From Suicide into the Light

When a friend or loved one commits suicide, the flood of emotions, regrets and fears can be more than one person can know how to bear. Loved ones need love, support, listening ears, space, time, and spiritual guidance after someone close commits suicide.

In my work with clients, I have experienced a variety of reasons that clients have needed healing after a loved one committed suicide or died from natural causes. Although I never set out to be a medium, I have found that Archangel Michael and Archangel Raphael have enabled me to serve as a medium for the purpose of healing, both for the client, and also for the loved one who passed on.

This healing for both the deceased and the client or clients has happened a number of ways. While I have served as a healing medium now for a number of years, I first began with a little resistance and a lot of doubts. Then, I realized that, as a healer, whatever my clients need for their own healing dictates how I need to serve.

A few years ago, a middle-aged woman began to see me for healing with some relationship issues. During one of the healing and life coaching sessions, she shared that her brother had committed suicide after disappearing long ago, under mysterious circumstances. While she was growing up, her mother had often threatened to commit suicide. The family legacy of the intention of suicide was clear, leaving negative emotional imprints on every generation.

The client asked me to channel her brother, or to find out what happened with him. I was new to this process and felt pretty insecure and doubted myself a lot, but we got results or answers that seemed to satisfy her.

That was all and well, except that emotional energy pattern of suicide still ran through her family, because it had not yet been cleared. There was also a history of interfering negative energy in their family interjected by a person who had inserted themselves into a relationship with a family member.  This other person had engaged in energetic attacks on the family and their home.  I had not been invited to clear the negative energy in the home, so it still remained.

Unfortunately, the woman contacted me out of the blue about one year later, in terrible distress because her 24-year-old son had just committed suicide in his bedroom in their family home. She asked me to meet with her and her two daughters to channel her son. I agreed.

I believe it was later that same day that we gathered in Washington, DC. We spoke about her son who was gone: a positive, smart, capable, handsome, kind young man who got depressed and withdrawn, and spent too much time in his bedroom that seemed to have a lot of dark energy. The parents found him. They were distraught, and the mom, my client, was desperate to connect with him.

So, I prayed, and then asked Archangel Michael to open a channel to the young man’s soul. I sensed that Archangel Michael did so, and that the young man’s soul was present to us. I asked for a sign, and saw some keys dangling in front of me in my mind’s eye.

I thought to myself, “I can’t ask this distraught mother if keys were important to her son.” But then, I “saw” the young man stick his finger through the keys and twirl them on his finger.

So, I asked my client if her son liked keys, and if he liked to swing them around his finger. She answered, “Oh, yes! He loved keys, and would swing them on his finger. He always loved keys – when he was a toddler, he had a big bunch of keys he would carry around. Just last week, he rearranged my keys on my key ring and added a red heart.”

So, I said, “I believe he is with us,” and explained what he had shown me.

I then channeled him, with tears pouring down my cheeks from the emotion coming through from him.  He kept apologizing to his mom through me. He realized immediately that he had made a mistake. And right away, he chose to serve the light on the other side, the astral/heavenly realms. He decided to work off his karma by helping lost souls on the other side. He was clearly surrounded by and protected by angels.

His mom and sisters felt reassured, of course. I felt overwhelmed by the deep and touching emotions and extremely grateful to be part of this healing process.

Perhaps six months later, the mother got in touch with me again. She and her husband had moved to California, in part to get away from the house where their son had died. Now, their other son was struggling and needed help; he also lived in California, so we connected by phone.

The other son worked with me just a little bit. He seemed very stuck on negative outlooks. He was not very open to changing his perspective or having faith that the universe could work things out with him and for him. He was very unhappy, and had a low opinion of himself. He stopped working with me, which was, in my opinion, a regrettable choice, especially since he had not tried energy healing/distance healing.

Just yesterday, the woman reached out to me by text to say that this older son died the day before of an accidental overdose of opioids. She sent me photos and I texted back-and-forth with her for awhile to support her in her grief. She asked if I could do a session by phone with her and her daughters to channel this son from the other side. I agreed.

Being a minister, I felt I had to pray for the soul of her son as soon as possible, especially because I had another client to see first before I could do the session with the grieving mom.

