The Secret to Inner Peace? Turn Off Your Phone and Take a Walk

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By Anya Light

 

We live in an age of paradox. On the one hand, we have at our fingertips more information than ever before. We are connected through social media. We have the power to spread our message to the far ends of the globe with a single click of a key. Wow! So incredible!

 

And yet…we are also more disconnected than ever before. When you observe people walking down the street, what do you see? Most likely, you will see many people with their eyes cast downward at their phone. When you stand in line at a grocery store, what do you see? People on their tablets and smartphones. People not speaking with each other. People not noticing their surroundings. Each person in their own little private bubble.

 

OUR PHYSICAL BODIES ARE AWESOME!

 

For a few years now, I have wondered if I was a curmudgeon. I have noticed these changes in people, and it makes me sad. I’ve often asked myself: Do I hate technology?

 

The answer is no, however. It is simply that part of my life’s work, my healing work with humanity, is to encourage people bring awareness back into their sacred body. I am a kind of counterbalance to the intense mania our society is experiencing with regards to technology. I am the voice of harmony. A whisper to peace.

 

People often ask me: What is the secret of happiness? What is the secret of inner peace? While I by no means claim to dwell in these states 24/7, I will say that I have done some very persistent and often challenging work to understand and occupy these states quite intimately. In my life now there are more peaceful days than stressful days. There are more happy days than sad.

 

In my healing work, I’m continually reminding people about our basic human needs for hugs, touch, tactile sensation, deep expression of emotion, quality verbal communication, and the infinite spiritual growth that can be perceived through our physical vessel. Our bodies are awesome!

 

An overuse of technology, however, is causing many to increasingly lose touch with their inner body-awareness and with their face-to-face social skills. Recent studies have shown, for example, an increase in social anxiety among plugged-in students and adolescents.

 

In my own life, I have witnessed an increase over the years of colleagues, family, and friends seemingly losing their social skills. For example, when they attempt to initiate in-depth, highly emotional conversations via text message. These are situations that are, in my opinion, totally inappropriate to the flat medium of text messaging. For example, a new potential lover broaches the topic of whether we will take our relationship to the next level via text. What?? Seriously?? In order to have a conversation about a significant “big” matter, we need to be able to have all the tools at our disposal, a range of bodily input: we both need to see body language, the emotion in the eyes, and we need to have the possibility of a hug or an encouraging pat on the hand available. Using a flat screen to communicate is a severely limited medium.

 

SOME TIPS FOR REGAINING BALANCE

 

No, I’m not a luddite. In fact, I love technology! I adore and treasure my Macbook. I appreciate my GPS. I am grateful for the power of Google to answer any factual question I dream up. I appreciate the fact that the blog you are reading right now is an amazing tool that helps me spread my words to folks in Pakistan, Romania, Poland, Finland, Mexico, England, China. I love the fact that I have friends and colleagues all over the world. However, I temper that appreciation by making sure I have a balance of plugged-in and unplugged time. I don’t go overboard.

 

Here are three of examples of how I maintain this balance in my life.

 

The ringer on my phone is perpetually set to “off.” Some people think this is insane, but I think it’s the one of the things keeping me sane! The only exception to this rule is that I will leave my phone on if I know in advance that I am going to receive a call at a specific time.

Keeping my ringer off allows me to gain focus and concentration throughout my day. If my eyes and ears were continually drawn to my phone with every beep and whistle, how could I sustain any sort of momentum or flow in my daily tasks?

 

I take at least one day per week to be totally unplugged. On these days, I put my laptop away in the closet. I turn off my phone and put it in a drawer. Out of sight, out of mind.

During these unplugged days, I focus on embodied tasks: cleaning my home, flossing, exercising, inviting a friend over for tea, preparing an intricate dinner with my own two hands, baking bread. I dance in my living room. I bend into yoga shapes. I breathe. I take a walk out in my neighborhood and smile at my neighbors. I make conversation and eye contact. I breathe. I look at the sky. I look at the birds. I feel the precious Earth under my feet.

 

I make sure to exercise every day. On the days when I am plugged in, I make sure to move my body as much as possible, and I limit the time I spend sitting at my desk staring at my monitor. As an Aries with an abundance of fire energy, this is vitally important to my wellbeing—however, any person can benefit from this, whether you have fire in your astrological chart or not.

