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Starting New

  Starting new doesn’t always require an ending; but it often does. Sometimes a new start is birthed out of love or lust. It isn’t expected, you meet someone, and then a relationship begins budding on its own volition yet with our permission. Sometimes there is an inner desire that bubbles to the surface inspiring you to take dance lessons, paint, read poetry or engage in art. And sometimes the most memorable beginnings start with an ending (or two or three) which require extra effort in order to claim our space and self. This is where I have been sitting. An intimate relationship of mine has ended after two...

The I Am that I Am

  And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:14 Moses was afraid. Maybe part fear and part awe would be more accurate. He was walking through the desert when a bush on fire caught his attention. He first saw “an angel of the Lord” on a flame. Then he looked more at the bush itself. It was unique because it was burning fire; but not burning up. Then God appeared to him and asked Moses to visit the Pharaoh and talk him into freeing the Israelites...

The Seven Spiritual Practices: A Path of Devotion

Mystics all share the common thread of having a direct experience of God that transforms them from one perception of the world to another; what Christians refer to as a born again experience. This experience includes a shift of living out of the mental realm of judgment, figuring things out, naming and organizing, linear thinking, living and projecting our thoughts onto the world to living from the Eternal Heart where Love directs the mystic. This shift happens in one of two ways — through Grace prompted usually by what we would refer to as a “tragedy,” like a near death experience or the death of a loved one. This...

Creating Momentum and Opening to Miracles

I am in the Holy Moment of coming out of a fallow time into one of action. With each step I take I become aware of just a small bit of momentum that starts to build. It is fragile, weak, and lonely; yet I am aware that the more movement I make internally and expressed externally, the stronger this momentum becomes and I can feel a build of energy happening. It is no accident that the word “momentum” comes from the Latin word MOVE. I am also keenly aware that I live in a world of Miracles. According to the dictionary, the word miracle means “of Divine Agency.” And...

The Reasons I Love You

Friday evening I attended a memorial service for a man who loved greatly while he was on this planet, and as a result had approximately 500 people show up for a service that lasted over two hours. His god daughter was one of the speakers who had written a letter/poem for her adopted father-figure entitled “The Reasons I Love You.” Her list included the slumber parties he and his wife hosted at their home for her, the game nights and gatherings, the teaching of principles and more. As she read her list I wanted to compile a list for everyone I love. What a beautiful way to honor oneself...

Inspiration on a Hotel Bathroom Wall

  In early metaphysics there is much written about Truth (with a capital T) as being a healing and restorative balm. The idea of affirmations and denials came out of the concept of speaking that which is Eternally True to the thoughts within your mind that are temporary and will not sustain themselves. For example. I am love (affirmation), hate is NOT who I am (denial). So, it was kind of fun to walk into a public bathroom in Port Townsend Washington to find a Truth to the right of the toilet paper…You are enough. When I arrived for my writing retreat, at the SeaTac airport, just outside of...

Do Unto Others …

    You know the saying, “do unto others as you would have them (or like them) to do unto you.” It catches my attention when “themes show up” for me. I have always been a big Starbucks and Howard Schultz fan and for about a decade now he has wanted to be a place for the country to have a deeper conversation about race. In 2015 Schultz initiated a “Race Together” campaign by printing “Race Together” on the cups with the intent of starting a race conversation between customers and staff. This conversation never really got started, and the backlash was HUGE. It turns out people didn’t want...

Off to the Pharmacy

    My right eye is swollen shut dripping with an infection that I continue to blot on and off and I’ve lost my voice. Six days ago I woke up with a sore throat. I began my regular treatment of homeopathic pearls, throat lozenges, local honey with lemon, lots of rest and lots of prayer. My sore throat continued. My routine continued. In the midst of this flair up, I was visiting family and friends who reinforced my well being as I did not have a fever, I had a lot of energy and I felt REAL good. Then last night in the middle of dinner with my...

Happy Easter Fool’s Day

“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.” I Corinthians 3:18-19 I caught myself giggling in delight today being as though it is both Easter and April Fool’s Day. I emojied Happy Easter to my Christian and spiritual friends and sent April Fool’s Day emoji’s to my Jewish friends. Then, I looked at the Fool emoji and realize it had some characteristics of Jesus. I couldn’t resist pointing...

Are You Seeking An Answer? Try This.

  I pulled into Agape’s International Spiritual Center, I affectionately call The Mother Ship, to purchase a sweatshirt I have been wanting for some time. I opened the Prius door and walked myself through shutting down the car properly as it is different than my stick shift car. I walked toward the sanctuary door while my friend Annie O’Neil, who I hadn’t seen in over a year, walks out with two young film makers. The two of us fall into each others arms laughing. What are the odds of me walking into a spiritual center on a Thursday lunchtime at the same time she’d be walking out of the...

Playing With Sidewalk Oracles

Have you had those synchronistic moments when you know Spirit is whispering to you in your ear? It can be a literal whisper, or maybe it is more symbolic. Possibly you overhear a conversation in the cafe’ and the answer to the question you’ve been pondering all weeks seems to spill out of a stranger’s mouth? Maybe you walk by the television and hear a piece of information that shifts your business direction. Or, possibly you are guided to see something like a street sign that somehow resonates with you and you have a knowing? After my father passed away, I began to receive messages from him that started with...

