Thursday, May 19, 2016

Inspiration

I am contemplating inspiration. What is inspiration? Where does it come from? It is tied to spirit from the origin of the word itself (see below) and in my experience. What makes inspiration come in full force at times and seem to disappear at others? Is it somehow gone, or are we just not acting on it or listening to it? Maybe we just don't have the time to respond to it?  

Looking back on my blog, there are many posts in 2013 and 2014 when I started the blog, but not many in the 2015 or this year. My inspiration/call to write varies and it seems I am most inspired when my spiritual path is more fulfilled/on track. But sometimes I am fulfilled and not writing. I am just content or my focus is elsewhere. I don't think it necessarily means that I have not been inspired at all in the recent years, but just inspired in a different way and not feeling drawn to do the poetry or writing at these times. But I do feel that when I am most in sync with my spirit, the poetry and writing just flow from me. It is a good sign that I am on track. I am wondering if right now maybe another form of writing is coming as I seem to be drawn to post about my thoughts on certain words/topics.

Here are some definitions of inspiration:
  • the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
  • something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create
  • a force or influence that inspires someone
  • a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
  • a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation
  • the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions
  • a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul
  • the divine quality of the writings or words of a person so influenced
  • a sudden brilliant, creative or timely idea
Origin of the word inspiration:
Middle English (in the sense ‘divine guidance’): via Old French from late Latin inspiratio(n-), from the verb inspirare (see inspire).

Origin of word inspire:
Middle English enspire, from Old French inspirer, from Latin inspirare ‘breathe or blow into,’ from in- ‘into’ + spirare ‘breathe.’ The word was originally used of a divine or supernatural being, in the sense ‘impart a truth or idea to someone.’

Origin is similar to that for the word spirit:
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin spiritus ‘breath, spirit,’ from spirare ‘breathe.’

So it seems that when the word originated they knew that spirit was tied to inspiration. Breathe into. I like that. Spirit is tied to breath and we connect to spirit with our breath. So we breathe life into our creations when we are inspired. Spirit and inspiration are really one in the same. The creations are an extension of our spirit and what it is experiencing or wants to express. It is truly a part of ourselves that is being expressed out into the world for everyone to experience, to connect them to our spirit and remember that we are one. We all breathe the same air and come from the same source. Inspiration is truly a result of living in tune with our spirit even if for a brief moment in time. One breath, one moment is all it takes and that spark of inspiration can fuel our lives for many more moments and even days or years or a lifetime.

When I look back at the result of my inspirations, it feeds my spirit and soul. I can remember the feeling that inspired the work. It takes me back to that moment and fuels me again. It breathes that life back into me once more. It is an amazing feeling to both be inspired and relive that through your creations.

I think that if we listen and get quiet and let everything but our spirit/breath fall away, then we tune into the universal force of inspiration and creation. It becomes effortless and flows from us as from a fountain. The eternal spring. It is never ending and we can all partake of it if we but allow it. We each have different things that inspire us and unique ways of expressing that inspiration, but it is all connected and that is why when we encounter something inspired, it touches us deep in our core. We tap into that source from which it came and if we breathe it in, we can fuel our own spark of inspiration.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Synchronicity

I have been feeling a lot of synchronicity lately. I saw a post on Facebook about Synchronicity that got me thinking about it and feeling that I was having experiences in that manner.

Here is the link that was in the post:
http://www.ask-angels.com/spiritual-guidance/synchronicity-awakening-to-the-divine-nature-of-time/

Here is an excerpt from it:
"Synchronicity means exactly this… Being in alignment (in sync) with Divine time.

To experience synchronicity is to experience the magic of the Universe. Synchronicity speaks to the magical coincidental moments of Divine alignment…

When you are in harmony with the flow of life, and the guidance of your angels, you’re likely to experience increased synchronicity.

Synchronicity can come in many forms, such as meaningful coincidences, signs and signals pointing you in the right direction, books or teachers aligning, doors and opportunities magically opening up for you, and improbable meetings with just the right people, at just the right time.

Synchronicities are not accidents, rather they are signals from your guides, angels, and higher self, pointing you in the right direction. Personally meaningful coincidences and synchronicities are often clues which lead or develop into answered prayers."

 
Just before I saw the post, I had met a woman at a gong meditation and instantly connected. I found that she had just gone to an event held by a friend of mine on the same day. Coincidence, or synchronicity? I felt the latter. It felt like the universe was telling me that I am on the right track and attracting people and experiences into my life that will nourish my spirit and soul.  

