The Joy of Death

Art by Jan Burgess

While rooting around looking for something in one of my desk drawers, I came across a folder of accumulated notes. I don’t remember what I was looking for. It was the result of the looking that struck my fancy.

I opened the folder and began shuffling through the bits and pieces of paper. Some were paper clipped together, others were stuck in there haphazardly, without any specific order. The more I read, the more I realized they were notes from my past life.

I say past life because nothing I read pertained to life as I am now living. Most were spiritual notes, affirmations or bits of journaling. There were a few sketchy business plans. And the notes from a teleconference I had taken. This folder held the notes of where I’ve come from, my past life while still living in this physical body.

A huge grin spread across my face with the realization that I am no longer living a life that needs lists, notes, affirmations and business plans. That was my past life. In my current life I am living in the moment. I Am the creator of this life rather than the victim of it. In this life I am no longer a spiritual seeker, for I am aligned with Source. In this life I trust my Inner Guidance without the need to search for opinions from others. In this life I am a Sovereign being making heart choices free of any perceived obligations. In this life I realize energy is in service to me, I am no longer attempting to control it or direct it, I can simply choose it.

I didn’t need to read every piece of paper, for I knew there was nothing of value in this folder anymore. Instead I created a small fire pit with some kindling out in my garden. One by one I fed the bits and pieces from that lifetime into the fire. Once the last spark was gone I covered it with dirt and returned it to the earth. From earth you are born, to earth you return.

I then went back inside and opened my clothes closet. There hung the costumes of a persona that no longer exists. These were all bagged up and carried out to the charity shop. A bathroom drawer with makeup that hasn’t been touched in years all cleared out, thrown into the trash. Last of all I returned to my desk and filled the trash can with old files that belonged to she who has passed on. She who knows who She is without the need for diplomas, certificates, records and validation.

Death can be a sweet thing when we realize it doesn’t really exist. We do not die, we simply transform, evolve and continue to expand our consciousness. How many past lives have I already lived in this one? Too many to count. The difference is that I was never conscious of dying to the old and transforming into the new. This time I Am fully conscious of putting a past life to rest with ease and grace. The best part about this was that none of this was on my “to do” list. I did not angst over clearing out my closet or my desk drawers. When it was time I simply stepped out of one life into another and released the old manifestations thereof. There was no struggle. There was no mourning. It was an act of Joy!

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Dynamic Duo of Kali Ma and Quan Yin

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“We are walking through the sludge of anger and darkness AND we are walking in love and light. Both are serving a sacred purpose.” This is the message conveyed to me via two of my favorite Goddesses Kali Ma and Quan Yin.

I know, most of you probably run the other way when Kali Ma shows up surrounded by her circle of fire with eyes blazing. At the very least you wrinkle your nose and whine, “Do we really have to?” But anyone who has worked with Kali knows that won’t cut it with Her. She always shows up when our world needs to be tipped on it’s side, or burned to the ground depending on how bad things are or how long they’ve been going on.

I know this from my own experience. In my early days I was not so prone to listen to my inner guidance. At first it was whispered, then it was spoken out loud from somewhere within me. Signs and synchronicities would show up from the most unlikely places. If I still wasn’t responding, my life would go haywire and things started to go wrong. Still not getting with the program my Soul had written for me before I incarnated….. okay, how about this!!!! That’s when Kali Ma’s lightning strikes!

Indeed, Kali struck my computer with lightening and blew it to bits while I was living in Spain. When I asked why, she said we were done with the old life, there was nothing there of interest anymore. Including my email list and phone numbers? She told me those who were meant to find me would find me. Ta-da…living in a foreign country, new computer, new life, new friends. I only had to experience that once to realize, when change is in the air it doesn’t serve anyone to continue breathing the stale old stuff rather than savoring the fresh breath of new beginnings.

So, when Kali recently showed up in my living room I jumped! And then a broad smile of appreciation spread across my face when Quan Yin appeared right beside her. Kali Ma the great destroyer hand in hand with Quan Yin the goddess of grace and compassion. The perfect duo for our present times!

Kali Ma is known as the Hindu goddess of transformation, death and rebirth. But it is the death of the ego and the illusory self-centered view of reality that lays on the death bed. She is the goddess of liberation from all our attachments to the old illusions of life. She is simultaneously the annihilator and the creatrix of manifestation who assists in maintaining the balance of Universal order. She will push you beyond your comfort zone to find the innate power of your full potential, abiding by your Soul’s instructions to make space for your embodiment of the eternal I AM.

