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The theme for 2022 is all about awakening the Lotus Heart.
Embracing the Lotus Heart empowers us to be able to love unconditionally, and to support, nurture, and be a healing presence for ourselves and the world around us.
The energies coming in this year will support us in embracing the Lotus Heart more easily, even with all of the chaos and struggles humanity is working through right now.
This will have a tremendous expanding effect on the next steps of our collective evolution.
The foundations of this next year will be unconditional Love, and the ability to support, nurture, and heal ourselves and our environment.
Compassion and empathy will find their way into the hearts and minds of even the most cynical, helping us move past much of the collective fear many people are still working through.
The lotus flower has been quite a significant part of many cultures, from ancient times to present day. The lotus flower represents Divine purity, awakened Love, enlightenment, abundance, and rebirth.
Look at where the lotus thrives the most: it is in the muddiest of waters that it rises and blossoms into its full glory.
This is a powerful metaphor that reminds us of the lotus within ourselves.
It reminds us that on a soul level, we knew, prior to entering this earthly matrix, that even though we would move through the muddy waters of life, we too would use those difficult experiences to blossom into our full glory.
We knew that every experience we went through would move us closer to connecting with and embodying the truest, most Divine part of ourselves.
So what is the Lotus Heart? The Lotus Heart is the part of the heart where Unconditional Love, Divine Peace, and Universal Freedom reside.
These frequencies make up who we are at our core.
When the lotus within our heart is acknowledged often, it blossoms. Eventually, this helps us transcend the habits and patterns of re-creating a muddy personal and collective reality.
We can then understand how all of our past experiences have helped us reach a state of consciousness that allows us to remember and embrace who we authentically are at our core: Love, peace, and freedom.
We have now entered a timeline that can help us soften and eventually dissolve the armor we’ve kept around our heart for lifetimes.
Can you imagine what life looks like when we free ourselves this way?
It Begins with Self-Love
The most important thing we can do to awaken the Lotus Heart, is to love every aspect of ourselves (especially the aspects we have deemed unlovable).
For a really, really long time, most societies have conditioned their citizens to believe they must put everyone and everything ahead of themselves. When we did this, we were deemed to be a “good” and “virtuous” person.
And if we did not abide by this invisible rule of thumb, we were considered to be selfish.
Because being selfish has been so looked down upon, it’s natural that we (especially empaths and sensitives) did everything we could to avoid being perceived that way.
However, what this way of thinking did, was to make us search outside of ourselves for Love and approval. The key word here is search.
What happens when we keep searching for something? We are never satisfied.
The antidote to this never-ending search for Love and happiness, has always been for us to stop searching, and to start becoming the person who loves, honors, and gives themselves everything they thought they needed others to give them.
We came into this existence to love ourselves unconditionally, first and foremost.
We are not talking about egotistical attachment. We are talking about the kind of Love that aligns us with the knowing that by loving ourselves, we open ourselves up to becoming One with everything.
This kind of Love reminds us that we are actually extensions of the Universe, which is always expanding.
Because our mind may have not have had easy access to this way of thinking, it can be a little overwhelming to accept that we are extensions of the Universe, the center of which is pure Light and Love. And that we are here to love ourselves unconditionally, so that we can be beacons of Light for the world around us.
If you are feeling a bit of resistance to this idea, be gentle with yourself as the mind anchors this wisdom at its own pace.
By setting the intention to have a daily practice of self-Love, we start to replenish our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies to such a degree that we no longer look outside ourselves to feel happy and whole.
It is from this space of overflowing Love that we can then be of service to, support, and elevate the environment around us. Then self-Love no longer appears as a selfish act, but rather a self-less act that honors and reveres the Universe within ourselves, in others, and in all of life, across time and space.
Self-Love then leads us into Galactic Love, where we transcend all illusions of separation.
Letting Go of the Old Stories
When the world is changing as quickly as it is now, it can bring to the surface deeply buried emotions that can feel uncomfortable. This will continue to happen until we actually face these emotions head on.
Some examples of things we may want to start taking a closer look at and releasing now are past heartbreaks, traumas, guilt, judgments, debts, and any other false stories we said yes to in the past, thus preventing us from being our greatest selves.
One way of releasing all that no longer serves our highest good, is through the act of forgiveness.
We’re not talking about duality-based forgiveness, where a “good vs. bad” judgment is involved. We are talking about a Universe-supported forgiveness, in which we hand the stories we’ve burdened ourselves with over to the Universe.
This form of forgiveness allows us to transcend the illusion that the past could have been any different. It shows us that the stories we created for ourselves do not define the miracle of who we really are.
