Distilling the Old Stories

When my daughter and her husband recently moved, the movers loaded all their earthly possessions onto the truck and disappeared. EVERYTHING was stolen, never to be seen again. My first instinct was. . . WoW! All the baggage of your old life has just disappeared. Of course, that was not what she wanted to hear. Nor is it what I said to her, but it was what I felt from within me.

I recall years ago while I was living in Spain as an ex-pat, my computer was struck by lightening and I lost everything without a back up. My first reaction was panic because not only had I lost all my files and my writing, I had lost all my contact information for friends and family. Little did I realize at the time, my old life had gone up in smoke and I was rising like the phoenix into a whole new life.

Fast forward. . . one of things my daughter was especially sad to lose were all her photos. Thus, I have been sorting through all our family photos, scanning them into my computer to share with her. This initiated a monumental project, one I have been putting off for quite some time (as I’m sure many of you can relate to)

What a walk down memory lane!
During the process, I have come to realize this: I have already lived multiple lifetimes within this lifetime, with many different aspects of myself at the forefront. So many photos with faces peering out at me. For some, I recognize the faces but the names are long gone just like the files on my computer. Mainly because I have moved so often from one place, one aspect of my life, to another in which the players have also changed along with the stage.

The most interesting thing this “life review” provided via my photos is that the old stories with their sticky emotional baggage have dissolved along with the names. There is no sadness tugging at my heart for those I have lost along the way. Nor any thoughts of what could have, would have been. What remains is the distillation of the old stories into the purity of Wisdom and the resulting joy for having had these amazing experiences with so many wonderful people.

THIS is how the Soul distills the wisdom of all our experiences (usually upon our death). It does not judge. It does not harbor any emotions such as shame, blame, guilt, sadness, loss, or anger. There is no such thing as good or bad. The Soul simply distills the wisdom and revels in each experience of our human self. Experiences the Soul would not have had without a physical body along with the Wisdom that gets carried forth throughout the eternity of the Soul. Wisdom we are currently drawing upon from a multitude of lifetimes past.

The words “You can’t take your baggage with you” were echoing in my ears as I moved through this process of distilling each photo over the past few weeks. I now realize. . . It is done! There is nothing pulling at my heart strings to hold me back any more. Having distilling the old stories, there is no more judgement, no more baggage, no more effort, no more heavy lifting required. My life has been simplified, purified, and I can now proceed judgment free with ease and grace.

In past incarnations, this distillation of the old stories did not usually happen until we were on our deathbed. In our current lifetime, we are being offered this sacred gift of Self realization while still in our human bodies. This choice, which is available for each one of us, is living Heaven on Earth.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~

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The Importance of Conscious Choice

The most glaring thing I’ve noticed about the COVID pandemic is our lack of choice. Restrictions such as lockdowns, masks, social distancing, vaccines, etc . . . . No wonder there is so much unrest, so much resistance, so many demonstrations when we feel that the freedoms on our daily lives have been taken away from us.

In a conversation with someone recently about the mandate of wearing masks, it became apparent to me that it’s not about wearing a mask, which in the end will only be temporary. Our ire has been ignited because we feel like we have lost our ability to choose.

I have always been a bit of a rebel. I was a precocious child that did not take kindly to others telling me what to do, or not do. As a triple Aries, I have always blazed my own path. So imposing all these COVID restrictions have caused me to reassess how I approach life.

When masks were first presented as a cautionary, I chose not to wear one because I trust my immune system. But when my local market posted a sign on the door that said: “No mask, No service. If you have a medical condition we are happy to do your shopping for you and deliver your groceries to your home.”, I now had a choice to make: To wear a mask while shopping, or to allow the market to be in service to me by delivering my groceries.

