The Alchemy of “It’s all Energy”

“It’s all energy.”

I don’t remember if it was that exact phrase or not. I might be condensing down a few months of thought processes into that one little saying. Yet it wasn’t until I got that, or rather, it wasn’t until that awareness about the world around came into my belief systems, that I really began a journey back to spirituality and back to a spiritual practice. “It’s all energy.” and “Everything is vibrations.” were the two things that really pulled together into a logical thought process for me all of the beliefs I had been exploring and attempting to wrap a practice into. I was also attempting to wrap my brain around the things I had been learning. Those two things helped everything fall into place for me.

It wasn’t surprising, when I consider it, that it was a logical, practical belief that really supported me in allowing my beliefs to be more open to all of the spiritual aspect of this life. I was a very logical, rational person, and many of the things I had been presented with in the course of my religious upbringing didn’t make logical sense to me. I could not wrap my brain around so many of the things presented. When these two very logical and very rational ideas were given to me, it was like a light bulb turned on. I could safely begin to explore all of the “far out” things I had been presented with because I could fit them into this–very tidy– belief: it’s all energy.

All the energies of “emotions” are different vibration or frequencies. You can be in harmony with those frequencies or in disharmony. In other words, these energies can support you in your life or not support you. When “working” with a different energy, through discussions and energy work, each person can be brought into a harmonious vibration with these energies and then these energies can support someone in moving forward in their life. This is what called Alchemy. Alchemy is defined as a power or process of transforming something common into something special or an inexplicable or mysterious transmuting. Well it is not really inexplicable. It is just happening in the invisible world of energy and vibrations.

It is all energy

In love and light
Celina

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Why Do We Pray?

This question got asked a lot during the Modern Day Priestess training I attended. In the beginning, I, sort of, had an answer. Kind of. Now, I know, for myself, why I pray. Still to answer the question for yourself, you must first look at what you consider prayer to be. When I looked it up in the dictionary (OK, side note, you may notice I include dictionary definitions a lot. The reason I do so, is it gives us all a common frame of reference. It also gives a great understanding of what our society at large defines something as) it meant: a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship; an act of communion with God, a god, or another object of worship, such as in devotion, confession, praise, or thanksgiving; a fervent request; the slightest chance or hope. Pretty much what most people think prayer is. It was what I thought it was for the longest time.

I left all traditional religious practices in my late teens. I began the journey back to spirituality when I turned forty. I was looking for something, a daily practice, that didn’t leave me feeling disempowered, shamed and unworthy the way practices of my youth did. I knew that mediation would be a big part of it (and that is another post) and I knew that prayer would be a part of it also. Yet, as I developed this practice and instituted it into my life, the prayer I was saying just left me feeling confused and adrift. You see, I did not believe that God was some force outside of me. I believe that I, and everything else in the universe, was a part of God. So a beseeching or petition prayer didn’t feel right. The gratitude in my prayers felt right and empowering. The rest of it did not. Yet how was I to change things with my prayer if I couldn’t petition or beseech? I was very confused and unsure. That’s when my priestess training came into my awareness and the Oneness Prayer Technology.

The training was in Gore, VA. It is an eight hour drive down there. Four, 5 day weekend trainings over the course of a year. As I was driving down for the first training in October of 2009, I didn’t even know why I was going, only that I was. I was going so I could receive the Oneness Prayer technology. I didn’t know that then. I know this now. That Prayer Technology was a breath of fresh air to me. It was a candle in the darkness. It was a way for me to define my beliefs and to pray in a way that felt empowering, fulfilling and powerful. I knew that one of the things I wanted to do was exposed others to this method of prayer.

So why do you pray? What is it you want to accomplish with your prayers? Why do I pray, you ask? I pray for my own Consciousnesses. What do I want to accomplish with my prayers? I pray to Anchor in Truth. I pray to Acknowledge and Enliven the Oneness that we all are. I pray to Remember in every moment that there is only one thing happening at all times – the Unfolding of the Divine, Living Intelligence in Perfection, of which I am one with. I want to accomplish Truth with my prayers. Very simple, really. Incredibly powerful and amazing.

In love and light
Celina

Christmas? When Did That Happen?

I sort of skipped Christmas this year. My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary on December 7th (Thank You!) and did so in Walt Disney World. We were in Florida from the 4th to the 11th. We didn’t have anything done before we left and still didn’t have anything done for the holidays when we got back. No decorations up. No shopping done. No Christmas cards addressed. No holiday plans made. Nada. After getting back from the wonderful time in Florida I really didn’t want to rush around putting up decorations, addressing cards, and fighting crowds at the stores. Well, my husband got the tree up – pre-lit for our convenience – and we decided not to put ornaments on. OK, we did put on two ornaments – the two new ones we got in Florida. No cards went out and I realized that I had more presents stashed away than I thought,so I only had to venture to the store once. We did the holiday visiting thing, delivered our gifts, said “hello” to all the appropriate people and for the most part, I basically checked out of the Holiday Season.

