The Freedom Through Choice Foundation is pleased to roll-out our Pathways to Wholeness Program. We invite you to take the first step on this journey by accessing the Pathways to Wholeness tab on our website.
How do we define Wholeness?
Our concept of Wholeness is broad and inclusive. It reflects a day to day existence where we are not governed by our emotions and distracting idle thoughts. Wholeness reflects deliberate, conscious, Source-centered free will choice at most times of the day, where we are not being driven by outdated unconscious programs or emotions running unchecked,
If we look to the discipline of psychology for insights, Wholeness would be a bit similar to Maslow’s concept of self-actualization, where an individual is concerned with fulfilling their potential…less concerned about the opinions of others and having “peak” experiences as a normal part of day-to-day living. Or to Jung’s concept of individuation where an individual grows to distinguish themselves from the general collective of humanity
If we look to spiritual traditions, we see that most religions have a concept of a deeper reality when we transcend the ordinary 3 dimensional experience. Whether that state is called cosmic consciousness, nirvana, ecstasy, kundalini awakening, transcendent or illumination experiences, there is a place beyond the normal day to day existence where truth, enlightenment and joy resides.
At the FTCF, we refer to this place simply as Wholeness- a place where we realize that we are a Spark of Source and in this place we are free to express the divine within us. We see, feel and express the joy and love of Source, and as we do, we cease to rely on “externals” of any sort for our happiness. Wholeness is a journey- an eternally alive evolving state of consciousness consisting of stages of expanding awareness which spiral outward allowing for an ever increasing embodiment of the love of Source.
How do we reach this place of Wholeness? In order to do so, it is necessary to free the mental and emotional aspects of ourselves that are not a reflection of conscious, Source-centered choice. Free from old mental programs and emotional patterns which do not reflect this Spark within us.
The Freedom Through Choice Foundation offers the Pathways to Wholeness….a step-by step program where we work to heal the emotional and mental aspects of ourselves that are a result of old, stuck programs, and thereby allowing conscious, free will choice to express. Our program crosses all disciplines— scientific, psychological and spiritual traditions- all of these traditions have much to offer on the path of healing.
If today were the last day of this world before it blew up, how would I spend it? Many indigenous people talk about living each day as if it is your last. I heard it again recently and thought I would think about it while writing this blog posting.
Many thoughts ran through my mind. My family, my friends, memories of times past, regret for it being over, so many things to think about and ponder their value to me. What would I do for the last 24 hours of my time here in this world?
As I mulled it over and over, a structure began to outline itself and with that insight, peace began to flow through my Being. Peace, calmness and a sense of well-being. This is what I would do:
♥ I would go to a place in nature with water and plenty of dirt or sand to write in.
♥ I would write a gratitude list that the world ending would send back to Source.
♥ I would sit in the silence and savor the now moments as they strung into pearls of wisdom expressing this world and the beauty that It and I were together within its evolution.
♥ I would lovingly and joyfully embrace the change I was Becoming.
♥ I would completely surrender to the Moments expanding out into greater Beingness as I said good-bye to the last moment and welcomed the New Being I was birthing.
In Essence I would:
Be the Change
Embrace the Change
Enjoy every moment in every way
Love who I am, who I am becoming and Know that All is Well!
Words have a vibration behind and within them. When spoken verbally or silently, they can affect a person’s energetic structure based on the intention with which they are spoken. This then becomes the energetic signature of encryption of each word sent forth. This is not only because of the fuller definition a word carries in intent but also because of the sound tones a word carries.
Sound is a creative force. At the beginning of creation sound is a standing wave of vibration. As this vibration moves within itself, a creative thought aligns with it. Riding this wave, a thought moves out into manifestation, as sound moves out into the creation worlds as light. This light then fills in the template created by the thought. The more consistent thrust or emotion you put behind a thought, the stronger the template and the thought form created. This thought form becomes the operational instructions you give yourself.
Connection of Thought to Sound
The connection of thought to sound is very important. First of all, you have words whose root seems to be in opposition to what the word actually means; i.e., the word awful. It means full of awe, highly impressive, or reverential. Yet it also means something bad. This can set up a distorted thought form when consciously you have not realized this conflict in meaning, but subconsciously you have. So, it is very important to be aware of the words you are using. There is a consciousness behind the words and if it is a distorted consciousness, then you are going to create distortion in your energy fields when you use those words. Therefore, because the words you speak are powerful, it is important to make sure you are centered and aligned with the highest consciousness you can.
Sound and Symbols
In the study of cymatics, researchers found that sound creates geometric symbols in sand or liquid. In experiments using Hebrew or Sanskrit, speaking the language actually created the symbol used for certain words. These symbols are thus a visual (light) representation of specific sound tones. And these tones and symbols have been used for ages to connect with certain levels of consciousness. This could mean that if the sound tones and symbols become distorted, then the energetic gateways previously created in our energy fields are no longer aligned with our consciousness. One could theorize that through the misuse of sound and light, your connection with a higher aspect of Self could actually be lost. So, it is part of your responsibility as a powerful creative being to be aware of the words you use and the thoughts you think…to be Mindful at all times of what you are creating in this world.
