TRUTH

4/2/2020

This is a message I received from my Divine Guidance:

Any belief that is perceived from within the physical dimension and human mind is relative truth. It is a truth that takes you on the path to the Divine Truth, or Ultimate Truth, that cannot be described in human language, but can be sensed, felt and known in a visceral and ineffable way. 

Right now there is a plethora of truths flying around, in regards to the COVID-19 Pandemic. There is always a myriad of truths circulating humanity, but right now is a particularly polarized time because of the centralized focus by the majority of humanity on the same subject. Everyone is being affected by this pandemic and therefore our attention is, in a sense, singular. However, our individual experience, approach and beliefs regarding this collective condition is far from singular. So, the truths experienced are relative to the perceiver. 

As we navigate these times we are becoming more aware of our Oneness and at the very same time triggered by our differences. Our Oneness is enhanced and felt in a very tangible way when we recognize how we are all in this together and how essential each part of the whole is to the whole being whole. Simultaneously, the differences in the beliefs we hold true are highlighted because we are all reacting and processing the same crisis/condition in our own unique way.

All that being said, it is crucial at this time for each of us to stand in our own truth with confidence and clarity, unapologetically. At the same time it is equally important that we honor and respect the truths that others hold, even if it is not in alignment with what we know as true for ourself. This can be challenging at times, especially when you believe that the other’s truth will be a threat to you in some way. 

For example, you may believe the information that encourages the public to use masks to hinder the spread of the disease. Whereas a family member that you live with may believe that this is ridiculous and totes his own experts that offer conflicting evidence disputing that there is any value in this approach. This can cause a war right in your home. So, while it is challenging, the Divine wants us to know that the opportunity here is for both to stand tall and clear in their truth while simultaneously honoring the other who believes something different.

Truth is not dependent on it being true for all for it to be true at all.

Each being has a unique path that will lead you to the Unified Truth of Love. By honoring our sovereignty and that of another, we can utilize our own personal road map that offers the guidance to live the life our Souls came to live. When we feel pulled and prodded to believe in something that does not resonate with our own Soul, we get lost in the fray and find ourselves wandering in foreign land. The Soul’s path is familiar ground that always feels like home. 

So celebrate your truth and by all means celebrate another when they speak and live their own truth. This is something to truly celebrate! For when another finds the home of their Soul, they are at home in themselves and they embody the Beauty of their Being in a way that benefits us all. When each of us is truly aligned with our Soul, we feel loved, lovable, worthy, beautiful, connected, tuned in. We live from this place of Love embodied, and emanate joy, peace, creativity, wisdom, and a reverence for all life. We are no longer in competition with each other, but are inspired to collaborate with one another to experience and share the beauty we recognize in the self and the other.  

So right now I keep hearing my Divine Guidance nudging me to look at this idea of relative and ultimate truth and how important it is to really own our individual truth. Live from it. Walk your talk. As you do this you will truly feel and know your power. As long as you stay in a place of reverence for the truth of others and the path it takes them on, you will be able to create and experience the world you desire to live in. 

I hope I have been able to express clearly here what I am coming to understand. It feels incredibly profound to me. For so long I think I felt like I needed those I love to understand me, agree with me, join me in my story and experience of life. Somehow I am coming to understand that this is not necessary and in fact the expectation for this becomes a form of bondage. This new way of perceiving things feels incredibly exciting and liberating. It also feels empowering. It really gives me permission to trust my own Inner Authority, without needing someone else to validate it to make it true! As long as we respect others as having their own authority as well and even supporting them in aligning with that, we will see a proliferation of beings who feel worthy, seen, honored and therefore we inspire the best in them to be revealed for us all to behold. ~beki

Bring Out the Tool Box

Received from the Akashic Records of Humanity on 4/2/2020. during the times of COVID-19

MAIN POINTS:

~Use your tools to help you navigate this time. Share them and learn new ones from others, that resonate with you.

