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Helloooooo Universe? Why Exactly Am I Here?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2013 by Amy Kay Raymond

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With so much going on in our big beautiful world today, this question above seems to be on the minds of many – weighing down the hearts and souls of some really sweet and amazing peeps.

So for the sake of kicks and giggles, can we just wholeheartedly agree to blast to smithereens this old idea that we must have some big purpose on this earth in order to live joyfully here? Please? This is some insane pressure that we’re putting on ourselves, folks. The immense suffering that comes with the belief that we must have a major purpose in order to be here, is self-defeating in every possible way.

The idea that we must KNOW what our purpose for being here is and that we must figure it all out right now, can seem so vast, heady, overwhelming and completely depressing. To make matters more intense, the blessed ego LOVES to chime in to this misery-fest and bring us down using all of it’s crafty ‘compare and despair’ tactics. Maybe some of these voices sound familiar: “Look at what so and so is doing, you should be doing that. If you’d just drastically change your entire life, then everything would be much better. You need to do something BIG, and then you would really help solve the world’s problems. You could have it all, if you just….lose 20 pounds, wake up earlier and get more done, make more money, put yourself out there more, become a better networker, work harder, join that club, get the Botox, overcome all of your fears by Friday, get in with “those” people, marry a totally different person and change yourself in every possible way because you are so completely lost and broken, etc…

The good news is that this is our programming and it is not real, UNLESS we believe it. Since we popped out of the womb, we have heard these ideas echoing back to us and they can make us feel quite inferior. The idea that we’re surely supposed to have a real, solid, concrete purpose in this world is a fallacy. This notion that we are worthless without a purpose and therefore shouldn’t be here goes against the very nature of our being. It is our Divine birthright to be here, period. If we believe anything else, then we are totally disrespecting the I AM of us all. The bottom line is that we are ENOUGH without “doing” anything.

So maybe life might feel joyful again if we shift our focus from wondering what our purpose is, to pondering ‘what makes us feel good?’

Feel good options:

Experiencing beauty and grace in the world and letting nature refuel our souls.

Bring people together and celebrate what’s right with the world.

Laugh! Dance! Sing! Try something new!

Stare out the window, stop thinking and get your daydreams on.

Walk barefoot on the earth and bask in the birdee’s sweet lullabies.

Help save the planet by signing one petition at a time.

Pick up the phone once a day and reach out to someone you love. They probably need it.

Pay it forward, with gusto.

Love yourself more so you can love others fully and completely.

Connect to your heart and follow it’s sacred guidance.

MAYBE OUR SOUL/SOLE PURPOSE IS SIMPLY TO LIVE WELL AND TO LOVE – PERIOD.

What could be better than that?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with having goals to work towards and setting our intentions for what we desire in our lives. That’s what helps us get things done. However, if we are feeling worthless because of some archaic idea that we must have a big “purpose” in this life in order to exist, then maybe it’s time for a check in.

Take a few deep breaths, connect to the Present and celebrate your brilliance by affirming out loud,  “I AM enough, just as I AM and I deserve to be here.”

And so it is.

And so you do.

 

 

 

 

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Worry Much? Just Say “NO!”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 18, 2012 by Amy Kay Raymond

Are you one who tends to err on the worrying side of life? Or are you one to dip into the ole worry worry jar even occasionally? I find myself falling into this old annoying habit from time to time and it just feels awful. My conscious mind knows better than to indulge in this insanity, but sometimes it feels as though I am being sucked directly into the ole gloomy glooms.

REWIND: Last night. 12:30 a.m. For some odd reason, it was taking me awhile to fall asleep. (A rarity, I promise you.) It quickly became annoyingly obvious that my mind was adamantly looking for something to do. Argggggghhhhh! I wanted to go to sleep, not engage in a plethora of incredibly useless and worrisome thoughts. I even had the thought that I should get up and write. I talked myself pretty easily out of that one. Well, it’s no surprise that my ole monkey mind finally figured out something that it does really well: worrying. Oh we scaled many topics together and each of them had horrendously scary outcomes.  So with each subject that was being hemmed and hawed over, the sane part of me started to carve out a pathway to the Light side.

