Fear of Losing our Minds

My concept of time, as well as my sleep patterns, have become totally distorted. Someone posted a lovely photo on facebook the other day that said, “Happy Thursday!” I wrinkled my brow thinking, is it really Thursday? I thought it was Saturday. I double checked the date on the post against the date on my computer and sure enough, it was Thursday.

Sleep has gone wacky as well. Since it gets dark so early now, my eyes droop and I finally give into crawling under my cozy aubergine duvet no matter what the clock says. I have a tendency to crawl into bed a couple of hours after dusk, which often happens to be around 7 or 8 pm. Gone are the days of being the twilight artisan who stays awake until the wee hours of the morning after writing a new piece of music or editing a series of poems.

The past few nights, as droopy as my eyes became, sleep eluded me. I laid in bed watching the night sky through my window as the stars made their rounds visiting everyone on earth. The other night, my mind was all a chatter. None of my usual tricks worked. I knew the only way to pacify it was to get up and do something active.

At 3am, I finally acquiesced. In the pitch dark, I pulled on some comfy clothes and stumbled out of the bedroom. Before I knew what I had done, I had pulled everything out of my one and only closet. Because it’s my only closet, you can only begin to imagine the array of things strewn across the floor of my one bedroom carriage house.

At this point, I was a woman possessed with clearing the inside of the closet. If I wasn’t fully awake by this point, the sting of vinegar to my nose brought me fully present. I washed down the walls and shampooed the carpet. Then placed the air cleaner inside before tackling the mess of clothes, shoe boxes, luggage, backpacks, artwork, wrapping paper, cleaning supplies, old Amazon shipping envelopes, and an array of other unmentionables. One would think there was an expanding back wall to this closet by the amount of things it held. By this time the sky was turning pink and a new day was dawning. It was time to toss what no longer serves me and reorganize that which still does.

I couldn’t help but consider the metaphor of clearing out the dusty corners of our closets as it relates to the clearing of our minds. By 3pm, a mere 12 hours later, my closet had been totally reorganized with everything laundered and smelling sweet once again. I must say, if I had placed this on a to-do list, my mind would have gyrated over it for months, rather than just getting it done. I chuckle at how much we can accomplish while sleepwalking in the middle of the night.

The following night, sleep came easily. I immediately dropped into a very deep sleep. Until. . . I awoke screaming! My whole body trembled as I recalled the dream that jarred me awake in such terror. I share with you this dream:

[I was playing some kind of board game with a group of people. Since I wasn’t interested in the game, I left and went back to my room to spend some time alone. As I was laying on my bed, I saw a young boy enter my room. He began licking and nibbling at my body. I noticed he wasn’t human, but had some strange animal like ears. I told him to let me alone, but he kept at me. I tried to yell but was frozen with fear, unable to even take a breath. I finally said to myself, “I either do this, or I will perish.” So I mustered all my courage, inhaled a deep breath and screamed. The scream was so loud it woke me up in a tremor, shaking with fear. When I opened my eyes he had disappeared. I lay there with my eyes open for a very long time, afraid to close them. I finally had a little chat with myself, repeatedly saying, “I Am Safe, I Am Safe.” Eventually I was able to fall back into a peaceful asleep.]

This was the first time I had a fearful dream in very long time. I wondered if this had to do with nefarious beings as overlapping timelines are in the process of dissolving. But that did not feel quite right. I recalled the metaphor for cleaning out one’s closet, which I had done the night before. So what was I clearing? Since it’s all my energy, what was my energy doing? What was it trying to tell me?

Ha! I finally realized it was my human mind that was so fearful. My human mind that is unable to shut down, always chattering away, always feeding on my energy. How threatened it becomes when I choose to leave the games of the world behind to be alone in the quiet with my Self. It was not my own fear that had me terrorized, it was the fear of my human mind. Its fear of walking away from the rest of the world to be in solitude. Its fear of me wanting to walk away from it. Its fear of death.

Well, NO MORE! I am no longer worried about not fitting in with the norm. I am no longer in fear of losing my mind. I am done allowing my human mind to eclipse my own inner wisdom and influence my actions.

This morning, as the warm rays of the sun touch upon my heart, I am able to embrace my human mind with love and compassion. I can assure it that it still has a place in my life, but it no longer needs to be burdened by running my life. I am asking it to support me in a whole new way. It is no longer in the driver’s seat attempting to avoid anything that has harmed me in the past. Nor attempting to fix or avoid the future. Instead, we are living in the moment. Instead, we are trusting the wisdom and guidance of our Soul. We are forming a new team that knows and trusts that all energy is in service to us.

