Do The Work

Nothing will work unless you do.

— Maya Angelou

Take a deep breath

 Exhale

 open your heart

 stay in your lane

 be transparent

 let go

 trust the journey

These are a few of the mantras I tell myself constantly–Like 10 x a day. I am back to soul work, which for me is like giving a kid candy. I can get lost in the moments of enlightenment. God is good. We have so many teachers that have come to the earth that I’m so thankful for. I hope you have some too. If not, good LORD find one.

I have an accolade to make and I will try and do it in appropriate proportion and give honor due to the one who took the time to listen. @Dr. Shefali Tsbary, I’m awake, honored, and on a beautiful path of shedding my ego and seeing the truth wading in the co-creation phase of my path. Dr. Shefali, I know you do not  want the credit for your esoteric teachings.  accolades are an illusion but I want people to know who taught me and for the readers to be able to find your life work

Why am I mentioning her?  Because some of the things I write about are truths she showed me.

I signed up for a yearlong course taught by Dr. Shefali called “The awakened heart.” I am here to do the work, and it’s really because I’m selfish and exhausted and want to escape from my prison, my cell, my pit that I so cunningly have decorated with all kinds of lies.

I have run from my calling. I have lied to myself and others about what my heart really thinks. I have held onto 40-some years of hurt from childhood wanting to forgive, thinking I have, but holding on to pain and manifesting cancer. I can’t do it anymore. Something shifted, and I literally can’t do it. The emotional pain I have carried is such a burden that my back is weak and my spirit has taken over. I have had 11 surgeries which tells me I’m highly sensitive. My body is a fantastic listener. I can’t say that I did not know this work needed to be done. I started more than 13 years ago but didn’t know how to do it. I wanted to change desperately but didn’t know how.

Two years ago something happened….I happened. I woke up, came up with my mantra prayer, and God led me to this endless journey before me. I think our soul uses our discomfort to show us something is wrong. I believe it is God’s way of getting our attention. Problem is: When we feel it, we push it down, away and want none of it. We are masters of blaming everyone else for the pain they caused. But did they cause the pain or did it come to teach you? Does pain come to tear you apart? I don’t think so.

I believe every painful encounter comes to set you free, but here’s the catch: It takes work. Hard work. Self-examination, new ideas, and a new destination. Nothing worthwhile comes easily. It took me most of my life to want change. I found it out of pain—pain that I created by the way. It’s the way of life. Stop resisting it and for the love of humanity and yourself do the work! There are hundreds of paths; find yours. My path won’t necessarily fit your pace or destination.

A few months ago my good friend Mary wrote a blog about staying in your own lane. I never heard that before, but now I have heard it several times and want to pass it on. Stay in your own lane because if you cross the line you might not like the result. Work on you and no one else. If someone wants your help or needs your criticism they will ask. I am preaching to me. I so desperately want my family to get these concepts that I shove the information down their throats.

Mostly the kids. I want them to grow up differently than I did…knowing the truth about how God works. I have been teaching them about resisting the discomfort. Accepting the as is in every situation. Not going to lie: I usually end up screaming and defeated as they resist the lesson and then I resist their resistance. The perfect lesson in resisting the as is. It’s freaking hilarious actually! Okay, God, I surrender.

So how do you help others around you be like you, Miss Ego? Lol, You DON’T.  They have their own path! Set an example and pray like a warrior that they see the truth you’re trying to live. It takes time to undo all the shit you have layered on yourself and your loved ones. It’s a big cycle. But I am out. Nope, not another day. I’m officially fired.

In case you’re wondering what that prayer is so you can memorize it, recite it and get it into every fiber of your being…be warned: It Will change your life.

You have a choice. If you’re miserable and happy stop reading now. I mean that. If you are more comfortable asleep in your delusion, that’s okay. God will keep sending you moments like this to awaken your heart.

If you’re still reading, then be read for your life to change.

God, show me the truth. Set me free. And bring me the people and resources I need to be the person you made me to be.

Listening is the first step. And I don’t mean listening to the nonstop chatter we hear. That’s not you. I have named my inner talker, Lucinda. Man, she is freaking annoying, loud, and judgmental. She lies, gossips, sabotages and I want nothing to do with her but to shut her up. She is not me. She’s who I have become complacent with. I have kept her around because she served me and only me on this earth. She makes everything about me and tells me what I want to hear to make myself feel better although it’s all lies. What she tells me is actually killing me, and I have the scar on my left right breast to prove it. She is toxic.

When I refer to listening this is what I mean is: Prayer, meditation, eating well, sleeping well, soul work, surrounding yourself with supportive, like-minded people, journal, exercise, read, Read, READ and listen to the ones before you that will seek you out. You have to be open and aware and awake to see them.

