Arcturian Group Message – 9/23/18

from onenessofall.com

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Dear readers, welcome to these times in which the birthing of a new consciousness both personally and globally is taking place. You are ready. It is time.

You have paid your dues in preparation and were aware that a great deal of chaos would be taking place, yet you chose to come because you wanted to be here and be a part of it. Many others wanted to be on earth as well but were deemed not sufficiently prepared for the shift of consciousness now taking place.

You came into this lifetime with the intention of completing anything unfinished from other lifetimes and tie up loose ends with regard to people and belief systems. Completing something left unfinished from another lifetime is often the reason two people marry only to discover that they have nothing in common. Relationships of this sort frequently represent the pre-birth intention of one or both to bring closure and resolution to something unresolved involving the person who is now the partner or others in the family group.

When an individual feels spiritually prepared, he/she often chooses to be born into a family or situation that is enmeshed in the particular belief system or issue that he feels ready to clear from himself. By doing this, the energy of the issue that he still carries (strict religious beliefs, male domination, abuse,etc. ) is reactivated, and the person once again finds themselves a part of the particular negative pattern.

However, now, having attained a higher level of awareness, he/she is able to see it from a new level, rise beyond it, clear it from cellular memory, and once and for all be free of something that may very well have plagued him/her through lifetimes. When some negative energetic situation that has been carried through family lineage for lifetimes is finally healed and dissolved in this higher way rather than just humanly repressing it, the lineage is broken and descendents will no longer inherit it.

The particular issue or belief system can no longer exist in his/her experience because his/her awakened consciousness no longer holds the substance from which the issue was formed in the first place and so is no longer being created. This is why the best people to help others with some particular problem, are those who have been through and risen above that same problem. It is not unusual for an evolved soul to choose to experience and then rise above some three dimensional issue such as alcoholism in order to serve as a light for others.

Remaining stored cellular memory from intense experiences of both good and bad are and have been clearing from your energy field for some time. A great deal of clearing takes place as you sleep and is often reflected in dreams. Some energy clearings manifest physically as unexpected aches or pains which can be intense and traumatic if the person is unaware of what is happening. Clearings of this sort usually just fade away (some more quickly than others) as their frequencies shift to new and higher levels.

You knew and were prepared to do the required inner work before incarnating–work that would enable you to add the Light of your awakened consciousness to the universal three dimensional consciousness that holds mankind in bondage. Never doubt that you knew what you needed to do before coming and that you were also aware that some of it would be difficult.

Experiences judged to be failures according to third dimensional thinking are more often than not graduations for the serious student of truth–experiences that are necessary in order to better recognize some false concept or belief they may still hold. Consider any so called “failures” to be simply notches on your awareness belt.

If you are living the truth, then you are doing the work dear ones. Trust that you are right where you are supposed to be and that everything is proceeding according to plan because you as humans are not really running the show. Try not to despair or fall back into the hypnotism of three dimensional appearances, becoming enmeshed in the games of duality and separation that are being played out at this time even if those around you say you must be more practical. (According to their belief system) .

The real essence of every individual regardless of appearances, is and can only ever be Divine Consciousness because that is all there is. Those who do not yet know this live their lives according to the false concepts and beliefs that make up third dimensional consciousness. Your job is to silently acknowledge the reality behind all appearances at all times and in all circumstances. A consciousness imbued with truth can actually shift another out of their illusions if the other is receptive. This is Light work.

ONE WITH GOD IS A MAJORITY

Many still think of Light workers as being only those who channel, are active in one or more healing modalities, or teach classes of spirituality, etc. Light work is nothing more than living out from (be-ing) your highest awareness of truth in each and every mundane and seemingly ordinary activity of the day.

You are a Light worker when you silently and secretly acknowledge the Divine nature of the person serving your table at lunch, the person collecting your garbage, and your child’s teacher, as well as the CEO of some large and possibly corrupt corporation or your nosy neighbor. No one is more Divine than another in spite of appearances to the contrary, some are simply more awake than others. It is folly and separation at its finest to worship some person from the past or present simply because they know and live realities that are fully present within all.

