Sometimes courage sits quietly waiting for a moment to make an appearance. I have never been close to drowning. I know how to swim and yet I have panicked while swimming.
As a child I would swim out to a floating dock, in the lake, my heart beating just a tad faster than normal and then with a sigh of relief I would scramble onto the relative safety of the dock.
Swimming back was more challenging for me. I didn’t know when the sand would rise up to meet me on the shore. I would swim, heart in my throat, until the sand was grazing my knees.
I dislike swimming in water where I cannot see the bottom but one day I was swimming laps in a pool and became panicked in the middle of the pool. I talked myself to safety. I never swam alone in that pool again.
Kayaking is also challenging for me. One summer my husband and I visited our son at the lodge where he works. It sits on a lake where they kayak, for fun. Come on Mom, we can go across the lake and picnic-he said.
Maybe, this time would be different. I could be in a tandem kayak with an expert paddler. Pretty darn safe and they had experience in case we tipped. This could be fun!
Even so, I wasn’t entirely comfortable until I remembered; I have tools now! And I began to use those tools to ease my anxiety. It worked. I wasn’t entirely at ease, but I didn’t panic.
Fast forward, to a winter vacation in Mexico and a day trip that included snorkeling. The last time I tried this I was in water up to my knees and I panicked as I put my face in the water with the mask on. But, this was years later and everyone was in the water but me. I asked myself –was I willing to let this opportunity slip by because of some unnamed fear? I would have a life jacket on. I didn’t have to wear the mask unless I wanted to. I didn’t have to breathe through the tube unless I wanted to.
I had choices.
With some trepidation I slipped over the side of the boat into the crystal clear water, at least I could see the bottom! I paddled around a little and discovered that I liked this. I put my mask on, still without the snorkel and put my face under water.
Wowsers! Beautiful fish surrounded me, some of them tickling my skin as they swam by. I came up for air. Maybe, just maybe I could try the snorkel. If I didn’t like it I could stop. I put the mouthpiece in and breathed. This was easy! Why did I think this was so hard?
I loved it! I may have been the last one in but I was also the last one out!
Courage quietly showed itself to me. Whatever energy I had shifted in the kayak allowed me to enjoy this breathtaking moment. My heart wasn’t in my throat. It was slowly beating in my chest and with each beat, my joy expanded. I had made a choice and courage quietly supported my choice.
Courage is simply the choice to be who we be-I am hearing. You are not your fears. They are simply a reaction to some event in your lives, past or present or they have been taught to you by well meaning others, who live with their own fears. It can be a cycle that never ends.
But through choice you can end it. You can look your fear in the eyes and through whatever tools you have or can find, you can choose to react or respond. We prefer responding to situations. Reactions limit you and will further box you into corners of no choice.
Prayer is a tool. Asking for help is a tool. They often go hand in hand and then just the right being comes along who gives you just information you need to enable you to move into choice. Oh, the freedom of choice. It is the ultimate gift that you have.
The deep waters will always be there. You don’t have to dive into them right away. You might choose to never do that-whatever those deep waters are, but we ask you to simply make sure that you are making a choice and not reacting from fear. You may still choose from fear-sometimes that is a wise thing and sometimes it isn’t. You dear ones are the only ones who get to choose for yourself.
We would so love to see you move into the joy of choice. The joy is always there, sitting right next to courage. Sometimes we notice that it takes a lot of courage to find the joy. When you do that we rise up as one in celebration for you.
Such magnificent beings of love and light you are! We dear ones are in absolute joy every time you step into who you be.
Go For Your Joy
Linda and The Group
In my life, I have spent many minutes, hours and days trying to be something I was not. I was always someone who wanted to see the good in the world. Even as a young child I did not understand the concept of bad and yet there bad was.
I had done something bad. My brothers were doing something bad. Of course bad equalled punishment of some sort. I remember telling two of my brothers to stop what they were doing because I didn't want to see them get into trouble. They were not as concerned about it as I was.
I also remember crying as they were being strapped. I cried for them and I cried for me. Of course I did my best to be "good" so that I wouldn't be punished. It didn't always work out!
My dad was not a "bad father". He was only doing what he thought he needed to do, just like his father, so that his sons would not turn out "bad".
I almost did the same thing with my second son, until his older brother stepped in and told me to stop. I wasn't using the strap but I was going to spank him.
