The Game of Duality

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It is said . . .
“There is no light without shadow.”
“There is no good without bad.”
“Suffering is a natural part of life.”
“You can not know light without darkness.”

Unless. . .
The sun is directly above you. . . where you cast no shadow.
You are experiencing all that life has to offer . . . without the need to judge.
You flow with the natural unfoldment of life. . . instead of trying to control it.
You are radiating light from within you. . . which dispels any darkness.

I have come to realize that duality is a game humans play.
A game we’ve been taught by those who have never realized they’ve been confined within duality. A game with rules perpetrated by religion and government to control the masses. A game most humans have never been courageous enough to break free, to explore beyond the “rules” of duality.

As children, we are born free of the beliefs and bonds of duality. For the first few years of my life I recall living in my own delightful world of magic. Until rule by rule, I was eventually imprisoned by the game of duality and the magic of life disappeared.

But times have changed. By remembering the truth of who I AM, my Inner-Knowing has surfaced once again. And it doesn’t coincide with what I’ve been taught by my parents, teachers, society, religion, or mass consciousness.

Those of us who are awakening from the hypnosis of duality that we’ve been living most of our lives have begun questioning everything. It begins with things that are no longer working for us: health issues from the stress of overwork, depression from living a heart impoverished life, relationship breakups, loss of jobs, homes, and the snuffed out spark of life.

As I look around I realize our newest generation isn’t buying into the old games of duality. They see no need to rebel against it. They are simply creating life from a sea of infinite potentials, free of the old indoctrination and the old bonds of society. Whereas our generation has had to summon the courage to break free, they were never imprisoned to begin with.

Even the new age moment is still caught up in the game of duality, as demonstrated by the quotes streaming through my facebook newsfeed. Quotes like the sentences at the top of this page. Quotes of separation and divisiveness from the Inner-Knowing of our GodSelf.

These are the beliefs that imprison us from living our full potential. Beliefs that hold the magic of life at bay. Beliefs that rob us from manifesting our dreams. Beliefs that are nothing more than the illusion of duality, a game we’ve been playing for far too long.

I hereby offer you the card to “Break out of Prison”, pass by GO, collect your infinite $$$ and dump the Monopoly game board into the trash along with all your long held dualistic beliefs.

High Ho! High Ho!
Magic is enlivened once again and your infinite reality awaits!!!

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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Awakening from the Dream

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This morning, I awoke with an all-pervading sense of peace, contentment, and well-being. During my dreamtime one of my prior employers came to me and said, “If there’s anything you need, you just let me know.” From within the dream, it felt like he was a special guardian, or the embodiment of Source.

When I recall my interactions with him years ago he was simply a good-hearted man who was providing for his employees. It wasn’t anything extraordinary, but I can now see it was much more than I was aware of at the time. In review, I realize there have been others throughout my life that have done the same. There has always been someone hovering in the background, making sure I was okay until I Awoke into knowing Who I AM. Since then, there have been many who have quietly smoothed the path for me along the way.

I recall the Madonna’s first message to me upon my spiritual awakening. She said, “You have a gift for all of mankind. As long as you remain on the path you will be protected and provided for and there will always be those in support of you.” In retrospect, I realize there has always been someone behind the scenes supporting me, even though I was not aware of it. For that I am immensely grateful.

I share this because I believe this is true for each of us. Especially those of us who came into this lifetime with the intent of Awakening to our GodSelf while still in our physical bodies. This is often referred to as Embodied Enlightenment, Ascension, or Realization.

Call it whatever you like, I don’t get caught up in labels or identity. I realize this lifetime on earth is to experience the physicality and sensuality of life through the perception of my Soul as my GodSelf, rather than the human identity and desires attuned to mass consciousness.

With this Realization, everything in my life has shifted. I now feel like the identity of Sharon Lyn Shepard has died and I am now living on the other side of the veil while still in my physical body as a sovereign being. I realize nothing exists without my consciousness and “I Am” the one creating my reality.

