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Karma

Karma

Karma.
We hear about it all the time.
“I’ll let Karma take care of her!” “Why do all these bad things happen to me. I must have been an awful person in a past life!”
We have developed an understanding that Karma is going to fulfill our revenge or punish us when we’ve been “bad”. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is NOT what Karma is about. Karma is the stage upon which our Soul’s Mission is set. It is the path we follow to fulfill that mission! When we veer away from our path and are heading the wrong direction, Karma is what puts us back on… Or tries to.
We are often so filled with our fear, judgement of self and others, or our own self-loathing to allow ourselves beyond the barriers we put in front of us. Karma is what keeps putting those painful, difficult, (what we see as) negative situations in our path. Not to punish us, but to remind us that we MUST heal. We MUST walk in a space of TRUE LOVE: The love that we give from a healthy, whole, balanced space. The love we give ourselves when we work on our Shadow sides; those parts of ourselves that we want to keep hidden, keep under the scab, and keep denying. The love that does not judge its own vessel, or that of another. Karma will not punish you. Karma will simply recreate those scenes on your Center Stage until you WORK, DEAL, and HEAL them!!! Only then can we shift our energies and get into the True Flow that leads us to our Soul’s Mission!
Blessings, Dear Ones!!

LEAVING THE COMFORT ZONE

Reflections

Learning to get out of our self-imposed comfort zone is never easy. It takes trial and error sometimes. We find ourselves doubting that we’ll ever “get there”. What we forget is that it’s in the “getting there” that we find the best lessons about how to Live our HIGHEST LIFE! We take for granted that, living in a world of so much abundance, everything comes easily. And, when it doesn’t, we begin to doubt the process. Welcome to Earth School, where we think the lessons come at too high a price! But actually, what we have to give up in the process typically never really served our purpose to begin with! On the other side, we find a Peace… a Joy… a Surrender of Ego that we never imagined could FREE us to live an Empowered Life! Never Be Afraid of the Shadow. Never be afraid to rest on the inside of the discomfort. We will find ourselves beginning to see in that darkness and find treasures that take us to Greater Heights! THIS is where we Rediscover Our Inner Light!
❤ Blessings, Dear Ones! ❤

Thanksgiving-Blessings

“Fall”ing Gracefully

Thanksgiving-Blessings

Thanksgiving-Blessings

Full day of pulling out the spent tomato, zucchini, and eggplant plants; cutting back the decorative grass and peonies; pulling up MORE violets from my garden and the sunflowers I let the chipmunk grow in it; and, sadly, removing the pool steps and covering it up for the winter.
I’m making a turkey dinner- not the “good” kind with homemade everything, but good enough for the beginning of October (and besides, a week from tomorrow is Canadian Thanksgiving, so…)
Fall is here, and although we’ll have some beautiful weather to come, it’s not here to stay for any length of time. I had a vision of snow on top of the pool cover. Not necessarily my favorite. There is GRATITUDE for ALL of it. It brings back memories of wonderful days of LIVING that we’ve had, friends and family that we spent them with, joy in the warmth of the sun and the cool of an air conditioner…
And, there is BLESSING in it what is to come, too. Restful days not spent thinking about having to go weed, or vacuum the pool, or mow the lawn. Relaxation in front of the fireplace with a hot drink (even if it is after having to shovel). Time to go within and continue diving into Who I Really Am with Spirit.
It’s been a tremendous year of growth for me and, although growth isn’t always easy or pretty, I am so happy that I am SO HAPPY for the first time in my life. Healing. Taking Risks. Setting Goals.
For Today, That Is MORE Than Enough.

TABS and SQUIRRELS

Nuts

TABS and SQUIRRELS
I have about 23,436 tabs open at the moment.
Ever have that feeling? Right now, t’s a feeling that is a mix of anticipation, excitement, and procrastination.
I’ve been doing a lot of resolution work to heal from C-PTSD/ADHD symptoms that have held me back all my life. Suddenly, it’s like ALL the floodgates are open and EVERYTHING wants to be done at the same time.
Creativity on Overload. For me, it’s a fun problem, as in the past it just felt completely stuck and blank… and angry.
I’d have to say that these days, the anger, resentment, and insecurity have drained out of me. It’s a beautiful, wonderful feeling to be free from all of it. And it comes with the price of wanting to experience all there is, all at once. And with my ADHD, that sometimes brings some… Oh! Squirrel! moments. Now, “Oh! Squirrel!” isn’t quite the way most people think it is… Instead of just being distracted, it is a sudden need to study said squirrel: how it climbs, what it’s saying as it chitters at me, how it gets into that nest- where’s the door?, how do they find their nuts?, why don’t I see small squirrels when they are young- why are they always showing up adult squirrel size (btw, my son and I saved some orphaned baby squirrels years ago and they were so cute… we took them to a rehabilitator after a day or so, but while we had them, they were ADORBS!)… See how it’s not just, “Oh! Squirrel!”
Anyway, 56 year’s worth of creative and fun ideas run through my head and all want to be seen at once and my executive functioning isn’t quite trained enough to put it all in place.
But that day is coming. I keep telling myself that in a year, things will be very different for me and Beecken of Light and that’s pretty exciting.
So, bear with me as I learn how to negotiate a world with a higher vibing vision and energy. There’s lots coming, just gotta put those dang squirrels to work.

