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The spiritual path is a journey of constant preparation and refinement. The inner work you do is the means through which you challenge illusions about your life that need to fade away and to introduce Truths that have the power to expand your relationship to this vast, subtle, integrated, co-creative universe. The spiritual path is a constant preparation to respond to your personal world and to the greater field of life with an ever-growing sense of clarity, compassion, and courage.

Through the years, countless people have asked me about what it means to be “called”, often saying that they were seeking their “calling” in life. No one must seek a “calling”. The word alone implies that when a person is ready, he or she will recognize that unmistakable message. We are all familiar with stories of the disciple who tells the Buddhist master that he is ready for enlightenment. Upon testing, the disciple immediately falls upon his fragile ego.

A “calling” implies that you have spiritually come of age, that you – knowingly or unknowingly – have come into alignment with your values and therefore you “are called” by a Higher Power to live fully from the “authority of your higher nature”. A “calling” may happen in an instant, such as the experience of having an epiphany about how you understand the nature of God or life. Astronaut Edgar Mitchell described having such an experience when he saw the Earth from space for the first time. He left the Earth as an American astronaut but when he saw the Earth from his capsule in space, he felt deeply in his soul that we were one humanity sharing one planet. He devoted his life to promoting that spiritual vision of one humanity for the rest of his life. He was “called” to be a witness to a greater potential for humanity. A “calling” is an awakening of your soul’s visionary skills and graces so that you become an agent of transformation in the world. The “how” is never your choice.

What a “calling” is not is a glamorous occupation or a guarantee of success. A “calling” is the equivalent of being drafted into a path of service on behalf of others, a signal that the time has come to “put your spirit to use in the world”. A “calling” is a test: Do you believe what you say you do or not? Are you a person of service or not? Are you someone who believes in love and in the power of good – or not?

This past Sunday at Mass, the priest gave a sermon that sent shock waves through the church. We all know the chaos that was activated once again by a cavalier and illegal Executive writ from the White House. Because of a campaign promise used to generate widespread fear and hostility – and get votes – citizens from seven countries (primarily Muslims) were banned from entry or returning to the United States with their visas. No thought was given to the long term or even short term consequences of this heinous action.

By coincidence, Friday was Holocaust Remembrance Day, the same day this Executive writ was signed. If that is not a symbolic message not to be missed, I don’t know what is. Also by synchronicity, the Gospel for Sunday was Jesus given the crowd the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus gave the crowds the eight Beatitudes. A beatitude, according to Saint Gregory of Nyssa, is “A possession of all things held to be good, from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.” I keep these near me. I have always loved them.

For those who are Christian, the eight Beatitudes provide a crystal-clear window into the message of Jesus. The priest read all eight Beatitudes and with each one, it was obvious his voice was getting more emotional. I have never in all my life heard a priest call for social action from a pulpit. I have never, ever heard a sermon in which the priest told his parishioners that “there comes a time when evil needs to be recognized as an active agent in our society.”

Then he said, “There comes that time, that moment when we must recognize that we are being called forth to take a stand against injustice. That time is now. We can no longer be silent as human beings – many our fellow citizens – face an injustice that comes painfully close to a time that sent others to their death. Today it is the Muslims. Tomorrow it will be some other group of people. This is how the horror that became Nazi Germany began.”

A calling is that voice inside of you that tells you that what you are witnessing in your country – in this country – is wrong. And not just wrong; it is evil. A Constitutional crisis is happening in front of your eyes. A moral crisis is happening. Do not tell yourself that these decisions are “okay” because our safety is at stake. Nonsense. Do not become seduced by the propaganda pouring out of Washington. The 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia and that is one of the countries not – repeat, not – on the list of countries whose citizens are banned from entry to the US. It is your freedom that you are comprising by ignoring the chaotic nightmare that is happening in Washington – your freedom. This crisis is about our nation. It is no longer about political parties. It is about saving this Democracy and our humanity.

Many of us have been involved in our spiritual development for years. It’s time to reflect upon what that path means for you. The spiritual path is not about finding happiness and love; it is about developing stamina and resilience. It is about recognizing the truth and standing for principles. From truth comes the capacity to love with courage. Happiness is the result of not compromising your values, of making choices with courage – ones that do not betray your inner guidance. You don’t “find” happiness; you generate it from the essence of who and what you are.

Maybe all the years we have invested in reading spirituality and in inner work has been in preparation for this time right now. Protests are going to happen more and more. Unrest is going to grow. We have anticipated “change” happening. But as has always been the case, we never have control over how that change will happen. The choice we do have, however, is to remind ourselves of what we believe to be the Truth. The inner spirit has infinitely more authority over the physical world than chaos. You need to understand how that authority works and you need to trust Divine authority. And you need to cooperate with it. Fear and anger are poison. Teresa of Avila called these forces “reptiles” that contaminate your mind – tools of the darkness. If you start to believe in “dark messages” from the media, tell yourself that a “reptile is trying to get into your mind.” Pray it out of you: “Hover over me, God. Pour grace all over me. Remind me of all good things, that all people belong to you. I would not want others to think of me as I am now thinking of them. Grant me the grace to dwell in thoughts that contribute to the healing of humanity. Do not let me become a channel for darkness. Not now. Not ever. Amen.”

The Eight Beatitudes

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Poor in spirit means to be humble, to not let pride or the fear of being humiliated control you. You are easily destroyed by the illusions in this world if you are controlled by the weakness of pride.)
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted. (Mourning refers to growing in awareness of what is good and what is evil and the choices we make accordingly. We “mourn” for what we could have done better, for what we could have done more courageously, for what we should have said when we had the chance. And yet, from acknowledgement of our lesser choice comes the grace or comfort to do better.)
  • Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. (Meek refers to the decision to not respond with hatred, aggression or anger in this world. This decision requires constant personal reinforcement. It is a spiritual path unto itself.)
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. (Jesus commanded people to seek social justice in the world, to stand up for those who cannot represent themselves, to right evil in the world.)
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (The grace of Mercy, in short supply these days, is best recalled in this Mystical Law: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Or, if you prefer: What goes around, comes around.)
  • Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God. (Pure of heart refers to seeing others without judgment, having a welcoming heart. Said differently, seeing the Divine in all people, in all creation. Who are we to decide that other people are not our equal or that their spirituality is of no value? Where does this madness end?)
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. (Peace is the most challenging of all, for this is a world that thrives on conflict and war, as do individuals.)

