My Dear Beauties,
I have just come off a weekend of volunteer service at University of Santa Monica, school of Spiritual Psychology. I am volunteering this year for the program CHH : Consciousness, Health and Healing there. I graduated from this master class in 2012 and the things I have learned from it are deep and meaningful. The main event in the nutshell is learning how illness is here FOR us – to open our eyes and hearts to ourselves. Illness is a symptom and a wake up call – in order for us to go inside and heal our hurts, our irrational beliefs that don’t serve us, and to free ourselves from our own negative attitudes. In many cases illness comes to help us heal our family of origin issues, and perhaps issues that arise through challenging relationships, loss, or death. The feelings deep down that we ignore by keeping busy, distracted, or numbing ourselves through our addictions. In service to staying healthy through the holidays, I encourage you to listen to your body and your heart and be gentle with yourself.
1st Chakra is the ROOT Chakra: The color is RED. Our roots, our (bio) family, our tribe. This is where we learn our beliefs and what we believe as a tribe. The purpose of the tribe is survival. “ALL IS ONE.” We learn social skills, how to be a community, and to act with honor towards others. We take pride in our history, our ancestry, traditions and values. However as we evolve, some things we learned are out-dated and we don’t agree. We may have learned prejudice as a way of being loyal to our tribe and that is one loyalty we must outgrow. We may be prejudice of others ideas, beliefs, skin cold, or accents. And now, we must learn to be loyal to our own souls, through acceptance, love and grace.
As the holidays approach and we prepare to spend time with our families, or our “tribe,” as Carolyn Myss refers to them, it is evident that we may feel anxious, nervous, impatient, and tired. These are all normal feelings, as many of us experience conflict with these people, because perhaps they don’t agree with our values, ways of life, choices, or paths. And that goes both ways. Remember they may be feeling those things too. Let’s not just tolerate each others differences, let us open our hearts and accept them and the beauty of our diversity.
As you go into the holiday at Thanksgiving, I encourage you to focus on the gratitude for all you have and all you are. The fact that you have family and friends and a warm place to gather is such a blessing. As we remember others, however different, and/or who may not have some of these things.
I know for myself, I have no children of my own, no parents to argue with, and no available siblings to share my wins or losses with, but I don’t feel sad or mad about those things…I feel gratitude for the fact that I have me and a constant contact with my higher power, I have good friends, a supportive community, and even enemies who hate me so much that they love me;-) and I am so grateful for them, (you,) all. Most of all I know I am not alone, I never have been because I am there for me. I am learning to be loyal to my soul. And as my professor Dr. Ron Hulnick at USM shared the other day, “we are never alone because we are al-one…ALL ONE.”
If you have people in your life to fight with – consider that a blessing. They are your mirrors. If you have a dog to cuddle up with, or a cat, or even a cow… be grateful. If you have a place to live, food on the table, bills to pay, or you are searching for all of the above…just know that all you have is all you need right now and it is all perfect. You have you, and you always have.
Listen to your hearts, acknowledge your SELF, be gentle, kind and patient with yourself…and in turn, that attitude of loving will bounce off of you and onto others and who knows what magic may appear.
“Maintaining the health of our individual first chakra depends upon addressing our personal tribe issues…The process of spiritual development challenges us to retain the tribal influences that are positive and to discard those that are not.” Carolyn Myss
Blessings of Beauty, Gratitude and Grace,