The Effortless Road of Co-Creation

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A long time ago I read a book by M. Scott Peck called “The Road Less Traveled”.
At the time it made quite an impression upon me because most of us were bound and determined to join the path that everyone else was traveling because we thought that was the way to happiness.

I’m glad I took that road for awhile so I knew what all the hubbub was about. I learned a lot when I joined in. And I learned equally as much when I withdrew and took the detour on the “road less traveled”. But after a while that path didn’t quite suit me either. So I decided to forge my own path.

What I realized was that forging a path often takes a lot of work. Some of that work was gratifying. However, some of it really bogged me down. Not that I’m opposed to putting in the time and effort. I’m a powerful little sprite, but heavy lifting has never been my forte. I knew there had to be a better way.

So I trundled up onto the top of the next big boulder that blocked my way. What I saw was so glorious it took my breath away. And the only thing obstructing my path to paradise was the boulder I was standing upon.

That boulder was my belief that “I” needed to forge my own way. Little did I know that once I had chosen a new path in alignment with my Soul’s intention, the path had already been forged for me. All I had to do was enjoy the benefits of it.

It’s never been my job to do the heavy lifting. My job is to choose the reality I desire for myself and allow God to clear the way. In this way forging the path becomes one of Co-Creation in which I AM One with all of Creation.

The well traveled road was littered with hidden agendas and the need to control. The new path is overlit, revealing itself in the moment, and always yielding to our heart’s desires with ease and grace. Each footstep unveils a new reality of Heaven on Earth with fields of beauty and playgrounds galore.

I offer my gratitude to Mr. Peck. “The Road Less Traveled” served me very well because it led me to “The Effortless Road of Co-Creation”.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com

Artwork by Cathy Frisiello

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When is the Essence Enough ?

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We have become a gluttonous society. It seems that no matter how much we have, it’s never enough. We want more money, more things, more friends, more food, more energy, more, more, more. And still we’re not satisfied.

From a spiritual perspective, the desire to have more is innate. Because we live in an infinite universe, there is an eternal desire to expand beyond our present state of being. But have we taken that one step too far? Or misinterpreted our yearnings?

Traveling for 7 years without a home base prompted me to reevaluate my material perspective. The question I always had to ask was, “Do I love this enough to carry it with me?” In most cases, the recurrent answer was usually, no.

If I was particularly drawn to something, I would often take it in my hands, hold it to my heart and and enjoy a few precious moments with it. What I learned was that those few moments were often more satisfying then buying it because I was totally conscious with the essence of it, rather than the material possession of it.

Occasionally that wasn’t enough and I felt like it had to come with me. In that case, something that was already in my bag had to be left behind because a little pixie like me could only carry so much.

That was an excellent practice that I’ve carried throughout the rest of my life. Now that I’ve settled into a home again, I’ve chosen to live in a small space. Therefore, if something comes in, something’s gotta go out. I don’t have room for material gluttony.

But gluttony comes in other forms too. The one that comes to mind most often is not material things, but gluttonous eating practices. Food has become an unconscious attempt to “fill ourselves up”, physically as well as spiritually. We eat to block out emotions. We eat to amp them up. We eat to……(fill in the blank). And most of the time, we don’t care what we eat, we just want to shove something into our bodies to move energy. Eating does move energy. It also fuels our bodies. The question is, how much food is enough?

I’m not here to talk about diets. If you’ve read my other blogs about food you’ll know that I’m a free spirit. I consciously fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to eating. What I mean by that is living in the present moment and responding to the consciousness of my body. You can see me standing in the market checking in with my body asking, “Hey baby what do you need?” The surprising things that jump into my grocery cart never cease to amaze me.

My body has gone through so many energetic changes in the past few years, just as many of yours have. It requires an internal consciousness to facilitate these changes with ease and grace.

What I’m finding in this moment (and that may change in the next moment) is that my body doesn’t require much food to sustain itself anymore. It is far more efficient than it used to be. A handful here and a few bites there, eaten throughout the day is more than enough. A full plate of American style food flips a switch that has me pushing away from the table without lifting a fork.

