Each one of us has our own secret space somewhere deep in the recesses of our inner minds. We try for most of our lives to block off that part of ourselves because the mere thought of looking at the things within that dark, unknown space is terrifying.
The door to it is always open, it’s our choice to step through it and explore rather than turning our backs and cowering.
I fully believe that the entire point of our existence is to facilitate healing, growth and evolution…for ourselves…mentally – emotionally – physically – & – spiritually. When we do the work for ourselves, it automatically travels within the collective consciousness…not just helping others individually but even the Earth herself.
We are light beings…we are all connected…whether we realize it or not, we all feel what the collective feels…when one aspect or perspective shifts, so does the whole. When I think of all this, I remember a small German phrase that I repeated to myself when I was a teenager: ‘wir atmen wie ein’ which translates to ‘we breath as one’.
We have a duty to honor our hearts – to act with integrity and virtue…to uplift one another…to spread compassion and peace… The longer we allow our fears to rule us, the longer we will stay stuck in the negative whirlwind this planet is currently plagued by.
For too long, our backs have been turned to that open door in the darkness. For too long, we’ve been stumbling around this planet, hopelessly lost and feeling victimized. Now is the time to stop glancing over your shoulders and boldly face the open door head on. Step into your power, remember who you truly are…heart and soul… Love is the answer to this hateful plague…Divine Love… Love in it’s purest and most innocent form.
And so I will state again…face the open door…within the darkness you so dread and fear is your sweet little inner child…lonely…frightened…in desperate need of love to heal those old emotional traumas. Be brave for the sake of that beautiful soul of yours…by reassuring your inner child, you simultaneously reassure yourself (at your core).
The light and love within your heart will radiate around you, illuminating your path as you step through that open door. The more you heal and center yourself, the more that light will expand until you are a brilliant beacon of shimmering golden rays… Lighting your way through the darkest of shadows…the most bleak of nights… An inspiration to all who witness you.
Trust yourself…know that you have more inner strength than you could ever imagine…know that you have unseen allies who are constantly working to guide and support you.
Trust that your connection to the Universe is expansive and unlimited.
…we are one…
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This morning I asked for the mermaid’s advice on a personal crisis that I’ve been experiencing (from Oracle of the Mermaids – Lucy Cavendish). These three lovely beauties hopped right out from the deck the moment I focused on my question – ‘how can I best handle this situation?’.
On the surface, the cards are whispering a gentle message that I have a support system, that I must allow them to show me the universal mirror, and that I am embarking on a powerful spiritual journey that will lead to many new opportunities for growth and self-discovery.
So, here’s a deeper look at each of the cards, their messages and a bit of my own input…
~ 1 ~
“GUIDE: A guide, mentor, a trustworthy ally.”
Lucy Cavendish‘s Guidebook states that the best guides “are those who create strength within“ and that I will continue to test the waters with many guides, throughout my life, that may or may not resonate with me.
It may also mean a new guide will be arriving soon to help heal and protect; they will be completely and unconditionally loving as well as understanding, helping me to adapt and evolve on this journey.
I’m instructed to keep an open ear and an open mind, but to also be discerning and mindful of how quickly I trust a new guide, to pay close attention to their energy and how I feel. After a while of testing the waters, they will reveal their true intentions and a wonderful new partnership on my spiritual path will unfold.
~ 2 ~
“THE MIRROR: “Know thyself, self-examination, seeing who you really are.”
This card provided a beautiful and profound lesson that really stuck with me:
We are reminded again that “…sometimes, we do not always like the truth of what we see in this dark mirror.”
This card can also indicate that I mustn’t hold on to negativity about who I think I am or be so afraid of what I will see when I take that deep gaze within. This is a beautiful process, a way to truly love ourselves unconditionally. It is a great sign of strength to be willing to look into the mermaid’s magical mirror so that “we may see what is hidden to the eye of the body, but known to the eyes of the soul…”
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“IMRAMMA: Wonder voyage, crossing deep waters, pilgrimage, journey of the soul.”
‘Imramma’ is an old word used by the Irish to describe a hero’s sea journey to the ‘Otherworld’ (like Odysseus) and it’s been said that the seashore is actually the border between our world and the God’s.
In essence, the term ‘Imramma’ describes the soul’s journey, an undertaking only attempted by those who truly wish to fulfill their destiny and experience adventures beyond their wildest dreams. It is an initiation of sorts, for our souls to evolve and expand.
The mermaids seemed to be warning that I am not properly addressing my emotions and am disconnecting myself from them as an avoidance tactic.
They are urging me to stop the division between my head and my heart, urging that this will be a crucial aspect of my Imramma. With their loving assistance, I will be guided and supported on my soul’s journey.
This one actually hit the nail right on the head for me. Growing up, I learned that expressing my emotions generally only led to more hurt and distress. For a long time I refused to acknowledge my “lesser” feelings because I saw them as a sign of weakness. In these past few years, as I began my awakening, I slowly but surely worked towards rediscovering myself, my feelings, and my soul. This is no small task and I am no way close to considering the process “complete”.
The past few weeks alone have been extremely intense and tumultuous. Truly the biggest crashing wave of emotions and chaos that I have ever experienced in my life up to now. It was not in any way easy to find what underlying emotions were causing this situation, my thoughts and feelings. To stay calm, centered and non-reactive so that I could continue to flow and prosper.
I also pulled a Goddess oracle card and received ‘Medusa’. The story is that Medusa was a priestess of a temple who had taken a vow when she had relations with Poseidon and broke her sacred vow of celibacy. This angered Athena into turning her into the ‘monster’ we’ve perceived her to be for so long. One look within her eyes would freeze a man and turn him to stone. As the story goes, when she was killed, Pegasus rose from her blood.