~Utilize the creativity and wisdom from those beings who were once human in near past, to receive insight and inspiration to navigate these times. Loved Ones, ancestors, creatives, masters of their craft, all have much to offer from their new vantage point. 

~Be you. This is your greatest gift to yourself and to the collective. We need you to step in!

It is time to bring out the tool box and use all that you have learned along your path that has served you and put them into good use now. All of the emotional tools, the spiritual practices, the physical practices that keep you aligned, balanced, healthy and at ease. Each human will be charged to access what they know, and follow that inner knowing. It will not be the same for everyone but there will be groups of people that will find solace, connection and purpose within similar practices. 

So, by all means share your tools with others, and you may be an inspirer, reminder and/or resonator with others who are feeling overwhelmed at this time. Speak up and out to inspire what you aspire to in yourself. For some it will be to find a place of deep peace, and faith. Others, a sense of purpose, found through work or creative self expression. Some will seek a way to be in service, and some will be looking for the transformation of an old way.

Allow yourself to become aware of what it is you seek to experience in this period of collective contraction. Everyone is moving through this birth canal together in their own way, and some are still in gestation and others are close to crowning but no one has yet emerged. There will be waves of undulating contractions which will propel this process. Trust in the process and utilize the tools that you have garnered and share them with others who may have been asleep in the past and are just waking up to the shock of this evolutionary wave. 

Some of the tools are meditation, mindfulness practices, good nutrition, exercise, gratitude practices, dance and other forms of creative movement, artistic practices of all kinds, activating creativity, sexual connection with your beloved. Grounding, earthing and connecting to the earth is critical and will be a profound way to transmute fear frequencies. So these tools will be invaluable for you to activate and share. It will also be a time to receive from others new ways of feeling aligned to the Essence of All of Life, the Source, and to your own Divine Self. 

As you receive and share the tools of alignment with those of you who are now embodied, we encourage you to become aware of the legions of support from the non physical dimension. The Masters, Teachers and Loved Ones within Akasha are always available for you to tap into and receive insight and guidance. There is an infinite resource of wisdom and intelligence and creativity available for you from those of us who have known what it is to be human and are deeply connected to the earth plane. We desire to be of support. 

Your artists, innovators, creatives, and intellectuals of the recent past are looking to assist humanity as well. Your world is in a great and profound transition and the potential for transformation is great. You can participate in your own way. By accessing the beings who have interacted with you in the physical in the past, you can receive a new perspective that can be very helpful for you as you navigate the current challenge. Become aware of them and they will give you the insight that will become a part of the solutions being sequestered by much of humanity now as a result of this intense period in human history. 

Know that you have come to this time and space because you had both something to give, and something to receive from the conditions that are present within this lifetime. Open to the awareness of your personal and intimate purpose for coming into the physical world at this time. Check in and ask your Soul, what It wants to know, feel, experience, receive and give. As you tune into your Soul perspective in this way, you will not only feel enlightened, you will sense yourself becoming a frequency that will be of great service to this time and space and this will be of great solace to your human mind. As your human consciousness is soothed you will truly be able to experience this contraction with a greater excitement and joy. 

You are indeed on the ride of your life! Your Soul came here for these times. Remember this. You are strong. You are so brave and you have so much to offer. Your presence is precious and perfectly perfect for this moment. Be you! The greatest gift you give to the body of humanity and the body of God, is for you to BE YOU fully, unapologetically, with love, grounded in self-love, with respect for self and other, with joy, creativity and humility. Be natural. Be you. We need you now to drop the mask and claim your worth, your Bare Beauty. 

Step in dear ones, or you will be asked to step aside. It is time. Let this historic contraction of divine proportion be the impetus that takes you out of the sidelines and inspires you to dive in. The Divine dives in!  So embody the divine you, embrace your soul, and liberate yourself from the fear propelled by the human consciousness, and infuse the Soul perspective into this world so that you all may know the beauty that is being created right now, by you and all the legions of beings both physical and non physical. 