Today is a new day. All is well and I am open to new potentials that go way beyond the fear of losing our minds.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Awakening the Empath

What is an empath?
According to the dictionary: Empathy is an ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

But I have to ask. . .
Can we really understand the feelings of another? For we each have our own unique life stories and experiences. That, in itself, filters how we hear and experience others, from our own perspective. What, if any, advantage is there in sharing the feelings of another?

In my recent dreamtime, I experienced sitting at a table in a bar observing the bartender with the people coming and going. Each person left the bar transformed. It was as if he was serving up an elixir, rather than the kind of alcohol that usually helps people drown their troubles. After everyone had gone, I went and spoke with the bartender. I asked what he was serving to transform all his patrons. He said, I see each person’s highest potentials and I treat them as such. I could see that he was able to be fully present and listen without taking anything on because he knew it was all irrelevant to him without any need to advise or fix anything. The radiance of his simple presence was enough. This was the elixir. 

Upon awakening in the morning, I pondered the message of this dream. I realized, as empaths, we feel all the energies around us and have take them on as our own to figure out how to survive and be safe. In pre-neolithic times, this may have been important. But we are no longer living in antiquated survival mode.

Empathy is not unique to certain individuals. Everyone has this empathetic ability. Unless one is consciously aware of it, which most people are not, everything is taken on as one’s own energy. Some people are more sensitive to energies than others to the point that they become empathically overwhelmed and stifle one’s life.

I recall some years ago while living on an island, I could feel my nervous system amp up as soon as the tires of my car hit the frenetic energy of the city streets upon exiting the ferry. I had to do a lot of conscious breathing to settle down before I could comfortably go about my business.

Because the influx of information due to the news, social media, and internet has continued to increase, so has the energy we are taking on from the collective consciousness. Thus, we often unconsciously damp down in order to function. Just as I did when I exited the island ferry.

YIKES!! No wonder the planet is such a mess right now as the vibration of the planet is rising and humans are becoming more sensitive. Without the awareness of how to manage energy, there is a lot of acting out as suppressed emotions are coming to the surface.

Empathy is not something that is spoken of in mainstream. In fact, it is regarded as weird or insanity from those who do not understand it, and considered an emotional dysfunction from within the medical community. It is only the spiritual community that is becoming aware and adept at managing empathy. We are beginning to feel more deeply and to recognize what is ours and what is not. What needs our attention and what does not.

If we have inadvertently taken on energy that is not ours, which all of us have done over the years, it’s important to release it. Otherwise this suppressed energy becomes dysfunctional and manifests as disease. As a means of releasing, I have noticed the difference between “letting it go”, which implies I have taken it on as mine. . . or “it doesn’t matter”, which proclaims my unconscious judgement of something that does in fact matter. If instead, I claim its “irrelevance” to Who I Am, it dissolves in an instant rather than having to process all the stored data of which there seems to be an eternal stream.

When my human self is tempted to jump into engaging with current energies, I have learned to claim its “irrelevance” which means I don’t take it on as mine. Just as the bartender in my dream never took anything on from his patrons. He was able to listen from a neutral place, the same way Source does, without any judgment, therefore never taking it on.

I consider empathy to be a Sacred Gift. Everything is energy. Empathy allows me to intimately feel and communicate with everything around me, people, my environment, animals, plants, stars, even the omniverse. Empathy allows me to consciously feel everything from neutrality without judgment, allowing it to be irrelevant, unless I consciously choose to interact with it.

Empathy is something I’ve been consciously experiencing for many years and learned to use advantageously while doing healing work (from which I have retired). During that time, I had to learn when, or if, to engage while remaining neutral as the observer and not take any of it on as mine.

We in the spiritual community have come to realize that although conscious empathy is a gift, it requires a lot of practice because the old programming is so deeply ingrained. It’s important to remember: We always have choice. And this is true Freedom! As such, we are becoming conscious Wayshowers for a whole new way of living on the planet.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Artwork by Annelie Solis

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The Alchemy of Shining the Light

I read something the other day that has been pulling on my heart stings for several days. At the time I read it, I knew it wasn’t my job to attempt to “fix” it, so I blessed it and moved on. But it just kept nagging at me. So, I sat down quietly and felt into the situation from a more expanded consciousness.

What I observed was a “collective consciousness”. This situation was not a one time event, which I already knew. What I did not realize is that there is a collective consciousness surrounding the context of this scenario which allows this atrocity to appear normal to those who are acting it out. This isn’t only true for the scenario I was observing. It is true for many other scenarios that humans are experiencing on the planet right now, be it political, religious, weather, social, or personal.

