Holding Space with Love and Compassion


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Photo by Leah Schroeder

This morning, shortly after this November Super-moon was at her fullest, I woke with my heart being flooded with grief.  The grief that flowed up from my heart was both personal and that of the collective consciousness.  This grief called me to bring forth all the love and compassion I can carry for myself, for those close to me who are grieving and struggling, and for all of humanity and the earth.

The last while has been a time for me to go inward.  Space has been created for me to use this time to recharge and store up my batteries for the work that lies ahead.  It has been a time to look at the parts of myself that still need healing; the parts where I have been in judgement of myself or those around me; the parts where I have failed to stand strongly in my light to empower myself and in turn those I interact with; where I have failed to fully and deeply love myself, and allow that love to flow out to those around me who need it the most.  Today, I love all of those parts of myself.

I spent some time in the woods yesterday.  It was an opportunity for some nature therapy and time to refuel.  As I was walking beside a small lake, a doe emerged out of the woods, grazing in the tall grass beside the path.  She was oblivious to my presence there.  My eyes were drawn to a point further along the path, where a large buck appeared and moved toward me.  As the doe walked towards the edge of the water to drink and continue grazing, the buck came closer, standing between the doe and the path.  He took a solid stance, strong and confident.  We watched each other for a few moments, neither of us moving.  When the buck heard someone coming from the other direction, the two of them bolted into the woods.  After the person passed me, the buck appeared to me again.  We moved parallel to each other for a short time until he crossed my path and disappeared into the woods on the other side of me.

There was a gift and a message for me in this brief encounter.  As I reflect on this and the energy that has been building over the past few months, again both personally and collectively, I look further into what their appearance might mean for me.

The doe exemplified the divine feminine, representing love, nourishment, surrender, connection.  The buck represented the divine masculine, demonstrating authority, protection and strength.  Together, they moved in harmony with each other and their surroundings.  I feel drawn to bring into balance both aspects within myself and my relationships.

This morning, as I was feeling the grief emerging, I allowed myself to sit with those feelings briefly and then moved into a time of meditation and ceremony.  The energy of this full moon is bringing in a new strength and resolve with in me.  The grief is replaced with a powerful, deep love and compassion.

I am being called at this time to hold space.  A definition of this, presented to me a couple of weeks ago, is as follows:  “It means that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they’re on without judging them, making them feel inadequate, trying to fix them, or trying to impact the outcome. When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control”.

As more light pours in and wells up inside us to bring our gifts out into the world, subconscious beliefs come to the surface to be healed.  Like a wound, sometimes it looks worse before it looks better.  Sometimes we repeat old patterns if we aren’t willing or ready to release those beliefs or karmic imprints and move through them.  This is happening both on individual and collective levels.  We are at a crossroads and have a choice as to how we move forward.

So in this moment I choose, filled with the love of the divine, completely surrounded and supported with the light of love, to act as a vessel, holding space both for those closest in my life and for all of humanity.  I send out prayers of love and compassion to the people in my life who are struggling.  I send out prayers of love to all those gathered at and supporting the people of Standing Rock, who are called there to protect the water and teach us to walk in harmony with the earth.  I send out prayers of love and gratitude to the water and to the earth.  I send out prayers and love to all parts of the world where there is conflict.  I send prayers and love to all those living in fear or pain.  I send out prayers and love to world leaders and the systems that have created imbalance in our world.  As the unraveling begins, I send out prayers and love to carry the whole as a new consciousness and way of walking on this earth emerges.  I dig deep within to draw upon all the strength and power of the sacred feminine, to fill myself up with as much love as my being is able to contain and pour out from me.

In meditation today, words of trust and patience were presented to me.  I surrender and trust that whatever happens from this point forward will be in the highest good for all.  I invite you to join me in holding space and sending out love and compassion.  The larger the vessel we create together, the stronger that love will ripple out to raise the vibration of the collective consciousness, to heal and shift humanity.

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, Integrated Energy Therapy® Master-Instructor, and ThetaHealing® Practitioner, www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca .  “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my life 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 IET®. I have a desire to learn, practice, and teach other healing modalities, empowering others to help shift the consciousness of humanity.  I am grateful for the opportunity to share my thoughts and stories with you.”

