#36 A Beautiful Bowl

Dear Jeanne,
Many people continue to benefit from your guidance. What would you like to talk about today?

Today, I speak of merging your intent with the knowledge you have now gained, both the knowledge of self and the knowledge that I have imparted to you over these many weeks. Find your calm center, your balance, and in this place of quiet bring together all that you now know and understand, and allow it to sit quietly in your place of knowing. Allow it to filter through your cognitive process of acknowledgment that has been growing as a result of your experiences over this recent learning period.

You have now gathered, not only information that is beneficial to your growth, but also experience. This experience is the key, for it allows you to more fully understand, but also more fully accept the guidance that is offered. As your own life has begun to change as a result of your time of contemplation so have you seen resonance in your daily life, firm examples of my meaning of life and of the significance of that journey you are on.

As you have learned to trust my guidance so have you also learned to trust yourself more fully. With this double trust are you now more able and ready to embark further in your growth and your acceptance of my guidance. For, as you see its significance in your own life, as you feel more certain of your own role in life, and as you experience meaningful happenings in your life so does your trust continually blossom inside you. With this new bond of trust will you be able to grow exponentially, and with further guidance find your way in that life more trustingly, and more eager for what each new day will bring.

With this new sense of trust, with the new awareness you have gained about yourself and this process, and with your desire for continued growth so are you now able to tie together all of these things and make them work for you. This involves allowing yourself to trust all that you have learned, allowing yourself to firmly sense your place in life, and allowing yourself to involve your intent more fully in your daily life.

Intent also involves trust. It requires that you become ready to accept all that approaches you as necessary, and the knowledge that you are capable of attending to that which comes, seemingly out of nowhere, to interrupt your goals. Understand that nothing is interrupting your life; everything is placed before you in order to allow for growth.

Place your intent before you as an open bowl, a beautiful bowl in your hands, empty and ready to receive what you need in order to grow. This is intent, a desire for life and growth and challenge, a desire for all that is necessary in order for your life to be lived with awareness and with possibility.

As you hold your beautiful bowl in outstretched hands ask for it to be filled with all that you need right now, today, in order for your life to be fulfilling, meaningful, and growth oriented. Do not ask for wealth or commercial gain, do not ask for the things of that world that are unnecessary and directed at the desires of the body. But, do ask for emptiness of spirit in order to accept the gifts you receive. With emptiness of spirit I mean ego, I mean desire in any fashion. Simply ask with openness, as a channel, and you will receive the exact gift that you need today.

In order to send intent must you have emptiness of spirit in all ways, you must be plain and quiet in your body and your mind, and you must present your empty self as you present your empty bowl, awaiting all that will arrive in your life as your next gift of challenge, of help, of guidance, and of growth.

This concept of asking for nothing is, in essence, the act of asking for everything. It involves total trust in the ability of the self to take on life in a new fashion, with awareness, alertness, and total trust in the self now, in a new way. This new trust you have been developing over the past few months will not desert you, but will remain steady, for it involves many truths, and those truths will not disappear once discovered and planted in your knowing.

If doubt comes to haunt you and pull you from your path, I request that you find again your calm center, and revert to your newly learned truths and study what you have discovered, and look at your life as you have recently progressed. Speak your own truths to yourself and get back on track. Doubt will seek to distract you. It will seek to dissuade you, and it will seek to interrupt the flow of your life, but this is merely momentary if you remain fixed on your intent and the knowledge that life is meaningful and full of challenges that also have meaning, and the ultimate ideal life is to live fully in spirit with awareness and alertness. In your alertness, and with your new knowledge of life’s meaning, can you look at doubt as it seeps in as just another challenge to encounter, to study, and to place aside as you elect to continue on this path of spirit.

Find today your beautiful bowl, whether it be real or imaginary, place it in your hands, empty and awaiting the nothingness of your intent to embrace life and all that it has to offer. With this beautiful bowl always present in your life can your intent always be ready, and your growth always acceptable.

