Awakening the Empath

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Navigating Multi-dimensionality

Josephine Wall

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

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

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

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

How I have been experiencing this

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

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

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

What I have learned thus far

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

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

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

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

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

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CONSUMMATING OUR SOVEREIGNTY
Volume V of “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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Just as lovers merge to consummate their relationship, our Soul is calling forth the consummation of all our fragmented human aspects into sovereignty as our GodSelf. Through eons of life experiences, these aspects, both dark and light, have expanded our conscious ability to experience and embody our Divinity. This unique lifetime on earth is initiating our freedom from the former bonds of duality by revealing, healing, and integrating all our fragments into wholeness. It is the integration of all these aspects that consummate our sovereignty within the pure vibration of Love.

Chapter Titles:
Recognizing our aspects
Being Present
Integration
Wisdom
Sovereignty
Freedom
I AM

With the self realization of our sovereignty as our GodSelf, we return peace and balance to our present-day world from within the depths of our hearts, free to create anew.
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CONSUMMATING OUR SOVEREIGNTY, “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”, Volume V
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In the Clarity of Creative Flow

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“What is the definition of procrastination?
It means: I can feel within my Energy sensor that this action is not in perfect alignment at this time.” ~Abraham Hicks~

This has been so true for me. Several writing projects of mine that were flowing with immense Joy several years ago came to a screeching halt. Procrastination was at an all time high. Several times I thought about abandoning them. But although I had no creative energy to continue, pushing through or deleting them didn’t feel right either. What did feel right was to put them aside without any attachment to ever completing them.

For the past few years, I’ve been projectless, releasing the old mind matrix of duality, floating in the void, and allowing the expansion of my consciousness. Although my soul revels in this expansive consciousness, my human aspect rebelled. At first my monkey mind went bonkers, throwing all kinds of temper tantrums. When it finally realized I was serious about shifting my point of consciousness from a mental viewpoint to BEing in the flow of the Divine, it went into retreat and boredom set it. This was more of a challenge than the monkey mind because I was constantly looking for distractions to fill the emptiness of the void. Everything from reading monthly energy reports and predictions, to new Lightbody dietary recommendations with healing techniques, to New Age conspiracy reports, or the call to join planetary action agendas.

Indeed, these may all be worthy causes, but these were not the call of my soul.
My soul was calling out for a total release of old thinking, old patterns, and old habits. My soul was asking for a clear energy pallet from which to create anew. For THIS is why I have come into this very lifetime, to create anew rather than simply rearranging old energy. There are a group of us that are choosing Embodied Enlightenment. Indeed, we can share our stories and support one another. But this is a sovereign experience, one that can only be accomplished solo. Just like the butterfly, our caterpillar legs must dissolve before we can fly as the illustrious butterfly.

Thus, I created a comfortable environment in which I was able to withdraw from my old way of living into a new way of BEing. I spent months at a time “forest gazing”. Although meditation is an excellent tool, I found forest gazing to be more conducive to quieting my mind. Nature provides the perfect backdrop to engage my mind free of old thought patterns. For nature is the epitome of divine flow and there is much to be learned through simple observation.
During this time, blips of wisdom would surface. I recorded them in my journal, often sharing them on facebook or my blog. But it was all in the moment, all in the flow, free of any agenda. All forgotten in the next moment as I drifted in the void.

Then all of a sudden, the treasured projects and passions I had set aside popped back in!! I began joyfully unwrapping the ribbons that have kept them from being published before their time. Reengaging with my book’s manuscript with my present expanded consciousness tells me how wise I was to trust the Divine flow. No matter how uncomfortable it was at times, no matter how I judged my perceived procrastination. On the few occasions procrastination now raises its head, I heed its message. I settle in for some forest gazing to allow my consciousness to align with the ever expanding Source of New Creation.

With my pen in hand again, I”m writing with utter delight! I have published four books for the Black Madonna Diary series. And per request from friends, I have collated many of the poems of wisdom into a series of poetry books “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”. In the past 7 months, I have joyfully and effortlessly published 7 books!!! All with ease and grace AS the Divine flow of Source. Not “with” the flow of Source, rather AS the flow of Source.

