The One We

As received by Charles Kouns. Note: This is a meditation practice for mornings, before you begin your day. The first section is knowing the union of the selves with the Higher Self in divine balance. The next is the knowing of your divineness, oneness with all of creation. The next is the movement into creating Day and imbuing it with your essence. You are divine. You are the Creator. What will you create for you and for all life?

We invite and welcome Our Divine Self into its rightful place on the throne. We acknowledge its wisdom, compassion, all-loving nature and glorious light, which bathes all of us in Divine Presence. In this, We are reconnected in harmonic alignment.

We rejoice in our reunion. It is the pause before the new day. We rejoice in this Divine Infusion into all Aspects of our Selves. We rejoice in the interconnected beauty of the Aspects, each an evolving creation of Divine Expression.

There is no me. Only We. WE am The One. The One is the We. We celebrate the Oneness of the Aspects of We.

Blessings upon blessings to all the Aspects of We being completely and wholly woven together in Divine Golden Light. We am complete, whole expressions of the joyous love of creation.

We precede this day with the declaration of our Divine Beingness – one and whole, available to the rest of the We that is all life, interwoven. We release golden waves of Divine Love into the One Life – that is all things manifest and unmanifest – and receive Divine Love being returned in recognition. It is our greatest joy to love and serve all of the infinite expressions of the Aspects of Creation.

All of Life, in all of its dimensions, is enriched immeasurably by this offering.  We acknowledge and accept its loving gratitude and receive its infinite blessings in this sacred loop that has no end.

It is the collective intention of We to be creating the new day. We see its space and imbue it with our essence. Into the space called Day, we breathe our heart. It is now a living space for the benefit of all life. We nurture its unfolding with all of our essence. We invite all life to contribute its essence in this living space called Day.

It is here all Aspects of the One We meet in the Divine Unfolding of all creation. As the Day breaks, all of the One We’s collective creative intentions are energized through Divine Love. The space called Day is filled with infinite possibilities, all of which will benefit infinitely the One We.

Photo by parinay clickers on Unsplash

Creating an Invitation into the Unknown

The Unknown, as some humans call it, can sound vast and potentially threatening. To many, it sounds like a place of Looming Destiny where their future is determined, and not by them.

Although the Unknown may generate fear and confusion, it is worthwhile to pause and ponder why. Perhaps the fear has its roots in how we collectively and culturally view this vastness—how we have been taught to hold it. 

It is necessary to address this. A different understanding of the Unknown will have a catalytic effect on what you do next on your planet.

Humanity is and has been in a cycle of creating from what it already knows; the purview of the conscious mind is to replicate what it knows, thus exacerbating the current issues humanity is grappling with.

Today, many humans are under the illusion that beneficial change comes from the mind, but the mind  usually creates from the same energies of separation. Creating in or from the Unknown essentially means (to most humans), releasing control to transcendent energies greater than yourselves. This subjects the egoic mind to a diminished role that is deeply threatening to it. Yet within this vast, uncharted, unfamiliar dimension called the Unknown pulsates a benevolent Source of Wisdom that can lead us forward into a joyful partnership in creation.

Some people more easily embrace the Unknown and understand its laws of energy, intention, and manifestation. However, enthusiasm for a path as ineffable as this can leave others behind and create obstacles or misunderstandings that prevent others from choosing to learn and participate. Especially when a path is presented as the only path, judgment can arise on both sides, thus creating more separation. 

Shouldn’t the invitation to journey into the Unknown be available to all? Perhaps a wise use of time right now, while people are more physically separated from each other, is to extend that invitation through a deeper exploration. Through connection with others’ needs, create a space for greater understanding out of which a warm, clear, and loving invitation can naturally arise.

When we sense into humanity’s flow into the future, we do this without attachments, without projecting embodied experiences from the past onto the future, and without human conditioning influencing what we see.

We can sense and see that humans are embedded in limited systems of thinking that greatly influence over what is considered possible. This greatly curtails your future possibilities.

