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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What do you believe? The answer shapes what you experience. When you shift your belief, you shift your experience. If you want to do this, here’s a little exercise to help.

Take a look at the thoughts that are creating barriers throughout your day – the excuses and limitations that are keeping you from your dreams. Write down these beliefs that are holding you back. For example, “I never have enough time” or “ I never seem to fit in.” Once you have your list, replace each negative belief with a positive one. “I don’t have time” becomes “I have all the time in the world.” “I don’t fit in” becomes “I am extraordinary and one-of-a-kind.” Or perhaps, “Life is full of suffering” becomes “Life is a sacred opportunity to experience love.” See how expansive your new beliefs make you feel. Realize you have the power to choose them.

When we choose more expansive beliefs, it becomes obvious that unlimited potential is at our fingertips. Each moment offers infinite possibility to create a higher dream. And then we realize that our old beliefs were steeped in a lot of fear, and we can have love instead. In fact, I believe this is what we’re here to do. Choosing love is the spiritual journey.

The problems that directly affect our lives are showing us our fearful beliefs. They are ours to take responsibility for and heal. And this starts on the inside. We must go within and find where we have created each discordance – each opportunity for growth – and then heal it with forgiveness and love. As spiritual healer Dr. Hew Len teaches, you can do this by saying the following words: “I am so sorry. Please forgive me. I love you.” When I say these words, I feel that I am curing the root of my problems – my belief in the absence of love. And, as Dr. Hew Len teaches, we can do this with any problem we see in our reality. That’s right, all the discord in the world. Whoa.

You see, the work that you do to heal yourself helps all of us to heal. This is what the Christian story of Jesus is all about. He showed humanity how to get back to love, starting with each person, from the inside out. When you love yourself as much as you can and forgive your human mistakes, you do this. When you believe in yourself with an open heart instead of fear, you help transform us all. This is one of the most important things you can do with your life.

When you leave this world, your loving beliefs are all that will remain of this temporal experience. You see, life is a precious opportunity to see how we’ve been denying ourselves love so that we can accept more of it. When we do, we remember that this is our natural state. Finally, with grateful hearts, we recognize ourselves again. And at last, with sublime awareness, we get back to God.

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Last week, I was helping at the front desk of our children’s school, when my past came back to haunt me. A former friend came walking into the lobby, when I least expected to see her. Now this was someone I had once befriended with open arms, only to feel subsequently wounded by. And, interestingly enough, my intuition had warned me that she was going to teach me a very important lesson.

But until now, I hadn’t been able to pinpoint what that was. That day at school, with nowhere to hide, I put my finger on it. The lesson was acceptance.

Although I’d had such high hopes for this friendship, it turned out to be a brief one. When things ended with more drama than I’m used to, I found myself feeling mistreated and publicly misjudged, all by someone I was still getting to know. But one year later, I see that from the beginning, I’d harbored expectations that could never be fulfilled. As a pleaser, I’d given way too much of myself and expected similar giving in return. My disappointment led to feeling hurt, when I could have been discerning instead. Most of all, from the start I had assumed this person was who she is not.

In order to see this, I have had to put my judgment aside. I have had to say to this friend in my heart, “I expected things from you that just don’t resonate with who you are. You tried to show me yourself all along, but I didn’t see you. Now I am willing to see you, and I can accept your unique gifts. Most of all, I thank you for the growth you have given me.” Doing this has enabled me to let go of being right, and finally I no longer feel wronged.

Taking this lesson to heart, I see that every one of us does things a certain way, but it’s not the “right” way. It’s just ours. So often in life, we want specific actions from others, and we get disappointed when they behave differently than we hoped. But what we have overlooked are the things that they do provide, generously and willingly. We have forgotten to appreciate them and their special talents that are so different from our own. When we remove judgment, we can accept how amazing everyone is.

Of course, it’s important to be discerning about the energy that we allow around us, but we never have to judge it. When we refrain from judgment, we see that everyone can be a spiritual teacher on our path.

And by this I mean that we are all serving each other life lessons on silver platters. We are handing out engraved invitations to change our limiting beliefs. If we can make ourselves open to receive these lessons, we realize just how life-changing they are. We appreciate the bearers of this growth.

