What you know is true

What you know is true, is true. Listen to that statement and let it anchor in your body. Feel how it affects you in your belly, in your heart, in your mind. Because that is where we are right now. We have been moving into this place for a very long time. And we are ready to embody a new understanding of ourselves and the world now. And what we know is true, IS true. And that’s what we are being asked to follow. So, what do you know is true? Where has your heart been telling you to go? What have your hands been longing to hold? What song is yours to sing? What right action is yours to take in the world? How can everything you believe and feel and know become everything that your life is about? If you are not ready to move into the world, move into yourself first. Move deeply into what you know. And let nothing stop you from honoring that knowing. Stop listening to the voices on the outside. Find your inner voice, your inner guide, your inner belonging. You are not here to do what everybody else is doing. You are here to be only who you are exactly designed to be. And to do that you need to trust the voice inside you above all other voices. The good voice inside of you. The voice that comes from love. The voice that comes from your most essential truth about the core of who you are. The voice that knows kindness, and compassion and has a purpose for you and for the rest of us. That is what we are being called to right now. We are being called to use our highest and best voice. We are being called to pour our love into the world in the purest and clearest way we can dream up. And first we need to do that inside ourselves. We need to let go of fear, and anger, and smallness. We need to open our hearts fully to the truth of who we are and what we are here for. And then we can do that for the world. Find time right now in this time of chaos and unrest and deep awakening to drop deeply into your center. Find the stillness inside of you where everything is born from. Look at what your commitments are and acknowledge the true scope and breadth of your power. And then open yourself to the guidance and support that is available to you now more than ever to start using that power. Create loving stillness and space around what you know is true. Find and trust your highest understanding. And then share it with the rest of us. We need you to be who you are.

Become the Answer

Is there something that is really bothering you in your life and in the world right now? Is there something that really just doesn’t work for you about the state of being that you find yourself and our world in? Have you gotten to the point where the not-working part is nearly physically and emotionally and spiritually unbearable? You are not alone. The world feels like pure chaos on many levels right now and you know that it is time for you to use your voice. But how do you do that? You, after all, have a life to live that is confined by outside influences. Or so it seems. But there is a way for you to use your voice right in this moment and for every moment for the rest of your life. There is a way for everything to start making sense for you and for those you touch, which is, in fact, all of us. You can choose to be the answer. It sounds simple. And in a way, it is. What is the thing that most concerns you? What keeps you lying awake at night? Where are you being pulled to from the center of your heart?  What is the most central question that haunts you? Whatever it is, you are the medicine for it for the world. So stop asking the question and start being the answer. Right now. Take a deep breath, put your feet on the floor and make the decision that changes everything. From this moment make your every thought, your every action, your every word, your every creative spark be the answer for that which you no longer find bearable. Because the truth is that it is not. It is not bearable for you to live in this situation, in this chaos for one moment longer as a powerless, aching question. You are made for much more than that. You are made for brilliance, and beauty, and unaccounted for love. You are made to be the answer for the world in the way only you can be. And being the answer doesn’t arise from the helpless sense of what seems unknowable. It arises from your greatest power, which is right here, inside of you. You already have it; you were born to be here right now to use it; and as soon as you become it in every cell in your being we will all flock to you to find our own healing in your light. You are the answer that we most need. It’s in you. You don’t have to look for it. You just have to choose it, and it will find you wherever you are, because it has already chosen you. When enough of us have chosen to be the answer that the collective is calling us to be the world will be unrecognizable. Out of chaos comes beauty and stillness. So, let it begin with us. I’m ready. Are you?

Can you feel it, too?

The new year seems to have done something wild and magical to the communication system of my body. I can feel things like never before. It seems that 2017 is a year of knowing with new senses that I didn’t have language for before now. The messages my body is giving me are getting really specific. I long ago learned to listen to what my body is telling me. But suddenly, it’s telling me things with a voice that fills my awareness with its expansive purity and truth. There is no denying what happens inside my whole being with my every thought or every interaction with the world. Thoughts and people have energy, and I am getting a clear message in my body with each thought, each experience, each dream or vision that comes into my awareness. It’s like the patterns and the vibration that exist in all life are now able to speak to me and I have nothing to do but listen and feel and know with a sense that goes beyond straight lines. It’s like the grand source of everything is showing me how much I belong to the world by speaking through my cells. It would be overwhelming, if it wasn’t so beautiful. I’m surprised by how generous life feels, and how safe. When something isn’t quite right, my body just tells me. I feel discomfort and unease, and I know to move away. But mostly what is surprising is that so many things that I say and think and do feel more than right. They feel spacious and alive and lovely. And my body tells me I am in the right place, even though the circumstances of my life still appear to be chaotic and uncertain. It seems that the source of everything that used to be seen as unknowable now wants to be felt and heard and believed. And that even though things still seem unpredictable, and hard, and nearly impossible to imagine as good the truth wants us to know its voice in new ways. And the new way is coming through our bodies.There was a time when I felt burdened to be so highly sensitive to just about everything that exists in my body. But now it really feels like a gift. It is the gift that gives me my direct connection to the divine. It shows me what I belong to, and what I need to leave behind. The sweetness of life is moving through my sensitive cells. I am starting to belong to the world like my elephant friends do, connected and aware of where to go next and what to move toward through the rumbling center in my belly. Except for me it is a full body experience. It’s with me now, as I write this to you. An all-over feeling of peace and joy. I know we are here together.  It’s been a long journey of feeling separate and alone for all of us. I am grateful that in this new year and this new time on earth that I am able to feel the new truth blossoming in my cells. I think it was here all along. But it’s nice to have finally come home to it.