What my body needs now is the pure energetic essence rather than a plateful of filler that only bogs down my metabolism. Often it is the essence of the plant itself that fuels or rebalances me, not the fiber. The scent of lavender or rosemary feeds me. Rubbing my hand across the fuzzy skin of a peach. Sometimes a sniff of succulent chocolate is enough. I don’t even need to take a bite. Oh my chocolate friends are raising their eyebrows at that one. :-)

It’s just like when I was traveling. Do I consciously love this enough to sit down and eat it? Or is the essence enough to satiate me?

Healing modalities or supplements are much the same. Do I need a full dosage, or is a homeopathic smidgeon enough. Do I need to ice for days, or is once enough?

The answer changes from moment to moment. But one thing remains the same. Being conscious will always reward you with the most appropriate answers. Are you running on autopilot or are you asking the questions that need to be asked as we’re flying by the seat of our pants through these transformations.

Sometimes it feels like crazy making as our human templates are changing and rebalancing. The answers may seem inconsistent but always appropriate in the moment. I suspect as we come into harmony with nature we will reach a point when we realize that the “essence” is enough, because the essence is the alchemical tipping point that manifests the gold.

~message from my inner wisdom~
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Goodbye GMO…Hello GWL (Grown With Love)

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Two of the primary concerns for humanity are food and shelter. That being the case, I would think we would be paying closer attention to our food sources.

I’ve watched the health trends scan from junk food, to organic, to vegetarian, to vegan, to raw, to juicing. Compared to twinkles, those are all excellent steps in the right direction. Bravo to us!

Now it’s time to take it to the next level. If you’re fortunate enough to have space to grow your own food, you’re already several steps ahead of the agricultural game. I call this a game because that’s what it feels like to me. A game called Food for Profit, rather than food for nurturance.

Let’s get to the root of what actually nurtures us. It doesn’t matter what form it takes. Is it organic? Is it a superfood? Is is raw? What I’ve realized is that my body really doesn’t care about any of that. My body only cares about one thing… was it Grown With Love (GWL).

Let me share a recent experience with you. I live in a small community with a local Saturday market. I hadn’t been there in a few weeks. When I arrived I went to my regular organic produce stand. But when I walked into their tent, I was not inclined to buy anything. Instead I wandered around the market noticing some of the other vendors. When I went back to my regular vendor, I missed the usual sales people. There were no welcoming smiles. And after I picked up a few veggies, I put them back on the table and left. Then I went back up the aisle to the gal who had beamed me a brilliant smile the first time I walked by. After a few words about some of her produce, I filled my bags and went on my way.

When I got home I had a message from my farmer friend Laurie Levey from Flying Blue Dog Farm in Willow Creek, California. This is what she had to say…..

“It’s all about how the plant is treated by humanity, the plant itself is not the issue! America is a culture that wants to whip plants and animals into submission, to alter them for a ‘Marketing Market’, destroying the best of their energy including their natural will to survive.

I once did energy work for a farmer friend when he was having issues with a bug that was destroying his cauliflower crops, eating all the roots and killing the plant. During the energy session I talked to the cauliflower and found out that it didn’t care that the bug was eating its roots and killing it before it could flower, because the cauliflower knew it was bred for food, not reproduction. Turns out the cauliflower was a highly hybridized seed that was bred for large heads, uniform florets, and a snow white color, all meant to make it very saleable based solely on how it looked. Right next to the cauliflower was a long row of beets who had roots much sweeter and meatier that the bug really should have been going after as well, yet none of them were affected. I talked to the beets and asked why the bug wasn’t bothering them. They told me they were there to grow strong and mighty and set seed and flourish and reproduce and no little bug was going to do a thing to stop that. It would NOT be allowed!! I swear, the energy of these beets were so mighty that I felt they would pop out of the ground and bonk a human on the head if they tried to pull them up before they could finish their full life cycle and set their seed! They repelled that bug with their energy alone. Turns out the seed for the beets was an heirloom open pollinated variety that had never been hybridized. The cauliflower had it’s own natural will to survive bred right out of it in favor of looks and just didn’t care who or what was eating it.

