Our theme for 2020 has been Perception...
What is our impression of life and us in it?
What do we grasp, acknowledge, understand, believe, recognize, and reveal?
Amid the pandemic, the fires, and other conditions, we brought you answers, tools, and more questions in order to upgrade your perception about how your life works.
This may be the final blog post of 2020, but it is not a look back. I am sure many would like to forget 2020...the lockdown, work, and school on Zoom, toilet paper shortages. If 2020 was a person, I'd sue him for pain and suffering. If 2020 got an Amazon or Yelp review, it would get one star – not recommended. I did get to read a lot of books and, I don't know about you, but I finished all of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+ by July.
2020 was much like an episode of Twilight Zone...it made Tiger King seem normal. And for me, sweats were the predominant pant for 2020 – I'm wearing some right now. And social distancing? I never thought “I wouldn’t touch them with a six-foot pole” would become a national policy. Oh, and remember singing “Happy Birthday” -twice- while washing your hands? For a while there, every time I went to the bathroom, kids expected me to walk out with a cake.
This morning I want to review our year of Perception. But not to look back … to move forward
We see the world, not as it is, but as we are. ~Talmud
We started our year learning about perception through the elements ...air, earth, water, fire. The air taught us to have ventilation through revelation:
To clear the air of conditions
And breathe the air of Truth
To keep away the fear, the despair of the news, the climate, or the idiots in government we grounded ourselves to Mother Earth, gaining strength from her profound power. And to live at our fullest, we learned to become the lake; flushing out the negative with overflowing positive by filling our minds and hearts with the best words, the loftiest ideas, the most loving thoughts. All this to give us a base, empowered by Truth to endure, optimize, be smart, be centered, and have vitality, joy, wisdom,and love on high.
All the power and intelligence of the Universe is already within, waiting to be utilized. The Divine Spark must be fanned into a blaze of the living Fire of your own divinity. ~Ernest Holmes, Creative Mind and Success
We all have heard that seeing is believing, however...
Believing creates the seeing!
...and seeing God in everything creates harmony. When we remove the obstructions in our perceptions and our histories, we have a vision of infinite possibilities.
But don't squint to try to focus on that vision...to change, update, upgrade, or transform/transcend. It leads to double vision and a false sense of clarity.
Don't squint -you don't have to- open your eyes wide, the ones in your head and in your heart. Open them to the luminescence of Divine Wisdom and It will reflect in everything you think, feel, and do.
As we perceive through the Divine Feminine in us all, we tap into our foresight and creative wisdom; nurturing the nature of our inherent spiritual perfection, and thus suiting up for constant success. Walt Whitman wrote:
The moment you stand up and claim your divinity,
Christ is reborn within your heart, Buddha rejoices,
Mohammed dances upon the mountaintop,
Lao Tzu winks approvingly
And the Promise of the Tree of Life is Fulfilled.
And I know that the hand of God is the promise of my own,
And I know that the spirit of God is the brother of my own
And that all the men ever born are also my brothers,
And the women my sisters...
Perception and Focus go hand-in-hand. Remember this story?
A small boy was wandering in the woods and saw a monk sitting on a rock. He went up to the monk and asked him to impart a bit of wisdom.
The monk looked at the small boy and said, “My child, be a Lion, not a dog.”
Puzzled, the boy asked, “What does that mean, be a lion, not a dog?”
“When you throw a ball at a dog,” asked the monk, “what does he do?”
“The dog chases the ball,” the boy replied.
“Yes,” said the monk, “but if you threw it at the Lion, it wouldn't care at all about the ball. Its attention would be on you who threw the ball, not on the object....you. Now think about it: if someone is throwing balls at a lion, what happens next when the lion turns to look?”
“The person throwing the ball better run away before he gets eaten,” the small boy said.
“Correct, my boy. The Lion stays put, focused on you, waiting to grab hold of you.
Confused, the small boy asked the monk, “that's a scary story, teacher, what am I supposed to learn from that other than don't throw a ball at a lion?”
“Like the lion, my friend, always focus on the source.... not the incidents, not the effects....go to the source.”
And that Source is Spirit....our highest self....with Clear and present certainty, we are free to see It and Live It.
Do you perceive yourself as a maverick of intention?
Do you use imagination and faith, knowing the Universe is your ally to end the war on lack or limitation of any kind?
As we perceive life through the roots of our Nature, we commune with the Power of all Life, consecrating ease, and awareness in our thinking. With the seeds of faith as part of our Divine tapestry, unified in the One, we dedicate our mind and heart to just do the God in us. We may pray and meditate with persistence and gusto (which sometimes is hard), but we no longer toil.
Staying in tune with the Divine gives us the tools to carve out what it is we want, desire, require in our lives.
Perception taught us to give credit where credit is due...right here (in the heart-brain) within you. Each of us is the conduit, the sun, the connection. When we soak in the energy of the Universe and Creation with gratitude, commune and be in tune with the Divine, put foundations under our castles in the air, we can wrap up our greatest manifestations with a bow. As satirist Jonathan Swift reminds us:
Real vision is the ability to see the invisible.
For even when frustrations arise
We can weep, rage, breathe, then sing, and let Divine Love Light the way to laying down our burdens and shadows. I ask you not to forget 2020, but to learn from it. Not to be pissed about it, but to release the anger and forgive it. I ask you to not look back but to look forward.
Some of 2020 events will follow us into 2021, but our perception of those events, how we relate or react to them doesn't have to. Let's take 2021 with advice ala King Henry from Shakespeare's Henry V:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more;
...imitate the action of the tiger:
Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood,
...set the teeth and stretch the nostril wide;
...breathe and bend up every spirit ...to [Its] full height.
...show us here...the mettle of your pasture: let us swear that you are worth your
[Divine] breeding; which I doubt not;
… [and] hath … noble lustre in your eyes.
The game's afoot [the year anew]:
Follow your spirit; and upon this charge,
Cry 'God [is] for me! and All the world
...in peace, vitality, joy, prosperity, and love!'
Happy New Year...HAPPY NEW YOU!
I look forward to this new year.
I look forward to this prosperous year.
I step into my wealth and soak up my good health. Vitality, vibrancy, and victory are abundant in my life this year of 2021. It shall be state-of-the-art, cutting-edge, advanced, and unspoiled.
I look forward to a creative year full of loving relationships, peace of mind, and good flowing in of inspiration. I acknowledge my Divinity and Its vibration will show through during all of 2021.
Happy New Year and Happy New Me.