Cut the ties that bind, even though you loved them.

In December I started the Spring clean up, throwing out, and general re-org of pretty much everything in my life. I do this about every six months. The KonMarie method was new and I wanted to try it. As a result I made some big discoveries. I decided to sell my glass bead making torch, tools, all glass, the whole enchilada. That was a huge step for me. I’ve been at that hobby for almost 17 years. But in the last few years I had not been at the torch much. My studio was in an old building on my property where silt and dust collected daily. You can’t work with glass and sand and dirt. Should I ever want to take up this wonderful hobby again, I would get new equipment, a different torch, and work in a larger format.

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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