Clearing Out the Old

I took a few minutes this morning to clear out my winter clothes and put them away. Gratefully! So glad the cold weather seems to be gone. I pulled out (unearthed) my summer things and, as always, found delight in forgotten garments. Pretty spring colors brought a smile to my heart. I’ll find a place to put them after the rest of the winter stuff gets stowed away. In the meantime, there are heaps of clothes here and there. As a Virgo, this is disconcerting to say the least. Yet, life goes on and my time dedicated to the garment shuffle was limited this morning.

I made coffee and homemade cookies and my brother stopped by. Nice! We sat outside in the lovely spring weather. We walked around the yard looking at all the irises in bloom. I noticed that there were a few mums that I had not broken off last year’s dead stalks. After my brother and his dog Simon, took their leave, I went out and started to break off the dead stuff.

I vigorously went to work braking and pulling dead stuff.

It didn’t take long before I realized I was pulling up the new sprouts with the old stuff. I had to slow down. I had to look before I yanked. I had to discern what was dead and what was alive. As I started getting rid of the dead stuff, the new growth and the new blooms just seemed to pop and look alive! They already were alive, but they were lost under the shroud of the dead stalks.

So, too, we have things die in our world. Old dreams. Old relationships. Old careers. Old perceptions.

So, too, it’s important to look before we discard the old. Is it totally dead? Is there new growth to nurture? Is it making everything else in our world look grim and dried up?

Instead of vigorously attacking what we are getting rid of perhaps a better approach would be rigorously. Using rigorous attention to the task at hand.

As I was breaking off the old mum stalks, weeds could be seen. I had to pull the new growth apart so I could get to the root of the weed and pull it out so it would not regrow. This rigorous attention allowed me to remove the week while leaving the flowers undisturbed.

Whether you are just cycling through seasonal changes or you are taking out aspects of your life that have died, take your time. Look at the good stuff first. What’s good and growing in your life right now. Identify and nurture those things. This will grant you energy and strength for the task ahead.

As you look at that which remains and must be removed, check to see if there lies any value left. Sometimes, in our moments of distress we tend to rip out the good stuff along with the unusable. We tear out the flower bed of our hearts and leave it bare – where weeds will soon take over.

Instead, apply that rigorous attention. Recognize the value that might remain and remove only that which is truly dead. Remove it gently. Remove it with honor. It served its purpose. It lasted as long as it could. It blessed in its own season.

Clearing our old heartache may seem a more difficult task. Yet, with honor, rigorous honesty, and gentleness, that which no longer serves can be pulled out of our awareness. Then the new, bright, joyous flowering moments of growth can flourish. It, too in its own season.

Doorway of Truth

Each new day holds a new opportunity. We can choose how we respond to the day as it unfolds. Except for those pesky habituated patterns.

I grew up in a household that allowed angry outbursts as an appropriate response to anything challenging. A misplaced item was met with an angry outburst. A chore left undone was met with a negative response. So, that’s what I thought life aught to look like. Whatever happens needs to be addressed with anger.

Well, you can imagine how well that worked for me.

One day (many years ago) I found myself getting ready to go out for the day. It can be kind of zen to curl one’s hair. Mine was long at the time, so it took quite a bit of time. As I was standing there allowing the heat of the curling iron to do its work, I found myself contemplating my reactions and how unfruitful and unpleasant they were. I pondered if there was a better way to be/live.

At that exact moment someone came in (not Phil) and exclaimed their displeasure at something happening in the world . . . that same angry outburst I was familiar with though it was about something that had nothing to do with me.

In that moment I had the choice to react as I always had, or to find a new way to react. Well, I didn’t have any other way to react in my toolbox as yet, so I just continued to do my hair while I mentally searched for a response.

Interesting thing happened. The other person stopped yelling and just walked away. Aha! Doing my own thing was a response and it gave me what I wanted – peace within myself. I didn’t have to correct the other person or address their anger. I could just allow them to be where they were and not get sucked into it.

That was a profound moment for me!

Wow!

As I finished getting ready, I wondered how I could apply this to other situations. Like situations where I was being dressed down for something I had done or not done. Well, doing my own thing was not a solution when directly verbally addressed because that gave the other person ammunition to accuse me of ignoring them or being passive-aggressive.

So, what could I do! I loved that sense of inner calm and peace! I wanted more of that!

I discovered that truth is an open door to neutrality. Not beating someone up with my truth, but rather just calmly expressing where I was at. In that way, truth is neutral. Neither hurting the other person, nor diminishing me.

