No Valor in Suffering

There is no valor in suffering.

God, or Source, has never asked us to learn through fear or pain. God knows not of fear, nor pain, nor suffering. God only knows Love and Compassion. Suffering is a human concept conceived within the antiquated programming of duality and handed down through the ages. Concepts that are in the process of dissipating as we expand our consciousness, if we are open and allow it to be so.

Healing DOES NOT require us to suffer by engaging or immersing ourselves in our old stories or their emotional dramas construed by the human mind. Recycling these stories over and over again only adds to the congestion of suffering. It does not clear it. It does not heal it.

Love is the healer. Pure and simple.

Healing DOES require us to clear old wounds, trauma, and energies that have become stuck in the body, often resulting in dis-ease. When these past wounds and dramas blip into our present awareness, they are simply asking us to “observe” from a more expanded perspective, beyond the stenosis of the human mind. This is how God sees, through the eyes of Love. This is how our Soul sees. Free of drama. Free of suffering. It is only the human mind that assigns suffering to the stories of the past that are surfacing for healing.

Nor are there are any lessons to be learned, lessons that have been wrapped up in the duality of self judgment. However, there is always more Wisdom to be garnered via our Soul as it distills every experience into it’s pure essence.
(see my prior post “Distilling the Old Stories” )

Humanity has been caught in the cycles and re-cycles of suffering. It is up to each of us individually to break free of these cycles. We do that with our Love and Compassion, free of any judgment or expectations.

When old wounds, stories, or emotions surface, simply wrap your Love around them and allow them to dissolve in the purity of Love without the need to engage or rewrite the story, which is mind based, rather than Heart based.

When feeling any discomfort, immediately rise to the highest orientation and view the situation anew. This is not denial, lack of caring, nor putting your head in the sand. This is living from the expanded consciousness of your GodSelf that offers infinite solutions rather than drawing upon the old battle-worn experiences that initially plummeted your energy.

It’s time!
Rise up, Beloveds!
See clearly as your GodSelf sees. Take the path of Ease and Grace. By doing so, we are creating a whole new paradigm for humanity and planet earth.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~

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Facing the Challenges of Transformation

These days the media is rife with ghastly news and it continues to build more and more upon itself. Their job no longer seems to report the news. Rather to stir up more drama in order to sell their words. It has become so exhaustive I have turned it all off. Glancing at a few headlines per day is all I need to keep myself abreast of what’s happening in the world. By doing so, I get to decide what is important in my life, not the hypnosis of the media.

Hidden in the background of all this hype, I have been finding tidbits of news that excite me. These are not the predominate headlines, but if one looks below the surface, you can find them. The primary headlines that call my attention are the scientific articles.

Did you know?

  • Our entire solar system, which is circling its own central sun, is in a totally different space in the universe than it was 100 years ago. New planets, dwarf planets, astroids, comets, and unnamed spacial bodies are being discovered everyday.
  • We are traveling through a photon belt of light particles that are raising the vibration of the planet and initiating planetary transformations as demonstrated by all the current earth and climate changes. Scientists have also discovered changes in all the other planets in our solar system.
  • As the vibration of the planet is rising, measured by the Schuman Resonance, so is the vibration of the physical body, which is also in the state of transformation, which attributes to the abundance of unusual aches and pains of our bodies.
  • Time is speeding up so fast it is beginning to warp, no longer maintaining the old linear timelines. As a result we are feeling disoriented, with no idea of what time of day it is, loss of chunks of time, or extension of extra long days.
  • As time speeds up, the time/space continuum is changing and we are in the process of making a jump from a duality based reality into the quantum, which only operates in the present moment, void of past or future. It feels like we are walking in oscillating realities, much like dementia, with loss of memory and nothing to hold onto anymore.

This is only a small list of what science is now discovering. These are exciting times of discovery and transformation for humanity and all living beings throughout the cosmos!

There are times my human mind is finding these paramount transformations to be very challenging. Especially since so much is falling away and there is nothing to hold onto anymore. I have to keep reminding myself that I am not my human mind. I am SO much more than a human mind. With each expansion of consciousness I am remembering more of Who I AM each and every day.

