Life as a Mirror

Have you ever had someone tell you that life is a mirror of your consciousness? Or that we are each mirrors of each other?

Have you also noticed that even though you NEVER cut people off in traffic, some people still cut YOU off, and sometimes blatantly and intentionally?

Very often this mirror idea has been twisted from it’s original meaning to fit into a symmetrical understanding based on the Law of Attraction, namely that your consciousness actively creates the reality that you experience.

However, that is kind of trying to fit a square peg into a round hole and one of the reasons it can seem so untrue sometimes is that the Law of Attraction is not really where this particular teaching belongs.

The idea that life is a mirror of our consciousness is often misunderstood and today I wanted to go back to the great traditions for some teachings that might shed some light on the true meaning of this common saying.
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Creating a life of purpose

There are a lot of smart people out there telling you all the wrong things about your life’s purpose.

Maybe that’s a little harsh. I guess they’re not telling you the wrong things per se, perhaps I should say they are telling you the part you want to hear. It’s great because they are wetting your appetite for living a life that is on fire. However, it is generally with the promise that you simply have to do the things that make you happy.

It sounds great doesn’t it? Just do the stuff that you like doing and voila! You are living a life of purpose!

Of course, a life of purpose is supposed to bring financial prosperity, good relationships and spiritual wisdom. . .

So what gives?

My dog just does what he wants WAY more often than I do and he’s not wealthy!

I know plenty of toddlers that simply ‘do their thing’ but their relationships are entirely one sided and dependent on (not to mention dominated by) their parents.

The truth is that living a life of purpose is about much more than just doing what feels good. It IS about that, but it is also MORE than that.

A truly purposeful life is not a superficial one. Superficial desires create superficial fires and a superficial fire will never ignite something as magnificent and powerful as your soul. Having a good time is just not enough to fuel passion.

In fact, true passion is so much deeper than enjoyment that it drags you right into and through some of the hardest times of our lives. Passion has more in common with the force that drags a new parent out of bed in the middle of the night than it does with the desire to go surfing in Maui.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some people who are passionate about surfing, but for them it isn’t just something they enjoy. For those who are truly passionate, surfing is something they can’t live without.

The passionate are compelled.

They are driven by something deeper than joy.

And that is what all the soundbites and platitudes ignore. A life of purpose is not just about doing what you enjoy. It is about the blossoming, maturing and fruiting of what you find enjoyable in the first place.

It is about the deepening of your experience of life. It is about the richness and fullness of your very being. What is REALLY enjoyable? Would you rather be eating chocolate or sharing chocolate?

What is it that adds value and depth and meaning to our lives? Where does your ULTIMATE joy reside?

Seek that answer and you will find the fuel that will light your soul on fire.

I’ll even give you a hint. It has nothing to do with WHAT you are doing and everything to do with HOW and WHY you are doing it.

Breathe Deeply. Meditate. Just playing games all the time will only wring you out. You must deepen your life to find your passion.

When you find it you will work your fingers to the bone and you will do it joyfully for the sake of your passion. Even the most impossible obstacles and frustrating circumstances will not dissuade you from the embrace you seek.

The deeper your appreciation of what really brings joy, the more powerful and relentless your passion will be.

Wishing you deep richness and fulfillment,
Michael SunSpirit.

Overcoming The Pain of Empathy

Let’s talk a little bit about the expansion of individual awareness and the increasing depth in consciousness that we experience on our journey through life.

First we need to differentiate between empathy and sympathy.

Sympathy comes about from, and is developed through, suffering. We can sympathize with someone because we have experienced similar situations and can understand degrees of intensity. While we may never have been homeless we can sympathize, because we have been lonely, lost, poor or otherwise in a difficult situation and we can multiply that experience in our mind to have some approximation of what homelessness might be like. Continue reading

Meet the Artists & Practitioners of Evolve April 18, 2014

Meet the Artists & Practitioners of Evolve
6-9pm Friday April 18, 2014

We love to gather with you and exchange inspiration, support, joy and overall life with one another! Every Third Friday join us at Evolve for a party to meet our talented Artists and Teachers with vegetarian faire catered by Expressly Leslie’s Vegetarian. SPECIAL~~~THIS NIGHT ONLY~clearing inventory to make space for a huge new shipment of stones, so join us for this party and receive 11% off ALL STONES this night only~

For this Third Friday we have Ruth Flett, artist and Cheryl Voss, jewelry artist as well as Catherine Filarski Intuitive Guidance reader here to meet you and teach you about their gifts of celebrating life and the world.