When hit with, “You didn’t do that right!” I could respond gently with my truth. “Hmmm. I thought that was how it was done.”

“You didn’t do that right!” It is soooooo easy to respond to anger with anger. “Well, who are you to tell me how to do that?!” Yet, because anger begets anger, when anger is applied, more anger happens. Vicious cycle emerges leading to frustration, tears, or worse.

Once I made the commitment to find my truth and speak it gently, the real work began. Once I got triggered, I could NOT THINK!! My mind went blank! They only thing I could think was the habituated negative responses!

So, I began to pack a few neutral truth responses into my conscious brain when I was in a state of calmness. Then when the negative attack happened (as was the habituated pattern with this person) I could call upon my list of neutral statements to disarm myself and reclaim my brain out of the abyss of habit.

“Well, I’m not sure how to respond to that.” (truth!)

“I don’t know what to say, here.” (truth!)

“Hmm. I’m going to think about what you are saying here.” (truth!)

“I need to go to the bathroom. I’ll be back in a minute.” (This one works great!!!)

“I don’t think I see this the same way you do.” (truth!)

No accusations. No defensive/hostile comments. No judgments on the other person. Just neutral truth.

Did that heal that relationship? No. Sadly. Yet, it brought me into a clearer state of mind to a place where I could see my truth and begin to walk in it. I could disengage from the habituated anger cycle that was so familiar.

Do I ever get angry? Yes. Yet, I can speak my truth much more easily. (Sometimes it’s still hard! Especially if the other person is angry and I feel myself get triggered.) Now, I can feel my brain shutting down and I know the importance of getting space between me and the situation.

Truth is an open door to emotional freedom. Truth is the gateway to clarity. Truth is the passageway into honor and self-respect. Truth is the portal to awareness. Truth is the access point to dignity.

May truth lead you into peace

New Beginnings

Life is filled with new beginnings.

As childhood ends, we leave school and begin the next phase of our lives.

We may attend a new school and learn new things. We may move to a new city and begin to put down new roots. Perhaps our friends move away or our relationships shift and we begin again. Life happens and our health changes and we begin to take care of our physical form in a different way.

Yet, it’s not like starting over. We don’t have to re-learn the lessons of 2 + 2 = 4; or our ABC’s. We take the knowledge already learned into the next phase of our lives.

However, the lessons we take with us may not be the lessons Spirit asks of us. Hardship forced upon us in new beginnings may teach us to hold back or be less trusting. Does Spirit teach us that lesson? No, Spirit teaches us that not all people are worthy of our friendship. Spirit teaches us about forgiveness (detaching, clearing, releasing while retaining our self-worth) as a tool for peace and a shield for protection against further abuse.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could recognize the freeing lessons brought to us through Spirit and thereby releasing the restrictive and disheartening lessons brought to us by life?

Pain and hardship shuts us down and blocks us from moving forward. Spirit releases us and uplifts us into a new state of being. Even through painful experiences, Spirit speaks to us of love, gratitude, and the power of joy. Can we find it?

Go out into the garden and seek it there. Attend services and seek it there. Watch a sunset and seek it there. Ask for the willingness to see Spirit’s love, instruction, and guidance through the pain of hardship and sorrow.

Spirit’s loving embrace awaits.

Move through the current situation and into a new beginning with hope and open curiosity. We once were fearful when we left school – it was all we had known. With a new beginning, who knows what happens next? Just take a fresh breath and a new bright step into your true self.

Begin again.

Now begins again.

Hope Transcends Transiting Feelings

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Wind. Cold spring wind. Rain here and there, but mostly wind.

We live on a half an acre and this time of year begs for lots of clean up this time of year. Yet, that wind. That cold spring wind.

Phil can often brave the chill temperatures and get early weeding done. Yet, wind. Cold spring wind prevails. Even Phil has not been able to endure much of that wind.

Yet, we anticipate days turning warm and the wind giving way to easy breezes. We look forward to those days as we stand inside the house and look out the sliding glass door.

So, too, sometimes life brings us trials and struggles that seem to persist long beyond the time we feel we can endure. Those difficulties hang on while our endurance slips and we feel restless, helpless, and spent.

How do we hold on? How do we endure?

We remember the good days that we’ve had and we hold on to the hope of more good days.

Hope is the life-blood of joy. Without hope we lose sight of goals and dreams. Without hope we lose the strength to go on. Yet, hope is more than a memory. Memories feed hope for sure, yet there is more to hope.