In the words of Kali:
“Life is in eternal expansion. Life changes and so must you. I walk before you in the wake of change. Pay attention, heed the warnings, see the signs, listen to your internal wisdom. These stirrings offer you the opportunity to flow with the natural cycles of the universe in grace, rather than allowing them to catch you by surprise amidst the chaos and pain that result from your attempts to overpower them. When you heed my call, by stepping away from the old and welcoming the new, you dispel the discordant energies and invite harmony to prevail in your world.”

Quan Yin is the Buddhist goddess of mercy and compassion, the ultimate bodhisattva in service to humanity to bring an end to suffering when we need her the most. She sits upon the lotus that has pushed its way up from the depth of the mud, the mucky mud we are now experiencing in these times of transition. She reminds us that we too can rise above the mud. Her grace allows these transitions to happen with more ease. Her compassion opens our hearts to more love, allowing us to hear and embrace the divine wisdom that resides within us.

In the words of Quan Yin:
“I am Quan Yin, the Goddess of compassion, she who opens your heart to embrace that which you think is beyond your capacity to love. Compassion is often misconstrued as sympathy or pity, which draws us more deeply into the stories of victimhood. But true compassion is quite the opposite. Compassion honors the sovereign right for each person to experience life according to their own soul’s journey. When we choose compassion we are free of judgement and there is no such thing as a victim, for both parties are playing a role in their soul’s growth. When we listen with the intent of truly hearing one another, compassion can find a place in our lives, giving birth to the unconditional love and acceptance of all human beings. That is the ultimate freedom that comes with compassion.”
So why have the Dynamic Duo showed up now?

Humanity is currently on a path of destroying ourselves unless the planet is tipped on its side, or burnt to the core. The stories we’ve been living have been repeated over and over and over again for eons of time. Kali Ma says, “NO MORE!” We are ready to move beyond the old stories. The computer that has stored them has gone up in smoke, dispelling all the illusions and the old identities we’ve held so dear. We now stand naked to face a new reality.

In steps Quan Yin. . . with her infinite love and compassion to bring an end to suffering for all those who are caught between the fray of endings and beginnings, those who have not awakened to the truth of who they are, and those who need a guiding light into their heart space where that truth resides. She offers us the sweet scent of the lotus that has courageously pushed its way up through the mud, reminding us that we are all preparing to blossom in our magnificence. During which she is offering an abundance of love and compassion to see us through.

As always, the Universe has scripted this with spectacular finesse. The dynamic duo, Kali Ma and Quan Yin are here in service to each and every one of us, fully supporting us while cheering us onward to live life spontaneously and courageously with love and compassion at our core.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Initiating the Tribe of Joy-Beams

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I’m a WayShower, an Ascension Trailblazer, an Expander of Consciousness, call me what you like, it matters not, I’m not into labels. Who I know myself to be is a very ancient soul who came to this planet on “Mission Gaia” eons ago. I remember traversing the omniverse to arrive with a small group on the “eve of form”, spearheading a very gradual process that took many lifetimes to fully descend into the density of the third dimension.

Mission Gaia was dreamed into being to experience the gift of separation to learn about the creation of form and more fully know ourselves as the Divine who thrives on expansion and the flow of creation. During this process, we forgot who we are, which introduced a certain amount of distress, anguish and adversity.

Over the years many joined us along the way. Eventually we became so embroiled in the underworld of forgetfulness we have had to fight our way back to the light. At first we became Warriors of Light, wielding our swords to fight against that which appears to oppress us. Once our remembrance began to return we graduated to LightWorkers, working hard as healers or for causes to safeguard the planet and improve life for all of humanity. Some have branched off to become LightBearers, those who are consciously increasing the Love and Light for others to follow in their wake. Others have been working behind the scenes blazing trails into the unknown to create a new foundation from which to build upon and expand as the old crumbles away.

A few months ago a message from my Inner Being informed me that as of this September Equinox 2016 “Mission Gaia”, which began eons ago, is coming to a close, all contracts successfully complete.

Success!! Success!!! Success!!!!
Mission Gaia complete! What a celebration that inspired!!

Together with our “teams” of starbeings, ascended masters and angelics, we have raised the frequency of the planet to her original vibration, anchored a new crystalline grid, and transformed our physicality into crystalline LightBodies. Gaia has been anchored into her new trajectory on her way back Home to become a teaching planet for the entire omniverse and the honored “Hearth for the Universal Councils of Peace”. What a delightful Hearth that will be to gather around with all of our Star families sipping on our cosmic elixirs.

