A Holy Week Wish

May all of you who are going through some sort of crucifixion right now, take heart. For resurrection is right around the corner.

When we have fallen deep into struggle or pain, it can be hard to remember that life is truly eternal. Just when things seem darkest, there is a seed getting ready to push its way up through the earth. The time of incubation is ending … the flowering is near.

No matter what our faith tradition, we have in common the experience of loss, grieving, acceptance and resurrection. We are connected through our shared humanity, not our beliefs. My experience is yours and yours is mine. So today, I stand in solidarity with you … my arms are interlocked with yours … our faces are turned toward the sun. Onward and upward. We are Jesus overcoming death … we are the phoenix bird rising from the ashes.

So, we get up and suit up and prepare to step into a greater experience of living than ever before. We have been transformed. We are stronger and more compassionate than ever before. We are gentler and wiser and more accepting. Love has dispelled the darkness and taken over our hearts. Alleluia!

23 Mar 2016

Hold Fast to your Dream

Good Morning Everyone,

It’s a universal human experience that some days the circumstances we encounter do not seem to match our dreams.  It can be confusing.  We thought we knew where we were going.  But now we’re not so sure we’re on track … that our dream is the right dream for us?  

When we don’t understand, doubt can creep in.  We expected the path to be smoother and easier.  We are tired and impatient.  This is the very time to stand firm.  Because the truth is, that beneath all our dreams and disappointments, we live and breathe in abundance.  Like leafless trees waiting for spring, something  great and constant is holding us up and turning us ever so slowly toward the light.  Our task is patience in faith. 

Mysterious as it is … no matter our discomfort or excitement … our drama or circumstance, all that we could hope for is here now.  We lack nothing.  God, Benevolent Life Force and Source of Infinite Abundance, is here, right where we are, every moment of every day. 

My mentor, Mary Morrissey, often reminds us that, as wonderful as it is to manifest a dream, it’s even more wonderful to realize who we’ve become on the way to the dream.  So if we are meant to become more patient, more steadfast in faith, more self-aware, more grateful and in love with every brand new baby day, then perhaps the slow path is the best path.  It takes time for a soul of that quality to “cook”.

Hold fast to your dream, dear friends.  Hidden within it is the path to greatness.

I believe in you.

Namaste’

 

May this weekend be one of emergence for you … may you bloom with the fullness of beauty that you are.

 

29 Jul 2014

The Magic Formula

6-2-14

 Greetings Everyone,

OK, so I’m a little late to this game … but finally I’m discovering the joy of taking care of my body.  Having a weight problem all my life, I’ve dreamed that some magic would come along to miraculously solve my problem.  Advertisers know that lots of us have this dream, and so they are very skilled at convincing us to buy the latest fad diet or exercise equipment. Seems like every day, we receive over the internet and TV a mountain of “magic formulas” guaranteed to make us thin and gorgeous.  I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many of these I’ve tried.  

Finally, I understand why none of them has  brought lasting results.  My  motivation was all wrong.  I wanted to be thin so that I would fit in … find approval in a world obsessed with a very narrow and unrealistic standard of beauty.  Truth is, I will never meet that standard. Actually, I’ve seen very few people who do.  Now my motivation is different.  I simply want to be  healthy, vigorous, happy and active.  And I’ll be successful, now because I know the real “magic formula”.  It’s all about love.

We take good care of what we love the most.  We put our fine china in a special cabinet.  We wash and detail the car.    We put our money in the bank and our jewelry in the safe.  Are our bodies less valuable than these possessions?  

So what does loving  our bodies look like?   Taking time each day to give it what it needs:  nourishing  food, regular exercise, restful sleep and caring attention.  A little encourage-ment wouldn’t hurt either … like looking in the mirror and saying with a wink or a smile,  “You are fabulous!”

Here’s my daily affirmation.  Want to join me?

My body is a reflection of Spirit.  I love taking care of it. 

Simple, but very, very powerful.

Namaste’

 

02 Jun 2014

Thrive Anyway

May 16, 2014

Good Morning Dear Friends,

I have always thought I had an obligation to watch the news or read the paper to keep current on the latest information.  To be honest, I’ve been somewhat critical of people who “bury their heads in the sand”.  Today I am announcing my official defection to the camp of bad news avoiders.  

The other night Sepp and I were ordering dinner in a restaurant.  I had chosen the salmon.  Sepp then goes into great detail about a report on PBS about the horrors found in the salmon fisheries of Nova Scotia and Alaska.  I quickly decided to order something else.   But then … you know what they say about chickens raised in overcrowded coops … and I won’t even go into the things I saw on a cattle ranch in Amarillo.   Somehow my happy mood and anticipation of a good meal had vanished.  I ordered a salad, EVEN THOUGH the vegetables were probably not organic and thus contaminated by insecticides.   How depressing to think that we cannot trust the quality of the food grown and prepared in this country.  

As usual Spirit came to the rescue and I opened The Book of Awakening to this teaching from Mark Nepo:

Just because one thing is broken is no reason to see all things as broken.  Seldom seen, growing along the ocean floor is the white-plumed anemone, a lovely, watery blossom.  It is like white lace opening under tons of black, opening as if bathed in the sun, while so far from the sun.

