I was driving the other day near my house and came across a road called “Lonesome Oak.” I started thinking about human beings’ tendency to project human emotions on nature (which we so often do). Many in our society view Oak as the loneliest tree. I grew up attending a small school in the country and know from my schooling there that Oak trees have to have enough space in the soil for their complicated root systems. Other trees cannot be planted next to an Oak if you want it to be healthy. It never dawned on me as a child that the Oak is a lonely tree. The tree receives all the nourishment it needs from it’s personal sources: the Earth below and the Sun above. It does not need tree companions to do what it is in existence to do: grow. However, I can see from a very physical perspective how an Oak could look lonely to the untrained eye because the tree is often alone from other trees.
Consciousness can essentially be explained in an acorn. Humans can be viewed like an Oak tree. From a physical perspective, human beings could look very lonely on their own. Many people who live an unconscious life actually become scared to be physically alone since they cannot see beyond the physical veil. Like the roots of an Oak tree into the Earth, our minds are connected to infinite energy and consciousness. We can harness energy and knowledge from the source without needing to take the energy and resources from our peers. Like the Oak tree, the natural state of consciousness is to grow and expand. If an Oak tree decided to be planted next to another Oak tree, both Oak would experience less than prime health. When we lean on our fellow men instead of the one true source within us, our understanding becomes limited. We can do this on our own. We do not need a priest, a temple, a guru friend, or any external guidance. Living a conscious, healthy, and positive life can plant future acorns of peace for future generations of Oak Trees to grow big and strong.
Since all human conflict arises out of the appearance of lack, take a moment to imagine a world where everybody had enough abundance to go around because of the eternal and personal connection to source. Looks pretty amazing, right? Some say it would be chaos without the man made rules we impose on ourselves, but those in the know understand that reestablishing a personal connection to the divine source diminishes any seeming conflict. Abundance for all is within our reach. It is our challenge this life to bring peace to a world who is just beginning to understand what true abundance looks like. Peace on Earth is not only very possible, but completely attainable for everyone.
Everyone you meet is a divine appointment and opportunity for growth. Remember that you chose to come here. You are not a victim of the human experience. The human experience is a choice. Earth is a school. Rumi believed that each of us is the universe experiencing itself and learning through itself. Every person you have ever met, every person you know, and every person you will ever meet is here to teach you something. Your interpretations of the lessons learned determines your outlook and your experience here. Choose your thoughts about others wisely. Look at others through the lens of compassion.
I have been a vegetarian of over 11 years and a vegan just recently. I always respected the innocence of animals and never wanted any animal to be in pain. This journey started when I realized that animals were not just being killed quickly, but absolutely tortured their entire lives. Throughout the years I have been teased, bullied, harassed, and manipulated into eating animal products unbeknownst to me. My philosophy became one that I wouldn’t tell you how I feel about you eating meat, if you would stop teasing me about being a vegetarian. This sense of complacency has really bothered me recently.
I thought I was doing the world a favor by being “respectful” of other people’s lives. Unfortunately, I forgot one other perspective: the animals. Now that I know that human beings are one with life, all creatures are beings created by God and who am I to stop another heart beat? Our notion that animals were put here for us to eat is extremely primitive in nature and an ego-based thought. When did killing become a sport? There are so many healthy alternatives to meat that killing anything is now just a game.
If you won’t stop eating meat for the animal, let me tell you how this energy is affecting your being. When bodies are stressed and fearful, chemicals are released. These chemicals are not taken from animal meat before you consume it. If you can picture your energy as a big ball around you, and everything you say, think, and eat powers this energy, would you want to power your energy with toxic fear? Fear is what keeps us from experiencing true oneness with God. Once this truth is realized, eating meat becomes blasphemous. Every being has a divine spark of light within.
