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Welcome to Episode 64 of Mystic Musings with Tobie Hewitt. This week we will consider Release as we continue our mystic journey.
The process of being made aware of the message for these episodes involves asking Spirit for guidance and allowing that message to manifest through the seemingly random selection of an oracle or tarot card. Of course, the selection of topic is not random, but, rather, selected by the universe for contemplation and development. So it is with most aspects of working with Spirit, which, of course, is an endeavor we can all avail ourselves to. Seriously. We can all ask the universe for guidance and with practice we will begin to become aware that we are receiving answers.
This topic was discussed with a few friends I know who are psychic mediums. I have been honored to help folks on this side of the veil connect with their loved ones on the other side. Each time I am amazed when some bit of verifiable information comes through to confirm that there is no death, there are no dead. I also enjoy, through talking with the client’s spirit guide and the use of oracle cards, helping them to sort out the aspects of their lives that need examination and, perhaps, change. Recently, though, I became aware that there is a sort of dependence that develops when a person needs help through a span of time and then continues to rely on me seeking the answers rather than relying on themselves and the universe for guidance and nurturing. It is worth knowing that, although for me, it is a gift to be able to speak with Spirit and share their messages, each person is responsible for their own happiness or unhappiness, to borrow from the Spiritualist Church tenets. Through meditation and prayer, everyone can become aware of their pathwork. And there are other methods, such as working with oracle cards or using Intuitive Writing, a technique I developed that allows each person to become their own conduit for guidance and communication with Spirit.
How I got here in this episode was by letting go of ego and allowing Spirit to guide me. I am surprised at the flow of information, but now I think we can examine the card I was given from The Earth Magic Oracle Cards created by Steven D. Farmer. This 48-card oracle deck is beautiful and speaks to our connection with the universe around us, especially that small portion on which we live. I shuffled the deck thoroughly and asked for guidance. There was an immediate sense of being directed by Spirit when I saw the Autumnal Equinox card as the one presented for discussion. This card speaks of release, as in the idea of nature releasing the last of its growth cycle before entering into the quiet time when the earth rests and prepares to be reborn each year. This card also came with a sense of synchronicity because I am in the process of releasing all forms of clutter from my life, not only physical clutter, but people and task clutter as well. And then, of course, we have just celebrated the Autumnal Equinox itself.
Some of my release practice has been difficult and, in some instances, challenging, but the accompanying feeling of freedom and lightness is well worth the effort. I am reminded of the song, to every season there is a purpose, and I realize that when things or people or tasks begin to weigh us down rather than lift us up, it is time to release that which no longer serves a positive purpose in our lives. The more I practice releasing, the easier, for the most part, it becomes. This practice leaves room for new and more positive things, people, and tasks to enter my life, and I encourage you to try releasing clutter so that you can experience the joy that comes from doing so. The more we take responsibility for our environment, including our physical, mental, and emotional environments, the more we can move into owning our lives and living them from moment to moment in the best manner possible, for our greatest good and the greatest good of those around us.
Earlier I mentioned Intuitive Writing, which is a book available on Amazon.com under Tobie Hewitt. The exercises in this book have helped people to seek guidance themselves from the universe while establishing a writing practice that can further inform their lives and their paths. As I mentioned in an earlier episode, I am returning in earnest to my passion for writing and trying to adhere to a writing practice that best serves my need to write and gives time for Spirit to work through me to share thoughts, guidance, and messages with others. This episode has been created through releasing my need to control the passage of words into coherent form and allowing Spirit to share more fully in the process. I hope this episode has helped you to consider ways of releasing and growing in and through the energy of love.
We Are One
Earlier today I recorded and distributed an episode entitled, "We Are One," through my podcast Mystic Musings with Tobie Hewitt. Yesterday, I took part in one of the many rallies under the aegis "Families Belong Together." It was gratifying to be a part of a gathering to support the idea that, as members of the same human race, we are here to support and help each other through compassion, empathy, and love. I believe this message is so important, I have decided to post the text of the episode for those who might enjoy reading it. We are all One under one sky. Namaste!
