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Inner Journeys of the Heart & Soul

I have always been a soulful person. It never occurred to me to be anything but.  For the last four years I have been taking people on outer journeys through spiritual retreats to beautiful destinations.  

Although this is a wonderful way to connect and be away from our lives and experience something new, what really happens is we go on an inner journey of the heart and soul.

A friend/client said to me today, “Every time I am in one of your groups, I just sit down and cry.” Why is that? Do I say something terribly offensive or frightening?! (I hope not!) “No…” he said, and I knew what he was talking about. There is an unspoken intention to connect deeply, a feeling of safety to shed the masks we all wear, and to dive deep into the work of the soul – where our hearts have permission to express themselves and let go…

The truth is, I can do this work anywhere, or nowhere. Sharing the heart and soul is truly what I love to do, and what I’ve been doing since I was a kid. I write about it, act about it, talk about it, sing about it, and ask questions about it, lots of questions, to try to delve into the ‘heart’ of it.  I describe this work as ‘transformative’. That is not a fancy word for different. It means something is revealed to us on the inside, so that things no longer feel the same on the outside, and because of this, our outer world changes as well, sometimes significantly.  What changes is me, not the people, places or things around me.  

Actually, I just become myself!

Let me give you an example:

You can go away for a vacation. And it is a wonderful vacation, with a beautiful beach, sunsets, poolside drinks. You may feel relaxed, at ease, comfortable. You may even have entertaining guests and friends to get along with and go on adventures with. This may be cathartic to some degree, and it may be just what you need. But when you get back to your life, was it truly transformative? Or do you go back to your routine and responsibilities and forget what happened…

A transformative adventure starts on the inside – even if it is done in an external environment. The environment may be conducive, it may be special in some way, it may trigger our ability to connect because of its spiritual, evocative or authentic nature – just enough to peel off our false selves and inspire a true way of seeing or being. The transformation doesn’t end when you get home. It intensifies because you have shifted.

Why do I want to change anything at all? I don’t. What I really want to do is be honest. And I guess that is what I give other people permission to do as well – to just be themselves: to cry, to laugh, to wonder, to witness, to be confused, to be fascinated, to be inspired, to be lifted. So it is not something different we are acquiring – like a new skill or talent or a new dress;  what we want is something we all yearn for, seek for, live and die for:

We all want love. 

And in that process of discovery, which is a lifelong one, when we find ourselves a little less frightened, and feel safe to ‘come home’, we can uncover our spiritual essence, our true nature and gifts, our real and raw selves just as we are…

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At this moment, I have no outer journeys lined up, other than in my own town! I am exploring the inside more and more, and inviting others in. To come out of hiding and find out what it feels like to just be loved.

Not everyone wants to share, and that is perfectly alright. What I have found in my groups, is that when someone has a moment of truth, when they share of their heart and soul, something magical happens: we fall in love with them and each other. It happens again and again. We forget where we are, whether sitting in a living room or a fancy hotel, or outside under the stars. Suddenly our hearts are so much bigger, and the tasks so much easier because we can be ourselves. Because we listened and witnessed. Because we loved.

That is the spiritual path I am on. I invite you to join me as we cross our paths in this moment, finding the truth and the beauty of it all. The wonders to behold. Whether happy or sad, in understanding or in pain, the soul is the most beautiful creation, and only longs to be itself. My job, my purpose, my quest, is to bring mine home to itself. Where we are all connected in the deepest ways, beyond the shifting of time and space. There is nothing I would rather do, write about, or talk about. Nothing in the world. There is nothing more precious than your soul.

Amen.


If you are interested in Inner Journeys of the Soul, contact Krista.

 

 

On Golden Ground

Last week I landed on one of the most universal, timely teachings imaginable – And it came just in the nick of time!  It is so simple it is almost heart-breaking.  Who doesn’t need this? It is truly the essence of what miracles mean to me. And quite possibly, what miracles mean to you.

Do you want to know what it is?

But first, an example, or two!

 

Have you ever been in any of these situations or felt any of these impulses?

