After Last Week’s message at The Divine Fellowship, I was asked to transcribe some of our notes for ease of use. So, here ya go!
As I was sending out an email to the church membership, I came to the part where I make a note of the upcoming message title. Nothing had come to me as yet, so I began to ponder all the things that would be good to talk about. I heard, “And then . . .” and continued pondering other topics. I heard, “And then . . .” again, and dismissed it again, because I had no idea what that would be about. I heard, “And then . . .” again and laughed out loud while typing that in as the message title. I realized I would be given the information as the week unfolded. There have been rare occasions that the message information was delivered as I walked from the back of the sanctuary to the podium. They’ve never let me down! (God, Angels, Spirit Guides – whatevers – lol)
So, as the week progressed I decided to get out my trusty link to Bible Gateway where you can look up verses quickly. I typed in “and then” and hundreds of passages popped up. I read a lot of those and discovered that whenever the Bible used the phrase “and then” it referred to a moment of change! Profound change.
So, I argued with God that this would be a better message for the first of the year. I was reminded by an astrology friend later in the day that the solstice was coming up and it was a great time for change. Sheesh. I guess God might have a better plan than me.
So as I considered the “and then,” along with the Solstice just days away, I realized that there was a wonderful opportunity to use this time and this method to really create chance in our lives for good!
So, the process is this. . . . State your current struggle as if someone else was having it in the past tense. She was overwhelmed. He was worn out. She was fearful. He was alone.
And then, add “and then” to the phrase. She was overwhelmed, and then . . . He was worn out, and then . . . She was fearful, and then . . . He was alone, and then . . .
And then, add a possible new insight or action. She was overwhelmed, and then she found her center. He was worn out, and then he reclaimed his power. She was fearful, and then she became aware of her strength.
Then say the “And Then” statement to yourself morning and evening until the Solstice when it changes to a personal truth statement. I was overwhelmed, and then I found my center. If you can repeat this to yourself for 21 days, true change happens! I hope you give it a try!
Here are a few “And Then” statements for you to choose from. Maybe more than one will apply to your current situation. Notice how you can instantly shift as soon as you say the “And Then” statement. There is Divine Power attached to this! You are not alone in your journey and this is a tool gifted directly from Source just this last week for you to use!
She was overwhelmed, and then she found her center.
He was worn out, and then he reclaimed his power.
She was fearful, and then she became aware of her strength.
He felt alone, and then he connected to Source (and went fishing)
She felt betrayed, and then she found her truth.
He felt full of self-doubt, and then he woke up (awakened).
She felt judged and in turn judgmental, and then she found compassion.
He felt hopeless, and the he saw a glimmer of Light (The Light found him!)
She felt anxious, and then she realized her worth.
He felt full of uncertainty, and then he tapped into Source and was filled with “knowing”.
She felt unimportant, and then she realized her worth.
He felt angry, and then he realized the story he was telling herself. And then he laughed.
You don’t have to know HOW any of this will happen. By being willing and open, things shift and you just automatically find your way into that new state of being. We tell ourselves things that are not true. We hear them in our head and we believe them. Most of the stuff we say to ourselves is just rubbish impressed upon us from events and circumstances long passed.
These “And Then” statements allow our brain to open to new possibilities . . . AND THEN our heart finds the way.
I recently did a message at The Divine Fellowship entitled Bring in the Light. There were a few highlights that I wanted to share with you.
We spend a lot of energy and effort fearing what might happen. We spend our energy replaying old events in our minds hoping to understand then or protect ourselves from being harmed in that same way again. This generates anxiety. The fear and anxiety feed the darkness, and yet, there are things that we can do and do well that causes the darkness to diminish.
When you take time to meditate . . . darkness fades.
When you give a friend or stranger a compliment . . . The Light glows brighter.
When you laugh (genuinely find joy) . . . The Light amplifies.
When you Pray for yourself or another . . . The Light shines.
When you are brave and try something new . . . The Light intensifies.
When you allow someone to be where they are – even if it’s not where you want them to be . . . Light beams.
When you let someone go ahead of you in line . . . The Light blazes
When you notice a sunrise or a sunset . . . the Light radiates.
When you snap a photo for a stranger . . . the darkness scatters.
