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cheaters never win….or do they?

“You do not lose your demons, but rather you learn to live above them.”

Our physical reality operates in balance – day, night; loud, quiet; hot, cold; good and evil. It is a reflection of everything.

Who you are, that which makes you, You, is also an expression of this balance. Your physical reality strives to maintain its equilibrium. It knows only those parameters and how to operate within them. In a Universe that only supports your ever-awakening consciousness, what sense does it make to have this constant regression to the mean to contend with; to have both that which you want and that which you don’t want in your life?

Conceptually, the goal is to manifest a life of peace and joy – both from within outward and from out inward. Your physical self will always exist in an environment of balance. The physical shell you inhabit, even that which encompasses a multitude of beauty; kindness, compassion, love; will still play by the rules of balance. When you start to bend the rules, that is, when you stop relying upon your physical self to defeat your demons and start trusting in your higher self, is when you learn to live above those demons.

Subscribing to a pick-and-choose philosophy, your physical self needs the challenges we experience throughout life; it is part of the maintenance of balance – the parameters it subscribes to. It’s, perhaps, counterintuitive, but only if viewed from a perspective of physical reality, and only physical reality.

Your higher self needs those demons, too. For reason that, without experiencing the demons in the physical realm, we may never seek out our higher being. Stepping outside of your self is what acts to silence the demons. Challenging their physical existence with the very same physical existence, by that I mean, the age old ‘good versus evil’ doesn’t really solve anything. Just because you shout louder than someone else that’s already shouting, doesn’t get rid of their shouting, does it? Challenging the existence of those demons with something that doesn’t operate on the same plane of existence is what truly quiets all which is not You.

Your higher self operates on an advanced frequency relative to that which you experience in your physical life. The solution is not to bring the higher frequency down to the lower frequency, but rather to bring the lower frequency up to the higher one. It is where it cannot exist.

We can all experience and master the kindness and compassion and love defined by this physical world; all incredibly beautiful and integral to the evolution of who we are. But, when you call upon the kindness and compassion and Love from the higher version of you, is when the demons are silenced. It is when you have learned to live above them.

Your physical self needs your higher self; they are intertwined. But, your higher self doesn’t operate on balance; it does not subscribe to the parameters of equilibrium and so it can cheat in the physical world; it can bend the rules. It exists on a plane that supercedes what we know to be here. And, it is always available to you. It is available to you by connecting with it; by developing a relationship with your Heart, by channeling it through meditation, communicating through the medium of prayer – there is no finite list of how to access your higher being.

You are always your higher self; it is always a resource for all that you encounter in this physical realm. Accessing it will only strengthen the presence of light and Love that you represent in this plane; it will strengthen your ability to live beyond the parameters established in this physical space. After all, like they say, “’rules were made to be broken”.

Be Love.

keep calm and save the earth

It’s really not that hard you know, to change the world.

It is, to understand that you can’t really change the world. It’s a bit ambitious, don’t you think? I mean, the Earth is 40,075 kilometres around, after all. That’d be a heck of a lot of Ubers.

The world you can change isn’t actually THE world, it’s YOUR world. THE world, the 40,075 kilometre world, is probably something you may know little about. Or, maybe you know a lot. YOUR world, on the other hand, is the world you know everything about. It’s the life you live every day.

If you’d ever aspired to change the world, I’d have to ask, “where would you begin?” Four minutes in front of the television or a social media feed would give you enough fodder to potentially resign to failure before even starting. It’s just too much; too much to absorb, to much to digest, too much we don’t know about. It’s just too much from head to toe. But, your world; your world will always be whatever the amount is that you can handle at the time.

There will be times when a missing sock will make you feel like you can’t win at anything. And, there will times when you’ll feel as though you could climb Mount Everest in flip flops and Bermuda shorts. With a Volkswagen on your back. Either way, VW or not, it is your world to change.

