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Taking The Plunge

Learning to fly spiritually can be frightening.

You don’t know what to expect.

It’s all so new, but at the same time, it’s not.

You’ve seen others doing it, and doing it quite well.

Will you soar to new heights?

Or will you crash and burn?

Your awakening to Spirit has you on edge.

You want to remain in the nest of your comfort zone, but deep down you know you will not be able to fly unless you spread your wings and jump.

Reminds me of the time I was learning survival training skills before taking on a five-day whitewater challenge on a river with class six rapids. Our instructor led us to a cliff. We were to jump into the river and float on our backs with our legs out in front of us. This would allow us to push off of any boulders with our feet. It was all part of our self-rescue plan should we flip our crafts or get thrown from them.

I was instructed to go first.

Gulp. I felt like the sacrificial lamb.

As I crept toward the edge, the roar of the river echoed and thrummed through every inch of me. “Holy S***!” I said, knowing full well that everyone else was thinking the same thing, with the exception of the instructor.

All of my training had led to this precipice, and now I had to put my own life in danger in order to save it.

I leaned over the edge to survey my surroundings as adrenaline shot through my body. I stepped back to get a running start. When the instructor shouted, “GO!,” I ran and leapt into the face of fear with a big splash, trusting that the skills I had learned would lead to my self-rescue. And they did. It was a step I had to take if I was going to be able to continue this adventure. I finally felt ready for what was next.

The spiritual path will lead you to many cliffs within yourself, and you will be faced with the decision to cross those divides, or to turn and run away. Some will be easy to jump, and others will not. But if you are to continue on your pilgrimage, you must do what you are called to do. This means purging your old self, those old, limiting ways, to welcome your new self.

This purging is a cleansing. It is the process of bringing our behavior, our attitudes, our desires into increasing harmony with our growing vision of what the spiritual life is all about in order to deepen the stage of illumination and shape our experience of union with Spirit. Here, we face and cleanse ourselves of our fears and of our limiting beliefs and behaviors that have held us back for so long from our authentic selves.

Rest assured that Spirit will be very gracious in revealing those things about ourselves, not all at once, but only as we are able to deal with them.

This cleansing gets right to the heart of our deep-seated attitudes and inner programming out of which our behavior patterns flow. It gets right at those inner structures of trust that don’t rely on Spirit but on our ego for our well-being. The structures that are not built on solid spiritual ground will crumble, but this is the point where we are called to exercise the fullness of faith in order to enter into a relationship of radical trust in Spirit.

You may at times feel that you are being “crucified” on this cliff, but this is because of the struggle of our two selves: the self that is not yet all that it has been created to be and the self that stands on the other side, whole and complete in Spirit. But once we take the plunge, Spirit will be there, and we will be filled with the peace that passes all understanding.

Spiritwork:

Do a cleansing ritual of your inner self. No, you don’t have to jump off of a cliff into a river to do this. All you have to do is take a shower (or you can visualize this). As you are standing in the shower, imagine the water as droplets of light washing away your old, limiting beliefs. See them for what they are, bless them, feel them slipping away from your inner self, and allow them to rinse down the drain.

As they slip away, say: “Thank you for the message. I release you in love to the Light for healing and transformation.” Step out of the shower, feeling refreshed and renewed. This can be repeated at any time.

This next two exercises are aimed at your trust structures. The first requires a partner. You are to blindfold yourself and allow your partner to guide you outside in an area with which you are not familiar. Your partner can not touch you and can only voice instructions. You may switch roles when finished. Discuss your experience with your partner.

A similar activity requires a group of 6 – 8 people. Everyone stands in a circle, in a spotting position (feet braced in a front-to-back stance). You get to stand in the middle, with eyes closed and arms across your chest. When you are ready, say, “Ready to fall,” and then fall backwards without stopping yourself. Allow the others to catch you and gently pass you around. When everyone has participated (if they feel in alignment with it), discuss your experiences with each other.

Blessings.

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For The Love of Cleaning

Ahh…

Sunday…

The seventh day of the week…and a day of rest.

Well, not really.

I’ve had family visiting all week from out of state.

My house is a mess.

And before I can do anything else with my life today, I need to go through my house-cleaning ritual to keep my sanity intact.

Cue the music. Classic Rock. And away I go, singing to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Clapton, Tom Petty, and others. In this ritual, I:

1.  Strip all beds, put on fresh linens, and wash blankets, too.

2.  Scour bathrooms.

3.  Sanitize kitchen.

4.  Dust all furniture, including blinds and window sills.

5.  Swiffer all floors, vacuum them, then wash them thoroughly, including baseboards.

6.  Open all windows while cleaning to let in fresh air and remove staleness.

7.  Burn a sage smudge stick and sandalwood incense to remove any trapped or negative energies, then bless the house.

And, yes, I do use the mop handle as a microphone when I’m singing.

Cleaning the house may seem like a chore to most, but I find it liberating.

I know. Odd choice of words. Liberating is probably the last word people would use to describe the cleaning process.

But when people visit, you never know what they are going to bring energetically. Sometimes their energies change the whole dynamic in the house, and when they leave, that energy lingers, making things feel a bit crowded…until I go on my cleaning spree.

As I cleanse my house, I reclaim the energy it is used to living with. I reclaim the peace and calm I’m used to living with. I free myself in the process after having had to change my routines to accommodate others.

Don’t get me wrong. I love when my family visits. But I’m glad to reclaim my space when they leave so I can continue to do all the things we do in private but never admit.

Maybe cleanliness is next to godliness.

Or maybe I’m just a clean-freak at heart.

Whatever the case, there’s a certain sacramental quality to cleaning that leaves me completely cleansed despite the sweat and Pine Sol that drips from me.

Your comments are welcome!

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Let It Rain

Sunday.

It’s raining.

I had plans to go for a run and enjoy the outdoors.

That’s not gonna happen.  Not today.

So, I’m taking it as a message from the Universe to simply enjoy the falling rain.

As I watch the rain nourish the plants in my garden, I appreciate how essential it is.  It ends droughts. It replenishes the water table. It cleanses the air (and us) of pollutants. It quenches thirst. It is a powerful natural source and resource.

Water, in various Earth-based faith traditions, represents cleansing, emotions, and purifying. Many sacred traditions use water in rituals. We see it used in baptisms, anointings, ceremonial purification rituals, blessings, and more.

Today is a day to fall in love with the rain. Rather than feel down and dreary about it, why not embrace it, letting it nourish and replenish your spirit? Here are some of those ways:

1.  Open your window. Listen to the pitter-patter of rain and let it lull you. Do some deep breathing and give gratitude.

2.  Meditate to the sound of the rain.

3.  Curl up on the couch with a blanket and read a good book.

4.  Take in the scent of rain. Some people find it pleasant, earthy, and distinctive. That’s due to petrichor, an oil produced by plants that gets absorbed into rocks and soil. When it rains, these oils release into the air, giving off a pungent aroma.

5.  Dance, sing, or walk in the rain. Imagine the rain cleansing you on all levels of your being. Of course, don’t do this during thunder or lightning.

6.  Cook your favorite meal that you associate with a rainy day.

7.  Do some self-empowerment exercises as part of your spiritual growth and unfolding.

8.  Catch up on those projects that you keep saving for a rainy day.

9.  Luxuriate in a bath using scented epsom salt like lavender or eucalyptus as you listen to the rain.

10. Spend quality time with family without the interference of TV or other electronic devices. Play games. Do a puzzle. Talk. Do arts and crafts together.

The possibilities are endless. Be creative in finding ways to enjoy it.

I think I will go for that run after all.

Your comments are always welcome.  If you have some other tips to share, please do!