Category: Spirit

Breaking Open

Breaking Open

Breaking Open

Not long after our return from our Soul Food Journey to the UK, I had what I’m calling a breaking open.

A parking cop was in the process of giving us a ticket for the scooter and I managed to talk her out of it. No small feat in San Miguel 😁. I then proceeded to hurry to leave the parking spot. Turning to exit on the three wheeled scooter, I caught a big yellow metal road divider with my front left wheel and went down breaking my collarbone.

And boy, did grace show up.

I jumped to my feet.  Right away, a man ran out and picked up the bike for me. David came out immediately. A good friend who is also a physician had been sitting with us, checked me out and he and his wife drove me to the local hospital for an x-ray, while David road the scooter home and picked up our car. Another doctor friend called one of the best orthopedic surgeons anywhere, and he met me within 10 minutes of arrival in his clinic 45 minutes away.

So only five hours after the accident, I was in surgery. A titanium plate was installed, and I awoke from surgery as if I had been in a lovely sleep.

What is the breaking open you might ask? (other than my collarbone 😁)

  1. A Greater Connection to the Divine

Three weeks into what will be a several month healing process I’ve necessarily given myself time to rest. In that state of openness, I feel a greater connection to the divine source that is always with me.

2. Receiving More

And I’ve had to open up my ability to receive even more. David has lovingly assisted helping me get dressed, wash my hair and of course prepare fantastic food. And dear friends and neighbors have brought food, flowers and sent lovely notes.

3. Loving Stillness Everyday

At the moment,  I cannot physically do things I might otherwise be doing. And I need rest to assist the healing. There is a stillness in that rest, in just being, that is some of the soul food I need.

4. Allowing the Divine to Lead

I’ve been really focused on getting myself out of the way to allow spirit/the divine/source to lead. I couldn’t have used my will to make what happen run as smoothly and easily as it did. The shock I experienced necessitated that something other than my will prevail.  Grace is relentless and always available no matter what the circumstances.

5. A Greater Feeling of Gratitude 

In the deepening of gratitude for all the love from friends and the Divine, my soul has been deeply fed. What a terrific blessing a broken collarbone can be, don’t you think?

 

In love and gratitude,

Susan

p.s. Please leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.

The Party Where the Soul Birds Came – Intuitive Story

The Party Where the Soul Birds Came

Stories seep into us and help us open to our intuitive knowing and a sense of possibility. They rekindle a sense of the sacred and remind us to be open to the greater wisdom, beauty and passion that is our birthright.

During our retreat this year and subsequently in group sessions with clients, David has been telling intuitive stories. We thought we’d share one with you.

The Party Where the Soul Birds Came

Have you ever found yourself invited to a party where you didn’t know what was going to happen?

Not that we know what is going to happen very often, but when invited to a party we sort of think we know what to expect. Todd and Jane were invited to a party and nothing they expected happened.

It was a random invitation someone they knew said “Hey, I’m going to something tonight that you should come too!”.

Todd and Jane were shy people, not especially social so they were happy to be invited.  They got the address and the time it was starting but that’s all.  They weren’t really sure where the house was, they’d never even been to that neighborhood before.

They felt a curious tingle of excitement. It was different than just going to someplace new or the uncertainty of meeting people they didn’t know.  After all they had an invitation.

The time came for them to leave their home and drive to the party location. It took a while to find the house.  It was on a bit of a hill surrounded by wide open space with a curious collection of trees, not too big, and cactus reaching up into the night sky, and the strangest collection of wild flowers open at night that they had ever seen.

It was a beautiful home of considerable size. The door was wide open.  They could hear the sound of laughter inside.  That sound brought them to a complete stop. It was the sound of crackling happiness. There was a sweet kindness in the chatter and laughter.

There was thread of music mixed with that sound that felt welcoming. They each broke into a smile that spread through their whole bodies. They crossed the threshold and stepped into an atmosphere filled with happy people joyful to be together.

They were warmly greeted.  A delicious beverage was put into each of their hands. The fragrances and light were beautiful. There was the unmistakable air of anticipation oddly mixed with an ease or contentment.

They were curious, “How could this be?” They never felt anything like this before.

Their friend and the host and hostess found them. And they felt welcomed. Touched by a frequency of something they couldn’t quite identify, but it was there none the less powerful and present.

For two shy people, they were at ease and a smile spread across their whole body. They engaged in conversation, it was real, it was of the heart.

It was the kind of conversation they loved.

The evening advanced and prompted by an unspoken cue the crowd of people stepped through the open doors of the living room onto a patio, quite large. The night sky above seemed to twinkle with a sonic clarity they’d never experienced before.

Conversations continued and then a quietness filled the group. Over to the right of the patio they suddenly noticed a giant tree now luminous.  On every branch of this tree there were birds of color, large, small. There were raptors with giant talons.

