As I read the headlines, I said a little prayer and asked my ‘Group’ to help me understand what was happening and to assist us in this time of unrest. As soon as I said this prayer the word ‘juxtaposition” was whispered through my mind not once but, three times.
As I wondered why this word is the one that came in after my prayer, I decided to go to the dictionary and look up its meaning. Here is the definition:
- an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
- the state of being close together or side by side.
As I read the definition visions began moving through my mind. These images were of the world leaders arguing among themselves, threatening missiles, damage, and war. I did not see just the leaders, I saw the masses agreeing to putting up walls to keep people out, dividing and killing over religious beliefs, claiming supremacy due to race and on and on it went in my mind until I felt a bit sick to my stomach.
All were acting like small children over what they believed they own or want to own. The tit for tat in their behavior. Small children throwing temper tantrums. All without concern for the affects their actions will have on Earth or the life that inhabits it.
My mind instantly refocused to the most current events that many people are facing, Hurricane Harvey, Irma, and Jose. In detail scenes of evacuations, rescues and the people who returned to their homes to find there was no home to return to. The wild fires blazed through my mind. Again, mass evacuations, people in a state of fear for the animals and homes they had to leave behind.
The difference between these events is the reaction and actions of people. One stayed at the basest of the human ego, pushing for destruction. The other brought union. There was no division due race, religion, politics, or social status, there was only person after person coming together to help those in need. People leaving the comfort of their homes as they raced to these sites, rolled up their sleeves and dug through the rubble with the intention of giving someone hope that life as they knew it could be restored. No sleep, sharing the little food and water that was there with others along with holding those that grieved their losses. Eyes that felt compassion, voices that consoled, once again hearts that had opened.
Our daily lives are filled with these same contrasts. They may seem smaller in comparison and much more personal yet, they are adding to the whole. In other words, we are creating our realities. Possibly now is the time to choose to love ourselves along with all life completely. As we do this, we can change the outer reality to one of love, peace, and harmony.
A suggestion for adding love, harmony, and beauty into the world is: First remember your world starts with you and moves outward. Start your day with a meditation in which you focus first on self-love and acceptance. As you feel this, send love and acceptance out into the world. Visualize peace within yourself, until you feel calm and comfortable in your own skin. Let your mind wander out seeing the world at large. As you do this, visualize peace for mankind.
It is important to remember as you envision, feel, and believe you add energy into mass consciousness. If you see separation for yourself for reasons of race, religion, political group, or nation, you add that belief of separation into the physical reality. See the world united in love. This may not seem like much but, it is in truth immense and touches the whole.
I am/we are a perfect expression of perfect LOVE here and now…..Richard Bach
I was in a mall in Yakima Washington when I bought my first copy of ‘Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah”. As I came out of the bookstore I looked for a bench to sit on. No bench in sight, I perched myself on the masonry that surrounded the flowers in front of a store, leaned my back against the wall and began losing myself in the mastery of this small book.
Illusions touched a chord of awareness that lived inside of me. After reading Illusions I began looking at life in a different way. Questioning what was accepted as truth and asked if it really was true? Then I would get entrenched in what I considered life, becoming the sleep walker in the dream once again as I forgot to question what I was accepting.
When I felt small and helpless in the illusion of my life, this book with the blue feather on its front cover would re-appear for me to read once more. Each time I read this book I would move out of the complacency I was in and back into being a questioner not quite realizing that I was actively creating my life. That knowledge would come at a later time. Over the years, I have had and given away many copies of this very insightful book.
Here recently a dear friend of mine asked me if I had read Illusions II? There was an Illusions II? Well no! I had not read it so, I ordered it immediately. I am now in the process of reading another Richard Bach writing that brings not only my brain to life, my heart re-awakens too. A sweet reminder for me to question what I have lived and why I have chosen to live it. To wonder why I have drawn to me certain lessons, their relevance and purpose of these lessons in my life. Yet, most importantly the writings remind me to question what I have believed, which allows me the freedom to discard or move past the experiences that I have outgrown.
