Dear Wise Women,
Thank-you for bringing your whole and beautiful hearts to our circle this morning!
Time and time again, these four qualities stand out to me as the most important qualities to cultivate on the path towards what some may call spiritual enlightenment, but which I prefer to call freedom. I am referring to the freedom that comes from being ok with whatever happens.
As Michael Singer says, “You can learn to stay open no matter what happens in the world. At first it feels unnatural since your innate tendency is to close as a means of protection. But closing your heart does not really protect you from anything; it just cuts you off from your source of energy.”
If we can truly stay open no matter what, then we are in fact “free”. Please note that this is not the same as condoning atrocities or overlooking bad behaviour, nor does it mean we are free from experiencing pain, grief and loss. Being open simply means that, no matter what, we are not disconnecting our heart from inner energy. Only when we are able to stay open can we truly heal ourselves and others.
Over the coming few weeks we are going to deeply explore Compassion and Open-Heartedness. I will be touching on the teachings of Michael Singer, Pema Chodron and others.
During our sharing circle the theme of family arose as did the famous Ram Dash quote of: “If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.” (I can hear the group chuckle as I write this). I found a great teaching from Eckhart Tolle on this subject, which you might enjoy: http://www.tolleteachings.com/visiting-family.html
As I shared this morning, when I was laying out the oracle cards this morning, one of the Wild Woman cards fell off the table (actually it pretty much jumped off the table). I laughed and said to myself, “I guess I’m supposed to read that one.” It was the Compassion card. I read it and smiled at how perfect it was for today. So, I set aside the other reading I had planned to share and shared this one instead. Here it is again for you to savour…
And here are the excerpts and pointers that I have summarized from Michael Singer’s chapter on Infinite Energy…
I invite you to place your hands on your heart and say:
”I love you. I trust you. You are beautiful and you are wise. You beat in harmony with the greater plan of life. You are my guiding light.”
Wishing you open-hearted living this week. Remember, the very simple method for staying open is to not close. So notice when you are closed, acknowledge that you are closed and ask your heart to open, no matter what!