I’m experiencing mass consciousness as if I’m watching it on a tv screen. I can tune into any channel I choose, such as religion, politics, family, fb, whatever. But I no longer feel the seduction to engage or participate, nor the emotional oversensitivity that has always been present in my life. When I do choose to engage there is a sense of communing and interacting with the energies from a new and different perspective. I no longer engage from the perspective of unworthiness, suffering, pain, judgment, the need to fix anything, nor because I need anything from it. Instead I am consciously choosing to engage for the experience and joy of it.

With the advent of a new year, it is a common practice to set new intentions. As I was pondering this, these are the words that came to mind for me: Peace, Contentment, Well-being, Joy, Play and Thriving. The moment I set these intentions is the moment they became true for me. First in my dreamtime, and the accompanying realization that was brought forth and grounded upon my awakening this morning.

This has always been the truth for all of us which we are now remembering as we awaken from the fog of our sleep induced mass consciousness dreams. As each of us lives our own truth as our GodSelf we become mirrors for all of mass consciousness as each individual awakens to their soul path with their own perfect timing. In this way, we become the guardians who are soothing the path for others by our simple Presence.   This, my Beloveds, is how we are creating a New Reality.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Drama, the Food of the Mind

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Intense drama has become the food of the mind. It feeds upon every disaster, every problem, every dilemma. Without it, the mind feels empty and bereft, in fear of dying. Over the years, the mind has become so inundated with information and drama that stronger addictions of “need” have been established in order to survive. Without it, it fears death.

Just writing that sentence amped up my limbic system!
For those who don’t know, the limbic system is a complex system of nerves and networks in the brain associated with instinct and mood. It controls the basic emotions (fear, pleasure, anger) and drives hunger, sex, dominance, and care of offspring. Once triggered, the entire body goes on alert into its reptilian fight or flight response. The longer the limbic system remains in a state of anxiety, the more prone we are to react from violence and the more susceptible our body is to disease.

In recent years, we has become so accustomed to drama it has become the norm. When things calm down, the mind immediately goes in search of more drama, more explicit drama, more emotional drama. All to keep itself feeling alive.

The teachings of our spiritual path encourage us to simplify our lives, to remove ourselves from the drama of mainstream, and quiet the mind. We have learned that the answers reside in that still quiet space within us. But finding and maintaining that space requires a lot of changes in our lives. Changes like withdrawing from the mainstream media, less time spent on social media, withdrawing from family dramas, etc., etc.

But as soon as we withdraw and life quiets down, our mind becomes restless with its addiction for drama to feel alive. The mind isn’t comfortable in the temporary void we experience during this transition. There’s a pull to turn on the tv or fire up the the computer and see what’s going on in the world. Even our spiritual self has been tricked into “doing” things to save the world and other people. It pulls at our heart strings, drawing us into things that have no relevance to us. So we’re seduced back into the drama, albeit spiritual drama instead of the old style drama. But drama, none the less.

Withdrawing from drama requires a lot of practice, even more so if you are naturally empathic. It doesn’t happen overnight and there’s no need to beat ourselves up for failing to instantaneously shift into a new way of being. That just adds to the drama. It’s a moment by moment process and it requires self compassion. The first step is realizing the underlying cause. Once we do, we need persistent reminders to shift our perception from drama to peace within a new and different context. . . the context of our Inner Being that thrives in the stillness and silence.

There are many things we can do to shift our consciousness from drama to peace and contentment. One of my favorite it spending time in nature away from all the day to day distractions. I am blessed to live in the forest. Even a few minutes of forest gazing, as I call it, will shift my consciousness and soothe my limbic system. Listening to calming music or reading a book that transports me to another reality will also do the trick. A shower or soak in the tub…. bingo, an instant shift in consciousness. Playing with children will bring a smile to your limbic system. I’m sure you can think of many more to adapt quite easily into your daily routine.