The teachers for our life lessons come in many forms. Sometimes a simple writing, sometimes it may be a person or an experience that wakes us from our slumber so, that we may question and create our dreams. If we never question we stay sleep walkers in life. We keep the knowledge of being the Creators and choosers of our life path buried inside. Without this knowledge we feel as if we have no choice but to be carried away in the current we have been told is life.
This is a powerful time of awakening. As you attract to you those things that make you look inside don’t shut them down in fear. Instead allow yourself to question. Why did I choose this? How has it assisted me? Is it still assisting me? What fear keeps me from letting this go? What would I prefer in my life? How do I create it? Who do I ask for help? Why do I not allow myself to ask for this help? Remember, this is an amazing journey of your design not something that is just happening to you.
Thank you so much Andrea for this wonderful testimonial of the Hawaiian Experience Retreat. It was a joy and an honor to co-host this amazing event.....Cherry
I took part in Cherry and Vickie’s Hawaii Experience retreat on the Big Island in late January/early February 2017, and wow, what an experience it was! Actually it was a whole series of totally amazing experiences.
Vickie provided us with a wealth of information about our astrological charts, which she prepared for each participant. She gave us the tools to understand the various aspects of our charts and answered a lot of questions I’d had about astrology. Her seminar on essential oils was extremely informative, and I really enjoyed learning the TRE relaxation techniques, which I am continuing to use.
Cherry’s channeled messages always amaze and inspire me. I can’t easily describe Cherry’s gift of channeling “The Ancients,” but I can describe the benefits I’ve received from them: greater levels of understanding; deeper insights into my own actions/reactions and those of others; relief from stress and fear; and both receiving and expressing profound love and joy.
In addition to Cherry’s insights which focus on our inner lives, her messages also call our attention to the magic that surrounds us in the world. That magic was on full display during our trip to Hawaii. We experienced amazing interactions with whales, dolphins, turtles, and the Earth herself. Several times during our trip, local people told us that what we were experiencing was very unusual. Twice I encountered whales who came closer to shore than they usually do, directly in front of me. When some of us went snorkeling, several pods of dolphins converged to accompany the group. Our visit to Kilauea Crater in Volcanoes National Park proved to be particularly magical. A ranger told us that the lava would be way too low in the crater for us to see. Then Cherry gathered us together, called to the Goddess Pele, and lava began to dance high above the rim of the crater. When Cherry dispersed the group, the lava subsided again below the crater rim. I felt so very privileged to have been a part of that -- and part of the entire trip.
Even the weather cooperated beautifully. On the “wet” side of the Big Island, we had only a couple light showers the first two days, then no rain for the rest of our ten-day stay. People kept saying how unusual that was, too!
There were seven of us on our Hawaii trip. It’s not easy getting seven women to agree on, well, pretty much anything, but Cherry and Vickie did a great job making sure that everyone felt very welcome and included, and that everyone’s needs were taken care of. They also demonstrated a perfect degree of flexibility, going with the flow and adjusting our schedule as events unfolded. The accommodations that Vickie found for us (two adjacent Airbnb houses) were very comfortable, and fit our needs perfectly. She handled all the trip logistics very professionally, without a hitch. We had time for sightseeing, shopping and exploring nearby beaches, in addition to our various sessions with Cherry and Vickie.
I had an absolutely fantastic time on the Hawaii retreat, beginning to end. I am now planning to attend Cherry and Vickie’s Mount Shasta retreat in June, and look forward to more retreats after that.
Today is not only the beginning of a new year, 2017 in numerology is a one. 2+0+1+7=10. 1+0=1. Ones mark new beginnings. Today is a great day for reflecting on what came to completion in 2016. This would not have happened over night. It was a steady walk through your individual process. Today is also a great day to set in place what you would like to create and experience as you move forward.
To understand where you are in your process, is to look at who and what you have attracted into your life. There are no accidents. As you step into your awareness you come to understand that everything in your life is there because you have attracted it to you. With awareness comes the knowledge you design and create the adventures you are experiencing. Each step on your path has brought you information that assists you in your process of creating.
If you are filled with love and joy with all that is around you, wonderful! If what is around you does not bring you joy and love well, that is wonderful too. You may wonder why this would be wonderful. Simple. You can look at what is in your life, see how the person, place or thing supports a belief that you hold and allow that belief to continue to develop and create positively or look at the belief, find the pattern, dismantle the pattern by coming to understand it so, that you may create something different.
