by Dianna Hardy
First written 20th November, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
It seems to me that fear is up at the moment. People sense change and either do their best to ignore it, or start projecting what they fear about it. Change is normal. Cycles are natural. Sometimes structures need to come tumbling down. Things are as they should be - although that does not mean we should not strive to make them better. Always strive to make things better.
Election time is looming in the US and UK. Do what you must about that, but don't get caught up in the drama (it really is drama and purposely fear-provoking). Floods and fires are taking place across the globe. It might be happening on your doorstep. Be kind and lend a hand to those who need it if you can. Be vigilant and safe. But do not fall into the trap of focusing on the fear. Look beyond what you see to greater things and possibilities.
Fear, fear, fear. Fear always comes from you. It is your response to triggers (an unafraid soul knows no trigger). It lives in the heart of the beholder. No one can actually instil fear in you - fear comes from you. I find this a security, personally. It's a huge comfort to know I can manage myself at any given time and take responsibility for all my emotions and actions, even in challenging circumstances. (No one's saying it's easy, by the way, although it can be as easy as you'd like it to be.)
You are an immortal being who travels through dimensions and realities at will. (Since you are on a site about angels and spiritual matters, I'm assuming you're familiar with this concept, even if you don't align with it. If you are not familiar, welcome to a whole other way of living. Bashar talks about this in a very relatable way.) Every second of every day you are shifting through realities, choosing the perspective you want to live with and live in - choosing the world you want to be (yes, be, for you are all the world, just as all the world is you). Choosing what you want to experience. So really ... what is there to be afraid of? Death? You're already dead in some respects - you are immortal, having a mortal experience. You are in heaven dreaming your earthly existence, thinking it's real because you have forgotten you're asleep. Pain? Pain is resistance to a process - sometimes necessary, but once we accept the pain is necessary, we are no longer resisting the process and the pain will ease. Change? Everything changes - it's the only constant. To be afraid of something that is the only constant is nonsensical and will not serve you.
What else do people fear? The list is endless: Loneliness, being friendless, not having children, having children, making mistakes, hurting others, being hated or despised, being wrongly accused, being imprisoned, abducted, hurt or violated. We fear being wrong, we fear being right. We fear failure and success in equal measures. We fear losing our loved ones; we fear losing our memory or intelligence, losing our health, becoming an invalid (and without validity). Mostly, we fear the idea of all those things. These things happen - of course they do. So do wonderful, amazing things, and often, the wonderful, amazing things come as a result of the horrible, nasty things - with a bit of effort and transformation.
Don't deride your fear - thank it for showing you what you need to work on - recognise it and acknowledge it, but do work on it. Work to transform the fear out of existence once and for all because the only thing to fear is fear itself. Fear will hold you back from everything. Fear tries to arrest the natural flow of your life, and your reunion with the Source of who you are. Fear stops you realising your role as the co-creator of the world.
Yet, fears are valid in the third dimension (and fourth dimension), because they teach you how to work through shadow, which is a must if you want to raise your vibrational frequency of living. Fears become frightening when we deny them - they'll just get bigger. They are there for a reason. They are the soulmate teaching you a hard lesson. Befriend your fear; love your fear; then let it go - say goodbye for good - and watch yourself become free of its grasp as you rise to the next level of being.
Lastly, don't feed your fear. Remove yourself from its food - TV, social media , negative people - and anything that tries to bring down your vibrational shift and ways of thinking. If you cannot remove yourself from those things, you're going to have be extra-aware, and try extra-hard not to feed your fears with them. Watch your words and your mental script:
"Why does this always happen to me?"
"I hate this about life." (Hate is an awful word to keep saying - why say it?)
"I'm the unlucky one."
"Everyone always has it better than me."
"They're so lucky."
And countless other phrases - think about them. Think about what you're saying to yourself. Think about how you're treating yourself. Would you say the above to others? Let's see....
"Why does this always happen to you?"
"I hate this about your life."
"You're the unlucky one."
"Everyone always has it better than you."
"They're so much luckier than you."
Treat yourself better. You may even find that most of your fears disappear with a change in script - that's all it takes sometimes. A change in thought; a change in consciousness.