In Love and Oneness

~Divine Guidance

REMEMBER

The Emergence within the Emergency

3/15/2020

I feel that within this whirling maelstrom of information, it is important that we have access to a different perspective, the Soul-view. I find that in order for me to navigate the most difficult times, I am soothed, reassured, reminded, inspired and empowered when I tune in to my Divine Guidance. Every day I enter into communion with the Divine, through a sacred ritual and prayer that accesses the Source of wisdom and Love within the Akasha. I share this with you in hopes that it offers you some insight and peace as it did for me. Stay well. Stay connected. Be brave. We got this!

Beki:

Strange times. It feels like we are in a movie; apocalyptic, sci-fi. It is so surreal and yet, in this moment, the sun shines, spring is budding fresh green brilliance and flowering colors everywhere. All is well in my personal reality, but the projections of crisis, doomsday, are rampant. Everything is being cancelled. Graduations, school, sports seasons, art festivals, gatherings of all kinds. We are being encouraged to what is called social distancing so that we protect ourselves and our loved ones from this imminent spread of COVID-19  global pandemic. There is so much fear and confusion. We are not just dealing with the issue of sickness and loss of life, but also loss the of livelihood for many. The economic fallout will be severe for so many, particularly those who are poor, sick, unstable in their lives in any way. How do we move through this? Will we be okay?

Divine Guidance: 

Remember, dear ones, you are unlimited beings, divine in nature, infinite and eternal. There is nothing that can touch this Truth. There is nothing that can stop you from being. YOU are the creators of your reality, individually, and at some level collectively. Your responsibility in the collective reality is really based mostly on how much or little you activate your inner power as an individual creator. As you punt and follow the current of the collective consciousness demonstrating whatever it is, such as fear, hysteria, paranoia, greed, and hopelessness, then you will succumb to the reality that you perceive. 

To be a deliberate, conscious creator, you must reject the aspects of collective consciousness that do not align with your vision. In other words, you must not give attention and energy to the manifestations and thought patterns that are not serving the creation you wish to realize. Be mindful of how you buy into the story of what is showing up in your current collective reality. Non of the manifestations that are occurring are intrinsically real or true.  They are made true and real by your attention to it. (NOTE: This is divine truth, not human perception that tends to observe reality rather than realize that our observation is keeping that reality solid and real. Quantum physics speaks to this phenomena. This is not intentional of course, but a result of unconsciousness. We have forgotten that we are creators)

Focus on your own vision, your own creation. What do you desire to see in your world right now? What do you want to create for yourself and your community? Steer away from those who feed off of fear, who may distract you or influence you to fear. This prescribed ‘social distancing’ can be very useful for this reason. Use it to your advantage! Yet, stay connected to those who feed your vision, build on it, inspire more brilliance and beauty to expand upon it.

This is a good time to discern what you will and will not engage in and with whom. As you take space from the flow of normal life, take time to get clear. Craft your vision of what you want to elevate in your world. Be the Divine architects that you are meant to be. We would recommend that you be extra vigilant right now with the rampant fear energies that are feed by the information sources you have access to. As you navigate the physical reality, follow the guidelines that allow you to participate within the current collective reality in a way that is respectful and mindful. 

As you wash your hands, remember that you are cleansing the frequencies of fear from your body. As you eat with more consciousness to keep your body healthy to keep your immune system robust, be even more mindful of what thoughts and beliefs you ingest that rob you from a healthy state of mind. As you keep your physical distance from others, lean into intimacy with the non-physical dimension. Connect deeply with Source, Soul, God. Embrace Love. And by all means, lean into the heart and soul of humanity. Recognize and feel your connectivity with humanity and hold the beings, embodied on earth at this time, close to your heart. Let this be a time of cultivating less distance from you and You. Meet with your Soul often. Stay connected as you take space. 

This is the best time to be physically reconnected to the earth. Sit on her, dig into her, sing to hear, dance on her, walk with her. Listen to the whispers of her sweet song, her wisdom, nourishing and nurturing gifts. Let yourself be caressed by the Mother Earth. Let her body touch yours. As you move away from human touch, become more intimate with the earth. Love her as she Loves you. 

There is something magical happening within the contraction that now ensues and engulfs humanity. Alchemy is at hand and new reality will soon be revealed. For each individual it will look different. Each of you, in your own way, is calling forth transformation. Each of you are dying to the old and giving birth to a new life, a new earth. The labor of this moment will be felt in unique ways for each of you. The more you resist, the more arduous the labor. Resistance is fueled by fear. Surrender to this process. It is happening whether you think you want it or not. Allow the divine energy of Life to propel this labor and life forward. Breathe, relax, open so the emergence within the emergency can occur without too much discomfort and pain. You can do this! Allow your Soul to embrace you as you ride the waves of these contractions. 

Remember who you are. You are a Divine being of Love and Light. You are unlimited, eternal, infinite and free. You are so much more than this beautiful body and human mind. Become whole and you will wholly know your holiness and the sacred holiness of all that is expressed in the physical world you inhabit. There is nothing that is happening in this time and moment that your Soul is not ready for. 

Remember Love. Stay aligned to the frequency of Divine Love and you will stay connected to your own Soul. Embody this Love, emanate it and you will be a healing elixir unto the world. As you ride the wave of this collective contraction, focus your eyes on the horizon of your beautiful vision for the new earth, for an awakened humanity. Feel the joy, anticipation, possibilities, stunning beauty and deep peace contained within this vision. Feel it NOW. 

All of you creative, brave souls who are able to do this are healers, visionaries, creators of the new world. You are accessing the infinite power of the Universe. You are levied by the ineffable beauty of divine Love. The wind is at your back, and while the waves are choppy, your Inner being, that you meet with each day, sits peacefully within the still depths of the warm sea. 

Imagine the best possible vision you can conjure. In regards to all that you are concerned about, see and feel the infinite expansion of beauty within these conditions. And then, remember, again, who you are. Remember the power of You. As you remember you will know that this vision must be realized. 

My Divine Rainbow Soul

In deep Love and Oneness

Beki

Intimacy

What does it mean to be intimate? The concept has been one that has eluded me for a long time. Am I afraid of intimacy? Am I really willing to be intimate? Am I holding back from life, from my lover, from my relationships? What scares me—being vulnerable, being hurt? 

It seems to me that it takes courage to be intimate, and intimacy starts with the Self. Intimacy, when mastered, is the highest spiritual ideal, because it allows for a sweet, delicious connection to All That Is. It recoils from nothing. It walks into the darkness, the earthy barren fields of the unknown, and brings a living breathing expression of Love, which embraces the mystery as it steps into thin air, unafraid and unconcerned as to where its foot will land. Intimacy takes Faith—Faith beyond words. Faith that viscerally knows all is well, that I am safe, that I am One with all of life. Even that is too many words and inadequate to describe the Faith that Intimacy knows.

I yearn to be intimate—fearlessly and recklessly intimate—with all that shows up in my life.

Intimacy is an Open Heart, a spacious mind, a body that melts into the surrounding molecules of moisture, indiscernible to the senses, but utterly intoxicating to Intimacy. Intimacy risks vulnerability without a second thought, because it knows it is intrinsically safe and that, in truth, there are no risks. Intimacy embraces fear and transforms it into Love. It is alchemy. It is the eyes of the newborn, whose unflinching gaze takes you in, into the Love it is, without apology, explanation, requirements or neediness. 

Intimacy is flawlessly free,

utterly and completely.

It requires intimacy to be Awake.

It transforms the mind and lives deep within the heart.

It is the surest and sweetest path

back to the Self.

