The Human Experience

We are so much more than our bodies. Yes, I said it. I know that it is difficult to believe, and hard to remember, but it is true. Our bodies carry our spirits and our spirits are here to learn. We are having a human experience, to grow within. These emotions, these experiences help us to become the people we want to be, will help to create the peace within that we are searching for.

Sometimes, it is difficult. When your body hurts, when you have a headache, or something isn’t functioning right it is difficult to remember that we are more than just the body, that we are energy and spirit, and that the body is a temporary thing for us to learn in, and from. Instead of focusing on the pain itself, or our inability to do something we want to do, we need to be working on what we can learn from it, what it is meant to show us about our inner strength and those around us.

We are here to get closer to love, our spirits are growing and wanting to be part of something larger. When the body is damaged is can be overwhelming, making us forget that this is all temporary, that our spirit is what we need to be focused on. We are creating a better place, by being better people.

That is not to say that we should be ignoring pain in the physical body, or not nurturing it, for it holds the spirit and we want it to be around for as long as possible to learn as much as possible. It simply means we want to remember that we are so munch more than just the physicality of the body itself. Yes, we want to nurture and nourish it, but we don’t want to become so focused on it that we forget what we are all about.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back card: I am a spirit having a human experience and I’m here to get closer to love.

Intention: I will allow the love surrounding me to enhance my experiences.

Personal Reflection: Understanding that I am more Ethan just the physical body I have travel in is always difficult, especially on days when I hurt or ache (like today with a migraine). Keeping in mind that love is the reason I am here will help keep my days on track. As I’ve talked about before love is more than romance, it is all things. Also, showing caring, empathy, and compassion bring you closer to love, letting others know someone cares is important and helps create a surrounding sense of love, allowing our spirit to continue its growth and understanding of the world.

I Control My Perspective

What I see, how I see it, what is makes me feel/think, that is all within my control. There is nothing buy my own thoughts, feelings, and look on the world that tells me how to see something, except of course when I allow those things to jade me. We often want others to tell us what they see, or to let us know when we see something different. The problem with that is that it can skew our own perception, influencing us to see things that aren’t there, or that aren’t accurate.

When we rely on our own instincts, on our beliefs to show us what is out there we are much better for it. This is how we can control the perspective from which things come at us, or with which we handle things thrown at us. If I want to be angry and negative when something changes, that is a choice I make, and yet I can also choose to handle it with grace and positivity, depending on how I choose to look at it. Do I see it as an obstacle that is unsurmountable, or rather a detour which is going to allow me to see something new and different altogether? Those are choices we make. Those are things we are in command of.

My belief in The Universe as energy and growth from all things being connected, means that I should be choosing to see what is truly there, and not just what I am being shown. Yet often I am clouded in how I view things. I allow the perceptions of others, the “truth” of what my eyes show me, to cloud what is there, rather than relying on why my instincts are saying, or closing my eyes and allowing the energy to tell me what is really going on.

This is an area of growth for me. Something I am promising to do, especially in my day job. Often times I glance over a classroom full of teenagers and I see…teenagers. That means I am missing the kid who didn’t get breakfast, or the one who just had a nasty breakup. I need to be controlling the perspective and trusting the energy that is being shown, if I open myself to it.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back card: When I lean on certainty and faith I change my mind about the world I see.

Intention: I will trust the Universe to show me what I need to see.

Personal Reflection: “I need to work on opening my mind to seeing beyond what my eyes are showing me. There is so much more and if I rely only on my eyes I will miss what I should be focusing on. As I am listening to meditations while I drive I have discovered my commute is faster and easier, because my eyes are not the only thing seeing. Trusting the energy to guide my “seeing” will help me all areas of growth.

Love Supports Me Growing

We are back on that universal idea of Love again today. The one that shows us love is more than just a romance word, but a word of support, of guidance, of encouragement. A word that encompasses so many more nuances than romance leaves us to believe.

We all know love means more, after all we have others in life we love: our parents, our children, our best friends, those people who have wormed their way into our hearts from somewhere. However, we rarely apply it to the things we do. How many of us can say we Love our jobs (and if you can you are very lucky)? How many of us can say we love our house? How many of us can truly say we feel that our dreams and aspiration are supported by love (from outside of us)? These are the questions we need to be asking, because if we aren’t answering in the affirmative, we may need to be reevaluating. Whether that is our command of our dreams, or our intentional actions, or our “Get It Done” attitude towards what we are doing, or not doing, a hard look at why we don’t feel supported in all those areas by love would be a good idea.