When I prayed for this young man who just died, I did not ask for Archangel Michael to open a channel, so I felt really surprised when I “saw” him, in a heavenly realm, surrounded by angels glowing brightly with white light. He seemed to shy away from the angels, and somehow I knew that he felt unworthy to be with them.

Then, in my mind’s eye, his younger brother who had committed suicide appeared glowing brightly with white light like the angels. The younger brother gave the brother who had just died a big hug. The older brother stayed in the hug for a bit, and then drew back, saying, “I’m not worthy. I’m not good enough.”

I realized that if he didn’t heal that thought, he would end up spending who knows how long in a lower-vibration realm, until he would let himself be drawn back to the light. I asked how we could help him heal, and it came to me to have the mom and the sisters and I pray the Hawaiian Prayer to heal that thought pattern/energy vibration: “I am unworthy/not good enough.”

Later that day, when we did the conference call together, the mom, the two daughters and I, I first listened as a devastated mother grieved and talked about the second son that she had lost. I asked her questions about how it happened. Then, I checked in on the daughters, and questioned one, knowing that she needed to be encouraged to grow emotionally through this experience so that she could heal also.

After focusing on them, I shared with them what had happened when I prayed. I asked them to tell me I was wrong about what I had heard the older brother say about being unworthy. I really wanted to be wrong for his sake. However, all three women affirmed that that is exactly what he would have said.

So, I shared with them the idea that came to me about using the Hawaiian Prayer to help him heal. They all three agreed.  It took me awhile to clarify how we needed to do it, the philosophy and spirituality of the Hawaiian Prayer, and how to “aim” it in this situation.

Then, I asked if they would like me to ask the archangels to open a channel for healing the son/brother while we prayed the prayer. The mom immediately jumped in with a resounding “yes.”

So, I asked them to wait while I prayed and asked Archangel Michael to help.  I ended up asking both Archangel Michael and Archangel Raphael (the archangel of healing) to open a channel of healing between me and the son, and also between the mother and sisters and the son/brother who needed healing. then I asked for a sign that the channel was open.

Immediately, I “saw” in my mind’s eye the two brothers seated on a square white rug, with the emptiness of astral space all around them. The two young men were sitting cross-legged on the rug, and my vision was mostly drawn to the one who had committed suicide years ago and who was serving the light. His arms were crossed, and he told me they were having a competition to see who was most stubborn to stay there until they worked this out. He said they were “having a contest.”

So, I asked the mom and sisters if the two brothers would be likely to be competing with each other, and if they would have a contest between them.  All three affirmed that they would be likely to be competing and having a contest with each other. I reassured them that we had a sign of the healing channel being open by sharing what I had seen and heard.

I then suggested that we “pray” the Hawaiian Prayer for five minutes, and said I would check in at that point. We prayed, and when I had finished, I asked again for a sign of how the two sons/brothers were doing.

I saw them standing up together this time, and the son who had just died was so much better and happier. He was realizing that the thought of being unworthy was just a thought pattern in the family, and that it didn’t belong to him. He let it go. I was amazed that he had healed so quickly, but of course, he had angels and his brother with him and all four of us back down on earth.

The mother had mentioned to me that the father had decided to be like Buddha, and to break the cycle of rebirth. The brothers were aware of this, and immediately shifted together to seeking to serve the light to go beyond rebirth. They both immediately realized that they needed to help other people find the light in order to break the karmic cycle of rebirth.

Then, I saw the two brothers holding “flashlights” and aiming them down at earth to shine light on their mother, father, and sisters. I even saw a spotlight of light hitting the earth. They were like cute little boys playing happily with the light.

I checked the time on my phone, and discovered it had been exactly five minutes. So, I checked in with the women, and told them about the sign I had received. I then asked if the boys had liked flashlights. The mom enthusiastically confirmed that they had played with flashlights together as little boys.

So, we had received two signs that the brothers, in heaven, were healing together, and were now serving the light. First, we received the “contest” between them, and then them shining flashlights down to earth to share the light of heaven with their family.

How amazing, healing, and transforming a story!  What a joy it is working with this family, that is so committed to healing, to love, to finding and serving the light!

