The Community Fund

Faith, Life's Work, The Self

When we are immersed in the kind of work that is in alignment with our Spirit, the work we know we are meant to do in this lifetime, all the abundance that we get, including financial ones, begin to take on a different spin.

Instead of seeing it simply as something we (the I) have worked for and have rightfully earned, we develop this understanding and appreciation of it as a “Community Fund” where all those who benefit from our work pitch in so we can continue the work we are doing. This enables us to reach more people who need to receive what we are willing to give.

This shift in perception makes us feel more accountable of what we put out there and who we become as a person.

All these people who contribute in the “Community Fund” believe in our capacity and the value of our work so much so that they’re willing to extend their own share of resources. Our work begins to serve beyond just ourselves and our tight-knit circle.

Furthermore, we become more perceptive of the support that is always available to us. We learn to let go of control and worry. We find ourselves hanging out more often in the space of Gratitude. Abundance takes a deeper, higher and more expanded meaning. This expands us, too, in the process. This makes us more inspired to continue with our journey –  by creating more, by giving more.

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How to go back & stay in Alignment

Faith, Meditation/Visions, The Self

The Angels offered me this gem, hope it helps:

Our advice is short and simple, really, there’s nothing dramatic about it – Keep the energy flow open. 

Make sure that the energy, the light you receive from the Divine flows through you. Make sure to radiate this light beyond yourself towards all those who need it. Others will reflect the same light to you just as you need it.

Stuck energy in any recess of your being will keep you from your own Alignment, which is usually a symptom of a wound that’s been left open for too long. This will block you from receiving more light and from radiating light as well.

Let go of anything heavy that is more trouble than it’s worth. This will keep you grounded in your natural state, which is Alignment.

You will trail away from your center from time to time, and the way to go back is to reach for that thought, that emotion that makes you feel light again – joyful again. You may do this in infinite ways such as immersing yourself in a creative and playful activity, surrounding yourself with things that inspire you, participating in nourishing relationships, listening to uplifting music, bathing yourself in nature, choosing to hold positive thoughts and emotions and being gentle towards yourself, among others.

As you do these, dance as you move along your path. Follow the rhythm of your Spirit. Have fun! Focus on the things that you can enjoy in your journey. As always, we’re with you, lifting you up.

If Writing is your playground, take it seriously

Creative Living, Faith, Life's Work, The Self

“Writing” can also be substituted with any creative activity you’re passionate about. Whatever it may be, I’m telling you (in case nobody hasn’t), it’s your portal to your own Divinity. It’s where you can be creative, candid, curious, fascinated like a kid again. It’s where your inner child never grew up to begin with.

The Divine is encouraging us all the time to go back to this place, to keep a part of us always immersed in this state because this is what nourishes us. This is what keeps us connected with our Power. This is what enables us to see the truth in our existence and in life as a whole.

I got this knowing after posing these questions, “Why am I suddenly writing again? Why do YOU want me to write again?”

I have always been a writer. I’ve been writing essays, stories and poems since I was in grade school. The people around me have always seen me as a writer. They read my stuff, they liked my stuff, they liked working with me. I didn’t have to do anything, basically, to make a mark and make them accept me as a writer. I simply wrote. I wrote profusely.

I read a lot, too. I read all sorts of stuff – fiction, non-fiction, texts in English, texts in Filipino, old stuff, new stuff, I devoured books and magazines about writing. I took up writing classes. I got rejected, many – too many – times, too.

I kept a journal quite consistently as well. Writing, to me, is as necessary for my survival as thinking. I think through my writing. I make sense of things by writing them down. I release energy through writing. I come to life by writing.

I access the Subtle, the Ethereal through writing. It is one of my connections to the Divine. It teaches me about forging and strengthening this connection. It enables me to get better at harnessing its force down to our material dimension.

It is my playground. It is where my Spirit can breathe and run wild. It is where my Spirit is unbounded, unhinged by fears and other kinds of limiting beliefs.

I have been questioning my own passion for writing lately. I felt self-serving that I was spending a lot  of time – too much, I would even say – on it. I berated myself with thoughts of playing small, thinking that I was wasting precious time on something silly. People around me no longer cared about my writing. My kindred spirits were all gone.