When you welcome differences while others exclude and ridicule . . . the darkness slips away.
When you tell someone how they’ve impacted your life . . . darkness folds in on itself.
When you are gentle when others are abrupt and impatient . . . darkness yields.
When you refrain from anger when cut off in traffic . . . darkness shatters.
When you forgive someone or take responsibility for your own actions . . . darkness scatters.
When you hold sacred ground for someone who is suffering . . . darkness evaporates.
When you speak kindness when others spew hatred and fear . . . darkness is VANQUISHED!
Darkness cannot prevail. Darkness fears YOU and the Light of Love that abides within you! Be the Light that you already are!
Do you remember the Bedazzled gizmo? You could apply sparkly’s to anything and everything.
Today I’m feeling a bit Bedraggled.
Weird dreams, aches and pains that didn’t really keep me awake, but were in the realm of awareness all night. Even coffee didn’t sound appealing. (I know! Right!?!)
So, as I muddled though the morning and typed out today’s message from the Ancient Ones, I began to see the honey-like light pouring down into me. I took a bit of a break and suddenly found myself cleaning the bathroom. Hadn’t planned on doing that, just found myself doing that task with a new essential oil cleaner I’d just mixed up.
Now, I’m not sure if it was the new cleaner making an old task “fun” (cleaning the bathroom = fun?!?) or if it was the energy influx, but I can guarantee you it wasn’t will power or determination. I hadn’t even really considered taking on that task.
So, if you haven’t read the Ancient Ones message yet, I strongly encourage you to do so! I’m feeling much better – effortlessly!
I still have a ways to go to being my normal, joyful self, but I’m a long ways from where I was an hour ago. Just because I felt bedraggled, doesn’t mean I cannot become bedazzled! And I don’t even have to work on it. No “efforting” involved. No whining involved. No suffering involved.
It’s that simple. Even for the little stuff. It’s not the end of the world nor a huge tragedy. I just was running low on energy. By asking, allowing, and visualizing that warm, glowing golden light to flow down into my soul, I’m regenerating/rejuvenating/restoring my energy fields.
My normal routine would have called for a stern talking to myself about what I’m doing wrong. You can imagine how productive that usually is. . . not.
Where ever you are today . . . How ever you are today . . . Take a moment for yourself. Rather than using that time to beat yourself up, how about an energy break instead? Ask for assistance. God (Divine Source, Higher Power, All That Is . . .Whatever) sends this golden light to you. See this energy flowing into your being. I noticed it flowing into every cell of my body. I don’t know where the soul resides, so I just allowed the energy to flow where it wanted to go. As it flowed in, it swept away exhaustion and the bedraggled energy.
I know it will be wise to rest today. I have a sense that clarity will come to me to assist me in shifting even more. I feel I can rest with peaceful and gentle energy rather than self-loathing and bitter reproach. I bet I rest much better as a result.
How will you use this golden energy?
If you want to share your results, you can e-mail me at email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you!
It’s time to replace my keyboard for my computer. After completing two books utilizing the same keyboard I can hardly read the keys. All of the lettering except Enter; Shift; Backspace and the letters X, Z, W, P and Q are worn off. Nothin’ but black. If I don’t rely upon muscle memory, I couldn’t type a thing!
Funny thing is, we have TWO replacement keyboards ready to hook up. One is wireless and one is not. I didn’t realize we had either replacement until I cleaned the office a few weeks ago. They had been buried under workshop handouts and unfinished projects.
With those handouts filed and the projects either finished or removed, it’s time to decide!
Wireless I could move around a bit. Wired I could retain status quo. I don’t think I really care. Therein lies the issue. My apathy restricts my moving forward. Granted, I only need to look at the letters on the keyboard if I’m typing in an unfamiliar password or something, but I’m sure Phil doesn’t type by memory like I do. When we had repairmen in to work on the internet, they were totally lost!
I think I’m waiting for something to fire me up to require a decision. So, in the meantime, I’m deciding not to decide. That’s okay, too.
I’ve got another book simmering on the back burner. I’m not quite fired up about that yet. Bits and pieces get my interest going, yet I’m just not fired up about it.