 

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Let Your Light Shine


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Photo by Leah Schroeder

The longest night has passed and more light is coming in as we move towards the Full Moon which falls on Christmas Day this year. This has been a powerful year and the energy continues to build as we move towards its end.

Every Full Moon and New Moon this year have been powerful times of releasing old energy and those things which no longer serve us. This has been happening within each of us whether we are conscious of it or not. It has been happening on a larger global scale as well.

Reflecting on some recent past events, here in Canada we had a significant federal election a few months ago. There was a last “fight” to hold on by the strong masculine power base and a hugely profound energetic shift on Election Day as that old energy was released to make way for the divine feminine; an energy of connection and collaboration. This energetic shift was felt not only here in Canada, but rippled around the world. The light continues to flow in as actions are being taken to build relationships, particularly with indigenous people to create space for healing and to move forward in a new way.

Even more recently, we can reflect on the events that happened in Paris. Although there are still those that want to stir up fear and hate and the illusion of separateness, there was an outpouring of love and compassion. There was also recognition that this was not the only event that happened at that time and the love spread to other areas of the world where people lost their lives.

Some have stirred up fear of welcoming and embracing Syrian refugees, and felt we shouldn’t welcome them into our countries. Once again more have responded with love and compassion to look beyond ourselves and open our doors and our hearts to these people who so desperately need a safe place to live. As the first refugees arrived they were greeted with joy and open arms, welcoming them to their new home.

With some of these global events, there has been a backlash against Muslim people. They have feared for their safety, even here in North America. Again, people have come together in various ways to show love and compassion. Examples of this are stories of people offering to walk Muslim women and children to school to protect them from bullying, communities visiting local mosques to show solidarity, and I am sure there are many other examples.

I feel that more and more we are moving towards recognizing our connection to each other. We may have different beliefs, cultural practising, skin colour, but at our core we are all spiritual beings, connected to and a part of one source that goes by whatever name one chooses to call it. As we have different organs and systems that make up our physical body, we all have our place within the body of humanity. Humanity has its place along with the plant and animal life of the planet along with the living systems of the land and water, to make up the body of the Earth. The Earth, along with the other planets and the Sun make up the body of the solar system. The solar system is part of the body of the Galaxy, and the Galaxy along with other galaxies is part of the Universe. In turn, all aspects of ourselves and our place in the Universe are reflections of, or expressions of, God, Creator, Universal Consciousness, or Source Energy – whatever name you choose to identify with. So we all matter and are all connected.

As we look within and release the old energy, it is time for us to allow our inner light to shine and step fully into our divine calling. The Full Moon on Christmas with families coming together will likely be an intense and possibly challenging time for many. I believe there will also be a greater flow of light coming in to assist all of us with our shift in consciousness. It is the Christ Consciousness of love and peace.

Look within to the dark places and the shadows within yourself. Shine light on those places and surround them with love. See your entire being fill with love and peace. Allow love and peace to be what flows out from you to those around you, and create space to share your light with others. That light will ripple out and spread as you share it. It is time to shine.

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Leah Schroeder is a Reiki Master, ThetaHealing® and Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, http://www.lifeforcehealingservices.ca . “I was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. For most of my 49 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 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.”

Queen of Hearts


A meeting between ‘the queen of hearts’ and your desperate and jugemental mind at times when you feel that you loose control in your life – for those hard times you seem to enter ‘the dark night of the soul’.

Hello stranger,

First of all : STOP BEATING YOU UP! RIGHT NOW!

There is nothing “wrong” with you. You are right where you have to be in terms of your spiritual development, and you will be alright soon, take courage, don’t take a beer for now.
We will drink a bottle of champagne together and have a party when this is over.
Or maybe we will just sit together in sacred silence, it’s up to you.

Second : FORGET ALL YOU LEARNED ABOUT SPIRITUALITY UNTIL NOW!

It is not going to help you. It is not ‘knowledge’ you have lack of, it is not the right technique you need to find, it is not the right way to God, or heaven, or the improvement of your cosmic connection, or the cleaning of your aura, or your body, or the cleaning of your thought patterns.

