Storm Wisdom Blog
“We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; . . .”
~ Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Robert R. Livingston, and Roger Sherman
The above popular quote from the Declaration of Independence written by the Committee of 5 on July 4, 1776 and signed by 56 Congressional delegates on August 2, 1776 reflected a hard won independence and freedom for our country. Today, I realize how much I’ve taken my freedoms for granted. In fact, I feel like I’ve only just awakened to a deeper truth that not everyone enjoys the same freedoms that I do. If all men/women are created equal then why do we still treat people who we perceive are different from us with prejudice? Whether it’s the color of someone’s skin, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender – inequality persists.
For too many years there has been a culture of domination, power over others, separation, and racism in our country. I know this is true and the inequities are coming into the light for all of us to see. Opportunities to change feel overwhelming at times and yet I am hopeful that there are ways of creating more freedom and equality for everyone. Buddha tells us, “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” I’ve written before, that first, we must change within ourselves before things in our outer world can change. I believe this is more true than ever before. Ask, “What beliefs do I still hold that prevent me from being free?” Yes, we have many freedoms compared to others but until we hold our fellow human beings as equals standing shoulder to shoulder with one another we do not have true freedom in our world. read more…
“World peace begins with inner peace.” ~Dalai Lam
How are you this week? With everything going on in the world do you find it more challenging to take time to focus on your inner world? Has it been more challenging to find your center and happy place? Does it seem like there are more distractions that prevent you from taking time for yourself and going within? If inner peace feels elusive then creating peace in the world isn’t possible.
How can we begin? Have you thought of yourself as a healer? Hmmm. Close your eyes and feel how it resonates when you say, “I’m a healer.” Can you remember times when your physical body has healed either on its own or with help from practitioners? I believe we all are healers at some level. Some of you have chosen to enter healing professions, acquire healing techniques and tools, or create healing for others by listening. Have you created a healing and peaceful environment in your homes? Those of you who are drawn to the earth, think about how your touch or creation of beauty has helped heal the environment. What about looking within to become aware of the injured thoughts and beliefs that are often held deeply? This is one of the greatest healing experiences and gifts we can give to ourself as we acknowledge them and choose to let them go.
Each one of us plays an important part in healing and creating peace through our words, beliefs, and actions. Through our individual growth, healing and peaceful feelings we contribute to the whole. We are One. The Dalai Lama has said, “The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” I feel like this is especially true in the world right now! We’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to explore how to help ourselves, the earth, and others with the aid of our inner healers. Finding a way that makes you happy is the key. What excites you? Regardless of the path you choose the healing and peace must begin within you first! This is the first step and then, if you choose, you can decide how to express your healing gifts with others.
What if you embrace the belief that your natural state of being is to be well and healthy? What does that look like for you? Do you remember how you have affected others through your kindness, smile, and touch? How many lives have you touched through your healing spirit through the years? You don’t have to be a professional healer to make a difference within yourself or with others. You are much more than you often believe. Mother Teresa has said, “There is a light in this world, a healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometimes lose sight of this force when there is suffering, too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.”
Today, we all are encouraged and invited to let our inner lights shine brightly. Allow your inner healer to help as you take time to look within and shine your light on the injured parts of you that are waiting to be understood, forgiven, accepted, loved, and integrated. Always remember that your essence and divine nature is love and it is love that heals and transforms. Take time this week, if you can, to meet your inner healer and begin to create a more conscious relationship so that inner healing and peace can be felt and shared.
I will be channeling Luminus and the Messengers of Light on Tuesday,
July 14th and 28th, 2020 from 2p-3:30p AZ time. On July 21st we will offer a 1 hour healing experience with the Messengers of Light from 6p-7p.
Each session will be offered via Zoom and recorded. Check out the ways you can join – individual sessions, donation, or the new Be Inspired option. If you are interested in participating or receiving the recordings please register at victoriabarna.com.
“New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings.”
~Lao Tzu, Chinese philosopher and writer
Endings and beginnings! Wow, so many examples everyday. Systems, beliefs, biases, habits, routines, self-image and so much more. It’s amazing how synchronicity works. For example, my husband mentioned letting go might be a good topic to write about this week. Next, although I’ve never seen the movie Frozen, I kept hearing the song, “Let It Go” so I watched the animated YouTube version. Then, later as I listened to my Pandora playlist guess what song came up? “Let It Go” by James Bay! Synchronicity, I love it!! So, let it go, it is!
How timely that we’re in the seasonal change represented by the Summer Solstice. As I reflected on “Letting Go” and how it applies to me I considered the energy of the Solstice which many feel represents new beginnings as well as an awakening and return to the light. Once again we’re invited to slow down, be patient and take time for self reflection. I think of this time as a gift and an opportunity to ask, “What do I believe? Am I aligned with my beliefs? What am I willing to change if I’m not. What am I willing to let go?” Brazilian lyricist and novelist, Paul Coelho has said, “If you’re brave enough to say goodby, life will reward you with a new hello.” In the moment it may not feel like it though. Remember, chaos precedes and follows change. There’s certainly lots of it around us right now. Are you ready to think about new beginnings and a new hello? read more…
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”
~ Helen Keller, American author, political activist, and lecturer
In the midst of chaos, pandemic, staying home, political division, and protests this week I found myself seeking more and more beauty to find inner peace. I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but I believe that peace begins within me and so does beauty! I have felt my soul sigh with a deep heartfelt knowing that beauty, hope, peace, and love are possible regardless of what’s happening in the world. It’s ours to choose and experience.
I’ve wondered, “How often do I take beauty for granted? Does beauty really reside within me?” Staying at home has provided time to become more aware of beauty in my life. It begins with the inner beauty I hold which can’t be seen or touched. It’s felt. In addition, there’s external beauty that includes: vibrant colors, fragrant flowers, birds singing, chalk art on the sidewalks, clouds in the sky, my home and health, and my relationships to name a few. How is this moment different? I feel beauty from my heart and soul in ways that seem deeper and more visceral. When I feel like this there is no room for fear, judgment, or self-doubt. It’s a conscious acknowledgment of feeling, seeing, hearing, accepting, and appreciating what’s within me as well as around me – not thinking or intellectualizing. read more…