What if the ART of ALCHEMY is LOVE?

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Is the vibration of LOVE simply the coherence of creation?

We so often confuse the word Love with only being in a romantic relationship. What if the true meaning and vibration of Love is the energy that surrounds our planet and is actually the power that ignites creation. We all know that it’s our heart to heart connection that creates unity. But what if LOVE is a higher co-creative force, while pro-creation is perhaps an unconscious reproduction.

And back to the notion of being in a loving/romantic relationship, we could actually view everything we connect with as being in a loving relationship. The nature of our relationships can vary depending on how much we value them. Even the level of LOVE we express for our vocation/purpose powers our creativity.

We are what we share and what we love…

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We have access to this powerful source of energy at all times, yet we can be fearful of it.

The frequency of love crosses every area of human existence. We either love or hate our family, our friends, our work, our home, our business, our hobbies, our heroes, our lifestyle, our creations, our country, our environment, and our planet.

We do seem to express what we love and hate frequently. But what if it’s LOVE that sustains our planet, the universe and us?

Perhaps GOD is simply LOVE and that’s why we’re hardwired to create heartfelt connections with each other, perhaps it’s in our ability to create high-quality coherence, which actually creates more LOVE, more LIGHT more GOD.

What if we are either in LOVE, which equals LIFE/LIGHT or we are in FEAR, which equals DEATH/DARKNESS.

This reminds me of how we are often very fearful of being in LOVE or losing LOVE. My distinction is, it’s not Love we are fearful of, but rather it is our fear of LIFE/LIGHT. For some it is easier to exist without love, light, life or God; whatever we want to call it, than fully connecting and committing to a frequency that just maybe sustaining the entire universe.

I have adopted a new mantra of late, which is ‘I Love God First’. And here is how I feel whenever I say it to myself.

  • First I feel instantly connected to a source that loves me.
  • Then I feel able to like myself and other’s a whole lot more.
  • Next, I feel confident that only good things flow from this feeling.
  • Followed by an instinctive knowing that this feeling, in fact, creates more LOVE.

Perhaps the result of creating gold in the process of alchemy is simply the perfection of Love, inner and outer, the divination of matter and human.

This idea is certainly not strange to any artisan or creative person. When we undertake the process to create something, we establish a new connection, a new love, as it were, and from that, we desire to create perfection. In order for it to be expressed, we must Love it and become one with that which we Love.

This “becoming one with” is what alchemy is all about. It is the symbolic formula of transformation. There needs to be a surrendering of the Self and a surrendering to the Love of what you wish to be a part of. There is always a level of suffering, purification and separation from the ego-self that must occur, which is the central message… ‘The ART of ALCHEMY is LOVE.’

The ART of ALCHEMY is LOVE, demonstrates the science of the Soul that results from understanding the nature of God, the nature of Nature, and the nature of Human Beings.

This is what the Magic Ones, the Holy Men, the Saints, and the Shamans have been saying and doing for thousands of years.

Perhaps they have been putting together formulas that generate the POWER of LOVE but calling it something else, religion, special magic…etc.

The Truth is we can all contact, connect to and create this amazing power; LOVE.

As I said before human beings are hardwired to generate this miraculous force; Love. Perhaps the ancients were absolutely right from the start, when they said, “We must love and acknowledge our source first, above all else.” Sounds logical to me, acknowledging the source from which I was created makes perfect sense.

So, if I was created by a force that is powered by LOVE…, of course, I am going to love that source first, it’s what keeps me alive for GOD’s sake… and literally for God’s sake.

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Elizabeth Ellames

Participating with Purpose

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Life presents us with so many competing demands that any thought toward a larger purpose gets lost in a storm of “but how”. Our days are consumed by chores: taking care of our body, our family, our job, and our possessions. We talk to people without really connecting and remaining spare time often dissipates into our favored distractions.

The meaning of any act no matter how small is derived from having a purpose. But we tend to lose touch with the purpose of what we do. We often fall into the routine of details, not relating to how the job serves society. We respond to the needs of the moment or the day, letting the opportunities of our life just slip away.

A spiritual path though aligns us with the great purpose of the universe.

Although we remain only dimly aware of that purpose, something tells us that when we practice being present, do our prayer/meditation, practice compassion and actively seek wisdom, we simultaneously serve both our own purpose and a greater purpose. The truth of purpose goes even further; one could say that the Creator is the purpose, a profound mountain of purpose behind the cosmos, a purpose that creates and sustains the universe and us. Through our spiritual practice, our creative work, our acts of love, kindness, peace, and responsibility, we participate directly in that great purpose of The Most Sacred And Holy One.