The thing of it is while they are breeding for certain desirable traits for market purposes they are breeding out the energetics that make the plant whole. It’s a truly disrespectful practice, one that is born from believing we are not at all connected to other species, that the plant or animal is something that is here to serve us and we are free to alter it to meet our desires without consequences.

The hybrids lack the energetics to feed our newly evolving physical bodies. Rita and I both noticed that our cells aren’t feeling fed by organic foods that are being grown from outside our area and trucked in. They leave us wanting. We also notice we feel starved by food that we’re gifted from friends who use chemicals in their agricultural practices. Neither of us feel fed by food that isn’t from open pollinated seed sources.

Humans do the same thing to livestock, breeding them for valued cuts of meat. I have a few rabbit meat and egg customers who have told me that they could feel the love coming off the meat and eggs in waves as they were preparing it for a meal. Another one told me that as her family ate the rabbit meat at the dinner table the energy and conversation changed to lighter and brighter topics until they were all laughing and joyous, and she attributed it to the love energy coming from the meat that they were ingesting. “

All of a sudden it made perfect sense to me. My usual market vendor has done really well in their business over the past few years. They are now supplying the local restaurants with their organic produce. I am so proud of their business accomplishments and the restaurants that care enough to serve local organics. I am also disappointed that their growth seems to have lost the primary element that originally drew me to them. The quality was still there, but the enthusiasm and love was missing. Perhaps it’s still present in the business, but I didn’t feel it in the tent or the veggies that day at the market.

Whereas the bubbly girl who sold me a bag full of produce was not only exuding joy in selling me her produce, her produce was juicy with love. And… my body felt the difference.

If we really care about our survival, in Laurie’s words, it comes down to this:

“If we trust that the natural foods grown in their natural states will sustain us (and that translates into trusting the earth and the realms that tend to plants and animals), then we’re free to simply love it all, appreciate it with passion and ingest whatever calls out to us.

The cells of our body can thrive on less food with higher vibrations. This I believe is the wave of the future with food. It won’t be the price, it won’t be the physical properties that science has attributed to it in terms of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fat etc, it’ll be it’s energetic value and how it makes us feel. It’ll be light, joyous and love.. or not.”

I have no doubt that my body is saying…
Goodbye GMO, Hello GWL (Grown With Love).

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~

http://www.sharonlynshepard.com
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A special thank you Laurie Levey and Rita Jacinto from Flying Blue Dog Farms, Willow Creek, California for your expertise and loving care of our plants and animals as a natural thriving high vibrational food source.
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Laying down the body with Grace

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Humans have maligned death to the point that we fear the most beautiful transformation the human being will ever experience. We’ve incarnated on this planet to experience life in physicality. It is a sacred gift. But like any gift, once we’ve fully interacted with all of it’s aspects and are whole and complete, we have the choice to lay it down and expand into something more. Life is eternally expanding and so are we.

Most humans fear death because they fear the unknown. And yet, isn’t all of life unknown. Even when we manipulate life and attempt to control it, the outcome is still unknown. This fear of death baffles me because it is the one and only thing that I do know. I know that death is the alchemical transition that frees us from our physical constraints to recognize all of who we are. Death isn’t the final chapter of the story. It is the prologue to another volume of the Soul.

Ancient Egyptians believed that real life began after death, as do many other ancient traditions. They spent their whole lives preparing for the afterlife which they considered to be more real than this one. The Tibetans speak about dying consciously. Indigenous people often walked off into the forest and laid their bodies down when they felt complete with this physical life and were prompted to move into a another realm.

Modern day humanity calls this suicide. Not only have they labeled it, they have vilified. And religion has condemned this spiritual choice as an evil act. Again, this baffles me. For the God I know, only knows love and accepts us with open arms. Life in physicality is all about expanding our experience. Each experience is sacred, whether it be life or death. God does not judge. It is only the judgment of humanity that creates antipathy.

