We Are Always Praying

In a way, we are always praying or making requests for what we want. Our thoughts and attitudes give off vibrations and Spirit, God, the universe (or whatever term we use for the conscious creative universal force) interpret our vibrations as what we like and returns more of the same to us.

It is always important to be aware of our thoughts and attitudes – for us, those around us, and for how we want the world to progress, but it is vital regarding what we want in life. If they are not congruent with what we want, we undermine the process.

Whether we are formally praying, requesting something in a meditation or from Spirit, or simply dreaming of what we want, we are answered in accordance with the quality of our general vibrations, as well as those we have around our desire.

All our thoughts, attitudes, words, and actions create vibrations. Our prayers, requests, and heartfelt desires are affected by our vibrations. Our vibrations change when we adjust our thoughts and attitudes. They are organic.

This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

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We Can Influence If, and to What Degree, Our Prayers Are Answered

What we have asked for and desire is not only affected by our vibrations at the time of our request, but also if our vibrations surrounding it change. To get the results we want, we must:

  • ensure that our vibrations are generally positive when praying;
  • believe that we are deserving of what we are requesting;
  • have faith that it can come about;
  • keep our thoughts and words around our desire or request positive;
  • ensure we do not undermine our original request;
  • be positive around the general theme of what we are desiring or asking for;

We must feel confident and deserving of what we are asking for. For example, if we applying for a new job, but think we will not get it or lie about our qualifications we are showing a lack of confidence in our self and our abilities.

If we second guess our request because we believe that what we request cannot come about, we lack faith in Spirit to deliver what we want.

We must keep our thoughts about what we have requested positive, but also talk only positively about it.

For example, if we have requested a loving life-partner, but talk negatively about that sex in general or about how we have been treated badly in the past, we are not setting ourselves up to attract someone loving and positive in our life. We can’t talk negatively about what we want and expect it to show up in a positive way.

Worrying about the outcome, being impatient and wanting it now, becoming obsessive about it, or conniving or manipulative to help bring about what we have prayed for shows a lack of faith that the universe is working on our request and can deliver.

Having negative attitudes about or being jealous of others who have what we want creates negative vibrations around our request.

For example, if we want to be successful in our career but are jealous or critical of others who are successful and wealthy, our vibrations about success are muddled. This affects the clarity of our request.

Any negative, faithless thoughts, attitudes, or even words undermine our request. They are inconsistent with what we are asking for, which creates vibrations that affect the outcome we desire.

They confuse Spirit as to what we want. Our desire may not be answered how we wish. Vibrations inconsistent with our original request can even have the effect of canceling it out completely.

Science and Religious Teachings are Looking to Each Other Again

Although talk of praying and vibrations may seem counterintuitive to the teachings of traditional religion whereby we pray to God for what we want and expect it to be delivered to us without any self-examination of how we may be blocking it, many within the religious communities are integrating scientific explanations with spiritual theories – as the ancients did.

We Are Always Praying

In his talk “Miraculous Probabilities: The Science of Faith,” theologian Dr. Jim Richards tells us that “electromagnetic fields” are created around our prayers and requests. That it is our faith, confidence, and the clarity of our requests that allow them to be answered.

Others within the religious communities are also now teaching that we must have a positive mental atmosphere that is congruent with our request to help bring it about. (1)

We must fully believe that we are deserving of what we want, confident that it is possible, and be clear in our message.

Wishy-washy requests, second guessing ourselves, or having negative and/or limiting attitudes around the theme affect our vibrations and the electromagnetic fields we create that dictate if, and when, it comes about.

Our Requests Are Usually Granted – in Time

If our vibrations are positive and remain mostly consistent regarding our requests and it is within the realm of possibilities, our prayers are usually answered – at least in time.

I say usually, because sometimes we pray for things that are way off base from our soul’s journey, and they may not come to pass.

Still, most of our requests can be answered because our soul’s plan does not include the minor details, just general guidelines, such as dealing with our controlling tendencies.

However, some soul lessons that we came here to fulfill cannot be overruled, and if a certain request is not congruent with that, it will not happen.

We never know God’s full plan for our lives, and from our limited perspective we may feel we want something that will not ultimately serve us or that plan.

And patience is always vital when waiting for our prayers or requests to come about or our desires answered. The timing of elements surrounding what we want may include other people getting prepared or events or conditions falling in line.

Spirit works on many levels to make our requests happen, however the universe does not work in a vacuum. Things and circumstances must be lined up.

We Are Always Praying

Pray in our Joy; Pray for Qualities; Give Appreciation.

As well as praying for things we want or what we want to happen, it is also beneficial to ask for qualities that will help us manage life’s difficult circumstances, become our best self, and grow spiritually: like patience, courage, guidance, wisdom, and discernment.

As Khalil Gibran suggests in his well-loved book, The Prophet, we should also pray when we are happy and satisfied in life.

You pray in your distress and in your need;

would that you might pray also in the fullness of your joy

and in your days of abundance. —Khalil Gibran (2)

Thanking God, Spirit, the universe for what we have – being appreciative for all that has been bestowed upon us puts us in a receiving mode.

And in our prayers and requests the concept of “make me” instead of “give me” goes much further for our long-term happiness, contentment, and spiritual growth than asking for things.

~ Rosemary McCarthy© May, 2018.

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Endnotes:

(1) Jim Richards, “Miraculous Probabilities: The Science of Faith,” New Day, Vision TV, August 2012, http://www.mynewday.tv/shows/miraculous-probabilities-the-science-of-faith/.

(2) Khalil Gibran, The Prophet (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), 67.

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The Secret of Enough

Even though there is still much need and poverty in the world, there is enough for all of us – to survive, to live with dignity, and even to thrive. We just have to use what our Planet has bequeathed to us wisely.

Our ancient societies lived balanced lives. Our physical, emotional, and spiritual lives were in balance. And we understood the concept of enough.

Most native people worldwide today still understand this concept of enough. Those who live off the land, free of material obsessions, believe the earth will provide them with basic necessities. They take only what they really need.

They love and revere the Planet and understand our deep connection to it. They appreciate that it nourishes us with water, air, and food: it supports us, and they understand that maintaining the purity of these is crucial.

The Indigenous people around the world recognize the Planet as a gift from our Creator and that every molecule on it lives and breathes. Embedded in their histories is the belief that we are all its stewards.

Throughout the world, most native peoples understand and maintain a reciprocal connection with Gaia. This connection is their spirituality.

This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

Today, much of Western society is focused on acquiring far more than what we really need. This focus causes us to rarely move beyond physical concerns into the emotional or spiritual needs, which are necessary to keep us balanced.

Appreciating what we have ensures its continuation. If we could appreciate all that Mother Earth offers us – clean water, fresh air, and bountiful land we would make wise decisions so that they continue to support us.

