The Art of Inspired Living

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Compassion Found

“Having gone beyond the mind-made opposites, you become like a deep lake.  The outer situation of your life and whatever happens there is the surface of the lake.  Sometimes calm, sometimes windy and rough, according to the cycles and seasons.  Deep down, however, the lake is always undisturbed.  You are the whole lake, not just the surface…”

Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now

As I sit to watch the evening news, my heart fills with unbelievable compassion.  I discover it in the deepest part of myself.  It appears that I’m not alone in this discovery for compassion seems to be awakened now in human beings in every corner of the world.  We are getting to see first hand the pain of war, the pain of separation.  

I focus on this awakening of compassion, which seems to be showing up everywhere, no matter the nationality.  We never know why anything happens the way it does.  We never know the good that comes out of events that on the surface seem to be humanly so wrong.

I discover that no matter the situation, my job is always to find the place of healing within myself that allows me to see the blessing in what appears to be catastrophe.  In that way, I become a contributing force for good, not just for myself, but also for the whole human family.

Healings happen in the light of love and compassion.  It is that love and compassion that brings us peace individually and unites us all over the world as one people, inseparable one from another.  And so, as I watch the news, as the events of the day unfold before me, I remember the essence of me, that part of me that can find a greater truth no matter the situation, and the peace and compassion within me for all humanity magnifies.

God is in all things.  I remember that and find my way home to my essential self filled with peace, joy and love.  I remember that I am the whole lake, not just the surface.  I am in touch with my own depth, which remains absolutely still.  It is this deep compassion that creates the potential for healing all over the world. 

Affirmation

I remember who I am at the deepest level no matter what pain I see happening in the outer world.

Rev. Karen Wylie  

The Promised Land

Right here.  Right now.  Not in some far off distant place or time, but right here, right now.  What I’ve been looking for is here right now.  Nothing has to change but my sense of reality.  I don’t have to make something happen; I have to allow it to happen.  God as my life is so real.

So I sit this morning submerged in the glory of God.  Sitting in the stillness allows me to break free from the thinking mind.  Then I begin to operate from the mind of God, unlimited and unafraid.  Inspired into conscious living and loving, being open to new and inspired ways of being—unlimited in my potential, thoughtful and generous in my pursuits.  Realizing in an instant…it’s not just about my success and happiness; it’s about everyone’s success and happiness.  Generosity of spirit.  Love for everyone and everything!  Freedom from judgment of others or myself.

This is living a God-inspired life.  It is filled with joy and infinite possibility.  Clearing away all confusion, living from the highest and best within me.  Such freedom—such unbounded freedom.  I am the light, and I see the light.

God is real and I am love.  I am witness to my own perfection.

The Wounded Child Within

When we speak of listening with compassion, we usually think of listening to someone else.  But we must also listen to the wounded child inside of us.
Thich Nhat Hanh, Anger

It’s amazing how many wounds we carry from childhood, some so deep we may be dealing with them over and over again throughout our life.

As we evolve spiritually we like to think that once we have faced and handled a particular painful experience from the past, that it is handled for the rest of our life.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  That same wound may be triggered by someone or something else entirely and we are left to once again deal with our painful past.  This may go on throughout life but the good news is hopefully we get better at identifying when we are triggered by something inside of us.  We get better at identifying what is our issue to deal with, not someone else’s.

It may take time in the silence to clearly process what has transpired but over time as our consciousness is lifted, it becomes easier to identify what is ours to deal with and what belongs to another.  And that is the true grace that is given by God in our process of “becoming.”  That is the personal integrity that develops within us as we continue to walk our spiritual path.

Each time we revisit a wound from the past, its power over us is diminished.  We are here in this lifetime to heal the past of anything and everything that would keep us in separation from our divine Self, the Self that knows its oneness with God and all beings.  Do not be afraid to face the past honestly, wounds and all, for that is the way to true freedom and happiness.