May we all heal, love, and find and serve the light as well!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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How to Heal Relationships with the Hawaiian Prayer

The Hawaiian prayer has become one of my favorite tools for helping my clients. I recommend it because I have personally found it has healed dysfunctional work relationships, family relationships and increased my income. There are no limits to what the Hawaiian Prayer can be used to heal.  How to Heal Relationships with the Hawaiian Prayer

The Hawaiian prayer became famous through the story of Dr. Ihaleakala Hew Len, who used the prayer as a psychologist at the Hawaii State Hospital for the criminally insane. Len used the Hawaiian prayer on himself and ended up curing the whole ward full of criminally insane patients, without ever seeing any of them.

On the surface, the Hawaiian Prayer is very simple: “I am sorry. Please forgive me. I love you. Thank you.”

The reason this prayer is so effective is that it is based on certain spiritual principles: that we are all one on the soul level; that we are responsible for what is happening in our lives; and that healing the outer manifestation of our lives depends on healing our own internal issues.

The idea of our oneness makes all the difference in the world, for we are connected through the conscious energy of our souls, and the Higher Power of which we are all a part.

To employ the Hawaiian Prayer, we first address our Creator, with gratitude for this opportunity to heal this issue, or to heal this issue between ourselves and someone else. Next, we ask this Higher Consciousness: “What is my part in this?”

This internal reflection is essential for our own inner transformation, and the concomitant outer transformation of our relationships. One way to get a sense of our own inner contribution to the issue is to reflect on the principle of the spiritual mirror in relationships.

The way I like to express the principle of the spiritual mirror in relationships is like this: If someone else has said or done something, and if we feel upset about it, then we have a matching vibration in ourselves that needs to heal or clear. The matching vibration might be the same exact issue such as selfishness, or it may be the mirror-opposite, such as selfishness and failure to consider oneself as important.

Once we become aware what our part in the issue has been, we pray in our heads, while visualizing the person and saying their name. For instance, one might pray, “Jack, I’m sorry I forgot to get you those postcards; I was so focused on what was important to me that I forgot what was important to you. Please forgive me, I love you, I’m sorry.”

We continue to pray the Hawaiian Prayer until we feel clear, and feel unconditional love in the situation, or for the person. Since unconditional love is what unites us in Oneness, we need to continue doing the prayer until we feel the love flow. We can try praying several different ways, to make sure that the issue is cleared. For instance, we can pray, “Andrea, I’m sorry I put you last behind everything I cared about; please forgive me; I love you; thank you. Andrea, I’m sorry I didn’t pay attention to what’s important to you; please forgive me; I love you; thank you. Andrea, I’m sorry I put my own feelings first without really considering how you felt; please forgive me; I love you; thank you.” The more ways we address our own inner issue as it affects others, the more thoroughly the issue will clear.

It’s important to remember that we are addressing the person as their soul, not their ego. We may not like their ego at all, but all our souls are of love and light, and on the soul level, we all really do love each other. It is our responsibility to ask forgiveness and to change all that we have said and done that has blocked the flow of that unconditional love. As we unblock the flow of divine love to others, we unblock the flow of love to ourselves as well.

As we choose to accept responsibility for our own experiences, including the behavior of others toward us, we realize that there is no one else to forgive, for on the level of ego, we blocked the divine flow. Once we unblock that flow, grace abounds for us all.

It is important to notice that the Hawaiian Prayer ends with gratitude. We cannot clear ourselves unless we are grateful for the other person’s soul and for their forgiveness. We are also expressing gratitude to our Source for the whole process of forgiveness and healing.

Central to healing our relationships is noticing whether we are remembering each person’s original innocence as divine soul. If we become aware that we have been focusing on another person’s ego self rather than on their soul self, then we need to ask forgiveness. Signs of focusing on other people’s ego rather than their souls include a lack of trust in them, anger, resentment or fear.

The Hawaiian Prayer helps us grow spiritually, heal our relationships and transform our lives. What a great tool for bringing more love and light into ourselves and our relationships.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

This is a re-post from Natural Awakenings Magazine:

http://naturalawakeningsdc.com/nadc-january-18/heal-relationships-hawaiian-prayer/

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Encouragement for the New Year

A few weeks ago, I had an experience which felt the opposite of encouraging.  Even though I expected encouragement, I received what sounded like the opposite, at least strongly on one point.  There was one affirmation that I heard in comments made to me, but the negativity was so strong, it took me back.