Like it or not, you become a Lightworker the moment you awaken to truth and cannot go back to the seemingly more easy life you think you had when spiritually asleep. The Genie of awareness can never be put back in the bottle although many try when life becomes difficult. Have you ever attempted to once again be the old you, the one you were when you simply believed what you were told and had many like minded companions only to have an annoying little inner voice say; “You damn fool.”?

Everyone chooses to live on earth in three dimensional energy in order to gain wisdom and eventually remember their Divine nature through experiences of duality and separation. In order to do this, an individual must experience all facets of third dimensional living–being male, being female, being a warrior, being a king, being beggar, being black,white, red, brown, being homosexual, being heterosexual, being smart, being dumb etc. etc.

The retarded person you feel sorry for may very well have chosen the experience and is not atoning for anything done in the past, as many believe. Experiencing a mentally handicapped life may well have been on the soul’s “bucket list” so to speak. Difficult lives are planned before incarnation with the help of Guides and input from those around the person who will be affected as well because they too will learn and evolve from the experience of being the parent, sibling, teacher, caregiver, etc.)

Never categorize a person or situation because the reality behind appearances can never be fathomed. Even the most intelligent human mind is by itself very limited. There are the accumulated energies of hundreds of lifetimes and interactions playing out in most all human situations, much more than can ever be analyzed with three dimensional thinking.

It is difficult not to judge and become angry as the darker side of humanity continues to be exposed. These times are especially problematic for those who have believed in and relied on falsehoods promoted by ignorant and un-awakened governments, religions, experts, friends, and family. At this time, the world of illusion is collapsing for many and they believe they have no where to go.

Lightworkers do not ignore world problems nor does it mean they cannot assist those who find themselves floundering in the midst of their collapsing belief system. Rather, this is where and when Lightworkers silently, secretly, and sacredly do the work. Often the action of simply throwing out a tiny seed of truth, nothing more, along with love and gentle support, will serve to open a tiny crack that allows the suffering one to begin seeing life on a higher level. Some will plant the seed they have been given and others will not, but that is not your concern.

Learn to live as an observer in these chaotic times, simply doing whatever it is you do from a level of consciousness that has learned to be detached from outcomes and does not give the power of spiritual reality to appearances.

At this point you are aware that there is no death and that three dimensional situations can only exist as long as they are energetically fed. The material world you see and experience with your physical senses is in reality, the very real spiritual world being interpreted and viewed through the limited awareness of a third dimensional consciousness that consists of concepts and beliefs in duality and separation.

Man, as an expression of the one and only Power and Reality, is a creator. What are you choosing to create? We have brought this up many times, but it must be reiterated because many, even some considered to be spiritually awake, believe themselves to be at the mercy of outside people, places, and things, and until they allow the truth they know to become their attained state of consciousness, they will be.

Lower, denser, and heavier frequencies are unable to align with and enter into Light. Your defense and shield is always your enlightened consciousness. Trust your intuition always, and know that we are not saying that you can walk down some dark alley in an unsafe part of town with only an intellectual knowledge of this truth and expect no harm to come. We are saying that your state of consciousness appears outwardly as form.

Never doubt that you bring your state of consciousness with you wherever you go because it is you. Entering a convent or monastery, or moving to another state or home simply to avoid some unpleasant situation will not eliminate the experiences. They may take a different form, but if the energy of them is still present, it will manifest. Consciousness always expresses itself.

Learn to be the consciousness you are (I AM) rather than just bearing witness to it outside of yourself (separation).

As you live each day from your highest level of awareness, more will be given. Truth flows energetically and increases as you allow what you already have to flow out. Consciousness can not exist as empty space, and the truth you live and allow to flow out immediately fills in with more. Truth is infinite.

All third dimensional situations are temporary and many of you have reached a readiness to leave behind the things that may be holding you in bondage to something finished. You are ready to be free.

It is time.

We are the Arcturian Group 9/23/18

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Ann & the Angels – Melting into God… (9.15.2018)

from Ann Albers

[Hi Everyone – For over 17 years I’ve channeled angel messages. This one is different. I was sitting in a comfy chair late at night, fingers on the keyboard, waiting for the angels, when this came through. I’ll describe the experience in my message this week. For now breathe and ask to feel the beauty of the Presence sharing these words…]

I am the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. I am the seen and the unseen, the manifest and that waiting be born. I am all that is was, and ever shall be. I live in you and you live in me. I am one with you, one with creation, one with all that lives and breathes, and all that has yet to be imagined. I am never away from you. You are never without me. We are One Love, incarnate in many forms, and dreaming many possibilities.

