Guest Blogger Feature… The Magnificent Alia Chandler
IAM so delighted to introduce you to my friend… the Magnificent Alia, who many of you may know from her WordPress blog New Earth Paradigm. Alia shares through her writing, her vision creating/living Heaven on Earth. I have loved reading Alia’s story about her beautiful City of Light, Aurora she was gifted in a vision in May 2012 and shares with us on her blog, to remind us that the apparent destruction of ‘life as we have known it’ is taking us somewhere. Alia encourages us to put our attention on beautiful visions and images, trusting that what our 3D eyes are seeing is the final clearing and cleansing that precedes the appearance of our New Earth.
I love how Alia and her husband have chosen to live in a harmonious and self sustained community at the Lost Valley Community in Dexter, Oregon USA. They are a small group of people who share a deep care for the value of life on Earth and desire to serve, a willingness to explore a holistic life path, an interest in understanding and creating the essence of family, tribe, partnership and a dedication to personal growth, healing, transformation/spiritual understanding.
Alia has always loved to dance as it keeps her body, mind and spirit flowing and quite recently she has rediscovered the joyful expression her body makes through movement… and together with her times of stillness, she keeps her body in balance.
Alia’s words are truly inspirational and as she stepped into 2017 she shared with her readers her observations… I’ve copied them here below, but please pop over to Alia’s blog and connect with her, she is truly Divine.
As we stand on the threshold of this new year, it appears that humanity is experiencing more chaos, uncertainty and polarization than ever before.
2016 brought huge shifts in government, populace uprisings (Kingdom of Hawai’i on Mauna Kea and Standing Rock) the supposed War on Terror, the conflict in Syria, the Ukraine, the beginning of the end of the EU and victories with regard to the banning of GMOs and the herbicides that pollute our food.
And yet, for all the gains that we made during 2016, the general sense is that we made little or no progress and that we may, in fact, have regressed. At least that is what the MSM (fake news) would like us to believe.
However, it isn’t working. More and more people are “waking up” and beginning to THINK for themselves, trust their intuition and make their own choices based on INNER guidance. Many people in the United States are still reeling from the outcome of the Presidential election and look on in trepidation to the inaugural ceremony in January — when they expect the very worst possible scenario of governance to begin to play itself out.
And yet — I change my byline to: Living Heaven on Earth!
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
– Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio
Yes, I believe there are movements of consciousness “afoot” that go way beyond the happenings on this little planet and not one of us knows the Big Picture. We grab onto a tiny piece of the Great Vision and try with all our mind to make it the Whole — to no avail.
The only thing I know with all my heart is that The Light Has Won this epic battle. God’s Plan will NOT be thwarted; we will be delivered — not by saviors or rescuers — but by our own rising consciousness and free-will intent!
As I step into 2017, I do so with the faith that this Fifth Year of the New Galactic Cycle that began on December 21, 2012 WILL bring us to the very moment of the merging of Heaven and Earth.
How will this happen? I have no clue. I wait in wonder, in receptivity, in humility for that moment of Divine Grace. It is done!
Alia shares her feelings on Compassion…
A life-long journey toward becoming a more compassionate being has led me through experiences of — fear (of everyone and everything) judgment (of self and others) isolation (“I am alone and no one cares.”) victimization (“I am powerless and helpless to rise above this circumstance.”) hopelessness and grief (“There is no hope of ever getting out of this ‘hell’ I am in.”) – mingled with other experiences of self-reflection (“I am the common denominator of my experiences; perhaps I had some hand in shaping them?”) glimmers of hope (“Maybe there is a way to re-frame this experience and learn from it.”) acceptance (“I can take responsibility for this and feel more empowered.”) forgiveness(of myself, everyone and everything) and eventually, compassion, including self-compassion.
Of all the emotional “tones” described above, self-empathy (or self-compassion) has been the most challenging and elusive for me. At times, I have found it far easier to feel compassion for a snail than for my own self. My ego has held me to an almost impossible standard of behavior and achievement, egging me on to self-criticism, self-doubt and self-judgment, until I declared myself worthless and powerless.
