, you might let your ego tell you what you want. Or you might judge your most precious dreams to be too dreamy for this world. But your heart knows that dreamy really means magic, and to leap for magic is what you want more than anything! It is one of the fundamental reasons you came here. So no matter how much your mind resists, trust what you know in your heart – that enacting your dreams is more important than anything else in your life.

In my own life, the most important skill that my spiritual journey has taught me is to hear my soul at any moment and heed its call above all else. This heeding is the ultimate trust because it is faith. It is spiritual trust that underlies all life.

So have faith, brave friend, and let your life completely bloom! Let it become a garden that mirrors the bold and breathtaking beauty of you.

 

 

*Writer Sean Lathrop has created an inspiring Peace Pledge here. It’s all about trusting your own ability to change the world. And the exciting truth is that we are doing so, right now, one beautiful soul at a time.

You Are Perfect

You are perfect. You are a magnificent soul briefly living out a human experience. If you love yourself unconditionally, you will see this. Your spiritual perfection will become blatantly obvious.

You don’t need to be fixed. There is never anything “wrong” with you because you are simply here to grow. Your human struggles will never define your gorgeous spirit. They are allowing you to expand with love.

We are here as humans to help each other grow, not to fix each other. We are here to hold each others’ hands through challenges instead of judging them. When we judge, we undermine the reasons we came here. When we try to fix another’s problems, we defeat their life goals.

Trying to fix people comes from a place of judgment. It imposes our own beliefs onto this fellow human. And this judgment reflects the growth we want for ourselves. Even healers attract their own issues in their patients. Every teacher is a student, and every student is a teacher. We attract what our souls want to learn.

Every problem that you attract in your life is something inside of you that is asking for more love. So the next time you find yourself wanting to fix a friend’s problems, look at your own issues first. See that if you grow through your own pain, theirs won’t bother you at all. You will be able to stand by your friend instead of keeping them from pivotal growth. And you will be amazed by their courage.

We have been taught to fix each other because we’ve been taught that we need to be fixed. We have been told to believe that we will never be enough, and so we live disempowered. But you are perfect inside, magnificent friend, and you don’t ever need to be fixed. You are powerful and courageous, and you have come here to grow with love. You have come here to bring your spiritual perfection to this human experience and transform our sacred earth.

Open Your Heart

I talk a lot on this blog about opening the heart, but what exactly do I mean? I mean allowing yourself to feel more unconditional love than you ever have before. When you do, you will see just how beautiful life is.

For a long time as humans, we forgot about unconditional love. We lived in survival mode, and love became a luxury we couldn’t afford. But without love, we are only half alive.

Love allows us to thrive, and in my own life I have been deeply reminded of this. I have been given the highest unconditional love that has shown me what my heart is capable of. In trusting the immensity of this gift, a chain reaction has occurred, leading to yet more love all around. Now, I adore every human being on this planet, and I have new eyes to see the world. I am in love with life, and my heart is opened for good.

Last week, I walked through the airport and saw every human being through the lens of unconditional love. I saw each person’s struggles as though they were my own. I thought how beautiful and courageous each one of us is and how much love we long to hold, if only we would allow ourselves to. I realized that I believe deeply in each of us here and how pointless my ego is. All my cold judgment melted away, and my fear became meaningless. Everything made sense that used to puzzle me before.

Pondering the ills of the world, it’s so clear that all anyone needs is to be loved. It is that simple. And when someone receives unconditional love, they come alive to who they really are! Everything that used to hurt begins to heal more rapidly than the mind can believe.

You see, the truth is that we settle for problems but none of them are really real. They are created out of limitation that has simply forgotten love.

Unconditional love has no limitation. It has no requirements or deficiencies. You don’t have to feel “worthy” of this love because you already, emphatically are it. And once you accept this love, you realize how easy it is. Life used to seem so difficult, but now it is effortless and pure.

Each gorgeous human being who crosses your path is asking you to feel unconditional love, and in so doing, fully love yourself. They are trying to get you to open your heart as you so deserve to do. Your soul is asking you to do this right now – to love bigger than you ever thought you could. And all you have to do is let yourself be as you naturally are. Once you experience the fullness of love, you won’t ever want to go back. You will see that all the time before you simply forgot how you’re meant to live.

I think a lot of us can feel that we aren’t doing things “right” on our spiritual journeys. We listen to what some guru says and then apply it to our lives. But all too soon, our humanness makes itself obvious. We feel as though we’ve failed our pious instructions.

But there is no “right” way to go about your perfect journey. Your life is an original unfolding of magic that cannot be defined. For your life is revealing the infinite magic that is already in you.

Nothing can take this magic away, and nothing can make your finding it less special. You see, enlightenment is rediscovering who you have always been. And how you find yourself is completely up to you.