Over the years, events that were initiated thousands of years ago have held an energy that has continued to build and expand. There is a collective consciousness that forms, grows, and often solidifies as well. Since we, as humans, do not think in terms of “consciousness”, it’s all hidden below the surface. After years of acting them out, they become normalized, and people no longer question them. Some of these are of a very positive nature. Many are not.

The situation that was nagging at me is one of a destructive nature. The more I observed this “collective consciousness”, the more I understood the root of it. Please understand I was simply observing. I was not taking on this energy. I was not interfering with this energy. I was simply observing. The more I observed, the more clear it became there wasn’t any action I could safely take. But, there was something I could do. I could shine my Light.

And that is exactly what I did. I went into meditation and focused on this particular “collective consciousness” to Shine my Light. I simply sat with this for about 15 minutes and observed. The longer I was present, the less dense it became. Again, I repeat, I did not engage with the energy. I did not interfere, I did not set any intentions, nor did I say any mantras. I simply allowed my Light to shine into this “collective consciousness”. Later that day, I was drawn to repeat the process. This time I noticed the “collective consciousness” was far less dense. It had significantly lightened.

Anyone who does not understand energy may ask: What good does this do? Shinning the Light?

Shining the Light acts just like turning on the light in a dark closet. All of a sudden you, and everyone else will see what’s been hidden in the nooks and crannies. In this case, that includes the general population as well as the perpetrators, who as a result will be seeing and experiencing from a different perspective. Once something is seen, it can no longer be unseen.

THIS is what is happening on our planet right now! The Light is exposing all that has been unseen. And what a messy chaos that creates as people rise up in arms attempting to fix antiquated patterns that have been accepted as normal. When in fact, they are not normal for the loving caring humans that we are at our core.

From the scientific perspective of energy: The lighter something becomes, the easier it is to dissolve and return to neutral. THIS is the Alchemy of Light. This is true for any situation, belief, or any “collective consciousness”.

We all have those things that pull at our heart strings. Whether it be personal, or global. If we take a step back, we can follow the threads to a few core root causes. And from those roots have grown a “collective consciousness”. There are many who have taken to the streets to protest. There are those who are taking direct action. There are those who are fighting the good fight. And I say, Bravo to all of you!

I would now like to introduce another way to heal ourselves and the planet. That is by utilizing the “Alchemy of Shining the Light”. It takes a lot of effort to continue picking at the small things that need fixing and there seems to be a never ending stream of them. However, by simply Shining Your Light, whether it be in meditation or by walking down the street, you are enlightening the “mass consciousness”. And if you are called to a particular cause, I suggest you expand your consciousness to envision that particular “collective consciousness” and simply shine your Light. Not with any particular intention, because then you are interfering with the innate energetic process. Rather with the simplicity of utilizing the Alchemy of Light. By doing so, not only are you lessening the density of the “collective consciousness”, you become the Lighthouse, exposing the perils and creating an enlightened path of grace to safe harbor for those in need, each on their own unique soul journey.

If you are having trouble being a neutral observer, I suggest you read my prior post “New Roles of Compassion” which will assist you in doing so. You can find that post here: https://sharonlynshepard.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/new-roles-of-compassion/

So, my Beloveds. Those of you who are disgusted with the current state of the world. Those of you who are worn out trying to save the world. Those of you who have had to withdraw from the chaos. I invite you to consciously engage in the Alchemy of Shining the Light. Not only will you become lighter and more joyful, but the world around you will lighten up as well. And to all of you who are already doing so, I bow in honor of you with a song in my heart.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~

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Join me on the Adventure of Awakening

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“It is the best of times and the worst of times.” Because humanity is rooted in duality, these words from Charles Dickens continue to recycle and ring true. I believe this time in history is even more challenging than Charles Dickens experienced. Why? Because time has been speeding up. Instead of our process being spread across hundreds of years, it’s all coming to the surface simultaneously in the here and now.

As for the best of times, there are far more humans who are awakened, enlightened, and conscious than ever before. As for the worst of times, the majority of humanity is suffering and more challenged than ever as they attempt to hang onto and defend their old programing, rather than open to what is very quickly evolving.

When I scan my facebook newsfeed, I see this split in humanity very clearly. Even those who call themselves Lightworkers are struggling and seduced into the fray, especially those who are newly awakened.

I have very deep compassion for all of humanity during these times of turmoil. As someone who has already gone through the Awakening process I ask myself, “What can I do to help? How can I best assist without jumping into the frying pan? For as Albert Einstein said, “We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”

As I was pondering the current state of humanity, I recall how difficult it was for me to step away from the programing and status quo I had been living all my life. For me it required a drastic step in 1999, when I left everything and everyone behind to move to Spain from the US. Moving to a foreign country, culture, and language (which I did not speak), without knowing anyone forced me to depend upon my own sovereign self and open to new potentials, unlike those to which I had grown accustomed. Although the Journey of Awakening was challenging, I will always be grateful for all the support I received along the way.

