Healing and letting go

Dear Ones,

This morning the tarot card Eight of Cups—an older man leaving a structure made of eight cups behind him as he walks away with a staff—reminded me that we are still in a time of letting go; letting go, purification and possibly healing.

Whatever makes spiritual sense in our lives at the moment.

Perhaps it is not enough to walk away, perhaps we also need to let go and make sure this or that issue is no longer going to haunt us. Because we sealed it where it belongs.

Seal rhymes beautifully with heal, doesn’t it?

The beginning of 2021, after a first month of cocooning and transition, appears to be the perfect time to do just that.

Who knows what the remainder of the year will have in its bag?

A bag full of surprises of many kinds and colors!

Link to Facebook invitation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/691249918211578

A healing labyrinth in Mirepoix, Ariege, southern France
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What gives meaning to our lives?

A simple question this week, dear Ones, yet one that is sure to bring a diversity of answers!

As a sub question, we might want to consider,

How—and why—do we search for meaning?

Knowing the search may be more unconscious than we think it is!

Looking forward to yet another communion.

Love & much Light

Link to Facebook invitation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/454288245710238

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Power of Eight initiative

I am offering a Power of Eight initiative, based on Lynne McTaggart’s book, The Power of Eight, Harnessing the Miraculous Energies of a Small Group to Heal Others, Your Life and the World.

This group will be made of eight people. Every member of the group would choose an area to work on this year, such as health, relationships, career and so on, and we would take turn being the recipient of the healing intention.

It would require for eight of us to meet regularly—most likely every week—for no more than twenty minutes. Ten minutes would be spent sending a healing intention to one of us and ten minutes debriefing what we would have experienced.

The purpose of this Saturday’s gathering (February 6 at 2pm EST) is for me to introduce the concept and for all of us to agree on a day and time to meet.

I would need everyone’s email address in order to coordinate and send you a short pdf file explaining the process ahead of the meeting. If you are interested, please respond to this invitation and contact me at:

companion@nurturingoursouls.org

For more information on the Power of Eight, please feel free to visit Lynne McTaggart’s website

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What is growing?

What is growing?

Dear Ones,

I have been reflecting on that question as we, in the northern hemisphere, look forward to the arrival of warmer weather and the return of new shoots of vegetation.

What is indeed growing under the surface of life?

Is there a parallel between a seasonal pattern and what the collective is experiencing at a higher level?

And where will it take us?

I don’t think the answers in themselves matter, as long as they lead to more questioning, greater inner awareness and more preparation for what is to come.

Some days seem to be more meaningful than others, carrying a special message, allowing us to move deeper in our inner journeys. I believe it is the same for all of us.

At times, it feels like something is being reborn, in the depth of our lives. It would make sense, knowing we’ve made a fresh departure after a long and tumultuous transition and entered a New Age.

Yet it is not always easy to make sense of what is not accessible to the eye, of what is only simmering at this moment in time.

We shall explore the mysteries of being human together again on Thursday, dear Ones.

Link to Facebook invitation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/900661660739011

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Going within

Dear Ones,

In many regards, this week is meant to be an intense week; and yet I cannot seem to feel the subterranean turbulence that may create bubbles.

I therefore decided that the best place to be this week is within.

This is where truth lies, the one that will never trick us.

I also decided to look at what needs TLC—tender loving care—within. Can I hear a request from my inner child?

Is the gentle one ready to come out of hibernation?

When I look around in our garden, some flowers are forming little shoots, already emerging valiantly and sucking up the light.

What will emerge out of our lives this spring?

It is a good question to nurture as we prepare ourselves for warmer conditions.

I leave you with some wise words from the Arcturian group.

We are here, indeed, to evolve and bring much Love & Light to the planet.

Our mission never changed, and it never will.

“Evolution is simply the journey involved in awakening personal and collective consciousness to remember the reality of their true being. Attaining the consciousness of ONEness (not the intellectual knowledge of it) allows the qualities embodied within Divine Consciousness to flow and express through you in practical ways personal to your needs. 

Hold your Light, stand in truth, and simply watch the movie. All is proceeding according to plan. Do not doubt.

Many of you are discovering that without effort you are suddenly understanding some deep truth that previously confused you. This is because you have shifted into alignment with that particular truth whereas before you were not. This indicates that even though you may think nothing is happening for you, it is. Release all remaining concepts about what spirituality should look or feel like. Once you intend to spiritually grow, the train leaves the station. 

