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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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A Full Moon’s Expectations

The full moon is a great phase to allow for meditative time outside. During this portion of our LEAP (Love, Enjoy, Appreciate, Play) program, we are in the appreciation phase. Choosing more of the color purple and like tones. Incorporate it into the next few days and it will help your energy to focus inward. It is a great color to implement into gratitude for future desires of attraction. It harnesses the soul’s power and sense of knowing.

Walking is structured to bring clarity, and we find that clarity breeds appreciation. We encourage you to be still in the beautiful surroundings you can find just outside your front door. Feel the amounts of appreciation that come out of the natural moments occurring every second, even when we are not present. We would suggest rubbing a drop or two of Young Living’s Gratitude blend on the region over your heart, and have it keep you present as you experience all the wonders of nature. For more on our take, and exercises during the full moon you can refer to our past blog “Appreciation For Super Moon”.

We had a special guest in our home and visiting our property this week, (which will be open for retreats soon). He is a man going through a life change, (as we all are). He was looking for something – perhaps direction, (as we all do from time to time), and was hoping to find a bit of clarity here. Which was ironic, as we have had some cloudy weather in our growth lately. Not the kind where you don’t know your path, but the kind where you know exactly where you need to be, can see it clearly, and yet there are HUGE obstacles blocking your way. So we found ourselves at a bit of a block, but were attempting to roll with it. When our house guest came on so sudden, we were absolutely delighted to have him. True to form, he came bearing gifts of outside ideas and a fresh look at what we have to offer others like him. It’s funny when you are so focused on a single path or outcome, you have no peripheral vision. There could be many other ways that are easier and more clear but in your overwhelmed state you can only see what is in your direct line of focus. Sometimes you just need an outsider to snap you out of it and say, “Hey, look over here!”

And that’s just what our house guest did. More specifically, he lead us on a path to discover a great image we take for granted everyday. There is a tree off in the hill next to our property, so tall and out of the ordinary that it cannot be ignored. This tree is widely known to be thousands of years old and a couple hundred years ago was struck by lightning. Nature’s force made all the top branches and top portion of the trunk curl down from the center in all directions, affectionately naming it, the “Umbrella Tree”. We have many hikes available to us here in all directions and we sometimes even go 6 miles down the road for one hike in particular, but we had never tried this one and it is right off our back porch! Our house guest was completely focused on getting all of us to the Umbrella Tree, and so we all made the trek.

And a trek it surely was, but no time was spent enjoying the Umbrella Tree itself. We were all in a very heightened vibrational state and felt very in tune for finding it. We had grand existential ideas of meditating and enjoying it’s energy once we reached the hollowed out trunk. But after spending over 2 hours roaming around lost, we finally gave into the fact that our perception of where we were was very off, and it was best to just head back home. We were very, very turned around to be lost for that long having just walked just off our back porch, and up the hill a bit.

When we finally got back home, there was the tree, towering over all the others on the hill top staring down at us over our bonfire. The tree seemed to be saying, “I never moved, I was right here all along.” So it begs the question, “Were we ever really lost at all or were we just on a different path?” The Umbrella Tree is very clearly there – looming through our kitchen window even as we write this, and we were meant to roam without ever reaching it. At one point, we were at the very top of the mountain and looking all around, thinking how could we miss something so grand? But the funny thing about perspective is that, when you finally get some, it never looks the way you expected it to. So maybe that’s it, stop expecting things to look the way we think they should and we’ll be fine. What we think “awakening”, “spiritual growth” or “ascension” is suppose to look like just distracts us from the bigger goal. If you come for one of our retreats, you’ll find, (as we did), that our greatest hike is right here next to us. No need to go off searching, it was here all along, we just needed someone to stop and point it out to us.

The full moon is just like our Umbrella Tree, it towers over us and gives direction but can’t hold our hand. The energy can be quite overwhelming when we know where we’re going, even more so than when we don’t. Knowledge does equal more responsibility. And when we are finally blessed with the clarity or enlightenment for our path, we can’t be discouraged by the work envolved in getting there. We must find a knowing in our hearts that we’ll find a way. If we can find strength to move from a place of our own enlightened being, regardless of it’s cloudy moments that even a full moon can’t help, we open up to the path of finding ourselves. And just when we think we’re really lost – we’re not. We are exactly where we’re supposed to be – If we can embrace the energy of the here and now, we can embrace ourselves.

Wishing you great abundance and growth!

