Counter Space

As I cooked and served meals for my family this holiday season from my small kitchen (jokingly referred to as the postage stamp with a stove), I wished for the hundred millionth time… for more counter space.

In order to prepare meals inside my kitchen you must have trained as a juggler for Cirque de Soleil. Add to this, about half a dozen adults and one small toddler, coming in and out at intervals that would challenge the schedule of Grand Central Station, and you have a real circus!

Somehow, however illogically, I always felt the cramped feeling would go away if only I could somehow miraculously add more “counter space”.  I found myself wistfully sighing, once again, with longing for “linear largeness” as I fought to open my oven door all the way. This, while my backside jammed painfully against the wire baker’s rack behind me!

As I straightened up to rub my aching bottom, I could hear the laughter and joy coming from just beyond the kitchen doorway. Just then, my little grandson comes into the kitchen with his arms outstretched for a hug and his signature dimpled, lopsided grin.

As I lift him up into my arms for a snuggle, suddenly, I am aware of a delicious sense of spaciousness all around me.

The Tao # 11 says:

Universe
is mostly space
we move between
from place to place

Our being composed
mostly of space as well
without which we could not dwell

We benefit by the being…
yet the nothingness is essential.

I got that I “counter the space” around me with my thoughts of lack and limitation! I counter the space around me with believing that perfection can be bought at Home Depot or space measured in linear feet.

“The Space Between the nothing and being
is what makes things work for you and me!”

Enjoy all the Space that is around your life right now and offer it no “counter” at all!

Has Happiness Found You Yet?

“Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.”~Hafiz

  

  

 

 Imagine for a moment that “happiness” was not something that you have to find, chase, or earn.

Imagine that happiness was not something that you could only experience based on the volatile circumstances and moveable situations in your current life experience.

Just think! No! Don’t do that!

Just feel and imagine that happiness actually knows you personally!

Isaiah 49:16 says that Happiness, also known as God…does know you personally:

“See, your name is marked on my hands; your walls are ever before me…”

Happiness is totally aware and informed about your circumstances….and guess what?

Happiness is looking for you right now!

Be still and know that I AM God!

Be still and stop running from happiness….

Listen!

That’s happiness calling your namecan you hear it?

If you can….then just SMILE!

Damn Thirsty!

“First

The Fish needs to say,

Something ain’t right about this

Camel ride—–

And I’m

Feeling so damn

Thirsty”

From the book The Gift  Poems by Hafiz

Interpretations by Danile Ladinsky

Beloved Ones, you are like fish on a camel ride here on this wonderful place called earth.

You are a wayfarer and a stranger in a strange land.

Just  like a fish out of water!

Trust me, the camels of your cares and concerns will be fine, but you need some water quick!

Many of us are “so damn thirsty” we don’t even recognize that we are, because we have ignored it for such a very… very long time.

We thirst for belonging, acceptance, love…and all manner of things that may be difficult to locate in the desert of our illusions about life.

Most of all, we thirst for our True Home and the Oneness with Spirit that we forgot as we bumped along on our camels.

Spirit beckons! Always calling…”Come and drink from the well of life in the shade of this oasis… and you will never thirst again!”

What do you think?

Is it time for a drink?

 

 

Giving…Up?

Maybe, like me, you are starting over…reinventing yourself…and making drastic changes in your life and affairs.
It can feel so scary to be in an unfamiliar place where all you really have to rely on is the power of faith and the strength of your vision.

Maybe you are starting over because your old job went away, you are downsizing or a relationship came to an end.

Whatever the reason, you may come to a place where you just feel like saying, “Forget it! This is just too hard and I don’t want to do it anymore!”

I must feel like this at least once a day on a slow day!

So I want to share some things that have kept me from walking away from the path that I have chosen for myself.

  • Know the difference between “giving up” and “letting go”

Be willing to release all the things that you thought you knew about yourself and your life. Doing this creates room for God to create a new script for you and your life.

  • Practice Moment-By-Moment Surrender
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Surrender all struggle, despair and hopelessness. Surrender all fear, doubt and unbelief. Do it moment-by-moment!Surrender in those tearful moments when you might be on the floor in a heap praying for the strength to hold on just one more day…then…get off the floor, wipe your tears, wash your face and reach for a feeling of gratitude.

  • Live in Gratitude
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Focus on your blessings and not on what you think is missing! When you feel despair come calling ask yourself what you are most grateful for. Reach for gratitude constantly! Become a gratitude addict! Gratitude instantly raises your vibration.

  • Remember to Breathe
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When you are in fear you are not breathing deeply. A good cleansing deep breath brings oxygen to the brain and gets the flow of energy moving. When you breathe deeply and slowly you don’t feel stuck. You start to feel like you have the power to keep going.

  • Let it Flow
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Whatever you are sharing and giving to the world, keep sharing and giving to the world. If you are a writer, keep writing. If you sing, keep singing, If you are an artist, keep creating!

As you allow your gift to flow from the loving place of your I AM Presence and from the Joyful Soul of your Being…you are bringing it into perfection! 

