A Breakthrough is Near

How do you know when you are approaching a significant breakthrough? There are 3 main signs that you can look for externally and internally. The difficult in pinpointing these signs often lies in how they are expressed: in balanced opposition.

The universe is a finely tuned balance of all things, at all times. And so, when a breakthrough is near, everything is amplified. This means that you can experience confusion along with clarity, heightened emotion along with detachment, calm along with urgency, and so forth.

A breakthrough is an enhancement, and as humanity is primed to burst into a new reality, the foreshadow of this upcoming breakthrough can feel both bumpy and calm at the same time. It has been said by many that the planet has been experiencing steady waves of energy in these last few years. It is important to remember that these waves, like the ocean, create an ebb and flow.

Ebb and flow are in balance, as one cannot occur without the other, therefore they are merely different perceptions of the same concept. Same goes with all concepts kept in balance. Ebb is flow, clarity is confusion, urgency is calm. When you can recognize each of these energies as two sides of the same coin, then you are ready to cash in for your breakthrough.

The equinox is the perfect time to do just that.

So, how do you spot these breakthrough energies? Look for the natural cycles moving between what many may feel to be polar opposites.

Many of you reading this message may find yourself moving between states of high clarity and focus into state of confusion, mistrust and not knowing. The first step to understanding what is happening is to realize that this is a natural cycle. The reason it is coming to your attention now is because, like all cycles, the ebb and flow here has sped up.

Understand that both clarity and confusion are states of connection. When you are connected and fully in tune with your spiritual body, you feel clarity; when you are disconnected, you feel confusion. During this time, humanity is climbing a staircase of Ascension, and each time you step up one stair, you are slightly out of body. Then, as you rest upon that stair, you are brought back into unison. And, on and on it goes. You normally don’t notice this process so much, because long pauses are taken at each stair. However, when a breakthrough approaches, a rapid climbing takes place, and you can move up several stairs a day, bouncing quickly between these two states of connection.

To find your way through this journey, try to remain hyper-aware of the now. This can be done by saying internally what you are engaged in at the moment, “I am walking, I am opening a cupboard, I am grabbing a cup, I am putting the cup on the counter, etc.” As this connection process continues to speed up, this hyper-awareness of the now will be your best navigation guide.

Second, look for enhanced expression of emotions in yourself and others. As a breakthrough is near and the energy increases, it acts like a magnet to draw out all emotional energy. During this time, there will be some people experiencing very strong emotions, as well as others who act as if nothing fazes them. Again, these are two sides of the same coin. Both are equally valuable paths to understanding yourself, why you feel what you feel, where your emotions come from, and if those emotions are still serving your highest needs today.

There is nothing wrong with emotions, they contain a massive inventory of valuable information. The challenge occurs when emotions overrun your life, and cause you to act on pure emotional impulse. Think of emotions as your own personal movie, they provide you with your life context, your perspective, and lead you to the next important segment of your story. Those are all helpful on your life path. However, like a movie, you are meant to experience your emotions through imagination, discussion, healthy release, and other such methods. But, you are not meant to live your emotions as if you are the movie itself.

When a breakthrough is near, it can become very difficult for some people to separate their emotions from their reality, thus causing rants, blame, victimhood, and other such patterns to be expressed much more intensely. If you are around someone who is experiencing heightened emotions in such a way, give them space to process, do not engage directly in their emotional movie, but instead encourage them to release their emotions safely, by writing, watching a movie, reading a book, taking a walk, visiting a therapist, or any other way that would be an appropriate release for them as an individual.

Third, you will feel the energetic momentum building. As humanity continues forward, you will feel a crescendo of energy. This energy can be felt of in one of two ways. One will be freeing and joyful, a like making it to the end of a long race. The other may feel overwhelming, urgent, or stressful. These are two different expressions of alignment. When you are aligned with your life path and God’s path for you (God’s will), you will feel free, joyful and in sync with life. Synchronicities will pop up again and again, circumstances will work themselves out, and there is an overall ease to any experience.

When you feel overwhelmed and stressful, you are trying to exert your control on your life. You are forgetting to trust in yourself and the path that you already set in motion. You are forgetting to trust in God/ Spirit/The Universe. When you are not in harmony with your life path, you still feel that momentum building, but push against it with fearful thoughts, such as: that it will not happen, not be want you want, not be when you want, not be enough, will happen for everyone else not you, etc.

When you are out of alignment, you can experience things not going well, being clumsy, miscommunication, frustration with you wanting things to be your way (even if you cannot recognize it). If you just got frustrated with that last statement, then you are not in alignment.

Another way to represent God’s will is the idea of unconditional acceptance. This is more than simply accepting everyone else for who they are, this is also accepting events, places, experiences, situations and everything else as it is. No need to drive aggressive in traffic, it is what it is. No need to be angry with the wait for your dinner, it is what it is. No need to track down that package, it will arrive at the right time. No need to interject to tell someone what to do, they are who they are. No need to force a conclusion to occur, it will take place in God’s time.