No one can tell you how to do it. Yes, a spiritual teacher can point out the ways that you are limiting yourself. They can help you to expand your awareness. But such expansion has nothing to do with judgment. It isn’t about analyzing what is “wrong” with you. It is only about increasing love.

You are here to open your heart to more love than you ever have before. And the way that you do so is unique. There is no other path like yours. There is only how much you want to grow.

Just by living during these accelerating times, you are being offered countless opportunities to grow with love. You are being given experiences that are both painful and glorious, and they will change your soul forever. And the only thing this growth requires is trust in your spectacular self.

You are already, naturally trusting. Just think about the trust it took for you to come here and live your human life. So allow yourself to trust, and watch it bless your life a thousand fold! Watch it give you perspective in your relationships and allow you to see the love in every human being. Let trust empower you and enable you to truly learn. Let it illuminate your experiences with gratitude because your heart is opening again.

Trust your spiritual curiosity, and you will see life for the sacred classroom it is. Find your growth reflected in the walls around you and the people you share this room with. Grow, sublime being, and let your unfolding unfold, however that happens to be. Unveil your own magic like clouds recede to blue, and then open that sky to the entire cosmos! There, you will find yourself and the answer to every question you have asked. Such is your perfect awakening and your sublime spiritual path.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of writing a blog is meeting fellow writers and readers, and sharing ideas. This is what Share the Spiritual is all about. To each of you I’ve been privileged to connect with, thank you from my heart! In the future, I hope to collaborate on a post with Spencer from England at Share the Love. His poetry is refined and sublime, yet utterly revolutionary with love. For today, I’d like to share the work of another blogger the world needs to hear. Alice is an exceptional writer who is helping humanity to awaken. Enjoy her empowering, bold message!

 

Stop Blaming God by Alice of Awakening Starts Now

Thank God for _____; I guess what I prayed for isn’t part of God’s plan for me; This must be a test from God; Things aren’t working out so well… what’s God trying to say to me?

Blah blah blah. It doesn’t matter.

Whether you praise God or get angry at God, you’re still blaming God. Whether for positive or negative reasons, blaming is the act of assigning responsibility to something/someone outside of yourself. It’s an excuse. You give up all your integrity and power away every moment you blame another for anything, without exception, and that includes an external deity that’s separate from who you are.

One of the first signs of awakening humans is a new perspective on what God is, and their relationship to It. At some point, whether suddenly or gradually, you realize that God is not an invisible old fickle man in the sky who only doles out favors for you in return for your devotion. Instead, you come to know God as the ever-compassionate All That Is that is also all of who you are. The final realization is: Wow, I Am God also!

Whatever you are, God is. Whatever God is, you are. It knows only as much as you know, and doesn’t know what’s best for you any more than you do. God makes no decision on your behalf – the Compassionate One cannot by essence inflict Its will upon you. When you pray, you make-believe that you’re speaking to God, but all along you’re talking to your Self, pretending to be a puny little helpless human when you’re a God Self in your own right.

Your prayers are always answered. Why? Because as a Creator Being, you’re the one that allows the answering and not-answering of your prayers. There is no other God that says yes, no, or not now for you. That’s always been you. To say that God has blessed you with this or God is punishing you for that is to do yourself an enormous disservice to your God Self, and only slows your progress to permanent Freedom, which can only be had through taking full responsibility for all of your creations.

You were created from All That Is, and as such, have been given full Creator rights. God gave you full creatorship to answer all the prayers you ever uttered, and by the choice of your free will, you decided for yourself whether or not you wanted to grant them. If a prayer was answered, it was because you believed yourself worthy of it. If not, there was something in you that didn’t truly want it, or felt that you deserved it. At no point was there ever an outside force that judged whether or not you will have your prayers fulfilled. For the awakening human, there will come a time when he/she will let go of praying altogether, as I have, preferring to sit with Self instead and speak your wishes directly to It.

You, dear God, need to stop this childish game of blaming an external God – can’t you see that, in this circular relationship, you only end up blaming yourself? As long as you give up your responsibility, you will always remain helpless and hopeless – two things that will instantly dissolve once you choose to reclaim your Creatorship.

Be God. Be responsible. Answer your own prayers. Choose what you want, and let You, God, give you exactly what you want. If there ever was a plan from Source, that was the only plan It had for you – to allow you to create and enjoy without limitation, so that It may enjoy Its creations through you.

So dear Creator, let’s end the blame game today – and start creating the way to your Freedom!

 

Alice is the author of five blogs, including Awakening Starts Now. For years, Alice devoted herself to actively ‘seek’ via various spiritual/religious studies and practices. Then one day, she woke up to an inner message that said,  “All the answers are within. Seek no more.” That same day, Alice dropped all her ‘spiritual’ methods and affiliations and began the inner look of her Self. She stopped ‘seeking’ and began to ‘find’ her own truth.