The 'poke' of guidance
The invitation to pause, offer blessing and surrender to grace
When another is suffering, offer blessing.
Then, surrender the suffering to Grace.
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This week, out of the blue, the Guides added a tagline to their name. They called themselves, Guardians of the field of love and blessing.
Sensing into their reasons for doing this, I heard:
We are not the only guardians of this field - indeed, many souls (including you, Amy) play such a role. We add clarity about the name to emphasize that this is our primary function: to return you to the field of love and blessing when you lose your way and to maintain the boundary of that field so that you can sense when you have crossed outside of it.
How do we sense this? I asked
We alert you. When you shift out of alignment with love, you feel it. In a sense, you could say that we ‘poke’ you. You experience these pokes from guidance as the hesitation that you feel when you condemn another. The tug that you feel when you pass by another who is suffering. Tiny pulses of feeling that invite you to return to love, which is your own true nature. To do this, easily and simply, we suggest the sacrament of blessing.
We pause here to reclaim this word ‘sacrament’ for it is much misunderstood. A sacrament is an action (such as prayer) or ritual, a series of steps such as lighting a candle to indicate the opening of a time of worship, through which sacred or spiritual power is believed to be transmitted through channels of divine grace into your material reality. Simply put, it is a method through which you, material being, can call forth the sacred.
You are encouraged to perform sacramental acts. Though most people think of sacraments as actions performed in a house of worship by one who is certified as intercessor, you are perfectly qualified and capable of offering blessing to self and to other.
Prayer is a sacremental act and you are encouraged to ask for what you need. Asking for help, support, encouragement - anything at all - and then, opening to receive the grace that comes, draws the force of love directly to you. This is a way of blessing yourself and of developing and deepening your relationship with grace. Never hesitate to ask for what you need.
You are allowed and you are encouraged to offer blessing to self and to other. Especially in moments when your habit would be to do otherwise.
When your habit would be to offer condemnation, exclusion, blaming, shaming, cancelling toward yourself or another;
when your habit would be to throw up your hands, feeling powerless;
when your habit would be to walk by, to turn away, believing there is nothing you can do to help. There is plenty you can do and the first thing is to offer blessing.
Blessing is a simple act - so simple it may seem inconsequential, yet blessing changes the world.
It may seem that you ‘should’ do more. Yet, you are not required to (nor are you encouraged to) heal, fix or change things. Blessing is enough.
You are not required (nor are you encouraged) to take on the suffering of another. Simply offer blessing. Then, surrender the suffering, the situation and all thoughts and feelings that arise, to Grace.
Surrender the situation to Grace.
Blessing realigns reality - returning what seems to be un-blessed back into the wholeness of the mystery of the Good. When the poke of guidance calls you back to your own true nature, which is love, offer the simple corrective words: “Bless them (or bless me). Bless this situation and all involved.” or you can simply say, “Bless.”
As you speak these or other words of blessing, do not look for a miracle to occur. Do not look for a change in the other or in their situation. Instead, look to yourself. Notice how YOU feel. Notice how offering blessing changes you. Notice that offering blessing returns YOU to the world of love. How simply, how easily guilt, shame and regret fall away.
Do not worry if you feel you should have done more sooner. When the poke of guidance arises, that is the right time to offer blessing. When the tug of guilt, shame or regret enters your heart, that is the time. Even after the moment is passed, even if you walked by, say the simple words: “Bless him. Bless her. Bless them.” That is all you need to do to clear your heart. That is all that is yours to do.
When you bless another into the wholeness, you return them to inclusion, back to the field of love that includes everyone and everything. In truth, when you practice this simple act, you will come to understand that there is no exclusion. You will see that by refusing blessing to another, you are excluding (not them but) yourself from the wholeness of love and blessing. This is such a simple principle and so misunderstood. Condeming another condemns YOU to live in a world where separation from love is possible. Blessing another, even when you don’t like or understand them, brings (not them but) YOU back into the field (world) of love where no one is excluded.
When you exclude another from the field of love and blessing, you exclude yourself.
Exclusion and condemnation of others sets up the illusion of separation in your perception. If you can exclude anyone from love then ANYONE (including you) might be excluded.
Even if you don’t realize it, your belief in a world of separation makes you fearful - watchful. You think: “I must not do anythign to invite condemnation.”
Yet when you walk in a world where all are included, where you CANNOT be excluded no matter what, you are free. Free to be as you are - and do as you choose - without fear of banishment, punishment and or exclusion.
When you are free, you set others free. Now, all that you encounter can be as it is without threatening the world of love. Now, when another offers you condemnation, you worry not. You simply bless yourself (and bless them) back into inclusion. It’s that simple.
~ Received this day of May 14, 2023
When guidance comes for one, I know now that it comes for all. Take from this what you need. It’s all for you.
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