Hope shines as a bright spark of possibilities. Hope simmers as a warm stew filled with nourishing meat and veggies. Not quite ready to eat, yet savory smells wafting through the house promising warmth, nourishment, and fulfillment.

What fills your hope stew? Goals and dreams? Friends and family? Activities and experiences? Creativity and productivity? Don’t know? (You might want to try a little of each of these to see what you prefer!) When we go through changes, we lose sight of our goals and dreams because things look differently - feel differently. We don’t know what we want anymore. When we go through changes, we shut down and lock out family and friends because we don’t know how to relate anymore. When we go through changes we stop trying new things because the old stuff no longer fits and the new stuff feels . . . well, odd. When we go through changes our creativity and productivity plummets because we feel useless and blah.

Hope cures this! Hope transcends our transiting feelings and stabilizes us into a new pattern. Even though the pattern may not yet be firmly established, Hope allows us to endure change.

Finding Hope may feel like a chore. With change, everything shifts and new capacity for Hope emerges. A new depth of Hope arises. Look deeper! The Hope you need exists deeper than any other Hope previously experienced.

Even as the cold spring wind blows outside and the warmth within tides us over until better days, so, too Hope warms our spirit and sustains us.

Go deeply within to find this new level of Hope. For within the depth of being, Divine Source resides, connects and nourishes. To assist this process, read spiritually uplifting articles, books or listen to positive meditations. Feed the part of you that nourishes Hope so that Hope can and will sustain you.

The cold spring wind stopped for a bit today. It was lovely. The warmth of the sun touched my face and the spring flowers brightened my soul. The wind picked back up again, yet I’m hopeful for a warm day to put my hands in the Earth and assist the flowers in their journey to full expression.

Hope sustains me even in the face of the cold spring wind. Hope uplifts me and brightens me into Joy. I smile as I watch the bright red, yellow, and pink tulips dancing in the wind. I am safe from the wind within the warmth of my home and the brightness of Hope.

May you find the Hope you need to endure any time of cold wind that might blow your way.

We Are Family

Whether family by birth or family by choice, those closest relationships challenge us the most! They challenge us to speak our truth and they challenge us to listen.

Yet, the biggest challenge arises in listening to one’s own heart. The clutter of expectations and drama, might cloud the inner dialogue. Especially during times of stress.

How can we make everyone happy?

We cannot.

How can we make everyone understand us?

We cannot.

Rifts and barriers exist where we wish there were none. Yet, truth is, those rifts and barriers exist. Not because we aren’t good people, but because we are unique, different, and have our own opinions and preferences. We can only allow others to be where they are. And when they cannot allow us to be ourselves because of their judgments, we also get to be with that as well.

Yet, we desire for everyone to be happy and we want everyone to understand…

We may not be able to attain those desires.

I should be able to make it okay. I should be able to sit down, shut up and let others abuse me for the sake of family harmony.

Not.

There is no easy answer as each moment, each situation holds its own experience. Perhaps one moment we can be quiet and hold sacred ground for peace. The next moment we cannot allow compliance to overshadow the peace of our own truth that must be spoken.

We can only do our best to be our best self. If triggered by another’s judgment or opinion of us, we might lose our sacred ground and become reactive. Family has the unique ability to find our “Hot Buttons” and push them quite effectively! It takes time to disengage those “Hot Buttons” so they become non-reactive. How do we do that? We move into our sacred truth. Our sacred truth has no energetic charge. Sacred Truth has no need to react or change another person, their thoughts or their perceptions. Sacred Truth just IS.

Ask yourself, what is my truth? If family (or dear friends as close as family) judge or dismiss something you feel is important or significant, what is your truth? Not, “They shouldn’t judge me.” Or “My point of view is right and theirs is wrong.” But rather, what is your Sacred Truth. Perhaps family/friends are dismissing your desire to go back to school – projecting onto you

what they think you should do. . . your Sacred Truth might be . . . “Going to school feels right for me.”

Period. End of story. They get to have their opinion. You COULD be making a big mistake . . . or you COULD be doing exactly what is perfect for your next step. Time will tell. In the meantime, you are making a choice and taking action in your own best interest. Notice how the truth statement, “Going to school feels right for me,” holds no energetic charge. No need to do battle. No need to defend. Sacred Truth. Find your Sacred Truth in whatever situation and you will find strength and power.

Even so, if we do slip and become reactive, we can only do our best to apologize and make amends.

It’s time to find balance between the love of our family and the love of our own truth. When the path is unclear, we can only hope to listen to our heart of hearts rather than our triggered feelings.

