Kalin Art & Spirit

Determined Optimism – can it be learned?

“Smash my optimism into a thousand pieces! I will get up tomorrow and put on the face of a warrior. Because I am determined that the Universe wants us to be happy. Yes. She really does!”

The happiness I’m talking about is not the roses and bubbles and pink sunsets kind of happy. In fact, ‘Happiness is Bullshit’ was my argument just the other day; seeking it out is a waste of time and effort! Even if you reach your goals you will still feel empty at the end of the day and have to find new goals to strive toward. Happiness must be recognized in the moment; Now, I chose to be Happy. And Now. And Now…and then be reflected upon at the end of the day. With repetition, it can build new neural networks in the brain and affect changes within the Spirit.

Happiness is a byproduct of doing what you love, being true to your path and giving of yourself. But I believe “To Be Happy” is the essence that we are All seeking in life: and our desire, to be able to sigh at its end and think, “YES!”

Happiness entails being seen, heard, understood, loved, validated and belonging. Knowing our place in the tribe and contributing to the success of society validates one’s ego~ but we can’t depend on others to provide the basis for our internal contentment, because even with another, we are essentially alone in our Self.

Happiness that comes from within is even stronger than that. The Happiness of the Spirit appreciates beauty, truth and nobility, even in the midst of chaos and destruction~ recognizes and honors courage, even in the face of pain and death ~believes kind actions will one day create lasting change for the betterment of mankind~ and allows grace to flow to and through its Self. That is the kind of joy that has no end. It is the lasting joy that serves the Spirit and brings Peace.

Some gather things to surround themselves with; to protect themselves, their loved-ones, their accumulation of other stuff. But in the end, having stuff proves empty. The less stuff you have, the easier it is to focus on what’s real.
Some seek their obsessions; take thrill rides of extreme sports, sex, parties, drugs and alcohol, looking for a relief from their reality. But that’s a short-lived, dangerous path that leads to self-destruction.
Some go after it by seeking within proscribed ‘holy books’ or dedication to charitable causes because it is righteous. Those actions get closer to the essence of the thing, but without selfless intent~ we miss the mark and fall short.

The happiness that the Universe wants us to find is within our Selves. It is the eternal flame that survives death, that loves truly and deeply, without boundaries or conditions. It is more a Contentment. A way of feeling fulfilled. An inner-knowing that you are doing good work that serves the world. Teaching from a base of what you have learned through your own experience, so you know it is true for you and could apply to others. It is recognizing and remembering our True Essence.

Uplifting our fellows and showing them that life is a miracle that must not be squandered is a clarion call to all Spiritual Warriors. Our time here is limited. We’ve come here to learn lessons, to explore and experience, and to become spiritually perfected, so that we can take what we can only learn here and now, in the body, into higher realms of existence when we leave.

We must take off our masks of Personality or Personae to put on a Spiritual Warriors face, our authentic face, so that we can see the world as it is – and allow the world to truly see us. We must listen to our higher mind, and trust intuition to direct our feet in the right direction. We must act from the clarity of a heart that knows it is god-essence.

Sometimes the hardest lessons in life can become our greatest power. When we suffer we learn compassion and empathy. We can take this wound and turn it around in order to HEAL the world! Consider living this way, from your wounds; HEALING others with similar wounds. How uplifting would that be?

If we stay awake and alert, reminding ourselves moment by moment WHO WE ARE we will discover WHAT we’ve come here to do! There will be nothing that we will be able to find, but the joy and contentment of a well-lived and fulfilling life.

We can learn to be happy. By staying present to the eternal NOW. “I AM. Here and NOW. I choose to be my Highest Self. I choose to be HAPPY.” By practicing it like a martial art, staying determined in our center and not yielding to forces which tempt us to forget who we are…the essence of God herself.
Namaste’ seekers ~ Thou Art Gods

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The Chakras – an introduction

The Chakras are energetic spheres that are found aligned in our bodies along the center line from the tailbone to the crown. They’ve been recognized for over a millennia in India, and may have formed the earliest acupuncture meridian grid bases. Each of the 7 chakras are places where we store ‘power’; our personal life force, otherwise known as ‘chi’ energy.

When we’re feeling well and life seems to flow along for us, the chakras are open and energy is spinning through as it should. If we get ill, say a sore throat, for example, it is believed that the throat chakra has been suffered stress~ most likely having been restricted by feelings of blocked expression or feeling overly censored, whether by society or oneself. This creates tension and allows germs to settle in and wreck havoc.
IMO colds can be averted by staying happy and by holding one’s power, as well as eating nourishing foods, drinking plenty of clean water, getting enough rest and practicing good personal hygiene. If we are ‘misaligned’ by emotional upset or physical crisis it can lead to increased ill health and longer recovery times. That’s a good reason to try and manage our emotional life and the stimuli that enters our psyche.