We also see the fullness of humanity, not just certain aspects. Therefore, not being bound to patterns of predictability and forecasting, etc., we can hold an infinite number of possibilities as to how humanity might flow into its future.

The Unknown then becomes an invitation to enter into a space of infinite possibility, where a great Lovingness is holding an intention for humanity to exercise its collective free will in the direction of healing and growth for all life on the planet.

Imagine a group of 20 to 30 humans are sitting in an indoor space where they are safely and carefully creating suggestions for the future direction of their community. They make many suggestions and fill many sheets of paper with their ideas. When they take stock of their ideas, they all seem flat and uninspired. None of the ideas feel nourishing or generate a collective, “Yes!” They hold a subconscious feeling that they are not providing anything fresh. Even their meeting space feels confined and stuffy. They get frustrated with the facilitator because he too is leading them from what he already knows, not from anything truly new.  

Now imagine that while they have been inside getting frustrated and discouraged, many tractor trailers have pulled up outside and have dropped off hundreds of boxes, each full of new possibilities the group never considered.

Now imagine that a being—a loving presence—goes to their door and knocks. When they open it, this Loving Presence invites them outside. When they step out, they are stunned to see all the boxes—hundreds and hundreds of them in different shapes and sizes. The group’s energy totally shifts. They become curious and excited, eager to see and explore what the boxes contain. In their enthusiasm for discovering this Unknown, they leave behind their old ways of seeing and creating. Their past patterns of caution and fear no longer constrain them, now that they have engaged their innate curiosity. They trust that whatever they uncover will be for their benefit. They feel free—free to be surprised, to discover unique and unprecedented options, to choose what gives them life.

The Unknown is not so much an impenetrable mystery as it is a field of benevolent potential. There is a profound intelligence in the Universe, and it serves your best interests. This Truth has not been understood. Ponder this. Why has the Unknown seemed so fearful? Your past experiences and those of most humans have not included the profound teaching—the understanding—that to trust in and create from the Unknown brings renewal, joy, and nourishment of the heart.

Photo by Charles Kouns.

Your future: Which potential will you choose?

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Beloved Ones,

What do you see as you look toward your future? Does it feel unlimited, a great adventure? Does it feel unknown and uncertain? Do you think of your future in terms of doing, accomplishing, goals? Do you ever think about who you will be becoming?

Consider that your future is filled with potentials. That is all the future is: potentials waiting to serve your highest good. Just as you are granted and guaranteed free will, the potentials for your life are unlimited possibilities, and all are for your highest good. You are not used to thinking this way, but it is so important to understand this. Is it not a beautiful surprise that all of the potentials for your life exist for your highest good?

To understand the magnitude of this, please imagine a beautiful building the size of a city block, many levels high. Inside, this building is filled with shelves and on the shelves are millions of glass jars, each holding a single energetic possibility for your life’s highest good. Using your free will, you have the choice as to which potential is selected for the next moment of your life.

Now let us say that on one particular day, you are trying to decide whether to go visit your family who live halfway across the country.  Because of the COVID virus, you choose not to fly because you do not want to expose yourself and your family to the potential of getting the virus. As a result of not flying, imagine a section of the glass jars extinguishing instantly, for those choices or potentials are no longer relevant to your chosen future.

You decide you will drive, even though it will take two days. This means that innumerable potential outcomes are possible. The way you think, feel, and believe things might happen will affect your next set of choices.

Let’s say you do not have the best vehicle to drive and you are fearful that it will break down. The energy of fear now colors your choices, but the experiences that follow will still serve your highest good. Why do you think it is like this? If you are in fear, you activate the potential for the car to break down so that you can learn from the experience! Your highest good is to be free from fear. Fear always limits your possibilities and life wants you to live in freedom. Back to our analogy, with fear leading the way, a section of shelves holding the potentials of what might happen when your car breaks down really lights up!