The development of compassion within me has not been a straight line. My early childhood memories present many instances of feeling and showing compassion toward the menagerie of farm animals and pets in my life. My tender heart quailed at the prospect of hurting any of them even in the slightest way. On the other hand, I ruthlessly cut bees in half with scissors as they landed on flowers.
In my middle years, I wore a loving, accepting persona on the surface, while underneath lay the injured animal that lashed out at others from my wounded emotional state of pain and rage. My story is probably not so different from others who have been en-“cult”-urated by our western societal practices. This is not an excuse for my behavior but a statement of relative fact that my journey is nothing remarkable. It is merely my unique variation on the theme for those who tread the path of becoming a more compassionate person.
So, if I’d been able to view my journey toward compassion from above, my path might have looked at times like a backward, downward spiral.
As my awakening process became more conscious and deliberate, my compassion journey began to straighten out a bit. It gained momentum as I took responsibility for the situations that were happening in my life. Still, it was easier to feel and show compassion toward plants, animals and other people (the bees have been safe for decades now) than to feel it toward myself.
Why is it so hard to feel and demonstrate self-compassion, I wondered? Shouldn’t this be the starting point? Apparently, in my case, (and I suspect for many others) it has been the last leg of my journey, not the first.
During the past two years, I have focused more energy in this area: self-acceptance, self-forgiveness, self-empathy. Almost exactly two years ago, I posted an article about compassion, as one of six virtues of the heart. You can read that post here. I summarized that post with this statement.
When I wrote this series, I launched an intensified inquiry of Compassion and several other “Virtues of the Heart,” as presented in the teachings of James Mahu. Looking back now, I realize that it was more of an intellectual understanding, compared with the work that I have done in the past six months. However, it was a great step forward at the time that contributed to my forward progress.
Last December my husband and I moved into an intentional community where one of the stated intentions is for residents to communicate compassionately with one another, following the principles formulated by Marshall Rosenburg, author of several books about Non-Violent Communication. Merely by reading this information, Tomas and I began to speak and listen to each other more compassionately. As we sat in meetings and gatherings with other community members, we noticed how others, skilled in these techniques, spoke and listened to one another and how gently things could be said that might otherwise provoke an emotional reaction. We marveled at how people would ask questions in ways that drew people out without attacking or antagonizing them. By opening ourselves to communicating more compassionately, we are enjoying a more harmonious, fluid and gracious dynamic in our relationship as a couple, as well as with the relationships we are forming with other community residents.
One of the last chapters in Marshall’s book was a chapter on self-empathy. This chapter especially spoke to my heart, allowing me to truly begin to quell the ruthless “dictator” within and soothe the trembling child who had so longed for complete acceptance. Marshall’s exercises helped me to better “unhook” myself when I got triggered, to breathe through my automatic stance as “my own worst enemy” and to look upon myself and my situation with a more gentle, balanced perspective. With practice, I began to heal this life-long dynamic and put into place this “last piece” for me which, as I said above, should have been the “first piece.” We all know intellectually that we cannot truly love or feel compassion for another until we can show it to ourselves. And so I find myself at a new level of ability to share my love with others, having finally given at least the basics of this gift to myself.
In early June of this year, I began reading The Book of Joy, by author Douglas Abrams. This book is the documentation of a conversation about living in joy – a week-long conversation between the Reverend Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Abrams interviewed these two spiritual giants in celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday in 2015. Chapter after chapter reveals these two dignitaries’ ability to rise above the many challenges and horrors of their lives and maintain a state of joy. And throughout the book, “compassion” runs a close second to the main topic of joy. Both of these men continually assure the reader that developing compassion for self and others inevitably leads to a more joyous life. Why is this so?
The Book of Joy, Abrams, Douglas, pp 251,252
The Book of Joy, Abrams, Douglas, p 25
Connect with Alia via her Website… NewEarthParadigm
Thank you so much Alia for joining me here on this adventure, for sharing with us your experience of Compassion and for your continued support to shine your light, creating Heaven on Earth.
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Alia is a beautiful soul and I was thrilled to connect to her recently too.. Such an amazing read.. Love and Hugs xxx Sue
Isn’t she indeed Sue, such a fine example of staying adventurous and flexible even as we reach our older years… its nice to know I’m not the only one with a deep desire to rejuvenate during this lifetime…. much love, Barbara x
Indeed Barbara 🙂