There are many gifts being offered during these transformations, if we are willing to slow down and realize them. These periods of time warps and oscillating realities remove us from our old habits and patterns. Thus, creating space to allow the Presence of the Soul to anchor more fully into our physical bodies.

It has always been the job of the Soul to distill all our experiences into our own divine Wisdom. The loss of memory is not actually a loss. What we are losing are the “stories” and emotions created by the human mind. What we are gaining is the Wisdom being distilled by the Soul from all of our experiences. When one speaks of an old Soul, it is one who has gained the Wisdom of many experiences.

This distillation of our human experiences is the natural process that happens during the process of human death as we transition from the physical to the non-physical. In this lifetime, we are being offered the rare gift of being able to fully commune with our Soul’s Wisdom while still in our physical bodies. In order to do so, one must be willing to step away from the media and the collective consciousness, go within one’s self where the Soul resides, and allow these natural and innate transformations to take place without the resistance of the human mind.

Herein lies the challenge. For the human mind has been running its program for eons of time. It knows no other way. The only way to break free of the old programing is to break free of the old time/space continuum where the program is running.

THIS is what we are now experiencing as we are floating through the photon belt, with the rising vibration of the planet and our physical bodies. It can be a natural process if we allow it to be. For it IS happening, whether we are aware of it or not. The only thing keeping it from happening is attempting to hold onto the old, which creates resistance to allowing the new.

Very few humans are even aware of these transformations, and many who are aware are reacting with fear. There is an element of death as we transition from one state of consciousness to another with this ensuing quantum leap. And most humans fear death. Adding the factor that as the vibration of the body increases, this vibration feels foreign to the limbic brain, whose job is to keep us safe. (see this prior article about the limbic brain) The entire neurological system goes into fight or fight mode, causing irritability within ourselves and amongst other people. It requires us to shift our attention from the outside world to our inner world and do what we can to soothe our physicality during these transitions.

The world must go through its own transformation as does each individual person. There is no normalcy to our daily lives anymore. Herein lies the challenge: Not to attempt to return to the old normalcy. But to continually re-mind our selves of the illustrious beings that We truly Are, beings who have simply forgotten that we are the I AM of All-That-Is. We are the creators of the new simply by being Present in the fullness of Who We Are.

It is only through my own perception that I am able to experience peace in the world and that peace resonates from within me. As I savor the the Peace that passeth all understanding I become the Peace of the World. Herein lies my peace during these challenging times. (see this prior article about insuring our peace )

Big hugs to all of you who persist in carrying forth continual expanded consciousness. And an abundance of gratitude for your “Presence” here, for we are the reminders and reflections for each other to carry forth in Love and Joy.

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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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Realizing Our Divinity

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Introducing  REALIZING OUR DIVINITY,  Volume II of “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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We are so much more than we realize. As humans beings, we have been functioning within society’s pre-programed human mind in a highly complicated world. Our human self has become preoccupied with the trials and tribulations of daily life in order to survive. There is little time to be still and quiet to reflect upon who we truly are.

We have forgotten that we are God embodied in physical form, each in our own unique way of experiencing and expressing life. We have forgotten our spiritual greatness and the embodiment of our wisdom as the Divine within us.

Religion has gone to great lengths to separate us from God by giving “him” a separate persona outside of ourselves as a masculine god. A judgmental god that lives far off in the heavens with angels as his messengers and leaders of the church as his go-between. As a result of being referred to as children of God, we have forsaken our sovereignty. We judge ourselves so harshly we feel totally unworthy of Love or that we could possibly be the embodiment of God.

And yet, this is the truth of who we are and have always been. There is no mystery, there are no teachings required, and it takes no effort. It is quite simple. When we approach life as heart-centered, our Self-knowing presents itself. With every action, God is revealing Itself to us, as us. It is in each of these moments, by remembering the totality of Who We Are as Divine Humans, that we find the love and peace that surpasses our human understanding.