May Love and Truth guide you into the richest blessings of kindness and a sense of belonging.

An Act of Faith

My sister-in-law, Cathy, is in hospice as her body wears down nearing its release on life.

It’s been difficult seeing her anguish in pain until the medication kicked in and even harder to see her struggle for each breath. It’s difficult to see her loved ones (including me) struggle with the realization of letting her go.

My brother asked me to write about our childhood years – we were kids together. They lived two houses down from us growing up. As I pondered those growing up years, my memory brought back some really fun times. It brought up childhood traumas as well.

As I held these things in my heart, I came to realize that there was a constant stream running through my life and through hers.

Faith.

She went to a different church and I daresay she certainly did not believe the same today. Yet, Faith prevailed. An unyielding perception in a Loving presence that guided and supported us.

Certainly, we could get ourselves into our own brand of difficulty as my memory certainly brought to my attention. Yet, whether it was difficulty of our own making or difficulty brought to us by life, this current of Faith, carried us forward.

When we speak of water flowing, we use the word current. When we speak of being present, we use the word current, like current events. Events unfolding out of previous happenings. Water currents flowing from the headwaters to the ocean.

We sometimes feel the current of life or the current of life’s events might carry us away. Yet, there is a stronger current that carries us through. Faith. Rather than battling life’s currents, we flow into the current of Faith and float upon the waters of inner peace.

Not easy! We want to fight the stream! We want to kick against the flow! The key is to know when Faith urges us to fight for what we believe or when Faith asks us to surrender our will into the current of Love and Light. Sometimes we don’t know the difference until we’ve leaped over the waterfall or have been dragged beyond it. Yet, Faith holds its course in the process.

Faith grants us the strength to do the things we feel we cannot. Faith grants us the peace to stand up for what we believe in. Faith grants us courage to release our expectations and let go of our need to control circumstances.

Faith is a choice of will and a gift from God at the same time. Faith arrives when we are out of options. Faith abides when we cannot hang on. Faith builds as our trust ignites.

You know this. You live this.

And yet, doubt sits heavy upon our hearts. We doubt that there is enough Love and Light to help. We doubt that we are worthy of being lifted by Faith. We doubt that Faith can carry us through. Doubt is the mechanism by which we recognize Faith. Honor the doubt - Faith strengthens. Recognize the doubt - Love and Light renew their efforts to be experienced.

Whatever measure of Faith we have will be strengthened and supplemented. Faith carries us through.

So, as I await notification that Cathy has breathed her last, I have Faith that we will meet again. I have Faith that she will be carried gently over to the Other Side. I have Faith that my Creator is her Creator, too. I have Faith that soon she will rest in Creator’s arms where she will await my arrival.

Whatever challenge you might be facing, may Faith make its presence known to you. May Faith carry you through.

Living in the Outcome

Setting a goal or having a dream creates a spiritual energy field that opens us to “Creation Energy” – the energy of manifesting what the heart desires. When that which we desire eludes us, we feel disappointed and frustrated with the process, with God(Higher Power, Great Spirit, Universe, All That Is, Spirit - whatever that is for you) and with ourselves.

A fine line exists between holding onto expectations and holding onto our dreams. Expectations limit our dreams and hinder the Creation Energy available to us. Expectations tell or demand. Dreams open our awareness to all possibilities that fulfill our heart’s desires.

If I WANT a new job, then Spirit says, “Okay, you get to WANT that.” Creation Energy stops there. DESIRE for a fulfilling job lets me live in the outcome – feeling blessed and fulfilled. Creation Energy flows powerfully through the physical plane opening doors of opportunity for my fulfillment.

Living in the outcome allows Creation Energy to flow powerfully through our hearts and minds allowing us to open ourselves to fulfillment of our heart’s desire.

Your heart can rejoice right now for the opportunity that will present itself. Living in the outcome allows us to enjoy today to the fullest – even when we struggle with current circumstances. Living in the outcome gifts us with unlimited possibilities. Possibilities we might have never imagined possible!

By focusing upon a specific expectation, I limit Creation Energy in my behalf. By expecting a new job, Spirit cannot transform your current job. By expecting a new relationship, Spirit cannot transform you in the current relationship.

Expectations limit Creation Energy. Expectations yield disappointments. Living in the outcome generates the energy field that supports the new blessing we request. Doors to blessings open when we focus upon FEELING blessed, joyful, happy, loved, and fulfilled. Doors open in unexpected, surprising, and delightful ways.

What FEELING do you hope for? Live that feeling. That’s the activation point for Creation Energy. Begin Living In The Outcome – NOW!!