I had mistakenly given my power to an authority, in a book that declared if you didn't have control of your children by the time they were five, then the teenage years would be horrible.
My youngest was a strong personality and he was born to be awesome-not perfect-just awesome, just as we all are. Each of us holds a gifts to offer the world and they may not be perfect but they are just what is needed when the moment arises. My oldest son used his gifts of compassion and fairness to advocate for his younger brother. Thank goodness! I never lifted my hand to him again. He turned out imperfectly awesome!
Isn't that what we all are? When did you stop being you? What if by being you-unedited you could change a life and the world?
My oldest son spent the the years between 3 and 13 living with his father who did not understand how awesome he was. My job was to let him know. Somehow, between all the trials and tribulations of "visitation rights" and a very angry ex-husband, I managed to let my son know that he was very okay and I must have done okay because he stepped in stopped me from hitting his brother.
Along the way he had found a part of who he was and he has stepped into his own awesomeness.
Soon he will be a father and I know that he will be an excellent father. I am pretty sure he will encourage the expression of awesome in his child.
You can do that for yourself too. You could let out the parts of you that you had previously considered unsafe.
There are always opposites in this world and if you don't want to be seen as "bad", then you do your best to be good. To varying degrees that was the box I put myself in. It may not have looked like it to some-but that is what was going on. It also didn't serve me all that well sometimes.
Sometimes we need to be a little bad in order to be good!
So where in your life might you be hiding from life because you want to be seen a certain way? Where have you allowed others to define for you who you are? Where in your life have you decided that this is you or not you, and disallowed the many expressions of your awesomeness?
The world is waiting for you and you just might find that life gets more joyous. Isn't now the time to let yourself just be you?
There is much fear on our planet. Fear is birthed from the great unknown. If we feel that we can't control something then we will allow ourselves to step into the great void that is fear.
Ebola is on North American soil. One case so far but it caught many people in it's web of fear. ISIS is not only being birthed "over there" but young people from around the world are being caught up it's web of idealism and jumping into their destructive cause.
Climate change is occurring and with it we get caught up in the fear of our planet changing in ways that won't look like it does now.
Gang slaying, murders, drugs, child prostitution, home invasions, illegal immigrants, cancer, poverty and the list is endless.
And the people who are most effective at creating change that comes from the heart are the ones who are not caught up in the fear but are willing to see each situation as it is and decide to do what they can from the place that they can and in the moment that they can.
They are often on the frontlines stepping into whatever needs to be done in the moment. They are nursing ebola patients, looking for more effective medications and doing what needs to be done.
They are the parents and friends of the at risk teens who are not afraid to ask the questions that need to be asked and to listen to the answers, unafraid of them, knowing that the answers come from a moment in time and those answers can change as their lives change.
The climate is changing and it always has. That doesn't mean we don't do our part in order to not hasten a process that is unfolding.
We have the power to create change with our hearts.
Our hearts know what steps need to be implemented. But, if we are in fear, that has often been created by the news media, who don't often believe in "just the facts mam" then we cannot hear what our hearts have to tell us. The fear creates a shield of unawareness. If we allow ourselves to be aware, observe without judgment and conclusion then we will know what we need to do in any situation that presents itself and frequently we will have already removed ourselves from any danger that is present.
When our awareness is activated-our spidey senses if you will-then we will know when to get out of dodge, when to turn left instead of right and when to contribute as best we can.
I refuse to live in fear. I choose to be as heart centred as I can. It isn't always easy but anytime I find myself in fear I stop and ask myself "Is this true for me?" Truth feels light and a lie feels heavy-for me. ( a wonderful tool that you too can use!)
Yes there is stuff going on around us and yes some of it looks pretty yucky. But is doesn't serve me to jump into the pit of fear just because someone is creating fear around a subject.
I can choose for myself-now and always and so can you.
This is a time where you, yes you, can find a way into a more joyous way of being. You have it in you and you have always had it in you. It is who you are.
This is the time when the energies are supporting each teeny, tiny effort towards a new way of being. All you have to do, dear ones, is to begin the process of being more of you.
The you that isn't fooled by fear, isn't fooled by anger and can see underneath all of it to the other being that is like you, only wanting to be seen and heard without judgment.
You can be that for yourself and for others. You can be with all of the contrasts and remain calm in your knowing, that inner knowing that all of you carry, that sees what is and is okay with it all.