The time has come. We are all called to bear witness to the higher authority of our nature. For what excuse can we give others or ourselves for not living per the dictates of our spiritual path?

The time has come.

I close with this greeting: Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. (John 14:27)

 

Source: MYSS

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I remember hearing that spiritual prayer of acknowledged gratitude over and over again while I was growing up. And I certainly heard the nuns say it. As a child, I loved the sound of that phrase because it was a phrase that seemed to hide a great jewel of wisdom. It was a type of treasure chest made of simple words that when strung together communicated a powerful truth. “Except for the grace of God go I.” It was apparent that those words conveyed some sort of profound meaning because I noticed how the nuns would nod their heads in a type of collective agreement after one of them uttered that phrase. Eventually I let go of my mission to crack through the deeper meaning of this phrase and got on with the business of growing up. I was about eight-years-old when I made that decision.

That phrase exploded out of the dust of my mental archives in my early thirties, right on time you might say. It was just one of those days, really, that starts out gorgeous but ends up being a game changer. That day was made for walking. So that’s what I did. After a few hours, I got an iced-tea and sat on a bench to check messages and all that sort of thing. I didn’t pay any notice at all to the guy who sat on the bench a few minutes later. Why would I? But, as I was about to find out, certainly noticed me.

He asked me if I would get him an iced tea. One glance told me he was homeless or en route to that crisis. I asked him if he wanted a sandwich, so long as I was getting him a cold drink. He did. I turned to leave as soon as I gave him his meal but then he said he hated to eat alone and would I mind just sitting with him. I was uncomfortable as all get out – I mean down to the pit of my stomach. But I was in a familiar park and it was day light and I knew I could run faster than him…so I figured, ugh….okay. UGH

He took one bite out of his sandwich, one gulp of his drink and said, “I know you want to get the hell away from me. I know you are uncomfortable as hell right now. You don’t know me or anything about me. I’m a veteran. The war in my head won’t stop. I just try to find quiet places now. That’s all.”

My heart hurt. I could feel the pain in my chest explode. My eyes filled with tears and all I could hear in my head was, “Except for the grace of God go I.” I could have been sent to harm others or to face some type of horror. Or I could have witnessed nightmares early on, but I did not. I sat next to him and felt the whole of my life reshape itself into a simple but deeply meaningful prayer of gratitude and one of grace for the other. It is these moments, these tiny encounters that just show up out of nowhere, that are the purest expression of God in the small and present details of your life. This man changed my life. I have looked for him many times in the park near my home and have never seen him again – not to imply that he was “not of the Earth”. We have yet to cross paths again, but I hope it does happen.

Through him, I entered into yet a deeper mystery about life but with so much gratitude about each day of my life. This is one of my own prayers:

I never know where I will find You or how You will speak to me. Some days it is through new person and other days it is through a new experience. Each day I become more aware of something I did not understand or realize before. I knew I should be grateful for all that I have but now I realize I should also be grateful for all that I do not have. For I do not have traumatic war memories and I do not have scars from being a refugee and I do not have the fear of a homeless person. I am grateful for all I have and for all I do not have. If I am grateful for having been spared a suffering, give me the grace to help those who are suffering. Amen”

Whether you strike out on the path of consciousness in order to heal yourself or to engage more profoundly in matters of the spirit, one way of describing your goal is to say that you want to become a congruent human being…
Congruency can take many forms, but in essence you are congruent when your beliefs match up with your everyday actions and your spiritual practice. Say what you believe and believe what you say; act on your belief and follow through on guidance that comes from inner reflection. In this way, body, mind, and soul finally come into an alignment that allows for the harmony of the graces to flow through you as naturally as your breath. You maintain congruence by honoring the spiritual truths that you have consciously made a part of your interior life.

Truth is its own monitoring device; that is, you can never lie to yourself about compromising a truth. Your biology itself will show signs of the stress when you become incongruent with a truth. Part of us realizes that acknowledgment of a belief – whether private or public – stands as an official commitment to it, if only before our own conscience.

A consciousness left in a fog is incapable of creating any clear path in life, much less of healing anything. There is nothing easy about living a conscious life, but it’s even more treacherous to live an unconscious one.

Simply being as conscious as you can be at each moment is a full-time job, because becoming a conscious person is all about realizing the full potential of the power of choice. Of all the choices that you can make, none is as empowering as the decision to live in a spiritually congruent way.

What you can do:

  • Practice spiritual congruence by living these truths:
  • You should say only what you believe and believe what you say.
  • Power originates behind your eyes, not in front of your eyes. Once power becomes visible, it evaporates. True power is invisible.
  • Thought precedes the creation of matter. Therefore, your thoughts are instruments of creation as much as your words, deeds, and finances. Become conscious about the quality of your thoughts, because each one sets patterns of cause and effect into motion. Every thought is a tool. Every thought is a prayer.
  • Judgement anchors you to the person or thing you judge, making you its servant. Judge others too harshly and you become their prisoner.

Source: Caroline Myss


Many people have written asking me to provide a description of Spiritual Direction. There are many ways to describe the art of Spiritual Direction. One way that I think offers some clarity is to realize that we engage in the world through both our physical senses and our spiritual senses.

Our physical senses allow us to see, touch, feel, hear and taste the contents of our environment and through those senses, we derive facts, information, and details. We draw certain conclusions and we often refer to those conclusions as “what is true”.

Our spiritual senses, on the other hand, perceive the world around us, absorbing all that cannot be heard or seen, touched or tasted. These subtle, delicate psychic receptors pick up the words we do not speak but feel, the thoughts we transmit through our vibrations and receive from another person. Our spirit reads the air around us and other people, transferring that to our intuitive system.

Which data do we actually rely upon the most, then? What we see and what is said or what we do not see but what is felt? Spiritual direction is a way of validating the unseen world that communicates to you, the realm you actually rely on the most for navigating the path that is your life.

This is the domain of truth that provides you with more direction of your spirit than perhaps you realize and through Spiritual Direction, you finally acknowledge this dialogue. This explanation is one window into why I am so passionate about teaching Spiritual Direction – it validates your spiritual and intuitive instincts.


Paradox is one of the languages of the Divine, an apparent contradiction that nonetheless contains the truth. The power of a paradox, by its very nature, cannot be captured in a single definition. Paradoxical dynamics are currents that animate the wild cards of our lives, sometimes with such a dramatic force that it gives us pause to consider, “Who could possibly have masterminded such an event?”

Ironic events along with paradoxical ones stand out in our lives, calling us to notice them. They come together with rare, once-in-a-lifetime ingredients that may never coalesce again. These facts alone beckon us to take notice that unusual forces have consciously gathered around us to make that one event happen.

How often has something happened to us that in the moment we think is devastating, only to discover six months or a year later that it was the proverbial “blessing in disguise”? Sometimes the blessing is simply that these events draw us out of our ordinary “sleeping” state; that is, they cause us to wonder about the greater cosmic map, and that’s purpose enough.

The ego is always frightened and cannot discern a blessing from a tragedy, because its only compass is its own survival. As a result, it bases every decision on either what is already knows and its familiar with or what it views as safe. Times of change are about exactly that – a need to change. But changes of circumstance are the illusion, not the intent. You are always the object of change, never your situation. When life presents you with a crossroads and you are not sure what to do, the ego will always fall back on what it has already done. The ego pulls out its resume, which is, paradoxically, exactly the wrong thing to do. Change arrives because you need to move forward, not retreat to the past.

People who look to their past will not do well, because the past is no longer relevant. We can only go forward and toward the fact – and it is a fact – that learning to rely on divine paradox and wisdom will become a great survival grace.

What you can do:

To fall into harmony with divine paradox, irony and synchronicity remember:

  • What is big is really small; what is small is really big.
  • What is frightening is really the safe path; what looks safe is your fear talking.
  • What looks like chaos is actually a future blessing in disguise.
  • Your greatest power is humility; your greatest weakness is humiliation.
    The mustard seed (one clear soul) has more power than the mountain (a group of people in chaos).
  • The power of prayer and grace – knowing how to work in harmony with the cosmos – influences the whole of life, whereas tying to dominate one person destroys you.
  • Your ego – and not someone else’s – is your most ruthless adversary.

Live these truths. Take them into your life and act on them. Look for these mystical energies in your life and note that they are not accidental but represent dynamics that are cause for a conscious response.


It’s taken me years – and years – to reach a willingness to want to share my own spiritual life with others. Even speaking about some of my own experiences outside the sanctuary of the dialogues shared with my own spiritual director has required months of reflective decision time. I am extremely private about my inner life. I encourage people all the time to “stay off the radar” spiritually, to keep silent about matters unfolding in their soul, especially when rumblings actually begin, and to truly discover what it means to pray. I live by these rules. I have for as long as I can recall.

I have learned so much along the path of my own life and to be honest, I have had an on-going love/hate battle with mysticism and my own call to that journey for years. I suspect this struggle will be on-going. But on the love side of that path, I remain awestruck by the absolute truth – the huge, cosmic, beautiful truth – that life is genuinely a spirit-driven experience. That one truth, if understood as a “mystical truth”, frees the human mind from so much suffering, as it disarms our compulsion to make life yield to our desire for logic, order, personal justice, and control.

Every one of these compulsions stem from personal fear, for who actually shares their sense of what is logical with another person? As for justice – well, every person believes he or she is “in the right”. So, what exactly is “just and fair” in this world? And as for this business of being controlling, let’s face it – every person needs to exert a measure of order and responsibility in life. But we enter into the sphere of madness and insanity when we break the boundaries of the natural order of life, believing that we can – and should – control the balance of nature. Now we are tampering with laws that are out of our league, if for no other reason than we are too immature to consider long-range consequences. We think in terms of profit instead of nature-consequences. We have so tampered with our own “thinking mechanism” out of fear and greed that we can no longer “discern” our own disaster-driven collective mentality.

So, why am I even speaking in such a voice to you? What do such thoughts have to do with spiritual direction or prayer – or you? Well, in these past months on the road teaching, I have read your FB postings every day, though I have not had the chance to respond on-line because (believe it or not), I do not travel with a laptop. I read your postings via my cell phone.

I love the many comments from all of you who regularly read my daily thoughts that are posted. I so appreciate your sharing those postings that are meaningful to you.

l take time to read the postings of those in the Spiritual Direction classes because I know that all of you are now walking an inner path together. You have dwelled on the same questions, you have “gone down deep” into the same stillness of yourselves together, and you have reached out to each other from the first day, forming a loving, supportive spiritual community.

Combined together, your insights and the sharing of your thoughts and often pieces of your life stories in the moment add to the insights that I have gathered and continue to gather on why spiritual direction is so essential to people at this time in our lives. For the past few years, I focused so much of my attention on world changes and the impact these tumultuous times are having on us as individuals and as a society. And of course, that impact is unparalleled. But of equal or greater value – at least to me – is what I am learning about how each of us is absorbing these extraordinary times within the confines of our ordinary lives. We are truly leaving everything familiar and venturing into the unknown.

For what do we really know about living in a fully high-tech society? Nothing – yet, but rules and laws and systems are rapidly changing to accommodate technology faster than we can even learn about it. And what do we really know about decisions being made to change the policies of our country? They are happening so fast that we cannot keep up with them. And what do we really grasp about what kids are being taught in school – or not being taught? Everything around us is moving faster than we can grasp.

The truth is that change is now immediate. One decision in this country impacts all nations. Change is now universal, touching everyone in some way. One person can influence the whole via his or her computer – just like that. This fact is a “technical example” of the mystical teaching that “What is in one is in the whole” and “What you do to one is done to all”. Technology has caught up to mystical teachings, dare I say.