Communing more often with nature we would be less inclined to focus on the material aspects of life. Her energy connects us to our hearts and true self. It holds a healing quality that helps us settle our emotional worlds. When are emotional worlds are settled and we are connected to our true self we are less inclined to focus on unnecessarily acquiring. We are more inclined to embrace the concept of enough.

What is enough? Enough is different for everyone. Most of us in the Western world do want some luxuries and modern commodities and some of it can be supported by Mother Nature (if we are wise about it), but many of us have gone overboard.

In The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight Thom Hartmann reminds us that our current society lives under the myth that “some stuff will make you happy, then twice as much stuff will make you twice as happy, and ten times as much will make you ten times as happy, and so on, into infinity.” (1)

And although greed has been around for eons, it has only recently extended to such abusive actions towards our Planet as to threaten her (and thereby our) very survival. Where did this current greed come from?

In his essay, “The World of Wonder” in Spiritual Ecology, Thomas Berry explains that in North America this attitude of acquiring grew as a result of our lack of embracing or understanding the concept of “Earth-based spirituality” when we first came here from Europe.

He reminds us that not only did the Indigenous people understand the relationship between heaven, earth, and its people, evidenced by their rituals and ceremonies to evoke the powers of the Universe, most ancient cultures did as well. He tells us that the pillars in India, China, Greece, Egypt and Rome “were established to delineate a sacred center which provided a point of reference for human affairs and bound Heaven and Earth together.” (2)

The Secret of Enough

Barry explains that we came to America from Europe believing we were religious, educated, scientifically advanced, and able to create our own political organizations. We “saw ourselves as a divine blessing on this continent. In reality we were a predator people on an innocent continent.”

We saw a land that could allow us to break away from the “monarchical governments … and their world of royalty and subservience,” but rather than be in awe of the grandness and beauty of this land, we saw it as a “continent available for exploitation.” Although we were searching for new values, our attitudes of greed and control did not really change; nor did they reflect the values of the native people already here. (3)

In large part, except for the few who have rejected commercialism, such as the Mennonites, Indigenous peoples, and certain rural tribes, having lost the connection to the concept of enough and respect for our Planet, most societies have fallen under the spell of acquiring and greed.

Our Planet is meant to support us. If we return to a reciprocal relationship with Mother Earth we will all have access to its life-affirming energy: we will all have enough. Returning to the wisdom of nature at this juncture in our evolution and with our growing population is vital!

As I was exploring various subjects when researching for my book Your Journey to Peace …, (whose concepts this article is based on) a notion was growing in me that the Indigenous peoples’ gentle nature and connection to the earth were somehow connected to the healing of Humanity. I was directed to various answers.

More of what I discovered is further explored in my next article/ blog post, “The Indigenous Beliefs and Our Planet’s Healing.” I will explain how eons ago the Indigenous peoples around the world actually made a conscious decision to forego industrialization so that they could show us the roadmap back when we had lost our way – when we had forgotten about the secret of enough and the importance of our connection to Mother Earth and of our reciprocal relationship with her.

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Notations

(1) Thom Hartmann, The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight: Waking Up to Personal and Global Transformation (Northfield, VT: Mythical Books, 1998), 235.

(2) Thomas Berry, “The World of Wonder” in Spiritual Ecology, The Cry of the Earth, a collection of essays edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, (Pointe Reyes, CA: The Golden Sufi Center), 15-17.

(3)  Ibid.

~ Rosemary McCarthy© April, 2018, updated May 2018

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What Is Held in Our Minds Is Reflected onto the World Stage

What is held in our minds and the attitudes that stem from this is reflected in society. When our minds are calm and peaceful and our attitudes express love’s qualities as we go about our day we invite more of the same into our lives, and also into our world.

When we come from a place of fear, blame, judgment, revenge or any thoughts or attitudes based in me-against-you instead of me-and-you, we not only invite divisive and disempowering attitudes back to us, we call them forth into our world.

All aspects of the universe exist under universal laws – including us. The well-known Law of Attraction translates our thoughts and attitudes as how we want things to be: it is as if we are promoting these attitudes.

We are actually inviting in more of the same – for us and around us. And so whatever attitudes individuals hold toward situations or one another play out in society. (See below for link to my post on universal laws).

This Is a Time of Huge Evolutionary Change

At this point in our evolution we are encouraged to face ourselves.

  • Who we are.
  • How we think.
  • Our attitudes.
  • What we do.
  • To shift expressions not of love to those that are of love.
  • To embrace fairness, acceptance, understanding, compromise, mediation, and to look for win-win situations.
  • We are to seek empowerment for ourselves – and for others. This Shift we are in is allowing what is not of love to rise to the surface – for healing.

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

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This Shift’s energy is flushing out all divisive attitudes and actions, and they will be exposed for what they are. If in our approach we judge others and focus on peoples’ differences, we create conflict.

If we do not change our methods there will be fallout, because when we create conflict it always reverberates back to us sooner or later. It also invites more conflict and divisive attitudes into the world.

We may not be able to connect the dots between what we put out there and what is happening in our lives, communities, or in the world, but if we are experiencing conflict in our lives or are upset by what is happening around us or in the world, we need first examine our attitudes. They may need an adjustment.

The issues negative attitudes bring about may not exactly reflect what was put out there, but the themes and impact will be similar. The motives at play influence what negative attitudes bring about and the mechanisms at work reflect them back in comparable ways.

Until individuals drop their propensity to judge, to blame, we relinquish our tendencies toward greed and unfairness, and shift to coming from a place of hope instead of fear, the world will not change.

As more of us drop negative, divisive, and disempowering attitudes and exchange these for expressing love’s qualities out into the world we will all start to reap the benefits.

This Shift Is Guiding Us to be Gentle and Non-combative

This Shift is guiding us to make our points to bring about equality and fairness, but in gentle non-combative ways. When we push too hard to make a point, or push against something, the Universe will push back. There will be repercussions for us individually, and for the world.

We can adopt Mother Teresa’s attitude of marching for peace, not against war – to give energy to what we want, instead of pushing against what we do not want. Although she didn’t name it, Mother Teresa lived by the Law of Attraction. All the peacemakers of the world have – in their own way.

What Is Held in Our Minds Is Reflected onto the World Stage

Having ideals and beliefs to live by can be very valuable. They give us a life framework to live by and support systems to help us. And when promoting them we are doing what we think is helpful or right.

However, sometimes we can be erroneous in our interpretation of them or misguided in our approach. Ideals from the past can also be outdated – in need of an upgrade.

In our sincere efforts to guide others to where we think our world needs to be going, we need to keep our focus on promoting what we believe and the benefits of what we are doing and why – calmly and with integrity, instead of focusing on what we think others are doing wrong or should be doing.

Even when we are sincere, doing so only endorses divisiveness: it does not promote unity or God’s love. It does not create the vibrations needed to bring about the world we all want.

So, even when we feel very passionate about something we must ensure we are presenting our point of view with compassion.

Most of us are contributing in any one of the numerous ways to bring about a fairer and more egalitarian world – some in practical ways that are outwardly visible, but many by just being loving to those around them: they are creating the positive vibrations needed to help bring it about.