Trust the process of your life as it unfolds. Ask of yourself that you go forward always centered in your calm spirit knowing, and with openness and no regrets, but eager for life. Study continually the events in your life for their meaning. Find your way by knowing and understanding how your life itself leads you where you need to go if you trust that it is meant to be as it is, as it flows, as it daily unwinds and greets you with all that you need. Your beautiful bowl is always full of life, waiting for you to notice and waiting for you to trust it and live it to the best of your ability. Trust this knowledge, trust yourself, and trust your spirit to continually guide you, and you will do well.

All of this does require that you learn to detach from as much of that world that seeks to distract you from your center, but it does not require that you retire from that world. I ask always that you learn balance in both the world of your spirit and the world you now live in. But, I do ask that you allow your spirit to guide you now, and this will enable you to flow more easily, and detachment will become a simpler daily process, more naturally a part of your life as you grow.

So, stay spirit-oriented, focus on intent of nothingness, remain calmly balanced, and learn detachment from doubt and distraction as you work your balance, and your life, in a new manner now. All of this is good! See what happens next, for that is the most exciting aspect of life, awaiting what comes next. Remember always that you are safe, you are protected, you are loved, and you are strong and capable of accepting the gifts that will appear in your bowl.

#35 Be Spirit Oriented

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have any messages for humanity today?

Go deeper now still as this time of contemplation remains. Find your quiet and visit your edge, your precipice, your abyss. Look down into your own darkness and discover what lies hidden there that hurts you still, that harms your heart and your progress. Find the means to understanding why this is so and resolve the issue of it that seeks to hinder your growth. Go forward freed of your old burdens and unfettered by your ancient lives. Live now this life, and allow it to be fulfilled, that your future life may be growth oriented and turned outward and away from the self.

For that is the goal of life, you know, to eventually turn outward into pure energy and evolutionary growth rather than personal growth. Your time on earth is meant to prepare you for this eventual departure from the confines of human existence and allow you access to an unencumbered spirit that desires no attachments and no old worries and no desires of a human sort to keep it bound.

Find this time of growth, of contemplation, and of turmoil to be your nurturing and your education in real life purposes. This will enable you to spend your time on earth in meaningful pursuits and allow you also to solve many of the questions that now haunt your existence. Who does not wonder at the reason for life and the whys of that earth time? These are truly the questions seekers need ask as they ponder their individual paths and seek to understand the meaning of their lives.

This time of awakening, accompanied by positive energy, has not been upon that earth in such magnitude for many years. There have been other recent times of awakening, yet have they lacked the intensity of this one, for outside now is there much energy that seeks to partake and aid, though mankind has come far from trusting such aid. I speak of those of us who wish to guide, wish to be recognized, wish to be partners in the endeavors that are now being attempted upon that earth, to supercede the progress of evil and disharmony that have been building.

Do you not wish to trust and utilize our guidance? Do you not wish to accept our equally strong wish to connect and become known as helping and guiding entities? Have you not heard lately many stories of aid from out-of-body, unseen helpers, who simply appear, do what is needed and then recede? These helpers are sometimes called angels, though they appear in human form, but only briefly. Others do not appear in any form, but simply offer what is needed coincidentally, synchronistically. Energy is available in either manner, depending on the needs of the individual and the circumstances. All have had experiences, yet not all will acknowledge them. Examples of connection abound.

As you continue to work on your issues, as you dive further into your self, as you attempt to empty the self and become as empty vessels and go forward into life unencumbered by human needs and desires, so do I offer you the knowledge that connection awaits you, connection is prepared for you, and connection is purposefully placed in your path. Do not doubt this. This is your next challenge, to trust that this is so, and to begin to notice it, to greet it, to accept it, and also ask for it.