Something to Ponder
An interesting exercise would be to take a piece of paper with the words you wish to speak or sing written upon it. Then hold the paper close to your face as you sing or tone the sounds. What you might discover are sound tones bouncing back from the paper, moving into your chest area and then as your toning increases, filling your body with waves of vibrational tones.
Practice playing with that effect. You might find that you have aha moments, because the power of consciousness and sound tone vibrations can result in an internalized wave of energy that moves through the body on the sound tone vibrations. An aha moment can result from that wave filling your body as your brain becomes aware of whatever truth wants to be heard at that moment.
Open eyed meditations are fun. You can do them anywhere by looking at anything. In this instance, we are going to use the picture posted above. Just quickly read through the steps and then try it for yourself. Notice how quickly you can refresh yourself, give yourself an energy boost or release stress build-up.
♥ Take a moment and settle into a comfortable position.
♥ Take a deep breath and begin to gaze at the photo above. Notice the colors, the shapes and anything else that catches your eye.
♥ Now, allow your gaze to begin focusing on a specific section of the photo.
♥ Next, began to slow your breathing making each breath longer and longer until you no longer are thinking about your breath.
♥ Stay here as long as you wish and when you come back into yourself and again notice the world around you, take the time to savor your experience.
I love doing this type of meditation on a walk, at the lake, or in the garden. Nature in all of its many forms lends itself beautifully to this practice. In a busy day, this short type of meditation works well and integrates into all types of schedules. Try it and see if it can work for you!
All of this Beauty underneath the sea,
This is the Beauty within You and Me.
I have spent most of my Life searching for what was wrong with me and I found many things. I would list then, work on then, give up on them and then do it all over again. But I have come to realize that I spent no time at all searching for what was Beautiful within me.
As I gazed at the picture above, I thought about how beautiful nature is in all of its colors, moods, and seasons. Then I thought, if my Beloved Source had taken the time to create this beauty in nature, wouldn’t the same beauty be within me? As I spent time in meditation and silent contemplation about the possibilities this line of thinking was opening up, I searched for a way to see this Beauty that might lie within me.
As I was allowing myself to really see and feel the shapes and colors reflected in nature, I began to pull them within my physical body and feel the colors and shapes taking hold within me. I watched as if in a dream as they danced, shifted, merged and then did it all over again. It went on and on and as I gazed upon this Beautiful Happening within Me, I began to feel and see this Beauty as a part of me.
I began to practice this daily and the more I practiced it, the more Beautiful I felt myself to be. The more Beautiful I felt inside, the more I loved myself and the more I was able to open up and share myself with those around me. My intention became for the world to be a more beautiful place to live for it has my inner beauty as part of it.
Take the time, to get to know your inner beauty. Nurture it, love it and then let it out for all the world to see and enjoy. We create this reality from within and together the Beauty we create is breath-taking.
Honesty means to refrain from lying, cheating, or stealing. It is aligned with concepts of fairness, honor, and integrity. However, most of us do not go out into the world with the thought “today I’m going to cheat someone.” What happens is what I call a progressive erosion of integrity. We get into a situation where if we say or do what we think is right, we’ll be ridiculed and lose face or prestige. Therefore we don’t lie, we tell a “little fib” or “white lie.”
In some instances we try to paint a different picture than what really happened by not telling the whole truth. In this case we convince ourselves we didn’t lie, we just didn’t tell the whole truth. We convince ourselves that it is okay, but what we are really doing is being dishonest with ourselves. Witholding the whole truth to paint a different picture than what actually happened is an example of intellectual dishonesty. Dishonesty, no matter the form, always lowers your spiritual vibration and erodes your sense of self.
Integrity is aligning with the truth of who you really are. You are pure spirit, and if you put your awareness on this thought or idea, you will always operate appropriately in any situation. An easy way to align with the energy of integrity is to put your awareness on your heart space and imagine a light. Then imagine a miniature you sitting on a chair…or standing…or dancing in the Inner Light. Check in periodically throughout the day to ensure you are still there.
When you center yourself in the light of your Authentic Self, you step into the truth of who you are. You automatically operate from your deepest truth. You not only act honestly, but you become honesty itself. You become a person of integrity.
When I was 10 years old, my grandmother started to teach me different forms of needlework. We lived on a fruit farm and in the summer I would go to her house to help out with the fruit stand. The needlework kept me from being bored. But it also did something else: it kept me focused on creating something beautiful.
Of all the forms of needlework, knitting was my favorite…perhaps because it appeared to move along faster in the creation process. I could see more of a result of my efforts than when I crocheted or embroidered. But there was something about the knitting motions, the click of the needles against each other that was very meditative and soothing.
Fascinated by the textures and colors
When I was 28, I started a job that had me working 13 hours a day, so I no longer knitted. Then one day I walked into a yarn shop just to look at all the colors of yarn. I was fascinated by all the colors, the patterns, the materials yarn was now made out of. When I was a little girl, we had cotton, wool, and acrylic. Now there was wool, cashmere, alpaca, mohair, cotton, silk, and lots of manmade fibers in shimmering and glittering colors. I walked out of that shop with a bag full of yarn, needles, and a pattern, and started knitting again.