I appreciate that my community market gave me a choice. Many places did not. Because I enjoy shopping for my own groceries, especially fresh produce, I chose to wear a mask to do my shopping. I saw no need to battle with a company that was willing to accommodate us by shopping for us and delivering our groceries. It was this choice that allowed me to reduce any resistance or anger about compulsory dictates. Instead, I realized it was not a hardship to don a mask for the hour I was shopping and enjoy my meals of fresh produce.

There has been a lot of discussion on the internet about humans unconsciously becoming “sheep” by just following the “merry piper of control” during these imposed restrictions. Indeed there has been a lot of this!! Most humans are unconscious. They simply follow whatever their friends or family are doing. They do not stop to consider the options and make conscious choices for what is best for themselves.

This had me thinking about all the rules or laws that we need to abide by in our daily lives. Just as you, there are some that I agree with and some I do not. But to what avail would my resistance result other than keep my own ire activated and thus impair my own health?

I have to ask: How different are our laws than my own boundaries and rules. For instance, because I live in the forest (which can become a bit muddy) I require mu guests to remove their shoes before entering my home, which has light colored carpet. How different is this from being required to stop at a red light to ensure that drivers and passengers are safe from the chaos of everyone barreling into the intersection at once? Each has its purpose.

I have come to realize that it is my own Sovereignty that is at stake here. It is the lack of choice that bothers me, not the rules themselves. In many cases, I can simply walk around them because they really do not matter very much. In other cases, it is in service to humanity that I abide by them. Neither anger, nor resistance serve me. In reality, what I desire is peace. For me, peace is derived via my contemplation, understanding, and making a conscious choice.

IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP! !
The COVID restrictions have brought much to our attention. I see three groups of people. Those who are unconsciously following the rules because they are sleep walking through life. Those who are weighing their options and making choices as sovereign beings. And those who are choosing to resist and demonstrate to make changes for the whole.

Indeed, in some cases, we do need to stand up to defend our democracy and our right of speech. I have no desire to enter into a political discussion here. I am simply pointing out that once we become conscious, we realize we DO have choice.

The choice is whether to enter into life unconsciously or live consciously with each and every choice we face. Once we make a choice, follow it through without resistance. For it is the resistance that robs us of our Peace, which is why we desire the ability to make our own choices.

My question is this:
How much energy does it takes to resist, to push against something, creating more chaos rather than directing that energy toward finding a way to rise above it, to make the space necessary to create anew.

So what is your role?

Once we become conscious, we realize there are many roles to be played. There are those who are on the front lines in positions of power who are able to make changes in governing. There are those who are banding together, demonstrating to have their voices heard. And there are those who are quietly working behind the scenes to create anew. All are important Conscious Choices that are making a difference to create a better world for all of humanity.


~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Spiritually Coming of Age

Today’s technology has expanded us to new levels of communication allowing us to connect with others around the world. With the current pandemic we have been unable to gather in person. There has been a sadness for the lack of personal touch. A loss of hugs and ability to look eye to eye. At the same time, it has challenged us to develop and open new avenues for coming together in ways we may not have done in the past.

The ability to create events and gatherings to attend in person have momentarily come to a halt. But with technologies like zoom, youtube, and facebook “live”, we are able to reach out globally beyond our local communities. Social media allows anyone to come online to speak live, in the moment. There is no need for creating programs, pre-planning, or advertising. This is particularly supportive of our spiritual community. Anyone can spontaneously speak from the heart in response to the current events or energies that are effecting all of us. They no longer need to be famous spiritual teachers with established platforms. For are we not all teachers, each in our own unique ways?

Several “live” facebook videos came to my attention in the past few days. With that came a welcome realization for which I am very grateful.

Born as a baby boomer, our counterculture generation has been attributed as the spiritual awakeners with our messages of Love and Peace. According to Carlos Santana, ”The ’60s were a leap in human consciousness. Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Che Guevara, they led a revolution of conscience.” And that legacy continues to permeate society.

Our freedom of expression blasted through society’s boundaries with sex, drugs, and rock ’n roll. We initiated social, economic and political equality with the civil rights movement, women’s empowerment, global travel, and we landed on the moon. Technology was introduced that has become mainstream today, from the first telephones and televisions to present day iPhones.