Part of venturing into the unknown includes our realizing that all traditional religions are disintegrating in front of our eyes. When I mention this is a lecture, I often hear applause, but I don’t think those clapping grasp the full consequences of what this dismantling of religions actually signifies. Most often the applause is aimed at the ending of the Catholic/Christian Church; specifically the priests and pedophilia crisis. So that acknowledged, traditional religions need to get dismantled for far more profound reasons than criminal activities. Rather, all of their collective spiritual mythologies are no longer able to sustain the collective consciousness of the modern day technical-minded human being. All of them have failed to evolve to modern day stories, to keep up with the Jones’s, as they say. They need to dissolve in order for something more truthful for the collective soul to emerge.

That something else is where you come in. While many people today shun the idea of going anywhere near a traditional religion, that sentiment does not lessen in any way a person’s inherent desire to find a meaningful path in life. No one wants to live a meaningless life – at least no one I’ve met. And though we now prefer words like “purposeful and meaningful”, such language is just contemporary-speak for matters related to the soul.

Because we are the sojourners in this era experiencing the dismantling of the familiar world of traditional religion, we have yet to find our comfort zone spiritually or even articulate our spiritual needs. Yet we are already well on our way to creating an entirely new external and internal spiritual landscape reflective of our psychologically/emotionally/intellectually driven lifestyles. We are also technical addicts, meaning that we reside as much in the invisible realm of the Internet/computer reality as we do in the physical world. The “energy” atmosphere has become a residence for us, along with an energy address as well as a street address.

The way we now relate to the world around us – and within us – has been completely transformed; that’s the obvious part. The not-so-obvious part of this mind-blowing transformation is the spiritual price people pay for living lives that move too fast, are far more isolated than they can handle, and lack a community of people that help a person sustain his or her ethics, morals, and integrity. Further, without such a spiritual community of some sort in which expectations are of righteous character and soul rather than profit, a person risks slipping into the darker psychic fields of shame, guilt, hopelessness, and fear. We need people to be able to share our weaknesses with – as well as our strengths – and without shame. We need to come into a group for guiding before we make a decision; not just afterwards because we feel bad. (FYI: The second Spiritual Directions course, Jewels at the Well, includes a session on the Dark Night of the Soul, examining the difference between a spiritual and a psychological crisis.

It is my deep belief that as we forge ahead in these times, more and more people will come to understand that they are being “called” not to BE extraordinary, but to LEARN all that is extraordinary about their own spiritual nature. Though we are moving beyond the old religious beliefs, as we should, the mystical truths – and I do mean truths – that are sacred and holy to Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, for example, will endure because they speak of the mystical laws that govern this Universe. And what you are now learning about the mechanism of your own consciousness is merely an expression of these laws (thought creates form).

I am now completing the course work for Drinking From the Well, which is the third Spiritual Directions class. Each course follows the natural progression of how the soul unfolds within in union with your own life. I have said for years that we are all being called to be “mystics out of monasteries” and I believe that more than ever. We are living at this incredible time of learning how it is our soul actually engages with the dynamics of creation. In Drinking From the Well, I will introduce in one lecture, for example, a mystical perspective to commonly asked questions, such as, “What is healing grace?” and “How does healing at a distance work? How can I help others to heal?” And in another class, we will confront the deeper spiritual mysteries that inevitably arise, such as coping with suffering and hardship. The full course description will be posted shortly.

Caroline Myss

One of the most beautiful ways to understand the essence of Spiritual Direction is that you enter into a dialogue with the intent of letting your spirit reveal to you the story your are living that is your life. No one is born knowing who they are or what they are meant to do in every moment of their lives. What we are meant to do is search. We must each find our way and along the way, discover who we are, what we believe, what we value, what holds meaning for us and what does not, how to love and who to love. We are our own mystery.

Every single experience in life, indeed every moment, is filled with some way to learn even one more thing about ourselves, to see who we are and how we act or react to the world around us just a bit more clearly. But one of the richest ways we truly come to understand who we are and all that we are – from the darkness of our struggles to the fullness of our gifts – is through sharing our inner self with another person whose personal calling in life is to serve in the trusted position of a Spiritual Director. A Spiritual Director knows what it means to be a Sacred Witness to another person’s life story and to ask the right questions that inspire self-reflection. And a Spiritual Director knows how to assist you in illuminating the dark night passages that visit everyone’s life somewhere along the line.

I have been with my Spiritual Director every week for fifteen years. It is my sacred time, my holy time. I rely upon this time for my own inner work, my own time of soul-searching. I share this with you because in this workshop I will introduce the refined art of Spiritual Direction to you. It is my intention to create an atmosphere of trust and intimacy in which you can participate in a quality of sharing and spiritual exploration that often results in redirecting how you understand the journey of your life. Perhaps you will come to realize that your challenges are not so overwhelming or that you have more inner resources than your ever realized. Or you may find the beginning threads to a quality of faith and prayer you have been seeking for years. Or, as so often happens, you may come to the workshop for reasons you know nothing about and leave feeling full of grace and renewed with optimism and hope.

And speaking of hope, I hope you will consider coming to this very special CMED Workshop. I know that it will be one that holds purpose and meaning for every participant.


Hi Everyone,

Who is not thinking of the Orlando massacre today? And what is it that can be said to calm the fires that are now burning in our minds and souls? I am sure that most if not all of you have read the posts of people expressing their horror, their sympathy, their outrage at yet one more incident of mass killing, now so familiar to this country. And once again – yet again – that endless debate ensues: Is it the guns that kill or the people holding the guns? Seriously? I don’t even want to comment on that NRA spin tactic. I am wondering this morning if this killer was himself a repressed homosexual who, according to his ex-wife, was brutal and abusive to her. Filled with self-loathing about his own sexuality and raised on yet another religious creed promoting archaic sexual ideas, he imploded. Claiming allegiance to ISIS seems a logical cover-up, but who knows? Could be – and it could also be typical of someone who, lacking self-esteem, he identified with a violent, vengeful power group. I don’t know. No person is that simple. But how tragic for this country if – and I say if – this was in fact a homophobic act of terrorism and not actually a political one.

