While meditating on the word forgiveness, I was shown that forgiveness begins with self.
In looking up the definition of the word, two things stood out. One of the meanings is to pardon, and another is to cease to feel resentment. I framed it for myself this way. I need to let myself off the hook. This doesn’t say that I am not responsible for my actions. It means that once I clean up my side of the street, I no longer hold myself hostage for the wrongs that I’ve done to myself or others.
From an energetic standpoint, when we hold on to unforgiveness, we bind ourselves to the person who hurt us. When we cease to feel resentment not only do we free the other person we free ourselves as well.
How do we know we are ready to forgive? When our pain threshold is reached. We get tired of feeling angry or hurt all of the time and peace becomes more inviting than suffering. Another way to be ready to forgive is to recognize that our pain is no longer working. For example, “He done me wrong,” will often garner us sympathy from others. For awhile we are getting something in return for our pain. Before long though those people get tired of hearing the same ole, same ole and they distance themselves because they don’t want to listen to it anymore. If you are really aware, you get tired of hearing it yourself.
How to forgive?
Be willing. A mantra that I use is this. I am willing to be willing to be willing. Maybe that is all we can do at first is to say these words. These words open us to GOD (Good – Orderly – Direction). Once we allow ourselves to be directed by GUS (God – Universe – Spirit), we don’t really need to know how it will unfold. Say the words and see what happens. And, if you are still not ready? Fake it ’til you make it!
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Today’s Guidance asks how are we participating in the world around us? Most of us are so busy we are not noticing the birds in the trees or the clouds in the sky. We have become very self-absorbed. I sense that it has a lot to do with just how busy we all are these days. We keep our heads down and plow ahead to get everything done that we need to in a day. We think if we stop and say hi to the neighbor on the street that we will get sidetracked from getting our to do’s done. The question then becomes what are we missing when we don’t participate in life when it comes calling? The answer is connection.
When I tuned into the word more deeply, Guidance showed me that participation has a lot to do with awareness. When I notice the birds singing in the tree my energy automatically connects with those birds and I am no longer separate from those birds. By participating in life around me, it connects me to the birds and to my neighbor on the street and to the people reading this post. Are you up for participating in life today?
Today is a good day to pull in your scattered energies and listen to your intuition. What are the messages being offered that you may not be aware of?
One of the ways to achieve going inward is by placing your fingertips and thumb tips together as if you are holding a ball. Now rest this mudra in front of your solar plexus and begin to breathe long, slow and deep. Notice how when your breath slows down your mind slows down. The quieter the mind can become the more you are able to tap into awareness. Now ask Spirit what message does It have for you today? Listen in the stillness for your answers.
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.
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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