With moment by moment practice, we’re able to reset our limbic system. We can finally relax into knowing we are safe. We are drawn into peace and contentment as the norm, rather than drama and superficial excitement. After awhile, we are no longer entertained by the drama. Instead we are entertained by the new passions that begin bubbling up from within us as creators of our own reality.

Attempting to change and create something new from within the old confines only strengthens the mind and the limbic system. Whereas creating from within the peace that passeth all understanding allows us to create a new reality for ourselves in which to thrive rather than diminish our health and vitality. We’re now creating from our divinity which has a constant flow of supportive energy rather than draining our energy via the imposed dramas of the world.

So, I ask you: 
Where do you choose to place your attention?
The drama of the outer world, or your own innate inner peace.
It really is this simple to initiate your shift in consciousness to one of well-being and creative joy that builds upon itself rather than the “need” for external stimulus. Everything you need is within you. Herein lies the Joy of Life.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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Words that have Gone Out of Vocabulary

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As a writer, one of the biggest changes during my process of “Ascension” has been my vocabulary. The new age community has created a whole new dictionary of words to attempt to describe this very natural and innate process that goes beyond words.

As a community that desires to share this experience, we do need to use words to express ourselves. The interesting thing I’ve noticed is how those words continue to evolve for me as I evolve. While I was recently editing some poetry I wrote a few years ago, I noticed a few particular words that no longer resonate with me.

I realize how conscious I have become of the energy of words. I have to sit with my words and “feel” into them to find resolution. I can not push the “publish” button until I am fully at peace with the energy of each of the words I have written.

As one would expect, the word “God” is one of the words I had to resolve within my self. Because it’s a word that evokes so many different emotions within people, I’ve hesitated to use it. I’ve played with lots of different substitutions, words such as Source, Universe, and….. wow, I can’t even remember all the others because they have slipped out of my vocabulary to the point I can not recall them.

What I finally realized is that the word itself is not as important as the clarity of the consciousness within me. I ask you to re-read that sentence and sit with it for a moment. The word itself is not as important as the clarity of the consciousness within me.

Words are neutral. It’s the energy we project with our words that affect other people. It’s also the energy with which we hear a word that affects us. Most humans are totally unconscious of their constant chatter. Thus all they are projecting is unconscious noise. There are others, like religion, the media or the new age community, who consciously use words to influence people.

Most of my writing is a personal dialogue between my human self and my GodSelf to gain clarity within me. I have finally settled upon a self-created word: GodSelf. Because I know I AM God in human form expressing as my unique Self. By using a self-created word I’m bypassing all the antiquated energies attached to the word God.

As I’ve moved through the process of my Embodied Enlightenment, there are many words that have gone out of my vocabulary because they no longer resonate with me.

Two of those words are pain and suffering. You won’t find me writing about pain or suffering because I don’t resonate with the need to suffer in order to learn, grow, or expand my consciousness. They were useful experiences in awakening me to the truth of who I now know my Self to be. But they are no longer part of my reality. I have discovered much easier ways to learn and there are no badges handed out at the pearly gates for those who suffer the most.

When I used to read posts on facebook about pain and suffering I often felt the energetic seduction pulling my human self into these old emotional dramas. Especially if I was in a void space after having let go of old programing or beliefs. The human likes to fill all that emptiness with drama and emotions in order to feel alive.

Indeed, I have compassion for pain and suffering. But compassion does not require me to join you in your suffering. Otherwise, there would be nothing but suffering in this world. Compassion is our ability to see the passion of love and joy and say, come this is the way home.

Therefore, words like compassion have been redefined. And the words pain and suffering have slipped out of my vocabulary, replaced with words like well-being and thriving.

Other words that have slipped out of my vocabulary are new age words used by specific groups. Indeed they are useful within the group. But I’ve never been a group person. I occasionally play in groups, but I have always followed my own inner compass.