If we sit motionless for too long and stare at screens all day, there are life force energies inside our bodies that become stagnant. This breeds stress, anxiety, and illness. We need to remember to move our bodies to keep the energy flowing. With a flowing energy, we are open to life, and we can more easily perceive the sacredness of each moment. We can feel peace.

 

MEDITATION AS DAILY LIFE

 

Meditation means to be present in the actions of everyday life. It means to feel our breath. It means to feel the movement in our limbs and the sensations in our face. Sometimes it means laughing and sometimes it means crying. It means having an awareness of the pains and discomforts we sometimes feel. It means feeling the sheer joy of being alive, of being contained as consciousness within this beautiful physical vessel.

 

Meditation comes in so many different forms. Yes, seated meditation is wonderful, but equally wonderful is movement meditation. Yoga is a powerful form of this, but there are so many other ways we can do it that don’t necessarily involve a teacher or having to pay money.

 

What is a secret to peace? It’s as simple as making the conscious choice to bring a balance between enjoying our screens and enjoying our bodies and the physical world around us.

 

Dear friend, make the choice to unhook yourself—at least a little bit every day—from the persuasive pull of technology. Come back into your beautiful body and come back into communion with the beautiful physical world. Put your phone down. Go outside and take a walk. Say “good morning” to your neighbor. Ask them about their day. Stop and smile at a squirrel. Be in your body. Be in your beautiful life.

 

 

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Yoga Mats, Spirituality, and the “Mundane”

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By Anya Light

 

Yoga doesn’t have to be complicated. We can practice yoga in a simple, barebones fashion. We can go minimalist: with nothing but the green grass under our feet, the blue sky over our heads, and the inner wisdom of our heart to guide us.

 

Yoga is simple. Nevertheless, it sometimes can be super exciting to discover resources that open up new dimensions to the practice.

 

 

FINDING YOUR SOULMATE YOGA MAT

 

Lately I’ve been thinking about yoga mats. Because my hands and feet sweat super easily, the yoga mat I currently own (which I picked up for a few bucks at a grocery store) is not that wonderful. It’s a piece of crap, actually. I need better traction. It’s frustrating trying to hold downward dog correctly when my hands are slip-sliding all over the place!

 

Recently, the Universe magically brought me into a lovely email exchange with Jericka Lambourne, writer and researcher over at Reviews.com. And I discovered her recent geek-fest with yoga mats.

 

Seriously, someone should give this woman a PhD in Yoga Mats! She spent over fifty hours testing over thirty different mats in various temperatures and conditions, such as carpet and hardwood floor; interviewing yoga teachers and studio owners; and researching the technology and history of various brands.

 

If a yoga mat is on your Christmas list this year, I recommend checking out Jericka’s research. It’s pretty cool.

 

 

THE FALSE DISTINCTION BETWEEN SPIRITUALITY AND THE MUNDANE

 

Why the heck am I talking about yoga mats?

 

Am I getting distracted from more “spiritual” topics?

 

As you know, my friends, spirituality is my life. It’s what I eat, breathe, drink. It’s the reason I was able to heal myself from life-threatening chronic illnesses and dig myself out of the holes of PTSD and suicidal depression. However, I also have learned that some so-called spiritual teachings, spiritual teachers, and spiritual paths don’t always lead to the most fulfilling places. The spiritual landscape is not perfect here on this Earth. After some rather disheartening experiences, I am now quite vigilant about spotting fake gurus, false “feel good” materialistic teachings, and other detours. I’ve been fooled in the past and I don’t want to be fooled again.

 

With that having been said, I do believe there is a lovely balance that can be struck.

 

Too often in our spiritual journey we make the distinction between the mundane and the spiritual. Between the material and the spiritual. Real life versus everything else. Consensus reality versus higher ideals. 3D versus higher consciousness. And yet what does this categorizing really accomplish? Does it truly help us?

 

Sometimes these mental distinctions can actually get in the way of living our lives in the most authentic way possible. Sometimes these categorizations can actually block us from experiencing flow and harmony.