Looking back on it, I realize I am now in a position to support others by sharing my personal story which holds the grace, compassion, and guidance to soothe and support the journey for others. I offer an invitation to join me on this adventure of awakening to the realizations of Love that continue to carry me through life from an ever evolving level of expanded consciousness; from a new level of thinking, as Einstein refers to it.

Although I have experienced every step of this journey of awakening, if you’ve heard the call, it’s also your journey. Indeed, how we experience this journey will differ, for each of our soul paths are unique. But perhaps my experiences will stir something deep within you and support you to follow that yearning. Are you willing to dive into the depth of your heart with me to discover the juicy passion and divinity of your authentic Self? If so, jump into the passenger seat of my little red convertible as together we traverse the breathtaking vistas of Spain and southern France to discover the mystery of Love, our true Authentic Self, and the reality of miracles that will continue to evolve.

I feel as though the year 2020 is inviting us to embark on a new adventure of awakening with an unprecedented expansion of consciousness. This time: no airplane, no baggage. Instead, it is my “point of consciousness” that is evolving with an abundance of new potentials revealing themselves to me in every new moment.
I will always be grateful for all the guidance and support I have received along the way. And, I am even more grateful that I now trust my own Inner Wisdom that continues to spur me forward. That, my Beloveds in my wish for you!

Therefore, I invite you to join me on this adventure of awakening by reading my memoir, “Revelations of Love” which is available in paperback and ebook HERE. I promise you, your newly awakened revelations will continue long after you close the last pages of the book.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~

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Freedom from Mass Consciousness

Joy of Life by Francois Girard

What a diet of information, mis-information, advice, and confusion we are being fed these days. Accusations and judgments are lashing out at us like laser swords. Every moment is a battle for the mind trying to find balance in a world of crazy making constantly being stirred up by the media.

Read that sentence again. And then feel into your own energy. If it’s like mine, it’s zinging as if I’ve inhaled a whole pot of caffeinated coffee. That coffee you needed to pull you out of the numbness of the mind when it finally shuts down in overwhelm.

Those seem to be the two extremes of the autonomic nervous system these days: overwhelm or shutdown. Not much in-between. Not much rational intelligent functioning, nor peace of mind.

I don’t own a tv, nor read the newspapers, and my time spent on social media is limited, so I’m not getting the high dosage that most of humanity is being fed. I don’t have my head in the sand. I am aware of what’s going on in our crazy world. But, I do admit to wearing rose colored glasses because I prefer to see the world in full color rather than the extremes of black or white, right or wrong, good or bad. Instead, I refer to my own inner wisdom and use my own discernment rather than being fed by the mainstream media.

But even I get caught up in this frenzy from time to time. Last evening, I read a very benign post on facebook written by a friend who was reporting an eye witness report of what was happening at a protest in Portland. This person observed several groups of well behaved, mask wearing, social distancing people such as doctors, nurses, teachers, first responders, grocery clerks, mothers with children, and such, all walking peacefully through the streets carrying signs in the designated area. Until, late in the evening when a very small group of derelicts purposefully stirred up violence (which I have no need to describe) waging war with the police patrol. THAT brief moment of violence is what the media reported. There was no word about the peaceful protest earlier in the day. Just the violence!

This morning I awoke from a fitful night of violent dreams. I don’t dream about violence, so this was very abnormal for me. I then recalled the fb post that instigated that. Although it was a well-intentioned post (and I do not fault the person who posted), just reading about the violence sucked me into an emotional reaction. I fell asleep wondering what kind of human beings we are fostering on this planet whose only purpose is to inflict violence upon all the rest of us. That’s all it took to get sucked into the demented clusterfuck of the mass consciousness and the source of my violent dreams.

Once I realized this, I was able to take a few deep breaths and break free of the collective energetic field of mass consciousness. I was able to shift my sovereign “Point of Consciousness” per my own choice. No longer embroiled in this energy, I am free to engage the purity of my own wisdom rather than what is being force fed to us. No longer embroiled in this energy, I am free to engage my compassion rather than my judgement. No longer embroiled in this energy, I am free to create from new potentials rather than wallow in the brokenness of an old world.

Seeing oneself as a victim to a virus, government, media, or anyone else locks oneself in a state of resistance, blocking our infinite free flowing Source energy rather than allowing new potentials to present themselves.

