“If we are creating ourselves all the time, then it is never too late to begin creating the bodies we want instead of the ones we mistakenly assume we are stuck with.” — Deepak Chopra
When we feel good, all is right with the world. When the body is out of alignment or in pain, our mental state is less than optimal and our emotional state is shaken.
I know for me, when I am not feeling well, I tend to focus on what is not working pr what I don’t have. When feeling out of sorts, it is easy to feel frustrated, irritated and agitated.
Here are some of my go-to prayers for realigning with my Wholeness.
“In the infinity of life where I am, all is perfect, whole, and complete. I recognize my body as a good friend. Each cell in my body has divine intelligence. I listen to what it tells me, and I know that it’s advice is valid. I am always safe, and divinely protected and guided. I choose to be healthy and free. All is well in my world.” – You Can Heal Your Life, Louise Hay
I am now knowing that my body is a joyful vehicle and I am celebrating it in Divine Love and thanking it for being with me on this remarkable journey in consciousness. I am now choosing to accept the awareness and the actions that are required to support me in realigning my form to hold and vibrate at this new frequency. Word I am Word through this intention. Word I am Word.” — Book of Love and Creation, Paul Selig
“My body is a temple of the living Spirit. It is spiritual substance. Every part of my body is in harmony with the living Spirit within me. The life of this Divine Spirit flows through every atom of my being, revitalizing, reinvigorating and renewing every particle of my physical body. There is a pattern of perfection at the center my being which is now operating through every organ, function, action and reaction. My body is a Divine Idea forever renewed by the Spirit.”
“Everything is really full of love for you. The good that is for you loves you as much as you love it. The good that is for you seeks you and will come flying to you if you see that what you love is love itself” —Emma Curtis Hopkins
We left behind our schedules, responsibilities, and busy lives. We arrived at the beautiful Alton Collins Retreat Center with open hearts and minds. We set our intentions and allowed Spirit to guide us to the wisdom of our hearts.
The result was sheer perfection. Everything conspired to reveal a time of joy, laughter, tears, insights, rest and renewal. We met new friends and rekindled old friendships. We found connection with others and deep appreciation for ourselves. We left inspired, enlivened and open to new possibilities.
Reflections from those attending:
“I felt my heart open and the fear, doubt, resistance just melt. I loved the honesty expressed here—completely authentic. I have immense gratitude.”
“This was the most unexpected amazing experience for me.”
“The lovely wooded setting was perfect for the inner work we did. The activities and group sessions were varied but related. As always, I found sharing easy in the small groups.”
“Everything worked for me! I felt supported, nurtured and loved! The music was beyond perfection.”
“I loved the progress of the days and the way we identified situations we wanted to work on and then went deep—step by step with guidance and support. Interactions with retreat sisters were many and meaningful. The music was fantastic and supported our exploration and discovery.”
“I am so grateful! I feel like I received the gift of an extended spiritual group to connect with.”
“Each retreat I have attended touches me and reaches me more deeply. The women are amazing—always making new friends. Lauri’s music is always spot on.”
“I laughed until tears ran down my face. I moved and danced. I made loving connections with amazing women. I felt truly seen. I feel renewed!”
Give yourself the gift of sacred renewal. Let me know if you would like to be notified about our next retreat.
Save the Dates for our next retreat: October 22 – 25, 2023
“In fear, we forget who we really are. Forgetting who we are, we forget Who lives within us. And in forgetting Who lives within us, we lose conscious connection to our power.” Marianne Williamson
My neighbor was standing outside as I returned from grocery shopping. She greeted me and said, “I have a question for you. The topic came up in my bible study. Do you think we are in the end of times?”
I felt dismayed she was asking this question on such a tough day. It was a challenging week hearing from friends and loved ones about their pain, loss and grief. The news can be overwhelming with stories of injustice, chaos, and uncertainty in the world. It was easy to fear apocalyptic prophecy in times like this.