Chapter Titles
GodSelf
Healing Separation
Divine Human
Beyond the Human Mind
Heart Centered 9
 Inner Being
All That I AM
Alignment
Self Knowing
Peace

I invite you to take a few moments each day to be still and quiet, allowing these words of poetry to illuminate the truth of who you are as a Divine Human and the realization of your GodSelf in physical form.
~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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Etudes of Love

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ETUDES OF LOVE
Volume I of “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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There is a sacred song that has continually drawn me deeper and deeper into my search for love. It is the ultimate love song, the song of my soul. “Etudes of Love” is a collection of poems written as Love songs between the soul and the human. They are the intimate songs of our soul calling us into the depths of our heart to commune with our true Beloved. They invite us into our sacred boudoir where the soul sings the wisdom of our inner voice beguiling the harmonic union of the human and the soul with the realization that we are the embodiment of Divine Love.

They are the revelations of the magnificence of Divine Love, a love pure and free of any judgment. A love that flows without the need to control or mitigate. A love that’s at the core of who we are as our GodSelf, as the amalgamation of God and human. This is the true relationship we have been seeking all of our lives.

Chapter Titles:
Call for Love
Divine Love
Power of Love
Surrender
Self Love
The Beloved
Relationship
Compassion

May these poems be a Love song to lure the opening of your heart. May they wrap themselves around you like a warm soothing blanket allowing you to feel safe enough to fully open your heart to the soul food and the divine nectar for which the heart hungers. May you experience Love in a way you have never experienced it before as the Love of the Divine.

Consummating our Sovereignty
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Humanity’s Gift to the Universe

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This morning I awoke in a new time/space reality. I could feel it before I opened my eyes. For a while I lingered here, feeling into it, savoring it, least it disappear once I set my feet on the ground. Everything feels much clearer with a silky quality to it. The rubble of thoughts are held at bay, or have they disappeared altogether. Perhaps some of both. In their place is a sweet contentment.

When I open my eyes the old world feels dense in comparison, not as thick and heavy as the discrepancy between dreamtime and awake time as I used to feel. Simply more dense than where I am now. The tonal qualities I’m hearing are very different than I’m accustomed. It’s not unusual for me to hear tones. However, at the moment it sounds like a retuning, much like when I retune my harp strings, until each note settles into its new vibration.

When I look around the room my eyes, and consciousness, are acting much like a camera. They telephoto in on something, such as a bouquet of flowers and see all the layers and components of it as long as I’m focused on it. I see/feel the vibration/life of each flower, the color, scent, vibrancy, its song, potentials of its growth, how it unfolded (the past/present in the now). I feel the interaction and appreciation of one flower in the bouquet to another. When I withdraw my attention from it, I can tell I’ve changed what I was focused upon simply by my having given it my attention. In this case it was my appreciation and wonderment. As an experiment I changed my feelings to ho-hum and it diminished, still there but not as palpable.

Then I shifted my attention to the nature outside my window. I’m able to observe the tree’s reaction to the first rays of the golden sun. I’m experiencing how the elementals interact, how they find a new balance with each other moment by moment. No wonder I always find myself staring out into nature. Look at what I’ve been comprehending without even know it. I’ve always known nature has much to teach us, but I did not realize the teaching was this subtle. The longer I observe the more my heart is opening. I can feel the effect we (nature and I) have on each other. It is not just my observation that changes the energy, I am also being changed. This is done simply by my conscious observation of it. I can actually feel the vibration changing. This brings tears to my eyes. This feels like our Home vibration with an expanded consciousness/understanding we never had available to us until now.

It’s important to be conscious of where I place my attention or this could become overwhelming. This is taking a unique quality of concentration at the moment to hone this skill. I’m told the more I practice this and the more conscious I am with it, the more quickly this will become my norm. This is a marvelous manifestation refinement simply because we can see it in action and make adjustments in the moment.