As a sovereign being, we have the choice to lay the body down with grace whenever we choose. Death does not require suffering and disease. That is an old human concept that we, as enlightened humans have outgrown. We recognize that this body is a gift that can be laid to rest at anytime we choose. Our soul’s journey is our own, not to be forsaken by the dictates of anyone else.

Once we realize that life and death are not separate, peace ensues for all of us, especially for those remaining in physicality. No one is left behind, as believed by so many who are prone to grieve and suffer. We are able to be equally present with our loved ones, albeit in a different form. For some, this frees them of the human foibles and allows a more open and loving relationship that may have felt impossible here on earth.

As Enlightened humans, we realize that we embody God and what has often been referred to as the afterlife can be celebrated here on earth. Knowing this, we can live in physicality as long as we choose, or as short as we choose. And the best part…we have the opportunity to create and celebrate Heaven right here, right now.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~

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* This post was inspired by the passing of Robin Williams. BeLoved Brother, thank you for lightening our lives in so many ways. Yesterday before I heard of your passing I posted this comment, “Does anyone else feel like they’re breathing Faerie Glitter instead of the stale air of the old earth?” I know you are breathing that glitter and we look forward to celebrating and playing with you in your new role in the expanded realms.

Multidimensional Overwhelm

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Years ago I had a friend tell me that I overwhelm people by giving them too many choices. She said most people only want a choice between two options A or B and anything beyond that only confuses them, rendering them unable to make a decision.

As I observed humanity, I realized that’s true for most people because they rely on their logical mind. There is a linearity to the mind and too many choices offer too much information to sift through all at once. A nice “Y” in the road is most comfortable.

I’ve always been a big picture kind of gal. I naturally see lots of options and I love catapulting from one to another. Mega growth has always fed my soul.

In the big picture, there is no right or wrong. The world is at your feet presenting itself for your experience. Obstacles have never held me in their grip because I know if I momentarily step away from them the answers will present themselves. It’s not my job to figure everything out. It’s my job to choose which option I want to experience.

However……expanding into multidimensionality has presented moments of confusion, even for a big picture gal like me. The choices are vast and beyond my ordinary patterns of approaching life. The mind has no concept of what’s being presented. It’s a world of unknown, untried multiplicity.

The first thing I realized is that I don’t need to understand any of it. I only need to trust my intuitive knowing. Nor do I need grasp at things to experience all of it at once. Nothing will ever be missed because I effortlessly draw what is mine to me.

Once I make a choice, focus is the key. I focus on the option that makes my heart sing. And I play with it as long as it expands in Joy. Once it has played itself out, I release it and move on. Sometimes it spirals back with higher perspective. Sometimes not. But it matters not for the mere joy of it expanded my heart, ready to experience something new.

The Universe is multi-layered, multi-dimensional. As physical beings we’ve been constricted to a linear matrix. But I’ve noticed a new pattern of awareness. I go deeper within, then expand outward from that point of perspective. And then I’m drawn deeper once again. The more I flow with these energies, the more expanded my vibration becomes.

Multidimensional overwhelm… not any more. Playfulness… yes. Joy….yes. Expansion of the Heart and Soul… yes. A new perception of Life…yes. That’s a lot of YESs!!! And that’s how the Universe expands…. through our YESs.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~

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Red Flag of Pain

Red-FlagPain has a way of enveloping us into its covert embrace. It’s concealed clutching isn’t visible to others. So we get no sympathy unless we speak about it. And boy do we love to speak about it! Perhaps that’s the only way we think we can make it real.

Oh I hear many of you screaming at me….But it is real!! I feel it. I live with it ever day. It keeps me from doing everything I want to do.

Okay. If that’s your reality, I’ll leave you to it. But you may want to read on and see if you choose to continue living that reality….or not.

Pain is YOU waving a Red Flag.

Pain is your Inner BEing trying to get your attention because you are out of alignment with your authentic Self. Since a simple reminder of discomfort didn’t do it, perhaps debilitating pain will.