We tend to feed the ego with distractions, illusions, and lies. This is normal if you have been taught that your thoughts are real. That you are your thoughts. That your thoughts are directly in line with your feelings. Friends, this is not true. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. You are not your thoughts. If you were, then how could YOU hear them? If you are listening to something talk: It’s Not YOU!!!

You must learn this to understand who is really planted in your mind. Thoughts indicate what’s inside but if you do the work the thoughts will change. Be aware of the ego and realize this is not you. You are a soul in a human skin suit that is it.

Here is my challenge: Be selfish in one area of your life: Doing the Work. The work you were put on earth to do. What legacy are you going to leave? What impact will your work be on your great grandchildren? I hope you see today that the work you do on your soul matters more than what you do to provide for your family. You are not here to work at some corporate job or even some fantastic self-employment gig–unless you’re teaching others to be who God called them to be. Your job is to feed, clothe and provide shelter. You can dress that up or down as much as you want. That’s it. The work I’m talking about is not about money. The work I am begging you to do will last eternally because it will pass onto your children and your children’s children. It will become you. I know I can’t go back in time because all the pain brought me to this moment.

Our kids are our greatest love and therefore weakness. This is why God chooses them to teach us and come after us with passion.

 

Butterfly Effect

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I want to share with you a little bit about my journey, my thought process, and how I am arriving at some of my beliefs. About a year ago I asked God to show me the truth, set me free, and send me the people and the resources I needed to become the person he created me to be.
It started with Dr.Shefali Tsabary and, by the way, there is never an end to Conscious awareness and life. If you are not actively reading, journaling and transforming than I’m very sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you are not living to the fullest potential God has for you. He is at the door knocking and waiting for you to answer the call. Back to Dr.Shefali, she wrote the books Conscious Parent, The Awakened Family and Out of Control. I have read The Conscious Parent and it is revolutionary. This brilliant woman teaches with ease the beauty in parenting that I was absolutely ignorant to. I first saw her on Super Soul Sunday with Oprah. If you are at all interested in becoming the person God birthed you to be, a few things need to happen. First, seek the lord with all your heart, soul, and might. Second, Get OWN channel (Oprah, Super Soul Sunday). Third, seek out Dr.Shefali. There is a fourth but I will save this for next time. I would highly recommend Dr. Tsabary’s online course, I have been introduced to the idea that our children come to us to raise us, not the other way around, and to help us to evolve. Dr. Shefali ( I am paraphrasing here) says that when we surrender to our outer form which is really our inner child and ego we can then parent from our hearts. She says we choose our parents in order to work out our soul’s purpose. I can tell you that this concept resonates in my being like nothing else I have ever read. It goes very deep into childhood and exposes the ego and how a child behaves and why. She teaches that the moment we want to blame we must look in the mirror. It starts with ourselves. There are patterns in our lives and this is key to figuring out what triggers us since patterns repeat until they are dealt with. Experiences are co-created with our soul inspired by our precious children. Breaking through and transforming to your highest creative life potential is what the journey is truly about. I highly recommend everyone either taking her course or reading all of her books. www.drshefali.com. I am in the middle of a two level course. We are only on week two and it almost feels like a dream. Going back through my life and literally UNLEARNING all the garbage I was fed as a child my entire life.  I am excited to share what I learn and hope you too will feel my enthusiasm and comment below. Here is the bottom line. I prayed for truth, to be set free, and for God to bring me all the people and resources I need to be who he created me to be and this is what I received.
Ok so, today I was listening to a lecturer talk about the butterfly effect. In case you are not familiar with the actual definition, I decided to Google it. The butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions in which a small change in one state of a deterministic nonlinear system can result in a large difference in a later state. In other words, it is the influence exerted on a dynamic system by a small change in conditions. So the butterflies in South America can actually affect weather patterns in the North Pole? And this is science? Yes…and proven science at that. This concept was mind blowing for me. A little butterfly can affect the world one flap at a time.
Readers, I am coming to you today with a heart of love. I want you to see so desperately how powerful you are as a body of people. You can make a difference. We were not created to live alone and I believe we are all a part of the body of Christ which actually means we literally are all one. This is my core belief. What I do to myself I do to you. When I self-hate talk to me, I self-hate talk to you. When I love me, I love you and when I love you, I love me. We can’t pick and choose what part we want to keep and what part we want to discard. We are all one period. Do you want to stop evil and terrorism? Then love your freaking neighbor and yourself. Stop blaming terrorists and look within your own heart. This is not a selfish act of loving yourself. It is doing the work you need to do to see the truth about whom you really are and who God really is. It is laying your life down for the people around you and helping set them free. Set them free from themselves, from the enemy, or from the shadows or from whatever you might call it. I don’t care. It is not important. What is important is that love is the basis of all healing.
Some of you are asking right now, ok, Melissa, what about the man who raped me or about my father who abused me or about my mother who abandoned me. I say this. Live for today in the present moment. Stop living in the past and dwelling on what cannot be changed. I have spent the greater part of my life dwelling and it has given me what I have given myself a very sick soul and physical body. God is using those circumstances to transform you into him but you have to consciously decide you want to be free of your own thoughts. What is pain really? We put so much weight into good and bad. Why is pain equated to suffering? My goodness if we didn’t have suffering we would be living like cavemen still. Honestly, we may not look like cavemen but that is exactly where are hearts would be. Selfish and wanting everyone else to change. If you want your relationships to change it comes from you. It comes from the living God inside of you. Did Jesus suffer? I would say yes!!!! Dr.Shelfali would say that your parents didn’t really know the truth. That they believed all the lies their parents told them and they taught you fear and anxiety, not acceptance and love. Unless you had Jesus as your actual parent, we were all failed. Our parents did not intentionally abuse or neglect us. Just like you don’t intentionally abuse and neglect your relationships. It’s all a part of the process needed for you to see the truth. We are all really perfect inside when we are born and we have to get back to that state. That is truly what life is about. It’s about finding the love that we came here with. Unlearning all the stuff we plastered onto ourselves to survive in a very fallen world and environment.
You have a choice to forgive and be set free or live in fear, anxiety, and misery. You have a choice. You’re not a victim. Some of us chose to be victims and to make our story true. End the novel of misery and abandonment of self. Start a new book which is one of love, joy, and forgiveness. Don’t live another moment giving yourself away. It’s not you. It never was you. You by nature are Christ like. Babies come here perfect. We screw them up by putting layers of manmade materials on them until we no longer see them. We as parents don’t really think about parenting our kids. We just parent like our parents parented and expect them not to be jacked up like us.