Happiness is a lot closer than many believe. Many of us have been programmed to believe from birth that we need certain goals and wants met before we can find happiness. The very principle behind the American dream, the pursuit of happiness, implies that happiness is something outside of ourselves. I find that thinking completely backwards. Through years of being a high achiever with the inner narrative of always putting my happiness in the future, I have found myself happiest lately when I slow down and make a conscious effort to be in a better state of mind. Happiness is a conscious choice. When you think about the big picture, so big that you are thinking outside your immediate reality, you can always find a reason to be happy. I’m not claiming it is the easy choice by any means. Sometimes the easy thing to do is to complain. Sometimes things seem so difficult on the outside, happiness seems impossible. Letting your mind put conditions on that feeling is what leads many good people to feel depressed, anxiety, jealousy, or sadness. Your natural state is to feel happy and whole. The key to happiness is to not attach your happiness to conditions and to just be.
The term “word vomit” from the 2004 movie “Mean Girls” is extremely interesting to me on an energetic level. I’m a girl who was in high school in the early millennium so before you judge me, keep in mind that you can find spiritual concepts ANYWHERE because God is EVERYWHERE. It’s all about perspective. “Word vomit” is real and is a term used when the main character found herself bad mouthing other people through habit and conforming to the people around her. Energetically, if you are around a bunch of naysayers, complainers, or haters, you may find yourself speaking the same types of low energy words that keep you in the same mentality. You really have to continuously rise above everything coming at you that can disturb your peace. I’m finding myself not answering my phone as much, not because I don’t love my friends, but because talking on the phone for an hour about someone else’s drama is draining, and at the end of it, you may find yourself repeating the same types of mindless “word vomit”. Any time I find myself in that position, I always forgive the other person even if I chose to not be close with them because of the way they made me feel. I find many people who I once considered “draining” are acutely unaware to the energy they are emitting so compassion is key for your own happiness.
Words all vibrate at their own frequency. Every word has an energy associated with it. Countless studies have proven this from speaking certain words to different plants and seeing which ones thrive or have difficulty, to speaking certain words to water about to freeze over as ice and seeing how the patterns developed. These studies are truly amazing if you consider the implications (Dr. Emoto’s Water Molecule Studies ) . If you knew everything you thought or talked about had a profound impact on your experience here, how would you change your communication? I don’t sprout rainbows and sunshine because I have had an easy life… I have made a conscious decision to not let whatever life throws my way affect my inner peace. I pray that everyone finds that place and decide for themselves that life is too beautiful to drown out your own personal heaven on Earth experience.
Unrequited love does not exist in our universe. Consider the text book definition. The dictionary defines unrequited as “not reciprocated or returned in kind.” I am already hearing the cries, “But Johnny didn’t love me!” or “I was never good enough for him!” or better yet, “She never even noticed me.” I still stand by my statement that unrequited love is a myth in this universe.
Why a myth, you ask? Love is a form of energy, and energy in our universe is never really lost. As a society, we have gotten so caught up in the physicality of “boy meets girl- falls in love” that we lose the sense of what love really is. Consider that everything in the universe is connected with energy. Consciousness in essence is where your thoughts dwell. While some may stay locked in the cause and effect, linear mentality, others transcend that limiting belief. Some say that the smallest shift in consciousness can ripple throughout time and space. One physical moment of deep love can leave it’s ripple effect throughout your entire life unbeknownst to you for most of your physical life.
Love is the highest vibrational emotion you can emit. In the material world, if you find yourself getting caught up loving someone who does not seem to physically reciprocate your feelings, remember that the energy you are emitting is never wasted and should not discourage you from being a vessel of love. Many people will harden their hearts to keep the hurt out, but in truth you are only hurting the self from cutting it off from the universe. Be as soft as you were before the seemingly unpleasant experience. The universe always matches your vibrational frequency. If you find yourself sending love to someone and physically, they do not do the same, do not let it bring you down. Stay in love. Be open to receiving it back from the universe in other ways– even though it is not what you originally expected. The universe can shower back your love in many different ways: more leisure, abundance, golden opportunities, or new loving people in your life. The possibilities are endless. The truth is we do live in a very loving universe. Unrequited love was invented by man’s meek understanding of the notion of love from a very physical perspective. Love is always returned to you, no matter how different the outward appearance may initially seem.