“Accept whatever comes to you woven in the pattern of your destiny, for what could more aptly fit your needs?”
~ Marcus Aurelius
What is Forgiveness?
One of the best descriptions that I read is that forgiveness is when you can pull your energy out of the situation. What does that mean exactly? It means that you are willing to drop the story you’ve created that allows you to remain justified in your pain.
We often talk about forgiveness like it is an act done for the other person, but forgiveness is really about our desire to move forward. And it isn’t until we choose to let go of the story that legitimizes our pain that we are able to move on. That is why Caroline Myss describes forgiveness as a self-initiated act of transformation. Because it requires a deliberate and conscious choice to calm our ego’s incessant talk that continually informs us on why we are entitled to our hurt and anger.
How Do We Forgive?
According to Positive Psychology, forgiveness is a process that asks us to cultivate acceptance, see things from multiple perspectives, and re-write the story from those higher perspectives. The first step is accepting what is. Eckart Tolle wrote, “It seems that most people need to experience a great deal of suffering before they will relinquish resistance and accept — before they will forgive. As soon as they do, one of the greatest miracles happens….the transmutation of suffering into inner peace.”
This is not about spiritual by-passing and suppressing our pain or hurt. It may take some time until we are ready to move forward. However, once we decide that we no longer want to identify with that story, we begin the path toward peace.
A Soul-Level Perspective
Taking a bird’s eye view of the situation is one way to shift into acceptance. Can you witness the divinity in yourself and the other person? Do you trust in divine timing? As Myss writes, “From a cosmic perspective, your life is far more complex than you can measure by the influence of one or two relationships. There is a higher law that rules the spirit, a mystical law…”
Humans are messy and complicated. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that you condone another’s behavior or will forget that they have wronged you in some way. It just means that you aren’t willing to let it bind your energy any further. Are you ready to invite peace into your life? To be fully present in the here and now?
This guided meditation is part of a weekly Living Light Meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. This meditation takes you through a brief guided relaxation to remove any resistance. Then we expand the heart and receive powerful living phrases guiding you into expansion, love and forgiveness.
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(Copyright Angela Levesque)
We are going to begin by taking three deep cleansing breaths. Taking a little bit longer on the out-breath, letting the body completely release and relax on the exhalation.
Now I want you to follow the flow of the breath as it moves through your body. Not trying to alter the flow, just letting it move easily and freely through the body.
Take a moment to call yourself back from where ever you have been during the day. Draw your energies back home to your center. Bringing mind, body, and energy into the here and now.
Allow your mind to empty what it no longer needs to hold on to, let it go, flow out and away. And allow your body to release what it no longer needs to hold on to, letting it flow out and away.
We will do a short guided relaxation to remove any resistance and move the body into a place of deep calm.
I want you to bring your attention to the top of your head. I want you to imagine a wave of relaxation beginning at the scalp and moving slowly downwards.
Feel the wave of peace and relaxation move down the face. Allowing the muscles around the eyes to release and relaxand the muscles of the jaw release and relax as the wave of relaxation continues to move slowly downward.
The wave of relaxation moving down now through the neck and the shoulders. Feel the shoulders drop as they release the tension you’ve been carrying. Using the exhalation as a way to move deeper into the release.
Now the wave of relaxation moves down through the muscles of the chest and abdomen. Bringing release and relaxation to the whole front of your torso.
Feeling the wave of relaxation moving through the back – moving down from the upper back, mid-back, lower back. Feeling the muscles release and relax all the way down the spine.
Feel the deep sense of peace and relaxation in your whole upper body
Now imagine this wave of relaxation moving through the hips. Breathe into that area as you bring your awareness in your root. Letting the breath open the hips and remove any tension.
Now the wave of relaxation moving down into the thighs – the upper thigh, mid thigh, lower thigh. Moving down to the knee. Bringing with it awareness and deep release.
Now the wave of relaxation moves over the knee and into the lower leg. Feeling the flow of the breath and relaxation move down the calves.
And finally, the wave moving all the way down into the soles of the feet, allowing any last bits of tension to flow right out the soles of your feet and into the earth.
Now with the body completely relaxed and at peace. We will prepare for the living phrases by connecting to our light body.
I want you to bring awareness into your heart and visualize a ball of light. As you breathe in and out, you can see and feel the light expand. Spend a few breaths letting this light of your heart grow.
