“I am my best work - a series of road maps, reports, recipes, doodles, and prayers from the front lines."
Audre Lorde, American writer
How are things on your front lines these days? There seems to be a reprieve of sorts from the pandemic in our little corner of the world, but the war wages on in other places. It’s as though our village was spared and we are venturing out to check on neighbors and loved ones, to see whether it’s safe to resume our regular lives.
We’re wary and we’re weary. Even those of us who were spared physical suffering, financial devastation, or the loss of a loved one have been pushed to our limits on the mental-emotional battle field as we have sheltered-in-place. Venturing out can be tricky after such a long siege. And that’s where Audre Lorde’s quote comes in.
I can think of no better way to put it nor to approach it. Let’s meet ourselves wherever we are – hair disheveled, no makeup, a little jiggly-er than we were a year ago, socks that don’t match, rubbing our eyes – as we wake up to a world that looks like the old one but… Feels. So. Different.
All the prayers, doodles, recipes, reports, and road maps that helped you on the front lines also shaped you into the person you are. They are your best work at the moment, and they will help you with venturing.
So, now what?
Exactly. Tune in and share where you are now. (Humor me). How would you describe your energy right now? What’s your outlook on the world these days? What wordscome to your mind when you listen, and what do you see at this very moment? What emotions do you feel – what do you sense or just know (even if you don’t know how you know)? And what else simply comes to you now?
All right, here are mine… Energy: Better, humming. Outlook: I am ready to begin anew. Words: “I am stronger than I thought I was.” See: Smaller piles of papers on my desk (yay!). Emotions: Hopeful, appreciative, more compassionate. Sense: I want to explore… And some play dates would be nice too. What else: Glad I completed Seven Days of Purification with Master Co last week.
What about you?
. . .
(I can wait).
Okay, what’s next?
Now that you've acknowledged where you are, let’s celebrate your nows by appreciating your hows. (Play along). How did you get here – what road maps have you used during the pandemic, and who showed the way or gave good directions? Which reports were helpful – what insights did they bring you? Did you try any new recipes worth sharing? What have you been doing, or doodling, to let off steam, relax, get creative or inspired? What prayers have helped during the past year?
And here is how I got to now… Road maps: What I learned in seminary and from my parents. A Course in Miracles. The higher teachings of Pranic Healing. Reports: Morning check-ins with my higher self. Nature’s daily wisdom. Lists of things I love, favorite moments, what I appreciate about others. Recipes: Where am I versus where do I want to be, and how can I get from here to there? What’s the one thing I could do that would help the most? If I am a spiritual being having a human experience, then what am I learning from this experience? Vodka, neat. Doodles: Journaling. Watching a favorite movie for the umpteenth time. Prayers: “Beloved Creator, thank you for this day, thank you for everything.” Also “Help, please – I’m doing my best, but it’s really hard right now and I need some help!"
. . .
(It’s okay, I’ll wait).
More best works to recommend
Excellent. These personal best works you’ve just acknowledged – these simple, silly things you’ve been using to help you through the pandemic – are all you need to venture out of it. (You’ve had the power all along, my dear). But if you would feel more confident with a purse to match your ruby slippers, let me pass along some excellent, practical advice I found in an online article written by mental health professionals at HealthGuide.org, an independent nonprofit that provides free, evidence-based mental health education and support, and whose mission is to empower people with information they can use to help themselves and their loved ones.
Following a trauma, you may want to withdraw from others, but isolation only makes things worse. Connecting to others face to face will help you heal, so make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone...read more.
Best works at Inner Compass
Hands down, the best work to come from the front lines of Inner Compass is our Mediumship Mastery Program – we recently graduated another Year Two class (!!!) and I am still in awe of how the universe supported us. The only road map I had was trust, but I received lots of help in answer to my prayers – from Rose Vanden Eynden, my former co-director who saw the potential too and helped me draft a plan to make it happen; from Chad Seibert, my current co-director who saw the plan’s potential and helped all of us to realize it; and from the students, who graciously received bonus lessons that were not part of the plan – in topics like patience, trust, and going with the flow (grin!).
You can see several of the program graduates in action at our Mediumship Mastery Fun Fest on Saturday, May 22. Enjoy a gallery-style demonstration of mediumship where several audience members will receive messages from their spirit loved ones. Receive a mini-reading from one of our guest mediums. And try your hand at giving messages in a spirit discovery circle. There’s no need to wait for the next big expo to experience great mediumship and explore your own budding talents – join us for this fun, festive, and informative afternoon! There is no entrance fee and you may register at the door – or register online in advance if you want us to save a place for you. Space is limited, as we are still operating with social distancing and other CDC guidelines.
You also have an opportunity to develop your intuitive, psychic, and mediumistic abilities in our signature workshops, Spirit Speaks. The summer series begins Saturday, June 12; there are a total of four sessions on non-consecutive Saturdays (the first and last will be in person, and the two in-between will be online). I honestly cannot think of a better way to venture out after the pandemic than by discovering for yourself the joys of meeting and working with Spirit. And you’ll leave with a new collection of best works – prayers, doodles, recipes, reports, and road maps – that will make things a little bit easier and a lot more fulfilling on the front lines of your life. Learn more…
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For those who need "a little something more" before venturing out, Inner Compass offers individual sessions in some highly relevant areas: Do you need a mediumship reading during these uncertain times? What about an intuitive life coaching session to help you navigate the challenges you're facing? Or would a healing session be a welcome relief? Let us help lighten your load, help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or help teach you ways to let your own inner light shine more brightly.
Check out the Inner Compass Calendar for the latest events, workshops, and monthly circles. I hope you'll find something that you feel was created just for you.