Se are not our bodies

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Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to friends and family. Although the holidays can be difficult for many who have lost loved ones this year, may the Christ Presence comfort you and bring you love, peace, hope, and joy.

Have you heard that friends and lovers can enter your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime? When someone shows up for a reason, it is to meet a need through a difficult time or to provide guidance physically, emotionally, or spiritually.

Often, without any wrongdoing on your part, the person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. We realize that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done and it is time to move on. It’s painful when friends disappear with no explanation or reason and it’s important to grieve the loss.

I wasn’t expecting the sadness and tears as I sat to meditate and pray one morning this week. I allowed myself to feel all of my feelings as I know to feel is to heal. I was sending love and peace to my brother’s family as it was the day he was buried and put to rest at the VA cemetery. I know where my brother is and I am at peace since he is no longer suffering and in pain.

I was surprised when Spirit brought to mind several friends who are still alive but no longer in my life. As Spirit brought each person into my awareness, I remembered the love and support we had for one another. I sent them love and gratitude for helping me on my journey and for the opportunity to help and support them.

It is difficult when you think someone is going to be in your life for a lifetime, rather than just a season. I never dreamed it was possible that my best girlfriend for over 30 years would no longer be in my life. The love we shared was deep, authentic, and real. We shared deep secrets and trusted one another completely. It still hurts, although I have accepted that we are no longer aligned spiritually. No right or wrong, it just is. I accepted that the relationship had served its purpose. I allowed myself to remember the good times, the fun, and the love we shared with one another.

I searched my heart as Spirit brought to mind several other friends who were no longer a part of my life and had disappeared for reasons unknown to me. I connected with each one telepathically and in my heart and sent them love and gratitude.

I wanted to make sure that I didn’t harbor any resentment, anger, or judgment toward them. When I judge someone, I am judging myself as we are all ONE. Do you have someone in your life that has hurt or abandoned you for no reason? If so, is it time to let go of what no longer serves you and send them love?

I forgave myself for any unconscious behavior and for not being there for them as they needed me to be. I forgave them for not being there for me and disappearing without letting me know why. I cannot control what others do or don’t do because it’s their journey. I believe we are all doing the best we can in every moment.

We are SPIRIT living in a body or a costume. We are not our bodies. We are all connected and ONE. Although I have no contact with these friends anymore, I know we are connected in Spirit. That gives me peace. I don’t have to know why they are no longer in my life. All I have to know is that my side of the street is clean. I remember they will always be a part of me and I’m a part of them.

I’m grateful for the friends Spirit has brought into my life today. I feel richly blessed, loved, and supported. It’s all perfect and aligned. I trust the divine plan for my life and for each person who shows up for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.   

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