Beyond Commercialism: Bringing Holiness Back into the Holidays

Beyond Commercialism: Bringing Holiness Back into the Holidays

 

The Holidays can be a wonderful as well as stressful time. As a society, we tend to put so much pressure, expense, and unrealistic expectations on ourselves for the mad dash to celebrate a few days of the year.

For many years, the holiday season was a major source of stress for me. The commercialism, cost, and unyielding expectations I had of myself for everything to be just right smothered my feelings of good tidings with each approaching year.

My stomach would churn as soon as I saw the first Christmas decorations displayed in stores long before Thanksgiving. Why I wondered, did it have to be this way? What happened to my Christmas spirit?

I found myself becoming a scrooge and recoiling at anything Christmas. I started to despise the five most common words that seem to prevail right after Thanksgiving ended, “Are you ready for Christmas?”

And then, something happened.

I flipped the switch.

I can’t give an exact time or place it happened. I think I just decided to open my heart and surrender.

I didn’t want to become one of those grumpy old women who, after years of people pleasing and self-denial, forgot what it is like to feel the joy of the Holidays.

Flipping the switch meant bringing the holiness back into the Holidays without putting pressure on myself to follow the programs or subscribe to the commercialism.

I never understood why we had a designated “season of giving” or why we must put special meaning on one period of time over another. I decided to take my holidays back and not allow the commercialism or expectations of the holidays to affect my heartfelt love and devotion to Divinity.

I chose to live my life as if Christmas were every day. For real.

I proclaimed that the Spirit of Christmas for me meant that I have permission to celebrate life, love, giving, and service every day, not just a few days that seem to come in a flurry of unrealistic expectations and exits with a sigh of relief.

To me, Christmas means being present with the sacred connection between my heart and the Divine Universe every day. I honor the Spirit of Christmas within me. I rejoice in the gifts that unfold in my life as it showers me with joy, gratitude, clarity, peace, purpose, abundance, and reverence for the Divine Creator.

The Spirit of Christmas is alive and well in me as my daily life becomes a living prayer. Do I still celebrate the holidays? Yes!

Do I still get triggered when I see the Christmas decorations put out before Halloween? You bet I do. I just know how to flip that switch within me, and so can you.

I changed the channel of my awareness away from how things appear without subscribing to the commercialism or following the programs of conditioning.

I left the unrealistic expectations and stress about timelines, perfection, and presents in the past because Christmas is every day for me.

I now celebrate the Holidays on my terms. What I look forward to the most is the quality time I spend with my loved ones. The laughter, the love, the food, the hugs. The presents are just a nice bonus and surprise if they occur.

I love giving gifts, but I enjoy doing this at meaningful and purposeful times throughout the year, including Christmas, if I choose to.

During the Holiday season, I have complete freedom from the pressure of programs from years of conditioning and holiday commercialism. I now look forward to random people asking me if I am ready for Christmas. I look them in the eyes with a big smile and love in my heart and proclaim, “YES, I am ALWAYS ready for Christmas!”

May the Spirit of Christmas enlighten you with the holiness of the Holidays every day. May your daily life be filled with all the joy, gratitude, clarity, peace, purpose, and abundance that the Divine Universe has to offer.

If you need to flip your switch and take your holidays back, may you do so knowing that the Universe loves and supports you. You, too, can unplug from the programs and unsubscribe from the commercialism if you so choose.

What you focus on and how you imagine and feel will flourish in your life. Allow the Spirit of Christmas to be your guiding light as the holiness of the Holidays becomes your daily life.

I hope this article helps you remember that your life is a living prayer and that the Spirit of Christmas can be alive and well within you every day.

With Love,

💗 Shannon MacDonald

Breaking Free: The Great Awakening and the War on Consciousness

Breaking Free: The Great Awakening and the War on Consciousness

Have you been feeling that something is off? I’m not talking about current events, politics, or pandemics; I mean within yourself. Have you been looking around at a world and, in some cases, other people you no longer recognize? Welcome to The Great Awakening! There are many of us out here, yet we often feel alone in our quest to break free from the programs of fear and fallacy behind the curtain.

In my latest book, Breaking Free, I discuss how information and spiritual warfare are used to distract, divide, and deceive humanity to keep us following the programs of fear and control.

Truth in information is becoming obsolete in the mainstream media and most big tech social media platforms. Much of our modern-day information has been overtaken with one-sided views not supported in evidence and flooded with fear, fallacies, and control-based agendas. Why do you ask? Because there is an agenda to keep us distracted and fighting amongst ourselves. When we perpetually battle each other, there is little room for solving problems or thinking with clarity and higher reasoning. We stay stuck in our anger instead of unifying within the light of our awakened awareness.