Now, I know the persons involved were well-intentioned and do care deeply about my wellbeing.  So, I had to reflect on whether the point they were making was right, in the context in which it seemed off-the-mark, or if it was a re-direction of my way of doing something that the Universe needed to signal me, or if it was just as harshly critical of me as it sounded when delivered.

What came to me was the realization that the Universe meant it as encouragement, even if I had to shift my focus a bit.  It then occurred to me that the Universe means for all of our experiences in life to be encouraging, even when they do not look, feel, or sound like encouragement.

Often enough, life seems to send us what looks, feels, and/or sounds like discouragement, but that is never the true message that the Universe, as an extension of the Divine, intends to send us.  This message became very clear to me as a result of the above experience.  What my intuition clarified is that the Universe is always encouraging us, no matter what the world seems to be delivering in our faces.

Even if the world is raising its voice with a resounding “no,” or we experience doors closing, or someone tells us we’re crazy or that we should give up, none of those is exactly what the Universe is saying.  Oh, the Universe might be saying we need to shift a bit, or that we do need to try to do something a little differently, but the Universe never sends the message of discouragement to our hearts and souls.  That would not be Love.

The Divine always sees the beauty of our souls, and encourages that, and yes – we all have stunningly beautiful souls.  When our plans are more ego-driven than soul-driven, we might receive some negative feedback, and it might hurt.  It might be the Universe giving us some guidance to shift what we are doing, but never to give up, for the Divine knows how much potential our souls have for doing good in the world (almost always a lot of potential for doing good!)

Generally, the Universe is still sending us the message:  Don’t Give Up!  The Divine may be telling us that we need to get stronger in our message, not weaker.  The Universe may be preparing us for facing other obstacles or other nay-sayers who would discourage us. The Divine just may be giving us practice so we will keep our own drive and momentum going by believing in ourselves even when others don’t.

Yes, that is the secret:  we need to believe in ourselves.  Hard as it may seem for some of us, we do need to believe in ourselves and our life purpose and our potential for creating good in life.  Never Give Up!

This is the Universe messaging you that you are amazing and you are capable of doing so much good in the world.  This is the Universe telling you to follow your dreams and let your heart sing and your feet dance, or whatever floats your boat!

Actually, everything in life is encouraging you to pursue your dreams, even when a lot of other people just don’t get it.  Your dreams are your dreams, and if your dreams can make the world a better place by using your best gifts, then maybe you just need a little shift or a lot more courage and hard work.

But don’t give up on your dreams, for that would be like giving up on yourself.  Dreams are a Gift from Heaven to make the world a joyful place, starting with the joy in our own hearts and minds.

In 2018, may you find the courage and tenacity to pursue your dreams, and may you never give up until you are finding and sharing the love and joy that are the natural birthright of our souls.   Happy 2018!

Love and Light,

Carol Anandi

 

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Forgiveness and Grace

How do we understand forgiveness and grace from the perspective of higher consciousness?  First, we need to recognize that forgiveness and grace are essential aspects of higher consciousness.  Second, we need to understand how they operate within our own consciousness as well as in relationships with others.

A Course in Miracles cLOGOertainly speaks of forgiveness often.  When I first encountered the usage of the term ‘forgiveness’ as it is written about in ACIM, I instantly realized that its meaning is different than traditional Christian understandings of forgiveness.  Traditional Christianity teaches, based on Christ’s words in the gospels, that when someone ‘sins’ against us, or causes us some harm or offense, then we need to forgive them for their words or actions.  This is a very concrete, cause and effect view of forgiveness.  ACIM includes this view, but with much more depth.

The way I have come to a deeper understanding of forgiveness which meshes with ACIM has been through multiple life experiences followed by intuitive teachings from the “Higher Ups,” as I like to call my guides.

First, I recently have been taught that, whenever we do act out in ways that are painful for ourselves or others, whether we are merely thinking harmful thoughts, or speaking unkind words, or engaging in hurtful actions, we are acting, thinking, or speaking from our inner wounded child, and the ego that seeks to protect us.  Our inner wounded child is either expressing hurt, or asking for what we need, even though it may be in a hurtful manner.

