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Musings – And in the beginning ….

I grew up knowing of the Book of Genesis and while I lacked formal religious education, these  lines are etched into my memory:

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

4 God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. 

The Introduction to A Course in Miracles says  “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”

For those who have been following my blog awhile, you know that this started out as a way to track my movement through 2013. Most of the material has been very positive, even magical or mystical in content. I also aim to be as authentic as possible. At this point in my journey the BIG question has come up again, BIG time! What am I talking about?

I transitioned from the Old Testament to spiritual seeking many moons ago. Questions such as ” What happens after death?” or ” Why is there so much suffering?” or ” Why is there inequality between men and women in organized religion?” were not answered to my satisfaction. Later in college I was introduced to philosophy. We pondered “What is consciousness?” Descartes’ quote ” I think therefore I am.”  did placate me temporarily. In my twenties I eventually laid my eyes upon A Course in Miracles. My study group struggled with the heady material for a few years, uncovering its wisdom and unraveling our toxic belief systems. I still consider these teachings sacred and comforting in times of woe.

But no text or teacher or thought leader has ever been able to address the BIG question. When it first hit me, I was frightened that  I was capable of producing this thought. For several years I pushed it aside and told myself it was just too dark. I did not even say it out loud until about a year ago when I was in consultation with my Spiritual Director. She was able to assure me that I am not alone in considering the question and referred me to the works of Ken Wilber. Although I find his writing to be  quite intriguing , it still left me answerless and lost.

Ready for the BIG question – Why life?

By Smithsonian Institution via Wikimedia Commons

I do not mean why life on Earth or why Earth. I mean why is there a need for any consciousness at all? Genesis refers to the beginning, well what happened before that? Was there always a system and if so, why is there a need for a system? If you say, there is no time or space, that is fine, BUT it does not address the question. The Course addresses reality versus illusion in the introduction, yet still leaves me wondering ” What does it mean to be real and why is there any need for reality in the first place?”

 Why NOT total absolute infinite darkness?

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No sweet YouTube video or charming sentiment is provided here to end this post. I am hungry for the answers and glad that I took the plunge to entertain this topic here. My lack of answers leaves me very uncomfortable, but human. Accept my invitation to take the leap with me. Please help me explore this further by sharing your thoughts.

first image courtesy of By Smithsonian Institution via Wikimedia Commons

second image courtesy of  User:Alain r ( Own work) via Wikimedia Commons http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en 

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Interview – You don’t know a thing about me, well maybe?

On July 25th my interview was featured on Ky’s blog  kygrabowski Spotlight series. This was a very exciting time for me because it was my very first published interview. I am posting it here so that it can be seen by new readers or those who were on hiatus over the summer. Preparation for this interview was an incredibly personal and sometimes grueling process for me, so I hope that you find my occasionally verbose – translation – long-winded 🙂  answers interesting and informative. I welcome all questions and comments as I continue to become more authentic and transparent, moment by moment.

Spotlight

Here’s what Spotlight is about; it’s an interview that promotes you! It will feature questions that are formatted to your needs. Questions will be focused on your work, upcoming work and some personal [but not intrusive] questions for your fans to get to know you more!

Today features

Litebeing

1.   Tell us about yourself

My blog persona is litebeing, creator of litebeing chronicles. I grew up along the East coast and have lived in the Philadelphia area since college. I am a licensed Social Worker and have worked in Child Welfare and Mental Health for most of my career. Currently I work as a psychotherapist in private practice.  I have been fascinated by astrology since age 7 or 8 and was already giving astrological advice to my friends in sixth grade! Astrology and helping others has been a constant thread throughout my life. I started blogging about 6 months ago and absolutely love it! My trusty cat (and sidekick) Dexter is usually by my side. If not joined at my hip, he’s scrunched up in his fleecy bed.