Affirmation
I am fearless in my living and loving and am supported by God in all things
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Rev. Karen Wylie

The Changeless

Ye are the light of the world.
St. Matthew 5:14

The outer world is changing.  The only thing that is not changing and will never change is the sacred and holy place within you.  

The messaging we are receiving in all forms of the media is contributing to the separation we are experiencing now in ourselves and with each other.  We must wake up lest we become divided against ourselves.  Can you see that concepts of right and wrong are man made?  We have to search inside ourselves now to find “the way, the truth and the life.” It is in that place that you will find the answers to all your questions and the clarity that is so needed at this time.  It is in that place that we can reconnect to the oneness of all life and the unity of our humanity.  It is in that place that you raise the consciousness and find the power to rise above any outer circumstance and the peace that enables you to endure any outward condition. 

It is your holy essence, that which is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow which has been there since the beginning of time.  All the answers lie within you.  It is the gift of life—the treasured essence and clarity of your being.  You will find it and utilize it through inner exploration, meditation, quiet walks in nature, and being still with the Self.  That is the answer for these times in which we live.

We cannot count on the outer world to give us what we are seeking.  Our charge then is to realize our oneness with all of life and the peace and harmony that comes from that awareness.  Blessings then abound even in what seems like the darkness.  Truly, our richest life is lived from the inside out.  We find in the center of our being everything we’ve been seeking, including freedom, and we are at peace at last.

Affirmation
I am here for the healing body, mind and spirit of everyone on this planet and for the healing of Mother Earth.

Rev. Karen Wylie

Weekly Healing Zoom Meditation

Join us for our healing meditation every Wednesday night from 7:00 to 8:00 PM PST.

Our purpose is for the healing body, mind, and spirit of everyone on this planet, including ourselves and Mother Earth

For signup info,
contact Rev. Karen at

or (310) 968-8928

Online Meditation Retreat

We sit in meditation to discover the peace within us, which flows throughout our being, soothing, warming, and harmonizing our mind, body, and soul. It is exactly what we need in this time of confusion and chaos in our outer world. 

The morning will include three 30-minute yoga sittings, divided by 10-minute breaks, and a concluding yoga Nidra sitting. There will be an opportunity for sharing and discussion at the end of the morning. 

Saturday, July 25, 2020
9:00 – 12:30 pm

Cost: $25
To register, please fill out the form below. You will be taken to PayPal, where you may make your payment.

This event is no longer accepting registrations.

Witness Consciousness

At the present time, the dysfunction of the old consciousness and the arising of the new are both accelerating.  Paradoxically, things are getting worse and better at the same time.  Although the worse is more apparent because it makes so much “noise.”
Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks

Recently I was playing a doubles tennis match and something interesting happened to one of the opponents on the other side of the net.  He became very upset with himself over the way he was playing and he began pummeling himself with negative self-talk.  As expected, the more he railed against himself, the more his game deteriorated.  He became angrier and angrier.  As I watched him, I realized he was really in a tennis match with his ego, not us, and his ego was winning.  He told me later that his ego has been in charge for most of his life.  He’s used it as a defense mechanism while inside himself, he’s often felt weak and vulnerable.

We now have evidence every day of what happens when the ego takes charge.  As we have seen, an ego out of control can be a dangerous thing.  When the ego is allowed to take charge, we often discover a scared being out of control.  The ego is run by fear, and the greater the fear, the greater the need to control everything.  Sometimes we think a huge ego is a great power but that is never the case.  It is in the letting go of our need to be seen and heard that we find our true power.  True power is humbling.  It is not arrogant and forceful.  

So we check in with ourselves.  What are we saying and doing that is real and how much of it is a lie trying to cover up a false sense of self?  Now, more than ever, we must be in high integrity with the self.  Now more than ever, we must shine the light of truth and beauty everywhere we go.  The world needs our compassion and understanding.  The world needs our clarity and conviction.  Through living in our highest integrity, we give others the opportunity to do the same.  Inside each of us, whether we know it or not, is the most beautiful essence of divine life.  We are meant to live from that place…defenseless, for in that place, there is nothing to defend against.