We are so ripe with hatred now, so on edge, so ready to strike. That reality explains the rise of Trump – who immediately tweeted his version of, “I told you so,” nearly delighting – actually, totally delighting – in this human nightmare of death and destruction. He sees only political opportunity. Now that is evil. Enough on that.

Obviously I am going to guide all of you into prayer – but not yet. First comes introspection and examination. What is going on here? Why have we become infected with violence, fear, and hatred? And it’s not just us – meaning Americans, although we have are rapidly morphing into a very violent nation. Other nations are infected with this “spiritual disorder” as well. And while I know some if not many of you will be inspired to respond with posts about all the good that people do, let me acknowledge right now that I see those acts as well. Note the immediate line of blood donors for all the gun shot victims in Orlando. We will always find people doing acts of goodness and kindness. I wrote a book about that – Invisible Acts of Kindness. I am not speaking about “acts”; I am addressing the energy in the collective atmosphere that we all breath in daily, the psychic field that surrounds us that is growing ever more thick with vibrations of on-coming catastrophe.

Still, I am one who steps back – and even further back if necessary – to widen my inner lens. We are more than the events unfolding in the more. Human history includes more than what takes place on Earth in a single day, though a single day can change the course of human history. It has a million times. We need to see clearly that we are the engine of the events that happen on our Earth: They just don’t “happen.” Nothing “just happens.” Each of us contributes energy to the collective and that energy becomes the “stuff” that is gathered to fuel or create collective events. Either we contribute grace or we contribute to the cesspool of “psychic free radicals”, negative thoughts and energetic patterns, that magnetically enhance socially negative ideas. In turn, that builds the atmosphere of social madness and fear.

History is the greatest of all teachers, at least for me. Again and again, the rise of tyrants reveals that they managed to plug into the currents of contaminated social and emotional energy generated by a society when it was most vulnerable. They promised to lead the people out of their misery, only to use lead them deeper into psychic and often actual slavery. Times of change are frightening, to be sure. What do we believe? Who do we trust?

What makes this time unlike any other in history is that we – all of us – have opened our inner selves intuitively and spiritually to a commitment to “trust our own spiritual instincts.” Whether we knew we were doing this consciously or unconsciously, the result is the same. We have become psychically alive and active in our inner landscape. We have been schooled for a long time now in the higher truth that the world “in front of our eyes” is an illusion. That DOES NOT MEAN that mass murder DOES NOT HAPPEN AND DID NOT HAPPEN. What is DOES mean is that we CAN NEVER BE ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN WHY IT HAPPENED BECAUSE WE WILL NEVER, EVER HAVE ACCESS TO THE CONTENT OF ANOTHER’S SOUL. To come to a conclusion that we know why someone did something and that a law can control what is in the minds and hearts of people is utter nonsense. That is illusion. And further, we have no idea what the energies of evolution – of history – are up to. Stand back and observe from a distance. The archetypes in the heavens are throbbing with clues.

Remember that no one has access to the content of your soul – no one. No one can fully, ever know why you do what you do. You hardly know half the time.

What we can know is that all of us – ALL OF US – channel the grace and psychic free radicals that we collectively breath. We create our world together. Our actions individually and collectively matter. These are the teachings we need to practice at every expression of our life. Talk is not enough. If we oppose gun violence, act on that opposition – and more than just through email. Stand up to passive, cowardly politicians. Act on your beliefs. Just as with healing – an email will never, ever heal you. Healing requires action on every level of your life. Talking your beliefs is no longer enough. It means nothing and it does nothing. Either you act with integrity in the world, speak with integrity and live your beliefs fully – or you don’t. And it’s time you fully grasp that there are energetic consequences to the collective with every choice you make. And that goes for all the rest of us as well.

It is not enough for me to speak about healing or mysticism. I need to teach it, write about, and direct my trips to places that I know are sacred. I could have just as easily created a trip to Greece or England or the Amazon but I deeply believe that the time calls for a journey to a sacred place, Medjugorje and Croatia. These are extraordinary times – in all ways.

All religions offer prayers of protection and for good reason. Psychic free radicals is a way of describing a dark energy. It’s real. Ask any physician. They exist “in” your body and believe me, they exist around your body. This is Mysticism 101.

Prayer: Hover over me, Lord, and over humanity. If ever grace was needed, it is now. Surround this tiny planet of life with Divine Light. It is shaking in fear and exhausted with acts of violence. We are on the verge of losing our humanity. We have come close before and we cannot go there again.

Hover over all of us, Lord.

Source: Myss

This is one of the more baffling mystical truths, because every one of your five senses will tell you otherwise.

We enter illusion when we start asking why. Left to your own imagination, you will more than likely reach into the vast resources of your memory archives and fill the void of “why” with some negative association from your past or negative projection in the present. It’s what we do. We tend to fill voids with something negative – a fear or insecurity.

How do you know why things happen as they do? You don’t. You have no idea and you never will. Much less are you capable of knowing what must take place today in order that certain events unfold one or two years or a decade from now.

Why events happen as they do in your life, from the grandest or most devastating to the most seemingly insignificant, is beyond your ability to know. You can no more distinguish what is significant from what is insignificant, if such a thing as insignificant exists at all. Whether something brings you pain or pleasure, happiness or sadness, is not the arbiter of what really matters, which most of us should have learned by now. Those feelings are just temporary responses to your experiences, and even your responses are illusions. You are happy one day, sad the next, melancholy on the third day, bored on the fourth, ecstatic on the fifth, exhausted on the sixth, and on the seventh day you’re confused about the whole of your life.

To believe that anything can remain perfect, successful, or healthy forever is always just a wishful illusion.

What you can do:

Turn to the higher truths, reminding yourself: “No one has done anything to hurt or reject me. No one can empower me or disempower me. To believe otherwise is an illusion. It can look and feel that way, because of my own personal needs, but I am in charge of my needs. So, I forgive all these people who I believed had deliberately hurt or rejected me. That, too, was an illusion. They never plotted to reject or hurt me. I projected expectations onto them based on my own desires and they failed to live up to my imagined plans for them.”