Conflict between man and woman

  • Fighting with spouse or partner  
  • Not understanding your children’s behavior/perspective
  • Angry about the mess or corruption of politics, politicians or partisan groups 
  • Feeling cheated by another financially or emotionally
  • Identifying with a particular group at the exclusion of another (superiority/inferiority)
  • Feeling misunderstood, criticized, or demoralized by another
  • Wanting revenge, gossiping or celebrating the misfortune of another (even if it’s reversal of fortune/karma, not by your own hand)
  • Noticing conflict in your world and wondering why people can’t just get along?!  war
  • Feeling naive or foolish like love and compassion don’t really work in this world, so why bother?  

I’ve noticed some of these feelings in myself, and am starting to notice it more and more in the world around me.  Whether it’s first hand experience or a distant noticing, it doesn’t really matter, because we are all experiencing some degree of conflict or misunderstanding if we are honest.

So why is that?

How deep do you want to go?  Is it about us or them?  Where did all these hateful and fearful behaviors come from?  Surely it is not in me, it must be out there, right?

If you’ve studied spirituality long enough, one of the hardest lessons is you never get to blame anybody else.  No one else is the root of all evil.  No one else is entirely without good qualities.  It is so easy to judge and blame, especially if we are sitting on our living room couch watching the news.  It’s distant enough, so who cares if we throw a few expletives around?  Whose going to notice or hear?  

The truth is when we attack someone (even with our thoughts!) we are hurting ourselves.  

We are all energy and intent – and like it or not, we are all connected.  

Our thoughts matter.  Our thoughts about ourselves first and foremost, and our thoughts about the world and others.  

They carry a frequency and vibration that is palpable, and affect others and the world around us.

Yes, collectively, WE did this. Collectively we all have a part to play in the drama of life.

So, what part do you want to play?… 

Wait! – Does that mean if I suffer a real blow that isn’t my fault , that it is my fault?  Not really. It’s  not about blame, either way.  Just because it’s not out there, doesn’t mean you get to beat yourself up on the inside, either.  We’re all creators, and we have choices.  We can change our own way, not another’s.

The hardest part is realizing that no one is to blame.  That we are all insane at times, to some degree, and do things that we are not proud of. If we can own our  humanness, and not attack one another when we are down, we will have less distance to climb. In other words, your foe can become your greatest ally. 🙂

So, here it is, if you haven’t guessed already…

The sages of all the ages, the core truth behind all “truths”, regardless of faith, religion or creed – the one thing that binds all of  us together, and makes us accountable to every living thing, and every human being.  That’s right, every single one, without exception.  Yikes!

 

THE GOLDEN RULE

“Do unto others as you would have done unto you”  (Christianity)

“What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbour,” (Judaism)

“Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.” (Islam)

“Do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you” (Hinduism)

“Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” (Buddhism)

“Be as an angel unto others and they will be as an angel unto you.”  (Krista Moore)

 

I give credit to the Scarboro Missions for their Golden Rule initiative which publishes a beautiful poster of at least 13 religions/non-religions (and counting) which say the exact same thing.  This work is being carried around the world, to the United Nations, in schools, in workplaces and even nursing homes. Who doesn’t need to be understood?

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So, how can we do this when it is so hard to forgive? When someone else’s behavior is entirely unacceptable?  

Here are some ideas to give YOU peace of mind and find the GOLD in any situation:  

1. Ask yourself, “Where am I in this?”  Did I have any part in this drama?   

2. “Why am I taking this so personally?”  Maybe there is something deeper in me that needs to be addressed or expressed.

3.  Be honest about your own feelings and judgments without enacting blame on the other.

4. Try to put yourself in the other person’s shoes for a moment and imagine what it is like to be them. Be curious. Ask more questions.

5.  Forgive the person, if not the action.  Take appropriate action when needed and set boundaries if required.

6.  Treat others as you wish to be treated.  Do not speak ill of them or yourself.  Wish for a positive outcome for all concerned.

