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by Erika Ginnis (from a Sunday talk given in the early 1990's)

My talk today is on allowing, now you might ask yourself What it is? Well maybe for me it is easier to start with what I have found out that it isn't. It isn't forcing, it isn't looking at something and finding out what is wrong with it and trying to "fix" it so it will be perfect.

It's tough sometimes because so much of our culture is focused on fixing, getting it "right", wanting it to be different "perfect", not owning or acknowledging something until it is finished perfectly. This translates to ourselves. How often do we simply allow ourselves to be, at any given time?

When we meditate how much time do we spend trying to "fix" ourselves. I find that its easy to get caught in that way of thinking. So that your constantly trying to fix yourself or others. Looking for that perfect time, in the future of course, when you get things right! How happy you'll be, all the things that you'll get accomplished.

I have found that when I am that focused outside myself, I lose touch with me, now. I focus on the great me in the future. I don't allow myself to simply be.

A couple of years ago I was taking a drive and I was very intent on what was wrong with me, and I wasn't feeling to good about myself. I was at a stop light and I looked up from the road and I noticed this mountain behind the hills. I was struck with how beautiful the mountain was, as I looked at the mountain I started to feel better. I realized sitting there that when I saw the beauty of the mountain I wasn't trying to change or fix it. I could simply allow it to be a mountain. I realized how silly it would sound to look at the mountain and say "Oh well it's not really a good mountain. I think it should have more of a peak there, and there's not enough snow over there. Maybe in the future at some point in time, the mountain will be exactly perfect and then it will be beautiful."

It simply was a mountain. It could change through time; one day snow covered and the next craggy and bare. It would always be beautiful. If I could simply allow the mountain to be and it was O.K., maybe I could allow myself to be too.

I had a similar experience sitting by a river one summers afternoon. I noticed three small streams coming off the main river before flowing back down stream. All of these streams were constantly changing, all of them were different; one was so small that you could have easily missed it, but they were all streams and they simply were. They were beautiful and I felt healed by listening to them and watching them.

As I allowed these streams to simply be, constantly flowing, different every second, but always a stream, I began again to get in touch with myself as spirit. Changing, experiencing, but always me. I may flow over different rocks or "blocks" but the flowing doesn't change the essential me any more than the stream ceases to be a stream just because it is flowing over a different set of rocks one day to the next.

I love being in nature. I have a great affinity with the Mother Earth, she is so gracious and powerful and loving and abundant. The mountains and the streams, the flowers and the clouds just are, they don't have to do anything to "fix" themselves. They are glorious just in their existence. I believe if we can begin to see the glory that is in nature and realize that we are a "part of" and not "apart from" this infinite expression. We can see that the Mother has already "clothed" us in beauty. We are spirit part of the Divine. The question is; Can we allow ourselves to simply be and notice it?

Perhaps one of the things to cultivate is patience. The trees don't bring forth all the fruit at once, it takes time and seasons and growth. One of the essential ingredients for allowing myself to be, is to have patience with myself. I don't judge the river for the ground it hasn't covered yet. It simply flows and creates its own course over time.

As I watch the streams and enjoy them as they are. I can begin to look at myself differently, bringing into my life some of that same "allowing" that lets me accept and enjoy nature. We all have the ability to allow ourselves to see the beauty that we have simply as we are. Regardless of the season.

We can let go of meditating in order to "fix" something and allow our meditation time to be one of communication with self and The Infinite. We can simply allow energy to flow, and experience it like water with out judging it. Letting ourselves make the changes we want but allowing ourselves to be where we are in the present. Seeing yourself as spirit, a spark of the Divine, expressing through your sacred body, in the here and now, allowing yourself to be.


I. Introduction

  1. This is a time where you have the opportunity to meditate. So sit back and relax and allow yourself to create a grounding cord. This is an energy connection that flows between your first chakra and the center of the planet. (follow this link for more detailed information on grounding).

  2. Allow your self to breath and relax and release down your grounding any tension or uncomfortableness that you may be experiencing.

  3. Allow yourself to center in that place a little above and behind your eyes. The place where you can reside as spirit in your body and be neutral. The place where you can say yes to yourself.

II. Releasing blocks to allowing.

  1. Create out in front of you an image of a rose. Admire it. and then destroy it.

  2. Create another rose out in front of you and as you destroy it allow your self to release any energy that would block you from simply allowing your self and others to be.

  3. Is there anything that says if you accept and allow yourself as you are that you will never change. Create a rose and destroy it and release energy

  4. Are you to busy to simply be?, do you need to be better than the Goddess made you before you can allow yourself and accept yourself. Create and destroy a rose.

Do you need to make sure everyone else is "fixed" first before you can take the time to see your own beauty? Take a nice deep breath and release energy down your grounding.

III. Experiencing yourself

  1. Create a Gold Sun of above your head and allow the vibrant Gold energy to flow into your space and all around you.

  2. Take a minute and experience the neutrality of this Gold Christ force energy.

  3. Allow yourself to communicate with your own Christ self, higher self.

  4. Say hello to the Infinite essence of your heart, Say hello to that of which you are a part (Goddess, God, The Tao, The Great Spirit, Allah, Universal Mind...) allow the crystal clear energy to flow into your body and fill your energy system, communicate with this essence about allowing yourself to simply be.

  5. Create and destroy a rose, and I'm going to give you a minute to just experience yourself as you are right now allowing your self to simply be.

  6. When you are done you can bend over and release energy.

Erika Ginnis offers Spiritual Counseling and Coaching, Psychic Reading, Healing , and Classes though her practice
"Inspiration is the Inbreath of Spirit"



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