This has been a most extraordinary day.
― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974 (via zingara84)
* a quote Past-Life Friend shared with me. I’m glad it’s catching on. ;)
Why should we all use our creative power and write or paint or play music, or whatever it tells us to do?
Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money. Because the best way to know the Truth or Beauty is to try to express it. And what is the purpose of existence Here or Yonder but to discover truth and beauty and express it, i.e., share it with others?"
Since about a year ago, when I close my eyes and just allow a plant name to come to me spontaneously, I frequently get “hyssop” as the answer. I’ve known nothing about this, but I picked some up today. I looked it up thereafter. Pretty interesting properties: it’s used for “purification,” in the sense of helping to relieve users of guilt and the vague, gnawing fear that they’ve done something “wrong” and need to be forgiven. Sounds intriguing, especially because, when I slip into states of panic, I’m always worried that I’ve done something vaguely and indefinably wrong (hell if I know what it is) and am about to be smited with some form of retribution. I also started crying during my Reiki 2 attunement three years ago right after clairaudiently hearing the words “Let the guilt go.” Hyssop apparently helps impart a sense of absolution/release from the illusion of guilt.
I also saw it in a book on practical healing with essential oils, and it’s listed as a hair loss cure too. Which is helpful, since I’ve been losing hair for about ten years.
Here’s to working with hyssop!
Anybody else know anything about spiritual properties of hyssop?
Well, to be honest, I’m sorry but I’m not sure I understand what you mean by “what happens?” I don’t necessarily think there’s anything formulaic that happens. But the way you’ve worded your question makes it sound like this is something you experience intensely and which makes you uncomfortable.
If you feel your twin’s energetic presence, you ALWAYS have the right to tell them that their presence is not welcome at the moment. I believe that everyone’s absolute highest self has the highest intentions, but there are some who may disagree with me and who might attribute ill intent or selfish intent to higher selves. I won’t try to convince you one way or the other of what’s going on.
Remember that anytime we’re pointing a finger and saying, HE/SHE is not ready; I’m just so much further along than my twin — the ego within is having a bit of a gloating moment. It’s not “wrong” to recognize your twin’s particular brand of challenges, to have an idea of what kind of lessons your twin is working on (even people who are NOT energetically sensitive generally have a pretty good idea of other people’s areas for needed growth, so all the more likely that you’re tuning into things accurately when you’re sensitive and the person is that spiritually connected to you). However, remember always to avoid judgement; just respond to your perception of your twin’s needs with compassion, and feel free to say supportive prayers for your twin’s healing and progress along his/her path. But consider saying your prayers in the first-person plural; that is, pray in the sense of “us,” that “we” may overcome “our” lessons and heal what “we” need to heal. (There’s always SOME help and SOME healing you could benefit from, right?) That helps to remind yourself that you’re on complementary paths and working through blockages together. And when you remember that you’re working through challenges alongside one another (even if apart), that also erases some bitterness.
Anyway, what’s really important here is, if you know that your twin has things to work through and can sense that now is not the time for a reconnection, and you suspect that interacting with your twin would involve a lot of emotional work, drain you, and ultimately that his/her self-work is not your responsibility (and you’re right that it’s NEVER your responsibility), then just honor that feeling.
Something to ask yourself:
Some things you can do:
Hope this helps, Anon, and that you and your twin are doing well.
Peace and love!
Okay, sorry that this won’t be the most articulate response, but I wanted to reply to this now, even though my thoughts are scattered lately (upcoming trip has me all over the place). Hope it’s still easy to follow and answers your question, but feel free to write back if not! :)
I’m of the mind that the reality is spirit, and the sovereign force is love. That when you set an intention with love, surrendering the ultimate outcome to the highest good, love follows that intention as far as and in the direction that the highest good would have it go. True love will not override anyone’s heart’s barriers. So I don’t think you can “overwhelm” a person or frighten or harm them with love energy either.
I’m not sure where I got this idea from, but I’ve been “trying” to communicate with loved ones from a distance since I was a kid. I say “trying,” because I essentially just leave the success of the contact up to the Divine. I used to (and still often do) entreat guardian angels to assist, so perhaps I got the idea in a book on angels. Or maybe from reading about the aura. I can’t remember.