My “fire-in-the-soul” for now, is focused on the Intuitive Tarot Mastery and Certification Worth-shops I’m teaching. Love that! Love to see people understanding it and getting excited about it, too.
I get to be fired up about somethings and not fired up about other things. Self-judgment would tell me I’m bad for that. I can let that judgment go. I get to allow myself to live wide open about one subject and ho-hum about another. (Times past I would have expected myself to be fired up about everything all the time. Sheesh! Glad I can let that go.)
This time of year some people are really fired up about Christmas decorating. Phil and I don’t decorate our house . . . mostly because I don’t enjoy the un-decorating that happens in January . . . though in truth, I really decorated the house once a few years back and it was beautiful and perfect! Since then, it’s been – been there done that, no thank you. Some people think I’m terrible for not decorating the house. I’m okay with that. It’s just that they are all fired up about the decorations and want me to have that same feeling. I don’t. It’s okay that they do.
Conversely, I’ve got some new ideas for decorating the church that I’m pretty fired up about. Go figure!
So, how does one find the “fire-in-the-soul” about life? It’s pretty easy to see where the fire isn’t, true? I can easily see what I’m NOT fired up about – computer keyboards – decorating the house for the holidays. Trying to install a fire there is pretty fruitless and frustrating. If someone
wants you to get all fired up about something and you are not, let it go. Allow them to be where they are and bless their efforts as best you can by being supportive and caring. (Wouldn’t want to dampen their fire! That’s not fair! Build them up and stoke their fire so they can really shine! That blesses you both!)
Then, take some time to consider what fires you up. Where do you put your energy? Are you allowing duty to drain your energy so there is no fire left? Might want to remember to bring balance into your world.
Usually, anything creative generates “fire-in-the-soul”. Often, being out in nature allows the fire to expand. Anything out of routine is helpful to break the apathy pattern that exists when the fire is missing.
“But, I’m depressed,” you might say. Breaking set patterns becomes vital as the fire is low in this case. Do one thing differently today. One thing. Doing one simple thing differently changes our perspective on lots of other things. One little thing is a spark that can ignite the bonfire of your soul!
It’s unnecessary to be fired up about everything all the time. Yet, having that “fire-in-the-soul” about something brightens the whole world. You feel it and shine. Others sense the shine and can catch the spark. Soon, the world is a brighter place.
One little change can make a huge difference in your own world. One person can make a huge difference in the world. Make a difference by doing one thing differently and see where that takes you! What an adventure! Look out world!
Those who remember old TV shows can hear me shouting - Fire-In-The-Soul!
I spent most of yesterday cleaning the kitchen. We had purchased a new over-the-stove microwave and the big old microwave was removed and given away. That left a pile of clutter and old dust that just had to go. While I was at it, I tackled another clutter spot filled with notes and pens and coupons. That just had to go, too!
Then there was that other corner that had, well, what was back there anyway?
Clutter removed, dirt cleaned, counters polished (they are old, but when polished they look ok), even the walls got a good scrubbing.
Usually, I stress and anguish about a big job like that for at least a day or two. Grumble, moan about it and generally resist taking action. This time, I felt the resistance and released it. (Thank you Sedona Method!! If you haven’t checked that out, you really might want to give it some attention!) I was going to sit and glance at the paper for a minute and found myself just getting to it! I was as surprised as you!
I gave myself several opportunities to quit. “I’ll do this much today and do the rest another day,” sort of thing. No need. I just kept going. For someone who experiences low energy issues, this was such a blessing!
It surprises me how much energy is spent on resisting, dreading, stressing, or dragging my feet on something. What a huge blessing it is to just get to it! It’s hard for me to equate stress and resistance as usable energy – life force energy. They seem so different, yet are they really?
It’s my energy taking form as tension or as action. My choice how to use that energy. On a low energy day, I can take a bit more time and awareness to release resistance/dread so that I have more energy to do the things I prefer to do.
Some things are still not fun, yet they take half the time and not nearly as much energy. What a deal!
My next task is the pantry. God only knows what’s in there. Usable stuff is up front, certainly, but who knows what’s been shoved in those dark corners. I have a couple of things still on my counters that really belong in the pantry – but there is no room. So, on my next day-off, the
pantry will get my attention. I am already feeling dread and releasing it. I’m already feeling tired and releasing it. I’m already feeling the exhaustion of choosing what stays and what goes and I’m releasing it.
