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Accepting Love

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Lent is known as time of spiritual purification and solemnity.

Typically, it’s marked by giving something up, to discipline and provide control over oneself to purify the heart and renew ones life. In recent years, I’ve forgone giving up simple physical pleasures such as chocolate or liquor, and chosen to give up deliberately intense things such as: Fear. Deliberately seeking the things that frighten me (within reason) and doing them. The result: Fear, anxiety, rejection no longer control me. I am free.

This year, I have chosen to actively accept Love in all forms. It is surprising and sometimes disconcerting facing my inner dialogue regarding Love. But, as I found when I faced Fear, I became more Fearless; when accepting Love, I’ve become more Loving. There is absolutely something to the law of attraction when it is truly taken to heart, as opposed to merely employed as a mental construct. Allowing love, and receiving love, I was surprised by these lovely roses delivered to my door.

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So, my Friends, I urge all of you to look deeply into your hearts at the things you may be resisting, and go there. Maybe a little discipline and a inner reflection is all that is needed for profound and uplifting change in your life.

Heightened Sensitivity

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I realize that may of us, myself included, have a heightened sensitivity to our environment. What that means, as a highly sensitive person, your nervous system picks up a lot more information than the average person about what’s happening around you.

This phenomenon isn’t something that’s readily addressed in our culture and only recently in science. Often we don’t realize how different our highly sensitive experiences actually are because we don’t have a standard with which to compare them against.
Being sensitive, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by emotions or energy that isn’t your own and this can cause problems. Often it’s just easier to shut down because you don’t know how to process the information…

It is important to become aware of your unique situation, so you can learn to manage it effectively. An essential part of this is learning about the human energy field or aura, the subtle bodies, chakras, and other elements of our physical bodies, sensations, and energetic nature.

The human aura has appeared in pictures and paintings in a multitude of cultures throughout history. Often, it is depicted as a radiant light around the head, or emanating around the body. This electromagnetic field is the first line of defense so-to-speak when encountering external influences and energies. It is through this field that all the energies of the environment, electrical device energies, radio frequencies, and human interactions, pass through and affect us. Our aura contains our subtle energy bodies and has different colors that change depending on our spiritual, physical, and mental states. A lot of information about our environment and ourselves flow in and out of our aura.

It’s important to learn about the aura, the subtle bodies and other energy channels as well as understanding how your environment affects your health and well-being.

I will expand on the aura and subtle bodies in following updates.

When you have a deeper sense of who you really are and your sensitivities, then you can learn to make choices, which are most appropriate and even healing for you.

Giving & Receiving

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Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened.  Happiness never decreases by being shared.
― Buddha

I’ve been reflecting a lot on the process of Giving and Receiving.
Receiving creates a moment of connection

Why is it easier and seemingly more acceptable to give than to receive?

There are several reasons for this.
To an extent, resisting receiving, whether it’s help, a compliment or a gift may stem from a fear of intimacy.  It is a subtle way to defend the heart and the risk of connection. Giving can provide a type of control; and there also may be the belief that it’s selfish to ask or receive.

These are very sensitive observations.
Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin of intimacy…and ultimately, love.

Recognizing we too, deserve help and love not only provides the pleasure of giving to the giver, but opens our hearts towards acceptance of one’s self. Receiving allows us to reveal a vulnerable part of ourselves. Acknowledging and staying in this tender place, we’re more available to receive the gifts we’re offered every day.

Whenever we obstruct or inhibit the flow of energy, it will result in limitation, frustration, and stagnation. Therefore, it only makes sense that we embrace the way of giving as well as joyful receiving.

By receiving with a tender self-compassion, we’re allowing ourselves to be touched by life’s gifts. Allowing ourselves to receive graciously is a gift to the giver. It conveys that their giving has made a difference.

Each day, each encounter, bring a gift may it be a smile, a compliment or a flower.

Each day, each encounter, be open to the gifts life has to offer; be it warm sunlight or first snow.

Each day commit to the flow of giving and receiving, especially the gifts of appreciation, caring and love.

Understanding Forgiveness

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What is forgiveness? Sometime I think it’s easier to understand what it is to not forgive than to forgive. It’s easy to point your finger and feed the resentment towards someone who has wronged you. But, what is it to forgive?

To forgive is a shift in thinking toward someone who has wronged you. Forgiveness is a decision to let go of the desire for revenge and anger toward the person and sometimes even shift to feelings of goodwill.

Forgive is based on the latin root “perdonare” which means to give completely without reservation.

With that in mind, when you forgive you give a gift of freedom to yourself. When you play scenarios of revenge over and over, it’s easy to become consumed by it. These thoughts are very painful. Also, berating yourself for what happened for whatever reason: naivety, ill-timing, gullibility, what-have-you, just brings more pain.

Forgive yourself.
Forgive the other person.

The first step is to just be willing – be willing to forgive.

Forgiveness is not condoning or excusing. Forgiveness does not minimize, justify, or excuse the wrong that was done. You don’t have to keep that person in your life, or trust them again. But, if you do choose to keep them in your life, they will have to build trust again over time.

Forgiveness is also a natural resolution of grieving, which is the necessary acknowledgment of pain and loss. This process takes time. It takes time to reflect on what happened, to decide how you want to think about it, and how you wish to proceed with the relationship or situation. Often, time reveals more information about the situation and this can dramatically change your outlook.

Forgiveness is a powerful choice you can make which can lead to healthier relationships now and in the future.

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