I googled synchronicity and found another description that matches my feelings on the word:
"Now more than ever, synchronicities are people, places or events that your soul attracts into your life to help you evolve to higher consciousness or to place emphasis on something going on in your life. The more 'consciously aware' you become of how your soul manifests, the higher your frequency becomes and the faster you manifest positively. Each day your life encounters meaningful coincidences, synchronicities, that you have attracted, on other words created in the grid of your experiences in the physical. Souls create synchronicities, played out in the physical."
(From http://www.crystalinks.com/synchronicity.html)

I am experiencing so many things that could be random, but that I feel are examples of synchronicity. Facebook seems to be a vessel for my spirit. By liking pages and posts of a spiritual nature and acquiring friends that nurture my spirit, posts and events have been coming to me which heighten that realm. They come at just the right time, and offer me just what I need at that moment. It is like watching a flow that awakens your spirit and lets you know you are on track. It is a visual trail of the path of my spirit at a given moment in time. A record of its journey. It is fascinating and powerful to observe.

I am enjoying watching the flow of synchronicity in my life and feel thankful to be able to observe it and acknowledge it.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Spiritual Update: Meditation and Angels

I haven't been writing on this blog in a while. I have been continuing to grow in my spiritual practices. I have continued my meditation and yoga workshops and since last Fall (2014) our meditation group has been meeting very regularly, almost weekly lately. It is wonderful. It is more than meditation. We meditate and then share in a circle what our experiences were and our leader helps us to heal and release further during the share. So it is really a holistic energy support group. It is my spiritual therapy group. It is wonderful to share this with others of like mind and spirit. It has helped me tremendously. I have changed and grown so much in the last couple of years. I was reading my posts from the Fall and Winter of 2013 and it is amazing how much insight I had at that time that is coming to me again but from a different place now. The seasons bring similar insights I find. The Fall and Winter are often my most deep insights. The summer inspires me to enjoy nature, but Fall and Winter are times of deep introspection. It is wonderful to have these periods that are unique.

I have rediscovered the Angels again recently. They have always been with me, but I had to take a break from fully connecting to them as I grew in other areas. I have been doing my own Angel Oracle and Tarot card readings and even did some for close friends. One reading last weekend was very intense and profound, a day after I had a huge breakthrough at a meditation. I was able to fully receive all the returns of positive energy and love that I had ever given out, that I was never able to accept into my heart before. I am also learning to keep more inside myself instead of giving over myself too easily and fully to others, when they are doing well on their own spiritual journey. I am finding when it is right and the best way to help others.

It feels great to give to others, but it is coming more from my heart and true self and in a more grounded way. So I don't lose myself in giving to others. I gain more wisdom and peace instead.

I also am using crystals and stones again also, but in a more moderate way. I found some amazing bracelets called Soul Journey and I was inspired to give them to all the women in my meditation group, choosing just the right ones for each of them, and keeping a few for myself. I also am giving them to close friends who I think would benefit from them. I can feel the healing power of them. Also, I gave the men a special bag of crystals for each of them. I also shared some crystals with my friend and her daughter that came last weekend. One special larger crystal in particular I gave to them, which is one that connects to the angels. I knew that they needed it. I was called to give it away. It felt right. It is great to share what I have when it is the right time and place. This Christmas I am giving so much to others. I gain love and peace in return. I am allowing others to give back to me spiritually. Material gifts are not necessary as I am so blessed to have what I need already.

I am meditating more regularly on my own as well. I did the Oprah/Deepak Chopra Meditation Challenge and that was awesome. Focus was on belief. The last time I did it was in 2013. So again the parallel between that year and this year.

I haven't done yoga as much lately, but find time when I can and also walking. I know those are key for exercise. I will find a balance for them as I can. I am focusing more on family time and the schedule for my daughter doesn't always allow for me to find that time alone, other than my regular meditation group. I am working on releasing habits that get in the way of these activities also. My sleep has been a big obstacle over my lifetime. I can sleep easily, but stay up too late in general.
I am working on doing better every day. It is a slow process of change, but I have faith I can change my habits for the better. I have had periods of great change and it is just finding the balance and routine to allow all the positive changes over the last couple of years to come together. I know I can do it. I believe I can and it will happen. Each day is a new opportunity for change and growth.

I am connecting more with my angels and guides. The other day I connected and got messages from my guides. I have a main guide, a healer guide and a teacher guide. Each serves a purpose. I felt a strong connection to several Archangels as well. They are so powerful when they come in. The energy is phenomenal. I continue to increase my intuitive visions and senses. It is nice to see that growth and feel the power and guidance that flows in me when I open up to it.