Look into your own eyes and witness me there. Feel my heart beating in your very own pulse. Feel my rhythms in your breath and in the ocean tides, and in the cycles of day and night, and turning of the seasons.

Allow me to rise up within you and I will bring you to life as never before. Sit with me, breathe, relax into my vast, infinite being where you will come to know your true nature and magnificence, for you are anything but small, anything but insignificant. You are nothing less that the Presence and embodiment of my love in physical form. What you see when you look into the mirror, and who you think you are as an individual, is only a tiny refection of the immensity of our collective Being.

Relax. I can easily guide you towards those other aspects of myself who can help and assist you. Relax. I know your needs. They are just a dream waiting to be dreamt. I dream for you in every moment, all you want and all you can imagine. I dream for you a life filled with love in all ways. I dream for all the beings that incarnate to experience our collective wonder to know themselves as love, feel my love, feel the love that we are all as One.

As you dream of possible realities, you expand our collective being. As you live fully we all feel the richness of your being as waves of your joyous energy ripple into the sea of the One love that we are. We are inseparable, infinite love. You are not a part of me, you are an expression of my love, one with me, one with all that is… You are the ocean masquerading as a wave.

Relax. Rest in the infinite Sea of Love that you are. Sit comfortably. Shut your eyes and allow yourself to fall back into my ever-present embrace as a wave relaxes back into the ocean, knowing it will be carried towards its desires and rise up again, powered by the One who Sources it.

I love you dear embodiments of my Love. I am One with You. You are One with me. You are anything but small. You are unique, precious, amazing, beautiful expressions of the infinite. You need never worry. You only need to relax, and allow my love to pour into your heart, your mind, your body, and your being. Then your lives will become a dance of Divine love with other souls who have come to know their true nature as well.

– I AM, the depth of your very being.

Message from Ann…
Messages from Ann
Hi Everyone,

I sat in a comfy chair late one night to channel this newsletter. I breathed, relaxed and opened my heart to the angels as I do every week. Something felt different. I saw a discussion going on with the angels. As if an agreement had been reached I heard and Archangel Michael come in. He started to channel a newsletter, and I completely surrendered, more so than usual, perhaps because it was so late and I was tired. As I let go, I heard him say, “Wait! Let’s do this instead…” Somehow my state of surrender was allowing for change.

I started to spin,as if I was spiraling up and out of my body. I felt simultaneously as if I was sinking backward into a vast womb-like space that embraced me with the sweetest love. I felt myself melt into the Infinite as an energy field reaching out without end. Floating, expanded, suspended in love, I felt the vast presence of the Divine take over my body and arms and begin to type. I was both Ann and so much more. I felt like part of everything. I felt my body burning with a heat that felt like fire. I surrendered into this, relaxing into love and although I knew my fingers were typing, I almost felt asleep.

After what felt like eons, I found myself sinking back into my body and an awareness of myself as Ann once again. I opened my eyes, a bit surprised by the room around me. It looked like a movie set compared to the reality I had just experienced. I was still on fired with God heat, still spinning, and amazed to find very little time had passed.

These experiences are happening with greater frequency as of late. For the sake of my own sanity and so that I can remain a strong light for others, I’ve been sitting more often, breathing, receiving love… and in that space, all sorts of amazing things can happen.

Sometimes I pass out and wake up hours later, not sure where I am. Sometimes I just feel nice and relaxed. Sometimes I get answers to problems or instructions that I know will benefit all involved. I’m not trying to meditate. I never really have done that consistently. I am just, as the angels say, sitting, breathing, and receiving. Sometimes I feel sometimes they expand with me into the Infinite love that we all are…

There is no problem too large, small, simple, or complex for this power to solve. I rarely attempt to solve anything on my own unless I know clearly what to do. If I know what to do, I do it. If not I sit, breathe, receive, and relax knowing the answers will come in perfect timing. I allow this Presence of love to rise up within me and guide me.