Anyway, I think that, as our soul energy is always aware and experiences far fewer limitations than our human selves do, it is easily also able to contact its associates in Spirit — your soulmates, if you will, or teachers, guides, angels, etc. Remember, there is more to you than what animates the body. Basically, you are All That Is. So the idea, then, that your soul can do things that your human self cannot is very easy to grasp. :)
If you attempt contact from a surrendered state, you allow for the possibility that the other person might not be aware of the contact ever, or at the time you are intending that — and you surrender respectfully to the fact that they will only “hear” from you, psychically or synchronistically, when it is for the very best.
In my experience, soul contact from a distance often manifests as a synchronicity. Sometimes contact has been consciously attempted, and yet, other times, the person has NOT tried to contact you, nor you them. But the “signs” that your souls are trying to communicate (or have succeeded in doing so) are the same: you or they see a doppelganger; when you speak with one another later, you find that you got the same mental image or the idea of the same metaphor (to illuminate a spiritual epiphany) at the same time; a significant song comes on and they reach out to you thereafter; evidence of your social connectedness arises (e.g., a new mutual friend is made by one or the other on Facebook, or in real life); etc.
In one memorable experience of mine, I did NOT attempt contact with someone on that occasion, but I was in the middle of a healing session, and his soul tended to visit when I was engaged in healing work or treatments. He arrived on that occasion as a memory, at first; my mind drifted to a memory, but then suddenly, while I was lost in the memory, he looked into my eyes, smiled, and said something he’d never said in real life: ”I gave you a map.”
The message filled me with a feeling of love and gratitude. It was symbolic, his soul telling mine that it was guiding me, even though I thought I was alone. I felt his presence with me for some time after his spirit said he’d given me a map. Then I thought, “Well, that was sweet, but let’s not read into it.”
But later that same day, someone enthusiastically encouraged me to go to an exhibition — of maps. Then handed me a brochure — and the front of the brochure was the image of a map.
I’m almost CERTAIN this (living) person did not try to contact me in that moment. I’m also almost certain that his human self never intended to be a guide for me or an ally in my healing work.
And yet, that happened.
So I chalk that up to the soul. Yes, you could call it the higher self or the soul, the part of you that does this.
And remember that Earth, while very real, is also helpful to conceptualize as a lucid dream, or a VR playground/classroom. So if your soul intends something your heart or mind fixes on a particular person, feeling, concept, and so on, the soul energy that you are has absolutely NO PROBLEM creating an “echo” of that intention, some manifestation or other, in your human experience. This is also so easy on the level of the spirit because we are all one. So we are all, always, connected.
The world is always just as small as it needs to be. ;)
This IS a tough one, and I’m not sure why. I also recognize that it should be so simple. I’m sure you’ve heard that meditation could help, but here are some other ideas:
Hope this helps, Anon. Sending you peace and much, much love!
When we are indoors, we are in enclosed spaces, spaces charged already with the energy of the people who inhabit or frequent those places. This energy keeps circulating for quite a while and can take some effort to change, neutralize, or clear.
However, the outside world is limitless and filled with elements that, in shamanism, are believed to cleansing: fresh air; rain; natural processes of decomposition/recycling; salt (in the case of the ocean); SPARKLING, LIFE-GIVING LIGHT; and so on. The natural world is basically, in the greater scheme of things, self-balancing.
Not only that, but all places connect with all other places. Wind, water, dust can travel from one part of the world to another, recycling themselves over the eons. The same moon and sun shine down upon everyone, in any hemisphere, witnessing the lives and absorbing the energies of all who have lived at any point in history. I even read in a book once (by John Perkins) that shamans in Ecuador believe that rocks themselves can be messengers: you can impart a message to one rock, and it will, once placed on the ground, conduct the message energetically to other rocks, along a figurative chain, until the message finally reaches the other human being who stands — somewhere else on this planet — on what is, ultimately, the very same ground.
It is all one. It is all connected. The bodies our souls animate are literally made of this majestic planet.
