How often have we said “I swear to God” and considered it a harmless expletive because we weren’t about to do the thing that followed those words and, besides, we were certain that God doesn’t pay attention to such meaningless oaths as: “I swear God if my husband doesn’t stop snoring, I’m going to shoot him!” We think of our “swear to God” fantasies as harmless because they only exist in our mind. But, we actually have no private thoughts because no thought remains “secured” within our head. Every thought is a living thing and goes forth into creation. We can’t stop that thought as long as we are thinking that thought! Even if it is a fantasy we don’t act upon, the emotional vibration of it still affects us and everything around us. ALL our thoughts emit a vibration through us that affects our body and our life experiences. (Read more…)
I’ve always said that if one person shows up on a Sunday morning, I will be there, too. And, for nearly eight years, through literally rain, snow, sleet, and summer heat we’ve had a Sunday Service! Today’s decision began and ended with complete trust in the Guidance of Spirit that is always there (and always aware) “Behind the Scenes”—the title of the talk, by the way, that I’d planned to give next Sunday! However, since I truly want to share with you the talk I’d prepared for today, “I Swear to God,” that will be our topic next Sunday.
Rather than focusing on the ever-changing weather outside the window and on the weather maps, or reading the dramatic details of the winter storm warnings, in order to decide what was “best” for our congregation, the clear answer to cancel our Service today came as every True Answer comes, from looking within for Guidance. As I released my need for conditions to be a certain way, I was able to surrender to the Inner One—that Presence of Awesome Wisdom and Powerful Love that is always there, Behind the Scenes, and always knows right where we are. (Read more…)
We live, move, and have our being in a Conscious Universe that is conscious of us—One Unlimited Universal Mind “thought us up,” and knows right where we are every moment. That Mind brought us forth into being through the Holy Vibration of Creation. We are not only created out of that Vibration, we are created to function within it through the vibration of our thoughts. Our invisible thoughts are powerful, and whether we want them to (or not) they become visible as the life we experience. We can never hide our thoughts, or hide from our thoughts because they appear everywhere we go—as the condition of our body, the quality of our relationships, the nature of our day-day encounters, the state of our finances, and all our activities. (Read more…)
We learned many of the worldly facts that “ain’t necessarily so” from our well-meaning parents, who learned them from their well-meaning parents, who only wanted to keep their children safe in an unsafe world. In fact, when I was growing up my mom tried to scare the hell out of me with all sorts of scary ”what if” scenarios that she hoped would keep me from getting myself in trouble. I was told of the dangers of doing just about anything in life—from climbing on the roof and talking to strangers, to having sex and having babies. But, the one that stuck for the longest time was the one about the dangers of speaking up for myself.
When we’re taught that life is unsafe, we not only live in fear of what’s around us, we fear what’s with us and become afraid of our own impulses to express our self. We’re convinced that, if we do, we’re going to get our self in trouble, especially with those around us who wouldn’t approve. (Read more…)
Most of us have had an “ah-ha” moment in our life, often when we least expected it, when everything just seemed so clear. We felt a complete understanding of life without having a clue as to what we understood. It was moment of Revelation that we were somehow open to receiving. And, in that moment, we felt an unexplainable peace, an indescribable love, and an extraordinary joy. We knew that knew something because that inexplicable awareness was so real and true within us, it was undeniable. It was such a “That’s It” moment that we thought we’d never lose sight of It, and all we wanted to do was share that astonishing moment of Truth with everyone around us.
And, then we tried to describe it…Maybe we sat down with a friend or family member, and tried to put into words what we’d experienced. But our words seemed flat. No matter what adjectives or verbs we used to try to capture the color, sparkle and energy of the experience, no matter how many hand gestures, and no matter how often the person we were talking with nodded their head, it became clear to us that what we’d experienced couldn’t be described. It was ours to have within our self, alone. (Read more…)
If everything stayed the same in our life and never changed—if our buttons were never pushed or our emotions were never triggered—we wouldn’t realize our freedom to decide how we will experience the moments of our life. We wouldn’t become aware of our power to choose who we will be when life surprises us with change. Change shakes our world and often inspires us to question our life, rather than merely going through the motions, unaware and unconscious that there is so much more to us for us know and to be.
We are so busy repeating what we have always done, we don’t look for anything new in self or the world around us…until something different shows up, a change in the ordinary. When some situation or condition gets our attention, and we can’t deny it or overlook it—whether it has to do with our health, finances, relationship with family, friends or coworkers; whether it is a change in where we will live or how we will live—it gives us cause to pause and consider how we will greet the new situation: with resistance to doing anything differently or with openness to something new. (Read more…)