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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The Original (and Only) Separation Anxiety #anxiety #Oneness #yoga

Do you ever feel anxious, nervous, or afraid?  Do you wonder why you feel this way?  I come from a family in which feeling this way, at least sometimes, seemed ‘normal’ growing up.   We had a very rational, Western way of viewing the Universe, and my parents were beautiful, serving, and empowering people of faith, but still, feeling anxious was sometimes part of life.

Having spent nearly 21 years now on this Eastern spiritual path, I have discovered that feeling at peace through meditation is one of the greatest gifts of life!  And when I have lost that feeling of peace, I usually (at my best) turn to what Buddha taught me about the fundamental nature of Reality and the keys to Enlightenment (please see: Mornings with the Masters: Mystical Journeys in a Postmodern World.*)

So, I remember that all is well, which can be challenging to believe sometimes.  And yet, the true inner peace comes not only from acknowledging this, but from remembering Who We Are:  we are one with God, not separate from God.

This is the only and original separation anxiety:  a sense of separation from God.

When we remember that neither we nor anyone we meet is truly separate from God, and that, in fact, the Divine resides within us all as the Knower, the Knowing, and the Known, then we can realize that we have no reason to feel anxious.  The Divine is One with Us All.  And all is well.

When we live from this space of Oneness, less anxiety will occur, especially as we grow in our ability to perceive and to trust this Oneness.  Meditation helps.  Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga meditation techniques are the best that I have experienced to date.  Mindfulness helps when we are out-and-about, busy with our day, working, interacting, serving, and so on.

May we find the True Oneness that we are, leading to the everlasting Peace Within.  No wonder Christ said that he came to bring Peace!  When we know ourselves as Oneness, there is peace.

May it be so!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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An Awakened Feminist Spiritual Response to #Charlottesville: Womb and Word: The Universe as Embodying the Heart and Mind of God

August 16, 2017

Womb & Word: The Universe as Embodying the Heart and Mind of God

Much of the violence that we are experiencing around the world, especially from groups like White Supremacists, the KKK, and ISIS terrorists, stems from patriarchal domination of religious and cultural values.  This patriarchal dominance tends to shut down our own self-awareness of our feelings, while it also side-steps or denigrates feminine virtues such as empathy, compassion, and gentleness.  Patriarchy denies the sacred feminine, and so denies peace.

Through the past five thousand years of patriarchal dominance in religions and cultures around the world, we human beings have often conceived of the Mind of God as something to be known, and surely this is half of the ultimate goal of life. Because goddess religions were mostly “lost” (shut-down by patriarchy) long ago, the voice of the Sacred Feminine has too often been silenced, often resulting in hatred, violence, and discrimination of some human beings against other human beings, against other species, and against the Earth herself.heart-hands

However, an upsurge in feminism within religions and cultures has been strengthening awareness of the Sacred Feminine over the past few decades, in part because of a spreading of Eastern religions which honor the balance of sacred feminine and masculine qualities.

The yin-yang symbol is the quintessential expression of this divine feminine-masculine balance, which leads to the one true wholeness of both humanity and divinity.  Within the yin-yang symbol itself, each side has the ‘seed’ of the other, representing the inherent inseparability of masculine energy-consciousness and feminine energy-consciousness.

In yoga philosophy, the masculine represents Shiva, the male principle of energized consciousness, or the Mind of God.  The feminine represents Shakti, the feminine principle of conscious energy.

What is so delightful, as I realized while meditating this morning, is that God, in the transcendent, predominantly masculine state of energized consciousness, or Mind, never rejects, but fully honors and remains inseparably interconnected with the feminine conscious energy. In the transcendent state, this blend of consciousness and energy remain ‘at rest,’ peacefully co-existing in a perfect state of unity, and embodying Infinite Potential.

So, unlike patriarchy, the Mind of God always honors the Goddess as the very Heart of God, or perhaps, since She is energy, as the very Heartbeat of God.

When the “time” comes to create a universe together, the Mind and Heart of God form an energy field which extends out from God to create the universe.