I think, for most of us, we are able to say that there are things we can change; that there are things we should change. But, what to change? It is a relative word, change. What might be such for one person won’t be for another.

Your Heart.

We talk about Heart here a lot; there’s a reason for it. Your Heart isn’t wrong. Like, really, truly, what’s in your Heart isn’t wrong. It can’t be wrong. We can be wrong, but our Heart can’t. And so, how do we differentiate between the two? By forming a bond with your Heart; a relationship.

Seem like it doesn’t make that much sense, right? I mean, I get it, it’s inside of your body. Shouldn’t you inherently have a bond with it? It makes everything work. Without it, you’d be in the morgue. So, doesn’t that mean you have a bond with it? No. A relationship with your Heart doesn’t happen out of default. It’s not simply a given based upon a physical connection and presence. I couldn’t imagine those that do terrible acts against fellow man, are damaging in their daily lives or are simply just inconsiderate could have a meaningful relationship with their Heart? It couldn’t tie together. It’s not that any of those people are bad, it’s just that they haven’t learned to communicate with what’s really inside.

So, how do you do it? How do you cultivate that relationship? You listen. You feel. You recognize what your Heart really resonates with, and you silence the noise. You speak with your Heart. It’s not just a pump for your body; it’s your mind, your soul, your guide.

No one can tell you what to change. You have to tell you. You have to build that relationship with your guide, your Heart, to feel what it is that will fill you. Your Heart is always there for you. It wants to be there for you. It is meant to be there for you.

Don’t change the world, just change your world.

Be Love.

 

 

 

going up.

Your Heart can only go higher.

For all of us, the movement toward who we really are is founded in experience. Every part of our growth and evolution is established upon what we encounter in our lives. The things we navigate through, whether they be “positive” or “negative” only act to broaden us, not narrow who are. And, who we are, all of us, is Love.

My Heart doesn’t allow me to believe any of us were put here to be anything but Love. That being said, I can believe that we all don’t unlock the Love within ourselves. The experiences we have, the emotions we feel, the willingness to recognize and bring it from the inside to the outside, is what moves us to that higher place of evolution; to that higher place of Love.

Your Heart is always evolving; it’s always taking in, processing and giving out Love. Bigger and bigger Love, like a snowball rolling down a hill. The challenge is that it’s a matter of if your physical self wants to take what’s on the inside and bring it to the outside. It’s like a great song on the radio; that song is going to play whether or not you have the radio turned on or tuned in or are even listening. If it’s off, you’ll get nothing. But, if you choose to turn that music on, if you choose to hear what it is, it will be all around you.

Real Love, the kind you know is so true and so authentic in your Heart, can only move you up. And, you will know what kind of Love that is when it comes into your life and you’re tuned in. You may not be able to put it into words, or it may be something that feels new; but it’s not. It’s what’s always been there. You were just never at that spot or had that experience that helped you to unlock it until now. And, how will you know when you’ve unlocked it? It will fill your Heart; it will feel like it’s impossible to not have it there.

You can only go higher. The Love in your Heart doesn’t have the ability to regress. It doesn’t work like that; it’s not in the business of going backwards. A comparison I can draw to is what I’ve experienced with my journey into consciousness and awareness and the Universe; the more I bring it into my life, the more I broaden myself, the fuller I become. And, I can’t go back. I’m not supposed to go back.

It is this same evolution as what I’ve experienced with the Love that has been brought into my life. For me, it is a Love that I want to share. It is a Love that makes me realize that, although I am my Universe and my Universe is me, it is such a bigger Universe to have a beautiful person and a family to share it with. This won’t be the same for everyone. But, that’s what it is for me. It is real Love because I know it is a part of the better version of who I am. It is the person the Universe is helping me to be. It is the person that I’m helping me to be.

Be Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

perfectly imperfect

 

We all need a little bit of type A in us.

The drive to be better is not automatic in everyone. And, when that competitive drive does hit us, it’s usually to get more of something; success, accolades, money, the win – the easy stuff, call it.