Even though most of us won’t be able to make major changes in the world, we can all change our thoughts, shift our attitudes, and make small choices that are better for everyone.

We can learn to connect the dots between our actions and their consequences and thereby affect the quality of life of those around us.

Even small shifts in attitudes affect those around us, and they then affect those around them. This will then affect the generations to come.

~ Rosemary McCarthy©, April 2018.

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The Importance of Balancing Our Male and Female Energies

Over the past century the lines between how males and females behave have been challenged. This is part of our evolutionary growth, but it has caused what have been our traditional roles to become somewhat blurred.

Part of the reason for much of the confusion and conflicts between males and females has been, and still is, the misunderstanding of our male and female energies, the understanding of their interrelationship, and how to use them as they were intended.

The male and female energies are the epitome of the duality that underlies all aspects of the Universe. The concept of Yin/Yang in the Chinese philosophies suggests that this duality is made up of opposing forces – which at the same time are complementary – and that these contradictory forces need to be in balance, otherwise chaos ensues.

We all hold both male (doer, builder, protector) and female (passive, nurturer, communicator) energies within our beings, however, this has nothing to do with being in a male or female body. They are energetic vibrations – and neither is more important than the other.

Even though we all do hold both of these energies within us, we usually have an overriding male or female energetic slant. The degree to which the standard male and female qualities manifest within us is influenced by our individual personalities, as well as by our sexual orientation – no matter which body we are in.

Many in male bodies hold the dominant male energy, while others hold the dominant female energy. Similarly, many in female bodies hold the dominant female energy, while others hold the dominant male energy. Within both sexes, those who have held the opposite dominant energy to what society has deemed appropriate have been shunned, or worse, when they expressed their sexuality authentically.

Our dominant energy is intended to be our main way of being in the world, with the secondary one – the less prevalent energy, supporting it. When we are emotionally balanced and being true to our self the positive features of the overriding energy lead the way, with the secondary one influencing it. It keeps it in check.

Although diametrically opposed, these male and female energies both hold the same value: they are intended to complement and support each other. Those holding the dominant male energy are intended to boldly create, while still maintaining a compassionate approach.

Those with the gentler female energy are to bring nurturing to the world, while remaining empowered. Taking into account the strength of the overriding energy, both of these energies are required to maintain somewhat of a balance between doing and being. Properly allowed, the secondary energy ensures this balance.

The male and female energies are both necessary for balance because although they are separate, they are part of each other, as illustrated in the Yin/Yang symbol. In The Soul of the Messenger, G. W. Hesketh explains:

“The Yin/Yang symbol [image removed, shown below] contains an element of its opposing force within each half by depicting a white dot in the black half of the symbol, and a black dot in the white half. The element of each within the other conveys that dual natures are not separate from each other; rather they are inclusive, and represent extremities of the same thing.” (1)

The Importance of Balancing Our Male and Female EnergiesThese two energies are a part of each other and are vital to each other – as they are to all aspects of our existence. Ensuring that they shine forth in us individually as our personalities and life purposes dictate will help bring balance to our world.

We need to ensure that whichever dominant energy people hold that they are validated for who they are. People who are doers and achievers need to be given respect for all that they are and encouragement in all that they do, or attempt to do.

Gentle nurturing people need to be given respect for all that they are, the space to voice their thoughts and ideas – and be listened to, and appreciated for the more-subtle aspects they bring to their relationships, and to the world.

Until this is all fully reintegrated within us as individuals, we still have to deal with the ripple effects of how society has expected us to behave regarding our gender roles and sexual orientations.

Our attitudes and how it should bes’ are so entrenched in who we are it will take time for many of us to find the appropriate balance of allowing our male and female energies to guide us, for our dominant energy to shine forth in positive ways, and for society and our laws to catch up in allowing and supporting people to express their true natures without repercussions.

Whether we are in male or female body, whichever dominant energy we hold, and however our sexuality wants to express itself, many of us have had to suppress the parts of our true nature that did not align with what society accepted in an effort to fit in and/or to protect ourselves. This is left-over from our past history.

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

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This Imbalance Is a Left-over from Our Past

The world we have grown up in has focused on, been built upon, and promoted males – men who held the alpha, doer, protection-oriented energy. It denounced males with a dominant female energy and females with a dominant male energy. This created pushes-and-pulls between the sexes. Conflicts and inequalities arose. Imbalances followed. This perpetuated itself.

We are all gods and goddesses. And when we access the fullness of our true natures we express our godliness out into the world – with confidence and integrity. When part of our true nature is suppressed, our dominant energy can become corrupted and negatively affect our attitudes and behaviors.

As those with the dominant male alpha energy suppressed the female energy within them, the power it held often morphed into aggression, control, and cruelty. They became power-hungry.

Those with the dominant female energy not only had to suppress the male energy within themselves, they were often the target of the controllers and aggressors. Their passive nurturing qualities often transformed into neediness, deviousness, passive-aggressiveness, and victim mentalities. They lost their sense of empowerment.

Many of both genders suppressed the parts of themselves that did not line up with societal norms. Some overrode their dominant energy and embraced the traditional male and female roles in an effort to protect themselves. Others ignored the supportive energy and fell prey to the negative aspects of the dominant energy. They weren’t embracing the fullness of their true natures.

In not accessing these complementary parts of ourselves our divine natures became subdued: we forgot about nurturing the gods and goddesses within us. And as power and control became the mainstay of society, little importance was placed on the subtler aspects of living.

The feminine energy was ignored in those who held it as a supportive energy and muffled in those who held it as a dominant energy. We became hardened. Life became hard and harsh. (Below is a link to a YouTube video to help us embrace our feminine energies).

This has been our history and we hold remnants of the reasons we choose to suppress within our cellular memory. This is why power, control, greed, unfairness, inequality etc. are so hard to overcome. However, we all hold a distant memory of our beginnings within us – of when we had this balance and could wholly express ourselves.

Our soul remembers! This imbalance we now hold has caused inner-conflicts within our unconscious. Inner-conflicts have to be expressed – one way or another – either through self-sabotage and/or projection onto others. These flawed ways of expressing ourselves created a fertile ground for the negative aspects of both the male and female energies to flourish.

The Importance of Balancing Our Male and Female Energies

If society had been more evolved and individuals balanced emotionally and spiritually we would not have been in danger because of the way we expressed our sexuality. Gender roles would not have been so fixed, and whichever roles people took on would not have created problems for them.

The differences between the traditional male and female energies would have been recognized as complementing each other, and all qualities, however overt or covert, appreciated for their value – whether the person expressing them was in a male or female body.

Up until recently the negative aspects of both our male and female energies have continued to prevail over the positive ones. This is starting to change, but it has affected individuals, groups of people, and the collective.

It is time for us to acknowledge and address the unfairness and inequalities this imbalance of our male and female energies has created. It is time to move into our next evolutionary phase.

