A Query

June 28, 2015

Dear Friends,

This week, I am going to toss the ball your way. I need your help. It has been two months now since the latest series of readings began; eight practices offered to date. It had been my impression from The Guides that this series was intended to be more collaborative, more interactive than the readings that came through in the past, than those which make up “Love is The Way.” I understood that these daily practices were intended to be put to use, and that I was to make it as easy as possible for those using them to share their experiences and allow the group — such as it was — to benefit from one another’s observations and learning. To that end, I posted the readings on my blog and on Facebook,(which, as many of you know isn’t my medium) encouraging commentary and sharing with one another.

To date that hasn’t really happened. I appreciate the ‘likes’ and the comments which some of you have contributed, but the engagement around the practices hasn’t occurred. As I said, I need your help in understanding why. This sort of thing–galvanizing others–isn’t my forte and I am sure I could do a better job. So I am asking all of you to let me know if you are indeed interested in working with me, with the Guides, on this project of pursuing joy. I’d ask you to be honest and let me know your truth–do you just read and delete? Do you mean to work with the practices but don’t get around to it? Do you work with them and just not feel welcome to share? Is it the wrong time? One person who has worked with the practices has suggested a subscription, saying she would be willing to pay for weekly practices, that paying something helps to focus the value. Would you feel more motivated by that?

As those of you who know me at all will know, I am unequivocally not interested in any particular outcome. My feelings aren’t at stake. This is truly an inquiry into what is valuable to you, and thus, how I direct my energies. For many years, I have transmitted what I am asked to share with you all without any expectations. It has been a joy, a privilege, truly a deep honor. And now, I am asking you to let me know what you care about, and what you need. Time, energy and effort are expended in channeling, practicing and posting these readings. I have done and will continue to do so with great pleasure if the work is meaningful to those of you who receive it. If not, that is important to understand and frees me to focus elsewhere.

I thank you in advance for the generosity of your responses–I am grateful for them–and will let you know how I feel moved to proceed.

Much love,

Elizabeth

Celebrating the Ordinary

June 14, 2015

It has been a while since we have felt the call to speak here but the time is right again to begin to share messages with Elizabeth and with any who wish to receive them through her.

Your world is, well, going to hell in a hand-basket. No point in candy coating it. Things are falling apart as fast as anyone can put them back together again, and on many fronts. Not only are the climate and the terrestrial and aquatic environments sullied and in pain, resources like food and water and endangered, but perhaps most alarmingly, human beings are displaying an increasing level of stress behavior. Moral and ethical degeneration is everywhere. All of you can feel this movement, and most of you are reacting to it, whether you know what you are doing or not.

We want to offer some thoughts on how best to live while the world goes up in flames around you. It is an extraordinary time, and thus, we are here to share what we can in terms of guidance, strength and direction for any who can use it.

First of all, joy is the only excuse. Despite the horrors, the losses, the cruelty, the abject (seeming) stupidity—without joy the whole business is frankly, a waste of time. There are other consolations, but joy enlivens us all.

Finding joy becomes more difficult when external circumstances grow dim. That is what we are here to explore and support you in doing—finding joy, finding the reasons to arise each morning hopeful for moments of brightness and beauty in the midst of the mess. Helping you create, with small actions, a fragrant garden, an oasis that will sustain you and will offer solace and joy to those who visit.

Each of you has your own coping mechanisms. And each of you is trying to work out how to manage as things in the 3-dimensional world deteriorate. Some of you have found a bright light to look to—a spiritual leader or practice, perhaps, family and other relationship, important work that absorbs you and gives you assurance that you are doing what you can, doing your part. Some of you have just allowed yourself to become overwhelmed with the details of daily living and the demands they place. Still others are fraying around the edges—physically or mentally and emotionally—and focused on how to heal from what appear to be personal ailments.

The time to shift direction for the planet may well have passed, though miracles are always possible. What is needed now is a way—for each of you, and each will be different—to live vibrantly, joyfully and with gratitude no matter what is happening around you. To live with hearts open and full, wide awake, while watching it burn.

For a time, each week, we will be sending some suggestions your way as to how to accomplish this mastery. For mastery it is. And most of you have the capacity to reach for it. With a little support, it should be that much easier. Please know that we ask you to actually work with the ideas if you wish them to make a difference in your lives and in those around you. The suggestions will be fairly simple.   In fact they may seem so obvious you wonder why we are sending them out. It is because they need to be practiced. And while many of you have the knowledge, without the practice it is unlikely that things will change. Further, it is likely that if you do work with them, you will find some that are more resonant than others.

The goal is to assist you to expand the tools at your disposal and to support you in actually using them. This is a time of increment, a time when a patchwork of small actions are called for if you want to hold sacred space and avoid the undertow. This is the great news—small things, done with diligence, can create significant shifts.

It is likely that the suggestions/practices/exercise we send will all be familiar in some way or another. As we said—you have the knowledge. But if you are inclined, you can receive these practices as part of the scaffolding that will help you structure your lives as you long to, succoring and enfolding those parts of life on Earth that bring joy.

