Hello beauty, how does this find you?
I woke up this morning to a vast clear blue sky, the sun shining and the sound of birdsong twittering outside my bedroom window. Whilst still feeling in that spacious state between sleep and full wakefulness, I rhymed off all the things I am grateful for in my life.
To name but a few, the beautifully nurturing and love filled relationships, my health, our home, that I get to show up and do meaningful work with inspiring people, the technology that enables me to be here with you now, and the joy of diligently clearing what no longer serves me. There are so many people, and experiences that bring me great joy, my life feels well lived and ever expanding.
Do you have a regular gratitude practice? Is it something you are interested in adopting?
When we appreciate what is working, what lights us up, we create more of that in our lives. The energy particles of joy, gratitude and love are magnetised by our deep appreciation, and in turn, this is out pictured in our experiences and relationships.
I have found that gratitude is one of the most powerful daily practices we can to turn to every day, it is simple, effective, and no-matter how things may appear in our experiences, there is always something, no matter how small, that we can appreciate.
“Know yourself in the One Light where the miracle that is you is perfectly clear.”
- A Course In Miracles
The lesson, Lesson 9, I have been exploring in ACIM today is this,
I see nothing as it is now.
As an exploration and practice of this we simply name specific objects that we can see, without exclusion. As we rest our eyes upon anything in our environment (table, chair, arm, photo, phone, face, and so on), we say, to adopt the understanding that we do not see anything as it really is at this moment in time.
I do not see this _____________________ as it is now.
We know that we filter everything around us, our experiences, people and objects, through our own filters. We load things, situations and relationships with our own perceptions.
We live with veils of confusion, although for the most part none of us realise it!
It is only when we begin to study our thoughts and clear the clouds of separation that we come to a clear understanding of reality. In this manner truth can shine brightly.
We can be so intent upon clingy tightly to our version of things, our own ideas and beliefs that it prevents us from coming into a direct experience of truth.
My goodness, we spend so much energy clinging onto our faulty ideas in the hope that our authority will be applauded and believed, or as a means of justifying our past and current actions, along with hanging on to the story we have constructed about our past.
When we hang on in this way, we are in separation consciousness, we are in the past and oftentimes projecting that on to our future.
If we are courageous enough to let go of our stories of how things were, and how we believe things should be, then we have an opportunity to begin again.
I always find by practicing forgiveness and adopting a gratitude practice, among over practices, that this helps foster the perfect environment to move forward with ease.
“Forgiveness is the healing of the perception of seperation.”
- A Course In Miracles
This can, of course, be scary. But, with a huge act of courage to let go of the stories that keep us stuck.
Fear may hold us back, after all who are we without these stories and beliefs?
It takes courage to step into the unknown territory of new beginnings. We must be willing to walk through an ego death to birth ourselves anew.
Years ago, when I first began the study of metaphysics, I was taught this formula to help this process:
Transformation occurs when we are able to come to a place of acknowledgement, we no longer block or hide from that which hurt us or no longer works for us. We are now opened to accepting things as they are without judgement (non-judgement is vital), from this place we can take appropriate right divine action.
I like to use the breath as a vehicle and a metaphor for this process of transformation.
As we breathe in it is a new beginning, filled with potent life-force energy.
As we breathe out it is a completion and ending. As we breathe, we are directly engaged with the cycle of life, death, and rebirth.
We may consciously place upon the exhalation anything that no-longer serves us in wellbeing, love, and radiant courageous living. The exhalation may be used as a way of releasing negativity and fear, and in practicing in this way we create the space, mentally and emotionally for mire love, energy, and newness to flood in on the inhalation.
So, in every moment as we inhale, it is an invitation to start over, to begin again; to enliven our dreams with the potent energy of awareness, and aliveness.
To take a fresh breath with grace and act upon the next divine right action in the direction of our greatest unfoldment, in embodying our wildest dreams.
When we make friends with the exhalation, we come, to my way of thinking, to respect endings, we actively participate in the death of the out of balance ego, we let loose what holds us back and enjoy the force of rebirth, of Awakening.
May my words serve you well today.
May you find it in your heart to be courageous and make friends with change.
May you know that you are loved and that all is well.
With my love,