I was born and raised in the South, indoctrinated in the Southern Baptist religion, and raised with Southern “sensibilities” (read: racism, sexism, bigotry, and fundamentalism, exhibited by many family members)
I was the “different” child, the weird child, the rebellious one. Somehow my mind recoiled at what I felt was wrong and at being put in a particular box.
I instinctively knew that I didn’t “belong.” I went to a liberal-arts college, afterwards moved away and rarely went back for visits. I just did not want to be around what I considered to be, and, if you want to be real about it, judged mightily to be, narrow-mindedness and ignorance. I stayed away from my family because I saw in them what I had worked so hard to walk away from.
My eldest Sister had recently moved back to be close to the rest of the family and she was insistent that I come to this Thanksgiving gathering. I agreed. Inside I knew that this visit would be a completion for me and a great test of my own growth.
As I’ve been releasing all old beliefs and thought forms in my Ascension work, I’d come to realize that it really wasn’t about THEM. It was about Me. It was about whether or not I allowed myself to be at the effect of those beliefs and agendas. I resolved that this trip would put all that to rest.
In speaking to lightworker friends about going back, I observed my conversation with them about the matter. I watched myself say things like: “Well, there are going to be those who are going to pick at me about my faith/spirituality, politics, lifestyle, etc. They always do”.
When I heard those words come out of my mouth I said to myself: “Whoa! Wait a minute. What are you creating here? With those words and that attitude, you’re creating the same old scenario all over again.”
So right then and there, I decided that this visit was going to be like nothing in the past. I resolved to just love them as fellow souls.
I asked my Self, Guides, Mother, Michael and the entire Company of Heaven to be with me on my journey and help me keep an open heart and to have only LOVE as my constant companion. I wrapped myself in a love bubble, continually breathed in and sent out love, and visualized everyone in loving accord with one another.
There were 20 family members for Thanksgiving dinner. I had the wonderful experience of meeting, for the first time, great-great nieces and nephews and making re-acquaintance with their parents, my great nieces and nephews, who I hadn’t seen in almost 20 years.
I made a point to have a one-on-one, heart-to-heart conversation with each adult and a deliberate heart-to-heart connection with each child. Out of the blue, the children threw their arms around me and embraced me with abandon and all the adults did the same.
We had a day filled with laughter, stories, and humor. Dinner was the best Southern cooking you ever ate and we all commented on what a wonderful day it was. There was not a negative word that I can recall.
I’ve experienced, in Technicolor, what it is to lay down all old perceptions and beliefs and come armed only with LOVE and no expectations. I had an open heart and was completely filled with LOVE for three days. I don’t know what the experience was like for my family members, but it was magic for me.
LOVE works. Always.