So, I invite you to take a break from the media, take a few deep breaths, and disengage from the mass consciousness. It will require making some life changes and shifting your focus to a more conscious and enlightened reality. Indeed, it will take practice to continually shift your “point of consciousness” and claim your freedom from the collective.

With enough practice, freeing ourselves from the mass consciousness, our autonomic nervous systems will readjust and find a new balance free of fear based manipulation. And we will become the Master Creators of a new collective consciousness where peace, love, harmony, and joy become the natural way of life.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
Gratitude for the artwork: Joy of Life by Francois Girard

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Navigating Multi-dimensionality

Josephine Wall

Learning how to navigate multi-dimensionality is becoming the new adventure as we are awakening to more of our selves than mere flesh and bones controlled by the human mind.

A few weeks ago as I was walking out the lane to the mailbox, I experienced what I called “Enchantment” because I felt like I has walked into an enchanted world with all my senses ultra expanded. The magenta rhododendron flowers were emitting a neon light, with a luscious scent, and I could hear their song of blossoming. Humming birds and bees were fluttering in front of me leading the way like pied pipers. The air was aglitter with faerie dust. I could sense the roots of the ancient cedar trees sinking their roots deep into the ground in search of more moisture. Everything smelled of fresh fecund earthiness. My feet were effortlessly gliding along, not quite touching the ground. And yet, I was fully grounded in my physical body.

I remained in this state of consciousness for several days, allowing but not attempting to maintain it. The more I engaged in 3d activities, the more it faded, but I always felt it on the periphery of my awareness. Since then, it has been fading in and out. With each embodied experience it feels more real.

It feels much like the Mists of Avalon only reversed. In the Mists of Avalon, we lived in 3d and had to pull back the veils with our magic to enter this expanded reality. At that time the planet was dropping into more density. Now, the cycle has reversed and we are naturally re-awakening to this expanded reality as our natural way of BEing.

How I have been experiencing this

When I am relaxed, with no agendas, I am naturally living “Enchantment”. When I disengage from the chatter of the mind, my senses are super engaged. Colors are brighter, birdsong sweeter, food more sensually delicious, feelings more blissful, joy is in a constant dance with whatever I am doing.

The challenge is navigating the 3d when in this state. This morning I disassembled my coffee press pot to clean it and stared at it for 5 minutes trying to remember how to reassemble it (something I have done numerous times). That was a bit disconcerting until I began laughing at myself. In a flash it was all back together and I was sipping my brew, while still in “Enchantment”. Thus I have realized laughter is the bridge between these worlds.

I have been learning how to do “enchanted” laundry, cooking, grocery shopping, vacuuming, and even toilet cleaning. How? By releasing all judgement about such chores and singing my way through them. I remember as a kid, mom used to wax the hardwood floors and it was our job to buff them. She gave each of us a rag and turned on some music. We turned that floor into a skating rink, buffing while we skated and danced to the music. That’s how housecleaning has become to me, an enchanted way to dance away the dust.

What I have learned thus far

We are naturally multi-dimensional beings. As the vibration of the plant continues to rise, so does the vibration of the human, and our expanded awareness. Once we allow ourselves to relax, our consciousness naturally expands.

We all have choice. We can choose our “Point of Consciousness”. Up until now, most humans are locked into one dimension because of their constant busyness within it to maintain it. As humanity becomes aware of a more expanded consciousness, it is up to each human to choose how they wish to navigate this expanded reality. Some will close down in fear. Others will open up and allow All-That-Is to reveal itself.

There is no right or wrong. There is no rush to the finish line. Because this new reality is free of judgement and free of time. It is a personal sacred choice, for each of us are on our own unique soul path. There are no lessons, books, or teachings. It happens naturally by simplifying life, relaxing the overly cluttered mind enough to make space, and then allowing the experience of expansion to become our new reality one moment at a time. I would venture to say the easiest way to tap into this awareness may be to tap into our childhood memories of magic and wonderment.

The more humans that begin living this new reality, the easier it becomes for the collective humanity to visualize a new way of being, free of the old mind matrix. Eventually, we will all become “enchanted” into this new way of being because we are tired of the old power games that have been playing out on the planet for eons. Multi-dimensionality will effortlessly become our new reality simply by choice.

And so Beloveds, once again, I have navigated my multi-dimensionality with savvy, able to write these words while “Enchanted”. I am assured that all of us will be doing so with new finesse if we so desire. What a magnificent enchanting world I foresee!!!
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
Gratitude for the artwork by Josephine Wall

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Healing the Primordial Wound of Separation

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So many of us are feeling the desolation of social distancing. How often have you seen a friend across the store, rushed over to give them a hug, and were stopped in your tracks when you noticed the mask on their face, recalling the current rules of social distancing during this pandemic? How often do you yearn to hug an aging parent, or your grandchildren? These are things we have always taken for granted. And our bodies are now calling out for the touch of another.

