Safety. What is safety?  This last year has rocked our foundations. Everything we believed to be true has been shaken and twisted and sometimes dismantled. Many of us don’t even have the luxury of loved ones to cling to.  Just when vaccines seem like a possibility, we now have variants which may or may not be more lethal.  And then there is the availability of vaccines with which to contend...and jobs and housing and...and.....
I read an article today about “pandemic fatigue”.  People are overwhelmed and beaten down. Many I know feel like they are carrying very heavy loads, loads that are becoming too heavy.  And that little voice in the back of our heads, that tells us we “can’t”, that we aren’t strong enough, that our burdens are too heavy, just become louder and louder.....
So safety. What is it?  How do we find it? What does it look like?  What does it feel like? Is it even real?
Physical safety is, of course, an illusion. We say that not to cause concern but to reassure you.  Your physical incarnation is a bridge between the sum of you and the individual lessons you must learn.  Therefore, all you see before you is the lesson plan you and your Higher Self have planned for this lifetime.  Your Souls and Higher Selves are immortal for they are Light Incarnate and a living aspect of the One. So yes, all are safe, even knowing that physical life ends, the body is no more, but that which is the “heart” of you, lives on and is forever Light. 
A reminder again, that concern about safety is an indication that fear is undermining the foundations of trust and faith.  Face the fear with an open and loving heart, accepting all the comes with peace.  Humankind walks the blurred boundary between endings and beginnings. One must be discerning and pay attention. Beginnings and endings are mirrored faces of one whole. In Union, all answers are found, and it is Union you are here to remember.
(A reminder from me:  if you are struggling right now, please reach out to a friend, family member, this community or professional.  Times are tough right now, but no one should struggle alone.  I send love and hugs to all. We can do this. )

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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I dreamed last night that I was in my car, driving at night, and following a car being driven by my daughter. I suddenly became aware that my vision was becoming wonky and I couldn’t see very well.  I blinked my eyes repeatedly to clear them, struggling to see.  I hit the brakes to slow down since I didn’t want to go off the road.  My brakes didn’t work so I tried the hand brake which finally slowed me down.  I had no idea where I was and if I was safe.  I must have been able to stop because the dream shifted and my daughter and I were in a store together.
A very disconcerting dream, and similar to others I have had over the years.  Letting go of control has always been hard for me, as I expect it is for most people.  I have been thinking about that lately, about that moment when life changes irrevocably and the mind, in that brief moment of change, actually believes “it” isn’t happening and “it”, whatever “it” is, can be changed or thwarted or stopped.   “This can’t be happening.”
We have lived through so much of those kinds of moments in the last years, and Covid only exacerbates that feeling of helplessness, of the hammer raised above the head, waiting to fall.  It is a difficult place to find comfort and ease, and yet, I find that in so many ways, we have.
What does this mean for us moving forward?  I am not really sure, but it certainly makes us lighter on our feet, so to speak, and more maneuverable.  But it also makes us edgy, anticipating the worst, and maybe more resistant to relaxing and giving ourselves to the moment.
Or...is that what it has actually taught us?  Maybe we are finally facing the inescapable fact that control is truly an illusion and becoming more comfortable with it, finding our way forward in the moment while knowing that each step is a prayer rather than a plan.
And so I am told:
There is, of course, a plan for each life but it remains the property, so to speak, of the higher Self.  Each individual’s plan is a framework and its secretive nature is by design. Knowing the plan ahead of time would eliminate the individual’s free will and ability to learn and grow with each choice.
One of the most important lessons of not knowing the plan ahead of time is the element of trust.  Learning to trust that all not only will be well but is well every moment is one of the most difficult lessons each being must embrace.  Attachment hinders the ability to trust, and humans abound in attachments. One must learn to love without limits and with open hands.  In that way, the plan can evolve and flourish, and the soul to grow.