This is not to say that I ask you to give your spiritual awareness away.
This will not happen and you know it, deep down inside of you.
The only thing is that knowledge or techniques are not going to help you at this particular stage of growth. If they were, they would have helped you to get over your pain and fear of the darkness you feel yourself drowning in.
They sure helped you to get here, they are supporting your process, but they are not the strongest tool to use right now.

When this is over you will find that your spiritual connection has grown, your connection to God and the highest sources will be obvious, your aura will be cleaned up, destructive thought patterns will have changed, and major healing took place, only because you allowed yourself to let go of control.

Don’t be afraid, the angels are standing by, Father God is watching you.
The Queen of the Universe is in charge for now. Mother Mary sends you her Blessings.
On the table we lay down the cards of your life.
The joker of the day is the Queen of Hearts.

She says : Please come near me, I am with you now, I hold your hand, right here in mine.
I will not let go, until the morning light.

Go for it, you have come so far. You are so beautiful by now, you made so much effort, there is so much you brought to this world you can be grateful for by now. There is so much Love you ‘deserve’ to pass through your life, so much beauty you have the right to enjoy, so much Love waiting for you behind this curtain.

Come with me, let’s enter this nightmare of yours together, knowing that it is just a dream.
Nothing more, just a nightmare, disintegrating in the first sparkles of sun in the morning, the morning that is coming soon. It always comes. You know it, nightmares always end, a new dawning always arrives.
Look outside, when it’s daytime now, where did the night go?
And when it is night, has it always been this way? Aren’t there moments in your memory where there is this big sun shining at your face.

I promise, you will feel the warmth of this sun again, it will touch you with its Love, stronger and warmer than ever before.
In the meantime, cherish this night. Cherish yourself in this experience. Get under cover.

Search a warm spot where you feel comfortable, where you feel like hiding.
Be very, very gentle with yourself.
Feel safe to spend some time with yourself right here, right now. Lay down your head to rest, to receive, to heal, and listen to this Heartbeat for a while. Feel Life. That’s all.

Wherever the morning light will take you, I’ll be at your side, you are not alone.
You never really have been.
For I have been waiting for you, for such a long long time.

I know you don’t know me, and maybe you never ever really will, it doesn’t matter.
Just allow yourself to be here and to receive and to share what lives inside of you.
But please, please, don’t speak too much, don’t disturb the silence, keep listening to the Heartbeat, your heartbeat, keep listening, give this heartbeat the space to expand, this is the most important thing for you, right now. That’s all… be, listen, feel… don’t run… count the minutes, allow yourself to relax, to float… I am standing on guard…

Thank you for coming, … at last, … hi.

Queen of Hearts

Do unto yourself…


Last year, one of my posts was about the Golden Rule: Do unto others
as you would have them do unto you. The problem is that sometimes we
don’t even know how to be nice to ourselves let alone other people.

We feel guilty when we don’t do something we think we should have
done, or if we do something we think we shouldn’t have done. We
believe either that we work too hard and don’t give ourselves time to
play, or that we play too much and don’t work hard enough. We compare
ourselves to other people, feeling either greater or lesser than
another person instead of equal in importance and relevance.

As the saying goes, we are often our worst critic.

I’ve learned that everything I do or don’t do has a purpose, even if
it’s just to learn a lesson the hard way. There are things I do that
may look imperfect, but in the long run they are perfect because I am
perfect.

 God made me, and God doesn’t make mistakes, so this year I resolve to:

Forgive myself,

Be gentle with myself,

Love myself,

Trust myself,

Understand myself, and

Be compassionate with myself.

Do unto yourself as you want others to do unto you, because if you
can’t be nice to yourself, why should anyone else?

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My name is Laura Mozer Davis, and I was born over half a century ago. My life’s journey has included raising three children as a single parent while caring for my parents who both became disabled during the last 10 years of their lives. Now that my children are grown and my parents have passed into the next part of their journey, I finally have time for me to grow as a person, not as just a care-giver. What I am learning, however, is that my destiny is to always be a care-giver. When I started writing for The Daily Sisterhood blog, I realized that I was to continue my care-giving through my writing. If my words help even just one person find either solace or joy, I know my life continues to have meaning.