The effect of this physical separation has many shrouded emotions rising to the surface, feelings from long long ago, threading all the way back to the origin of time. We are experiencing this separation personally while being distanced from our families and friends. We are experiencing sexual separation via the inequality of masculine vs feminine. We are experiencing it collectively as racism is exploding to the surface, human against human. And on the deepest level, we are experiencing the original separation from God. The is the Primordial Wound of Separation.

Origin of Separation

As recorded in the ancient scrolls, the omnipotent omniscient omnipresent God, in order to experience the infinite facets of life, made a decision to divide into what we have come to know as the female and male aspects of Mother/Father God. The original divine plan for the division into masculine and feminine aspects was purposefully created to expand the experience of creative expression. With this division, each aspect of the polarities of yin and yang holds within it the seed of the other as a reminder of our wholeness through all dimensions, throughout all eternity. Therefore, there has never truly been a separation.

The separation that we’ve been experiencing, is an erroneous perception of the separation from God that’s been perpetrated by humanity. At our core, in our heart space, we are all whole and complete. Unfortunately, many religions have taught that as humans we are flawed in our nature causing enormous destruction to the human psyche. The memory of these wounds are carried within us, thus we lost our sense of divinity. As a result, we now live in a world of imbalanced duality in fear of acknowledging our own GodSelf as sovereign creators.

Return of the Rainbow Tribes

On the initial days after the birth of this planet, the dazzling sun shone upon it with a multitude of colors streaming from the original twelve sacred rays of the Primal Creator. Each ray carried its own unique vibration, sound, and color. As they danced together, they whirled and twirled glorious ethereal art and music beyond our imagination. As the energies matured, the elements manifested as fire, water, earth, and air. Nature became the proliferation we’re accustomed to today. Fabulous beings of light walked upon this earth embodying an amalgamation of all the twelve sacred rays.

However, according to the divine plan, as the density of the planet increased, human consciousness decreased. Some of the higher more refined vibrations were no longer sustainable in this dense environment. So one by one, many of these rays disappeared from human perception, but continued to hold their sacred space for the eventual planetary ascension as we progressed through the natural cosmic cycle. As a result, the planet fell into third-dimensional duality and only four primary rays/races remain.

As many of the ancient prophecies predicted, the day would come when all the rainbow tribes would once again reunite and dance together transcending the illusions of separation and duality. These harmonizing vibrations will reunite all twelve sacred rays in a new golden age. Thus, we shall walk together in our diversity and uniqueness on the sacred path of peace across all cultural boundaries, laying down our weapons, living in harmlessness in balance with all beings, and living side by side to enhance life.

This spiral was destined to reverse itself at the appointed time to initiate the integration of all aspects of our GodSelf. The rainbow tribes are gathering once again. It is time to birth the new reality that has been written in the prophecies passed down through eons of time. This is the precipice upon which we now stand as the Universe fully opens to us once again.

The Human Journey

The journey has been a long one, much longer than any of us would have liked it to be. However, this tear in the fabric of the web of the collective coupled with the diminishment of pure Love has always been part of the divine plan as a way to increase our experience of Love. Our separation from Love in the form of duality has been a powerful teaching, for the only way to truly know Love is to separate ourselves from it.

Every being living on the planet at this time has, on some level, made a commitment to live in Love. It may not always appear that way to you, but that is exactly what is taking place. Never judge the expression of Love. As with you, everyone is doing the best they know how. Allow each person to embody his or her own experiences so that all may be touched with this divine radiant energy of Love by anchoring it, playing with it, expanding its physicality, and most of all embodying it. There are infinite experiences and expressions of Love. How matters little, because the end result will be the same. No matter which path is taken the destination is always Love. Duality was simply part of our earth’s cycle: to know love more fully, we chose to experience living without it.

As we bring these dissonant energies back into balance the energies of separation will naturally dissolve and humans will once again remember how to connect with their hearts and intuition. It is time to offer gratitude to everyone in our lives who has reflected our Divinity back to us in both the darkness and the light. For both are necessary for the expansion and evolution of our souls. And may I remind you that the roles of holding the light amidst the darkness have been the most challenging and most deserving of our appreciation. Through eons of life experiences, all these aspects have been expanding our conscious ability to experience and embody the divinity of Love.

