New World

alien landscape with man on the beach

The time has come –
Once a whisper, now a battle cry
A wail in the deep soul of man;
The time for change,
A shift from fear to love,
To the lifeblood which fuels not one
But all

No longer can fear sustain
Or right the ways
Perpetrated for centuries and lifetimes,
Pain carried like a cross
Beating down on each next generation;
These days have past
And love has reared its pink-hued head,
A tipping point on the brink
And the tides are turning

Chaos embroiled with daily living
The disorder of change in our eyes
The sand in the glass raining down
On those who will not transcend
Swallowed whole, yet not before
Taking down with them incidental passers-by,
Their stillness an easy target,
Those who stake a flag may fall as well
Yet their sacrifice paves the way
For me and you

Where do you fall?
Where do you land?
In this new world,
Where do you stand?
In this new world order,
Everyone must make a choice
Complacency can no longer rule the day
Nor fear obstruct our way

©SpiritLed 2016

Alive

Shadow of Lady of Justice and light of God

People are alive,
Exploding from nothingness
Into awakening of senses,
Angry, restless, urging to step out
Make their presence known in this changing world

Where do we fit in?

How do we carry the light of justice and truth
Without getting burned in our own flame?

The sign of backlash is inevitable
In a world so full of passion,
So full of hunger for a new existence
Truth no longer gets us hanged or drowned,
Yet it still takes years sometimes to set us free

And so that freedom we seek
Must come from within,
Chains may hold our bodies
But nothing except lies and fear
May constrain the soul

©SpiritLed 2016

Standing at the Edge

silhouette of lone woman facing a giant powerful wave in black a

Standing at the edge
I feel the familiar fear of movement,
The sting of failure,
The desire to lie low instead of being seen,
To run to the safety of the life I’ve always known

The softest path is well-worn
And rarely brings me to this place,
Yet on this darkest night
Here I find myself again at the crossroads
Of continued passage along the familiar
And this steep and jagged ledge

Stepping out has risks
And implications unseen
The edge has no railing
And the crevasse below seems bottomless,
With darkness as far as eyes can see,
No way to tell how far I’d fall
Or if I’d ever rise again

Standing at the edge
I know my chances of survival are greater
Unless simply surviving means missing out
Unless my own survival isn’t even the goal

Standing at the edge
There below me in the dark
The spirits of my ancestors beckon,
I feel the brush of angels’ wings
And a voice deep inside whispers,
“You won’t have this chance again.”

And so I take deep breaths
A few stumbling steps backwards
Raise my arms to the night sky
And take a running leap

©SpiritLed 2016
www.aspiritledlife.org

 

What If?

Red heart in a tree trunk on the beach.. Love symbol. Red against black and white

What if the only way to be free
Is to give up all we’ve ever known,
To turn our backs on that which
Has painfully brought us to this place
All the lies we brought inside
And raised like bitter children
Never letting them see the light of day
For fear their faces would be too much to bear

All the stories told late at night
Embedded in our minds
Like hand prints in fresh concrete
First told when only the wind howled in our empty souls
Hands cold from clutching at a heart
Already too far down the path to be constrained

What if we had to admit
That it was all a fallacy,
That grief can’t keep us grounded
And fear won’t make us whole,
That it’s only in receiving
That we’re able to give,
And it’s only in faith
That our hearts open to love?

©SpiritLed 2016

www.aspiritledlife.org

How to Trust Your Inner Guidance and Start to Heal

Woman with third eye, psychic supernatural senses

Throughout our lives, we make a lot of choices.  Some work out, some don’t.  Over time, as we look back and reflect, we often see our mistakes as some kind of internal flaw, an obvious defect that, had it been corrected much earlier, would have changed the course of our lives.  This thinking leads to a deep lack of trust – in people, in situations, and most especially in ourselves.

When we feel we can’t be trusted to make the best decisions for our own lives, it jars our belief in ourselves as a person.  We feel unworthy and in need of someone or something outside of us to help guide and direct us.  We start to give up our power, our direction, our belief that we can take care of ourselves in the best way.