I would like to suggest that we understand this energy field as containing both the “Presence of God” and the “Nature of God.”  The Presence of God (masculine) and the Nature of Goddess (feminine) extend outwards together, forming a Universe.  In fact, I would like to suggest (as I sense intuitively, guided through meditative ‘revelations’) that the entire Universe is the great Womb of God.

So, God/dess as Creator, entails both Mind and Heart, or Infinite Idea and the Loving Desire to Create, Sustain, and Fulfill that Idea. That is, the Mind of God conceives of something, and the Heart of God enlivens that as ‘reality’ within a sphere we call the Universe, which is God’s Womb. (We could also conceive of the Universe as God’s laboratory, full of great experiments, but that would take the Heart out of it, leaving only Mind. Perhaps it is both.)

And how does ‘creation’ actually occur?  Of course, there is the male principle and the female principle and there is a womb. The ‘seed’ of God that becomes implanted in the Womb of God/dess is the ‘Word.’  However, ‘Word’ here is not just the masculine sense of logical, rational, creative idea.  Because, in God/dess, the feminine is inseparable from the masculine, the feminine aspect of Word is completely embodied in that ‘Word’ as ‘Sophia’, or Divine Wisdom. We have the male principle of Logos, and the female principle of Sophia, combining to form this seed, or Word of God.  (Or, perhaps the Word is the seed (semen) and Sophia is the egg, and the masculine Word impregnates the feminine Sophia/Wisdom, and a new divine creation is conceived, and eventually born within this Universe.)

The Word, truly understood as it is expressed in the Universe, is Sophia-Logos. Put another way, the Word of God is Wisdom and Divine Intelligence combined.

So then, let’s take this step-by-step.  God/dess, transcendent, conceives of a wise idea and ‘speaks’ it as a ‘Word’ that becomes implanted, like a ‘seed,’ within the Womb of God.

The Womb of God then balloons out from God, expressed as the very Nature and Presence of God, and brings life to that Word, which then creates everything through the vibratory expression of God as Word, or “Aum,” the vibratory essence of God in creation which creates all. (See, for instance, the gospel of John chapter one, and Autobiography of a Yogi, footnotes on page 22 and 169,)

As the Womb of God becomes extended from the Heart and Mind of God, the created Universe contains the Nature of God as the true Heart and Wisdom of God, fully unified with the Mind and Intelligence of God.  God’s Nature (Shakti) permeates the Universe as God’s own Heart, while God’s Presence (Mind) also permeates the Universe as the very Mind of God.  What moves and creates, and eventually fulfills ItSelf within the Universe is the inseparable Wisdom and Word of God.

The Wisdom and Word of God are God’s True Daughters and Sons, most fully visible within God-Realized Saints, of which both Christ and Buddha are examples, along with many other saints through history, and today. Truly, though, there is no split between Wisdom and Word, and so any incarnation of God fulfills both, as Son/Daughter of God/dess.

We, the sons and daughters of God, embody both the masculine and feminine aspects of the Divine within ourselves.  If we fail to embody both, then we fail to embody both the Heart and Mind of God.  No one can fully realize the Self without both Heart and Mind, Wisdom and Word, even though one or the other may be dominant in its expression through an individual Saint.

Sisters and Brothers, patriarchy has no place in the liberation of the human soul.  Each soul blends both heart and mind of God, and without Realizing both, the Self cannot be liberated from the illusion of this ‘reality’ of the Universe.

While we live in the great Womb of God, we must constantly be reborn. Once we embody both Wisdom and Word, Heart and Mind of God fully within ourselves, we Ascend, or rise above embodiment within the physical plane of this Universe.

Ascension is possible only because both Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine are honored in equal balance and harmony.  Mind and Heart of God live forever united within God’s own Self, and our own Self, which all become One. Indeed, in the Mind and Heart of God, we are ALL always One.

May we realize this truth within our own hearts and minds: we are One.  May we live this truth of Oneness within our lives, individually and together.  Living this reality requires honoring the sacred feminine equally with the sacred masculine.