As your state of personal growth from needy inner child to mature disenfranchised adult matures, so will you be more accepting of the guidance that is offered. As you empty and become more spirit oriented, of the individual spirit, so will you find that such guidance will fit nicely into the balance of your life. You will discover that as your life changes, by the actions you now take, so will your acceptance of signs and guidance become familiar and acceptable behavior on your part. The desire for connection, as you progress, will allow for greater openness and you will find that you will flow easily into this new way of life, life as a spiritual being, less caught in the difficulties of life, and more focused on detachment from it and eagerness for spirit experiences.

Experiences will be your guide to understanding life, and your life in particular. As you gain in spirit experiences, so will you understand the journey that is your life, the journey you have already taken, and the journey you now embark on, and this will allow you to continue to experience all that comes into your life as part of that journey. This is evolutionary growth that you now partake in. This time of contemplation and deep meditation on the self is not a time of selfishness, but in fact a time of separation from self-importance. This cannot happen until you understand yourself fully. For how can you let yourself go, detach from all that you consider important about the self, if you do not understand why you have such ideas of the self. To contemplate and understand truthfully the journey you have taken is allowing you the opportunity to drop all pretenses, disengage from old habits, depart from old ideas that keep you bound to untruths and false practices, and allow you to empty yourself of all attachments to that life that inhibit growth of spirit. As you detach more and more, and discover all that you can live without, so do you open your life, your daily life, and your future life, to fully exploring the potential that you have no idea exists, until you detach from all that holds you in its clutches.

In my own case, had I not learned that death was actually freedom, would I not have progressed as far as I did in the few short years I lived upon that earth. Luckily, I embarked on spirit growth in the company of my dear Chuck, always exploring and seeking with him, and usually under his guidance, the potential that life offered, even in its veiled state and in its daily busyness. To learn to explore beyond the body, to understand that I had a spirit that could transcend a body that was slowly deteriorating, liberated me from feeling lost or robbed of life, because I discovered in my spirit work that I had vast potential and energetic life to carry out-of-body and on to experiences that made me realize that life on earth was but a small part of evolution, of life, and of eternity.

Do not give up on yourself. Do not push yourself so far that you wish to give up, but do push yourself to a point of acknowledging some truth about yourself, even daily, if you can handle it. Trust the process of emptying of the self, turning the self inside out and looking at all the things you have done, had done, and could still do. Know that they have all been experiences that were needed, and may still be, in order to bring you to a place of closure, and allow your spirit being to evolve next beyond earth, and into a new energetic level.

Look around you at the people you know. Who do you see who truly seeks spiritual growth? Who is on a path of spirit? Who seems to be ready to evolve into the next life this time upon that earth? Is this your last entry into that realm? Are you ready to finish with it and evolve into a new spirit entity that is capable of further growth?

As you look around you, at your family, your friends, your children, look at each of them as journeyers and look at yourself in this fashion too. Do you not clearly see the journey each of them has taken, or is taking? Do you not see the youth taking on as much life as they can get, for they need this before they can learn detachment. For how can you learn detachment if you have not yet experienced attachment? Are there ancient souls in your company who are now ready to progress into a new stage, no matter what age? Are there old people still unable to let go of the constructs of life that they have upheld and practiced to the frustration of the spirit? All of these practices in life are necessary. All of these journeys are necessary. With this knowledge can you begin to gain clarity on life as a journey, you can begin your own detachment proceedings, and allow yourself the opportunity to let others take the journey they must, and allow yourself to take yours.

I hope this will add vigor to your struggles. These suggestions are aids for you to utilize as you continue your self-work. As you begin to see yourself more clearly in the context of your life, so can you gain better awareness to accompany you in your work. See where this leads you next. We’ll catch up again soon. The road before you is wide open, expectant, and full of possibility. I invite you to continue your journey along it. See what happens next. You never know what will come along and where it will lead you, and if you are open to life, and those possibilities and impossibilities, so are you open to adventure and that is the beauty of it all. Go for it!

