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Why Choose a Spiritual Journey – One Soul’s Awakening

In SPIRITUALITY

If you do not consider yourself a spiritual person, I encourage you to explore that. For we are all spiritual beings and maybe it’s just that you have not connected with a source of divine expression that resonates with you. When you do, and have a true experience of awakening, you will surely know this richness I speak of.

“It is not possible to adequately put into words the taste of sugar to one who does not know the meaning of the word sweet. One has to taste it to understand sweetness.” ~ Ammachi

We are all the purveyors of our own journey. We are inherently our own spiritual teachers. The quest for awakening can and will be fulfilled if you should choose. It is not a destination, but a journey that promises to deepen and expand your experience of Connection, Clarity, Peace, Joy and Love.

For me, I have practiced religion with many different churches under many denominations. I have studied Eastern Philosophy. I’ve walked and prayed with Buddhist Monks in Nepal and Franciscan Monks in Assisi. I have been to a native drum ceremony and danced in celebration with the Native community. I practice and teach Yoga. I also love Chi Quong. I meditate, I pray. I have a singing bowl and a prayer wheel. I wear prayer beads and had Mala made for me that was designed with help from Angels and Spirit Guides. I  wear a ring made in Assisi with the Tau. It symbolizes the journey of faith. I have had work done with crystals and Reiki. I have had card readings and prophetic readings. I’ve visited temples in 8 countries throughout Asia. I’ve visited churches in over 20 western countries and one in Africa where I sang hymns in Swahili. I have invited the Jehovah Witnesses into my home and gone for a service at their Kingdom Hall. I have studied under a Taoist Monk. I spend time regularly in nature connecting to everything magical that fills our souls with divine truth. I am part of a Christian organization that works globally in creating the opportunity for children to have an education and a better future. I have prayed hand in hand with Muslims. I’ve had spiritual conversations with global leaders, world changers and even those who cringe at the word spirituality. This has all been a part of my exploration and connection throughout my spiritual journey. Everything and everyone belongs.

Spiritual practices from different traditions can be woven together, and it’s through this melding we expand both our experience and knowledge in the path of Awakening.

I believe in God…an unconditionally loving, generous and accepting God. Not my God, your God, their God, simply and magnificently ~ God. I have believed that, since I was a child. I was not shown or told to do so and even when people tried to tell me otherwise, I questioned why. If that or any of this offends you, then you may be missing the point. Spiritual practices from different traditions can be woven together, and it’s through this melding we expand both our experience and knowledge in the path of Awakening.

The spiritual journey offers a unique and beautiful opportunity to shift your perspective of so many things on so many levels. Choose to listen to the call of your soul and you will enjoy a dance of intimacy in all things love.

I am studying hard and staying open to all experiences of the Divine. I eagerly deepen my practice. It requires some discipline! I am trusting the process. Now as a student, I stand willingly open and the teachers, they appear!

I do not profess to be a spiritual master. However, I assure you that I have always had an innate curiosity about spirituality and a fervour to explore all things leading to the Divine. I don’t want to tell you what to think but I’d love to support you in HOW to think. I encourage you to delve into the true richness of life and I’d be honoured should you choose to join along side me in the quest for our soul’s awakening.  

“Once the journey of soul recovery is begun in earnest, Life itself conspires to support us. It is up to us to learn to cooperate with it. For one who is surrendered to God, a change in consciousness is inevitable. It comes like the approaching dawn. There is a long time in the dark, then slowly, barely perceptible changes occur until finally the entire landscape of our life is illumined.” ~Ellen Grace O’Brian

Thank you for taking the time and energy to read this piece. God’s blessings and Grace to you.

~ Lisa

 

A Loving Silence

In SPIRITUALITY

Have you heard this message before?

“People start to heal the minute they feel heard”~CR

I’d like to share with you something that might take only a few minutes of your time to read. For me, the events took only a little time in my day. With compassion and a loving listen, it was really quite simple.

