The Universe is…what exactly?

I am sure you often hear people talk about manifesting and working with Spirit by saying ‘The Universe wants me to do this or that” or “The Universe is sending me signs” or “I like it when The Universe supports me” and so on. I use that phrase a lot and I hear it a lot. Two friends helped me to understand The Universe better from a personal standpoint. Each person’s take on it was insightful and of value to me, and came through normal conversation.

When I used to think of the phrase The Universe this Hubble image came to mind, along with Carl Sagan’s booming voice. It shows about 10,000 galaxies. (Not planets, galaxies!). This version of The Universe seems far away, immense, cold and unreachable. Something way bigger than me that is hard to comprehend. Like it’s out there somewhere, but not available to a tiny speck like me.

NASA Hubble 10,000 Galaxies
Image credit: NASA, ESA and the HST Frontier Fields team (STScI), Acknowledgement: Judy Schmidt)

One friend was writing a heartfelt email where she was musing about what was going on at her end of the world. It had been a difficult year. At the end of a sentence she used the phrase “Everything is the Universe.” It struck me like a ton of bricks, in a way that got me thinking. We usually say it the other way around—The Universe is everything. Turning that phrase around opened me up wide and put me on my head. When I heard it said that way, my thoughts were of my immediate surroundings, something tangible I can see, smell, hear, sense and interact with. Everything as the universe means it is inside of me first and foremost. You are the Universe and so am I. The penny has dropped.

Another friend was replying to an email where I was conflicted about an ongoing problem. I wrote to her, “The Universe is sending me signs to stop doing XYZ.” She said, “Oh Patty, the Universe is IN you! You ARE the Universe! These are signs and message from you that you need to listen to.” Put that way, it makes much more sense to me. Again it brings The Universe right here in the palm of my hand, right here in my heart. I can examine it, and look at it.

These realizations lead me to several other insights. I have a new center I can act from. It puts the Universe as me at the center of things. I am no longer cowering under the thousands of galaxies above me. The Universe and my higher self are all here and available to me. Always have been. I am a co-creator and at my own center of the Me-Verse. It’s freeing and powerful at the same time. You are a big part of The Universe, part of the woof and weft. And so is everyone and everything else! We are all connected to everything.

With this new Universe as You realization, past lessons come boldly to light and you may laugh at what you went through. You marvel at your actions before the light dawned. It may have seemed that you muddled through, but now you can see things differently. You did enormously well! Look at how you solved that problem and grew from it. My marriage was horrible, yet it was the biggest teacher of my life. I am deeply indebted and grateful for the experience. It changed me from head to toe, from inside out. Comfort yourself with the idea that Spirit grows through us and how we deal with our experiences. We are incredible co-creators indeed!

Between 1990 and 1993 the Hubble was having focusing problems and images were fuzzy and out of focus. I adopted the phrase “things are getting all Hubbly” to mean something was out of focus. All my pondering of The Universe phraseology was rattling around in my head becoming clearer. I have dumped the phrase “The Universe” and I now say “The Me.” The lines of division between everything melt and there is a feeling of oneness. Things are coming into focus, I’m seeing it closer, clearer, less Hubbly.

Note: The books I am currently reading that have helped things come into focus are: a re-reading of The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle. Falling into Grace: Insights on the End of Suffering, by Adyashanti, and a newsletter and articles by a shamanic place in New Mexico called The Power Path. The latest article I read is on Opening the relationship with your higher self.

Comments are welcome. “Likes” tell me someone is listening. Love and Light, Patty

2019 came early with a big push

Before the holidays I decided to have my ceiling in the living room worked on. I had originally planned to have that done in January, but felt the intuitive nudge to get it done earlier. I had a local contractor come in and put up my new tin ceiling. It’s gorgeous! That meant that my beautiful new Balsam Hill Cadillac of Christmas trees would have to be stuffed into my bedroom. I had just received it and it was a big splurge. 

When the ceiling work was finished four days before Christmas, I was excited to finally be able to move and decorate my tree! When I finally got it all decorated and looking awesome, there was a bit of a letdown. I don’t know what it was. The tree looked like the best one I’d ever had. But something was off. Later I realized what was happening. The energy felt different. 2019 energy was moving into my presence with great urgency. I took the tree down the day after Christmas, when normally I keep it up for weeks. I felt 2019 pushing into my life with great urgency. I had never experienced this before. But I am more aware and sensitive to energies than in the past. 

During the Christmas break I had 11 days off. I was looking forward to get out and about. However I was sick for the first five days. It felt like all of 2018 was stuck in my head, stuffing it to maximum. Then moving into my throat and into my lungs. Ugh. This sucked. It made me slow down, and if you have read my other posts, you’ll know I was given many signs to slow down. Slow way down. Slower yet. Okay this was the last push to get me to be still for 2018. 

Part of slowing down is being able to see and sense things that I would otherwise not see. If you go too fast, you miss things. Imagine going by a lovely country road with fields of flowers. If you zoom by you miss the butterflies dancing on the blossoms, the rabbit hiding in the bracken, and the birds as they flit about. You miss that lovely feeling, delightful scene, and gentle energy. Same goes for any activity in life. My slowing down was for a reason that would benefit me. 

After I recovered, I was anxious to get up the mountain to a small community. I felt the urge to meet new people, and do new things. I was stoked to have five days remaining to do this! Then an actual honest-to-God blizzard struck New Mexico. I had snow in my yard for two weeks, and I have never had snow for more than two days. I could not get out of my driveway for the rest of my vacation. That really bummed me out, but what can I do? Timing to move out of my normal social circles is not there yet. I decided to enjoy my alone time, the rare snow, and have fun with my animals, who loved romping in the snow.

In my convalescence I started watching Marie Kondo’s show with her unique KonMari method of organizing. Her methods are Zen centric, gentle, and effective. Very Spirit based. I was able to get rid of many things that did not suite me anymore. The trunk of my car was full of bags of clothing and items to take to charity. I even decided to sell my glass bead making studio contents. For me this will be a big letting go. But I feel elated that someone else will have as much fun as I had over the years. Everything is energy and everything holds energy. Let something out of your life and make way for the new! Finally I was able to let go of something I had not done for ten years, and it felt great. 

2019 wanted to come in early, and for me it did. I live my life by intuition and pay attention to those urges. But I know not everything goes my way. Spirit guides us in mysterious ways. I’ve got it down to a fine art, where I can tell what the energy is directing me to do. I would not live any other way. I did not want to be stuck in my house for 11 days, and I did not want to slow down. But I did as I felt directed. For some reason the last of 2018 energy was settling in, saying goodbye and leaving. Then 2019 came in with a burst of energy, before the new year even started! Pay attention to your intuition, dreams, and nudges from Spirit. Living your life this way is very freeing, feels genuine, and has many surprises in store. I have a feeling 2019 is going to be a great year!

Comments are welcome. Likes tell me someone is listening. Love and Light, Patty.