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Spiritual Dreams

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If you happen to have caught me on Facebook: “Teri Karl Joy”, I promised to share about some interesting dreams I’d had this week.  I’ve been blessed to remember a lot of my dreams this week, but I’m PARTICULARLY excited about the spiritual dreams I had (even one just today!)

TODAY

I dreamt I was at my parents’ house.  A cat had gotten in, a white and orange one (female).  I was annoyed at this and shooed it back out the balcony door.  Then I remember being below on the porch and seeing a black and white male cat looking forlorn.  Then he saw the female cat emerge and was happy again.  They actually sat, hugging each other.

Also today, something about a guy or two who were guides for me somehow.  (like tour guides).  I remember sleeping next to one (not sexual).

ALSO, I was at some kind of event, maybe a workshop.  There were a few people that I was acquainted with, and I gave them a quick hug, but then I recognized Mary Morrissey (one of my mentors) in the group. When I got to her, I have her a big, long, real hug.  She told me that there was a secret to the universe in each of the slides (Powerpoint Presentation), but it would only last a second.

I believe today was also the night I dreamt that there had been severe flooding, and I’d driven my car into the water, and it had gotten stuck.  (I’d lost it.)

EARLIER THIS WEEK

I dreamt I was high up, mountain climbing.  I suddenly realized what I was doing, where I was, and I became a little terrified.  I was a little careless and knocked down a bolder.  My dad was some lengths below me, and didn’t get hit by it (but I was struck upon reflecting later how careless I’d been about it.)

There was a tarantula following me around everywhere.  I was in the dining/living area of my parents’ house.  I wasn’t frightened, just mainly annoyed.  At some point I immobilized it (maybe even killed it), but I don’t remember doing it.  It may have had something to do with the legs.

And THEN I dreamt I was leaving a space because there was a stampede of animals coming behind us.  I had scooped up these two small animals that had legs that were limp like rag dolls.  I entered this area where people were all sitting around, in a circular formation, and something came out toward us.  At first I thought maybe it was a unicorn or something, but it ended up being a person, a young man.  He looked like he was high school level, and I think he had very curly hair.  I think he was singing a song from Godspell.  He was singing “All Good Things Around Us”.  So, I started singing with him in harmony, because I was in Godspell in high school, and I knew the song.  I told him this.  He was excited about it.

Immediately following was another dream where I was in a setting like a university library.  There were 2 women, an older woman and a woman around my age.  We were sitting at a table together, and they took out a card.  The older woman asked me about what cards I use, like which type they were.  It seemed like she was asking if they were for good energy or lower energy.  And I said, “Well, they’re angel cards.” So, that seemed to satisfy her.  And then she pointed out a card, and there was a person on the card, and she was motioning toward the ankle, the foot.  She said something about “purpose” or something similar.

The card dream is the one I am most excited about.  If “feet” are spiritual foundation, as I learned in the School of Metaphysics, the woman (a wise, mentor-type figure), is telling me to make my spiritual foundation my purpose.  I have gotten this message multiple, multiple times from my angels.  But, sometimes it’s good to hear it through other avenues!

Godspell also caught my attention.  It is a musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the Bible.  Back in high school I bought a karaoke version of the Godspell CD so that I could practice the songs, and I still have it now on my iTunes.  Over the weekend I decided to put my iTunes on shuffle while doing chores, and I heard 4 or 5 Godspell songs back-to-back.  I figured maybe I had accidentally just shuffled the Godspell album, but then the very next song was not a Godspell song.  (The angels know that I love coincidences!)  

When I asked out loud “How can I build my spiritual foundation?”, the answer I received was “Be still.”  A beautiful answer.  And it also occurs to me as I’m typing this that a little Godspell karaoke might also be of some assistance. 😉

OTHER SYMBOLS OF NOTE FOR ME TO CONTINUE TO WATCH FOR: Animals, teenage-aged men, parent’s house.  These could be related to old ways of thinking, patterns of thinking, and developing subconscious parts of myself.

I’m going to get back into dream interpretation.  (But in the meantime I would like to share a few more “Camino” posts.)  The plan is to start a weekly video on youtube.  I will share the link in my next post about dreams.  If you have any you’d like to share, please do.

Much love and many blessings. ❤

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Morning Routine: Ideas for Inspiration

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Yesterday I made a Facebook Live video about morning routines and encouraged everyone to share their ideas.  I was blown away by the responses!  This inspired to post the same question to my “On a Vision” group, and I will post some of the ideas in one of my blog posts this week.

