How often are you Inter~fearing?

10291851_10203822411786831_6280580730400421250_nThere are infinite ways in which we interfere with the gracious flow of life. We do it in our personal lives. We do it with our friends and family. We do it with nature. And most often, we do it with our physical bodies.

The Universe only knows benevolence, so life is ALWAYS flowing in hot pursuit to maintain Well~being. Meanwhile, we are constantly throwing everything out of balance with our arrogant beliefs that we know better.

Nature has an innate way of rebalancing itself. Humanity seems to think it can overpower the elements of earth that have created us. But with each action there is a natural reaction to maintain balance that is beyond our control. Rather than learning to live “with” nature as the indigenous people do, we continue to inter~fear in an attempt to create a false sense of security. Meanwhile, the weather has gone berserk, earthquakes are increasing and homes are slipping into the sea in response to our inter~fear~ance. Once we stop wasting our energy attempting to control life, all of our energy will be free to create in new and exciting ways.

The balance of our physical bodies is constantly obstructed with the latest trendy diets, super foods, supplements, and medications. Don’t get me wrong I’m fully on board for eating healthy to support my Well~BEing. But I’ve learned to trust my body, rather than fear it. I don’t fear that it will get ill. I don’t fear that it will get fat. Nor do I fear that it will grow old and decrepit. Yes, my body will age, but my body has no desire to suffer. My body lives in grace because I love my body, respond to its simple requests and I trust my body’s intelligence to do what it knows best without my inter~fear~ance.

We even disrupt the perfection of our innate Spiritual essence with the latest new age gizmos, rituals, prescribed practices and human machinations. There is no doubt we are in the times of high transition. We are being flooded with super charged flows of energy. But we put these processes in place “before” we incarnated. What makes us think we need to tinker with the flow of our Divine Intelligence?

These transitional energies can feel intense at times, but suffering is optional and only arises from our personal resistance. Instead of inter~fearing with the process and stirring up resistance (i.e. lack of trust), why not soothe the body in gentle ways to remain fully open and receiving. Deep breathing opens those cranky spaces that aren’t used to energy flowing through them. Quieting the mind with a few minutes of simple meditation will free those rebellious thoughts to fly on unattended. Or a quick cat nap is often all it takes to disengage the old patterns and foster a gentle expansion of consciousness with ease and grace.

Life is sweet and its expansive flow is our creative playground. Once we realize that, we’ll be able to find a new sense of balance with all that is and put fear to rest. Then we’ll never feel the need to inter~fear again.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard~
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com
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The Addictions No One is Talking About

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We all have, or have had addictions. We tend to only think of those such as alcohol or drug addition, but there are other (emotional) addictions that are debilitating to our Spiritual Growth.

Society judges addictions as something that needs to be overcome. But what if addictions are a normal part of life, not to be overcome, but to enlighten us? What if they are signposts on our journey of Self-awareness and Self-empowerment?

I venture to say that most, if not all additions are unconscious. Take for example, the addiction to stay busy. Most people would say that is a favorable character trait. Indeed it can be. But it can also be an addiction to proving yourself worthy….. or a ruse to gain love, attention, or a promotion. When in reality staying busy is a diversion from what’s simmering under the surface, which is our soul’s desire to live the truth of who we really are.

I propose that addictions are a go~to when we’re in need of something, but we’re unaware of what that something is. For awhile our addictions may serve us by smoothing out some of the ruff spots in our lives. And there are certainly times when we need those moments of comfort that our addictions can provide. But that solace is temporary, which is why we continue reaching for more.

Here are a few of the common addictions that no one is talking about:
~ Staying busy…to prove yourself worthy
~ Titles, degrees, affiliations…shoring up your persona
~ Consumerism…bolstering our outward appearance
~ Excessive talking…fear of the silence
~ Food…a way to fill what feels empty
~ Chronic illness…to shun the responsibilities of life
~ Complaining…desiring to change things without taking responsibility
~ Judgment…making oneself feel superior
~ Drama (self created, or the media)…an artificial way to feel alive
~ Exercise…addiction to endorphins
~ Social media…distraction from being in the present moment
~ Religion or spirituality…turning your power over to someone else

~ And the biggest addiction of all….looking for love in all the wrong places, when in reality it is Divine Love we are in search of.

Addictions are a distraction from getting to know the real YOU rather than the one you’re presenting to the world. Once you realize this, there are no addictions to overcome. There is only one thing you need do: Awaken to WHO YOU ARE and when you do, the addictions will disappear along with the masks you were wearing.

Yes, some additions are more serious than others and they do require a period of physical and emotional rehabilitation. But, at the root of that rehabilitation is the need to step out of the darkness that has been eclipsing your True Self. Once you do, you will find that your Divine Self is unconditionally loving and you have nothing to prove to yourself or anyone else.

