“She Let Go”

“She Let Go”
(author unclear)

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.
She let go of fear. She let go of the judgments.
She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.
She let go of the committee of indecision within her.
She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely,
without hesitation or worry, she just let go.
She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a
book on how to let go… She didn’t search the scriptures.
She just let go.
She let go of all of the memories that held her back.
She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.
She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.
She didn’t promise to let go.
She didn’t journal about it.
She didn’t write the projected date in her day-timer.
She made no public announcement and put no ad in the paper.
She didn’t check the weather report or read her daily horoscope.
She just let go.
She didn’t analyse whether she should let go.
She didn’t call her friends to discuss the matter.
She didn’t do a five-step Spiritual Mind Treatment.
She didn’t call the prayer line.
She didn’t utter one word. She just let go.
No one was around when it happened.
There was no applause or congratulations.
No one thanked her or praised her.
No one noticed a thing.
Like a leaf falling from a tree, she just let go.
There was no effort. There was no struggle.
It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad.
It was what it was, and it is just that.
In the space of letting go, she let it all be.
A small smile came over her face.
A light breeze blew through her.
And the sun and the moon shone forevermore.

May each of us give ourselves… the gift of letting go…

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We Must be the Change

We are living in a time of heightened energy and turmoil. Tensions that have existed under the surface for hundreds of years are bubbling up into our consciousness, demanding to be noticed and changed. We can not escape the universal law of karma, or cause and effect. And we can not pretend the forces of darkness do not exist. In order for something to be transformed, it must first be brought to the surface (to the light) in order to be examined. Neither ignoring or denying problems, nor trying to suppress symptoms on the level of effect will solve anything. Real change must occur at the level of cause.

There is a reason for the great suffering in this world. We have not been respectful to our planet, or to one another, and this behavior will not allow us to continue our ways for much longer. The answers to our problems do not lie in geoengineering, GMO crops, vaccines, stricter immigration laws, bombing other countries, or killing one another. The change that is needed must occur in our consciousness. We must learn to act from a place of love, and not fear, in all that we do. We must start living in accordance with the laws of nature or Mother Earth will throw us off of her back. We must atone for our mistakes and our poor treatment of one another. Beginning anew can only happen after we acknowledge where we went wrong and atone for our mistakes. The reason Germany is so prosperous now is that shortly after World War II, they apologized to the Jewish people and gave reparations to Jewish organizations. America, however, has never apologized to its African American citizens for enslaving them, and so we have carried an underlying consciousness of racism in our country for the past 400 years. The violence that we are witnessing today is bringing this fact to our attention, giving us the opportunity to transcend this ongoing injustice now. All change begins on an individual level. Systems, cities, states, and countries are merely a collection of individuals. We must each decide for ourselves how we are going to live and how we are going to treat one another.

We are always being given the opportunity to awaken to what is really going on in the world, to question everything we have been taught, to seek out where the information we have been taught originated from, and to search for the truth. This process takes time and work, but in the end, it is the ONLY way to empower ourselves. All problems stem from the notion of separation- that we are alone or different from those around us or from the natural world. To effect change on the material plane, we must begin with changing our own thoughts and perceptions. Our behaviors will then change, which has a direct influence on those around us. A ripple effect will spread into our communities, and eventually across the world. Instead of being a complicit player in the ways we thought life had to be, we can be an instigator of change, transforming the world into what we desire it to be. We are all creators. We all have something to contribute and share. We all have the potential to transform hate into love and empowerment. But in order to do this, we must first get still, quiet, and non-reactive. We must learn to listen to ourselves and to each other, to practice the art of forgiveness, and to form community and not division. All of the answers to our problems can be found within our wholeness-  in the peaceful place that always resides within our center.

 

Here is what Marianne Williamson recently wrote on the subject:

“In A Course in Miracles it says there is a limit beyond which the son of God cannot miscreate. What this means is that when we are using our minds in a loveless, i.e. miscreative way, it will only be so long before the whole thing falls apart.

Modern civilization is in many ways predicated on miscreative thought, the realities of love and brotherhood and justice and mercy far too often pushed to the side by our blind obeisance to principles of greed and domination. In that sense, nature has needed to rebalance itself. It was an illusion to think things could continue as they were.