It doesn't mean you have to agree with it and it doesn't mean you have to put up your dukes against it-it just means being present with it. Notice where your buttons get pushed as you are with the anger and the fear and then just be with it-not caught up in it but allowing of all the many expressions that bubble up as all of you play at being a human on planet earth.
From that space you will know what your next step will be. Something will inspire you to say just the right words, reach out with a touch or merely be the rock in the stream which allows everything to flow around.
Of course all of this leads to joy-joy of just being and a feeling of appreciation for all that is unfolding around you, knowing that all will be well when you simply choose to be who you be.
It is a wonderful way to be-easier and more joyous.
You can do it-we know you can.
Go For The Joy
After a hiatus from Today's Message I am drawn back to them. The Group is ever present in my life when I sit quietly and ask a question. There has been so much going on in the world and through their energy I am at peace with it all, even though I am saddened by some of it.
So this question:
Q. How is it that so many people seem to be so angry at others who are different from themselves?
A. It is the way of your planet at the moment as the energies are swirling around in order to bring an awareness of something better to be birthed. There are so many of you that feel uncared for, unseen and unloved. In that energy you cannot begin to easily feel what it is you crave. Some of you are giving up and giving in. Some of you are in fighting mode, ready to give as good as you feel you are getting.
It is happening in everyone's lives to varying degrees. Some of you are better at dealing with the emotions and feelings that are bubbling up and have the awareness that you are not that. You are ready to heal the underlying causes. It really is all about you. Buttons are pushed and if they can be pushed then, dear ones, it is all about you.
But if you can allow yourself to observe and notice what is being pushed then you can choose a response and not react. All of the actions that trouble you are the result of an unconscious reaction.
There are many ways for each individual to to find a way to be at peace with what is occurring in their own lives and "out there". Find a way that suits you-that supports you in your growth towards joy and peace.
Life wasn't meant to be so hard. We and others have given you this message over and over again and will continue to do so until it is no longer needed. Those who have integrated it into their beings can also show you another way but ensure that it feels right for you.
You are your own best expert on your life and as you begin to own that, you and only you are the creator of your life, you will become more joyous and in that joy a peace will be born that will shift everyone and everything on the planet.
It truly is the more the merrier. You get to choose where you put your energies and your thoughts. Be the joy that is your natural state of being-celebrate the joy that surrounds you waiting to be noticed.
It really is that simple but it takes a little effort to continue walking the path-until you are so used to it that anything less than that is effortlessly left by the wayside.
You, dear ones, hold the key to your life and our knowing is that the key is joy.
Go For It
Recently, there has been so much news about racism in the U.S. and their unfair treatment at the hands of the police. The videos cannot be argued with. If you are a black male in the U.S. you are at risk, period. It doesn't matter the level of your education or the level of your income. It doesn't matter if you are an upstanding citizen. At some point, if you are black in America, you will be treated differently. That is sad. That is a burden that is hard to carry.
I am sure to a smaller degree, it happens in Canada too. Our cultural blanket includes so many different nationalities that it is sure to rub against someone, someplace or other, subtle and not so subtle.
And at the core of it, I believe, is that we forget to treat others with respect from a place of non-judgment and no conclusions.
The aborginal community suffers from this, the Muslim community, the Hindu community, Asians... and the list is endless and includes any suspicious male including white, if they are in an area that is judged or concluded to be suspicious for whatever the reason is given or not.
Recently on Facebook there was a photo shared of a white man waiting in a car in our neigborhood, in the parking lot of an outdoor pool. He had been seen there multiple times. Some concerned citizen took a photo and posted it. I saw the photo and comment that perhaps he was waiting for his child who was in the pool? What if someone simply went over and said hello, I have noticed you waiting and because of my fear I was wondering what you are doing?
I did not share the photo.
When did we begin to jump to conclusions so quickly-oh yes the media's reports on our perceived unsafe world and we decide that is true without checking in with ourselves and our awarenesses to see if it is true for us in our lives. Yes-stuff happens but it isn't as widespread as the media would have us believe. There is more goodness on our planet than anything else.
What if we began to celebrate the goodness? What if we acknowledged a job well done to those that serve us, to a dad being particularly playful or patient with their child? What if we acknowledged the contributions that our husband is to our life? What if we acknowledged the magnficence of our own boys and their friends?