Springtime!

The little flowers and plants begin their journey to fulfill their destiny – they grow so they can bloom. Forsythia burst into bloom at the first hint of warm weather! Bright yellow flowers greet springtime and offer us a reminder that winter eventually loosens its icy grip.

The earliest flowers come from bulbs. Those tiny plants push their way to the surface of the cold ground to emerge with intent toward their ultimate purpose. The tender shoots press on past rocks and other obstacles toward the warming nature of the sun. Those plants send roots deep into the soil to support their long leaves, tall stems and bright blossoms.

In the fullness of their time, they bloom. We enjoy the bright yellows, deep purples and vivid reds they display with wild abandon!

Soon, other plants follow their lead. Buds form, leaves emerge and our world feels alive again.

Like the flowers, we each own a destiny, too. We plant roots, emerge, and grow. In the fullness of time we bloom and express the richness of Spirit within our being.

Take heed of the flowers, my friends.

Flowers cannot grow without the warmth of the sun. We require the Light of Love in order to flourish. Are we availing ourselves of it?

Plants root themselves deeply into the soil. Do we root ourselves in loving actions and joy of living?

Flowers don’t allow blocks and obstacles to stop them. They grow around them or through them! Does discouragement and worry obstruct our way?

All plants emerge from winter with new determination to fulfill their destiny. We too, emerge from winter with renewed intent to find spiritual expression in loving service, tender compassion and genuine love.

May your springtime be blessed so you can bless others with your bright expression of Divine Love

Suicide’s Secret Message: A Treasure Map to Joy

with Janice Lynch

I've been through the depths of despair and I've risen to joyfully doing what I love with my whole heart.  The journey hasn't always been easy.  Yet, the journey has been, without a doubt, blessed, joy-filled and amazing.

In this video, I will share with you my journey - but mostly the tools that got me through the rough spots.

Talking about someone taking one's own life is a challenging subject at best.  There are so many sides to the story.  So much pain.  Pain for the one considering it.  Pain for the loved ones left with heartache and an unquenchable grief.

Suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death for young people ages 10 - 24.  Yet, suicide​ holds an incredible message - if you can discover it.  This message brings you through the pain and into a bright joyful life.

You may feel that you are in the depths of despair or drifting in and out of a despairing state of being.  Get ready to see a way out. . . a lasting way out.

Maybe you feel like your life doesn't matter.  Find a new perspective and re-discover your sense of worth.

Perhaps ou wish you could just end it.  Been there . . . nearly did that.  Learn how to put an end to that  pain - forever.

Maybe you've lost a loved one to suicide.  Acquire a new level of understanding a learn to live beyond the tragedy.  A new level of peace awaits you.​

I've experienced the treasure you seek​.  I know how to get there from here.  And, I have a map for you to follow.  The silly pirate's treasure map graphic isn't to make light of such a serious subject, but rather to acknowledge that the journey is tricky! not straight line of thinking will get you where you want to go.  An adventure awaits!  And in the journey, you'll find a lasting treasure.

Get ready to have your mind blown and your perceptions rocked.​

May this bless you richly.​

5 Essential Tools for an Empath

Are you sensitive? Do you feel too much? Do you know how other people feel before they do? Do you try to make everyone happy so you don't feel their pain?

Do you feel shut down? Numb?

Do you struggle to block others or shield yourself? Do you find it exhausting to try?

You may be an Empath. An Empath feels things beyond empathy. We can empathize with someone going through a hard time. An Empath will feel everything they are going through.

There is more than one type of Empath.

One will feel physical pain in their own body if you hurt yourself or fall down.​  Another kind of Empath will sense how another feels even if they are pretending to be okay. This sensing is more than sensing, it is carried in the Empath's body and becomes part of their life experience. Distance can assist one from not feeling so much, yet if there is a deep emotional connection, the Empath will feel what is going on with another no matter how many miles separate them. . . 

When hiding, isolating, blocking, shielding, crying, being angry, and resisting no longer works . . .

Saturday, November 19th

1 - 4pm

At The Divine Fellowship

513 Barth Ave. Richland, WA 

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No one will be turned away for lack of funds - this is THAT important!

Another type of Empath may not even be aware they are "picking up" the emotional or physical energy from another. They will just realize days later that the last time the felt good was before they talked to that one person.

Do any (or all) of these sound familiar? Then you could really use some tools to help you life your life as an Empath!!!

Please join us as Janice Lynch offers tools and guidance in this upcoming worth-shop.

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