Sometimes, for these reasons, it can be easier to feel connected with your loved ones and all other creatures — and filled with cosmic love for no particular “reason” — when you are outdoors.
Think of all the love songs that instinctively pick up on this – songs that mention energies and messages carrying across the ocean, or being scattered on the moonbeams, to be picked up by a distant loved one. Our souls know that this world connects us all, across time and space. Think, too, about how enthralled young children can be with nature – talking to trees and animals, playing in mud and sand and water, smiling rapturously at flowers, collecting rocks. In the industrialized world, children are much more keyed-in to the magic of the natural world than adults are. Keyed-in to a magical interconnectedness and oneness that are real; it is as we grow older and are socialized to limit our thinking that we silence much of this intuitive awareness.
So if you’re endeavoring a meditation with the aim of connecting, in love, to someone – someone who is living in body or who is now living only in spirit – consider taking your “meditation” outside.
I spent a lot of time in nature as a little kid, and even as an adult, I returned to what natural settings were available to me in moments when I needed to ground or wanted to send energy / love / messages / healing across the distance. If you go to nature regularly as part of your spiritual practice, some benefits you might experience can include:
Much peace and love to you and yours, my friends!
Fun question! Karma with one another?… Hmm, you mean that they might’ve known one another in another lifetime and had karma with one another from then? Or that they need to clear out karma with others that influences their own connection?
I don’t often distinguish between the karma that twins might have within their own bond vs. the karma their joint soul has accumulated with others, as it all would have to be cleared eventually. And I also think that a lot of the fears that twins face when looking at one another is a reflection of the karma they have in general. Remember what karma is; karma represents the consequences of your current perspective and how the illusions we have not yet cleared are still influencing and shaping our experience. When we are fully awakened, illusion is not such a factor anymore. So, essentially, as the reunion of twins represents the coming back into/unto oneself, then their attempts at a merger with one another are a reflection of the soul’s attempt at “coming home” to what it truly is. Meaning that, in the process, illusions and related karmic issues naturally rise to the surface, to our attention. In the end, it’s probably not so important who/what the catalyst is; the various facets of the process seem inseparable from one another.
Is this making sense? I just wrote that quickly without thinking carefully about how I was explaining it, but I’ll leave it that way for now, and you can get back to me if you feel like it needs further explanation. :)
Regarding karma with one another, it’s very possible. For example, healer once told me that my twin’s soul had (in a relatively recent past life) been incarnate within me as the child I was carrying and then miscarried him under incredibly traumatizing circumstances. This felt very, very plausible when she told it to me, and I noticed that a LOT of very early fears I’d had regarding having him in my life started making sense. And if this had been true, it may have been affecting how I responded to him and chose to deal with him at the beginning. I’ve also started seriously wondering whether he was incarnate as another mysterious figure who’s arisen (and mysteriously disappeared) in nightmares that a past-life friend and I have both had. And if he was this person in that lifetime also, then that, too, explains a little bit more about our dynamic.
These examples, basically, are the extent of my experience with thinking about past-life karma within the twin connection. But I still haven’t worried too much about it. It’s all one soul playing all the roles on the stage that is this world anyway. :)
Don’t worry about “who” you have karma with. I was never a person to reflect much on karma until just this past year, when it started working itself out in a very naked fashion right in front of my eyes. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that we are working it out all the time, and where reconnections with specific people are crucial to that process, life is making sure to connect us in inescapable ways (e.g., you both come from countries thousands of miles away from one another, and somehow, you end up living right next door to one another in the same hostel in Shanghai). Bottom line: if your soul has karma with another soul, and your souls are interested in working it out specifically with one another, you will arrange for this to happen, so you aren’t going to “miss” any critical chances. :)
No, wait, let me tell you a second thing about karma too!
The balancing force in this universe is love.
Love is what heals everything.
It never needs to be an eye for an eye, you never need exchange pain for pain, no matter how great that pain might have been.
Just keep an open heart and let love do its thing.
Peace and love, Anon, and thanks for the question! Wishing you and your twin and all your soul companions much love, joy, light, clarity (that you may understand, all, how amazingly wonderful you are and what a beautiful story you’re writing here!), and healing!