I went to get a pedicure (which I rarely treat myself to!) I watched as each person in their chair intensely engaged with their phone.  I did not pull mine out.  Instead I had a lovely conversation with a woman named Tina. I started with simply asking “How are you today?”. And then I listened. She shared about her children (two boys 4 and 15 months) and the challenges she was having as a mother whose working and trying to look after and provide for her family. She works long days. She’s tired. She has little time for herself. We ended our time together with some laughs (mostly at ourselves and those crazy mom moments)…I gave her a loving ear for 30 minutes and there was healing.

…when you make time to connect with others and hear their story, you too will receive the loving grace of healing.

Next, I stopped at a store I only occasionally go to. I know the owner enough that we recognize each other while out in town, so we wave hello. Usually both her and her mom are working but today her mother is not at the store. I ask how she is. She tells me that she has recently had gall bladder surgery and is still recovering. I show her some simple compassion and concern. She goes on to tell me that her mother’s brother had passed and 3 days later, unexpectedly, her mother’s sister passed too. I am so sorry for their loss. She speaks mostly of her mother’s pain but I recognize and say to her as I gently touch her hand “and it must be hard for you too, as you also have lost people you love”. Her eyes well and so do mine. I gave her a loving ear for 15 minutes and there was healing.

Next, I went to see my naturopath for a quick shot. As I am paying the receptionist, we always exchange pleasantries and some laughs. Today she knows I am going away and asks; “where?” I share with her that I am going to Italy. “Oh!” She exclaims! “It is a dream of mine to go there! I have Italian heritage!” As she shares a little more, I listen. And as I listen she shares a little more.  She tells me how she always takes her vacation time to travel home to Australia and visit her family. She shares about her sister who is terminally ill. She was able to spend 7 months with her this past year. Now that she has returned to Canada, they don’t expect her to live much more than a couple of months. She tells me that they have said everything there is to say and that with each passing day they know that they love each other deeply. My eyes well up as hers do too. She tells me, “my sister is giving me some money to go to Italy and I have promised that’s what I should do”. I warmly reply “and so you will”. I gave her a loving ear for 15 minutes and there was healing.

Today I am reminded of the immense and constant need for healing in ourselves, our community, our society and of course our world. Remember, that in every moment of every day, the person across from you – whether you know them or not, has a story.  You have no idea what’s going on in their life and how their day is going. Simply taking a little time to ask, connect and listen from a space of love will create an impact. A simple gesture can make a difference. And I assure you, when you make time to connect with others and hear their story, you too will receive the loving grace of healing.

The Soul’s Whisper

In SPIRITUALITY

I’m sure you may be familiar with the saying “only out of the mouths of babes” or how about “Kids say the darnedest things.”  It’s never with ill intent.  Maybe it stems from a space of observation or curiosity.  But mostly, the obvious thing, it stems from truth.

When does it become unacceptable to speak a truth?  Why is it, that as a child ages, they lose that simple innocence of being allowed to see and speak the truth.  Why do we subdue their curiosity?  We can’t help but know how destructive it can be simply by how it’s exemplified in ourselves.

Is it our perception as adults?  Is it society that deems what is ok?  The labelling of good, bad, right and wrong starts early in our lives.  Other people’s perceptions become our beliefs.  Let me say that again….other people’s perceptions become our beliefs.

When those beliefs take away the innate innocence of curiosity and quell the simple voice of truth, the disintegration of the child like spirit begins.

Maybe it was a time you were scolded for asking something silly or you were told your question was dumb…..so you felt unworthy and stopped asking questions.

Maybe it was a time that somebody criticized you or cut you down and left you feeling small….so you felt shamed and stopped sharing your ideas.

Maybe it looks like a time you didn’t stand up for what was right or something you believed in…..so you lost a little piece of yourself and felt guilty.

Maybe it was a time that you were afraid to cause conflict or create waves ……so you stood in silence or even walked away.

Maybe it was a time that you expressed your love for someone and you were ignored or worse yet, unloved…..so you built walls and vowed never to speak from a space of vulnerability again.