Here are a few examples:
If you are saying you want a loving relationship whether this is a romantic one or with family and others, does not matter. Look at the people in your life. Are the people representing what you say you want? Are they loving or aloof? Do they honor and support themselves or are they sabotaging their lives? Do they set loving boundaries along with honoring other’s boundaries? What bothers you about those closest to you? What do you love about them?
As you are look at the people in your life, reviewing what you call negatives and positives see where these attributes live inside of you. There are those attributes you will feel do not belong to you. This is very well the case. You may have attracted these people in so that you would look at your belief in what you deserve. How have you held a belief that supports what others are projecting? The more intensely we respond to a person, the stronger our lesson.
To create loving and healthy relationships begins with having a healthy and loving relationship with you. It is time to become your own best friend. Acknowledge what you add to this world, praise yourself as you accomplish your goals, and look in the mirror and compliment yourself. If you are having trouble doing this, be around loving people. They will love you until you can love yourself.
When thinking of your body and striving for better health how do you support this? Are you eating in a way that supports the body? Do you see the foods you put into your body as matching the vibration of health? Are you giving your body exercise? Do you talk to your body in positive ways that support you or do you berate yourself because you see your body as imperfect? Positive talk assist in creating health.
Statements such as, everything that I eat vibrates at the level of perfect health. I have a strong vital body. I love to exercise and feel my body come alive. I am a very healthy person. My body reflects perfect health.
It may seem odd but, in many ways your body responds to the commands that you give it. These commands come in the form or your thoughts, not just your words. If there is an illness going on in your body allow yourself to go into the affected area so, that you may find the origin and information the illness brings you. Do your best to stay away from reinforcing any dis-ease.
What does your job or career reflect in your life? Are you happy with what you are doing? Does your work support who you are and what you want in your life? Do you see the best in the position you have or do you only see what you do not like that is there?
If your career is not what you want or where you want it to be, look at it in the same manner as relationships. How does it support outworn belief systems and patterns? Where do you not believe your capable of having more? Where are you not allowing yourself to create a better work environment?
To create different is to first see the positives of what you have. See the impact you have on those around you and them on you. Praise yourself for the work you are doing. Create time to add to your skill set. Ask what your passion is and how you may manifest this as employment. Are you holding onto what you have out of a sense of obligation created by words and teachings from those who were in your family and the environment around you as you grew up?
To create change in your life is to remember you are the creator of your life. The more you become aware of the outdated dialogues, teachings, programs, and training's that run in the background of your mind, the sooner you can disengage from these and begin to create a new way. Look at your life without judgment, be grateful for what you have and be willing to put in place something new.
You are not doing this alone. You have many supporters on the physical and non-physical levels. Ask your Angels and Guides for their assistance. They will gladly lend a hand. It is important to remember they bring you the answers and support that you are asking for in ways that you will pay attention. Sometimes these are subtle, other times they are not. When you ask for help and the door opens, be willing to step through the doorway.
Your life starts with you. If you are having difficulty in an area of your life, let's set up a session so that we may get to the root of the issue. You deserve the best life possible. Have a wonderful New Year. Create with Love & Joy.
Each day we are pressing ourselves forward to grow. To grow spiritually, mentally, physically and emotionally. We attract in what is necessary for this growth. At times, what we attract in is very uncomfortable. If we allow ourselves to look past the discomfort we allow ourselves to see what area in our life we are stretching, reaching out and growing in. We may acknowledge a behavior, thought or way of life is no longer beneficial to us.
When we have placed limits on ourselves we attract in the people or conditions that bring to light the self-imposed limits. We do this not to have adversaries or bring pain into our lives. We do this because we are ready to consider the fears that have created those limits. With this we can go inward and see the fear at its core, why we put in place the limit and see that it does not serve us any longer. We are ready to move past it.
We may put ourselves in the position to assert a behavior or reaction we thought was no longer present in ourselves. As this behavior comes up it is not to cause pain. It is to show that there is another layer to penetrate that allows for further potential of growth. We may look at this behavior and ask the question, “Is this who I am?” If the answer is no, which is very likely the case, then you can look at where this behavior served you in an earlier time. Where it protected you. You then are in a space to heal the emotions of that time and put in place a new thought, action and reaction.