Dexter

2.   How did you get into blogging?

I had seen the film “Julie and Julia” and identified with the lead character who was a writer that wasn’t writing. I was her; I knew it in my bones. I loved the passion she put into her blog and the film’s message really stayed with me. The seed was planted while watching that film.

Late last year while I was enjoying some of my friends’ blogs, I thought to myself “I could do this!” I was also experiencing some exciting changes in my spiritual journey that I wanted to share with others.

3.   What are the pros and cons to blogging?

Blogs are a great medium because you can get incredible exposure and potentially instantaneous feedback. That was a mouthful; I can be quite verbose when no one’s looking!  I don’t really see any cons to blogging, once you figure out how to format your posts and master the technical aspects. If you run out of ideas, the daily post from WordPress can be a great tool. I wrote a couple of daily posts myself and it was really a lot of fun!

4.   What kind of things that you haven’t blogged about do you want to blog about in the future?

I want to include more astrology, poetry, and transpersonal psychology in my blog. I will also expand on some of my mystical experiences in greater detail when the time is right. I don’t blog in a planned way, so I cannot usually say what will come next. I prefer to let the writing flow organically. I have recently added some of my nature photography and plan to take more pictures. As an extremely visual person, it is important to me to create a pretty blog. While I am quite an amateur photographer, I do have a knack for framing a shot. Adding my own images can enhance my stories in a way that is unique and personal.

5.   What do you hope readers understand about your blog?

That is it ever-changing and that I like to revise formatting and content to reflect my current state of mind or mood. That this project is a true manifestation of one of my life purposes, to simply write. Also that what I write IS true. If I am writing about something that happened to me, it really did happen. I look for authenticity in other artists and strive to live to that standard for myself.

6.   How did you come up with the theme of your blog and or what you will blog about?

I go by the name litebeing and created the blog litebeing chronicles on 1-11-13. I picked that date because it was the first new moon of the calendar year. However that is only part of the story. I have been seeing numerical sequences of 111 and 1111 for several months. I got the idea that these numbers come to me as symbols of hope and loving guidance. So it seemed appropriate to use 1-11-13 as the time to launch this new project. The name litebeing came from my underutilized twitter account. I wanted to use lightbeing and it was taken, so I chose litebeing instead. This name fits in with my spiritual journey. After a long dark night of the soul episode I realized that I wasn’t quite as enlightened or awake as I thought I was. So litebeing is a more accurate snapshot of my current state of consciousness.

The theme of litebeing chronicles is a glimpse into my everyday life, showing how the light shines through on a moment- to- moment basis. The light may vary from a tiny flicker to a strong ray to a magnificent rainbow to a blinding shaft of white light. The blog also chronicles my reactions to the cosmic weather. The reactions may be in the form of poetry, storytelling, art, photography, or simply musings. I occasionally veer off in other directions, but have remained true to the theme.

7.   Favorite blog post? Of yours and or someone else’s?

I am partial to my two ongoing series, Collisions and Returning HomeCollisions is a series on my personal tales of synchronicity and other mystical adventures. Returning Home showcases different mechanisms that can accelerate a higher vibration and inner awakening.  I also really like how my Calling All Angels post came together. It was fun to weave different elements of my life into one overarching theme such as Angels.  I also love reading posts about travel, art, dreams, film, altered states of being, astrology, mysticism, etc.  Authenticity in storytelling is very important to me. So reading about someone’s struggles and triumphs will touch me deeply if told from an authentic place.

8.  How do you figure out what you’re going to write about?

I see myself as a planner in general. With the blog, however, I have become much more relaxed. Ideas come to me as my everyday life unfolds. Now, I may see a film and decide I’ll blog about that or I may become inspired by another blogger’s post, but most of the time, stuff just happens and the wheels begin to turn.

9. What advice can you offer to people who may want to start blogging?

Have fun! Enjoy the process and don’t stress out about it! Get to know other bloggers. I like to check out the blogs of those who like and comment on my posts.  Often they become part of my beloved community. Do not obsess over statistics if you can resist the temptation. Use them as tools, but don’t get distracted. Focus on your content instead!