The youthful proponents of counterculture, known as the hippies, disapproved of the modern world so much many dropped out of formal religions and sought refuge from it in communes and mystical religions. Thus, the New Age was born.

We opened the doors and all our spiritual work paved the way for new generations to step in. A few years ago, I and many others of my age reached a point in which we knew we were done! It was time for a change in roles. We had done our part and the world was ready for us to hand our torches off to the new ones.

We have come of age. We have become the elders of the tribe of humanity. We are the grandmothers and grandfathers who continue to hold the vision and the wisdom. Within our maturity we have found inner peace, tranquility, and the freedom to listen quietly without judgement. Speaking when spoken to without the need to profess or pontificate.

Indeed, there are still those who are choosing to be out in the global world. And there are those who are simply here to shine their light and share their love via simple acts of kindness in the midst of turmoil for those who are lost in the darkness. There are many in our generation who have chosen to simplify life and retire to truly enjoy life much like the grandparents who enjoy their grandkids beyond the need to parent them. Each has their own unique soul path and each is needed as part of the whole.

During my spiritual journey, I have journaled most of my experiences and distilled “wisdom”, much of it in the form of poetry. In the past few years, I have stepped into my new role by publishing many of my writings in numerous books. (available on Amazon @ www.amazon.com/author/sharonlynshepard ) What a joy it is to revisit these pearls of wisdom during the publishing process. But I have no desire or passion to step into the spotlight. For I have turned that over to the new ones.

Watching recent “live” videos, I look at the ones who have taken up the torch and revel in how amazing they are! They too have “Come of Age”. We opened the doors and they didn’t hesitate to step in with a different perception of life, free of our old baggage. They are fresh and new. They are wired differently. They are pure of heart.

Our world is in the mist of a major transformation. Duality is struggling to draw to a close. Although many humans are more open, others are more closed . Therein lies the chaos of present day. But these new ones are solid in their “Presence”. Their spiritual messages are no longer about New Age teachings or those from the dusty old tomes of ancient masters. They are adeptly responding to present day life in the midst of transition. And they are doing a stellar job of it!

So I am here to honor each of you. Those who have chosen to pass on the torch. And those who have taken up the torch and stepped out in ways our generation was not prepared to do.

Bravo Beloveds! You bring a whole new level of wisdom to the forefront. I am very grateful to be one of the observers in the peanut gallery right now. Enjoying life, adding my wisdom when called upon, and celebrating all the transformational changes that are taking place in this amazing lifetime for all of humanity. As we ALL Come of Age!

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Energy in Motion

For the past several weeks I feel as though I have been living in a fog. Although I’ve experienced numerous blips of this fogginess over the past few years, I’ve never experienced it for such a long span of time. Nothing stimulates my interest and nothing feels very satisfying. It’s been much like the movie “Groundhog Day” where I get up, get dressed, eat a few meals, move through my usual routine, then return to bed. Get up the next day and repeat.

At the same time. . . I’m living an oxymoron where life feels totally unstable. There is flagrant instability with global weather, world events, and systems collapsing all around us. But I am experiencing it even more so within my own life. It feels like I’ve had a full memory wipe out, unable to grasp onto even a tidbit of information to make sense of anything. And surprisingly, I have been functioning just fine. In fact, my life is flowing quite smoothly. Perhaps because I have no memory or expectations within this fog with which to judge anything.

This morning I finally awoke feeling much more clear and present in my body. At first I thought I had been floundering out of my body because everything has felt floaty and wobbly. I now realize I have been acclimating to a new way of being with the realization that nothing in life is static, even though it may appear to be and I have grown accustomed to engaging with energy from this erroneous belief.

In reality: Energy is in constant motion. Life is continually changing. Otherwise we would all be dead and gone.

