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yellow mandala with words - “It is not until you change your identity to match your life blueprint that you will understand why everything in the past never worked.” ~ Shannon L. Alder

Because this month’s Being Joy™ habit is to Be in Spirit, I thought you might wonder what the difference is between the words “spirit” and “Spirit”.

When I talk about the upper-case word “Spirit”, I am referring to the Great Spirit, the Creator, the Divine, the Universe, God, or whatever term you use to explain the origin of all that is.  I will often say “Spirit guided me to this opportunity.” Or “I love it how the Universe conspires on my behalf.”  Or simply “Thank you God”.

But when I talk about the lower case “spirit” I am referring to the inner you – your authentic self, the part of your being that is uniquely you, your life-force.  Sometimes the word spirit and soul are used interchangeably.

Two hands reaching out for a shining gold-coloured heart

Of course “Spirit” lives within us all.  Therefore Spirit is in spirit.  As Black Elk, one of the most influential Native American leaders of the Twentieth Century put it:

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that its center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

When I suggest that one of the 40 ways I’ve written about that you can use to eliminate any self-defeating behaviours that block your ability to remember your joy, I am referring to your connection with self and your own inner guidance system – your sacred spirit.

To live in spirit means to act and communicate in ways that honour yourself and the great mystery of life instead of living in your ego state.  I love the way Deepak Chopra explains the difference between living in the ego and living in spirit in his book Power Freedom and Grace:

“The world of the ego is time-bound, temporary, fragmented, fearful, personal, self-centered, self-absorbed, and attached to the known.  It clings to pleasure and recoils from pain. 

The world of spirit is timeless and eternal, free of past and future, whole, joyful, open and accessible to all.  The world of spirit is the world of community, insight, and love. 

This world is real, undivided, unshakable, dynamic, creative, self-sufficient, powerful, and free of limitation, expectation, and attachment. 

The world of spirit is the source of all power.”

Take a minute to reflect on what you just read so that you can see why I feel that living in spirit is so essential at this precarious time in our history!

You see, I believe we are at a serious juncture as this global pandemic has provided the human race with an important choice to make.  We can choose to complain, dig in our heels, and try to swim against the current of change by staying stuck in ego-driven ways that are no longer economically, socially, or environmentally sustainable.  Or we can choose to live more fully in the world of joyful spirit, where as Chopra proclaims is “the world of community, insight and love”.  And I believe we need to make this choice now!

If you are one of the growing number of sensitives – the males and females who are finding it difficult to navigate the turbulence and uncertainty, I understand.  It’s been an emotional ride.  Or perhaps you’ve been feeling disconnected and disempowered from living with purpose while everything seems to be at a standstill. Here’s something you can try that might help to uplift you so that your spirit can soar, and you can begin to feel more joyful in spite of what’s occurring around you.

Find a picture you like of an eagle or use this one and put it on your fridge or on your computer as a screen saver.  Look at it often as your daily reminder to Be in Spirit.

Soaring eagle flying towards the heavens

In indigenous spirituality, the eagle symbolizes courage, wisdom, strength, and a connection to the Divine as it soars close to the heavens where the Great Spirit dwells.  In fact by embodying the energy of eagle medicine, eagle can teach you to broaden your sense of self, and to soar without fear knowing that you are always supported by Spirit.  An important reassurance during these challenging times.

As written in Jamie Sams and David Carson’s guidebook for their Medicine Cards, “Eagle medicine is the gift we give ourselves to remind us of the freedom of the skies.  Eagle asks you to give yourself permission to legalize freedom and to follow the joy your heart desires.”  And it’s all about the joy, my friend.

Be sure to read next Wednesday’s blog where I’ll talk about ways to help you clear your body, mind, and spirit of pesky influences that are blocking your ability to hear messages from your spirit.  As you become more intuitive, you’ll find yourself living more fully in the high vibration of joy energy where all things are possible. It’s going to be a good one.  Until next time, keep your frequency high, your mind open, and your joy ever expanding!

Love from your Joy Mama,

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P.S.   If you haven’t already read my book Being Joy™, it’s a simple 40-day practice of replacing old self-defeating beliefs with new empowering habits. As you make your way through the book, complete with daily affirmations and activities, you’ll begin to remember the joy you were always meant to feel. As you do, you’ll be amazed at how quickly your life will start to shift as your vibrational frequency increases and you attract more of what you want to experience.  It’s a very powerful joy habit!

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