As I watch the ups and downs all around us politically- in the nation and the world; the weather patterns and the massive amounts of personal stress, anxiety and depression I witness in people around me, I am reminded of why I, and many others like me are here on earth. To hold the light. To be the love. To experience the spiritual reality in the midst of turmoil.
The following true story is pulled from the writings of Gregg Braden, which I’ve used and talked about many times, and it still inspires me. I hope you’ll take a minute to read it and remember that there is a choice. We have wandered back and forth in our choices to live with love and now is the turning point of choice. We must choose, what is real, what is true for you, and what you want to stand for.
Long ago, the Hopi Indian Tribe, a Southwestern American tribe, who’s name means, ‘People of Peace’ were given the diagram of a life plan that would guide them through this time in history. Their plan consists of two parallel paths, parallel possibilities, representing the life choices of humankind. In the beginning, both paths appear very similar. The upper path, however, gradually turns into a broken zigzag that ends no where.
Those who choose this path are represented with their heads detached, hovering over their bodies. They will experience the great shift as a time of confusion and chaos leading to destruction.
The lower path continues as a level line, strong and even. Those choosing this path live to advanced ages and their crops grow strong and healthy.
Approximately two-thirds of the way along the paths is a vertical line connecting the two. Until this intersection point is reached, the Hopi say, we may move freely back and forth, exploring the two paths. Following this point in time, however, the choices are made and there is no return. In the words of quantum physics, this portion of the prophecy describes a choice point, an opportunity for humanity to experience the paths of both worlds and choose which is true for them. In the words of the prophecy, “If we hold fast to the sacred way as the Creator devised it for us, what we have gained, we will never lose. But still, we have to choose between the two ways. Mother Nature tells us which is the right way. When earthquakes, floods, hailstorms drought and famine will be the life of every day, the time will have then come for the return to the true path.”
According to the Hopi, the time of purification is upon us. The severity of our cleansing is being determined, as our individual responses to life challenges create the collective outcome. The chaos of change is our opportunity to refine our beliefs honoring the portions that work and gracefully releasing those that may no longer serve us. It is our new, finely honed worldview of the present that will carry us gracefully through the times of future challenge. Their vision of our future concludes by admonishing us to be responsible in the way we use the powers of our bodies and our machines. Once again we are reminded that the choices made each day will determine the duration and severity of our days of tribulation. Which path will humankind walk? The greed, the comfort and the profit, or the path of love, strength and balance. With simplicity and eloquence, Hopi prophecy reminds us that the way we live our lives determines which path we follow. The choice is ours.
- Sit quietly and relax your body until you feel calm inside.
- Think of the outcome you want – be specific and definite.
- Create a clear idea or picture. See out of your own eyes.
- Give it lots of positive energy and emotion. Add the senses. FEEL IT. LOVE IT.
- Affirmations that acknowledge it is done. “This or something better now manifests for me.”
- Let go and release all attachment to how or if anything happens.
Feel the feelings of gratitude for the aspects of it that are already there!
Not making something happen, you are attracting through allowance. You are peaceful.
- Know that everything is happening “For you” not “To you.” Let go of the victim mindset and know that even in this situation something good is happening.
- “Accept” what is happening in the moment, even though you’d like it to be different. Acceptance… not “fighting against” the illness brings peace, peace helps the body work better. Acceptance doesn’t mean you are not working for change.
- Take time every day for a meditation practice.
- Learn to relax the body through breathing. The body heals when the body is relaxed. Everything works better in a relaxed body.
- Learn to relax and quiet the mind. This takes practice and a process.
- Make time for things and people you love. Re-order your values and where your time is spent.
- Forgive everyone and everything in your past.
- Visualize a healed body and what you will be doing when you feel better.
- Monitor your self-talk. Think positive thoughts of healing and what you’ll be doing when you’re well. Create thoughts of self-love and self-admiration.
- When fear and anxiety hits you, sit it out, breathe through it, and remember it’s not what is happening now- “In this moment everything is OK.” As the fear subsides, start to put your attention on the good that is happening and affirm your health.
- Surround yourself in a positive, supporting healing environment.
- This is a call for self love. Love yourself whole.
Yesterday, as I picked my seven-year-old granddaughter up from school, I asked her my habitual question, “How was your day?”
She rolls her eyes. “Not again!”
I argue. “But I LOVE to hear about anything from your day!”
“It’s the same thing as before. It was GOOD!” she replies. “It’s good every day!”
I want to be her.
It doesn’t matter what happened, who ate lunch with her or didn’t, the teasing boy or what was going on in class (I know there are those days), it’s the same answer, “It’s good every day!”
She teaches me.
How about just remembering that the day is “good,” even if things “go bump in the night?”
Part of this spiritual journey really is about learning to be a conscious participant in life and that our responses, reactions and experience of anything is ultimately our choice.
Be Present to What Is
One of the practices that serves me and others I work with well is the practice of being present to what is.
What does that mean?
Ultimately, knowing that our state of mind is of utmost importance, it becomes more joyful to flow with rather than fight life.
If I can accept this moment as it is without needing it to change for me to be happy and at peace, then I have found the secret elixir. This practice can reveal a life of happiness, no matter what happens.
