Mary, The Mother of Christ Consciousness

As we begin this metaphysical journey, I will be giving metaphysical interpretations for names and places that will add meaning to the stories.  As we look at these women and the role they play in the awakening of our own Divine Feminine, we can look to the stories to instruct us as to where we are in our own journey and how we are fully supported by Spirit as we step into our True Self.   I welcome comments and insights as we make this journey together.  We can learn from each other.

Mother Mary

 

Mary: ” The feminine the soul., the affectional and emotional phase of humankind’s being, both when seemingly bound and limited by sensate thought, and in its freed, exalted state.   (Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary)

 

 

And so, our journey begins with a virgin ( a heart that has no preconceived ideas of what lies ahead) who is betrothed to a man named Joseph ( The state of consciousness in which we increase in character along all lines: … Joseph represents form).  When the angel Gabriel (Divine ideas) appears to Mary (the divine motherhood of Love), she is frightened and confused.  When the angel tells her she will give birth, her first response is, this is not possible, and then surrenders and is willing to step into the Truth of who she is.

Have you ever had an idea that came to you in a moment of quiet, mine often happen when I am doing things like driving or blow drying my hair, that your immediate next thought is “No Way”.  The ego mind comes up with all sorts of ideas of why that cannot happen and wants to know how could this be?  I know for myself, when these thoughts arise, I am to sit down and pay attention to what is underneath them.  Almost always it is fear: fear of the unknown, lack of faith in God and myself, lack of understanding of the out-workings of spiritual law.  These thoughts can bind us, and yet, as we surrender as Mary did, we can step into a new power and awaken to new expressions of who we are.

One of these moments for me recently was stepping down from pulpit ministry.  This decision was one of the most difficult for me in all of my life.  And, yet, I knew I was being called into an expression of Spirit that I could not do and still do church ministry.  Over the course of the past 6 months, I have spent a lot of time in prayer and study contemplating where Spirit is leading me.  This blog, these women is part of  my answer.

When Divine ideas come into our awareness, they do not leave easily.  They come and if we ignore them, they return at another time.  Spirit is always nudging and drawing us closer to the Truth of who we are, and who we are here to be.  OH, and who we are here to be is always greater than what our ego mind thinks.   We are not here to play small, or to remain young children.  Just as Mary raised up Jesus to be a man, we too can call upon the Mary within us to raise us up to be adult children of God.

The question arises:  What is the Divine idea that the angel Gabriel is bringing into your heart?   What are the excuses that come to mind that would prevent you from pursuing this greater expression of who you are? This is the time to call upon the power of the divine feminine; the power of willingness to surrender and participate in the birthing and unfolding of our own divine nature.

Mary knows she needs support in strengthening her faith.  She goes to visit Elisabeth, her kinswoman, who in her old age is pregnant.  Join me next week as we visit the special relationship between these women and what we can learn from them as we continue this exploration of awakening consciousness as a process not an event.

Grace-filled Blessings,

Rev. Charli Tupper

Walking In The Garden Of Eden

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The light sprays through the trees like glistening rays of gold illuminating the path before you.  It is a familiar path and yet seems new with each step you take.  You are not alone on this path.  There is a Presence with you that emanates love, life and power.  You have entered the garden.  The promised land.  The Garden of Eden: into the Genesis that is happening in all of our lives in this now moment.

Being in this garden is a choice.  And if you are reading this right now, you have said yes to the indwelling voice that speaks within your heart saying, come along with me.  This invitation is an invitation to live from the awareness of Spirit’s infinite Presence with you always.

What does the word Genesis actually mean?  According to Webster’s it is: the origin or coming into being of something.   According to Unity’s Metaphysical Bible Dictionary (MBD),  Genesis points to a new birth, and to the perfection of man in the regeneration.   Eden according to the MBD is, A pleasant, harmonious, productive state of consciousness in which are all possibilities of growth.  When man is expressing in harmony with Divine Mind, bringing forth the qualities of Being in divine order, he dwells in Eden. 

A new birth into perfection and a consciousness of where all possibilities exist.  Genesis is where Adam and Eve walked and talked with God without shame.  They were naked, meaning they did not have anything to hide.  There was no small self telling them they weren’t enough or did it wrong.  They were born into perfection, and we too are invited into this life.