This unique lifetime on earth offers an opportunity to expand our consciousness beyond the antiquated ingrained misconceptions, to gather all our expanded aspects into wholeness, and realize the Sovereignty of our Divinity from whence we were originally born. For we all originate from the same infinite Source, birthed as Divine Seeds of Creation to create art and music beyond anything the omniverse has ever experienced before.

“By transcending the illusions of separation and duality,
we walk in harmony on the sacred path of peace, love, and joy.”
~ Black Madonna ~

As the original wound of separation is rising to the surface within each of us, mass consciousness continues to cycle through its play-back via extreme polarities. Attempting to fix what appears to be the problem only exacerbates it. Instead, by finding harmony amidst the flux of duality we find the core of our GodSelf, free of any separation. Herein we find Love for our self with all its human foibles, Love beyond our human bounds for all our brothers and sisters, and Love for all sentient beings. Herein, we find peace with All-That-Is and we rise sovereign and free as creators of a new reality.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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This includes excerpts from “Divinely Human” Black Madonna Diaries, Volume II available in paperback and ebook @ www.amazon.com/author/sharonlynshepard

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Freedom from Trauma

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Everyone has experienced some kind of trauma in their lives whether it be physical or emotional. Often this trauma lives on hidden below the surface of our present consciousness. As it does, it proliferates with each added trauma. Until it becomes so overwhelming it can no longer be contained. All it takes is one fleeting reminder for all of it to detonate and shatter our peaceful world. Life will never be the same once this happens.

There are those who will do whatever it takes to distract themselves from it by adding more busyness to their lives. Or attempt to create a new persona, to disassociate from the person who first experienced the trauma. Others will purposely suppress it by thinking sweet lovely thoughts. Some will go into therapy spending years processing every iota of perceived facts to gain some understanding of it.

As a physical therapist who has worked with victims of trauma, I have seen this energy held in the body, creating dysfunction and disease. As a human, I have tried all of the above, with little success. Unfortunately, these attempts can go on for years and years holding us hostage from a life fully lived, a life free of the suffering and entanglement of past trauma.

What I have come to realize is that trauma will always surface of its own accord at the most appropriate time. We do not need to go digging around in our psyche looking for it. All energy is in search of balance. Its innate design is to surface when we are facing a new potential of expanded consciousness.

By choosing this new potential, the old trauma naturally comes up for release. It doesn’t need our processing, for the mind is adept at creating infinite loops of entanglement. It doesn’t need our coddling, for it will never really feel good. Distraction only works for a short period of time and leaves no space for the new potential to land. Suffering through the memories only creates more suffering and eventual disease.

What I have found that works for me is compassion and forgiveness, for my self and others. I have no need to agree or disagree, because forgiveness is free of judgement. I simply need to allow the release of the emotional energy with ease and grace by surrendering my fear, pain, and trauma to Love. The less attention I give to details, the easier it is released.

Our memories are nothing more than stories created by the mind. As we all know our remembrance of an event often differs from that of another who was also present. So it is with trauma. It is nothing more than a story our mind has created. What we are truly releasing is the emotional energy that has been held within our human bodies. Once we have done that, the stories naturally dissolve for there is nothing to hold them in place anymore.

There is no need to suffer. There is no need to process and dissect. There is no need for remorse. The only thing being asked is love and compassion for self.

I invite you to take a few moments to join me with several deep breaths to allow a calm serenity to flow through your body. With each deep breath there is a release of past trauma with ease and grace. With each deep breath there is more space for new potentials. With each new breath, more joy can surface. With each deep breath there is a new found freedom for a life full lived. Breathe deeply Beloveds, breathe deeply.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”

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Sheltering in “Presence”

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It has been several weeks since the planet has come to a near halt due to the mandates of the corona virus. I find it interesting how the terminology has shifted from “social distancing” to “self-isolating” to “sheltering in place”.

I am feeling yet another shift that I am calling “Sheltering in Presence”. That realization came to me this evening as I noticed the intimacy I am feeling with my own Presence. Do to the mandated isolation, there can be no expectations from anyone outside of our selves. As a result, a spontaneous freedom has allowed that Presence to take precedence in my life. 

I flash back to the first time I experienced my own Divine Presence. It was in the early 1990’s when I experienced a life review via a Near Dear Experience. At the time, there wasn’t anyone in my life with whom I was able to share the experience so all the details slowly faded away. But from that moment on, I had a deep yearning to become the Divine Presence as indescribable as that was to me at the time.

As a result, life as I had known it began to fall apart and a new vision took its place. I was no longer able to sustain the role I was playing in my marriage. I divorced and moved across the country to begin a new life. People began showing up in my life that were more compatible with who I was becoming rather than who I used to be. I drew a spiritual community to me, was employed in a job I loved, and lived in a comfortable home with views of the Olympic mountain range and the Puget Sound. Life was good!