Source: Caroline Myss

The Second Mystical Law: Forgiveness is Essential

Scientists, physicians, and psychologists who have researched the relationship between stress and illness have concluded that the ability or inability to forgive affects the outcome of serious illness. People who have a forgiving nature increase their chances of recovery.

Forgiveness is a mystical, not a logical, command. It makes no sense to the reasoning mind, because the reasoning mind is incapable of forgiveness. Genuine forgiveness is a self-initiated mystical act that requires the assistance of grace to release you from the compulsive and often self-righteous chatter of the ego, which continually enforces a position of entitled anger or hurt.

Forgiveness is not the act of releasing the aggressor, though it is usually interpreted this way. Nor is it a way of telling others that what they have done is “okay” with you and “all is forgiven now.” Neither of those interpretations even come close to the mystical essence of forgiveness, which is fundamentally between you and God. A genuine act of forgiveness takes place in the inner landscape where your disappointed, hurt, abused, or angry ego confronts your soul, which holds to a cosmic template of justice. The ego wants to hold another person responsible for why certain events in your life turned out as they did or for why you were hurt or treated unfairly. We always want justice to serve us and not the “other”, which, of course, means we always want to be right.

Ultimately, forgiveness is a battle between the righteousness of your ego and your capacity to transcend whatever situation you’ve experienced that has shattered the following myths that maintain that suffering is deserving of recognition, reward, or righteous vengeance:

*God is on your side and only your side.
*Justice should be logical and reasonable and always serve your side of the story.
* God follows the code of human law – if you do only good things, bad things will
never happen to you, and, of course, you never do bad things.
*You are entitled to have all things work out in your favor.

We can’t forgive others when these myths fail us, and they do fail us through the relationships and events that make up the tapestry of our lives. Understanding the essence of forgiveness is one of the most deeply healing and liberating gifts you can give to yourself.

From a cosmic perspective your life is far more complex than you can measure by the influence of one or two relationships. There is a higher law that rules the spirit, a mystical law that holds no allegiance to the laws of religion.

Reach deep into your soul and surrender to that which your ego cannot comprehend. The greatest challenge is to forgive those who you could so easily justify retaliating against, for when is your mind so clear of illusions that you truly grasp why events happen as they do?

The mystical truth is that forgiveness has nothing whatsoever to do with the person you are forgiving; it is a self-initiated act of transformation In which you release yourself from a level of consciousness that binds you to the illusion that you are safe and protected in a world of chaos and that your God is the only God of justice and fairness for all humanity.

The fairness of the divine is in the equality of chaos and in our capacity to do evil to each other, as well as in our capacity to release each other from hell. Forgiveness is an act so powerful that a resurrection of the inner self does indeed occur, because you are retrieving your spirit from the dead zone of past traumas and unfinished business.

What you can do:

Pray for the grace to forgive, and be ready to act on that grace. Let it melt through traumatic memories and do your best not to fight the meltdown, because it will happen, and when it does, refer to the power of wisdom of the other laws for support.

Caroline Myss – Freedom of humbleness, Finding your light, Mystical path and Grace

Caroline Myss is a five-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally renowned speaker in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition. Caroline established her own educational institute in 2003, CMED (Caroline Myss Education), which offers a diverse array of programs devoted to personal development and draws students from all over the world. In addition to hosting a weekly radio show on the Hay House network, Caroline maintains a rigorous international workshop and lecture schedule.

After completing her Master’s degree, Caroline co-founded Stillpoint Publishing and headed the editorial department, producing an average of ten books a year in the field of human consciousness and holistic health. Simultaneously Caroline refined her skills as a medical intuitive, with the assistance of C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., a Harvard-trained neurosurgeon.
Caroline developed the field of Energy Anatomy, a science that correlates specific emotional/psychological/physical/spiritu­al stress patterns with diseases. Her research proved so accurate that it became the subject matter of a book co-written by Caroline and Norm: THE CREATION OF HEALTH. http://www.myss.com/

The First Mystical Law: There is only Now

The heart of so many mystical disciplines is “Stay fully present.” Learn to keep your spirit fully in focus, so that you know where all of you is at all times. Such a profound truth is one that the mind cannot grasp, because the intellect cannot get this place called “now.” Only a soul can travel there. While it may sound easy to say, “Just detach and get on with your life,” there is nothing easy about it. Holding your consciousness in the present time is the equivalent of entering a different but parallel dimension of reality.

The need to settle our unfinished business with the past is far more than just a psychological or emotional healing ritual; it is also a deep need of the soul that affects our ability to heal. Simply put, holding on to the bitter parts of your past – recent or distant is like carrying credit card debt that incurs an every-increasing interest rate.

You can’t heal, because you are still more in the past than in the present; in effect, the past is more emotionally and psychically real to you than the now.

It is not that you forget your past. Being in the present more fully than in your past represents where you position your creative power and your primary identity. A time that has come and gone continues to overshadow the present moment.

From the broken heart comes a heart that can recognize and identify with the pain of others. A wound such as that must not be wasted or buried in self-pity, but brought into the light and examined, reflected upon, and used as a lens through which the lives others are better understood. Such a choice liberates you from the gravity field of a wounded past, which can hold you hostage to unresolved memories and traumas for decades. The consciousness of present time allows you to keep your memories, but they can no longer hold you hostage, and so they can no longer drain you of your energy, which inevitably drains you of your health.

The need to let others know you feel entitled to attention because of your pain and suffering is very seductive and releasing the entitlement of the suffering self is more a battle with the shadow of your own pride that it is with anyone else. None of this is easy, but neither is living in the past, which is the equivalent of living in a psychic cemetery where you confer with problematic corpses on a regular basis.

Here’s one simple method to help you stay in the present: Change your vocabulary. Specifically, give up the use of the following terms and all that they imply: blame, deserve, guilt, fair, fault. If you cut those five words from your vocabulary, both in your private thoughts and in your communication with others, you will notice almost immediately that it is far more difficult to fall into negative emotional patterns. You will also discover how habitual those patterns had become.

To live in the present, the practice of forgiveness is essential. Without forgiveness, you remain anchored in your past, forever in emotional debt.

~ Caroline


Caroline Myss is an international workshop leader, lecturer, and the author of several best-selling books, including Sacred Contracts, Why People Don’t Heal and How They Can, and Anatomy of the Spirit. She is dedicated to creating educational programs in the fields of human consciousness, spirituality and mysticism, energy anatomy, health, energy medicine, and the science of medical intuition.

Myss is a pioneer in educating the public on the field of energy medicine and human consciousness. She holds degrees in journalism, theology, and intuition and energy medicine. Her work bridges our ancient understanding of the human energy system—the chakras—and current scientific study of how our thoughts influence our bodies and our lives. She penetrates a hidden world and shows where spiritual power really comes from, and how to bring it into our lives today for health, guidance, and transformation.

In 2003, Caroline Myss established CMED, an educational institute that offers programs on sacred contracts, energy anatomy, energy medicine, and mysticism. Myss also maintains a rigorous international workshop and lecture schedule and continues a consultation practice as a medical intuitive with physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, and other health practitioners.

Spiritual Growth : Finding Strength By Giving Up Control

Spiritual growth and development comes from attaining inner peace. Caroline Myss, PhD explains how the meaningful and important events in our life are often out of our control. Finding spiritual meaning through spirituality and practice allows us to grow and heal. Patients can increase spiritual health if they can learn to accept the changes in life.

A message from Caroline Myss

Grace comes in many expressions. It intervenes in raging arguments, calming your anger so that you do not say what you can never take back. Grace whispers thoughts of hope in desperate times, giving you the stamina to hold on through the storms of life. And grace delivers inspiration, awakening creative resources deep within your being. The power of grace is endless, silent, and powerful.

A rare and rich but much too brief discussion of the activity of grace given in a graduate school lecture was brought to mind the other day while I was watching a program about the devotion the great opera star, Rene Fleming, has for assisting up-and-coming opera singers. It’s so amazing, really, how and when these flashbacks arise. You have no idea they remain hidden in the vast archive of memories that you are carrying around in your brain, like the words of all the songs from the 60’s that just pop into your head the moment you hear the melody.

First, I’ll share the long ago memory of this graduate class. I was in a class on mystical theology and while we were discussing something or other, the professor noted that one mystical phenomenon is that each person is given the gift of seven extraordinary days of grace each year. The grace given on these days is of the quality that it organizes the events of that day to transform your life – that is, redirect your life – in a most significant way. The rest of the class, as you can well imagine, was immediately devoted to the details of identifying that grace and the content of these extraordinary days. (I’ll get to that later – don’t worry.)

Anyway, I could not turn off this program about Rene Fleming, which actually intrigued me as I am not really an opera fan, but I have seen Fleming perform in person, thanks to my dear opera fan friend, Andrew Harvey. And she is beyond magnificent. During the program, you saw Fleming giving hands-on instruction to four lucky opera students, instructing them on how to advance their voices. She offered them the most interesting techniques that would assist them in perfecting a single note, a precise tone. Their devotion to the art of opera and to the art of their voice was stunning.

Later, Fleming was casually walking through the opera house with her four students when she said, “Remember, you have seven extraordinary days a year. You can’t waste them. You must be on alert for them.” As soon as I heard her say that, the memory of that day in graduate school flooded into my mind. How in the world did she know that? Why did she say that? Did she mean the same thing as my professor? And why don’t I have Rene Fleming’s phone number???

Immediately I dusted off my memory. What were the details of that lecture? I took a deep breath, closed my eyes, leaned back on the couch, and drifted back through the decades of my life to graduate school. I waited,waited,ah, yes. I remember,.

Your Seven Extraordinary Days of Grace

Let’s start with the obvious first question: Why seven? Perhaps it’s because there are seven days of the week, or seven days of creation, or seven chakras, or the scale of life is numbered at seven. Seven is a mystical number that notes a resonance to your soul. Let us, therefore, assume – though we have no proof as such – that this might be the reason and leave it at that. When it comes to mystical theology, we operate on observation, subjective experience, and the nature of law and order as revealed in the order of nature itself. A scale of “seven” is a repeated scale throughout mystical systems of order; therefore, it may well be that this scale functions within this phenomenon. (That was your first lesson in mystical theology.)

Next, in order to understand the nature and content of these seven extraordinary days of grace, you have to be very clear about what they are not. So, grace is not – repeat – it is not an obvious force. Grace is a silent breeze that enters into your essence, often to protect you from doing harm to yourself. Grace does not protect you from the consequences of your negative or foolish choices; rather, it seeks to prevent you from making those choices in the first place.

Now, let’s think about an ordinary year of life, beginning from January to December. During that year, you will plan or attend a handful of special occasions or trips that rate as extraordinary. Among these are: weddings, vacations, parties, dates with someone special, surprise events, holiday gatherings, birthday parties, spa trips, etc. What these have in common are the following:

You know about them ahead of time;
You will have expectations of how the event will play out;
You will either exaggerate the good time you intend to have or the bad;
In either case, your expectations will be disappointed;
The event will not go as expected in some way.

For all the above reasons, these days do not qualify as one of your Seven Days of Extraordinary Grace because you are fully convinced you are in charge of the event or you are directly influencing the psychic field with your attitude. In other words, you are exerting too much control toward wanting a certain outcome.
Finally, days burdened with expectations translate to you having to get what you want, the way you want it. From another perspective, these are days that reveal a sense of loss of control and personal insecurities.

The Nature and Character of Extraordinary Grace

Yet another mystical theological teaching is discernment: to look through the eyes of your soul into a situation in order to see and understand the significance of what is unfolding in front of your eyes. Discernment is unlike judging a situation, which tends to be an immediate and reactive response. A discerning response is one that requires reflective thought. With this teaching in mind, we now proceed into the deeper waters of discerning the nature of extraordinary days of grace.

You have no authority over your seven days of extraordinary grace; that is, you cannot decide when these shall be given to you. They come as they come. They are considered “gifts of the spirit,” bestowed upon you at a particularly advantageous time in your life – the operative word being advantageous. Now, how would you define advantageous? If I had you in a classroom at this moment, I would stop the lecture and ask all participants to answer that question in their notebook as I have little doubt that none of you has ever asked yourself this question. What do you consider a spiritually advantageous moment? Are you even prepared to give an answer to that question? Or should I begin with this question: Do you even understand the significance of that question?

