Perception: Joy & Suffering

Written on November 1, 2015

It’s amazing what can happen when you allow things to just be, to be still in the center of your self while watching what unfolds around you. It’s as if my path is a flowing river – the more that I allow the stillness to guide me, the more that I see unfolding in proper time. It’s beautiful and fills me with inspiration, building upon the gratitude that I continue to cultivate daily. I am overflowing with it, and so happy to share it with all that I experience.

In the breeze, in smiles exchanged through a quick glance with a stranger, the rays of sunlight shining down on the grass blanketed with leaves before me – a mural of transformation surrounds us, the world being like a painting that is constantly evolving – created by the paints of impressions, thoughts, feelings, perceptions.

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To find joy in the moments of clarity, to expand that joy within the center of your being, will help you to appreciate the suffering that you will inevitably encounter in the experience of living. One of my favorites, Deepak Chopra, states that

There are many twists and turns to suffering. The trail leads from fear of death to a false sense of self and the need to cling. In the end, however, unreality alone is the cause of all suffering. The problem never was pain; quite the opposite: Pain exists so that illusion won’t keep getting away with its tricksonce created, a perception lives a life of its own until you go back and change it

Perception is everything. Once you are able to hone in on it, focusing with pure intention, things start to become very clear.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

The Small Things

Written on October 20th, 2015

 

As I’ve grown, I’ve come to realize the grand importance of the small things. Discovering appreciation for the beauty within the stillness of just being – the moments that define how you live & who you are. How you handle the small things, says a lot about your ability to handle the bigger, more prominent lessons.

In my reading of ‘How To Train A Wild Elephant: And Other Adventures in Mindfulness, I’ve learned that by choosing to be more conscious of the small actions that are made throughout one’s day, mindfulness becomes a part of all actions. In turn, over time this mindfulness will allow one to cultivate internal peace, and great strength when facing the inevitable natural changes that this experience of life brings forth.

img_2404A growing body of research is showing that mindfulness can reduce stress, improve physical health, and improve one’s overall quality of life. Jan Chozen Bays, MD—physician and Zen teacher—has developed a series of simple practices to help us cultivate mindfulness as we go about our ordinary, daily lives…Each exercise is presented with tips on how to remind yourself and a short life lesson connected with it.

I highly recommend reading and following the simple practices within this book, if you’re interested in finding lasting happiness within your self & your life. To be able to share what I have learned with others is one of the many things that brings me joy. I hope my words can shine a little light in someones day.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Encompassing Insights: How to Live Lessons Learned

Written October 3rd, 2015

I’m happy to be alive, grateful for all of the beauty & light that continues to pour into my experience, as my path expands. I continue everyday, to learn new things about this world, myself & others. The most important thing that I discovered recently through a deep meditation, is how to incorporate all of the major lessons and understandings I’ve learned, into a way of being. I will share them below, in hopes that these words find their home at the right time:

  • Recognizing defensiveness as an attempt to keep new insights from entering the mental field; depleting this negative habit, in turn ridding oneself of the negative instinctual response of resorting to defensiveness as a reaction to circumstances/situations that are not favorable
  • Working towards releasing negative thought patterns, one at a time; thoughts that promote or create self-pity, anger or blame, felt for or projected onto others because of anything that has happened/may happen “to” oneself. Every reaction is a choice that one must consciously make, and recognizing that others aren’t doing it “to” you, but that you are in control of your self, your feelings and your ability to respond appropriately to whatever it may be that is occurring.
  • Refraining from judgement at all costs; observing, and only focusing upon the thoughts that create a positive atmosphere. Of course one must make sound judgement upon how to proceed, and how to relate to others, but doing so in a non-attached, non-personal way.
  • Recognizing & then ridding oneself of old fear patterns
  • Acting upon inner guidance and trusting it fully, rather than ignoring it or going against it-this is key, your body will teach you and knows what is right.
  • Practicing non-attachment to people, places things; being able to develop a way of loving, that does not cling to worldly things, but rather is an expression of pure joy and gratitude
  • Detaching from any values that support the belief that success in life only comes from achieving goals; success in life is a process, it can and should be found in daily life in the little things. It is a process of achieving self-control, and the capacity to work through life’s challenges & adversity in a positive, healthy way. Success is an energy force, that must be gained & maintained.
  • Keeping one’s attention in the present moment, rather than focusing one’s thoughts and energy on the past or future; avoiding worry, and instead having faith in oneself and the greater plan.