One part of the routine that some mentioned was spiritual reading/inspiration.  I had been feeling the inner urge to add this to my morning practice as well, and the picture above shows some of my sources of inspiration:

  • 100 Voices by Buchanan and Klingsporn (Inspirational Quotes)
  • Doreen Virtue’s Angel Tarot Cards
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • The Holy Bible
  • The I Ching
  • Horse to Water, a compilation by D. A. Wils
  • Words of Wisdom by Tatyana N. Mickushina
  • The Dhammapada
  • A Course in Miracles

Today I wanted to share my all-time favorite Bible verse with you that I decided to begin with today.  It’s 1 Corinthians 13:

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

This is an incredibly humbling piece for me, a good feast for the ego when it is getting out of control.  We are all love.  We are born from love and we return to love.  We are always connected to love throughout our lifetime, but it is up to us as beings with free will whether or not we will maintain — or temporarily sever — that beautiful connection.

I can study, work hard, train, speak, share, even give to others and sacrifice myself — and it means nothing ultimately — unless it comes from love.  Where is my heart in each decision?  What is my purpose and intention throughout each action I take?  This is what really matters, no matter what I do.  When this lifetime is over, all that will remain is what was given and received from a place of love.

Much love, many blessings. ❤

What About This Chaos?

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My life became chaotic this past month.  It’s finally calming down now.  I’ve been trying to figure out the meaning behind it all, and the beautiful thing is — there isn’t simply one meaning.  I can look at this craziness from different perspectives.

From one perspective — I created this chaos, and probable because I enjoy it.  My metaphysics teacher told me this, and I agreed with her.  “Create with purpose!” she told me.  “If your life is full of purposeful activity, you will have no need for all of this craziness.”  I am indeed a creator.  I would like my creations to be a little less stressful, indeed. . .

From another view, the universe is trying to teach me some lessons.  Often when I try to micromanage parts of my existence, things completely unravel.  I then question: “Is all of my work for naught?”  Well, yes.  Because the purpose of my existence is not to force my life to fit into a neat little box.  I’m to be a creator! An explorer! A student of life! A spiritual teacher!  It seems the universe is warning me that my priorities are all out of whack.  I’m too focused on my environment, on what is outside of me.  I think I’m finally listening, universe!

So, here I sit, in the calm after the storm, looking out into the horizon.  No matter what storm hits this place, I must keep a cool interior.

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What Energy Are YOU Emitting?

ID-100144459I’m reading Psychic Intelligence: Tune In and Discover the Power of Your Intuition by Terry & Linda Jamison.  The book includes an activity to practice seeing auras and descriptions of what the auras represent.  The aura is your outer energy field, extending beyond your physical body.

Think about what thoughts and emotions you’ve expressed today.  What color is your aura?

Here’s a snippet of each color to get you started:

Red: strength, physical and sexual energy, passion, courage

Orange: opportunity, creativity, organization, adaptability, and caring for others

Yellow: vitality, intellect, prosperity, playfulness, optimism, communication

Green: growth, change, healing, prosperity

Blue: peace, tranquility, healing, caring for others, compassion, verbal communication

Purple: passion, spirituality, psychic power, clairvoyance

White: protection, spirituality, innocence, purity

Brown: stability, grounding, practicality

Silver: Clarity of purpose

Gold: spiritual energy, inspiration

I’m thinking a little red or silver today.  Can’t see it yet.  How about you?

 

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Metaphysics Monday (Belated): Why Metaphysics

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“Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius / FreeDigitalPhotos.net”

This is a post to those who are currently studying metaphysics (through the School of Metaphysics).

Why do you study metaphysics?  Why do you keep coming to every week?

Do you remember where you were before you started classes, who you thought you were?  Were you looking for something, as I was?

I know who I thought I was.  I secretly didn’t like or value myself much.  I believed I was an insecure,  selfish, wish-washy, shy woman who was slow-to-warm up and had broken with her spiritual foundation.  I had an interest in the world beyond the physical, but I wasn’t sure how to explore it.  I liked talking about my dreams but didn’t know what they meant.  I wanted to meditate, but I couldn’t sit still.  I believed I had a terrible memory and maybe some form of ADD.

Now, a year later, I am still learning who I am — that is my life’s journey to discover it!  But I already know that I am something special and that I love people!  I have reconnected with my spirituality, and I have begun to explore the world beyond our consciousness.  I still struggle to be still, but I’ve meditated for a full half-hour now, and I don’t lose things as much — or else I find them pretty quickly.  I love intuitive reports, and I love studying dreams. I’m a better listener, I am more present, and I am more giving.

