Each of us chooses to incarnate on Earth to learn again that we are divine in the face of the challenges such a life presents. The hardest challenges are the deaths of loved ones. Frequently such deaths find us unprepared and cause us to derail from our path. Shoroplova proposes an approach that prepares us ahead of time so that we can weather our storms with less chaos and heartache and more equanimity.This preparation helps us see ourselves as being the result of how we respond to our challenges. It helps us view deaths and endings as part of life.Moving the narrative through the seven spiritual energies of love, peace, curiosity, humility, courage, joy, and grace, Shoroplova presents one simple regime each week to strengthen these energies. These weekly exercises cover the course of fifty-two weeks—one year.She intersperses the chapters of exercises with compelling stories about the deaths, endings, and losses she has experienced in her own life and how those losses have shaped, informed, and helped her find greater meaning in her life.She also presents many transformative events experienced by others, everything from a woman spontaneously channeling greetings from departed loved ones to her mother in a hospital emergency ward to a rancher having a realer-than-real dream about meeting with the devil underground.
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The week between Christmas Day on December 25th of one year and New Year’s Day on January 1st of the next is a week of great opportunities to reflect back and to plan forward, to review and to set goals.
I am always open to thinking about the importance of the seven major chakras of the body and to renew how I see them. This month, I have just finished reading Alberto Villoldo’s The Four Insights: Wisdom, Power, and Grace of the Earthkeepers. How did I not find this book earlier? Learning from the wisdom of the Laika Shamans of the Andes, Villoldo explains that there are nine chakras, the eighth chakra being our individual spirit and the ninth chakra being the entirety of Spirit.
- How is your physical health?
- Is your diet the best it could be?
- Do you exercise sufficiently to maintain mobility, strength, and stamina?
- Is your home the way you want it to be?
- Is your home where you want it to be?
- Is your primary relationship in good health?
- Are you supportive and positive in your relationships with parents, children, siblings, and in-laws without being intrusive or controlling?
- How is your financial situation?
- Is your career going in a useful and satisfying direction?
- How are your business relationships?
- Are you being honest in all areas of your life?
- Do you live with integrity, with authenticity?
- Does your life energize you?
- Do you allow yourself to dream of your best life?
- Do you find the balance between work and play, concentration and relaxation?
- Can you love your friends AND those you haven’t befriended, by employing agape, unconditional love?
- Are you able to provide meaningful service somewhere?
- Do you see other people as being unique chips off the “Divine block”?
- Do you over- or undervalue your place in the world?
- Do you feel peaceful?
- How are you expressing yourself?
- Do you express yourself through the arts – music, painting, sculpture, writing, blogging, taking photographs, arranging flowers?
- Do you express yourself through hospitality – cooking, baking, entertaining at home, greeting the choristers at practice?
- Do you express yourself through holding space with others – counselling, birth or death doula, being a friend who listens without advising?
- Could you learn another way to express yourself?
- Can you shift and release any thoughts that might keep you stuck in the past?
- Can you create the future you want by visualizing with Divine help?
- Can you accept coincidences as Divine pointers?
- Do you meditate or practise self-inquiry?
- If you have had a spiritually transformative experience of any sort, have you allowed it to give you direction?
- Do you allow your soul to shine through your life, by following your passion, your purpose, and your path?
- Does your world seem to be growing and expanding or collapsing in on itself?
- Can you accept that there is a next step, even if you don’t know what it is?
- Can you envision how closely we are all connected?
- Are you compassionate in all situation?
- Can you remember a past life?
- Do you understand why you incarnated into this particular life?
- Do you know your theme(s) within this life, the ones that still provide you with challenges? Examples of a theme are happiness, adventure, self-confidence.
- Are you fulfilling your role in the world, the role you came to fulfill?
- Do you value your challenges as opportunities for growth?
Being unindividuated Spirit, the 9th chakra just is.
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Please let me know if you’re successful in finding one of these free, help-yourself Advent (and now, Twelves Days of Christmas) copies of Trust the Mystery: Questions, Quotes, and Quantum Wisdom. That will make all the subterfuge worthwhile!