We often have jobs, houses, and dreams that we simply got to, or think about. It is rare that those are places and things we love. Yet, those are the things that should be inspiring us to be better, to live better, to be energized, to want to do things for others. So why aren’t they? How can we make them those centers of energy and love that make us want to grow? Love is a good place to start.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back card: There is a stream of love supporting my dreams.

Intention: I believe I am supported with love in what I do.

Personal Reflection: “As always the energy you put out is what you get back. I spent 8+ hours yesterday working on getting our room cleaned and rearranged. I have a vision of what it should be both for us to actually function in it and for the sacred space needed to grow our dreams forward. My changes and work were met with great joy and surprise and support. As I talked about modeling the small stuff, to hopefully get some better habits formed in both of us, the response was even positive – this can work with love and intention – everyone’s dreams are important, and as long as they are love fueled and supported they have a much better chance of coming to fruition.”

Karma – All Around

I am doing a 7 day Transformation Week “workshop” with Brendon Burchard. As usual I was slightly behind, so I did Days 1 & 2 today. While I haven’t gotten to the intense worksheets yet, I watched the videos and I took lots of notes. It of course had almost some exact words from my own thoughts yesterday. His word is “command”, taking charge of all the things and encouraging them to happen, not to just let them come to you. Yesterday’s card was “I am the dreamer in control of my dream”, the exact same concept… I felt smacked by Karma…no doubt.

Then, before working on the worksheets, I wanted to get today’s blog and Universe card out. So I am reflecting on all the things I was just hearing and watching, and my energy is focused on that and on getting the right message for today. Karma…today’s message is about having faith in the things around you. Seriously, Universe? After listening about surrounding yourself with the things and people who make you feel alive, and give you energy, not I’m supposed to learn that my own happiness is a direct reflection of my trust and faith in the Universe itself…okay. I hear you Karma…

Now if that isn’t enough, as you’ll see in today’s picture, the journal page has the same quote on it. Yep…Karma again. Clearly, I am supposed to be talking today about how we need to trust in the Universe. How, although sometimes we learn hard lessons when we do that, it is the best way for us to get to our own energy and level of happiness.

Between the #transformationweek learnings from #hpxlife and #theuniversehasyourback cards, Karma wants me to remember, and to remind you, that we have the ability to be where we want to be, we just have to create the space, go at it with positive intention, be mindful and ritualistic in getting ourselves the energy and letting ourselves be open to what we need, to get to the level of happiness we are looking for in life.

Creating a morning ritual that revitalizes you, every morning, and opening yourself up to what the Universe has to offer for that day, and what you have to offer the Universe, will show Karma, that we are ready to be the best we can be, and to help others. Remember, what we put out is what comes back. Don’t put the negative out there, release it, ground it, and then put out the positive that you are looking for.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back Card: My Happiness is a direct reflection of my level of faith in the Universe

Intention: I will trust what is around me and not doubt the direction it leads me.

Personal Reflection: “Well when it pops up both as a random draw and on the page you’re journaling it is clear you need to be paying attention to what is being said. Often I try to control all factors, leaving little to faith. I clearly have both control and trust issues where my Universal faith is concerned. We all know Karma – she is never as far away as she appears. When I am trying to control too much it is because when I let go I feel like Karma always s makes me, yet clearly, these are the lessons I am to be learning, so I need to let go more often and learn them so I can move forward.”

Personal Reflection

Karma – All Around

I am doing a 7 day Transformation Week “workshop” with Brendon Burchard. As usual I was slightly behind, so I did Days 1 & 2 today. While I haven’t gotten to the intense worksheets yet, I watched the videos and I took lots of notes. It of course had almost some exact words from my own thoughts yesterday. His word is “command”, taking charge of all the things and encouraging them to happen, not to just let them come to you. Yesterday’s card was “I am the dreamer in control of my dream”, the exact same concept… I felt smacked by Karma…no doubt.

Then, before working on the worksheets, I wanted to get today’s blog and Universe card out. So I am reflecting on all the things I was just hearing and watching, and my energy is focused on that and on getting the right message for today. Karma…today’s message is about having faith in the things around you. Seriously, Universe? After listening about surrounding yourself with the things and people who make you feel alive, and give you energy, not I’m supposed to learn that my own happiness is a direct reflection of my trust and faith in the Universe itself…okay. I hear you Karma…

Now if that isn’t enough, as you’ll see in today’s picture, the journal page has the same quote on it. Yep…Karma again. Clearly, I am supposed to be talking today about how we need to trust in the Universe. How, although sometimes we learn hard lessons when we do that, it is the best way for us to get to our own energy and level of happiness.

