Breaking Barriers

Journey #3

In many ways, re-starting regular contemplative “readings” right now is a little strange, and although the topics I am discussing are for the Collective Consciousness of Humanity as a whole, they also sing loudly for me personally. But then – I am a part of the Collective. Just as you are. More than 8 billion threads of life, each contributing to the gigantic tapestry of humanity. Imagine what that would look like from space! How beautiful it must be in its diversity. And its singularity. We must never forget that although we can often feel alone, we are just one tiny – and very essential – piece of the whole pattern.

Sometimes that aloneness can be hard. We forget that outside our own protective bubble, there are others who also feel as if they cannot see past the walls around them. We can feel hemmed in, able to see the unreachable sky, but not able to reach beyond the barriers we have allowed to grow around us.

When we feel like that, we have a choice. There is always a choice, but sometimes it is hard to see. We can sit in our field of choice, surrounded by the high walls that we have either fallen into or allowed to grow around us, or we can do the work we need to get out of that and see what is beyond. We have all the tools we need to dig ourselves out.

The person in this picture is using a sledgehammer to break through the barriers he has around him. Breaking down walls doesn’t have to be so hard if you hit it in the right place, with the right tools and the right mind-set. My personal tools are strength, resilience, belief, trust, and knowledge. I often forget that I hold these tools, especially when I get overwhelmed. Sometimes I need another person to hold me up when it gets hard and remind me that I am not alone.

What tools do you hold?

Igniting Courage

Journey #2

Things happen – sometimes unexpectedly and sometimes they creep up on you and just about knock you off your feet. 

Things happen – sometimes they are just embarrassing or awkward; sometimes they make you want to curl up and hide from the world.

Things happen – that confuse you, or makes you question everything you know about yourself.

You are a human, having a human experience, and it is impossible to escape ‘things happening’.  The thing is, how do you react when they do?

For me – I sometimes get overwhelmed.  I cry.  It sometimes seems as if I will never stop crying.  I can’t think.  My mind turns to mush and I literally cannot remember anything from one minute to the next.  Other times, other things, and I suddenly find a strength I had no idea I owned and I jump in and deal with whatever it is.

When things happen we are faced with a choice.  In this card, is the rider holding a flag of surrender?  Is she racing away from danger?  Could she be riding into danger?

Whatever the ‘thing’ that is happening turns out to be, there is one thing it is so very important not to forget.  We are strong.  We are valiant, and we are courageous.

In this card, the rider has no saddle or stirrups, she has only one hand on the reins because the other is holding the flag – which could be of surrender or of peace.  It makes no difference if she is running from or to her ‘thing’, she has trust in her companion and guide, even as, in the form of a horse, it is taking a leap over a wall.  She is not only strong and valiant and courageous, but she also has trust and faith that whatever direction she chooses – it will be the right one.

Healing the Past

Reading Journeys #1

We are all on a life journey and sometimes we can look ahead and wonder what lies around the next corner. Sometimes it’s enough to simply hope we get through the day; but the past is where we often focus most strongly. It is our history. It is our Story. It is what made us who we are now.

Our story has many twists and turns: some good, filled with joy and laughter and sunshine; some not so good. And how often, when we look back through our lives, is it the hard times that stand out most strongly?

What is good to recall is that without those hard times to challenge us, to encourage us to understand Self and see what makes us who we are, we would never have built the strength we need to be able to step into the unknown future.

We are here. We stand in strength and clarity precisely because of the past times we have lived through – the good times and the hard times. And it is that knowledge that helps us stand tall and proud.

Healing the past doesn’t always mean digging deep into the wounds. Sometimes it simply means accepting those wounds as part of who we are.

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