Prayer

 

 

Prayer: What do you think of when you think of that word? What does it mean to you? If you pray, what kind of prayers are you putting out there?

In my contemplation and learning, I’ve been changing my theology around what prayer really constitutes. So many of us have been so ingrained, whether through religion or just general spiritual teachings, to pray prayers of supplication; meaning prayers that ask for things. How many times have you created a manifestation board, gluing on all the things you *want* in your life? I’m going to discuss a different idea… but first, what are prayers of supplication and how dare we ask for more when so many people go without? Let’s consider some of these Belief Systems, aka BS. 😉

BS: Asking For More Is Selfish when so many people are suffering.

If you subscribe to the idea that God, or whatever name you use to refer to a higher power, is within ALL THAT IS, then why would you be left out of the invitation to experience everything that exists as a PART of ALL THAT IS?
There is nothing wrong with desiring to have more in your life. We ALL deserve everything that God has put into this existence; ALL that serves our highest good and highest healing. Having nice things is completely ok. I’m just putting that out there, as many people feel that desiring to have more is selfish, sinful, expecting too much… But that’s just not true. We ALL are welcome to ALL the best that life can offer. THAT is why there is so much in existence for our enjoyment! Where we go wrong is in HOW we approach welcoming these things into our lives. Often, it is through a lens of not having enough supply… so we go down the path.

BS: The Path of Lack.
“I don’t have enough money…”
“I am going to eat all these chips because I’m dieting later…”
“There’s just not enough time…”
“I can’t find a job anywhere…”
and so many other thoughts of lack invade our Belief System.

These thoughts are partially what create what we think is our “reality”; and I put reality in quotes because our typical thoughts about what reality is are skewed as well. I will address that at another time. Getting back to our thoughts of lack… typically a feeling of fear of not having enough drives these thoughts, and in turn, we ask that more be supplied. This is what I mean by a prayer of supplication: asking for something to be supplied because it is missing in your life. The problem is, it could be our very prayers that is keeping things away!

Instead,

Pray a prayer of gratitude for already having been provided with all you need to live your highest and best life.

WHAT?

Just do a little experiment with me… ACIM (A Course In Miracles) gives us a different prayer: one that says, “Thank you for helping me understand that this is already part of my existence.” That’s pretty heady stuff, I get that. And when trying this for the first few times, it really does feel like BS. How can something I don’t have already be a part of my existence? Perhaps this is where a little faith comes in, and besides, you aren’t losing anything by moving toward a brighter way of living by uttering words in a different way! Instead of using words of supplication with words like “want”, just try changing that to words of gratitude for allowing you to re-member (re-member: coming back to that forgotten connection we already have with the Divine). A prayer of gratitude for Re-Membering that through your Divine connection, you simply re-connect to what is already yours to being with, that which you’ve been pushing away by thinking it’s not.

Just try it. Try it for your next week and see if there aren’t some shifts in how things seem to be going for you.

Here are some “prayer starters”, in case you are still so stuck in your BS (😉) that you don’t even know where to start…

“Thank you for helping me remember all that serves my Soul’s agenda…”
“Thank you for giving me the understanding that my highest good is already happening…”
“I’m so grateful that All is exactly right…”
Try to step away from what you think the outcome *should be* and open yourself to what your Highest Soul’s Agenda actually IS. Give it some time… “Fake it until you make it…” See what shifts begin to happen in your life. You may just find yourself in a completely different mindset about what prayer can do.

Blessings and So Much ❤️,

Rev. Emma

 

What is Interspirituality?

Interfaith

Q: What does it mean to be “Interspiritual”?

A: Great question! The word “interspiritual” was used in Brother Wayne Teasdale’s book, “The Mystic Heart: Discovering a Universal Spirituality in the World’s Religions”. It is thought of as the mystical spirituality that is the origin behind all of the world’s religions.

From my own point of view, Interspirituality is finding God in nature, relationships, challenges, joys, and every aspect of life! Interspirituality allows me to have powerful, deep, and highly personal spiritual beliefs without the dogma of religion. It is going within to find the Spirit alive in my own living; growing in faith and understanding; developing my own personal relationship with God and what it means to live in love, integrity, and compassion without relying on a specific set of guidelines set forth through a religious doctrine.