As I peruse my facebook newsfeed, I see there are many of us in the creative flow once again, each in our own unique way. BRAVO to all of us for trusting Divine Flow and Sourcing Creation in all its purity. Continue forth Beloveds. Continue forth and Create in the NEW!!

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Living in Grace

Gratitude by Melina del Mar

We are living in unprecedented times. There has never been more talk among the common people about Ascension and Awakening to our Divinity. The New Age movement has exploded and multiple avenues of awareness have splintered off into avenues of there own. There are multiple teachings and ways of expanding our consciousness.

The soul has always had a thirst for garnering more experience to know itself more fully. With each incarnation, it expands its consciousness and adds to its library of wisdom via our human experiences. It does not judge these experiences. It simply delights in the experience and distills the wisdom as consciousness expands.

There has never been a dark night of the soul. There have only ever been the dark nights of the human. Why is that? Because the human, who has lived lifetimes of duality, judges and maintains a library of these judgements. The human has become so embroiled in this library that it “thinks”, “This is who I am.” Eventually the human becomes so dissonant with its soul that it gets lost in its dark night of the human in order to go deeply enough into itself to remember its connection to the Divine.

Little by little, the human begins remembering its true relationship with the Divine. Not the religious relationship that has been taught to us over eons of time, depicting us as “less than” the Divine. But the realization that we ARE Divine.

Thus begins the process of awakening to who we truly are and unraveling that which we “thought” we were. It’s time to go into the library of the mind and begin tossing out the dusty old volumes of mental advice that’s always prevalent.

This isn’t an unconscious act. It requires focus and full awareness on the part of the human. It takes commitment and diligence. Meanwhile, our Divinity continues to love and support us through this process.

Humans have been attempting this process ever since we’ve moved through the veil of forgetfulness. The Egyptians practiced it via physical and spiritual initiations in the temples. The Druids practiced it via their magic within the cycles of nature. The Tibetan monks practice it via their meditation and piety. The Maya practice it with their ceremony and rituals. Groups of Aborigines still hold this wisdom and practice it within their tribes.

But the average human walking the streets has no concept of their Divinity, much less how to connect with it. Once we do connect with our Divine, there are no Mystery schools available to us as we had in ancient times. We’re out in the world, on our own.

One might ask: How have we gotten so lost? Indeed, we have gotten lost. But I have to ask another question: Is there a purpose to this madness? Because there is no such thing as a lost soul. There are only lost humans.

I have come to the conclusion that in present day, we are meant to be going through this process on our own because we are realizing our Sovereignty. Many say this is a group ascension. Perhaps that is so, in so far as, many of us are going through this process. But in realty, it is an individual and sovereign experience. For we each have our own unique libraries of the mind that are surfacing during our Awakening.

We are each going through our own process of unraveling eons of memories, thoughts, and beliefs. And, we’re attempting to do it all in one lifetime!!! This is overwhelming to the human mind. It has no basis for this process which kicks it back into protective mode, making it even more challenging.

In the wee hours of the morning as I was coming out of dreamtime I was attempting to “let go” of some the old stories that had surfaced, but all I got was more resistance. I then switched to consciously “allowing” the process, but that only made it worse. That’s when the Madonna swooped in and informed me those are masculine attempts of control and manipulation, rooted in the mind. She reminded me that GRACE is what is called for. That was when everything began to shift, as if she had waved a magic wand. I settled back into dreamtime and awoke with a lighter heart and a sweet smile on my face.

“Ease and Grace” have been my mantra ever since I can remember. I think I wrote it across my heart before I incarnated so I wouldn’t forget. Even as a child I recall my confusion as adults were working so hard and suffering to gain God’s approval and society’s approval by proxy. Of course, like so many of us, I got caught up in that collective consciousness. But somehow, I always came back to Grace.

That morning as I was consciously experiencing Grace, I wondered. . . Just what is Grace? With that mere thought, I realized it’s something I can not put into words. For it is beyond words, beyond the mind, and attempting to define it dissolves it.

Grace is a sensory experience beyond words, beyond the mind. Which is why it works like magic bypassing the mind and aligning me with my Divinity. I can not define Grace, but I realize the effect of Grace. When I sense into Grace I always feel a flow of the Divine. And this is how I choose to live my life, in the flow of the Divine.

I’m no longer working on “letting go” of old traumas, habits, or beliefs. That feels like the antiquated way of resolving things. It feels like way too much work when there is a much easier way. Instead, I choose to Live in Grace.

~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
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Artwork: Gratitude by Melina del Mar

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The Mind’s Role in our New Reality

Art by Eduardo Rodriguez Calzado

From a very young age we’ve been taught to “make a plan” for our lives. From a project or business standpoint that often entails outlines, proposals, and so much more. All before we even begin the project and call in our creativity. 

How often I’ve followed the rules, made the plan, created the outline, and then. . . when I began the creative process it all blew up on my face. Pretty early on I realized I should be calling in my creative self BEFORE making the plan. Thus, things began to flow more easily. 

Until recently when I began publishing my current manuscript. It’s been a HUGE learning curve for me!!!  Adhering to all the template and formatting rules Amazon requires before I push the “Go” button to upload my precious words.  

I spent a full week in KDP University (Amazon’s school of publishing), reading text, watching videos and webinars, making notes, and literally overwhelming my brain. But once I got into the flow, I began enjoying the process of manuscript formatting. 

Next I had to write and include all the “front” and “back” matter. The description, introduction, biography, back cover info, etc, all the stuff your readers want to know about you and the book. 

Sitting down at the computer to write all this “stuff” was the biggest writers block I’ve ever experienced! So I left it and walked away from the computer. During the day, I grabbed whatever was at hand to write things down as the inspiration flowed throughout my daily activities. What I ended up with was a mishmash of e-files, yellow tablets with scribbled phrases, and sticky notes scattered everywhere!!

This morning I finally sat down and created an outline based on Amazon’s requirements. Now all my creative inspiration had a place to land!! The resulting experience was like a magnet effortlessly pulling all those snippets into Divine Order. Instead of writers block and overwhelm it became a joyful dance and fulfillment of my Soul’s passion.

When I finally closed the lid on my laptop with a sumptuous smile on my face I realized I am creating in a whole new way!! 

Instead of engaging the mind and allowing it to strangle my creative flow with a linear plan or outline, I waited to invite it into the process AFTER I had drawn upon all the infinite potentials in my creative field. With all this creative material swirling within my energy field, I was able to call it into divine order with ease and grace. 

As I was lingering in bed this morning I realized I no longer feel a separation between my spiritual self and my human mind. Reviewing the past two weeks since my introduction to publishing, I am experiencing a delightful integration of many aspects of myself. My spiritual self has brought forth abundant words of wisdom. The storyteller in me has written an engaging narrative. My creative self has fashioned lovely book covers. And what I call my Saturn self, is articulate, detail oriented, and an exemplary organizer pulling it all together. Although there are times the publishing process feels tedious my Fae aspect reminds me, this is my my playground and the JOY is always present. 

Thus, the mind’s role in our new reality is finding a new balance with the wisdom of all  the other aspects of ourselves  There is a new found freedom. And JOY is at its core!! 

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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Who are the Wisdom Keepers?

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There is a question that continues to cycle back around to me and until recently I was unable to resolve it. That question is: How does the Ancient Wisdom fit into humanity’s shift in consciousness?

I have recently watched, the movie series “Time of the Sixth Sun”, the feature movie along with all it’s 8 additional episodes. This movie has done an extraordinary job of interviewing Wisdom Keepers from all over the world from different cultures, with different perceptions, and different practices.