How to release? Notice what you’re feeling. Feeling dread is a pretty normal and appropriate action for a task like cleaning the pantry. I don’t have to pretend I don’t feel the dread. I don’t have to push the dread away in the back of my mind (not really releasing). I don’t have to shame/blame myself because it’s there. I just let it be there. (What a concept!) Then I allow it to dissipate or fall away as best I can for now. If the dread reappears, I welcome it and let it go again. And again. The process takes very little energy, yet releases a ton of energy for me to use elsewhere.
I have a couple of tasks to do on the computer this morning. These are things I don’t yet know how to do and I’m feeling resistance coming up for those tasks as well. I think I’ll take a few minutes to notice and release that resistance as well.
Releasing resistance could be called surrender. Surrender isn’t about giving up, it’s about giving up the struggle. Once the struggle is released, we slip into the flow. In the flow, energy becomes usable, decisions become easier, actions seem effortless, time shifts (things take less time than we thought they would), our minds open, and our spirit soars!
Some days, don’tcha just wish there was a way to Ctrl+Alt+Delete for life’s experiences?
Not just do-overs, but block it out completely from our experiences . . . wishing somethings just never happened.
When we experience this, we are in the middle of trauma or we are re-living trauma. Trauma looks differently to different folks. Those who have experienced very little trauma can be upset and distraught over minor things, while those who have experienced horrible crisis can be more resilient over the little things. At the same time, those who experienced difficulties can be resilient for a while and then become overwhelmed by the next little thing that comes along.
Living in a cave can prevent a lot of the trauma we experience, yet that’s not a good option for us either.
So, how do we deal with trauma – or what WE perceive as trauma (others may perceive as silly – get over yourself) so that we feel free?
Unfortunately, there is no single way to deal with trauma. And maybe lots of ways in conjunction with one another may provide the relief we are looking for. For me, a combination of EFT (tapping), Emotion Code, Prayer, Breath Work, doing creative things, walking out in nature, petting kittens, doing a kindness, and a healthy dose of grandchildren really seems to help.
There is no quick fix, yet some processes take only a moment of time and offer hours of relief. I think the trick for me is to keep at it. The hardest part is recognizing I’m going down and taking immediate steps to prevent further damage. The biggest tip-off for me is finding fault with myself or with Phil (hard to believe, I know!) Once I recognize I’m criticizing either one of us, I know I’d better do something FAST!! That downward spiral gets out of control so fast it’ll make your head spin!
What are your tip-offs?
What do you do to counteract the spiral?
What will help a full blown spiral out of control negativity blast? In a word, GOD. Whatever you perceive that to be . . . Divine Source, All That Is . . .What-ever. The Presence of God is ever available to us and God’s Love happens immediately upon asking. Just ASK!!! “Please help me, I’m down and out!” Or, “Please help me I’m heading down and don’t want to go there.”
Also, God’s angelic host immediately intervene when asked. Specifically, Angels of Protection often are the first to arrive. These beings are often a brilliant white, yellow, or light orange in color. Darkness cannot stand all their brightness and will dissipate. Angels of Comfort come in next, these are often shades of blue and feel very soothing. Then, Angels of Healing attend.
These are often appear to be surrounded by hues of greens. If you see a flash of light out of the corner of your eye, you may have an angel in attendance. You may not perceive a color at first, but you might become aware of a color once you tune in regularly.
If you know someone who is struggling with overcoming trauma, you may send angels to assist them. You might want to send Angels of Illumination first – these are Luminary Angels and are a softer white than Angels of Protection. These Angels help a person see their options and opportunities to grow and shift. Without that awareness, not much else can happen. “Luminary Angels, please attend to my friend ___________.”
You may wish to send Angels of Protection along with the Luminary Angels. Or, you can let Divine Source determine which angels are best by saying, “Please send angels to ___________.”
When we are in the midst of that trauma spiral, it is nearly impossible to get clear enough to remember to ask. It’s wise to request Angels to attend when in a positive state, knowing that a downward turn could happen at any time. Traumatized people have lots of triggers that can get activated quickly. Once the cycle has broken at least once, it is tons easier to break free a second time or a third.
