Moving Beyond Conflict ~ Sharon Lyn Shepard @ Divine Musings

Moving BeyondΒ Conflict

Artwork by Nadejda Sokolova

A new world beckons and the calling is from deep within us, luring us into the grace-filled life our GodSelf knows we are meant to be living.

As we all know, a world in transition is a world of chaos. The old needs to break apart to make space for the new. We’re seeing it in our external world as well as our internal. The old systems, beliefs, agendas, rituals and ways of doing things no longer align with an awakening heart and a more conscious mind.

Conflict is arising between the old and the new. We’re seeing that in all areas of global unrest. More importantly we’re feeling it inside of ourselves. But we do not have role models for the new and exciting world we are beginning to imagine. We want change so badly we can taste it. At the same time, we fear the unknown.

It’s obvious we can not take our old baggage with us into this new world. Every time we try, the bridge between the two breaks down from the weight we are carrying. Each time we plunge into the chaotic waters, diving deeply to release just a little bit more. Or, we return to our original shores attempting to fit back in again, to no avail because the old no longer works for us.

Over the years I have found peace and grace in the mystical path that I have forged for myself during these times of transition. The other day I picked up a book about the monastic mystics. As a present day mystic, I was curious about the path of the ancient mystics. The beginning of the book was helpful in clarifying the intent of a mystic and I was able to fully claim my own Inner Mystic. (see my prior post β€œPresent Day Mystic”) But I felt resistance to many of the practices of the ancient mystics which felt heavily burdening to me. Whereas my mystical practices instill the lightness of ease and grace in a world of chaos.

As I contemplate this I realize several things. Because many of us have been approaching life from the basis of pure Love and Light the overall energies of our planet are now much lighter and supportive. As Renaissance men and women, we have broken away from the old beliefs, rules and rituals that have held us in place for eons of time. However, many of the psychological practices of digging deep to examine our wounds for healing and pushing through them have become an ongoing process, snaring us in an eternal mental and emotional loop. However, this is only true if when we approach it from a perspective of duality. If we take a step back from these processes, we realize the current expanded energies of Love are releasing the old density without our assistance.

In this new energy, we simply need to allow what no longer serves us to surface of its own accord in it’s perfect timing. And it will because when the light shines upon our shadows they are ready and asking to be loved and released without being poked at before their time. This a natural organic process of evolution and spiritual expansion that does not require hard work, struggle and suffering as we’ve been taught. It is our continual poking the stick in the mud that keeps it alive, rather than allowing the Waters of Love to simply wash it away.

Many of the antiquated teachings and rituals that have been handed down to us need to be reexamined. But by throwing them all to the wind, we loose our base of support and our rudder in life. Instead our practices need to be continually lightened up to accommodate the new energies with new navigational skills because we are expanding so quickly.

So, what are my present day mystical practices?

~ Meditation ~
Going beyond the mental chatter, allowing thoughts to pass through without engaging, to enter a clear space of silence. Meditation does not need to be a static activity. It can just as easily be a walk in nature, dancing, or whatever else leads you into the silence. With practice, silence itself draws you into the silence.

~ Silence ~
Silence is the gateway to the Divine that resides within me. It is in this space that infinite potentials rest, awaiting my awareness. Solutions to situations that plague me. And surprises to delight me.

~ Prayer ~
Prayer is how I converse with my GodSelf. This is not a request for God to change things in my life. It is an intimate conversation with my GodSelf from an expanded perspective to ascertain what changes β€œI” can make as the Creator of my life.

~ Self Love ~
No matter what is happening in my life, it is always a reflection of self Love. If life is smooth as silk, it’s an indication that I am honoring and loving myself. If there are bumps or boulders in the road, it is never about another person or other things. It’s always a call for expanding my self love.

~ Allowing ~
When I surrender to the Grace of the Divine, I allow love and joy to reveal themselves to me in miraculous ways.

I share my spiritual practices as a springboard for you to create you own personal practices to move beyond conflict, especially during these times of transition. I remind you to allow them to be ever evolving as we create a new playground of Love and Joy. For I believe that has always been our purpose here on planet earth. And I look forward to celebrating it all with you… the conflict that creates new worlds…. and the joy that evolves from it.

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

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