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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Heart’s Center (channeled message from Archangel Haniel)

Joy Healing Heart watercolorIt feels to me like the spirit world speaks more directly to us through images. However most of us require translation. This message came through first as an image. I’ve been asking my angels lately to help me by giving me clear words that I and others can understand. I am grateful to Archangel Haniel for this explanation:

Archangel Haniel on Heart’s Center

Gratitude - Archangel Haniel Joy. Joy in your heart. Spiraling out and from the center.

Take the time. Take the time to center. To come back to your Self.

The longing you have for others, it is a longing for wholeness. Yet wholeness is here from the very beginning, here in your heart. You have never left a state of wholeness. You can come back to it whenever you want, just by coming to stillness.

And in stillness is the joy, the eternal sound like the ringing of a singing bowl, the crystal voices of angels, that song eternal throughout time. It is Joy, oh beautiful one, it is the joyous sound of Love. When you are truly centered here, all is well When you are truly centered here, there is nothing to fear. When you are truly centered here, all is Love.

You are always truly centered here. Only when you choose to experience otherwise will you see differently. But that is a story you tell yourself, a deliberate illusion for the purpose of exploration. A what-if fairy tale. You can play with that version of “reality” as long as you want, but when you get bored of that, when it no longer serves the purpose of your soul, when there is no more to learn from it, you can put it back on the shelf and return to center, return to Love.

For Love is All, and you are Love. And everyone you love is Love, so no matter what it looks like in this crazy projection of a world, we are already united with our lovers, with our family, with the ones who have passed on.

Think of that. Perpetual union. A coming together in ultimate bliss, always and forever. No matter what it would seem from the perspective of the world, remember this.

 

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Rabbit Totem: Spirit Meaning of Rabbit

Rabbit Power Animal Despite its small size and apparent weakness, Rabbit can be an incredibly powerful spirit animal with an abundance of meanings. And, in fact, Abundance is one of them!

Rabbit: Power Animal of Fertility, Abundance, and Creativity

Rabbits, rabbits everywhere – that’s what it seems like in spring, anyway, when litters of young bunnies grow large enough to hop out of their nests and go bouncing like popcorn out of the hedges. Rabbits are legendary for their reproductive abilities. A Miami University staff member once estimated that at average rates of reproduction and without disease or predation, a single mother rabbit and her female babies could theoretically produce over 187 billion offspring in just seven years. This, of course, makes Rabbit an awesome ally when we are working towards improving Abundance in our lives. Bunnies also represent creative abundance and have much to offer as a power animal for creativity.

Rabbits have good reason to multiply, since in the real world nearly everything eats them. In Richard Adams’ epic tale about rabbits, Watership Down, the rabbits’ mythical hero El-Ahrairah was called “The Prince with a Thousand Enemies” for this very reason. This brings us to three more of Rabbit’s spiritual associations: Sensitivity, Fear, and the Trickster.

The Sensitive Rabbit

Because Rabbits must always be on the lookout for danger, they are highly sensitive. Their big ears are always swiveling around, picking up the slightest sounds. Their eyes, too, are large, and placed on the sides of their heads so they can see virtually all the way around without even turning their heads. And their little noses? Continually twitching to catch scents on the wind. Rabbits tolerate cold well, but are highly sensitive to heat, noise and commotion.

Rabbit people, too, tend to be highly sensitive. If you have Rabbit spirit animal energy, you may be especially perceptive, intuitive, and/or empathic. You may also be highly artistic or musical. If this is so, you will be most productive and creative in peaceful, quiet surroundings – or at least you should have access to a quiet place to retreat to when you do your work, just as the mother Rabbit digs herself a burrow to bear her young.

Sometimes being a sensitive person can get a bit overwhelming, leading to anxiety. It can also sometimes show up as physical or environmental sensitivity, or even allergies. If this happens to you, consider that your sensitive nature is actually a blessing. Like Rabbit, you have built-in warning systems that let you know when you’ve entered a situation that may not be in your best interests. When Rabbit feels endangered, she takes refuge in her burrow. Sensitive people often find solace in Mother Earth. Spending time in nature or doing activities like gardening or working with clay may bring you a sense of peace and help you feel more grounded.

Overcoming Fear: Rabbit as Trickster and Warrior

The shadow side of Rabbit energy is to be always living in fear, using avoidance as a protective mechanism by running scared or hiding oneself away. Yes, there are times when fear is justified, and running away from the situation or laying low can save our skins. But if you notice that this type of behavior has become a pattern in your life that is keeping you from your goals or from growing in a positive direction, it’s time to turn that energy around. One way is to call upon Rabbit’s Trickster side.