For example, recently I had a day where one thing after another piled up on me that normally could have been cause for upset and turmoil.
First, a ridiculous hour delay, waiting in a line that should’ve taken five minutes. Then, a cutting and hurtful letter from a loved one, a financial downturn and “bad” news on a project. All in one day.
When the first delay appeared, I breathed into it and thought, “There is nothing I can do about this but wait. I might as well notice the things around me and enjoy “what is.“ Peace ensued.
After slowly reading the painful and cutting remarks of a dear loved one, I felt my heart cringe and my gut kicked. I remembered the line from Matt Kahn, “More love, not less.” I allowed the letter to be there. I recalled that it wasn’t my job to change her or the situation but it was a call for more love, not less, toward myself and my precious one. This is what is happening now. I don’t need it to change. Peace ensued.
As the financial hit surprised me and I went into fear immediately without choice, I soon remembered that this is what’s happening for now. I breathed. I remembered, “This is just a passing condition.” I want peace more than fear. I choose to accept what is happening in order to have peace, and from that peace, new and better solutions can arise. Peace ensued.
Things happen. Life does go “bump in the night,” and I know, all too well, it can be scary. Irritations arise but they are all passing states and experiences and, like the rough waters on the top of a lake on the windy day, the depth of the lake remains undisturbed.
Our ability to accept what is happening is our ability to go into the depths of the lake, the still part, no matter what storms may toss the surface.
All is well, no matter what.
Dr. Janette Freeman is the Founder and Spiritual Director at The Oneness Center OC, author of “The Second Envelope,“ and “Why Did This Happen to Me, Again?” She teaches regular classes in spiritual development locally and online. Get your free Visualization Meditation by signing up on her website: www.janettefreeman.com
I was eighteen years old when my mother handed me this very small, green hardcover book. It was called, “The I AM Discourses.” I had no idea what I held in my hand. How I managed through ALL the changes and moves in my life, (I’m over 50,) to still have this book in my possession is nothing less than a miracle. It somehow stuck to me.
I have picked it up many times. I read from it a lot over the years because no matter when or where I opened it, there seemed to be just the right, perfect nugget of truth for me to chew on. It held great esoteric teachings for creating a greater life by watching our thoughts, our words and specifically the words “I Am.” Every time I picked it up and started applying the teachings I could actually watch great things start happening!
We use one form or another of “I am” all the time.
We are constantly seeing the world through our viewpoint of “me.” We are constantly identifying ourselves with some form of experience, people, or situations. The words “I am” are identifiers, really. Every time we use these words, we are declaring what we are. It’s like we are saying to the great Universe of cause and effect… “I am _______,” you fill in the blank! Unfortunately, there are way too many times that we are claiming an identify with some sort of problem or less than joyful emotional state.
How and what we identify ourselves with is what we experience in our lives.
Everyone by now is realizing the power of the subconscious mind to create the perceptions of what we believe, therefore, creating the experience. Identifying with states that we don’t want to keep attracting, such as “I am sick,” “I am tired,” “I am alone,” “I am struggling to pay the bills,” is keeping those states stuck to us!
Now, let’s add the esoteric teachings from the Discourse:
I Am is the western version of Om. I Am holds great spiritual power because it is also the words that mean, “I Am one with the Divine.” It is describing our spiritual identity. When we use these words, we are, whether we know it or not, using them with the whole power of the Universe behind them and specifically giving orders to the universe as to what to create. We are invited to wake up and see what’s happening.
Is it possible that the Divine Creator would plant ourselves here and not provide a way for us to expand, grow and experience greater freedom, joy, and prosperity?
Is it possible that It has been under our nose all along, just like the water that the fish swims in?
I AM. This Word is a powerful KEY to your personal abundance and every good thing.
“When you say and feel I AM you release the spring of Eternal, Everlasting Life, to flow on Its way unmolested. In other words, you open wide the door to Its natural flow. When you say I AM not you shut the door in the face of this Mighty Energy.
-I AM Discourses, Vol. 3 Page 2
If one is experiencing a lack of money; rather than “I am broke,” or “I don’t have,” why not say, “There’s a little cash flow issue right this minute but the money is on its way! I am richly prospered!” We want to train ourselves with an identity that is more abundant and richly supplied.
Recently, I decided to try an experiment. When attending the recent Superbowl game party I wanted to play the pool and put in a couple of bets. Right then I decided to declare with a lot of intention, “I AM a winner.” I kept silently repeating it during the game. There was nothing else I could do. I pretty much forgot about it after a while until at the very end, when the game was won in the last couple of seconds and the winner changed to me! It was a little wink-wink moment from the Universe to me as if to say, “Stick with it, girl! You know this stuff works!”
Yes, I’ve seen it work so many times, when I remember to live with my positive I AMs, claiming that which I CHOOSE to identify with.
It can help your bottom line! Start watching your words and thoughts now, and claim, “I Am a winner!”
Dr. Janette Freeman is the Founder and Spiritual Director at The Oneness Center OC, author of “The Second Envelope,“ and “Why Did This Happen to Me, Again?” She teaches regular classes in spiritual development locally and online. Get your Free Visualization Meditation by signing up on her website: www.janettefreeman.com