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The Elephant In The Moon

We know, where have we been? There were some major happenings in our emotional and spiritual journey that required our attention, and now we return from a long break to find all of us in the growing phase of the lunar cycle and love portion of the LEAP program. We had a bit of a lapse in our writing skills from the heart, and didn’t feel it would be right to give you something that was not from a direct loving light. Life choices and our spiritual progress can feel like a lot of work at this stage, and we have to find ways to push through. We found our home filled with an elephant or two and they were dying to be let out and talked about. So as we reminded ourselves this past week, we remind you to keep a forward motion towards growth, even when you feel the heavy burdens are slowing you down. Reward for your efforts will show and it will all come together in time.

We do not practice any religion but we respect and admire vast elements of many beliefs. There is a Hindu God – Ganesh, which many people refer to as the “remover of obstacles”, which is true, but he also carries out the task of placing obstacles in your way when you need it. You can find his familiar multi-armed, elephant-headed figure all throughout India and Nepal.

Constantly creating, we’re sometimes so distracted by our latest positive endeavor that we ignore the elephant in the room lingering from the past. Since most of us have not found complete stillness of our minds yet, our mind is firing multiple times per second. We fill our minds with new ideas, judgments, fears and thoughts all at once. We can be extremely talented at making new things happen and pushing towards new goals and conveniently forget to deal with the lessons of the most recent negative experience. Growth is not about deflection or avoidance of the negative, but the acceptance of bad situations and the strength gained from the depths of the despair involved in them. For us, we moved into our new life with divine intention towards our soul’s work and giving back to the spiritual community. We created this new life with less bills and let go of old luxuries and settled into a simpler, more planet-loving life. However, we still have commitments and requirements for this life. We still have some bills and lifestyle requirements that can create stressful moments for us when faith should prevail. But in our shadowy bliss of the new, we found ourselves creating distractions away from the stressful, negative attributes our new life had to offer. We love what we are doing far more than anything else we have ever done, but nothing is without its challenges.

This past week was a slow-growing one for us with a few things looming heavily. We have been trying to open things up for our retreats and for Souls Converge to really take off and be our main focus. We took a job for a local winery to make ends meet, and it was hard work. It did provide for us to pay our bills so that we have internet, our website, gas, food and our home. We were exhausted after this work and couldn’t get a post out, or we didn’t want to is more like it. Our low energy and lack of motivation to do anything but sleep, was not a place in which we wanted to write from. We were tired, imbalanced, and not in a place of great faith in our hearts. LEAP is such a huge commitment that we chose, and we knew we had to push through. Any form of a Ganesh would have been well received to assist in loading case after case of wine onto pallets or just sort out thoughts and emotions. Perhaps Ganesh was there, watching us struggle and placing this obstacle of money and work in our path as divine intervention. There are many things we cannot control, but in a constant process of creation, you are an active architect. Our mistake was continuing to draw up plans before we had a clear view of the land on which to build on.

Buildings are only as strong as their foundations. Plants and trees only as strong as their roots. So it only makes sense that our quality of growth and strength comes from how grounded and balanced we are. What have we done to make ourselves healthy and not brittle, susceptible to breaking? What do we eat to contribute to the imbalance? What is not grounded that we engage in – tv shows, fast food, venomous people, and hurtful thoughts. When you begin to really look at what you are including in your daily process of living, you find the weak parts of your structure and it can open your eyes to how YOU are contributing to the weakness of your overall being. The judgements placed upon our society, and spiritual choices are disappointing at times. A simple notion towards a vegetarian diet can make others judge the power of the person choosing it. When you think of an elephant don’t you think powerful and strong? And yet we find another thing Ganesh is a symbol of – the first chakra. According to Kundalini yoga, Ganesh also resides in us as the “base, or foundation” of support.

We encourage you to find a stillness in your heart for a moment and feel this time of growth. Address any lingering issues you may have. Release them from you and you from them. Send out loving light with compassion as you watch them float away. It takes courage to face these things head on, and it will probably hurt. Just like those pesky leg pains in the middle of the night – when you get them, you know you’re growing. Find a strength in that and you will become a more balanced person from it. We are working with you and alongside our grand moon and her effects on us. Just a tip: the next time you feel an elephant in your spiritual “room”, (pink, white, Ganesh or otherwise), walk right up to it with a full heart and introduce yourself. You may even find yourself thanking it for the assistance in supporting your foundation of growth.

