Living a Life Filled with Beauty and Harmony

Last month we talked about ‘Nurturing More Beauty In Our Lives’, and this month Beauty is still at the forefront my consciousness. 

So much beauty is surrounding us in our lives as summer is coming to its fullness in July.   As a Kabbalist I see this beauty, and it reminds me of the Sephirah Tiphareth on the Tree of Life.  Tiphareth translates as Beauty and Harmony.

The Beauty we are talking about in Tiphareth goes below the surface and reflects back to us a life well lived.  But often, the reflection we receive in our daily lives is not that of either beauty or harmony.  Why is that?

Kabbalah will tell us that if the reflection is other than harmony, we are not in alignment with our true self.  The life we are living is not what we are here to live.  WOW.  That may be a big bite for some folks.  But honestly, it is a course correction of many small steps.

Here is how it works:

First step – who am I?  This is the question we must answer in order to live a life in alignment with our life purpose.  Unfortunately, we are not taught how to answer this question in our education systems.  Quite the opposite, in fact.  Kabbalah, though, comes to our aid and starts helping us answer this question almost immediately as it helps us recognize and align with our most true inner nature.  Sure, that means we have to let go of some things.  These ‘things’ are usually attachments that really don’t serve us.  The truth though, is that as we become aware of these attachments, we can relax, release, and get on with the life we are here to live!

Second step – what do I want/desire in my life?  Not what I have been educated to want, or what I have been told I want, but what do I really what?  What brings me true, lasting joy?  As we expand the moments of true joy we experience more harmony and beauty.  Joy, beauty and harmony are always inter-connected.

Third step – how do I keep moving forward in the right direction?  In other words, I am not stuck in inertia or repetition of the same thing.  As you know, if you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same results!  The answer to this question is knowing what your purpose is.  Or at least, having an inkling of what your purpose is.  When you have some clarity about this, then the motivation follows to keep moving forward.  It is no longer a struggle – you will have direction.  You will be excited to go to work – because it is aligned with your purpose/destiny.

These three steps can be taken every hour every day in achieving beauty and harmony and a life well-lived.

  1. Make sure you are moving in alignment with your life purpose.
  2. How do you know what that is?  It will unfold as you are in joy.  The more joy you have, the more on track you are with your life purpose.
  3. Keep moving… forward.  The way to ensure forward movement is by living a balanced healthy life style that addresses all aspects of you – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.  We are spiritual beings having a physical experience, and so how we take care of ourselves here in the physical body results in the quality of experience we are having.

I hope you have a marvelous July filled with Beauty and Harmony and invite you to share with me how this is expressing itself in your life.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

Nurturing More Beauty in Our Lives

I have been appreciating the beauty that spring has brought to the Pacific Northwest recently as so many trees, bushes, bulbs and plants have been in bloom. This has taken me on a deeper journey of wanting to cultivate a more expansive garden on my patio as well as in my life.

We all know that for beauty to be real, it has to go beyond the surface. A plant cannot thrive and bloom if it does not have the nutrients it needs to sustain its life. And this is true for both plants and people.

What are the ‘nutrients’ that we need then as humans to nurture beauty in our inner lives? Here are some items I find to be important:

  • Courage – to tell ourselves and others the truth. This helps us maintain clean, healthy relationships, even if it is not always easy. To do this we have to have clarity, honesty and integrity.
  • Clarity – about what is most important, otherwise we can tend to get sidetracked on less important projects or things that really don’t matter in the long run
  • Honesty and integrity – with ourselves and others. This requires being able and willing to tell the truth. To do that, we have to know who we are – who we really are!
  • Knowledge – of who I am in all aspects of my being. Know Thyself is the edict of every ancient mystery tradition.
  • Stamina – to keep going even when we want to stop. Often, stamina requires faith in the unknown.
  • Belief – In God, Goddess, Creator – and organizer of our universe. The vast cosmos is a system of remarkable frequency, resonance, and organization.
  • Faith – that there will always be a way to turn lemons into lemonade. A little bit of humor here as a reminder that faith is a necessary ingredient to see things through and find the next phase of our life, making sure we have a life well lived. We don’t have a choice about what happens to us, but we do have a choice about what we do with it.
  • Understanding – that we are made in the image of God and there is a plan for each of us to achieve this lifetime
  • Forgiveness – of ourselves and others as we live large and make mistakes. If we live within the comfort zone, and are afraid of making mistakes, we will never realize our greatness.