Except taken from Bare Beauty. Available on Amazon and at www.bekiart.com


BARE BEAUTY

I am excited to share my new book, BARE BEAUTY: my journey of AWAKENING! This poem is at the beginning of the book. I will be sharing excerpts from the book, so stay tuned. Enjoy!

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Bare Beauty

I ache to see the unseen
To breathe in the scent of
Love
Shared

I want to touch the
Beauty of your
Bare naked
Soul
That radiates
From INSIDE
The deepest widest part
of my being

I thirst for the color
Of sensuous rivers
Drinking in the Divine nectar
Of the Mother Earth

I lie open, bare, empty
Waiting
Patiently
Peacefully
With gentle anticipation
To be penetrated
Filled
With beauty
My beauty
Your beauty
Inner
Outer
Empty
Bare beauty

I close my eyes
As my heart awakens
Vibrating with color
Light
Sound
Seeping sweet syrupy
Warmth
Into my veins
Watering the plants of my Garden of Eden
Awakening me
Gently prodding me
To open my eyes
To see
The bare beauty of
All things
seen and unseen
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DEATH and LIFE

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Written 9.10.18                                                 Engulfed in Darkness by Beki                                          

 

Death knocks at our doors many times in a lifetime. Death is the end of a state of being. It is more often than not, a vibrational shift, a monumental transition, or a gentle one. We are meant to die so that we can live, again and again and again, a new reality. An expanded evolved self is born of the death of what was, so that something new can emerge. Life is simply not possible without the ever-expanding, life-giving storm of death.

Each time the ending comes near, bravely step into the hurricane of energy that is whirling your way and open your arms and your heart to embrace the fullness of its offering. Feel the winds of death whip across your face and envelop your body and scream, wail and sink into the fullness of its force. Do not resist! For it will have you anyway. Dive in and feel the wholeness of it and know at the core of death is LIFE, renewed, NEW and full of the potential of all that you have ever desired. At the core of death is life and Love, the love that has no opposite but is defined by the plethora of seemingly opposing energies that are really LOVE disguised. For Love loves death as much as It loves life. It sees the Beauty of death. The end of what was, so that what is and what is being created in this very moment can emerge from the depths of the womb that hold the seeds of new life.

So I urge you to face the fear of death. Walk into the fear of your yesterday that keeps nagging at you to stay safe and stay where you are. Live beyond the limits of your fear and step into the fray of wild and whirling Love in all it’s unpredictable forms. See the truth of Love in all that shows up. The beauty that lies at the core of everything. Welcome the ending that death offers as you hold the awareness that new life emerges from this surrender, this release, the last breath of an old way.

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Weathering Flo

Interestingly, just one year ago I posted a blog about navigating Hurricane Irma. Now my muse is Flo, and she inspired this expression of my inner contemplation. We keep getting the opportunity to face life’s challenges and to see how we have evolved. 

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Painting: The Vortex, oil on canvas by Beki

Sept. 16, 2018

Years ago I stopped watching TV and especially avoided mainstream news sources. My choice to do so was a response to my own Inner Guidance System (IGS) that is always sending signals of what actions to take and decisions to make. It is tailored for me. Indicators are offered by how I feel and the only way I can get an accurate read, is by removing myself from the outside hurricane, and enter into the stillness and quiet of my own inner connection to the Divine. Long ago, my IGS sent me the message that I was to remove myself from the outer storm in order for me to find the Eye/I of my inner being, which is Peace.

I trust that I will receive the information I need to make an aligned and wise decision, without entering the fray of media and its unsavory approach to sensationalizing the facts and science with way too much extraneous data. The media is emotionally manipulative and I simply do not want to put myself through that mental/emotional storm, especially in the middle of a literal one!