With full hearts and wishes for growth,

Lonny & Kristen

Click here for meditations and exercises for this phase.

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Love Rules The Giving Moon

The focus of LEAP today is primarily on appreciation and giving. The Disseminating Moon phase or harvesting portion of collective energy is here. We pray that our LEAP (Love, Enjoy, Appreciate, Play) program is bringing all of you something of great value. We actively go into our hearts and give through the LEAP program everyday. We find it to be a great testament in the law of love active in our lives.

Jesus taught the law of love. And that there is no power greater than love, and for that, the powers that were during his time could not allow him to continue on for fear of losing their power over the people. His message was clear – that underlying all that is, is love, and only by our learning to be and express love will we ever become whole, as individuals as well as a collective people.

When you give from a place of pure love and no expectations, magical things are bound to occur. The most common reference to this would be “tithing”, but we feel a religious, negative or otherwise distracting connotation may arise from this. We appreciate the simplest form in which love connects with a higher purpose or Spirit, and think growth and evolving in a loving way can be made simple.

At this time, the collective energy is in the field of giving back. Set aside even a dollar towards a higher purpose, for no payback to you, but simply for the act of giving freely. If it is truly in your heart to do so, we believe, it is destined to reflect abundance. We also, suggest surrounding yourself with the colors gold and silver. They have great reflecting power for spiritual abundance. If you focus a loving light on what you give, that light can be received and magnified back to you from all who are willing to receive it. We are all aware of the fact that in this life, there are many good deeds that go unrewarded. However, if you give from a place of love, not searching for any outcome, and If there is a focus on what the other will receive, instead of what you may get in return, then that is the basis of true giving and manifesting love.

While there are countless experiments linking giving or tithing to great abundance, there is a particular 1940’s story about a Michigan farm experiment and you can find it here in our past month’s blog.

As far as this law of love goes, and acts of giving, we suggest meditating with Holy Harmony. Breathe very conscious breaths along with it and send loving light out into the world to be received by any and all who are in need of it. Perhaps you know exactly who to give to, then send your loving meditation to them specifically. If you don’t know, ask for a sign and direction of where to give! We find that when you ask to be shown something, there is almost always an answer. Write your question in a journal, day planner, ask it out loud in the shower, pray while laying in bed, meditate on it outside, tell friends and family, anything to put it out there.

There are wonderful heart opening poses here in a previous post to get your body in balance with this time. We always suggest a few drops of essential oils over your heart to focus you, Abundance Oil by Young Living , or their Purification Blend for direction and thoughts of giving.

Find a place within your heart to freely give love out to others. Something very memorable from our Bikram Yoga days was, “find the ease in your effort”. When it comes to all things in life, you can’t use force. Well actually you CAN, but when you do there are negative emotions and stigmas that become associated with it. Where you fall in the level of giving doesn’t matter. Love should be your motivation and to only give what makes you comfortable. If you don’t find yourself in a loving state to give, evaluate where you are, and if your heart is closed off to it, address the situation. Feel your heart and face it head on. Let go of anything you maybe harboring so that you can be the master instead of allowing anything to rule over you.

This time of the LEAP program we feel a great appreciation for what we get to do here at Souls Converge. And although we feel the small quakes and growing pains that come with the decision to create a small organization for the spiritual community, we appreciate the path that has led us here to write these for you. We pray you find it in your heart to give in some way and that if you are on the receiving end of someone giving to you, reflect that love and generosity onto others! In the beginning, you may only be able to give $10 a week, but the energy behind it will prevail. The love and energy you send out with that $10 dollars can come back to you ten-fold. Our hearts envision that sort of abundance for all of you!

~Lonny and Kristen

We always welcome you to give in support of the work we are doing here. If it is in your heart to do so, we accept donations through our website or you can email us at soulsconverge@gmail.com. Check our website often and “like” us on Facebook for the upcoming worshops, group collective projects, and the exciting launch of our Northern California retreats!

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