I find this interesting because in 3d we originally slowed the vibration down so we could understand how things manifest. Now that we’ve done that, as everything speeds back up we’re able to realize what we’re experiencing with new awareness. When the vibration was slow our consciousness was so slow we were not able to realize it. It was our experience of it in conjunction with our expanded consciousness that has now given us that ability. An ability we could not have had if we had not lived in the density. I have a new appreciation for 3d/density. And I can see how easily we got stuck in it. I also see how the planet/humanity is being effected by the floods of photons we’re experiencing right now as our solar system is traveling through new areas of the universe, without which I don’t think we would have been capable of awakening. It is this Light and the amplification of Love by humans like you and I that has made this possible. How amazing as I sit here watching it AND changing it by my simple awareness of it. I have tears flowing in appreciation with intense waves of gratitude flowing simultaneously between me and the universe. This is Bliss.

I now understand that if I do nothing more that stare out into the forest with nothing more than appreciation for what is, no matter what that might be, I am changing the world, changing the universe. God created us in his/her image to know itself. Yes indeedy !!!

This is the Self realization we’ve all been seeking, that psychology nor science will never attain through the mind. It is the purity of nature and our ability to be fully human that holds all the cards in this game called Life. It is our willingness to go deep and expand simultaneously that expands consciousness.

We are the Master Creators of this Universe! And we’re doing it in all humbleness from our heart’s desire to become more, experience more and know more of ourselves in each present moment, just as God created us as him/her self. Manipulation and control has no place in the New Earth. They were 3d concepts we utilized as learning tools which we can now put to rest.

We have graduated to a new way of BEing with Life. We are creating anew. Our expanded consciousness is creating from the heart with the pulse of Love. We have far exceeded our expectations when we first set out on this journey eons ago. Look how far we’ve come! And look where we stand now as Master Creators embarking upon a New Age of infinite Well-Being, prepared to thrive in ways we never thought possible, ready to create beyond our wildest dreams.

No wonder humanity is being held in rapture by beings from all over the Universe!! Don’t take your humanity for granted it is the most Divine Gift ever created. YOU are that Gift!
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Mercury Retrograde ~ The Gift of Epiphany

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Mercury is stationary today (Jan. 5, 2016) as he prepares to initiate his retrograde cycle tomorrow. I’ve been feeling this subtle energy for days before I realized what it was. Although a big smile spread across my face, I can see many of you rolling your eyes in dismay saying, here we go again.

This is a particularly potent retrograde because it’s so early in the new year. Just when we feel all geared up to tackle the world, Mercury says “Hup… wait a minute! Not so fast.” Although that may irritate us, especially those of us with short leashes of patience, it feels especially appropriate right now. 2015 kicked up a lot of violent chaotic energy as everything is in the process of surfacing at the peak of this epic global transition. Do you really want to launch yourself into that kind of energy before you’re ready? And if you are ready, I venture to say that Mercury is honored to be by your side lining things up with smooth precision.

The primary gift of Mercury retrograde is to slow down the mind allowing us to find peace and gentleness in a world gone wild. It encourages us to go within, offering a retreat from all the external noise. It also inspires us to take a look around, reassess what’s important in our lives, to clean things out, like closets, emails, computer files, etc, to create more space for the new when Mercury goes direct again (Jan. 23). That, in and of itself, is a timely gift as we begin a new year… clean and clear.

And what a better day to begin this retrograde than on January 6 the Celebration of Epiphany. According to Franco Santoro in his article “Epiphany: Emergence of our Multidimensional Self” 

“In English the term epiphany indicates the manifestation of a supernatural or divine reality, a sudden intuitive leap of understanding, especially through a visible ordinary yet striking occurrence. The term comes from the Greek epiphaneia, which means “manifestation” or “appearance”.

In the Anglican, Eastern, and Roman Catholic Churches the Epiphany is a traditional feast held on 6 January, celebrating the divine manifestation of Jesus Christ to the three Magician-Astrologer-Shaman Kings, who brought the gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

The Epiphany exemplifies the alignment of the Three Magi, representing the height of human wisdom, spirituality and power, with our higher multidimensional nature, as represented by the Christ.