Rehabilitation is a step by step process. In that regard Alcoholics Anonymous is a great way to move through the process. But the process is one of Loving, rather than overcoming. And there is an additional step that’s missing from AA and other similar programs. That step is dropping the label “I am an alcoholic” and replacing it with the acknowledgement I AM THAT I AM.

Perhaps this too is an addiction, one that I’m addicted to….eternally knowing I AM THAT I AM. And it’s not one that needs to be overcome, it’s the eternal gift of Enlightenment.

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

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Note: If I’ve stirred something in you and you’d like another perspective, I suggest the book “Addictions: How to Unplug and be Free” by John Flaherty. John is an experienced Teacher of Spiritual and Emotional Wellbeing. An expert in the field of addictions, he inspires people to be free of their addictive behaviors to find emotional freedom, increased confidence and personal peace to live a more fulfilled existence. Visit his website @ http://www.beawarebealive.com

Red Flag of Pain

Red-FlagPain has a way of enveloping us into its covert embrace. It’s concealed clutching isn’t visible to others. So we get no sympathy unless we speak about it. And boy do we love to speak about it! Perhaps that’s the only way we think we can make it real.

Oh I hear many of you screaming at me….But it is real!! I feel it. I live with it ever day. It keeps me from doing everything I want to do.

Okay. If that’s your reality, I’ll leave you to it. But you may want to read on and see if you choose to continue living that reality….or not.

Pain is YOU waving a Red Flag.

Pain is your Inner BEing trying to get your attention because you are out of alignment with your authentic Self. Since a simple reminder of discomfort didn’t do it, perhaps debilitating pain will.

That’s how much YOU love you. The bigger, more expanded YOU wants you to live in alignment with who you really are. Not the illusion of yourself that you’ve created to make others happy. Not the mask that you wear to hide your true feelings. Not the character you’ve created to walk on stage with the drama that the world is playing out.

The bigger more expanded YOU knows you’re a Star in your own right. You don’t need to take on bit parts in someone else’s play. Your unique gifts are begging to come out and shine.

So every time you step out of alignment with your Stardom, there’s a bit of discomfort. Just a little reminder, a tap on the shoulder that you’re repeating someone else’s lines rather than speaking your own truth.

And if you choose to grip onto those foreign lines, the tighter you grip, the more energy gets stuck and OUCH!!!! There it is…..the Red Flag of Pain.

Now you have a choice. You can bury the flag. There are lots of ways you can do that. I don’t need to list all the ways. Most of us have tried them. The relief is usually temporary at best. Or… you can say, “Thank you Red Flag. I get it. I appreciate the message.”

Now that you’ve got the message, do you file it away in your “to do” pile for later or do you take action to align with the YOU that’s calling your name?

Pain comes from holding on to that which is not true…
in other words, pain comes from being out of alignment with your true Self.
The solution is simple….take a big breath, drop the pretenses and re~align.

Do you love yourself enough to re-align with the bigger YOU, the omnipotent omnipresent omniscient YOU, the YOU that knows no pain?

What reality do you choose?

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard ~
~message from my inner wisdom~
http://www.sharonlynshepard.com

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Woman with an “O”

Have you ever noticed that Wo-man is spelled with an “O” ~ A beautiful, flowing, curvaceous, luscious, organismic “O”

If you’ve managed to miss that detail, it’s because advertising has taken the “O” out of woman with skinny, angular bodies on magazine covers, strutting down the runways, on billboards and tv. Worse than that. . . WE have all bought into it with a frenzy for women to be thinner, thinner and yet thinner. Constant diets, workouts, and beauty regimes take up a huge chunk of a woman’s time, energy and money; not to mention the health hazards of anorexia and bulimia that we’ve inflicted upon our adolescent women.

After looking at this photo of Lizzie Miller from Glamour Magazine at  http://feelgoodstyle.com/2011/12/05/lizzie-miller/  we’ve had a wake up call!  Today’s woman is ready to be Wo-man, a natural glorious Wo-man.

In my younger days, I was hooked into the dream of being model thin. But as I matured, I began to see myself as a beautiful Goddess with all the Renaissance curves of Venus. Nature is a series of curves and flow. Even the earth, herself, is round. So why are we so intent on angulizing women when her natural beauty lies in her curves, her beautiful luscious curves.

Eat healthy, workout, enhance your skin with nutrients. But do it for your health, not to fit the mold. It’s your unique essence that radiates your beauty. There is nothing outside yourself that can do that if you don’t first nurture your inner self. That’s where the hearth of beauty lies for men and women.

So, my dear Beloveds, it’s time to reclaim the “O” in Wo-man and be the WOW-man that you know yourself to be.

~ Sharon Lyn Shepard~

http://www.sharonlynshepard.com

artwork: Awakening of Venus by Charles Joseph Natoire

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