And as the light continues to expand the heart. I want you to imagine the light moving beyond the boundaries of the heart. Filling the body with light on the out-breath.
See the light travel through the vessels into the organs, into the cells, into the spaces between the cells.
Illuminating your whole body with light from the inside out.
Spend a few moments holding your whole body in your awareness as it is illuminated with light.
We are ready to receive the energy of these living phrases.
With each phrase, let the words live within you. Let them speak to your soul. Imprinting their wisdom on every aspect of your physical and energetic body.
If it feels right to repeat the phrase, please do so. If it feels right to say it once and receive that is perfectly fine too. Whatever feels right is right for you.
We will begin today with love as it is our natural state of being.
I am love (repeat 3 times)
I flow with Sophia with Ease and Grace (repeat 3 times)
I have always been enough (repeat 3 times)
I am limitless (repeat 3 times)
I am (repeat 3 times)
Now I want you to draw your energy all the way back into your heart center. Spend a moment focusing in on your heart as the center of your physical body. Spend a few breaths in gratitude at your heart center. Sending appreciation to anything that shows up for you as you hold that intention.
Now begin to wiggle your fingers and toes. Feel the body supported by the surface beneath you. Breathe deep into the belly connecting your fully to the room around you.
When you are ready, open your eyes – Aware and alert.
This guided meditation is part of a weekly meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. This meditation asks you to move beyond the confines of self and into the unity consciousness and connect with the divinity in all things.
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The Council Fire Project represents a reimagined model of collective conversations and decision making. It provides humanity with a blueprint for governance and decision making that is based upon the ancient Circle model. Within the Circle, we are all equal, and therefore we seek to build consensus rather than majority rule. The Council Fire establishes a new Constitutional Law, of which Natural Law and Egalitarian ideals are central. The Council fire Project draws upon the wisdom of the Iroquois Great Law of Peace.
The Council Fire calls for Mother Earth’s wisdom keepers to come together, to communicate and spring forth from the shadows. It is beyond time for us to take our rightful place around the sacred fire, to step into our roles as Leaders. It is time that our collective voices are heard globally, that we come together to form a powerful organization. Its time for those of us who are drawn to ancient indigenous wisdom and knowledge, to revolutionize our world.
We are at a time of immense transition, which presents humanity with great opportunities, but also brings with it great peril. We find ourselves in a pivotal period of time, where humanity’s next stage of evolution will be decided. This stage of evolution coincides with what is being described as a great global Awakening , bringing forth a transcendental shift in our collective consciousness.
We must transcend our limiting beliefs and social constructs, we must evolve to realize our true potential. Our very survival depends upon our recognition of the role we are playing in the destruction of our Mother Earth and the life that she sustains. We must rediscover those ancient egalitarian practices, and come back into balance with the natural world, of which we are inseparable.
In nature, all species play an instinctual role in maintaining balance and contributing to the ongoing cycle of life here on Mother Earth. Human beings are the only species that are born lacking the innate knowledge of who we are and where we fit into the circle of life. The Lakota express our connection to the Natural World with the phrase- “Mitakuye Oyasin” meaning that we are all related, all are my relations. It is also a prayer which extends to all people, all forms of life, all that comprises Mother Earth and beyond.
What is the next phase of Human Evolution?
Well that depends upon all of us, as it’s a choice that we must decide upon collectively. Will we choose a path that is in balance with our natural world? A path that is of sustainability, that is based on Indigenous Egalitarian beliefs. These beliefs are not only that all people are created equal, deserving equal rights and opportunities, but also extends to all life upon Mother Earth. The Ancient Egalitarian societies, acknowledges that all life is sacred. A sacred rule that humans may draw from the natural world only what is actually needed for us to survive, and nothing more. The Indigenous Peoples also revered Natural Law, which is that a creator source supersedes the Law of Men. That all people are Sovereign individuals, that we have a Natural right to life and freedom to make our own decisions.
There are many who are working to define what our next phase of human evolution may look like. Of these voices, I share;
Author Dr. Alberto Villoldo speaks to this next phase of human evolution, referring to it as becoming Homo Luminous.
Setting the Stage for the Sages and Wisdom Keepers
Collectively, humanity has the following choice, evolve as a species, or become extinct as one. This is the precipice we stand upon. Unlike previous species on our planet who have gone extinct either through natural selection, a cataclysmic event or because of human activity. We as human beings are now conscious of the impact we have upon the natural world, and for an unknown period of time, still hold the power to change the course of our Destiny.
