HEALING THE OTHER PANDEMIC...Many of us experienced life as we knew it unravel and disappear over the last year and a half. We witnessed up close, or from a distance, the ravages of a virus dealing death blows to hundreds of thousands of Americans and countless millions around the world. It’s far from over yet, but we are beginning to emerge from our quarantines and see each other’s smiles on unmasked faces for the first time.
The battlefield littered with the detritus of this war is still there and is home to the other pandemic of lostness. It’s equally as debilitating and distressing as the COVID virus and unlike the first one, it shows no signs of letting up. It is affecting all ages and all people.
The emotional toll it has taken on us is growing like a cancer. It’s fueled by political polarization, fear, and mistrust in all existing institutions. Many of the structures set in place by the industrial revolution of the 20th century are breaking down quickly. People don’t want to go back to soul sucking jobs and children are questioning whether they can return to classrooms where they feel stifled and unseen. Emotional issues are flowering into full-on psychotic breaks and other mental illnesses. And many of us are on the edge.
There is no vaccine for this epidemic, but there is medicine. We have to find ways to support each other to heal and to move on from old ways of being. Join me today to open this up in our hearts and minds and find a path ahead.
We are asked in so many ways, from the time we are very small, to believe in things we cannot see, like God or faeries. Our religions ask us to believe in the paths they set out for us, the way to define right and wrong, good and bad. Our countries ask us to believe in our governments and our founding documents. We say we believe in freedom, in equality, but do we even understand what that means in relation to our own unique lives?
The demand to accept and follow a set of beliefs dooms us to a life of limitation and imitation. This is especially true with our spirituality. And if you think you are not part of this, because maybe you don’t follow any organized religion, look around at most of the newly emerging spiritual groups and you’ll see the same structures building up with a new set of words, rules, beliefs and leaders to follow.
Beyond belief is true knowing. When you tell a child he must believe in God, you are taking away something he is already deeply connected to, something his heart already knows. Please join me today for a dip into the clear cool waters of knowing, where the true story of your divine connection awaits you.
YOUR WORDS ARE SACRED. We do a lot of talking all the time. If we’re not talking to someone else, we’re talking to ourselves. Sometimes we talk back to the TV or to our pets. Often we try to talk to God. Sometimes we try to listen. We are communicators, and we tend to throw our words out like lassos, trying to connect or to defend or to explain.
What we don’t realize is the power of all these words. Words can go all the way from the profane to the sacred. Mostly, we use them towards the bottom of that ladder. The words themselves may sound sweet, but the energy that comes with them can be aggressive and cutting.
Even in spiritual work, words can be thrown out like memes, and phrases become trendy. The casualness of the way we use the words actually blocks our growth and connection to what is real and true.
It’s time to bring a much greater consciousness to language. Words are sacred emanations of our hearts and minds. Slowing down and connecting with our words means connecting with what is motivating these words from deep within us.
We are surrounded by mystery and we are not alone. The great paradox is that while we are beings programmed by some inner radar to reach out and connect to all that exists, including what we can see and touch and what we can only sense, we have created so much perceived distance between ourselves and what we call Spirit or God that most of us don’t really make a true and ongoing connection.
We may feel like actors on a stage, as Shakespeare said, being moved around by a force we can’t know and often fear. And we seek guidance from a distant shimmering force. A greater truth is emerging as spiritual energies and beings are moving closer. We realize that what we have thought of as Spirit includes many others - beings from other planets, galaxies, universes who touch in here to observe and to see if we are ready to communicate in some way. The energy fields around us are full of spirit beings of all kinds, and our challenge is to learn and intimately know how viscerally present they really are to us and how eager they are to know us.
The convergence of our spirituality and our science depends on our willingness to be part of a great matrix of intelligence and to enter a conscious state of communication through our thoughts and hearts that reaches out with grace and love. Please join me for an experience in contact.
Being on a spiritual path can mean a lot of different things to different people. There are an infinite number of ways to engage with Spirit, and indeed, each person’s experience of that relationship is different. Even if you practice a religion with specific guidelines and restrictions, your personal interface with God is your own. Even your understanding of God is unique to you. And in that infinite variety, there is still the choice of just how deep you are called to go on your spiritual journey. What your path looks like and how much you surrender to it are the ultimate choices that lead to true transformation.