You could imagine the group looking at this tree looking at a vast collection of birds.  There was awe and stillness.

The hosts in the center of the group said, “Welcome Beloveds” we have a gift for you.  These are not just birds as you know them.  These are your soaring spirit allies.  They told us to bring each of you here, because they want to come home to you.

The hosts raised their right arms and two beautiful strong birds lifted off the tree and came to their wrists, landed and rested there.

Then each person raised their right arm and a bird took off, came to them and landed. Todd and Jane couldn’t help themselves.  They were amazed. They raised their arms.  They saw to birds take off.  They couldn’t quite see them but the took ff.  They held their arms up and a great raptor swooshed and landed on each of their wrists.

There was no weight but there was clearly the warmth of life touching their wrists.  When they saw the talons of these great birds extended to land on their wrists a flash of terror went through them.

The terror dissolved in a twinkling when the talons fit perfectly around each of their wrists. And there was a rush of joy, of beauty of majesty that arose within them.  And they knew they had been found by something they had longed for.

There was stillness that came upon the group as each person’s spirit bird landed.

Then as if answering a silent command, everyone lay down on the ground. They looked up into the night sky.  Each person holding their spirit bird in this prone position looked up and every bird gave a cry that was sweet, sharp, powerful.

And the sky opened.  The night sky became alive with a dance of light. There appeared before each person a face of love.  It was the only way to describe what was there- A face of love.

And into each person came an onrush of impassioned hope, of unmistakable love and a vision of how to go forth in the world as a song of spirit, a creator of joy, a healer of wounds.

Some time passed and then everyone rose. Each person and their spirit bird bowed to one another. And everyone knew it was time to reenter the world to allow the majesty to unfold.

WISDOM PRESCRIPTION*

  • What are the colors and form of your song bird?
  • What majesty is unfolding for you?
  • How are you feeling inside right now?

* In our Individual Work with Clients we provide a Wisdom Prescription that comes out of the session.

We’d love to know your answers. Please share your comments below.

Love, David and Susan

 

Not the Surrender You Think

Our blog last Sunday was about surrendering to the Divine, Source, Spirit first in order to inform us before we act. Some might refer to it as acting from “thy will not my will.”

We had one comment from a childhood friend who completely disagreed “No disrespect intended, but I could not possibly disagree more fundamentally. Especially now…”

We are not for one moment suggesting surrendering to injustice and ignorance. On the contrary the “surrender” we refer to enables the best kind of fuel to promote real evolution and revolution.

To promote genuine long-lasting change requires a radicalization of thinking. Bullies need to be overpowered with muscle and actions through intention fueled by energies beyond our personal “thinking” ability.

This is not a time to stand down but a time to stand up with strength, wisdom and the willingness to act.

We are in a time where we must draw on all the wisdom available to us. Especially now…

Please share with us your divinely inspired acts.

Time to Surrender

photo © David C Mackenzie

It’s time to surrender our Will and be lead by the Divine.

There are many ways we protect ourselves from the greatness of life and possibilities that surround us. One way is by creating negative self-fulfilling prophecies that block our divine expression.

We have seen what happens when we create negative self-fulfilling prophecies, the kind where you have a bad feeling in your gut and some form of negative outcome comes true.

What negative self-fulfilling prophecies are running inside you that have been let loose and never ended that are in the way of your connection to your sacred blueprint and the rich passionate abundant and creative life you know is possible?

Have you had an imagined fear or a negative belief that you let run the show?

These negative self-fulfilling prophecies feel like a subtle friction that show up as a form of doubt where we forget about our sacred connection.

What can we do to move beyond that friction?

We can choose to call in a blessing to the noisy self -destructive negative creative patterns that cause us to stumble and feel like we can’t get to the state of the most loving and exciting vision of our lives.

Feel these places of friction, doubt and imaginary fear where there is no evidence to back it up. When you feel into those places and that line of energy and honor their presence then say the following prayer.

Prayer for Ending Negative Self Fulfilling Prophecies

As you address the fear say:

“Bless You and No More- I declare these energies to be complete and ask that these systems be replaced with love, wholeness, and holiness once again within me where the sacredness of this body comes home to itself.

Unlimited by my willfulness on this day, in this moment, I surrender my will in all the ways I protect myself from the greatness of life that surrounds me.

I release my will to reunite with the godhead, our Father, Mother, God. I let go and allow my love to prevail within me all the way to my cellular, electrical and structural fields.

I ask this for the highest good of all concerned. And to all of my ancestors I extend this blessing the reuniting of the holy of holies I am experiencing for it is my true birthright to be reunited with the source of all life, holy of holies, God, the Divine.