The Turning of the Year

Something is being born into the world right now through us. This time of the turning of the year is a powerful time. This year feels more powerful than ever. We are beginning a new cycle. We are faced with the awakening of the consciousness of the world. All of us who are called can feel everything that the world is feeling deep inside our bodies. The ways we numbed out or avoided those feelings are no longer working for us. Our sensitivity to the suffering and the pain of the world around us has reached a crescendo that can make us feel lost. When we feel the pulse of the world it feels desperate and chaotic. Everything is coming to the surface to be healed and each one of us can feel it deeply. When we are quiet and connected we can also feel that there is a deep peace available. There is a stillness in our souls that we didn’t have access to before in the same way we do now. Some things make sense for us in our lives that we haven’t before been able to make sense of. We all know in our individual selves that something big is happening, but as a collective we don’t know yet what the resolution will be. It feels like the world and our lives are either on the brink of great disaster or great healing. Our minds and our bodies don’t know which to believe in. We are completely capable of holding both possibilities inside of us. And we keep going back and forth between the two. But there is only one truth. And that truth is love. And we as individuals are right now deciding which result we choose for the whole collective. The place to go when we feel buffeted around by the fear and the pain is into the core truth of who we are. We are each moving the collective with our own individual expression. What is it that you choose to express? Do you want love and peace and freedom for yourself and everyone else, or do you want the world to be lost in fear and violence and greed? You know your choice. And you can feel it pulling you now more than ever. You know that you have a part to play and you are ready to move into your right place to play it full out. And that is what is being born, for each of us. We are being asked to hold what we believe in with grace. We feel everything because everything is asking us to find our way home. If you feel pain, or suffering, or fear, just hold on. Go inside and find the other thing you feel. Connect to all of the goodness and the truth and the love that you know is real. Your life is a perfect reflection of the collective. And you get to move the collective into what you know is the answer for all of us. You get to go inside your body and feel your connection to everything. And you get to choose love. When you hold the stillness of home inside of you, you are giving your greatest gift to the world. You are moving the rest of us into our own stillness, our own expression, our own love. The only way the world will heal is if we do. And we are so, so close to that healing. Let yourself be moved by grace as this year of transformation comes to a close. Let yourself be moved by the greatest love you have access to. Love yourself enough to choose goodness. And open the door for goodness to choose the rest of us.

Present of Presence

“It’s always something.” Have you heard that expression? The people that say it usually mean it’s something bad. What if the opposite were true? What if it was always something and it kept getting better and better? What if we actually are always moving towards the next most beautiful thing? What if believing in the goodness of the world actually created more and more goodness? It is so easy to look around us and see what is wrong. What if we made and kept making the choice to see all of the beauty in life? You know it’s there. You see it in the bare limbs of the oak trees when you’re walking the dog in the morning before work. You see it on your wife’s face as she puzzles over how to get the lid off of the jar of olives. You see it in the kindergartener who runs to hug her grandmother as you sit in your car behind the school bus in the afternoon. What if what you see then, in these precious moments of being awake to beauty, is the something that it always is? What if we are all, at every moment, moving toward that something? And what if that something is so stunning, so loving, so beautiful, so good that we can’t even imagine it at this point in time in our limited minds? The world is always changing. The seasons come and go. The moon weaves through her cycles again and again.  We are at the beginning of a new season. The season when the trees are stark against the sky and we bundle up and move through the world slowly as we gather our strength for the cold. We are in winter, going towards spring. We are always going toward something. It is so easy to believe that we are going towards something hard and devastating and awful. But maybe the opposite is true. Maybe we have reached a turning point in our collective lives, a turning point that leads us toward something wholly, gorgeously magnificent. Give yourself a gift this season. As you walk through your winter days give yourself the time to reflect on the something beautiful that is always present in your life. Give yourself the gift of believing in goodness. It really is a choice we each have. And it might be the most important choice we ever make. It is always something. You can be that something. You can be the something beautiful just by pausing and noticing the pink winter sky at sunset. You can be the something beautiful just by sitting quietly and watching the birds feeding out your window. You can be the something beautiful by playing a board game with your teenager and making him hot chocolate to sip while the snow comes down in your neighborhood. It is always something, and that something is us. It is the way we choose to show up in the world. It is the way we listen quietly to the voice that comes from our hearts. It is the beauty that is all around us that is us. Turn off the news for a night and listen for the stillness of the heartbeat of the world.  The world is going someplace it has never gone before. And it is going there quietly. It is going to a place where everything beautiful that ever was is alive and free to express itself. It is going to a place where goodness brings goodness. You are that goodness. You are that beauty. Give the present of presence to yourself. Embrace the season before us with all the deliciousness it holds.