Because it is our inner wounded child that is acting out what is essentially a cry for love, there is no reason to judge our thoughts, words, or actions.  This is true whether we are speaking of ourselves or of someone else, especially, perhaps, those dear ones close to us who know how to “push our buttons.”

What happens when we look at ourselves or others and realize that the inner wounded child has just shown up?  Do we focus on that aspect? Or do we focus on the ego self that is protecting the inner child?  Or do we focus on the soul that is silently glowing with love and beauty behind the façade of this personality?  Yes, it is a choice that we can focus on one aspect of ourselves or others rather than another aspect, and typically we focus on the ego rather than the soul.

If we feel emotionally “triggered” by something or someone, we tend to act out of our own child self through the protective ego, rather than acting out of our own soul self.  Our soul self sees the other person’s soul, not their ego nor only their inner wounded child.

If we can focus on our own soul and the souls of others, then we can see the beauty of the soul as merely reaching for love the only way it knows how through this personality at the moment.  This focus on the soul Self by understanding that it is acting in and through the ego-personality is the kind of forgiveness that ACIM is talking about.  Seeing the beauty of everyone’s soul creates the forgiveness that keeps the soul-level of relationships possible.

Focusing on our souls gives us the grace that is needed to be whole, for focusing on our soul selves means perceiving our wholeness as we were created to be and as we will be again when we feel completely healed. Forgiveness, from the perspective of higher consciousness, means seeing each person’s True Self, the inner Self often hidden behind the layers of lower vibration self that is busy learning and experiencing from lower vibration experiences in this world of illusion.

The next main point I have been taught recently is about judgment and forgiveness.  Recently, the intuitive teaching came to me:

“As soon as I accept responsibility, I am forgiven.

As soon as I accept blame, I am judged.”

From the soul level of our being, we are responsible for all aspects of ourselves and our lives.  From the ego aspect of being, we blame ourselves or others for everything.  If we live from blame, we are seeing ourselves and others as separate from God, or denying the soul Self.  This blame, arising from a sense of separation, leads to judgment. For judgment can only be chosen from a place of separation.

When we understand our essential oneness with God and with others on the soul plane of existence, then we need neither to accept nor to project blame.  When we understand our oneness with God, then we know our true role is accepting responsibility for all that occurs, even what is done by others.  If I am one with you and you are one with me, then we are all responsible for what we are all doing.  I cannot separate myself out from others who are doing or saying things that seem hurtful to me.  All of us are responsible, and as soon as we accept responsibility, forgiveness is possible, because we are recognizing our oneness as souls, and the beauty of forgiveness blossoms forth from the beauty of our soul selves.

To forgive is divine; and to know our oneness with divinity is to live in a constant energy-state/mindset of forgiveness.

This is grace:  living the acceptance of oneness with such love and understanding that we never judge ourselves or others.

We do, however, accept responsibility for our actions and seek to make amends if we have done, thought, or said anything hurtful to ourselves or others.

The finest tool I know for that is the Hawaiian Prayer.

Another way to receive assistance with all of this is through Christ, or another God-Realized Master, for they have the ability to heal us by raising our vibration even when we cannot.  If we have accepted our responsibility for our actions, then forgiveness enters the realm of conscious possibilities for us.  However, if we have remnants of guilt, blame, or shame, our vibration may remain lower.

This is where a guru’s grace comes into play.  Yes, this is where communion, or the Eucharist, also comes into play. A true saint can impart forgiveness in a way that clears the lower vibration we have acquired, and restore our vibration to a higher frequency.  This teaching came to me in church this morning.  When we have allowed ourselves to live from separation, the Enlightened or Christ-consciousness of a Master can restore us to the Oneness through grace.

To sum up simply:  we need to focus on the Soul aspect of ourselves and others.  We need to accept responsibility for our actions, and we need to view all of life from the perspective of forgiveness, knowing that all we do, say or think is either love or a cry for love.  Surely we can forgive every possible cry for love, right?

