The beauty of the Spirit world is that no matter where we find ourselves, it is always present with us. This can be a hard concept to grasp, as most of us are much more familiar with the physical world where the Eiffel tower is in France, and the Empire State Building is in NY. But when it comes to Spirit, no matter where you find yourself, Spirit has already found you!
The Path is before you.
You need only to shine your Light upon it.
A couple of weeks ago, I was looking through a local paper, and saw that there was going to be a Native American Harvest event in a neighboring town. I looked closer, and saw that it was centered around the American Girl Doll. “Hmm,” I thought. Until I read that part, I was considering going. My brain surmized that it wouldn’t be the place for me.
Fast foward to Saturday, Nov 8. I was looking through the paper again, and there it was, again! I realized this was not a coincidence. As I considered the possibility of going to the event, my attention turned to the television in the background- tuned to the Science Channel’s “How it’s Made.” After the commercial break, the first image on the screen was a Native American drum, followed how it’s made, of course!. I watched as native people stretched the wet cow hide across the wooden base of the drum- all of it made by hand. It was another nudge from Spirit, and I knew it. Even though I would have liked to stay in my pajamas and snuggle with my Sadie (my affection-loving pitbull rescue) I knew it was time to get up.
Lately,I have been making an effort to follow the whisperings of Spirit, instead of just listening, and dismissing them with my ego’s judgment. This is something of a confession itelf, as the main thing I teach people is to trust their intuition. In truth, it’s not that I don’t trust it. That’s not it at all. It’s that I have a choice to do something other than what it’s telling me. The good thing about a true sign is that it will keep repeating until we listen. This was going on the third sign– first I saw the listing, two weeks later, I saw it again, and then the making of the drum on tv.
Over the past month or so, I’ve actively been working toward developing a ministry. As you may know, I’m an Ordained Minister for Our Lord & Lady of the Trinacrian Rose Church. My mind told me that it was best to keep quiet about this part of me because in my mainstream job and family life it’s not something that everyone is comfortable with. That’s the ego part of me, trying to protect me, in theory, but in actuality– holding me back. Luckily for me, with age comes wisdom and my intuition quickly showed me all of the times I was accepting of others around me with various lifestyles, occupations and beliefs. Yes, I get the message, and yes, it is time I started listening. It was time for me to expose this part of myself to the world, or rather, for the world to finally be exposed to the loving energy of who I am.
I drove to the event, and realizing it was in an Episcopal Church, almost backed out. I did grow up Christian, but Catholic, and didn’t know much about Episcopalian Churches, except that women were allowed to be ministers. I wiped the thought out of my mind that I didn’t belong there, and walked right into the hall behind the Church, itself. I was greeted by warm smiles from some very lovely older ladies, who welcomed me and told me I didn’t need a reservation, and to come on in. I paid the admission fee and grabbed a program.
As I walked into the hall, I noticed it was full of round tables, each occupied by women of all ages, mostly ages 2-10! What was I doing here again? I kept walking, tuning into my intuition very keenly. “Where should I sit?” I asked silently. I was directed to circle back around, and to take a seat next to a man who looked about 50 with glasses and a gray beard. The Native American drummers were in the center of the room, so I had a great view no matter where I sat. I explained that I had come alone and asked if I could sit at the table. He smiled and invited me to sit next to him. He was there with his mother and his little daughter. We began talking and I found out that not only was he into going to Pow-Wows, and had lived in New Mexico just to be closer to the native culture, he was…. one of us! While we were not entirely of the same system of spiritual practices, we saw eye-to-eye on many points. After the drumming was over, the conversation turned toward my position as a Minister and the true reason for the conversation came about. He turned to me and said,” no matter who it is, I can talk to anyone, anywhere about spirituality in any form.” This was pivotal, because it’s a message I’ve heard from my own Guides over and over. It finally occurred to me that my ministry was already in practice– just not the kind I was tryng to fit into.
Another bit of wisdom shared with me by my Guides came back to me in this moment: Every soul is important. If everyone on earth became enlightened except for 5 souls, it would be every bit as important to Heaven to reach out to those 5 souls as it had been to reach all of the others. In Heaven, the absense of one soul is felt by all. The same way a Shepherd leaves the flock to find the one sheep that is lost, Heaven finds a way to reach a soul seeking the light. To help one, is no less than to help a thousand. I had been judging my work as a minister to be less because it took place quietly, and usually between myself and one or two others at a time who found their way to me.
I hope my experience speaks to you. If you are reading this, it surely is meant to touch you in some way. And in that spirit, I ask you this– how many times have you hidden the very core of yourself to ‘protect’ others from being offended or uncomfortable (real or perceived)? How long have you remained silent about your beliefs or the way you really feel about something in order to keep from rocking the boat? The time has come, my fellow Souls, to step forward from the Shadows, and BE THE LIGHT. There are many, many others like us out there, who need to be shown that it is safe to be who they are. We are everywhere! We are in hospitals, law enforcement, schools, businesses, and the list goes on. By hiding your light, you are re-affirming that it is acceptable for you to be less than you are. The more we stay quiet, the more we are saying, ‘it is okay to dismiss me. I have nothing to offer.” The real truth is, the more of us that give our community a voice, the closer we become to helping the world see that there is nothing to fear from people who are ‘different.’ It only matters that we come from a place of Love and repect. This is such an important part of our Human-ness, and evolution. Please, move into your light. You are not only denying yourself the beauty you have within, you are denying others the opportunity to see and feel that beauty.
Namaste, my fellow Souls.