10. In your post Subtle Beginnings you mention you grew up without Christmas – did you celebrate something else?

When we were little, we would get Christmas presents under our beds. This was due to the Santa Claus factor. We always celebrated Hanukah, although my mother grew up with Christmas. I remember she enjoyed playing Christmas carols on the piano during the holidays.

11.  In the same post you talk about noticing things around you – what are some of your favorite things you notice in your life?

I am acutely aware of nature, especially while walking in my neighborhood. I also enjoy the randomness of songs on my car radio. Lately I have been looking at the license plates and stickers on cars in front of me while driving. I enjoy noticing signs and symbols of all kinds. Often signs and symbols hide in plain sight, just waiting to be discovered.

12.  In your post Silver Linings you speak a lot about your interest and past dealings with mental illness – have you always been interested in this topic?

My curiosity about life and people in general stems from early childhood. A class on Human Behavior in high school started me wondering about a career as a therapist. I learned about Abraham Maslow and self-actualization, and was very curious about human development. I also wanted to learn more about what Maslow described as peak experiences.  I recall doing a research project with a classmate on left-handedness.  We both were interested because we were left-handed. This project made a huge impact on me. I think that being different predisposed me to wanting to understand individual difference. My love of astrology and personality types led to a fervent interest in theories of personality.  I am just as fascinated about our collective gifts that coexist with the maladaptations.

13. Following the above question, what advice and or tips if you have any can you suggest to people dealing with these issues, things that can help them adjust their lives better?

If someone is feeling powerless or out of control regarding their emotions, thoughts, and/or coping skills, I would strongly suggest they reach out to someone they trust such as a doctor or alternative health practitioner, mentor, spiritual / religious elder or mental health professional. Sometimes it is easier to seek out a mentor or a pastor before a therapist or psychiatrist. What matters is that you know yourself well enough to sense when your own inner resources are insufficient. Asking for help is a strength, despite the multitude of opposing messages from society at large. I like Brene Brown’s ideas about vulnerability and am encouraged by this concept catching on in popularity.

14. Your post, a poem titled “The Wind.” is a very well put together post. What inspired it, and what inspires you to write poetry like this one?

Thank you. I was inspired by a loved one whom I was missing. He was traveling and I knew that it was likely we won’t see each other for a very long time. The film The New World reminded me of the differences and similarities between us. It also reminded me of the beautiful place in which we met. However this poem was not about a typical love story. It was about how a greater divine force can pull together two souls, and that the collision of the two can create a mystery and awakening that transcends romantic love.

15.  When did you discover writing?

I came into this world with a vibrant imagination. This gift has often been my saving grace. Writing early on became a vehicle for fashioning my imagination into a tangible form. In grade school my teacher noticed that I was good at building stories around our spelling words. I also was a strong reader and excelled at spelling. So you could say it was a perfect storm of good language skills and an active inner life.

16. How has writing changed you as a person?

My diaries in high school helped me survive some difficult years. I found a strategy for processing emotions and working out conflicts that I could depend upon. My journals are like old friends; reliable, comfortable, always there for you. I know my love of writing influenced my work with clients. I will often integrate writing into the therapeutic process, via journaling, affirmations, poetry, etc. I am fortunate to have had many clients come to therapy as lifelong writers.

17. What is your favorite part about writing?

After the ideas are set and the words being to flow….. I really love the creative process, especially when my intuition is informing my choices rather than my rational mind. I find it very exciting to integrate the flow of ideas together cohesively and with emotional intelligence. Writing is such a source of joy and can often have a cathartic effect for me.