There is a reason certain things excite you.  There is a reason that when you speak of anything you are passionate about, your face brightens, your eyes lighten and your heart beats faster.

Every time we silence those gentle whispers they leave a little pain in our hearts.  Over time that pain creates doubt.  You question your abilities, your capabilities, your value, your worth.  Now you are not listening to your True Self and the False Self begins to permeate what we believe to be true.  There’s a certain innocence that dies each time a souls cry is silenced.  You burry the very essence of your child like being.  You burry the very essence of who you were and who you are in this world.

I learned very early in life to be a “people pleaser”.  Since I am a firm believer that our strengths are our weaknesses and our weaknesses are our strength, I embrace this quality as something that has served me.  It has taught me many things.  I know that it has made me more understanding, open and compassionate.  However, it also has made me avoid confrontation, allowed others to take advantage of me, and made me afraid to speak my truth.  Even when those whispers turned into screams, the kind that cause your whole body to clentch, I still couldn’t find my voice.

Isn’t it time to let go of fear?

Isn’t it time to surrender to the pain?

Isn’t it time to let go of the doubt?

Isn’t it time to believe in your worth?

All you have to do is give yourself permission to speak your truth.

When my friend asked me to write for her, because we have always connected on a spiritual level and felt very aligned, I knew it was time.  It was time to lean into that fear and start sharing my truth.

My messages may not please or resonate with everybody and that’s okay.  People will challenge me and even disagree, and that too is okay.  For those of you who know me, you know that I love to hear other people’s perspectives but moreover, understand what they believe and how that belief system serves them.  So please, let’s have a conversation.  I also know that each piece comes from a sacred space and always with loving intention.  So I listen carefully to that gentle whisper that guides me to share my truth.  And I know as I share my messages that God willing, it will serve or help others to do the same.

There is a reason certain things excite you.  There is a reason that when you speak of anything you are passionate about, your face brightens, your eyes lighten and your heart beats faster.  Speak your truth sister!  I assure you when your soul is whispering , it comes to you from a pure and sacred space.  Don’t just say anything, but say everything that comes from that sacred place.  I assure you when you start to speak your truth, it is then that the winds will change.  Your mind will lighten and your heart will expand.  When you open your life to listen to the souls gentle whisper, you allow the flow of everything abundant and rich to show its way.  As the child who speaks freely from the purest of spaces, you will unleash that joy.  It’s that kind of joy a child’s grace can bring.  By the grace of God you’ve been given a voice and a purpose so open your heart and surrender your thoughts, speak the truth that promises to set you free.

Love is both who you are and who you are still becoming.  You already are what you are seeking.  All you have to do is trust and simply start speaking.

A Mother’s Wisdom

In SPIRITUALITY

My Mother’s greatest regret as a parent is surely my greatest gift.

My Mother and I have not always had an easy relationship. There have been many paradoxes in her teachings to me – all of which I am now grateful for.  They have both helped me and hindered me, but ultimately have shaped me into the woman I am today. Without hesitation, I can say my relationship with my Mother is better than ever before and I simply treasure it. Every day I grow to appreciate her, love her and admire her more deeply. I’ve learned from her successes and her mistakes. At the age of 75, she continues to have a fervour for life and desire for experience like few others I know. She consistently inspires me. I am blessed and honoured to call her my Mom.

One day, when my first born was nearing 2, I was sitting with my Mom chatting. Actually, I think chatting is out of context. It felt more like an unravelling at the seams. I don’t remember the exact date, time of day, or even the details leading to our conversation. I was in that “mother of a toddler, pregnant and exhausted fog” lol. I do remember I had one of those children who didn’t sleep well and I couldn’t sit still for more than a few minutes, as he was busy. I had just started a new job at a new company, with so much to learn on top of adjusting to world travel, time zones, jet lag and the stress and toll it takes on you physically. My husband was away for work and I was fretting….over the massive task list that was left untouched.