#34 A New Perspective

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have any messages for today?

Don’t try so hard to make things happen. Let the energy flow through you and guide you. As you contemplate and find your truth, and the place where you now stand in your life, let it be still in you. Let the knowing calm you, and look not to change too hard, with determination or defiance toward the self, but let yourself be guided by the energy that surrounds you. Allow yourself the ability to flow gently now into life, even as your intent is for change, and your focus is for growth. Intend, and allow the aid of assisted energy to be your partner now.

Find your balance and your calm today and await signs while you also pay attention to your inner truth. Yes, I know that habits are hard to break, and worry is incessant. I know that doubt can capsize you and the penchant to obsess can keep you swirling in bitterness, but do not fall into this if you can remind yourself that you are no longer available to becoming trapped, but instead are open to new thinking and new ideas.

Allow the new ideas and the new means of viewing life to pick you up out of your doubt and your discomfort. Allow a new vision to enter your life, your new calmer life, and rid yourself of the old thoughts and fears. Every now and then, a curtain of uncertainty will suddenly fall between you and your new vision, but this is merely an attempt on the part of the distracters, the outside interferers, to dissuade you from your path.

Acknowledge such darkness, but also dismiss it. Tell it you are no longer interested in being drawn into its dark outlook. Tell it you have changed now and your eyes and your soul see differently now. Swipe that curtain aside so that you once again receive resonance in your life, that thrilling hum of familiarity and excitement that has entered your life as you have ventured, under my guidance, to learn new things.

I believe that you will find you are much happier living in clarity and learning awareness, than if you go into darkness and ponder, over and over again, the same old ideas and remain caught and stagnant. Is it not more thrilling to be in lightness, and seeking truth and connection to your own spirit and your own energy, than stuck in old habits or obsessive thought patterns?

Look for the resonance in your life. Look for the light, for the path that will lead you continually into new thinking and new seeing in your life. Do my words guide you? Have you not had success of growth and new ideas as you have paid attention to my perspective? Do you not feel lighter, happier, and more eager for life as you have listened to my words?

I realize that there is always darkness hovering nearby to catch you unaware. This will happen, but look at it as necessary for future growth. As you feel the darkness pull at you question it as well. Where does it seek to take you? Why is it appearing now when you are feeling so good and positive and actually about to launch into new life? Why does the old stuff seek to distract you from your path?

Look at it as a gift, as a tool, and as a positive means of allowing for you to utilize your new skills of awareness, and the ability to shift with a change of direction by your intent and your desire for newness. Refuse the intrusion by stepping away from it and focusing on your new balance and calm, and remain in clarity and awareness rather than get drawn back into old despair. Test your ability to change, and test also your own desire to grow by questioning your growth, and the changes in your outlook so far, and the real concrete changes in your life as well.

You will constantly feel the pull of your old life and your old habits, but as you become adept at refusing, and stronger in your skills of detachment, so will you find that eventually will you no longer feel the pull so greatly, and instead your attachment to the energy in and around you will be easier to tap into and you will flow more smoothly in your life.

We are all on similar journeys, whether there upon that earth or in other worlds. We must contend with the residue of past lives and habits, even in my world, as well as our desire to remain in comfort and reasonable happiness. The problem of continual growth, of having to prod and push ourselves forward, is a constant chore. Even though I abide in abundant energy, and even though I am eager for growth, so is there also in my world the underlying darkness that seeks to distract and steal our attention and, in so doing, drain our energy. I remain focused on my growth, but even I may get lazy on occasion and caught in a slightly stagnant mode. But, as I have constantly trained my energy to move forward, so have I learned to quickly detach from outside influences that seek to feed off me. As I mentioned, I must be aware at all times, and usually my alertness keeps me safe, but I must confess that I still have moments of fallibility. I too am constantly learning, even as I teach you, and as I encourage you also to teach what you learn.

