The flowers are in bloom. The grass is greener. The warmer temperatures and extra sunshine does wonders for our moods(yay Spring is here!). Mother nature grows bountifully and beautifully, and seeing such splendor reinforces the abundance in our lives. However, we don’t have to wait for spring to live abundantly. We can experience abundance every single day. We must follow the example of nature. It is connected to every living thing. Nature is supplied with what it needs, and it then supplies the needs for all of Earth’s inhabitants.
Living connected to our Source, allows us to be connected to everything in the same way. That connection, fosters the growth of one another and this beautiful planet that we share.
Connection, is understanding. It is an awareness that, just as nature’s needs are met, so will ours. Connection is, give and it shall be given.
Just as the trees create the oxygen that enters your body, the breath that leaves the body, cleanses the body of toxins and stress, and fosters the growth of the trees. This process, reciprocity is repeated all throughout nature. It ensures balance and renewable resources. This law of nature, law of creation, allows for living things to be healthy and provided for.
Many can and will argue that the laws of nature are flawed. Are they really flawed? Could it be, that it is our perception that is flawed? The answer to that question, is obviously, yes.
Humans see the world through the lens of themselves. Pretty egotistical, right? Yeah, I know. Especially, when you think about how old the planet is in comparison to how old you are, one would stand to reason, that you couldn’t possibly view the world this way, but, I digress.
Viewing the world in this way gives us the assumption that there are flaws in nature, because of the flaws we see in ourselves. The perception that we are flawed comes from us making comparisons between ourselves and others. The comparisons, bring about competition, which can be healthy, but usually inspires the belief of scarcity or lack.
This mindset of lack, inspires greed, over consumption, and poverty. These play out in the physical but they begin in the mind. Overcoming the belief in lack, allows us to spiritually accept that we were meant to live abundantly. King David, spoke of this truth when he stated, “ The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside still waters.” David was sure to mention green pastures and water in the plural because he understood that it was his right as a human, that was called into “being” by something obviously, more supreme than himself, to be provided for. He understood this because of his observations in nature itself. He later states in Psalm 37:25 “ I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his children begging for bread.” David was able to make the connection. He was able to understand that nature remains perpetually in balance by each living thing being interdependent.
This interdependence, is a relationship, that must be acknowledged and nourished. It is by connecting with the Source of all that we are able to really live in the fullness of this complete and abundant love. We are divinely guided, and our worries and fears become fewer and fewer. We become the selves that we were created to be. It is the right of every living being to have what it needs to live a fulfilling life. It is more than enough if we choose to connect and share.
You tell your kids everyday that they can be anything they want to be. You grit your teeth and tell them that they are great, and that the world will think they are great, too. Inside, you weep, knowing that it is a lie. The world you know is full of mean-spirited people that are going to destroy this beautiful little light that is standing in front of you. You know because it happened to you.
We all heard the same story growing up and, somewhere along the way, things changed. We fell and it hurt so bad that we couldn’t get up. The thought of trying again, just to fall, was too painful. So we laid there. We found a safer bet and we took that. We left the great stuff to the people that were great. We watched them achieve all the things we couldn’t and wondered why we were different. What was wrong with us? Why are we so screwed up? What did they have that we didn’t? We thought long and hard. Eventually, we drummed up some very legitimate excuses for why we didn’t succeed and we settled for that. We were satisfied with that explanation. It gave us a sense of peace, for a while.
At some point in our journey, we discovered that the legitimate excuses that we seemed so content with, weren’t a source of peace anymore. They became a loud, nagging voice inside. Constantly reminding us of our failures and how we could’ve pushed ourselves a little harder. The voice even has the nerve to tell us that it’s not too late. We can still do it. We can get up. We question ourselves and ponder again the idea. Maybe this time it will be different. It sure could be. But is there a guarantee of success this time? The answer is no. There is no guarantee, but you will never know success without failure, so you’re kinda halfway there. You were made for success, but you must be prepared for it.
Have you ever seen a table not perform in the manner of a table? No, of course not. You have never seen it and you won’t, because it was designed and created to function as a table. This is the same for you. You were created with a purpose in mind. You were conceived in the mind of a Great Intellectual Force of Good. You were made with the best of what your parents had to give. It does not matter whether you think that you might have legitimate excuses to not be who you could be, or to not do what you could do. The truth is, you are not the only one with legitimate excuses. Many before you had them, yet they persevered in spite of them. Let’s explore a few; you may know them:
All of us have legitimate reasons as to why we are not living on purpose. Your reasons are different from mine, but the same fears drive them. We fear reliving the pain of defeat. We fear looking silly in front of everyone. We know that the people we care the most about, have doubts about our success. They expect us to fail. That realization alone hurts worse than failing.
But let me tell you a secret: Those same people, that attached failure to you and your dream, failed before. They stopped believing in themselves, they stopped dreaming. You came along with all these aspirations; all of these big, scary dreams. They were so big, they scared them, too. They scared them so bad that they decided that your dreams were impossible, because theirs had been impossible. So, you are destined to fail, just like them.
The truth is, fear is natural. Fear keeps us from danger. But it is also natural to dream. It is what makes us who we are. It is our divine right. Our dreams are the key to creation. They are supposed to be scary, because you have the ability to create something amazing. Something that will change what we call reality. With that being said, sometimes you will fail, and fail, and fail. The thing about failure, is you never fail the same way. It may look the same, but it never is the same. That is the blessing of failure. There is a lesson in every single failure. You gain knowledge, wisdom, and experience with every single failure. You get stronger. You get better. It prepares you for success.