“NO,” the Light side declared.

Yep, that’s all it took. Every time my mind would start to go onto another freakishly terrifying thought or outcome, I would instantly and firmly say, “NO.” Voila. The worry would go away IMMEDIATELY and I would be instantly catapulted into the Present moment.  No ifs, ands or buts. Now that was for THAT worry. My obedient mind would obey my command and then – – –  creatively find another lovely topic to worry about. Once again, I would adamantly declare,“NO.” Poof, again. Peace. The amazing thing is that after each “NO,” this huge feeling of relief would waft over me and I was all of a sudden bathing in some incredible Zen-like energy. Wow, this “NO” stuff was working. I couldn’t help but think, “That was so…easy. All I had to say was NO?”

I should of thought of this a long time ago.

What Are You Waiting For?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by Amy Kay Raymond

Does this scene look familiar to you in any way? Are you habitually sitting on the sidelines of life wondering what to do? Wondering and wondering and wondering until your head feels like it’s about to EXPLODE? Analysis is paralysis, so stop thinking so much, get out of that head of yours and make a move! It can be any move, but just get out of the stagnant state and take a step.

The good news is: ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!

Isn’t that exciting?!? Do you really believe that? Check in and notice if there is resistance to that statement. If so, bless it. For now your Spiritual work has been revealed. What other subconscious beliefs are swooshing about that mind of yours? All it takes is a commitment to make some kind of change in your life and then decide to do so. No evidence that it can be done is necessary. You get to create something out of nothing…and ENJOY the process of creating!

Your life is happening right NOW and these passing moments will never happen again. EVER. 

Perhaps you’ve always wanted to be an artist but keep telling yourself you don’t know how to paint. Take a class, buy a DIY book, start visualizing your end masterpiece. Are you one to consistently blame your outer circumstances for the current state of your life? All it takes is a shift in perception regarding any given situation and kaboom! You’ve got your POWER back! Then there’s the question of: Do you even want your POWER back? Some subconsciously don’t because then they would have to take responsibility for the choices they’ve made. All victimhood is then banished. Hey, there is no right or wrong here, but there IS a path to feeling better and it involves accessing the power of right NOW. This is where all of the freedom is!

What movement are you going to take today towards your dreams?

Whatever it is, do it with Love. 

Do it with Joy.

Do it just to do it.

Then notice where you’ve landed and take it all in.

And – thank yourself – profusely.

Namaste ~

AK

Wondering About Your Purpose?

Posted in Streaming Spirit Messages with tags , , , , , , on May 6, 2011 by Amy Kay Raymond

Check out this bucket of Beauty. Is this not a whiff of Heaven or what?!?

Upon awakening, this streaming Spirit message came through…on Purpose…about Purpose:

Dear Ones,

Your Purpose is to breathe

Your Purpose is to be here Now and settle into this moment

Your Purpose is to be a vessel for Light to shine through

Your Purpose is to LOVE big

Your Purpose is to trust that all is unfolding exactly as it should

Your Purpose is to savor the silence, for this is where I dwell

Your Purpose is to Give your best to the world

Your Purpose is to focus on the Good happening in every moment

Your Purpose is to find Me in EVERYTHING and celebrate all of it

Your Purpose is to laugh, remember who you really are and spread the Light

Your Purpose is to leave this day better than you found it

Shine on, sweet ones. Shine on.

Love is Here – Right Now

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 31, 2011 by Amy Kay Raymond

This photograph was taken in Pasadena as I was holding a stray cat outside of our window. As you can see on their faces…total BETRAYAL. Ouch!

As I write this morning, I find that I am bookended by two enormously loving fuzzballs…aka…gigantic cats. One is on each side of my chair, securely guarding their Mom while oozing mucho protective energy. When I came out of meditation and looked down at this hilarious scene going on by my feet, something pretty profound occurred to me:

I am surrounded by soooooooo much Love. WE ALL ARE.