Today I will share Wisdom Wednesday with a spiritual teacher who felt called to do very deep spiritual work many years ago. We shared a teacher, or perhaps I should say an Earth Angel, Charles McCall. In that work, we were taken to the depths of our emotional and spiritual pain and resistance. And we were lifted gradually by the beauty of surrender to a true spiritual path that is fully integrated into life, and not separated from it. Please join me for this very special one-on-one with Marilyn Munro, a spiritual teacher from Austin, Texas.
TIME FOR REAL SERVICE? We come here to be challenged and in that challenge we find a way to open, not close. We come here to feel the parts of us that are closed, that are afraid, that are in judgement of others, to then surrender to our innate generous and open hearts.
Some of us seem preprogrammed to be in service. From the time we are small, we take pleasure in helping others. It just seems natural, and we will feel a burst of heart energy in the giving. But so often that desire to be of service gets twisted into something transactional, and instead of doing things for the pure fulfillment and joy of sharing our gifts, we begin to expect something in return.
A lot of this is cultural, but often our sense of self-worth can hinge on whether our expectations to be recognized or to receive something back for a “good deed.” Often, the bar gets higher and ego demands more and more of an exchange.
ENERGY | WE ARE THE TRUE VESSELS OF THE NEW AGE. Energy. Swirling, flowing, emanating, within and without. Energy connects us to all that exists, as everything is made of energy. When it becomes trapped in the body, held by contractions of emotions and mind, stress holds, fear pulls in.
Breath releases the blocked energy to find its way out. Have you noticed how difficult it is to take a breath sometimes? How much resistance there is to move the body? We end up in a holding pattern, sometimes for years, for a lifetime. It can feel extremely dangerous to breathe, to move and release the energy. Feelings and thoughts of stuckness are usually things we try to shift by behavior changes, but without releasing the energy that is attached to the thought forms, the fixes are temporary.
Take a breath and see thoughts and feelings become uncoupled and start to move. Things can change in an instant. It’s beautiful. The stuck energy transforms as it’s released, bursting into colors and swirls as it’s freed. And we, in growing consciousness and awareness, become able to perceive energy emanations all around us.
The joy and adventure of the Spirit Human!
FROM NO TO YES - FINDING THE VOICE OF YOUR OWN HEART.
The body is always growing, always changing. We are in a constant state of spontaneous adaptation. Yet, we don't think of it this way or even feel this. Why? Well, too often we are too stuck in our own stories, our own routines and daily habits. Today, take a brand new breath with me. Take this moment to view this moment as something that has never been lived before. Take a chance on life. Never forget that your yes is so powerful. Put your cards on the table and dare to be vulnerable. Yes is the most powerful word in the world.
Exhaustion. Emptiness. A feeling like a swamp draining. We push against its seductive entrapment and do our best to stay present and show up in the world with some version of ourselves that is acceptable. It is an act of courage often to walk out into the sunlight of other people’s expectations, or what we think they are expecting of us. But so often, the real beauty of who we are is lurking in those shadowy areas that we don’t want to or are afraid to show the world. And then the exhaustion comes from the constant work it takes to keep pushing our acceptable stories.
A true spiritual path is one that leads us to lift the curtain that separates who we think we need to be and who we actually are. When that begins to happen, there is an emerging connection with Creation. Then the true act of courage is to fill that entire reality with an embrace and to receive our own Spirit self.
Finding the truth, that elusive ideal that hides in plain sight and teases its existence. Sometimes it can feel like the truth about something is obvious, and then you dig a little deeper and that truth falls apart and leads to others that in turn degenerate into confusion.
The highest truth is often the one that is hard to embrace, even difficult to imagine. And you can’t demand that the universe reveal it to you. That I was born to be a deeply spiritual teacher is a simple truth but one which I denied for most of my life.
It is only when I was willing to open fully, beyond my ego needs and ideas and ways I identified myself, that my inner life and the outer life come into alignment. That’s when I began to see and know the truth in all things.
A spiritual teacher, healer and minister, Racquel helps people clear the emotional and energetic blocks that keep them from discovering their true and unique spiritual connections.