***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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This month has been so tumultuous that I am still reeling from all that has happened.  Elections in Georgia with the Senate hanging in the balance, to edge of the seat suspense, awaiting results of the election to transcendent joy at the results.  From there into domestic terror threats, Inauguration Day creeping closer but so very slowly - and then the attack on the Capitol Building and our very structure as a country and a democracy.
I had no words in those moments, focusing only the next right step, dizzy with information/experience overload.  Even now I wonder what to say to write of all that has transpired, and my experience within those events.
Life plugged along in those days - busy as always with life.  Thankfully, my family and friends provided much needed grounding and uplifting joy.
A moment of relief occurred when I received my first vaccine.  I was nervous about it but it was easy, quick and virtually painless. No side effects with this first one.  Covid weighs heavily on my mind, with the possibility of exposure everywhere.  Here in the South many consider it little more than a cold or the flu, and have little regard for safety protocols.
And then. And then...we were creeping up on Inauguration Day, dread and fear and hope a staccato repetition in my mind. Praying for safety, anxious about the possibility of violence, ready for change and promise.
And when it arrived, the promise was fulfilled.  The United States took a collective breath of clean fresh hope and promise and released an exhalation of fear, anxiety, grief and hopelessness. Over four years of lungs that could not breathe properly, tears that were too painful to shed, and a heart that was breaking...
I do not deceive myself to think we are through with the similar battles as we move toward unity. There are still too many who consider that destroying everything is a viable option so they may feel “right”.  But we are once again a  member of the world community, and our national honor and dignity will be restored in the eyes of our allies.  Those who were culpable for the attack of the Capitol will be weeded out and brought to justice.  And we will begin in earnest the sacred work of saving ourselves from Covid and our world from climate change.  We will begin to understand the importance of unity.
I can’t know how it will turn out.  I can’t know if we will succeed in any of our hopeful endeavors. But I do know this:  with our hearts and hands open, we can accomplish miracles.
And so I am told:
Change has been wrought, and will continue in the days to come. Some may call these the End of Days, but we say to you truly - is  that not just another name for the Dawn of Beginnings?  All parts of a whole must be Unified and considered.  No more can humankind dwell on one side of a dual concept.  If Light is to be considered, then it follows that Darkness must also be considered.  If Union is to be achieved, one must embrace the entirety of Union, for is not coming together and breaking apart both aspects of Union and parts of the same whole?  Search deeply within yourself for those aspects within that are polarized and separate.  Seek to unify that which is separate, if only in the recognition that it exists within you.  
Your work is just beginning blessed ones.  The days for which you were called are here.  You have accessed hidden depths within your hearts and souls and are now prepared to step forward.  Do so in confidence knowing that you are exactly where you need to be at this moment of time/space.
(My apologies to those of you whose politics are not aligned with mine. I can only speak of my experiences here and hope that you are able to apply them to you, your experiences and life, in some meaningful way.  Regardless of politics, my entire life and being is built upon a foundation of  unity and the prayer that we may all come together in peace.) 
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On my bookcase in the living room, there is a small figurine of a woman, sitting cross-legged with her head slightly bowed. Her arms are slightly rounded, with one palm resting in the palm of the other hand. She is at repose, serene and peaceful.
This morning, my eyes have been continuously drawn to her.  Her serenity seems very loud somehow.  Perhaps this is because we are entering a week of change, hope and possible risk here in the United States, and I am a little unsettled.
I dreamed last night of the three faces of the Goddess, Maiden, Mother and Crone. Each was offering me a gift.  I could not see the gift, only their hands extended toward me.  In my dream, I hesitated and that is all I remember, although the image stays alive in my heart and mind.
I was offered three choices, three gifts which makes me think of the choices we make every day that direct our path forward.  As conscious beings here on Earth, we have been blessed with the ability to deliberately choose that distinct pathway forward.  Some will stoke the fires of their anger and resentment and choose a path of darkness and destruction.  Some will choose to take responsibility and commit themselves to healing and Wholing.  Some will choose by not choosing, defaulting into what is familiar.
Perhaps I am being told that this is that moment when we must make a conscious choice which path belongs to us as we step forward into this momentous week.  Once chosen, we must then step forward without regret, fear or anticipation, trusting that we will find our way; each step a considered and careful commitment to a way of Be-ing that informs and awakens and returns us to the sacred Be-ing that we are meant to be.
What I know to be true is that the choice doesn’t matter, at least from a higher perspective, because the truth hides in plain sight: all choices lead ultimately to the same place.  We each have had a part to play in the dissolving world of polarity.  The only difference in our paths has been resistance. The more resistance to truth and light there is, the “longer” it takes to remember we are all one, in this together. And then there is the issue of karma....
I know a thing or two about resistance.  While I consider my life to have been a path toward consciousness, I admit I have meandered at times, getting lost in drama and need.  I have made deliberate choices I paid for in the end.  Age does have its wisdom and I do live very differently now.  I am profoundly grateful for the lessons I learned along the way but isn’t that the point? That misdirection should serve as lessons to awaken us and give us the opportunity to choose our path forward again?
Any commitment, any choice we make is not a one-time decision; it is a constant process of deciding, again and again, to move forward. This process occurs in our hearts,  where the Truth lives.  The three “big” choices, which inspired this offering, maybe occasionally unconscious choices but they are nonetheless deliberate. In our hearts, we all know where we are aimed and what motivates us.  Hiding from our own truth simply sets off a lifetime of coming face to face with our choice, in different guises, until we see it, acknowledge it and own it.  As we move into this new age, our focus must be one of unity.
And so I am told:
The resistance of humankind to see its inherent unity and oneness is a roadblock that has outlived its usefulness as a teaching opportunity.  In the minds of many, familiarity brings comfort and safety, hence the attachment of humans to others of their “kind”.  This resistance has been made visible and undeniable so that humans may see the folly of their beliefs.  This same storyline has played out before in your history with marginal change.  You are once again faced with change and choice and those who guard and guide stand by to assist all who seek our help. There are many humans at work in this moment who may lead the way into unity, both through action and intention.  Ask yourselves, each of you, if you are aligned with the Light and ready to step forward.  With the awareness of Light in your heart, all things are possible and the way forward is open.
(For those of you who would like it, I can be reached at JFINLEY04631@gmail.com)
***This guidance column was written by Jan Finley for TheCosmicPath.com. It may be shared freely, but only when the author’s name and website are included.

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