What if I’d never had this experience?  I lived in Bolingbrook most of my life and never knew of the school.  As it was, I didn’t find out about the school through a student.  My life coach — very intuitive herself — googled “metaphysics” and suggested the school to me.

There are others like me, like you, who’ve wanted to know.  There are others who are looking, too.  And they would rather hear about it from you, from someone who has experienced the course yourself.  Is this a pie-in-the-sky easy learning experience?  We know it’s not!  I’ve wanted to quit multiple times — as maybe you have, too.  But I wanted to grow; I wanted to learn; and I’ve grown stronger as I’ve surpassed each limitation.

I’m starting the next class in on Tuesday, July 22nd, and I’m looking for those who are searching as I was.  I’m looking for those who seek unconditional love and who want to be self-empowered — not dependent on any person, place, or thing for peace, contentment, and security.

Please hold the image of the lighthouse in your mind, remember what you were once searching for, and reflect on what you’ve found.  Stay open and radiate the love that is within you.  Let others know that we love them just as they are and that the doors are open to receive.

I love you all. ❤

Restless Spirit

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“World” courtesy of Salvatore Vuono / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

If I could spend whatever I wanted

I wouldn’t be so stingy when I go out.

I would pay for the free digital art.

I would share everything.

I would choose quality over affordability; “organic”, “environmentally friendly”, and “animal friendly” over “convenient” and “cheaper.”

 

If I could spend whatever I wanted;

If I had all the time that I wanted

I would take more classes, especially about spirituality, health, and happiness.

I would go visit a psychic, see a spiritual healer, spend the day at a spa. . .

I would be outside . . .  A LOT

I would read all the books I’ve wanted to read and watch all the movies I’ve wanted to see — documentaries, sappy romances, and blockbusters.

I would not use the phrases “appropriate use of time” and “wasting time.”

 

If I could spend whatever I wanted;

If I had all the time that I wanted;

If I could go anywhere I wanted

I would get an RV.  I would take my life and my work on the road.  I would pack everything up and give the rest away and visit everywhere I possibly could in the U.S.

And then I would backpack.  I would go see more of Mexico and then throw myself upon South America. (I’ll come back for you, Canada!)

I would fly across the ocean and see all of Africa, all of Europe, all of Asia, and Australia.  But not Antarctica.  (Sorry, Antarctica.  No appeal for me there.)

And then I would do it all over again! 🙂

Body Update

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“Sports Jump” by Ambro/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net

I’ve made some big changes this year, and I’ve already gone through a lot in 2012.  I’ve been thinking a lot, going back through my memories and blogs (and more reminiscing is to come, I assure you).

With the improvements I’m making to myself, I keep wanting to push things just that one step further.

Here is what has happened so far:

EXERCISE

1. I picked yoga back up in the fall.

2. In the fall I also began stopping by my parents’ to use their elliptical once a week (now sometimes twice).

3. Lately I’ve tried to walk/bike/dance/something another day each week.

DIET

4. In the fall I cut back on snacks filled with preservatives.

5. I also began buying more organic fruits and vegetables.

6. Two weeks ago I started giving up meat.  This has encouraged me to consume more vegetables.

7. 7 days ago I gave up ice cream.  3 days ago I started giving it up again.  (Work in progress.)

8.  Lately I’ve limited sweets mainly to dark chocolate, veering off a bit when I’m out with company.  This has encouraged me to consume more fruit.

MENTAL/SPIRITUAL CHANGE

9. I picked up meditation but lost it when the 21-Day Meditation Challenge ended.  (Now I just try to meditate briefly here-and-there in the moment.)

10. In the past week I’ve been paying particular attention to my emotions, my intentions, and whether I’m emitting positive or negative energy.

NEWEST

11. I am refocusing on the consistency of my supplementation.  I’m taking my multivitamin, Nutriferon — when I feel I need an immune boost, GLA complex for hormone regulation, Vivix for overall health and well-being, and now Moodlift Complex “for a positive mental outlook.”

12. I’ve also decided to avoid any and all medication (except in emergency cases).

I feel like I’m experimenting on my body, but in a positive way.  With each change, I observe my body’s reaction.  With any setbacks, again, I observe what’s going on inside.  It’s been an interesting ride, and I look forward to experiencing the results!

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