Saturday, December 16, 2017

Look to the light

In the dark of night a lamp burned brightly. Centuries ago, a star twinkled in the darkness. Those who focused on fear felt the darkness. Those who focused on the lamp felt the light. Those how focused on the star found light, hope and inspiration for their lives. Those who focused only upon the dark of night missed the miracle that would give hope to countless generations throughout history.

Even today, focusing on the light in any given situation in your life is what allows you to access love and miracles. Focusing on the darkness brings you only more. 
If you seek it, you can find the "burning lamp," the "babe in the manger," or the "guiding star "in any situation? You can look for the love right here, right now, regardless of circumstance.
We never dignify the darkness by focusing upon it. We see only the light and love trying to emerge in any given situation. As we look at the unkind behaviors of so many, we see wounded children inside them crying for love. As we look at the impoverished we see souls striving to find an abundance of love in spite of their circumstance. As we look at the wars and division in your world, we see souls trying to bring their truth to the surface who simply do not yet know how to kindly sort themselves out.

As you focus on the light in any given situation you see it, experience it, and move towards greater light.

For example, in your world today there are a great many stories of abuse coming to the surface.  It is a time when the feminine energy is rising up saying, "I want the true masculine, the protector, the do-er, not the oppressor or the abuser." This is true whether it is a woman on the news speaking up about a man who abused her, or a man quietly sitting at home, unable to cry because his angry mother bullied or abused him. The energies within are not necessarily tied to gender. 

When you see these stories on the news you have choice. You can focus on the dark or the light. You can say, "How horrible! How could they do this! Crucify him!" Or you could say, "Handle this situation so it is not repeated, by all means, but dear God please uplift these sad and hurting souls that thought it was OK to abuse another human being. Please uplift and heal the ones who were abused. Dear God heal all hurting hearts." 

You can turn to the light and give thanks that what was once "acceptably hidden" is now coming to light so that hearts, and systems, can heal. 

This is why so many of you love the holidays
. They give you a time with plenty of permission to be focused upon the light and love and goodness in the world; a time of being kind; a time of being generous, a time to give and receive, and a time to help one another. This season is a time when Love is allowed to shine more clearly into the world than usual. It is a time, every year, to celebrate the rebirth of light in a world that sometimes forgets.

So during the holidays and indeed all year long, look for the light in the darkness. Seek it, see it, and be it. In doing so you will live a light-filled, delightful life!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Meet life as it is

In this season of love and light, we know that there are many of you who also experience the holidays as a season of loss, loneliness, or lack.Anytime there are such massive expectations of how life "should" look, these will, by their very nature, highlight the contrasts. 

If the holidays "should" be a time of family and friends, but they are not, you will have a tendency to feel as if something is wrong. If the holidays should be a time of giving but you can't afford gifts, you might feel a sense of lack. 

It is in releasing expectations, and facing the present moment with all the love and light in your heart, that you can find joy amidst loss, loneliness, or lack. If you feel a sense of loss, by facing the present bravely you will see all that you do have. If you feel a sense of loneliness, and face the present you will see all out there who are in need of love and in volunteering, or assisting others you will soothe your own loneliness. If you feel a sense of lack, it is in facing the present that you can look inside of yourself and find the gifts you do have to offer – the ones that don't cost a dime.

The holidays, or any time of year, are enjoyed so much more easily when you face life as it is, when you look inside yourself, as you are, and when you accept those two things first, then asking yourself, "How can I bring more love into my life? How can I share love with life?" 

Perhaps by offering to walk a friend's dog a few times next year you will connect with other human beings whom you might not have met! Perhaps by making a jar filled with little pieces of paper containing wishes for a friend, you will feel the light of the season rushing through you and, in this positive vibration, enjoy your own miracles. Perhaps by sitting quietly and remembering all the good times with a loved one who has transitioned, you will be in a space to connect with them and feel their continuing presence around you.

Dear ones, release your expectations of yourself and life. Enjoy the holidays and every day as a simple, loving dance with life. 
This is our holiday recipe for happiness:
Come as you are. Meet life as it is. Add love. 

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The holiday light

In the midst of the darkness, many centuries ago, there came a great light. A humble child was born in a manger embodied a love so pure and surrendered to a light so bright that it forever changed and elevated the vibration of humanity.

Each of you remembers this light. Each of you longs for this light. Each one of you is birthed from this light, and each of you celebrates this light when you find it birthed within your own lives.

You feel this light in every kind word and ever thoughtful gesture. You see this light in the eyes of every baby who looks upon the world with wonder. You feel this light in your own hearts when you extend compassion to a fellow human being. You channel this light when you feel the currents of love and appreciation running through you, and every time you share a loving word or gesture with one another.

This light lives in you. You, are the manger in which the light is born over and over again. You are the lamps that never extinguish. You are spirit of the season and your light is present all year long.

So as you embark on your holiday season, be the lights of the world.When you shop for presents, shop with love. When you make a gift, hold it to your heart and fill it with love. When you bake, bake with love. When you share with a charity, do so with love. When you leave your milk and cookies for Santa, know that you are leaving an offering of love for the spirit of love and generosity itself. When you can sit for a moment, ask to be filed with heavenly peace, and to feel find the presence of the silent night within your own quietly beating heart.

We wish you a season filled with peace, joy, wonder, and most of all, the beautiful light birthed within you, shining forth into a world in need.