~Lonny & Kristen

Almost There! The Last Quarter Moon…

Just joining us? LEAP, is a program provided to you by Souls Converge to work towards our mission of body, mind and soulful living. LEAP works in conjunction with the moon’s phases each 28 day cycle and stands for, “Love, Enjoy, Appreciate, Play”. We are now in the Last Quarter Moon phase and the “Play” portion of our offerings to you. If you have been following along, please give us any feedback you may have, and subscribe to this blog for special upcoming events and retreats. LEAP is intended to assist in your spiritual growth and love for yourself.

On the left – a beautiful card from one of our many Doreen Virtue guidance card decks. You can find them here.

We choose to follow the moon and it’s cycles not only for it’s effects on us, but also for the ease in the effort of working with the program; you work on what you can as we go along and then when the new cycle emerges, you can start all over fresh and better prepared for things to come.

As we begin this phase, visualize yourself digging up the ground and prepare yourself to plant new seeds for a new moon cycle in just a few days. Reflect back on your actions and emotions this past month. We all have felt the effects of Japan’s devastating events. It’s easy to allow the emotions to sweep over you and get you really worked up, however, that doesn’t help the people in Japan or you. If you have an urge to “do something” donate to the relief fund here, or find ways to help closer to home. There are tons of families hurting out there and a great need for general assistance every disaster-less “normal” day.

Now, lovingly look upon the exercises you have participated in, your notes, journals, meditations, physical and nutritional activities. From a constructive view-point, sort out the things that didn’t work and why, but most importantly – accept them and who you are today, right now this present moment.

Really feel your heart and the amazing job it does to love others and love you in it’s pumping of blood to your entire body without you even asking. In this state of simple gratitude, think about what you want to change moving forward and appropriate manifestation ideas for this upcoming month.

Its time to consciously live what you have created, and if that is currently just a whole lot of stress, then embrace it and all the chaos it brings. It may not be conscious, but it is what’s real for you at this point. Find what you are capable of changing and surrender to what you cannot. Find a peace among it all and find true growth. And it’s ok to say “In this particular moment, I’m not fine and I need a hug.”

We were really going through some tough stuff as a family and a great friend of ours was so sweet, and sent us a book called “Everything is going to be OK”. Because, in reality we were healthy, very in love, and in a good spiritual place, and everything was “OK”, not great, and not terrible, (although our minds were driving us to believe it was.)

For a bit of perspective, there are millionaires out there who are miserable with their lives and material collections, but have all the money we could not even imagine. Then, there are the factory workers barely scraping by with their loving families at home that are much happier than most members of our family. It’s all in how you live and what you appreciate most in every day. Just be as present as you can, it will get easier. Relax in all the moments you can throughout your day. When you find yourself focused on something really negative – smile, think of a sunny, bright day doing your favorite thing and move on with more positive thoughts. But our bottom line – have fun and connect with your inner child:

  • Watch something silly
  • Find and read funny jokes
  • Search for funny animal videos online
  • Laugh along with your children to their favorite movie
  • Get out and play – Do something fun with the family or have a get together with friends, (like we are!)
  • Let loose!
  • Hold onto your belly and make yourself laugh for no reason at all
  • Get a big ice cream cone piled high, (or our favorite – a tub of Ben & Jerry’s)
  • Listen to upbeat music that makes you wanna move!
  • Go out dancing with friends no matter what kind of music

As we relax and surrender into who we are at this point in time, we encourage you to do what feels right in your pursuit for the highest version of yourself.

Pick your favorite yoga exercises to do with a smile. Sit or lie in your most comfortable meditative position and just smile and be still – not a whole lot of work there.

Surround yourself with all of the colors of the rainbow, (mentally and physically). Find your heart’s favorite color, (the one that is most pleasing to look at for you), and add it more into your truck ‘s interior with seat covers or by way of your bathroom towels.

Do the same with smells and scents. Go to your local place to get incense and buy the 10 for $1 ones in your favorite scent, or go to a store and get an air freshener to bathe your home in the next couple days.

Overall, take this time to cultivate your growth. Be proud of even the small steps you’ve taken in this process. You are doing so well, and you deserve to be happy. Repeat that, “I deserve to be happy”, because you do. Drop all the guilt and pressures you and others have had on you in the past years and this past cycle. Moving on! This next cycle is what you make it, and we know you’ll do exactly what your capable of.

With love for growth and abundance,

Lonny and Kristen

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