Daily Om ~ Value Your Own Wisdom

universe-within-2Your very own inner wisdom should be valued more than any other and will always guide you in the direction you need to travel. Throughout our lives, we will encounter individuals who presume to know what is best for us. The insights they offer cannot compare, however, with the powers of awareness and discernment that already exist within us. From birth we are blessed with wisdom that cannot be learned or unlearned. It exists whether or not we acknowledge it because it is a gift given to us by a loving universe before we chose to experience existence on the earthly plane. Yet for all its permanence, it is vital that we value and honour this incredible element of the self. It is when we do not use our inborn wisdom that we begin to doubt our personal truths and are driven to outside sources of information because we are afraid. What we know to be true in our hearts is invariably true, and we discover how intensely beautiful and useful self-trust can be when we recognize the power of our wisdom.

Inner wisdom is not subject to the influences of the outside world, which means that it will never demand that we surrender our free will or counsel us to act in opposition to our values. We benefit from this inspiration when we open ourselves to it, letting go of the false notion that we are less qualified than others to determine our fate. The wisdom inside of us is the source of our discernment and our ability to identify blessings in disguise. When we are unsure of who to trust, how to respond, or what we require, the answers lie in our inner wisdom. It knows where we are going and understands where we are coming from, taking this into account though it is not a product of experience but rather a piece of our connection to the universal mind.

In the whole of your existence, no force you will ever encounter will contribute as much to your ability to do what you need to do and be who you want to be as your natural wisdom. Through it, you reveal your growing consciousness to the greater source and discover the true extent of your strength. If you heed this wisdom with conviction and confidence, the patterns, people, and fears that held you back will be dismantled, paving the way for you to fulfill your truest potential.

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Daily Om ~ Creative Cuts

morphed liliesCutting out what isn’t working in your life is a bold first step to creating the life that does work for you. Our lives can be compared to an ongoing movie script over which we have complete creative control. Within us lies the power to examine what works or isn’t working in our lives and make “edits” to our life’s script, accordingly. Choosing to actively edit your life can be incredibly empowering. As you evolve, you have the choice to accept the script you’ve written thus far or edit it so you can create a life that fulfills you. You can cut out from your life’s script what is no longer working for you. Acknowledging that you are responsible for the experience you create gives you the ability to create the life you’ve always longed for.

Granted, editing your real life isn’t always as easy as erasing a line of text. If you’ve carried emotional baggage or held on to an unhealthy relationship for a long time, these may be difficult to edit out. But when you do cut out what isn’t working from your life, you’ll feel lighter and more alive. Editing out activities that you find stressful, disassociating yourself from people that drain your energy, and letting go of your emotional baggage are all beneficial cuts you can make. In the empty spaces that are left behind, you can add in anything you like. Just as you have the power to edit out negative situations or beliefs that you no longer wish to have as part of your life, you can now include the kinds of positive experiences, people, and beliefs that you would like to fill your life with. The manifestation of these thoughts and images as realities in your life will inevitably follow. As you make changes to your life, you can also add in the bits where you choose mo! re intimate, healthier relationships, seek out adventure over tedium, and are no longer negatively impacted by old experiences.

To begin editing your life, simply think about your positive and negative experiences. When you determine what parts of your life are no longer serving you, make the commitment to remove them – though, it is important to remember that there is no proper timing or way to do this, and patience and compassion for yourself are always important during this process. Then, ask yourself what has brought you profound bliss and consider how you can make those experiences and beliefs part of your life now. With a little editing, you’ll be able to clear out what is no longer serving you and make room in your life for more happiness, love, and wisdom.

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Advice from a Tree

Stand tall and proud
Sink your roots deeply into the earth
Reflect the light of your true nature
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The energy and birth of spring
The growth and contentment of summer
The wisdom to let go the leaves in the fall
The rest and quiet renewal of winter

Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view!

~ Ilan Shamir ~

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Wise words from the Wise Owl

And a Man sat alone, drenched deep in sadness. And all the animals drew near to him and said, “We do not like to see you so sad. Ask us for whatever you wish and you shall have it.”

The Man said, “I want to have good sight.” The vulture replied, “You shall have mine.” The Man said, “I want to be strong.” The jaguar said, “You shall be strong like me.” Then the Man said, “I long to know the secrets of the earth.” The serpent replied, “I will show them to you.”

And so it went with all the animals. And when the Man had all the gifts that they could give, he left. Then the owl said to the other animals, “Now the Man knows much, he’ll be able to do many things. Suddenly I am afraid.” The deer said, “The Man has all that he needs. Now his sadness will stop.”

But the owl replied, “No. I saw a hole in the Man, deep like a hunger he will never fill. It is what makes him sad and what makes him want. He will go on taking and taking, until one day the World will say, ‘I am no more and I have nothing left to give.’ ~ Apocalypto

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Daily Card: Island of Plenteous Salmon

Today’s card is The Island of Plenteous Salmon. I can’t really discuss this card without mentioning that in the Celtic mind salmon were (and are) always connected with wisdom. The Salmon of Knowledge (or wisdom) features in the deeds of Fionn mac Cumhaill, a large fish who lived in the well of wisdom and ate the hazelnuts that dropped into the well, from the surrounding hazelnut trees. In this way the salmon gained all of the world’s wisdom. A person eating the flesh of the fish would gain this knowledge and wisdom and become immortal. Here is what Caitlinn says about this card:

The sustenance of the Otherworld nourishes Maelduin’s company when they most need it. When we are in deepest need, the remedy often lies close to hand.

The Challenge

Are you too satisfied with your present way of life? Are you unable to relax? Allow yourself respite when the going gets tough.

