I trust you are well!
We have enjoyed a week of the most beautiful creations of nature here in Cincinnati.
On Tuesday night, an ice storm coated everything in our city with a thin layer of ice, shutting down schools and businesses and leaving many of snuggled up at home, looking out the window on Wednesday morning to a world of icicles! To my delight, the trees kept this layer of ice for two days, despite the sun shining down that I would have expected to melt the ice into water.
I have tried to capture the beauty of what my eyes were seeing when the sun hit hundreds of trees, twigs, and icicles, making them sparkle and dance with light. And yet, the photographs cannot do the vision justice.
Nature... Gaia... Earth revealed her magnificent beauty to us and descriptive words or digital images could not capture the fullness of her creation.
I know in this physical-spiritual world within which we live, there are no coincidences, that everything is inter-connected and constantly providing messages and guidance for us in our journeys. So, I have spent time in meditation, wondering what wisdom this crystal vision is offering to me, to us, to humanity. The word I return to again and again is Awakening.
For anyone who knows a little girl fascinated with princesses, you have perhaps watched with her the movie, Frozen. In my very brief summary (that could not possibly do justice for the power and impact this movie has had on little girls' imaginations!), the story line is about a princess with the power to turn things into ice who mistakenly puts her kingdom into an endless winter. It is not until the princess realizes that true Love can come from great sacrifice that the kingdom melts and returns to its original flourishing beauty.
I have always believed that children's stories are as much for adults as for the hearts and minds of children. The message of Frozen (and Moana, the Lion King, the Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty...!) is the message for all of us, for humanity, here at this time on our planet.
Gaia, Earth is preparing us in her own way for an Awakening of Consciousness - "a sudden awareness" that brings new to light.
In Cincinnati, we experienced it as ice for a couple days; in California, as flooding, fires, mudslides; in Taiwan, Mexico, Alaska, Iran-Iraq, as earthquakes; in Texas and Puerto Rico, as hurricanes; in Bali, Indonesia, and the Philippines, as volcanoes erupting; in India, as monsoons and flooding. And I am simply touching the tip of a long list.
One of the reasons that I believe Disney movies resonate so powerfully with children of all ages is that in many of the stories, the Awakening begins through a sudden shock, often portrayed as death... and is transmuted through Love, often represented as a kiss (Sleeping Beauty, the Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen)... and then the kingdoms are restored to their original paradise and the people celebrate and live happily ever after!
What makes Awakening such a magical, mystical experience is that until you go through the transmutation, you are unaware, or have given up hope, that returning to the original paradise is even a possibility.
When we are asleep, we do not realize we are asleep. We are simply in that state of sleep, of being unaware... until we experience the Awakening.
We do not remember that paradise is real.
The magical ingredient, the stars and fireworks and dazzling lights, happen in that moment of ultimate trust in Love. In Love being greater than fear, greater than death, greater than limitation.
So, why am I writing about Awakening at this moment, in this week?
Because we are at the point in the story where the alchemy begins!
The stars are dancing, the ground is rumbling, and Love is cracking open the hearts that are ready. This is the time where the story becomes FUN!! Where the frogs turn into princes, the witches turn into queens, and kingdoms that are dying begin transforming into paradise.
We are Awakening!
And if you stay asleep, you will miss the best part of the story!
You will miss the magic, the delight, the joy that comes when life is renewed, restored, expanded... when the colors become bright and shiny... and things that are stagnant start to flow.
Many have been Awakening slowly, slowly over the past few years and they are starting to see, to sense the possibilities of a new reality. Tiny flashes or moments where the world just looks different, relationships feel lighter, the future looks that tiny bit shinier.
And many others are still hibernating in their beds, covers pulled tightly over their heads, eyes shut tight, not wanting to see or trust that magic is happening around them - right there in the bedroom! And magically floating throughout the house!
I get it. Change is scary.
And actually BELIEVING that the Change could be for the better... could be for the BEST... is almost too impossible to believe.
That is the magical element in every Disney movie and the mantra allowing Disney to make its fortune over the past 100 years - a clear vision of a place "Where Dreams Do Come True!"
This is why the movies, the stories, the characters resonate so deeply with children and with all adults who have their little child still alive within them. We desperately want to believe that Dreams Do Come True. That paradise does exist. That heaven can be experienced here on Earth.
And yet we are terrified to allow that reality to come into being.
So, I get it.
AND... I also KNOW what is arriving, what is being co-created in every moment here on this planet, within humanity. Fear is moving out and Love is expanding.
And the more of us who take that leap of trust and Awaken... the faster we move into this paradise that I already see and hold, with and for ALL of us.
So, how do you Awaken if you are asleep?
By becoming Aware.
By realizing that we have been asleep and not judging it.
And also, exploring what it might feel like to be awake. Become aware of the life that you are currently living. Does it make you happy? Does it fulfill you? Are your relationships expanding Love or keeping you contracted and in fear or judgment?
When we are awake, we see more clearly.
Sometimes we don't like what we see and we close our eyes and go back to sleep! This expansion of Consciousness is going to be WAY MORE FUN to go through wide awake than asleep with the covers over your head! You'll miss the party!
So look around at the life you are living and then explore ways that you can bring more of your Dreams into your Life:
How do you start bringing your Dreams into your Reality? Instead of waiting for wishes to come true, how do you create the future you've always wanted?
Take a few steps NOW to begin that journey.
You are a reflection of the people you surround yourself with and the conversations you have. Are there changes that you would like to make to raise the vibration within your sphere of influence? If so, BEGIN!
Start meeting with people who delight and thrill and challenge you to be awake! Connect with people who inspire you. Journal about the relationships you are calling in.
Start making your Dreams Come True.
Our physical body is the vessel through which our Soul expresses itself. Is your body a dream come true?! If not, what steps can you take to begin reshaping, re-energizing, refueling your own physical vessel. Allowing the Soul who sits inside to better guide you through this shift in Consciousness.
You can look for guidance in your Awakening through the ways in which you move through your morning routine:
So trust the ways in which these words activate and guide you.
And if you have doubts, simply tune in and feel the vibration of Truth in my words. The joy, the Love, the solid Knowing that I hold for this new reality, this new Consciousness that is being co-created.
We are entering a time of chaos AND celebration on our planet. How you experience this time is completely up to you.
I choose Celebration!!
If you want to come play with me, we are expanding joy and Love in my containers!
And just for fun, take time this weekend to tune back into the magic and the innocence of children and watch a Disney movie! Allow your tired adult mind to take a short break as your Soul delights in the creative wonder of a Disney "Happily Ever After" story. You will be inspired to Awaken.
Sending so much love from my heart to yours!
Vivienne Gerard – Teacher / Scribe / Healer / Energy Guide
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