Sometimes that presence comes as the very relatable angels who are pure expressions of the Divine that take a beautiful, personal form to make us feel more comfortable relating to infinite love. Sometimes this presence “dials direct” and I simply move or speak without even knowing why I am doing so. It doesn’t matter. The angels know they’re one with God’s love. They can help us feel that unity as well. The more we do, the more easily answers to life’s challenges appear in our own minds and hearts.

There is no easier way to change your life than to regularly and deliberately allow the Love of the Divine to flow into your mind, heart, body, and soul…


Here are few ways you can start to connect more deeply:

1. Sit. Breathe. Receive

The angels have asked me to share this so many times because it is the simplest way to connect. They want to help us. The more you sit, breathe, and receive, the more you relax. The more you relax, the more you surrender control. The more you surrender control, the more love can flow into your body, mind, heart, soul, and life.

Think of your body, for example. If you tighten a fits too long, the blood cannot easily circulate. Your fingers won’t move easily when you open the fist. As you breathe and relax, circulation returns. You can move again. You can lift things. We gain strength through our very surrender to love.

While meditation is the most obvious way to connect, sit/breathe/receive is the easiest.

2. Relax into the Ocean of Love

Imagine that we are always looking outward to see who or what can assist us. We can only see so far. We only know so much or so many… Inside of us however, lies every conceivable solution.

Imagine you are a wave on an ocean of light. You have been trying to rise and move on your own and you are tired. Relax. Allow yourself to fall back into the vast sea of white light that embraces you. Sink into it. Expand into it. Feel its powerful currents carrying you, lifting you, exalting you… Enjoy this mini-meditation of being a wave, surrendering to the ocean moving you… until you feel completely at peace.

When you are at peace, ask a simple question. “What next?” Trust the answer or feeling or impulse that you receive. 

3. Ask to see yourself through God’s eyes

Sit with a sincere intention to see yourself through God’s eyes. Breathe slowly and gently until you are relaxed. Imagine you are floating above your body, merging with the angels and the Divine. Imagine that you are looking at your own body, your own personality through the eyes of pure love. Send him or her compassion. See everything about you through a filter of love. Mm. Feels pretty amazing.


I never know what might happen when I sit to channel these newsletters. I hope you enjoyed this one even though it is very different than usual. Enjoy relaxing into the Divine regularly and bit by bit you’ll start to feel this loving Presence throughout your life and affecting everything in a wonderful way.

If I can feel this connection often – someone who didn’t know a thing outside traditional beliefs until her late twenties, who was stubborn, a control freak, a skeptic, and has never meditated consistently – I know you can too! It doesn’t take luck, just perseverance and a willingness to surrender to love, little by little by little 🙂

Love you all!
Ann

Arcturian Group Message 9/9/18

from onenessofall.com

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SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

Greetings from the Arcturian Group. We are a collective of evolved Arcturian Beings of Light who have chosen to work with the people of earth at this powerful time of ascension energy by assisting all ready and willing to move beyond the third dimension and into a consciousness that no longer embraces duality and separation.

We are love and easily observe the innate purity of each of you. Our work is to assist you to understand and accept that you too are Beings of Light but have forgotten. You may call upon us when ever you wish for you are part of the Arcturian Group collective consciousness. We are not here for one person alone but for anyone seeking enlightenment. This is our work, our joy, and our mission of Love.

It is time to fully open to deeper awareness and really see dear ones, to observe and translate beyond the plethora of situations that so many struggle with on a day to day basis. Many, even those awake to truth find themselves in the midst of physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual turmoils leaving them in doubt, confusion, and sorrow.

The world as you have known it is a material concept of the real world. The real world is a spiritual Idea within the mind of God. The material world that seems so real, the the interpretation of a consensus consciousness enmeshed in beliefs of duality and separation. A tree is not as you see it with human eyes, but in its true form is a beautiful, living, body of Light which is true of all living things.

The material sense of earth will change as the false beliefs that formed it begin to dissolve. It can never return to what it was in spite of efforts by those attempting to make this happen because the substance of it is different.

