2013 was a year of ups and downs for many people. The theme seemed to be “manifesting”, but then we also learned the downside of manifesting. For many people I know, including myself, we learned how powerful our thoughts can be and how our desire for an outcome can produce unintended consequences along the way. Maybe you wanted out of a relationship or job and then found yourself without a job unable to afford to live in the way you had, maybe you experienced hurt or betrayal when wanting out of a relationship, maybe you got that mate you wanted only to find out they are full of all kinds of imperfections you were not asking for. The message of 2013 seemed to be ” be careful what you ask for because you just might get it”. That is the issue in manifesting isn’t it?- we focus on a specific outcome and try to control getting exactly that, only to find that by trying to control the outcome we lose control of the journey- and it can be a rough road at times. This leads back to the lessons of the great sages and masters throughout the ages ” live in the moment and only this moment”. Not to say we should not manifest or co create our reality but that we can have broader outcomes in mind- like a job that fullfills me, where I am appreciated and make enough money to live the kind of life I want to live comfortably- but let go of the ideas of a specific job. When we get too specific we then force ourselves down a path that may be harder to travel- when we open to the Universe and stay in this moment right now we are able to travel in the flow instead of fighting the current. I thought it was important to acknowledge this lesson from 2013 before moving to 2014. Before letting go of the past its important to gain the lessons so that we do not repeat the same things again. Once we have the lessons of an experience we are then free from having to repeat that experience over and over.
So on to 2014. With our lessons from 2013 in toe we can now move forward into a new year with our gained wisdom. To begin with I feel its important to use this time of year to begin with a clean slate. I personally like to take some time to make a list of all of the things I may be holding on to from the past year- hurts, painful experiences, things that cause discomfort in me and then in a loving and very thoughtful way burn them. As I write my list I notice my feelings about the experience, then acknowledge the lesson I got from it, and most importantly I hold it in my hands and bring awareness to releasing the experience with love and honor ( even the very painful ones) and burn them ( in a safe container making sure no fires start elsewhere) I like to use sage, palo santo wood, or other ceremonial herbs to burn and send the experiences back to God with love and thankfulness for what they brought me. I try to be as thorough as I can. I then make a list of what I want to manifest. Again with my new wisdom making that list from the bigger picture- not too specific but what I want to feel or the place I want to be in internally- such as a respectful partnership with a person I can work and play with, or a job that brings me fullfillment and financial security where I am shown appreciation, or harmony in my family, balance in all areas of my life. Leaving room for the Universe to bring the best expression of those things into my life and not limiting myself to anything too specific that may cause me to travel a rougher road than need be. I then do the same. I hold it and send the intention love and then burn it to symbolize the release of control to God- I have now put these things in Gods hands and send an energy of trust with it. This is my personal ceremony but you may be lead to do things differently. Whatever you are lead to do, this cleansing and then intentional manifesting is important to stay involved in the co-creation of your life. What a better time to do this than at the beginning of the year. I also do this when I notice that perhaps I have begun to try to control my life too much and need to release at other points in the year. Its recommitting to my surrender to the Universe to take care of me when I need to.
2014 seems to be a year of great potential. Not to say its all gum drops and lollipops but its like after a series of rough years, things get better and better each year- we will find more peace and feel more authentic in ourselves if we chose to commit to our spiritual path. For a while those who began on this path were wondering what we did- it felt like we were being punished for having chosen the spiritual path. 2014 will continue to give the rewards of having made that choice. We will notice we can handle the harder things with greater ease and grace, not as affected by negative things. Like the phoenix rising from the ashes our trial of fire has passed and its time to begin anew with new life. If you are just making the conscious choice to live on the spiritual path you will also gain benefits this year from your choice. No doubt you have chosen this path due to your own trials of fire and hardship- the sun continues to rise in the sky and the storm clouds are breaking.
I can not lie- January feels like there is a little more cleaning house that needs to happen. It feels like there will be more lessons and parts of our shadow that we need to look at. The sense I get is of struggling to take time to reflect and release. Its like there is a need to do this, but life continues to get in the way by making demands. This is our chance to take a stand and show we are committed to ourselves and our spiritual growth. It means making hard choices to let some of the demands of the material world go in favor of doing what we need to to nourish our souls. If we choose to ” let people down” or let those chores go and focus on ourselves this month we will find we have a lot to gain. If we chose to put our souls needs aside in favor of all the things that keep us busy then we will struggle through this month. I am being told to say directly- you have permission to slack off a little this month- not to neglect your life to sit and watch tv or party- but to put off the chores and demands to reflect, be in nature and feed your soul. So go ahead and leave that vacuuming, or that dinner with a friend and take a walk or do a long meditation instead- you will be in a better place for having made the choice to put your soul first. We always have choice- so if you choose to ignore this- you will not burst into flames- just know you will feel depleted and will not necessarily find contentment or joy in forcing yourself to do these things- you eventually will be forced to take time for yourself one way or another- why not do it the easy way and just choose to do it now?
This month typically feels more active and lively. That feeling holds true this year as well. I get a playful little kid energy. Its like the sun shines more and we just feel more alive and social. This is the month for getting together with people- being out and active. Less solitude – you have earned a light playful period by taking the time to nurture yourself last month. If you did not take the time you will still have activity and opportunity for fun around you- you just may not feel as up to participating in all of it as you would have. Go out and be social, see a play, a band, go to a party, have a night out on the town and enjoy.
I feel a murky energy to this month. I see the sloppy slushy piles of melting snow we experience here in Minnesota this time of year. The feeling that goes along with that image is of some kind of challenge or big decision to be made. Its heavy and unclear. I feel like a situation will be presented that has big consequences and there is an air of indecision on what to do. When presented with this energy its important to remember to stay in the moment. It’s uncomfortable and we often want to act or force a decision just to get past the feeling of uneasiness. Do not act out of impulse- stay present and wait for guidance from the Universe. Ask for signs to guide you and wait patiently- even though it is hard to be patient, those signs will help guide you to the best course of action. This is a time to trust your intuition and God. If you act out of impulse or start pushing buttons before you know what the buttons do you could cause an unnecessarily difficult situation to occur. If you fail to follow the signs around you, you could miss an opportunity. This is the importance of being in the moment. You will never miss the signs if you are present and aware. Make a daily practice of centering yourself in the present this month. If you notice you are reliving the past or projecting into the future gently redirect yourself to what is happening right now – do this over and over and over as many times as needed and do it will love and gentleness. Even if you act rashly or do not act in the proper timing it will end up ok- it just may mean you will have a lesson or a harder time- it is not the end of the world so be gentle to yourself and try to trust in the Universe.
This month feels uneasy still. Not as bad as March but its like a feeling of a hangover or of having stayed up too late and now your all fuzzy in your brain. There is this feeling of needing to process everything that happened in March and to come to terms with it. To accept any changes and possibly gather any lessons and internalize them. It feels like a month of ups and downs. Feeling great about things one minute and then feeling a sense of grief or loss the next. Remember this month that everything you feel is temporary. The bad will fade if you let it and the good will last a short while so enjoy it fully while its there. Life is a changing state of experiences- feel them and let new feeling come in as they will. If we attach to strongly to a feeling and cling to it- that is when we feel pain or suffer. If we let the feeling flow like water through us we experience the wonder of life- its magical how much we can experience when we are open to what is.
I have an odd feeling to May- its hard to name what the experience will be. It feels like the sense of nothingness yet in that nothing is something great. I smell juniper and feel calm. Its like a time to look at the little things in your life that make you feel content. Taking a deep inhale of a favorite scent in nature, watching a sunset or sunrise, watching children play, all of the little things that make us smile and feel grateful to be alive. Notice the magic in the everyday things this month. Nothing of a major consequence happens yet- in this nothing is all the magic and wonder of life. This is one of those battery charging months. just feel gratitude for all the little things and soak up the positive energy and enjoy the rest and peace.
There is a feeling of gearing up for something again this month. It is important to take stock of things. Think about what you manifested for this year, what you are manifesting now and make sure you still want those things in your life. See how those manifestations have begun to happen and make adjustments in the actions or lack of actions you need to take. Are you controlling or trying to control to much? Are you waiting for things to happen for you and not taking the actions you are being lead to take when the opportunities present themselves? Check in and see if you are still listening to your intuition and to the messages God is sending you about your path. In doing this the tendency will be to beat yourself up if you feel you have done something ” wrong”. The truth is there is no point in that. When we beat ourselves up we just further distract and divert ourselves from our path. Its better to notice if we have gone slightly askew and then gently recommit to the path, than to beat ourselves up and feel defeated. No one is perfect we all struggle with our egos and our need to control or give up at times. Take time to recommit to what you want to see in your life this year, take time to affirm your faith in God and the Universe to bring you what you need for your souls growth in the perfect time for you to receive and use it.
This is a huge manifesting month this year. Its funny because for years August has carried this energy, this year it shifted to July. It feels like all month anything you think will just appear. Be mindful of your thought and very purposeful in what you call to you this month. You will see the wonder of how powerful you can be. Do not let the power go to your head- be mindful of your ego. You manifest with God and will draw things to you in conjunction with the Universe. It is not you at the center, it is the connection between you and God/ the Universe that creates. As things manifest please keep that in mind. When we begin to feel as if that power is who we are – we often get lost and ignore our connection to God. When we do this we find we suddenly can not create in our lives or begin to draw negativity to us. This is the importance of humility. To know it is the connection to the Divine- the Divine flowing through us that has creative power- not us. No mater if we stay grounded in this connection or if we get lost in what we feel is our personal power this month feels good. If you choose to get lost in ego the difference will be that you will eventually experience a fall- things will go astray and you will feel pain and loss- its part of restoring balance and part of how we learn. If you stay connected and humble you will experience all the good and you will feel a part of something infinite and greater- that feeling will stay with you and become an inner wisdom that will carry you through the ups and downs of material existence.
