Life changes on a dime. In recent weeks alone, there were fires in California, a derecho in Iowa, bloody protests, two hurricanes, two political conventions, extremely high heat in Arizona, and an ongoing and very deadly pandemic... and that is just in the United States. Clearly, “things” are heating up. We knew this was coming and we know more is yet to come. We don’t know what or when or how, but it just “feels” like we are in the middle of whatever this life transforming event is and it is heating up, doesn’t it?
Even if we do have an inkling that more is to come - or not, I think we are all aware that stress is building and everyone seems to feel squeezed. We all want to see a light at the end of the tunnel, right?
Over the years, and particularly this last year, I have begun learning to embrace the idea that there is no point in railing against the timing of events and happenings in my life. When I can approach life with equanimity (after the “oh crud” moment, naturally - we are human after all!), whatever *it* is becomes more manageable. Even more, when I can accept my own responsibility for my life, my heart settles peacefully. Anything becomes infinitely more possible.
Those of us who follow Stephanie’s brilliant teachings have heard her describe 3D reality, our current state of being on this earth, as “either/or”, based on polarity. In 4D, everything is “interesting.” And from a 5D perspective, everything becomes “perfect.”   Wouldn’t it be lovely if we could all approach life embracing an “it’s all perfect” perspective? Just imagine for a minute. We all know by now that anything that happens in life is a manifestation of our birth plan and designed to promote soul growth. What if we opened our arms and welcomed what occurs? What if we embrace everything we face with compassion? The more I think about it, the more remarkable I find the concept. The idea has become more tangible and, well....possible.
Stress loads would become not only smaller, they would fade away, making the impact on us physically, mentally and emotionally commensurately smaller as well. Potential solutions would no longer be sought for, sometimes with great difficulty, but readily at hand, inspired by our open and accepting heart. Harmony and unity would be our foundation. For millennia, we have been fighting fire with fire. It clearly isn’t working.
How about we try something new?
And so I am told:
Humankind is approaching a moment of choice and the significance of that cannot be emphasized enough. One may choose to do what has been familiar and expected, but one has only to gaze around to view the results of that approach. Or one may choose a new path toward unity, unfamiliar perhaps and requiring commitment and perseverance. The choice is yours.
Let go of expectation, fear, even questions and be ready to embrace what you see. You are reaching the Threshold, that moment of choice, and it is unavoidable. All must pass through. Feel the electricity in the air, that palpable shift of imminent change approaching. Allow your hearts to open and stay open, for this creates balance. Do not anticipate, do not expect or look for outcome. All will be made clear. In the Threshold, you meet yourself. Be prepared and willing.
Your heart knows the truth. Your heart knows the way.

***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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For many decades, the pendulum of our world has been swinging in ever-deepening arcs. In the most recent decades, the arcs slowed due to their greater reach. More and more extremes in our society have made themselves starkly visible and painful to observe, never mind experience. In our current society, kindness is often hidden by acts of aggression perpetrated against people simply going about their lives, like walking through Central Park.
I think we can all agree that the world is a less kind, more dangerous place right now. And we also have COVID 19, and, in a time when we should be working together, helping each other, standing strong together, we are more divided than ever. The most base instincts of human nature have risen to the surface and greet us on our news with appalling regularity.
When will that pendulum begin to swing back toward the middle, where decency, kindness and unity reign supreme?
Unity. A sacred word if there ever were one. We are all on this planet together and yet it seems as if we live and breathe for separation and personal selfishness. As long as my needs are met, the hell with the rest of you seems to be the mantra of the day.
And yet, I know in my world and the worlds of so many of you, the work of unity continues unabated. Quietly and unassumingly, Union is being created one breath at a time, one step at a time, one prayer at a time, one meditation at a time, one open hand at a time, one step forward at a time.
A pendulum’s return begins incrementally, frustratingly slowly, but it will gather momentum as it progresses. Watching the news, one could be led to believe that the pendulum return still hasn’t begun in but I believe we are instead moments before the momentum explodes back toward the center, toward unity. You can almost feel it getting ready to happen.
Unity is a vision many civilizations have hungered for, fought against and died for over the millennia. Right now is the moment for unity to manifest completely. There is a crack in the world, a breaking that only unity can heal. We must ready to heal it, with all of our Light and Love.
And so I am told:
There are dark days still to navigate but the vision of the age to come will sustain you. Each must continue to clear personal history and unresolved karma, for in this way it is done for all. No more can every choice be simply “me”; it must be more. Consider how your choices affect others and the blessed world around you. Your responsibility in every step you take has never been more important than at this moment. Is it for the good of all? Will it have lasting consequences? Will it create healing or destruction? These are a few of the questions you must begin to ask yourselves as you step forward in your personal expression of life. Find solutions where there seem to be none. Extend a hand when you can. Remember why you are here at this moment in time/space, for each of you are here to birth the coming age.
Be brave, blessed ones.   Have trust and faith in whatever comes and let your light and heart lead the way, for you are the future.
You are not alone and are loved beyond measure.
“The space between you and the rest of the world is not empty. It’s full of the vibrating energy of #LOVE. Love is the highest frequency you can vibrate in and the highest state of consciousness. In the pure frequency of love, there is gratitude, happiness, and unity. #VibrateLove"
From Ronnie Grisham, Astrologer (Thanks, Ronnie!)