A quote from Manifesting Victory,

“Don’t think  you must stop, because what you expressed isn’t accepted (or noticed) by the outer world! Don’t mind that, but just let it flow! Just let it keep flowing and all of a sudden, when it strikes a certain vibratory action, the whole world will accept it!”

God does have a plan for you and whether you know it or not…you’re living it!

Persistence is needed. Persistence is the steady adherance to a course of action!

Courage is needed. Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway!

Love will guide you and carry you when necessary!

Don’t ever, ever, ever give up!

Inside the Violet Flame

Beloved Beings, there is a place inside of you in which All is balanced and directed.

Did you know that you are made of Light? The first words of the Creator were,

“Let there BE LIGHT!”

And there was LIGHT! And the LIGHT was you and She saw that it was Good!

Often times, in our over-identification with our egoic selves, we forget that we are Spirit Beings having a human experience. We all come from a plane much more “real” than our experience here in physical form!

We have been given a great gift in the power of our imagination. Use the power of your imagination to work with the invisible forces of Light that surround you!

For centuries, many metaphysicians have used this power of Light to direct the flow of spiritual energies to bring about healing, transformation and other loving conditions!

Imagine the Light as a Violet Flame with the power to transmute negative conditions. Use this energy in your prayers and meditations. It is a powerful tool of the Conscious Co-Creator!

Just 15 minutes a day of meditation with the Violet Flame can create a huge positive shift in your life and in the world!

Many people in our experience are feeling “financially challenged” right now. Here is a prayer to dissolve that condition using the power of Light within the Violet Flame:

I call the Mighty I AM Presence into action!

Charge forth Violet Consuming Flame through my body and “feeling” world with dynamic power to dissolve and consume whatever quality is repelling my supply! 

Visualize yourself stepping into the Violet Flame in joy and gratitude!

Feel the shift take place and rejoice in the wonder of the Light that you are!

Learn more about the Violet Flame at: http://thevioletflame.tripod.com/

State of Grace

The dictionary defines “Grace” as:
a. The freely given, unmerited favor and love of God.
b. The influence or spirit of God operating in humans to regenerate or
strengthen them.
c. A virtue or excellence of divine origin

And again, it is defined as…elegance or beauty of form, manner, motion or action.

To say that we live in a “State of Grace” points to a way of being that creates a flow of ease and harmony in life that some call “effortless-ness”.

The Tao, says this about effortless-ness:
The way is the root of everything accomplishing all while doing nothing.
Elites knowing Divine Unity accomplish with effortless application.
Life unfolding in a natural process.
Highest good manifests freed of desire.
Serenity evolves of its own accord…

A “State of Grace” is not a state of constant, mind-numbing euphoria.

(Although, it can certainly be experienced this way from time to time.)

Rather, it is living life by responding to it with the knowledge that everything is as it should be.

It is an extreme and certain reliance on Spirit living in you, through you and as you.

It is a dance with precise steps and the fluid motions of Love given…and of Love received in this circle…called Life!

Today, consider changing your zip code to a “State of Grace“.

5 Steps To Conscious Creating!

Everyday, I become more and more like my heavenly Father. I stand more firmly rooted in my “I AM-ness and I take more responsibility for creating a life that I want!

Tao #6…. says this on Creation:
Spirit of Creation
Womb of eternity
giving birth to heaven and earth
moving through us continuously
invisible and inexhaustible
the circle has no end…

The Power of Creation is all around us!

Indeed, it is by this power that we live and move and have our being!

Psalm 82:6 reads, “I said, “You are gods, And all of you are sons of the Most High!” Jesus proclaimed, “When you hath seen me, you hath seen the Father and he was aware of; and utilized the gift of this power to create his world.

Not only are we to be aware of our power to create in this world, but we are to be aware that we all have a  responsibility to life to create a life we want! 

Yes, I am talking about living a prosperous life…but not one just limited to material wealth and the accumulation of things.

I am talking about creating a life that is “Pro-Spirit”!  A prosperous or “Pro-Spirit” life, is one filled to the overflow with love, peace and light that is willingly shared with others.

Before you begin the process, get very clear about what you want to create! 

(See my Blogpost entitled “What Do You Want?)

Always create from a space of love and wholeness because all things are yours.

Become aware of any fear or belief in lack or scarcity…so that you can ask for it to be transformed.

Here are 5 Steps to Consciously using the Power of Creation:

  • Speak with authority!

Ask and it is given! The Hebrew word for “ask” means to claim or demand! You have the power of creation at your disposal so don’t get all mealy-mouthed when working with this energy.  Problems with this one? Look at your sense of self-worth. Do you know your worth? Do you feel your value to the Universe?

  • Expect that your words have life

Death and life is in the power of the tongue. Your words do not return unto you void. Miracles can be commonplace if you will turn away from appearances. The earth was without form and void and darkness covered the face of the earth. God could have said, “You know what, that looks like a hard project and I can’t see the benefit in making the effort..” Instead God said…Let there be light!

  • Open to receive that which you have given life to!
  • Make room for what create. Release all of that which no longer serves your highest good.