Instead of attempting to ground with the earth, or into my physical body, I realize my consciousness has expanded into what feels like a very wobbly space compared to how I have been living all of my life. I am reacting very differently to the flow of energy. I no longer see or experience things with the same stability with which I have been familiar. It appears to me that humanity’s dissatisfaction and suffering is all rooted in our attempt to hold everything in place. But, nothing is static. Instead, energy is in constant motion. Life is in constant motion.

I have awoken feeling content, lighter, more at ease. I’m no longer experiencing energy as I have been accustomed and my human self is acclimating to this newness. I no longer need to figure things out. The search is over. I don’t need to know how things work because energy is in service to me in a new and different way in each and every moment. There are no repeats, nothing to fix, no need to get anything right, as I have been attempting to do for most of my life. Instead, I’m living a life of infinite new potentials.

All our lives, everything we’ve ever done has been for the purpose of feeling love, peace, joy, and contentment. So why not simply BE those things without the need to “do” something to attain them. Because in the end, they are not attainable. They are in fact, Who We Are. And the way they express is changing in each given moment. There is nothing I need do, other than choose.

THIS is the new ME, My Energy, sovereign, free, and clear in every New moment.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~

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Team Humanity

As an American non-football fan, I surprised myself today by watching the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This was so out of character for me.

It has been a very long time since I’ve watched a football game. Gone are the days when I froze my bum off at Soldier Field watching the Chicago Bears in subzero temperatures in the days of Walter Payton. As a retired sports medicine physical therapist who has worked in clinics in Chicago and Seattle, both of which have professional sports teams, the aggressiveness and injuries of these professional sports have impacted me. I have since moved on to more harmonic entertainment.

Over the past few years, I typically tune into the replays of the Super Bowl halftime show to see what musical talent has been showcased. This year, I planned on live-streaming it. Quite frankly, I was very disappointed in the ultra-techno halftime show, especially the white mummified zombie masks. (just my personal impression) But it did draw me into watching the football game which I had no intension of watching.

Let me preface this by saying, I did not know in advance what teams were playing and I had no personal preference. What surprised me was how clearly I was able to observe the game energetically, especially with the sound muted, free of all the commentators yammering in the background. Per my observation, I was surprised at the extreme difference of how each team energetically presented themselves.

The Kansas players were very aggressive. Not only were there an abundance of penalties for physically attacking their opponents, verbal abuse was apparent. I could actually see the aggressive energy that was being targeted at their opponents. At some point I realized the accumulation of this aggressive energy became the turning point of the game toward their loss.

What I observed with the Tampa players was a team cohesiveness. Indeed, as is typical, there was always a “play” called with the snap of the ball. But I also observed an intuitive connection between team members that allowed them to respond to what was happening in the moment no matter what “play had been called. I could feel/see the energetic wisdom instantaneously moving between players much like within a spider web. This team cohesiveness became most apparent to me at the end of the game, when Tom Brady was congratulating and hugging each of his teammates rather than being carried into the middle of the field on their shoulders as I have seen so often in the past Super Bowls. He was very aware that the win belonged to ALL of the players and each had a part to play. A quarterback often gets all the kudos, but it takes a strong offensive line and defensive team to win the game. He has played the game of life long enough to know, encourage, and support that!

Our current world is in the midst of a huge metamorphosis. We’re seeing it in antiquated political, financial, educational, and religious systems that are crumbling, much like the game did for Kansas today. The old ways of aggression and bullying are no longer being supported on this planet. I have to honest, I did not anticipate seeing such a blatant example of it in sports. Humanity is experiencing this transformation together as a team and Tom Brady demonstrated that today in spades! Hopefully, the Kansas players were able to realize that as well, for there was talent present on both teams. Just as each of us carry wisdom and talent within each of us. It is how we play together and support the “team” that makes the difference.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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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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Choosing Your Seat in the World Theater

I think we can all agree that we have never seen the world in such chaos! From politics to pandemics and everything in between. The collective emotions range from fear to compassion streaming through our psyche like the whirlwinds of a hurricane. Fear of dying, fear of losing control, fear of survival, fear of getting ill, fear of losing our freedoms. . . Such are the multitude of fears running rampant. Simultaneously, there are moments of quiet and stillness, likened to being in the eye of the storm because we are unable to navigate the world outside of our own abodes due to communities being on lockdown.