Competition doesn’t seem as though it fits into making the world a better place, at least not from the perspective of Love, peace, understanding and harmony. Unless, maybe, we’re not choosing the correct rival?

As a human being in this world, fallible til your transcendence of this earthly place, you are your best and most relevant comparison. There’s no one else like you, inside and out, so why look anywhere but to you? Why compare to the magazine cover, the hero, the beefcake lifting weights beside you or your neighbour down the street?

The only true gauge of progress is to measure a consistent subject. You versus anyone but you offers nothing more than a barometer of irrelevant output. The one true way to assess your improvement, progress or evolution is against the person you were the day before, the month before or the year before.

The philosophical juxtaposition to that of the beauty of the human being says that imperfection is that which makes you perfect. I mean, flip through any quote-of-the-day desk calendar and I’m sure you’ll come across the one that says, “perfectly imperfect”. True. But, it’s just the beginning.

The beauty of life is that its imperfection allows us to conjure up and strive for perfection, for beauty. It’s never set as to what it should be. It allows for an endless opportunity to do, to think, to act in a way you did not or even realized you could, the day before.

The first marathon training session that you didn’t run nearly as far as you had planned is not to feel bad of yourself, it’s to recognize that past-you is helping you get to a better future-you. When you act in a way that did not show kindness to yourself or your fellow man, it’s not to persecute yourself but to recognize that past-you has shown you a way for future-you to be a more considerate person. When your words have hurt rather than helped, the guilt is not to be held onto to punish yourself, it’s to thank past-you for guiding future-you to act with compassion, calmness and from the heart in the attainment of a better version of one’s self.

As much as a certain competitive nature is needed to find the more that is inside of you, past-you isn’t an adversary of future-you. Past-you is an ally of future-you. And, both need Love for this to work.

The Universe wants you to keep adding to your beauty; it wants you to be an ever-expanding version of you. It requires the self-awareness to identify where you’ve gone astray, self-forgiveness to acknowledge and appreciate the lesson you’ve been shown and self-Love to nurture the evolution of past-you into future-you.

The beauty of imperfection is not how it makes each and every one of us individually perfect. The beauty of imperfection is that you’ll never be perfect but rather that you can always reach further and work harder to be more patient, to be more compassionate, to be more Love – all of which have no limits.

The Universe doesn’t want you to be perfect because then you’d have no reason to keep finding the better the version of you. But, it definitely Loves you just the way you are – any way that you are.

Be more.

Be Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

lions and scarecrows and tin men, oh my

The challenge with life is that it doesn’t tell you what it’s doing or why it’s doing it.

I have to believe we all know the feeling. If you haven’t said, “why is this happening to me?” at some point in your life, well then you should either write a book or let me be the first to say ‘welcome to Earth’, you must be new here.

The “challenge” is two-fold. One; we’re way too nosey of a species and two; desire for control, also know as ‘lack of faith’.

I’ll let you self-assess the concept of being nosey based upon this question – how much social media do you engage in and how much of it expands your mind or brightens your heart or makes you a better person? And really, social media is fine. It’s just a question of where you’re putting your time and energy – both being extremely important resources.

The second one is really the hook; and it’s definitely a tough one. Without doubt, it impacts some of us more than others. The truth is that desire for control is not really you; it’s not really what your Heart is after.

Control narrows you; it restricts your options. Both control and faith are earthly concepts. One is bound by the parameters of your human-ness, the other just isn’t. When we try to harness control, we limit our faith; one of those inverse type relationships, for all the math-y sorts out there.

Our human brain wants to tell us that control is what will guide us to the desired destination. It’s an intuitive theory, really; see the goal, get yourself to the goal. But, control is rarely accompanied by faith. The reason being; the appearance of self-reliance. And hey, control and self-reliance and important. There’s a lot of places in life that control and self-reliance are the ticket. I’m not saying that faith can’t manifest things to eat in your refrigerator, but you’re probably just better off to take control and go to the grocery store.