I offer this as a gift to all beings connected to me wherever they may be and whatever form they are in.

I take this breath now knowing that the spirit of resurrection comes within me and I rise up and step away from the deadness I have carried thinking it was my life.”

In love,

David and Susan

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Closing the Gap

Closing the Gap

Something inside us instinctively knows we are part of something bigger. Some call it Source, The Divine, God, Life itself…. The words don’t matter. What does matter is that it is time for us all to close the gap that keeps us separate from Source.

This gap was created long ago, it’s in the DNA of humans, it’s impersonal but we have the power to change it.

We’ve learned that the most gentle and enlivening way to promote this homecoming is through curiosity, wonder and joy, and the wiliness to surrender what we “think” is true to what we “know” is true. You know, the truth that your heart sings not always what your personality wants.

This is the difference between leading with our own will versus allowing the will of the Life that is greater than we are to inform us first.

It’s why we emphasize noticing habits, conditionings, and belief structures that get in the way of our capacity to really know what is true and loving for ourselves.

In reviewing our history of joy, the greatest experiences have come to us not because we willed them but from a state of allowing, being surprised, serendipity and dancing in the moment.

How amazing is that? That we are so loved that we can pretend separation knowing that eventually we will admit we are held in love beyond our ability to reason it out.

It is time for closing the gap.

Take a breath before acting.
Allow the Spirit in the air to inform the next moment.
Feel the bubble of the joy of life percolating in your blood. It’s really there.
Let yourself be surprised beyond anything you can imagine.

We don’t have to wait until we die to close the gap even though it’s how we’ve been trained to believe.

And we’d love to hear your moments of surprise and delight where the miraculous shows up and there is no Gap. Like when the parking space magically appears or you think about someone and they call.

How to Allow Miracles

Tools for Thriving 2016

How to Allow Miracles

How to allow Miracles? Right now, this moment you are surrounded by a collection of miracles tailor made for you just waiting to unpack themselves in your life.

Oh yeah sure, great idea sounds kind of fanciful, maybe even crazy.

Nope- it’s the truth of who and what we really are.

We live in this world conditioned to believe that miracles come from another time, or are maybe just fanciful reflections, hopes, desires that maybe happen to other people who were somehow “special”. Or that if a miracle occurs, it’s a rare occasion.

We are finding on a daily basis the miraculous abounds as an every day occurrence.

How did we open up to start receiving the every day miracles that make life flow, allowing passion and creativity to bloom?

We realized it was our normal state not something unusual and stopped believing it wasn’t possible. We are surrounded by aliveness. The same is true for you. In fact we are all enlivened by a symphony of energies within us and around us that want to deliver the miraculous on a daily basis.

There is a quicksand of uncertainty that sits waiting if you try to figure out why the miraculous stopped being ordinary. It’s simple. It’s an old way of thinking and being whose time has come to an end.

We can open to the deliverance of the miraculous and sacred without having to understand why or know anything about it.

It starts by saying yes to the Holy of Holies, what you are, and then noticing that miracles, of all sizes, just start happening. It is our normal, not the other way around.

Noticing is the key to the flow of the miraculous.

Here’s an invocation you can use as a touchstone to continue to open yourself to receive the living sacred gift of the miraculous on a daily basis. This comes form our sacred ally who supports us in claiming our miraculous events and helping us serve you.

Invocation

(an invocation uses words to open you to the true sacredness you are.)

You were created from the miraculous. The body you are within is in fact an ongoing gloriously complex miracle. Science in all it’s forms cannot understand the life you really are.

Notice this truth.

Rest the part of your mind that wants to always understand everything. The miraculous because of its nature will always go beyond what you understand. Your mind after a while will relax and allow you to notice the pulse of the ever present miraculous.

The pulse in your body that comes from your heart, the spark within that pulse is the ever present reminder of the delicious truth of your own miracle.

Rest your mind. Know that you cannot understand with your mind what you have not experienced.

The miraculous around you will bring you a gift if you allow it. Diamonds are small but they have great value. Sometimes the smallest miracle is like the most precious diamond.

Take a moment now using your memory- have you not been surprised by goodness at times in your life. Remember now those pulses of the miraculous. Just notice the truth.

Now in this moment as you are reading these words, open your awareness beyond what you are accustomed to and you will be met by a generous present moment that loves you and wants nothing but the best for you.

You may feel uncertain. This is natural. It is a habit of your mind. Trust the knowing with in you that says- You are a receiver of the miraculous, the Holy, now. It is the foundation of every breath you take and every beat your heart makes.

Receive the gift of this delicious uncertainty and a new song of love will sing itself within you and you will feel the tickle of joy dance in your body. This is the miraculous.

Thanks for journeying with us.
Please share your comments below.

Love,

Susan and David