What we are experiencing now are signs of a reckoning, which of itself is neither good nor bad. If we place this period in a sacred context, enough of us rising to the occasion of co-creating miraculous possibilities wherever we are, then this will one day be looked back on as the time when humanity began to wake up. If, on the other hand, we allow ourselves to use contemporary dramas to simply bolster the ego, tempting enough of us to keep crouching within the self-created cages of our narrowness and fear, then this will one day be looked back upon as a time when humanity lost its mind.

If you’re wondering where the leaders are, then that’s a sign you are to rise up and be one. If you’re wondering what the Answer is, that’s a sign you are to answer Love’s call. If you’re wondering where the love is, that’s a sign you’re being called upon to look inside your heart.

The world is falling apart in many ways, because humanity has not cleaved to love. And in our modern arrogance, we thought we could get away with that. Alas we cannot, and the time has come when the moral order of the universe will re-assert self — with or without our cooperation. Denial and distraction can numb you to the revolution, but they can no longer protect you from the revolution. On the level of consciousness, it has already begun. There are only two choices for any individual: to join the revolution of love, or endure the revolution of fear.

Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you’re imbued with a mission: to be the presence of the Alternative, the uplifter of energy, the worker of miracles, a conduit of love. No one but you can determine whether you will accept this mission. But the time has come. Nothing is more important now than that we commit more deeply, and support each other, in doing our best to go all the way… to join our forces in co-creating with God the massive wave of cosmic love that will dissolve our fear and purify our hearts, that tears shall be no more.

The light within is the light of a new horizon, if it’s the light we choose to follow now. The outer eye reveals all kinds of trouble, but the eye within reveals trouble’s end. As God said to Joshua, “Do not be terrified, do not lose hope, for I go with you wherever you go.”

Heaviness

Intense humidity has returned to the atmosphere around me, synchronistically timed with the tragic events occurring around the world. The air has become so thick with fog, as if saturated with tremendous grief, only allowing, at times, visibility of just a few feet. Ghandi said, “Speak only if it improves upon the silence.” I feel incapable of offering any words that improve upon those already said at this time. Instead, I am dwelling introspectively.
I would, however, like to share a passage written by yoga teacher, Jacqui Bonwell (who always speaks directly to your soul):

“I must remember that underneath my worry lives courage. Underneath my tough emotions lies great stability. Underneath my shame lives tremendous personal power. Underneath my greatest grief there is total acceptance. Underneath my repressed words there is truth. Underneath my delusion is great clarity. When I forget this my spirit waits patiently for me to get it together, and never gets tired of watching me sometimes take the scenic route. It always knows that I will remember, and yours knows you will too. Hardship is the soul’s blessing.”

I hope this may be of benefit to anyone feeling despair at this moment.

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The Ideal of the Soul- To be Free!

“The ideal of the soul, the thing it asks for is neither knowledge nor light, nor happiness.
The ideal of the soul is space, immensity.
The one thing your soul needs is to be free, free to expand and reach out and to embrace the infinite.
Yes, the ideal of the soul is infinity.
It is miserable when it is circumscribed and restricted.
It is a fragment of the universal soul, which is infinite.”

-Attributed to Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

Interview with Dr. Terry Wahls


This is a great interview with Dr. Terry Wahls, who cured herself from secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis by changing her diet to one high in micronutrient density. As a practicing medical doctor, she sought out the best hospitals and latest drugs for treatment to help her, but continued to decline. Her stomach and back muscles had become so weak that she could not even sit without support. She was confined to a tilt recline wheelchair and was headed for dementia and a bed-ridden state. Conventional medicine had failed her and she knew she had to take matters into her own hands in order to have any hope of improving (as all of us who suffer from chronic illness do). She began reading research papers on MS studies in mice and other animals and knew she had to start incorporating specific micronutrients to her diet. (Removing gluten, eggs, and dairy had not helped her improve). After a great deal of research and incorporation of 20 micronutrients to her body through food, she was able to walk with a cane three months later. Six months later, she could walk throughout the hospital without the use of a cane, and got on her bicycle for the first time in 6 years. And 9 months later, she was able to ride her bike for 18 miles!
She now treats her patients with the methods she used to cure herself, and has performed scientific studies on the ability of diet to improve the health of patients with autoimmune disorders or other chronic illness.