People are beginning to honor and appreciate all life forms and are finally giving serious thought to cleaning and protecting the earth because they are starting to understand Oneness–that what they do to others and to Gaia, they do to themselves. Humans are the only species that defiles its own nest.

Those who do not yet know that they are spiritual beings (consciousness and not just a human body), are experiencing varying degrees of panic at this time as they observe their reality (the right way of things) fall apart. Because of this, some are acting out through violent and thoughtless reactions in a useless effort to keep the status quo.

Because people build their lives around their attained state of consciousness, their personal “security rug” gets pulled out from under them when change happens, either personal or world wide. Some love seeing the “bigger picture” while others panic. This can happen when a spiritual shift takes place as well.

Awakening to a new level of awareness happens when the individual is spiritually ready, and not when he/she thinks they are ready. This is why many rites, rituals, and activities promoted to shift someone spiritually are really quite useless. Trust that your Higher Self knows what you are ready for and when you are ready for it.

Shifts in consciousness can feel like and often are thought of as being a personal failure because they often result in the collapse of one or more parts of one’s life that were created out of a past state of consciousness. Always remember that nothing real can ever dissolve, only concepts entertained about something can disappear. If something in your life is a spiritual reality meant to be there, it will reappear in higher and better forms as your consciousness (the substance of it) evolves.

In reality these experiences are graduations, events necessary to force someone out of their comfort zone. Without these “wake up calls” many would continue to simply stagnate in the illusions of material sense because it would be all they were aware of.

With time, every soul moves beyond the need for difficult experiences (wake up calls) in order to learn and grow because they spiritually reach a point where they can access and be taught from the ever present Divine Source of everything within.

Recall the most devastating event in your life. Did it leave you in the same place you were before? Did it make you more compassionate toward those with similar issues, or did you become resentful and angry? Outer experiences always reflect one’s belief system and can be impersonal (formed out of consensus world consciousness) or personal (reflections of one’s personal belief system). Energy always aligns with like energy.

Being expressions of the ONE Divine Creator, makes each soul a creator as well. Experiences, no matter how seemingly painful or useless to material sense, serve to teach the evolving soul what it needs to learn through its own creations. Unaware of the vast fount of information sleeping within them, newly awakening souls are usually only able to learn through their painful and difficult creations.

Some evolved beings choose to be a part of a disaster situation in order to assist others and add their Light but are usually not consciously aware of having made this inner choice. No one is ever punished for past indiscretions as many still believe. Karma is simply the balancing of energy created by the person involved–alignment of energies–the soul experiencing its own creations so to speak.

Revenge, retribution, and punishment are human concepts that never have and never will be qualities of Divine Consciousness. Every spiritual idea embodied in Divine Consciousness (abundance, harmony, wholeness, intelligence, joy, peace, etc. etc. ) is held in place as LAW which no individual could ever fix, heal, or change. Ponder this truth with respect to disease, lack, and other three dimensional issues.

The third dimensional belief system considers uncomfortable physical, emotional, or mental experiences to be “bad” and in need of solutions and preventative measures. Some practical three dimensional advice for making life easier is perfectly fine and necessary for everyone, but the the problem with most “solutions” is that as a whole, the professionals involved do not yet understand the bigger picture, and no matter how well intended, their solutions often serve to add more power to and thus prolong some situation.

Most healing professionals do not yet understand that a person is not just physical, but has an emotional, mental, and spiritual body as well. As a result, “treatments” (often simply chemicals that serve to cover up an issue and block the person’s clearing of it ) only lop off an offending branch and do nothing for the root.

Many highly evolved souls are now entering the healing professions and they come armed with a consciousness that recalls powerful ancient healing techniques as well as a realization of the inate Divinity of every person who comes to them. Many of today’s treatments and beliefs about health and disease will soon be considered obsolete.

You are so much more than than you have been lead to believe and this is how we see you. Never ever forget that you are a Divine Being, an actual facet or expression of God on earth experiencing a sense of separation that is teaching and leading you to remembering who you are. Self love is imperative to spiritual advancement for you remain locked in the third dimension as long as you believe yourself to be separate from Source or unworthy in any way.