Affirmation
I choose to live in highest integrity with myself!  I know who I am!  

Rev. Karen Wylie

Mountaintop Consciousness

Know Thyself
One of the Delphic maxims inscribed in the forecourt of the Temple of Apollo at Delphi.

When Martin Luther King said “But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…I’ve seen the Promised Land,” he was not talking about having reached a level of popularity and acclaim in the outer world. He was talking about what he had discovered within himself.

He was telling us, just like Jesus before him, to seek ye first the kingdom of God within. It’s about learning to live from the inside out. This spiritual aspect of you has been there from the beginning of time. It has never succumbed to the illusion of separation. It knows only oneness, unconditional love and eternal life.

We are here to get to know and trust that place within each of us. It is a safe harbor in any storm that arises. This world we are living in is filled with ups and downs, things and events we call good or bad. That within us, which is our connection to the Christ Presence, will always show us the way to peace and love in troubled times. It will always provide answers to our toughest questions and comfort in our greatest need and biggest challenges.

Our job is to become so aligned with the Spirit within us that we are the beacons of light for others who are lost and cannot see. We become the visionaries, the instrument through which a great transformation takes place on planet earth. We rise together to see a glorious new day filled with oneness, peace, love and inclusivity. We are not at the effect of the coronavirus or the economy or separation of any kind that may occur in the outer world. We are the change makers of our time. Peace and prosperity show up as soon as we open the door to our own inner storehouse of well-being.

Know Thyself…Great words for an important time in our history. There is a great healing in body, mind and spirit happening individually and collectively on the planet at this time. We keep our eye single upon a great vision for oneness and unconditional love throughout the land.

Affirmation
I am an instrument through which God’s love reveals itself.

Rev. Karen Wylie

Times, They’re Changing

Pilgrimage to the place of the wise is to find escape from the flame of separation.
Rumi

Fear not; for I have saved you, I have called you by your name because you are mine.
Isaiah 43:1

The planet used to seem so big, so spread out. Not anymore. As much as some of us would like to isolate, that can no longer work on Mother Earth. What happens somewhere on the planet winds up affecting another part somewhere else. This is a fact we are going to have to get used to, but I think just as we’ve done our spiritual work on the microcosmic level, we can begin to do our spiritual work in the macrocosmic realm.

Jesus, the great teacher and mystic whose life we celebrate this month, has provided a way forward. We cannot live in separation and isolation anymore. We are now being called as never before to remember our oneness with God and with all life everywhere. We are to find that place within us individually and collectively of forgiveness, peace and love.

As we raise the consciousness individually and collectively on this planet, we can overcome any obstacle and begin to create a world that works for everyone. I’m choosing to lift my sights that high for planetary peace.

If we could but realize the depth of God’s love for us, we would be able to release and let go of the fear that has been running amuck in our world of late. The enemy uses fear to gain power, decrease our hope and limit our victories.

A new day is coming. I see it and declare it so.

Affirmation
I release any sense of fear and separation within myself now.

Rev. Karen Wylie

Meditation – The Doorway to the Self

Any great student of truth will eventually come to ask the question, “Who Am I?” The answer lies in the stillness of your own soul. Come join us as we deep dive into the sacred self.  Our morning includes meditation, revelations, uplifting songs and quiet walks in nature.  Randee Vasilakos, RScP, assists and anchors our gathering in a consciousness of prayer and healing.

Sunday, March 15, 2020
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Ojai Retreat and Inn
160 Besant Road
Ojai, CA 93023

For directions: ojairetreat.com

For Info, contact Rev. Karen Wylie at 310.968.8928
By Love Offering: ($20.00 Suggested)

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