Wild rabbits, when chased, will run in a confusing, zig-zag pattern. They are also very good at losing their pursuers in the “briar patch.” No wonder so many stories from many parts of the world (including the Brer Rabbit stories of the American South, and even Bugs Bunny), feature Rabbit as Trickster. In these stories, Rabbit uses his wit rather than brute strength to win out against much more powerful antagonists. Note, though, that Rabbit’s wit usually has more to do with psychology than with mental calculations. So Rabbit people do well to use their intuitive understanding of people in their defensive strategies. (In other words, fight smart, not hard.) With Rabbits, strength is in numbers, and territory is important, so use your alliances and your knowledge of the territory to your advantage.

Note, too, that Rabbits can also be fierce fighters. They will kick out with their powerful hind feet, and may bite when cornered. So don’t underestimate a Rabbit person – they will tolerate a lot of crap, but once they’re pushed to their limit, watch out! Rabbit people can call upon this little known Warrior aspect of Rabbit if need be.

Also, see if one of Rabbit’s predators calls to you. Rabbit’s biggest predators include all the Canids (dogs, coyotes, foxes, wolves), the Cat family (including bobcats, lynxes and cougars – even domestic cats will prey on young rabbits), and larger birds of prey such as owls, hawks and eagles. Snakes, too, will often go for young rabbits. If you find yourself especially attracted to or scared by any of these animals, they may have good medicine for you to help you overcome your fears.

Intuitive Rabbit

Another very important thing to realize about Rabbits is just how strong their survival instincts are. My daughter once had a pet rabbit named Cuddles. Rather than keep her in a cage, we let Cuddles have the run of our enclosed front porch. One day, the mailman left the door ajar and Cuddles got out. She was on her own for months before we were able to catch her. I was amazed at her ability to fend for herself even through the harsh Wisconsin winter. Rabbit teaches us to trust our instincts and our intuition to guide us. This is another area where sensitive Rabbit people shine – they tend to be very intuitive and often connect readily with the spirit world.

The Practical Side of Rabbit Spirit

Finally, Rabbits have a very specialized digestive system. They eat primarily grasses and other high-fiber foods, including bark in the winter. This material actually gets sorted within the Rabbit’s digestive system.

The food that is more easily digested gets processed and turned into waste in the customary way. (If you have a garden you are probably familiar with Rabbit’s little, round hard droppings, which incidentally are one of the few manures that you can safely turn into the garden soil without composting first.) However, the more fibrous, hard-to-digest material makes a side trip into an organ called the cecum, which corresponds to our appendix but is much larger and better developed. Here, a multitude of friendly digestive organisms goes to work on it, and the material gets passed as a special soft type of dropping that the rabbit then eats and digests in the normal way.

Oh, and by the way, unlike some other grazing animals, Rabbits don’t need to eat continuously. They are active in the morning and evening so eat basically two meals a day, and spend the rest of the day relaxing and digesting.

So, Rabbit is thus a wonderful spirit animal for prioritizing and efficiency. And, if Rabbit is your totem, don’t feel you have to be on the go 100% of the time. You may do better by doing your work in highly productive spurts (and you may find you work best in the mornings and evenings), and spending the rest of your time digesting the experience and enjoying life!

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Mother Earth love

Woman hugging Earth illustration Lately I’ve been called to work more deeply with Mother Earth. A couple weeks ago I received a request from her: to be mindful of how we speak of her, and of ourselves, and to choose words that resonate with Love.

In light of the rising Divine Feminine consciousness happening on the planet right now, as well as the Women’s Marches that took place this weekend, I would like to share her message here:

“I am grateful for the work being done on my behalf. Please know that my love for you—for all humanity—has no bounds. You are my children, and you are a part of me.

“And if you have suffered while on my plane, please forgive me. I, too, am a mortal being. Please, please when you speak of me, do so with compassion and love in your heart, even while acknowledging that life on Earth can be harsh. And please, please, extend that compassion and love to yourselves as well.

“Also please remember that am not a victim, nor are you. Though we have suffered, we are strong. Strong enough to speak up for ourselves, and for each other. Strong enough to forgive. Strong enough to heal. And strong enough to love.

“You are a part of me as your cells are of you, and also a part of me as your thoughts are of you. Your speaking and thinking of me with love assists me in my own self love process as well as in yours, and thus in my ascension and in yours.”

Thank you for all you are doing to heal Mother Earth—including the healing work you are doing for yourself. 🙂

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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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