What might life look like if you didn’t experience shame?  What might life look like if we knew at the depths of our being that we have the power to create a pleasant and harmonious life?  What if we knew we could create this harmonious life not only for ourselves, but as we join together, we can create it for the world.

One of the challenges in writing about living in Eden at this time is that it is difficult to imagine when there is so much unrest and so many natural disasters.  Yet, living in Eden is a state of consciousness that frees us from the tyranny of the small self that only sees what’s wrong.  This consciousness of Eden has the potential to awaken the creative process within us to bring into form new ways of being in the world.  New creative ways of being with each other when difficult times happen.  We are created in the image and likeness of God.  We have the power, we are the love, we are the life that is awakening the potential within our own minds to creative solutions.  It all starts with one small thought.  What new thought will you follow today that will open your heart, mind, and soul?  What divine idea will you take into action that will make a difference in someone’s life?

Living from the awareness of the indwelling love, life and power of Spirit, I make a difference in the world.

Grace-filled Blessings,

Rev. Charli

 

Saying No, Making Space, Waking Up

A few months ago, I was speaking with a friend and she was talking about the spiritual principle of being selective about saying yes.  This was particularly meaningful to me, because I was constantly saying yes, often because it sounded like so much fun.  When we feel the urge to say yes, we might first want to ask the question: by saying yes to this, what might I be saying no to?   It is amazing what can happen when we shift the question a bit.  It allows us to take the question to a deeper place within, because it is easier to by-pass the initial automatic response.  Asking the question of what might I be saying no to, opens a space for us to consider what is seeking to express through and as us at this time.

A few weeks ago, I said I wanted to stop asking the questions, why and how.   By consciously asking different questions, I find my mind shifting to more creative answers.  By asking new questions, rather than the same questions I have always asked, I am holding open a doorway for not only a new vision of life, but also, the awakening of an ancient Truth of who I am.

There is a power in the open question.  One of the most important pieces is that there is no right answer.  All too often I  thought I had the answer, no matter what the question.  I’d like to say it was the answers for my life.  Truth be told, I may have thought I had the answers for others too.  The mind tells us our way of thinking is logical and anyone who doesn’t agree with us….well, they just need to rethink the situation from our point of view.  This rigid thinking has been the foundation for many conflicts throughout history, and many conflicts within my own life.  When we drop down into our hearts and listen, even for just a moment, we can listen for the still small voice within that always allows for more than one opinion or thought.

In the book Anam Cara, John O’Donohue says: In your thoughts, the silent universe seeks echo.  It is by going within to the secret place of the most High, that we empty ourselves of everything that stands in the way of hearing that sacred and beloved voice deep within our souls.

Over these past few months, I have been in a place of having sacred space.  I have to admit, one of my first reactions was to fill the void with anything.  The thought that I would not be a minister was terrifying.  If I don’t go to church everyday, who am I?  Yet, every time I tried to just blankly fill the void, doors would close.  People would ask me to do services or classes and then back down.  Space, it was all about space.  Opening a space to learn for the first time in my life what it looks like to honor my Self by not doing.  As I quit running, slowly more and more old false beliefs fell away.  I was able to hear what the thoughts in my mind were really saying to me, and it wasn’t always pretty.

I don’t know exactly the moment of awakening, I just know the freedom that comes with it.  A freedom to be wholly my Self.  No need for approval.  No need to wear the mask of know it all or its counter part, small and unintelligent.  The Truth is, I am no one special.  I am a human being just like everyone else.

I will close with another quote from Anam Cara, When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart, it is like the dawn breaking within you. Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy, where before there was fear, now there is courage, where before in your life was awkwardness, now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness, where before you used to be jagged, now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self. When love awakens in your life, it is like a rebrith, a new beginning. 

Namaste’,  May God’s grace awaken and fill your heart, mind and soul,

Rev. Charli

 

Feminine Face of Grace

As I have been working on this blog post, there is a strong argument going on within me about stressing the feminine face of grace.  Grace is not either/or, it is both/and.   Grace is equally masculine and feminine, because Grace is God’s love in action, and nothing that is God can be either/or.  Grace as love in action reveals itself in different ways depending on where we are in consciousness.  Much like a parent’s love shows up in different ways depending on the age and development of the child.  There are times in our journey of life where grace shows up as the stranger who helps us in our hour of need.  In other times, grace shows up as a feeling that all is well in the midst of turmoil.  Action and Being; male and female.  Yet, my guidance for today, which I am choosing to follow, is to write about the feminine face of God.

