Crushing Guilt

Guilt is an interesting emotion, because it subverts and manipulates Love. If Love is not present, it’s impossible for guilt to take hold.

Sometimes in life we find ourselves in situations where our best interests appear to conflict with another’s. This is a breeding ground for guilt.

For many years I struggled with guilt around eating animal products. I tried just about every meat-free diet under the sun, from lacto-ovo vegetarian to raw vegan. Eventually I would always end up feeling physically, mentally, and/or emotionally imbalanced. It seems that at least for now my particular body needs at least a small amount of meat.

This disturbed me. I wrestled with it for years before I finally thought to ask my guides for their perspective.

“We are all one,” they said. “Nature eats itself in order to grow and expand in consciousness. This is a gift of the animals to you, given out of love at the soul level, for the sake of the All. Accept and receive it with gratitude. Do not allow feelings of guilt to taint your receiving. Guilt does not honor their sacred gift.”

I noticed that the more stress I was under the greater my need for meat. I was given to understand that part of the animals’ gift is to help ground and connect me to Mother Earth so that I can more easily deal with denser energies. I was also told that as I progress spiritually and learn to live in love, my need for animal products will lessen, and this has proven to be the case. I hope at some point to give them up altogether. In the meantime, I do my best to choose ones that are produced as humanely as possible, and give thanks at each and every meal.

Not everyone struggles with this particular issue, but nearly all of us experiences guilt at one time or another.

Guilt binds. It is the enemy of freedom. If you are dealing with guilt, know this:

  • We are here for a reason. We do have needs and it’s important that our real needs be met so we can move towards our higher purpose.
  • Each individual is responsible for determining and honoring their own real needs.
  • Sacrificing our real needs for another in a way that is counter to our purpose is not an act of love and will create karma for both.
  • Guilt does not honor another’s sacrifice for our well being. Gratitude does.*
  • When we wrong others, guilt will not heal the wounding. Forgiveness will.

If you are struggling with feelings of guilt, connect with the other person at the soul level. Express your love and gratitude for them, and ask for forgiveness, both from them and from yourself.  (You can do this at the soul level if the person’s ego is unable to forgive.) Also send yourself a lot of love.

Then, ask your angels to help you clear any feelings of guilt around the situation, and guide you to the best actions to take moving forward. The Hawaiian practice of ho’oponopono can also be hugely helpful.

Much love and many blessings,

Christie

*Sometimes we must choose between courses of action that all appear to deny our real needs. In this case the path that honors the highest real need will be the most desirable—which may entail a great deal of sacrifice. Jesus is a great example of this.

 

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The Big “G”

rock pile on mountain peak

Sometimes when we have a vision, we just want to get there. 

We can’t wait to reach our Goal. It’s the peak, the pinnacle, the big “G” – and we’ll never be satisfied until we achieve it.

But most of the time, the path from point “A” to that big “G” takes us first through points B, C, D, E, and F. 

And sometimes, in our rush to get through these, we end up taking a few wrong turns down some pretty dark alleys.

Why not just settle in, trust you’ll get there when the time is right, and enjoy the sights and sounds, new friends and exciting new experiences along the way?

You may find that the big G is closer than you think. In fact, you may already be there.

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One of these two paths is greater – which one are you on?

Sea lion power animal I’d love to share with you a Spirit message I received this morning:

You can choose to do, or you can choose to be. There is no wrong, but one is the greater path.

To be is to experience. To experience is to learn. To learn is to grow. To grow is to live. To live is to be a testament to Spirit.

We are the glory of Creation. We are the Song.

We live in a culture obsessed with doing. When we meet a new person, we don’t ask them who they are, we ask them what they do. We have confused doing with being.

Yet which is the greater? You cannot be without doing. But is it even possible to do without being? The one contains the other.

Many people wish to find their purpose. Most think that means finding the activities that bring you true spiritual fulfillment. And that’s a beautiful desire. But it’s all so much wheel spinning until you realize who you truly ARE.

Of course, in this life we have both. We are, and we do. But whichever one we choose to make primary becomes the center around which the other spins. And the center is where the power is.

Guess which one will let you make the most difference in the world?

If you are feeling ungrounded or off center right now, or like life is spinning you in circles, ask yourself:

Is your life right now defined by what you “do?” Or by who you really are?

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Nature and Poets vs. Holiday Spin

I love hanging out with poets, because you never know when they’re going to blurt out something wonderfully interesting and profound.

I met a poet the other day who did just that. The conversation was something about the holiday season, and how things get so crazy at this time of year. I had mentioned that it’s really contrary to the natural cycles (here in the Northern hemisphere at least), because in these darkest days of winter all a body wants to do is hunker down and sleep.

And she said, “yes, did you know that’s the origin of the Advent wreath? After the hard work of the harvest was over, they’d take the wheels off the wagons and bring them in for the winter. And they’d decorate them with evergreen branches.”

(I learned later that the wheels were often hung horizontally above head height from the ceiling, which reminded some people of a circular window into Heaven.)

My poet friend continued: “It’s such beautiful symbolism because it spoke of the rolling wheels of work and activity coming to a halt, and putting them away and coming inside to be still for a while, with the promise of new life to follow.

Those of us who grew up influenced by Christianity know it as the season of Advent, but it doesn’t matter what spiritual tradition you follow (or none at all):

As the wheel of the year slows to a close it’s Nature’s cue for us to rest and regenerate, and seek the sacred heart of stillness within—for that is where everything, ultimately, both ends and begins.

Holiday time can be fun, but many people find it exhausting and stressful, too. This year, why not approach it just a little more mindfully?

It’s OK to let slide the parts that don’t really serve you. (Which for some of us could be almost all of it.)

And it’s OK to slip away from the hubbub, shut down your phone, ignore your email, and even forget about Facebook for a while—and enjoy the peaceful, nurturing darkness within.

The world can wait. And how much brighter it will be when you return.

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The Power of Prayer

Angel of ReceivingWhen I was a kid, I remember my father telling me, “Never underestimate the power of prayer.”

I remember thinking it a little odd, because at the time he claimed to be an atheist. (Although he would qualify it: “I’m a Christian atheist,” he would say.)

Maybe it was the very incongruity of it that made it stick in my mind. But stick it did, even though I didn’t understand it fully until years later.

You may or may not have noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately. I’ve been experiencing some profound shifts. I won’t go into them now, except to say that miracles happen.

Miracles DO happen.

And prayer DOES work.

Profoundly.

Never, EVER underestimate the power of prayer.

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