 Get out of your head and drop down into your heart!

The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

  • See it manifest!

Create the life you want and watch it unfold! Be single-minded in your vision.

Do not see through the eyes of others who will point out to you their own doubt, fear and unbelief.  Exercise your faith and know that it is already done! This requires radical faith and reliance on God!   Are you up for it?

  • Repeat the Process!

Life Jacket

A lovely sister-friend of mine posted this beautiful picture of  her child on Facebook. The child is wearing a bright orange life jacket and wearing an angelic smile! Her father’s arms encircle the little one and the caption reads, “Her first life jacket. Safety first!”

The child looks completely peaceful and unconcerned. Her expression relays the kind of contentment that is brought about when you know that you are totally loved, always protected and absolutely safe!

The dictionary defines a life jacket as: A sleeveless jacket of buoyant or inflatable construction,  for supporting the wearer in deep water and preventing drowning.

So many of us today feel like we are drowning. Floundering in uncertainty, debt, lack, scarcity, grief or perceived loss…we think that our circumstances will pull us into their undertow never to be seen again.

In the deep water of our fears, we struggle against the current, envisioning the worst possible outcomes.

All along, Spirit is calling lovingly to us; working to calm our fears and stop our violent struggles.

But, like the drowning…we fight the very energy that is reaching out to rescue us from the dark turbulent waters of our own nightmarish illusions.

Each and every one of us has been issued a “Life Jacket” designed specifically to help us navigate the deep waters of our experience in complete safety and without need for fear of drowning.

You have only to accept this wonderful gift and allow your Father’s arms to encircle you! You are wholly and completely supported at all times…no matter how turbulent the waters that flow around you!

Listen because Spirit is saying “Put on your Life JacketYour safety is always first with Me!”

Become like the child that you are and “trust” that you will float above the content in your life… for you are the space around it!

Take a deep breath and feel the buoyancy of the unconditional love that is your heritage as the child of a loving Father/Mother God!

Remember… “God is faithful, who will not [permit] you to be tempted above that ye are able [to bear]; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape.” 1 Cor. 10:13

Accept the Life Jacket that has always been yours today… and smile because you are loved!

Temple of the Familiar

I am not exactly sure of the moment when I stopped living in my body. For a long time I viewed it as just another thing to survive. My stepfather’s sexual abuse, the physical abuse endured from my children’s father, childbirth, weight gain, fatigue…all these things my body survived.

There is an old adage that says “Familiarity breeds contempt.” My body became very familiar to me. I certainly had no respect for my physical being. In my perception, my body was only a symbol, a reminder really… of what I suffered at the hands of others and my own insanity.

For many years, it was too painful to be present in my body from the neck down. It seemed easier just to live in my head where I could dream of being anybody….anybody…but me.

It was a long time before I gained the courage to “be in my skin” and to treat my body as something other than the thing that carried around my lifeforce.

At 43 years old, I am just starting to feel really good about all of me and to love my body as the “Temple” it was created to be.

What a wonder that my temple has stood so long without me loving or appreciating the gifts that it has given me!

It has endured, it has been sturdy and uncomplaining. It, in fact, has survived my ignorance of it’s loving purpose. It has certainly been more loyal to me than I have to It over these forty plus years.

And so I come to a time when I am  ready at last to worship at the Temple of My Familiar…not with contempt, but with adore and with gratitude!

I am ready to live in my skin and experience the freedom and the power within the doors of this Holy Place!

At last…I am ready…and I celebrate!

What Do You Want?

“What do you want?”

This seems like such a simple question and one whose answers should roll off the tips of our tongues as easily as the judgments and criticism that we reserve for ourselves and our perceived faults.

No, the answers to that question seems to come slowly, haltingly like untapped water under the suface of the earth. For most of us, the answer is water seeking an opening where there may be none, or one so small…it can only seep out in infinitesimal drops.

What do you want?

If your answers come from your head, they are not the answers!

Such revelations come from the place where the waters of the soul run sweetest, deepest and purest!

So, I ask again, “What do you want?”

Perhaps a glimpse to your particular answer to my question,  is found in a quote from the Book Third Wish, by Author Robert Fulghum…”In retreat, I advance.”

Many of us find clues to what we want…by looking at what we do not want.

As a conscious co-creator with the Spirit of Life, how will you create if you are unclear about what it is you want to create?

How will you create the life you want… if you do not know what sort of life it is that you want to create?

When you have finished your list of at least half a dozen to ten answers, look at it again.

Is it predicated upon what you want…or filled with the will and wishes of others?

You have not tapped the deep waters of your soul’s desire if it reads like a copy consumer’s digest.

Go deeper still

Send the bucket down the well again and again until you have drawn forth the essence of yourself.

When you find it…you will know…finally know what you want!

And you will go forth in the world knowing more than most people do.

And you will find that your well is a river… and your river is a sea… connecting you to All that IS.

And you will know, that you are loved by a Father and a Mother God that wants you and all of us to have the life that we want!

So that you will know how very much life…wants you!

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