The good news is that, when we honor the sacred feminine, we honor the Sacred Heart of God.  When we honor the Sacred Heart of God within ourselves, we become Her Own Heart.  When we become One with the Heart of God, we find we naturally love all of humanity and indeed all life as One.

The very sacred good news is that, we will more fully come to know the Heart of God by learning of the very Nature of God within this experience of Life.  For the Heart of God is embodied within the universe, and we can come to know her more fully by becoming aware of how She is embodied within ourselves and others.

Without paying attention to the embodiment of the Mind and Heart of God in others, we will know little of the True Nature of God.  Yes, we can meditate and become One with God, but I would suggest that this awareness of God becomes even more expansive when we have honored both the Heart and Mind of God as expressed within and through this very Universe, within and through Life, and within and through one another.

Without seeking to love one another more fully, we cannot fully become One with the Sacred Heart of God.  Without seeking to understand one another more fully, we cannot fully become one with the Mind of God.

We can learn of Who God Is by transcending the earth plane through meditation.  What is so important for the Healing of Humanity, which is rapidly becoming necessary, is also to learn Who God Is by paying attention to the Presence and Nature of God within the Universe.

At its best, patriarchy only seeks God in the transcendent form, beyond the Universe, as disembodied Spirit, and then seeks to recreate it or ‘realize’ it as the Mind of God, without the Heart of God.  Without seeking the very Heart of God in creation, patriarchy has become a threat to Life itself here on earth.

Indeed, the predominance of patriarchy around the world has led to untold levels of human suffering, violence, and divisiveness.  As of 2017, the dis-embodied, heartless mental acuity of patriarchy has led to three major crises which threaten humanity’s very existence: the potential for nuclear war, the proliferation of chemicals which are toxic to life, and the inevitability of human-made climate change.

To reduce these threats and to end this suffering, we must become aware of the very Nature and Presence of God within the world and also within ourselves.

The suffering of humanity will end so much sooner when we seek the Heart of God within ourselves, and when we learn to become the Heart of God for others.  The spiritual awakening and liberation of humanity will come so much more quickly when we learn to love the ever-present Heart and Mind of God within us, within our world, and within one another.  For the sake of humanity, may it be so.

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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How to Heal Wounded, Lonely, Cold, or Broken Hearts #love #divinelove #heart #sacredheart #shakti

Sometimes, we feel lonely, broken-hearted, or just cold and lacking love in our lives. Sometimes, we have no clue just how shut down our heart chakra may be.  If our heart chakra is open and flowing with love, our chests will feel peaceful, warm, and full of love.  How often do we feel like that?

If you answered “all the time” or “most of the time,” that is wonderful!  Many of us, however, grew up in less than warm, open-heart-chakra families, even if they did love us in very practical ways.  Some of us grew up in abusive families.  Some of us have experienced unloving or abusive partners as adults.  Some of us have had lonely lives. Some of us never learned to love ourselves fully, for whatever reason, from this lifetime, or from a previous life.

I’d like to share with you a spiritual approach which can help us heal our own broken, wounded, or sad, cold, or lonely hearts.

Recently, I learned from a new spiritual friend and colleague that Shakti represents the desires of our hearts.  (I think he would say that She is the desires of our hearts, but I will only share a sense of what I learned as it made sense to me.) Shakti also represents our one true longing, which is Her one true longing, which is union with Shiva.

For those of us with Western or middle-Eastern religious backgrounds, this is the same as saying the Masculine aspect of God is transcendent beyond the universe, while the Feminine aspect of God is immanent within the universe as omnipresent Spirit, and we, as individual souls, come from God and seek to re-unite our souls with God.

In the meantime, Shakti, represents that part of God sent out to create the Universe, including us.  Shakti is desire, as in desire for reunification, or Oneness with God.  We are all part of God, so our desires for one another essentially convey our desire for part of God.  These desires are the desires of our hearts.