***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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Two years ago this week, at Stephanie’s invitation I began writing this column. Without question, it has been the journey of a lifetime and I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity.
Recently, I read this phrase: “a solitude of being” and it struck me that this is what this Covid isolation has been for me. Despite life going on in some fashion, despite the news, the anxiety, the up’s and down’s, what has been most steadfast in this time for me has been the spiritual quality of my particular solitude of being. I have been blessed to learn myself in a completely new and different way, to dig deeply into the story of my life and allow it to share its mysteries with me. I have partnered with my Self in this exploration and discovered a much deeper meaning to my existence.
I came to see that I am a being who lives my life on two different levels. The daily life must be experienced fully in order to have true context for the spiritual life. While I may do or say things that seem contradictory, they are, in fact, not at all because they are part of a whole that I am processing, absorbing and creating. Mistakes are mine to make in order to inform me of truer choices and alternatives.
Where once my shadow languished unloved and unacknowledged, she is now a welcome part of my being, instructing and illuminating those choices and regrets. My Higher Self whispers in my ear and heart and is welcomed as revered teacher, introducing me to my deepest possibilities and reminding me of forgotten aspirations. While I hunger for the loving touch of children, grandchildren and friends, I am never alone, comforted as I am by my active be-ing. To call it a partnership seems like a worthy choice, yet it is much more than that. I have entered into a divine unity of spirit and self that allows me to be more than I ever imagined.
And so I am told:
Many have now begun to experience this unity of living, exploring the hidden terrain within. In the willingness to dive deeply into the unknown, one faces the Self with courage and openness. The Breaking was designed not to diminish the human spirit but to bring it alive. Consider it a doorway, exposing separation for the false construct that it is and leading each to the discovery of Oneness. This inward journey generates the reconciliation of the spiritual and physical, allowing both to partner in harmony.   Here lies the path of true Be-ing. 
Welcome your own journey. Mysteries and magic await.
Thank you all for being on this journey with me.

 


***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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We are surrounded by the virus on every turn, here in the south, and lately, I have found myself clinging to the safety of my family and loved ones with both hands, like a drowning victim to a life preserver ring, as if my fervid attention to their safety would somehow buffer and protect them.
This last week was particularly difficult. I felt overwhelmed and as if I was buckling under the pressure of carrying this heavy load.
Downloads abound, relentlessly. I have had headaches for days. I sleep like the dead but arise feeling exhausted. I let my fear take control and I know that I could not continue.
I had fallen into the very thing I know better than to fall in to.
I could not move forward with my hands tightly clenched, holding on to relationships I perceived as “mine” as if I have any ownership whatsoever. Learning to see through the “All is perfect” perspective had tripped me up, and forced me to see the choice I am making with my every step on this path. It is not enough to share what I am told by my guides. It is not enough to know what I know in my mind alone. I must completely engage my Heart Mind and embody these gifts of wisdom I am receiving and that is sometimes no simple task.
This path I have chosen is not always an easy one. It requires me to face my own fears and what I see as failures, own them and come to embrace them as the teachers they truly are. Sometimes I can do that easily, even eagerly. Sometimes, I go kicking and screaming. This was one of those moments. It wasn’t pretty.
As I sat with my predicament, allowing it to just be and observing all that I could, without the old judgment, I began to open and see more clearly. I saw it all. The funny thing is that when I reached the moment where I could allow the Light to shine through and illuminate me, my sense of humor restored itself and I found myself laughing at my predicament and seeing it for the self-made construct that it is. And at that moment, all doubt swept away as if it had never been at all and the Light opened my heart.
And so I was told:
We will repeat what you have come to see on your own, blessed child. This is your reality and your process is yours to discover on your own. We are here to love you, guide you and occasionally offer suggestions. The hard work is up to you. You know this.
The concept of love often gets tangled with fear. You are not alone in this. What you must remember is that Love transcends all limits and boundaries, exists in All Time and never ever ends. These Lights who inhabit your world do not stop being Lights because they no longer inhabit their physical bodies in this plane. Their Lights are still with you, part of you and part of All There Is.
Your fear cripples you, limiting your participation in your own life. This is not new to you.
The human race has a most remarkable capacity for self-sabotage and for love. Ironically, these two often offset each other in rather drastic ways. Self-sabotage is optional. Love is not, in that it exists with you or without you. Love is the Light of All Creation. Indeed, they are the same thing.
Remember to love with an open hand. It is not yours to own, but a gift that flows freely between you and others, to permeate your soul and heal your heart. While it may seem easy to fall into outworn and dysfunctional patterns of behavior in this time of profound change, the path forward is one of conscious and open-hearted steps forward, choices you make because they are in alignment with your soul’s purpose.  
You merely hoped you could carry this one little thing hidden in your back pocket forward with you and all would be well. Is this really what you wish to create in the New World? We know that it is not, as you do yourself. This heavy load you carry has begun to own you. Empty your pockets, take a deep breath and drop what you are carrying.
This is a lesson of Awakening. Embrace it as such. One must build from the ground up, on the ashes of the old. Fear not, for this is a cleansing, a releasing of much that is outworn and useless. Celebrate your willingness to let go of what no longer serves you and your willingness to make room for something new.

 


***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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