The Epiphany occurs 12 days after Christmas, following the Twelfth Night (the eve of Epiphany), exemplifying the complete retrieval of the 12 strategic pieces of the soul, the signs of the zodiac, and their alignment with multidimensional self.” ~
Franco Santoro, www.astroshamanism.org

Thus, we have just retrieved all the pieces of Who We Are, Awakening to our multidimensional Self. This is a precious time of epiphany, acknowledgement and settling into a new reality where all things are possible…. rather than continuing forward with the same old same old.

No matter how many complaints I hear about Merc retro, it’s always been a special time for me. I suspect most of the “glitches” that are blamed on Mercury retro are actually our own personal glitches because we have not allowed ourselves to slow down along with Mercury, therefore our energies are not aligned with the natural flow of things. Three weeks is all that’s being asked of us. Three weeks to reassess and realign to a more compatible flow of energy, allowing things to flow much more smoothly and effortlessly.

Therefore, I am grateful to my buddy Mercury and I’m already reveling in this retrograde. It’s time to take a deep breath and sync into the multidimensionality of my Inner Being, allowing Mercury to serves up his surprise gifts of Enlightenment.

I wish you many Blessings during this Mercury retrograde. 
May all our Epiphanies emerge and manifest with Ease and Grace.
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Celebrating Contrast !

b3dcd2215c221e789cfb67bdc17859c0Humans really like their lives to be comfortable and convenient. They like things to remain the same. They don’t like change nor having to face conflicting or contrasting situations. And yet, life doesn’t remain the same.

Humanity is currently experiencing the most potent life transformation in history. As I mentioned in my most recent blog “What’s Beyond Duality?”, the planet is transitioning out of 3rd dimensional duality where it has been for eons of time into the multidimensional quantum field.

Once we venture beyond duality, the role of contrast slips into place. Whereas duality only has two choices, black or white, contrast can be likened to a color chart where there are many color choices and many variations of those colors.

The choices are no longer right or wrong, true or false, or even multiple choice. We’re now choosing from an infinite color palate. And since you would not want to live in a totally purple or red world, of course you would enjoy contrast, constantly tweaking the variations of all those glorious colors choices.

Once we realize the difference between the polarity of duality (which boxes us in) and contrast (which opens us to infinite potentials) we welcome contrast, the perception of others and the choices in life. We no longer feel compelled to hold on to what we’ve always known, judging change and contrast as a disruption to our lives. The need to fit into other people’s rules and expectations disappears. No one expects two people to prefer the same color, so why would we expect everyone to agree with the same life choices?

When we adapt to seeing the world through the eyes of contrast we realize it is working for us, not against us. We recognize it as a sacred gift. Any artist will tell you that!  A blank canvas is as exciting as vibrant splashes of color for they are both drawing us toward a more expanded expression of our Self. We begin to revel in the unknown and welcome it as the ability to live a more expanded consciousness in full blown color speaking to us from the whispers of our heart.

Moving out of duality doesn’t need to be a struggle. It can be done in small steps of variation rather than adhering to the concept of taking the leap. There is no need to keep go poking around in the muddle until we get it just right. Contrast allows us to be the artist and create life as we choose it to be, one brush stroke at a time. That’s how contrast works!

The nature of life is constantly expressing and expanding. There is no finished product, you can’t get it wrong and you’ll never get it done because we are eternal beings. Everything in our lives presents itself to expand our consciousness to enjoy more and more of what life has to offer.

We are going beyond the old limitations and it is contrast that is guiding the way. Don’t you think it’s time to embrace the changes in life and celebrate the magnificence of contrast!!!

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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Moving Beyond Conflict

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A new world beckons and the calling is from deep within us, luring us into the grace-filled life our GodSelf knows we are meant to be living.

As we all know, a world in transition is a world of chaos. The old needs to break apart to make space for the new. We’re seeing it in our external world as well as our internal. The old systems, beliefs, agendas, rituals and ways of doing things no longer align with an awakening heart and a more conscious mind.