May it be so!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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The Creative Forces of the Universe

In 2013, Buddha taught me, in a mystical vision, two essential lessons on the spiritual path: the fundamental nature of reality and the keys to enlightenment.  I have written about them here and in my book, Mornings with the Masters: Mystical Journeys in a Postmodern World.  MWTM front cover

The other day, I was sharing with a client what Buddha taught me about the fundamental nature of reality:  that All Is Well.  As I shared this concept with the client, I was intuitively guided to say, “So, when we trust that All Is Well, we tap into the creative forces of the universe.”*

What I have personally discovered is that, as I believe, affirm in my head, and trust the truth that “All Is Well” even when I wasn’t previously feeling like it, and even when a situation does not have the appearance that all is well, that then, somehow, everything that I was previously worried about has worked out beautifully.  It literally is as though, when we affirm “All Is Well” as the fundamental nature of the Universe, we are saying, “Yes, this is Who God is and this is the Way God is showing up in the world and in my life, through a state of being in which All Is Well.”

For this to occur, we do need to relax and to feel and completely trust that, even though we may have no idea how all is well in the workings of a situation, really, truly All Is Well.

This is the very nature of God.  If we would like miracles to occur, then we need to trust that All Is Well, because when we trust that All Is Well, we are trusting God.  Nothing is more powerful than trusting God, because when we are trusting God, we are also loving God, and loving and accepting what God is creating in our lives, even when we feel afraid we may have messed up.

This is crucial:  even when we have felt afraid that we might have messed something up, we need to trust that, because of Who God is, All Is Well even so.  You see, it is never about us.  It is always about God.  And God is amazing!

We can actually experience God as this huge energy field in which All Is Well.  We can also experience God as a state of being of Perfect Peace.  We can also experience God as an infinite field of Unconditional Love. Further, we can experience God as a state of being in which all is Pure Bliss.

All of these divine qualities are part of God as the state of being in which All Is Well.  Peace, love, and joy or bliss are the energies that make up this quality of being in which All Is Well.  Does this sound heavenly?  Of course, for it is!

The good news is that we can live in this state of being of Perfect Peace, Unconditional Love, Pure Bliss, and continually experience the Truth that All Is Well, when we learn to let go of all else, and merely embrace and allow ourselves to be guided by this higher consciousness in which All Is Well.

And, as Buddha taught me so long ago, the way to get there is to let go of desire, attachment, and fear, and simply release ourselves into the beautifully loving, peaceful, blissful state in which All Is Well.

May it be so!

Carol “Anandi”

* I am aware of the helpful view expressed in the book “Power vs. Force” that true power is not forceful.  I believe this wording came to me because in English, the phrase “creative forces of the universe” sounds somehow more powerful, conveying that unlimited sense of power that is foundational to life. In no way does this connote force in the sense of taking away freedoms.  I believe that freedom and free will are part of the fundamental nature of this universe as well.

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The Greatness Within Everyone

Everyone has a Greatness inside themselves.  Each and every person has an inner Greatness, that can be seen with the trained (or Awakened) eye.  I finally realized this through going through enough hard times, that I realized that everyone has an inner Greatness that helps us get through those hard times.  Angel Carol by Shauna Nourha

For instance, as we go throughout the day, we really have no idea what kind of Greatness it has taken for each person we encounter to get up in the morning and to keep going.  We are rarely aware of all the inner obstacles with which each person struggles, often daily, such as the self-defeating thoughts that might have gotten planted in their heads through racism, sexism, the put-downs that can go along with being “poor” or not as intelligent as many others.

For all of us, being human requires determination and other forms of Greatness in order to overcome our inner and outer obstacles in life.  Even if our own achievements may seem small compared to the achievements of others, no one else knows what we have overcome in life, and in the negative self-talk that gets planted in our heads, often in childhood, in order to be where we are today.  No one else knows what inner Greatness anyone else has required in order to be who they are and to achieve what they have achieved.

In fact, the more difficult our circumstances, such as poverty, discrimination, trauma, dysfunctional family, and so on, the more inner Greatness we may need in order to get up and keep going in the morning, and to keep contributing to the greater goodness of life.  If you think about it, we have to find more inner strength to serve someone else who has more privilege than we do, especially if our role is simple service, such as serving food, fixing cars, opening doors or carrying luggage.  The strength to deal with the inequities of life and yet to graciously work for someone else’s life to be even better requires an inner Greatness that the person who is being served doesn’t even have to try to achieve.  Servants often have more inner Greatness than those they serve.

