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And All Is Well

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Earth Angel by Josephine Wall

 

A member of the community I work for passed away last week. It’s a small community where each member has known the other for years and years… Close-knit and interwoven, there is a hole now where she once was. Ever faithful, loving and kind, she is missed by all.

Living consciously as both Spirit and physical being, I know with conviction that only her body is gone. She lives on, a being unique in character who now flows as one with Spirit, God, all-encompassing Love. My intuitive and clairaudient gifts kicked in the morning she died.  I was hanging laundry and sensed she had passed. I wondered if I should call my colleagues. I didn’t, instead I left to run errands. Jumping out of the car at the store I felt her with me and an encompassing, exuberant joy, “Tell them I am pain-free and happy,” I heard inwardly.  No way, I thought back to her. I’m emotionally involved in this. I’m not saying a word. With inner speak I said, “I’ll tell you what, if you really have something you’d like me to pass on, provide a dream, something someone will get and understand.”

That evening I saw a movie with a friend, cleaned up the kitchen and hit the pillows early. And yes, my request was provided. In the dream, I found myself hovering over the chapel where the wake and funeral were taking place for the woman who had died. In flowing energy form, I was with the woman who had died and a group of others who were accompanying us. There was no time so all seemed to be happening at once, the preparations, wake and funeral, a very odd concept when not in the dream or meditative state.

The wake was beautiful and wonderfully attended and the funeral very nicely done. Everything ran very smoothly. As we observed there were thoughts exchanged, speech was not necessary, “You see all is well,”  I was told. Then, I was instructed to let someone in particular know that she needn’t be anxious to get the wake and funeral details done immediately, that she should complete the other things needing attention first and then get to the business of the wake and funeral. Because you see, “it was all going to be fine anyway so what was the use of worrying, why bother fretting over it?”

I lingered with the group for what seemed like a long time and was shown other events that would unfold over the next short period of time. And drat! Those are the pieces I wanted to remember and couldn’t. I brought back only the most vivid of  images and knew I had to pass on the message. I sent a quick text to the intended party and went about getting the work day started. Once I arrived at the office and was settled in, I checked e-mail and sure enough, there was a notice letting us know she had passed away the morning of the previous day.

Like everyone else I am sad she’s no longer with us, but I know with every ounce of my being that she lives on. What stays with me most from the time in the dream state with these loving souls are the moments of great joy and the desire to reassure the living that “all is well and not to fret.”   My spiritual experiences and life journey have brought me to this dual existence where physical and spiritual energy operate simultaneously.  I feel blessed and fortunate to have been provided with such gifts. What dear reader would help you to know that we are more than this?”

“We are participants in a vast communion of being, and if we open ourselves to its guidance, we can learn anew how to live in this great and gracious community of truth.” ~ Parker Palmer

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Living Your Purpose

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amazing-736885_1280Peace has been elusive since well before fall exploded into full color, faded away and winter began. I know I live as a physical representation of God. I know that all who walk the Earth are my brothers and sisters, that we are connected as one in Spirit. I know that all is provided for me here as physical. Still I am restless and left with a want I can barely identify and desires that have no meaning in this physical world.

I voiced my feelings of unrest with close friends this week. Their response,”Stand still, clarity will come to you, whether it is to stay and the frustrations [are] momentary or [you receive] an answer to your next step and the path you should take.” Another said, “You need to have…the freedom to be you.  You like to write, help people, dance, take care of your family.  Do those but have a job that supports it… a meditation center, a place people could go before/after work or during lunches.  You could step people through a process.”

She’s right. He’s right. I feel valuable skills, abilities and talents are put aside while I go about the business of supporting a family. Mother, friend and worker bee, I, just like any other person living on the Earth carry responsibilities through every nook and cranny of life. So what is the answer to this unquiet? I am fully awake wanting to share, to live with purpose.

