On Good Friday’s I tremble. Especially for the last eight years after I had a near death experience in 2008 (more on this in another post) On Good Friday I listen to a Black Spiritual hymn entitled “Were you there when they crucified my lord” The chorus of the song is Ohh, sometimes it causes me to tremble. Listening and singing to this song it takes me back to this Good Friday in 2008 and I still do tremble physically and spiritually.
Part of being on the spiritual journey can be the feeling or feedback that “you’re crazy.” Friends’, family, and coworkers watching at you and the changes you are making in yourself and your life can cause discomfort, sometime real pain, as they watch you grow and expand and evolve (more on this in a future post). Sometimes they cannot put their fingers on it. Sometimes they are very direct in the comments and criticism. This can hurt, especially when you are attempting to be open and vulnerability as part of that journey. I know I have certainly had this through parts of my journey. We all have.
Some of us have the ability to speak to our chakras and hear what they are saying back to us. Some of us only occasionally hear whispers from our chakras, and even then sometimes we doubt what we hear. I am often in the situation myself. This is a beautiful illustration of how we can be centred in each of our chakras and perhaps hear just a little more loudly, just a little more clearly what our chakras are saying to us.
We sometimes forget that the chakras are the transmitters and conduits of the universe.
They transmit the Universes’ personal and unique messages to each of us.
Serendipity, I received this e-mail from Tori Hartman right at the end of my mediation last week when the Dots were connecting. It was for me confirmation of all that I had given in the lessons and insights of My Dots being connected. As Tori says below this was the Universe sending me a “billboard” (see below, I love this sentiment). This is a longer post but I also love the question she asks about what we are doing while we are waiting to catch the next great wave. You cannot be riding the way all the time. This is simply part of the human experience. Mike Dooley reinforces a similar point with his teachings. It is not what we are doing when we are on a spiritual roll of manifestation, i.e. riding the wave that counts. What counts is what you are doing when the waters are calm and you are waiting for the wave. Mike’s point is that the more prepared you are, the better and longer the ride.
Today, in meditation, was one of those wondrous days. The Dots connected! Many Dots connected for me. Dots that had been collected for many years. Dots that had been reinforced throughout my journey. Dots that had become very large and very uncomfortable as I looked back at stages of my life, and as looked to where my life is now.
Many of us on the “spiritual path,” talk about “doing the work.” This is the time and effort we spend reflecting and analysing ourselves, and our past experiences. We do this so we can understand thoughts, behaviours and patterns that have, and do, block our progress as to where we want to be going in our lives and what we want to be manifesting in them.
For me the Dots that connected today were all around my ability to truly receive. To receive gifts from others, and from the universe. Like so many of us I came to realize that the blockages I had, had come from vows I had made with myself at a very young age and that I have been honouring for nearly 50 years. It is said that “awareness is curative.” I am not sure I’m fully cured, but I am now certainly fully aware. Parts of this awareness are heartbreaking, looking back and now understanding the choices that were made and the outcomes that were realized. Parts of this awareness are liberating, enlightening, now being able to have some understanding of why many things have happened the way they have. And in this awareness there is indeed much power.
Sometimes we wonder, I know I certainly have at times, is it all worth it? Would it not be easier to step off the spiritual path? Days like today, when the Dots connect, when it all seems to make sense, when you can see a clear path as to why you have arrived in the spot you are in precisely now, the question of was it worth it is absolutely moot. Because even now as the awe of those moments of The Dots connecting and the insights provided lessens a little bit, the fact that they happened only shows me that yes it is all worth it.
I know this is merely a stage in the journey, yet it is a stage that I celebrate for I have received much today and I am grateful for that. I look forward to the next stages of the journey and the Dots that will be collected so that those too can connect.
In a meditation a few months ago, I was with a group of people who were all going through great change in their lives at the time. During the meditation Archangel Gabriel came to me and shared with me that, he is as many see him the “Angel of good news”, and he is the Angel who inspires and motivates artists and communicators, helping them to overcome fear and procrastination. But more importantly he is in fact the Angel of Change. The fact that people see him as the angel of good news, the Angel of Motivation, is simply just the manifestation of the change process coming into our physical world.