Hurricane Flo(rence)just passed us by. She whirled and danced out at sea for many many days and the mental storm began as the reporters and politicians built up the emotional drama that obscured so many of us from the simple facts of an unfolding track of when and where the storm would hit the Southeastern coast of the United States. As a resident of Charleston, SC, I am accustomed to the threats of hurricanes, and we often sit and observe the possibilities of the forces of nature heading our way, like the slave ships from the middle passage. I always feel this eery awareness of the track these hurricanes take, following a profoundly painful storm of emotion from captive African people past, traversing the Atlantic, not knowing what lied ahead. Could it be that these wild and powerful winds that take this path, are cleansing the auric field of the waters of our earth, to release the pain and trauma held in this part of the body of our great Mother?

As a vibrational healer, that uses the healing modality of Reiki, a form of healing touch, to help shift blocked energy in the body of the client, I have experienced how people store trauma in different parts of their physical and etheric bodies. The energy needs to be moved, shaken up, acknowledged, and felt, so that is can be released, transmuted, transformed. Could it be that the winds of nature are cleansing the blocked energies that are held in the earth and in the consciousness of humanity?

What I am most interested in contemplating right now, is how we can weather the emotional mental storms that come our way. How do we navigate the assaults that seem to come from outside of us and we have no control of? How do we find the peace in the chaos, and find our inner Eye/I of the hurricane?

Charleston was virtually untouched by the physical storm for the most part. A mandatory evacuation was ordered on Monday September 10th, which truly was too soon to really predict the path of Florence. Today it is Sunday, almost a week later, and we have barely gotten any rain. Hysteria began and the inner storm in the minds of the people on the coast raged, especially as they sat in front of TVs for hours of non-stop coverage, that espoused emotional language that would undoubtedly incite fear. Words like a “Beast of a storm’, ‘ a monster’, ‘the storm of a lifetime.’ I got glimpses of the onslaught. I retreated the best I could, and attempted to meditate, and listen to the Divine Guidance within me that never steers me wrong. It was challenging, but I managed pretty good, to still feel the Peace of my soul. I consulted sources that were offering information without the drama, so that we could make decisions based on fact, and not the fear-based emotions that whirled around me.

The dance of Flo was unpredictable and as it is with most forces of nature, she reminded us that we are really not in control. We can do our best to try to predict and control the world around us, but the deeper lesson for me from Flo is that I best learn to go with the flow, or I will be whirling around in a mental storm that robs me of the very Peace that I AM. Flo is a reminder of how we are always navigating these mental storms and that with intention and consciousness, we can commit to the Peace that resides at the center of all hurricanes. The peace that resides at the center of our own being. If we cultivate this commitment to Inner Peace then when we embark out into the whirling chaos of the world, we can bring this powerful force of Divine nature with us, and we can indeed have a positive influence on the climate around us.

I am grateful for Flo, and all the hurricanes of life, that prompt me to practice Peace with deep intention and focus. I am grateful that I did not need to experience the Eye of Flo this time but received her gift in a gentle way. Each of us affected by the presence of Flo whirling towards our coast, had our own personal experience. Some lives were impacted in very profound and tangible ways, with physical loss involved. More of us were pulled into the mental and emotional storm to weather in our own way.

How did you weather the storm? Can you see the gift she left at your doorstep? How will you BE the next time you encounter a storm, whether it is literal of metaphorical? I encourage you to seize this opportunity to contemplate these questions, so that you may ride the wave of the alchemy that is offered by all of life’s challenges.

In Love and Oneness and deep gratitude,

Beki

The Inner Hurricane

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‘Eye of the Storm” oil on canvas, Beki

This has week has been utterly exhausting emotionally and mentally, as we and many more in the Caribbean, Florida and the South Eastern US have been watching the strongest biggest storm on record to plough its way through the waters crushing islands and threatening our safety, stuff and peace of mind.