I started with shawls because they were easier to knit, but yet allowed for the creative process to flow. Even with the same pattern, the shawls looked different based on the colors and textures of yarn chosen. So I knitted, and as I knitted, a person’s face or name would come into my mind—and I knew that was the person this shawl would be gifted to.
Knitting with love and grace
Knitting as a meditation allowed me to quiet my mind and channel all my energies to the needles…with my hands busy, my mind didn’t have to be. And I would find myself mentally singing and praying as I knitted. I would see patterns of light and sound inside of me, and they would go into the shawl I was knitting. The people I gave the shawls to told me they felt soothed by them—that they made them feel calm and safe…made them feel better. It became a ministry of love and grace.
I’ve knitted other items, but I always seem to come back to shawls. With the shawls I can wrap someone with love and grace. I can let them know they are appreciated for who they are. And perhaps the shawls will help someone step into the same still and comforting Presence I feel when I knit….maybe when they wrap themselves in the colors of the shawl, they too will feel a sense of Homecoming.
As I close the door on 2014 and prepare to begin 2015, I took some time to review the lessons I learned in 2014. What had I learned and what Wisdom am I taking with me as I begin the new year?
It was amazing how many little things I had relearned as well as new wisdom to add to my “jewel chest.” I had a friend who had shared this concept with me many years ago and I have found that it works for me. Common usage labels strengths, skills, techniques, etc. as a “tool chest.” While that is descriptive, it reeks of work and hard labor. On the other hand, acquiring jewels makes me think of color, beauty, life sparkle, and other adjectives that reflect how I would prefer to see my efforts out-picture.
So, Wisdom for me is a jewel to be treasured, nurtured and worn proudly! Let me share a few of the things I learned anew or relearned as I hadn’t paid enough attention to them the first time!
♥ Be patient and gentle with myself!
♥ Allow and accept help from others!
♥ Be present in my life!
♥ Appreciate what I have been graced with in this life!
Before you make a list setting out goals for the coming year, take the time to reflect on what you learned from last year. As you see your jewel chest overflowing with all of your colorful, sparkling, exciting jewels, notice how your life changes!
See your value in your wisdom!
Make a commitment to adding to your Jewel Chest in 2015!
It’s the end of one year and we are off and running into a new one. The new year is a metaphor for closure and new beginnings. However, we don’t have to wait until the end of the year. Each moment is a new beginning…if we choose.
There is an old saying, “when one door closes another opens.” It is all about choice. We can choose to let go, to release what doesn’t work for us, and go into the next moment, free and unencumbered. It’s a choice…your choice.
Just think…you have an opportunity to create something anew. You have the power of creation…just rearrange your thoughts into a new pattern, and “ta da!” a new line of probability opens. Whether you take that opportunity is up to you…again, your choice.
This is all about power, your power to make changes in your life by changing how you see life and by the choices you make. That’s why it’s called empowerment…in powerment…or the power within you. This power within you is the spark that can light your way to personal freedom, personal power. This allows you to choose, each moment, what you want to think about…what you want to feel…how you wish to respond to life’s challenges.
The Choice is in the Now Moment. The past is past, the future hasn’t arrived yet…the only moment is now. The Now Moment is the space between the past and the future. It is the creation point for each choice you make.
So, get ready to fly. And just like the airlines, it is much easier to fly if you leave a lot of your old baggage behind. So, what will you release? What thoughts, relationships, and old ways of doing things are you ready to release or change?
Oh look, the door you want is opening…
Let go…let go…let goooooooo!
Step into the future…
As we start to say Goodbye to 2014 and Hello to 2015 take the time for a few moments of reflection. Focus on what worked and not on what was wrong. The more we can focus on our strengths or what works, the faster we can build the life we want. As we know, thought creates and the thoughts we focus on manifest. So, it falls to reason that the more we focus on our strengths, the faster we can build the life we dreamed of living.
Ask yourself questions such as:
1. Was I a good mother, wife, employee or friend?
2. If yes, what did I do that helped me achieve that status?
Write down a list of your answers so you can reflect on them in the coming week. Here are some of the items from my list.
1. I made time in my life for those relationships. They were important so I made them a priority.
2. I nurtured my relationships. Relationships are like plants. They need to be watered and fed which translates into time and attention.
3. I was a good listener. We all need to be heard. We don’t need solutions, we just need to be heard.
4. I loved and didn’t judge. We all have our life lessons to work through. At those times, we need love, not criticism.
5. I encouraged, supported and praised the strengths I saw in them. We all need for others to see what we are doing right. We criticize ourselves enough and don’t need it from those around us.
Now, take the time to give yourself LOVE! We can never have too much love and most times we don’t love ourselves enough. This includes loving what you don’t like about yourself. All of those experiences helped make each of us the person we are today and it is a part of us. So, focus on Loving the total you!
Have a Loving, Prosperous, and Joy-Filled New Year!