Do not attempt to restore those things that you have spiritually outgrown be it a relationship, a spiritual practice, or something material like a favorite food or entertainment. The dissolving of something familiar may cause you to feel sadness but know that everything real will manifest again in new and higher form which may or may not reflect your concept of how it should look.”

https://rainbowwaveoflight.wordpress.com/2021/01/17/arcturian-group-message-january-17-2021-marilyn-raffaele/

Link to Facebook invitation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/251557066358896

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Departing from the path

What is the path, our path, dear Ones?

And is there such a thing as a path?

I was watching Alice in Wonderland yesterday. A movie that talks about the path.

At some point, Bayard the basset hound is trying to prevent Alice from straying.

He says to her, “Departing from the path, you cannot do that.”

To which she responds, “I make the path!”

Later on, as Alice needs to come to terms with her unique mission of fighting Jabberwocky the dragon, the white queen tells her,

“You can’t live your life to please others. The choice must be yours.”

Such a strong, meaningful statement!

So, is there a path, a clearly delineated one?

Rumi’s words came back to me this morning.

“As we start to walk on the way, the way appears.”

Link to Facebook invitation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1306130449749942/

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Exploring the practice of Surrender – Jan. 17 @ 2pm EST (New York)

Please join Gilles Asselin for an exploration of what it means to “surrender.”

Gilles will offer a presentation about surrender, its importance as an inner practice, its benefits and the questions we may have at various stages on our life path.

Gilles will address questions such as:

• What do I mean by surrender?
• Surrender and letting go
• Why is it important to surrender?
• To whom or what do we surrender?
• Do we lose ‘anything’ by surrendering?
• What are some of the obstacles to surrendering?
• Surrendering to / aligning with Divine Will

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. Feel free to send Gilles questions ahead of time.

This event will take place on Zoom and will be streamed live on Facebook.

https://www.nurturingoursouls.org/events

Zoom link

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Embracing more fluidity

Dear Ones,

Not long ago, we started a fresh dance; one that will take us into another 365-days journey.

We climbed the mountain of 2020 and here we are, past the peak, envisioning new possibilities.

What will 2021 be made of?

That is still a mystery, isn’t it, as we polish aspects of renewal and rebirth in our lives.

If there is one thing I can feel though, it is a higher level of fluidity in the way we connect with folks. Spiritual fluidity if you will; more numerous and more significant synchronicities along the way.

I have experienced this a few times since the beginning of the year—a more profound sense of flow, of connection, with another human being.

A few words that I read a few days ago made me wonder about the importance and sweetness of relations, moving into this new age.

These words came from Martin Buber, the Austrian-Jewish philosopher.

In I and Thou, he wrote,

“In the beginning is relation,” as if revising the opening words of Genesis.

Author Roger Lipsey added a few comments:

“Buber writes that we inevitably categorize one another, find uses for one another, become again for one another “a He or a She, a sum of qualities” and lose awareness of the uncoercive dialogue at the very base of relationship. But the encounter of I and Thou can be renewed.”

I personally believe 2021 is the year where this renewal will flourish, moving us further away from any possible categorization.

Link to Facebook invitation:

https://www.facebook.com/events/308674280563228/

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How do we evaluate our spiritual progress?

Dear Ones,

Evaluating our spiritual progress feels like a valuable query and yet it is not one we can address easily. I was prompted to reflect on the matter because someone, out of the blue two days ago, liked a post I wrote on my blog on November 12, 2019—a post about bubbles, a concept which is meaningful to me and upon which I will expand.

Thirteen months is a fairly long period where a lot can happen, including spiritual development! So thank you Michele!

The first thought that comes is that spiritual progress is not something we can measure with a yardstick. It is best to return to a significant moment in time, analyze how we behaved or responded then, and assess where we are in the present.

The ego mind takes us through circuitous routes and some of them, as you have certainly experienced, can be treacherous. That is the reason why it is important to keep a journal; one we can go back to and reflect upon. I did keep an “emotions journal” this year from April to June and found the adventure enlightening. Not only does it allow us to record our emotions or reactions, in many ways, it also allows us to empty our mind and to purge the emotional charge that may have accompanied the event.

A lot of what I consider spiritual progress has to do with lessening the impact of negative emotions. Both within and without. We all have people in our lives that irritate us, or frustrate us, and they may be present to show us something worthwhile: the hidden areas we need to work on. We may say that these people are here to “push our buttons,” as the expression goes, but it is only the surface level. I strongly believe there are in our lives to teach us something—something that only we can master. I’ve learned—with some difficulty, I must admit—to consider these people in my life as Buddhas. Disguised as they are, why would they go all the trouble to show us something that we need to change, if they were not our good friends?

Have you ever noticed the lessening of that irritation after some time? Have you taken great care to pay attention to the messages your mind sends when you are in the company of those people? Is the intensity of the message the same, or is it decreasing overtime?