 

The sheer volume, the raw numbers of ‘things’ and beings in your world is overwhelming. Forgetting for a moment all things man-made, the count of animals, plants, rocks and stones is unfathomable. And as unknowable, in its own way, as the reality of universes within universes. There is more ‘out there’ than any human mind can actually comprehend, and there is far more before and around you than you can take in fully as well. As a means of regulation you learned early to sort and order, to prioritize and to discard. The brightest of flowers, the flashiest of birds, the most charismatic of people, the biggest and most beautiful are the ones (of any sort) that get your attention.

While this is one way to navigate, many of you find yourselves walking through a world that has less meaning than you long for. Many of you may wonder about your own value in a world that loves the peacock and ignores the brown thrush. That process of prioritizing has edged you all into a space where you overlook the exquisite marvels of the ordinary.

As you know, the divine dwells equally in the quotidian and the sublime. The balance of your experience of the divine may be out of kilter. For many people, this is so. This week’s practice is designed to assist you in re-balancing, in seeing the world in its fullness. You will always need filters—there is no way to use your mind to take it all in—but try this week to shift your focus just a little and see where it leads you. With this practice you can come a little closer to a true understanding of your own environment and the incredible consciousness that surrounds you at every moment.

Here is the way we suggest you proceed:

 

Set aside three to five minutes, out of doors if possible. Maybe you walk from parking lot to office, or perhaps you have a yard you can go out into.   The goal is to seek around you for a small and seemingly insignificant manifestation of life. It could be a pebble of an ordinary nature, a ‘weed’ or its flower. It is easiest to do this with something inanimate like a plant or mineral, but it can certainly be applied to that brown thrush or other animated forms. Sit with the thing you have chosen and allow yourself to really look, feel, know it. Search for its beauty, its unique nature. Look and feel until you sense the extraordinary (and heretofore) unseen complexity or the breathtaking simplicity. Stay with it until you know how special it is. Then let it go, with thanks, and go about your day. Once or twice will likely not change your outlook radically, but if you practice this one for a week or two you can see the world (and yourself) in a whole new manner, one that is both truer and more loving.

We see each of you as diamonds, and we love and appreciate your brilliance and beauty.

 

 

A note from Elizabeth: In the hopes of illustrating this one a little bit, I’ll share one of my day’s practice. I found a little stone in my garden. It had a nice smooth shape, which is probably what caught my eye. I held it and scanned it for interesting patterns, colors, etc. I tried to find some wonder at its reddish-brown hue, but there was nothing. This really was a most ordinary and uninspiring little rock. I was about to toss it back to the ground and find something more ‘special’ to work with when it occurred to me to ask the stone to show me what it held for me. As I sat with it, I became aware of this stone’s volcanic past and the journey it has made, the eons of its evolution, the places it has seen and been. I found myself holding something so massive, so sacred, so eternal…..It was breathtaking. And my garden is overflowing with these messengers of the divine!

 

May you find your own inspiration in this practice.

 

Much love,

Elizabeth

Kindness

June 7, 2015

 

Random acts are great gifts, but you needn’t wait for the impulse to strike. You can create more kindness—and experience more kindness—in your life if you want to. It won’t take much. So we ask you: Is this something you value? Is a kinder world a place you want and are willing to invest a tiny fragment of time to support?

If you answered yes, than we have a simple suggestion for you. Once again, the practice takes minutes to do, but this one may take a bit more self-discipline than some of the others. Still, the rewards are much greater than one might expect given the minimal investment that you will make. Particularly over time, if you use this practice periodically, you are likely to begin to perceive a sweeter, kinder world.

Here’s how this one works:

*When you get up in the morning, choose one small act of kindness you would like to offer today. It can be to another human being, an animal, the planet, your community, God…. The choices are endless. You might want to make a commitment to greeting someone who doesn’t often get notice, calling or writing an appreciation to someone who isn’t expecting it, cleaning up trash in your neighborhood for five minutes, taking your dog somewhere she loves to go, feeding the squirrels, making a donation of time or money that you have put off, putting an offering of food in a foodbank bin at the grocery store, putting the most perfect peach on your altar. Let your heart direct you, and try not to pick something that sounds right, but rather choose an act that makes you feel happy, makes your heart sing, when you contemplate it.

*Do it.

*But before you go out and undertake your day, also set an intention to notice any small acts of kindness that you encounter. They may be offered to you, or to the Earth, or to another. They may even be offered BY the Earth or by an animal or a body of water or the sun….. Just decide to keep your heart open to seeing the acts of kindness that are around you during the day.

*Before you go to sleep at night do a quick review. What did YOU do? How did it feel? What did you see others doing in the way of kindnesses? How did it feel to see them? If you forgot all about it, don’t fret. Just wake up tomorrow and start again. It is never too late to be kind, to receive the kindnesses that are daily showered upon you.

With all our love and blessings.

 

A note from Elizabeth:  I have found, as with all of the practices–some more and some less–that this one increases my awareness of the things that I want and choose to see.  I have also noticed that I find it easier to engage in acts of kindness, that rather than an effort to do, they become their own joy.  It REALLY helped me to write down what I planned to do (though I almost always did much more, once I got started) and to sum up what I observed and received at the end of the day.  The writing of it was, for me, very useful in terms of being aware.  I hope you will share something of what you discover if you decide to try this one out.

Much love,

Elizabeth