The message that Medusa shares today is that we should never allow the fear of what we might see in the mirror cause us to freeze and turn to stone. So much synchronicity, that both the Mermaids and Medusa shared the message of fearlessly facing into the mirror, to openly consider our emotional baggage, to see our gifts just as clearly as we would see our flaws.
What is it that makes us human? What would a natural human being, left to his/her own learning processes and habits with no societal influences, truly be like. A human not taught from a young age that one must ‘act their age’, ‘fit in’ and ‘earn money’. Allowed to completely connect and embody their senses, their innate abilities and gifts, never tied down or shown that certain creatures are “beneath them”. What an amazing planet that would be; a world of compassion, consideration and magic. Allowing ourselves to remember that it is our imagination that molds our lives…the exact thing that is repressed in our young lives is the exact thing that will save us from ourselves. Taught to doubt and repress our abilities. Believing the world to be cold and cruel, that others are only ever out to harm and trample you.
Such a place of deep sadness and fear. If only we could see how beautiful things really are when you just allow them to be as they are. All things are this way. Everything should be allowed to be as it is…plants, dirt, rocks, insects, large, small, living, breathing, inanimate. My favorite phrase in the world has been ‘it is what it is’ because that’s exactly how things are. Nothing makes your heart more joyous than spending time connecting with others, connecting with nature, and just purely being connected.
Once you begin to peel away and heal the old layers, the being you reveal will shine so brightly you won’t be able to help but see the beautiful star you are. You are a piece of all that is, a sliver of this multi-dimensional universe, a being so strong and powerful there could never be an urge to flaunt it. You are one with all around you. You are love. You are peace. You are strength. You are beauty. You are so complex and divine that there are truly no words to fully portray the wonderful portrait of your glowing soul.
Step into yourself and allow your soul to whisper in your ear. Such moving and unique stories it has to share with you. I have personally witnessed in my own life what power there is in acknowledging yourself, your deep dark secrets and locked away emotions. Sometimes you have to allow yourself the space to break down and fall apart so that you can see the big picture. Only then can you begin to piece your soul’s puzzle back together in a more beneficial pattern. Always remember that sometimes the portrait you create now will need to be broken back down and rearranged later…that is the bittersweet magic of the paths we walk at this time. Recognizing and moving through these moments becomes a little easier each time. You are never alone in your darkness. There is always love and support surrounding you. Know that you truly do heal the world around you as you begin to heal yourself.
So for now, I leave you with this: what sort of web have you weaved for yourself up to now? Bring your awareness to the thoughts, emotions, and energy that you have swirling around you at this moment. Are there parts that you must pull away to rebuild, parts that require more structural support or are no longer necessary? Be as the spider; she is a mindful master of her own universe. Swift and meticulous while also keenly aware and cautious of where she constructs her web, how each line of silk is laid out and interconnected, as well as what she allows in her space of sanctuary.
I woke up very early yesterday morning for a beach walk with two of my closest friends and mentors. The sun was casting a radiant golden beam of shimmering light across the water as we maneuvered through the mine field of little blue blobs of man o’ war.
Each of us stopped here and there to pick up a sea shell or stone as we discussed different topics. We discovered a rather amazing treasure trove, a wondrous assortment of different shells with varying shapes, sizes and colors. We each began searching for those special pieces that called to us uniquely. As each of us inquisitively combed the beach, sifting through shells and sand, one of the women posed the question, ‘so, what are you letting go of / not carrying with you into the new year?’.
My immediate answer was ‘false beliefs’ but I quickly recognized how insurmountable a task that would be so I corrected myself to ‘letting go of the false belief that I’m not good enough, that I can’t make good decisions for myself’. We spiraled ever further into the vortex of this discussion, digging deeper until the question was reposed as ‘what would you like to do differently in the new year?’ After a moment of internal reflection, I came to my conclusion: “2016 is going to be a year of pure poetry for me”.
So what does this mean, a year of pure poetry, and how is that even possible? First and foremost, I envision myself writing with more fluidity and creativity than ever before. However, in true poetic spirit, the statement has different layers and meanings depending on your perspective. Every single verse, every word, invokes some thought or emotion deep within the core of your being. That is why poetry is an art-form in itself. None of what is invoked is either good or bad, not until we attach the labels to it anyway. This is because our mind provokes us to label everything we see based on past experiences and pains. Poetry allows the writer to examine the deepest recesses of their mind, their darkest moments as well as their most joyous memories, in such a way that brings light and beauty into every corner.
In essence, my goal for 2016 will be to strive every day to uncover the poetic jewels hidden within each moment of my life without attaching unnecessary labels. This coming year, I will look at my life as a wonderful poem being written with every thought, every word, every footstep, and every interaction.
I will remember that there are lessons in every single word scribbled down into the leather-bound notebook of my heart and soul. I will keep my heart open and remember that I am constantly surrounded by inspiration, if only I allow the ink pen of my life experiences to gently scroll across the pages, unbiased and untethered.
Change is being whispered upon the wind; a change of perspective and of heart. I can’t wait to unfurl my sail and begin a brand new journey across undiscovered seas!
Just as an alligator fiercely defends it’s territory, you must defend your boundaries and honor. This does not mean that you should be hurtful or aggressive, it merely means that you should keep a keen eye on the situations as they arise and act swiftly with purpose and defense. Make your point clear but keep your thoughts and words flowing with the energy of love and not hate. Some people will not budge even after you’ve made your boundaries clear; you cannot change the way a person thinks or feels and at that point, you should just walk away from it peacefully, accepting that the person clearly doesn’t resonate with you. Learn to choose your battles. Keep calm, clear and centered at all times. This will keep you from saying or doing things that cannot be taken back. Sometimes you will bump into a log or be caught up in foliage, but remain calm and centered and it will eventually pass, as all things do.