This month feels similar to July but to a lesser extent. Its the feeling of learning a new skills and being so amazed by it and then after time having it become a part of who we are- no longer extraordinary but just the way it is. August feels like that feeling of contentment or acceptance of the manifesting power. We no longer are obsessed with playing with our new toy, its just part of our life now. We can either choose to neglect and take this for granted or we can have that quiet appreciation at this point. If you got lost in ego last month this is a chance to rethink where the manifesting comes from- to reestablish your connection to Divine creativity and to choose humility. It may feel like you are less ” powerful” or that there is not as much awe over how your thoughts create but they are just as powerful- you are just getting used to it now. Remember to be thankful and to try to notice all the little things. Like a relationship- when the newness wears off, you can either feel like the relationship is over or you can appreciate the depth of what comes next. There are no longer butterflies and continual thoughts but there is a deeper knowing of that continual connection, you know you can count on that connection even if its not the only thing on your mind. There is a deep comfort and joy in that knowledge if you are not too busy morning the loss of the excitement of what was new.
Honestly when I tune into September I feel ill- like nauseous. It concerns me because its like something big will happen that will shake things up and whatever it is makes me feel sick and a deep sadness. Immediately I begin to try to sooth myself by acknowledging that even when horrible things happen humanity and especially our souls have a way of picking up the pieces and moving on. We can be shaken in horrible ways and somehow we continue and go on to have positive experiences. Even the most terrible things fade with time and we heal. The power of the human spirit- our ability to overcome adversity seems to be the theme here. I am hoping its just a feeling- but remember and hold this in your hearts and minds if something tragic does happen – that we humans are resilient and we have this way of sometimes becoming even better after bad things happen to us.
This month feels like the resilience is really evident. I picture looking around in awe of what not only I, but everyone around me is capable of. The greatness that comes from ordinary people. The sense of community, of the collective working together . It reminds me of after 9/11 when you saw communities coming together. For a period of time you could see all the best of humanity- people helping eachother, reaching out to families, doing things that were selfless and wonderful. October feels like that kind of energy. It fills me with hope for all of humanity. Sometimes we see and hear about horrible things people do and we begin to lose faith in the goodness of people. Then when we look more closely we realize that although there are people who do hurtful things, that generally most people care about others and try to do things to help. Most people are generous and selfless. Its important than even when we are faced with evidence of ” evil” that we hold a belief in the innate goodness of people. It is this consciousness that will eventually lead to peace for this planet. Our thoughts are powerful and our beliefs create our reality.
I get this sense of life moving on again- to an even greater extent. I feel like people are doing there usual thing- everyone is bustling around preparing for the holidays. There is this deep sense of joy to it all though. Its like when you go through something and are shaken by it and then suddenly its done and you have moved on and you have this gratitude for being able to do all the day to day things that make up life. There is a renewed vigor for life this month. I feel like people are going the extra mile for eachother. Its not about what people can do for us, but the focus is on what we can do for others. I feel like a fountain that is over flowing. Like there is so much to do and give to people around me and that it just keeps flowing without running out. Take time to do the little things for people around you- friends, relatives, strangers. This month is about giving freely and experiencing the joy that comes from giving and doing for others.
This is the reflection of the previous month. There is a balance to all things in life. What flows out needs to be allowed to flow in. A cycle or flow needs to happen. If we give out, we then need to open ourselves to receive. Sometimes our egos get involved in this and we suddenly expect to receive in a specific way or refuse to let things flow to us. We get upset when we do not get that thank you card ( how rude!) or when we say ” well I did this for him and now I need him to do the same and he is not here for me”. Being open to receive does not mean that we demand things from others. It means we say to the Universe “I am open to receive the things I need for my highest good.” We are grounded and assured that there is a Universal truth that all things that flow from us will flow back to us. We let go of the how and just trust that truth. We then are open to all things that flow to us. We may have given service to others and then material items flow to us, we may have given money and suddenly love flows to us through various ways and sources. It is an exchange of energy and the form the energy takes can vary- it can come in the form of material items, money, love, service..the forms are endless. It does flow back- our job is to be open to any form it takes and to realize it has flowed back and the circuit is complete. We put out energy, it then flows back and we put it out again- over and over. I may do something nice for you and then you may pass that along to someone in the form of money or service for someone else, while someone else gives me an item I needed- we pass along the energy flow, not in a closed circuit, but in an open one where the energy flows in all directions. If you find yourself being resentful of a person because they did not thank you or were not there for you after you did something for them- instead of holding that resentment open up and see how the Universe had the positive energy flow back to you- perhaps from another source. The law of flow is a truth. The only things that blocks it is our own lack of awareness that indeed things are flowing to us as much as they are flowing out of us. Let go of your expectations this month and open up to the grander picture of the flow- see and appreciate all that flows to you, accept it all instead of blocking it. If it has come to you it was meant for you and accept it graciously. When we are in the flow of this giving and receiving energy life becomes a miracle every day, all our needs are met without effort. When we block the flow we create struggle- and really there is no need- this is just ego stopping us from our full potential.
I hope you have a wonderful 2014. This is life- there are ups and down but staying connected to our higher self, to the Divine always provides us a lifeboat and a map. We all need that reminder from time to time so that we remember we are not alone.