In his book, “There’s a Spiritual Solution To Every Problem,” Wayne Dyer talks about moving to purpose:

“The true joy of living is in allowing the higher energies of spirit to guide your life. In this state of awareness, you never have to ask what your purpose is or how to find it. Instead you feel purposeful in everything you do, and you bring that kind of joy to all that you encounter. It will not matter whether you are weeding your garden, reading a novel…driving through traffic…or meditating in silence. You will be the bringer of joy because you are in harmony rather than in conflict with God…the irony is that you will find that the surest way to get to that state of inner joyful purpose is by giving it all away.” p. 247

The remedy for my unquiet is to recognize that within the day-to-day responsibilities of my being a mom, friend and worker bee, I AM purpose. Completely connected, living dual reality, I realize the higher energies Dyer writes of already paint the days with cooking, cleaning, having coffee with friends, creating an excel spreadsheet or walking through the woods. This is purpose. Being alive, living fully. Now…time to get moving on that mediation center! We are more than this…

Pass It On!

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Pass It On

Each year my employer provides an opportunity for personal development with workshops and team building exercises. Last year at the workshop we were asked to choose a stone out of a basket and write a personal goal across its face. My goal was,”Recognize the Faces of God.” The stone has a prominent place sitting just below my computer screen in plain sight to remind me that every person that walks into my office, past my door, across my path each day is a face of God, a member of our community of Living Spirit. Knowing this, how can I treat anyone with anything but kindness, compassion and love, because dear reader we are all connected.

Thich Nhat Hahn speaks of community in daily life where practicing mindfulness helps us “to emanate peace and freshness, the fruits of living in awareness.” In his book Peace in Every Step there is a lovely meditative practice that speaks of investing in people:

“We can get in touch with the refreshing, healing elements within and around us thanks to the loving support of other people. If we have a good community of friends, we are very fortunate. To create a good community, we first have to transform ourselves into a good element of the community. After that, we can go to another person and help him or her to become an element of the community.” p. 87

Collectively, we are a community of faces, diverse in every way, unique expressions of creative Spirit, in physical form, character and beliefs. How fortunate are we dear reader to know that beside us walking on the busy sidewalk, shopping in the crowded grocery store, or riding the crammed morning train, there are individual manifestations of Living Spirit? Still, lives busy with family, careers, homes and friends many of us go about business barely noticing each other or sharing anything about our lives.

Guy Finley states this very well in his book The Courage to Be Free, of noticing others, of how we must have the courage to act, treating each other with compassion:

“…No one wants others to know the weight of their unspoken pain. And yet, all are burdened with broken dreams, shattered hearts, and whatever other sorrow walks with them through the day. Now have the courage to act on this knowledge: Refuse to ever again add to the pain of another, even a small measure of your own. Whatever suffering you agree to shoulder in this way not only helps to lighten the load of those in need, but also serves to awaken within you the strength you need to be a real friend in deed. Your reward: the birth of a whole new kind of compassion that not only flowers when faced with the weakness of others, but whose fragrance helps heal all those who are touched by it.” p. 61

In other words, you become a flower in the life of others! How cool is that? I am very fortunate to be surrounded by kindred spirits in the workplace. Our Directress sent out a letter just this week celebrating World Peace Day. Here it is suggested we begin and continue to practice random acts of kindness.  She has given me permission to share some of the content of this letter with you:

“Shortly after the Newtown slayings, Ann Curry, an NBC reporter tweeted that some people might consider doing 20 random acts of kindness to honor the children lost in this violence.  The 20 became 26 to include the adults and I suggest the 26 become [the] 28 who were killed that awful day.  The idea caught on and a movement was begun. 

Might you and I join in this movement of 28 random acts of kindness to bless those killed and those left behind and affected by this tragedy. Might we be a “presence of peace” through simple random acts of kindness.  We do acts of kindness a lot in the community; how much more powerful they are when done with intention. And just maybe we won’t stop with 28 random acts of kindness but will find we want to continue this spiritual, practical practice that brings some peace to our little world and in turn affects the whole world by our very presence.  These random acts of kindness will be visible and hidden, small and large, but each will be great and empowering.” ~ D. P., January 2012

She goes on in her letter to remind us that being a presence of peace can come in many forms and so to let our creativity soar with Spirit as It inspires and moves us. Recognize the Faces of God as you walk through each of your days. Hold each other in strength and compassion and remember to practice random acts of kindness. As my colleague suggests, maybe it won’t stop there, maybe we’ll create a new, very powerful habit in our lives…remember, we are more than this.