Are we connected to our purpose while standing in line at the checkout? We need to feed our family, be kind to others and be fully present with people, so I guess the answer is yes. Living with intention connects us with a greater intention; the Creators intention, which is where we find meaning, this includes the meaning of each moment of our life. Participating with purpose brings about a confidence that what you do matters, that your inner work matters beyond yourself. Participating with purpose brings with it a happy and meaningful life.

The Spiritual Purpose of Life

In the sixteenth century Isaac Luria a renowned Kabbalist used the phrase Tikkun Olam, usually translated as repairing the world; this is the correcting and transforming role of humanity in the ongoing evolution of consciousness. Luria taught that the Creator created the world by forming vessels of light to hold the Divine Light. But as the Creator poured the Light into the vessels they shattered and tumbled down toward the realm of matter, the lower worlds. Thus, our world consists of countless creations of the original vessels, which are entrapped with the holy sparks of Divine Light. Humanity’s great task involves helping the Creator by freeing and reuniting these scattered holy sparks. By helping in the raising of these sparks back to the upper worlds, we are purposefully participating in divine restoration.

We meet similar concepts in other religions. The Christ; know as Jesus promised to return with the Kingdom of Heaven and encouraged people to prepare through love, wakefulness, and charity. In Buddhism, the Bodhisattva vows to forgo final liberation until all beings have been freed from suffering. The Gnostics held that a spark of Divinity resides entrapped within the soul of humans.

These concepts encompass both outer and inner work, both service to society by helping those in need and service to the Divine by liberating the spark within us – The Light. It’s learning to add value to the world through our generosity of spirit, and finding heaven in our heart. As we are, the Divine spark lies hidden beneath our layers of egoistic self-centeredness. That spark of light is our true value, through which Divine Will flows toward us. By pursuing spiritual inner work to strengthen our soul and purify our heart, we grow more able to bear that spark without shattering. The work of transformation and building of a soul creates a sound vessel for the Holy Spark, which then returns that spark back to the service of “The Most Sacred And Holy One”. Working to perfect our self and our soul through serving society, we contribute to the perfecting of the world. This is our creative expression, duty, and our calling as human beings. To contemplate and enter the process of repairing or perfecting the world, we need to understand the concept of the world. All the major religious traditions present a hierarchy of worlds or levels of being, from the one we ordinarily inhabit to the ultimate world of Divinity.

For example, the worlds are Physical, Emotional, Spiritual, and Celestial. Beyond all these is The Most Sacred And Holy One; the Creator, the Boundless and Absolute. Each of the worlds corresponds to a progressively higher level of cosmic energy that relates to the levels of one’s soul.

  • The Physical realm utilizes the energy from which the soul can grow more.
  • The Emotional realm is built on conscious energy, the basis of awareness.
  • The Spiritual realm works with creative energy, which is brought to life by the Light.
  • The Celestial realm, which is Divine Purpose, brings with it the energy of Radiant Love, which forms greater coherence with the Most Sacred And Holy One.

The basic principles are that the seeker pursues spiritual practice to transform his or her being and rise through the levels of the realms/worlds, to bring his or her own will back to Divine will, while opening a way for the higher energies to flow down to this world, and thereby advancing the great process of restoration.

For millennia many spiritual masters have sought to serve this process by meditating on, and opening to the higher energy of Divine Love and Light this is the Light of the Radiant Self. They allow the Light to spread through them as if sitting in its midst and draw the Light down for the Earth, for life, for their own soul. The possibility of opening to the Divine Light stands within reach of us all if we are prepared to do the necessary inner work.

For those who can, yet another possibility presents itself, with a pure heart and a quiet mind, the person creates contact with Divine Light and raises the Light up into the Radiant Self, then offering the Light to the Creator in a sacred act of service, which is hidden (Higher Chamber) in the higher worlds. Only then does the person open the channel for the Light to flow down through his or her soul into our world. The idea of Divine Restoration places spiritual practice at the heart of this epic unfolding of the universe: it is the evolution and spiritualization of creation. With each small act of kindness, with each moment of being fully present, with each effort to see, cleanse, and integrate our inner life, with each heartfelt prayer opening to the higher energies and the higher will, we build the new world and serve the Divine Architect.

