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.

If humanity held that the children incarnating needed nurturing as sacred beings throughout their creation, birth, and until it was sensed they no longer were forming, 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.

Do not emulate

Note: The first part of this message woke me with a sense of urgency at 2:30 a.m. I buried my head in my pillow and said, “I’ll do it in the morning!” but phrases kept coming throughout the night. At 6:30, I began to write. 

Do not emulate. Let us repeat this. Please, do not emulate. Emulation is the denial of your beautiful energetic signature. It is replacing it with that of another. Can you see this?

There have been many voices throughout your life that have expressed a knowing that you are less than, that you do not measure up, that if you just tried harder you would be someone. While this is not in any way true, over time the repetition and the intensity of these messages takes a toll, particularly when you are young and so impressionable or, should we say, imprintable. Also, these same voices offer up others as examples of who you should be. In effect, they are saying, in a very persuasive way, that your energetic signature is not as valuable as another’s.

And if these voices weren’t enough, there are entire systems that have been created to teach you to emulate. Ponder this. They can seem so large and credible that they make you feel small and of little worth. So, from many different directions, great pressure is being exerted upon humanity to emulate, because acceptance and a confirmation of  the choice to be a lesser self are lauded. It becomes easy to say to yourself, “I will emulate who they want me to.” Do you feel sadness when you hear this decision being made? Emulation is an embracing of the illusions of safety, belonging, the known, the predictable, instead of an embracing of the adventures of the Unknown, which is where you can truly meet your fullness.

If you live in emulation of another or even aspects of others, it is as if you are holding up a mirror and instead of seeing yourself, you see another or aspects of others forming a composite image of “you.” You have chosen to be a copy of another, and in that choice you are walking beneath your true self and placing others above you. Emulation requires a tremendous amount of energy to maintain.

To live in alignment with your true self requires that you be awake to the allure of emulation.

If you could only see the inner beauty of your being, the completeness that you are, the joyfulness that your song creates, the imprint that your true presence leaves, you would choose not to emulate. You are an original! We rejoice at your presence on the planet at this time.

Emulation is the denial of who you truly are. So we ask you to consider exploring within yourself whether you are expressing your true self or whether you have decided to emulate others – fully, or in part. Are there systems that have persuaded you to let go of your own inner light in favor of others’ ways of doing things? Remember, you have been trained to emulate from an early age. It has become second nature to you to watch, assess, listen for, and see where others are being “something” and you are not.

So if you choose to begin a practice of this exploration, your eyes will not only be opened to the aspects of others you have chosen to adopt. They will also be opened to the magnificent aspects of you. It takes courage and persistence to shake off the old teachings, the insistent voices, the systems that seek to entrain you, but you can do this. Hold to your intention to express the full beauty of who you are.

You already are the answer they are telling you to seek elsewhere.

Photo by Charles Kouns.

Join in the weaving

While humanity is under global physical separation orders, what a wonderful time to exercise creativity! All over the world, stories are emerging of people and communities breaking their daily patterns of behavior to create new ways to connect with one another—ways that create hope, light, joy, and an energetic heart-to-heart warmth. Individuals too are creating new ideas, projects, courses, etc., to feed the creative impulses that are surfacing now. These impulses to create are always present, but in “normal” times they often lie buried beneath the consequences of earlier choices.

Celebrate this current outpouring of creative action, for it is opening many new waves of possibility. It is generating an unprecedented level of openness and kindness, compassion and loving energy. We encourage each person to listen within for what is calling them to participate in growing this wave.

For you see, as these actions increase, there is a weaving occurring energetically on the global level. A new blanket of vitality is being woven and is being wrapped around the Earth. It is an energy that cannot and will not be affected by fear. In fact, it is so vital, it is making it more difficult for fear to be as pervasive as it could be.

Each creative act, whether singular or collective, is a statement that fear will not rule this period of human existence. The more people participate exercise their creativity, the louder and stronger that statement becomes.

For within the act of creativity is boundlessness. There is a state of generous exploration that creates alternate realities and possibilities from the current perceived realities and limited possibilities now occurring on Earth.

It is good to remember that the current realities are simply an old weaving that was created by your ancestors. And while some of it is strong and beautiful, much of it is old, frayed, and falling apart. You could say it has grown moldy with fear, greed, anger, hate, distrust, and many other suffocating energies that humans are living beneath. You have heard the term, “wet blanket.” This is what much of current reality is for people, energetically.

But the current worldwide disruption, a shared fate that is not political, cultural, territorial, or racial, has offered an opportunity to throw off the current weaving and create a new one. Even if it is lifted for only a few moments again and again, it all adds up to make a wonderful difference.

So we say to all of you, “Connect to your heart’s voice.” Ask your heart what expressions it wishes to make in the new world that is emerging. How would it like to express any long-quieted yearnings that live within you? Do not judge or second-guess your heart. Simply respond and enter into its magical energies where time ceases, reality changes, and nourishment abounds. Fear cannot live inside this energetic space.

So whatever creative expression comes forward each day, be bold, take courage and most importantly, free yourself to take the step inward and outward. Pour your love and joy into every moment. Then, if it feels right, share it with others. Do not worry about what might happen or how it might be judged. Who knows? You may be passing the thread to another person who will join in the weaving of this new, life-giving blanket for all of life on Earth.

Photo by Charles Kouns.

Being peaceful

Image of lake with a smooth calm surface.

Peace is a confusing word for most humans, as it has so many different layers of meanings. Often associated with it are difficulty, striving, or despair. 

These are attached because of past experiences, traumas, failed attempts, confinements, etc. It is energetically on the planet a big word with a lot of heavy energy surrounding it. In many cases, peace has become something external that a human or humans strive for rather than being experienced as an inner state of balance, harmony and nourishment.

Perhaps, being peaceful is perhaps an easier word for it brings things into a more personal realm. Peace full. Full of peace. It evokes deep breath‘s, a quiet waterfall, soft breezes that are pleasant to the skin, the sounds of birds, a strong steady heartbeat among other things. In this state, there is nothing from the exterior pushing inward. It is fullness within, where there is no room for anything else. 

This is a heart-centered state of being. It does not involve the mind. In fact it gives permission to the mind to let go of all of its endeavors and become like the surface of a placid lake – a mirror for the sky, for expansiveness – for silent clouds being moved by the wind, not working to move themselves through the air. It evokes lightness for the mind and soft, gentle silence that feels restorative and open.

The invitation to be peaceful is always present and always possible. As one begins to live ever more sweetly in this state, the lives of others that surrounds one will also carry more of these qualities. For you are all connected to each other.

Nature is always beckoning you to be peaceful, offering a rhythm of movement with days, seasons, patterns that intoxicate and offer healing, rest, re-energizing. Even in the heaviest of storms, one can isolate the sounds, the feel of the wind, the movement of energy and enter a quiet place of joy at being so fully alive.

The rhythm of peaceful always begins with breath; with an aligning consciously with the earth’s air as it enters in and out, exchanging the exhausted, the no longer needed, the toxins, for the nourishment, the calm. After each exchange, the air offers these used-up energies to the earth who digests them and through her trees and plants releases them back into the air whole and healthy again.

The breath is the invitation, the opening of the door to breathe in earth’s life giving energy and live in exchange with the natural world. 

Peacefulness surrounds, always asking for presence, a bringing of all of a human’s senses to the moment, and then another moment, and another, until a chain of moments have been formed and infused with harmony, delight, wonder, and stillness.

Do not strive. Just be. Just notice. Sense. Release. Breathe. Open. Relax. Fill.

Photo by Charles Kouns.