This has been a fascinating year. Many of us have found ourselves smack dab in the belly of the beast, so to speak, being afforded an opportunity to confront our most dreaded anticipations and finding ourselves standing strong on the other side.
Look back over your year. See the accomplishments you have made despite the predictions of doom and gloom that surrounded you. You are stronger, wiser and more efficient in maneuvering the maze than ever before.
You truly are.
In personal reflection, this year was a phenomenal one in that I jumped totally into a new, incomprehensible arena and ended up falling in love with it. As many of you are aware, I am a spiritual counselor – an Orisha priest – whose responsibility is to be of service to my community in assisting them find their connection to their higher purpose and then walking the path shown to be the most direct and beneficial in order to achieve that purpose.
This means I have had to literally practice – serve as a model – that which I preach. When it was shown to us that it would be in the highest interest of our community – Ile – to move to a small, seemingly forgotten farm town that had illusions of being destitute, that is what was done. I will not say that I was able to do so without doing a little fighting and screaming – at least internally.
It has been a year and I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to elevate to the next stage of my development and took advantage of it. I was ecstatic to be able to see the actual treasure that was presented to me in the shape of the community to which I now belong. It is what I had always longed for but would have not been able to enjoy had I not understood the larger picture was way beyond my limited scope of reference.
Often times, we feel as if we are hopelessly intertwined with our reality. We don’t see the rationale nor do we understand the options. Many will “pray” for solutions to their self-perceived dilemmas, leaving the responsibility for understanding and elevation to some power existing outside of ourselves. Somehow we forgot just what Spirit is here for. We think we have to come up with the answers – and the solutions – within ourselves and that asking God to give us that which we are requesting.
Spirit has many names to many people. Basically, it is that sense – that Knowing – that comes from accepting that there is a larger piece to the puzzle than we could ever imagine and that there is actually a plan – a Master Plan if you will – to the pieces and yet the puzzle itself.
The work with Spirit begins within. It is not an external thing. One of the ways to begin is acknowledging that which has been here before us. In many of the more ancient mindsets, the Ancestors are what are being referenced here.
Seeing how those who walked before us handled a situation is certainly a good place to start. For instance, living on land that has potential for growing food and you have never grown food before, what do you do? You had a great-grandmother who had acres of land where she grew fruit trees and other crops. Tapping into her memory and accessing her databanks is not only doable but definitely recommended.
Sometimes, though, there may have been times when your great-grandmother was confronted by seemingly insurmountable barriers and she fears the same for you. That fear will begin to show its face to you because … yes … fear is an emotion that comes from the astral plane, the home of the energy of your great-grandmother and the medium she uses to communicate with you.
Acknowledging the fear, heeding the advice and then moving on is the way in which to work with that fear. Sometimes it is valid. Some snakes you find in the garden are harmless and some can kill you. Generated fear when one comes across your path is opening your eyes.
Having no money in your pocket and no idea where to get any is another fear generating from times when it was really rough for our ancestors with no system set in place for assistance. Fear in this instance also comes from earlier experiences but then needs to be released because it serves no useful purpose.
Learn to work with your emotions – especially your fear. It can end up being your strongest ally.
For more information, click below –
Devil Ain’t Nothin’ But A Five Letter Word: A Self-Help Journal to Transforming Fear