In his book, The Once and Future King, T. H. White relates the time when Merlin changes young Arthur into a bird who then soars high in the sky to look at the earth from a different vantage point. When he returns from this adventure, Arthur reports that he is amazed that the borders and lands that are fought over are, in truth, all one. There are no divisions. There are no borders. The land exists as one green form, with streams and rivers running through it. And if there are no divisions, then what is constantly being defended and fought over? Arthur’s perception of the world around him is changed because he becomes aware of a different way of looking at and experiencing that world.
When we believe that borders exist and that those on the other side of a border from us are somehow different and perhaps less than we are, we lose awareness of the oneness that bonds us together. We are all spirits having a physical experience. We are here to learn lessons and the different cultures, languages, and races all exist so we may experience these as members thereof and as part of this great experiment that started in the moment we were all created. Like Arthur when he is a bird, we need to realize that the boundaries and differences seemingly inherent in those divisions of land need not act as elements of divisiveness but rather as different aspects of ourselves who, for the most part, create the diversity that we can share and learn from.
As I have often said, I think the world would be a far better place if we could all realize we are spirits first and foremost and that we each have a dish of ideas and experiences to share at the long table of humanity. Skin color is a product of melanin, which, in turn, developed to different degrees based on geography. It does not create a difference other than on the surface because, truly, beneath our skin and place of birth, we are one spirit separated on this plane into diverse bodies so we can learn what needs to be learned and then eventually move on. We gain nothing from discriminating against others based on skin color or nation of origin or any other trait they may have, but we learn plenty by overcoming differences and becoming a planet of peace and compassion.
When events occur that shake our sensibilities and values, we are filled with the need to reach out and help those who are being hurt by powers we seem to have no control over. As we look at our world through the eyes of the heart, i.e., the eyes of the spirit, we are best served by realizing that whatever is happening is doing so in order that we may learn and grow from the experience of reacting and acting. We learn to act as compassionate and empathetic beings. Coming together in this way is the true lesson of our current moment on the planet, and that means coming together within our communities and joining hands, too, with those at a distance but still connected to us within the interdependent web.
We are one. We are the oneness that the Creative Spirit brought into being through and in the energy of love and it is time to use that energy of love to carry on that ever expanding and evolving creation as connected beings, all spirits having a physical experience.
For this week’s exercise, please read and follow St. Francis’ prayer. Though there are some who question if he actually wrote it, because of his kindness, compassion, and empathy, it is attributed to him. In the face of unceasing attacks, we need to open our hearts wider to those who need to feel the healing power of love. If you are listening to these episodes, you know you are being led to open yourselves up to being a part of the larger spirit community that seeks to be instruments of peace and love. The prayer attributed to St. Francis gives us a very powerful manner in which to live our lives: to make us instruments of peace, that where there is hatred, we sow love; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy; and that we may not so much be consoled, as console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. In following these precepts, we ensure that our spirits are serving our self and others in the best manner possible so that we can all raise the vibration within the energy of love.
Please note: in the podcast version of this, I inadvertently used the word melatonin rather than melanin. I apologize for any confusion.
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Spirit Guide Parking Attendent
You never know ....I was driving toward my parking garage. I always go straight through the light and use the entrance to my left. Without thought, I turned left at the light and chastised myself for doing so, thinking I was making a mistake out of exhaustion. I reached the next entrance and made my way into the garage, where I discovered a perfect parking spot waiting for me, one that is rarely open at that time. Spirit guides are there to help even for the smallest reasons and situations. I gave profuse thanks, of course, and marveled at this confirmation of the wider reality! Blessings!
If I project too far out into the future and perceive that future through the lens of fear, I am setting intent on the next step unfolding in a less than optimal manner. Ignorance breeds fear, but trust engenders hope. It seems best to trust that the future is unfolding as it is supposed to. Trust in this moment and know that your path is unfolding as it should.
Spring Equinox celebrates the return of the sun and its nurturing warmth that invites that which was dormant to emerge from the earth and grow and thrive for our benefit. In an era when the environment is under attack, it behooves us to strengthen our bonds to the Earth by immersing ourselves in the healing vibrations available to us in it. Take a walk, hug a tree, watch the river flow.
