I have been contemplating surrender for several days now. Every time I feel like I am ready to surrender I pause. I pause because surrender always meant giving my power away to some nameless, faceless being. Don’t get me wrong. I am a believer in a power greater than myself. But the idea of surrendering to that power is something I find myself reluctant to do.
After many nights of reflecting on the word, I realized I don’t need to surrender to some being. I just need to surrender. It’s the act of surrender that is important here and not the who or what I am surrendering to.
As I write this I can feel my body and mind easing into surrender. I know this is not a one time deal. It is a practice just like anything else I want to commit to in my life.
Definition: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
No discernible causal connection. . . Hmmmm. I have different thoughts about this definition.
These past few days events would appear, to the casual observer, that I have very bad luck. Not one to believe in luck I was able to step back and see how The Divine had a hand in orchestrating events to work out in my favor.
On Monday, I broke a tooth while eating a peanut butter filled cracker. Ouch! Having recently moved from Wisconsin to Minnesota I was unsure where I stood with my health insurance. After many, many, many calls I was able to find out that I still have insurance through the end of the month and my tooth would be fully covered as long as I found a dentist in Wisconsin. The closest dentist who could work on me fast was an hour and a half away. I had already had a scheduled appointment with my naturopath for the same day back in Minnesota. I thought I could easily go from one to the other and spend some time in between in a nice coffee shop, which I did.
I was enjoying my book and a nice cup of tea when the scheduler for my naturopath walked through the door. After our greeting, she asked me why I missed my appointment on Monday. I’m like, wait, my appointment is today! Since she didn’t know how the mix up got made she borrowed my phone to see if she could get me in to see my naturopath that day. The appointment was made but that gave me another 2 hours to wait to be seen. Since they give massages out of the same office she hooked me up with a free massage to ease my wait. Yay me!
I got out of the massage and ten minutes later my naturopath was able to see me because his previous appointment ended early. Not only did I get a free massage my appointment with my naturopath was only 10 minutes later than what I thought was originally scheduled.
Synchronicity was able to flow so easily for me because I didn’t contract when all of this went awry. I just went with it. The definition of the word says no apparent causal connection. I believe The Divine connected all these events together for me because I was in a state of allowing. I am not special nor was I being rewarded for good behavior. I simply wasn’t resistant when the opportunities showed up.
Discernment means to perceive or recognize a truth by sight or with other senses; knowing.
Faith is a passionate intuition. ~William Wordsworth~
I used to have trouble with the word faith. In the religious sense of the word, it means to have a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Until that is, I realized the word also means complete trust or confidence in someone or something.
We can’t know discernment without faith, faith in ourself that is. How can we know something is true if we can’t trust ourselves to know that it’s true? That is what I am being pulled more and more into, faith in myself. I say pulled into because that is what this feels like. I am gently being pulled deeply into my center. And in my center I find my Truth.
Definition – a thing intended; an aim or plan; the healing process of a wound in medicine.
Plan – a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.
What is your plan for 2018? Have you started thinking about your intentions yet? Take some time to think about it before the new year so you can be ready to pull back that bow and let the arrow fly as we make our way into 2018.
I will be co-hosting an FREE Setting Your Intentions New Years Day event. Click here to find out more.
I am thankful for my friends and family. I am grateful for the work I get to do on the planet. I am thankful for my health. I am grateful for each breath I take. I am grateful that I am being kinder to myself.
Definition – make forceful or violent efforts to get free of restraint or constriction.
We don’t often think about the word struggle in a positive light. When a salmon swims upstream to deposit its eggs it is so the cycle of life can continue. Are you struggling to free yourself from old patterns and behaviors? Within struggle lies the seeds of new life.
Definition – a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep; to imagine as possible by freeing your imagination.
“I have a dream. . .” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Yesterday, we talked about listening and how what you put your attention to grows. Are you putting your attention on your dreams? Are you listening to your dreams of the night to help guide you to accomplishing your dreams (desires) of the day?
Here are some things you can do to help you with your dreams:
create a vision board of your dreams (what you want to manifest)
meditate – meditation helps clear the mind for dreaming
write down your night dreams to see clues to how Divine Guidance is trying to help you
Get The Dream Book by Betty Bethards to help you interpret your dream symbols
There is a saying in the New Thought Movement that “What you put your attention to grows”. That really struck me as I wrote today’s definition.
When I think of listening I always assume it’s about hearing someone like a friend, neighbor or even Divine Guidance. But I rarely think about deeply listening to myself. What am I saying to me all day every day? What am I giving my attention to without even realizing it. Food for thought. . .
Definition – At the present time or moment; a command
How many of us actually know how to live in the present moment? I don’t. I do practice pulling myself back into the now time and time again. But, to be honest, I’m just not very good at being present. Here is a technique I use to help me get into the now.
Put your awareness in your feet. Begin to breathe long, slow and deep. Wiggle your toes if you have to to get into your body. When you are consciously aware of your breathe you are in the now moment. When you are out of your body the breath tends to become shallow. A shallow breath is also an indication that we are no longer in the present moment.
Prana is the inhale (life force). Apana is the exhale (elimination). Breathe in life and exhale anything that no longer serves you. Do it NOW.
Guidance– advice or information aimed at resolving a problem or difficulty, especially as given by someone in authority; Spirit Guides, Angels, Higher Self, etc.
How do we get quiet enough to hear our Divine Guidance? Yoga and meditation are one way. I also have a daily writing practice that helps me sift through the dross in my mind.
Yet, there are many more ways that Spirit speaks to us. Have you ever read a book, either fiction or nonfiction and a sentence jumps out and speaks to your soul at the right and perfect time. I have received messages from Guidance via podcast, billboards and songs on the radio. There are many ways the Divine can communicate with us. All we need is willingness to open up and allow Spirit to shine through.