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Hello Dear Heart!
I hope you have been well since last I wrote... many new aha's for me and I'd like to share some with you ~
As I continue on my own journey of self-actualization I am grateful for what this past year has brought me. I have been literally living out of a suitcase (and a small one at that!) for a year ... three months in Greece and nine months here in the states... how is it possible it's been a year?!? I am thankful for my family and many friends who have hosted me during this time of transition as I get ever more clear on what my heart is calling me to do and next steps. One of the beautiful gifts of being at the mercy of others' generosity is that I have realized that I have more community than I thought I had and I am deeply humbled by this. I have also been enveloped with new and deepening friendships that show me that I am not alone and am supported in following my heart - a deep healing for me.
You may have noticed a new theme from my last newsletter... this 'soulful living' and wonder what I mean by this. Soulful living comes when we are living fully from our soul; that heart place that is full of joy and gratitude for a life worth living. Making choices daily that align our actions with what feels good, and right, and true - and choosing that path to walk instead of another that seeks to distract or detour us from this place of inner peace. I will tell you it may not be easy, but it's worth it.
I am deeply thankful for all the people in my life that support my exploration and implementation of living from my soul rather than how I have perceived the 'outside' world expects me to live. You see, the 'outside world' is simply a current of thought that we can swim in or not. We can choose to 'go with the flow' of that, or choose the flow of our innermost desires. Mahatma Gandhi said it this way:
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.”
We, you and me, are the change makers. To be this change means to make different choices, choices that align with what you know deep in your soul - the heartbeat of God within you. The concept of 'soulful living' is meant to encourage you to allow your heart to guide your choices, your actions, your way in the world.
These choices can be great or small. They do not have to be in opposition to the 'outside' world, but rather they are a reflection of who you are from the inside out, the Allness of your Being. This is a place of creating instead of reacting; where you radiate your Light out into the world in the unique way only you can. The children's book I published recently was born of personal childhood experiences of feeling the outside world not accepting my attempts at personal self-expression. At age 55, the ability to see my true-self through God's eyes first, then in the mirror of others' eyes as a result of living authentically has been profoundly healing and liberating. From letting my hair go gray, to selling all of my worldly belongs and taking a leap of faith, and sharing Light language with groups of people; I have come to see and know that not everyone will understand or agree with my choices (or my way in the world) and its ok - for who am I really here to 'please'... Heaven's Way or man's way... Love's Way or the way of something less? God created me to reflect Love out into the world - to see myself through this lens vs. the lens of something else. So this means to live from this place.... this place of loving who I am regardless of how different I may seem to others; and to love and encourage others to do the same.
No matter how stoic we may be in believing that we don't need help or others, the truth is we do. I do. My journey and yours may look different, and there are parts that require our individual attention, but in the end we each need what others have to share/give. My job is to know my own heart; to know what God has given me to share and your job is to do the same for we are all facets of the same diamond heart of love reflecting individually and brilliantly. I am grateful for the grace and gifts I have received this year in so many forms... shelter, nourishing food, transportation, space to breathe and heal, big hugs, joyful noise, chickens, puppies, cats, kids, and open hearts willing to listen and encourage me through transition. (I am now looking for a small affordable apartment to pivot from as my mission work expands, so keep me in mind of you have any leads!)
So what does soulful living look and feel like for you? Are you walking your talk? Do your actions reflect what you truly believe is true for you? If you would like someone to support you in this process, someone who has 'been there, still doing that' (!), contact me and let's talk.
I've launched my new website, dammah.us, with a refreshed focus including new blog writings, inspiring personal experiences, and a donation based model for our time together individually or in the group Sound Darshan experience. I see my work as ministry vs. business and believe that your ability to pay doesn't determine your ability to receive the spiritual support you need. You too, as an agent of change, have the ability and opportunity to pay forward your experience with this ministry in several ways. I encourage you to be that mirror for others to help them know that support is available to them too. Click HERE to learn how to be the change.
Many Blessings from my heart to yours, and thank you for being a part of this ripple of awakening, healing and change.
#christconsciousness #godisgood #godisgreat #spiritualawakening #lovingyourself #rememberwhoyouare
Who do you believe you are? What if I told you that 'whatever you believe is true, is true for you?' Take time out today and consider, who do you believe you are? What do you affirm with your words and thoughts? What words precede your wakeful actions? Jesus said that it wasn't what goes into your mouth that defiles man, but what comes out. What does defile mean? It means to spoil or desecrate something sacred. You are sacred. Your words about self honor or dishonor your sacredness.