Then one morning a voice in meditation invited me to leave my work, sell everything, and move to Spain. Having made a prior commitment to my spiritual path, I did not hesitate. Within 24 hours of arriving in Spain, the Black Madonna made her presence known in my life. Per her guidance, I set out on the path of discovering my true Divine Presence.

After seven years of traveling with a Black Madonna statue in my backpack without a home base, the day arrived when I was able to create a home for myself once again. During my journeys with Madonna, I had recorded all her messages in a diary and I felt compelled to share my story along with her recorded wisdom. This process of writing allowed me to review, distill, and embody my own soul’s wisdom. With the completion of my book series the “Black Madonna Diaries”, I felt like I had come full circle.

Once again, my life was disrupted. I was guided to move into a small carriage house in the forest on one of the islands in the Puget Sound. Up until now, Madonna had always been a presence in my life, much like having a roommate. Upon moving into the carriage house, she went silent. I was alone with only my own self for company. Up until then my life had been an external one, this quietude initiated an inner journey.

Writing became my most intimate companion as I began conversing with my own soul. Words spontaneously turned into poetry because my words needed space, lots of space, as the wisdom of my own inner voice flowed forth. I began sharing some of these poems on social media because I thought they might instill other people’s own inner wisdom. Interest in my poetry grew with requests to share the poetry in a book. Thus, I began the process of collating hundreds of poems.

What a journey that initiated! Each volume of the poetry series “Wisdom of the Inner Voice” has become my own personal labyrinth of enlightenment by viewing my life from new ever expanding perceptions. Whereas before, I was floating in a cloud of wisdom, by recording these inner passages I am able to ground, fully embody, and integrate them into my life.

In “Etudes of Love”, I fell in love with my Self as my own intimate lover. In “Realizing our Divinity”, I was introduced to my GodSelf. My often foolhardy spiritual process was cataloged in “Labyrinth of Enlightenment”. While “Embodied Transformation” cleared my mental and emotional body, my physical body evolved into a vibrant energy body of well-being. “Consummating our Sovereignty” allowed me to discover, heal, and gather all my unconscious aspects into a whole and sovereign being.

As I am quietly “Sheltering in Presence”, I have come to intimately know and cherish my Divine Presence in a whole new way. Flashing back on my NDE, I realize my prior life review related to all the people and circumstances in my outer world. Whereas, my poetry series “Wisdom of the Inner Voice” has evolved into a life review of my ever expanding inner world.

Each of us has had different life experiences, each with our own unique soul path. Perhaps yours has been more grounded, while others have been more esoteric. It matters not if you have been on a spiritual path or not. Every experience has a spiritual and energetic aspect to it whether we are conscious of it or not.

Right now we are all being given the gift of “Sheltering in Presence”. Not everyone will choose to untie the strings of this gift to unwrap it in this moment, for not everyone is ready to do so. Each soul path has its own divine timing that needs to be honored. So, perhaps the simple awareness of this gift is enough for now, to be tucked away until you feel called to untie the strings.

But if you are being called to fully open your heart and accept this gift, your Divine Presence awaits and will always provide you safe shelter.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Labyrinth of Enlightenment

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Introducing LABYRINTH OF ENLIGHTENMENT
Volume III of “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”

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“Labyrinth of Enlightenment” is a collection of poems reflecting our experiences as we awaken to our innate Divinity. This realization is usually initiated with the dissatisfaction of our outer world and a yearning for something beyond the empty busyness of our current daily lives.

The passage of enlightenment unfolds much like a labyrinth. It is a sacred soul journey weaving its way from our outwardly projected human persona toward the heart of our Inner Being. It is a path of awakening, self-discovery, healing, and transformation. By going inward, consciousness reveals itself to us with the realization that our Divinity has always been present awaiting our awareness.

This divine design is the Soul’s loving way of guiding us through our many layers of healing as we weave all our broken or forgotten parts into wholeness and complete embodiment to live our lives in grace.

Chapter Titles:
Awakening
Courage
Embodied Enlightenment
Expanding Consciousness
Multidimensionality
Gift of Silence
Soul Path
Bliss

May the words in these poems guide you to your own Inner Voice as you traverse your labyrinth of enlightenment. Trust that it will always lead you more deeply into the heart of your soul expanding your consciousness with newly realized wisdom to live your dreams and engage in the world as the Embodiment of the Divine.

LABYRINTH OF ENLIGHTENMENT, “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”, Volume III
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