Disease begins at the cellular level. Nutrients taken in by the body first go to performing the most essential functions to keep the body alive. If a person is operating in a nutrient deficient state, their long term health will be affected. This is why it takes years to replenish the nutrient reserves in a person who has been deficient for a long period of time. I found it interesting that Dr. Wahls mentioned going to conferences when she began to feel better, where she didn’t have access to the 9-12 cups of vegetables she had been eating each day. Within 36 hours, her symptoms of brain fog and fatigue had returned. It took her 4 and a half years to build up the reserves in her body such that she could travel and not need so many vegetable per day to function. I think it is very important for those of us who suffer from chronic illness and those who are close to someone with one, to recognize that healing from a nutrient deficient state takes a long time (many years!), even when the person is doing all of the “right” things. I believe that the many people who have been on the AutoImmune Paleo diet who are frustrated about their lack of improvement are not getting the micronutrients their bodies need because they have cut so many foods out of their diets, fearing they will cause inflammation. Another problem that this sets up is oral intolerance in the future. When they finally do try to incorporate these foods back in their diet, the body rejects it because it no longer recognizes it as food. I think it is very important that we take as much fear as possible out of anything we do. If we are afraid of food hurting us, the fear will damage our body, as opposed to eating things that will help our bodies function more optimally.

Dr. Wahls gave a TED talk on her experience in 2011, called “Minding your Mitochondria”. I love this title because it addresses the importance of this often over-looked organelle in our bodies. Doctors and scientists are still overly focused on our DNA sequences and blame the mutations within them for disease- a theory that has long been overturned. Ultimately, disease boils down to the functioning of our cells, and the mitochondria in our cells are responsible for producing all of the energy needs of our body- not only from the conversion of glucose to ATP, but from photons in sunlight. I believe that I was able to hike the PCT in a severely nutrient deficient state because I was receiving energy from the sun! In these last three years, my exposure to sunlight has been nearly non-existent (as it has been throughout my life), and combined with the lack of nutrients that my body was absorbing due to the holes in my small intestines, I became more and more depleted of both nutrients and energy. And given that I have eaten a diet high in sugar and grains, and very low in nutrients, my entire life, I have a lot of work ahead of me to build my body back up! But I now believe that it is possible to regain my health and energy. It will just require a great deal of dedication and patience.

It’s fascinating that Dr. Wahls’ TED talk now comes with a disclaimer that it falls outside of their “guidelines”. Monsanto and several major pharmaceutical companies are sponsors of TED talks and have an agenda to shut down any messenger who speaks about the ability of natural substances to heal. Every day, our health is being more and more jeopardized by these large companies seeking obscene profits. Our soils are depleted of nutrients, our water is polluted, chemicals are being rained down on us the skies through chemtrails, and our crops are all being transitioned to toxic genetically modified substitutes. I can’t imagine how we have allowed this to be done to our planet. I can’t understand the reasoning of the few in powerful positions who have planned this. Are they not even capable of contemplating the health of their own children and grandchildren?
We must act quickly to take responsibility for our own health, empower ourselves with knowledge and tools, and together take a stance against the poisoning of or planet. What else is of greater importance?

The Origins of Mother’s Day

Did you know that Mother’s Day originated not as a day to honor all mothers, but as a day for women to gather in community activism? Middle-class women in the 19th century played a leading role in the abolitionist movement to end slavery, protested against the great bloodshed of wars, battled for improved working conditions for women, and advocated for public health services, social welfare assistance to the poor, and protection for children. They believed they had a special responsibility as actual or potential mothers to care for the casualties of society. Perhaps it is time to turn away from the rampant commercialism and unconscious shaming of those who were not protected or cared for by their own mothers that this day has evolved into, and return to these roots. Our nurturing capacities as females are greatly needed for the many suffering on our planet.

Here is Julia Ward Howe’s moving Mother’s Day Proclamation, written in 1870, as a protest to the carnage of the Civil War, in honor of all of the women who had lost their sons:

“Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice.”

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace
, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of
peace.”

Julia Ward Howe
Boston
1870

“This World” by Czelaw Milosz

It appears that it was all a misunderstanding.
What was only a trial run was taken seriously.
The rivers will return to their beginnings.
The wind will cease in its turning about.
Trees instead of budding will tend to their roots.
Old men will chase a ball, a glance in the mirror –
They are children again.
The dead will wake up, not comprehending.
‘Til everything that happened has unhappened.
What a relief! Breathe freely, you who suffered much.