With the conclusion of Mission Gaia we are now being given new choices. Some will leave with bells on their toes because they are complete. Some will reincarnate to experience the New Earth as new seedlings. Some will hang around to facilitate the current transition with causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Some will step into a whole new playground of creation with their transformed physicality to wield these new energies like children filled with wonderment brandishing the nifty tool belts we’ve acquired over many lifetimes. The choice is a personal one and all choices are equally honored and valued. What does your soul want to experience? The options are infinite because we’ve died to the old and risen from the ashes as the Phoenix gliding into infinite new potentials.

Whoosh… if we knew then, what we know now would we have still signed up for this under-taking. I don’t know about you but my hand still would have been the first that shot up into the air to volunteer.

No doubt about it ascending has been a bit of a bear to endure, but I have to ask, when did ascension become a disease, riddled with symptoms? When did we become victims to the suffering of ascension? Isn’t that the old mentality? Just like everyone else, my old life has been disintegrated, home, marriage, career, friends, etc. I have experienced my share of pain, discomfort, fatigue and bouts of disorientation that have raised the bar on fear and anguish. And yet, there has always been an element of excitement and gratitude at the core because there is a reason we continue to endure.

As we’ve already learned during the dark ages, suffering can become a self-perpetuating cycle. Ascension is not self-perpetuating, it is expansion. In 3d linear time, things happen in a prescribed sequence. Now that we’ve gone beyond 3d, we’re living in a quantum world where everything is happening simultaneously. What that means for us is that alongside our aches and pains, self-love, compassion, peace and joy are equally present for us to draw upon. We get to choose. And the choices are infinite!!!

So. . . here we are Mission Gaia complete, sashaying around in our new LightBodies with new choices presenting themselves. What now?

When I sat down with my Soul team and asked what my new mission would be I was given one word 💕✨💕 JOY!! 💕✨💕

No instructions, no destination, no to do list, no goals. One simple word, JOY! I have already chosen to hang around to play with the unseen beings together with the seen, while maintaining a physical body. This has always been my dream and I’m already living it. Since Gaia has ascended and I’m hanging out with her, does that mean I’m an ascended master? I’ve no idea what an ascended master is supposed to look like or how to act. I’m told that’s exactly as it should be. A master creates in the moment. For me, that means creating with Joy because Joy is the hallmark for the New Earth.

Thus, I am fully committed to “Mission JOY” and the newly initiated “Tribe of JoyBeams”. If you are so inclined, I invite you to join the Tribe and accept Gaia’s invitation to live a life of JOY in whatever way you choose to do so to create anew and do it with JOY. Imagine a whole Tribe of JoyBeamers uplifting the world 💕✨💕
~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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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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Facts are Facts, Unless They’re Not

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What are facts?
And whose facts are they?
What we consider to be facts are simply someone else’s published opinion or assessment. In these days of the internet that’s become a squirrelly proposition because anyone can write words on a page and publish them. A snippet of the whole can be take it out of context and called a fact. And since the advent of photoshop, even photos aren’t confirmation of the truth anymore.

So where do we find the truth?
No matter how many facts you accumulate, there is no truth to be found in facts because there will always be one more fact to be considered. That’s the way of a universe that’s in constant expansion. Today’s facts will always be superseded by tomorrow’s revelations. It used to be a fact that the world was flat. Facts are facts, until there’re not. So in reality, there is only one truth. That is your own Inner Truth.

How do you know what’s true?
How can you trust your Inner Truth?

By reflecting on how you feel. Unless you’re at peace about something, it’s not in alignment with Who You Are. That’s your unfailing truth meter. If you’re riled up about something it’s because you’re barking up the wrong tree, usually someone else’s tree. And if you’re attacking someone else’s opinion, attempting to convince them you are right, it’s your own perception of rightness you are attempting to defend.

I’m all for open discussions. Discussions that are rooted in listening rather than defending. When we listen with an open heart, we are open to hearing. When we’re busy defending, armed with an arsenal of facts, all of our attention is on what we need to say next, rather than absorbing or considering what another has to say. Therefore, neither party is able to hear anything and it becomes in internal self centered dialogue in the gerbil wheel of the mind.

I have to ask, what are we so afraid of that we need to have everyone agree with us and think the way we do? Are we so disconnected and untrustworthy of ourselves that we’re searching for acknowledgement from others?

It doesn’t matter how many others acknowledge and agree with you. Until you acknowledge Who You Are, you will never be at peace, always looking for others to acknowledge you. When in reality, you are the only one that can acknowledge yourself.