18. What plans do you have for the future in your writing?

I am very interested in the intersection of mystical experiences and perceptual changes evident in psychotic episodes. Both states of being feature an altered sense of reality. I want to do more research into where the two overlap and where the two diverge. I am not even sure that discrete differences exist. My sense is that other factors strongly influence one’s judgment of and reactions to altered states of consciousness. Other factors would include one’s upbringing, socioeconomic status, ethnicity/culture, educational level, geographic location, and spiritual/religious orientation. I delved into some of this material in graduate school but there is so much more I want to explore. This could be my book!

19.  What kind of books do you like?

I really adore non-fiction and biography or semiautobiographical works.  When I was much younger I read mostly romance, classics, and science fiction. I truly enjoyed reading Dickens because his style evoked rich visual imagery. I am very visual in nature, so I prefer authors who cater to this preference. Lately I look for stories that offer inspiration and broaden my understanding of complex material. But please make them entertaining and unique so that I will keep reading! I tend to read many books at once.

20. What advice can you offer other writers?

I don’t have much advice to share except to believe in your creative spark, set a structured routine for yourself, and write for the joy of writing. Balancing writing with all of life’s demands requires more than good intentions. Please write for yourself first. I will never forget this high school teacher who harshly criticized my Three Act play assignment. She said that no one would be interested in my story but me! I took this criticism to heart and worried that my writing was not relatable. I think that I overcompensated by paying less attention to my gut instincts while writing. Eventually I realized that I write because I am a writer, not to please other people. Writers clearly want readers, I know this one does, but most readers are attracted to artists who can follow through with their vision. “Know thyself” and “to thine own self be true” are classic quotes because they convey wisdom and truth over the course of time. So striving to embody these ideals makes sense to me.

21.  Share with us some of your interests

I love reading, travel, music, drawing, being in nature, exotic food, walking and movies. I have recently rediscovered photography and am enjoying this amateur pursuit. I am also revisiting dream work by participating in two dream groups.

22.  What do you find is the hardest part of writing?

Staying focused. I tend to be pretty organized but can get quite distracted if I am writing while online. I also lean towards perfectionism so it is crucial that I know when to leave a finished piece alone. Blogging regularly is helping me become more disciplined in this area.

23.  What got you into supporting mental illness?

The philosophy of deinstitutionalization came into vogue when I first started out in the field. This is the notion that people with psychological or developmental challenges tend to thrive living within their communities, rather than being whisked away to hospitals and residential facilities. My work as a social worker and therapist evolved over the years and my attitudes are shaped by my work. I had some excellent supervisors and mentors along the way that influenced my understanding of mental illness. Yet I learned the most directly from those on my caseload. I discovered that the systems in place to protect people: child welfare system, criminal justice system, mental health system, often created more harm than good. The traumas people experience as a result of being incarcerated, committed to a psychiatric hospital, or living in unsafe, unpredictable, circumstances are often worse that those they may have ensured prior to being diagnosed.  This idea of community integration operates best when people are encouraged to focus on their entire self instead of an illness or disability. The alternative to the medical or pathology-focused model led to the creation of the Mental Health Recovery movement. Recovery focuses on holistic, empowering strategies and approaches to living based on the unique individual. The values include hope, meaning, and personal choice. This movement is alluded to, but not directly mentioned in my Silver Linings post. I wrote about the movement in my Guest post on Resilience for Amber Skye Forbes’s blog.

24. You offer counseling and astrology services; can you explain what that is all about?

I like to incorporate my astrology knowledge and my intuitive skills into my counseling practice. My objective is to help people develop and grow more into their true selves. We do this by working together in identifying and cultivating the innate capacities found in the natal astrology chart. I have worked with clients separately using traditional counseling techniques or astrological consultations. Yet I find that combining the two modalities is truly the best of both worlds. Astrology is holistic, non-judgmental, spirituality-based and person-centered. It is an outstanding approach for helping others with self-discovery, relationship issues, vocational counseling, addiction, low self-esteem, unresolved grief, etc.