How do we make this transition from where we are now, to where and whom we wish to collectively be? I believe answers await us in conversations yet to be held around the coming Council fires. I will do my part, to build these fires, to set the stage for the sages and wisdom keepers of our time. I cry out to each of you, step out of the shadows, seek out and share with our world sacred knowledge, and timeless wisdom.
There our certain archetypal energies that transcend cultures, through out our collective history. These Archetypal energies permeate pop culture in all sorts of surprising ways, and it is even expressed within our music. What does the legendary band Led Zeppelin have in common with the Southwestern Native Americans? In Led Zeppelins song Stairway to Heaven, they reference a Piper. This Piper is an Archetypal energy that has similarities to one found in the folklore of Native Americans. I propose that this Archetypal energy transcends all cultures, that it is a universal energy and conscious. I call upon Kokopelli, the bringer of life, to play your flute for us once again! Will you, answer this call and help show us the way forward?
A Piper, one that will lead humanity back to Reason.
The following video contains petroglyphs, depictions of the flute-playing god Kokopelli. Among Southwestern Native Americans, He is known as the god of fertility, a prankster, healer, and wonderful storyteller. Some of the first petroglyphs of Kokopelli were carved over 3,000 years ago. Legends suggest that the hunch on his back depicts a sack of seeds and the songs he carries. Bringing forth life, abundant crops, vegetation, and rebirth. It is believed that his flute playing symbolized the transition of winter to spring, the time for renewal.
Of legend, it’s said that Kokopelli’s flute could be heard in the spring’s breeze while bringing back warmth to the land. It is also believed that he was the source of human conception, a bringer of fertility in every sense. I introduce Kokopelli to you as a source of divine renewal, music-making, of dancing, celebration, and the bringer of joy to all he encounters. I ask Kokopelli to play his flute once again for us, to let his songs be heard in the wind, leading us back to our ancient roots of living in balance with the natural world. I can think of no better symbol or representation of a Piper, one that will lead humanity back to Reason. (Will you join us? Contact me if you wish to answer this call.)
THE PIPER WILL LEAD US TO REASON
In a tree by the brook
There’s a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder, Ooh, it makes me wonder.
There’s a feeling I get
When I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen
Rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who standing looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder, Ooh, it really makes me wonder.
And it’s whispered that soon, If we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn , For those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter. ~ Led Zepplin
As a culture, we are suffering from increasingly narrow bands of thought. How can different states of consciousness help us to expand beyond our limiting perspectives? In this episode, we will explore the value in exploring the inner self and the no-self through non-ordinary states of being.
In This Episode:
The Divine Spectacle:
“If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ~William Blake
An altered state of consciousness (ASC) is generally defined as any mental state that is perceived by an individual, or an observer, as being significantly different from ‘normal’ waking consciousness.
We look at our deep knowing that we walk in both the known and unknown worlds. Exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness allows us to build compassion, see from multiple perspectives and understand our oneness.
The world is better, more mysterious and more meaningful than we could possibly imagine in our waking consciousness.
Non-ordinary states of consciousness allow for quantum leaps in our personal evolution.
The Scared Mind:
We are in ordinary states of consciousness 2/3 of our time, an ordinary state looks at these parameters:
Awareness of yourself and your surroundings – emotional, physical, mental
Control and automatic processes
You have a sense of time – or time orientation
Level of self-control
Minimized perceptual and cognitive distortions
We look at the different brain wave states associated with different approaches to altered states of consciousness.
We look at the value of exploring the inner self and the no-self.
An interview with Michael Pollan on Sam Harris’ Making Sense – They explore the research from a very calculated and rational way – Michael Pollan in his 60s experienced some of these psychedelics for the first time he shares his personal experiences and the current research being done.
Maybe consciousness is more mystical than we think. What if we have more control over our outcomes than we realize? Join us as we explore the primacy of consciousness and why it is the key to our true human potential.
In this episode:
We define consciousness from material and non-material perspectives and explore why all views are valuable to the human experience.
We explore the difference between downward and upward causation and why downward causation opens up limitless possibility.
We look at different states of consciousness: primary, non-symbolic and symbolic consciousness
Overview of a few studies that have looked at group meditation as a means to shift outcomes
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