If you want to change the world for the better - this is how you do it. You start with your world. You.
by Dianna Hardy
First written 9th October, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
One of the states that monks and great meditators try to reach is that point of stillness where your mind is finally silent and you are not in the past or the future, but completely in "the now". You don't have to be a monk or a meditator to know this pivotal moment I am talking about. Athletes are very good at being in the now, as are actors, and artists of all kinds, and inventors who corporealise new ideas for us all. They are connected in that moment.
The power of now is crucial for connection to Source, and thus, manifesting reality with awareness - this is because all of time is actually contained in the now. When in the spiritual realms - the Otherworld - time is not linear at all, but all timelines are simultaneously taking place now and only now, and when you reach that place of stillness, all time stops. You then sit amid the freeze-frame of creation where you can see All Things, and you can then reach in and change the parts of your reality you'd like to change (or score that goal, write that book, paint that picture, create that machine).
One of the ways to ride the now-waves of creation is to realise you can change your story any time you like. In this way, you are the author always writing and re-writing your script, and the author never does this from the past or the future - it can only be done from the point of the present. The art of writing fiction (creation) is actually quite meditative, I have always found; and always pulls my focus into the present while channeling ideas from above. See your life as a story - as fiction that you can change into the story you actually want.
Most people don't let themselves believe they can change their story at will. Once you've settled into that life, that routine, that job, that family, that amount of money earned, and all those responsibilities, they become your cemented his-story and you think you have to play the role you've created for yourself (whether you realise you've created that role or not). What's that saying we often use to bind ourselves? You've made your bed, now lie in it.
You don't have to - you really don't.
Without a doubt all changes to your life should be conducted with integrity and with love - be mindful of how others will feel the effects of your plot changes - but do you want to keep writing yourself into that bed even though the mattress is lumpy and filthy, the springs dig into you, the headboard always creaks, and you're getting back ache every morning? Just because it seemed like a good purchase at the time?
Things change. You can, too.
In the shamanic philosophies I trained in, part of the warrior's journey (or the hero's journey) is to always shed his (or her) skin. Always. To do so is to ride on the surge of creation and be ready to manifest at will because the warrior is adaptable; always able to ride into the proverbial battle of life because he is writing and re-writing his story at every moment, never trapping himself with his-story, but releasing all endings to the wind, and defending no new beginnings because he has no history to defend.
I used to be frightened at the thought of amnesia. I told one of my spiritual teachers this once, and he said, "Why? Why on earth are you scared of amnesia when it's one of the greatest gifts you could receive?"
"It is?" I asked, bewildered.
"Yes!" he replied. "How many people get the chance to have their slate wiped clean with no effort needed, no regrets and no need for guilt; with no burdens to carry and only the next chapter to write however they choose to do so?"
This sank in, and altered my perception of amnesia for good.
More recently, I went to visit my grandmother who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. She has memories of certain episodes of her own life in the distant past, but not really any memory of the people in her life, nor of the recent past - nor of me. She was someone who was always very concerned with "the state of the world", from politics, to war, to extreme weather, and so on - a naturally anxious and perhaps pessimistic person in some ways. When I went to visit her though, seeing her for the first time with "no memory", I can say, she has never been happier. She was HAPPY. Always smiling. No burdens, no cares - yes, an awareness she couldn't remember anything, including family, but that seemed a relief to her in some ways.
Now, I'm not saying, Yey, Alzheimer's rocks - let's all go get Alzheimer's. I'm well aware many find it devastating, have outbursts of anger, and feel despair at their condition in the flashes of awareness they have of their "old self", and so on. What I'm saying is flip the script. Flip the script for everything. Challenge yourself to constantly see life and all events in a different way. Change your perspective of how something is and realise it was only that way because you believed it had to be.
My grandmother had shed her skin and re-written her story, albeit not on purpose. Not consciously. A shamanic or spiritual warrior would seek to do this consciously and to always live in this state - with full memory retained, of course - never shedding his responsibilities, but understanding that he commands his duties more expertly when he wears the right skin made for the moment of now ... and now ... and now ... and now.
