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.”

 

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.”

A Prayer…


Today I find myself with a longing in my heart.

The world needs to change. How do we change it? What impact can one person make in a world of 7 billion people? I once calculated that if we wanted to meet everyone alive today, we’d have to start from birth, never sleep or take a break, and meet one person every 10 seconds until the age of 100. So we can’t change the world person by person – except that every person we change things for, will change things for the people around them based on the changes we made, and so forth. This is incalculable, and it is deeper and more powerful than anything we can strategize.

So I close my eyes at my desk and listen to my own breathing. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale.  With every inhale I am sending and receiving emotions more powerful than any word that could ever contain them.

Please let there be a world in which people are free.

Allow us to live in peace. Allow us to distribute according to ability and need rather than profit and greed.

Show me what I need to do to bring about this change through my hands, my heart and my actions.

The old saying from A Course in Miracles comes around – “Where would you have me go? What would you have me do? What would you have me say, and to whom?” – and I hold this.

Two days ago I attended an activist meeting at which the truth was pronounced that our inability to change anything is a lie. It is perpetrated by those who falsely believe they have a vested interest in preventing change – people who live in fear of a lack of hierarchy. For a long time now I have lived in a culture that demonizes and despises people with this mentality. I long to move beyond that, without the perception that I can somehow heal them of this mentality, but holding space for them to move beyond it themselves. I long for a world based on love, we won’t reach it without employing love to get there.

People live in fear. People who long to take action are persuaded not to, because they need to keep their jobs, they need to support their children. I hope those people will see the wider picture, wonder what kind of planet they want their children to live in? Lock arms with us in order to reach that planet. I am asking the universe to allow me the patience to help these people see this picture the way I see it, or even brighter, something even better.

May we heal the fear. May we have enough courage to protect ourselves, protect each other, protect our treasures and our miracles (the National Health Service comes to mind). Fortify them. Make them even better.

May there be love on Earth. May our hearts beat together – may we look after one another.

Amen.

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Sadie Fulton is a 23-year-old with a massive vision for the world and a million different avenues she pursues to help get it there. She grew up traveling and has developed into a full-time activist, full-time lover of humanity, part-time musician, and she is now training to be a life coach. Above all, she wants to reach people and bring on a new era of love. If you want to share with her, get her perspective on something you are going through, or anything else at all, send her an email at sadie.fulton *at* gmail.com.