Rebalancing Our Male and Female Energies is a Win / Win Undertaking

We are now at the pinnacle of our evolution and we are moving into a phase where we are to discover and embrace our true natures. To find balance within all areas of our life. This is part of the cosmic plan. (Below is a link to my article/post: “We Are at the Pinnacle of Our Evolution”).

The light and love now surrounding our Planet is encouraging us, individually and collectively, to reach for what represents love: authenticity, self-love, and empowerment for ourselves; and compassion, fairness, equality, and acceptance for all others. It is time for us to overcome the negative attitudes and behaviors that have plagued Humanity for so long.

Although it may seem that prejudice, unfairness, inequality, and mental, physical, and sexual abuse are more rampant than ever, this is because these are being brought to the surface – for healing. We cannot address what is hidden.

The unearthing of all of these negative attitudes and behaviors is what will cause the dictates of society to change. And we are demanding changes.

In all areas of society, equality for all, a voice for people to speak out, and empowerment for those who have been mistreated or disenfranchised is being supported by mainstream. Imbalances of our norms and in our laws that affect individuals and groups of people are being challenged.

Part of this rebalancing and rediscovering of our true natures is the understanding of and allowing for both the male and female energies within us to be acknowledged, recognized for their full value, and allowed to emerge – without negative repercussions. We have to encourage this rebalancing.

  • We have to allow for the less dominant of the male and female energies within people to come forth. This will start to alleviate the negative attitudes and behaviors of the unconscious inner-conflicts the suppression of these triggered.
  • We have to allow for peoples’ sexuality to be expressed whichever way feels natural and authentic. We have to allow for our true natures to come forth.

With this rebalancing those who hold a predominant powerful, male energy will be inclined towards its positive aspects, as allowing for the secondary female energy’s influence will soften the edges of their attitudes, behaviors, and decisions.

Those holding a predominant gentle, nurturing female energy will confidently allow the positive aspects of their nature to shine forth, while allowing the secondary male energy within them to ensure they remain empowered.

Those in female bodies will be able to tap into the builder, protector part of themselves if they wish to, but without needing to employ aggressive tendencies. Those in male bodies will be able to tap into the communicator, nurturer parts of themselves without being needy, demanding, or falling prey to victimization.

The Importance of Balancing Our Male and Female Energies

These shifts will create win / win situations for individuals and Humanity as a whole. Those who suppressed feminine energy and start to access it will feel calmer and less pressured. And we will all benefit from reduced aggressive, controlling, and power-hungry tendencies. Those who suppressed male energy and now start to access it will feel more confident and empowered. These individual shifts will have ripple effects and cause less pressure on society.

To create the space for this to happen we have to let go of beliefs and ideals that are outdated – especially those that were born from within eras or societies where control, aggression, and unfairness were rampant.

We have to understand that the patriarchal society we inherited no longer works. We have to let go of judgement: of what we don’t agree with or understand.

We want to become a fully functioning society. And to do that we have to become balanced mentally, physically, and spiritually. Finding the balance between our male and female energies will help us balance our physical and spiritual realities.

In The Soul of the Messenger, Hesketh makes the comparison between the balance of our male and female energies to “the compatibility of body with spirit.” He suggests that when body and spirit are out of balance “either body dominates spirit to the point of outright denial of anything non-physical, or that spirit cannot reconcile an existence in a material world leading to unfulfilled purpose and disconnection with life – a stranger in a strange land.” (2)

Making Space for the Negative Aspects of the Male Energy to Heal

We all know that the victims of this patriarchal society we were born into need a safe space to heal. But so do the aggressors!

Our history has shown that those with the dominant male energy used its power and unleashed aggressive tendencies to control, marginalize, and abuse women – and other males with the female energy – emotionally, physically, and sexually.

Many movements in the last century aimed to dislodge the inequalities our patriarchal society brought about, such as a women’s right to vote early in the 20th century and the feminist movement of the 1960’s.

Great roadways were made. However, the problem was always seen, perceived, and discussed as a women’s issue. As if the victims are the problem. Not on the perpetrators – who are the problem. This is changing.

As we move into this next phase of our evolution we will continue to address the issues these controlling and abusive behaviours brought about for both women and men (and any other minority who has been marginalized or abused) and work together to support their healing and movement towards equality.

But we will now also be addressing the real cause. The misuse of the male energy. Recent events have brought male aggression to the surface.

The recent focus of the rampant misuse of power and sexual misconduct have given us all cause to examine our pasts. Many women are discussing their experiences, however subtle, among themselves.

Some are probing their pasts to see if they were ever treated unfairly – because of their gender, sexual orientation, or of another having power over them – and how and why this was allowed to happen. Many men who have been sexually mistreated or abused are also breaking their silence.

And there is support from all levels of society for those who are stepping forward. Women and men who have been manipulated, sexually maligned, or even sexually abused are eager to find their voice and step into their empowerment. Be allowed to recover their sacred selves.

Some courageous men are also examining their conscience to determine if they have held or have acted upon any of the negative aspects of the patriarchal attitudes our society is based on. Most must be afraid to look. Our society is built on judgment and blame, not on understanding why we do what we do, so their fear is justified.

Just like we have to create the space for women to heal, we also have to create the space for men to heal – in safety. But before healing comes acknowledgement. We can only acknowledge something when we know there is safety in the knowing.

When we understand that all our negative and disempowering attitudes and actions are a left-over affect of our past history, recognize that we can change them, and believe that we will be supported in our efforts, safe havens will be created to examine and deal with disempowering attitudes and behaviors towards others.

Most men’s attitudes and behaviors towards women are fair. In light of recent events, some men may be examining their attitudes, motives, or behaviors and decide to make minor shifts. And of course, any manipulative or outright abusive behavior, or any kind or criminal actions need to be treated appropriately.

The Importance of Balancing Our Male and Female Energies

We don’t manifest here on earth to be abusive, controlling, or power-hungry. However, we were all born into a society that endorsed and promoted it – and still does to a certain degree.

Men too are eager to step into their sacred masculinity – to learn to use their power wisely and as was intended. It may not be at the forefront of their awareness, but many are feeling rumblings within their beings that something is off. And a new wave of pioneers are stepping up to guide us.

Today some brave and enlightened souls (see links below for Katz and Eisenstein) are stepping forward to address the negative attitudes of our patriarchal society head-on.

They are attempting to unravel it all. To explain how to recognize any subtle attitudes men may hold that undermine others that they are not aware of.  To encourage them to address and make amends – if necessary – for any negative and/or disempowering attitudes or patterns of behaviour they may hold or have held regarding women, or men with the dominant female energy.

We are all being guided towards understanding why we do what we do, to question our motives, and to take responsibility for how our attitudes and behaviors affect others.

It is a wonderful time to be alive – and a bit scary too – to witness and/or partake in this evolutionary stage we are in. In most areas of the world equality will blossom this century. It is our cosmic time to do so.