I hope you have a wonderful June and enjoy the external beauty around you. And I invite you to join me in consciously uncovering, discovering, and expressing the inner beauty of you every day.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

Live Life Alive!

Live Life Alive!

‘Live life alive’ is my personal by-line. I use it to ensure that I am fully engaging in what life has to offer – in all of its forms and presentations.  And fully engaging means being awake, aware and making conscious choices.  It does not mean that I chose everything that life offers.  In fact, the clearer I am about my life purpose and life work, the more selective and discerning I am with the choices I commit to.  Frankly, we just don’t have the time to spend on things that pull us off track from what we are here to do!

This being said, a key piece of our work here is to find joy for ourselves and to bring joy to others.  The Mystery School teaches that inherent in fulfilling our life work is joy – both for ourselves and others.

Living life alive involves full participation in all aspects of life.  It is nearly impossible to have sustainable success when we ignore a key piece or relinquish responsibility for something that ultimately has to do with our success and happiness.

There are other emotions that do come into play here with this approach to life – fear being one of them – fear that we don’t measure up, fear that we don’t know how to do it right, fear that we don’t have the right education or training, just plain FEAR.  And, it will stop you if you let it.  It certainly will suck the aliveness out of your experience of life.

An acronym for fear that I ascribe to is False Emotions Appearing Real.  In other words, most times, what we are afraid of is not a reality unless we prove it to be so!

How do we get past this? Feel the fear and do it anyway.  There is a great book with this title and I highly recommend it.

I’d like to invite you to fully live your life alive in May and let’s share our wins with each other.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

Exercising Choice as We Create Our Desires

 

One of the premier teachings of the Mystery School is that we have choice. Kabbalah expands on this saying that each person and event – everything in the world – is a touchstone to test your freedom of choice; so choose wisely!

There are so many places in our lives where we can apply this teaching about choice. I would like to point out first, when one believes that they have choice, they feel empowered. And I am the first to admit that we don’t always love the options presenting to choose between; but that does not mean that there is not a choice to be made! And if we procrastinate long enough, we soon discover that ‘no choice’ is a choice!

As we move through April though I want to bring our focus to what you want to create this year. You have heard the saying “what you focus on expands”. Because this is so true, it is vital that you become aware of what you are saying aloud, and even as important, what you are thinking in your brain. The challenge with our thinking is that the brain hears everything as ‘truth’, so it is up to you to be the ‘guardian at the threshold’ on what thoughts are being accumulated and repeated, because they will find manifestation in the physical realm of your life in some way.

As the guardian of what your brain is thinking, you become aware of what is (and has been) going on behind the scenes in your mind based on the results in your life. This awareness gives you both the ability to make new choices and the option for change. Until this moment of recognition, you do not have that option! One thing becomes very important here for this choice to be available to you: the negative ego must be in control – no projection onto others for what is happening in your life, no suppression, guilt, shame, etc.

And this is why every valid spiritual path recommends a practice of ritual, meditation and prayer to assist us in aligning our physical being with that of the creator. This alignment and regular practice helps us raise our frequency to a level that we will not attain on our own. Using these tools regularly, one can align with the creator and our life work/life purpose, experiencing joy and fulfillment.

Let’s talk now about your desires for this year. If you are like many people, you have already consciously set many of them in motion and may be seeing the new seedlings emerge. A great analogy is that you are the gardener and that the seeds you have planted with your thoughts and desires are developing.

A wise gardener will take time to recognize these new seedlings for what they are – did they come from conscious positive manifestation, or are they from an unconscious or unmanaged brain? And as the new plants emerge, the gardener has time to continue to formulate the plan for each seedling thereby ensuring its eventual success. At the same time, some seedlings may need to be removed, as they are no longer in alignment – again, this is all a part of you being at conscious choice. It may be as simple as you no longer put your time or focus in this area.

In other words, your mind may have been fertile with many good ideas that were planted, but now is not the time to jump on each new manifestation or seed that emerges. We don’t have to cultivate every result of the work that we have started. From the alignment gained in your meditation, ritual and prayer, you can continue to define with assurance that which is most in alignment. Nurture and care for this with love and dedication. You will have a bountiful harvest that is truly an expression of your Life Purpose.