This is the type of question that is introduced in a class on mystical theology. Inevitably the discussion that it opens up is intriguing, to say the least. A spiritually advantageous moment is one in which the “agents of change” in your life come together in such a way that only one spark is required to set them off. You may have several change agents at work in your life, none of which has the potency to motivate you to a next step. One more is required. Perhaps all that is needed is one more conversation, or a delayed flight that would allow you to make one more phone call to exactly the right person, or running into an old friend who happens to be the link to exactly the person you need to meet. You are not able to calculate when you have amassed a sufficient number of change agents in your psyche. You are able to discern, however, that an event or opportunity carrying an extraordinary potential of power has just been introduced into your life. As a result of making that phone call or running into that old friend, something new was provided to you. Maybe it was a suggestion, maybe it was positive feedback, or maybe it was a new contact. But you are left feeling renewed, as if you’ve just been rebooted in your own skin. One spark of grace lighted at the perfect advantageous moment is all it takes and life feels good again. Your life feels good again.

Let us examine the characteristics of a day of extraordinary grace:

An opportunity that requires a spontaneous response comes along. The ingredient of spontaneity is required, lest you begin to project fear and failure into the opportunity, thereby self-sabotaging the potential to redirect your life. While other opportunities come and go, one surrounded with extraordinary grace fills your solar plexus and not just your mind, making your “head swim” with greed and ambition. Grace goes to your gut, right into your sense of who you are and what you should do. It symbolically “grabs” hold of your identity.
Another expression of an extraordinary day of grace can come through finding out that plans you had set in motion months or even years ago, which you had given up as failed, have been resurrected. The time wasn’t right and all of a sudden, the time is right. A day of grace is the day everything “fell into place.”
Yet another expression of a day of grace occurs when you encounter a past love – only now both of you are available to be together. A day of grace is the day when life begins again.
A day of grace delivers an unexpected path of healing, which could be in the form of a renewed inner resilience or hope, or meeting a person who knows exactly how to understand and treat your condition. A day of grace is day when the tide turns in your favor.
Another expression of grace is endless delays, confusion, and chaos shattering all of your plans. You can only give up and survive the day, bit-by-bit, going wherever the road leads you. A day of grace is when all the wrong things deliver you to exactly the right place.
Yet another expression of grace is the day you discover that somehow a great mistake was righted through something else that you did. Perhaps it was something conscious or maybe not, but on a day of extraordinary grace, the forces work in your favor and a mistake is made right. A day of grace is when the rules are somehow bent in your favor, just once.
Another day of grace is when your life is saved, perhaps from a car accident or something exploding in your face or a random street incident. A day of grace is when your life is shielded from physical harm, knowingly or unknowingly.

As you can tell, you cannot coordinate these days. You cannot make them happen. They happen because of other circumstances you have set into motion. In other words, your extraordinary days of grace come into your life because of choices that you have made that have created gaps and needs – open spaces – that require filling.

Your challenge is to realize that you are experiencing a day of extraordinary grace and to appreciate the meaning, power, and significance of that day. Further, it is vitally important to act on opportunities offered to you on that day. Suggestions for your new business venture, for example, that came from a synchronistic meeting between you and another person should be followed up on. Merely telling friends about this incredible synchronistic conversation you had with someone is a waste of an extraordinary day of grace, to be direct. It’s up to you to follow through, to take action, to make things happen for yourself.

Remember, grace does not do work for you. It will not “heal” you if you are not doing your part in your own healing. Grace will not interfere with the law of cause and effect; that is, for every choice we make, there is an effect or a consequence. If we make a foolish or stupid choice, we pay a price by having to deal with the consequence of our choices. Grace does not compensate or erase our stupid or foolish choices, any more than prayer does. In order to appreciate the nature and power of grace, and the gift of an extraordinary day of grace, you have to grasp how the power of grace manifests in your life and how it does not. Grace is not a “fix-it” force. It is an inspirational, mystical power that awakens you from within.

As I thought about this subject, I queried a few friends on this question: Would you want to be in charge of determining when you received your seven days of extraordinary grace each year? We had such a fun discussion. One friend said, “I’m very frugal. I would hold on to them.”

Another friend determined that she would be very nervous about having that type of “wealth in a safe in her own home.” What a great analogy, I thought, yes? She was exactly right, as seven days of grace is exactly like having gold in a safe at home and you left to determine when and how to spend it. A third person said he would absolutely use all seven days in one month. He would “go for the gold” in one blast.

I asked each person, “Would you be more inclined to use a day of grace in the midst of a crisis or when you are calm and undistracted?” Would you see your days of grace as financial crisis solvers or a day of soulful renewal? Which is of more value to you?

Those questions ended up leading into one more fascinating area of discussion after another. It seemed like this subject opened a vast discussion. For that reason, I am carrying it over to the June Salon, which will be Part II on this topic. In the June Salon, I will explore those questions along with:

A discussion of grace and prayer.
What would most people do: take charge of their seven days or let heaven determine when they receive the gift of a day of grace?
Merging the Seven Days of Grace with Your Seven Chakras, just for discussion
Could each day contain this grace?

Let me encourage you to think about the days of this year – just this year – that have been game changers for you. They have contained certain ingredients that have motivated you to move ahead, to make positive changes, to do something you’ve been postponing, but on that day, you acted. See if you can identify the presence of grace in your life that day:

What was it about that day that made it different?
Do you remember how you felt that day?
What types of choices did you make that day that you would call “out of character?”
What results have occurred in your life as a result of those choices, and would you consider these results as special or surprising?
Have there been any changes in your life that qualify as “beyond your expectations” as a result of acting on a grace that you identified?

I’ll close this Salon by asking you to reflect on whether you would want to be in charge of when to receive your Seven Extraordinary Days of Grace, or whether you would leave the wisdom of that decision to the heavens. We’ll continue with this discussion in the next Salon.

Meanwhile, Happy Summer,

Love,

Caroline

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