As evolving humans, we are the result of the survival of the most adaptable.
You don't need to wait for some apocalypse to become this adaptable version of yourself - you can start right now.
by Dianna Hardy
First written 7th October, 2019 for Of Angels & Stars
Between May 2001 and May 2003, I immersed myself in shamanic training and magical ways of seeing the world, which turned out were not 'magical' at all, but normal for me - in essence, I had found a small piece of home in shamanism.
These were the days before I owned a computer and the internet as we know it did not exist. I found my shamanic course in a Pagan magazine in a small corner shop that sold hemp pipes and tarot cards, down a quiet side road, and was amazed to find there was a man offering workshops in exactly what I was looking for, just an hour from where I lived.
We camped out under stars, in the sunshine, in the snow, we built a temporary home from the flexible trunks and branches of young hazel trees, and we talked about things the 'real' world thought of as magic, but what we all knew was simply another reality because we had experienced it as such in various ways.
In those two years, I learnt a lot, re-membered a lot, and not all of it was pleasant. But there were four fundamental lessons that sunk in deep with me and altered my way of thinking and living forever:
This was before the original 'Law of Attraction' book was published and became mainstream - this was (is) part of shamanic philosophy.
These four philosophies meant something to me. They made sense. I could see how they worked even in the darkest times. I could see how I might be able to utilise them in moments of deep despair to better myself.
The seed of realisation grew from that point. I stopped feeling like things had been "done" to me in life (no matter what happened) and I started to focus on what I could and should take responsibility for: my actions, my reactions, my hopes, my fears.... I started to see life a different way and understood how energy and thought worked - I started to see my influence using energy and thought in my immediate surroundings and I understood how powerful I really was - how empowered we could all be.
By taking responsibility for my life, I was letting no one else rule it but me. No matter any bad thing that happened, I still had the power to change the outcome to what I wanted it to be.
Of course, sometimes this was excruciatingly hard. Sometimes, it took years to change a way of thinking about a particular thing because I could not let go of my attachment to it; because I did not like that I was actually responsible for feeling the way I did about it. And sometimes, your issues involve other people that are hard to physically detach from. But in the end, I stuck with those four point, and even if it took years, I overcame.
I don't claim that this way of thinking is for everyone. But if people ask me, "how can I manifest the life I want?", this is how I began to do it. It was hard. It took (and still takes) WORK. EFFORT. MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL TRAINING. It has to come from within - there is no other way. You have the little epiphany moment and you grow from there; little sparks of realisation that fuel the next.
But I have found it works. I have manifested the life I want and continue to do so. Many will tell you it's luck; good fortune; not you at all. Detach from that rhetoric - they have no idea what's inside and the hard work you put in. They are projecting their own vision, that's all. Opportunities have never been propelled by "luck" in my world - they are a manifestation of my energies and joint energies with others.
I still have some ways to go, and the political and social climate is testing strength and clarity of emotion and mind for many people, myself included - I have my down days. The above four philosophies are my tools for living and forms a process that never really ends until you do actually ascend or become 'enlightened' (in which case, you don't really need to be here in this incarnation any more).
If you spend time with people who do not think in a like-minded way, you will find yourself slipping back into negative patterns and personality traits you just don't want or need - try to avoid this. It is an unfortunate fact that in order to really live the life you want, you have to detach from those who hold you back and pull you down (much of the time they do this unintentionally) unless you can actually master your emotional detachment and strength of thought around them. Aim for the latter, but be aware you may have to take time out and do the former every now and then.
Lastly, remember to laugh - at life and at yourself (this does not mean be cruel to yourself - avoid cruel people, please - some people hide jealous and bitter streaks in the guise of sarcasm and joking, poking fun at you and then saying it's just teasing, etc). Find humour in dark places. Find fun in boredom. So much easier said than done, but the one thing that good-intentioned laughter does is lifts you - it send your vibrations soaring higher, and then you find it easier to change your frame of mind into what you need it to be.
You can manifest anything so much easier when your vibration is high and you feel light 😊
(Photos: shamanic camp, UK, circa Nov, 2002)