For me, it’s probably always going to be something for me to deal with. Thank Goodness I have tools that really help and that help really quickly. Keep searching until you find what works for you. A joyful life is our rightful state of being. Seek it. Find it. Own it!
I saw a post on Facebook the other day. . . Someone had been having a really hard time of it for awhile and they posted that they’d had a perfect day, except . . . (and went on to list what they didn’t like about the day.) You can see right away that something feels off about that, right?
We humans are programmed to look for what’s wrong for our survival. Those of us who’ve had trauma are more likely to discover the wrong more quickly than others might. That can be a good thing when sorting fruit or building a shed. To be happy, it’s imperative to invoke a different sort of search engine in our brain.
Here’s the deal: The Universe (God, Higher Power, All That Is, Whatever) happily serves us up what we think about. What we hold in our attention becomes gifted to us. What we focus on sends an energetic message to Universe, “More of this, please.” To which the Universe responds, “Certainly! And here! Have it in abundance!”
Let’s break the pattern of negative or sorrowful things happening to us. Take 15 minutes of your day . . . (Yes, just 15 minutes!) and think of wonderful things you’ve experienced in your life and think of wonderful things you hope to experience. It helps to write a list of happy happenstances. Keep it simple. Like; kicking through the fall leaves with the dogs. Really recall those details. Molly as a puppy diving into a pile of leaves and spinning until all the leaves were scattered. What joy that memory evokes! I remember the large oak leaves and the beautiful colors on each one. I recall Phil’s laugh. The crisp air, the bright sun, that old coat—ragged but warm, the throwing of leaves into the air and the dogs catching them. Just reading about my memory probably brought a wave of bright energy to you! Imagine how much power your own memories possess!
Once you’ve remembered good things for a bit, then shift into positive expectations—your hopes, what you hope to experience. Laughter, ease, comfort, excitement of pursuing a dream or a goal. Maybe you aren’t experiencing them in this moment, but you know you’ve experienced good things before. You can and will experience more goodness. Don’t have happy memories? Ask others to share theirs! When you can “get into it” it feels just as real and is just as powerful! See it and feel it. Then envision what you hope to experience.
See it into being. See yourself happy. See yourself healthy. See yourself financially comfortable. See yourself helping others. See it. Believe it. Be it!
15 minutes of remembering/envisioning offers some amazing side benefits! 1: one moves through the day uplifted. 2: one sees opportunities more easily. 3: one becomes immune to other’s negativity. 4: one experiences more joyful experiences throughout the day. 5: gratitude sets in to comfort, support, and motivate the next step. 6: others start to shift. 7: one begins to access the inner power of an indestructible life. 8: Happy happens. Without exception!
Had a really weird dream last night. It’s still “haunting” me. Funny how that happens. I remember in the dream, feeling a touch on my shoulder and then being teleported to a warzone and defending helpless people. After making sure they were safe, I was touched on the shoulder and brought back to my normal life. When I was touched, I would be teleported to where I was needed and given super powers while being dressed in white flowing garments. This kept happening and I became known as “The Apparition” – a super hero.
I don’t know what bothered me more, taking violent actions (even thought it was to defend others) or the fact that I never knew when it was going to happen. I awoke being afraid to get in the shower. Pretty silly. (Actually, I might want to sell the idea to Marvel – lol).
Yet, here it is, hours later, and I’m still feeling the effects of a dream.
Our bodies respond to what our mind is doing, thinking, processing. Our hormones respond to what our mind is doing, thinking, processing. Our health responds to what our mind is doing, thinking, processing. Our emotions respond to what the mind is doing, thinking, or processing. The mind is a powerful tool.
Giving my mind the task of writing to you, allows my mind to switch gears and shift focus. This in turn, allows my body and emotions to disengage from the night’s dream. Perhaps it’s a diversion. Perhaps it’s a re-set. Either way, I can move forward into something new and different.
I’m hoping to apply the same technique as I re-set my intentions for healthier living. I had a few low energy days and unfortunately, habituated the sitting around pattern. Boy, it’s hard to shake that! Once I’ve parked my backside down, it’s really hard to hoist it back up and get moving again. It will be imperative for me to find something to capture my attention. Sitting activates boredom which activates more sitting. (Crazy, right?!?) Good ole’ human nature!
