Spiritual Direction

Ascension by Blessing

I was having a bad day. Maybe even a bad week. Old triggers for my anxiety were popping up everywhere; at school, driving my car, even while walking my dog. As each instance occurred, I did not allow it to stress me out. I thought positive thoughts and talked myself out of any anxious feelings that normally would have surfaced. I decided that the universe was sending me these triggers to show me how far I had come.

But as I neared the end of the week, I could feel myself sinking into some old patterned feelings of loneliness and lack of confidence. After all of my healing work and purposefully recreating thought patterns, I wasn’t going to let myself slip into that again. I did all the things that I knew to do: energy work, prayer, reflecting on moments of love, body movement, etc. Yet, sometimes you just need an extra boost, something from the outside to come in. And God did not disappoint.

First, it was a song that popped up in my Facebook feed as I was scrolling through. The gentle repetition of the words, “You are beautiful. You are powerful. You can make it.“, were just what I needed in that moment. Next, I watched a TV show where an alien and a human were about to die. The alien was not afraid and said that his people knew that when they died they had completed their life’s purpose. His calm assurance that you would not die before completing your purpose soothed both the human on the show and my own spirit. The final encouragement came as I was listening to Pray-As-You-Go while walking Foxy. I hadn’t realized that this day was the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ to heaven. Here was the reminder to let go and ascend. And I noticed something beautiful in the scripture passage. Jesus blessed the disciples as he was rising into heaven.

‘And now I am sending upon you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city, then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.’ Then he took them out as far as the outskirts of Bethany, and raising his hands he blessed them. Now as he blessed them, he withdrew from them and was carried up to heaven.” Luke 24:49-51

First was the reminder that we would be clothed in power from on high. And then he showed us the power of blessing others. Perhaps that is what caused him to ascend. By blessing others, I am letting go of myself and my attachments, even my attachment to the outcome. I am sending love and power forth and the very act of doing that buoys me to a higher plane.

About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.

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