To safeguard against the distractions of these outside influences I seek always the balance that I also instruct you to reach in your own self and your own world. The more you work this balancing act, the quicker you will be able to successfully return to this place of calm centeredness. Practice it daily, until it becomes easy to shift back on track and remain alert to all that is around you.

Life is exciting and the energy that now flows upon that earth, though it is volatile at times, also has undercurrents of tender and gentle pushing that will take you to the right place in your life. Learn how the energy can be utilized in your own life. Seek to understand how you must learn to use it as well, for it exists ready for your attention. How will you choose to use it? To grow and change you, or to catch you off guard and hold you hostage in one of its whirlwinds?

If you stay in your calm center and look out from this place of calm will you realize that life can be viewed and partaken in in many fashions. Look at those in your life who choose to engage it with either total disregard of energy or are choosing oblivion, while others choose to step back and see it from a place of detachment. You can observe this in others so why not observe yourself? Where do you stand now? Are you on track? Are you calm and aware? Are you silently waiting to recognize the energy that is right for your own? Are you understanding the resonances in your life? Are you hearing the guidance that comes from inside you and outside you? Are you able also to hear the difference between that guidance and the old habits that seek to disrupt your peace and detachment? Which do you prefer today, the calm and detachment, or the covered veil of oblivion and unclear self?

Continue to look for balance, calm, and resonance in your life. Allow your spirit to guide and protect you and show you how to flow with the energy that is around you. Be firmly planted in your mature and knowing self and you will have access to this energy differently. If you are caught in an old place, then gently extract yourself, return to balance, and start over, looking, looking for your calm center and your spirit guide.

Change not your habits too drastically, but change your outlook, your perspective on how you view yourself and this will enable you to shift to a new place where your balance will return. Say to yourself: I’m different now, I don’t want or like this old habit, this old obsession, or this old thought, so I don’t have to engage it anymore. I can change myself simply by disengaging the old way of looking at my life, and look at my life as totally changed and open now to new possibilities. If I open to the possibility that anything can happen, then I offer myself the opportunity to, not only grow, but to begin to shift immediately, and that is good.

Be open to new ideas, new thoughts, and new energy, and you will begin to find that your distractions will have less room in your consciousness and your unconsciousness. Shift your focus and find that you will, as time passes, discover that your energy has shifted with your intent and it too is more open and eager for change. All of this is good. As you practice, so will you change, and change is good.

#33 Habits

Dear Jeanne,
What message do you have for all of us today?

Where are you going with all of this? Yes, my messages guide you, you follow my advice, but why, and where are YOU going with all of this? Do you stop to think about your reasons for desiring change and for entering in to this contract with evolutionary change? Do you stop to wonder about your own deepest reasons, aside from my advice and urging?

When you contemplate the patterns in your life, your habits, your relationships, your tendencies, your fears, and your daring, what do you see? Do you see someone who desperately desires adventure whenever it appears to entice you? Or do you stop and think before you leap, before you grab at the desire before you and wonder, is it necessary, is it growth oriented, is it going to take me to the next level of understanding, will it enhance my awareness? Or, am I just following my wild side, my adventuresome side into oblivion with no real and redeeming value?

Why do I have the habits I have? What are they trying to teach me? I urge all of you to stop and quietly contemplate your lives in great detail during this time of assisted energy. Take the time to study yourself, find out who you are underneath all that you present to the world, and pay attention to the truths behind the actions you enact in your everyday world. Seek realness in yourself, in your habits, and in your interactions, for you will not be whole until you are truthful with yourself.

And, most importantly, do this contemplative act for yourself alone, not for any other in your life, but for your own growth and your own eventual wholeness. This activity of self-study ties in very succinctly with your learning of detachment. You will not be able to fully engage in active detachment until you learn the reasons for your own attachment to aspects in your life that have become routine and that you activate merely through habitual actions.

Do not underestimate any routine as being mundane and of no importance. Any activity that you habitually engage in is of importance as you study and learn detachment.

