It feels as if the world is on fire lately. So what to do those of us who’ve heard the call to be a part of conscious evolution do? How do we find the stillness we need to hear guidance in the midst of the frenetic energy swirling around us?

How we each participate in changing the world is a personal decision. Whether we protest, contact our political leaders, regularly check in our neighbors or sew masks, there is no wrong way to take action. But there may be a more effective one.

The Akashic Masters would like you to first discover where you are stuck in the throes of mental and spiritual bondage so you can release yourself and be a more powerful facilitator of change. Here are three simple steps to finding that release so you can bring more peace, love and light to your life and our planet.

Forgiveness is the first step

As souls having a human adventure, our only true desire is to feel love and connection. If we don’t feel connected to our true selves, if we don’t love ourselves unconditionally, it’s impossible to feel it with anyone else.

We have all done things we’re not proud of – making a comment born from frustration, neglecting to keep our word, acting out of ignorance. First, we need to get honest with ourselves and forgive our own human foibles that created conflict or suffering.

You can accomplish this by admitting you’ve acted in a way that isn’t aligned with your true self. Then you can make amends however you’re led to, and in the process, find a way to love your imperfections and humanity.

The next step is to see where you’re holding on to negative emotion about anyone in your life. It’s important to remember that you don't have to forgive the act that caused your discomfort, just the person who acted in a way that wasn’t a reflection of who they really are.

When we feel betrayed or abandoned, the anger and pain can be overwhelming. Allow yourself to truly experience that. Don’t be afraid of it. Feeling it fully enables you to reach the sadness underneath, and when you permit yourself to sit in that space – in the chasm created as our beliefs are reconciled with reality – forgiveness is not far behind.

The only thing that ever needs forgiveness is the piece of us that forgot we are all souls having a human experience. Our human journeys are written by the soul to fulfill and complete our soul growth. If we can forgive the humanness, we can become free to awaken the love held deep within our being, a love for ourselves and for humanity.

The next step to freedom is exquisite self-care

The process of forgiveness can burn a lot of energy. Without realizing it, we resist the anger and sadness, creating a tug of war that requires a huge expenditure. This often means we slack off on taking care of ourselves. Maybe we eat too much junk or let the clutter build up.

Perhaps we isolate as a way to disconnect because being around those who know and love us may force us to feel things we’re not yet ready to. If you find yourself in a rut, unable to access the energy for the things that bring you joy, embrace it. And then step up your self-care game.

Once, during a difficult time, I realized that I was forcing myself to keep to a schedule I didn’t have the energy for. I wasn’t being honest with myself that I needed processing time to deal with the emotions I had. In the midst of dirty laundry and unopened mail, I marched into the bathroom, looked in the mirror and said, “I am going to take exquisite care of you today. Tell me what you need.”

I rescheduled a non-urgent doctor’s appointment. I bought myself some time to complete a project. I cancelled a commitment I wished I hadn’t made. And I gave myself the gift of space. I had the most delightful day because I showed myself what mattered. The process of forgiveness shouldn’t feel like a prison sentence. The painful emotions are much easier to transcend when we can show to ourselves the love we give freely others.

The final step to freedom is releasing the past

So many times, I’ve seen clients and friends stumble in their efforts to find the freedom we all want because they were tied to the past. Be it promises that were made in another life, karma or even a lesson that wasn’t fully learned, our past lives influence the one we’re living now.

I don’t even want to think about where I’d be in my life without the guidance from the Akashic Records. I experienced much loss early on and the feelings of abandonment and betrayal were so strong they could’ve easily prevented me from being where I am today.
It was only through learning about experiences and relationships from other lives in the Akashic Records that I found the freedom I now have. I allowed the Akashic Masters to share with me these unresolved issues from the past. With their support, I moved through the process of forgiveness – whether it was about forgiving myself or someone else – and freed myself from the belief in victimhood.

These three steps are simple. They’re not always easy. Yes, the more of us who choose this conscious path, the better our world becomes, but we need guidance on this journey. I get the most clear direction when I become still and meditation is a fabulous tool to get you to that place.

Don’t be afraid to seek the support you need. The Akashic Masters are always available to guide you, to help you process the past and reach forgiveness, which is the key to releasing you from any ties that prevent you from being the powerful changemaker that you are!

Author's Bio: 

Lisa Barnett is the international bestselling author of From Questioning to Knowing: 73 Prayers to Transform Your Life, and The Infinite Wisdom of the Akashic Records. She is the founder of the Akashic Knowing School of Wisdom where she teaches thousands of students worldwide how to access personal Soul wisdom and guidance to align with your soul path, understand your soul contracts, and complete your karma and vows. With more than twenty years of experience in spiritual healing, Lisa shares simple tools that empower individuals to find greater fulfillment, happiness, abundance, and health. Please download Lisa’s Free Akashic Meditation at: