All is in divine order and timing

“Faith is the bird that feels the light
and sings when the dawn is still dark.”
Rabindranath Tagore

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally impatient in everything to reach the end without delay. We should like to skip the intermediate stages where we are, impatient to being on the way to something unknown, something new. And yet it is the law of all progress that it is made by passing through some stages of instability and that it may take a very long time. And so, I think it is with you. Your ideas mature gradually. Let them grow. Let them shape themselves without undue haste. Don’t try to force them on as though you could be today what time, that is to say, grace and circumstances, acting on your own good will, will make of you tomorrow. Only God could say what this new spirit gradually forming within you will be.

“Give yourself the benefit of believing that the Divine hand is leading you. And accept the anxiety of feeling yourself in suspense and incomplete.
Teilhard de Chardin

All is in Divine Order and Divine Timing. There is a rhythm and rhyme for all that we experience. If we just allow ourselves the opportunity to slow down and go within and listen to the Silence that is there, there we will see the bigger picture; there we will find the answer to our questions; there we will know that we are Good/God; there we will know that we are held in the Embrace; there we will know that All is well; there we will become comfortable with the Unknown. For the truly creative lies beyond what is known.

The still, small voice within is your most trustworthy ally. Learn to really listen to your most significant other, that is, this still, small voice within. Learn to listen to your Self.  Then you will know when, how, and even if you need to act at all.

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.Ecclesiastes

Meet your Freedom Zone

Welcome to the latest wave of *Fika for Your Soul*!

Let me set the stage. At the time I’m writing this, we’re gearing up to Christmas. Some will celebrate massively, others not so much. I fall in the latter category. By choice.

For me, the Christmas and New Year season is an opportunity to rest, to create space, to catch-up, to prepare for the new year. Living in a different country than my family, there’s always a balancing between traveling to visit family and friends (which will be full-on), or wishing my friends and family Merry Christmas from afar and carving out some much needed time and space for rest and recharge.

My decision and choice not to see family over Christmas used to come with heavy feelings of guilt. I know my parents would love me to visit, yet they respect my need and desire to take a break during Christmas. So, I’ve learned not to feel guilty about my choice. Instead of Christmas, I visit them in Nov/Dec and then again in Jan/Feb, when the madness and leftovers from the holiday season are long gone.

So, what’s this thing about ‘Freedom Zone’? What is it, and what it may look like?

I’ll tell you in a minute.

As you may have gathered, my top value – my main motivation – is FREEDOM. I feel a deeply rooted peace, and my whole being is sighing with relief when I connect with the energy of freedom and what it means to me.

The pull towards freedom doesn’t come from a need to escape or run away from things. The motivation runs deeper than that, beyond any surface level challenges or opportunities that may present themselves in my life. It’s on the soul level.

I believe that there are two landscapes to freedom: the INNER and the OUTER.

…The INNER landscape contains the building blocks that help us in the external world. It contains characteristics and strengths. Understanding how we perceive our sense of freedom internally can equip us with most of what is needed to be a great leader in life.

…The OUTER landscape is our lived experience of freedom. If we understand our map to freedom, and what it means to us, then we have a map to help us navigate life. 

“Inner and outer freedom exists when we have access to what makes us tick. When we have a framework in place that supports our growth, evolution, and explorations in life.

My version of freedom…?

Mmm…it includes having the freedom to choose, to be who I am, to take responsibility for who I am, to be curious, and to operate beyond constricting boundaries and expectations – mine and others.

You see, FREEDOM fires me up. It makes me want to take action, to change, to grow, to evolve. It connects me to instinct and deeper wisdom, to inspiration, awareness, and autonomy. It expands my perspective and it keeps me on my toes.

So, what’s a ‘Freedom Zone’?

A Freedom Zone is a space for exploration and expansion. We all have one.

If you’ve never thought about it before, this is a chance to get acquainted. If the concept is new to you, I invite you to sit with the question, “What does my Freedom Zone look like?”.

What’s coming to you?

There are no right or wrong answers. Only what matters to you.

Some of you will know that the theme for me this year is ‘showing up fully’. This means having the confidence, clarity, and courage to walk my talk, to walk my own path.

When I do this, I know that I’m in my Freedom Zone, the zone where I’m in alignment, in balance, and where I experience meaning, fulfilment, and deep joy.

I’ve got 30+ years of experience from business operations in the high-tech electronics industry. About 15 years ago I recognised that something was missing. I was living my life based on other people’s ideas, not my own. I gave myself permission to explore my Freedom Zone. I’ve learned what it looks like and what makes it ‘hum’. My Christmas break is part of this. Taking it one step further and actually living in it has been a great pleasure over the last 15 years.

Rediscovering and consciously sculpting and cultivating my Freedom Zone is a continuous journey. The purpose of knowing what your Freedom Zone looks like is to help you stand strong in what you care deeply about and who you are in this phase of your life. It doesn’t have to have a focus on spirituality. Your Freedom Zone is your Freedom Zone, no matter what it looks like.

My wish for you is that you’ll take the opportunity to explore what your Freedom Zone looks like, so that you can live your life with confidence, clarity, and contentment, and be fully connected to all that you are.

Until next time…

..from my soul to yours,

Maria


*Fika for Your Soul* is about connecting with inspiration from everyday situations and conversations. It’s about discovery, reflection, leaning into, and stretching beyond…how we may see, understand, and express freedom, exploration, and leadership (among other things), all in the context of our daily lives. Fika (pronounced ‘Feeka’) is Swedish for taking a [coffee/tea] break.

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A transmission of Perfect Love

Love is the primordial force that draws all of creation together and maintains the great web of relationship. This Love is experienced in countless ways from the cohesion of subatomic particles to human interconnections to the gravity that supports the vast galaxies in a spiral dance.

One could say that Love is like the in-breath of Spirit, gathering and commingling the elements of Creation in the lungs of God. One could equally say that Love is like the out-breath of Spirit, expelling its very self as substance into the world of form and matter, for the great activity of the One includes the entirety of possibilities.

It is the out-breath into appearances of difference and diversity that facilitates the beautiful possibility of the in-breath, of the return and certain homecoming of self-realization. In the breath, Divinity comes to play and experience all aspects of unity through all possible arrangements, and this journey deepens and answers the Original Wish to be fulfilled.

The greater Love in its perfection, Perfect Love, stands above all ideas of Love, beyond the conditional and even unconditional forms of Love, and holds the experiences of a seeming separation equally with the triumphant return to Oneness.

The invitation to all beings who would know themselves truly is to be whole enough to allow the sum total of experience, and thereby discover that they are the all of it, for they are, you are, and we are Love Itself.

Releasing all of the limitations that have been placed on Love, and ourselves, through conceptualization, come to rest in the bliss of being Perfect Love. And, finally, in this state of acceptance and awakeness, live as this Perfect Love, just as you are right now.

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Perfect medicine

I don’t love the maze of similarly numbered freeways that dissect parts of California, but there I was with GOOGLE Maps taking me along the I-880 on my way to a hotel in San Jose. Even with the map APP talking to me I was concentrating on the road, the various exits and the flow of traffic. So, it was a shock when the low fuel icon flashed on to the gauge in front of me.

Driving is an area of my consciousness where pride and arrogance remain in need of loving awareness. Believing myself to be a good driver includes things like, maintaining tire pressure, oil levels and of course fuel. When the low fuel flashed on, my mind replied – I DON’T RUN OUT OF GAS!  The idea of being low on gas flooded my system with fear and shame. “How could you forget to gas up,” “What an idiot.” My mind was racing, my breath was erratic, and I was having a hard time thinking clearly – fully triggered.

I was frantically looking for a sign indicating a nearby gas station, wondering which exit to take and in the middle of that, my mind cleared enough to see that the entire reaction I was caught up in was out of proportion to the situation. Running out of gas is just that, no big deal. And, I wasn’t even out of gas yet. I found myself in two places at once. In one place I was in reaction and in the other I was witnessing and releasing. Off the freeway, I pulled over and sat, trying for some internal calm. My mind whip-sawed from calm witnessing to self-recrimination.

That inner voice was so harsh, judgmental, and unforgiving. It’s a voice I would never turn on anyone else and yet there it was inside my mind. I sat on the side of the road with that voice rushing at me, flowing around me like a raging river, but I stayed present. I could hear my mother shouting at four-year-old me, “What’s wrong with you,” when I didn’t know what was wrong with me, only that something must be wrong, that I must be wrong in some way.

There’s no way I can know how accurate that memory is and it’s not important. What matters is what I internalized – it’s scary and dangerous to be wrong, to make mistakes, to misunderstand how things work, and to forget to do what you are supposed to do.

I say to people, “Everything is perfect medicine if we will let it be.” It is a radical statement. Everything that life brings us, no matter how horrible or how wonderful, has the power to be our perfect medicine. It’s another understanding of the teaching to “Accept what is.” For me it goes beyond accepting “what is” to embracing it, seeing that “what is” in this moment is exactly what is needed.

Sitting on the side of the road, my breathing slowed and steadied, the mind cleared, and I received an inflow of insights into long-standing patterns of fear and reaction. How could I ever have guessed that (almost) running out of gas would be perfect medicine? Medicine, because it heals.

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More about using your intuition in daily life

This the last in my seven-part series about intuition. I’m sure I’ll write about it again at some point. Meanwhile, you might want to review the earlier posts as well.

Even neuroscience has declared that intuition physically exists in our brain, in the emotional part of the forebrain. So, follow the feeling.

James Wanless

No matter how deep a study you make, what you really have to rely on is your own intuition, and when it comes down to it, you really don’t know what’s going to happen until you do it.