What would happen if you spoke these words aloud every morning while looking in the mirror for 40 days...setting the stage in the morning for your commitment in how you proceed through your day, in all relationships and experiences? Righting the mind to function in union with the heart begins with the words we speak to and about ourselves. Speaking the words aloud is a different energetic than reading them silently.... so speak them to yourself. Announce to your own vibratory being who you are and at the same time, listen.
I am Love's peace here today
I am Love's expression here today
I am Love's courage here today
I am Love's compassion here today
I am Love's voice here today
I am Love's mirror here today
I am Love's connection here today
... and when you feel fully in alignment with this, add:
I am Love's flame
I am Love's fire
I am Love's Light
I am Love's Power
I am Love's Radiance
I am Love's Flower
I would love to hear from you and your challenges with this, your aha's, and your successes too! Comment here, or send me an email if you'd like to talk more deeply.
I hope you have a beautiful day realizing that the freedom to be all that you are is something we need. Open your mind to the Allness of your Being because we need your love rippling in the world!
Peace be with you,
#christconsciousness #iamenough #selflovematters #rememberwhoyouare #Godislove #selfawareness #iamthatiam
Hello sweet soul ~ a little something for you from me, Dammah
Darkness is abated with light
Fear is negated with love
Hope is ignited with truth
Precious are the hours spent
In time not wasted, but heaven sent
Together we create what we choose to see
Choosing brilliance, joy, and the right to be
I choose to see you
And I choose to see me
The Rite of Being is an act of reverence
To self, to others, to God and all Creation
So why do we choose
To veil our eyes
To The Presence that lives as we?
Belief is a choice
And I choose to believe
That I am all that God says I am
Today, tomorrow and always
What do you choose?
Will you believe along with me?
Hello beautiful soul, this is a message from Spirit today ~ Many Blessings, Dammah
Before there was a sun
And after there was a Son
I have loved you
I AM THAT I AM
and you are
All that I am
When will you remember your mind back to me?
When will you see what you believe cannot be seen?
For the All of the All
is forever and free
Your heart is Mine
and lives and breathes
The moment you choose to know
That love is all there really is to be.
Hello dear soul,
This conversation today has been tugging on my heart to share with you for several days and God's tap on my shoulder this morning that as Spirit talks to me for us, it only reaches you if I share it. (Funny how that works, right?!) So we are going to talk about how we can see that the fruit doesn't fall as far from the tree as many would have us believe. We are fruit of God's Tree, this is our ancestry, our family tree.
What is it we are really trying to do in our spiritual lives? Some would say that they are trying to get closer to God. I would say we are trying to get back to God; meaning to remember Who we are as children made in the image and similitude of this Divine Energy that fuels all of Creation in a myriad of ways. In asking for clarity (in words) to be able to explain to others what it is I feel around the trinity, this tumbled out like building blocks being released from a box:
Q: What is God?
A: God is Love
Q: What is Christ?
A: Christ is the lev of God in form
Q: What is the Holy Spirit?
A: The Holy Spirit is the whole of Spirit in action
The way of Christ is the way of 'lev'. Lev is a Hebrew word for heart but it encapsulates more than simply the feelings of compassion. In its understanding, Lev is the heart and mind functioning as one.
What does the word 'christ' mean? Where does it come from? In seeking clarity, I look at definitions and I look farther back to the roots of a word because through the eons of cultural influence and historical perspective, different interpretations and connotations can influence how we understand something today. The etymology (the ancestry of a word back to its definition or defined origins) of the word christ comes from the Greek kristos translated from the Hebrew mashiah meaning 'anointed'. Following this branch of understanding, I wanted to understand what the word 'anoint' means. Anoint means "to choose someone as successor to or leading candidate for a position" and in Hebrew understanding it is more toward a "liberator figure". Why does anyone choose someone to lead? Because that candidate has exemplified or demonstrated with their words and actions (their way of being in the world) the qualities that lead the way for potential advancement or transformation. To be 'chosen' or 'anointed' from this perspective, is one who has chosen 'the way' that leads toward the goal - and in the case of Christianity and the discussion we are having here the goal is 'back to God' or 'choosing God's Way'.
So Jesus the man was christed in his understanding of the way 'back to God' for his heart was one with God's and he chose wholeheartedly to make all choices from this perspective. His heart and mind were one with God's HeartMind. Christ is lev.
The lev or anointed way of being was born in us, it is our spiritual DNA, the codex of life in original form. Adam was born anointed (albeit he made a choice to listen to someone other than God's voice), created in the image and similitude of God and we are descendants of Adam. The name 'Adam' means 'toward God'. Choosing to align the mind, choosing to see yourself through the eyes of The Divine, is a choice. No different than believing the kid at school telling you drugs will be fun and encouraging you to try them or believing what your mom and dad have told you about such things. Belief is a choice.