It is in each failure that we discover the strength of our dreams. I hope today that you - like all of them before you that were counted out, that tried and failed - will get back up again. I hope you try again. I hope you try until you succeed. Because whether you know it or not, you are the world’s soul-lution.
There comes a time in all our lives when we feel as if something is missing. Something indescribable, but too essential to who we are, for us to forget what it is. For some, this happens early, but for many who are just now(or have not yet) reached this point, it has taken many years. This piece, that is seemingly non-existent to some of us for so long, begins to feel as if it was always with us, but still distant somehow.
This feeling is one of the most natural things you can experience. In a way, it’s a bit like being homesick. And much like when you’re feeling homesick, what you’re missing and longing for is a connection. Instead of the connection you’re longing for being one with a family member or friend, the connection you seek is a connection with God.
A common misconception about our Father is that, while he does love all his children, he only speaks to a “Special few” of us. This is one of the biggest logical fallacies that we humans have convinced ourselves is true. The truth is, he speaks and wishes to connect with all of us, but we often tend to ignore him.
This is sometimes completely subconscious, and in some cases(mine for example), it’s a bit more complicated. Some people have a stronger link or channel to receive things from the other side. We hear him and a lot of other things more clearly and at first, for some of us, it can be very overwhelming so we physically do everything we can to ignore it. While it is understandable, the best advice anyone struggling with their gift in this way can receive is to simply just stop fighting it. Because it only becomes stronger as you try to ignore it. Why? Well it’s actually pretty easy to understand why.
Usually, you start out blocking it subconsciously. Then, your subconscious begins to wear down trying to fight it off(or, for the really hard headed ones like myself, someone else tells you to stop fighting). Once this happens it only comes through clearer, because you can no longer deny what you hear or feel. Any further struggling after this point becomes physical.
At this point, you can’t deny that it’s real, but you’re just not ready to accept it, so you distract yourself and do everything in your power to ignore it. This can cause mental stress and
disturbances around you because your energy is thrown off due to you struggling. Take it from someone who spent years doing that, it’s not fun, and is probably not the best course of action.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, “What does any of this have to do the feeling you described at the beginning?”. Well, the feeling I mentioned, is sort of like the start of this chain reaction for many. If what I’ve said is a bit complicated, or a bit convoluted, here’s a simple analogy, that is even more relatable than the feeling I brought up at the beginning. Our acknowledgement, and road to acceptance that we can hear our Father speaking to us, is much like someone trying to wake you up on a bad morning and you simply just not wanting to get out of bed. Its frustrating for both parties, wastes time, and most of all, sets everyone back. In short, don’t do it. The reason we hear Him is because, He wants to co-create with us and make the world a better place through all of us. The benefit of this agreement to co-creation is that, listening will almost always relate closely with being rewarded.
Jared Jackson is the eldest son of Gianni Pace. He is an aspiring writer.
Healing, like all things in life, is a process. It is not always instant. Healing comes down to being ready to accept it. Yes, it is again a decision that is within our power to make.
It is a choice of peace over pain. Healing comes through understanding. When we understand all of the what’s and all of the why’s and can interpret all of the how’s, we are able to accept the lesson and begin the healing process.
So, what is the healing process? It is a series of stages:
We must understand the truth about who we really are, we are divine. Divine in every sense of the word. We originate from a being of pure love, joy, beauty, intelligence, ecstasy and creativity. We have inherited all these qualities and on our best days we exhibit them. At our worst, we show our darkness, our shadow selves, that we created when we forgot who we were. We created this being that is separate from ourselves as a representation of our darkest qualities and desires. Envy, greed, blood lust, hatred, anger, fear, and strife are qualities of this representative.
Some call this darkness, this shadow self, the ego, the devil, etc. They all operate from the same negative energy, the same frequency, and fear is the root. Fear drives humans into darkness, we began to be suspicious of those we care about, of making changes to our lives, changes that we know would allow us to become happier, more fulfilled people, we avoid responsibility, we avoid things that we believe will cause discomfort, all because we are scared. This leads to unhappiness and negative thinking, which shows up in our lives.
The ugliness, that has become our current reality, we are all contributors to it. We make contributions to this horror, every time we choose fear over understanding, fear over compromise, fear over peace, fear over love, fear over happiness. We contribute to the dis-ease of society when we choose pain over peace. We can combat this enemy, we can win against this monster, but we must choose our weapons wisely.
The only way to defeat this darkness, is to first understand that it is a common enemy. We all must contribute to its destruction in the same way we contributed to its construction. When we choose to love instead of hate, make peace instead of war, understanding over confusion, we are contributing to its destruction. But the battle is not fought in the tangible world(or realm) that this negative persona(or false image that we have of ourselves)takes form and shows itself most in our lives, but it is inside every single one of us. We must engage in battle with this darkness in ourselves first, slay the beast within and eventually that reality will show up in our lives and our world.
Acceptance of our responsibility to make ourselves better will in turn make the world better. Acceptance of our true divine nature, our true beauty of our own souls will bring about a transformation on Earth. We must choose this reality for the sake of ourselves and our future.
We must accept the truth, about ourselves and our connection to one another, and our Source. This is the one path to which all paths lead. Embrace the truth, accept your freedom. Wake up humanity.