Divine timing is a blessed thing, isn't it? One of the things I do to help others and myself is to drive them around. Yesterday, I was blessed to be in the presence of an angel who needed a ride. The moment this gentleman entered my vehicle, I knew he was different. He was very quiet. When he spoke, it was softly, almost barely audible. Within his first few sentences, he made my cry. He said, "When we heal others, we heal ourselves." I don't know why this made me cry, but it did. The rest of our conversation consisted of me listening while he talked. He exuded a tremendous amount of peace, light and love, and I felt like I was in the presence of God. He was a gift, indeed. I have been struggling in my life and the presence of this man has helped move me forward in a positive, abundant way. More than anything, he helped me get back on the Path of Peace.
For me, walking the Path of Peace means walking in Grace; it feels like walking on air, levitating. It means being in my body and mind in a way that keeps me connected to my divinity, to my light, at a high vibration. It means letting go of worry and pain, of the past, of the future. It means being in the now moment, fully.
As I sit here, waiting for my tire (it had two nails in it), I am filled with peace and contentment. I am happy to be given this moment to write....as it's been awhile.
The Path of Peace...what to do with it...how to get there....how to stay there once you've arrived? These are the questions of the day.
I made the mistake of believing that the Path of Peace would take care of my human financial needs as I went about anchoring this state of being within me. It does not. Yes, we are to trust. Yes, we are to rest, not judge, not panic, and connect with others...not in lieu of earning a living and taking care of our daily lives...but in conjunction with it.
The challenge then becomes managing our discomforts that the state of "being" inevitably brings into our conscious awareness...be they emotions, thoughts, beliefs or behaviors, as we go about our day. This becomes easier as we practice, as we become disciplined.
A successful life begins with self-love. Self-love is the champion ingredient in rising above our discomforts because every person and every situation that pulls us off our Path of Peace are there to reveal qualities in ourselves that we need to transcend to keep us on our path. These people and situations act as mirrors that reflect back onto us the inner work we need to do to heal and return to the Path of Peace. So, our issues are not with them or even about them...they are about us and whatever it is that is getting in the way of our light and love. When we see ourselves and our life challenges in this way, it is much easier to recognize the work we need to do within ourselves in order to be and remain on the Path of Peace.
As the mystery angel sat talking to me in my car, I noticed that he kept his voice in the same tone as he spoke...quiet and gentle. There was no aggression about him. However, as I sat and listened, I felt like he did not truly hear me nor was he sympathetic to the questions I asked of him and my situation. Sometimes, I feel that people miss the mark when I reach out to them. I'm looking for comfort in some way. Inevitably, though, what they feel compelled to say does resonate even if I'm not aware of it at the time. I've learned to be open to everything they say. I've noticed that when they share a message that I'm there to receive, it doesn't always feel pretty and nice. These messages do not always feel like flow or ease and cause me to scrunch my face beneath my mask as I tell myself, "Just listen, they aren't understanding what you need or are looking for. There's no use in getting into a debate. Just listen. There just may be something in there for me, anyway. Let people speak until they are done. They need this, too. As they speak, share and express their light, love and wisdom...as they give....just receive...without judgment, opinion, criticism....just receive in love and light." ...And this is what I did. I received his message later in the day that moved me forward in a big way.
As I sit here enjoying this quiet time of reflection, I have become aware of the nervous anticipation of my car being ready, taking me from this peaceful moment into the 'next' in my day. My worries and busyness over the past few days are still in the driver's seat. Then I remind myself about my angelic rider from yesterday. He has mastered the Path of Peace. How can I emulate such mastery in this moment for myself? Ah, yes...by being in the NOW moment, and knowing that each moment takes care of itself. This is where recovering from trauma has taken me....to self-mastery.
A word about anticipation. The anticipation of something bad happening is a sign of trauma. It also sways us off the Path of Peace. Sometimes bad things do happen (e.g., there's more wrong with my tire than a simple free fix), and change is life's most feared event. It's amazing to me the degree of fear I feel that a change as simple as going from this safe and quiet reflective space (while waiting for my car) to the 'anticipation of change' when my car is ready and I have to go about the rest of my day. My advice: let go of anticipation. It takes us off the Path of Peace. Anticipation adds to fear.
As we enter fall and winter, the seasons to go within, I am becoming less extroverted and more introverted. I am naturally exploring my inner world and transcending the lower vibrations as I enter the cocoon stage in my transformation in self-mastery. With this in mind, I invite you to give yourself permission to retreat into your inner self and to work on your 'funk-n-junk' as you enter your own cocoon. Come spring, we will emerge as the beautiful butterfly that we are.