Once we reach this stage of creativity and service, we are experiencing the “fruits of the Spirit.” This is where the fullness of our lives that we have worked so hard to get here all start to pay off. This is the incredible mountain- top view of the beautiful vistas, after the long, arduous climb, often wondering if we would ever make it to the desired goal.
Creativity fills us to overflowing and flows outward to others. Creativity inspires giving, caring, creating in ways that benefit so many others. Creativity brings us music, art, poetry and books. It also encourages inventions, improvements for the lives of others, making life easier and better. Creativity motivates those who want to make the world a better place. Creativity drives us to share individual and unique gifts: the world is improved, lives are improved, circumstances are improved. We can address Social Justice issues. We can change Laws.
With creativity, the world progresses. We are in the midst of a rare time with the Covid-19. COVID is calling people to step forward. Researchers are working tirelessly for treatments. Front-line medical people are serving, risking their very health and lives. During this pandemic were are seeing the very best of human nature. We see acts of kindness that open our hearts and inspire us. Regular people are stepping forward to become heroes and heroines.
The capability of people to selflessly give, care, love, help each other leaves us in awe. We see dedication, loyalty, perseverance in action. This is what gives us hope about life, the world, and other people. We see people reaching across all differences to cooperate and coordinate for the higher good, the common good. We witness and feel pure love and the incredible power of pure love to heal. In times like this, we feel compelled to respond, to be a part of something much bigger than the individual. We feel obliged to serve.
COVID is making history. Please listen to your souls. Please listen to your inward calling and hunches. Please step into your power and use your gifts.
Now is the time to Let your Light shine. Join in The Vision Holders Grid of Light and Love. Now is the time to unite, to come together as the human family, in our ONENESS.
Now is not the time to hold back. Now is not the time to let your Ego convince you that you are not “good enough.” Your Ego tells you lies. The truth is, YOU are a child of the Creator. YOU carry the divine flame and power within you. Claim your true birthright. Know that your Soul, aligned with the divine powers that can flow through you, enables you to be a co-creator for a better world, a more evolved World, RIGHT NOW. Do your personal work. Take responsibility for your own life. Live the 22 New Commandments.
Work through your Grief. Surrender to Truth. Move into your Healing, to Wholeness to Holiness.
YOU CAN DO THIS.
YOU ARE MEANT TO DO THIS.
YOU WERE CREATED FOR THIS.
YOU ARE NOT WORKING ALONE. The Higher Beings are always by your side, giving guidance and encouragement and profound, unconditional love. Miracles are very real and very possible. YOU CAN BE A PART OF CREATING MIRACLES.
THE TIME IS NOW.
Do not miss this incredible opportunity. You came here to do this and be a part of it.
You will never regret it.
BE IN AWE at the incredible truth that your SOUL chooses to live in a human body, on this spectacular planet called EARTH. We need to return to loving ourselves, truly knowing and claiming the truth; the incredible beings that We, Our Mother GAIA, and ALL LIFE are SACRED.
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
And so it is.
Recommendation before starting:
It is beneficial to have a journal to write in, as you do these steps of assessment and reflection.
First Step: Look first, at the 4×4 Life Human Journey Map through the row and lens of Creativity / Service. This area has joy and excitement. This is where you benefit others from an individual to possibly a global scale. On a scale of 1–10, how would you rate your creativity/service at this time? (1= mild and 10= very severe). Make a note of this in your journal.
Next, look at your creativity/service through the lenses of the four squares in this row: 1. physical 2.emotional 3. mental 4. spiritual. Which one of these squares is your strength right now that you can draw from? Which square right now is your weakest area, your most challenging? How can you get help in this area? What do you need to do, ask for, seek out that can bring comfort and strength? What about the other two areas? Can those areas help in your strongest or weakest areas? Or, what can you GIVE in these areas, helping guide and inspire others? This can be the 12th Step in the 12 Steps work.
Second Step: Look at Maslow’s pyramid. Identify which area you are in. This is likely to be the self-actualization or even transcendence level that Maslow added later to the pyramid. What are your current needs that are being met? This could be in one area or several areas. Remember that you can be functioning at this level, then life can give you a curveball, and you are right back at dealing with the first level. One of the times this happened to me is when I was pregnant with my daughter, and teaching a class on Maslow’s material on Self Actualization, and personally felt in a Self Actualized level at the time. Then my daughter was born, and I was back to never getting enough sleep, no time even to brush my teeth until 2:00 pm. It was back to a basic survival level, as my total focus was on caring for a new, dependent infant, with my needs being put to the side. Suddenly I shifted from the top of the pyramid back to the basic level! This same thing can happen when there are natural disasters that wipe out a person’s home and all their belongings. Basic needs for water, food, shelter become dominant again for a time. This is life. This is reality. And, like it or not, we don’t have control over life’s guaranteed movements and changes.
Third Step: Now, reflect on each of the four areas and think about them from the perspective of first, your Ego, and then your Soul. What messages do you get for yourself when you look through these two lenses, Ego or Soul, in each of these four areas? What is helping you? What is hurting you? Any thoughts, insights? If so, jot them down in your journal.
We, as complex human beings, have the challenge of having both a human body and a divine soul within us. Those two parts are humorously referred to as the “devil on one shoulder” and “the angel on the other shoulder.” We need our Ego to successfully survive in a physical body in day to day life. Yet, out of balance, the Ego can take over and be the absolute “worst of human nature.” The soul part of us can be “the best of human nature.” Yet, again, if out of balance, a person couldn’t function with daily life. Our goal is to be aware of both and learn to balance and integrate the gifts of both parts. This is easy to say or write, but a huge challenge to apply and live.