What this friend and spiritual colleague taught me, then, is that we need to honor the desires of our hearts, and indeed be aware of all desires as pointing to our greater desire for Oneness with God.  When we deny our desires, whether for a partner, or anything else, we shut down, or partially close-off our hearts.  To open our hearts, we need to accept our desires, and seek to transmute them into our real desire for oneness with God.

That does not mean suppressing our desires, or denying them either.  When we love ourselves, we seek the purest and most loving forms of fulfilling our desires, meaning, ways to fulfill them that also honor God in others.  Getting in touch with our deepest heartfelt desires and honoring those desires can help heal our own hearts.

So often, we think that we need someone else to love us and to heal us.  But the Divine is ever in us, around us, and accessible to us, primarily through our chakras, as energy, life force, Spirit, love, joy, and peace.  What will truly heal us is reaching out to access this unconditional love of God directly, and loving ourselves just as we are, desires and all.

We especially need to avoid shaming ourselves for our desires.  Desires reflect a deeper need for connection, Oneness with God, nature, and each other, and for wholeness and well-being.  There is no need to judge our desires, though we may need to transmute them to keep them loving for ourselves and others.

As Buddha taught me (blog entry on the fundamental nature of reality), the true and fundamental nature of all being, or the ground of being is:  All Is Well.  When we realize that our true desire is for the state of being in which All Is Well, we can connect our desires in this lifetime with our desires for God.  When we realize that the All is Well is clearly not just about us, but about everyone, then we can spread the well-being and Oneness to all life.

For instance, this spiritual colleague and I had been walking in the heat, and we stopped to purchase a couple of bottles of water (in glass bottles, which creates greater well-being for our health, the environment, and all the animals on land, air, and in the water!) because we felt hot and thirsty.  We needed to drink water to restore the state of being in our bodies in which “All Is Well.”

Yet, if another thirsty person walked up, about to drop from heat exhaustion, our desire for the “All Is Well” would lead us to share some of our water with this other person, so they wouldn’t die of heat stroke.  This is a true desire of our heart: to share resources and save lives. (I wonder what would happen to our economy if we lived by that true desire!)  When we share water with someone thirsty, we create the All Is Well state of being for them.  We extend the All Is Well.

Our own hearts desire things for us that seek to create this well-being of All Is Well inside ourselves and in our lives.  So, rather than shutting down or denying or not listening to the desires of our hearts, we need to open our hearts to hear, see, feel, and love what and whom we love.  If we love peanut butter, wonderful!  If we love playing basketball, wonderful!  If we love knitting or crocheting, wonderful.

Next, if we need to do so, we transmute a desire which won’t bring a state of well-being for ourselves or others.  As one example, if we love eating, that’s great, but how can we transmute that desire so that it aligns with the Highest Good in which All Is Well?  Generally, by eating healthy foods in healthy amounts!

So far, for healing our hearts, we have: Step 1) honor our desires as they are, without judgement; Step 2) recognize that all desires reflect a truer desire for Oneness with the State of Being in which All Is Well (which is also God’s nature); Step 3) transmute our desires to create well-being for ourselves and others here-and-now.

Another step can be so helpful in healing our own hearts.  When we feel we need more love, rather than looking to someone else to love us, we simply need to recognize that, in our deepest heart-of-hearts, we already love ourselves bountifully, or we would not be desiring more love.  If we didn’t love ourselves, we would have no such desire.  So, in desiring love, we realize that we do love ourselves, and in honoring our desire for love, we begin to allow our own love to flow to ourselves, and then we simply choose to love ourselves enough to heal ourselves!

Love Is.  Love is part of us, because Love is part of the essence of the well-being of our Source.  Love is part of the All Is Well, and so are we.  We just need to love ourselves and our desire for the All Is Well enough to re-create the All Is Well for ourselves and as many others as we are able.  Then we will be surrounded with the All Is Well.

And, my friends, when we can all do this, all-day, everyday, we will be creating Heaven on Earth!

Love and Light,

Carol “Anandi”

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