Do you see now how what you think, feel, and believe affects your free will and how your free will choices then affect the potential outcomes in your life? In fact, everything you think, feel, and believe affects the potentials of your life.

You are the creator! Let us say this again, you are the creator! 

Every time you exercise your free will (which, by the way, includes allowing others to make decisions for you), an entirely new set of potentials is created. As everything is energy, these energetic potentials then reset based on each choice. Your experience of your choices influences your next set of choices and gradually you come to see the connections between thoughts, feelings, beliefs and the choices you make—and the connections between the choices you make and the experiences you have, all for your highest good. 

Such love surrounds you at every moment!

The future of your life, then, exists in a state of more! Not more wealth, more goods, bigger houses—although those could be outcomes of choices—but instead a future of energetic more—more richness of experience for your highest good.

As you are an eternal being choosing to incarnate, think of it as Morever! More growth, more healing, more wisdom, more compassion, more love, more light, more freedom. These are the gifts of the potentials awaiting you. What form they arrive in is of little consequence at the energetic level. No matter the form, everything that arrives in your life is for your highest good. Can you see this?

Let’s say you and your partner have just bought a large tract of land and you are holding the intention to care for it with all of your heart and energy. As you are speaking about the changes this is creating in your life, you recognize you will need a four-wheel-drive vehicle to help you take care of the land. Your partner states that their dream has always been to have a bright yellow four-wheel-drive vehicle of a certain make. You both laugh about it because it seems such a specific thing to be wanting. Then you go to bed, thinking nothing more of it.

The next morning you awake with a toothache. It’s so bad you go to see the dentist. During the chitchat at the end of the visit, your dentist tells you she is selling her four-wheel-drive vehicle and that it is bright yellow and the exact make your partner specified. You buy it right on the spot!

Now you get the thrill of going home and surprising your partner with the news. But understand, the joy is not from the form. It is from the alignment between your intention and what is delivered to you by life. The form is the manifestation for your highest good, for now you have more wisdom about how the process of growth and learning works at the energetic level.

There is no set future outcome. It is important to see this. The future is yours to create through your free will. What does exist for your future are untold potentials that are affected by how you think, feel, and believe. Look back and study events in your past to see how your future was affected by the choices you made. Spend time with this! Now ponder your relationship to your future. What is your vision for it? How do you, the creator, wish it to unfold?

The potentials for your life are always for your highest good. There is nothing to fear. You are loved beyond measure. Everything is an offering in love. Can you feel this connection?

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash.

The Natural Way to Hold a Child’s Presence

It is time to emerge a more natural way of holding a child’s presence on the earth. The previous way, developed through rational analysis and observation combined with a vision rooted in religious principles, has not served the health and vitality of life on earth.

This natural way of holding a child’s presence begins with recognizing and knowing why souls agree to incarnate on the earth. It is not to propagate the species, further lineages, create paths for the inheritance of wealth, or simply for two beings to have a child they can love. These are all limited views that stem from the old system.

The question to divine the answer to and what you must come to collectively agree on is, “Why does a soul incarnate on the earth?”  This requires much contemplation and listening.

Suffice it to say it is a sacred act, one to be celebrated and cherished, but for very different reasons than is believed by most of humanity today. If humanity were to hold each and every child as a sacred being, then this question would arise, “How do we create a complete, whole social system in which every child can thrive?” If it does not include every child, then society is not holding the lives of children as sacred. It is creating separation, saying some are sacred and others are not.

If humanity held that the children incarnating needed nurturing as sacred beings from their creation and birth all the way to their adulthood, then life on the planet and into the future would be completely new with many more possibilities for all life.

To hold this sacredness would also mean that the adults creating the family and those creating and holding community around them would be in a journey of transformation themselves. Everyone would be in learning, rather than in knowing what is best and telling children the answers. Listening would be greatly practiced.