Between the #transformationweek learnings from #hpxlife and #theuniversehasyourback cards, Karma wants me to remember, and to remind you, that we have the ability to be where we want to be, we just have to create the space, go at it with positive intention, be mindful and ritualistic in getting ourselves the energy and letting ourselves be open to what we need, to get to the level of happiness we are looking for in life.

Creating a morning ritual that revitalizes you, every morning, and opening yourself up to what the Universe has to offer for that day, and what you have to offer the Universe, will show Karma, that we are ready to be the best we can be, and to help others. Remember, what we put out is what comes back. Don’t put the negative out there, release it, ground it, and then put out the positive that you are looking for.

Today’s The Universe Has Your Back Card: My Happiness is a direct reflection of my level of faith in the Universe

Intention: I will trust what is around me and not doubt the direction it leads me.

Personal Reflection: “Well when it pops up both as a random draw and on the page you’re journaling it is clear you need to be paying attention to what is being said. Often I try to control all factors, leaving little to faith. I clearly have both control and trust issues where my Universal faith is concerned. We all know Karma – she is never as far away as she appears. When I am trying to control too much it is because when I let go I feel like Karma always s makes me, yet clearly, these are the lessons I am to be learning, so I need to let go more often and learn them so I can move forward.”

Personal Reflection

The Wiccan Rede and What It Means To Me

The Wiccan Rede…the tenet by which those who practice most forms of Wicca try their best to stay within. Not everyone, not daily, but as a principal in general to live by, it isn’t too bad. I have pasted it here for you to look at before I go into some areas ca little deeper:

The Wiccan Rede

(Full Version)

Bide the Wiccan Laws we must In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust.

Live and let live. Fairly take and fairly give.

Cast the Circle thrice about to keep the evil spirits out.

To bind the spell every time let the spell be spake in rhyme.

Soft of eye and light of touch, Speak little, listen much.

Deosil go by the waxing moon, chanting out the Witches’ Rune.

Widdershins go by the waning moon, chanting out the baneful rune.

When the Lady’s moon is new, kiss the hand to her, times two.

When the moon rides at her peak, then your hearts desire seek.

Heed the North wind’s mighty gale, lock the door and drop the sail.

When the wind comes from the South, love will kiss thee on the mouth.

When the wind blows from the West, departed souls will have no rest.

When the wind blows from the East, expect the new and set the feast.

Nine woods in the cauldron go, burn them fast and burn them slow.

Elder be the Lady’s tree, burn it not or cursed you’ll be.

When the Wheel begins to turn, let the Beltane fires burn.

When the Wheel has turned to Yule, light the log and the Horned One rules.

Heed ye flower, Bush and Tree, by the Lady, blessed be.

Where the rippling waters go, cast a stone and truth you’ll know.

When ye have a true need, hearken not to others’ greed.

With a fool no season spend, lest ye be counted as his friend.

Merry meet and merry part, bright the cheeks and warm the heart.

Mind the Threefold Law you should, three times bad and three times good.

When misfortune is enow, wear the blue star on thy brow.

True in love ever be, lest thy lover’s false to thee.

Eight words the Wiccan Rede fulfill: An ye harm none, do what ye will.

If I look at the Wiccan Rede just in aesthetics it is one of the most beautiful poems you will ever come across and there are significant pieces to it that can be applied to the seasonal world, to the secular world, to everyday living for everyone. As a piece of literature this is full of symbolism and rhyme and it has a great theme. There are things here that appeal to the English teacher and writer within.

As someone who follows pagan and Wiccan beliefs this beautiful poem is one I try to love by, most importantly the last eight words. As we look over those it appears they should be easy: An ye harm none, do as ye will. Well I can do what I want so long as I don’t hurt anyone. Wait…what if I say something but it gets misconstrued? Now someone’s feelings are hurt. ¬†Or maybe I pulled into a parking spot right before someone else and they are hurt. Did I break the Rede?

Like any spiritual or religious doctrine the Rede needs to be looked at as a guideline to do your best to try and be the best, kindest person you can be. Realistically there is no way to ever ensure that every action you do will not hurt someone, even down the road. However, if you are coming at or from a positive, no harm intent, you will mitigate any possible harm.

The other part of the Rede to pay close attention to if you are following it is The Threefold Rule. You may better know it as… Karma. Have you ever heard someone say it comes back to you times three? Well that concept comes from the Wiccan Rede. The idea that the energy, attitude and actions you present will come back to you three times is a thoughtful way to live your life. Do you want good things or bad things coming back at you? This is something I try to live by on a daily basis. It helps me mitigate the harm I may do accidentally or from being unaware. I truly believe the better my intentions and actions the better the energy return.

What about you? Do you believe in karma? Do you believe that a tenant like harming none is one you could live with?