The Info War on Consciousness

As we go about our daily lives, the undercurrent of restlessness and uncertainty prevails. Many of us do not realize there is an Information War on Consciousness.

The destructive powers of fear and control-based information divide friends, families, and society in the worst of ways. The distractions keep us occupied with the next carefully crafted story. Truth in information is censored, deleted, distorted, and replaced with a new narrative—one designed to fuel the Info War and keep society divided, distracted, and in the dark.

As humanity is caught in the crossfire of information warfare, we are in an epic battle to free ourselves from the programs of fear and mass mind control. The Information War is an outright global assault on our family structures, moral values, civil liberties, free will, and the future of humankind.

I chose to stop giving my attention to the mainstream news over eight years ago. I began to realize that overly sensationalized and fear-based information doesn’t help my mission as a lightworker. I wish I could adequately express how freeing this feels and how much clarity I now have that my mind is released from the informational toxins of negative news. When we are in a vibration of fear, nothing seems clear.

I must state that news in itself is not a danger. It is merely a vessel that carries information. I value information when it is factual and not overdosed with fear-based agendas. When news is programmed with fear and propaganda-based information, it is no longer benign. It muddies the waters of clear and rational thinking and multiplies like a cancer of the mind.

The spoils of war have led many of us to disconnect from our critical thinking, higher reasoning, and compassion. Polite conversations about differing opinions have become a thing of the past. Questioning information or having views outside of the mainstream narrative often means being a target for shame, blame, anger, and in some cases, violence. Many remain suffering in their silence as the War rages on around them. Society, as we knew it just a few years ago, has become one great battle for control of the mind.

Many of us are increasingly confused as we look at a world that doesn’t make sense and can no longer recognize. Our hearts ache for how the world used to be or how we know it could be.

Fear seems to be the dominant force of information everywhere we turn, telling us how to think, act, speak, and believe. Freedom of expression feels like a distant memory as the powers behind the programs censor and rule with iron fists. We are faced with new fears about our children’s future and humanity as a whole. Some of us wonder how much more we can take, while others have given in and surrendered to the new normal. Our minds search for meaning in all of the madness.

Breaking Free from the Programs

How do we break free? How can we liberate ourselves from the programs of fear and control? How can we secure a safe and free future for our children and humanity to unify, prosper, and thrive?

My book Breaking Free advocates for the reader to evaluate their daily intake of information while opening their minds to the possibility that the information they are following may not be in the best interest of humanity, or even true. It invites you to question the narratives as you dig deeper and explore more. It plants the seeds of looking beyond what you think you see, or thought you knew, so your mind can be open to guidance from your higher awareness in partnership with your intellect.

Breaking Free was written to help open your awareness to different ways of perceiving, processing, and interacting with information. The intention is to help bring you from confusion to clarity as you begin to break free from the optics all around us.

Breaking Free will remind you that you have a choice in how you follow and perceive information and how the programs influence your belief systems and behaviors, even when you may think they don’t.

Many in today’s society are not looking beyond the programs strategically placed within the narratives. Those who subscribe to the narratives often refuse to look at new information outside their belief systems, as they stay asleep within the programs. Others are waking up to the optics of fear, illusion, and control-based agendas. I am not asking you to believe me. I am asking you to look beyond what you think you see and currently believe. I ask that you check in with your heart, connect with your higher awareness, and perceive what you already know and are beginning to remember.

The veil of conditioned awareness begins to thin as we drop the need to defend our beliefs and allow ourselves to question the programs. We discover there is so much more than what we have been taught, told, and conditioned to believe.

As we near the point of critical mass awakening, we each have a role to play and choices to make. We individually and collectively have the chance to choose between love or fear, unity or division, freedom or control, and truth or illusion. We have the opportunity to break free from the programs or stay asleep in the narratives.

But first, there is much for us to remember and see to help set our reality free.

Are you ready to change the channel of your awareness and see the love, light, beauty, and truth of reality waiting on the other side of fear?

Breaking Free has information and mind-expanding exercises to help you unfollow the fear, unplug from the programs, and unsubscribe from the propaganda. You can become an awakened warrior of the Light to help humanity move from the darkness of fear and control to the light of our awakened awareness.  

Break free from the optics of information warfare and illusions of a programmed reality.

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Awakening from the Dream of Forgetfulness – As Viewed, So Appears

Awakening from the Dream of Forgetfulness – As Viewed, So Appears

Are We Living in a Dream?

What would you say if I told you that you are living in a dream? This dream holds infinite opportunities for you to experience a captive or liberated life. Not only that, your dream contains everything you believe and paints it into the canvas of your reality. Wherever your predominant attention goes, the dream keeps creating more of the same — more fear, lack, and limitation, or more love, abundance, and liberation.