I feel I am listening and following my intuition and guidance. I am opening up to my life purpose more each day. I found a journal entry with a message on that very topic in an old journal and it was so applicable to recent insights. It was amazing. It confirmed my instincts. I am to spread love and light to others and help them to heal (that gift is going to grow and expand more over time).

Love and Peace to all this holiday season.



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Sides

Flip a coin, choose a side
Black is black, White is white
Dark is dark, Light is light
Bright of day, Shade of night
Fade to Black, Rise to Light
Sun and Shadow play their game
Moon can pierce the darkest sky

Anger and Sadness, 
Love and Joy
Yin and Yang
we need them both
They coexist, 
Inseparable
If one were gone, 
the other would wither
Missing its partner,
one half left alone
carrying the burden all on its own

The eternal balance
is like a dance
back and forth
across space and time
Never ending, 
the cycle continues
The universe performs
its harmonic song

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Foggy Breath

Wintry mist emits from lips
Breath meets frigid air
Fogging up the window
to my soul

One Circle, One Heart

Three in a
circle of life
Becoming one
heart

One goes away
the other two stay
The circle
becomes
a line
Joining the three
Across the sea

Distance makes the heart grow
fonder
yet lonely
Time slows down
when part of your heart
is away

The wandering third
returns to the fold
At home
at last
to have and to hold

The three join
together
in an embrace
The circle
reunited
The heart
fills with love

All feels right
in the world
When the three
live as one
No matter
the distance
Never to part
Forever one heart

For Damon and Gwen
My circle of love
My heart

Saturday, October 25, 2014

All Must Go

Fall is falling all around us
Autumn leaves co-mingle 
at my feet
They hang on 
with battered limbs
until giving in to 
the insistent wind

Like rain they drop
from all directions
loosening
their grip on life
"Must hold on a little longer"
some not ready 
to die yet

No discrimination
as to color, shape or size
All must go
by time of winter

No leaf 
can be left standing
No disruption 
to the rite
All must be sacrificed
in the cleansing
The baring of the trees

The cycle
of the seasons
must continue as it has
Mother Nature knows
the reason
All must succumb
to her will

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Yoga and Meditation Journal - 10/21/14

I think I should add walking to the journal title as it is my new staple, but for me walking is a meditation as I have said before, as I usually do it solitary and in silence. A moving meditation, in harmony with nature as I prefer to be outside, in whatever weather. It is going on week 3 of doing my thrice daily walks. I am really loving it and crave it. I just cannot stop so far. I have had a cold since last Thursday but manage to muster up energy to do a simple slow walk and the fresh air has been good for me. I am keeping it short while I am sick, but even when I think I may not go for my 2nd or 3rd, I find my body is moving me out the door, eager for its fix. I get going pretty early in the morning to get one in before work at our little park, then go in the afternoon on the track at work (love that we have that) or in parks on the weekend, finishing it off sometime in the evening (usually night - love the late walks) just up and down our street.

The walking is huge for my creative flow. I have written more poems since I have started the regular walking, and I find that since I do them mainly in my head that I remember them more. I will often finish/edit it at home but the main idea is set on the walk. Not every walk spurs a poem, but many do right now. As no surprise, since I am walking outside nature is a big theme right now for me. But I also relate my spiritual growth from my meditations into poems as well.

Interesting that this past week I didn't do as much yoga - the walking is taking more of its place but I am still finding the balance of what I will do as I progress. It is just fun trying to find the time for them all. Often I sit on the porch or a quiet place and do a full meditation after my walk. Great peaceful time. When I do my yoga now, I am more at peace and feel which poses I need to go into. While I have been sick restorative is more in tune, and it really helped to clear my sinuses one night. I have missed my class a bit lately due to schedule and work, but went to two workshops so that was nice. I will have to do more at home since my husband got a new job and our schedules may be up i the air for a while. Thinking of replacing my Tuesday class for a Sunday one. We will see.

I can really see how all the yoga, meditation and walking are enhancing my creativity and soul. I feel so alive right now. More than ever before. It is a great feeling.

Looking forward to a Thursday group mediation this week which I am sure will provide more visions and insights as well as inspiration for more poetry.

Namaste

Half of a Whole

Blessed or Cursed?

Will future portions persist
to find their match?
Or left alone
grow weary of their lack?

What purpose in this halving?
What hidden message here?

Perhaps this unhinging 
holds the key to all

From separation comes
appreciation of the whole

Angel Force Field

The angels are linked together
stretching from pole to pole
encircling the globe

Protecting and guarding
as the Earth spins on its axis
and rotates around the Sun

Infinite in number
Ever vigil, ever constant
Seeking to serve us
If we simply ask