I’d love to hear about how you are expressing conscious choice.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

The Nature of Light and Reclaiming our Crown

I have been contemplating the nature of Light and its role in our lives.  Of course, we want a good amount of sunny days – especially here in the Pacific Northwest.  But I am talking about the Source of Light.  In the Mystery School we call it the EnSof and it is described as everything and no thing – everywhere and nowhere – the Limitless Light.

This is the Light of Creation. Genesis refers to it: “… and God said ‘let there be light’”.  And with this, creation began.  From here we can infer that Light is at the Beginning – that it is the Source.

If we overlay teachings from Kabbalah, and the Tree of Life here, we find this Originating Light above the Tree itself – in Ain, An Soph, and Ain Soph Aur – 3 distinct egg-shaped ovals that surround the Sephiroth.  This Sourcing Light then floods into the top Sephirah on the Tree called Kether.  Kether translates as ‘the Crown.’

The Tree of Life is said to hold the original divine blueprint for humans.  So it can be said that at the beginning of our physicality we possess a Crown of Light!  And this elevated, illuminated, actualized way of being is what philosophers and spiritual seekers have been striving to attain throughout the centuries.

I find it interesting that when a baby is born through the birth canal, as its head appears, it is said to be crowning!  As the newborn takes its first breath, the soul enters, and each baby claims their crown of light!  In other words, we each begin life owning our personal crown of creation – we are alive with Light.

The question becomes what has happened to our crown?  Maybe even more important is what has happened to our self-esteem such that we don’t even know we have a crown?  And if it is true that we have a crown, when and where did we misplace it?

The Universal Kabbalah holds the treasure map and instruction manual that can be utilized to assist us in attaining the original divine blueprint and reclaiming our crown.  When we use Kabbalah for this purpose there are many benefits and gifts (Kabbalah calls them fruits), including remembering who we are, where we came from, and what we are here to do.  This gives the true seeker the clarity of purpose needed to wholeheartedly engage in fulfilling their Life Purpose and Destiny, which results in true JOY and FULFILLMENT.

I invite you to contact me for a deeper discussion on The Universal Kabbalah and if this might be helpful and illuminating for your life at this time.  A good place to begin might be the Tree of Joy 5-week series starting April 2.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

Blooming Where You Find Yourself – A Key to Fulfilling Your Life Purpose

Blooming Where You Find Yourself – A Key to Fulfilling Your Life Purpose

Like the purple crocuses pictured above, we are each uniquely suited to bloom where we find ourselves.  Snowdrops and crocuses come up and bloom through the snow, where other flowers can’t.  There is an analogy here to each of us.  We can “bloom where we are planted” as the saying goes.   The key is that we need to consciously create our environment where we can flourish.

This brings to mind that we each have a Life Purpose – something that is exclusive to you, and it is up to you to manifest it.  Interestingly enough, only through the manifestation of your Life Work will you experience fulfillment and joy.  Everything else is unfulfilling, mundane, and short-lasting.

Living your life purpose does not mean that you will not have to work diligently – it means that in the process you will experience great momentum and motivation to do your work.

Many people find that one of the things that slows down their spiritual progression and effectiveness with their Life Work is inner child pain and issues that have not been addressed and healed.  A good indicator that some of this work remains unfinished for you is that you will find yourself hitting the same wall (or ceiling) and not making much progress past it.  It has been referred to as the comfort zone.  I call it the ‘lack of clarity’ zone.

When we are clear about what we want, what our desires are, what our patterns and behaviors are that stop us (including inner child wounding), we can fully engage in our Life Purpose work.  In other words, we can bloom where we find ourselves, and create an environment around us that ensures our ability to flourish.

Every class, activation, and session provided by the mystery school is focused on empowering you to fulfill your Life Purpose.  The Universal Kabbalah is particularly helpful in supporting you to flourish in your life. We have two Kabbalah Ascension Classes scheduled for Seattle in 2018 – one staring in March and the 2nd starting in September (which I am leading).  Let me know if there is a specific area you would like support.

I invite you to join me this spring in further creating an environment in which you can flourish and bloom where you are.  You probably can sense that it is time.  And even if you are doing well, there is always more – more fulfillment, more joy, more clarity, more of what is important to you.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

Welcoming in the New Year – A Time for Rebirth and Renewal

Welcoming in the New Year – A Time for Rebirth and Renewal

When I was young, the image of the past year leaving was Father Time, old now and hopefully wise, bringing with him a lively, smiling Newborn, representing the New Year and all it can offer us.