Lisa, if there was one thing I could go back and change as a Mother, it would have been that I played with you more.

I remember the lull as I finished the thoughts that burdened me. Often my Mom would jump right in a scenario like this with what I “needed” to do or how I should “fix it”. That usually left me feeling unheard and defeated. I’d feel like if “I was good enough” I wouldn’t have this problem in the first place. BUT, this time was different. She paused, and her tone was delivered and expressed in such a manner that I couldn’t help but instantly be open and present.  As if it was also the first time she ever said it aloud or acknowledged it before, “Lisa, if there was one thing I could go back and change as a Mother, it would have been that I played with you more. I always had to have the house clean, the laundry done, the fridge stocked and the task list ruled my actions.”

Everything that was seemingly about presence was nothing about being present. The softness in her voice and spirit as she said it again, “I wished I had of played with you more”, echoed in my mind and heart. It brought me to tears as I felt this wave of compassion. It was like a moment of revelation for her, a spiritual awakening and for us both, a healing. Without getting into the depths of our dynamics, most importantly I can say, I felt loved in a way that I had never experienced from her.

From that day forward, I made a commitment to myself to play abundantly with my children. You see, you must be in the now to be able to play. So I create awareness around the time we spend together and being present.  I stop to listen and engage when my boys have something to share with me. I build them up and lift them in any way I see possible because their spirit is a precious gift. I teach them, I coach them. We play together, we learn together. We mess up together and I say sorry and explain that adults make mistakes too. I acknowledge I am far from perfect and even parents have room to learn and grow. I make them a priority…I also make sure that we experience many things together as a family.

Some people may suggest that I am living my life for my children. I assure you that I am living my life for both me and my children. The gift of being present benefits all of us. I approach things with greater curiosity and an openness to the full experience. I have never felt so abundantly rich in life as I do now. By the grace of God and to the best of my ability, I am embracing the gifts and valuable life lessons received when seeing the world through the eyes of a child. ~ Thank you Mom.

We All Belong

In SPIRITUALITY

In early 2016, through work in my community, I was connected with the organization, Hope Story. Through faith and flow, I became an educational sponsor to a young girl named Amina Jummane – who is now 11yrs old. It is my personal belief that a good education is one of the most important and empowering gifts we can afford our children. “Our” being any and all children in this world.  A holistic education that values mind, body and spirit is sure to set these children up for success to contribute to our world in a way that benefits many.

The Amani School is working to close the learning gap between rural and urban students, to facilitate spiritual transformation and afford these children an opportunity in life that they would not otherwise have.

When I was asked if I would consider joining a Mission’s Team trip to the school, without hesitation I responded with a great big yes!  I am just now on the journey back to Canada filled with an experience that has affected me in a way far beyond what I could have ever imagined.

In a predominantly Muslim area, a Christian school has been built and growing for 8 years. There was much resistance in the beginning, but now the people have opened their hearts and homes to the Christian Community that is providing education at a private school level for their children. These people have so little. And many of us in Western society could never truly grasp unless given an opportunity to experience it. What amazed me, was how much they are willing to give, which also affirms my belief that you don’t have to “have much” to be able to give. Their hearts are full of grace.

We have connected through the barrier of language, our personal and/or religious beliefs, to focus on love and invest in creating connection and building relationships.

Through child sponsorship, donations, support and teachers’ dedication, (that would blow your mind), the school has grown to support over 300 children.

After 4 days in this village area, spending time with the teachers, students and families of this community, I’d like to share a few things. There is much that I don’t know, but from this experience I will share a few things I do now know…

What I know is ~ We/they continue to need help and support to keep this program going and have it in our hearts and vision to build a highschool for the current children of Amani.

What I know is ~ We are helping these children and providing their families with hope for a brighter future. Their gratitude will move you to tears (as it did me). Through a proper and advanced education, these children will have an opportunity to go on and obtain a career to help provide for their families.