Have you noticed that some people can be in the midst of an outbreak of flu and not be affected, while others get sick frequently? Our immune systems function best when our bio-electromagnetic energies are flowing well. Deep breathing and gentle exercise can help keep this flow going.

This effect of ‘energy flow’ has been proven in trees as well; if a tree is stressed by environmental factors, like drought or root damage, it sends out signals, somewhat like our hormones, that says, “I’ve been injured”. Insects pick up on this message and start attacking damaged trees, leaving healthy ones to thrive. So insects act as wolves do on herd animals – and only attack those ‘open to infestation’.

Exercises like Tai chi or Qi gong slowly move this internal energy through our bodies which helps us stay ‘in the flow’. I can personally attest to the fact that these easy, gentle movements unwind tension and allow ‘stuck’ emotions to flow out of oneself so that healing can occur on many levels; physical, mental and emotional. It actually allows negativity to leave ones body so that whatever you focus on, that is positive, may enter that vacuum. Of course, you have to consciously put positive intentions back into your body via positive thoughts, or habitual worry and doubt will return.

1 Root Chakra– located at the base of the spine, this chakra is pictured as red; the color of survival, basic instincts, fight/flight reactions, and is related to the adrenal glands, large intestines, kidneys and digestive system.
2 Sacral Chakra– located at the reproductive organs, pictured as orange; the color of sexuality, sensuality and human relations and is related to the reproductive hormones, bladder and kidneys.
3 Solar Plexus Chakra– located in the belly, near the naval, is pictured as yellow; the color of personal power and intent, is paired with the pancreas, liver, gall bladder, stomach, small intestine and spleen.
4 Heart Chakra– located under the sternum in the center of the chest, is pictured as green; the color of growth, compassion and healing, and is tied into the thymus gland, and heart.
5 Throat Chakra– located near the adams apple, is pictured as blue; the color of self expression, emotion and interpersonal dynamics, and is tied into the thyroid and parathyroid glands, which control growth and many other glands, and lungs.
6 Third Eye Chakra– aka Anja, is located between the brows, is pictured as indigo; the color of psychic energy and intuition and is connected to the pineal gland, the brain and face.
7 Crown Chakra– located at the top of the head, where the skull plates intersect is pictured as white and sometimes purple; the color of holiness, royalty and purity and is our connection to Source/All that Is/Higher Self. It is connected with the pituitary, our Master gland, which controls autonomic functions as breathing and heartbeat.
There are actually more chakras found above one’s crown, but they are engaged in higher spiritual states than the mundane reality most of us know. The 8th Chakra is sometimes arrived at and energized in mystic union with another via Kundalini yoga and the 9th Chakra is aka Nirvana, is activated briefly as a state of Unity with All that Is.
More blogs on the chakras will follow in more detail. In the meantime, Enjoy your weekend
be Healthy, be Happy and be Well~

Namaste’
original post March 2, 2012
http://www.crystalinks.com/chakras.html  – for more information

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New Moon in Pisces

This week the Sun moves into the astrological sign of Pisces, the fish, the ‘last’ sign of the zodiac, ruler of intuition, dreams, illusions, delusions, addictions, martyrdom and depth of feeling.
As the Moon moves into the same sign, we behold a New or Dark Moon.
Since the Sun and Moon have the most powerful sway over us as Earthlings, when they combine their energies we can usually sense it…albeit unconsciously. This time I’m feeling it as a wallop!
Yes, Ive been walloped by a wet grouper~ but Im not falling into despair.

The New Moon also falls on Fat Tuesday- the day in which to celebrate, while we eat and DRINK everything the pantry holds! Party that day for the next, as Lent begins, we are asked to re-establish our connection with what is fresh and pure through ‘sacrifices’. The Piscean New Moon is the perfect time to throw out the old and begin fresh with plans for the Spring….as it’s not too far away now! [It always makes me smile when the church catches up with original practices]

Its time to begin various types of ‘fasting’ in order to remind ourselves of our fallible human condition and to redirect our behavior in the way our conscience desires us to go. Surrendering our human ego/what we think we want, to that of the Divine Will/what we really need, is the best sacrifice any of us can make towards Spiritual growth. Being mindful of our actions is always important, but if we can do it collectively now, much more energy is added to our group intention for peace and healing.

Under a Piscean sky, people tend to delve deeply into their emotions, getting morose over things that normally wouldn’t send them off the deep end, and giving into addictive behaviors. While we let the fishes loose, we must remind ourselves that we are the fishermen, not the fish. We should allow our Selves to see and feel the emotions washing over us, but not drown in them. Keep treading water and eventually you’ll come to the shore…or better yet, STAND on the shore and watch the sunlight sparkle on the fish scales as they swim by. We need to be reminded that we are always bigger than our emotions! In fact, its Magic to recognize that we hold the hooks in our hands~

COMPASSION is a key word for the Piscean New Moon. It is a time to not only feel the extension of love and compassion for others worse off than ourselves, but to look inward and extend that compassion to our Selves! The times when we make bad decisions are the times we must be the most Forgiving toward ourselves…..and not beat ourselves up!