That’s how much YOU love you. The bigger, more expanded YOU wants you to live in alignment with who you really are. Not the illusion of yourself that you’ve created to make others happy. Not the mask that you wear to hide your true feelings. Not the character you’ve created to walk on stage with the drama that the world is playing out.

The bigger more expanded YOU knows you’re a Star in your own right. You don’t need to take on bit parts in someone else’s play. Your unique gifts are begging to come out and shine.

So every time you step out of alignment with your Stardom, there’s a bit of discomfort. Just a little reminder, a tap on the shoulder that you’re repeating someone else’s lines rather than speaking your own truth.

And if you choose to grip onto those foreign lines, the tighter you grip, the more energy gets stuck and OUCH!!!! There it is…..the Red Flag of Pain.

Now you have a choice. You can bury the flag. There are lots of ways you can do that. I don’t need to list all the ways. Most of us have tried them. The relief is usually temporary at best. Or… you can say, “Thank you Red Flag. I get it. I appreciate the message.”

Now that you’ve got the message, do you file it away in your “to do” pile for later or do you take action to align with the YOU that’s calling your name?

Pain comes from holding on to that which is not true…
in other words, pain comes from being out of alignment with your true Self.
The solution is simple….take a big breath, drop the pretenses and re~align.

Do you love yourself enough to re-align with the bigger YOU, the omnipotent omnipresent omniscient YOU, the YOU that knows no pain?

What reality do you choose?

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
~message from my inner wisdom~
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com

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Shearing Away the Old Debris

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A few days ago I ventured deep into the old growth forest in which I live. There was a grove of sawtooth ferns that were begging my attention. It’s springtime and new fronds were pushing their way through the ground with spritely new growth. But the undergrowth was a tangle of dead brown bracken.

These ferns were immense with fronds almost as tall as I am. Granted, at 5 foot 3 inches, I’m a little imp of a woman. So to me these were huge. I got down on my hands and knees and crawled into the undergrowth my a sheers in hand. Snip snip snip went the sheers as I cut away all the undergrowth gently pulling it away from the base of the plants.

I didn’t simply grab and pull. I was conscious with each snip. But I didn’t stop and ask each frond why it was lying limp on the ground. I didn’t analyze it’s demise. I didn’t ask what was pinching the life force out of it. I simply knew it was no longer living a vital life and it was time to cut it free.

Branch by branch, I snipped and cleared away the debris until all that remained was a proud stand of vital green fronds. A core of lusty new growth curled at its center ready to spring forth with new virility. It’s vibrancy brought a smile to my face, knowing these plants would continue to foster stronger growth now that they were free of the old deteriorated bits.

We are just like that stand of ferns. Overtime, some of our fronds have shriveled and died because the life force has been pinched off. Sometimes, we’ve pinched the life off out of habit. Sometimes life had simply taken a new turn and the old is no longer viable. Other times it’s been intentional because those fronds no longer serve us. The reason doesn’t matter. What matters is that we take the time to shear the dead bits away and carry them off to the recycle bin to foster strong new growth.

The next day I walked out into that section of the forest and noticed how vibrant and lush it was in the sparkle of morning dew. I crouched down to take a seat under the lush grove of ferns and much to my delight I found a new family of faeries had moved in! By shearing away the old, not only were the ferns thriving. But they are also providing a home for a whole new generation of faerie folk.

That’s exactly what we’re doing when we snip away the old lifeless bits…. of our personal stories, health complaints, financial woes, political games, religious dogma, etc, etc. When we shear way the old debris, not only do we free our Joy and Happiness to flourish, we provide space for a whole new generation to prosper and thrive.

Perhaps you may want to get out the snipers and free your Joy of Life!!!

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard~
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com

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~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~

Sharon Lyn Shepard is a modern day mystic with a foot in both worlds. Her voice carries vibrations of the Divine as her fingers dance across the harp strings echoing the Angelic music of the spheres. Her mystic writings, books and songs transcend our minds, taking us to the deepest recesses of our hearts to dip into our overflowing cauldron of miracles and celebrate life.

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