He also shared that to be able to move forward in the process of change you must close doors behind you. He explained how many people like to move through change simultaneously having one door open, while opening up another door, or doors, in front of them. He explained that when trying to make great change in your life this will not work. It dilutes the energy. Most of us need to close a door or two firmly behind us, and wait then until the right door(s) opens. Sometimes when the doors are closed behind us, and no doors are opened in front of us, it can be very dark in the hallway. This is the act of faith, having faith that while standing in the darkness a door leading into the light it is in fact going to open. Faith that it is going to be a better door you walk through then the one that just closed. While in the hallway trying to open doors a crack and peak in, or open a couple of doors a crack and looking in again only dilutes the energies and slows down the dreams that that the Universe and the Angels are conspiring to manifest.
As I look back over the last few months I have been closing many doors in my life. A few new ones have opened, I wait with anticipation for the others that will be opening …
I have shared before on how often serendipity strikes and I find just the right guidance appearing before me, and certainly for the last week or so i have been needing some. If often takes the form of other Sherpa’s that I follow. Today it was Mike Dooley and giving to yourself. As always Mike writes his notes coming from the Universe …
Isn’t it a hoot? Of all the people in all the world who actually “get it,” few actually give it to themselves.
Whatever it is you want, start.
Give yourself compliments, praise, and presents.
Give yourself time, permission, and love. Hugs, kisses, and smiles. Winks, laughs, and applause.
And I will give you even more.
Now, please –
PS – “Whoohooos!,” “Eeee-haaaaas!,” and “Cowabungas!,”
May we all “gift” ourselves today they way we do others …
“It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
Sir Edmund Hillary
We are all Spiritual Sherpa’s. We have all had Spiritual Sherpa’s come into our lives who have helped us progress in our life’s journey. The concept of “the Sherpa” was popularized by the Sherpa people of Nepal. As guides and energetic supporters of mountain climbers seeking to summit Mount Everest they proved to be invaluable. The most famous Sherpa is Tensig Norgay, who with Sir Edmund Hillary became one of the first two human’s to climb to the highest peak on this planet. As Hillary’s Sherpa, Norgay helped him prepare for the ascent. He provided guidance and insight and assistance. He participated as an equal and priceless member of the team. He supported Hillary and the team every step of the way up the mountain. Ultimately though with all the help and support Norgay provided, it was Hillary who ultimately had to climb to the summit. Step by step, he had to put one foot in front of the other. He had to want to embrace the challenge, its hardship and its struggle so ultimately he could achieve his goal. He alone had to take those steps, especially the final ones, of his own free. In doing so he would be the first person to stand on the top of the world.
So it is with spiritual Sherpa’s. They help to lighten the load. They help guide. They help us prepare for what lies in our paths’. Sometimes they can even lead us near to the top of the mountain. However like Hillary, we only ascend to the top of those mountains, to achieve our goals, to expand our beliefs, to expand our and horizons, to have those amazing new experiences, only if we are willing to take these steps of our own free will.
We have all had Sherpa’s in our lives. These are people who have appeared in our lives seeming at just the right time. They ask just the right question. They assisted with course corrections to help guide us in the right direction, often with us not even being aware. They helped us to confirm what we already know to be true. They shared enthusiasm, support and love. Often they simply let us know they are there. Letting us know that we were not alone. Letting us know that they walk with us for many steps in our journey. None of us would not be where we are in our life’s journey were it not for the Sherpa’s who have supported and helped each of us along the way.
I had the privilege of spending an evening with Sir Edmond Hillary when I was a younger man. That evening he was very humble, quite yet powerful and forceful in all he shared. He had become a passionate and ardent environmentalist, in many ways becoming a Sherpa to the Mountain and Land itself. I was gifted with many memories from that evening. Two of the strongest that stay with me are: the famous quote shared at the beginning of this post, that summed up his approach to Mt. Everest and life, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” The second was his quite yet firm tribute to his partner and Sherpa.
So who are the Sherpas’ you pay tribute too?
Who are you “Sherpaing” at this stage of your journey?
Who is Sherpaing you?
To the Inner The Sherpa in all of Us