Thus, being at peace with your Self provides you with the ability to listen with an open mind, engaging when it’s appropriate or walking away when it’s not. Your Inner Truth never needs defending because it’s in alignment with Who You Are and you’re able to honor the Inner Truth of others allowing you to connect heart to heart.

These are all questions I asked of myself when I was blindsided by several people this last week during the disruptive energies of these two eclipses. Each time I choose to walk away. Each time my mind tried to argue that I was being a coward. Each time my heart was at peace because I did not choose to argue. Why would I do anything to disrupt my internal peace?

Peace is something everyone hungers for. We’re all tired of war and we desire peace. But peace is not an outside battle. It’s an inside battle of the mind. Therein lies the oxymoron. It’s time to lay down the (s)words of the mind and listen to and with the heart? Therein lies the peace that passeth understanding. It has taken many years of practice to find this peace within myself, knowing when to speak up and when to walk away.

So I thank those who blindsided me this past week. They facilitated these questions in my quest for truth, in my quest for peace. What I’ve come to realize is….. Facts are facts, unless they’re not.

The song “The Gambler” by Kenny Rodgers comes to mind. “You gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run.” As one who is willing to gamble with the fullness of life, the way I know how to respond is when my heart is at peace. That’s a fact!!!

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Living HeavenEarth

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There’s a lot of buzz in the spiritual community about the New Earth. We’re all anxiously awaiting living heaven on earth.

What if I told you the waiting is over….
What if heaven and earth are one in the same?
Since both have been created by the Divine Creator, are they not both Divine? What if it is simply our attitude, our belief, or our religious programming that holds them apart?

We have been indoctrinated from the time of our birth that humans are inferior to God, born in sin and that our bodies are deficient. No wonder we spend our whole lives attempting to live up to some projected standard of goodness that will earn us the ticket to walk through heaven’s gates after our body has deteriorated and let us down. Oh what a bill of goods we’ve been sold.

While I was in medical school, I realized how amazing our physical bodies are. Even with the crazy manipulations we thrust upon it, the heart still beats, the blood flows, the breath enlivens, adapting and thriving in ways we can not begin to imagine. I have no doubt that my physical body is God created and it is magnificently Divine in nature. I continue to revel at the abilities of the human body with the wonderment of a child. I cherish my body. I nurture my body. And I honor my body as the vessel in which my GodSelf experiences life.

And yet, my mind still doubts the divinity of my humanity. It’s so busy attempting to protect me, using all the accouterments the mind it has been taught, that it can’t see beyond them. It takes a courageous person to stand up to the mind and engage in a new conversation, a conversation that is open to trusting the Divine.

Since the vibration of the planet is increasing and my conciseness is expanding, I have days when I am floating through life with the realization and awareness that I AM the Divine, where everything flows with ease and grace. When I drop out of that consciousness, being human feels harsh and all I want to do is recapture that state of being. After experiencing numerous such spontaneous episodes, I finally realized that I can’t capture them. My mind thinks it can, so it attempts to log it as a program to which it can return. But my GodSelf is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. It can not be captured, it can only expand and flow.

When I spontaneously slip through heavens’s gates, it’s because my mind has drifted off and there’s nothing anchoring it in place. Understanding this, when I drop out of this heavenly state of consciousness, rather than attempting to capture it or return to this state, I allow my divinity to flow into my mundane life rather then attempting to escape my humanity. This expanded consciousness, when allowed to flow unencumbered, enlivens everything with ease and grace including the uncomfortable parts of life’s journey. As the buddhists teach, carry water, chop wood. What others consider to be the mundane world, that which many of us want to toss aside in favor of the new earth, this too is Divine. It’s all Divine, as is our physical body. It’s all Heavenly, we’ve just been taught otherwise.

Once we release the dualistic perception of Heaven or Earth, we realize there is something beyond this ideology. There is HeavenEarth, the realization that all of life is Divine, the spiritually acclaimed as well as the mundane. For how else could the Divine experience life, unless it has a body of Divinity which is our magnificent physicality.

With this awareness, my experiences of expanded conscious are lasting longer and the bouts in-between are becoming shorter. In other words I’m living HeavenEarth more and more often as my full embodiment. It’s not something that can be taught or forced, it’s a realization that can easily slip in while walking in nature, meditation or napping. With a shift in perception and a commitment to my embodied enlightenment, what used to be brief glimpses have become my reality which continue expanding along with my consciousness.

I invite you to remove the veil between Heaven and Earth. There are no pearly white gates of separation. That’s only a construct of the mind. Once removed, the mind is exceedingly happy to be living HeavenEarth.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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The Present Day Mystic

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Artwork by Mahmoud Farshchian

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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