The more attention we pay to what we feel and think, the more we realize that something positive is at work. Perhaps it’s only a question of responding to someone, after taking a short breath, instead of reacting. A sign of progress, that is. The variations in our inner responses can be subtle and that is why it is important to have our antennas out.

In the case of “my bubbles,” I realize thirteen months down the road that their intensity has dwindled. In fact, after rereading my November 12, 2019, article, another bubble showed up the next day at home. Instead of reacting internally, I remained quiet, almost undisturbed. Just noticing. And making sure I would not react to the other person.

In my case, a bubble is something I do or say that “takes off” (just like a soap bubble) and ends up creating irritation because of the environment I live in. Or because of the “sensitive Buddhas” that surround me every day. Yesterday’s bubble was no different to the extent that I could have done the same thing differently, a few minutes later. Yet, guided by the Universe (some would say God), I behaved the way I did to learn the “inner lesson” I learned—a lesson in observing and in realizing that “my spiritual progress is at work.”

Everyone can do that. It is a question of asking for guidance and being grateful for whatever comes our way. Not everything that appears negative in the first place is in fact negative. The perception we apply to what happens may (subjectively) give it a negative tone but, inherently, that something is neutral. It takes a special coloration because of the context in which it occurs—the context of our lives and our spiritual path.

Gratitude is definitely another hallmark of our progress. Gratitude for just about anything that happens to us, as well as gratitude for what some people do to us with their good intentions. How they take care of us or our family members, for instance.

Gratitude for the year 2020—a year that brought us many gems despite the worldwide turbulences and heartaches.

Gratitude comes out of a person’s heart and I believe it’s impossible to fake gratitude. We can certainly fake it with words—forcing gratitude out—but we cannot force the feeling out of our hearts. We know what is genuine gratitude, and what is not. The analogy that comes is that of a fire burning in the chimney in the middle of winter; possibly with a cup of herb tea or hot chocolate. We know how cozy that feeling is.

The more our hearts open up, the more gratitude percolates out, so to speak. Gratitude is something we may want to cultivate, one bud at a time. Take a moment every morning and every evening to list the reasons why you are grateful. You may soon notice an increase in your appreciation for life. And people coming to you with gracious comments and … more gratitude! What goes out often comes back to us.

Another area where we may want to reflect upon to assess our spiritual progress is that of consciousness. It is not an easy thing to do.

What are we conscious of now that we were not aware two years ago? Perhaps a stint of unconscious self-criticism that kept plaguing us and that, magically, dissolved. The magic, of course, is that of our spiritual practice and of the heart at work—our hearts.

I keep reading that 2020 is THE year when we need to let go of those detrimental beliefs that hamper our progress, so that we can move afresh into the era that is awaiting us.

I am not suggesting making a list of what we need to change in ourselves, but that is certainly one way to proceed. Again, observation and reflection are extremely important. Curiously listening to the Buddhas that surround us might also help along the way.

The rising of consciousness also manifests in new insights, new information that comes our way because some veils are being lifted along the way. We may not see it clearly that a veil has been removed—in essence, a veil is something that prevents us from seeing—but we can apprehend what is coming our way through this ‘liberated passage.’ And if it’s something new, then it may have something to do with us and our progress.

Believe me, it happens quite often and new insights as well as marvelous synchronicities can blow our mind and make us ask for more!

In my work as spiritual coach, I see it as my mission to help folks along the way, especially when it comes to removing or piercing the veils that obscure our inner vision. And I cannot tell you enough how important it is to adopt a fresh perspective as we embark on a post-2020 adventure.

Until March 14, 2021, I am offering up to five free coaching sessions, so please take advantage of working with someone who can see you objectively, compassionately and without any judgment. In the end, it will benefit you to the extent that you will “know thyself” better—another sign of progress!

https://www.nurturingoursouls.org/journeying

Gilles

companion@nurturingoursouls.org

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What does it mean to be spiritual?

DECEMBER 29, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EST (New York time)

Please join spiritual coach Gilles Asselin for a presentation of what it means to be spiritual in these trying times.

Gilles will offer a short presentation about spirituality, its benefits and the questions we may have on the path.

Questions such as:

• What can we expect
• What are some of the obstacles
• What are the benefits
• How do we assess our progress
• What are some signs on the path
• How do we realize we are becoming (more) spiritual
• How do mission and purpose come into play

The presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. Feel free to send Gilles questions ahead of time if you’d like.

This event will take place on Zoom and will be streamed live on Facebook.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89796440448

https://www.facebook.com/events/392567141978913

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