 

I honor and deeply appreciate how external “things” can often aid in the enjoyment of life. A shiny new outfit can bring a burst of confidence during a job interview. A new knife can bring an added sense of ease and harmony to the cooking process. A new pillow made with organic materials can bring higher vibrational dreams. Crystals in the home can serve to protect and rejuvenate empathic people. A quality yoga mat can help us hold certain postures more effectively, more deeply.

 

Is it materialistic to want a new yoga mat? No, not unless such a wanting takes over and becomes a compulsive obsession. Is it materialistic to want money or intimate relationships? No, not unless such preferences take you away from the enjoying the present moment of exactly where and how you are now.

 

 

THE AWESOMENESS OF EVERYDAY LIFE

 

In my view, the objects of “everyday life” can certainly be enjoyed, relished, and savored—with mindfulness.

 

Perhaps this is more of an advanced lesson than some would like. That’s okay. If what feels right to you at this time is shunning the entire monetary system altogether and making a beeline for the nearest commune, monastery or cave, that’s okay. But if you are where I am, maybe the thing for you to do is to strike that oh-so-delicate balance between “the mundane” and “the spiritual.”

 

When we think about the worth or value of an object like a yoga mat, we must remember that objects are not just objects…they are more. Every plant, animal, mineral, person, and supposedly “inanimate” object is made up of chiti (a Sanskrit term meaning consciousness). Everything is alive. Indigenous cultures have known this forever, and if you’ve ever participated in a plant medicine ceremony or a shamanic journey, you’ll have had direct experience with this truth.

 

Every part of the Universe, from the tiniest atom to the brightest star, is a living reflection of the Divine Source. Everything is God.

 

While it is certainly good to avoid being trapped by the shallow mindsets of our overly-materialist mainstream society, it can be just as detrimental to remain ignorant of the power that objects have to affect our consciousness. We are all energy. Each thing has life, a vibrational force that subtly (or greatly) affects us. For example: if we fail to take care of our possessions and allow our home to become dirty, dusty, and cluttered, we will feel this as a certain subtle heaviness in our daily lives, a certain sadness or dullness. If, on the other hand, we take care of our living environment with regular tidiness and cleaning, then there will be more flow, order, and peace in our daily lives.

 

The external is the internal; the internal is the external.

 

All is one.

 

Everything is spiritual.

 

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I Am

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I am the robin

the vulture

 

I am

princess

pirate

rebel and square

 

I am never

always loved

 

yin and yang

bad and better

 

castle of forgetting

and valley of forever

 

I am

dream in the streaming clouds

 

and

sparrow in the grass

 

 

I am, I am, I am

 

 

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A New Way of Using the Reiki Symbols

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When I first opened my Reiki studio, I believed that the Reiki symbols were tools for healing clients.

During my training, for example, my mentors had taught me that the purification symbol (Sei He Ki) was meant to be drawn atop a client’s body, helping them to detoxify their organs or cleanse “negative” energy from their aura.

As I continued my learning journey, however, I realized something extremely important.

Reiki symbols are most powerful when they are used by the practitioner—for only the practitioner.

Back when I began my practice, I had a lot of sadness when clients would come to me with their various woes. I showed sympathy, which may have soothed their egos…but, ultimately, my sessions were not that effective at a core, soul level.

Now when I work with clients in session, things are different. My objective is to see them in all of their Divine purity, strength, light, and perfection. My aim is to see them as already healed. As already brilliantly glowing with high-vibrational energy and free-flowing bliss.

I see what is underneath all the drama. I see my client’s soul.

To put it simply: their issue or “problem” does not exist to me.

This is compassion at the deepest level.

This is healing at the deepest level.

Of course, if my clients feel the need to voice their struggles or heartaches prior to the session—that is fine. I will listen with all my being. Yet, once a session begins, I become a pure channel for the energy and all their stories disappear. All their woes and disease vanish. When this energy is flowing, I see only a Divine Being in front of me, already whole and healthy.

I teach my Level 2 students that one of the most important things they can do during a session is to view their client as already perfectly healed. (Acknowledging during the session that there is anything imperfect about them is a subtle reinforcement of the reasons for them coming to the session in the first place.)

