Soulbyte for Friday March 22, 2019

Take care of your physical body. As much as you seek to take care of your mental and spiritual self, do not forget that your physical body deserves attention too. It is your vehicle through life, your sailing ship, the body your Soul has selected for you in this lifetime. And so do not forget to tend to it. Mend it with rest and sleep, with good food and nutrition, with time for calmness and peace, as well as work and play. If your body is not in good shape neither is the rest of you. Even a strong spirit will not thrive in a tired and depleted body. If you let your spirit take care of your body, you will naturally be taking care of everything else that you are too, for it knows you better than anyone. It will tell you what is wrong and what is right, how to correct and how to proceed. Listen to your spirit, for it has only your greater good in mind. Give your body its proper place, as home to your spirit, your Soul in this lifetime. Hone its shape, keep it in tiptop form so that your journey is smooth and without incident. For you are both body and spirit, and each is of equal importance and value. Let the inner you decide what’s right for the outer you. And with them in synch, your body will be pleased and your spirit will rejoice.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Thursday March 21, 2019

Begin anew, curious as a little child, uninhibited by the thoughts that were planted in your mind so long ago, that turned you away from your natural state of wonderment and burdened you. Return to curiosity, to eager exploration, and to wonder again, at all that surrounds you. Clear your mind of its incessant negative thoughts and just breathe, knowing that you are a creature of nature, a wonder too, and let yourself feel the pulse of life inside you. Look with fresh eyes upon the world and remind yourself that everything is possible because you have decided it is so. And so be it.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Soulbyte for Wednesday March 20, 2019

Life offers abundance. And yet life will not offer you a personal invitation to the table of abundance. Your entry into life is the only invitation you will receive. Birth is your only personal invitation. After that, life EXPECTS you to partake in what is offered. So, do not be afraid to partake. Do not fear that you are unworthy, for all are equally worthy to attend the banquet and partake of life’s offerings. You are not a guest of life, you are life itself and fully expected as much as the next person to enjoy its offerings. Life expects you at the party. So, enjoy what is available. It’s yours too! And, without greed, share the bounty so that all beings may experience happiness and the joys of abundance equally. It’s not about how much you get, but the quality of what you get out of life and how you decide to use it. For loving kindness and compassion are in abundance at the table too.

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck’s Place: The Messiness of Birth

That which once held life decomposes as new life takes form…
– Photo by Chuck Ketchel

New life is contained in a sealed casing as it completes its readiness to burst forth onto the world stage. In humans this is the placenta, in butterflies it is the chrysalis, in corn it is the husk. Strikingly, the old order, that which new life emerges from, is vastly different from the consciousness and values of the new life struggling to take form. Once new life manifests, that which so prominently contained it quickly loses purpose, and decomposes into the soil of the Earth.

The New Age, with its evolved human consciousness, continues to birth, as its placenta, the casings of the dominant old world material values, which grip as tightly as possible to counter the forward thrust of new age values. This is tragically evident in the recent New Zealand massacres, where old world, misguided white-separatist values virally asserted themselves.

White is the ultimate absence of all color. White, therefore, is the assigned ‘color’ of innocence, a blank slate entering life. All humans are subject to the loss of this childhood innocence through worldly encounters in the developmental process of growing up. Life on this planet is conditioned with the progressive loss of innocence through the interruptions of trauma, standard socialization, or simply the demand to leave childhood and become an adult in this world.

Jesus remarked that only the Child is ready to enter heaven. As I unpack the meaning of this lesson, I see the child as the ultimate symbol of innocence. What Jesus is likely suggesting is that all must retrieve their innocence, not become the small blank-slate child again. Innocence must be refined, at an adult level, to encompass the trials, traumas, losses, and disappointments that are the inevitable facts of life in human form.

The restoration of lost innocence at an adult level requires a total integration of all experiences, all parts of the self, all parts of the human community. Psychologically, this is the process of recapitulation where one faces their own deepest fears by coming to know and accept all parts of their life experience and their multidimensional self. Adult innocence is reflected in the full color spectrum of the rainbow, not in a return to the blankness of pure white.

The encasing white supremacy energy of now has misguidedly projected, concretely, this quest for the restoration of innocence through the keeping out or extermination of the darker shades of the human family, as well as migrants, as it seeks to preserve its purity and old way of life. In the recent tragedy in New Zealand, in true Hitleresque fashion, we saw the extermination solution acted out and suggested as an option, via social media.

This misguided, powerful wall of energy cannot forestall, indefinitely, the birth of an advanced awareness that knows the true needs of survival for both humanity and the planetary being. This new life of innocence knows that purity is composed of the interconnectedness of all life, as One Life. Love is its operative energy in its embracing of all life. Truth is its acting cognition, unsullied by the illusion of separateness.

The messiness of birthing this all-inclusive loving consciousness is reflected in the massacres and environmental disasters of now. Though horrific, they are not apocalyptic. They are the labor contractions and messes of a major birth, an evolutionary shift, so ready to take charge of human navigation. Even those leaders who so boldly instigate hatred are serving to awaken humanity from its deeply entranced sleep, to take personal responsibility for the fate of the world. Strong hints of that evolved intelligence and loving compassion are evident in the person and actions of Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, as she guides her nation and the world to be ruled by love, for all.

Holographically, all humans have the opportunity to participate in this great metamorphosis, in the homogenization of all the hidden parts of the self. We are all compositions of white and black. The issue is to accept all parts of the self through bringing light, not white, to all the hidden recesses of self. When we can see and accept all that we personally are, we are ready to navigate and contribute to what is truthfully needed now for all.

I am saddened for all the innocent victims of New Zealand, as well as by the almost daily environmental disasters that erupt upon the planet. May these sacrifices be well-served in the quickening to birth of the coming ruling values of love, truth, and interconnectedness as the real solutions to survival.

Humbly facilitating,

Chuck

Soulbyte for Tuesday March 19, 2019

Let your inner light guide you to know yourself so that it may properly and safely guide you in your outer life as well. For if the saying “as within so without” is to be true and truly useful, what lies within must be fully known and correctly understood if what is without is to be taken in, given its correct meaning, and properly assimilated. Without blame and shame, and with the intent of healing, look within in the most objective and impersonal ways, with an attitude that is positive rather than negative so that your inner world may resolve of all its dilemmas and tricky ways, so that the light you shine within may root out that which you have kept hidden from yourself for some old reason, and so that you may fill with the light of positivity and joy. Find your light, find yourself, experience your joy and bring it forth. First fix yourself so that the truth within may be discovered. Only then will your interpretation of what is happening without be correct. There is a lot more going on than you realize. It’s all about transformation, growth, and evolution. Understand what that means on a personal level and become part of the positive side of the changing times you live in. As within, so without, indeed!

-From the Soul Sisters, Jan & Jeanne

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR