Seeing the Sacred

Seeing the Sacred

I know that social media isn’t very good for me, nor is obsessing over the news. And yet, I find myself not being able to look away. While I do think it is important to be informed, what am I really gaining from being so immersed in it?  I can’t help but think from an energetic perspective that while my mind thinks I can stay above the fray – where is my energy? If I’m spending even a portion of my day swearing at my computer because of all the craziness, clearly I’m deeply entrenched in it all.  I need to remember to reboot my system and I decided that my antidote to all this mayhem is to stop myself and take a moment to see the sacred – every day and as needed.

What is the Sacred?

Now for me, the sacred means connecting with the essence of something. It means stripping away all of the pretense and narrative and being with the beauty and purity of the moment. It can be a single moment or a collection of them but its really about recognizing the divinity in something. Sometimes that means stripping away a lot of layers but most of the time it is just witnessing what’s right there in front of me. 

So while it can definitely be during times of prayer or meditation, for me finding the sacred does not have to happen at a church or at my altar. I find the most sacred moments are those that just sneak up on me. Like when I’m reading with my son and he just snuggles in a little closer. Or the brief moments when he holds my hand while we are walking, something he rarely does anymore now that he’s approaching eleven. I often find it in nature too, but again it doesn’t have to be on a hike. There is this green ivy that crawls along my balcony wall and often birds will come and play in it singing their songs. To me that is sacred. It’s a beautiful and pure moment stripped down to its essence.

Wherever you are be all there.

~ Jim Elliot

I think we miss a lot of these moments in our lives. After all, I can go on a hike surrounded by beauty and be thinking the whole time about what groceries I need to get for dinner that night. Then, there can be times when I’m walking down the sidewalk and I fall in love with a single flower that grows through a crack in the asphalt. That’s what seeing the sacred is all about, finding the beauty between the cracks. Being able to be awed by that one perfect moment.

See the Awe-some

I’ve thought a lot about what makes a moment sacred and I’ve boiled it down to what I call the three As. Attention, appreciation, and awe. If I’m not paying attention, I miss the sacred. It might just be a little blip on the divine radar and if I’m focused on all the cracks, I might miss the flower. And let’s face it, sometimes those cracks deserve our attention too. The next element is appreciation. I have this silly thing that I do when I see the birds enjoying my balcony. I say out loud, “Thank you for sharing your space with me”. My loudness depends on who’s listening, I may be thankful, but I acknowledge I also sound a little crazy. This is my way of giving a tip of my hat to the moment and to the creature that is sharing it with me. The last thing is acknowledging the awe that is born out of the other two. Gratitude and mindfulness are the parents of awe. 

There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt is awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.

~ Albert Einstein

I describe this feeling as my heart opening and I can feel it reaching out to envelop the sacred. It is almost like it is creating the container to hold the moment but in doing so it is also transformed by it. It is the experience of the divinity in me melding with the divinity all around me. Sometimes it reaches out far enough that it takes my breath away a little. I think the more sacred we can find in the regular moments is how we stay sane in all of this. Awe and frustration can’t occupy the same space.

So I encourage you to find your sacred too. Maybe it’s in your favorite piece of poetry or an opera. Or the color of the fall leaves or the song of the little bird that lands on your balcony. As I write this I can hear the noon bells from the church below. There is a sacredness in their sound too. It’s all around us if we are looking.

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Scott Shay on God, Faith and Atheism

Scott Shay on God, Faith and Atheism

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Do we need God for a moral society? If there is a God, how could he allow such human atrocities? Is doubt an important part of faith? In this episode, Scott Shay and Angela Levesque explore some of the big questions around God. Scott addresses many of the critiques and criticisms atheists and others have around a faith-based life. Scott contends that idolatry is at the foundation of most of these critiques and we often mistake it for true faith. We also explore the lack of meaning in science and why scientism is now a modern form of idolatry. 

About the Guest

ManScott A. Shay is a Co-Founder and Chairman of Signature Bank and he is also the Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Elah Fund, an Israel private equity fund. He is a passionate community activist as well. Scott started an adult educational program, chaired several major Jewish educational programs and, with his wife Susan, started a Hebrew School. He is the author of In Good Faith: Questioning Religion and Atheism and Getting our Groove Back: How to Energize American Jewry. He has also written articles on Judaism, belief and the economy for many leading publications. Scott has been thinking about religion, reason, and modernity since wondering why his parents sent him to Hebrew school.

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Charlie Hartwell & Maureen Pelton on Investing in Consciousness

Charlie Hartwell & Maureen Pelton on Investing in Consciousness

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How has the science of consciousness led to a scalable Mind/Training Industry? Is the collective ready to go deeper using the innovations that emerge from this space? How do we honor the divinity within and still bring these concepts to the consumer without losing the heart and soul of the teachings and techniques? In this episode, Maureen Pelton and Charlie Hartwell give us a great overview of the Mind/Training space, how it has changed as technology developed, and where they see it going. We also explore the potential and power of psychedelics for curative, transformative healing. And how to bring the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine into balance in ourselves and the collective.

About the Guests

Man and womanCharlie Hartwell is the Managing Partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group of highly successful investors who have been investing in start-up companies in the space of mental health, consciousness, and spirituality. Some of their investments include Pear Therapeutics, Insight Timer, Headspace, and Happify Health.

A Harvard Business School graduate, Charlie has served and led organizations in 14 different industries, including starting a nonprofit in the slums of Kenya in 1986 that has now served health care to several million patients.

Maureen Pelton, MSSW, is a social scientist and spiritual teacher with 36 years of professional experience as a Holistic Psychotherapist, Executive Coach, Organizational Consultant, Adjunct Faculty, and Group Facilitator.

Maureen is a teacher on Insight Timer, and is a Certified Advanced Practitioner of Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy, QNRT™ and is a partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative

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Corbie Mitleid on How to Spot a Fraud

Corbie Mitleid on How to Spot a Fraud

 

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What is the real value of having a psychic reading? When should you not see a psychic? How can you spot a fraud? In this episode, Corbie Mitleid and Angela Levesque explore the world of psychic mediumship. Corbie shares with us how to spot the real deal and who you should stay away from. The difference between types of psychics and how we can heal trauma from past lives. She also shares ways to enhance your own intuitive abilities.

About the Guest

Woman with crow statueCorbie Mitleid has always been “the different one.” A writer and visionary in a completely medical family (father a doctor, mother a nurse, brother a doctor), she has always made her own path rather than take one cut for her by others. Leaving an Ivy League university after two years, Corbie struck out to find where joy and purpose lived, regardless of what she was told she “ought” to do.
 
The path wasn’t easy. Two marriages, which didn’t last, and a constant search for the Partner Who Understood. A succession of jobs. A series of spiritual paths. Moving from Cambridge to Philadelphia to Poughkeepsie to New York City to Atlanta. Out of the blue, breast cancer—not once, but three times. Life became a roller coaster with no brakes, asking Corbie to survive divorce, abuse, poverty and life-threatening illness. But through all of this, she learned the value of the Examined Life: meeting challenges and always asking the next question, facing each new situation with strength, courage and humor.
 
Today, Corbie brings a full toolbox to her job as a beacon of manifestation and vision for her clients, using her skills as a Certified Tarot Master, psychic medium, past-life specialist, and channel. Her career now spans the globe, with clients worldwide. Her talents as an intuitive are featured in bestselling books. Still, her clients treasure her attitude of I’m not special, you can do what I do.
 
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Corbie’s Website https://corbiemitleid.com

Tarot for Your Self, 2nd Edition: A Workbook for Personal Transformation by Mary Greer

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Spirit Whispers from Echo Rock

Spirit Whispers from Echo Rock

 The Sound of my own wheels making me Crazy

In my travels across North America I’ve experienced a great deal of solitude. I’ve driven countless hours, gazing upon the Natural wonders and ever changing landscapes. The endless pursuit of a beautiful, yet elusive horizons. My internal dialogue as haunting as the sound of my own wheels making me crazy. It was on an open stretch of road in Wisconsin that I was overcome with loneliness, my spirit longing for companionship. There was an aching within my heart, as my vision began to blur with tears.

It became difficult to see the road, so I pulled over and relinquished to this rise of emotions. The sense of despair so pervasive, I found myself turning to prayer. My prayer was to our world, to Spirit and to the heavens beyond. My wish was for relief of this intense sadness and to not feel so alone. The unrelenting sense of loneliness had overwhelmed and demoralized me. I wish for a sign, some kind of message from Spirit. After some time had passed, I began to regain my composure, taking solace in the beautiful scenery before me. High above the land rose sandstone formations that seemed to touch the sky. These formations appeared as ancient guardians of a valley that stretched to the horizon.