I didn’t realize what I had been doing until I was doing a small ceremony at home for a fellow priestess who’s son had transitioned to Spirit on December 10th. I could not be with her physically as she held her ceremony so I held a ceremony at my home. It was just me, myself, and I and, of course, all those in Spirit. I held the ceremony for her son and my mom. My mom transitioned in February and, until that moment, I honestly did not realize how sad and hurt I was that she was not here. I did not realize that I was not dealing with those emotions. I was stuffing them down and ignoring all that they were saying to me. The ceremony allowed them to the surface and allowed me to face them, acknowledge them and embrace them as part my human experience. My heart cracked open a little wider. I became a little more aware. As a result, one of the aspirations I have set for this year is to be aware of my emotions and feeling.

There are reasons we do ceremonies and rituals. These practices anchor the Invisible World of Spirit into this physical, visible world. It allows the opening and expansion of the Truth that we might ignore in the hustle and bustle of our lives. Ceremonies and Rituals bring into our lives the mysteries and wonders of a World that is always in front of us and that we rarely take a look at. All the major religions of the world have Ceremonies and Rituals. They have Traditions to be honored and Wisdom to be acknowledged. However, these are no replacement for the Wisdom of your own Heart. I would invite you for the upcoming year, a year of changes, to step into your own ceremonies. Create your own path to Spirit. Whisper your own Prayers and Light your own Light. Make it part of your regular Spiritual practice to do rituals and ceremonies of your own design. Play your own part in anchoring the World of Spirit into this physical reality.

In love and light
Celina

Is Your Thinking Failing you?

Yet, your intellect will never grasp them, and if you try and practice them, you’ll fail. 

Verse #70 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.

Well, that’s a cheery thought. Thanks Lao-tzo.

Actually in the lines before this Lao-tzo stated that his teachings are easy to understand and to put into practice. What I think Lao-tzo is pointing out in this verse is that your intellect will never grasp his teaching. Your intellect will always want to explain, reason, find out why and dismiss that which is not logical. It does not like those things it can’t see and grasp immediately. Much of Lao-tzu’s teachings in the Tao Te Ching seems paradoxical to the logical mind. He teaches that there is no good and evil. They both come from the same source, therefore they are one. He teaches that there is no ending. There is only the return to source. Yet all we see and experience in the physical world seems to tell us differently than what he teaches. Our intellect understand what it experiences. To fully embrace the teaching of the Tao, you must release what your physical experiences say to you and what your intellect tells you the truth is. You must embrace what lies below that which is the Truth of the Oneness we all are. That we are all the Tao.

For me, this verse tells me to stop trying to wrap my brain around it. This verse says to me to feel into what the Truth is. It reminds me that the Way is easy. All I have to do is just be. The Way means to stay in the present moment. It means embracing the Now. It means feeling all that there is to feel and accepting it all as part of what this life is meant to be. The Way means to know that death is not the final stop for us. It is but another step in the return to Source. As long as I focus on the present moment and let the events of my life unfold without stressing or challenge that which occurs then I am beginning to put into practice the teaching of Lao-tzu. It will not be hard. It is our intellect that wants it to be hard and a struggle because if it was easy, then the intellect will have nothing to do. When you don’t have to figure anything out, then the intellect is no longer needed.

Do not worry about practicing these teaching. Do not worry about grasping their meaning. Spend your time just in being. Spend your time in meditation. Spend your time immersed in music, laughter and the sound of the rain. The more you do this the more these teaching will become integrated into your life. You will discover that as you read the Tao the words will feel right and you will not even have to think about it. You will know it. You will to be it.

In Love and Light

Celina

What Does It Mean to Compete?

Not that they don’t love to compete, but they do it in the spirit of play.

Verse #68 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu.

Have you ever played a game with someone and they are only concerned with winning? Have you ever played with someone who will do everything and anything to win? How about those people who gloat and gloat about their wins afterward? Do you know anyone like that? It doesn’t make playing a game very much fun does it? Unless of course you win and then rub their faces in it. Right? It is really satisfying when you pull a win from this type of person at the last minute, then you really rub it in their faces. Give them a taste of their own medicine. Of course we are all too nice of people to ever have done that! In the end, none of these things make a game enjoyable to play – for you or the other players. Is that what it means to compete – to only play so you can win and someone else lose? The word compete is defined as: to strive to outdo another foracknowledgment, a prize, supremacy, or profit; engage in a contest.I guess winning is outdoing all the others in the game and yet it doesn’t have to what is it all about.

