Remember a favourite place in times of stress (1.36)
It's Solstice today and I offer you all blessings on this day of setting intentions and requesting manifestation of our dreams.
For me it's the day I'm marking by honouring the first appearance of material that I believe Spirit is bringing into the world through me.
It's always tempting to think that 'we' do it and of course we play our part but as any healer knows, 'we' are simply willing channels for the energy to work through us for the benefit of others.
Better that we just get out of the way - at least with our logical impatient minds.
This course, Creating the Everyday Sacred through Your 6 Senses has come together beautifully over the past few months which is less my cleverness at creating it but more my willingness to listen to inner guidance.f.
I love this quote from writer David Whyte:
'Courage is the ability to cultivate a relationship with the unknown: to create a form of friendship with what lies around the corner over the horizon - with those things that have not fully come into being.'
The best kind of friendships are those where there is a willingness on both parts to listen and be open to the unexpected from the other. That's what I think of with David Whyte's words.We can have the best kind of friendship with our inner sense - after all it's the one friend that won't lie to us,Ever. We may not always understand immediately what it offers but being prepared to listen brings unexpected and wonderful surprises.
The unexpected often bothers us as we write and plan and set our logical goals. Being open is essential if we're going to allow in that wider and deeper vision that Spirit has for us.
Summer Solstice is about not only using the sun's energies and rays to expand, it's about not being afraid of being scorched by the power inside of us.
If we trust that Spirit will guide us only ever for the development of the highest and best in us, than we may have to hold our nose and dive in. But the deeper we dive into our inner power, the more likely we are have the impact on the world that we secretly crave.
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I found this beautiful video - containing beautiful images, music and the poetry of Rumi
For the last few weeks I've been following Go Gratitude's new offering Heartfire Gateways. Their offerings are always so inspiring. A combination of words and pictures. Beautiful, deep and inspiring.
A few days ago I was overjoyed to see a quote they'd used from one of my favourite spiritual writers and speakers, Raphael Cushnir who opened my very first Writing From Your Heart Gathering in November 2012. Seems such a long time ago. I remember how nervous I was since it was the first time I'd interviewed anyone online, let alone someone of his stature.
Over the summer of 2012 I'd been reading and using his book The One Thing Holding You Back; Unleashing the Power of Emotional Connection.
He talks about the power of emotional connection but his way of doing it is really gentle.
Here is the quote I received:
'Love speak to me
Render me willing, receptive
Humble enough to hear your words
Strong enough to live your light
To meet your gaze in all things
To bless them, join them in your sacred heart of hearts.
Lovely words from a genuine and authentic soul.
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We're impatient beings we humans aren't we?
No sooner the want arises in us than we demand satisfaction. Whether it's a piece of chocolate, a new job,or a different kitchen.
Stimulated by the media and advertising, we're left feeling empty and dissatisfied if we don't have it NOW.
I watched Child of Our Time with Professor Robert Winston which included experiments in delayed gratification with the children when they were I think under five. Have one sweet now or wait a while and have several.
In our modern must have world, perhaps the delayed gratification trait should be taught as essential from birth. I'm no different. I had clothes catalogues back in my thirties that made my mouth water and want to spend money like it was going out of fashion. To stop myself I developed a delayed gratification strategy that consisted of making a list of what I'd like on the day I received the catalogue, putting it away for 48 hours then going through the list again.
It was guaranteed that I'd cross more than half the items off my list with that wait. So wait another 48 hours and by then I'd found reasons for not buying anything on my list.
That's our time - our human time. But what about Spirit's time?
It's different for sure and from our human perspective often seems endless - the wait between desire and fulfilment.
They say you should be careful what you wish for because you may well get it. Well you will get it, but it may not come in the form you'd thought. And in Spirit's time that sorting out of what we might really want can emerge more clearly than when we made the instant and maybe impetuous wish.
Clarity is vital when asking for help in manifesting something. Clarity and a humility that adds to the request, something on the lines of 'this or what is best for me and in the right time.'
Our vision is limited and narrow often; our wishes vague and unspecified. If we truly can't be trusting and relaxed about how something might be brought about there's a distinct possibility we might not receive the best possible for us.
I found a lovely quote from Julia Cameron recently,
'I am blossoming in Spirit's time. Knowing this, I turn to my inner flowering securely. Within the environment of my own heart, I enjoy the sunlight of safety, the warmth of harmony, the strength of right companions. My life is evolutionary. My attitude of openness, expectation, and observation, yields me a sense of abundance.'