Do not reprimand yourself as you go through this process of self-study, for I do not advocate self-hatred, or anger, as useful. But, I do insist that you give yourself plenty of time to understand the full implications of your habits in your life and what they really mean to you in the context of your life, as you now understand it.

As you follow my guidance, as you learn to view your life in a different manner, and your own life from a new perspective, so are you being given the gift of new insight. This insight may not make much sense at first, but, as you repeatedly hear it, over and over again, for I do repeat everything in many different ways, so will your understanding grow, and eventually will you understand what I’m talking about at a deeper level as it suits your own life.

I urge, as always, that you take meaning from my messages as relating to your own life. As you read my guidance, ask always, okay, so what does this mean in the context of my own life? What is the significance of this message for me, today? Where am I in my life that I have received this message? Look for the personal meaning in your own life, and then look for the signs that will validate this message in your own life, for there will always be repercussions in your own situation of the meaning of my messages, but this you must look for, understand in your personal life, and understand how it fits in to your journey.

I urge that you continue to contemplate, deeply, the issues of habit and attachment in your life. Question everything you do. Ask why, and do I really need this? Ask for the significance of this habit becoming known right now; why am I being drawn to focus on this habit today? What am I supposed to be learning?

Allow the content of my messages to guide you. Utilize the skills of balance and centering that I have been teaching you. Use your new abilities of awareness and alertness to gain clarity in your life. Trust your knowing; trust the phenomenon that strikes you as most significant today, as being meaningful, and worthy of further work.

When I say work, I mean contemplation, deep pondering of the habits of the self. Look for the why, and search for the root of this habit. Discover in the process, not only the root reason, but all other activities that that reason has spawned, other little roots that have also grown out of that key root issue and become firmly embedded in your daily life.

We all have habits that keep us bound and incapable of growth. In spite of this knowledge is it the duty of the spirit to forge ahead, but not with blindness or with abandon, but knowing the truth and seeking resolution, so that not only distance is covered on a journey, but so that true growth is accomplished.

The energy now is ripe for true growth, for the revelation of truths, for realness, and uncovering of falsehoods, and the ability of the self to expose the lies that have kept one habitually spinning for little reason, is now upon you. Do not squander this time of self-confrontation. Are you in fact spinning your wheels; standing still in fact, though you have been expending tremendous energy? Or have you been careful and methodical in your energy usage in spite of the desire to push ahead unprepared?

This is a time of preparation now. I gather that you have decided to join in the energy of growth and evolutionary awareness. But, are you also following my guidance that you prepare well for this journey of growth? Clean your houses and organize your lives, inside and out, inside you and in the world that is around you.

Prepare your inner world and your outer world for this journey. It takes a lot of self-work, but this will lead to tremendous growth and a new sense of self worth! Not in the vain sense, but in the evolutionary sense, as you take yourself seriously, as you prepare for your life differently, with a new sense of control that will guide you as you go and not inhibit you, as old habits now do.

To become a warrior, one who knows the truth of the world, and is aware of all that it holds, and is ready to take on all that is yet to be revealed, must one be prepared for anything. This is what I am teaching you about and preparing you for, to become a true warrior in the world of that earthly reality and other realities. Your strengths must be revealed, accepted, and honed; your intentions set and allowed to grow to fruition; your abilities allowed to become as natural as breathing; and your trust in the self must be a firmly established and tight fitting aspect of your identity, with all of these aspects part of your new self.

A warrior flows with life, but a warrior also knows everything there is to know about life in order to choose well the next step that appears, the next path to take, and the next decision, based on his intent to grow and move forward with dignity and grace. A warrior takes nothing and leaves nothing, for a warrior desires only to learn from every experience and move on to the next, living with love and compassion and true gentleness for all that is encountered while on that journey.