It is with great joy that I am able to share these thoughts, aspirations & realizations with the world. My intention is to spread enlightenment, to create a space for conversation about such rich understandings. Please, if any of this compels you, reach out & share your understandings, experiences and beliefs. It is an important part of becoming in tune with yourself and evolving.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Mindfulness: Conscious Evolution

Written September 28th, 2015

I have experienced a great expansion of focus, upon the realizations that are most important for my growth as a being & individual, in this world right now. Through doing so, I have come to recognize (something that I believe happens over & over again, until it becomes a part of one’s daily experience – I’ll call it an ingrained reaction, rather than a habit) the importance and grandness of honing in on one’s ability to focus with clarity.

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A thought that is repeating itself like a small bird in my ear, to share: If what you focus upon expands, how will you choose to focus? My answer to this beautiful question, is to choose wisely – with compassion, faith & love being the underlying intentions. This notion, that our thoughts combined with the strength of our energy-spiritual, physical, mental, & emotional energy-are powerful enough to manifest our dreams, our desires – this is a very wonderful thing. This means that if you have faith and believe in yourself, and in your capabilities as an individual force of energy, that you can and will manifest what you desire. The keys to this working within your daily life lie in trusting the process, letting go of the outcome, and being true to yourself – to your heart.

A major shift, or widening in perspective must occur within oneself in order for this to become a successful way of being and experiencing within this world. One must accept and let go of the past, stop clinging to the future (obviously have a vision for what you’d like to happen, but don’t become so focused on it that you expect it and worry about it), and live in the present. To live in the present, requires conscious awareness and focus on mindful action-this means not allowing auto-pilot in the monotonous activities that everyday life presents to us as human beings, such as brushing one’s teeth, doing laundry, driving the car. All of these actions, when done with intent and focus, will become more full and truly can be joyful if the mind is focused properly. I believe one of the biggest and most important aspects of this shift in perspective, is the intention that one has-is it selfless, or selfish? Is it for the greater good, or is it only based on one’s wishes for personal gain? The intention must come from the heart – and this is a space of gratitude, for all of life. For every single living being, the earth, the people, the animals – and for all of us to co-exist within this space that has been created for us, in a healthy and cooperative way. So much change must happen in this world for that to be a reality, and I believe it can – but it truly depends on how people are choosing to focus, and this requires the conscious evolution to a mindful way of living. When this can be, people will be much happier for it won’t be a struggle to survive – the experience will be a great gratitude for being alive & being able to experience such beauty, and light that this life has to offer. It all revolves around where one’s focus lies.

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I recently visited the North-shire Bookstore in Manchester, Vermont with my mentor. When I walked in and looked around, I was slightly overwhelmed by the size of the store – but also very excited, for I’d never been in such a beautiful and large one before. So many books, and I love reading, so this was a like a treasure chest. But to find the right one would be like the needle in the haystack search, right? I meander around the whole store, and can’t seem to find the philosophy/metaphysics/spirituality sections. For a moment I thought, I should ask someone if they even exist – then I realize that they have to, this bookstore is huge. So I focus and realize that I am being impatient – I continue the search, and right around the corner tucked away like a secret cove, is a small section of all of the above and more. I spent about an hour looking for the right one, and ended up with five really amazing books. The first one that I just started is titled, ‘How to Train A Wild Elephant & Other Adventures in Mindfulness‘ by Jan Chozen Bays, MD. I know that someone had told me about this book in the past, can’t quite remember who it was but I am grateful for it. I started today with the first exercise, which is to use your non-dominant hand for as many things as you possibly can-brushing your teeth or hair, drinking tea, writing, etc. The idea is to practice this everyday for a week, and then move on to the next mindful change that the book has to offer – after a week, it should become ingrained in the daily motions, and if not you can go back and visit it again until it is. I am curious to see how well I can do at this. It’s all a matter of how intently attention is placed. I will share more about this as I progress through the book, based on what is most effective and helpful to my transformation.