But then, the Divine explained to me why it was important, why I had to take it seriously. It is my intention that you learn how to honor your passion completely as well. It probably is your smoothest portal to your own Divinity. When you unlock that, my friend, that serves beyond just yourself. We all bask in each other’s light.

xoxo

sd

Two things: Don’t make it complicated. Update your OS.

Healing, Life path, Meditation/Visions, The Self

transformation

Just a background for this post, I’ve recently been having issues with my laptop. For reasons I didn’t know back then, it started lagging and it won’t boot up and shut down properly. When the worst of it happened yesterday – it’s already been an hour and it still won’t shut down – I’ve decided to officially investigate what’s going on and solve the problem for good.

Like what people on this day and age usually do when they have questions, I went to Google. Shortly, I found myself immersed in all sorts of online fora and tutorials on YouTube, multiple tabs open while at the same time I was tinkering a bit with the settings of my laptop like a good online student.

Internet peeps suggested really complex and highly technical steps to follow to solve the problem. Despite my efforts to do my research, I was actually feeling lazy, so I simply ignored most of what I read and watched – I would skip to another website, another video, another article when the suggestion got way past three sentences.

As I was half-paying attention to the settings of my laptop, I bumped into this portion where I simply had to click a button so it can scan for issues which may have been preventing the OS to upgrade itself automatically. I didn’t even know such a solution existed – since apparently I was not that familiar with my own device and none of the online fora or videos talked about it. I was up for trying anything that might solve the problem – I was desperate – so even though I wasn’t familiar with it I clicked on the button. In a short while the process has already been completed. A message told me so. It seemed too simple and easy for me – but I took a leap of faith and restarted my laptop, anyway, half-expecting it will be back to normal. I told myself that if it would still take more than 2 minutes to shut down then the problem still persisted.

It shut down in a couple of seconds.

An OS upgrade was simply what it needed. I didn’t have to do anything complicated. I didn’t have to consult “the experts”. I just had to let my intuition guide me. And boy, I didn’t know I was a genius *winks.

I knew the Divine was on to something, and I was not gonna let it go to waste, so I posed a question. “What message are you trying to send me?”

I got this long and beautiful answer:

 

Part 1: Stop making things unnecessarily complicated

You and your culture has a habit of making things unnecessarily complicated. You have this illusion that acquiring more information is always a good thing, that it always leads to something better. You “Google” this, you “Google” that. Eventually you are faced with all these chunks of information and infinite tabs open, both literally on your devices and in your minds.

What you fail to notice is that pieces of information that are not relevant to you will simply stay stuck in your mind. Information is energy, too, and energy has to flow.

If you don’t know how to transform the energy that is information, if you don’t know what to do about it, it can end up poisoning you or sucking the life out of you – including your own brilliance.

It can cloud your good judgment and your ideas that are actually relevant for you at each specific moment. Solutions naturally rise to the surface of your mind, but with all the clutter and mud, this would be difficult.

Keep your mind clear and simple. The information that you need is always already there inside you.

 

Part 2: Why you need to upgrade your devices’ OS

Upgrading a software, including your own devices’ operating system takes time, this reason alone usually makes people postpone it. They don’t wanna bother being away from their devices’ even for a few minutes. They think since it has worked for them so far it should still work fine for the next months and years. They’re even given the option to do the upgrading when they’re supposed to be sleeping during wee hours, but still, they choose not to. They brush the reminder off like it’s from their annoying mothers. They move on with their lives.

However, time always comes, when upgrading the OS becomes inevitable. The device lags, it crashes again and again – especially during times when they’re in the middle of something important like saving a file or cancelling an email or talking with an angry client – or it won’t boot or shut down properly.

Eventually most of these people will get it; they would simply want to end their misery and they know upgrading the OS is the only solution.

Some of them don’t wanna upgrade because they’re contented with how things currently are (yes, I’m talking to YOU). They don’t believe that the upgrade will provide them with a better user experience. Aside from that, they also don’t want to give more storage to the OS ’cause, duh, they’re saving the space for their selfies and downloaded baby animal videos.

 

Part 3: Upgrade the OS of YOU

Most of you are behaving this way towards yourselves. You know you gotta upgrade the operating system of YOURSELF yet you keep on skipping on it. You brush the reminder off from your Spirit. You ignore the signs that your existing OS really needs updating.