Grace, I believe, is a misunderstood spiritual principle.  We may find ourselves thinking that we are in God’s grace when things are going our way, when we feel as if we are living in the flow of life, and that God has removed grace when we are facing hardship and challenges.  Grace, in its broadest sense, is the activity of Spirit as love in its many expressions awakening us to our True Self.  Grace is living from the awareness of One Presence, One Power, One Will, One Awakening, and we are That.  Grace is the revelation, the knowing and out picturing of the Truth of who we are.

Our vision is limited at best.  When we surrender into our greatest good, grace opens our eyes and hearts to see and experience more of what we are, and how we are expressing that is not in alignment with our True Self.   It feels so good to see our goodness; our love and good actions, but what about when we become painfully aware of those traits we have learned that are not a part of who we truly are.  What about those thoughts of; I love you. except when.  I accept you, as long as you are doing what I want.  I will be with you as long as you see the world exactly as I see it.  It is the feminine face of grace that heals our woundedness in order for us to fully live; to fully love.

What are our feminine traits and why is it so important that we connect with them?  We all, as humans, have both male and female traits.  So, men, this does not exclude you. I believe that we are being called to activate our feminine traits, as humankind, in order to bring us into balance and to transform our collective consciousness.  Feminine traits include: Surrender, receptivity, empathy, radiance, flow, sensuality, nurturing, affection, sharing, tenderness, patience, and loving.  These are what I would refer to also as the being traits. The masculine traits are the doing traits,. We’ll look at them another time.

When we look at these feminine traits and the power of Grace, there is an undeniable connection between grace and the feminine aspect of Spirit.  It is Grace that empowers us to surrender our old beliefs in order to open ourselves to a new way of Being in the world, but not of it.  It is Grace that opens our hearts in receptivity, empathy, nurturing, affection, tenderness, and patience.  When we express these Divine attributes without exception or judgement, we are conduits of God’s Grace.  Where in your life, right now, today, can you Be God’s Grace?  Is there someone close to you who could use tenderness instead of judgement?  Is there a place within you that you can open to and allow God’s Grace to heal?  Allowing Grace is not about doing the right thing, it is just being with God’s love.  There are so many people and places that would benefit from the Feminine Face of Grace, the beingness of God’s Presence.  Take a moment today and share God’s Grace.

 

Awakening The Divine Feminine

For some time now, I have had what I refer to as a minor obsession.  I have been fascinated by the Marys in the Bible, especially Mary Magdalene.  She would just keep showing up in different books I would pick up or someone would give me something that was representative of one of the Marys.   I couldn’t figure out why.  So, I just let it be, knowing that someday more would be revealed.

Ta Ta da da!   Someday has arrived.  As I have explored this idea that we are not only being called to wake up spiritually, but to also be raised up to become spiritually adult, I am recognizing the power of the Divine Feminine.   It is one thing to have a spiritual experience and another to do the consistent work that is required to allow that experience to transform all aspects of our being.

One of my challenges over the years with the idea of teaching about the Marys, who represent the Divine Feminine, is that I don’t think of myself as a feminist, or a women’s libber.  Yet, there is something that is so profound and True about what I believe Mary has to say to us today.   This teaching is not in opposition to the Divine Masculine.  It enhances and brings balance into all of life.

As more and more people wake-up in consciousness, it is imperative that we provide support and nurturing for them to develop all aspects of themselves to match the awakened energy.  It is as if we are teenagers in consciousness.  We have adult bodies, but not the consciousness of an adult.  It is the Divine Feminine within each of us that can bring us into balance and harmony: into the wholeness of our being.