A sign drew my attention as though it were a beacon, “Mirror Lake”

My Campsite at Mirror Lake, Wisconsin I’d grown weary of driving, and of this despair. Rest is on my mind as I sought a place of respite for the night. Just ahead, a sign drew my attention as though it were a beacon, “Mirror Lake” it read. Such a profound name I thought, a synchronicity that I must not ignore. So I charted my course toward the campgrounds at Mirror Lake Park, there I will rest for the evening. Upon arriving I stopped at the rangers station, and secured my site. As I drove towards the campsite, I became immersed in a beautiful forest. I retreated into nature which gives me a great sense of peace. It was as though I traveled back in time, to when life was much more simple.

Once settled in, I shared my location on social media to let friends and family know of my day’s progress. A message came from my sister with a link to a hiking trail leading to a place called Echo Rock. What a mysterious name I thought, maybe this is exactly where I’m supposed to be? That evening I made a campfire, and held a small ceremony around it. The forest became very active under a star filled sky. In the nearby woods I heard cracking and stepping sounds that were approaching my site. I became a bit spooked, and retreated to the relative safety of my camper for the remainder of that night.

Searching for the mysterious Echo Rock

I awoke the next morning to beautiful sunshine, a warm summers day. The first thought on my mind was to search for the mysterious Echo Rock. Maybe there will be an experience waiting for me, if I follow my intuition? I began walking along the forest road and it wasn’t long before I came upon a trailhead sign pointing the way. Echo rock was only a short distance along a forest trail which follows the shoreline of mirror Lake.

I walked along the path taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic trail. Ahead, the land rises in a high mound with trees along its peak. I took the lower trail which took me along the waters edge, and ancient sandstone formation to my right. Here it was, rising from the forest floor, I had found Echo Rock.

The Rock’s surface was unusual, the elements have sculpted its façade over the eons. I contemplated all the earth changes that this rock has witnessed. I noticed names and inscriptions carved into the stone of the many visitors who have gravitated here. Some of the carvings date back well over a century. I felt my way a long its walls, wanting so much to learn from its wisdom. As I searched over the stone for anything that would provide me with some kind of profound knowledge, but there was only silence. I felt disappointment, as I began thinking that my intuition was wrong. Maybe there was nothing here for me to discover?

I made my way around Echo Rock until I finally had come full circle

Echo Rock I made my way around Echo Rock until I finally had come full circle. There I noticed a slight trail leading up to the mounds summit. Drawn to it and I began making my way along the gently rising path. The area above felt playful, happy and in every way an enchanted forest.

I closed my eyes and began to hear the whisper of Spirits Area above Echo Rock, at Mirror Lake Once I arrive at the very top, I turned to face all the directions, admiring the beautiful scenery and views of Mirror Lake. I gazed up at the forest’s canopy and the earth seemed to spin a bit. A slight dizziness came over me, and I felt compelled to place the small of my back firmly against one of the trees. Feeling ungrounded, I began to take some deep meditative breaths. I closed my eyes and began to hear the whisper of Spirits all around me. Confused, I opened my eyes to scan the area and could see that I was completely alone. I settled back into the tree, and it was then that I experienced a wave of messages.

It began as whispers, that were nearby and yet all around me

It began as whispers, that were nearby and yet all around me. I heard many different male and female voices. At times one voice would complete another’s sentence, just as twins often do. In other moments the voices all spoke in unison. Theses spirits have a collective consciousness and were speaking as One.

Their first message was to reassure me that I was never alone. No matter the situation, they are always present, and always supporting me. I was overcome with emotion, and my heart expanded. This was a direct response to my desperate prayers on the previous day, when I had felt so alone! I am loved unconditionally by the spirits and my life matters to them. I would define their voices as belonging to a Collective Council of Divine Spirits who are the Creators of our Natural world.

Humanity is unaware of Earth’s true constructs

The subject shifted as they began to share information and concepts that I found difficult to understand. Their first revelation was that the Natural world is essentially a three dimensional Hologram. All life on Earth has been intelligently designed. The evidence is not only found within an organism’s DNA but also in the fact that this blueprint actually exists. The literal progression of divine creativity manifested in the physical world, the evidence found within all of Creation. Natural selection, is actually the result of a divine intelligence’s experimentations that lead to manifesting conscious selections. Variations within species are sometimes a product of aesthetics, beauty and preferences not solely based on functionality.