Below are a few Blogspots and Websites links with ideas to get you on your way! Happy Random Days!

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

366 Random Acts of Kindness: http://www.366randomacts.org/

And Then We Saved Blog: http://andthenwesaved.com/random-acts-of-kindness-ideas/

Mind Map Inspiration: http://www.mindmapinspiration.com/random-acts-of-kindness-mind-map-paul-foreman/

United Way, NV: http://volunteeruwsn.wordpress.com/category/random-acts-of-kindness/

Emerging World of Spirit

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Manifesting the Dreams
Artist – Marie Gargano
http://www.mariececile.com/Energy.htm

 

Every day I read something inspirational from a favorite book, website, daily guide or magazine. This New Year’s Eve reading was so amazingly right on, I have to share. It’s my story and yours. Words from the Book of John, “The Word was in the beginning, and that very Word was with God, and God was that Word.” (1:1) My experience as living Spirit creating my physical self and life choice is built on word. In “Living Christ – Blessed Gift,” my December 24th post, I share an experience where in the spiritual state as a collective we in “…excited conversation, which was transmitted as thought…were planning a path of events that would occur in the physical world.”

I, as my creator, exist as both spiritual and physical. I am a physical image of my spiritual self. There we use thoughts and words to create the physical here. I continue sharing the word with writer Eugene Holden’s New Year’s Eve contemplative prose, which so beautifully speaks to my very experience:

“…When we become conscious of the fact that we are living from the emerging world of Spirit, this makes us responsible for consciously creating a world that the works for everyone. As you go through today’s experience and perhaps you are faced with a challenge, choose to see the good in the situation. Then, speak your word for the highest and the best to come forth. Release your word into the law of the universe, and know that it is done as you belive it to be so.”

Reading these words and believing with conviction that your word will manifest takes practice, practice in that you have thought, spoken, written the words and within time it has come to be in the physical. Scan your life, looking back over the last several years what have you asked for, spoken of and manifested. For myself, during the 80’s it was stability and prosperity for my young family. In the 90’s my spoken and written word using goal setting included obtaining both a Bachelor’s and Master’s. The new millennium reflects my desire to teach and mentor others in moving toward breaking down preconceived barriers in order to blend both spiritual and physical existence. All has come to be with more unfolding as I write.

Spiritual practitioner Eugene Holden continues his inspirational message with:

“…The word you speak not only has power, it is also the power of creation. Your word made flesh…Be mindful, though. The only way for it to be realized with ease and grace is to speak your word with authority, as the master that you are. Be not discouraged by the appearances. Speak your word, and allow it to emerge from the world of Spirit.” SOM, December 2012 p.66

There were times when I might have become discouraged with circumstances in between and betwixt moving from one manifestation to another. I wasn’t thrilled when it became necessary to sell my home in ’05 in order to live more affordably as a single parent. Looking back I realize if I hadn’t sold then, I might have been stuck in today’s market with a very large home I could no longer afford to pay for or maintain. Or in 2010 when I was forced to make a job change in order to be home with my family when an employer added travel to my position. The job I later accepted and currently hold has allowed me so many more opportunities, both professionally and spiritually. We may quickly become discouraged not seeing the big picture as our paths change in order to manifest our choices. Look again more closely at the situation or challenge at hand and as you speak your words be patient…we are more than this.

Step Into Extraordinary

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In order to make changes, to create something new and fabulous in day-to-day life, it’s necessary to stop thinking in an ordinary way, to step into the extra-ordinary. There, utilizing desire and imagination you’ll find opportunity to create a new way of living. What have you always wished to do? Is there a hobby or new career you dream about? A landscape you see in mind but push away with busy-ness? Pursue it, get moving.

Nearly two years ago I left a position as Director of Education at a small proprietary college making a hefty income. Monthly travel was added to the job that would take me away from my family one to two weeks a month. “Just do the travel,” I was told by the higher-ups.

After a family meeting, I went back to the campus president and declined. I resigned, shocked the administration and even myself a little. I stepped outside of the box into the unknown, into the extraordinary to choose again, to choose a position that would allow me time with my family, provide me with the ability to use all of the skills acquired through a lifetime, and open the door for personal as well as spiritual growth.