From Cheryl~Leather Lovers: I’ll be unveiling a new collection of better-than-ever leather cuff bracelets and keychains in all colors at the April 18 trunk show at Evolve in Crystal Lake. The silky cashmerino wool felt accents are the perfect touch, and are completely interchangeable with all other PEACES magnets. How cool!!
If you can’t make the trunk show, come see PEACES at THE FAMOUS 4th Friday Art Show at the Starline Gallery in Harvard on April 25.

Ruth Flett will be here also with prints of her original works available. Visual Artist, comedy writer and philosopher. She is a multi-artist from the Midwest United States who will take you on a psychedelic journey into her colorful world. You will laugh, you will cry and you will find reasons life is worth living. Ruth is a funny woman who will make you think.
Visual Art: Ruth has worked professionally as a Fine Artist creating unique and original energetic paintings and drawings for art buyers to collect all over the world since 1998. Ruth’s artwork has been featured in Lake Geneva, WI boutiques, Chicago fine art shows, The Starline Art Gallery in Harvard, and now EVOLVE in Crystal Lake, IL as well as private residences. Ruth volunteers for the The Starline Gallery in Harvard, IL as a fine artist and volunteer at events which are held on the 4th Friday of every month.

Bring the balance of the divine Feminine into your every expression

Connect, Love, Nurture

Love is All

Feel, Know, Love

Catherine Filarski will also be here to teach us about Intuitive Guidance that she offers.

“We are in a time of great awakening. We are meant to live joy and in full consciousness of our Divine soul self.”

Catherine’s primary focus during intuitive guidance sessions is to help you to awaken to your own natural and inherent divine gifts. Today, many people are feeling a shift, as if things are not the same as they used to be. Many are experiencing changes and challenges in their life like never before. There are reasons for this and Catherine helps you to understand the meaning of your life from a much deeper and broader perspective.

Catherine’s Healing Specialties
Catherine is a professional Property and Soul Clearing Practitioner and in 2000 received a calling to facilitate clearing work. Since then, she has helped hundreds of clients and has facilitated thousands of clearings all over the world.
What does it mean to be a property clearing practitioner?
Catherine is a trained facilitator to release negative energies within a home, building or office. This also includes ghosts, spirits and other influences that may be creating havoc for an individual or family.

In addition to Property Clearing, Catherine is also a Soul Clearing practitioner. Soul Clearing releases blocks and restrictions and allows for forward movement with greater ease. The soul clearing process helps you to understand that you are a spiritual being in a physical body, having a physical experience on this planet. Catherine provides grounded and practical advice, helping you to reconnect with All That Is.
Catherine also provides educational presentations to organizations and groups. Her website is CatherineFilarski.com and PropertyHealing.com. To schedule an appointment with Catherine at Evolve, call her directly at 847-242-1662.

Join us~6-9pm drop in and have a great evening with us!

Third Fridays At Evolve!

Meet the Artists,
Chat with the Practitioners and
Enjoy Appetizers from Expressly Leslie!

Join Us Next Friday
March 21st As We Celebrate
Diversity and Community!

This Month we celebrate Leigh Spoehr of Leigh Beads. You can find her work online at leighbeadsjewelry.com and of course, you can find her one-of-a-kind pieces at Evolve! Leigh’s designs are affordable, very wearable hand-made jewelry pieces – some with hand-forged metals, wire-wrapped and colorful. Most of her creations are made up of, or inspired by, natural elements and/or minerals from the earth.

ALSO! Don’t miss a chance to talk with Jenna Allin, the Mastermind behind the incredibly popular Belief System Repatterning Program! As a trauma resolution facilitator, certified hypnotherapist, Self Empowerment Coach and educational speaker, Jenna specializes in the area of emotional clearing: getting in touch with & eradicating what belief systems are active in you that are preventing you from achieving your highest potentials.

Love And Fire

An Excerpt From The Book Enchanted Love
By Marianne Williamson”

Love can be a huge mountain, a gentle garden, a raging storm, a cool breeze, or a perfect bath. But there is always fire somewhere nearby. There is always the red-hot stuff of the soul’s initiation. If there isn’t fire, then it isn’t love. It might be a marriage that lasts forever. It might have all of the signs of a “successful relationship.” But if it doesn’t insist that you move to the next level, if it doesn’t take your heart and make it explode into a million pieces, only to fall back together again in some moment of enlightened understanding, then you haven’t really loved. You’ve done the bourgeois thing perhaps, but let’s not call that love.

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