All members of a community would then be involved in an unfolding of what it means to create sacred society for the emergence of all of its children. This would call forth deep courage and willingness to challenge and release judgments, angers, hurts, and structural complacency (repeating the old, over and over), so that healing and growth could occur. At the heart of this would be a movement away from disconnection and separation into oneness and harmony, holding all members of society, regardless of previously held beliefs, as conscious beings capable of birthing together a sacred society.

Children are the way to this for they are the universal path to the heart. When the heart opens, the bindings that have existed for so long cannot survive. They must fall away.

This is not just about building the sacred for the children. It is also about building the sacred with the children, for they hold the wisdom, innocence, and clarity of vision to speak the truth and lead those who listen into love and unity. This is their natural state. Their inclusion is necessary to the process.

So, we would like to suggest that you spend significant time envisioning a society that holds all children as sacred souls incarnated in human bodies. Open your hearts to understanding the current collective agreements around children, particularly the ones that do not serve their higher good. Ask yourself, “How large is my circle for children? What is my invitation to them? Do I hold them all as sacred beings or just a few or none at all?”

The more you honor and listen to their wisdom and their truthfulness, the greater the possibilities for children everywhere on the planet to exist as nourished and thriving beings.

Painting, The Circle Game, by Rachel Gillen, http://www.rachelgillen.com/.

What size is your circle?

Privilege is another word for access. It is a concept for manipulation of the ego. The creation of a society based on privilege creates a hierarchical ladder that people believe or are led to believe they must climb to be accepted or to have an easier life.

Privilege, however, is deeply at the core of much of humanity’s problems, particularly in highly developed countries. Marketers have spent billions of dollars over many, many years to weave privilege into the fabric of everyday life. And prior to that, it was woven into class structures that separated the few from the many.

When you live in a society so deeply rooted in privilege, you are involved in a funneling situation in which many gather but few actually pass through. It creates friction, jostling, compression, and maneuvering, and generally brings out the shadow. Society becomes bottlenecked as so many try to squeeze into a place held by very few.

Today, access to healthcare, access to money, access to higher paying jobs, access to education, access to comfortable travel, access to homes, access to safer neighborhoods, access to higher levels of government, are all restrictive as a result of the system of privilege. Society becomes inverted and this inversion squeezes the very life out of communities. Can you see this?

This is a concept of separation. It creates energies of shame, anger, frustration, distress, worry, to name just a few. Eventually it creates eruptions that force those privileged in society to look at the inequities in the system. All too often their response is to look at ways to open the gap just enough for a few more to pass through.

So we ask you this question, beloved ones: What size is your circle? This is a question before all of humanity today.

Is it the tiny size at the end of the funnel? Is your circle comprised of people who are just like you? Or is it constantly expanding to include people from all walks of life?

How many people have you invited into your circle recently?

How do you hold all of those who are not in your circle? Are they invisible? Are they seen as less than? Are they forgotten? Do they simply not matter? Have you left them to fend for themselves? Do you contribute to causes and then forget about those who your money is helping? We ask you again, what size is your circle?

Do you have a practice of growing your ability to hold others? We are not speaking of a physical practice, but an energetic one. It is possible to hold many millions more people than you can actually be with. This is the beginning of healing societies based in privilege.

Let us listen to the question of “What size is your circle.” Take a few moments to settle in and go into silence. Open your heart and ask to see the size of your circle. As you have a good heart, just be with whatever answer arises.

If you judge or move into blame, that does not serve you. Allow these to slip away without grasping hold of them. Stay quiet and listen for the present moment answer, nothing more. You may feel stories emerging in your heart of how you have played a role in separating society’s members. Just let the stories play and learn from the feelings they generate. Keep opening to what emerges. Stay in learning. Continue following any questions that arise until you feel you have a satisfied sense of clarity.

If you find there is room to increase the size of your circle, set an intention to do so. Even if you have no idea how to do it, just creating the intention opens many new possibilities. You don’t have to rush out and do anything physically. Instead, make it a daily practice to spend a few minutes with your intention to increase the size of your circle.