We just have to look at the young souls here on earth now – listen to how the youth of today think – and hopefully heed their advice and follow their lead. They have shown up on the planet at this time in our evolution – demanding fairness, equality, acceptance, and safety for all – so that they can help us all more clearly navigate our way to a brighter future.

We must always remember that extending love, fairness, and empowerment to others brings love, fairness, and empowerment into our lives.

Let’s allow for and support everyone in being authentic;

Of expressing their true natures – the fullness of their beings –

without fear of repercussions;

So that we too can express the fullness of our beings and become all that we can be.

Notation:

(1) G.W. Hesketh, The Soul of the Messenger (Nine Hawks Books; 2015). 62.

(2) Hesketh, 64.

~ Rosemary McCarthy©, March 2018.

See here for Drew Tracy’s video “Releasing Feminine Energy,”

See here for my Blog Post “We Are at the Pinnacle of Our Evolution.”

See here  for one of Dr. Jackson Katz’s many videos on violence against women being a man’s issue.

See here: For Charles Eisenstein’s article on healing the masculine.

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Free Will, Our Soul’s Journey, and the Big Picture

Free will is a principle within the universal matrix we exist under and for the most part we get to exercise our free will. For our purposes, this has given us the option to adhere to the qualities of love and unity inherent within the energy of creative force we emerged from, or to not adhere to them.

Our Unconscious Influences Affect True Free Will

Our unconscious influences act upon us without our permission. When under the influence of unconscious influences, we may think and feel we are exercising free will when making choices, decisions, or acting upon an impulse, but we are not truly utilizing the gift of free will,

Unconscious influences can affect our emotions and sensory systems. Neediness may come into play, or unconscious influences such as our default position, protection mechanisms, or perceived needs may override our intentions. This may cause us to act in ways we had not intended. Our good intentions may fall to the wayside.

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

Unconscious Influences Can Derail Conscious Choice

Our good intentions are often overruled by our unconscious influences. For example, we may decide we will be kind and patient to our parent on this visit  ̶  even though the relationship is strained. However, when we get together we blow up or give him or her attitude. Some unconscious influence has overridden our decision to be kind and patient with our parent. Our default position (reactionary state) or a protective mechanism (defensive systems we have built up) may have come into play and our free will and its power for conscious decision is unduly swayed: we were not nice to our parent.

We may decide we want to get healthy, but often succumb to overeating, make unhealthy food choices, or drink too much whenever we feel sad, lonely, angry, or stressed. We may be feeding our neediness or have fallen into poor-me attitudes. This derails us from our desire to get healthy. Unconscious influences or undealt with emotions have hijacked our free will.

Life-lessons, Our Higher Purpose, and Free Will

We all manifested here on earth with lessons to learn this lifetime as part of our soul’s journey. And they are all geared towards us choosing love and its qualities over fear and its qualities. We do have free will to learn  ̶  or not learn  ̶  the lessons put before us at any point in time, however, the specific life-lessons will continue to be presented to us until we do learn them. So, in the long run, we do not have free will regarding the lessons we chose before we incarnated. The details of how they show up in our lives may change, but the general theme remains the same.

For example, if part of our soul’s journey in this lifetime is to learn patience, within our relationships, or at our job, opportunities will come up that will test our patience. We will have free will to choose to exercise patience  ̶  or not to  ̶  within each scenario. However, should we decide not to and leave the relationship or job without learning the lesson, other situations will show up in our life where we are given opportunities to learn patience.

As well as soul lessons, many of us come here with a higher purpose that must be adhered to. And sometimes, certain aspects of our higher purpose cannot be overruled. Its Spirit’s / our higher Self’s job to overlook the process. It gently guides us to fulfill what we came here for.

Free Will, Our Soul’s Journey, and the Big Picture

If what we want or want to do is not congruent to the higher purpose we are to fulfill, we may not get what we want or our attempts to do something counterproductive to it may fail.

For example, our higher purpose may be to do something for society or the Planet and part of our soul’s plan to fulfill this role would be that we would not have children. Our higher Self knows this, and if we are balanced we would not be inclined to want children, However, if something in our upbringing caused us to be needy and this translated into a desperation to have children, it may just not come about.

We never know God’s full plan for our lives. From our limited perspective we may feel we want something that will not ultimately serve us or our higher perspective life-plan, and Spirit may step in.

Even when we attempt to stick to the path of our soul’s journey or life purpose and we start with good intentions, we may still get caught up in situations that derail us. At some point, Spirit may intervene and create situations that put us back on the path.

Depending on the circumstances, and how often and how far we have gotten off-track from the lessons we chose to learn or from our life purpose, unfortunate mishaps, relationship breakups, loss of a job, and even illnesses may be our soul’s way of urging us onto a path we are not adhering to, but that we chose before coming into the world.

Rosemary McCarthy©, March 2018

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Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

An archetype is a representation that embodies specific qualities and whose energy we can call to us for help, guidance, and protection.

Traditionally, archetypes are drawn from our mythologies or religions, but we can call up the energies of anyone who holds the qualities we are looking for and who we feel an affinity with to help us in any way.

When our attitudes, habits, behaviors, or emotional patterns are not serving us, there are many ways to overcome what is keeping us from being our Best Self. Calling in archetypes helps us by drawing on the power of another who has a connection to the Divine, or, has strength in an area we want to improve upon.

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

Although archetypes may be or have been real people, we use them as symbols who can offer us love, understanding, inspiration, strength, protection – or any type of universal help or guidance.

The well-known archetypes are the Masters and holy people from our religions and the mythological gods of our ancestors. We can call on spirit animals from our current or ancient tribe. Famous artists, scientists, and even athletes can be called upon to inspire, educate, and guide us.

And who or what we chose to invoke may shift as our needs change. We can also draw from the energies of someone we know, or know of, to help infuse us with a quality they have that we want to strengthen within our self, or one we know is latent in us. We may want guidance with respect to our work, our relationships, our next step in life, or to discover our life purpose.

If we know we are being too passive, needy, jealous, stubborn, greedy, controlling, aggressive, etc., or are dysfunctional in any way we can call on a Divine being, or even their image, to help us. We can also invoke the energy of anyone with qualities we want.

We can call in people who have overcome issues we are struggling with. We can also call on archetypes to help balance our male and female energies. (Following my Facebook page (link is below) gives you access to next week’s post “The Importance of Balancing Our Male and Female Energies”).

We call in archetypes in our sacred times: in our prayers, meditations, when we journal, or in a visualization. We just talk to them. We pour our heart out to them. We can ask them a question. To help us in a relationship.To guide us. Inspire us. Give us direction in life. Help us connect to our soul/life purpose.

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

We may ask them to infuse us with their energy, guide us through a difficult issue, or to help us cultivate within ourselves a quality they exemplify that we cannot find within ourselves – something that will help us become the best version of our self. We can ask for patience, compassion, integrity, or the unconditional acceptance of others who are different than us or have different beliefs than we do.