I stalled while I took the groceries out of the car. I shook off my doldrums and took a breath. I knew I had to be centered in my response. I affirmed what I know without a doubt—There is a Power and Presence for good in the world. I refuse to dwell on appearances but stand in the true knowing of the Universal Power that is love.
I remembered the quote from Ernest Holmes…”In order to have faith, we must have a conviction that all is well. In order to keep faith, we must allow nothing to enter our thought which will weaken this conviction.”
Now I was ready to respond. “What I believe is happening—” She interrupted me mid sentence “There’s my ride, I have to go. Have a nice day.”
I watched as she got in the car and drove away. I laughed out loud. The universe has such a sense of humor. She uses every opportunity to bring me back to love.
What brings joy to your soul? Do you ever yearn for quiet time to gaze at the trees, smell the freshness of a forest, connect with your inner wisdom?
It is easy to feel restricted and limited in a world that is constantly changing and shifting. But joy is our divine inheritance and lifts us up as we cope with the daily demands of life
Wisdom of the Heart Women’s Retreat is a gift to yourself to renew, reflect and to step into your authentic self. When we let go of the constructs of our daily life, we see new possibilities and feel a deeper appreciation for the blessings of life.
Here is what attendees have said:
“I have been on many women’s retreats and found this one to be magical”
“This retreat provided me with a bridge between my connection with the Divine and my everyday living…heaven brought to earth!”
“This is my fourth retreat and each one bring new experiences Can’t wait for the next one.”
“Love is a force more formidable than any other. It is invisible—it cannot be seen or measured, yet it is powerful enough to transform you in a moment, and offer you more joy than any material possession could.” Barbara DeAngelis
Walking in the forest noticing the sunlight filter through the trees, watching the birds flit from place to place, listening to the wind whisper through the trees, smelling the fresh fragrance of the trees, my soul is filled with joy.
Walking barefoot on the beach at the ocean, feeling the sand between my toes, feeling the cool breeze through my hair, watching a family building a sand castle. Walking in the garden, smelling the sweet fragrant flowers, feeling enchanted by a hummingbird. A hug from a friend, a smile, laughter, a shared cup of tea.
These are my places of joy. These experiences are so essential to my wellbeing. Joy feeds my soul, raises my energy and expands my awareness.
Feeling joy can at times feel a bit irresponsible. Life can be challenging and there is so very much to do. There are endless issues to face and significant decisions to make. But that is the exact moment when we need joy.
The months during the pandemic there were many days that felt joyless. One day I picked up the phone and called a friend. We laughed, and cried and our hearts were open again. The simple gift of connecting lifted us both.
Thich Nhat Hanh reminds us, “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”
Joy is a pathway to love. Take a moment and find your joy and bask in the love.
Affirmation: I am grateful for the opulent abundance that surrounds me.
I am often overwhelmed with the conflicts and issues about our country. I am grateful for this prayer from Ernest Holmes.
My Prayer for My Country
by Ernest Holmes
Believing in the Divine destiny of the United States of America and in the preservation of liberty, security, and self-expression for all, I offer this, my prayer for my country:
I know that Divine Intelligence governs the destiny of the United States of America, directing the thought and the activity of all who guide its affairs.
I know that success, prosperity, and happiness are the gifts of freedom, the Divine heritage and is now operating in the affairs of every individual in this country.
I know that Divine guidance enlightens the collective mind of the people of this country, causing it to know that economic security may come to all without the loss of either personal freedom or individual self-expression.
I know that no one can believe or be led to believe that freedom must be surrendered in order to insure economic security for all.The All-Knowing Mind contains the answer to every problem which confronts this country.
I know that every leader in this country is now directed by this All-Knowing Mind and has the knowledge of a complete solution to every problem. Each is compelled to act upon this knowledge to the end that abundance, security, and peace shall come to all.
And I know that this spiritual democracy shall endure, guaranteeing to everyone in this country personal liberty, happiness, and self-expression. Amen.