As Viewed, So Appears

Does this sound a little “woo woo”? Let’s take a step back just for a moment as we reflect on a Buddhist saying, “As Viewed, So Appears.”

Let me begin by saying I don’t know much about Buddhism. I just know that when I found this saying, As Viewed, So Appears, I had to learn more. It resembles an expression from my book, Mastering Manifestation, which is, “As You Believe, So You Perceive.” So, when I found this Buddhist saying (or I should say it found me), it stirred something deep inside of me, and I was driven to learn more.

In my book, Mastering Manifestation, I write about how we are all products of a lifetime of beliefs, which have been carefully and craftily molded into our reality. From education, media, politics, and religion we are taught, told, and persuaded to believe a certain way. Don’t think this is true? Turn on the TV and watch a few commercials. How many of those commercials are from drug companies telling you that you need a pill to make you happier, healthier, or more active? You may be surprised when you start paying attention to this.

Conversely, how many commercials talk about how your daily intake of healthy food and positive information, regular exercise, managing your stress, and monitoring your awareness are foundational steps to a healthier life? None, of course, because who would pay for those?

Who Are You Really?

As we are continually bombarded with agendas that control and influence almost every aspect of society, our beliefs are easily programmed. We often forget that our true nature is a divine and limitless expression of Source. Our individual expressions and highest destiny become thwarted by fear and limitation-based beliefs, which keep us asleep in the dream of forgetfulness.

What does this have to do with As Viewed, So Appears? My short answer is Everything! Hopefully, a longer explanation will provide a fundamental understanding of this powerful saying as I see it.

Let’s step into the room of quantum physics just for a moment. I promise it won’t be for long, but it is important to write about it here.

Are We All One?

My non-technical understanding of the quantum universe is that it holds every possibility, potential, and reality as reflected within the observation of the observer. The Universe is not separate from us; it is us. We are the collective dreamers within the one Universal Mind of Life and Creation. As Viewed, So Appears magnetizes the experiences of our reality.

You are the dreamer and the dream and the experience in between.

As we believe, so we see, is an integral process of Imagination Creation. When our thoughts and beliefs are predominately supercharged with the energy of love, hope, peace, prosperity, and positivity, our lives tend to magnetize more experiences that reflect those qualities. When our thoughts, feelings, and beliefs are predominately focused on the energy of fear, hopelessness, limitation, judgment, and negativity, our lives seem to spiral into a negative feedback loop of our own projections.

We become what we focus on from one moment to the next.

How we believe and perceive leads the way to awaken and liberate from the programs or staying asleep in the dream of forgetfulness. If you want to know more about Imagination Creation and the dream of forgetfulness, see my book, Mastering Manifestation. My latest book, New Earth Rising, also speaks to The Great Awakening and The Great Liberation of humanity.

What’s Your Dream?

How do you wish to dream within your great dream of life? We are all here to explore and experience the wonders and lessons this physical form offers. Do you desire to be happier, healthier, more peaceful, and prosperous? Do you wish to have more clarity or find more meaning and purpose in your life?

Where your attention goes, your energy flows.

As your predominant energy flows between the infinite expanse of vibrations between the energy of love or fear, you have endless opportunities to shift your primary awareness. We all have opportunities to follow our highest guidance and awaken from the dream of forgetfulness. We also have just as many chances to stay asleep.

As our world is undergoing a state of unprecedented chaos and destruction, many people are choosing to shift their awareness from the limiting forces of fear that are programmed within society. More are remembering their true nature of love and unity consciousness. They begin to flow within the stream of truth and the ocean of Oneness.

Focus not on what you see, but how you want your world to be.

Within the yin is also the yang. Those who dream the world from the eyes of fear, separation, lack, and limitation continue to project the observations of their reality. They remain stuck in a loop of more of the same. Their lives reflect what they dream as their beliefs stay focused on the illusions within the energy of fear. This is not to pass judgment; this is just reality as I see it. I will emphasize that this applies to your primary and predominant awareness, not transitory feelings such as anger, sadness, regret, or hopelessness. We’re human and we all have circumstances that can bring us down or break our hearts. It’s how we rise from our own ashes of devastation that determines how we decide to dream our next dream.

Let’s Dream Together!

As we wake up to the truth of reality and look beyond the programs of fear and limiting beliefs, we rise in our awareness while unifying our hearts. We essentially are dreaming the dream of liberation of consciousness and ascension for all of humanity!

The ascension of our consciousness relies on how we decide to believe and therefore perceive our reality. There is always room for others to think and perceive differently. The great experience in life gives us opportunities to exercise our free will to stay asleep or wake up from the dream. As We Believe, We Perceive becomes synonymous with As Viewed, So Appears.

My great dream for humanity is for us to choose our beliefs wisely and guide them with an open mind and loving heart.

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Shannon
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