Calling up archetypes allows our minds to translate and our beings to anchor in qualities we want to embrace that might otherwise get buried within lofty spiritual concepts. Universal love / God’s love / Divine love are only concepts, and they are often difficult for us to relate to.

In the Eastern belief systems practitioners may worship their guru, not because the guru needs to be worshiped, but as a way for them to open up their hearts (or heart chakras) to allow for Divine connection and thereby its guidance. In Christianity, Jesus is the symbol of unconditional love that one can relate to because he was human, but still connected to the Divine.

However, any person we look up to can act as an archetype. Any archetype we choose can bring us help, comfort and healing if our intentions are honest, we want to grow spiritually, or simply to become a better person – as becoming a better person is growing spiritually.

Some Examples of Archetypes We Can Call upon

To help release passive tendencies that may be limiting us we can call up the typical strong/warrior role model archetypes. We would call in gentle/loving archetypes to release aggressive tendencies that are hurting us, others, our relationships, or keeping us from becoming our Best Self.

When we are sincere, whichever symbol or person we call upon, be they mythical or real, will act as a conduit for Divine guidance or protection. We can call up angels, our guides, spirit animals, a holy person from our belief system, or someone we admire and who exemplifies the qualities we want to embrace or to help us better understand something.

Here are a few examples of archetypes we could call up for what we want help with: We could:

  • pray to Mother Teresa to help us tap into selflessness;
  • invoke Ghandi’s energy to inspire us with issues pertaining to patience, fairness, or social matters;
  • bring to mind and breathe in the energy of a famous current or deceased athlete, musician, writer, or artist to inspire and/or guide us;
  • request inspiration from Princess Diana to help us access her unconditional love and devotion to her children;
  • turn to Linda McCartney for her ability to be so completely content, peaceful, and in the moment;
  • pray to Mother Mary, the Christian archetype of motherly love, if we are feeling the need for motherly love, guidance or help with our children, or to be a more loving mother;
  • call up a father figure we admire if we want to become a better or more loving father;
  • summon up Einstein’s energy for his knowledge in understanding the mysteries of the universe.

Archetypes may also show up in our dreams, as a person, animal, or even symbol with a message, to help us solve a problem, if we have a concern, or if we have asked a question within our being.

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

Guidance or answers may not necessarily come from a conscious question or concern. They may just come to us from a strong desire held in our heart that projected out into the universe. And sometimes the wisdom of the universe may deem a message appropriate.

Several years ago, in a half waking state early one morning a Rambo type warrior appeared by my bedside that felt so real I looked over. It told me in a strong and confident voice that also somehow held a soothing quality that it would protect me – for 30 days.

I understood the general message, but did not know what the 30 days meant. I had just moved into a house the day before and was living alone for the first time in my life, and in a new neighborhood.

I hadn’t felt nervous about this, although others around me had voiced concern for me living alone, which made me reconsider my lack of concern a little. The house had an alarm system, but it was not yet set up. Not really having felt anxious,  I forgot about the message.

Months later, as I was filing papers, I noticed that it was 30 days – to the day – after that dream that the alarm system was set up. Although not profound, these types of incidences give validation that there is something bigger than us looking after us.

Our connection to universal Divine energy is intended to be a normal part of our human experience. It is to help us in our life, guide us to interact with others in harmonious ways, and encourage us to grow spiritually – on our way to eventually reemerging with the Oneness we all came from.

And whether through prayer, meditation, worship, visualization, journaling, or calling up archetypes, the guidance or answers don’t come like lightning bolts.

As well as in dreams like my story, messages of Divine guidance and protection may come as a thought, new idea, or inspiration that just seems to come out of the blue; through a book, YouTube video, or any other form of information we stumble upon or that is suggested to us; or it may simply come to us in a conversation with someone.

Divine guidance and protection is always available to us – we just have to tap into it – whichever way is most comfortable to us. And the messages will also come to us – in whichever way is most comfortable to us. It does not have to feel religious, esoteric, or even spiritual. It will just come through as comforting. That is Divine love!

Rosemary McCarthy©, February 2018

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We Are at The Pinnacle of Our Personal, Collective and Planetary Evolution

At this time of our evolution we are all awakening to the truth of who we are, the truth of who our brothers and sisters on the Planet we share are, and are starting to embrace the concrete changes all this brings with it.

We are all primed to become the best and most empowered expressions of ourselves, and this will bring with it powerful changes that will benefit all of us and effect the trajectory of humanity. While it may not be apparent in all areas of our world today, most of us are ready to embrace our shared connection to the Oneness we emanated from and extend its inherent qualities to others.

We are starting to manifest what will bring about a safe, fair, and egalitarian world, where everyone feels empowered, has what they need to survive and thrive, and is free to live in alignment with their soul’s desires.

The children of those born since the enlightenment era of the ’60s, especially those birthed from within the bubble of energy following the ’87 Harmonic Convergence, simply expect a peaceful, just, and equitable world, and they are here to help us firmly grasp the ideas of compassion, fairness, acceptance, and equality necessary to bring it about. In fact, they are demanding it!

Just like with every new generation, the young people of today have shown up here on earth more enlightened than the last one. The confidence and inner-knowledge that comes with this allows them to outright reject any attitude or action that hints of unfairness, greed, inequality, prejudice, or cruelty that have been so ingrained in our world.

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

They don’t accept that people should be used or abused by others, taken advantage of or bullied by business or the government, or be talked down to by educators or the religious hierarchy. They embrace ideas that align with practices that help our Planet thrive, and they are encouraging us to listen to the Indigenous people regarding our beautiful home.

They do not buy into the illusions of past generations and therefore are not in denial of the consequences of their or others’ actions. The popular saying “teach your children well” should be followed by “and heed their wisdom.” The young generation of today are starting to and will continue to be the strong leaders who will fearlessly usher in this new, brighter era we now seeing glimpses of.

Most of us now understand it is more beneficial to work with others in relationship: personally, professionally, and for the betterment of our communities and the planet. People all over the world are joining together to help others in need and to assist individuals or groups who have been marginalized to find their empowerment.

Those within different cultures, religions, and races will start to work together. Almost fifteen years ago in the Alpha DVD series (basically a Christianity 101), Nicky Gumbel suggested it was time for the different branches of Christianity to work together and focus on their similarities. That is a good start, and they have to a large degree, but we still need to aim higher.

To bring about the loving, peaceful world we all want, just as we have to reconcile our differences with those in our families and people around us to have peaceful lives, we have to make peace with the differences between the various religions – instead of focusing on their differences or trying to prove which one is better.

Many of us have feared to speak up and talk about the way we feel about the world around us – but no longer. Our future will not include following the societal rules put down by those living in a different time and with stringent ideals and selfish agendas. However, those past rules have had their consequences and the repercussions will not disappear overnight.

Reconciling Our Present Realities While Creating a Better Future

While we aim to create better lives for ourselves and a better world, we must also acknowledge and work within the present realities.