7.  Be open to the good in any situation or person. Be open to miracles.

8.  Let it go and rest.

This is not as easy as it sounds!   Of course, sometimes I find myself taking things extremely personally. Then I have to ask myself if it’s about me or them?  After saner reflection, I often find it is my own fear of judgement that has gotten in the way, and I learn to forgive myself and them for helping  me see the difference.  After I find my way back to sane land, I am often grateful for the encounter and see the miracle it provided.

 peaceShorter Version – Ho’oponoono (Polynesian):

Silently or out loud (in private or with others), say repeatedly toward this person or group…   

“I’m sorry, please forgive  me, I love you, Thank You.”  

“I’m sorry, please forgive  me, I love you, Thank You.”  

“I’m sorry, please forgive  me, I love you, Thank You.”   

This is a beautiful prayer.  I have heard of people in prison being healed from this, and lives miraculously turned around. Do not underestimate the miracle of forgiveness.  

Who doesn’t need forgiveness?

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Good luck with this!  Let me know what happens when you apply any of these ideas.  

May your week be Golden and may you alight on angel’s wings!

Amen!

Krista 

 

The Miracle is You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miracle 29: BEING The Miracle with Tash Jefferies

Tash Jefferies, Green Minutes Founder

 

I just finished an exuberant, heart-felt and miraculous conversation with Green Minutes Canada founder and author, Tash Jefferies She poured her heart out, telling her story of going from welfare and illness, and the death of loves ones, to a miraculous life where she is serving others with her message of hope and LOVE for each other and the planet.

LISTEN to Tash and Krista on “BEING a Miracle” (.mp3)

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How did she transform?  Here are the “HIGH”-“LIGHTS”:

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1.  BLESSINGS EVERY DAY – Awaking each morning and thinking on the miracles of every relationship she has ever encountered, lost loved ones whom she still cherishes and is still connected to in spirit (eternal – infinite), and her own spiritual gifts she is living RIGHT NOW.

Count each blessing, ruminate on it, let it fill your mind with peace and gratitude until it overflows and must be expressed in the world!

 

2.  TALK TO STRANGERS There are no strangers in Tash’s world!  She is a LOVING BEACON to all, to the homeless man on the street, the lovely woman in a crowded room, the lonely one, the wallflower no one talks to. She will say a kind word and spread the love no matter what, no matter who, without a care for how they respond. Not surprisingly, she is flooded with MORE gratitude and MORE LOVE from others whom she has touched! She records their lives and messages in her journal so she will never forget the gifts she gave and was given.

 

3. THE EMPTY JAR –  Tash has a large pickle jar in her office. It is empty. Why?  Because it is a tool to visualize the wealth and abundance of the present moment – it is filled only with possibility, with no past records of failures or faults.   It is a constant reminder to begin again, RIGHT NOW.

Nothing in your past can harm you, nothing now. Whenever you get bugged by something, or feel like a failure, look at that jar or clean slate on the wall and remember:  The past is gone, it can touch me not. I AM WHO I AM, and I can begin again RIGHT NOW!  The power is in constant renewal.

 

 4. LIVING SIMPLY    When you focus on the power of the Spirit within you and live your life with integrity and honesty, and simply want to help spread a message of LOVE, you don’t need so  much stuff!  Tash knows coming from times of hardship, having lived through welfare, illness and the death of loved ones.  The abundance is within you! And ironically, when you GIVE instead of focusing on getting, more comes to your aid in the physical/material as well! All your needs are taken care of.

 

5. JUST DO IT!  Having lived through hardship and defining herself a certain way growing up (shy, wallflower, soft spoken), Tash never knew herself to be as she is now. But something inside her was meant to be – her mother called it a “gift”, and now she is living it. How did she find the courage?  She wakes up every morning and says, I am not who I was, or what other people say about me.  “YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE NOW. NOBODY ELSE CAN DECIDE THAT FOR YOU.  JUST GO OUT AND DO IT!”

 

#1 KEY:    BE LOVING. Period. People are not giving enough. That is why they are depleted and stressed. GIVE MORE! You will receive more than you could ever hold. She said people only have 2 real needs, which are really the #:  “To be loved, and to feel appreciated /recognized as having value – that their life matters. When you give this love, you receive the same. The rewards are immense.

LISTEN to Tash and Krista on “BEING a Miracle”

Thank you Tash for this wonderful gift. That more might listen, send this message to everyone!

Amen!

Krista