25.   What can people expect from you if they receive this experience?

I provide an astrological chart based on time and place of birth and an initial chart interpretation. The client decides the focus and scope of the service. I can provide a one time session, regularly scheduled sessions or anything in between. I see the work as healing and transformational in nature, operating from strengths as opposed to deficits. People report the service as empowering, powerful, healing, often intense, and enlightening.

26.  What advice can you offer people if they want to do what you do?

I think that with both astrology and counseling, one must be born with raw potential. Education and training are important and will refine and expand one’s expertise and confidence, but astrologers and therapists cannot be manufactured. You have to really enjoy people and be incredibly self-aware.  I like to use my counseling skills when I practice astrology. Not all astrologers are counselors or therapists, but they can benefit from learning reflective listening skills. One must have the innate abilities like empathy, intuition, strong analytical skills, comfort with the symbolic world, and people skills to succeed in both professions. Evidence – based practices are very popular in the mental health profession currently, and will probably continue to grow in popularity. While I agree that practicing techniques that deliver positive treatment outcomes has advanced the field and improved quality of life for so many, psychotherapy is not purely technique-driven. Artistry is a large part of the profession and I certainly hope that creative people will continue to be valued within the helping/ healing professions.

27.  How do you market yourself?

Blog litebeing chronicles

Twitter @litebeing

Pinterest litebeing

28.  Promote your services in one sentence!

Let’s partner together to help you recognize, explore and manifest your possibilities.

29. What kind of observations do you make in your work? If you do.

Trust is essential to cultivating a therapeutic relationship. I see that many people hide who they are, especially from themselves. When trust has been developed, the road to healing becomes visible. True healing can begin as people find less need to hide.

Another common thread is the universal need for unconditional love. Most people want to give and receive love. At the end of the day, people want to be seen, heard, understood, and accepted. This desire to be truly known is universal and part of unconditional love. Astrological counseling is an effective way to help people integrate all aspects of themselves; to embrace the shadows and bring them into the light. With a strong inner foundation it is then possible to recognize and attract unconditional love into one’s life.

30.   What are you working on now?

I am focusing on my blog and expanding my astrology/counseling practice.

Returning Home : Part II – Italian Cathedrals, Updated Edition

By Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

The Roman Forum

Update:  Please enjoy some new photos added for your viewing pleasure …..

Sometimes traveling somewhere distant can take you right ” home.” I was incredibly fortunate to spend a few magical weeks travelling throughout Italy. As an Italian American , spending some time in the land of my ancestors helped me appreciate some of the origins of my love of food, art, history, and la dolce vita.  I was transported to a realm Eckhart Tolle calls spaciousness while visiting cathedrals. Words can barely describe how I feel when I am in the presence of these breathtaking works of art so I will let the images speak to you. 

By Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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Sistine Chapel Ceiling

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Michelangelo’s Creation

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Michelangelo’s Last Judgement

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Outside St. Peter’s Square , Vatican City

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Basilica Di San Marco, Venice

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 San Marco Ceiling

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San Marco Mosaic

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San Marco Altar

by Jiuguang Wang http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

Duomo, Milan

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Duomo Altar

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Inside Duomo

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Duomo Stained Glass Window 

Duomo_Out_S15 By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside Detail, Duomo

For myself the sheer beauty of these places of worship transcends any intention by the artists, architects, priests or popes. It’s all about the immersion into the awe and wonder where I discover the portals into the Divine. What about you?

