When I was in elementary school, my babysitter was Chinese and her little sister was one of my best friends. Their family included me in everything, even Chinese New Year! It was always exciting because the adults gave my friend, Mun, and I red envelopes filled with money for a prosperous New Year. In their culture, the color red was symbolic of energy and good luck, so the envelope itself held more significance than the money inside.
The energy of all things…
As I reflected back on this today, it reminded me of the importance of the energy we infuse into thought and action. Today, we are witnessing a lot of upset around events within the collective. There are hateful words being thrown around, strong energies of disdain, all in the name of what is “right” and/or “good”. It reminds me of a time when I went to a gay pride parade and there was a man screaming expletives and calling people (gay people) horrible names, all while holding a bible and saying it was in the name of God. Not one loving word, no ounce of energy that felt loving, yet he believed it was nothing less than righteous.
Your energy supersedes intention…
Are your words and actions aligned with what you intend to convey? What energy do you hold…what does it feel like in your body when you consider various aspects of life? If it doesn’t feel like love beneath the surface, what are you actually projecting out?
What matters to you?
The confusion lies in upset. Yes, there are things that enrage us, but WHY are these things so upsetting? The anger surfaces because underneath it all, you care about something. But what happens when you allow anger to become the voice of your heart?
Mind over emotion.
Think about it this way…when someone yells at you, what is your immediate response? Defensiveness, most likely, and then you may react in the same way, causing an eruption of miscommunication because in the discord, not much is actually heard or understood. The actual points become lost in translation, and the exchange of words move far beyond what mattered to you (or them) in the first place.
In love, how can you express the TRUTH of your heart?
In the example I used above, the man at the parade, what if he expressed his views in love? What if he were able to convey the truth of his heart, which was probably that he was afraid of what he did not understand? What if he truly believed that he was there to help “save” people from…whatever he believed, and he was able to speak from a place of genuine concern? He may have opened up a peaceful dialog. He may have come to understand different points of view…he may have left more informed, with more love and compassion in his heart. He may have left with newfound brothers and sisters. Would they have agreed? Not necessarily, but change would have begun in the right place…in the mind.
Be vulnerable enough to stand in and BE your light…
As I mentioned, we are entering the Year of the Fire Rooster. This sign is known for its drive and determination. And considering all that is going on in the world, many are determined to see and support change. While this can be a beautiful thing, the key will be to act from a space of love, remembering the energy beneath your motivations.
Some believe it is necessary to fight fire with fire, but let’s think about that scenario…everything would be destroyed. Alternatively, outside of emotional reaction, one may consider use of water. Just saying…
This is such an important time, for all of us, to wake up and begin to listen and understand ourselves. Once we have clarity of heart, bringing that clarity into alignment with our minds, we may find the peace we all seek (it will take some time). And again, we may not always agree, but the only way we will come to evolve through understanding is through loving energy and effective communication.
On that note…
May we all have a prosperous new year, filled with MORE love and light…and in the words of Dr Martin Luther King Jr: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Journey in LOVE!
Do you ever wake up in that in-between sleep state with random thoughts swirling through your mind? This happens to me often, and it’s usually something that I THINK I will remember, but by the time I’m fully conscious, I have no idea what the thoughts were…I only know that it was something “good” that I wish I could remember. I hate when that happens.
Well, it happened this morning, but fortunately something moved me to actually write it down. It was more like an illegible scribble, but I got the gist and it was a message about this energy that we are entering in 2017.
Last year, especially towards the end, there was a lot of focus on relationships, family and career/life-path. It seemed as though all of our “issues” came to surface and had to be dealt with, one way or the other. And all of these concerns were challenging our feelings of stability, belonging and security. It was lower chakra energies taking center stage.
Now of course, it wasn’t all necessarily “issues”. In some cases we were simply moving into the next level or phase of relationship and/or career with absolute joy and excitement. But either way, there was some serious lower chakra work being done in 2016. The key was our acknowledgment and having to make clear decisions, either willingly or seemingly by force. Things changed in major ways.
In the relationship arena, there were many buttons being pushed. The triggers that had been stuck on repeat were exploding into battle. There was no room left for what you could no longer tolerate. It was either find resolution, fight after fight, or walk away. And this wasn’t just in the romantic sense; there were friendships, family connections and business relationships that were also sparked into the flames of build or destroy (sometimes destroy to rebuild). There was an intolerable discomfort in putting up with bullshit! The voice of the lower chakras came roaring to the forefront in defense of what truly matters to you.
Then there was the focus of career/life-path. Many of us were itching for change. Something had to be done differently, or we were absolutely certain that it was time to move on…but the challenge was in deciding what to move towards and how. Again, any old patterns and routines that were becoming stale had finally met our wits end. Enough was enough, which either encouraged taking bold new steps, or cringing in a ball of aggravation while waiting for the answers to magically appear at our feet.
All of the highs and lows of the year were brining your attention to you. It was all to highlight what you want to experience, freeing yourself from old ways of being to embrace what you KNOW you deserve: freedom, love and joy. The entire year, that Universal Nine Year, was literally breaking up the old to help you CLEAR and prepare for what you are going to allow yourself to experience in the next nine-year cycle. And here we are…
So back to the chatter that was happening in my in-between sleep state…
It was as if I heard someone asking me, “Does he love me?” and my response was, “Who cares?” Then I heard another question from the mystery voice, “Do they like me?” and again, my response was “Who cares?”
I know that sounds kind of cold, and there was a bit of annoyance in my response, but it was simply because the thoughts beneath my answers were: DO YOU LOVE YOU? DO YOU LIKE YOU? Because at the end of the day, that’s really what matters, and that’s exactly why last year seemed challenging in many ways. It was about self-love, self-recognition, self-acknowledgment…it was about you owning what you actually want and deserve.
Okay, now this brings us into the New Year: the heart chakra. Do you love AND like yourself? Are you allowing yourself to BE authentically you, based on your true needs and desires? In short, are you aligned with your heart and honoring yourself as one who is love and deserving?
This is just the beginning of our new cycle of growth, and you have probably already decided what you will no longer tolerate in the New Year, as well as what you are going to do more of…or in new ways! Whatever you have decided, I bet it will be heart-focused, because you have already experienced so much clearing that the heart has become louder. This year, she will not be ignored.
Align. Align. Align.
In this Universal Year One, we are planting new seeds of experience that will flourish throughout this new nine-year cycle. What better way to start than in alignment with yourself – your TRUE self?
If you are familiar with me, you know that I like to crack the meanings behind the spirituality jargon, so when we hear align with yourself, what does this mean to you? And more importantly, how do you accomplish this alignment?
Well, in my experience, the best way to align is to first come into connection. How will you know what you want, or even what may be in the way of what you want, unless you look at you?
Yew Chi Blogger
Yolanda is a San Diego Reiki-Master Teacher and Author. She began this blog because she believes we must show gratitude by sharing our blessings. Through these writings, she passes on the gifts from her journey! It takes a village, and we are of the same tribe.
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