As we build confidence in ourselves to feel and give love and treat others fairly, we will feel empowered enough to make decisions that create harmony and only positively affect our families, communities, and the world around us.

We will start to embrace the concept of “the good of the all, rather than the good of the few,” and our actions will align with and reflect this precept.

As we will have the awareness to connect the dots between our actions, their outcomes, and the repercussions they could have on others, we will make conscious choices that will not generate negative consequences.

Ripple Effects of Dysfunctions and Past Actions Take Time to Disappear

Whether in our personal lives, regarding others, our communities, or the environment once we become aware of and change our personal dysfunctional behaviors or negative attitudes toward others or actions that harm our Planet, we will still see the ripple effects for a while. The repercussions will not fade away immediately.

Shifts we make regarding our individual or family issues will not always bring about huge immediate changes. It takes time for decades of dysfunctional behavior to heal once we shift our attitudes, for the effects of a lifetime of unhealthy habits to abate, or for years of irresponsible spending to turn into financial balance.

Even when we become aware of and change unfair or prejudice attitudes toward others, the fall-out from years or even centuries of injustness takes time to heal, as the ripple effects often pass down through the generations.

And urgent as it is to get the processes going, changes we make toward our environment and the Planet will not bring about many immediate results.

We now have the understanding of how to create a better life for ourselves, more open and loving relationships within our families, and a fairer and more egalitarian world. However, we must not get discouraged when we don’t see huge or instantaneous outcomes for our efforts. Recognizing and appreciating any small positive shift is what will keep the momentum going.

This article/blog post is an amended excerpt from my book,Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and  Science. “Book Synopsis” is found here 

Rosemary McCarthy©, February 2018

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Healthy Boundaries / Feeling Empowered

Healthy boundaries allow us to maintain our individualism while sharing our lives with others. Maintaining healthy boundaries is crucial to our ability to feel empowered and experience the world fully in a healthy way.

This means being open enough to others without fear of victimization, and confident enough to embrace new experiences and be all that we can be without overstepping others’ boundaries. Unhealthy boundaries keep us feeling frustrated and/or alienated and they can create conflict in our lives.

Confusing emotions about love that surrounded us growing up spawn unhealthy boundaries. They create neediness and/or defense mechanisms. Even though our boundaries are created in childhood, learning to trust or distrust is also influenced by our innate characters, as well as our souls’ journeys.

This is why within families, children can all respond differently to the atmosphere that surrounded them—whether it was filled with love and warmth or conflict and detachment.

When children do not learn how to get their physical and/or emotional needs met in healthy ways, their boundaries about love, intimacy, sharing of feelings, ideas and dreams, and about people’s intentions become confused.

This affects adult life, because our natural need for love, affection, and intimacy will be skewed and predispose us to enter into situations or relationships where our boundaries are wide open or closed shut.

As well as from our childhood experiences, our boundaries can also be affected by life circumstances. We may tighten or close them to avoid being hurt again, or throw them wide open seeking emotional stability from others. Continual disappointments from someone we trusted we may cause us to close our boundaries.

Disapproval from another may cause us to tighten our boundaries thereby closing us off to others who may be supportive of us. Profound emotional pain, such as the loss of a loved one, may cause us to close ourselves off to others in an attempt to protect our heart. Or, it may cause us to lean on others too much or for too long, creating a dependent relationship that is hard to pull away from and that prolongs our ability to create emotional stability within ourselves.

When our boundaries are wide open, we either give too much of ourselves or fall into situations where we are not appreciated. We have not developed the ability to turn away from others who don’t show us respect, understanding, kindness, or reciprocity, or from people or situations that tax us emotionally or physically.

As well as wide open boundaries causing us to be too dependent on others, they may also cause us to become codependent whereby our happiness is wrapped up in another’s and we are emotionally drawn into making them happy.

These unhealthy responses all create pull-and-push scenarios, causing heightened emotions. Conflict often ensues. We often feel hurt, that life is not fair, and blame others or the situations for our frustrations.

When our boundaries are too closed off, we shut people and new experiences out. Instead of allowing people into our lives to help us, support us, and offer us companionship, we keep them at a safe distance. We fear emotional connections. We are not open to what others have to offer us because we fear being hurt, criticized, disappointed, or rejected.

We are closed to all that life might have to offer us, because we are afraid of failure and the criticism that might come with it or to open ourselves up to new ideas or experiences whereby we might have to stretch our boundaries.

Keeping our boundaries healthy helps us feel empowered, maintain a balanced life, and have stable relationships. Unhealthy boundaries create pulls-and-pushes within ourselves and with others. They also cause us to give conflicting message to those around us. I will discuss Conditional Love / Conflicting Messages next post (see below).

I will leave you with a metaphor I once heard regarding our boundaries:

We should let others into our sphere like windows that we can open and shut—not have wide-open doorways that lets everyone in or walls that shut everyone out.

– Rosemary McCarthy©, January 2018

This article/blog post is an expanded excerpt from my book Your Journey to Peace Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and  Science. Book Synopsis is found here.

Related article Conditional Love / Conflicting Messages can be accessed on my blog

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As We Continue to Evolve Our Relationships Will Improve (Part 1 / 2)

(Part 2, Partnering up Consciously ⁄ Separating Consciously is found on link below).

Relationships are the vehicle that best allow us work out our issues – our pains, fears, reactionary styles, protective devices and all other unconscious influences that keep us from feeling peaceful, living in harmony with others, and becoming our Best Self.

This is especially true in our familial relationships – and in particular with our significant others.

Often we are drawn to one another so that we get together to love, help, support each other in life, to work through our unconscious influences, and/or to play out what our soul contracts dictate.

Issues that come out in our relationships are opportunities to work through them. This is always a good thing and in doing so we grow spiritually. So working towards healing a relationship is most often recommended.

However, sometimes the chemistry people feel with each other does not necessarily have to end in a long or even short-term relationship.

A heart connection with a strong chemical attraction may be a left-over energetic pull from a past-life association. We may have an unfinished lesson to learn with the other and we are only to get together for a time (a reason or a season), learn the lesson, and then move on.

It may also be that we are not meant to act on the connection we feel, and the lesson to learn through the energetic pull we feel towards the other is to rise above the chemistry and use discretion in choosing a partner.

Relationships create emotional entanglements and the unraveling from those based in neediness or left-over energetic pulls that hold drama usually carry unpleasantness and emotional pain.

As the effects of this Shift continue to encourage us to find joy, a lightness in life, and release our unconscious influences, all aspects of our relationships will improve. Current relationships will become healthier, as the conflicts that have their roots in seriousness, neediness, Perceived Needs, Hidden Agendas, and Protective Mechanism will begin to dissolve.

As we start to become more mindful, those of us entering into new relationships will choose our partners more consciously. We will feel empowered enough to seek out people whose character, lifestyle, and values complement and align with ours.

These pairings will have many less conflicts than those based in neediness and unconscious influences, but when conflicts do arise they will be resolved with calmness and integrity.

