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.

 

Living As The Light

Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.                      Christopher Columbus

IMG_0638What is it that you are being called into doing that you’ve been resisting?  You know, it’s that thought of calling someone, but you don’t because they may be busy.  It is the thought of taking extra time in meditation only to have the second thought be, I don’t have that much time.  It’s the thought of releasing an urge to pay someone back for a perceived wrong, and the second thought being to  hang on to the resentment a little longer.

Jesus said, You are the light of the world.  He added that you don’t light a light and then put it under a basket and hide it.  You allow that light to shine.

The real question becomes, what old world belief are you being called to leave behind by following the light?   This may be an old belief that has closed your heart to an awareness of the light within you.  Sometimes memories of old hurts that we have caused or we perceive have been done unto us, can cause us to close our hearts in ways that prevent us from loving ourselves: from having the courage to move into new territory.

There is a light within us that is always beckoning us forward on our personal journey of life.  Sometimes we have difficulty seeing this light.  Yet, it is always there!  Much like the sun is always at the center of the galaxy, but our view of it may be obscured.  It is the Divine light that we might refer to as Christ or Buddha or Spirit.  The name we give the light is not important.  The important part is acknowledging this dynamic and powerful light that when we open our heart to it,  life opens to us in unexpected and glorious ways.  We begin to see things that were not there before.  We begin to have a strength and courage to step forward even when we don’t know where the path is leading.

We all have moments when we feel we are in the dark.  Rather than becoming frightened, we can claim this opportunity to open our heart to the light within.  We can feed the light by focusing our attention on the good within our life.  We can feed the light through the practice of keeping our heart open to ourselves and others.  We can feed the light by going into the Silence and turning your awareness to the indwelling Presence.  The Truth is, as we feed the light, it will illumine our next steps, and then our next steps, and then our next steps until we too discover a new world.

Anticipatory Appreciation

Anticipatory Appreciation: now here’s a brilliant idea!  That’s what I thought when I first encountered this idea in Rev. Jane Simmons’ new book, You Can’t Sleep Through Your AWAKENING.  So for this past week, I have set three intentions to experience appreciation during the day.

During my morning sacred time, I center myself in my heart and ask for guidance as I look over my day.   As I do so,  I actively look for three opportunities to experience appreciation.  It may be that I have a meeting with someone whom I enjoy immensely, or it may be that I need to have a crucial conversation with someone.  You know, one of those conversations where you have to touch on a tough subject.  Out of this over looking, I consciously choose three times to experience deep appreciation.  I then speak this intention within my open heart.

What is amazing is how often, just at the moment I intended, or soon afterwards,  I experience appreciation.  It may be for the person I am with, the circumstance, or the beauty of nature around me.  The experience is unique each time, and most often catches me off guard, until I remember my intention.

As I look at the two aspects of this practice, I am aware that they work hand-in-hand.  An intention is defined as: a conscious aim or plan.  This means that we use our conscious mind to make a plan and set an energy in place to fulfill this plan.  Appreciation and gratitude are synonymous.  Gratitude is defined as: the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation and to return kindness.

So this practice is not only saying in your mind I appreciate this, but to demonstrate appreciation through an act of kindness.  Appreciation also opens us to the knowing that God is our Source infinite and unlimited. Everything that we have, we have because of who we are in God.

Check it out, try it for yourself.  Set an intention to appreciation three things during your day, and prepare to be amazed at the outcome.

 

 

Big Change Brings Big Questions

We all have moments of starting a new.  These moments happen when we move, or children leave home, or we have a change in our job or lifestyle.  Walking through the big changes of leaving a ministry that I have loved so dearly has brought forth old questions that are beckoning to be answered in a new and hopefully deeper way.

When I was busy running from meeting to class to appointment to home, I was too exhausted to really listen to these questions or the answers that would come forth.  My focus was always on: How did I need to show up in order for others to be okay, and   What was the next fire that needed to be put out?

With all of this removed, there is a void that is allowing  me to look more deeply at what this change could mean for me.  How might this change transform the way I show up in the world?

I always thought of voids as uncomfortable at best and painful at worst.  Yet,  the longer I sit, the clearer life becomes and the freer I feel to really live in a way that demonstrates what I believe.

Isn’t that what we are called to do?  Each of us is here to live in a way that demonstrates what we believe to be true about life: what we value.  I value the power of transformation.  The power of change that happens when we embrace the courage and strength we have within us to move out of a rut and unto a new road.   I value love, kindness, joy, strength, and wisdom.  These are but a few of the qualities that I am working to express more clearly in my new life.

The question for me now is: How do I express these qualities in my day-to-day life?   I have a saying that I have used for years.  I’m on an as need to know basis and God doesn’t think I as need to know yet, or I would.  I do; however,  believe what I need to know is unfolding in each moment that I am aware of where I am and what I am doing.

What is your purpose?  What do you value?  How are you expressing those qualities in your life?  I’d love to hear from you.

The Kingdom of Heaven

Repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.  WHOA!  Does that conjure up old stories?   “You better be good, you better not shout, you better not cry, I’m telling you why…..?”  And it’s not good.

