How To Find Peace…

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I just meditated and want to share the realization I had…

As I meditated, I went through my normal ritual of reminding myself to relax, take my awareness to my breath, not force any unnecessary intentions, and simply be. However, this time was different because Archangel Michael popped into my head. I had an experience with Archangel Michael this weekend and he had remained in my awareness. So I called him forth and thanked him for always being with me and supporting me in any endeavors I feel I need guidance with.

As I continued meditating, I continued once more with the mental reminders of relaxing and breathing. This tends to be a continuous process for me during my meditations, which at times transpires into something magical, yet 90% of the time is just me reminding myself to relax and focus on my breath. However tonight it was magical.

As I continued to breathe, my mind decided it was time to let go. I began feeling a deeper sense of peace, of settling. My body got heavier, my breath became perfectly even, and although my mind was still active, it maintained a laser sharp clarity. As my mind began it’s wandering, I was able to direct it immediately back to my breath. I suddenly began to smell a scent that was more than familiar, I had no idea where it came from yet I was incredibly peaceful. As my attention remained on my breath, I started feeling a warmth and lightness emanating from my solar plexus and heart. I kept sinking deeper within myself and began to feel my body transform into a bubble of light, an energy vortex. I felt an immense power coming from the center of my being.

As I sat there I realized I wanted to stay there forever. I didn’t want to move for the rest of eternity, feeling the Infinite Power literally coming from ME! All potential came from ME! No one else, it came from that which is the Source of all beingness. As I heard my timer go off, I thought, “NOOOO! I want to stay here in this stillness forever!!!” And then I realized…this stillness is always at my disposal.

What I recognized from this experience, and what I wish for everyone to recognize, is that the peace we search for is always, and only, within us. I know so many great masters, teachers, sages, and all others we find so enlightened have said this, but it is another thing all together to experience it for ourYou-WIll-Never-Find-Peaceselves.

There is a stillness, a peace, that literally resides within the core of our being. Peace is literally the fabric of who we are. From our understanding as extensions of the One Divine Source, we know nothing but peace, nothing but love. Stillness, peace, can truly never be found from anyone, or anything, else. Peace is the realization that we are infinity connected to the Creative Source, that we ARE extensions of that Source. Unfortunately, without the acceptance of our Divine connection, we are empty. We search for fulfillment through connection with others, through things, through food, and yet we find ourselves continually empty looking for upliftment.

It is only when we are tired of feeling empty that we realize the only place we can look for inner fulfillment is where else…within. πŸ˜‰ It takes strength to look within ourselves. We have learned to look for fulfillment from everything else other than the only place necessary. We have searched for peace in every corner of the world except for the space right beneath our chest cavity.

The only way to find peace…yes, the only way…is to look within ourselves. The only way is to let go of everything and FEEL the stillness that comes from letting go of all the noise in our minds. We are akin to the sky. Clouds come and go, storms fill the air, and yet they always pass. However, we can have no peace when we constantly identify with the clouds, with the storms. When we understand that we are the sky, pure, perfect, infinite, then we have peace. And the most effective way of realizing that we are extensions of that Source is through mediation…and meditation can come in many forms.

Meditation can come from sitting silently for 15 minutes and focusing on your breath, it can come from dancing freely without being watched, it can come from a 30 minute run, a stroll in the rose garden, a journal entry. Yes, the only way to find peace is to search your self, and the only way to do that is to still your mind enough to be clear.

Peace is not a state of mind, it’s a state of being…you Being. You are peace, you just have to Β let the clouds pass and turn inward to realize you have always been the sky.

All My Love,

Zach ❀

Recognize Your Attachments and Breath INTO Them

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So tonight I had a very in-depth experience in certain attachments I hold very strong to based on certain images. And as soon as these emotions, based upon these images, came flooding up I found myself wanting to fight them. Instead I heard, “Acknowledge them…accept them.” And so I FELT them without pushing against them.

I can write to you all, my beauty-full brothers and sisters, as much as I want and give you advice…but tonight I recognized why I write to you. As I write to you, I write to myself. As I share with you and ask to question your beliefs, I share with myself and question my own beliefs. Tonight as I experienced the attachments I still hold very strong to, I realized that it is so much more fun to experience, truly experience, letting go. We have attachments, we have desires, and we have emotions attached to those desires. If the desire is not fulfilled the way we think it should be, we suffer. We hold on to how things “should be,” rather than looking deeper and realizing that they should be exactly as they are beyond our sight and within our hearts.

I hear often how “beyond my years” I am or how “awakened” I am, but in all honesty I am learning and growing consciously every day just as you are learning and growing every day. Life is truly about growing from where we are based on what we’ve learned to where we feel we are in our hearts.

