Soulbyte for Thursday September 4, 2014

Focus once again on your path of heart and the intent of your spirit, even as you get drawn into the world of self and other, even as thoughts interfere and emotions well up and drown you in their disappointments, fears, and worrisome ideas of old.

Concerted effort may need to be applied if one is to carry on with purpose and strength. This is not an easy or simple process, but if you fairly and squarely face the truth and reality before you, your mind will clear and your heart will reassert itself with both protective and adventurous spirit in place and intact.

This is the next step on the journey of heart. Keep going forward without shame and blame. Life simply is and this is where you are now, but keep in mind that you are in constant motion. It will all change in an instant. Be open and ready for what comes next even as you work with what is now.

Soulbyte for Wednesday September 3, 2014

Like a knight in shining armor stand in your power. Take your burning torch and set the old alight and then ride right through into the new. Your strength has already been established, your intuition has awakened, your perceptions are keen. All that is left is your daring to ride forward now. Make your way with knowing heart that, yes, you are on the right path. Let your knowing heart guide you now and without hesitation claim your possibilities as your hard-earned rights. Grasp all that you are and ride forward with your burning torch lighting the way.

A Day in a Life: Bearing The Tension On The Battlefield Of Conflict Resolution

Standing on a narrow ledge between worlds... - Photo by Jan Ketchel
Standing on a narrow ledge between worlds…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

All night I dream different versions of the same dream. I am standing on a narrow road dividing two worlds. In the beginning of the night I am between Heaven and Earth, between water and land, between psyche and soma. At one point I am on a narrow line between my past and my future. At another time I am between my two selves, the human self and the spiritual self. By the end of the night I end up in the deep South, in Georgia during the Civil War. I stand on a narrow strip of road between the two warring sides, the Confederates to my south and the Union soldiers to my north.

I tell them they have to stop fighting. I tell them that they each had some things right and they each had some things wrong, but I am not taking sides. There is nothing to fight about any longer, I tell them. I know you both fully and equally well. No one is more powerful than the other; no one is more influential that the other. No one is the good guy and no one is the bad guy. Having learned all this, a new me is in charge now and no one is going to get the upper hand.

I stand in the tension between the warring sides, waiting for them to lay down their arms and come out to greet each other as equals, to declare that they are each equally responsible for all that once was and all that is to be, as am I too. I declare that since we are fully known to each other all conflicts that arise in the future will be sorted out in similar mature fashion with equal honesty and clarity, all sides present and participating.

I patiently wait for them to make admissions and amends as I have done. I am solidly calm in my stance. I will not budge, but neither will I let either of them declare victory. The war is over; no one is the winner; no one is the loser; all sides have revealed their weaknesses and their strengths. It’s time to accept the position we are in and move on from stubborn self-righteousness into a new world where everything is acceptable and everyone is honest about who and what they are.

In the morning, I read of astrological aspects that signify taking a careful and balanced look at many conflictual situations, old and new. For myself, an old conflict had arisen the day before. I got caught in an old thought. I didn’t run from it but sat in the tension of it. It was unpleasant and a bit challenging but it was also necessary. I did the inner work by remaining mature, balanced, and aware, being totally honest with myself. It seems that my dreaming self finished the job nicely, showing me how multileveled our conflictual self really is, spanning all aspects of life and awareness, conscious and otherwise, and how strong and capable of gentle resolution we really are once maturity, honesty, and calmness step in.

Attending to the busy work of the psyche brings release... - Photo by Jan Ketchel
Attending to the busy work of the psyche brings release…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

By the time I woke up I felt quite peaceful and rested, in spite of the difficult situations I found myself in during the night. There was tension to withstand and yet I knew that only by standing in the tension and facing everything would the conflicts fully resolve so that no residual issues remained.

Recapitulation teaches us that once we’ve faced our inner conflicts and resolved them they no longer appear to grab our attention as they once did. On the rare occasion that they do appear, like my own old thought pattern, we are readily aware that they have come to teach us or remind us of something. In addition they point out the reality of now and how far we have actually come.

In balanced self we can firmly let those old issues know that they are no longer part of our life, but we must also attend to the lessons they have come back to teach us. This is standing on the line drawn down the center of the battlefield, bearing the tension of the conflict that needs resolution. Once we have achieved mature mutual agreement our conflicts dissolve and we can move on.

All things in the universe are bound to change. It’s the cyclic nature of reality; the stars moving and aligning, the moon waxing and waning, the sun rising and setting, the tides ebbing and flowing, the constantly changing days and seasons. We too are as cyclic as nature and so we must remember that inner conflicts will naturally arise and recede. But we also learn that they reappear over and over again, coming back to haunt us, presenting a narrow band of tension, a strip of fear and uncomfortability that we will live with for most of our lives if we don’t face our issues. Just like the returning seasons those issues come to stir us to action, often screwing things up for us until we finally make the decision to deal with them, to face them head-on by standing on our own battlefield of conflict resolution.

After recapitulation our own nature is finally freed to enjoy life in a new way... - Photo by Jan Ketchel
After recapitulation our own nature is finally freed to enjoy life in a new way…
– Photo by Jan Ketchel

Nature regularly plows things under, never to be seen again, but unlike nature we have consciousness and a psyche that keep us company and keep us on the straight and narrow road of life, asking us constantly to face what comes to greet us in our daily lives or suffer the consequences of failing to do so. With the proper ground upon which to do our most challenging inner work, we can volitionally counteract the cyclic forces of nature. By taking on what the psyche presents, we can consciously change ourselves with intent. And then the resolution is long-lasting, sending us one step further along on our true journey.

Facing what nature brings,

Soulbyte for Tuesday September 2, 2014

Beneath the emotions, the difficulties, and the conflicts lies the knowing self. The knowing self is the true self, the balancing self, the bringer of truth and honesty. Alignment with this true self, in action and deed, in thought and spoken word, brings alignment of spirit, body, mind and emotions. In alignment the inner strength and deeper sense of who you are is bound to make itself known in more assertive and definitive ways.

The true source of power lies within. Stay connected to the knowing self through the turmoils of life and you will finally access this knowing self more fully and completely. Keep this self present as you go about your day, through ritual and reality, through pain and pleasure, through happiness and sadness. Stay in balance. This is what you seek.

Soulbyte for Monday September 1, 2014

This Soulbyte is the only channeled message we are posting today.

Anchor your energy in your domain of self today. Keep it close and protected from outside worry and sadness. Know that they are always present, part of reality, but you do not need them in your life, interrupting your attention and focus on your spirit self. In domain of self, spirit reigns. It speaks and is heard. Outer distractions interfere. Focus instead on your true needs and desires, those of your deeper self. Seek them from a place of prudence and contentment, from a place of nurturance and self care. Learn to love the self so that others may find you attractive and loving too. This is the work that is now at hand.