Over the years, I have had the benefit and honor of spending time with quite a few of the shaman and teachers in this movie, as well as others who remain nameless. I have interacted with their ceremonies, listened to their teachings, spent time on their land, and been blessed by them. Each one has added to my foundation of Wisdom.

And yet, after all these experiences, it has never felt like it was enough for me. So often I feel I have gone beyond the ancient teachings and practices because they are too limiting for me.

So Who are the Wisdom Keepers?
And what part are they playing in humanity’s shift in consciousness?
After watching this film I have come to this conclusion.

We are all Wisdom keepers.
It matters not what race, culture, or age we are. What matters is how conscious we are. What matters is that we remember who we truly are as the Divine.

I sense the Indigenous Tribal Elders have been passing down the wisdom and traditions of the Ancient Ones from the beginning of time. It has been their job to hold our foundation in place until humanity is ready to go beyond it. Through their strength, courage, and dedication they have managed to maintain their connection between earth and the Great Spirit. They recognize the importance and honor “all relations” which include all sentient beings including the animals, plants, and the earth herself. They honor the balance of the elements of fire, earth, air and water, knowing as humans we need these elements to survive. They honor each person, treat them with kindness, and support their growth and expansion. This is basic foundational Wisdom.

The ancient prophecies predict the shift in consciousness we are currently experiencing. Although this foundational wisdom is vitally important, wisdom is not static. We are constantly accumulating more wisdom. With each experience, our soul is distilling our experience into wisdom beyond the stories we, as humans, tell ourselves. Therefore, the wisdom we have to draw upon is constantly growing and expanding as individuals as well as a collective.

Once we become consciousness enough to remember Who we truly Are, we are operating from the foundational wisdom as well as our own personal wisdom. For are we not all unique sovereign beings in our own right?

I have met elders as well as children that I consider to be Wisdom Keepers. I have leaned from the many. Whereas, elders have the advantage of having a multitude of experiences to draw upon for their wisdom. Children carry the innocence of wisdom without having been indoctrinated into the limitations of society. As they say, “Out of the mouth of babes”.

As many of you have noticed our youthful generation is expressing their wisdom through new innovations to assist in cleaning up the mess humanity has made of our planet. For if humanity continues on its current path there will be nothing left for them. Survival has a way of waking people up to realize their own Divinity and their own Wisdom. I pray this awakening does not include more suffering.

I give thanks to all the Wisdom Keepers, the indigenous peoples, the elders, the children, and you and I, all of whom are in service to humanity and the earth, each in our own unique way.

For more information about the movie “Time of the Sixth Sun”
https://www.timeofthesixthsun.com

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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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Pushing the Delete Button

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The last few days, I’ve been cruising through my computer files to make room for new and exciting things. At first this felt like a daunting task sifting through years of information, data, photos, and journals. It felt kind of like being asked to clear out grandma’s attic or, worse yet, her basement. But it didn’t take me long to ascertain that I could simply back up a dumpster and toss it all.

By perusing a few files, I was utterly amazed at how far we’ve come over the past few years! After reading some of the articles I had stored, I realized I can just push the “delete all” button and start fresh. 

Why? Because we can now Google anything we want to know without having to store it. We have everything at our fingertips, or voice command if you’ve befriend Siri or Alexa. Technology is moving so fast, apps that used to be primo are becoming outdated faster than I can remember how to use them.

And all those important spiritual teachings that brought me to where I am now are irrelevant. I’ll be forever grateful for those teachings that reminded me of “Who I AM”. But they no longer hold any relevance for me. 

As a writer who journals nearly every day, it was beneficial to scan some of the words that allowed me to pat myself on the back for how far I’ve come. Indeed, we all need to do that from time to time. Whether you journal or not, you can certainly recall where you were 5 or 10 years ago vs. where you are today. How differently I interact with the world. And how much I allow to pass by because it no longer holds any value for me. 

There is a file that remains and will continue to be expanded upon. That is my poetry file, “Wisdom of the Inner Voice”, where the words appear to be timeless because they express the wisdom of my soul. These are the words that continue to circle back around revealing layers of realization I was not aware of at the time they were originally written. For the soul is ageless. It does not know time, nor is it attached to a particular persona, or a particular lifetime. It is adept at distilling the wisdom of all our experiences to be carried through all time and space as we continue to expand our consciousness. 