 

see related posts:

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/04/26/returning-home-part-iii-sagrada-familia/

https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/returning-home-part-i-meditation/

all photos courtesy of wikimedia commons.org :

Roman forum by Stefan Bauer, http://www.ferras.at (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s by Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside St. Peter’s Square by  DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Basilica San Marco and San Marco Ceiling ( 2 photos) by Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys)     http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en

San Marco Mosaic by Maria Schnitzmeier http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:GNU_Free_Documentation_License_1.2

Duomo, Milan by Jiuguang Wang http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en

 Duomo Altar, Duomo Stained Glass Window, and Outside Detail, Duomo ( 3 photos) by  Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Inside Duomo including seated area by By メルビル (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Calling All Angels

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Now it’s time to get back to some storytelling. While my last few posts did not stray from my theme, this blog is primarily about sharing stories on how my everyday experiences contain some light. I am excited to share another true story with you. It’s about angels and me. So once upon a time……

But first,  here’s a little background –

Early Influences – My childhood was not filled with angels , except for the movies and one angel story. Glinda from The Wizard of Oz was an angelic archetype for me, as was The fairy godmother from Cinderella . I longed for both of them to enter my life. Perhaps those figures fueled my interest in shows like Touched By An Angel and films like City of Angels.  Once my father told me a story about Gabriel and how we come into this life.

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There is a tradition that Gabriel is the Angel of Birth. It is said that he carefully spends the nine months of the pregnancy watching over each unborn child and instructing that child on the necessary knowledge of Heaven that is an inherent part of all people. Just before birth, though, Gabriel touches each baby on the upper lip to make the child unable to remember all of the information about Heaven until the child returns to the spiritual state at death. The sign of Gabriel’s Touch is the cleft just below the nose.

I remember wondering how this process actually works and became very curious about life before and after we incarnate. It was a pleasant memory of religion for me amidst a typically fearful religious atmosphere laden with guilt, rigidity, obedience, and tradition for tradition’s sake. This particular  story contained mystery and magic, which is probably why it has stayed with me throughout the years.

Watch – A few years ago my watch stopped working and I was told that I could no longer replace the battery. So I looked for replacement right away.  I found an inexpensive but delightful bracelet watch which was part of a holiday collection. I liked the fact that it stretched to fit my small wrist and that it was mostly copper in color, making it neutral. It had the most lovely assortment of charms.

The bracelet had lovely angelic figures alongside stars and engraved sections displaying peace, hope, love, bliss, etc. What seemed to be unusual about this watch was the reaction I got wherever I wore it:  coworkers, neighbors, passengers on the train,  strangers in elevators , medical technicians: everyone would grab me and ask ” Where did you get this watch? ” I figured  it must be the angels. I will never forget the time I went to Pendle Hill for a Quaker gathering. One evening we stood in a circle holding hands. I heard a noise, looked down, and then noticed my watch had scattered into pieces all over the floor!  I felt the sadness of this loss and wanted to find a way to turn it around. Instead of getting it repaired  I decided to honor its unraveling by giving away some of the angels. I gave away some of the charms to special women while at Pendle Hill. Later I gave away a few more to other significant angels in my circle  This process was very powerful and transformative. It showed me that the energy associated with the watch can live on in a different form.  I still have a few pieces of the watch.

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Automotive Angels –

About a month ago, I took my car in for an oil change. The car is reliable but old and well-lived. The shop mechanic said the car was excessively leaking oil and transmission fluid.  I did not have the money to pay for major repairs. The car had been making odd noises while in reverse, which I chose to overlook. I’m feeling pretty lousy and frustrated since I have put plenty of money into the car and recalled past experiences with failed engines and transmissions. As I am about to leave, a man calls over to me . I had not seen him  before, either in the waiting area or in the garage until this moment. He looks like someone straight out of Central casting: A balding hefty guy with big glasses smoking on a cigar. He looks over at me and says ” Sometimes an excessive oil leak is not what it sounds like. You can just check for oil.” Than the mechanic comes out and says ” We can tap off the oil for free anytime you come by.” Then the cigar dude says ” See what he said.” and he grinned at me. A few days later I go to a transmission center for a free transmission check. I  tell the manager what happened and I describe the odd noise the car makes in reverse. As I hand him the remote, I mention that the keys have begun to fall off the chain because the remote has broken. A few minutes later the manager calls me over to look over the vehicle. Apparently the brakes were making that noise signaling the need for repair. He also said that there are some leaks but that the transmission is not in need of any repair at this time. The noise was gone after he repaired the brakes and he also fixed my key remote!