This will lead to untold possibilities.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

Time to sing: Releasing old collective belief systems

One of the most difficult aspects of the shift that is underway is the releasing of old belief systems. A major hindrance to the unfolding vision for the new future is disbelief that it will actually come about. Disbelief resides in individual hearts and in humanity’s collective heart. It’s like acid eating away at the edges of the totality of the wonder that is occurring.

Despite humankind’s relatively short time on the planet, human beings carry a level of defeat, depression, and distrust in each other that is disproportionate to life experience. This is because they also have cellular memory of past life experiences. The result can feel like pushing a boulder up a steep incline only to see it roll back down again; the exhaustion and sense of defeat can be overwhelming.

In culture after culture, generation after generation, this belief that life has always been and will always be a certain way has been perpetuated. It has become woven into a collective doubt in our ability to create something better.

During this transition, it is important for you all to recognize this and become vigilant in your practices to break this pattern. This is old, deeply rutted energy that has been building for many centuries, but its voice is only as powerful as the amount of attention you give it.

The easiest way to break this old pattern is to redirect your energy. Focus on your vision of a new world pattern. In meditation, either sitting or standing, ask your heart to reveal the world as it believes it should be manifested. Spend time listening and opening to what it has to say, as if you were holding up a precious jewel and examining its many facets. As various aspects are revealed, notice the emotions, inner language, and energetic stance you take toward it.

This is the moment where old patterns can be released, their hold on you broken. Just notice, without anger, judgment, blame, or other hook-like energies, what your heart is saying. Then ask yourself, “Do I want to continue to see life unfold as it is, or do I wish to see the birth of this vision in my heart here on earth?” There is no need to entertain the doubts that might arise. Just answer the question simply and honestly. Is the vision in your heart calling you?

Stay present to the vision and allow it to fill you. Some days will be easier than others. Let the energy it creates within you grow. It will shift the negative belief system without any other effort if you do this on a regular basis.

Soon enough you will feel a new voice, with a new confidence, as if you were watching a beautiful plant mature within you.

Another help is to decrease the amount of access you give to external voices of doubt and fear and increase your time with kindred spirits who share or support your vision. This will feed new possibilities for your vision, just as elements of your vision will feed theirs.

Be kind to yourself in this process. You are breaking a very old, very established pattern.

Try creating a short mantra you can recite over and over, such “I believe the unbelievable,” or “My vision is my reality,” or another phrase that connects you to your inner vision and helps you stand more grounded within it.

Each day your new belief system prevails you create more room for your vision to grow, both inside yourself and across the earth. Be courageous. We are there beside you. We are sending energy to support you. You are the light of the new world.

Photo of a Carolina wren by Charles Kouns.

In the coming months…

Blessings Dear Ones,

We would like to speak to you of the next several months. This time is not going to be easy. All of your efforts to bring about a great shift on the planet are having a tremendous effect. But the effect also is creating pressure on those who are invested heavily in the current system and feeling vulnerable. They have begun to resist with greater energy.

This coming time will be marked by many decisions you will find confounding. Great swirls of energy will be gathering and then unleashed to try and maintain the previous way of life.

It is important that any fear you experience not become your focus. This period is a part of the process of the uplift that is occurring. Hold your intention for the new arising.  This will be what best serves humanity and all life on the planet. Work in all the ways you know to let any fear go.

It is as if all of your collective efforts have created a great compression and those vested in the old patterns are reacting. This is their attempt to protect and regain the hold they once had. Let us say this again, they once had.

The events of the few past weeks as well as those to come are also demonstrating the significant amount of energy that has been pent up as a result of repeated experiences of disconnection created by the old, ingrained beliefs and patterns. They are much like a dormant volcano that can no longer be contained and their release may be quite fear-giving, but each eruption is necessary for greater healing.  These may come in your own life and collectively as fractals, as they are of the same energy.