Peace of mind is what I really want to address here. How do we cultivate an aptitude to inner peace, so that when life’s hurricanes, literally or figuratively, threaten our wellbeing, we are able to respond from peace rather than fear? Today is 9/11, an infamous day here in the US when the Twin Towers in New York City were reduced to rubble after 2 planes intentionally flew into them. It was shocking and devastating and rocked the sense of security Americans had felt in regards to such attacks. It shattered a collective sense of comfort and maybe a false peace of mind. 911 are the number we dial to call for HELP.

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How can we dial directly to the help that taps into the peace of mind that allows us to weather any storm that life delivers to us? Yesterday, in the midst of this whole experience of preparing for Hurricane Irma that was slowly turning west away from us, revealing that the personal threat to our town and home would be minimal, I grappled with my own inner storm. I woke up at 3 am to find my two sons and nephew ‘mesmerized’ in playing computer games together. It triggered a mini storm in my head that I seemed incapable of quelling. My initial internal venting entailed feelings of anger, indignation, irritation, hopelessness for humanity and the obsession with these glowing screens that give us this false sense of connection with each other, but actually rob us of the connection with the organic world of human contact and the beautiful earth we inhabit. Yes I went there! As a mother of 3 sons I have grappled with this feeling of frustration around the whole issue of video games and such for 20 years. It has definitely been one of those reoccurring concerns/thorns that has contributed to taking away my Inner Peace, uncountable times. Needless to say, the inner storm amidst the outer storm robbed me of much needed sleep.

I don’t want to focus so much on the issue of glowing screens here. What I am really interested in is the inner storms that can be triggered by thousands of stressful thoughts. Usually the thought is aligned with fear. Certainly the discomfort felt in preparing for a hurricane and watching the media coverage around the storm has the potential to cause as much angst as riding out the storm itself. It is the projection of a devastating future, fear future, that grips us. With the modern conveniences of glowing screens 24 hours a day, we have this thought that somehow we can control the outcomes by listening to the confusing, mixed messages offered, whether it is about the weather or diseases or politics. We cling to the messages hoping they will provide us with the guidance that will solve the problems that face humanity. Secretly we wish for the guidance to quell the storm in our mind, possibly even more than the condition that is causing it. Of course the true guidance we seek can only be found in the silencing of the fear-based chatter and to go to the True Source of all solutions.

Suffering stems from the thoughts, not the reality. I have suffered on and off this past week as we navigated the information about this outer storm. There were times I was able to consciously focus on peace and stayed away from the media as much as possible, but still would catch wind of fearful frequencies. Well, how could I miss them. The frequencies of the fear blew as strong as Irma’s winds. We are challenged to find a way to the inner peace, the ‘I’ of the storm, that is serene amongst the mayhem of life. This is the greatest challenge of the times, I feel. The distractions are unbelievable! How can we cultivate this Inner Peace instead of feed the fire of the Inner Storm?

While I do not know what the ultimate answer is for that question, I do know that I am on a journey of answering that for myself. Each of us needs to find our own way. It is the awareness and intention that is the first step. As we become aware of the source of our inner storm as the thoughts we think, then we realize that we can intentionally redirect the thoughts. What activity or practice can support you in redirecting thoughts? I walk in nature. I write, I paint. Sometimes meditation helps. Going to sleep is miraculous. What calms your storm? What nurtures the scared inner child? What soothes you back into alignment with the Source of your True Self?

peacePeace’, oil on canvas, by Beki

When I align with Love, with the Divine, with my Inner Being, the unlimited, eternal Self I feel a deep joyful peace. When I feel this peace, I do not feel fear. The two emotions cannot abide together. I recently heard a zen monk say, ” To be fearless really is actually being peaceful.” Unconditional Love is really being able to stay aligned with Love regardless of the conditions. Unconditional Peace, Joy, Love. This is the practice that brings freedom.

When I am able to live more and more from this cultivated, intentional place of unconditional Love, Peace and Joy then not only do I benefit from this freedom, but I have a chance to affect Peace in the world around me, one person at a time. My very presence will then have the potential to quell the storm within another, and another and another.