The challenge is that when we really tune into control, we really start to tune out faith. And, when it comes to the big stuff in life, faith is the guide you want. Control minimizes your options. It labels what you want your outcome to be. In the event the outcome doesn’t reflect what you thought your control would produce, we usually put the ‘failure’ tag on it. And, as soon you introduce the word ‘failure’ to something, it’ll usually illicit a response of defeat from your being. It sort of stops you in your tracks.

Faith is where you give yourself more of a chance. Now, it’s definitely not guaranteed but it’s less restrictive. Its address is still that of an earthly residence, but it begins to tap into your soul. Faith is the connection we need to establish between who are here, in these shoes, and who we are there, in the Universe. Setting your goal and destination is a key component to whatever it is that you’re trying to accomplish. The journey, however, is to always broaden your Heart and consciousness.

In its essence, faith is actually a more powerful form of control because it removes the stress you place on yourself and your human limitations. It’s scarier, yes. But, eventually will become more comforting once the realization is adopted that you’re no longer just relying upon yourself but rather calling on the entire the Universe to give you a hand.

It’s your only way to true stardom.

Be Love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

an apple for the teacher

 

An apple for the teacher

There’s any number of emotions to feel when we’re talking about Love. For most though, Love commonly falls into two buckets; joy of the heart and breaking of the heart – AKA: ‘being in a relationship’. And, while this is very true, it’s just a piece of the puzzle. What we regularly see, hear, read and speak about is ‘relationship love’.  What we regularly and consistently experience is the Love that’s all but relationship love.

Love is everywhere. Most of us reserve Love for the people that we consciously choose to give it to or receive it from. Resultantly, if you think Love is only meant for your family, partner and close friends, then that’s probably where your ‘reality’ of Love will begin and end.

There is no pick-and-choose with Love. Love is our perpetual teacher – no in-services, spring breaks or summers off. You’re a full time student. The only prerequisites to this course are willingness and self-awareness.

To restrict one’s education from Love to the romantic relationships we experience is a very narrow curriculum. Every relationship you encounter in life, from your auto mechanic to an opponent in sports; to your mother-in-law to the relationship you have with yourself, is an opportunity to learn.

Each learning opportunity is one of two choices; an acceptance of Love or a denial of Love. The breadth, however, is indefinable.

Example: you’ve had a long, challenging day. Chores need to be done, maybe should get in another hour of work, you should go to the gym; standard issue. You’d really just like to relax and get to bed early. The acceptance of Love would be to do just that. It would be to take care of yourself and not fret about what needs to be done. It would be to take the path that leads to raising your vibration, not to draw from yourself even more and deplete your energy.

Now, to build on this example, a person could say, “well, I kinda don’t ever want to go to the gym. It takes too much energy”. This is a denial of Love. The difference stems from actually being self-aware and attuned to what your body, mind and soul wants and needs versus falling prey to the lower vibrational attractor. Sometimes you need a break, true. Take the break. But, there’s little deniability that you need fresh air, exercise and healthful foods. There’s a balance in knowing what you will benefit from right now and that which you’ll benefit from in the long run. A self-employed painter, with a budget to spend on one vehicle, might really want to buy a muscle car. That might be great for the weekend, but the painter should probably buy a work truck.

The lessons from Love happen all day, every day. This is where we come back to the culpability of self-awareness. To fully absorb and embrace what Love has to offer, self-awareness is integral. You have to know how you feel. You have to know how your individual self responds and reacts to life. Not your ego response, that being, the response that trumps being right over everything else. But, your heart response; the true response borne of who you really are.

Both of these responses happen in parellel with each other. Would you rather argue with someone to prove you’re right or have everyone be happy? Does complaining about something solve your problem or does finding internal (and external) resolution really address the disharmony? Does denying a homeless person so little as a smile raise the vibration of the universe or is it just a mechanism for you to feel less uncomfortable with yourself?