The time around my leaving Unity of Prescott has proven to be a time of distinct transformation.  I thought I was leaving for one reason, and it turns out that was not at all the Truth.  Leaving has opened a doorway for me to take responsibility for my past actions, and not introject what is not factual.  Introjection is a new word for me and was introduced to me through Ken Wilbur’s Integral Philosophy which I have followed for years.  To introject an idea is to take something that someone else says and you own it as true about yourself.  We talk so readily about the destruction that can happen in relationships when we project our issues onto someone else.  We don’t talk about the trauma  we cause ourselves by taking on someone else’s projection as true about us.

I believe that the Divine Feminine is the aspect of us that helps to discern the Truth of who we are in relationship with All That Is.  Just like a nurturing mother figure helps us to discern what is true when, as a child, we have an argument with a friend .  This nurturing mother within us helps us  discern what is true in order to know ourselves more completely.

When we own our wholeness as the Truth of who we are, which includes owning our Divine Feminine nature, resistance of all kinds falls away.  Without resistance to what is, there is nothing to defend or fight against, which is where much of our conflict comes from.  This process allows us to see from a higher vantage point the situations we face in our day-to-day lives.  We must be cognizant of the danger that lurks in the idea of rising above a circumstances that we do not like.  It is the Mary, Divine Feminine, within who can help us make sure we are not using the idea of stepping up in order to stand on and push down our feelings.  Living in balance with the Divine Feminine, we are already in an open energy that invites us to see and know where our growing edge is.  The Divine Feminine is bringing us into an awareness and maturing of our souls in order to live life fully from an open heart all of the time.

Passions of Life

Lately I have felt as if I am living in the perpetual question: What….?  I even considered giving up the word, but found that was more difficult than it sounds.  It’s not the question, it’s where the answer comes from.  Do I ask What and then just give the first answer that pops into my mind, or do I use it as a tool to dive deeper into awareness itself.
Last week I wrote about The Three Sisters: Purpose, Passion, and Prayer.  Our Purpose is to know/love God as the indwelling Presence I AM, to know/love our selves as an expression of the Divine Presence, and to know/love others as Self.   It is through the power of passion that we open ourselves to new ways to experience this knowing, this loving.
Passion is the energy of Spirit moving through our lives as Divine Ideas.  I capitalize Divine Ideas because when they come through as our passion, they are pure.  Passion moves us into action.  It is the fire in our soul that propels us forward on our spiritual path.
Over the past month or so, I have been reading and contemplating about Pele, Hawaii’s Goddess of the volcano.  She is the Goddess of fire, which both destroys and creates new life.  When I think about this Goddess within me, I think about her fire burning away the old beliefs and attitudes that stand in my way of knowing/loving God, self and others, while being a catalyst for new life expressing in beauty and Truth.
So, the question arises, “What am I truly passionate about?”  I am passionate about experiencing God as All That Is in new ways.  I am passionate about teaching classes. Not so that I can impart my great wisdom to others, but to create an open space for us to share our collective wisdom.  I am passionate about my family.  I am passionate about nature, and the beauty of this planet and its creatures.  I am passionate about humankind and how we are evolving as we open more and more to the knowing of our oneness.  I am passionate about creating meaningful friendships in my life.  I am passionate about this blog.
Each of these passions are very real for me, and you may have different ones.  If I take one of them and take it deeper into consciousness and ask What is my passion about teaching?  I love the openness, the exploration that brings that aha moment both within me and others.  I love how it so often turns out that what I am teaching is what my soul is calling for me to learn.  I love how Spirit speaks through everyone in the room, especially those who may be new.  I love how classes create a connection in consciousness between the students.  I love that preparing for classes makes me aware that I am just as much a student as anyone else.  I don’t have a special connection to the Divine that is not possible for all of us.  I love how teaching reminds me that we are all taking this journey of life and I don’t have the answer for you, but you do.
What are your passions?  Take them deeper and ask what is my passion for _______ really?  And look at what appears.  This is a great way to be clear on what your passions are, which are not the same as anyone else’s.  There are no shoulds when it comes to passions.  They are.  It’s that simple.

3 Sisters; Purpose, Passion, and Prayer

I woke up this morning fully aware that in a little over a week I will be speaking at the International New Thought Alliance (INTA)  Conference in Scottsdale, and I have not started working on my talk. I chose the title, 3 Sisters; Purpose, Passion, and Prayer,  several months ago when I was first asked to speak.  This is not usually how I prepare for my talks, so now I am sitting with it and listening for what these three words mean to me today.  So, over the course of the next few weeks, we will explore them together.

