Disappointment or Deceivement - Make a Choice

I realized today (thanks to a friend’s unknown encouragement (Jason)) that one of my biggest triggers to becoming angry is when someone doesn’t tell me the direct and 100% authentic truth. In other words when someone “beats around the bush,” tangents, withholds important information or redirects into manipulation.

I am an intuitive. I have created myself as such and have been developing over time.

Therefor often when I ask - I already know.

What I realized today after meditating is that I often ask in a manipulative or cryptic way - which would naturally breed a cryptic response, don’t you think?

I would often say, “I feel like there is something you’re not telling me.” When in fact, I know what it is that the person is not telling me.

On another level I needed to explore WHY it is that I get so very angry with this triggering. I asked myself, “How does it make me feel when someone does this?”

It makes me feel like the person feels I’m stupid, that they question my intuition and intelligence. It makes me feel like I’m being manipulated, dishonored, disrespected, not trusted and unloved. It makes me feel completely unsafe and that the person feels that I’m not a part of the solution and am too immature to handle the truth.

So - why would people have a hard time being direct with me?

My highest self answered, “Because they are terrified of disappointing you.”

Wow.

That is truth.

The crazy thing is - I am the one that is terrified of disappointing YOU.

There is that mirror again.

So - how am I “cause” in all of this?

I am cause because I have made it clear either with words or with my energy that it is NOT okay to disappoint me. This is my controlling attempt to try to escape from feeling hurt or pain in my life.

But, the truth is that disappointment may be painful - but it is manageable and reconcilable - while feeling deceived or manipulated may not be.

So - how can I create a safe space for you? How can I be OKAY with you disappointing me (which is inevitable as we are all human!)

The answer is confrontingly simple:

I must CHOOSE to be okay with it.

I choose now, with the power invested in me, to be okay with each and every one of you disappointing me.

I LOVE THAT YOU ARE HUMAN.

I welcome disappointment!!

I feel that heartache is the body and spirit’s natural disaster.

Much like a major earthquake or typhoon - it shakes us to the core and strips our sense of being. It causes us to rediscover who we are, reconnect with our highest self and acknowledge what is truly important in our lives.

It took me two years to heal from my last relationship: two years of the most transformative, self-discovering, karmic healing and profoundly spiritual days of my life.

I welcome heartache.

Rachel Lynn Sebastian

On Gratitude

I feel like I’ve been in a bubble the last two weeks and it just popped!

Helllllo!

We had a great night at #MGM #LionsBar with #SoulRepublicBand; our two long rehearsal weeks paid off!

I was calling in #gratitude today and on my way home from the show I felt a deep renewal of thanksgiving.

I thank God for my VOICE!!!

I am so so so unexplainably blessed to have this natural gift to heal and entertain with my vocal vibrations. Sure, it’s been a long journey of training and experiencing but God knows I had this gift from very a young age.

I do not - and will never take my voice for granted lest it be lost.

It has taken me around the world, fed me, clothed me, provided shelter, expression, healing and comfort and I TRUST in it every day to do what it do.

Thank you God thank you God thank you God!

© 2013 Rachel Lynn Sebastian

I know you will recognize me
Whoever you are
And you will know the
reason why you’ve traveled so far.

You faced the storm to find me
The water rose so high
Then you swam the length to
To find the promised safety in
my arms

And I will not disappoint you
I am all that you dreamed
I will wash away the hurt you
Felt preparing for me

And I will not disappoint you
I see all that you are
And I recognize the reason
Why I’ve traveled so far

And i won’t pass you by
I don’t turn away from sunshine.

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Thank you for your support!

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So he said,

"Lets get away and homestead"

And he said,

"We gotta leave the pack before we wind up dead"

And he said, “let’s depend on the wind and the rain cause there ain’t nobody else gonna fuel this train”

That’s what he said

When he spoke

She saw the end of the rainbow

When he spoke

She listened like a taken Disciple

When he spoke there was only she and he in the world nobody else could ever hurt this girl

That’s when he spoke

So she jumped on the train
Sacrificed her dream
But the promised land wasn’t what it seemed

She could only pray that the night would turn to day - which he promised on one condition - only if she stayed.

Rachel Lynn Sebastian - The Taken Disciple
Don’t make excuses for your failures. I’ve seen it time and time again - you’re scared of failure so you set yourself up for it just so you’ll have an excuse.  Who wants to try their very hardest and fail right? Wouldn’t you rather go half ass and know you’re probably gonna fail? Well let me tell you -  you are in the wrong business if that’s how you roll.

Don’t make excuses for your failures. I’ve seen it time and time again - you’re scared of failure so you set yourself up for it just so you’ll have an excuse. Who wants to try their very hardest and fail right? Wouldn’t you rather go half ass and know you’re probably gonna fail? Well let me tell you - you are in the wrong business if that’s how you roll.

My success is my journey.

I am blessed to have supporters - friends, family and fans all over the world that believe in me just as much as I believe in myself.

I realize that with each new song that I write - each new country I play - each new heart I touch - that those moments will never happen again in the same way.

There is magic in the present - in the now.

I’ve always known I am a superstar and see myself performing in front of tens of thousands of people in the largest amphitheaters and stadiums in the world.

But, what would there be to celebrate had I not enjoyed the journey to getting there?

My purpose on earth is to create - heal and love on a global level.

Please allow me to inspire you.

You go over it so many times in your vision…you step out into the ocean on a moonlit night and scream and call the power of the universe to heal you…or high on a mountain top with the crisp air and only the sound of the ravens and the melodious wind to pull you from the elements.  That is your time to finally speak. 

But then you are there…and the power is so great and so beautiful that you can only listen…only experience.

You go over it so many times in your vision…you step out into the ocean on a moonlit night and scream and call the power of the universe to heal you…or high on a mountain top with the crisp air and only the sound of the ravens and the melodious wind to pull you from the elements. That is your time to finally speak.

But then you are there…and the power is so great and so beautiful that you can only listen…only experience.