Fourth Step: Click on the Tool, the “Personessence Chart” by Jose Stevens posted here to go to the full page and explanation booklet of this chart. There is a LOT packed into this chart. Each of us has a leading quality in each row. Do you sense what yours might be in each row? (If this chart interests you, I would recommend reading Jose’s books that go into more detail.) This chart may help you identify examples of ego qualities (bottom of each block) and soul qualities (top of each block). Our lifetime challenge is to learn to move from the ego level to the soul level, on each of these characteristics. The ego and soul give entirely different perspectives. Jot down thoughts, aha’s, and questions in your journal.
Fifth Step: Click on the Map of Consciousness Tool for the full size. Look up your primary feelings and see if you can identify which primary row you are currently dealing with. What impact are the vibrations of those feelings having for you? Do you want to change any of them? This may give you some idea of goals you might decide to set, to be able to grow and adapt behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. New ideals could feel much better for you and help you on your path to healing, wholeness and empowerment.
Sixth Step: Click the link to the Medicine Wheel Page. Look and see if they help you put these parts together into a bigger whole. It helps to step back and see the bigger picture, a wider perspective. Solutions can start to pop in from our intuitive guide.
Bonus Tool: Go to bonus tools and check out my note with the Serenity Prayer. Decide which column what you are working on belongs in: cannot change or can change. If you cannot, then pray for acceptance and serenity. If you can change, then pray for the courage to make the changes you need to make.
Seventh Step: The CREATIVITY/SERVICE FORUM is here for you to be able to share your thoughts and feelings. Sharing of ourselves involves trust. To do that, these need to be safe spaces. It is essential that sharing comes from a place of respect, not judgment. If you want to share with another something that has worked for you, be sure to do it in the format of an “I statement.” Simply stating what you have done that helped you. No, “you shoulds.” You can share, but what the other person does is totally up to them. We need to be kind, considerate, compassionate with each other. Focus on listening and understanding and offering support and encouragement and affirmations of any progress in the right direction. Creativity and service is an exciting “top of the mountain” sense of feeling and accomplishment. Radiant energy fills you to overflowing and wants to be expressed and shared. This is when we start working with the life force energy of the universe. Powerful stuff. Remember to stay grounded and balanced at the same time, which can be a challenge. This can also be a very synergistic time, with teamwork and energies bouncing off each other, creating something together that would have been impossible alone. It can be a real joy to experience this teamwork. Very fulfilling, very satisfying. This moves into soul energy, and life feels excellent. This is the stuff that can inspire hope and inspiration in others, “If you can do this, maybe I can too.”
(Note: If you have been at this stage, I invite you to share and encourage others, giving hope and inspiration that it IS possible to live life at this level. Be a guide, teacher, mentor, sponsor. Reach out, share what you have. This is abundance. It is meant to flow and be given away to benefit others.
Remember, too, that life goes in stages and cycles. We can be in and out of this stage many times throughout our lives. The steps you have you have learned before can help you achieve this level again. With time, you also build up resiliency, wisdom, and depth, experiencing these priceless gifts of pearls, pure joy, and understanding that can be ours when we keep on keeping on. Every one of my blessings of mystical experiences and incredible spiritual growth started first with a considerable loss and broken heart and eventually led to benefit others, whether on an individual level to a global scale. We never know the “ripple out effect” and the impact of our positive energies. Blessings keep on blessing. Love keeps on growing and expanding, bringing and creating new life, hope, and inspiration for what is truly possible, especially when we learn to tap into the quantum field and the energy that heals and creates miracles. We start to touch into our true potential and capabilities as humans when we align with the Higher Will and Energies that benefit all.
Remember to write in your journal. This can be very helpful to go back to later and see how much you have learned, grown, changed. Life never holds still; it is always moving forward. The more we can be IN THE FLOW, rather than resisting and fighting the flow, the more comfortable and more exciting it becomes. We learn that there is a Divine Guidance that is available at all times. We learn to tune into our intuition and open our minds to those Higher Beings working with us. This is incredible and thrilling teamwork. This is bringing the energies of Heaven to Earth through us. But, caution! Don’t let your Ego move back in and take credit. These are Divine Energies that are doing the creating of miracles THROUGH us. The credit belongs to the Divine, not to us. Our part is to open, trust, surrender, be willing to serve in that way, being the hands and feet on the ground to manifest the Divine here. Stay humble. Stay in humility and sincere gratitude. Always, always, always give thanks and remember the true SOURCE of this Divine energy that we are working with. It is a blessing and an honor to offer ourselves to be used and serve in this way. This is what we came to do. This is why we are here.
A reminder, too—it is essential to stay balanced. The common saying (I think was from Ram Dass) is no matter how enlightened one becomes, no matter how high the consciousness has developed too, as long as one is in a physical body, there is the daily need to still, “chop wood and carry water.” In other words, we need to keep our feet on the ground at the same time our head may be in the heavens. The dishes still need washing, the bills to be paid, the clothes washing to be done, the groceries to be purchased, the house to be cleaned, the care to be maintained. In other words, daily life still has it’s demands, and the body still needs food and rest. Our goal is to find and maintain that balance of BOTH, the BODY, and the SOUL, a daily challenge throughout our life.
When life becomes challenging for me, I always ask myself, “What SOUL quality is this “inviting” me to develop / strengthen.” That helps me look for the deeper meaning behind the surface appearance of something. This can keep us centered and grounded.