Now that I’ve created more space, it’s time to download an upgraded operating system on my computer. Just like my physical human body it’s been emptied of all the old files with lots of space for new and exiting ventures.  

I am now living in the moment, trusting that everything I need to know is inside of me, and everything comes to me at the perfect time. There is no need to store anything anymore. No teachings, knowledge, or preplanning required! Instead, I’m allowing life to be one Grand Adventure!
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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gratitude for the artwork Open Heart by Christina DeHoff

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Navigating Expanded Consciousness

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Although the results of expanding our consciousness are grand and illustrious, this transition is not as easy as one would like it to be. As many of us have been experiencing, these periods of transformation can range from disconcerting to challenging to downright horrid. We often feel like the caterpillar that dissolves into mush before it spreads its beautiful magnificent wings with abilities it never even dreamed possible. 

Our entire solar system, including planet earth, is gravitating to a whole new position in the omniverse, surrounded by accelerated waves of transformation. As a result our consciousness is expanding into a whole new understanding of time and space, as documented by science. Although our Soul is effortlessly flowing with this grandness, our mind is floundering because it doesn’t recognize these new vibrations. In addition, so many of our established beliefs, memories, and habits have been wiped out of our old mindset to make space for the new. Our mind is wandering in this “clear space” looking for something to latch on to, but finding nothing.

It’s as if the train has switched tracks and the mind is searching for the old buildings but finding itself trackless in an expansive ocean. For that is where you are now, in the oceans of pure potentiality, far beyond the mind’s ability to comprehend. But never fear, your first class seat is oh so comfortable. It wraps itself around you. You’re safe and secure in the arms of your Soul. Why not sink back into it, close your eyes and allow your mind to switch tracks. 

That can not happen if you continue searching for the scenery on the old track. Nor will it happen if you allow yourself to get caught in the dramas of mass consciousness as it too moves through these transformations, albeit not by conscious choice. Not only is the old scenery disappearing, but the old systems are no longer being supported by these new vibrations.  There are those who are working hard in attempts to maintain the old which is exacerbating the process and creating even more destruction. Engaging in these attempts to “save humanity” will only make this transition more difficult. It’s like attempting to hang onto your caterpillar legs while birthing new wings. They are not synonymous. It’s best accomplished by allowing these natural transitions to occur of their own accord.

I suggest you close your eyes for a wee bit, take a deep breath, lay your head back, and relax. Realize you have switched tracks and trust the first class ticket your Soul has provided. You are no longer traveling in the baggage compartment. You have everything you need right here within you. Settle in and allow your physical body to acclimate to the vibrational changes, allow your mind to drift. 

When you reopen your eyes, your mind will naturally begin to enjoy the new scenery with exuberant glee, much like stepping off the train at a new destination while on vacation. At first, it may seem like a dream, but soon all of your aspects will be present and awake in this expanded consciousness with your innate joy lapping like gentle waves on the beach. Ride these waves of Joy because the more Joy you experience, the more quickly you’ll adjust to the new landscapes, the more grounded you will feel in these new vibrations. And once you do….new abilities will effortlessly awaken within you to begin creating anew, free of the mind’s old constructs. 

The mind doesn’t know how to navigate these new energies, but your Soul does because it is accepting of all-that-is without any judgment or need to hold onto the old ways of being. It revels in this freedom and the expanded version of you. With every breath you take the mind is inviting and seducing you to do the same.    

As consciousness expands, freedom abounds, and new potentials spontaneously  present themselves. Relax, allow, and savor the transitions for they are part of your eternal expansion. There will always be a new infinite You with a new frontier, for that is how the Soul thrives. Enjoy the adventure!!
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~Sharon Lyn Shepard~
“Wisdom of the Inner Voice”
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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”
www.sharonlynshepard.com

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