I generally have lots of interests . . . unfortunately none of them interest me when I’ve gotten locked into the boredom mode. It’s like being a kid on vacation with all the time in the world and “nothin’ to do.” All the things I COULD do seem boring.
So, it’s time to cultivate something NEW. I wonder what that could be? Time to seek. Time to open the eyes of my heart and look for something that might interest me and generate a spark of interest. Once that spark ignites, there’s not much to hold me back.
Maybe I’ll write a story about “The Apparition.” Could be fun!
I’ll keep you posted!
A few nights ago, as I was about to drift off into sleep, I heard some words that I thought were very encouraging. I hoped I would remember them in the morning when I woke up. Gratefully, they were there when I awoke. Here they are . . . they sound surprisingly like something the Ancient Ones would say, don’t they? May this bless you as much as it has blessed me!
You think you are powerless,
When, in fact, you have merely reached the limits of your will. Divine Power has not even yet been tapped.
You think you are weak,
When, in fact, you have endured great tribulation with honor and grace.
You think you are afraid,
When, in truth, you have shown extraordinary courage to get this far!
You think you are lost,
When, in truth, you have lifted anchor and set sail for undiscovered lands.
You think you are adrift,
When, in truth, currents of Divine Inspiration guide your towards safety.
You think you are worthless,
When, in truth, your value to Divine Source exists beyond words.
Your thinking causes you great pain.
Truth brings you courage, resources, and unbounded Love.
Phil and I really enjoyed Mother Nature on our walk this morning. It was cool, but not crisp fall air yet. The trees were turning and the leaves beginning to fall. We certainly see and acknowledge the beauty of their letting go.
Why can’t we see that same beauty in our own releasing of things?
We view releasing as tragic or sorrowful. Yet, is it not like the trees releasing their leaves?
Friendships end. Jobs terminate. Doors close.
We see those as tragic and yet they are transition points to the next better thing.
I was asked this morning what brought Phil and I to the Tri-Cities. Tragedy. The utter loss of a business. It was heartbreaking and sad. It was financially devastating and ego wounding.
Yet, looking back, it was what HAD to happen to bring us to where we are and doing what we are doing. Certainly, we could have made other choices once we arrived here. Yet, surprisingly, one thing after another just “worked out” in our behalf and led us to stay here.
Though Phil’s first impression of this high desert of Eastern Washington was one of horror. As we crested the hill past Hermiston and dropped down into the valley, there wasn’t a tree in sight. Coming from Seattle, Sacramento, and Houston Texas most recently, Phil hadn’t really lived away from trees. His comment was, “What have you done to me?!” A few weeks of spectacular sunrises and sunsets softened the blow a bit. Now, dynamite couldn’t get him out of this area!
With the remarkable landscapes, the mild weather, and warm friendships and kinships, we flourished here. Once established, we were then able to be of service to others—where our true calling came into being.
Looking back on those losses, I’m eternally grateful for them! I see them as freedom rather than loss. I perceive them as wiping the slate clean rather than forfeiture.
More losses appear as life happens. Loss of health. Loss of vitality. Loss of concentration. Loss of moments that slip by too quickly. These losses however can be seen as blessings. With loss of health and vitality, I’ve learned to ask for help. (That’s a big one for me!) With loss of concentration, I’ve learned to move from one idea to the next more quickly—I get less bogged down in analyzing things to death. Loss of moments as they slip by is replaced with cherishing each and every experience.
Loss hurts. Yet, loss opens the door for the next wonderful thing to happen. Finding gratitude even when there is hurt, sorrow, and pain not only blesses the soul, but speeds delivery of new, amazing experiences.
To find a blessing in hurt and sorrow, complete this sentence, “I’m really grateful this is happening because . . . “ Sit with it. Ponder it. Allow the truth of it to come to the surface. When all we see or experience is the hurt and loss, we miss it. Even when the sorrow is happening, the blessing is already there! Focusing on the sorrow blocks us from seeing the blessing.
Take a new look. Be blessed and really feel the blessings flow!