The holographic program provides humanity with limitless information and continual guidance. Within the natural world, animals serve an integral roles within this wonderous design and functionality of this holographic ecosystem. Furthermore, animals will respond to us in a positive way and recognize our true divinity, once we are fully conscious. The divine council’s preferred method of communications with humanity is through the Natural World. This has enlightened me as to why Nature has always served as man’s earliest and foremost teacher.

A war is being waged over humanity’s future

The physical world was created with such perfection that humanity is unaware of Earth’s true construct. The hologram is like a dream world that we are unable to recognize. In essence our world is similar to the Matrix theory, but never with the intention of keeping humanity under its control. However the potential for abuses and subversions are real and present. The divine creators did not intend for such interference but antagonistic forces have permeated the hologram’s construct.

The Divine beings are engaged in a war that is being waged over humanity’s future. A war that is consequently coming to a conclusion, perhaps even within our lifetime. A message followed that some human beings are not what they appear to be. The explanation is, while human beings are all the same species, aside from certain genetic manipulations, we vary in our soul origins. The souls or spirits of humans come from a multitude of star nations and dimensions. All these energies have assembled here on Mother Earth for a multitude of Divine purposes.

The outcome of this Global conflict is of Critical Importance

There are human beings who are influenced and manipulated by antagonistic energies. The intentions of these forces or energies, are to subvert humanity for their own interests. Since Nature is central to divine communications, adversaries seek to destroy as much of the natural world as possible. The greater purpose is to diminish the influence of the collective council of Divine beings. The Antagonist energies are responsible for many of humanity’s imbalances and the ongoing assault waged upon our Mother Earth.

I accept that there is a higher purpose for this war, because I trust in the divine Collective beings. Admittedly though, I don’t understand the complexities or why it’s necessary for this to play out. The conflict over our world has occurred on other planets throughout time. The outcome and higher purpose of this conflict is of great importance to All. I was assured that my contributions, along with those of countless fellow Human Star Seeds, matters greatly. The Collective Council of Divine Beings Love humanity unconditionally, as we are integral to their creation design and plan. They are working continuously to assist us. Consequently, for reasons I don’t fully understand, our destinies are mutually interconnected with our divine Creators.

A Collective Council for Mankind

Envision with me, a society that builds consensus, operates from Love, respects Natural Law and holds the Natural world sacred. Its been several years now since this life changing experience occurred at Echo Rock on Mirror Lake. I am very grateful for the love and profound messages that the Divine Beings bestowed on me. As a result, my views on religion and the constructs of our society are forever changed. My understanding of our Creator or (GOD), has diverged from the popular monotheistic views. I now recognize a Collective Council of Divine Creators, who speak as One.

In reflecting upon this single distinction, I ponder the countless profound implications of this view.  Consequently, could this knowledge eventually free humanity from the monotheistic, patriarchal paradigms and systems that have imprisoned us all? Can we raise our collective consciousness in this pivotal period, and in time to avoid our current global trajectory of destruction?

Imagine our world breaking free from all the controls and limitations of existing World governments.  These systems of control abandoned for individual enlightenment and a shared Collective Consciousness. A conscious evolution of humanity, striving for a tangible relationship with our Creators. A relationship based on active listening, respect, Cocreation, gratitude and Love. We are at a pivotal time in our evolution, which will determine our future survival. We have the opportunity to Mirror our Creators, adopting the wisdom of the Collective Council of Divine Creators. We have the potential to evolve into a society that builds consensus, operates from Love, respects Natural Law and holds the Natural world sacred.  Ah-Ho

Discerning Emotion Meditation

Discerning Emotion Meditation

This guided meditation is part of a weekly Living Light Meditation gathering in the Chaos & Light Community. This meditation takes you through a guided relaxation and then asks you to explore where you hold emotions in your body. It is all about learning to witness and discern how and where different emotions are felt in the body. You will go through both positive and more challenging emotions but ultimately end with love. Through this process we learn that our emotions are nothing to fear and the more we can witness them, the more we can learn and heed their messages for us.

 

 
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