This card really speaks to me of wisdom, or rather discerning our needs and applying wisdom. Of course, whenever I think of salmon I immediately think of wisdom. Even when we do feel satisfied with our lives we need to be wary of falling into complacency because doing so stops us from continue to co-create our lives. We don’t just stop co-creating our lives when the going is good, we need to continue the work of creation. It is lovely when our lives seem to be running smoothly, after all it doesn’t always happen does it. However, the trap of complacency needs to be avoided.  Life is not all smooth running and before we know it life will slap us in the face like a wet haddock (or a salmon!) to remind us of the work we need to do. What work I hear you ask? Well, even if things are going ok there is always room for improvement, always new paths to explore, new opportunities and possibilities. We aren’t meant to rest on our laurels. Our spirits need to carry on having a human experience until the day they choose not to, so it’s up to us to continue co-creating, exploring, and experiencing.

What about the other side of the coin, those times when things aren’t going so smoothly and we are beset by difficulties of one thing or another; financial concerns, ill-health, relationship difficulties etc. At these times there is sometimes a tendency to feel as though relaxing is wrong; that we must be busy trying to solve our problems. Well, it is good to do one’s best at these times to try to resolve things to the best of our abilities. However, we also need to be gentle with ourselves too because if we do too much, put too much strain on ourselves, we burn out and collapse, either emotionally, physically or both! As the challenge says we need to allow ourselves respite when the going gets tough. We can take an example from the ancient Celtic warriors, who allowed a withdrawing from battle in order to rest and re-group. In fact this is quite sensible but when under pressure we do not often do this do we.

So it is important to allow ourselves a withdrawing or some respite in order to replenish our batteries so to speak. some ways we can do this is to take some meaningful time out to just set our worries and difficulties aside and focus on doing something else instead – something that we like doing and brings us pleasure. It’s often hard to do this but if we say to ourselves that we are going to take time out to focus on something else and make a point of giving whatever it is all our attention, then it becomes possible. If we decide to just sit and do nothing it is often difficult to really give ourselves real respite. So actually doing something different is more helpful and allows our brains to focus on something else rather than just sitting there, pretending we are relaxing when really we are not. going for a walk in nature or just playing with my kitties is often enough to get me involved in something other than my problems. Or doing some cooking, visiting a museum, anything that you like doing and that is enjoyable. This is still giving you respite even though you’re still involved with something but it is something OTHER than your difficulties.

By doing this you will feel the benefit of being fed by plenteous salmon – it’s about having wisdom to discern your needs and act accordingly. May the Salmon of Wisdom feed you abundantly!

 

 

Daily Om ~ Strong Woman

What makes a woman confident is her to call upon her feminine wisdom.

So often in our world we tend to think of strength as a quality that arises from a place of firm determination and a will to succeed no matter the cost. Even though we might want to think of a strong woman as being defined in this way, what really makes a woman confident is her capacity for listening to her true self and being able to call upon her feminine wisdom to any situation that may arise. A woman does not need to step into an assertive role or act like a man in order to be effective at what she does—she simply needs to get in touch with her insight and sense of compassion to truly demonstrate the depth of her strength.

Listening to the feminine side of ourselves may not seem easy at first for this type of energy is something that is often overlooked in many aspects of our everyday lives. If we can connect with this part of who we are, however, we will find that there is an unlimited wellspring of strength available to us. Our capacity to tap into our intuition and listen to our inner guides, to take into account the needs of those around us, and to view a situation with compassion and love are ways that we can show the world the true power that is part of our feminine nature. When we learn to integrate this source of strength into our daily tasks and decision-making, we will find that we can be more flexible and open to the things that happen around us and more receptive to new ideas. Not only will we see the world in a different light, but we will truly start to realize the potential for this form of energy to both empower ourselves and those around us.

As we cultivate our feminine energy we can redefine the meaning of strength. By embracing our feminine power as something that is strong in its own right, we are able to use it with true assurance and determination and draw upon what truly belongs to us.

Daily Om ~ The Truths Within

Your very own inner wisdom should be valued more than any other and will always guide you in the direction you need to travel.

Throughout our lives, we will encounter individuals who presume to know what is best for us. The insights they offer cannot compare, however, with the powers of awareness and discernment that already exist within us. From birth we are blessed with wisdom that cannot be learned or unlearned. It exists whether or not we acknowledge it because it is a gift given to us by a loving universe before we chose to experience existence on the earthly plane. Yet for all its permanence, it is vital that we value and honor this incredible element of the self. It is when we do not use our inborn wisdom that we begin to doubt our personal truths and are driven to outside sources of information because we are afraid. What we know to be true in our hearts is invariably true, and we discover how intensely beautiful and useful self-trust can be when we recognize the power of our wisdom.

Inner wisdom is not subject to the influences of the outside world, which means that it will never demand that we surrender our free will or counsel us to act in opposition to our values. We benefit from this inspiration when we open ourselves to it, letting go of the false notion that we are less qualified than others to determine our fate. The wisdom inside of us is the source of our discernment and our ability to identify blessings in disguise. When we are unsure of who to trust, how to respond, or what we require, the answers lie in our inner wisdom. It knows where we are going and understands where we are coming from, taking this into account though it is not a product of experience but rather a piece of our connection to the universal mind.

In the whole of your existence, no force you will ever encounter will contribute as much to your ability to do what you need to do and be who you want to be as your natural wisdom. Through it, you reveal your growing consciousness to the greater source and discover the true extent of your strength. If you heed this wisdom with conviction and confidence, the patterns, people, and fears that held you back will be dismantled, paving the way for you to fulfill your truest potential.