As you grow, you will find that what you have put in place now doesn’t serve you later. You will have grown even more and will require considering and putting in place new.
If we remember to be in our hearts as often as possible we continue through this path of personal growth in a way of compassion, tolerance and love. This is not just for ourselves, it is for all who participate in our growth. It allows us to look outside of ourselves and understand that like us, others are going through the same growth. We can put in place personal forgiveness and forgiveness for other’s.
Take the time to look at what has caused you discomfort. What has caused you to react or bring up an old behavior. What it is that caused you to throw up an emotional wall or scamper away. Look at what brings you to place blame, shame or guilt. Then, even in your discomfort thank the person or situation. You have drawn to you what you need to grow.
There are no accidents and nothing just happens to us. We are amazing creators that are choosing to step out of creating our realities through fear. We are choosing to create from love and personal empowerment. To do that, we go into the shadows of life. It will not stay this way. One day we will remember all we need to do is love and create change.
Until that day, I thank each person that has stepped into my life to assist me to question myself, move me past out dated beliefs and my fears that have created self-imposed limits. All of this brings me further into my heart so, that I may create with love not fear.
Contemplative mood today. Checking in with myself which is a good thing. Is what I have attracted into my life supporting who I am? Who I wish to be? Is it riddled with the pitfalls of life before awareness? Of course it is. That is part of the process. One more lesson on how to honor who I am and the life I choose to live.
Doing my best to look at all of this as honestly as possible. I have to admit there is a struggle going on. The ego-self ready to step into the game that protected the old wounds that have come with the life I have experienced. That part of me that pulled in my emotions when I felt threatened, watched the moves of others, gauged my next action by what was said and done. The warrior-self ready for the imagined battle. A battle that is self-created.
The aware-self holding the space of love. The aware-self that reminds me that I have choice. That at any moment I can change the direction of my journey. The aware-self that reminds me when I love who I am, that love is reflected back at me. As I accept that reflection of love I am able to send light out into the world assisting other’s to love who they are and accept their perfection as they walk their human walk.
For me the key is allow myself the myriad of emotions I feel so, that I can understand where they began. To sort through them without judgment. Not to place blame on others. Then allow life to flow forward.
What is your process? What do you do to come to love and support yourself in each moment? How do you bring yourself back to the point of self-love when you veer off course? What an interesting journey this is.
There are people who look at my life now and say things such as, “you are so brave,” or “you are so lucky.” I don’t know if that is the case. I grew up like many people living in a world that did not support who I was. I saw myself through other people’s lenses with most of the time feeling as if I was defective.
However, I did experience a huge shift of awareness. This awareness changed the course of my life. It didn’t take me off the path of my human experience, but it did add to the depth of my life. Through this awareness I remembered that all life is perfect and serves a purpose. This has allowed me to look into those dark places that lived inside of me, the shadow areas of self-judgment and condemnation. Not just to look at these areas of who I am, but to embrace them the same as I embrace the goodness of who I am.
The shadow areas have served to bring me some of the most profound lessons of my life. As I have sifted through these, I have found the outdated belief systems that had been the driving force of my life. While looking at these, I was able to forgive myself and those who chose to go through the experiences with me, sometimes playing the bad guy so that I could ‘feel’ at a level I would not have otherwise.
Even with this information, I found that I was holding myself back. I walked through the experience of my husband’s illness and death. At first I thought I had learned so much as I viewed many of the wasted moments we could have shared, places we postponed going to see. I felt that I had learned what was needed and then stepped back into my life, gradually allowing more and more in.
In is own way this is true. But it has been in just the last month that I saw I was holding myself back. I was still living on the sidelines of my life. I would put out an intention, a hope, a dream and when it came to me, I still was adding my old fears to what I was receiving.
As this thought struck me, I consciously made the decision to ‘”live” my life to the best of my ability. Now as I put out to the Universe what it is I want, and the Universe sends it back to me in ways that are far beyond my expectation, I say, “Yes!” instead of hesitating.