This is the trick to feeling whole and alive, isn’t it … to feel the sun even in the dark … to not lose the truth of things when they go out of view … to thrive even under adverse conditions  … to know there is still health even when we are ill … to know there is still peace, even in the midst of the fight.

THERE IS MUCH MORE GOING ON IN THE UNIVERSE THAN WE CAN SEE, FEEL OR TOUCH AT ANY MOMENT.

Knowing this does not invalidate our moments of pain or worry, but it does comfort us and speed our way back to a positive outlook on life.   Once again, I am reminded that facts and Truth are not the same thing.  If I continually fill my mind with negative facts, it’s easy to lose sight of the Truth, that there is a power far greater than human beings at work in our lives and in the world.  

Try this affirmation today:  The Universe is benevolent.  It is designed to support my wellness and wholeness.  

Whew … now that feels better.

Namaste’

16 May 2014

Pay Attention to the Energy

Greetings Everyone,

Do you ever wonder why good or bad things happen “out of the blue”?  Such events are not the offspring of caprice or luck; they are governed by the dynamics of universal law.  When you recognize the relationship between your out-of-the-blue events and  your unexamined beliefs, you are in a position to create the future you desire.

A friend recently called and, between sobs, told me her husband had suddenly announced that he wanted a divorce.  Apparently, there was another woman.  My friend is a very honest person and she said … “you know, we never argued; but we never really communicated either.”

This divorce was the culmination of the two drifting apart over the years, with neither addressing their troubles.  The husband did not wake up one day and decide to seek another partner.  This choice had been building for a long time.

Perhaps you have had the experience of swimming in a lake and suddenly feeling a cold undercurrent.  Likewise, we may go through the outer motions of our lives where everything appears to be one way, while an undercurrent is moving in a different direction.  This phenomenon can work for our well-being or against it.  Thus we can be apparently healthy while hurtling toward disease and apparently sick while hurtling toward wellness.

What happens to us in the outer world is not a cause.  It is an effect of our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, intention, and attention.   So, for today, our practice is to pay less attention to how things look on the surface and more attention  to the undercurrents of energy we feel.  

Today, I practice discerning the truth within.  I trust the energy more than the appearance of things.

Namaste’

 

17 Apr 2014

Breakdown into Breakthrough

4/10/14

Greetings everyone,

Last evening in our Foundations of Unity class we were talking about the First Principle, There is only one presence and one power in my life and in the Universe, God, absolute, unchanging good.  As part of the class, I asked each person to think of an event in their lives, past or present, that they considered “bad”.   Everyone had a story of a time of great challenge and pain.  How can it be then, that the only presence and power is Good?

The discussion led us to make a clear distinction between things that are painful and things that are bad.  What is painful is not necessarily bad.  Each person was able to say with confidence that they were in a better place today than they were before the “bad” event.  

Universal Good is always creating more life … that is its nature.   But often there is a process of de-construction that precedes construction.  Something old breaks down to make way for something greater.  Maybe we find that a  long-held belief is not the truth …  perhaps a relationship ends … or we receive a scary diagnosis.  This can be very  painful.  

Then there is usually a period of void … a sense of being lost and empty … because our sense of reality has been altered, and we don’t yet know how to navigate the new one.   This too is painful.  

There is no use trying to wish or affirm the pain of breakdown away.  It just is, and so we might as well allow it.  Resistance only makes it more intense and prolonged.   Little do we know that seeds of new life are incubating in this “tomb” experience.

Understanding that breakdowns are part of the process of new creation can be an enormous comfort during the dark days.  We are strengthened at the core by our faith in the process.  We feel both the pain and a sense of expectancy and anticipation.  We may be hurting, but we also feel very alive and awake.  Our five senses and intuitive powers are firing on all cylinders.  

Someone in last night’s class remarked:  Yeh, it’s funny.  I say I want change but then I expect it to come floating in on a pink cloud.   Everyone laughed because we have all shared this fantasy at one time or another.

There is a beautiful Tibetan myth that helps us to accept our sadness as a threshold to all that is life-changing and lasting.  The myth says that all spiritual warriors have a broken heart — alas, must have a broken heart — because it is truly through the break that the wonder and mysteries of life can enter.

So what does it mean to be a spiritual warrior?  It is the authenticity and courage to face the pain of letting go and hold on to faith that greater good is on its way.   Authenticity and courage allow us to withstand the heartbreak through which enlightenment can occur. 

It is by honoring how life comes through us that we get the most out of living.  The goal is to mix  our hands in the earth, not to stay clean.  Mark Nepo

Namaste’

 

10 Apr 2014

Clear Vision

4-3-14

Greetings my friends,

Thank God … spring finally feels like a tangible reality.  As the sleeping world renews itself … as the time of Resurrection approaches, I feels seeds of new life opening in my own spirit.  I cooperate with nature by nurturing these seeds … by intentionally establishing thoughts of peace, love and abundance in my heart and mind.