Children will benefit greatly from these attitudes. Many young parents today are already parenting consciously and embrace many of the concepts in Shefali Tsabary’s ground-breaking book, The Conscious Parent.

This article/blog post is an excerpt from chapter 5, “Relationships” in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and  Science.  The chapter titles are listed in the “Book Synopsis” of this website found here 

– Rosemary McCarthy © , January 2018

Link to Part 2, Partnering up Consciously ⁄ Separating Consciously is found here  

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Grace Can be Bestowed upon Us; We Can Also Invoke a State of Grace

Grace Can be Bestowed upon Us; We Can Also Invoke a State of Grace

Grace is considered divine guidance and protection. It gives us the wisdom to navigate life, the strength to make peace with or surmount difficult situations, and the courage to make necessary changes. Grace can be bestowed upon us, but we also invoke a state of grace when we align with the qualities of universal love.

Grace can manifest as aha moments that allow us to shift our attitudes or give us clarity for the direction we need to take. It can also manifest in more tangible ways, like being guided to a book, program, or person(s) that will help, support, or comfort us. Grace can also be defined as the ability to deal with what we must in a loving way.

Leonard Cohen explains grace and navigating life beautifully in the documentary Ladies and Gentlemen … Mr. Leonard Cohen. When asked what his daily habits were, Cohen replied that if he woke up feeling in a “state of grace,” he would continue on with his day, and if he did not awake in that state, he would go back to bed.

When asked what he meant by a state of grace, Cohen said it was feeling able to transcend the situations that the day would hold. He said that if we strive for the world and everything to be perfect, we will always struggle, but if we aim to go with the ebb and flow of daily life in a peaceful way we can surmount any situation that may surface in our life.(1)

(This article/blog post is based on concepts in my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and Science. Book Synopsis is found here).

Archetypes Act As Conduits to Help Us, and to Strengthen Latent Qualities Within Us

Although some may view Cohen’s attitude of going back to bed as avoiding life and its difficulties, I see it as a mature, conscious approach. If we attempt to deal with difficult situations and fail, we often amass guilt and/or create conflict or negative karma and thereby bring about more difficult situations. Avoiding what we know we cannot handle at any moment in time is being honest with our self and simply smart.

While writing this book over the past several years, especially while surrounded by the reading material I had immersed myself in to prepare for this undertaking, I often felt infused with grace—as if in a bubble of complete peace and serenity. Even when I was working longer hours than I ever had or thought I could manage, I felt peacefully energized when working on the book.

Grace, light, energy, and unconditional love are continuously being beamed to us from the higher realms and to the Planet as a whole. We have the power to receive and anchor these gifts within our beings, as well as to manifest them in our lives. Spirit is always pulling strings in our favor, or as Joyce Meyer says, “God’s angels get to work for us.”(2)

If we live wholeheartedly, without fear, and in faith that we are loved and looked after we open ourselves up to the grace, light, energy, and unconditional love available to us. We can then take full advantage of the power these hold and opportunities they help us create.

To exist from a place where the floodgates of the Universe are open to us, we simply have to keep the airwaves open.  We must honor the Universal Laws of Openness and Attraction. (Discussed in chapter 2, “Universal Laws, Kingdom Principles”).

Allowing the Grace in that Surrounds Us at this Time of the Shift and Ascension

At this time of the Shift and Ascension we have the potential to reactivate our twelve-strand DNA and take advantage of all this brings with it (twelve-strand DNA activation is discussed more fully in chapter 7, “Science”). However, we must ensure that there are no roadblocks.

Choosing the aspects of love and hope over those of fear and pessimism raises our vibrations. This makes our bodies more malleable and our energetic fields can allow cosmic light through. And the more we do so the more natural it becomes. As we allow cosmic light in it rekindles the light within us (something we never lost but forgot how to access).

In “Reclaiming Your 12-strand DNA,” Julianne Everett tells us that we are surrounded by so much grace right now that we have the ability to move quickly with Gaia in her Ascension, but that to allow this grace to permeate our beings, we must release the pain that separation and fear have inflicted upon us.(3)

This is why we have recently been encouraged to face our personal and collective pasts and overcome the effects of any misalignments from universal love that were put upon us or that we perpetrated, as the negative energies associated with these block cosmic flow.

We are then free to take advantage of the grace now available to us which will encourage us to find what brings us joy and/or to fulfill our life purpose—be that embracing our passions, helping others, animals, or the Planet, immersing ourselves in nature, or listening to music attuned to the higher vibrations in the Universe. These all help us to balance our energetic beings with the joy-filled universal vibrations inherent in the nature of the cosmos.

This article/blog post is an excerpt from my book Your Journey to Peace, Bridging the Gap Between Religion, Spirituality, Psychology, and  Science.  The chapter titles are listed in the “Book Synopsis” which is found here    

– Rosemary McCarthy©, January 2018

Notations

1)Leonard Cohen, Ladies and Gentlemen … Mr. Leonard Cohen, directed by Donald Brittain and Don Owen, originally filmed in 1965, rebroadcast on Sundance Channel, January 20, 2013.

2)Joyce Meyer, daily broadcasts, https://www.joycemeyer.org/broadcasthome.aspx.

3) Julianne Everett, “Reclaiming Your 12-Strand DNA,” Golden Age of Gaia, October 17, 2011, http://goldenageofgaia.com/2011/10/julianne-everett-reclaiming-your-12-strand-dna/.

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Click here for my blog page with many articles on our personal, collective, and planetary journeys to peace.

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Below is a peek at a little more inside the book:

Humanity is going through a Shift. It is our cosmic time to wake up from the illusion of our separateness from the Oneness we emerged from – and from our separateness form each other. (Introduction).

 Improving our attitudes helps change the world, as every shift in attitude affects the vibration of the Planet as a whole. (Introduction).What Is Held in Our Minds Is Reflected onto the World Stage. (Chapter 1, Why We Are the Way We Are)

Our capacity to love others is in direct relationship to how much we love ourselves. (Chapter 3, What We Can Do About It).

Our Relationships Are Pre-set Soul Contracts: The highest purpose of our relationships is to work out our unconscious influences: our fears, neediness, vulnerabilities, misperceptions, and false notions about love. They are set up to bring these misalignments from our True Self to the surface – for healing. This is why we find our close relationships so difficult.  (Chapter 5, Relationships)

We are not exercising true free will if we live under the tutelage of unconscious influences. (Chapter 6, Words, Symbols, Rituals, Concepts, Prayers).

We can reconcile our apparent relationship with extra-terrestrials with our belief systems. (Chapter 7, Science).

Our planet is a living, breathing organism … and just like us she has to cleanse herself of toxins – the physical and emotional toxins we have put upon her. (Chapter 9, The Planet and Abundance).

At levels beyond our awareness we chose to be here at this time of ‘The Shift’ to help bring about our and Gais’s Ascensions. (Chapter 10, Ascension).

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