I believe the broken remote is symbolic and the restoration  of the key remote represents a healing:

According to http://tylluanpenry.blog.co.uk/2010/01/19/the-symbolism-of-the-key-7787842/

Both physically and magically, a key can both unlock and lock things. This ability to be on both sides of the same argument is sometimes called ‘antagonistic’ and you come across it quite a bit in magic. You can see it in the saying ‘under lock and key’, which when you think about it is rather overstating things; why not just ‘under lock,’ or ‘under key’? But the presence of lock AND key shows the antagonistic side of keys… we turn the key in the lock one way, and deprive someone of their liberty. Turn it the other way and we set them free. The lock doesn’t work without its key, and vice versa.

The Roman god Janus (the month January is named after him) was, amongst other things, a god of doors and beginnings, and was often shown holding a staff and a key. In Christianity the iconography of the key is almost always associated with the Apostle Peter, since he was supposed to be the keeper of the gates of heaven. Sometimes the key is shown in double form.

If you hand over a key then you are granting someone power. Granting someone the freedom of a city is an example – giving them a key to the gates means they can come and go as they wish.

In the same way, when young people celebrate their 21st birthday they are often given a symbolic key ‘the key of the door’ although what door exactly is rarely ever specified. What I think it means is that when they reach 21 they used to be considered an adult – and the key symbolised their newfound power to access the world of adults and all that it entails. At least, that’s my theory!

This might also explain why keys can symbolise being initiated – the key gives you access to knowledge that was previously hidden. So when we say something like, ‘The key to inner happiness…’ (or winning the lottery, or the key to success) we’re unconsciously drawing on the key symbolising arcane knowledge. And knowledge is power.

In my case, the concept of initiation really resonates for me. As I reflected on the chain of events, getting the oil change alerted me to the need to get the transmission checked. Having the transmission checked resulted in fixing my brakes, which potentially saved my life and the lives of others. Meeting both the man with the cigar and the transmission shop manager helped restore hope in my heart, access knowledge, and reclaim my power.

I wondered if the man with the cigar was real. Could he have been an angel? He certainly showed me kindness during a challenging time and appeared virtually out of the ethers. His intervention helped me find the strength to get the transmission checked. What about the transmission manager who fixed the brakes , fixed the remote, and solved the mystery of the odd car noise? He fixed the remote without prompting and free of charge. He also gave me a discount on my bill, which was substantially smaller than major transmission work would cost.

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There is no neat resolution to this story. The car will require frequent fluid checks to assess a need for major repairs. I am still unable to afford a new car. Yet I learned so much about my assumptions about cause and effect. I also was gifted with another round of synchronicity, which tells me I may hold the key to something larger than 3D reality.

Finally, this saga is in need of a soundtrack. I am providing the music for the closing credits. I am open to suggestions for more musical accompaniment as well as reactions to this tale.

Who are the angels? Glinda, Gabriel, The bracelet watch, The folks who received the charms,  Cigar dude?

 paintings by Josephine Wall 

related reading on mystical mechanics http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/856599-way-of-the-peaceful-warrior

related post – https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/02/24/litebeings-guide-to-the-movies/

Ego trip

A friend sent me a link to this video,  ReBirth of the Ego – Self  by unASLEEP . While in the midst of watching , I knew this powerful material would be included in a future post.

 

 

This video shook me to my core so I had to share it with you. The gentle female voice questions the notion that one’s ego is your enemy and needs to be quashed. Instead you are invited to make peace with and accept your projected self. What really got me was the comparison of lucid dreaming with awakening of the ego. The synchronicity here is palpable. I am currently in two dream groups and am specifically studying lucid dreaming. My experiences as a lucid dreamer is what has reignited my passion for dream work. When the video began to discuss lucid dreaming, I instantly knew that the message about reintegration of the ego was meant for me to explore.
 