We, Reiki healers, are truly masters of manifestation! And we do this manifestation most strongly when we see others as already healed.

When working with another person (or animal, or plant, or whatever), I recommend you visualize their body as brilliantly radiating with golden light. Visualize them as happy, smiling, energized, joyful, blissful, free. Visualize their prosperity, with money in the bank and money overflowing their wallets. Visualize happy relationships for them. Visualize wisdom flowing to them from the Divine. Visualize them skipping through a field or running on a beach. Visualize them laughing with joy. Gaze at their face and see an angel. See the utter beauty in their ankles and toes and every strand of hair. Worship them as perfect.

In this fashion, we have no reason to use a purification symbol (or any other symbol) on them during a healing session. (Note: An attunement is a different story. If you are a Reiki Master giving attunements, yes you will of course place the symbols in your student’s aura.)

So, if we are not using the symbols on the clients, what exactly is going on during a session?

During the session, there are three main things that are happening:

  1. We simply enjoy viewing the client in all their majestic glory!
  2. We allow our ego to step back and allow the Light to effortlessly flow through us. We breathe, we are present, and we watch the wonders unfold as a witness.
  3. We monitor our own mental/emotional state and keep it as high-vibrational as possible by using the symbols on ourselves, as needed. For example, we would use the Cho Ku Rei when we are feeling a bit tired or doubtful. Or we would use the Hon Sha Ze Sho Nen to help facilitate connecting to the Light during a long-distance session.

The Reiki symbols are very good for helping us as practitioners to gain extra faith, clarity, power, peace, and relaxation.

They can be spontaneously used to center, ground, and focus our mind. They are wonderful for manifesting the internal states we desire during a session. When I use the Sei He Ki, for example, I choose to think of it as a relaxation technique, rather than thinking there is any “dark” or “negative” energy that needs to be purified.

Even if you were taught to use symbols on clients, it is very easy to make the switch.

It only took me a few weeks to get the hang of the new way—and now I cannot even imagine going back!

I see that my practice has gained tremendous strength since making this transition to using the symbols on only myself. I see more miracles. I feel more joyful and happy now that there is nothing “dark” or “ill” to release from my clients. I genuinely enjoy the process of healing sessions more.

And I am now, more than ever before, allowing the Divine to use me as a vessel where only the eyes of Love exist.

 

Sunshine Is on the Inside

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When the sky is gray,
look inside.

When clouds cover the land,
Look inside.

No matter whether raindrops fall
or blizzards large and small—
Look inside.

There, there is where
you will find the sunshine.

Sunshine is on the inside.

Transcending Your Comfort Zone

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Comfort zones. We all have them.

A comfort zone is part of being human.

A comfort zone may last a few weeks or a few years. From a spiritual perspective, it is a plateau of evolution. A place where we feel stuck. Things feel slow, boring, blaaaa.

We know there is more—but what? When?

We know there is a beyond—but how to get there?

A comfort zone might be an addiction. An unhealthy eating habit. A pattern of wasting time and not going for our dreams. A relationship that no longer brings joy. A job that grimly “pays the bills.”

What is your comfort zone?

Spreading Our Wings

As we begin to walk the path of transcendence, let us consider a lesser-known definition of the word transcend.

To transcend means “to become independent of.”

What does it mean to be independent? Well, to become independent of something, we become free. We spread our wings and we fly away from the plateau, up up into the beautiful sky.

If you have found this article, then, chances are, you are ready. You are ready to transcend and find your freedom.

In my experience as a life coach, I have found that transcendence tends to occur in two major steps. Both steps are equally important to the process.

 

Becoming Free in 2 Steps

Step One: Ask the Divine for help.

 It takes humility to recognize that we, as humans, do not have complete control. One of the reasons why the AA program is so effective is because it begins with the basic premise that in order to transcend alcoholism, we must first ask God (or a higher power) for help.

Indeed, change does not happen without Divine intervention, aiding our efforts.

Make no mistake: every time something miraculous happens to someone, every time some great change or good fortune occurs, there is Divine assistance at play.

Our egos might want to resist this timeless wisdom, but if we can momentarily detach ourselves from our ego and simply feel with our hearts, the truth becomes clear.