As a child there was a rhyme " First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes Sally in the baby carriage." I am hearing this now differently. From ears that have more wisdom. God/Source/Creator loves us into existence through relationship, we can choose to marry our heart and mind to Love in the highest degree and commit wholly to that relationship (devote). When we become one with our ancestry (family tree) and then we bear fruit that doesn't fall far from the tree. This ancestral tree is what I believe Jesus was pointing us too. To remember, or put back together in our minds that we, as fruit of this tree, do not fall far from it.
I hear "When our way in the world is righted, the whole of Spirit flows through us, as us; God's Lev in action"
As long as we continue to affirm in our minds that we are sinners (less than who we really are) and that we are separate from Christ (the Lev of God in form as us), then we will remain that way... separate. Changing however what we choose to affirm and focus our mind upon, we become anointed, chosen as a wayshower. God chooses all of us, we are 'chosen/anointed/christed' when we choose God's HeartMind/way. Yet, if our goal is to 'get back to God' than we should look to our ancestral tree. The sinner approach has us believe that we are under the spell of Eve's choice to listen to someone outside of God (EGO where she Edged God Out of her mind and therefore chose 'not of God'). Like a spell of enchantment cast over us, we can choose to believe something different. If a child continues to say "I am a bad little girl" she will believe this is true about herself - veiling her image in the mirror that Jesus places before us. When we look in the mirror we aren't looking back far enough into our ancestry or to say it another way, we aren't looking high enough in the family tree to see where we come from. When we look all the way back (in the Christian creation story) we can see that we are seeds of Adam. The name Adam or Ad-am means 'towards God'
Hello Dear Soul,
Here is a tidbit of learning for the day - a nugget of wisdom to expand your mind and open your heart some more. Spirit spoke to me this morning in rhyme, which is not unusual for how I hear. Alliteration is another common delivery method too, probably because it makes things "stick" and stand out from everyday conversation styles. Here is what I heard:
"Forever in one heart we live
Together with one purpose, to give
What we have, what we know, what we feel
Is not for us to beg, borrow, nor steal
But communal hospitality for all to heal."
Through many years of receiving this way, I have come to know that there are several ways to interpret the words spoken and that any words that don't initially make sense to me are there for me to inspect. In looking up the definition and etymology of a word (its like a treasure hunt for me!) there is an anthropology that when looked at from many angles can shed light on a richer history of understanding. So, the word in today's message that I looked up was "hospitality".
The word hospitality, at its roots comes from the Latin 'hospes' or 'hospit' with several related meanings (I interpret and abridge here)
1. An institution providing medical and nursing care for sick or injured people.
2. (historical definition) A hospice especially run by Knights Hospitaller. (I had to look this up too - see below)
3. (British definition) A charitable institution for the education of the young (ie. "Christian Hospital".)
The word hospitality is also related to the root word 'host' meaning 'to receive other people as guests (as a or into a) place (or state) of provision (ie. lodging, nourishment, entertainment, community experience.)' It is a way we treat others with an open hearted welcome and sharing of what we have. This idea of hospitality or care for others is found in many cultures and traditions and most readily in my mind comes the passage from the wisdom tradition of Christ (found in Matthew 25: 35-36 NIV), 35 "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 "I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me."
Now, following the thread, I next looked up 'Knights Hospitaller' from definition #2 noted above. The Knights Hospitaller were originally a Benedictine group (Catholic monk order) that provided help and shelter for the sick and weary pilgrims traveling to Jerusalem. They served men and women of all faiths. More like a (youth) hostel than how we in the west understand hospital or hospice.
This communal understanding of how we can care for others is something I am experiencing first hand since returning from Greece (Spring of 2022). Staying with host families in the communities I am sharing with, I am receiving hospitality and care through others; different people, one heart.
My hope is that we (the communal we) can receive this message from Spirit in a way that helps us understand how our day to day is connected to others. Seeing our purpose in a new light, as souls having a physical experience, where hospitality of the heart is the way we walk in the world.
Blessings and peace be with you,
This morning I am hearing “I AM healed and holy, sealed and sacred”. What a beautiful thing to hear first thing in the morning, no? I am thankful everyday for this conversation with Spirit… and at times feel sorry for the me that lived so many years without this. Due to my own “closing the door” of course -- yet feeling pity for time lost, conversations lost, connection not experienced with Spirit.
My path has been an ecumenical journey of reconnection. Like walking the Campo de Santiago or the Appalachian Trail, this walk of faith is marked by beautiful perspectives of spiritual connection and belief. This path has been purposefully designed by Spirit to walk me through the gateways of understanding and compassion; threading me through the needle of my heart.
What at each gate entrance seems so different, like walking into a different walled city of ancient times, after spending a little time there and learning the language and getting to know the people and their culture, I see that each walled city (spiritual perspective) is more similar than not to the previous one or next one I will visit.