In conclusion, the outcome of the whole process remains uncertain because of the nature of free will. Truth is though serving our planet and fulfilling our highest destiny really does matter. Our personal inner work does, in fact, make a difference. If we can raise ourselves to the station where the Divine can see and act through us, then we complete the momentous work of restoring at least one part to the Whole. This story of Divine Restoration helps us discover a vision of unbounded meaning; it gives purpose to perfecting ourselves, perfecting the world and creating a genuine connection with the Creator.

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Elizabeth Ellames

Love Your Past Your Present and Your Future

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Why I use the concepts of icons and archetypes?

Firstly what are Archetypes – they are a universal and symbolic representation that teaches us about life and ourselves. Archetypes are the architects of story and life. There are literally hundreds of archetypes that have been our teachers through the medium of story telling for centuries. They live in the realm of fairy tales, mythology, theatre and now film. So through the process of an individual telling their personal story they are able to recognise their personal archetypes.

While an Icon – An icon is often an individual who has lived or is living out a very public archetypical journey, they are recognizable by their fame or celebrity and often have become immortalized by their charismatic nature. The public usually become somewhat fascinated with their lives or beauty simply because they are to some degree playing out the roles of demigods, teaching us about light and shadow attributes from a far, but not so far.

My discovery of why we do this kind of seeking and obtaining;

  • Perhaps we are instinctively attempting to pull away from our parents. And in doing so we often connect strongly to a particular public figure, who’s either in music, film, fashion, sport, television or literature. We may do it in a creative and somewhat expressive manner, like identifying with their music, their dress and their culture.
  • Perhaps it is simply for the purpose of developing a new identity outside ones current family unit.
  • Perhaps we do it because some where deep within our nature we know there is something about our chosen iconic figure that is just like us.
  • Perhaps what we are really doing is looking for an alterative tribe, a new leader, a mentor, a role model who has similar values to our own and who isn’t going to tell us to do our homework or clean our room.

At this point I would like to add who my iconic influence was as a teenager… DAVID BOWIE!!… and also because it’s a year since he left our world, it still makes my heart weep to know this amazing artist has left us, along with others such as Prince, Carrie Fisher and Alan Rickman and thats only to name a few.

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Simply put we are intuitively looking for someone else to look up to, other than Mum and Dad.

For me BOWIE was perfect, he was a risk taker, a change agent, a true creative creature, a fashion icon and an absolute artist at heart… My spirit recognized him, because after all I also longed for all those things!!! So much so that I cut and coloured my hair like his, did my make up like his and even created costumes for others to wear similar to his, which were all influenced by his creative, flamboyant, androgynous, but very stylish appearance and progressive music.

Amazing how life shows up for us… I found a quote by Bowie just recently and of course it is very similar to what I now believe as an adult.

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  • I’m just an individual who doesn’t feel that I need to have somebody qualify my work in any particular way. I’m working for me.

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  • Who am I? I am all that is, all that was and all that is yet to come… And my responsiblity to you is to be me.

For some of us we need to connect to something or someone outside our family to feel like we belong, I know that’s how it was for me. I had faced many challenges as a child all connected to abuse, so I am indeed extremely grateful for the creative influence that David Bowie provided, he became my Angel Prince from a far away Star Kingdom, who gave me my precious and most beloved gifts of CREATIVITY and HOPE.

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I now known how important it is to be authentic when sharing your gifts, reason being, you never know who may be watching and truly counting on catching a little of your spectacular light that could grow into something greater within themselves some day.

Bravo Bowie, for it was you, who saved me from the shackles of convention and compromise.

Here are a few examples of other famous icons – Ghandi, Joan of Arc, Ned Kelly, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe or Princess Diana. All these iconic figures have been major influences for many people, some even influenced nations.

Can you recall any of your most loved or admired ICONIC figures of present day, resent history or even ancient history?

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Adopted Archetypes

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Authentic Archetypes & Adopted Archetypes

The Living Attributes© system is a body of work that has many components. But its fundamental foundations are its configuration of a persons four main archetypes, which are referred to as Cornerstones. Each Cornerstone along with its traditional archetypes also has a set of affiliated support, such as light and shadow attributes, animal wisdom, ancestors and angels. This affiliated support is there to strengthen and give substance to your archetypical patterning. Once identified and established this light-filled system gives you an effective tool that aids you on your path of personal and spiritual development.

