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We are energy in our truest form. We are all the same energy. Given we are all the same energy there is absolutely no way we are not going to ‘feel’ the variations of someone else’s expression of that energy. In that way, we are all empaths.

Time and time again I hear people tell of how they absorb the energies around them; that they must protect themselves; that others’ energy wreaks havoc in their lives; that they tend to feel the pain of others, etc. I am not disputing this fact as it is very real for them. However, it speaks to an issue in their own belief structure more than it does to the fact that they are an empath.

Just as our physical selves are governed by physical laws on this plane such as the Law of Gravity, so it is that our vibrational selves are governed by the universal laws such as the Law of Vibration, Law of Rhythm, Law of Attraction to name but a few. Whatever you hold in your belief structure causes an emotion that drives the vibrational bus and is the virtual magnet that tells the universe what you want to experience. Therefore, if you are vibrating a fear, or an expectation that others might interfere with your energy then you will find more and more people coming around you that can lower your vibrational quality. Do you need to protect yourself from this? The only protection one needs, as far as I am concerned, is awareness–the awareness of what you are vibrating not what others are vibrating.

The lot in life for ’empaths’ (and remember, we are all empaths) is not to journey through life dodging and weaving others, nor is it to consistently feel everyone’s pain to the point it becomes their own. Everyone is here to be the joy they already are and express it always. When I walk into a room full of people I am not concerned about what I will ‘get’ from others, I am more concerned about what I am contributing. When I am mindful of ensuring my vibration is high, light and loving I will easily identify others who are vibrating in like fashion. I have yet to hear an ’empath’ walk into a room and say, “Oh my! That person over there is so full of joy they are almost bursting! I want to be around them!” It works the same way for the positive vibration as it does for the negative. It is Law. It is the Law of Attraction. Like attracts Like.

Want to live more positively and joyfully in life? The only protection you need is your own awareness of what you are vibrating. How do you know what you are vibrating? Look at what is around you in any given moment as it is your indicator. Worry less about what you ‘get’ and focus more on what you are contributing. What can you expect? Shift happens.

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Responding vs Reacting

Just for today…choose a different response to those around you. Your positivity, your warmth and your compassion is vastly more important–and needed–more than your frustration, resentments and petty judgments. By changing your response to annoyances, you create an opportunity for others to respond differently as well. It’s amazing how responding versus reacting actually shifts dynamics and allows you to see the good in others.

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Belief Structures

We all initially function with a borrowed belief structure. It is handed down from our parents, from their parents, who learned it from parents of parents long before us. It is in this way that belief structures certainly are integrated into our dna and are perpetuated over eons of time.

The question is, does this borrowed belief system serve us well over time? Generally, the answer is probably not. We all need to learn the same things like how to tie our shoes, to look both ways before crossing the street or not to touch a hot stove. But when it comes to other topics, topics that we should have a choice as to whether we believe the same as we have been taught by our parents, the belief system falls short.

How many times have you heard someone say, or have you said yourself, “If it was good enough for my parents, it is good enough for me.” Probably a lot. There are some tried and true beliefs that serve us well but more often than not we have been conditioned to believe certain people, certain ideas, certain choices, are not appropriate. As adults, you carry this belief structure around, abiding by it and consistently wondering why you aren’t comfortable in your own skin.

There comes a time in every adult life when the borrowed belief system should be dismantled, reviewed, and ultimately rebuilt in keeping with what you happen to believe is appropriate. Whether those dismantled pieces are the shards of religion, politics, behaviour, or life choices, they should be reviewed and considered carefully before deciding to reintegrate them back into the structure. It is okay to think differently from your parents, siblings, friends, and colleagues. It is definitely okay to be you.

Reconstructing a more suitable belief structure is part of the nature of a paradigm shift. Once you have made this all-important shift you will see that your life miraculously shifts with you.

Once you have undertaken this review you will initially sense a swell of relief as you discard all that has not been working for you. You will feel a freshness in life as you step into the world as who you are instead of who your ancestors and current family think you should be.

When you have realigned your belief structure you have actually broken a cycle within the dna itself. Perhaps you will be seeding the fact that being and living as you truly are is exactly what you came here to do. What a wonderful gift to give, not only to yourself, but for those souls yet to arrive.

Be mindful of who you are and take on the task of self-discovery according to your learned beliefs as opposed to reacting to your conditioning. Life will never be the same.

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You ARE the difference.

To me we have spent far too much time locked in a lower vibrational energy that keeps anger, frustration, unworthiness and–fear–alive. If we think about the moment when we will remove our focus from this physical plane, would our last words be about who said what, who did what, world hunger, mass exodus? No. More than likely it will be about the fact that we LOVED. Why is it then that we dedicate our time here to spotlight what is going wrong all around us when that spotlight only serves to cause that which we do not like to expand–instead of Loving. We do this on an individual level and as a collective on the world stage. It would be safe to say that over the eons there have been many shining spotlights and yet nothing has been healed. Fist-pumping, tongue wagging and the showcasing of injustices have not changed anything other than to exacerbate that which we do not like. Perhaps understanding that Love is the only vibration that heals, the only vibration that is mightier than injustice and crying foul, the only vibration that can make a difference is the way to go.

In loving your authentic and powerful Self–and each other–you are able to unplug from the proverbial matrix of lower vibrational energy and get with the non-program. What is the non-program? It is the program that does not exist. It is waiting for Love to give birth to it. We cannot find it nor can we cannot create it until we ARE it. We make headway in this direction when we choose to let go of what doesn’t serve us. Start with you. Who said what and who didn’t, who should have done something and who didn’t, who hears you and who doesn’t–know that none of this truly matters. It is symptomatic of your prison. To unlock the door to your prison you focus only on the Love that is in you and All There Is. Some want answers as to why things are unfolding in the way that they are. Just know that everything is not how it seems to be. It is enough to know that what is unfolding is not wanted. You do not need the answers to effect change and spinning your wheels trying to find those answers will only keep you locked in your prison. Start noticing and talking about what makes your heart sing, how you want your world to be and your vibration enters into the Love vibration where your power to transform life resides. It is not denying the plight that is in the world. If your attention alone would have healed it then it would have been healed eons ago. Many are awakening at this time and beginning to shift the vibration. We just need to stay in the vibration for total change to occur.

Love starts with you. It ends with you. Because, in essence, it IS you. You ARE the difference. Remember it. Live it. Be it.