Sidewalk Oracle

My friend Quinn takes a morning walk and daily photographs what she sees on her walk. She got the idea from a book entitled Sidewalk Oracle, by Robert Moss. I ordered the book this morning and will post some wisdom from it in my next blog. In the meanwhile, I am going to make up what I believe his book will say. As everything you and I see comes from our inner self and interpretation, I believe Author Moss will tell me that what I place my attention upon during my walk will be uniquely mine. I may choose on my walk to pay attention to the health of...

Half Way Through My Fast

  On February 1st I announced on my blog that I would go on a February Fast cutting out political news from my daily diet and taking my own energy back. I would meditate from 5 to 6 pm instead of watching Chris Matthews and re-direct my energy toward that which I value. I want to share with you what I’ve observed. When a plane makes a very small, microscopic shift in direction it will end up in a different country. In fact, most of the time pilots are flying they are adjusting course. Flying is a series of mini-course corrections until the desired destination is reached. I should...

My February Fast

  It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else’s life with perfection. Bhagavad Gita February 1st I committed to one month of withdrawing my attention from political news. This is a big deal for me. You see, something changed within me when Donald Trump became president. The Divine Presence within me was rock solid, but my personality was running amuck and wearing me out. I somehow felt, that in order to stay safe, I needed to become vigilant and know what the president was up to. I felt that lending my energy to catching him in his lies would somehow...

How Do You Multiply Your Good?

I woke up this morning with the Wealth of Jesus on my mind. I saw him in his fine linen, which scholars say indicate he had extraordinary wealth. I realized that no where in the Bible did it say that Jesus was off to Jerusalem but couldn’t because he didn’t have a donkey, food for his trip, spending money, or resources to get to where he was going. After I laughed, I immediately saw his manger in a stable and had the epiphany that out of little (a manger birth) comes a lot (the son of God with everything possible). Remember the story of the woman with the oil...

Your One Thing for 2018

    What is the ONE THING that if you accomplished it, gained it or became it in 2018 would satisfy you? What did you do today to ensure that you moved closer toward that thing? I watched a YouTube video where Tyler Perry attributes having one focus, getting Madea into the theatre, onto the stage as paramount to his meteoric success. Just one focus. Not Madea and losing weight. Or Madea on stage, in books, in movies and on coffee cups. It was Madea on stage. Period. His life organized itself around this intention. His hourly jobs existed to support the production of Madea. He worked until they...

Thinking Bigger — The Practice of Cross Pollenating

  I am on a think bigger campaign in 2018. I’m cheering myself on to expand beyond my own limitations and into areas that are new (another name for God). I have inspired myself SO MUCH that I will be offering some sort of FB or on-line group later in the year knowing that the two-or-more consciousness creates an exponential potency. My first move was to list all of the ways I have expanded my thinking in the past. This is a great exercise in itself. One of my go-to ways of expansion is to learn or explore another discipline I know little or nothing about. Cross-pollenating. Instantly, my...

Thinking Bigger, Different, Creatively in 2018

  I’m in a rut. My thinking has become increasingly smaller. My being is screaming to be let out of this internal straight jacket I’ve put myself in … HELP!! Seeing and feeling this quagmire led me to begin mind-opening practices to receive messages from The Only Thing That Is. Mid-December I began by meditating and hollering. Two very effective practices. Now that it is January, and I have been doing some mind-stretching, mind-bending practices to assist in the more linear areas of my brain; I feel as though shift is beginning to happen. Two things I am doing right now. First: I am imagining all of the businesses...

A New Year Meditative Message

Today we begin 2018! A New Year. Each year I begin my year with long meditation and a cleansing prayer. Today was no different. During my meditation, though, I received some beautiful Soul musings that I captured in my journal. I typically don’t share my intimate inner conversation; yet today is a new day so I will. These words are powerful read out loud. There is a Power and Presence that lives inside of me and It is Eternal Love — not dependent upon anything other than Itself — Pure and Total 100 percent Love. This Love is available to lead me and guide me. I say YES to...

Self Soothing Practices

    When your emotional body is overstimulated or out-of-whack what actions do you take to soothe yourself? If you aren’t conscious of your behavior, now may be the time to give yourself a look-see. I have my standard practices: Ground, breathe and become present. Meditate. Sit in affirmative prayer. Chant. Take a walk. Call a friend who loves me and reminds me of who I am. And, today I added a new one. Adult coloring. I know, I am late on the coloring train; yet I want to say that there is brain technology that supports my new-found self-soothing practice. Check this out…according to an article by Dr....

Healing a Culture of Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination

I have been riveted to the news about my brother-citizens who have sexually harassed or assaulted women for decades and are now being held responsible for their actions. And, I have witnessed my sisters who are brave and willing to claim their rightful place as equals and valuable contributor/creators in our culture. You and I are undergoing a cultural transformation. Albeit awkward and sometimes painful; extreme emotion exists as part of the process that happens in the middle — in the goo of the chrysalis. When I was in my early thirties I was sexually harassed by a boss in the workplace. My story is a very common one. I have yet to meet...

How to Have the Holiday of Your Dreams

I have a confession to make. I LOVE the holidays. I mean LOVE the holidays. So much so that I celebrated the New Year with my Jewish friends in September; I hosted an early Thanksgiving dinner last week; I listened to my first Christmas music in August and I put up my bubble gum pink Christmas tree with Starbuck cup ornaments in the center of my living room picture window in mid-October. I just couldn’t and can’t wait for the season to begin. As a culture, we are given permission to celebrate and be corny during the holidays. We are subject to lights, decorations, mushy music of love, redemption, a...