Its important to love and forgive those who have wronged us, not because what they did was Right, but because it will HEAL US! And as we look to our wounds, we need to send lovingkindness to our Selves, as well as to those who hurt us, in order for the rift to be healed~ on both sides.

Namaste’ Lovers of Peace and Healing! x x

original posting February 20, 2012

 

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Life’s Transitions

10 Questions for Life’s Transitions~
We all go through transitional phases in life; at graduation, at a job loss, a divorce, a move, in mid-life or retirement. When things seem to a all change at once NOBODY expects us to carry on as usual! Take some personal time off and explore your options. These are 10 steps I found (probably from Deepak Chopra) that I’ve added my own explanations to.

1. What are my unique gifts? Only you can answer this. You have to be honest with yourself and know how to look within, with a measure of compassion and self love. What talents come easily to you? Build on them.

2. How do I feel called to serve? Is there a small, still voice in you that you’ve been ignoring because it was dissonant with what your ‘head’ (society/parents/peers/superiors) told you was your mission? Investigate it. Give it time to grow louder by dialoguing with it. Then follow your heart’s desire!

3. What activities deeply nourish me? Try to get behind the external activities and into the core of what lies beneath them. Is it the act of sharing knowledge that fulfills a need in you to be heard? Is it the quality of feeling at ‘one’ with others that lies behind your charitable activities? Take these root motivations and apply them to other venues. Think outside the box.

4. What brings me pleasure and joy? Maybe you don’t feel passionate, just drained. Do things that are uncharacteristic for you. Try a new sport, read a new genre of book, hang around busy place and watch people; listening to conversations you wouldn’t normally hold with people. Consider other perspectives on life. Browse the internet following links that draw you. Indulge yourself in your favorite pampering rituals. Go window shopping and buy yourself a small gift that makes you feel special.
When you discover a new passion, write it down and post it where you will be reminded of it. Remember to play every day!

5. What are my passions?  Do you feel strongly about a cause? Do you have a favorite pastime? Are there activities that make you feel empowered and fulfilled? Get more involved in them and your energy levels will spike, helping you move through the transitional phase more easily.
If you feel disconnected from your passions, don’t worry. One day something will come along and be worthy of your time and attention~ and you’ll have the time and space to dedicate to it! Until then, wait until you are called.

6. What is my life’s work or purpose? This is a biggie- so if it overwhelms you, skip it and come back to it later. A secret is that you can always change the answer to this one…at any time!
Like #3, try to see if there is a pattern behind the things you have been doing, the way you’ve been interacting, the jobs you’ve held (and liked)~ the cares and concerns that have always been a part of you, and build on them- if they are positive. Consider changing them if they no longer serve your higher good. Include your motivations behind the patterns you find to lead you into your higher purpose for your life’s work. Don’t feel you have to rush this one or find the answer right away…it will probably grow on you slowly until one day you have a “Eureka” moment that will push you forward.

7. What are the issues I must face? Here’s another one that might be difficult for some people to look at honestly and with compassion for themselves. I suggest listing only a few of them, prioritizing them an selecting only one to deal with at a time.
Give yourself plenty of time to resolve it while you take small steps to get through daily life. You’ll know when you have enough emotional reserves to begin this work. If they appear daunting, seek out help. Maybe all you’ll need is to find is a good listener or a shoulder to cry on. Maybe you’ll find a counselor with some wise suggestions to consider to get you started.
Try to remember, though, that the issues are yours, and you are the one who knows yourself best. Don’t become overly reliant on any one person besides yourself… unless you feel drawn to put your therapist’s child through college.
8. What is the next step I must take in order to become more fully myself? You can start this one right away. ‘Check in’ with your Self in order to ‘hear’ your own truth. Decide to step out of your comfort zone and do one thing that is different from your normal routine. Decide to start being more honest with your self and others. Start small, but start.

9. What needs to be healed in me? Like number 7, you may not realize where your woundedness lies, because we’ve been taught to overlook it. Our hurts may be too tender and raw to do much with, except to become aware of them. But if you can identify one area that needs to be healed, work on it, slowly and gently – with others if possible. 
Identify your dragon, befriend it and tame it. see archives *June 2, 2011

10. What is the task ahead of me now? Like number 8, just begin taking small steps toward acting on your hunches, listen to your intuition and follow your bliss. If you need to feel more ‘organized’ about this, list your goal first and work backward on the steps you want to take to achieve it. Then DO something small and measurable, every day – and reward yourself for your courage!

Namaste’

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