I am going to share a piece of me. This piece is no longer mine and I’m happy to let go of it so here goes. Eight years ago I gave birth to a beautiful 8 lbs 11 oz baby boy. I was determined to control him and he was going to sleep through the night by 2 months because all the other “perfect” moms around me had their kids sleeping and I wanted to be perfect like them. By the way, I never knew that I was trying to control him. The underlying point to this is that we parents think we are doing what society tells us we should be doing. Standards are set for us by the masses. I fell into this trap and although I am happy now, it happened as it helped mold me. I am sorry that I forced my baby into feeling my anxiety and fear. So, I followed a method called baby wise. It seemed humane and reasonable, so I followed it to a tee. I’m going to make a very long story short. It didn’t work for us. I literally know at least 10 moms it worked for in my circle. My obsession with controlling my environment and him was an epic fail. When I tell you this child did not sleep longer than 2 hours at a time and screamed in between for a minimum of 45 min to 2 hrs only to fall asleep for 2 hours and repeat, I am not exaggerating. The local Dunkin Donuts knew me as the little lady who drove her screaming infant around hoping he would fall asleep. I was exhausted to the point of depression. I believed the lie that I was a failure and I couldn’t do anything right. It was a lie someone told me growing up on a daily basis, so I believed it. Do you see where I am going here? I will never forget the day that I harshly sat him down on the couch when he was about 1 year old in the middle of the night and screamed at him, “What do you want? What is wrong with you? I can’t take another night.” It obviously didn’t help and he didn’t sleep through the night for another 2 years. He ended up with heavy metal poison physically, but that’s not what happened on a soul level. This is what I want you to see about your kids, your loved ones, and your not so loved ones. They will manifest what you need them to be in order to help you evolve into who God designed you to be. Let me explain. Camden was acting out the way I felt on the inside. My eldest child was 12 and living in New York City with his father and I felt abandoned and scared. My husband’s business was on the verge of bankruptcy and I had just battled breast cancer. Are you kidding me? I was a living ball of Hell. I was scared but wouldn’t admit it and I lived in that state for years. If you would have asked me, I would have denied it because I used to lie to myself all the time. So this precious baby came to me willing to suffer so I could move past my fear and past my desire to control him. He felt my energy of fear and at night he let it out, screaming for hours on end. Children come here connected especially to their mom. My hurricane became his hurricane of epic proportion. These precious children take on your vibration, your energy and make it their own. This is how they communicate. Remember science says children don’t even know until about 6 months that they are not you. In other words, they are clueless that they are their own individual person and not their environment. Camden was angry, stubborn, and miserable and so was I. I was failing at it all. My kids, my husband and even my body was a failure. He was interrupting my soul. He was mimicking my soul’s cry for help. He was screaming at night for me. All I can say readers is, “awaken”. See the truth. God sends your miracles every day, you just have to open them up. Listen to your heart. Pray, meditate, and ask the lord to show you the truth. Don’t take my advice. Ask the Lord of the universe to show you truth and open your soul to the power God has for you today. Every day is a miracle.