Look back soon for more on my journey with ‘How to Train a Wild Elephant‘ through sharing of my personal writing, more on my spiritual growth, and of course my photography & silversmithing endeavors! I have much to share & am grateful for the opportunity to share it!

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Collective Energy: Spiritual Connections

September 28th 2015 | Collective Consciousness

The weeks leading up to last night – and I have no doubt that the coming weeks & months following, will hold just as much if not more energy for transformation – truly powerful. A Blood Moon-Lunar Eclipse, in Aries; the last of a tetrad (the last of four that have occurred within the past two years, last one being in early April following the super intense solar eclipse on March 21st) into the full moon for the month of September, directly following the Fall Equinox on the 23rd. To read more about this, check out this link: Full + Blood Moon + Lunar Eclipse. It’s as if new doors have been opened, and the Universe is working to gently nudge us through them for our own good. It takes paying attention, proper discernment & focus to discover which direction is meant to be.

So much change and energetic upheaval has occurred, especially since mid-March, for myself and just about every person that I am connected to. From what I have learned through reading and also gathered from my own experience as of late, these shifts have been pushing around a lot of energy, causing us to look at our ‘shadow side’ – the side of ourselves that need to change – it contains our fears, traumas, and negative ways of being that need to be let go of, in order for us to continue along our personal paths of conscious expansion. The greatest realization I have had in how to deal with so much transformation so quickly, is to tap into these energies that are flowing – to truly learn the lessons being presented, to grow and benefit from the forward movement and expansion.

Learning about the timing of the shifts, and how to focus into the energy that it carries is amazing – it’s truly enlightening, and assists in getting your personal work done to balance yourself. Because of these changes, emotions run high and we tend to either project onto others, or retreat because it all seems overwhelming. The key to not being reactive in these detrimental ways, is in working with, rather than resisting these changes to find balance, visiting the home within ourselves, quieting it down to find truth and stillness. Meditation is an essential piece in this; start from where you are, whether it be just learning about meditation for the first time or practicing it on a daily basis – the growth will come with patience and a disciplined routine.

I have been at it for 3 years, and am just recently getting back into a meditation ritual everyday after a yearlong journey where I was not able to keep a steady practice going due to scattered focus. I am consistently putting energy into disciplining myself in this way, because of how truly beneficial meditation is. My spiritual growth continues to expand as I water the roots of my emotional, physical and mental seeds, with healing energy and light. I highly recommend becoming more in tune with the shifts, if any of what I have shared sounds familiar or resonates with you. This is my favorite and trusted source of enlightenment & astrological information: www.mysticmamma.com

I hold so much gratitude for the lessons that the Universe continues to pour upon my path, through my friends and family, and my daily experiences. It is amazing to look at where I am now, compared to where I was a year ago – and I couldn’t be more grateful for everything that I have learned and am now implementing, to become the best version of myself that I can be. I am hopeful that my words reach those who need it most & invoke inspiration, in this time of great change. Passing along some waves of enlightenment & truth, in great faith.

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo

Chelsea Erin Wright

Rebirth: New Beginnings

img_1307Every year brings fresh beginnings – some unexpected, and some sought out. It can be challenging to navigate the waves of uncertainty, but once one can master riding in the flow – as well as not resisting the ebbs – it becomes like surfing. With grace and ease, the Universe provides all that is needed along one’s path of growth, one’s expansion.

