Faith is realization itself. It harbors no destructive element, as does belief. Belief can be swayed or destroyed by contrary evidence and doubt; but faith is ever secure, because it is direct perception of truth. Once the world was believed to be flat, but with the progress of science it was found to be round; so that was only a belief, which had to be given up. But faith cannot be contradicted, for it is the developed expression of the unerring intuition within us, which brings us face to face with theretofore unseen realities. One may thus rightly refer to blind belief, but not blind faith.”    – Yogananda

I have been on a journey of awakening, and it seems like it’s been forever, without much of a reprieve from the discomfort of my rebirth.  Watching your life disintegrate along with many of the beliefs you have “known” to be true is a painful process, but necessary if you want to transform your life, and raise your consciousness.

My memories of my previous life appear in my mind as if I have made it all up – I am not the same person anymore.  My family and friends corroborate the stories of my past, yet I still have a hard time relating to the reality of what actually happened in my life…I am so much more aware now and honest with myself regarding the motivations and conditioned behaviors behind my actions.

The challenges that I have experienced have caused me to question all of it, and if I am being truthful,  I must admit that at times I feel little appreciation for the growing pains.

Growing and evolving, being reborn into a grander version of yourself is profoundly and amazingly complex, and one of life’s great mysteries.  Becoming aligned with your heart and soul, and returning to a place of knowing who and what you really are is no easy task for us mere mortals.  We resist change. As humans w,e are averse to pain.

I don’t think the caterpillar asks the butterfly how to metamorphose.  The caterpillar just does it, and I must say that since I am not a caterpillar I don’t really know whether the caterpillar feels fear in the process.  I do know that the caterpillar turns into liquid before it begins to reform into the graceful butterfly, with which I effortlessly relate. I imagine that the caterpillar allows for the transformation naturally and with a faith that only being truly connected with the ebb and flow of life can bring.  There is much we can learn from the caterpillar.

I have written and spoke about the Calling of the Soul…that when it is time to wake up to who we truly are…our authentic selves…there is no going back to a ‘safe’ and ‘secure’ place.  So, I ask myself…do I really have a choice when faced with the difficult question of whether I can trust this metamorphosis and unfolding process in my life?

I don’t believe you have a choice if your intention is to create an inspired life..

And  … Be careful what you ask for … I have found that the Universe

delivers on time every time that which is in our highest and best, and we are often taken apart in the process.  Be gentle and kind to yourself, you need it now.

I have become a wise woman, loving myself more all the time, and seeing clearly the path before me.  I have been blessed as I experience a greatly

expanded awareness of my connection to my source, universal energy, spirit, God…(whatever word resonates with you is okay).  I am co-creating a new life and raison d’être with a love and energy I could have only imagined in my wildest dreams.

I know ultimately that I am truly blessed. Trusting in life with a great faith is the only way I have found to reinvent yourself.  As I discover more of “me”…awakening to my true self, peeling away the layers of conditioning, I am finding the greatest love of all…the love inside of me.

I support you on your healing journey as you spread your wings and soar, flying oh so high….feeling fear’s heat as you transcend your limitations, expanding into a grander version of you.

Keep the faith, we are in this together.  Love to you…RJ

You can find my book Hugging Trees in the Dark…Finding the Courage to Free the Heart on Amazon. Also, please tune into my podcast/radio show Awaken Radio!