Consequently, I expect my truth and vocabulary to continue to change as I continue to expand my consciousness. But instead of my vocabulary expanding, it has continued to simplify. I don’t need new age words to converse for they too are going out of vocabulary as fast as new ones are coming in. Instead, much like the rest of my life, my vocabulary continues to become more simple, wise, and heart-based. Therein I place my troth.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice“
www.sharonlynshepard.com

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Savoring the Experience

Artist ~ Holly Sierra

There’s a lot of hype on facebook about a new wave of energy hitting the planet. Indeed this is true. I’ve been feeling the energies of this Spring Equinox way ahead of time and I’m feeling the tingle of excitement within me.

Be aware! There are SO many distractions that can pull us away from our own INNER KNOWING. This is not a mental experience. Don’t allow your mind to get caught up in what dimension we’re moving into, how many DNA strands you have activated, nor compare where you are against someone else’s post or comment on fb.

The Truth is…. WE ARE INFINITE!!

Dimensional separation DOES NOT exist unless you choose to continue playing the game of duality. Our DNA is programmed to come online according to our own personal Soul Path. So what dimension I’m in, or how many DNA strands are active does not matter to me.

What does matter to me is that I AM aligned with my Inner Being, my Soul Being. That’s where my focus is. And if that aligns with others, that’s Awesome because we are coming together with our Soul families. But I’m not following someone else’s drumbeat just to be part of the group.

This is a FEELING experience!!! We will each be feeling and experiencing it in our own way, each according to our own Soul Path. I’m choosing to relax and savor every step of this experience, without getting caught up in the drama and hype which the spiritual community has once again stirred up.

The transition of this planet is an organic one. Gaia has her own Soul Path, her own Inner Knowing, just as we do. We are all walking a sacred path that will never be walked again. All of the Universe is watching and cheering us on.

Indeed, the path has been a rocky one. It has taken a LOT of work to get to this point. And now BeLoveds, We are Here! The most important thing we can do to rise above the old and support the new with the most ease and grace is to Relax and Enjoy Life!

Isn’t this what we came here to do? Hasn’t this been our mission all along? To live as an Embodied Soul in physicality. And this, my BeLoveds is exactly what my Soul is advising me to do . . . .

RELAX….. and ENJOY LIFE!
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“message from my inner wisdom”
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Button Pushing with Ease and Grace

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Okay, I’ll say this right up front. This is going to push a few buttons for people. That’s okay, because unless those buttons get pushed, they get stuck in the ON position running on constant repeat. So here goes. If this pushes your button, you can either jump in there and stick it back on repeat with some duct tape, or you can simply allow it to play itself out with ease and grace.

This is something I’ve been experiencing most of my life, especially since I began my spiritual journey. We’ve been indoctrinated into thinking there’s something wrong with us. And then we create an abundance of stories to validate that. Once we spiritually awaken, we go deep diving into our psyches to excavate and heal all these perceived wounds.

I’ve worked as a physical therapist, alternative healer, and spiritual coach. What I’ve discovered is that those who truly choose to heal, do. And those who are still caught up with that button pushed flat out in the ON position, don’t. At some point I had to ask, is there no end to these stories? Do we ever reach a point in which we are “healed”? If so, how do we do that?

I ran across this passage from John O’Donahue this morning and it spoke volumes to me. Perhaps his words may touch a place in your soul that speaks to you as well:

“People in our hungry modern world are always scraping at the clay of their hearts. They have a new thought, a new plan, a new syndrome, that now explains why they are the way they are. They have found an old memory that opens a new wound. They keep on relentlessly, again and again, scraping the clay away from their own hearts. In nature we do not see trees, for instance, getting seriously involved in therapeutic analysis of their root systems or the whole stony world that they had to avoid on their way to the light. Each tree grows in two directions at once, into the darkness and out to the light with as many branches and roots as it needs to embody its wild desires.