In these coming moments, the shadow energies that have been dominating will be more sharply and fully exposed. This will bring greater clarity around the energies that do not contribute to the transformation. It will help shake the foundations of those who are not yet paying attention and thus invoke in them the courage to make new, life-affirming choices for everyone that they were not able to make before.

Hold them in your prayers, for everyone is in the process of transformation. Hold all people in love and compassion and see them opening their arms to the growing light. This will be no time to judge the choices you cannot understand or accept, but instead to stand in the knowing, that they too, are divine beings who are being called to the new awakening.

In these times, continue your own journey of growth and healing. Spend time facing and releasing old patterns, beliefs and energies. Keep discovering your inner light and beauty so there is always more to share with the world.  Know that what you are going through personally is occurring on many, many levels.

Consider this an invitation for the foreseeable future. Hold the vision of a new, benevolent world. Release fear. On a daily basis, affirm the intention for a collective, unified choice to shift. Stand rooted in your inner strength, even if it seems the whole world is shaking. Move softly and gently. Cherish one another. Keep building circles of compassion and love. Invite others to join. Listen to your hearts, trust your intuition.

Sow light everywhere.

Photo by Harshal Desai on Unsplash

When threads stick out

Have you ever noticed a thread sticking out from the fabric or knit that it’s part of? Threads are meant to be spun or woven with other threads to create something newer, stronger, and more beautiful than one thread alone. When you see one sticking out, what is the first thing you want to do? Pull it! But if you do, you can wreak havoc on that section of the garment or blanket. The cloth bunches up and the harmony is broken. The alternative of poking the thread back into place works sometimes, but usually not very well or for very long.

Ego is the thread that sometimes sticks up like a skyscraper above the rest of the cloth, doing its best to be seen and, possibly, to prove to the rest of the threads that it is different, better, something more than they are.

Then the universe brings out its scissors and trims the errant ego enough to smooth the fabric back into alignment. This trimming is evidence of a loving presence at work in your lives, even though it may not feel that way at the time.

Can you feel a resistance to this message rising up within you? You may have been taught that you are separate and that the more you achieve, the more you stand out or become unique compared to whatever is deemed “normal,“ the more significant you are. Imagine what would happen if all the threads in a garment decided to stick out? There would be no garment!

This is, in effect, what has happened within your society. For each action of ego is to separate. This requires significant amounts of energy and creates tremendous resistance. Do you hear this? Separating to be different, to be “somebody,“ creates resistance throughout the field. Can you feel how much resistance exists within your society?

No two snowflakes are the same, but they are all still snowflakes. You are all eternal beings, completely and wholly connected energetically. You are beautiful as you are. When millions of snowflakes are piled one on top of another, you cannot distinguish them from each other, but what a beautiful scene they make! How gently the earth is watered and cared for as they melt.

You are known by God. Therefore, the only impression you are seeking to make is with other human beings. Relax. You are far more precious on the inside than you know. There is nothing to prove. When you all gather your preciousness together, the weaving is incredible.

During the time of trial over the past few weeks, something incredible has happened over and over again. All across the globe, people have been weaving new patterns of life-giving energy; cooperating, harmonizing, and aligning through love. The resistance that requires so much energy has been greatly lessened as you have focused together on protecting, healing, and caring for each other.

Sense into the energetic before the quarantine, and then into the energetic during the quarantine. Given the choice, and you have the choice, how will you thread your way going forward as this period draws to a close?

A love letter to Lightworkers

Beloved Ones,

Are you rejoicing these days? Are you finding a lightness in your steps?  Is there a new song beginning to bubble in your heart? Are you sensing an increase in the energy pulse of the earth? Are you awakening to the greater vitality bathing you?

Rejoice!