What if we acknowledged to the police that yes there jobs are difficult and we thank you for what you do and what if the police stepped back out of the fear and noticed the human being standing in front of them? What if we helped them to remember?
I have many questions and few, if any, answers. I do know that there is a better way. We can help cultivate a peaceful and loving world by offering that in our immediate lives. How much easier does it get than that?
We can become more peaceful in our lives and create more peace on the planet. Simple-yes. Easy? Not always but it is so worth the journey.
Men are wonderful beings struggling along with the rest of us to do their best. That shouldn't be anymore of a burden than it already is.
Today the world heard that Robin Williams had released himself from planet earth. He has left behind a legacy of of laughter and poignant moments. He was a comic genius, period and a multifaceted actor that captured our hearts.
Today, many grieve the loss. We remember our favourite movies, our favourite pieces of stand up and of course "the alien" who mirrored our quirky humanity. He made us laugh at ourselves.
I asked The Group about him.
Q. What was so special about him?
A. You said it yourself-he made you laugh at yourself. He made you laugh at the absurdity of life on planet earth and in the comedy he teased you into questioning life.
Q. How is it that he was so burdened with his talent?
A. When someone leaps into his own beingness so fully, on your planet and then judges himself for what he sees and questions his observations that are so intuitive and not edited, they can feel like a ship adrift on the ocean with no shore in sight.
So many looked up to him because they saw a piece of themselves reflected, a sea of possibilities not taken, the courage to be so engaged in a very public way that so many of you are afraid to do. You recognized the genius, the soul that was shining through and many of you neglected to see the burden that was for him and many like him.
It will not be so hard for the new ones who are entering in now and they will be more balanced in their beingness and more sure of themselves. So many are willing to be more because of Robin Williams and those in all fields that step outside of any boxes that society is ready to put you in. They will not be put in those boxes. They will choose something else, something bigger and more expansive and more allowing.
That is the gift that Robin Williams left on your planet. His energy created possibilities that had never existed before. His generosity and open heartedness created more even when he himself was looking for more, he was willing to be who he was, as much as he was able in any given moment and that is a indefinable quantity. It cannot be measured by you.
There is much celebration as he returned into the soup that is Source. He is soothed and he is laughing at the grand absurdity of it all. Do not grieve for him but celebrate his contribution by being as much as a contribution as you can be to the planet. Make people laugh when you can, kick those walls down that surround you, step out of your comfort zones and just be you. He pathed the way for that to be easier for you, truly he did. That was his contribution.
The other aspects are as important. He made you laugh and soothed your wounded spirit when you could find no other way. He took you out of yourselves for moments at a time and landed you in yourself in a way that few can.
We encourage you to watch his genius at work and consciously acknowledge the gift-notice the raising of your vibration as you chuckle, laugh, sigh your way into a more allowing space for yourself.
He will know when you do, as we do and we will all celebrate those moments. We will all encourage you into more of you-full heartedly, unashamed of yourself, judging nothing of yourself and accepting all of you-every bit of you. There are no pitfalls when you learn to accept all of you-shadows included-with love.
All of you on planet earth are undergoing a massive shift and his leave taking is part of that. Ask yourself; What can I be now-in this moment to be the contribution of all of me?
Then listen for the whisper that inspires you into more joy of you.
There is no shame in playing at being human-we revere you-adore you and love you-each and everyone, no matter how you chose to exit your reality, no matter what you do or who you be. You get to choose over and over again. The invitation is always there to choose more joy-more of you in joy-always.
Robin encouraged joy on your planet in those he touched. We encourage you to relish his contribution and add to it in your own unique way.
With everything that is unfolding on planet earth, many of you are feeling as if your small acts do not count. They do.
Reach out and touch someone, hug them, offer them a smile, some food, some money, some appreciation and watch how it ripples out in your world.
There is always more kindness unfolding than anything else that is happening. We have a broader perspective and we see what you are sometimes unable to see.
But if you look a little more and search for it-you will see much of it-hiding in plain view. It is everywhere, even the places you think it isn't.
You could choose to expand it-you could increase that flow of energy until nothing would stop it from enveloping everthing and everyone. You could choose sooner than later.
Going For The Joy
Linda lives in White Rock, B.C. and is the owner of Go For The Joy. Linda helps people internationally to remember that there is a different perspective available that will create more ease and joy in your life.