I feel its important to remember that what happened last year, while it set a course, does not have to dictate what will transpire as we go forward.  It is instrumental that we set a vision (or goals) for the next year, (and our life) and that we don’t let these ideas become ruts that we get stuck in and create new limitations and excuses!

We are eternal spiritual beings having a physical experience.  
•    What would you like to create in 2018?
•    How would you like to experience your creations?

These are important questions to consider, because each of us is part of actively creating our life and life situations.  If 2017 was really good and you want to sustain and create more – great – you already know what to do.  If 2017 left something to be desired, then ask yourself, what change do I desire? And what do I need to do to make this adjustment?

Take all the wisdom you have gained up to now (your Father Time) and give yourself a fresh new start – aligning fully with who you are and what you are here to accomplish this lifetime.  Let me know how I can support you to have the best 2018 possible.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year, where you create what you truly desire.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

The Truth Sets You Free – Maat & Her Feather of Truth

The Truth Sets You Free – Maat & Her Feather of Truth

As we move into December, I am working with the Goddess Maat in preparation for the January 12, 2018 Egyptian Ceremony and Meditation.  What an amazing Goddess.  My understanding of the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses is that they each had a lifetime here in the physical – of course thousands and thousands of years ago.  Now each of them holds a specific archetype that relates to humans and can help us in our daily life.

The Goddess Maat represents truth and justice.  She embodies the true meaning and practice of integrity for the bigger picture, not just the here and now.  Her symbol is the ostrich feather, or any feather for that matter.  As I contemplate her feather, I feel a sense of lightness and freedom and I wonder what the connection is with truth, justice and integrity.

In the Egyptian tradition, is said that at the end of your life when you cross over, your heart is tested on scales for truthfulness against the feather of Maat.  Anubis, Thoth, and Tehuti (who records the proceedings) are all present.  Anubis asks you two questions: “Have you found joy in your life and have you brought joy to others?”  I love this story, and find it particularly meaningful this time of year.  Perhaps true, sustainable, and lasting joy in our lives and others is deeply related to living a life in integrity and truth.  Why not?  What could be more truthful than I am experiencing joy or I am not!  Something to think about….

But whose truth?  And who or what defines integrity?  The truth and integrity of Maat is defined as being Maaty!  It is said about Maat that we each have an inner Maat.  So then the answer to these two questions is based on your deep inner knowing in alignment with who you are and what you are here to do this lifetime.  Many people never get very far in contemplating these things.  I trust though if you are reading this newsletter, then this is a journey you are consciously on.

As we tell ourselves the truth, although it may be related to past pain and suffering, we do not need to bring that forward into the present, other than to heal.  It is important that we are not defined by our past and our wounding and in order for that to happen we have to forgive.  Our progress is limited though until we fully forgive – both ourselves and others – for what has transpired.  And, as we heal, the truth brings joy and “truly” sets us free.  We are no longer a victim of our past or anyone in it.  Maat is always there to help us see the truth from the bigger picture of our life and contracts, and to recognize and appreciate the gifts we have received.

This time of year is about celebrating joy, birth, life and our friends and families.  I hope you have a most wonderful Holiday Season.  Please join us Friday evening, January 12, if you are interested in a mediation ceremony celebrating the magick of Maat.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

My Journey With Gratitude

My Journey With Gratitude

Hello to all my Friends,

This November appears to be ushering in the end of a perfect Northwest Fall – foggy mornings, followed by beautiful sunny warm days, more rain, colorful leaves everywhere, and even some snowflakes.

The late fall season is traditionally a time of completing the harvesting and gathering of food in preparation for winter.  As we move toward Thanksgiving, it traditionally marks a time of giving thanks for the fullness and good in our lives.  Whatever your method of conversing with the Creator/God/Goddess, I invite you to include expressions of thanks and gratitude. For me the ability to do this has been a journey that I would like to share with you in this newsletter.

The 12-Step Programs refer to the expression of gratitude as “an attitude of gratitude”, which is required for recovery.  And they place a special focus on this during the month of November.  In 1983 when I was first exposed to this system, I was unable to pray – the words got stuck in my throat and my mind resisted – and this had been true since my early teens.  Louise Hay was very influential in the ‘80’s and she readily encouraged positive affirmations as a pathway to healing and wellness.  Gratitude and positive self-talk made sense to me and as I combined the two, I was able to begin a meaningful conversation with my “Creator”, positively expressing everything I was grateful for in my life.  This marked the beginning of a significant change in my life from focusing on what was wrong and not working to being much more positive.  My glass was now half full instead of half empty.