This is part of the reason why Jesus taught:  “Whoever would be great among you, they  must be your servant.”  This is also one of the many reasons why Jesus told us not to judge others.  None of us can see, until fully Awakened, the Greatness that often lies hidden with other human beings.

And yet, each of us can cultivate our inner Greatness.  One way to do that is simply to serve others with expectation of benefit or reward, and with no strings attached.

With every breath we choose to take, the Greatness within us comes alive. With every choice we make to overcome our challenges, The Greatness within us wins.

Inside each and every one of us resides this Inner Greatness.  This Greatness strengthens us to overcome sadness, loss, discouragement, fear, anxiety, grief, loneliness, failure, shame, and depression.

We need to find that Greatness within, including the sheer DESIRE to heal all sadness, anxiety, fear, depression, loneliness, and shame.  That DESIRE to heal and no longer to feel those negative feelings is the foundation of our inner Greatness.  Recognizing that this desire is part of our own inner Greatness, we can come to understand that Life offers us this inner Greatness as part of the very plan and nature of Life.

The power of that Greatness to heal and to calm our fears comes from Love.  Love is the very essence of Life, and Love is interwoven into the fabric of our inner Greatness.  The driver of that powerful love within us is the courage to love no matter what.  That Greatness and that Love is within us all.  That Greatness is who we really are.

We are that Greatness whether we feel like it or not.  We are that Greatness even when no one else can see it.  We are that Greatness when no one else is watching.

No matter whatever else we do or say or think, deep underneath it all, that Greatness remains.  As hidden as it may sometimes seem, that Greatness is always who we really are.  Even if we think our Greatness has atrophied, because it is Greatness, it never withers, never atrophies, and never dies.  Our Greatness simply awaits us, and when we are ready, it is revealed, sometimes simply, sometimes grandly.

True Greatness never requires grandeur for itself to be revealed.  True Greatness is even greater when it is revealed humbly, and without fanfare.  Fanfare never adds to true Greatness.  True Greatness is our Source.  True Greatness is our destiny, in this life, or the next.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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The Garden of Eden Within Us All

The Garden of Eden Within Us All

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We never left the Garden of Eden.  Contrary to what the Judeo-Christian religions teach, in one sense, we never left the Garden of Eden.***  That realization came to me while doing a healing on another woman who is also a healer – different modalities, but also a healer.  There seems to be a synergy of information when I do healing work with her, because there is so much information in her incredibly delightful soul as her beautiful, strong, and enlightened embodied self.  As a result of all the wisdom embodied in her, the intuitions that come to me seem somehow grander – on a larger scale than just either her or even the two of us.

First, what became clear to me is that our chakra system, along with being the Tree of Life, is also the center of the Garden of Eden within us.  The central seven chakras are the Tree of Life at the center of the Garden, and all the energy vortices and meridians within us form the Garden of Life within us all.

So, we never left the Garden of Eden, because it is inherently the Life Energy in our bodies.  We indeed fell from awareness of this Garden of Eden, and so our consciousness and the quality of our energy is often not very reflective of Paradise.  Even so, we are able to return to that Paradise through prayer and meditation.

Yes, the yogic methods of meditation, in their many forms, from Raja Yoga to TM, are all designed to restore us to this Eden Within.  This is one of the central reasons why I teach Inner Harmony Training with Lightworker Certification; we learn Raja Yoga meditation, and discover the Garden of Eden, or pathway to Paradise within us all.

Spiritual disciplines more generally can restore us to this Garden, in which we sense our connection with the Divine more fully, even, ultimately, as pure Oneness with the Mind of God.  May we seek, and may we find, the Garden of Eden within.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

***I do honor the Garden of Eden story as a metaphor about our relationship with God and with the sacred feminine and sacred masculine spiritual energies.  In particular, I honor the Garden of Eden story metaphorically for what it tells us is that our consciousness dropped from a state of knowing our Oneness with the Divine to a state of sensing separation from the Divine.  As our souls extended outward from Oneness with the Divine on the astral and/or causal plane, and entered into our bodies, we felt a sense of separation, and our consciousness experienced the lower vibration of this physical plane.  Therefore, when focused outward, we do experience ourselves as having “left” the Garden of Eden, until we discover that it is within us.

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