The Tao speaks about completing in the spirit of play. If you are engaged in a game, especially the game of life, and all you are doing is thinking, planning, and scheming about how to win, and of how everyone else can lose, are you really doing it in the spirit of play? Play implies enjoyment for all involved. You might a thrill and a rush for your experience, and yet those around you probably are not having that same reaction. You can compete and go for the win and still have those around you enjoy the game. Enjoyment of the game is essential to have others play with you. After all, if it is always about crushing your opponent and everyone else, then soon no one else will play with you. You might enjoy that. However most people at the end of the game, at the end of their lives, are considered with the people in their life and not the wins in there life. If you are only surrounded by your wins then things can get pretty lonely. Go ahead and compete, and do so from the place of play. Have a good time and make sure others are also. The game is no fun if you are playing alone.

 

In Love and Light

Celina

Just Three Things to Teach

I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion.

Verse #67 from the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu

Only three things to teach? Lao Tzu is very verbose if he only has three things to teach. Interesting that one of them is simplicity! Patience and compassion are very well known. These things may not be put into practice very often in your life yet it is probably a good bet that you understand what they are. So I will explore simplicity and its lessons and principles. Since I think many of us would agree that the world today is any but simple.

You probably have a good idea of what simplicity is also. So do I and, as always do when I want clear on something. I start with a dictionary definition (those of you who are long time readers know this!). This time is no exception. Simplicity means the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do or the condition of being plain or natural. There, now we are all on the same page about what the definition of simplicity is. I don’t know if that clears up what Lao Tzu meant when he wrote “teach simplicity.” How do you teach simplicity? What does it means to incorporate simplicity into your life?

I know my life always seams to have thousands of things going on within it. There always seems to be something I “must” do or “should” do. If I don’t have enough things on my list, there are other people who are more than willing to add others. How in the world, with all the stuff I have going on and all the stuff I want to do, am I supposed to have simplicity? Well, I believe that simplicity as LaoTzu is referring to is not about the things you do, although that is part of it, so much as the way and mindset of you doing them.

Keep it simple. Have you heard that before? Focus on one thing at a time. Do one thing at a time. Solve problems in the simplest way available. Be concise and purposeful in your conversations. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Simple, right? Then you never have to remember who you told what. Be present in the moment. Accept things as they are and release judgments and preconceived notions. That is called the “natural” aspect of simplicity. Simple in thought – straight to the point, one thing at a time. Simple in action – do one things, do it well and do it for a clear purpose. Simple in life – live this moment now, to the best of your ability and let the rest go. Ahhhh, simplicity! A breath of fresh air.

 

In Love and Light

Celina

What Are You Not Seeing?

“Because my eyes are not yet accustomed to the desert” the boy said. “I can see things that eyes habituated to the desert might not see.” from The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

 

In college, and later when I was working as a graphic designer, the hard and fast rule was “Never proof your own stuff.” That was the rule. It was something that people understood instinctively. Most people realized that any work that you created was nearly impossible to look at objectively. You were just too close to the piece. That’s why critics were done in art classes and you always had someone look over your work before submitting. When you look at something enough, you see what you think is there instead of what might really be there. Have you seen something that has been right in front of you for years and said “I never realized that was there”? That’s because you weren’t looking for it. I’m sure that happens to all of us at one point or another.

Many times it takes someone else to show us something new in our lives and maybe it’s something that’s been there all along. Many times when that happens we feel silly or stupid. Don’t feel that way. It is part of being human. Our brain filters information that it thinks is relevant and throws out the rest. If you don’t think it’s important, then it’s not and all information regarding it is disregarded. When I create a piece of art, I have an image in my head of what I think it should be and that factors into what I see. If you don’t have another person to look at it for you, the trick is to look at it in a mirror. The flaws you could not see before become very visible with this new perspective.

The key to seeing what is there and not what you think is there is getting a different view. It is about changing perspective. It’s about allowing the new information to come into your awareness. A great practice to support in this is trying different routes to the places you always go. Another way is to have conversation with new people and listen to their points of view without judging them. Spend the time listening instead of talking. Read books that are not your “type”, try some new food, or go to a movie you would not normally see. These are all great ways to begin a habit of allowing in new perspectives, new views, and new information.

 

In Love and Light

Celina