What I love is that through this journey I have had many friends and supporters tell me that I deserve my heart’s desire. As I brought messages of hope and belief in for others, these wonderful people have told me to love who I am as well as allow what I want in my own life to come true. And I have remembered to reach out to others when my fear has overtaken my joy. They have shared their words of wisdom and bolstered me the same as I do for many others.
If this message brings you anything, let it be to live your life to the fullest. When in fear or worry, reach out to those who love you. Listen when they tell you that you deserve the very best. As the Universe sends in your heart’s desire, know that you deserve it. Feel all of the love and joy this beautiful world has to offer you.
Yes, you are in the human condition, yet you can move past the old training and beliefs to allow your world to light up with love.
Falling back into an old pattern is so very easy to do. You take the steps that you are told will assist you in creating the life you choose to have. This is a matter of asking yourself what you really want to have and experience. What does it look like? What does it feel like? What has held you back from claiming it? What are your worries and fears?
As you sit with yourself asking these questions, formulating the answers, writing them down and allowing yourself to “feel” what it is you want, a little smile creeps onto your face. You become happy with yourself because you have designed a whole new experience.
Then WHAM! The old pattern creates itself again.
You feel the familiar essence of the pattern. This familiar essence lulls you into believing you have stepped into a new direction even when the red flags are throwing themselves in front of you so fast that if you don’t duck one is going to smack you in the head.
OK - slight exaggeration. But many times the truth is, when we have decided we want more in our lives than we have had, we do have false starts. We do attract in the same old thing only it’s brought to us in a way that seems different. This is neither good nor bad. It is only part of us becoming aware of how we create.
The key to this is becoming unafraid of looking at our patterns and why they are in place. What is in it for us? Is it there only because it has the comfortable feel of an old pair of slippers that you place on your feet and say, “Ah, now I am home.” You know how to keep them on your feet. You know where there is going to be an uneven spot and how to take the next step so that you do not topple over. Maybe these slippers are not as comfortable as you have led yourself to believe. Maybe they are shabby, worn out and do not give you the support you need.
How do you become aware of the old patterns that lull you back? (How do you notice that you are putting on that pattern again just like the familiar shabby slippers?) Start to become aware of your patterns: What are the themes? What have the messages been in your life? How is the pattern serving you? Notice the differences in how you respond to the patterns or, for that matter, the automatic responses that has come with time after time of creating them.
These patterns are due to a misled belief that this is what life looks and feels like. This belief was created early in your life, at a time when the patterns served and, at times, protected you. The patterns held you fast in the illusion that was established at those vulnerable times in your life. It is good to come to the understanding you are not that same person and you no longer need to hold the old protective comfort. There has been an opening to your awareness that says there is more for you out there. There is a much better life to be experienced and you deserve to have your heart’s desire. Don’t be afraid to let go of what you have known.
Be willing to take your emotional inventory. Hold a dialogue with yourself. Check in often with how you are responding to what you are creating. Do not judge yourself or any others that have stepped up to help you with this life lesson.
How to recognize old patterns:
- Whether it be a new person, location or job you find you go into an automatic response.
- You repeat old behaviors.
- You feel as if a part of you has shut down.
- You ignore the inner voice that goes through your mind that says, "Watch out, this feels familiar."
- You feel the anxiety, sadness, disconnect or other emotional response you had to the earlier life experiences that assisted in cementing in the pattern.
- You put your wants and needs into the background making due with what is there.
- You ignore or rationalize the red flags that pop up.
How to change the pattern:
- Stay present within yourself. Check in to see if what you are doing fits what you want in your life.
- Be willing not to judge yourself or anything or anyone else associated with the pattern. This is only a life lesson.
- Be willing to step out of your comfort zone.
- Continue taking self-inventory.
- Check in to see if the situation is benefiting your personal growth.
- Be willing to be uncomfortable. Growth stretches us past our comfort zones.
- Work with a trusted friend or guide. This is definitely something we can do together! Just email me email@example.com and we'll schedule a time to start shifting your old patterns and begin creating new ones that support the life you want.
It’s time to take off the old slippers and put on new ones. You do deserve a bright and shiny life!
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