“Slow down, you move too fast
You gotta make the morning last, just
Kickin’ down the cobble stones
Looking for fun
And feeling groovy”
– Simon and Garfunkel
There is not a lot of groovy-ness to be felt lately. We are emerging from our Covid cocoons into a frantic, short-tempered, anxious world moving at warp speed. Humanity is in a hurry to make up for the isolation of the past year— for all the things we didn’t do, places we didn’t go and people we didn’t see. Are we there yet? Sorry, no we are not.
There is no vaccine to heal the emotional pandemic we are in. We can only pause, take a breath, surrender into the moment. Stop and smell the roses. I mean seriously. Stop now and go smell the roses, the grass, the basil growing in the garden. Go hug a tree. Do something lovely for yourself.
Take the time to slow down and appreciate this moment. I know there is a Creative Presence and Power that surrounds us in Love. In the midst of anxiousness, I know there is Harmony. At the center of pain, there is Wholeness. In spite of chaos and uncertainty, I know Peace.
“Let the morning time drop all its petals on me
Life, I love you, all is groovy.”
This moment is groovy.
The roses smell heavenly.
You are loved.
Author Lynne McTaggart states: “Faced with some of the greatest upheavals and challenges in the entire history of humanity, we are one of the most important generations that have ever lived. Each of the major choices we make today will affect our children’s children – and indeed the world for all time.”
In today’s world we are all called to be engaged, standing up for justice and speaking out against racism, inequality, and abuse. There is no road map for what Barbara Marx Hubbard calls, “…this new Age of Conscious Evolution.” While the old systems are failing, new ideas and creative strategies are coming forward. The soul is awakened to a conscious expression of creation.
In order to allow the awakened soul to thrive, it is important to stay conscious and do the work to stay clear so our soul can shine. We practice letting go, forgiveness, gratitude and the art of allowing.
James O’Dea created a simple but powerful prayer practice in his book, Soul Awakening Practice.
The book is an instruction manual of meditations and prayers along with powerful essays and inspirations. The prayer is a call to newness, a transmission of love, a revelation of peace. Author Lynne McTaggart says, “People who have worked with the simple Soul Awakening Prayer report experiencing a cascading flow of transmission as they move from one line of affirmation to the next.”
It is important as spiritual peacemakers that we collect the tools and resources that nurture us when the days are dark and support us in staying on the path of love.
May Love light your path, harmony soothe your mind, and peace radiate in and through and as you each day.
Rev. Christine Green
It’s so frustrating! Have you ever noticed when you commit to being more loving in your life, your mouth speaks unkind words or your brain thinks angry thoughts? It’s not your imagination. It’s all part of the healing process.
Whenever we declare our highest intention, unwanted emotions show up to be healed. Unless we are aware of this fact, our experience can be discouraging and disappointing. The process is a type of spiritual purification–cleaning out the old feelings so our new intention can shine through.
The first time I declared joy as my purpose, I cried at least once a day for 30 days. I felt so frustrated until I understood the process. I finally let myself grieve and released all the pent-up pain and suffering. The crying eventually stopped and the quiet presence of joy filled my heart.
Whatever divine ideal you claim for yourself: joy, love, peace, or wholeness, is already working its way into your thinking, your speaking and into the cells of your body. Just be patient. It has to do a little spring cleaning first.
How do I know if my inspirations are coming from God from my own thought? A client asked me this great question recently.
There is a point of surrender on our spiritual journey where we know that the essence of who we are is much greater than the flesh body and more immense than our limiting thinking. When we connect with the infinite presence of God we understand there is but one power, one presence, one life. We are not separate from God’s Presence but one with it.
We know that all activity, ideas, opportunities, come from God. One way to deepen this experience is the practice of gratitude. Every time we give thanks for something good, we acknowledge our greater connection with God.
There is no magic to trusting our intuition. It is a continual practice to listen to insights that we have. One of the reason’s why the time we spend in silence is so precious. Intuition comes as a whisper and a quiet presence.
As we develop inner awareness, we are able to discern the difference between the ego wanting attention or the whisper of God’s wisdom. Silence is golden in so many ways!
Each of us is a walking field of energy made up of our thoughts, feelings and ideas. We can deplete energy with worry and fear, but we also have the power to direct the energy in our lives. Take the time to refocus your energy with these three Universal Laws:
Universal Law: Whatever I give out with love comes back to me multiplied.
Reach out and help someone else in need. A sense of expansion happens when you stop thinking about yourself and extend a helping hand to another. The good deeds and efforts that you share with others will come back to you multiplied.
Universal Law: Whatever I am grateful for increases.
Begin right where you are and put your attention on the things you are grateful for. Be grateful for new ideas, new opportunities and new relationships. Even the smallest seed of gratitude will grow and expand into possibilities you could never have imagined.
Golden Key: Focus on God and away from the problem.
Dr Emmett Fox, author, teacher and healer in the early 1900’s, developed the concept of The Golden Key. He taught that you turn the Golden Key by taking attention away from the problem and putting it on God instead. In other words, stop worrying about the problem and put your thoughts on God or your highest idea of Good in your life. When you do this, you will be amazed at how your mind clears and things begin working better and more easily and better than you thought possible.
We each make an impact on the collective energy field and on its results in our lives. Practice focusing on Universal Laws and see the difference.
“In God all things are possible.” Mark 10:27
The news media reports every day that we are in tough economic times and instills fear into our thinking. In the presence of fear our ideas shrink and opportunities seem to disappear. Fear stops the flow of good from coming into our lives.
Universal law states: Whatever we put our attention on increases. When we consciously change our inner thoughts, we see outward results. When we understand the spiritual laws of money, we can take dominion instead of feeling like a victim.
Eric Butterworth states, “There is only one way by which you can achieve prosperity. It is to take charge of our mind. You may be looking for some magic formula, some new metaphysical cliché that will change things. But if you want to change your life, you will have to alter your thoughts.”
Choose your thoughts and words carefully. Turn off the news. Walk away from negative energy. Create a gratitude list. Speak with good intention. Call a friend for support. Declare: I am willing to receive.
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