Before you are able to fully embrace your four cornerstone archetypes, you may have to let go of some adopted archetypes. You adopted these specific archetypes for reasons that are attached to your past. These adopted archetypes have devotedly been protecting a particular part of you that you haven’t been ready to consciously reveal. These adopted archetypes play out particular behaviors in your life and eventually become what appear to be destructive, negative or helpless scenarios. What is really occurring is that your adopted archetype are insistently letting you know it is time for completion and integration; making way for your authentic archetypes.

The insightful process of releasing your past through the acknowledgement of adopted archetypes, aids in your personal evolution and gracefully helps you wake up to a new and deeper reality. This valuable discovery invokes the feelings and thoughts such as; “there must be something more to my life than this”? This type of reflective inquiry is when you begin the powerful journey into your authentic self, and it is your adopted archetypes that actually led you to this inquiry. Their function is to invoke and awaken in you your four authentic archetypes, which ultimately make up the perfect configuration of your highest and most sacred archetype, which is your worldly archetype; your Avatar.

The key factor in the discovery of your adopted archetypes is not to make them wrong. After all they have been doing their best to keep you somewhat safe, until you can confidently go deeper into your self-development and claim your authentic archetypes, which are appropriate to this life-time.

So I encourage you to view your life as a story line, one that has different chapters and characters, which all add to creating an interesting and exciting story; your larger story. It is very important to see the significance of each chapter and character… and why they were a crucial part in the narrative development of your own personal story. It is only then that you begin to live your life from a conscious viewpoint, eager to live your life fully and never wanting to miss a moment of this incredible story you are co-creating and sharing with the world.

Heart to Heart Elizabeth 

I Choose Peace

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There are many ways to live with PEACE – you can be peace in the world at large. Peace can be a gentle guide through the many ways you can live with purpose and become a shining light for others to follow. Peace is not only an ideal, but rather a way of being that can emanate out in to the world adding to the possibility of world peace.

The more we can live with peace in our thoughts, our feelings and actions, the more peace we are creating.

Interesting that promoting PEACE requires the courage to be something different from how we’ve been before, it might require courage coupled with compassion to make deep changes in our lives. For some, this might even involve moving to a new place, taking a new job or moving on from relationships that are not helping us to grow.

Some believe that the need for PEACE is a childish perspective, but acts of kindness and compassion are genetically wired in us. A mother cares for her young because it is ‘in her’. You will always benefit from showing peace and kindness, but that needn’t be the reason for showing it. Kindness, philanthropy, looking out for the best for all of us, is actually our natural state.

Aligning with the pattern of PEACE can be one of the most empowering things we ever do. Even if we don’t have large resources to contribute to creating peace, all of us can do inner and outer peace work. With each altruistic act we do, in our interconnected world, we make a tremendous difference, not only as a direct consequence of our actions, but because of the inevitable ripple effect created, which strengthens the pattern of positive change in the world.

PEACE and KINDNESS is LOVE in motion.

CREATIVITY and IDEAS

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It is a question heard around the world. “Where did all of those great ideas go?”

Like most people, I find it intrinsically satisfying to share ideas that can improve how we carry out our vocation and life. But, while this exchange of ideas is a fundamental component of knowledge and life — bringing those ideas to life can prove challenging. Many of us have the opportunity to share ideas; whether in team meetings, off-site conferences or brainstorming sessions. But, what really happens to all of those promising ideas once collected? While we place great emphasis on innovation in today’s world — the fact remains that many worthy ideas will never see the light of day. I would venture to say that many organizations have a back-log of great ideas, untouched and undeveloped. Ultimately, we do a good job of generating ideas. But utilizing them effectively… now that can be quite a different story. Forward progress is just as much about managing the ideas we generate, than any other element in the dynamic. Many worthy ideas fail to become reality, because we fail to utilize a process robust enough to properly select and implement them effectively. In many cases, we are hindered as to how to wade through that mountain of collected ideas. One key problem is the tendency to view idea management as a spontaneously occurring event — when in fact; we need to employ a winning process to ensure success. A few topics to consider:

• Build Trust.

In the cultural scheme, if there isn’t an adequate level of trust and co-operation within a team, it is nearly impossible to evaluate and implement ideas effectively. To begin evaluating ideas, the stage has to be set for an open and honest discussion. If we are wary of bucking authority and voicing all sides of the story, we can land in trouble. Pixar calls this cultural element the “Brain-trust” which is the notion of offering an “unvarnished” opinion to move idea development along effectively. Continue reading “CREATIVITY and IDEAS”