Ready as I can be!
“A miracle is just a shift in perception from fear to love. And that shift changes everything.” -Marianne Williamson
Greetings on this holiday weekend! Hoping you are all enjoying some down time, including extra time with family and friends.
According to all sources I read on what’s happening in this era of our world, August was a killer month. Between the intense effects of the eclipse(s), a full mercury retrograde and the epic Harvey disaster, we haven’t had much of a minute to digest the hits as they came in. It was definitely a month full of energetic and emotional gyrations. And, September is shaping up to continue the trend.
With all this going on, you may ask, what do miracles have to do with anything? And, it’s a fair question, so here’s my answer: everything. It’s when we are challenged, just about every day, to navigate our human reactions to hard happenings that we really need the ability to shift our perception. No, this doesn’t mean I’m advocating the bypass of true emotions we are experiencing, but to stay open to new ways to perceiving the meaning we may assign to the situation/events. This is extra hard when we feel kicked into fear, causing re-action.
Now I am throwing these words with VERY big meanings around like we all have the definition of them, so let’s pause for a moment and look more carefully. What I’ve realized through my work, is that most of us grew up without a good sense of what “fear” or “love” is or means. Seriously, if you are surrounded by others in consistent fear/reaction, it becomes “normal”. Not natural (that’s love, by the way), but normal. It’s the soup we swim in because we were raised in it and around it. And, it becomes the predominant motivator of our actions. When I look around, I realize that many people don’t know when they are in fear, sometimes even believing their reactions and/or beliefs are coming from love. So, a quick guide:
How do you know when you are in fear? You are judging. A situation, a person (or a group of people), yourself. The very presence of judgement in your thoughts or heart is the biggest fear indicator. From judgement springs separation, hatred, loneliness, comparison, violence.
How do you know when you are in a state of love? You are fully, 100% in the present with openness and acceptance. There’s an effortless flow, like the water in a stream moving around anything that comes into it’s path. No resistance, just flow.
What can we do when we recognize we are in fear? Shift as quickly as possible from judgement/anger to acceptance/forgiveness. I saw the Dalai Lama speak in San Diego many years ago. He sat on stage and chuckled about how people could ever believe he had no reactions. “Of course I do, he said, I’m human! The difference is how quickly I move from that fear to acceptance/love. “
I know, it’s a tall order sometimes. But, I know you are up for it. So, here’s a challenge on the Labor Day. Give birth to a new habit of recognizing fear with it’s destructive ways and challenge yourself to create a miracle by consciously shifting your perception through love, forgiveness and gratitude.
This got much longer than I thought…thanks for hanging in there (if you did!) and, as always, big light to you and yours.
P.S. If you want to learn more about making miracles, check out our free PDF: 10 Ways to Shift from Fear to Love