When you start from a place of acceptance, then you are automatically in alignment, and will intuitively know what to do or say. But, when your pride tells you that you are entitled to something now, or that you know better, then you will find yourself trying to push against the very momentum here to assist you.

All in all, a breakthrough is an expanding balloon of energy, enhancing every aspect of life, so that it can be felt in extreme. In the extremes of connection, emotion, and alignment, you will learn about yourself. That learning is the impetus for a personal breakthrough. When millions or billions of personal breakthroughs occur simultaneously, it is indeed the large-scale transition shift of the ages.

Working Towards Your Dream

by Sharon Hoffman

2016 for me seems to be a good year for working towards making your dreams a reality.  I know many people who are doing this, from writing a book to starting a healing business.  My dream is to sell my artwork.  I had previously been working on this, but had come to a dead end.  Then one day I picked a tarot card (for no particular reason) and it told me to seek guidance from an expert to help with my creative endeavour and that the expense would be worth it.  I thought I didn’t need help with my painting itself, but then I did realise I needed help promoting and marketing my work.  So I sat down to meditate (just sitting cross-legged which helps keep your spine straight and the energy flowing).  I asked Spirit who I needed to ask for help and the answer came back to me – Karen Downing!

So I have been working with Karen for the past 2 months on putting my artwork out there, including branding and promoting.  It has been very useful.  The first thing she told me was my artwork needs to be on bigger canvases, which once she said it, made complete sense.  She also suggested marketing towards a more affluent clientele, including aiming for a business market.  I had always struggled explaining my artwork, but after an hour of sitting staring at the computer (thinking business market) and picking my hair (a bad habit I am weaning myself off) I started writing descriptions and I finally felt that I understood my artwork! And the more I channelled explanations, the easier it got.  Recently I was able to understand one of my paintings that is very personal to me and is in my bedroom that looks like an eye.  I realised that in the painting Spirit is telling me to see the beauty within.  So now when I look at the painting I don’t just feel a connection, I hear Spirit telling me to see the beauty in myself (which being a critical Virgo I don’t always find the easiest thing to do!).

Seeing the Beauty Within

Recently I was set homework to put my work on Pinterest and Instagram.  As Karen was explaining what I needed to do, I could feel the energy in my solar plexus tightening more and more with fear!  However, when I did put my work on these sites, I realised how easy it was to do, and wondered what the fuss had been about (fear always seems to go that way).  As I have sessions, I can see the fear in me being chipped away at bit by bit.

Also we have covered past lives, including one where I prostituted myself to sell my artwork and was then hung when I rebelled and made a sculpture the church disagreed with.  I felt so sick hearing about this past life (I was releasing the past life energy and it lasted quite a while after the session too).  And also, I realised I did have a subconscious belief I was going to be killed if I put my work out.  So, I could see this was quite a barrier to promoting myself, lol.

Throughout the sessions energy work is going on too, and I usually have symptoms afterwards, for example last time I suddenly got a cold after and also I have lost my voice.  I don’t know what will happen at the end of the sessions, all I know is that I am chipping away at fear; I am moving in the right direction; and I am determined to the best I possibly can! I have to! I would recommend getting help making your dreams a reality, sometimes we need a bit of support!

 

**Note from Karen:  It was such a lovely surprise to receive this post in my email box last week. Sharon had written it for another website, and asked me for permission to share it there. Once I read it, I knew it also needed to be shared here. I have long stopped soliciting testimonials (I find they feel so contrived), so to receive this lovely email from Sharon, out of the blue, and for her to permit it to be shared so publicly was such a blessing. Also, because of this experience, I have now opened up my blog to guest writers. More details can be found about blog submissions here.  **

Question Everything

One of the questions I am often asked is, “Do you ever question how you get your information?” My answer. Yes. In fact, I feel that taking regular time to question the process of your intuition keeps you in check, out of the Ego, and even more importantly, away from the influence of malevolent beings.

This is not a question of protection. If you wish to be protected, and ask for protection, you are protected. But, what if you have been unknowingly asking for protection from beings who have not been honest with you? How do you learn to discern the difference between your Higher Self and the Ego? Between malevolent beings, here to disempower, and benevolent beings, here to assist?

There are two key points to accomplish this, balance and discernment. Both are simple to remember, but can be challenging to practice. These are tools available to everyone, and with a little practice, you can master them quite easily.

Opening up your energy to intuitive communication of any kind, is like opening the front door of your home. And, just like before you open your front door, you want to have a few checks and balances in place before you open up your energy for intuitive communication.

First, you want to know who is at the door. When you are opening the door for a new energy to work with for the first time, you want to know who they are. Start by asking for their name. Then you want to ask where they are from, and why they are coming to greet you. Sometimes it will be a longtime Spirit guide who is introducing themselves, or a loved one who has passed, or sometimes no one you have ever heard of. Some of the most selfless and helpful beings have names we have never heard of, so do not be put off by an unfamiliar name.

Also, there is a rule that governs the name that an energetic being can present themselves as. It must be a name that they have been referred to before, but not necessarily their name on the other side. For example, you have a given name for this life on the Earth plane. When you leave this life and go to the Other Side, you will also remember you Soul Name. You will respond to your Soul name, and also to any of the names from any of your incarnations. Your living relatives on the Earth will not know your Soul Name to call you by. However, this naming rule can also be confusing when you are meeting with a new energy for the first time. If you hear the name “Michael” do not assume it is Archangel Michael without asking a few more questions first.

To add to the difficulty with going off of name alone, there have been beings who have been going by copycat names. So the “Michael” you connect with has the potential to be a copycat “Michael.” This is why asking the questions about where they are from, and why they are connecting with you are incredibly necessary to determine their true origins and intentions. However, once you have gotten to know an energy who is working with you, there are many different cues you can pick up on. They have signature color they present to you, some can have a signature smell, and all of them have a certain feeling to their energetic presence.

This feeling is your best discernment tool; as just like your loved ones, you can easily learn the feel of a person’s/being’s energy signature. This isn’t something that can be duplicated. But, you cannot lead with this feeling, you need to know who is there first, build up a relationship with them, and then only at that time, can you rely on the feeling of their energy signature.

Even at that, you do want to maintain a balance in trusting what you feel, and knowing that if something feels “off” to you, it is time to question the connection once again. There should never be a time in your life where you can rely on blind faith in the course of your intuitive communication. If you do, that is a vulnerability that can be exploited by those with ill intent. Even the energy you know as God can be questioned about Its Name, Source and Intention. Without going through even just one round of questioning, you will never know if you have unknowingly been communicating with a copycat God energy. If you do not ever question your communication process, you are like an open energy line that can be tapped without your permission. The best way to grow confidence in your connection with any energy being is to first grow you connection with your own Higher Self.

This connection to the Higher Self is a part of every individual. Through your Higher Self is your pathway of connection to other energetic beings. Imagine your column of light extending from below your feet to far above your head. That column connects Mother Gaia (Earth) to Source energy. You, and everyone else, is a bridge for this light connection. Each one of us, through our will, discernment and attention, can keep this bridge wide, flowing and secure. If we ignore it, or give its management away to some else, it will become narrow, rickety and difficult to cross. If we keep our bridge difficult to cross, this creates a vulnerability for other energies to utilize our bridge without us knowing. When you are in a trusting connection with your Higher Self, your light bridge automatically is wide, secure and flowing with energy and communication.

So, then how do you create a trusting connection with your Higher Self? This first comes from recognizing the qualities the Higher Self possesses, and what qualities the Ego possesses. The Ego is attached to the matrix grid of greed, anger, separation, fear, corruption, and so forth. The Higher Self is free from all of these types of emotions, and is in Oneness and peace with all things. The more you neutralize the Ego, the more you connect with your Higher Self. The more you connect with the Higher Self, the more you neutralize the Ego.

To fully neutralize the Ego, you must identify within you, ALL pieces of fear, sadness, doubt, anger, greed, pride, corruption, hubris, lack, etc. It may sound like a tremendous feat, but really once you have gone beyond the 50% threshold of dealing with these Egoic traits, then you are more in the Higher Self part of you. At that point, the Higher Self is able to really work their magic, and remove from within you much more of your potential susceptibilities. Of course, the more attention you pay to this process, the more of these susceptibilities are brought into the light much sooner. Everyone will make it to the same destination, but the amount of time it takes to get there, depends solely on how much you are actively participating along with your Higher Self.

One of the disservices done by some who teach the Law of Attraction, is that they often tell you to force yourself to move beyond your negative emotions. Unfortunately, this does nothing more than stuff them down inside of you. Instead, when you feel a need to cry, cry. When you feel a need to vent, vent. When you feel a need to express your anger, do so. There are helpful and appropriate ways to release your emotions. And, the great part is that once you have released them, they will not come back to bite you in the you-know-what!

It is only when these Egoic emotions and traits are kept buried inside that they can create all sorts of problems, not only with your spiritual communication process, but also affecting you on a physical level. To facilitate the release of these emotions and Egoic traits, all you need to do is identify what you are feeling, and then find a healthy avenue for getting it out of you. Here are some recommendations.

To connect more with your Higher Self, you can engage in any activity that provides fulfillment for you. When you cultivate peace, joy, happiness, contentment, acceptance, unity, abundance, and fulfillment, you are in the Higher Self. The more you are able to hold these positive states of frequency within you (while also releasing the Egoic side), then you will have achieving the balance that is needed to use your tools of discernment.

Balance is needed for discernment. Discernment is needed for you to maintain sovereignty of your own energy. Question everything, but also trust. Build up your inner peace, but also release the anger. Stay out of judgment of where another person or energy is on their path of learning. Instead, focus on whether their intentions are harmonious with your own. If they are not, simply ask them to move along. Do not be mad at them, or in fear. They can use that energy to infiltrate your bridge of light. Instead, focus on building up your own bridge of light, maintaining it, understanding it. Then you can truly be sure you are connecting on your own terms.