Conflict is arising between the old and the new. We’re seeing that in all areas of global unrest. More importantly we’re feeling it inside of ourselves. But we do not have role models for the new and exciting world we are beginning to imagine. We want change so badly we can taste it. At the same time, we fear the unknown.

It’s obvious we can not take our old baggage with us into this new world. Every time we try, the bridge between the two breaks down from the weight we are carrying. Each time we plunge into the chaotic waters, diving deeply to release just a little bit more. Or, we return to our original shores attempting to fit back in again, to no avail because the old no longer works for us.

Over the years I have found peace and grace in the mystical path that I have forged for myself during these times of transition. The other day I picked up a book about the monastic mystics. As a present day mystic, I was curious about the path of the ancient mystics. The beginning of the book was helpful in clarifying the intent of a mystic and I was able to fully claim my own Inner Mystic. (see my prior post “Present Day Mystic”) But I felt resistance to many of the practices of the ancient mystics which felt heavily burdening to me. Whereas my mystical practices instill the lightness of ease and grace in a world of chaos.

As I contemplate this I realize several things. Because many of us have been approaching life from the basis of pure Love and Light the overall energies of our planet are now much lighter and supportive. As Renaissance men and women, we have broken away from the old beliefs, rules and rituals that have held us in place for eons of time. However, many of the psychological practices of digging deep to examine our wounds for healing and pushing through them have become an ongoing process, snaring us in an eternal mental and emotional loop. However, this is only true if when we approach it from a perspective of duality. If we take a step back from these processes, we realize the current expanded energies of Love are releasing the old density without our assistance.

In this new energy, we simply need to allow what no longer serves us to surface of its own accord in it’s perfect timing. And it will because when the light shines upon our shadows they are ready and asking to be loved and released without being poked at before their time. This a natural organic process of evolution and spiritual expansion that does not require hard work, struggle and suffering as we’ve been taught. It is our continual poking the stick in the mud that keeps it alive, rather than allowing the Waters of Love to simply wash it away.

Many of the antiquated teachings and rituals that have been handed down to us need to be reexamined. But by throwing them all to the wind, we loose our base of support and our rudder in life. Instead our practices need to be continually lightened up to accommodate the new energies with new navigational skills because we are expanding so quickly.

So, what are my present day mystical practices?

~ Meditation ~
Going beyond the mental chatter, allowing thoughts to pass through without engaging, to enter a clear space of silence. Meditation does not need to be a static activity. It can just as easily be a walk in nature, dancing, or whatever else leads you into the silence. With practice, silence itself draws you into the silence.

~ Silence ~
Silence is the gateway to the Divine that resides within me. It is in this space that infinite potentials rest, awaiting my awareness. Solutions to situations that plague me. And surprises to delight me.

~ Prayer ~
Prayer is how I converse with my GodSelf. This is not a request for God to change things in my life. It is an intimate conversation with my GodSelf from an expanded perspective to ascertain what changes “I” can make as the Creator of my life.

~ Self Love ~
No matter what is happening in my life, it is always a reflection of self Love. If life is smooth as silk, it’s an indication that I am honoring and loving myself. If there are bumps or boulders in the road, it is never about another person or other things. It’s always a call for expanding my self love.

~ Allowing ~
When I surrender to the Grace of the Divine, I allow love and joy to reveal themselves to me in miraculous ways.

I share my spiritual practices as a springboard for you to create you own personal practices to move beyond conflict, especially during these times of transition. I remind you to allow them to be ever evolving as we create a new playground of Love and Joy. For I believe that has always been our purpose here on planet earth. And I look forward to celebrating it all with you… the conflict that creates new worlds…. and the Joy that evolves from it.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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The Present Day Mystic

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Just as the world has evolved, so has the path of the Mystic. At his or her very core, a Mystic is committed to their relationship with the Divine, recognizing the Divinity within everything, including themselves. There are no gurus or teachings to become a Mystic. For it is not an intellectual path, it is an experiential path. The more you “feel” into your Divinity, the more you embody it. There is no seeking to become a Mystic, for your Divinity is always present. It simply a choice to engage with your Divinity, allowing it to reveal itself to you. There is no specific path of the Mystic for you are unique, therefore your path is unique. And since conscious is constantly expanding, so is Mysticism.