Over the years, I have found such comfort, peace, growth, love, compassion, and passion for living through seeking this personal, deep, and authentic connection to Spirit. Interspirituality has been a loving Invitation to enter into Spirit rather than a Commandment to follow the rules…

For me, Interspirituality is:
* LOVE of ALL LIFE
* COMPASSION
* CHRIST-LIKE LIVING
* CONNECTION
* GRATITUDE for EVERYTHING

I invite you to learn more through engaging in our various programs, or ask about BoL’s Spiritual Coaching.

There is more to life than going though the motions.

REDISCOVER YOUR INNER LIGHT!

Winter Solstice

Fireplace

Yule Log Ritual

A Yule Log is symbolic of the Green Man, cut down at harvest time to be reborn anew! When lit, its flames invoke the light of the returning Sun, which warms and brightens our lives.

If you have a fireplace or fire pit, now is a great time to search for a Yule Log. A fallen oak, fruit, or birch log is perfect! If your only option is a limb from a living tree, always ask the tree’s permission and leave an offering in its place: a crystal, stone, or herbal charm. Bringing your log inside is important to give it time to dry so it can burn properly. Take time to “get to know” your yule log; it’s bark, the concentric circles, the energy of it. Try to connect with the life it lived and the things it saw in its lifetime.

If your log rests flat on a surface (alternatively, you may attach small pieces of wood to stabilize it) you may choose to drill 8 holes in the log, the diameter of candles that you’d like to put into place. Gathering greenery such as holly, mistletoe, and pine boughs, place them around your log and enjoy the light your Yule log offers you.

Your Yule log may be set on a wreath in your fireplace and lit, invoking the Guardians of the East, South, West, and North. Allow your log to burn, yet save the last bits to use to start your Yule log blazing the following year. If you do not have a hearth, allow the candle to burn as low as is safe and save your log for the following year, as an alternative.

Blessed Be!

Rev. Emma

INVITATION

Invitation Blog

INVITATION

I am learning more and more about this word. As I grow in Big “S”- Self, that part of Spirit that lives within me, I am realizing how much of my life has been lived in “teacher-mode”: giving direction, teaching, telling “how”… Honestly, it has, in my experience, been a rather repelling way to live. People don’t enjoy being told. They don’t enjoy feeling like they are being treated like children. So, as a teacher of children for over 30 years, you might imagine that this has been a very large part of my way of life; one that is difficult to release.
In my journey, I am slowly, ever. so. slowly. learning to shift from this mindset. Thich Nhat Hahn has said that before we “strike” the bell, we must first “invite it to awaken” by gently giving it a “half” sound. Recently, I acquired another singing bowl. It is a small, dainty bowl that has a beautiful, inviting sound. Each and every time I pick it up, Thay’s teaching comes to mind and I strike it very gently to wake the bell, then continue on with its use in a sacred way. How now to transform my day to day living with this practice?
What I do know is that I’ve spent so much of my life trying to start out “perfect”; to be sure that all my i’s are dotted and t’s crossed. So, perhaps, a good place to begin is to gently invite my own awakening with a “half-sound”. Perhaps awakening my own S-Self in this way will also awaken my own mindfulness of how I tend to just “bang the bell” of others and bring about a transmutation of action.
So, I “invite” you in. I “invite” you to recognize my perfect imperfection and desire to shift into mindfulness. And, I “invite” you to make this journey with me.
In Love and Recognition of Our Oneness,
~ Rev. Emma

The State of the World

Light HouseThe State of the World

Friends, I’m struggling.

Maybe you can help, maybe relate, maybe disagree, or maybe just hold space for those of us going through these crazy times.
But, I’m struggling…

I struggle with Expression:

of the LOVE that I physically feel as a strong, joy-filled sensation in my heart for ALL of humanity,
versus the heartbreak felt when witnessing one scene; one comment after another displaying of the inhumanity and indifference we have all sown.

I struggle with Desire:

to want so eagerly to use this “Beecken of Light” to shine LOVE and HOPE and FAITH that everything is exactly right to learn what we need to learn to progress,
versus screaming my outrage over the injustices set before us by the powers that be; where women, children, and marginalized groups are abused; where ordinarily caring, funny, engaging people are manipulated and turn on each other like hungry dogs to fight for scraps they are thrown.

I struggle with Vision:

this belief that our UNITY will create a world where the realization of our ONENESS outshines the FEAR created by individuality,
versus the DIVIDING justifications for why that can’t happen.

I struggle with Direction:

finding a path that gently leads ALL of us to our natural state of LOVE, FORGIVENESS, and COMPASSION,

versus just turning people off from a stance of JUDGEMENT.

For, that is the INTENTION: to bring us TOGETHER in the WELCOMING RECOGNITION of our CONNECTEDNESS, rather than repel through abrasiveness.
Perhaps that intention might be where we can ALL meet in the middle.

And, if there is one thing I have learned in my trips around our sun, it is that ENERGY FLOWS where INTENTION GOES.

So, perhaps the struggle ends there.

Rev. Emma

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