To forgive simply means we give forth all that has been weighing us down. Most people often think they are unable to forgive, but what’s really happening is that they are choosing to remain energetically connected to the person, place, or experience that was difficult for them.
Real forgiveness rarely has to do with anyone or anything outside of ourselves. It’s also important to realize that forgiveness is not about condoning something that was done in the past.
Forgiveness is really about setting ourselves free from our judgments of those past experiences.
You may be wondering, how do we get to that point?
Awakening the Lotus Heart
This is where awakening the Lotus Heart becomes irreplaceable.
When we make loving ourselves a top priority, and free ourselves through forgiveness by releasing our good/bad judgments, all that is left for the Lotus Heart to be fully awakened, is for us to choose compassion.
Compassion is the ability to love and care for the world around us without feeding into the illusion that it is broken or needs fixing in any way.
Compassion is not to be mistaken for sympathy. When we sympathize, we move our vibration into a forgetfulness that contributes to the illusion that we and those around us are anything less than whole and perfect. This usually leaves us feeling heavy and drained.
Compassion does the exact opposite. It allows us to transcend the limiting stories that we and our society have created for ourselves. When we show true compassion, we create a powerful Love vortex for ourselves and others.
This elevates us out of victim consciousness, and into the empowered co-Creator consciousness of the Universe.
As the Lotus Heart continues to awaken in our personal lives and in the collective consciousness, a world that once seemed broken will suddenly start to look and feel bright, beautiful, and whole again.
Helpful Navigation Tools for 2022
Here are some simple tools to help us navigate through this coming year with greater ease:
- Make our well-being a priority through daily self-care and self-Love
- Turn off the news and anything else that thrives on the energy of us being afraid
- Spend more time in Nature
- Drink 10 glasses of pure spring water a day
- Nourish our body with organic, low-carb, GMO-free foods
- Embrace our emotions by feeling them rather than suppressing them
- Volunteer or be part of a local cause/community that feels to be in alignment with our true selves
- Spread kindness and Love wherever we are
- Meditate or have a good belly laugh for at least 5 to 10 minutes a day
- Give ourselves a healthy outlet to express ourselves by being creative with music, art, dance, crafts, or other creative outlets
- Remember that we are all one family, even though the mind may try to convince us otherwise
As we move through the year of the Awakened Lotus, balance will also be an important theme to embrace.
As we embrace a balanced life, we may notice that we no longer need to take extreme measures in order to evolve and grow on our journey. We are able to align with a gentler, more relaxed approach to living.
Creating inner balance can sometimes seem like a foreign concept to the mind. The reason being, that humans have amassed thousands of years of narrow mental conditions acquired from cultural traditions, social structures, and belief systems.
These mental conditions affect both the conscious and subconscious mind. Many tend to keep us in a state of inner imbalance that we have come to accept as normal.
We may not even be aware that these conditions are simply a learned behavior.
For example, since the beginning of our experience on this planet, we humans have collectively internalized beliefs rooted in the idea that in order for us to expand, grow, evolve, and experience our desires, our life must be challenging and hard.
This belief is actually a coping mechanism the mind uses to remain rooted in patterns of survival, which it uses to protect itself.
The belief that we have to struggle or work hard for what we want has also served as a kind of initiation for the mind, helping it feel more accomplished and satisfied after overcoming outer obstacles.
But these beliefs have nothing to do with who we truly are.
They are just habits and patterns the mind has identified with, so it could learn lessons, grow, and evolve.
We can be grateful to our ancestors, and all aspects of ourselves from past and present, for choosing to believe that things had to be limited or hard in order for us to grow and learn from them.
Because all of that brought us to where we are now—to a much more enlightened awareness about ourselves, others, and the world around us.
The baton can now be passed from our unconscious self to our Awakened Self. We can now begin to see that moving through life and its challenges can be easy, joyful, and even fun!
As we move into higher states of consciousness, our Spirit gives us the opportunity to let go of the need to believe that life has to be hard in order for us to grow.
From there, we can begin to experience a balanced state of being.
We can create more balance by simply embracing the following three areas of life:
- Playful fun, physical activity, and spontaneity
- Creativity, work (doing what you love / mental stimulation), and organization
- Spiritual work, rest, and personal development
Making sure to include each of these in your day will help create the balance our body, mind, and Spirit desire for us to function at our highest and most vibrant state.
May 2022 be one of the most magical years yet for you, and I look forward to catching up with you again soon!
Until next time,
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So beautifully said. So true. Thank you. ❤