We are never alone. Yes, we have moments of privacy, but we are never alone. There are other planes of existence existing in the same space and time we recognize as our own, but these are invisible to us because of a difference in vibrational rates. Our loved ones who have left this plane, as well as our spirit guides, teachers, masters, and angels are available for us to gain from their company, their insight, and their guidance, and we should practice reaching out to them through the energy of love.
I have often heard, and more often said, that worrying is praying for the thing you don’t want to happen to actually happen. Worry is a waste of energy and time. When we project positive thought toward a desired outcome, we send energy into that outcome, which means we put positive energy into the manifestation of that outcome. Lean into knowing that the universe and your path through it are unfolding as planned.
On the Breath
It feels like it has been a difficult time for breathing. Every time I turn around something happens that makes me gasp or hold my breath. Frightening deplorable acts of senseless violence or insensitive inane utterings of willfully ignorant people have caused me to interrupt in some way the easy flow of breathing that sustains me.
Breathing is fundamental. We need to inhale oxygen to sustain us and we need to exhale carbon dioxide. The physiological processes are beyond the scope of this post but suffice it to say we need to breathe. Our first impulse as we re-enter this plane is to inhale and our last act as we transition back to our home is to exhale. Taking in a deep breath when we are anxious immediately calms us down enough to act and react in a productive manner. When we are physically exerting ourselves, our breathing changes to compensate for that additional stress on our body. For our physical experience, breathing is a necessary act.
For the sustenance of our spiritual beings, breathing is also a necessary tool for optimal wellbeing. And, for the optimal interaction of our spirit and our physical bodies, breathing can breach the gap between the two and bring us into a state of peaceful harmony. Allowing the physical and etheric bodies to come into a space of synergy through breathing can bring us into a state of balance from which we can best serve ourselves and others.
Mindful meditation can help us to not only practice acknowledgement of the breath but also gives us a tool for dealing with stress-filled situations. Sitting or reclining in meditation and allowing the breath to be our focal point helps us to release anxiety and concerns as we concentrate only on the breath entering our body and the breath leaving our body. In doing this, thoughts and ideas will flow into our minds and we can acknowledge these and release them, and then return to the sole sensation of the entering and exiting breaths. There are many forms of meditation, some stationary and some moving, and these will be shared in a future post, but for now, focusing on simply breathing in and out will suffice.
One of the nice aspects of setting time aside for daily practice is that when we make this a part of our schedule, we can make it a part of our core strategies for existing in the physical world, and we can use this space of calmness throughout the day. We can take a minute or two in whatever situation we are in to re-enter this space from which optimal performance can thrive by simply focusing momentarily on our breath, bringing back to our core the sensation and knowledge of centered peacefulness. Daily practice ensures that we always have this tool at hand.
Mindfulness meditation can also help us to become in tune with the universe. The focus on the breath and the breath alone, releasing all extraneous thoughts as we breathe, helps us to reach that moment of connection with the All, with the Oneness of which we are an integral part. It is that space without thought, wherein only the breath exists, in which the silence of the universe can join with our own silence, allowing a synergy that is both informing and comforting. The peace in these nanoseconds is unparalleled in our physical experience and allows us to become one with all that exists on all planes in all times.
This week, please focus on your breathing. Acknowledge the sensation of breathing in and out and note how this awareness serves to calm and sustain you. Perhaps you would like to try a sitting meditation for five minutes. Simply sit quietly, close your eyes, and think of nothing but the feeling of air entering and exiting your body. Enjoy the stillness and know you are One with the Universe!
Be Not Afraid
In asking Spirit for the topic of this daily blog, and I am hoping to post more frequently, the words, “be not afraid” entered my mind. As I ponder the meaning, I am led to believe the message is both a personal one and a wider one. We should strive not to let fear guide our actions, but instead rely on the knowledge that all things are unfolding as planned. It is a time in which fear might be the most obvious state from which to act and react, but if we let fear guide each next step, then we may miss the messages and guidance the universe is sending us.
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