Konosuke Matsushita, founder, Matsushita Electric Co.


Eight ways to develop your intuition

1. Create the intention to use your intuition and the numerous techniques suggested in the previous posts by regularly reminding yourself, “I want to use my intuition.” And then simply use your intuition.

2. Constantly pay attention to and be on the lookout for the feeling or impression of a person or situation. It’s a moment-to-moment thing, a very spontaneous, subtle process. Listen and “feel in.”

3. Learn to lose your mind and come to your senses.

4. Trust the feelings and impressions you get. Don’t ignore them. Trust your inner voice. Look for, listen to, and don’t ignore this voice when it speaks.

5. Have the courage to act on your intuitive hits. The art of following through is a very important step. Learn how to always practice intuitive awareness and discernment. Begin using your intuition with the smaller issues and situations in your life and then gradually move on to the bigger ones.

6. Don’t be afraid to speak and follow what you “feel” and not just be a slave to what you “think.” 

7. Act on your “feel” and not on your “think.”  Follow the golden thread of subtle inspiration. Use inspiration and not perspiration to navigate through your life.

8. Monitor the process. Say to yourself: “I know this was an intuitive decision and I don’t know what is going to happen, so let’s check it out and see if it works.”  To help you with this, keep an Intuitive Hunch Journal and monitor how often you are right.

Intuition helps one be more decisive, swift, clear, and accurate in decision-making.

Success is an inside job. Develop your intuitive muscles and be intuitively fit. Increase your intuitive intelligence. You’ll be amazed at how good you get at it and at how easy it is.

I hope the suggestions in this series of posts have been helpful to you. If you have any questions, please send them my way.

Cease trying to work things out with your mind. It will get you nowhere. Let your whole life be led by inspiration and intuition. Let your whole life be a revelation.

Eileen Caddy

Stars

In the silence of remembering, I breathe and choose to focus on the sensations that breath brings into my body. And on the sensations’ shape…the gentle wave rolling from belly to ribcage as my lungs fill and empty. I notice how the lungs frame my heart like wings, how they swell and ease in rhythmic slow motion to sustain the heart’s lift and, therefore, my own. How they raise me up.

Next, I remember my feet, my hands, and bring breath into them until they warm with my intention and attention.

It’s when I invite breath into my wrists and ankles that something new comes in. As I’m appreciating their complexity—the unsung strength and delicacy of their bones and connective tissues, the way ankles make it possible to walk the Earth, and wrists make it possible to hold and manipulate and make and shape almost anything we can imagine—I start praising them and all of the body’s other connections: the hip joints, knees, shoulders, vertebrae. And the whole spine—queen suspension bridge and central channel uniting the upper and lower realms.

And it occurs to me, as such things sometimes do, that if we could light up all those remarkable junctions—all of our bodies’ connectors between long bones, all the places and joints that allow us to bend, pivot, and dance—and highlight only those, so that the rest of each of us was veiled in black…

…we would all look like constellations of stars.

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What is enlightenment?

For years I have been collecting definitions of enlightenment and calibrating their degree of truth using the siddhi of Resonance Mapping. While many of the definitions resonated very highly for truth, none of them ever felt sufficiently whole to me. A whole definition transmits the realization energetically and directly at the level of awakened consciousness. A whole definition, when written from that same consciousness, is like a beneficial program that enters the mind of the recipient and initiates an operating system upgrade. In this case, the whole human being receives the “enlightened human OS.”

So I meditated, and meditated some more, on what would be a most comprehensive and utterly clear definition that would uplift people wherever they are on their journey of realization. Finally, on my birthday in Varanasi, India, near the banks of the river Ganges, the following articulation came together and clicked into its final form with a resonance of “Not Representable.” Thus what you are about to read is a transmission of enlightenment itself, rather than a representation or a talking about enlightenment. The words are simply the crystalline vehicle for opening the heart and mind. The transmission will do the rest over time.

Abiding Silent Certitude

The first awakening of enlightenment
privileges the devotion to silence,
which lifts away ignorance.

The second awakening of enlightenment
expands the direct knowing of Unity expressed as forms.

The third awakening of enlightenment
establishes agreement between the form level of experience
and pure awareness.

The fourth awakening of enlightenment
encourages straying children of totality toward their true nature
while knowing that all manifestations
conceal a subtler substrate on which form rests.

Enlightened service,
offered in ways appropriate for each occasion,
undoes fear and liberates Being itself
into pure all-encompassing bliss.

The enlightenment revelation
builds to the release of all negation,
including the subtlest doubt sustaining the shattered mind
that perceives separation.

Enlightened presence
graces in silence and in the certitude
that all is abidingly well.

Enlightened embodiment
is that which is revealed when enlightened presence emanates
from every manifestation
of the entire Cycle of World-Play.

Varanasi, India, 21 November 2019

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