For so many years I thought purpose was what we think our life means.  What is the reason that I am alive at this time, living in this place, in relationship with these people.  I think it is so much more than that.  Purpose is about who and what we are, and how our awareness of this makes a difference in the world.  It’s not so much “my purpose” as it is “the purpose”.  The purpose is different for different people, but the bottom line is to recognize and live from the awareness that we are ONE: one with our self, one with others, and one with God.

One with our self means that we know our True self and integrate all aspects of our self into one.  This means that we do not disown parts of our self because we don’t like it. The shadow that shows up and misbehaves is not the enemy, but a part of our self looking for compassion and redirection.  How might our happiness meter change if we treated our self with compassion and gently redirected those thoughts that are not in alignment with our True purpose.

One with others is more broad.  When we think of being one with others, it is easy to include those who are close to us, and are behaving the way we would like them to behave.  We are called to know our oneness with the stranger and the enemy.  We are called to know our oneness with the earth and the animals.  We are called to know our oneness with those who are on the other side of the veil.  Those who support us: angels, guides, those who have made their transition from this world to the next,  and invisible support that is always working to bring us happiness.

One with God is living from the awakened awareness that we are one with ALL THAT IS, the question begs to be asked.  What does ALL leave out?  It is only through recognizing my oneness with God that I can recognize my oneness with others and myself.  The work then, is to practice recognizing our oneness with ALL THAT IS.

This practice takes place whenever we remember and connect with our True purpose, which is to know God.  This is not only accomplished by going into the Silence, but by every conversation and experience we encounter.  These experiences are deigned to awaken us to a deeper understanding of who we are at this time, and where we want to go.  Each person who comes into our lives has a gift for us and we for them.  Purpose then becomes the giving and receiving of the gifts, which ignites our passion and inspires our prayers.

Oceans of Grace

I love how life is constantly unfolding and as we allow Grace to move through our lives, we can experience a life that is better than anything we could create by ourselves.

A couple of weeks ago, I was using the ocean as a metaphor, and the metaphor has continued to stay with me, and open up in more powerful ways.  Nature lends itself as an easy metaphor for living our lives authentically. The fact that the ocean, like all of mother earth, is feminine in nature, makes this metaphor all the more powerful.  So, the invitation for today is to come along and ride the waves into a new way of seeing and experiencing answers to our prayers, by engaging our natural ability to heal.  The type of need or healing is not important.  Spirit does not differentiate between physical, emotional, or spiritual healing.  It is we who put limitations on the power that is God.

From a scientific standpoint, we know the healing properties of salt water and the ions in the air at the ocean.  However, did you know that the ocean in its natural state is self-healing, and that we as humankind have been created with a similar capacity to heal. We have a body (shore), emotions (waves),  soul (currents), and Spirit (unseen depths) .   When the waters are stirred at the surface by winds, currents, or ships, waves are created.  These waves stir up whatever is loose and ready to be released.  These particles are often thrown onto the shore, until another wave comes and retrieves that which the shore is willing to release.  As these particles return to the ocean, they sink down into the depths where they are transformed. In our own lives; our soul, race consciousness, and life experiences create waves (emotions) that bring into conscious awareness those unhealed aspects of ourselves that our soul is ready to release and make room for  greater experiences of freedom and joy.

How do I see this as a healing process?  The activities and circumstances of our lives create turbulence.   This turbulence may be physical as in a disease, it may be emotional as in conflict within ourselves and relationship with others, it may be spiritual where we are questioning who we are and why we are here, or what our next step is.  The source of the turbulence does not matter as much as our awareness of it.  When I say awareness,  I do not mean that we go into fix it mode.  Just as the ocean is not broken when the waves break on the shore leaving debris, we are not broken and do not require fixing when error thinking and attitudes are revealed.  We do, however, require willingness to be open-minded and allow Grace to move through us breaking loose any debris that will open the way for healing to take place.  As this debris is broken away, we can surrender it to the depths of our being and allow Spirit to transform it and return it to us renewed and whole.