One of the most healing things that we can do while here is to accept each other exactly as we are. The beauty of life is to let life live and allow it to surprise with magic we never imagined. And ultimately, as with everything, acceptance is about unconditional love. We must stop expecting love from others and then judge them when they don’t deliver it. Expect love from yourself instead, because you are the love you seek. And this is who you have always been on your profound journey home.

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We are each here in this human life to glow with more light than we ever have before. This light is spiritual love, and every time that we choose it, our internal flame grows more luminous.

Notice, as you go about your day, that sometimes your firelight might seem to dim. You might suddenly feel discord while interacting with someone or feel inharmonious as the hours slip away. There is a basic yet invaluable practice that can help you when you feel this way, and it is to simply check in with yourself.

Stop and ask yourself, “Does what I’m doing right now value myself and others? Does it and the situation I’m in respect and honor me, as well as those around me, in elevated ways?” Checking in like this allows us to pause from judging, reacting, or letting our egos take over the ship. It puts you in the present moment and re-prioritizes what really matters – honoring the sanctity of all life.

Checking in helps you to have awareness about the things that trigger your pain instead of blaming them with a blind eye. It enables you to hear yourself.

Everyone wishes to be heard, respected, and valued, and we each deserve this without asking for it. You deserve this at every moment of your life, and when you check in with yourself, you remember this, and you build the fire within.

You are never going to find this light outside of yourself, but rather you must fan the flames inside. You must give yourself love when you are in pain instead of reacting outwardly at others.

You can also strengthen your inner flame through meditation. Simply visualize your inner light building until it extends far beyond your body. When you fully feel this light, you feel the immensity of love. And when you radiate this light into the world, you inspire all of us to do the same.

The harmonious truth is that we are all one. There is no need to harbor the discord of separation. By tapping into your inner light, you access this intrinsic one-ness. And you remember your unique contribution to us.

We need your light and your love, in the uniquely beautiful ways that only you can give them. Remember to check in so that you become increasingly responsible with your energy and can contribute the immense talents you have to offer. Ask yourself, “What will matter one, five, ten years from now?” Only that you gave more love.

I know how hard it can be to do this, and I am challenging myself to love deeper in my life. Let us build this fire together and remember that it is the firelight of God incarnate. It is the blissful, contagious and all-embracing love of us, and to bask in its glow feels sublime.

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Life is a blind remembering. It is rediscovering how to see in a way that is more natural than human sight. Life is coming back to the sublime reality of who you are with senses long unused, and finally recognizing God within yourself.

For eons, we forgot this amidst the human experience. We made ourselves separate from everything and denied our own divinity. In many ways, this is a natural cycle – of slumber and wakefulness, but it has been atrociously distorted by egoic power. By forsaking God, we forgot our very selves, and the dream of life became a nightmare.

But now, it is time to wake up. And this is happening naturally. One by one, we are wiping the sleep from our tired human eyes and remembering the truth of existence. Despite those who wish for us to remain asleep and perpetuate greed, we are at last awakening to love. This love is overwhelming and astounding, and last night, it came through loud and clear.

I was on the beach at dusk, standing between two rainstorms. A surreal scene unfolded before my eyes. The ocean shone vivid turquoise beneath a bold periwinkle sky. Receding gray clouds gave way to white, with a soft suggestion of pink. The setting sun emerged, and it was enormous! – a giant golden ball surrounded by fog, pierced by Venus in transit.

I felt like I was on a movie set – surely this could not be real, but it was! The immensity of those spellbinding colors appearing from the darkness startled me with their magic, and brought waves of unfathomable love. I was being shown a vivid glimpse of the higher dimensions that humanity is ready for, and I realized that in order to do this, I must embrace my own divinity. I must create a higher dream myself.

We are finally waking from the human nightmare to claim the dream of the soul, and like Venus, the feminine is leading the way. She is reminding us of our inherent love that nurtures and takes care of each other with compassion, instead of competing towards disastrous ends.

If you don’t already know it, beautiful soul, everything that you have sought your entire life is already within you. It is here waiting for you to find again, and it will blow you away with immeasurable joy. You are never, ever separate from God, and when you recognize your own divinity, you honor all life. You heal and you shine, and bring your unique joy to all of us. You add to the bliss of creation.

So surrender to yourself, sacred soul. Embrace the divinity you have always been. It is here already, simply waiting for you to own.

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