While in the midst of applying for jobs, I dreamt of building a mosaic of creative skills with scraps of paper, pictures of talents and sculptured thoughts. All of these were assembled and displayed so that I might see the skills acquired over a lifetime. The next morning I designed a table with headings of the careers I’ve had and the skills common to each, the end result being a snapshot of skills and characteristics. This tool led me to look for positions otherwise not considered and ultimately to my current position. I followed my dream.

What information do your dreams provide for you? Are you keeping a dream journal? Are you listening to gut instinct? If not, I encourage you to start. After a short while you’ll begin to see patterns and recognize metaphors, or receive answers outright from God, Spirit, from All That Is. Create the opportunity for change. We are more than this…

Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back: a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.  ~Anais Nin

Life Lessons

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This week I put the brakes on a repeating life experience and stepped onto a new life path. I left the comfort of familiar emotions carried into adulthood and the insidious desire to recreate tragic childhood feelings. There was so much drama, anxiety and sadness back then. Giving myself some credit, I admit each time I have repeated the type of relationship choice that creates this environment, it’s at a lessor scale. This week there was a breakthrough. I consciously recognized what was going on and how important it was to make a change. I knew it was time to honor what I felt, embrace the feelings and walk toward healthier life path choices.

Knowing we are each part of the Whole, of Spirit, of God, it becomes difficult to see anyone as “wrong.” Instead, I see what lies beneath each person, I know he is my brother or she, my sister in Spirit. How then can I judge? I accept wholeheartedly without resistance, surrender, allowing events to unfold as they may. What made this most recent event unusual is that although I recognized divinity in the person, I knew it wasn’t necessary to have this individual in my life or the repeated life experience. I can still accept him as Spirit, allow him to live as he so chooses and walk away loving him.

It sounds simple enough doesn’t it? Just to walk away from those who seem to impact us? However when you love from Source, when you know these individuals are part of you, only compassion remains and the desire to help. Many times I want to reach out, pull the individual into a gentle embrace all the time inwardly speaking with their Wisdom self, coaxing knowledge to their consciousness, hoping they will get it, that they will create positive life experiences through their choices. Does it work? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. I have been known to stay and stay and stay. Rather than becoming preachy, I choose to teach through example, illustrating that my own choices create the life I wish to experience. My hope has been that they would learn and we would continue to walk together. The heightened awareness experienced this week broke the patterning. With full clarity I knew I could, with a loving heart, choose differently. I have learned the lesson to accept, love and hold each person in compassion but to choose again, a new way.

Today and every day, see all with eyes of compassion. Embrace with love and walk away if necessary knowing all the time that we are connected with the Divine, each a unique expression of the Spirit Collective. Trust that you are right where you should be in your choices, they are our life lessons. We are more than this…

“What if your vision of life was suddenly altered or supplanted somehow for a strange new one? And order as you know it was suddenly reordered, your rule of life given over for something better, higher, something you could not have expected or imagined? Warning: Love will confer upon you a new rule, and with it, a new set of scales. You will see and consider new things. You will hear what you could not hear before. Your priorities, your politics, your responses to life, how you invest your soul, your words, your actions — it all changes. Love transforms all your receptors and rewrites all contracts with the earth you inhabit. And again be warned: It doesn’t come without a price. Love asks nothing but everything. Like heaven itself, love is but a death away, one authentic surrender…” ~ David Teems

Making Choices

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by Salvador Dali

 

While preparing for meditation this morning I came across this lovely contemplative writing that I share with you today. Be mindful dear reader.

“After a long, hard climb up the mountain, the spiritual seekers found themselves in front of the great teacher. Bowing, they asked the question that had been burning inside them for so long:

‘How do we become wise O Master?’

There was a long pause until the teacher emerged from his meditation. Finally, the reply came, ‘Good choices.’

‘But how do we learn to make good choices?’

“From experience,’ responded the wise teacher.

‘And how do we acquire such experience?’ They inquired.

‘Bad choices,’ smiled the teacher.

Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Be mindful of what you think, how you speak, and what you do.”

We are more than this…