Let’s take a moment and look at a deeper meaning for ‘repent the kingdom of heaven is at hand’.  To repent is to turn.  We turn from judgment to acceptance.  We turn from anxiety and worry to peace.  We turn from not enough to a consciousness of abundance and joy.  We turn, turn, turn and with each turning awaken more and more to a lasting awareness of our connection with the Divine.

In ancient days, the Israelites believed that God was not only going to liberate them from the  tyranny of being ruled by others, but they were going to be the rulers.  This new kingdom would be called the Kingdom of Heaven.  Oh, and only those who were good enough would be the rulers, and they would not only rule the Israelite people, but also, the Gentile nations.   So begins the race consciousness of: ‘be good and someday you’ll be rewarded… in heaven’.  Only heaven became this mystical place that you go when you die.  Many scholars today believe that Jesus never said, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  Me, I’m not so sure.

What did Jesus say?  In the Gospel of Thomas, with parallels in the Gospels of Luke & Mary and Dialogue of the Savior:  “The kingdom of God is within you and all around you, yet you do not see it.”  And again in the Gospel of Luke with parallels in the Gospels of Thomas and Mary: “The Kingdom is not coming in any way that you can observe. The Kingdom of God is already here — within you.”  So what is this kingdom of God that is already within you?  In the Revealing Word, a metaphysical dictionary published by UNITY, it says,

Kingdom of God: The Christ consciousness, kingdom of heaven.

 Kingdom of Heaven: The kingdom of heaven is the realm of divine ideas, producing their expression, perfect harmony. It is within man.”

WOW! Within each and everyone of us is the Kingdom of Heaven, without exception.  It is our responsibility to turn our thoughts toward the kingdom.  One way to do this is by Practicing the Presence.  Practicing the Presence is a meditation technique where you enter into an awareness that God is everywhere present all of the time.  God is present in this time and space.  This practice opens us to a higher realm of awareness and connection with that which we know is True.  It opens us to a deeper knowing and expression of love and compassion.

As I have meditated on this idea, I believe the author of the Gospel of Matthew was saying.  Turn around and look within.  For it is within where you will find the Kingdom of Heaven.  It is this Kingdom that awakens and empowers the expression of our True Nature: Love.

A Funny Thing Happened…

This classic line fell into my mind this morning: ‘A funny thing happened’ on my way out the door. Leaving a place and a people who have meant so much to me for so many years has proven to be more of a life changing experience than I anticipated. My emotions continue to resemble the shore of a great ocean. There are times when the ocean is calm and the waves are just little laps on the shore, and then there are times when the waves are larger and create great sprays of water in the air. The purpose of the waves in an ocean is to stir up life: just as the waves of emotion in me are stirring up life in a number of its glorious forms.

These waves (Life) sometimes show up as beautiful feelings of excitement at the possibility of stepping into a new phase of life and what that means. There is an excitement about the standing at the realm of infinite possibility. There are also times that this life shows up as deep loss and an opportunity to own where I might have done things differently. There is also a deep compassion for myself and others, and a knowing that we all did our best.

So, you might be asking, where is the funny part? The funny part, is more ironic than haha funny. We have chosen this life and have the power within to create the experiences that we choose to have; and yet at its core, Life is a mystery. I thought I knew what to expect. I had a plan. What is they say about plans; if you want to hear God laugh tell him yours. I know God is getting a good laugh, and is holding my hand in a way that no person can.

Through any of life’s changing processes, the most important Truth for us to remember is that God is everywhere present all of the time. This Presence is all Power and Wisdom, and as we enter into an awareness of this ever present Power and Wisdom there is nothing to fear.

My change was in leaving a job. Yours may be loosing someone close to you through death or divorce, or it may be starting a new adventure in your life. It doesn’t matter what the change is; what is important is to remember that Spirit is with us always No Matter What. Then as the waves come in and go out, we can look for the life that has been stirred up. What if we learned to dance with the waves?

A funny thing happened on my way out, I entered into…

Grace-filled Blessings,

Rev. Charli

For those in the Prescott, AZ area, stay tuned for an upcoming class and retreat opportunities.

NEW BEGINNINGS

It has often been said that each moment holds the possibility for a new beginning, and this is absolutely true.  The truth of this statement, is however, heightened when we make major changes in our lives without the security of knowing what’s next.

New beginnings evoke a wide range of emotions that can move quickly and shift from one end of the spectrum: sadness at the loss of what was, to freedom and joyful anticipation of what could be.  It is about standing in the realm of infinite possibility.

I remember a vision I had years ago when I completed my schooling to become a Licensed Unity Teacher.  In this vision, I was standing at the edge of a great precipice looking out over a beautiful valley that stretched as far as my eyes could see.  There were streams, trees, flowers, and animals all together in harmony.  The thought appeared, “what do you want?  You are standing at the edge of infinite possibility, what would make your heart sing?”

I have thought of this vision on several occasions since then.  Every time I face a significant change in my life.  My question that arises again for me this morning and I am sharing with you is:  What do you want?  You are standing at the edge of infinite possibility, what would make your heart sing?

Gracefilled Blessings,

Rev. Charli Tupper