Miss Demeanor is even touching my chair with her paw, just to make sure that we have some sort of contact. They don’t seem to be moving anytime soon either. I also have the sweetest husband in the world who brought me a hot cup of green tea so when my eyes opened after meditation, it would be waiting for me. What an angel. I am so Blessed.

Think about this. Do you know or even realize how much Love is surrounding you every single day of your life? We become so busy and immersed in our hectic daily lives that we forget what is right in front of our face. Are you aware of your physical angels in this life? You know, those who are there for you no matter what. Is there someone right in front of your face whom you know loves you to pieces but they’re always there so you don’t even think about it? If so…today is your day to tell them.

Every moment is an opportunity to give and receive Love.

Who’s in your life that could use some Love today?

Maybe it’s Yourself….ohhhhhh, that’s a good one. Yes, YOU. If this resonates with your soul, then what are you going to do for yourself today? It doesn’t have to be earth shattering or time consuming. It could be a meditative walk, a pedicure or taking the time to read a chapter of your favorite book. Perhaps it could be paying an overdue bill, doing some de-cluttering or calling up an old friend for some reminiscing and laughs. Whatever feels Good and loving, decide to do it for your sweet self, TODAY.

Hey, why not?

Today is all we’ve got.

Love it up, ya’ll!

The Beauty of Now

Posted in Streaming Spirit Messages with tags , , , , on February 13, 2011 by Amy Kay Raymond

The picture above is one I took recently on an afternoon hike. The beauty of it all gives me goosebumps, everytime.

The verse below came through me after meditation this morning. I could keep it to myself, but maybe this is what you needed to hear today too?

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Go forth, little one. Seek and ye shall find. Everything you are looking for is here, diguised by a thin veil of illusion. It’s all here for you. Only look for the Good…in everyone and everything. This is where your salvation lies. Raise your chin, feel the beauty of you and then bathe in the beauty that’s all around you.

Listen to the birds’ lullabies of love. They are singing to you and telling you to rejoice! For life is here, right now. And it is beautiful.

Open yourself up and drink it all in.

This is your Heaven.

Back to the Present

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 10, 2011 by Amy Kay Raymond

Check in with your mind. Right here. Right now. What’s going on in there? Thinking about tomorrow? Or next week? Or next year? Or anytime besides right NOW? If you are, here is a friendly reminder that it’s time to get BACK TO THE PRESENT!

If you are venturing into far and distant lands, are you finding much value in that? Notice what feelings are coming up when you go there. Is it anxiety? Fear? Doubt? Worry? If so, this is most likely a familiar place of being. You’ve probably been doing this for most of your life. If so, who cares? If the Present moment is all we have, then what difference does it make what we’ve been doing in the past? Awareness is the first step. If you are aware of what is pulling you out of your glorious Present, then that is a big huge GIFT.  So many times, it’s because we are projecting into the future. And hey, guess what…there is no future! (That’s right ego, there’s not, so HA!)

A very helpful way to come back to the Present, is connecting to the breath. When we meditate and focus on the breath, it is literally impossible to have a thought. For those incredibly busy monkey minds out there, no thoughts = HEAVEN.  No thoughts = Relief. No thoughts = an empty Vessel ready for Spirit’s voice. Ahhhhh, this is where the good stuff lives and the birthing place of all Creation. Can you stand it?

Keep a pad and a pen near your meditation spot. For it is imperative to have these tools immediately accessible to record all of your realizations, creative ideas, and guidance from Spirit. If we don’t, the surface mind will happily do it’s job of convincing us that those weren’t really great ideas anyway and chop, chop…it’s time to get a move on. Just tell your oh-so-unhelpful ego to shove a bun in it and then take your time bringing your awareness back into the room. Access deep Gratitude for your life and for all of the beauty happening on this planet. Then, put your smile on and go forth into your new found Awareness.

You are the LIGHT.

Now go spread it around!

With deepest Gratitude,

AK