The children are not just our future, the children are our now.💕

What I know is this ~ Muslim and Christian families have opened their hearts and their homes to me. They have shared their food and their stories with me. We have connected through the barrier of language and set aside our personal or religious beliefs to focus on love and invest in creating connection and building relationships. I have been invited back by people who live in a simple mud house to bring my family and stay any time. I have made new friendships and connected on a spiritual level with new brothers and sisters. We have shared tears, laughter and joy. We have stayed together, prayed together and embraced each other’s differences for the sake of love. My heart is full.

What I know is this ~ We are from different worlds with different cultures and different religious belief systems but on a soul level, from a space of love, we have experienced human connection. That is the wholeness of the human spirit in it’s best light.

What I know is ~ I believe that I am part of something far bigger than myself. This experience was an opportunity to expand in love, to both receive and share the light. It has given me a meaningful perspective allowing both faith and flow to develop at a deeper, soulful level.

What I know is ~ We all belong – God Bless.

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The Miracle Within

In SPIRITUALITY

With all that is going on in our world today, it’s not hard to see why people have lost heart and lack faith in a bigger picture. We may have that inherent seeking or searching for our purpose and meaning as to why we are here, but there is a general sense of “feeling lost” and “lacking guidance”. There is invariably a dominant sense of fear and it is everywhere around us. How are we not to feel confused and sometimes powerless when the forces against us are overwhelming. Our world has become full of individualism, separatism, racism, patriarchy, cynicism, and even “The American Dream” has corrupted our perception of “what is” and what is “supposed to be”. These powers “that be” seem to be fully in control. We feel helpless to choose our own lives, much less a common life, or to see any overarching meaning. The world is so complex, and we are so small. What can we do but try to step forward everyday and keep afloat? How can we possibly make a difference, make an impact or create change?

I suggest that the answer in its best simplicity lies in Love. Love is the closest feeling to our truest source. The spiritual self, our higher self, our soul is connected to love, truth, wisdom, and peace within. Your spiritual self knows without a doubt how valuable and loveable you are. Your spiritual self knows that only love is real and our connection to that source is the most important journey you will have. When you are able to fully accept yourself with love and grace you will be empowered.

You see, our biggest problem lies our resistance. We resist love, we resist our source…
Just when we think things are good and all is flowing, resistance creeps in. Fears arise and create blocks. They hold us back from doing the things we want and are meant to do.
They keep us stuck in a place that’s driven by ego. I’m not talking about a shift in mindset or trying to control or dismiss negative thoughts that may arise and feelings that follow. I’m talking about creating a space for allowance, acceptance, faith and flow!

How do we break this cycle? We connect – we connect with our hearts, our soul, our source. We practice and cultivate a relationship with spirit. When we focus on the love and light within and accept that we are beautiful and meaningful, exactly who we are supposed to be, we awaken that love within. When we create a loving, compassionate and kind relationship with ourself and our source, it is only then that we can fully experience it with others. A shift in our perception of self, our perception of love, even our perception of our brokenness, will change everything. What if the choices you made empower you instead of disempowering you. What if your choices were expansive instead of making you shrink? What if you connected so deeply with that love and source within that you were able to live and breathe from a space of love, not fear.

Everything you are right here right now in this very moment is the miracle. You were born and in that miracle, you are enough. You have within you everything that you could ever need to live a life full of faith and flow.

I encourage you to imagine what it might feel like to embrace every thought, every feeling and every choice that you have made up until now as part of the journey that is leading unto you. Like every breathe that you take, with acceptance and grace, let it be.

The more love you create, the more that will come back! This movement will have such an impact in your life and the lives of those you touch, that you will know you are doing your part. You will know you are honouring your gifts and contributing in a way that will move and impact others.

You are brilliant! I see your greatness! So come, come and grow with me! Come and cultivate that spirit within to create a movement of love! Let’s ignite that faith and live with flow!

“When you live from a heart-centred space and create alignment, you are living your truest most brilliant self- the self you were intended to be”~RKC