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Here’s some questions to ponder:

Does the term ego resonate with you personally?

Is ego destruction a viable goal towards enlightenment?

What purpose does your ego serve in your life?

Have you ever had a lucid dream?

How has lucid dreaming impacted your waking life?

 

Returning Home: Part I – Meditation

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Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I have been struggling with some sudden health challenges. Thanks to those who contributed lovely responses to my last post Returning Home: The Series. I look forward to hearing more from you about your experiences.

 

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Did anyone check out the Billy Joel video? Are you ready for the reveal? If you listen very carefully to the end of the song, Billy Joel begins to chant Oommmmmm.. I first noticed this after going on a retreat to a sublimely magical place called Pendle Hill in Wallingford , PA. I met a man there who among many things, declared that home is everywhere. He pointed out that meditation is the vehicle home. Shortly thereafter our encounter, I replayed Billy Joel’s You’re My Home. I was quite amazed to hear the song through new ears. This revelation deeply transformed the way I viewed the inner world.

 

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I have had an ambivalent relationship with meditation.  So many people dear to my heart have waxed poetic about the benefits of this practice. My overactive mind was having none of it. Until last November when Deepak Chopra offered a free 21 day meditation challenge on Abundance. I took to it with such ease, I was stunned. Turns out that the structure really made a difference! I have been meditating ever since and for me 5 months is a bona fide record. I also love the fact that my cat Dexter joins me without fail. He is the clever one in the family , so I take note when he likes something new.

Meditation gives me a rare glimpse into the gap between thought where all is united and blooming with magnificence. I am confident that with continued practice it can help transport me home.  Namaste

 I am including the You’re My Home video here again so folks can take a listen. 

 

 

see related post:

 https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/returning-home-the-series/

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Returning Home: The Series

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I am starting a series on the different ways we can return home to God. Eckhart Tolle mentions portals into the unmanifested in his brilliant book The Power of Now. There are many roads home and I plan to share some of mine in future posts. I would like this series to be interactive. I am inviting you to think about how you come home.

Do you use Music? Art?

Church, Temple, Meetinghouse, Mosque?

Nature?

Rituals?

Chemicals ( including food)?

Where are your sacred spaces? Where does the earth have higher vibrations?

Use the comments section below to share some of your ideas.

Here’s a sneak preview of home for me: Music is often a portal for me and has been one constant throughout my life. As I have evolved, I have noticed that some old favorites have taken on a different meaning or tone (pun intended !).  Listen to this Billy Joel song very carefully and let me know what you notice.

 

 

see related post : https://lindalitebeing.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/returning-home-part-i-meditation/

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Welcome to my blog!

Hello world and welcome to my first blog. I have decided that since we survived the Mayan Apocalypse that I would chronicle my Divine encounters for 2013. The purpose of this project is to chronicle my ordinary experiences that are colored with that ” something extra”, the inexplicable sparkle that hints of the Source.

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I recently have begun to link my identity with litebeing because it accurately describes my current state of being. I have been on a spiritual quest most of my adult life and thought I had this journey thing nearly figured out. I have had some mind-blowing experiences with groups and individually, have been able to really tap into my intuition, and have been able to use these gifts in serving others as a therapist, social worker, and astrologer. Yet, I have recently become more awakened and as a result of this process discovered that I have only begun to glimpse the true nature of life on this planet. So I downgraded myself from a lightbeing to a litebeing.

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I intend to blog weekly about my adventures living as a spiritual being having a human experience. However, the frequency will depend on how much there is to share. My goal is to share my stories so others will be able to take a closer look into their own ordinary encounters in a more conscious way. I plan to do so with humor, candor, and authenticity.  Above all, I aim to inspire.

Come along with me on this journey , share comments, and  let me know how its going for you.

Happy 2013!!!!

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