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Most of us have heard the phrase "everything happens for a reason", and surely I do believe that ,but there are times I just do not want to hear that or am I able to focus . I'm just plain annoyed, angry, frustrated or whatever and really am not in the mood to hear those words, thanks anyways....lol. But there is a little something when added to the phrase I find much more helpful. " Everything happens for a reason and it serves me."
Let's take anger as an example.
One day I was feeling particularly out of sorts and really angry about something and all of a sudden that... (more)
For many on a spiritual path this saying implies that a teacher will show up in the flesh, ready to teach us all we need to know. In fact many of us may be so ready that we mistake some other student who think they are teachers, for the teacher we long to have. If we allow this to happen, we can end up following the wrong people, down the wrong path, learning very little. This is what happened in the extreme in The Jonestown Massacre . On November 18, 1978, this tragedy was to some extent done willingly, making the mass suicide all the more disturbing.
A teacher, a true teacher ,... (more)
How much time do you spend avoiding yourself? Your immediate response was no doubt, 'none.' Why would I avoid myself? It seems like it would be impossible to do. Yet, that is what many people do, avoiding. Your life is comprised of everything you do...showering, brushing your teeth ,sleeping, with everything in between. However, there is often a plethora of busy work that distracts and keeps you from connecting with yourself. Experiencing your life from the inside takes time each day to be alone and quiet in the presence of your soul.
Many people have not grasped that one's life... (more)
It seems this week I have had a few conversations with friends on dreams. I have always been a dreamer of sorts, and most likely always will be. I don’t know about you, but dreams have always fascinated me. We all have dreams every night. Each dream comes to us in the state of sleep called REM (rapid eye movement), and dreaming episodes occur in approximately 90-minute intervals. During this dreaming time unbelievable things happen because, as you know, none of the laws of nature apply in this nocturnal wonderland.
As a point of interest, the most common dreams revolve around... (more)
I have traveled both sides of the road
Searching always for what was a higher place
An existence that left all negativity replaced
By the unending grace given so freely to me
Simply in my asking, I was bestowed
Beyond any earthy desire.....
I do not hide from life in all it's intricate complexity
Instead leaping in faith
Exploring distant imaginings
Which hold my breath in sacred peace
Reflections of brilliant sunsets
And muted dawns, transposed through time...
My life's tremolo played in echos
This is an exercise I use to use in some of the groups I ran.
Think about a negative energy that you want to work on...let's say it's anger. Let yourself just feel this and ask yourself...who does this remind me of from my childhood? Okay, sit with that, a minute or two minutes...knowing that face, have their face on it. You are not blaming it on the face, you are just associating. Have the feeling. Then, have your intention be that you just let that energy stay there on that chair...then get up and sit in another chair, with the intention that you just leave that old energy behind.... (more)
I am sure that most everyone reading this knows what it feels like to have failed at something. To be in the pits, looking up, wondering if you have the courage and strength to pick yourself up and begin again. You may think what I am about to say is a bit " out there.".."off the wall."
Okay, I am going to say it anyway. What I am most grateful for in my life are the times I totally messed up. When I was in a place that felt like I was engulfed by darkness, and could not see any reason to push on. Yes, I have been there many times. Probably more than I can even count. But bear in mind... (more)
I always gain more understanding when I realize divine action is always working on my behalf. It is when I forget this and try to be totally in control, that things fall behind and apart. There are things in life that we simply are not going to be able to do anything about.
There are those times when you can not change what happened, or how it happened. Your hands are tied, your mind is blank, your mouth is shut and you feel totally helpless. This can be a scary place to be, but it does not have to be if you understand that this now is God's Job...
These are the experiences of... (more)
Do you feel like you have to be perfect to be accepted? That if you can not always be the winner , you will be rejected and be a loser? Where does this thinking come from? This could be a very important question to ask yourself. Who in your life has imposed these expectations on you? How very stressful and hard it must be to have to try to live a "perfect" life. To me, friendship and love come with imperfections. I wish you perfect imperfection my friends.
"Our vulnerabilities and flaws--and not our successes and strengths--ultimately make us lovable and human. People can be... (more)
We are defined by the stories we tell ourselves..but the question is...is your story empowering you or causing you to fall short . Story does not mean it is not true...but to continue to focus on it will not empower you. My story...I was given up, I was rejected, thrown away.
Later because of the love of my Mama, who adopted me , it became I was chosen....Biography is the farthest thing from your destiny...Your choices are your destiny, and who you will become.
We are in control of only two things...first, how we prepare for what may happen, and secondly how we response... (more)