Keep the FaithOne of my favorite quotes:
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." MLK Jr.
As I write this I actually feel as though I am in the middle of the staircase but its no ordinary one. The staircase winds up and into the clouds and to destination unknown. Will I continue the staircase and keep the faith that it is taking me somewhere beautiful and magical? Or will I hold on and cling to getting back down on to solid ground that I also can no longer see? To me the only decision is to keep climbing the stairs and keep the faith that we are ascending somewhere that we need to be. Perfect love. Perfect trust.
As many of you know, I work with Angel cards and Tarot cards, regularly, for guidance. The Angel Tarot speaks the most to me, but so does another Angel deck, the Indigo Angels. The "Pray" card keeps coming up one and over. In fact, sometimes it just flips out of the deck on my lap.
A year ago I began a daily morning prayer ritual for myself. Every day, without fail, I thank Spirit for watching over me and my family as we slept, and for giving us another new day. I give other thanks and appreciations, and I may ask for assistance in some way or another. There is more to it, but I try to do this upon waking, or as soon as I can. I find that it helps me set the right tone and intention for my day. It sets me on the right path.
Amidst the current world pandemic, this just wasn't cutting it. I found myself in early May affected negatively by the rising anger and hatred in the world. Now I do believe that we are moving through a wave of ascension energies on the planet and the we are dealing with the last days of duality, where the "sides" are duking it out. I am an optimist. I believe that we are moving somewhere beautiful, eventually. In the meantime, like a pimple that surfaces after a facial, the real junk is boiling to the top.
My morning prayers were not getting me through the day. I needed more.
A couple of weeks ago, I took my dogs for one of their usual walks. I have come to love these times when we can walk, unmasked, around the neighborhood, enjoying the lovely weather and fresh air. On this particular day I was really struggling. I needed a sign - anything! I took several deep breaths and shook some energy off my body. I began to sing "Let it Be"over and over, asking Mother Mary to come to me. In fact, I put it on replay on my iPhone. Around the block I went, singing, "...and in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me..." over and over. At one point I looked at a patch of grass and immediately say a four-leafed clover. I picked it, thinking it could be a sign from Mother Mary, but sort of dared her to show me another one if she was really there. Again, within a minute I found a second four-leafed clover right under my feet.
I really needed that sign to keep the faith that day. It got me through the week.
Recently I was reminded of the beautiful Gayatri Mantra. Well, I was not reminded of it, as much as I came across a translation of it that I had:
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Bhuh Bhuvah Svah
Tat Savitur Varenyam
Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi
Dhiyo Yo nah Prachodayat
~ The Rig Veda (10:16:3)
“O Divine mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant from us and promote illumination within us."
Each time I find myself questioning the world today or whether or not God/Spirit is watching or helping, I receive a mystical sign. Often, however, I need to ask for it or watch for it. If I am busy focusing on something else of a lower vibrational level, I could miss it entirely!
I have shared many times that I was not brought up in any religious church or house of worship. My parents allowed me to discover my own belief systems, which perhaps is what propelled me to understand them most in the first place. As I sit on the precipice of finishing my seminary school and receiving my ministerial doctorate, I find that faith is probably the most important thing that I have in my life at this moment. For without it, I fall into deep despair.
Living life guided by mystical experiences, I welcome any and all faith traditions into my life that have at their core the teachings of love and Oneness. Truly "Interfaith" I derive inspiration from many sources, and continue to learn and grow and expand upon my awareness.
I've taught many people over the years who call themselves "Recovering Catholics" or atheist/agnostic. That's fine. I ask them to believe in the light or the sun or nature. Usually they can relate to something in that vein. As a yoga teacher, I cannot teach the practice without the discussion of Spirituality and God. Personally I do not like the word "God" as it still has old religious connotations of a white man with a white beard in the clouds. I prefer to use Spirit, Great Spirit, Eloheim, or one of the many other names in which this omnipresent higher power is represented by. I do not begrudge anyone what he or she calls the name of her Universal Presence either. I believe that as long as you have faith, there is a spiritual presence in your life. And as a yoga teacher, we cannot practice yoga without that connection.
Today where do you find your spiritual connection? What gives you faith? Who or what is helping get you through each day with grace?
I would challenge you to reconnect with the Absolute of your upbringing or ancestral lineage. If that does not work for you, then what does? Reconnect or connect in some way and make that link your own. Release dogma and allow yourself to find the relationship that is meaningful to you - today.
So for June, let us "Keep the Faith" and connection to the deep wisdom within and the Spiritual Guidance that speaks to each of us.
In Love, Service and Wisdom,
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