Negative introspection damages the soul. It holds many people trapped for years and years, and ironically, it never allows them to change. It is wise to allow the soul to carry on its secret work in the night side of your life. You might not see anything stirring for a long time. You might have only the slightest intimations of the secret growth that is happening within you, but these intimations are sufficient.” ~ John O’Donohue: Excerpt from ANAM CARA~

I have no judgment here for anyone’s particular path, for every soul offers wisdom, and we’ve each chosen to experience things for our own soul’s growth. I’m simply sharing my own personal experience. And perhaps shining a light on a few stuck buttons.

At some point in my life, I got so fatigued with attempting to heal myself and others that I just walked away. I gave up my healing practice and stopped coaching others. I decided there must be an easier way. For the divine within me doesn’t know suffering. And that’s how I chose to live, free of suffering, with the natural ease and grace of life.

Over the years, I played a lot of spiritual shenanigans. Some of them worked to some degree but they were nothing more than games of the mind. Yes, I choose to focus on the good in life rather than the bad. You know, the law of attraction and such as that. There are those who think that’s putting your head in the sand and ignoring all the bad stuff. But, I’m not one who is constantly reaching for the artificially rose-colored glasses.

What I finally realized is that noticing the joy and beauty of life is my natural way of BEing. It’s how the Divine experiences life. It’s the truth of Who I Am, and I was simply getting caught up in the collective consciousness.

Thus, I walked away from all of it and simply called in the Divine. My buttons started popping like crazy. Once I became aware of them, I had to surrender a lot of my usual habits and patterns. It hasn’t always been comfortable, because it means I no longer fit into society’s idea of right and wrong. And stepping out of that requires immense courage because most of the people around us prefer that we remain as they’ve always known us to be.

But after awhile, I noticed a new hum in my life. It’s the hum of Well-being. It’s the hum of the Divine. It’s the hum of my natural way of being. All I need do is remain attuned to this hum, my hum, my authentic Self. I’m aware that the void, or the darkness, is the womb where all my potentials and desires are birthed. I don’t hesitate to spend time in my womb of potentials, I relish it. When I do, new dreams and desires flow into my life with ease and grace.

Yes, there are times when a formerly undisclosed button gets pushed. When it does, I say, Bravo! Because it means more of Who I Am is being revealed to me. But I don’t go deep diving beneath that button to see what pain initiated it, or what I need do to heal it or clear it. I simply allow the button to release itself of its own accord, unraveling all the circuitry that’s been connected to it over the years. All I need do is get out of the way and allow it to clear.

Easy Peasy!
And that’s how life is meant to be lived!
More than that, life is meant to be FUN!

Some say I live in the magic of life. I say magic is natural, and it’s the way life is meant to be! For this is the way of the Divine. And this is the lifetime in which we have chosen to realize that we are Divinely Human.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“message from my inner wisdom”
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gratitude artist Susan Boulet

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Transformation of Anger

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Someone pulled the pin on a grenade of visceral anger
that’s been unconsciously buried deep within me
from a long time ago.

My first reaction was toward the one who incited this anger
the one who tread upon my heart, then turned the other cheek
a story from my past.

As I sat with this anger,
allowing it to bubble and churn
allowing it to effortlessly flow out of me
without allowing it to fester, without the need to process,
I realized I am the one I have been angry with all these years
for taking it all on, for shrinking into unworthiness
for playing the victim, for groveling for acceptance
allowing someone else to control my life
for a few tidbits of superficial love.

In that moment of realization
my raging anger was spontaneously transformed
by a flood of loving compassion
for the part of me who never felt accepted
for she who never felt seen for who she truly is
for the one that was afraid to stand up for herself
for fear of being rejected
for the one who did not recognize herself
as the precious being that she is.

In that moment of consciousness
the grenade of anger exploded into a burst of love
in which I now stand strong as a sovereign being
with my head held high with an open radiant heart.

To the one who unknowingly pulled the pin on my grenade
I surround you in love and compassion
for I know you were lashing out in response
unaware of the pain and anger buried deep within you.

I pray that each one of us is able to consciously awaken
to the love that is always nestled side by side
in compassion for the anger that’s been buried within us
and may we all stand tall with open radiant hearts.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“message from my inner wisdom”
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