Sometimes, this trust is broken by an external event.  Our children leave home and need us less, leaving us feeling empty and unsure of what to do next.  Our spouse makes the decision to move on without us.  We face a traumatic loss that causes us to question everything.  No matter our great choices, life is now different and our trust in the patterns and expectations of life are shattered.

Grief, anger, fear, shame, and sadness are all emotional results of loss of trust.  When we lose trust in ourselves, we grieve this loss.  We carry a sadness that can be masked and avoided by busyness yet still lurks below the surface. We feel shame that we made these choices or allowed these things to happen to us, even when we didn’t actually have that kind of control.  We get angry at the unfairness of it all, yet retreat back to our corners in fear that one more wrong choice will create more pain.

I remember the day someone told me I carried a great sadness.  I was shocked.  I didn’t feel sad.  What did I even have to be sad about?  Then I started observing myself more closely, especially in the quiet times when I was alone.  I recall sitting in my car one morning during my commute and feeling the heavy weight of sadness like someone had draped a wet blanket over me.  It was both nauseating and suffocating.

Had I always been this sad?  How could I have avoided feeling this for so long?

It wasn’t until I started to allow more stillness into my life and to peel back the layers of blame for choices that didn’t turn out like I’d hope – so many not even my own – that I started to release the sadness, grief, anger, shame, and fear.

In my personal work and work with others, I’ve realized that much of our avoidance of issues comes from overthinking to the point that we drown out our inner guidance.  Our inner guidance tells us that we ARE worthy, we ARE to be trusted, we DO make good choices for ourselves, and we CAN’T control other people or take the blame for their choices, even if they affect us.  Yet, to get to that place, we have to sit through the voices the yell the opposite.  We have to be still long enough to tell those voices to be quiet, so we can hear the real truth within.   And it’s difficult.  One of the most difficult things we will ever do is to confront those voices that steer us away from our inner guidance and truth.  It’s also one of the most uplifting and healing.

I offer you a few techniques that have helped me and other women who’ve reached that place where they’re ready for radical change.  That place where the risk of staying put and accepting the lack of trust is no longer worth the painful side effects.  That point in time where something inside stirs and whispers, “enough is enough.”

  • Notice how you feel in your body – We often get stuck in that place of thinking too much and not allowing ourselves to be—be quiet, be sad, be grief-stricken, be us.  There are some recognizable signs that we’re in that place.  We feel stress, worry, and doubt.  We don’t know how to move forward or make a decision.  We feel “buzzy” or heavy energy around our heads, heart, and/or belly.  When we recognize these are signs of being stuck, of now allowing trust in our inner guidance, we can find a safe, quiet place to be still and work through it.
  • Be still and allow– As much as the idea of getting really quiet with your own thoughts may sound frightening, it’s a necessary step.  You have to allow yourself the space to get past all the loud thoughts so you can get to the quiet ones.  This may take time, if you’re not used to it.  Start with just a few minutes a few days a week and build up.  You didn’t reach this place overnight; you don’t have to unravel it overnight either.
  • Drop down – When we’re overthinking, we’re in our heads.  That’s why we feel lots of energy there.  However, inner guidance comes from the heart or the gut.  When you want guidance but can’t seem to quiet your thoughts, focus your attention on your heart space.  Imagine a beautiful, healing pink bubble of light situated right in front of your heart, glowing with peace and calm.  Keep focusing on the bubble until your breathing slows naturally and your racing thoughts begin to clear.  Return to the bubble as often as necessary.

If you’re at a point in your life where you’re feeling the weight of sadness, grief, anger, shame, or fear affecting you and you’re ready to do something about it, I stand with you on your journey, and I summon for you the collective energy of all the women before you who have taken this step.

Trust that you are worthy.  Trust that you are enough.  Trust that the healing can begin.  And if you need one-on-one support, feel free to reach out to me.

Love and light,
Ashley

P.S. Click HERE to learn more about the healing work I do.

 

 

 

Daily Bliss – June 14

The Angels want us to know that time is of the essence for us to open our hearts to love. It doesn’t have to be this way, this hate and fear. Love can be the way….love IS the way.

Daily Bliss – June 14