It does take humility to admit we need help. This is not always easy. Nevertheless, once we can tap into that open space of humility, we open ourselves as a channel for the Divine to work miracles in our lives: to bring us the right people, resources, information, and energy that we need in order to transcend our comfort zone.

Do not skip ahead to the next step before asking for help! Most people skip ahead to step two without fully feeling step one.

Indeed, step one is vital! If we want to change, but do not humbly ask for assistance from the Divine, then the action that we take is often unfocused, ineffective, frustrating, or it may take incredibly large amounts of sheer willpower that may eventually drain us. We may even eventually quit, because we are burdened and exhausted by the heavy weight that comes with falsely believing that we are in 100% in control.

 

Step Two: Take Inspired Action

 Yes, my friend, you do have a huge part to play in your evolution. You must take action in order to succeed. You can’t simply stay in your pajamas all day, praying and begging God for a miracle.

However, the action you take must be inspired by the Divine.

What does this mean? Well, acting from a place of inspiration means becoming more and more in tune with our intuition. We must cultivate intuition in order to know which action is right action and which ideas are just a waste of our precious energy.

How do we cultivate greater levels of intuition?

The answer is simple. We meditate. We do yoga. We read spiritual books. We find spiritual community. We engage in spiritual practice. We turn off the TV and we get out into Nature. We turn off our phones and breathe. We slow down. We be.

As we cultivate greater levels of simplicity and calm through spiritual practice, our ability to tap into our intuition increases.

And through Divinely-guided intuition, we can know the precise action to take that is most efficient on our path of transcendence, out of the comfort zone.

By combining powerful action with humble recognition of the Divine powers that assist us, we become free. We move into a future that is more filled with light and joy. We shed the heavy burdens. And we see that being “stuck” was, ultimately, an illusion.

In truth, there is no stuck.

The Universe wants us to evolve.

The Universe wants us to grow.

And it will help us if we ask.

Open your heart. Cultivate a firm faith that the Universe has got your back. If you do these seemingly simple yet profound things, your evolution in this lifetime will be incredible.

Many blessings xo

 

See You Later, Summer

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Fall has always been a very challenging time of year for me. I routinely joke with friends that I was “born in the wrong place.” For my particular body type, eighty-five or even ninety degrees Fahrenheit feels just right. So, in northern Ohio where I live, when the temps begin to drop in autumn, it’s challenging to stay Present with all the different sensations in my physical form.

As I watch the trees shift from green to yellow to brown, there is often a feeling of dread. I watch, day by day, as the grass dries, the flowers curl and blow away, and there are fewer and fewer children playing outside in the park near my home.

Each year at this time, the courage within me must rise again. I must find it within me to accept the choice that I have made to remain living here and not move south (there are many good reasons). I must find it within me to bade farewell to the beauty and the comfort of summer. I must breathe deep and find, somehow, the gratitude for life that lies within me.

As a friend of mine, Unity minister Claudia Tambur, writes in her recent blog: “Now is not the time to cling to what has been.”

Indeed. Now is not the time to cling. Not the time to look back.

Now is not the time for allowing the old paradigms of sadness and grief to overwhelm and engulf the heart. Now is not the time for fear.

Instead, what is called for now—for me and for all us who are facing challenging life circumstances—is a gentle letting go. A feeling of gratitude for what is passing. And a feeling of trust that the future is, indeed, going to be wonderful.

I am reminded of a Native American tribe, The Lakota. They do not have a word in their language that means “goodbye.” Instead, the tribe uses “toksa,” a term meaning “see you later” or “see you next time.”

The Lakota remind us that there will always be a next time, whether in this lifetime or the next.

There will always be another summer.

It may be easy to forget the Truth, in this dense world of appearances…but the Truth remains the Truth: We are infinite, immortal consciousness. We are light.

We are souls, temporarily inhabiting a body, a form.

We die, and then we are reborn. We love, and then we let go.

We spin and spin, on this wondrous cycle of life.

As we each take a moment to usher in the fall season this year, let us bow our heads and say, “Thank you.”

Let us not say goodbye…let us say “toksa.”

Let us smile, even at the dying leaves.