Many, even some who are very evolved, have gotten trapped in the ever so real illusions of duality and separation, and have become like stone statues holding one pose forever–lifetime after lifetime. At this time, right now on earth, intense high frequency energy is pouring to earth and available to assist anyone receptive to it. These powerful evolutionary energies of Light are breaking apart the stone consciousness of a sleeping world through what seem to be disasters.

You who read these messages are no longer of this dense energy or you would not have found the messages (alignment) and they would make no sense to you. However, many of you still struggle when you begin to realize that you are no longer in alignment with many cherished beliefs and concepts– some of which have served as bonds within family, friends, and activities.

It is at this point that the spiritual road can become a lonely one, especially in the beginning. The awakening student of truth often finds himself with no friends with whom he can share, no longer having anything in common with many of his old companions. If this happens, never believe that you have somehow failed or that living the spiritual life means you must live a lonely life.

Gradually your consciousness will automatically and without conscious thought, draw to you those you are in alignment with as well as some who are ready to learn from your level of awareness.

This does not mean leaving behind everyone who does not believe as you do, (or favorite foods and activities). Rather it simply means that as you evolve to new levels of awareness you automatically move out of alignment with many familiar things and may no longer desire to engage in them as you once did. This is not a good thing or bad one, it simply is.

Divine Consciousness which is your true Consciousness (for there is only ONE consciousness), is a law onto ITself being the one and only Power there is. IT is not a power over something, for nothing exists for it to be power over. It simply and infinitely is the only Power.

Remind yourself in every waking moment and in every situation; “My consciousness” (not the human conditioned consciousness, but my real SELF) “is a law of abundance, wholeness, harmony, peace, etc. governing everything in my experience.” The realization of this truth will gradually begin to manifest as more harmony in every ordinary aspect of your life.

Many are choosing to leave at this time (not consciously) knowing that they can be of better and higher service from the other side so do not be overly sad or concerned when a loved one chooses to leave. Remember there is no such thing as death–how could an infinte God die?

When a person chooses (yes, chooses) to go home, he is met with celebration. Friends, family, and Guides are there to greet him often saying; “Oh, are you back already?” Overly mourning a loved one by building shrines or constantly talking about them only serves to hold the loved one in earth energy and away from moving on in their own spiritual growth journey. A healthy period of mourning by those left behind is normal. We refer to situations where it is excessive.

When death is understood as “going home” by the majority, it will no longer be feared and resisted but will be seen as the personal choice of someone who knows their work is finished. Some serve and learn here, while others serve and learn from the other side. You are actually more real on the other side than on earth.

All is one, all is perfect, and all is love for there is nothing else.

We are the Arcturian Group 9/9/18

The Wings That Fly Us Home

The Wings That Fly Us Home

Contemplations of a Modern Mystic

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“The Wings That Fly Us Home” by John Denver and Joe Henry. A song of inspiration, love and hope. The link below will lead you to it. John explains at the beginning of the video how this song came about.

The Wings That Fly Us Home

After my last post earlier today, I laid down to take a bit of a nap.  After I awoke, I really didn’t know what to do, so I was playing a game on my computer.  While playing the game a song came to mind written by the late John Denver and his friend Joe Henry. It felt related to what I wrote earlier.  It is a song that has inspired and guided me at times for many years. It often comes to mind when I feel a little down or just uncertain. It always lifts me up and helps me to refocus on what…

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You’re a Beacon, Not a Leader

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Welcome to Brenda's Blog

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Summary of Brenda’s July 14, 2018, channeled 15-minute “Creation Energies” show at BlogTalkRadio.com/brenda-hoffman:   Your outer world will be even more chaotic the next two months. And because those just starting their journey won’t understand the energies, they will try to draw you into their fears. Your role is to be the pillar of knowingness they can latch onto if they wish. Or they can wallow in their fear. If you fall into their fear, the energies blasting through now will make it difficult for you to recuperate without illness or a great deal of rest.

“Naysayers Everywhere” is the title of last week’s “Brenda’s Blog” – her weekly channeled blog for LifeTapestryCreations.com.

Brenda’s “Creation Energies” show and “Brenda’s Blog” contain different channeled information.

