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A Whole Lotta Reading

Summer is coming to an end and books are scattered throughout my home awaiting for me to pick up and continue reading. The content of these books are SO rich, I must share them with you. I have embedded active links to Amazon for your convenience, should you desire to explore them further. Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud and John Townsend I watched a TED Talk on rejection where the speaker, Jia Jiang, consciously set himself up for 100 days to be rejected so that he could get over rejection as a driver for his behaviors. (to see the TED Talk, go to my Facebook page: Facebook.com/bonnieannebarnard). I was determined to have a 100 day challenge for myself, and I chose boundaries as my challenge. My boundaries can be so flabby they need their own workout program. SO, I decided to give them one. So far I am on day 10 of 100 and I am now able to see where I violate myself, and I have only twice...

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Recognizing Holy Week and the (Metaphysical) Resurrection

Forget the meaning of Holy Week for a moment and just bask in the two words, “Holy Week.” Wouldn’t it be powerful to claim, every Monday morning as we awoke, that this week is Holy? Just the words raise my vibration before diving into the meaning… Now, let’s dive. Metaphysicians look at Holy week different than traditional believers. To the metaphysician, sacred scripture is valued not as a literal, historic text, but as a symbolic text for ripening and revealing the Soul. Rev. Ike, metaphysical Christian and the founder of Science of Living, said of the Bible it is “the greatest book of self-image psychology.” Again, referring not to history, but to a usable text for developing an understanding of self. From this lens, let’s look at the events of Holy Week and then apply them to our own lives. Here is the chronology. Parentheses connote the metaphysical interpretation: Lazarus Saturday: Jesus (savior, helper of Jehovah) raises Lazarus (helplessness) after being dead for four days back into a living...

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What Do the Grinch, Scrooge, Moses and Joseph Have in Common?

As a Christmas lover, I rushed to the local movie theatre to watch the NEW Christmas movie. This year it was The Grinch. A full length movie about how the Grinch became a Christmas-destroying menace. Guess what happened in his childhood that lead to his self-perception and his behavior? Yep, you guessed it. Like Scrooge, Moses and Joseph … he was abandoned. The experience of abandonment, like abuse, and neglect can be a prescription for self-destruction and violence towards others. In the case of Scrooge, his form of self-destruction was withholding generosity from himself and others perpetuating a miserly experience for all involved. His financial and love withholding had a direct impact on himself, his family, and his community. He was painfully alone and loathed by those who knew him. His nephew Tiny Tim who wore a leg brace and could die from his family’s inability to pay his health care premiums for this pre-existing condition. And, Scrooge determined the salary for Tiny Tim’s dad as Scrooge was his...

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Rebooting Yourself

  I am facilitating an online group for people who have a goal they want to accomplish, a direction they desire to head in or a habit they want to break within a thirty day period. The group is called Momentum and Miracles and it is offered through FaceBook Live. Momentum because I had been in a rut and wanted to jump start my ministry into an every day practice with a community of cool people interested in inner and outer movement. And, Miracles as I had become dull to the splendor and magic of waking up in the morning when 6,775 people in America didn’t (that’s the daily death average). I was becoming lazy in my appreciation for Life Herself. I knew others would also want to reboot and lean into The Shared Field of Divine Movement. This process has served me well. I’m back to feeling an aliveness in my body that provokes a lot of laughter and perspective. There is power in discipline and accountability. To...

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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 years of closeness. I celebrate this. It is a good thing. With it; though comes change to a routine; quiet where there once was sound, open space where there once was stuff; and available time that was once occupied. I am noticing my body has chimed it with its changes. I am juicing a lot, eating a little, and moving...

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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 from the bondage of Egypt. God loved his people who were suffering and needed a leader to do God’s work on earth. Moses asked God, “who do I say sent me?” And Moses was told “I Am that I Am.” When God was asked his name, he said “I Am,” or the singular form of the verb “to be.” God...

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