It is not the warrior’s job to solve the issues of others, but it is the warrior’s job to teach all that he knows, so that others may access the same opportunities and learn what life is truly meant to be. Simply by his actions and his choices is a warrior a true example of growth and this is important to remember.

Not only by example, but also by our very energy do we impact others and the entire world around us. Do not be afraid to take this journey. Remind yourself that you seek, within your own life, to learn the ways of the warrior, that your time there may be well spent, not only for your own journey, but the journeys of those around you and the entire planet, as well. Remind yourself that your actions affect everything, and this is the reason for contemplation of the self, and the true desire for the evolution of the self.

As you grow others grow, and as others grow so does the evolutionary process continually advance. The reality of my words awaits you daily. It is up to you to seek their meaning in your own life, find the significance of my guidance for today in your own world, and in your inner world, and begin to more fully embrace the warrior’s way.

I do not mean to place upon you any form of army, or recruitment into a cult, or form of black magic, for when I mention warriorhood I do not do so in any form you are currently familiar with. My usage of the term is strictly individual, as are all of my teachings. To be a warrior means simply to live your life impeccably, to the best of your ability, fully knowing of the self and the world around you, and full of love and compassion for your fellow journeyers, no matter what stage or form they may be at. All things matter and all things have potential for growth, yet all things must grow at their individual rate. When I invite you into warriorhood I invite you in to discover your own potential, that’s all.

So, continue to contemplate your own potential and see where this takes you now. You may be surprised at what happens as these new ideas seep into your being. As I said, the energy now is ripe for such incubation and contemplation. See what happens! This is good for now.

A Note from Jan Ketchel

During the writing of today’s message I was aware that I was not capturing all that was being said. Normally the messages come in a mixed form of words and images, which flit by rather quickly, like a deck of cards, out of which the words flow. I want to embellish on two points based on the images that accompanied the words today. When Jeanne speaks of contemplating our habits she is not just speaking of physical habits, but also mental habits and habits of thought, such as old assumptions, untruths, or worry, or even too much attachment to the world around us. And the second point is that when she speaks of cleaning our houses, this is meant literally and metaphorically. She means for us to attend to our actual physical houses and responsibilities so everything runs smoothly in our lives, but she is also referring to our bodies as houses. By this she means keeping balanced and centered while at the same time keeping our selves physically healthy and fit. Remember, you should always look for resonance of the content of the messages, including these points, in the context of your own life.

#32 A Life of Spirit

Dear Jeanne,
Do you have a message for humanity today?

Yes, I do. I would like to firmly establish that life is of the spirit. Once you have firmly planted this in your knowing can you more often focus on the desires of the spirit rather than the desires of the body. Allow your spirit to guide you in your decisions and in your desires, and you will discover what a life truly can be.

If life is spirit oriented, then what does that mean in the context of the life you now live? Have you accepted this fact? Are you certain now, that you are spirit driven? Have you decided to go with this notion in order to see where it takes you? Well, in so doing have you solved one of the mysteries of life, for to understand that you are spirit first and foremost is to solve the puzzle of life. The spirit desires growth. The spirit desires experience. The spirit desires fulfillment.

To be caught in old habits and stagnant in life is to have lost touch with the spirit entity that wishes to drive you forward. To reconnect is to open the door to fresh air and a release of pent up anxiety and fear that has long been sequestered, held back, and stopped from evolving.

When I suggest that you daily take time to contemplate your life, I mean that you should look at all aspects of your life and how they have remained stagnant, as habits, over time, or how they have burst forth in order to move you forward at other times.

What are the patterns in your life? Where do you see the synchronicities that have sought to alert you to the fact that there is something else driving you? Where is your spirit now? Where does your energy blossom, and your resonance hum, so that you respond with joy and happiness and absolutely know that your spirit desires new life?

You are totally in control, but the question is, are you reading the signs in your life? Are you acknowledging the synchronicities pointing you in the right direction? Are you discovering that you need some new fresh air? Are you looking for something to shake you out of your doldrums?