Dear Ones,

We propose a challenge for you. Even though our challenge is quite simple, you will likely worry…

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THERE ARE NO ‘DESTRUCTIVE EMOTIONS’ (ONLY DESTRUCTIVE REACTIONS) by Jeff Foster

[I love this…I do wonder what he would say about ‘chronic’ emotions…???]

There are no ‘destructive emotions’, just as there are no ‘destructive thoughts’.

Emotions – sadness, fear, anger, joy, excitement, disgust – are simply energies in the body. Thoughts are just thoughts in the mind. What causes ‘destruction’ and violence is not thoughts and feelings themselves, for they are always neutral and natural energies in us, but our automatic and habitual REACTIONS to those thoughts and feelings, our defences around them, the ways we go to war with them, deny them, numb ourselves to them, act them out in harmful ways, even attacking others (or ourselves) in our search for peace and relief from them.

Fear and anger can be incredibly uncomfortable energies, of course! The tightness in the belly or chest, the raging heartbeat, the heat, the dizziness, the confusion, the nausea….

If we look with an honest awareness, there’s a part of us that doesn’t’ WANT to be having this experience, doesn’t want the intensity, the fire, the discomfort, the aliveness, and wants to blame someone or something for the way we feel. We were never taught how to meet this discomfort in the body, stay with it, breathe into it. We feel an impulse – to run or to fight, to escape, to attack someone, to get out of our bodies. We feel the urge to lash out, to call someone names, to punch, to try and hurt them as much as possible. This is our reaction to the feeling, NOT the feeling itself. The feeling is just a feeling. Our reaction is our reaction. We must disentangle the two. Drench them both with understanding…

This is where meditation comes in. We can slow right down now. Breathe. Feel our feet on the ground. Notice all the intense sensations in our bodies – the fluttering, the pounding, the vibrations, the heat, the sharpness, the tensions, the pressure. We can bring awareness to all the pictures and voices in our minds too, the fantasy movie we are playing out, the internal screaming, thoughts about past and future, thoughts about hurting someone, breaking something, lashing out, running away, destroying the world or destroying ourselves. We can see that these are all images, pictures, not reality.

We can begin, moment by moment, to ALLOW all our thoughts and sensations to be here. Breathe into them. Drench them with fascination. They will not harm us, or anyone, as we allow them. This is a very private, internal experience…

We can interrupt our habitual ‘reaction’ to feelings by slowing right down and actually becoming curious about the reactive part of us, the part that wants to lash out. We can bring great compassion and understanding to that destructive impulse – without having to act on it. And without numbing it. Seeing it as just a lost and lonely part of us. An innocent child, looking for help. Something in us, seeking relief.

If we feel guilt or shame over having ‘negative’ thoughts and feelings, we can notice and allow that too.

We can now respond from presence rather than react from our programming. We can acknowledge, in presence, that we feel afraid, or that we feel angry, yes, and that we also feel the impulse or urge to get out of our bodies, to attack, to blame, to hurt ourselves or others. We can see these possibilities but we don’t have to act them out. Just see them with non-judgmental eyes.

Fear and anger are not destructive in themselves – but we must really LOOK to know this. We must untangle the natural feeling from our resistance to, or our conditioned reaction to, the feeling. We must drench our physical sensations with loving awareness, and shine a compassionate light on the mind too. So we are no longer a slave to our reactions.

Bringing into awareness an old and deeply ingrained pattern, we can now choose something entirely new: a deep commitment to our feelings and our bodies in the present moment, a profound compassion for the frightened or angry one inside of us, and inside every human being. And from presence, we can say to ourselves, or to a friend, “I feel afraid” or “I feel angry”. And we can tell our story, share our vulnerability, owning our own thoughts and feelings, even if they are fiery and raw.

There are no “destructive emotions” – only our emotions, and then our impulse to destroy them, or destroy others in our search for relief from them.

What if we can actually find relief – and even peace – at the core of the intensity of our emotions?

Peace at the heart of fear? Calm at the core of anger? Great joy at the centre of sorrow?

If we actually allow ourselves to feel, to lean into the scary and fiery feelings, to breathe into our bellies and chests and throats, to soften into the moment and allow all thoughts in our minds, we may find gold.

– Jeff Foster