Being tuned into this channel is not tough. No one entered this plane of existence to be a jerk. There’s a lot of jerks out there, sure. But, they know they’re jerks and just don’t know how to face up to it to make a change. Even those of us who take fleeting pride in being made of stone and emotionless, feel. We all feel. You know when you’ve done or are doing something that your heart wouldn’t do if you let it be in charge all the time. It’s the identification of the disparity between what your heart would do and what you’re actually doing that offers the lesson.

It’s pretty simple but it’s probably not that easy. It’s not really that tough, either. Your true being is one with your heart response. You’re actually using up more energy and life force doing anything but that. It’s built on momentum – the more your heart gets to lead the response, the more out of alignment you’ll feel when it doesn’t, the easier you’ll be able to identify each opportunity for the greater you to shine through.

Hate to break to you, but school’s always in.

Be Love.

 

3-2-1….

“Different” is nothing more than misunderstood knowledge. It is the derivation of a conclusion based upon facts that do not rely upon it. It is to say, you are not like me and because I know me, I formulate my opinion of you based upon what I know of myself. And, you are different than me; you don’t make sense.

 

For those that this doesn’t make sense for, I would ask if you’ve ever felt “different”. Or, if you’ve ever been witness to “different”. Different isn’t always about judgement, dislike or disapproval. Often, it’s just about the unwillingness to understand. It’s like going to a Halloween party and being the only guest not wearing a costume. You may surely get a few arrows slung your way, hopefully, in good fun, but no one really actually cares to know more. Except, you care. You can’t help but feel uncomfortable and wish you were like everyone else; at least maybe for that one night.

 

Would it really be better to be like everyone else? Is that really the point? At the end of it all, whether it be that night, that year or that lifetime, there is just your truth of your Self. Not wearing a costume when everyone else is, takes courage. It takes bravery and trust in who you are. It takes an understanding that you, no matter how your pieces fit together, contribute to the true universal puzzle.

 

We often think that the true, real “us” is scary. But, the costume is the truly scary façade. It is the shroud that conceals what is really there. It is inevitable that the longer the costume is worn, the more it becomes tattered and torn, revealing what is underneath. If we become the costume, we not only fool those around us, but we fool ourselves. We deny who we truly are. And, who we are is what is truly beautiful.

 

That which is not true, cannot truly be Loved. The ultimate goal, whether or not a part of your current lifetime, is that of unconditional Love. One cannot give what they do not possess. Unconditional Love does not come with a costume. It comes with the acceptance and embrace of what is true.

 

The more the truth is embraced, whether from the privacy of your own home or bellowed from the top of a mountain, the more powerful the Love of the universe grows. It’s like the CareBear Stare. More Care Bears = stronger stare. More Love of the truth = stronger universe.

 

Be different.

 

Be Love.

 

 

 

do or do nut….the choice is yours.

Perspective.

It seems counterintuitive to believe that anything with a hole in it could be complete. That, the emptiness is the way it’s supposed to be. The way the Universe intended it.

An absence of whatever it may be can’t help but be thought of as something that needs to be filled. It’s easily, and often, interpreted as that we are without.

And so, when we experience the feeling of without, we are triggered and driven to remove the void and remove the feeling.

Lack is nothing more than a feeling; an idea. What of a perspective that considers the desire or need to eliminate the lack is actually what creates it?

Your daily life is exactly this. A person doesn’t need look any further than the thousands of ads and commercials seen each and every day about what they don’t have, but now need.

If you didn’t know you needed something, would you still?

The excess of consumerism is an easy one to poke a hole in. But, this isn’t about overriding outside stuff with inside stuff. This is about overriding inside stuff with, well, more inside stuff.

Most intrinsic thought systems want to tell you that if you’re really going to get anywhere in life, both Earthly and spiritual, you have to fill your Heart up. And, I agree! Of course, I agree. That being said, philosophical argument can present that as soon as you’ve introduced a consciousness to an idea that it needs to fill something up, it will think it’s missing something.

Your Heart is missing nothing. It is complete. And thus, as are you.

This is what I mean about replacing inside stuff with more inside stuff. Nine out of nine times, we try to use outside stuff – materiality, attention, diversion – to patch the perceived “holes” of the inside stuff – self-worth, confidence, Love.

At the same time, we also use really wonderful things in life to patch those inside “holes”. Things like helping others, relationships, building a family or what we believe to be a particular station in life. Don’t get me wrong; these are all amazing things, imperative and invaluable toward the goal of living a fulfilling and meaningful life. But, they are not the answer to the perceived lack.

Much like the ads and commercials, we’ve been convinced that we need an external reliance of the “inside stuff” to fill up our Hearts. We try to find the beautiful parts of life to make us complete. But, the beautiful parts of life are just that, beautiful. They’re not meant to complete you or me or anyone. It’s the reason why, when we chase after these things and finally attain them, that we don’t understand why the feeling of absence is still there. We believe the wonderful “inside stuff” was supposed to take care of it all. It’s a not a crazy concept. It’s compelling in its sensibility because the foundation of the belief is found within the meaningful parts of life; giving, sharing and Love.

The simplicity of it is that you are not missing anything from your Heart that the inside-out or outside-in, beautiful or not, can or will fill up. It is just the idea, the perception, that our Heart will only be full once we’ve achieved the sincerely meaningful things in life. It’s just an idea.

The truth is that you are meaningful in life as you are. The hole is just an idea. You are complete. You are whole.

Be Love.

 

 

you’ll jump higher

Soul searching.

We probably don’t do enough of it. If at all. Or, maybe just not the right way?

It’s not a new theory, rather just another branch of the tree. And, it’s not your fault (it is, actually. Just trying to be nice). It’s “not your fault” because of the world you live in, same as me. And, that is a world that is nothing but go. “The world stops for no one” is no longer a philosophical barb. It, literally, is this world.

The reason it really is your fault, and mine, is because soul searching takes three things: the ability to question, a few moments of the day and your own self.

Soul searching, on the level I wish to give attention to, doesn’t just further you, it furthers everyone. It’s not just a matter of introspectively dissecting your inner being to discover or resolve or understand who you are. It can be, more fundamentally useable, just to ask one’s self, “what am I doing?” or “why am I doing it?” With anything.

It’s something that can be done for the most minute details of your day, as it can for the most grandiose crossroads in your life. It really truly is just the intention to stop and ask yourself about what you’re about to do or what you’ve just done. There’s answers on both sides.

Soul searching applies to everything. If you give it the time and power over the circumstances and decisions in your life, it will pay you back with the answers. Soul searching will tell you where to go in life, where not to go in life, how to realize your full potential, how to help someone else realize their full potential, how to treat other people, how to treat yourself. And, everything in between. “Should I eat this piece of cake?” Yes!

When you connect to the ethereal part of yourself, doing so by simply having the desire to engage in communication with that channel of your consciousness, you’ll open the floodgates not only to who you are, but to how you are part of the Universe; part of every part of the Universe. And, therein, when you tap into that frequency, it’s not just you that goes further, it’s everything and everyone that goes further.

I believe in Love. I believe in the beauty of the world and of the people that live here. But, I also believe there’s a lot out there, too much in fact, that is doing its best to stomp the Love and the beauty out. The Universe needs your help to stomp back.

Search. Ask. Stop. Be alone. Find peace. Your true natural state of being is that of calm tranquility. When’s the last time you felt calm tranquility? Reconnect the connection. It’s never lost.

The true underlying meaning of all this is that we don’t treat each well enough. We don’t treat ourselves well enough. We allow too many things that don’t matter to get in the way. It just can’t work this way. There is so much more to who you are then what you give yourself credit for.

Search.

Ask.

Stop.

Be Love.