Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! We're finally in a new nine year cycle with 2017 being the first year in the cycle ( 2+0+1+7 = 10 = 1). For many people, this new nine year cycle is all about enhancing what we brought in during the last nine years. Collectively, we all opened into more of our upper chakras during these last nine years - opening our healing gifts, trusting more in the natural flow of the universe and doing lots of inner work to create more peace in our lives. These next nine years promise to bring our upper chakra's spiritual understandings into our lower chakras need for power, sex and security - ultimately creating more integrity-filled power and choice, enhancing our finances and strengthening our relationships. So if you felt you haven't met your full potential yet, welcome to the cycle that brings that in!
Over these next nine years, take risks, trust yourself, eliminate chaos and fear from your environment and see the growth that has happened during times of loss.
3 Lessons We Are Collectively Learning Now
Here are the three lessons my guides tell me we're all collectively experiencing and learning during these next 9 years (cards come from The Soul's Journey Lesson Cards by James Van Praagh):
1. Perserverance - I know that I can do whatever I set my mind to.
As a soul, you are on a mission in this physical dimension. You are the only one who knows the correct path to take. Your intuition - your connection to Spirit - is your compass. You have the power to stay the course, and you are stronger and more determined than you might first think. In order to experience many successes in life, you must mature and realize the strength within yourself and the quality of inner courage.
Life doesn't just happen - we must make it happen. It is natural for us in this human school to shy away from what we believe to be difficult, because we concern ourselves with how others will perceive us. We are afraid of failure, ridicule, or coming up short.
Now is the time to make the proper changes and take risks and do things you never thought you could before. Your soul must learn to become aware of its "inner strength." Live the joyfulness your soul yearns for and engage in activities you have always wanted to try but were afraid you'd fail at. Your soul would not yearn for something that you couldn't accomplish. You have the strength and fortitude to be capable of greatness.
2. Peace - I am a being of love, and I release all negative energy.
This is a gentle reminder that balance in the mind is imperative in order for your soul to live its true nature. At this time in your life, you are to learn the value of peace and quiet and the joy of being still. One can never be truly connected to the Source when the mind is engaged with unneeded chatter.
Look around your life and be conscious of what elements are taking you away from the peaceful nature of your soul. Who or what is interrupting this solitude? It is time to reconcile past hurts and perceived injustices. Your peace may also be fostered by changing your outside view. Create harmony around you physically with order and calm. Trust the voice of your higher self to create an environment in which you can truly be in tune with your soul,
3. Grief - I understand that losing something is an opportunity to appreciate it.
Nothing is gone forever. The belief that we have "lost" someone or something is merely an illusion to assist us in learning to appreciate our having had it in the first place. The emotion of grief and the sense of loss are absolutely real- but that is the point. The lesson of loss is not about the actual physical separation, because the parting is temporary and illusory. The point of the lesson is to acknowledge that the bonds of love never end and that we have not been abandoned.
When you accept in your heart that you will be reunited with everything you have ever loved, it will give you the ability to move beyond your grief and derive something beneficial from the experience. To wallow in grief is to pass up the opportunity that you and your soul family have devised and learn nothing from it. Instead, allow your grief to take you to a place of deeper understanding.