This Oneness journey is uniting my human-self understanding with my Soul’s knowing. Having begun the journey in Christianity and leaving it feeling empty, I passed through many spiritual gates of experience including metaphysical, new age thought, cosmic/galactic, and eastern traditions to arrive back to the Judeo-Christian gate of wisdom where I am healing my bruised perceptions.
This journey of walking through the wilderness of God’s creation has allowed me to choose my own pathway home. Blazing a trail back home to myself, my heart, and my relationship with God/Spirit/The Divine/Source has helped me heal stereotypes and judgments caused by seeing through others’ eyes instead of my own. The freedom to follow the Voice calling me each step of the way, has illuminated the path in a way that I never could have on my own.
I’ve realized that my wounded heart, was really a bruised heart. Bruised because of my fear along the way to fully hear and speak what I know to be true for me.
I have now entered the gate of Christ Consciousness, where the language and the stories, art and culture I am getting to know (or actually remember) with a broader perspective (an open heart) to see, hear, and feel the common ground tread by other travelers on this sojourn of faith.
Much of the languaging I use in my writings and teachings does reflect language from the Judeo-Christian traditions along with a blend of other spiritual words and concepts. This is how Spirit flows through me, as a channel to unite understanding and illuminate the similarities. Our hearts truly are One. One with God and One with each other for this is what we are, Love at heart.
Through any act of unconditional Love, however great or small it may seem, know that it is felt, it is seen, it is heard by all realms of the Divine. For Love is truly all there is.
Dear Beautiful Soul,
As the vision for this ministry was forming in my heart, I began to share the joy I was feeling (although at times I felt sheepish in fully expressing my joy - something being called into healing!) The only words I had at the time to describe 'my' ministry (specifically the word 'my') didn't feel right but I didn't have a word or words yet to accurately convey the expansiveness I was feeling, until Spirit answered my need for language and clarity. This is what I heard:
"This [ministry] is a corporal mandate with a catholic mission."
WOW! Some big words for an even bigger mission statement. Throughout my spiritual process, language has been foundational to healing on many levels - through understanding new definitions & etymological origins of words, through sound, frequency and vibration, gematria (the Kabbalistic method of determining energetics of words in scripture through the summed numeric values of the individual letters), through Light language or holy tongue. I have found that Spirit will always speak to you and me in a language we will understand. I love language and how learning can expand the mind and speak to the heart. I have found that one of my gifts is to interpret words through a new to you (and me) perspective that bridges islands of understanding and consciousness. Healing happens in a myriad of ways, and the connotations or wounding we have around certain words is no exception. So with this in mind, I went to what a friend calls the 'Google oracle' (what did we do before the internet?!) for some enlightenment to what Spirit was saying to me. (Before I began travelling, I would have had my dictionary readily in hand!)
Corporal at its root has to do with the 'body' - our earthly and very physical body, the body of a group with a unified intent (for peacemaking) and it also has a supportive and reverent connection to the body of Christ. In looking at the ribbon of meaning running through all the various ways this word is understood, I was able to see/hear an overarching meaning as I remembered a prayer that Spirit spoke to me a few years ago :
Arm in arm, wing to wing
We are gathered together to usher in God's Blessing
Commanded and ready, the Holy Hosts of Might
Protect our walk as we lift the lamp of Christ
Now for the word 'catholic.' This word, with a lowercase 'c' means 'all embracing or including a wide variety of things.'
So, what does this mean for you and me? I'll sum it up this way:
Together, you and I, individually and collectively bring Light back into this world when we bring the Christ (the lev or HeartMind of God) into everything we think, feel, say, and do. We are never alone, for the angels of heaven are with us, helping us but we must do our part too. You and me, when acting in concert through Love, are the Body (or physical manifestation) of Christ or 'the church' and every choice we make and action we take as God's Love here in the body is ministry to all the people whose lives we touch. This, is the Ministry of We.
Many blessings to you as you awaken to who you are, and should you find you need some encouragement, I am here for you.
The Heart of God speaks to me (& you) today in a lyrical poetic stream ~ Many Blessings to you, Dammah
"Perpetual pleasing pleases no one.
The essence of you is why I created you, to be a Holy Spark of My Heart.
I have chosen you from the beginning and your life begins anew in choosing Me.
Do you choose My Way over all others?
Do you choose the path of Love with the all of your being?
For when you do, you will experience Me as you.
Forever in your heart I Am, choosing again and again, creating life into bloom."
These writings are an amalgamation of words to alchemize your understanding of who you are. Some words are mine, and others are from Spirit. I hope you find comfort, support and hope in these letters of love to you. Blessings and peace be with you, Dammah