For instance, recently I became aware of a fear that was running certain aspects of my life.  This fear was blocking me from showing up authentically in my relationships and was a factor in blocking my prosperity.  As I wrestled with these waves, I surrendered and became willing to allow Grace to change my mind, my attitudes, and my actions.  This opened up a new freedom inside of me that I know has set into motion a healing that will bring me into a freedom of expressing that is better than anything I could have dreamed up for myself.  I am having the best time watching synchronicity appear.  For me this is the fun of living a conscious spiritual life; watching God work in seemingly miraculous ways.

 

Awakening the Divine Feminine

For some time now, I have had what I refer to as a minor obsession.  I have been fascinated by the Marys in the Bible, especially Mary Magdalene.  She would just keep showing up in different books I would pick up or someone would give me something that was representative of one of the Marys.   I couldn’t figure out why.  Don’t we always want to know why?   So, I just let it be, knowing that someday more would be revealed.

Ta Ta da da!   Someday has arrived.  As I have explored this idea that we are not only being called to wake up spiritually, but to also be raised up to become spiritual adults, I am recognizing the power of the Divine Feminine.   It is one thing to have a spiritual experience and another to do the consistent work that is required to allow that experience to transform all aspects of our being.

One of my challenges over the years with the idea of teaching about the Marys, who represent the Divine Feminine, is that I don’t think of myself as a feminist, or a women’s libber.  Yet, there is something that is so profound and True about what I believe Mary has to say to us today.   This teaching is not in opposition to the Divine Masculine.  It enhances and brings balance into all of life.  In the Bible there is the reference to the bride of Christ.  It has been interpreted to mean humankind.  If we don’t raise up the Divine Feminine within us, who is the bride?

As more and more people wake-up in consciousness, it is imperative that we provide support and nurturing for them to develop all aspects of themselves to match the awakened energy.  It is as if we are teenagers in consciousness.  We have adult bodies, but not the brain development or consciousness of an adult.  It is the Divine Feminine within each of us that can bring us into balance and harmony: into the fullness of our being.

 

 

Heart Opening Through Grace

It is common in spiritual circles to hear about how powerful it is to live from an open heart.  I know for many years I have interpreted this to mean that I am to open my heart to everyone else.  The Truth is, we cannot open our heart to someone else until we are willing to open our heart to our self.

Each of us, through our daily experiences, is invited to investigate those aspects of our self that we have ignored or disowned because they don’t line up with who we think we are supposed to be.  I call it an investigation for a couple of reasons.  When you think of investigating something, it is because it has been brought to your attention.  You didn’t go looking for something to investigate, yet as it comes to your attention, you don’t block it out either and ignore it.

A personal example I might share is: I was talking with a friend and she said something to me that hurt my feelings.  My reaction to her comment was the desire to close my heart down.  Instead, I decided to investigate what I was thinking and feeling.  I asked for the help of Spirit to reveal what I was believing about myself that would trigger me to close my heart.  My discovery, as I continued to be present in the moment was the button being pushed had to do with how I was treated as a child.  This allowed me to ask for Grace.  The power of Divine Love in action to heal me at depth.

Through the power of grace-filled investigation  we are stating that we are willing to have Spirit reveal to our conscious mind those beliefs and patterns of thinking that are getting in the way of opening our hearts fully not only to ourselves, but to all others as well.   It is out of this willingness that Grace comes in and reveals only that which we are ready to know in the moment.  This is a very important part of the process.  I call it the ‘no digging’ clause.  This process is not about trying to figure out why we did something, or dredging up every mistake, or analyzing the meeting we had with someone to figure out ‘what’s wrong with me or them’.  It is allowing Grace, the activity of Spirit, Divine Love, to move through and release and forgive old beliefs and mistakes that are not serving us at this time.   The beauty of this process is we may not even have to know what is being released.  I love that we are on an “as need to know” basis with Spirit.  If it is not in our best interest to know and remember something that needs to be healed, Spirit not only can do it without our help, but does it without our even knowing about it.

It is out of the process of healing through the power of Grace that we are able to open our hearts more deeply to our self with loving compassion.  We are then set free to be present with others with an open heart.  To be fully present with them in the moment without analyzing what they are saying, thinking, or feeling.  This is one of the greatest gifts we can give to everyone.  And it is truly a gift of Grace.