Saturday, April 04, 2009

Make friends with your body

My goodness, growth is going around these days! Focusing on God's guidance within is the only thing that works anymore. The old human strategies and manipulations just aren't working.

When I agreed with the heavens to teach my upcoming class "Heaven and Earth" I knew in my heart that one of the few areas where I wasn't experiencing heaven yet was in my physical body. I suspected I'd be learning a few things along the way about releasing old patterns and allowing heaven to move into my body as well as my mind and emotions. After all I've been happier than ever before, but physically, well a bit of a train wreck as of late!! I've been in knots, ribs have popped out, my neck was out and I KNEW that something inside of me that was not my truth was hanging on for dear life, trying to keep me from moving forward. And while I am doing most of the 'right' things physically, I knew that until I solved the spiritual issues, this was going to continue.

Since I was feeling as if I had a blind spot in this area, I got a session with my friend Summer (www.summerbacon.com) who channels Dr. Peebles in spirit. He can always nail the issues I can't quite see. I was told that since I'm now living mostly in alignment with my heart and God's guidance I'm taking better care of myself emotionally and mentally than ever before. But, the angels continued, that brings up loads of old anxieties in my subconscious that have had my body all twisted up. When I've disappointed or upset people in the past they've hurled unkind comments and behaviors my way - being so psychic and sensitive that hurt as much as if I'd been punched. Of course, the angels reminded me, that I took this unkindness into myself, and I didn't have to. It was ME that felt I SHOULD please everyone and so it was ME that accepted the 'punishments' for not doing so. My body wasn't too happy with all this and was just twisting up and protecting itself from MY ego's need to accept people's upsets. Ah ha!! Problem solved. I started to resolve that from now on I would ignore any unkind comments and walk away from any upsetting behaviors. I apologized to my body for putting up with such nonsense in the past and made a pact not to do so in the future. And suddenly my body breathed a HUGE sigh of relief and started to unwind. It is a process. My body is learning to trust ME again. It still reacts instinctually to unkindnesses but unwinds so much more quickly now since I am not taking them in.

We can make friend with our bodies. After all they are the physical vehicle for our spirit while we are here on this earth. They are a gift and a miracle, and they only go awry when we refuse to listen to our spirits. (There are some exceptions of people who come in, or take on physical conditions to learn or to teach others, but this does not apply to the majority of the population).

Our culture, sadly, condones and perpetuates violent and constant criticism against our bodies. We're told by the media that we're too fat, or too thin. Our noses are too big. Our hair is too wild. Our wrinkles too deep. Our skin tone too uneven. I was once told to get my teeth whiter and to never ever wear sleeveless shirts on camera because they made my arms look fat. One year our butts are too big, and according to next celebrity trend, they're too small. Or like me, we've push ourselves when our bodies are screaming, "Rest, stop, let me breathe!" We have got to stop this insanity and make peace with our bodies, or we'll never quite have heaven on earth. After all, heaven is not about having more stuff, but rather about feeling the divine presence within, and if you aren't at peace with your physical body, that's not the easiest thing to do. I am at peace with my wild hair, my tendency to gain weight in the winter, the fact that my skin tone is spotted and uneven in places, and that my teeth aren't perfectly white or straight, and that my arms may well look a little large on camera. The condition of my soul is more important to me. Sure, I primp and try to look my best, but I know that I'm a soul living in a body and it is more important to me that my soul shines than whether or not I look perfect, look small or large, or have a few wrinkles. I've earned them, after all.

But I DID need to stop the nonsense about pushing myself and taking in the unkind comments of the world. And after just a week of doing so I am feeling so much better! I've set new rules for who and what is allowed in my dream state while I'm sleeping. I've set new rules with spirits about what behaviors are and aren't allowed in readings. And I'm thanking my body for both teaching me, and putting up with me all these years. On a hike last Saturday I kept checking in with my body, asking if the pace was alright. It was the slowest hike I ever took and yet so gloriously beautiful and rewarding because I listened to this vehicle of my soul and allowed it to go at it's pace rather than the pace set by my ego.

When was the last time you thanked your body for all it does for you? When was the last time you asked it what IT wanted to eat and stopped judging the answer? Years ago a woman in one of my classes did the homework to go home and find something positive to say to a body part that she'd hated. She thanked her large hips every day for helping her carry her children. And lo and behold without any changes to diet and exercise, she lost five pounds that week. So listen to your body. Tell it that it was safe and secure and loved and that you aren't going to push it or punish it with judgment. Our bodies are, after all, the glorious and miraculous vehicle for our souls while we are here upon the earth and they deserves respect and kindness. The more honoring we are to our bodies, the happier and safer we feel. Grounding our spirit deeply into the physical body by listening to it and honoring it IS work when we're used to pushing or criticizing it rather than listening to and honoring it. Nonetheless, the rewards of listening to and cooperating with your body is well worth the effort. We take care of our cars after all - we give them the right fuel and maintain them when they are in need - we should do the same for our physical bodies as well. After all, the option to trade them and upgrade only occurs once at the end of our lives :)

Make friends with your body this week and see how much better you feel!

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