You try to live with the bumps of your life – rationalizing them simply as “shit happens” -, you stand passively as your good relationships fall apart while you cling to the toxic ones, you suffer from health crises, you slowly sink in to depression but you’re too used to feeling that way that you don’t see anything wrong with it – again it’s just life happening – you’re miserable at work that you’d rather die than do it everyday for the rest of your life – but you still won’t dare do something about it, your finances evaporate for reasons that don’t even nourish you or make you genuinely happy but you keep spending more, you start to think that people are monsters and everybody is out to get you and eat your heart so you lock yourself in, you isolate yourself, and you don’t dare ask anybody for help.

Eventually, to some, the moment comes when you just get tired of this downward spiral. Eventually it becomes too painful, too unbearable for you that you finally wanna to get out of it. Hallelujah, you finally want Change.

You finally wake up to the fact that your OS is outdated. Your outdated habits, beliefs, interests, choices and relationships float to the surface.

While you may not have a button that you can simply click and the upgrade will automatically take place even when you’re asleep, there is actually one decisive step that you can take.

Say “YES” to Transformation.

Decide that you want it, that you need it. Flip that switch, press that button in your mind that says you wanna move forward and never look back. Accept the invitation of your Spirit to start the upgrade. Commit to that irreversible change that you want.

You don’t even need to know the details of what’s gonna change and how it will come about. You don’t get to see what literally happens during a system upgrade on a device, right? Some steps have to be done on your behalf, like clicking buttons, yes, but you are not required to actively participate all the time in its duration. In fact, you can even sleep on it for the most part, or do something else while your device does its job.

A similar thing happens when you upgrade YOU. For most part of your spiritual journey, you are simply being led by the Divine, and miracles occur for you and IN you as you move along. No need for you to keep on checking, “How’s it going? Is it done yet? Will it be over soon? Is there anything I should do to speed things up?”, in fact this behavior only stalls the process. This makes you distracted and this makes the Divine’s work all bumpy.

For the most part what’s actually required of you is to simply…surrender.

When you say “yes” to the transformation and commit to it, trust that it will happen the best way it should happen. Trust that the changes are meant to give you a better experience of yourself and life.

The truth is, just like a device’s OS upgrade, this process is already over before you even choose to begin it. The BEST output has already been created, the BEST ending has already been achieved. The Divine has already selected the BEST way it can unfold. This is not a trial-and-error fling, we’re not on Beta either. We endorse it because we are sure of it. It is irreversible. It is groundbreaking.

All you have to do is decide. Accept the invitation of your Spirit. Commit to the Transformation.

We’re all pregnant with our Dreams

Faith, Manifestation, The Self

Look at pregnant women, at least those who longed and planned to be mothers. How do they behave during the entire period of their pregnancy?

They celebrate right at the moment they knew they’re pregnant, when their unborn children don’t look like humans yet.

They prepare themselves. They become more conscious of their diet and their activities. They make sure that they are only holding positive emotions and thoughts. They become more mindful of who they spend time with. They research about pregnancy and child-rearing.

During the latter months, they start preparing the environment where their babies will be. They decorate the bedroom, maybe even rearrange the entire house. They make sure the space is clean and safe for their babies to sleep around, eat around, crawl around and eventually walk, run and jump around.

They start buying stuff their babies will use like cribs and cots, car seats, feeding bottles, toys, nappies, and the whole enchilada of only the cutest clothing.

They imagine how they will spend their days with their babies, where they’re gonna go, what will they laugh about, how cute their laughter will be, and all the endearing and surprising joys that this new life will bring them.

They rarely stress about the possibility that none of those might happen, that all the bought stuff and preparations would be a waste. They don’t usually wake up every morning and go to sleep every night asking themselves the same question, “What if my baby doesn’t get born?”

They don’t just believe their babies are gonna get born. They know it as a fact. That’s what guides all their actions throughout the nine-month journey. They know their babies are alive and they can feel them in their bellies. They know they are already there even without physically seeing them and holding them in their arms yet. They know they are simply in transit. They know they are both being prepared by the Divine for a new Miracle of Life.

None of us knows how this Miracle of Life happens, in all its complexities and beauty, just like many other mysterious things around us. But all of us, not only mothers, go beyond believing towards it – we expect that it’s gonna happen. We understand it. We don’t feel impatient towards it. We let the process unfold naturally. We celebrate the transformations along the way and not just the Big Day.

– This is what the Divine told me about manifestation. This is the kind of attitude the Divine is asking from us, instead of what we usually do, which is ruminating about our anxieties.