New Year Practices for Enlightened Living
Hello Dear One,
At the end of the year, I like to take some time to reflect on the past year before casting a vision for the new year. This is the third year in a row that I've used the Unravel Your Year free workbook written by Susannah Conway. I love that I can compare my answers over multiple years and see how I've grown and evolved (you can get your free copy right here if you want to play along too!)
This year there was an extra section on reviewing the past decade. How fun! One thing that I learned about myself in the decade review, is that in this last 10 years I began making more intuitive decisions and following my Inner Guidance. I made a huge shift from doing what was expected to doing what my soul was calling me to do.
One of the spiritual tools I use to turn up the volume of the Inner Voice and turn down the volume of outside sources, is the Life Visioning Process created by Rev Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith. It is a practice of tapping into the highest vision of your own unique blueprint and a way to consciously participate in the evolution of your consciousness. Um, yes please!
At yesterday's Sunday celebration service, we went over the Five Foundational Qualities for Practicing Life Visioning as described in his book Life Visioning: A Transformative Process for Activating Your Unique Gifts and Highest Potential . There's such power in being willing, available, open, and receptive to that which wants to emerge as your unique, individualized emanation of Source. Are you willing to tend to the calling of your soul? And are you willing to do what it takes to wake up and live an enlightened life?
As promised, here is the homework that Rev Dr. Michael assigns us to do in order to bring these qualities into our every day lives. He instructs:
Embodying the five foundational quails that support your visioning practice is made easier by incorporating simple practices into your daily routine.  For example, when you awaken in the morning, instead of immediately running your day's agenda through your mind, pause, take a breath, and offer gratitude that you are on the planet another day to enjoy those who love you and whom you love.  Before leaving for your workshop, even if just for a short period of time, discipline yourself to meditate, bless your day, and send out blessings to the world.  On your way to taking the kids to school or performing other errands, surrender to what you encounter throughout the day by realizing it is all part of your spiritual practice - things like being patient with traffic and irritating drivers who also wish to arrive at their destination on time, long lines at the grocery store, and so on.  Be willing to stop and assist someone by holding open a door, offering a smile.  As you walk through the day's activities, instead of taking things and people for granted, be receptive to the hand of the grace easing the way for you through them. (pages 24 - 25)
And for extra credit:
Place reminders of these practices on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator, calendar, in your car, on your desk. Get creative. Include your family members and make it fun. Everyone will benefit and you will realize how even the most mundane activities are rich material to work with and contain their own magic. (page 25)
Happy New Year to you and yours! I support you in your Enlightened Living and affirm clear guidance from your Inner Source of Wisdom.
Cassandra Rae, spiritual director
Centre for Spiritual Living White Rock
Join us live and in person for "The Power That Creates Everything" on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 10:30 am (doors open at 10:00)
Sunnyside Community Hall