Truth is an interesting concept, isn’t it? As I watched the impeachment trial this week, I was struck by all the many ways we each see any situation.  We are each convinced that our version is THE truth, right? But given how complex each of us are, with our individual beliefs, experiences, ethics, and values, how could we ever possibly agree on what the “truth” is in any given situation?
I think of arguments I have had in the past, 100% certain of the truth of my position, and so busy defending that place that I could not hear the words and emotions of the person with whom I was arguing.  There was never any possibility of us finding common ground.  Usually, later, cooler heads prevailed and more open communication was possible.  Usually.  I certainly know that in those long-ago arguments, I was more interested in being right than in finding a way forward together.  I was considerably less capable of seeing my own responsibilities and owning them.
This trial, as most trials do, had opposing views of the truth. Nothing unexpected there.  But this particular trial was a visible example of where many of us residents of this earth are right now.  We seem to be divided between those who desire a more unified world and those who want to retain or increase their power and authority.
Now, that is not particularly surprising.  I have written many times before about the decline and fall of the patriarchy and restoring the balance between the Divine Male and Divine Female principles.  We are watching this play out before us and among us.  Life seems both very encouraging and very fraught right now, doesn’t it? Hard to know which end is up sometimes.
Historically, we have swung back and forth between patriarchy and matriarchy; long periods have existed of each.  The current period of patriarchy has been active for a very very long time.  We know we are moving toward the center, given all the many unifying changes we have seen in the last century alone.  But for every step forward, it often feels like two steps back.
Back and forth, a pendulum begins with wide, slow arcs, out to one side and back to the opposite side.  In the middle lies Union, a place where both sides become one.  As the pendulum slows,  the arcs become shorter and change quicker - moving back and forth rapidly.  That is the process we are currently experiencing. We know that a New Age is beginning bit the birth pains continue. Many call it the dawn of a new Golden Age, but it sure feels uncomfortable right now, doesn’t it, as we move back and forth, each side defining their truth with fervor?
And yet...
If a pendulum continues its back and forth motion, eventually it reaches the center where it slows and finally stops.  All growth and experience stop in that moment.
Anyone who has ever played with a pendulum knows that they don’t just go back and forth, opposite to opposite. They also make circles, sometimes small and sometimes very large. The circles don’t move back and forth; they seem to keep going on and on and on.  All Truth and possibilities live within that circle.
And so I am told:
The Circle of Life is called that not only because it contains all of life from beginning to end, but because it represents and contains all possibility in perfect Union.  Once this is understood, every experience, thought, feeling, and insight make perfect sense, does it not?  There lies within the circle the possibility to exist in perfect balance, experiencing fully all of life without the temptation to identify with the experience to the extent that all perspective is lost, such as you all see played out before you and within you daily.  Your purpose is to exist within the center of that circle in perfect balance. The Truth of who you are lies within your heart, the center of your own circle, and that Truth should and must inform the Truth at play in the world around you.  You may only project onto that world you see before you that which lies within you.  That simple truth should both alarm and delight you, and impress upon you the need for scrupulous honesty and clarity within your heart, for until you know yourself and acknowledge the Truth of who you are in entirety, you will continue to see and experience all unacknowledged and mis-qualified energies, beliefs, and patterns within you. 
Having faced all that is within you, and what you see within you is acceptance and Love, then acceptance and Love is all you will see before you. Let that be your guide, your prayer and your truth. 
A man who is unconscious of himself acts in a blind, instinctive way and is in addition fooled by all the illusions that arise when he sees everything that he is not conscious of in himself coming to meet him from outside as projections upon his neighbour.
— Carl Jung
“The shadow is needed now more than ever. We heal the world when we heal ourselves, and hope shines brightest when it illuminates the dark.”
― Sasha Graham

***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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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.

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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.) 
***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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