Healer Heal Thyself: The Importance of Self-Healing for Reiki Practitioners

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Once we begin the spiritual journey, we begin to look within. Our senses begin to detect more subtle vibrations, and there is a peace that emanates from radically simple things. We feel such peace from such simple actions: a hand on the knee, a hand on the heart. Our breath.

Slowly, over time, we begin to loosen our concepts and preconceived notions about what is required for happiness. We let go of standard societal notions of “success,” and we, instead, dive deeper into a happiness that is unshakable by any outward, external force. We find a happiness that lasts. We find a love—within.

Dear Reiki practitioners: It is so important to remember that our self-healing practice is the foundation for our lives.

As we heal ourselves, we realize that time spent on the self is not selfish. We realize, rather, that the love, time, and attention we give to our own beautiful self is the greatest gift we can give to the world. We realize—quite paradoxically and quite amazingly!—that there is no greater step to healing the world than through the loving-kindness we bring to our own heart. Our heart is the catalyst for all change. Our heart is the beginning.

Whether our eyes are open or closed, whether we are sitting up or lying down, whether we are listening to music or are sitting in silence, the feeling of fullness, of wholeness, of enough-ness that comes through during a Reiki self-healing session is always apparent. Once attuned to the Reiki energy, we return, again and again, day after day, to that moment where we can relax and let go…into our beautiful selves. The Reiki container gives us permission to excuse ourselves from the concerns of the day…and we open up, we receive.

It is wonderful to receive healing sessions from other Reiki practitioners at various stages of our awakening journey. They can help us jumpstart our journey or help us push past plateaus. However, the conclusion to the healing can only happen within our own two hands.

There is a time when we must relinquish our reliance on other healers, teachers, and outside authorities, and look within, to our own natural abilities. To our own love.

For, truly, a Reiki self-healing session is all about love. Given and expressed by the self to the self. It is claiming our own true authority to be the most powerful and perfect healer we are privileged to know. It is claiming our birthright.

As we heal our hearts, may we know the peace that surpasses all understanding. May we dive deep into the richness of our own glory. And may we, each of us, know the love that can only come from within.

Namaste.

The First Time I Met God

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This is the story about the first time I met God.

I was twenty-eight years old. I’d been having crushing migraines for two years. I had come to a last resort. Sinus surgery. A doctor would cut open my face and, hopefully, fix me.

I was looking forward to the surgery. I needed the pain to stop.

About a week before the surgery, however, I had received a vexing diagnosis. It seemed that I had, somehow, contracted (yet another) skin infection, a result of my weakened immune system.

On the day of the surgery, as my eyes grew heavy from the anesthesia, worried thoughts bombarded my brain. Even if this sinus surgery was successful, I still had many painful skin treatments ahead of me, where another doctor would use acid to burn away the skin infection. Probably more antibiotics, too.

On the day of the surgery, my husband held my hand, and all I could do was pray for was a miracle. This pain needed to stop. I needed to live again.

The prayer I said wasn’t even an explicit prayer, actually. I didn’t stop to say “Dear God” or “please, angels.” No. The prayer I said wasn’t even with words, and I didn’t even pause to do it. The prayer was continuous and bottomless…like an animal cry from my heart. The prayer was a spark, a plea, a wordless scream that seemed to mean please please, I just can’t take it anymore.

I am having surgery.

And I am suddenly not in my body.

One moment, I am looking at the surgeon hovering over me, relaxing into the anesthesia—and the next moment, I’m a disembodied soul, floating free in the Universe.

Galaxies spinning and swirling around me. Great bursts of color: red, purple, green, blue, orange… Stars. I am weightless. Such splendor, all around me! Such bliss!

And, there are angels. Countless angels—singing! Great songs of inexplicable beauty. Language cannot come close to describing this beauty.

At some point during this experience, a voice comes. A soft yet strong voice. The voice seems to harmonize my body into its own vibration. The voice can be felt inside of me, rippling through every inch of me, and also throughout everywhere—because my Being also touches every other Being, too.

The voice is female. She sounds older, like a grandmother. The most caring, compassionate, patient, wise grandmother. She says, “Child, my dear child. Do Reiki on yourself for thirty days.”

Although she doesn’t say it, I know in an instant what she means. I know that she is instructing me to use Reiki as the healing tool for the skin infection. I know she is giving me the confidence to dive into the practice that I’d just been initiated into only a few weeks prior.

And although she doesn’t say it, I know she is God. I knew she is Source. I know that I have left my body, have returned to the place that I have been, so many times before.

This place is so familiar. Waves of ecstasy. Waves of bliss. Pure knowing. Pure love. Beyond comprehension, beyond the mind. Only love.

I don’t know how long I am in this place. Maybe ten seconds? Ten lifetimes? I don’t know.

I begin to hear people talking around me, and slowly, I come back into my body. I see a nurse bending before me. I smile at her, and begin to softly laugh. I see my husband enter the room. He guides me into a wheelchair.

I know that everything is going to be okay. I know my sinuses are healed and I know that my skin infection will soon be healed.

I feel a total freedom from fear.

The Love that met me that day can hardly be summarized into language, and yet I try. I so want to share it with you.

Sometimes when life gets really tough, and I become worried or sad, I close my eyes, and I bring myself back to that place. Being weightless out in our vast Universe, hearing the voice of Love.

I look forward to returning to that place again, upon my death. But now is the time for human life. Now is the time for action and movement in the body, and to guide others to what they know but might have forgotten.

The first time I met God, she came as a grandmother.

Now, God comes to me more simply, quietly, each morning, when I place my feet on the carpet and take my first few slow breaths of the day. God comes to me when I brush my teeth, and the glistening water catapults from the faucet—a miracle of human ingenuity and love.

God comes to me when I type these words on the keyboard to you. Each clicking key sounds like her voice. I pause, look out the window, see a bird. A squirrel. Blue sky.

What a wonder, this life.

What a wonder.

 

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A Letter to the Wayshowers

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Dear Wayshowers,

The ancients spoke of this time. A time of great remembrance.

Many advanced souls have been drawn back to this planet at this time.

We do this for the purpose of being a wayshower for others. Of helping people remember the timeless, eternal Truth.

You have already done this.

Allow me to repeat: You have already done this.

Indeed, you have already awakened, in many past lifetimes. You have already lived in a state of pure bliss and perfection in other times, on other planets, in other dimensions. You have assisted countless beings in the ascension process.

And now you are here again. Back again, doing the same work, here on Earth. Why? Because it’s great fun! And a huge challenge! Helping a planet awaken is one of the greatest thrill rides known in the cosmos.

When you are born, you begin your life with a sense of forgetfulness about the Truth of your being. You have amnesia to who you truly are.

Therefore, for many years, you have been living in extreme self-doubt. You have even allowed yourself to believe you have been the “victim” of other people. Many of you have acquired some very intense battle wounds along the way.

However, here’s the good news. I’m here to remind you today of the uplifting truth: You have already done this! You have already awakened, many many times. You are aware of the process, the subtle nuances inherent in rising up out of darkness and into the light.

The mind makes all things so. Each person creates the story of how the Universe works. And when souls come together to tell the same story, things are accelerated.

Have no fear. This lifetime is very special. You have wisdom locked inside of you. You only have to find the keys.

Finding the keys is what drew you to this letter, and what draws you to the teachers and mentors who can help.

Pray. Ask the Great Spirit, Goddess, God (whatever you want to call it) to help you unlock the great wisdom within you.

Pray. Ask for help. Ask to be drawn to an enlightened teacher.

Pray. Speak to the very cells of your body, asking them to help you in this awakening process. Ask them to heal, so that you can be clear and vibrant.

Pray. Ask the Divine Force to transform and uplift all the people you encounter.

Dear friends, pray.

Pray that your awakening awakens others. Pray that your love heals the planet.

Go forth, in your full regal bearing, knowing that you are an advanced soul, with advanced wisdom to share. Awaken further!

When things get difficult, remember that you already have a PhD in ascension and it only seems like you are back in high school, fretting over an algebra problem. The truth is: you have done this work before, and you have chosen to repeat the process of awakening in this time, on this planet, right now, when things do seem very dark.

But the darkness is an illusion.

Remember that enlightenment is here, now. You are here now.

Take a breath.

Okay, take another breath.

Smile.

You’ve got this.

 

Blessings to you all,

Anya Light