Archive for May, 2011

Do you want it?   #21

 Do you have a big dream for your life?

 Recently I had lunch with a new friend who is a very gifted psychic. Although I wasn’t there for a reading, at one point in our conversation she felt compelled to share a vision with me of what she saw possible in my future. She had my full attention as she described in great detail the very vision I have had for myself for a long time. I was very excited about this unexpected turn of events because she basically took my fantasy and brought it into the realm of possibility. She made it real! Three or four times she stopped, pointed at me and said, “Do you want it? Because I can see you having it if you want it! Do you want it?!!!”

 I knew I was being asked this powerful question because, in the past I have manifested two similar situations that I didn’t want! I convinced myself that I wanted them because I bought into someone else’s idea of what my dream should be instead of listening to my own heart. Now I’m being told that my lifelong vision really can come true. How exciting! But this time will be different. This time I’m going to make sure that the dream I live is my own.

 Whose dream are you living?

Let your spirit soar!


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Already Home #20

Already home   #20

For many years I’ve considered myself to be a “spiritual seeker.” But my favorite inspirational author, Alan Cohen says, “To step onto any path is to leave our source.” Yesterday when I was meditating, the Wizard of Oz came to mind and I realized just how brilliantly it illustrates this point.

 When Dorothy took her first step onto the yellow brick road, she set out in search of something she already had. But because she no longer realized that she was already home, she embarked on a magical but often fearful journey through a land of good and evil, dazzled by beautiful sights and fueled by false promises from an egotistical wizard. The friends she met along the way were also searching outside themselves for something they already had. Eventually they all learned that they already possessed what they were searching for, most importantly, that Dorothy had the power within herself to return home whenever she chose. But it wasn’t until she recognized her own inner wisdom and had the courage to listen to her heart that she was finally ready to hear the good witch’s message. “You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back (home). . .”

 Our human experience is a lot like a journey through Oz. We keep looking for magical solutions to our imagined problems and trusting in our ego’s guidance to keep us safe. And although our journey can sometimes be very beautiful, we never know what evil lurks around the next corner. But what if the truth is that we are really already ONE with spirit and this thing we call “life” is just, as Aunt Em says, “a bad dream?” What if all our seeming problems could be solved instantly by simply waking up to the fact that we already are beautiful spirits imagining we’re not?  

 What if we’re already home?

 When asked why she didn’t tell Dorothy sooner, the witch said, “Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.”

 And so do we.

Let your spirit soar!
Artwork: Flight of Imagination, NFS

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To those readers who do not also get my e-mails: I would like to invite you to join a facilitated spiritual discussion group on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 10:30 – 12 noon in Lowell, MA. For location details, please e-mail me at paulaspiritrising@comcast.net. This discussion is based on the premise that we are all One in spirit and does not promote any specific religious persuasion.

Hoping you’ll join us and let your spirit soar!

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Past or present? #19

I just read an article that reminded me of a conversation I had years ago with my teenage son when he was struggling with his self image. It was right after he had an opportunity to join in a basketball game with a group of boys he had never met before. He said how refreshing it was to play with people who didn’t know him because he could just be himself. When I asked what he meant my son told me that he was growing and changing but that he didn’t think he could succeed in presenting a new image of himself to his current schoolmates because their expectations of him were all tied up in how they perceived him in the past and they wouldn’t be able to really see him as he was now.

 A Course in Miracles says, “When you have learned to look on everyone with no reference at all to the past, either his or yours as you perceived it, you will be able to learn from what you see now. For the past can cast no shadow to darken the present, unless you are afraid of light.”

 Now I find myself wondering how often I use my past experience with someone as a reference point from which to judge them in the present. So the next time I find myself expecting a “past performance” from someone who usually troubles me, I’m going to try leaving a space open in my heart to see their light instead. I certainly won’t throw caution to the wind and put myself in harm’s way but I will give someone the gift of a clean slate; a chance to let their beautiful inner light shine through. Who knows? We might both be pleasantly surprised!

Let your spirit soar!

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Are you sometimes sad over the loss of a loved one? I believe that they are always trying to connect with us and that if we can’t hear them, it’s not because they aren’t trying. It’s because we don’t always know how to listen. Often, the signs are all around us if we just pay attention.

The other evening I began thinking that I had somehow lost the deep connection I have always felt with my dad since he passed away many years ago. Later that same evening, I followed an impulse to turn on the radio which I rarely do at night. The very first song that played was a Paul Simon song that I love and hadn’t heard for probably a year. Paul was also my father’s name and the song is about a father speaking to his daughter. The chorus says:

 I’m gonna watch you shine, gonna watch you grow,
Gonna paint the signs so you’ll always know,
As long as one and one are two,
There has never been a father who loved his daughter more than I love you.

    If that wasn’t enough to bring tears of joy to my eyes…….the very next song, by the Supremes, was Some Day, We’ll Be Together. What a beautiful reminder that my dad is still always with me (in spirit for now.) The loss of connection was only in my mind.

Let your spirit soar!

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