Just as clutter can accumulate in a closet or drawer, thoughts and feelings can accumulate in our minds.  Springtime calls us to sort through the clutter, re-claiming what is useful and discarding what is not.  By holding our habitual thought patters up to the light, we can easily distinguish between those that are life-enhancing and those that are life-alienating.

Today, I clear away error thoughts like fear, lack, disease and unworthiness and replace them with thoughts of peace, love and abundance.  I recognize these thoughts as Truth because my spirit soars.  New energy fills me physically, mentally and spiritually.  I am open to and eager for new ideas.  I feel free and optimistic.  Gratitude settles into my heart and draws more of God’s good into all my affairs.  I feel prosperous and totally alive.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.  Psalm 51:10

May your eye be clear today.

Namaste’

03 Apr 2014

What’s Your Baby?

3-17-14

Greetings Everyone,

There’s an old story about two feuding tribes in a remote region of the Andes.  One lived high in the mountains, and the other in the lowlands.  One day the highlanders raided the village of the lowlanders and kidnapped a baby.  The next day the lowlanders assembled a team to climb the mountain and rescue the child.  But they did not know the trails, and they were not skilled mountain climbers.  The search party struggled to make their way up the slope, but after a half day of strenuous effort, they could not go on.  Discouraged and disappointed, they gave up and got ready to head for home.

Suddenly, to their amazement, the rescue team saw the baby’s mother coming down from the mountain holding her child in her arms.  Baffled, they asked her, “How were you able to scale this steep mountain and rescue your child when we were unable to do so?”  She answered, “It wasn’t your baby.”

Desire and motivation provide the energy for achievement.  If you want something enough, you will find a way to do it.  If what you desire does not light up your heart,  your efforts will be halfhearted, and you will attain poor results.

Do not assess your possibilities on the basis of the unsuccessful efforts of people less motivated than you are.  Their results were the product of their beliefs and intentions.  Nor do you require anyone’s permission to do what you want and need to do.  In the story, the mother did not ask the search party’s permission before heading up the mountain.  Her heart told her what needed to be done.  Driven only by love of her baby, she did not hesitate or ask herself if she could do it.  She just did it.

No matter how high your dream, if it is a “baby” you truly love, heartfelt desire and steadfast intention will find a way to bring it home.

 Today I am true to myself.  Today and every day, I follow my heart

Namaste’ 

17 Mar 2014

Adversity Offers Gifts

March 5, 2014

Sweet are the uses of adversity,

Which like the toad, ugly and venomous,

Wears yet a precious jewel in his head;

And this our life exempt from public haunt,

Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks,

Sermons in stones, and good in every thing.  I would not change it.

                                    Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 2

Greetings Everyone,

My husband Sepp had a medical scare on Sunday.  On Monday morning I woke up obsessing the “worst that could happen”.  Must have been doing it in my sleep.  Recognizing that this is the kind of thinking that makes matters worse, I turned to Mary Morrissey’s Morning Mentor and Unity’s Daily Word to help heal my mind. 

Mary’s topic was looking for the good in adversity, and she read the Shakespeare quote above.  It moved me to tears.  It’s true isn’t it, that when something goes wrong, we easily think and act as though everything is wrong, when the truth is that most things are totally fine.  I thought about all the tests Sepp was put through in the hospital and how the results showed that 99% of his body is functioning perfectly.

The Daily Word for Monday was DIVINE ORDER.  The affirmation:  Change opens the way to greater good.  It went on to say, “I learn from the past, release what no longer serves me, and create each new day.  I appreciate that endings lead to new beginnings and give thanks that the goodness of God is present in every experience.”

What great conversations Sepp and I had with our minds turned from fear to the rich possibilities for even more abundant living that had been opened up by our “wake-up call”. 

Let’s do our best to remember that different need not mean “worse”; it could mean “better than ever”.  The next time life sends adversity your way, I hope this affirmation will help you as it did me: 

Change opens the way to greater good.  

Namaste’

05 Mar 2014

Blessed Companions

2-27-14

A blind child

guided by his mother,

admires the cherry blossoms.  (Kikakou)

It’s true, isn’t it, that each of us is blind in a particular way, just as we are uniquely sighted in others.  Consider how we are blinded by what we fear.  If we fear heights, we are blind to the humility vast perspectives bring.  If we fear spiders, we are blind to the delicacy and lethal splendor of webs.  If we fear passion, we are blind to the comfort of Oneness.  If we fear change, we are blind to the abundance of life.  If we fear death, we are blind to the mystery of the unknown.  And since to fear something is thoroughly human, to be blind is unavoidable. 

With this in mind, Kikakou’s little poem becomes intensely personal.  For our blindness is, at least in part, why we need each other.  With a trusted companion by our side, we may find the courage to experience things we would likely avoid on our own.  Throughout the course of our lives, we can take turns being the blind child, the loving guide, and the unsuspecting blossom — perhaps not knowing which we are until the gift has been revealed.

Today I  feel and express appreciation to our beloved companions in life.

 

 

27 Feb 2014