After the years of silence with God/Goddess I soon created my own version of prayer.  This was enhanced by what I leaned from the Modern Mystery School, which teaches that communication with God has three aspects: ritual, prayer and meditation.  I started utilizing these in my daily spiritual practice and my connection and belief in Spirit soared to new levels. I refer to this as the 3-legged stool of a strong foundational spiritual practice.  Ritual, prayer and meditation provide a complete communication with Spirit/God that involves clarity achieved from asking, thanking, listening, and receiving.

Never has there been a time on the planet when individuals of good intention have more needed this connection and the strong foundation it creates in our lives, which in turn spreads to our families and communities.  Our belief in and unwavering connection with Spirit / God / Goddess / Source will provide the strength we all need now.  Please feel free to connect with me if you would like a 30-45-minute consultation about this – no charge.

November marks the time of seasonal gatherings of celebration taking us all the way to welcoming in the New Year.   Have a most wonderful November as you prepare for the next phase of the year.

Sending you Love and Light,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation

Self-Worth, Empowerment and Serving Others

Self-Worth, Empowerment and Serving Others

Hi There,

I find myself being drawn into conversations more frequently with friends and associates about situations where they have provided a service for someone and experience not being paid and even criticized.

This is one of the hardest things I had to learn when I opened my doors for private practice. I was occasionally admonished for charging an equal energy exchange for something like the Life Activation. And at first, I was affected by people who did not want to pay the fee.  I ultimately learned that this had to do with my own internal sense of self-worth.  As I explored this, I puzzled over why the same person who did not resent paying for a massage, or acupuncture, or holistic medicine, or a tarot reading, would expect me to work for for free (or hardly nothing) because I was offering spiritual healing and empowerment!!

As I worked on myself and feeling good and firm about the prices I was charging, I learned two other very important things.  The first from Kabbalah regarding what is true mercy and what is true justice, and the second from another practitioner who was a Kabbalah student of mine, Jordan Bain, about flow and self-care.

When I was in Boston teaching Kabbalah a few years ago, Jordan facilitated and took the programs.  He had and has one of the most thriving and busiest healing practices in the western world doing Modern Mystery School work.  I asked him what his secret was to this success.  He shared simply that you cannot be in business doing healing work in the community unless you are receiving it from others – and that he received somewhere between 3 and 4 sessions a week on himself.  Not only did that return the flow to the community but it also helped him to keep his own cup full and he did not get drained.  So simple and yet so profound.

The other important thing that Kabbalah urges us to consider is what is true mercy and what is true justice.

  • We are all aware of justice gone awry – especially in view of the many difficult situations and decisions the very people who are here to protect us find themselves confronted with.  It is at the forefront of our news recently and will always need to be monitored.
  • Perhaps not as easy to spot though, and something we are not as aware of is well-intentioned mercy gone awry and the prices we pay for that.  When someone receives too much without an energy exchange they are robbed of the ability to build true empowerment and independence.  As well, they will ultimately resent the hand(s) that helped them. I personally believe that this is why Jesus demonstrated the importance of teaching someone how to fish for themselves instead of fishing for them.

The 3,500 year-old lineage of King Salomon is about true empowerment.  This lineage has always been about being an empowering partner on someone’s path to full health and wellness vs. being “the healer”.  Ultimately, only each of us can heal ourselves – it may take a team, but that team has to be about mentoring the healing vs. being “the healer”.  As well, this lineage stresses the importance that we each do our personal work in order to become fully empowered in our own lives.  This will result in our ability to fulfill our life destiny.  Part of fulfilling our destiny always includes service to others, and true service to others is about empowering and never about enabling.  It is often not easy to see the difference, either for ourselves or where others are concerned.  And know that the more personally empowered we each are, the healthier our communities and world will become.

In view of the immense losses in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean, as well as what just happened this week in Las Vegas, I invite you to join me in sending healing prayers, love, and strength to everyone who has been affected.  The injured, the deceased, families, friends, first responders and their families, the entire hospital staffs who have kept them up and running – the list goes on and on and on.  As well to the deceased shooter and his family and friends.  I’m not sure this is something that we will ever understand.  The best thing to do is to find true forgiveness in our hearts.

Sending you Light & Love,
Verla and The Living Light Foundation