With all of this going on around us, we DO have choice, even though we may think we have lost it. We can choose to engage in fear and anger, or we can choose to create our own reality from that quiet still point within each of us.

I share with you this very lucid dream I recently experienced:

I am sitting in the most decadent royal box seat of a theater surrounded by multiple stages. There are numerous plays going on simultaneously upon each of these stages with the most realistic backdrops I have ever seen. What a deal! One ticket and multiple shows! I get to choose which plays to watch. There are times I am drawn into a particular drama, fully engaged with the storyline. There are other times I’m observing several stages simultaneously. There are times I create my own character and walk into the play, remain in the story as long as I choose, and then exit stage right. And there are times I settle into my plush seat with a glass of champagne and simply observe it all.

In the wee hours of the morning, in my semi-awakened state of being, I realized THIS, this is how I am experiencing life now. I am observing the world as a theater with many different stages. I’m aware that each person has chosen their role in their own storyline. Some are playing their parts consciously, others are unconsciously following someone else’s script. No matter how many stages are playing out, I get to be the unbiased observer. I can choose whether or not to engage in any of the ongoing dramas, some of which have been playing out for eons of time. Whereas, others are newly created narratives in search of good reviews. Or, I can choose the joy of skipping through fields of daisies, splashing through puddles, and singing with the wind, unaware of anything other than this precious moment.

No matter what is going on in the World Theater, I get to choose my own seat. Whether it be as an observer in the royal box, one of the seats on the main floor with family and friends, or a character on any one of the numerous stages. One ticket to planet Earth, many choices! As such, I get to create my own reality within each and every moment.
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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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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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The Trappings of Self Identity

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Many years ago, I was guided to “leave my profession, sell everything I owned, leave my family and friends, to move to Spain”. At the time I was living in Seattle Washington in the USA, did not speak Spanish, and knew no one on Spain. The pull was so strong that I followed that guidance. Selling or giving away all my things was not nearly as difficult as it was to leave my profession. As a physical therapist, I had spent YEARS in university to get a degree and maintain a license that needed to be renewed yearly from the residence in which I worked.

As I was sitting with one of my soul sisters contemplating all the ramifications of this choice, the thing that surfaced was: Who am I, if not a physical therapist? What do I write in that line on my passport, or tax returns if I am no longer a physical therapist? What identity do I have?

Bingo!!! I realized we, as humans, are fearful of not having an identity. That fear is the root cause holding most of us back from our Embodied Enlightenment.

We move through the spiritual process of enlightenment letting go of habits, things, jobs, and people that no longer resonate with us. Many of us change our names to shift from our old perception of self to a more spiritual self. But unless we are able to release ALL the trappings of of our identity, willing to be nameless, we are still encapsulated in our identity.

Possessing an I-dentity, whether it be a name, profession, or description of self, will always create a “dent” in our ability to transcend our human perspective of self. As opposed to experiencing the totality of our Godself who is All-That-Is with no need for an Identity.

It does create a bit of a conundrum when one needs to describe one’s self in words for things such as a website, published book, facebook, etc. I recall how difficult that was for me. That question of: Who am I? that needed a descriptive. But, I have discovered the trick with that is to “know” who you truly are as the I AM and release any attachments to the “face” of identity you are presenting to the world.

So, beloved ones, if Embodied Enlightenment is your goal, it will require the total surrendering of all of who you think you are, including your identity. Therein, you will find everything you have been searching for: the contentment of love, peace, grace, and joy. For these are organically inherent as your GodSelf as All-That-Is.

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

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