For the sum of
your collective intentions;
the continuous hours of inner work year after year;
all the times you said, “I am back in this again?”
the embracing of your true identity as an eternal being and the subsequent shift from mind and will to heart and intuition;

For the sum of
your many hours of prayers, affirmations and chants;
your generous sharing of your insights, wisdom, and revelations;
all the times you have faced ridicule, cynicism, disbelief, derision, denial, been misunderstood, misrepresented, pigeon-holed, abused, and STILL listened to your inner voice and stood in your belief of a New World for all;
the hours you have searched in the darkness for the direction into the Light you knew was there;
your commitment to never give up – no matter how insurmountable the tasks before you seemed;

For the sum of
your fierce stewardship on behalf of the natural world;
your compassion, love, and endless offerings to care for others;
your efforts to be a witness for change;
your creative labors to bring life-giving energy into form;
the opening of your hearts to new possibilities;

For the sum of
your hours of listening in stillness;
your willingness to stand in the fire of your own egoic extinction;
your gatherings of spiritual celebration;
your authentic expressions of gratitude each day;

For the sum of
all of these has brought the world to this momentous hour!

Let us repeat this last phrase with even greater emphasis:

The sum of all of your acts of love and much, much more has brought the world to this momentous hour.

It is as if each of you has served as a single drop of water, bonding together collectively to bring great pressure on a monolithic concrete dam. You have gathered together and through your collective intention and ensuing choices and activities, the great dam is cracking, breaking apart.

The energy you feel now is just the beginning of that release!

So we say, Rejoice! Revel! Celebrate! Receive the new energy pouring into your being.  See the role you have been playing, for it is MIGHTY!

Pondering vs. thinking: Which leads to more nourishing choices?

In the next moment, what will you choose? The next choice is always before you. It is a gift.  Do you realize this?

We celebrate this gift with you, for contained within a single choice are infinite possibilities. You always have choice. Let us say this again. You always have choice. It is always available in the next moment.

When you awaken each morning, are your first thoughts about the possibilities that choice will offer you that day?  Or are they about the list of items your previous day’s choices have created for you? Were the previous choices made from a higher consciousness or were they made mechanistically or without conscious intention? Are those previous choices bringing you nourishment or are they offering something less appetizing?

You can choose nourishing choices by pondering. Pondering is the pause or moment before choice where you open your heart to hold as many possibilities as you can through listening for what your heart truly wants or knows is the direction you want to set for yourself. It is the pause before choosing—a pause that can set in motion many future events.  If you do not pause to ponder, then you may choose based upon other voices and teachings that have nothing to do with you and everything to do with the choices others want you to make.

Pondering is your friend. It is a quiet space where you get to listen to “you” and what it is that you truly desire. It is the place where just your own voice resides and has permission to be heard. It is fresh air filling your lungs with your own vitality.

How many times have you told yourself or someone else that you had no  choice?  At that moment, were you saying that the choices you previously made have left you no choice in this next moment? Or is it possible you are saying that you have no choice because you believe you have given your right to choose away to others and they have chosen for you?

Remember, you always have choice. If you feel you are involved in a space where you have no choice, stop and ponder whether any of the questions above are active in your sense of immobility. For feeling you have no choice is, in fact, a belief that you cannot go in any other direction than the one you see before you. Often attached to this belief are feelings of resignation, frozenness, sadness, a depletion of energy, and fear.

These are all signs that your heart is asking you to stop and ponder what you are believing and experiencing. A choice from the heart will bring a sense of release, a sensation of forward movement, happiness, curiosity, and joy. It will offer a knowing of YES!

You were taught to “Think before you act.” That old phrase focused on using your head, which makes choosing much more confusing because your head is where others have planted their voices and their choices. Try replacing “Think before you act”  with “Ponder before you choose.” If pondering choices becomes your active state, you are setting into motion a new pattern for your life where your intuition and your heart lead your choices and your head plays a supportive role, not a dominant one.

You are a spiritual being, naturally creative, naturally loving, naturally beautiful. You are capable of making astounding choices that can free you from the confinements you are experiencing. The more consciousness you bring to your choices, the greater the possibilities that will surround you. So we ask, “In the next moment, will you ponder before you choose?”

Photo by Charles Kouns.