A few conversations I have had in the last week or so challenged me to reflect on the whole idea of boundaries and how we view life happening around us. We create boundaries to define property, or ownership. This is mine and that’s yours. This is my country, that’s your country; my yard, your yard, me, you. It is an illusion of separation.
After a meditation recently, we talked about how when tragic events happen in the world, whether on a small or large scale, we have an opportunity to shift the energy of the experience by responding with love and compassion. Events in the world like 9/11 or major natural disasters like the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, are large scale examples where the response to these events have raised the energetic vibration of the entire planet. I began to explore this concept on a more personal level.
Prior to this, a good friend expressed concern over a particular situation, and the potential for me to be hurt by another’s actions. I am grateful for her care and the opportunity it gave me to reflect on this subject. I know she will be reading this so I write this with the utmost love and respect.
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to participate in a few Sacred Womyn Workshops. I talk about the energy of our words and the impact the energy we hold in our body affects us and the world around us. I talk about learning to live from a place of love and peace and the power of that to heal ourselves and the earth.
When I consider what it means to truly live from a place of love, with love there are no boundaries. There is no separation. Everything is a reflection of something within me, including whatever dynamics I experience with another person. So, I can choose to put up walls to protect myself from those dynamics or I can hold an energy of love and peace. My partner and I often talk about how in any given moment we can choose to respond to life with fear or love.
This doesn’t mean I should or need to engage in a relationship with someone that has harmed me in some way. I can choose not to. If I am holding that energy of love, I will attract situations and people that resonate on the same vibration I am at. If what I have attracted doesn’t appear to be on the same vibration, is it possible I have attracted it because it is a reflection of some aspect of myself? If I look at it as a shadow side of myself, I can bring it into harmony with other aspects of my being by shedding light on it and bringing in an energy of love and compassion.
At the same time, if an opportunity presents itself where I can engage in dialogue with someone that may have “hurt” me in some way or treated me badly or has differing beliefs from myself, I can choose to connect with this person from a place of love. This creates a possibility for transformation for both me and the other person.
I have done a lot of work to break down the walls around my heart. I am still a work in progress. Being love and living from that place, requires me to keep my heart open. It requires me to be vulnerable. It requires me to be awake to possibility, to risk and to have faith.
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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca . “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 48 years this has been and currently is the place I call home. I spent 17 years working in Financial Services. A strong sense that there is something more I am supposed to do in the world, a fascination with energy and a series of intuitive nudges have led me to begin practising Reiki , ThetaHealing®, and now IET®. I have a desire to learn and practise other healing modalities, as well as serve children and empower young women around the world. I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”