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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Breath of Grace

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I awoke to the glint of sunlight and the sweetness of birdsong wafting through my open window. Within a few minutes a menagerie of crows flew in creating an obnoxious ruckus. I could feel my adrenaline system kicking in with irritation, ready to hijack my day. In that moment of wakefulness I knew I had a choice. I could allow the ruckus to dominant my day or I could live the sweetness of life.

I immediately went within and tuned into my innate Grace. I took several long deep abdominal breaths which shifted the flow of adrenaline (stress hormone) to the flow of oxytocin (love hormone). Within moments, the crows departed and the birdsong once again reminded me of the sweetness of life.

As I lay there listening to their invitation to enjoy the day, I realized this shot of adrenaline used to be my normal manner of awakening as my thoughts immediately turned to all the tasks that needed to be accomplished. The discrepancy between my blissful dream state and the confines of my physical body often resulted in panic attacks.

During this realization, I heard the word ‘amygdala’. I recall from medical school that the amygdala is an important part of the brain which regulates the responses of fear and pleasure. As cave dwellers this unconscious response was useful. But we’re no longer living in caves with lions and tigers outside our dwellings. And yet, our bodies are responding to the stress of everyday tasks in the same manner as cave dwellers. These continual injections of adrenaline eventually deplete our adrenal systems, compromising our health and wellbeing.

I’ve also discovered that when my body senses the influx of high vibrational energies, such as a reaction to sun flares or geomagnetic storms, it automatically kicks into fight-or-flight mode. When I go within and consciously shift my perception from “anxiety” to “excitement”,  the energy then bubbles into Joy.

The more conscious we become the more control we have over our body’s reactions. We always have choice, the ruckus or the sweetness of life, stress or pleasure, adrenaline or oxytocin. A shift in perception and a few deep breaths can flip the autonomic switch in your brain and instantaneously transform your day to day life. It really is that simple!!!

There’s an even more expanded bonus to using the “Breath of Grace’ as I call it. The deeper you breath, the more oxytocin is released, until you become aligned with your GodSelf which opens the portal to your multidimensional Consciousness, your Heaven on Earth. With each breath limitations cease to exist, infinite possibilities reveal themselves, and stress melts away.

As conscious creators, we have the ability to retrain our brain with the simplicity of the breath. Our daily lives offer us the practice of choice, moment by moment, until Grace prevails paving our Heavenly HighWay of Life.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com

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To learn more about how the amygdala works, here’s a short youtube you may find helpful:
Amygdala Hijack & Emotional Intelligence https://youtu.be/Lr-T6NAV5V4

Creating with the Grace of Expansion

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This past year has presented a series of sputtering stops and starts in so many creative projects. A current of momentum picks me up like a magic carpet effortlessly guiding me with a new flow of enthusiasm. Then thud . . . everything goes still, no current, no magic carpet, no inspiration. All that remains is a deep restlessness, sitting on a grounded carpet that was flying through the infinite sky just moments ago.

I finally realized that when I’m really zooming forward with a project that comes to an abrupt halt, it’s usually because those boundless skies have facilitated an expanded awareness within me. It’s time to lay down the sword of creation I’m wielding to fully align within in order to move forward with the ease and grace of the magic carpet. There is nothing wrong, it’s simply my need to align with a more expanded ME.

It feels like it has taken me eons to become comfortable with allowing myself this pause in life. I was so indoctrinated to be “doing” something all the time for the mere acceptance by others. It still bites me in the butt sometimes. But I know better now. I know that when I’m procrastinating or restless, instead of “doing” something to force it to pass, I simply need to pause and realign. And my oh my, there’s a lot of that happening these days because our expansion is happening so quickly, realizing more… and more… and more… and more of who I AM.

A Master Creator uses this power of expansion. He knows how to parlay. He knows when to wield the sword and when to temporarily lay it aside. He knows when to pause and take the in~breath that will carry him through the next bout of creation. He is always aligned with the flow of Source before he steps into the field with the hilt comfortably in his hand. A Master Creator creates with the Grace of Expansion.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~

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