Look no further than the self and the world you now inhabit. All the energy exists inside you already. All the signs are already there, pointing you correctly for your spirit growth. Do you accept the challenge to change?

As you contemplate, try on new identities in order to find the one that truly fits your spirit. You may have to try on a few, until you finally get the right one, and that is fine, for all experience is valuable. But, your spirit will continually push you, until you have landed in the right place. Once you are there, and it is right, then will your spirit fight to remain there, even if you seek to wander.

Today, I urge that no abrupt changes be made, but that your houses be put in order, so that when change happens you are well prepared and not frantic about sudden newness in your life. You never know what may happen next, but if you are diligent and conscientious you will be prepared for anything. Do not force change upon you, but allow change to find you and present itself before you. Your assignment is to prepare by allowing the self to accept the fact that change is inevitable, and change is good, and change is part of evolutionary growth.

Train yourself to accept change by making small adjustments in your day, and in your habits, as I have instructed in the past. Do make minor changes that will prepare you for gradual change, and train your awareness to notice how you feel and how you act with even the most subtle of shifts in your daily routine. Give yourself the gift of slight change in routine, even as you contemplate your life and its routines so far.

Allow yourself, during this time of contemplation, to take note of change in your past, how it affected you, and how it led you to new life, or to accept something you had previously been unaware of. As you review this process, notice the subtle hints of new life that will now approach you as well, and notice also how you react now after these many weeks of training your awareness and your spirit to awaken.

Man’s greatest fault is complacency, which leads to stagnancy and life as routine and boring. But, life does not have to ever fall into this rut if man seeks the truth of the spirit and understands that life is a journey of the spirit rather than a journey of the body.

Your body is your vehicle, and as such it requires good care in order to complete the journey that your spirit requires. Ask your spirit to guide you in your decisions and in your contemplation of your life as it is now. Your spirit will respond with good advice and expect you to take it. Try to pay attention, raise your awareness to a place of quiet listening and you will find the right connection to your spirit knowing.

At all times in your day reconnect often with this spirit. Ask it for help and see if you can hear its advice, even in the noisiest or most obnoxious situations. Learn to understand how it speaks. Is it with clear voice? Does it send physical sensations? Does it knock you over the head with loud sounds or bright lights or bold signs? Does it show you something meaningful? Does it soothe you and take care of you? Look at the many ways a spirit can call your attention. Remember to be alert and to notice all the signs in your life. Everything has meaning.

Keeping this possibility in mind, see what happens in your day, each day. See how you notice the changes in your life differently. Watch for the signs in your life with your new awareness, and as you change your life little by little notice how your spirit grows more firmly apparent in your body and in the participation in your life. Tune in to your spirit now more fully and see what happens over the next few days. I guarantee that you will be guided. The energy is good for this. Wonder how this guidance will come. Be alert. This is good.

Do you have anything else?

Remain firm in your convictions to change. This is the greatest challenge to those who have many habits to break. Remaining on the course of change without too much backsliding is the biggest feat now before you. If you revert to old behaviors do not admonish too sharply, but reset your convictions more firmly and you will advance a little further each time.

Allow for the quiet that I suggest. It is time well spent and time well earned. Give the self guilt free time alone in order to work on this idea of change and growth, and in order to begin to understand the inner voice, and the synchronicities in life, and the ability to remain aware at all times. It all takes work; so don’t deny the self the preparation time to learn all of this I speak of. Be kind to the self, but also be firm with the self in order to enact change.

Create the balance that works for you in your life and, one small step at a time, begin to change as you order your life and prepare for greater change down the road. One thing at a time and you will not be overwhelmed or overtaken by too much at once. Trust your spirit, for that is the reason you exist. Your spirit desires that life. Your job is to reconnect with it and remember why you are there and where you are meant to be going.

These are exciting times!

Chuck Ketchel, LCSWR