Sometimes when I say or write things they make absolutely no sense to me, but when I re-read them I think, “Ah Ha!”

Now back to topic. When you see someone who has your perfect body and you feel sad, or when someone has the money you want and you become angry, or when someone you’re interested in has a girlfriend or boyfriend, acknowledge the emotion you’re feeling. Where do you feel the tensing of your body? Do you feel it in your heart? Do you feel it in your stomach? Does your throat tighten up? Does your breath get shallow? What does it feel like when you experience those emotions based on the attachment you have?

When you acknowledge the attachment that is the first step to freedom. You don’t have to wallow in the emotion and start getting yourself all worked up, simply acknowledge it exists, feel it in your body, recognize the thought you have at that time, close your eyes, and breathe into that area of your body. Say, “Okay, my heart hurts and my stomach is upset because I see this person with the body I want. I am thinking how I’ll never get to that body.” From there, close your eyes and breathe fully into your belly and chest expanding everything while saying to yourself, “In the deepest space of my heart I know my desires are fulfilled and I release all attachments to that desire. I have full faith that Spirit supports me in all ways.”

Now is this going to get rid of everything? Hell to the NO!!! πŸ˜‰ I’m not promising you that you’ll get rid of the attachment fully! But I do promise that you will feel better and you will soon release yourself from the attachment. It takes some time to let go of the attachments you have built up within your mind and the response you have in your temple, however as you PRACTICE this more and more the emotional attachments will soon dissolve. Yes, it is a PRACTICE.

Do I have attachments? ABSOLUTELY!!! Who do you think I am?! πŸ˜‰ What I have LEARNED to do is simply allow the attachment as it is and breathing into it. And through that breath and awareness I am more able to allow it to dissolve.

What I wanted to convey in this message is…accept that you have attachments, and recognize that they simply exist in your mind. As you recognize them and learn to breathe INTO them they no longer have power over you. You are no longer saddened by the smell of certain food, or the image of person, you are free to live the life you envision for yourself. You are free to experience life as it is rather than how your attachments distort it. You are FREE. You are now the director of your life, the experiencer of Love, and the director of Light.

Hope you enjoyed a message to myself πŸ˜‰

All My Love,
Zach IAM

Breaking the Shell

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The month of September was quite a whirlwind. Everything seemed to fall apart. Absolutely EVERYTHING! My job came to a complete standstill, I injured my shoulder, and someone from my past made a re-entrance into my present. It made me wonder…why in the world is everything falling apart and going into this crazy whirlwind when I feel that I am doing everything correctly? Even though everything was crumbling around me I still had a sense of peace and centeredness, which didn’t make very much sense to me. Then I read something which Cynthia Occelli said, “”For a seed to achieve it’s greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, it’s insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn’t understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”

That quote is absolutely true and came at the perfect time. I can see so many around me, myself included, that on the surface would seem like everything was falling apart! However, as I look at the deeper meaning there is much more going on than we recognize. Our True purpose is breaking free of the shell and all of the things that kept us encapsulated are breaking apart. I realized that I was, and sometimes still do, look at the situation from a very limited point of view. I only see what is happening on the surface, rather than diving deep into the depths so that I can look up and realize that the tiny changes on the surface are nothing compared to the vast depths of the stillness and perfect silence. Yet sometimes it seems difficult to dive down when the surface feels more safe. It is a practice of learning to go deeper rather to hang out on the surface, where we think everything is happening, when in reality it is the tip of the iceberg.

Our minds like to think we have all the answers, when in reality our minds simply deter us from the Truth. The Truth can only be known through our hearts, to follow the guidance we are being given and receive that guidance with an open heart. By over-thinking the pure messages we are receiving through our hearts we distort the message into something we can only perceive with our limited beliefs. We must take our awareness beyond our limited beliefs to that beliefs that we know in our hearts, the God beliefs, the beliefs of unlimited capabilities. We also must allow the shells in our life to fall apart so that we may grow into beautiful trees. If the trees allowed the seeds to encapsulate them forever, we would never perceive the beauty that is a tree. Just as the tree, we must allow the changes to occur so that we can grow into our True Selves, the beings of unlimited potential that is always waiting to be awakened.Image

We are growing into the beautiful beings we are meant to be and it is our choice whether we allow that change to happen or if we resist it? The question we must ask ourselves is, do I want to enjoy the process of change and unfolding or resist it and be upset? Either way it will happen and I for one would like to enjoy the process! I hope you would like to as well.

With All My Love,

Zach