Many years ago, I held a commitment ceremony with my GodSelf placing this relationship first and foremost in my life. Once I did, my life took a turn I could not have imagined. I was guided to move from the Pacific NW of the United States to Spain, a foreign country where I had never been, didn’t speak the language and where my professional credentials would not be acknowledged. In hindsight, I now understand that move was the equivalent of my entering the convent to forge an intimate relationship with my GodSelf.

Unlike the ancient Mystics, who cloistered themselves off from the world in a convent or monastery, I was being asked to engage more consciously with the world as my personal guru. By moving to a foreign country I was forced to become fully conscious in order to survive. Continuing on automatic from my old persona, beliefs, and life patterns didn’t work in this unfamiliar environment. Nor was I being unconsciously pulled along in the wake of friends and family anymore. Thus I was required to find my way within a new culture. I’m not referring to the Spanish culture, I’m referring to the Way of the Mystic.

At the time I did not realize this was a Mystical path. I only knew that the pull to make this drastic change in my life was so strong I could not ignore it. The God within me was calling me home to my Divinity. Although I knew I would be leaving everything behind, rather than a sense of loss there was a sense of welcoming something more expansive. And the courage flowing through me at the time superseded the fear I had in taking the leap.

The first thing my Inner Mystic revealed to me was the truth of Divine Love. Since I was removed from everything and everyone I held dear, I had to learn to love and honor myself, rather than depend upon the love from others. Every life choice I made had the potential to draw me closer to my Divine wellbeing or farther from it. That fostered an intimate relationship with the Divine in which I leaned to trust the benevolence of the Universe rather than rely on the people and things surrounding me. And thus I became so intimate with my Divinity that I was absorbed into it as the Divine Human I have always been but had separated my self from.

After seven years of traveling like a gypsy without a caravan, I was drawn back to the Pacific NW. But I did not return to the life I had formerly departed. Instead I made my home in the midst of a forest on an island in the Puget Sound. As a young child, it was through nature and the fairy kingdom that I communed with our Mother Earth. And my heart yearned to be embraced by her lushness once again. By living the simplicity of life I began to hear her songs, observe the multidimensional reality of nature, and sync into the magic of creation. It was here that I met my Inner Muse, the Mystic expressing as a Master Creator.

From my perspective the present day Mystic is in an all encompassing Love affair with his or her GodSelf expressing their unique Divinity as the Creator of a new world. We are not here to escape our earthly sojourn, we are here to create heaven on earth and share our light with the world. The ancient Mystics cloistered themselves within walls and never stepped out of the monastery. Whereas the present day Mystic walks the earth living from the sanctity of their inner domain trusting their own Wisdom rather than being influenced by the outer world. As present day Mystics we have evolved to a new level of consciousness as creators of a new world based on our expanded multidimensional perception of reality with the ability to see through the eyes of our Divinity.

Humanity is moving through an unprecedented period of transition as we are all awakening to the totality of our GodSelves and the multidimensionality of the Universe. Not everyone chooses the path of the Mystic and that’s as it should be for each person has their own unique path. If you are choosing the path of the Mystic, don’t look for a teacher or a guru, look within and trust that your own Divinity will guide you with ease and grace with its own sense of timing. Will there be challenges? Of course there will, that’s how we grow and expand. But the path will always be lit before you and support will flow in miraculous ways. This I know from personal experience.

As a present day Mystic, I revel in the pure joy of life by communing with nature, conversing with my Inner Being and expressing my illustrious Muse. My unique expression is satiated through writing and music and I delight in sharing it. Just as I delight in you sharing the unique expressions that makes your heart sing. We are all creators and the Mystic isn’t the only path of expression. Our hearts sing in many different ways, whether it’s through the arts, nurturing our children, or creating a business. All of our paths are intertwined and equally honored. From the perspective of a singing heart, perhaps we are all Mystics.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
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