I have navigated through some of the deepest & most uplifting transformations of my life over the past three months – since I traveled to and returned from Oregon, my path has been full of deep lessons, proper medicine, discipline, new experiences/relations, which has all helped me to redevelop a very keen sense of direction.

I flew to the opposite side of the country for the very first time in my life and lived in entirely unfamiliar daily situations where I had to let go of control, which taught me how to live in commune with others – to maintain my own needs and desires, while also tending and being sensitive to that of those around me – to do so in a way that felt good, with a reciprocal energy exchange. This put me into an environment where I was forced to become deeply silent within my self, and to do this whilst being  surrounded by others. This allowed for me to find deep truth about my home life, my daily life and my future. I finally, after years of seeking, learned what my illness was – how to beat the Lyme’s that has tried to take over my body – and I learned how to tame my mental, emotional & spiritual bodies, to align with my physical bodies sense of well-being. This brought great shifts – greater than anything I could’ve ever imagined.

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Upon returning to Vermont, the depth continued to unfold. I spent a lot of time at one of my favorite places, the Lotus Lodge. I was gifted by a new friend, a full body massage which expelled repressed trauma that had been stored within my muscles for a very long time. I received the same gift by a dear friend while I was in Oregon, right before beginning my Lyme’s treatment and spending a month working/in retreat on the farm – this massage was incredibly healing energetically, emotionally and spiritually (primarily, but of course physically as well) – while the one in Vermont was healing on the next level of depth, physically. The body work helped me to release a lot of old energetic ties, as well as deep grief that I had trouble accessing on my own. It is incredible to received guidance on one’s healing path, from others. I felt that this body work unbound me, pushing me into my power, allowing me to shine brighter than I have in some time.

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Following my incredible physical healing, I was able to return to my family as a clear channel of positivity & communication. Instead of the old triggers bringing me down to a lower vibration, I was able to interact and speak my truth within the family environment, without reaction.

I then took photos, worked for and experienced the ‘Winter Medicine Women’s Healing Retreat’ that was hosted at Lotus Lodge. The four days that I was there, I experienced deep connection to community – something I’ve always longed for, growing up in a place where this was not available – and the deepest healing that I’ve gone through yet in my life. I had a spontaneous healing ritual with two other women, in which I was able to connect fully to Great Spirit, Grandmother & Grandfather. I felt my divine feminine and masculine unite, moving waves of healing energy throughout my entire being. I was able to pray in a good, good way, while becoming a vessel for the healing energy of our ancestors to pour through me – in my connection to the Earth, to the cosmos, to all of my relations. And now I move forward in learning how to be an open vessel, to bring forth this healing energy in ceremony.IMG_1783.JPG

My perception was broken wide-open, I was willing to receive the guidance and I now have a clear direction of my path which feels most in alignment. When we allow, the alignment falls in to place. This is when we begin to see the synchronicities occurring again – the signs & coincidences that remind us of where we are. It requires letting go, proper discernment and devoted attention to our inner truth. It is through this devotion that we will manifest our own realities as we wish them to be – with pure heart-based intention, with our ability to let go of the fruits of our labor, with dedication to our dharma (life’s purpose).

This is my first blog post on the website that I am starting from scratch – I just learned several days ago that my entire photography site was corrupted. At first I was upset, and immediately after allowing that emotion to flow through me, I was able to let go. With a little help from my brothers, I was able to shift my perspective on the circumstances. I am able to see this as an opportunity to start fresh – as a rebirth of my artistic palette. I am going to focus with clarity on what I desire to share with the world.

img_1258I am incredibly excited for all that awaits, for the beautiful reality that I am manifesting for myself, with and for others who wish to dance this dance with me in this beautiful life opportunity! Stay tuned for some beautiful insights through my blog, as well as updates on what I’ve been up to artistically!

ᎣᏏᏲ || Osiyo