This article was first printed in Vital Signs in the Daily Progress December 2014

Where we belong

What is it that you belong to? I mean really, really, deep in your bones belonging? With whom, or what, or where do your truest inclinations reside? What ancient pulse do the roots and rivers of your heart respond to? What is the truth inside your rooted mind? It seems to me that the darkest parts of our collective selves are coming to the surface where we can see them. All of our hatred, and our bigotry, our racism, our sexism, our greed, our intolerance, our fear, our apathy, and our anger are coming right out into the bright light of day from where they have long been lingering in the shadows. And it appears that these parts of ourselves have all of the power. These qualities of the human collective are not new to us. And they don’t surprise us. We are as familiar with them and as weary of them as the refrains of an old ongoing argument with our best friend. We are so ready as a whole to move past them. But they are not disappearing from our consciousness quietly and without a fight as we had hoped. They are rising up and pointing to themselves. They are practically shouting. And what they are saying is, “I am NOT love!” That’s all. That’s the truth they need us to hear. They need us to know that they are not love. So they are presenting themselves to us in their full embodiment of the worst of ourselves. And we get to choose what we belong to. We get to finally, once and for all, claim that which we care most about. Kindness. Compassion. Tolerance. Stewardship. Service. And most of all, Love. We get to claim this in our own hearts. We get to step away from the shadows of our own souls and we get to be who it is we really want to be. We get to change the collective. We get to bring the new consciousness fully into the world through our own choices and our own commitments. There is no question about it. We have a long history of intolerance and our darkness has participated in the rampant suffering of the world around us. Those of us who want to create a loving, and just, and sustainable world have long hoped that that part of our collective imprint could be transformed naturally, and without much fuss. But that is not the case. Instead, we are each being called to be our own answer. We are each being called to look at our own shadows. We are each being called to come home to what we belong to.  It might seem like the way to respond to the shouting of the collective shadow is to go into our own darkness, our own fear, our own anger. But that is not what we belong to. We belong to love. And love is what saves us now. You are an instrument of love. And you belong to all of the best of the what we as a species are capable of. It’s time for each of us to play our most beautiful song. It’s time to step into the symphony of the healing of the planet in our right place. The darkness is shouting as loudly as it can. It’s pointing itself out to us not because it has the power, but so that we can transform it. And the way we do that is by coming home to where we belong. And where we belong is and always has been love.

 

It’s our kindness

It’s our kindness that makes us a nation of people who are capable of and willing to create a just, and loving, and sustainable world. It’s our hearts that today either feel broken, or lighter, depending on the beliefs that we most hold onto about what is needed for us to go forward in a better direction. Today we in America are split in half, as we have been for a long time. Some of us are feeling lost and devastated and some of us are feeling like we are finally on the right path. I feel for the hearts of all of us. I feel us trying to do what we think is right. I feel our goodness, and the goodness of the world watching us as we try to speak out loud for what we believe in. And no matter what our political preferences are, I see us  believing that the other half of our country doesn’t know what that is. Now more than ever, all of us can feel inside our cores that somehow we have to come together and listen deeply for what is next. The truth is that there is something fundamentally necessary coming from the hearts of people on both sides of the political field. Each side holds a gift for the world. What has been made clear to us in our hearts in this election like never before is that our current system is not working. There are far too many of us who are lost, and afraid, and not living the lives we want to live. We each have something beautiful and magnificent that we long to express deeply in our lives but so many of us do not know how to have that experience. There is much sadness, and anger, and disillusion, and lack, and apathy, and purposelessness. There are people suffering and there is far too much wrongness in the world for any one of us to feel completely right. What looks to be a division of the American people is actually the beginning of the dismantling of our system that no longer serves us. We have differing beliefs about what that means and what our world is coming to, but we are each faced with a choice. We are faced with the choice of using our voice to stand up for what we believe in. We are faced with the necessary responsibility to take care of our own lives and to live according to the best that we have to offer. We are faced with moving forward based on what the world is like in this moment. We can no longer sit quietly and let ourselves be swept up in complacency. There is a new world being born, and we are the ones giving birth to it. It turns out it is more painful than we expected. But true transformation always is. And no matter who we voted for, that is what we have the seeds for in our hearts today. We have the seeds for the true transformation of our entire world as we have known it. The way we are moving the collective forward into a world that makes sense is with the greatest expression of our own unique brilliance. And our brilliance lives outside of fear and hatred. Our brilliance lives inside our love. Open to what is in your heart today. Your heart knows the answer of what is yours to do to have the world you believe in.