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Courage under fire #47

 I just finished re-watching one of my favorite movies, Courage Under Fire. Hopefully, most of us will never have to experience first hand the fierce pressure of being in a military battle. The ones we face reside not on the battlefield but in our mind. Recently I received a letter from someone very dear to me in which they questioned nearly everything I believe in. The “war” in my mind was over whether to downplay the conviction of my beliefs in order to “keep” their love or, use this opportunity to calmly and lovingly stand firm in the truth of who I really am, hoping that sharing what I truly believe will be helpful and open the door to further communication, knowing full well that it could alienate them even further. I began to see that this wasn’t a war between us. It was a stand-off between the part of me that feared losing them and the fear of losing my self. But, if I’m not true to myself, who will be, and what but an empty shell will remain to be loved?

 Let your spirit soar!
Paula

 Do you have a war going on in your mind? Call or write me at 508-517-9361 or paulaspiritrising@comcast.net to schedule your free, introductory session to see if spiritual counseling with me is the next step for you.

 

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Be still and listen #46

One of the goals of my spiritual journey is to live each moment in the peace of God. I’m certainly not there yet but, I’ve come a long way over the past year since I first began my study of A Course in Miracles. This past week, a situation arose in my life that completely blindsided me emotionally. It left me feeing angry, hurt, fearful, and very defensive. I was clearly far removed from the peace I am seeking.

 There’s a line in A Course in Miracles that says, “I must have decided wrongly because I am not at peace.” I kept telling myself that and fervently asking to see this matter differently, yet I constantly found myself mentally living in the future, conjuring up my arguments against what I perceived as someone else’s “wrong” thinking. I kept trying to meditate but even that wasn’t working because I wasn’t truly quieting those thoughts so I could hear the voice for God.

 Yesterday, my anxiety level was so high that it led me to sit in my meditation space and declare out loud that I simply wasn’t moving from that spot until I had found some peace of mind. It took me a long time but gradually my heart rate slowed, my muscles relaxed and I entered a calmer state. I was finally able to surrender my fear for a moment and open my heart to love. When I opened my eyes, my first impulse was to pick up a deck of oracle cards for advice. The part of the message that really stood out was, “You may think you have it right, but if things are not going well for you (and they weren’t!!!), we suggest you think again.”

 After a good laugh at myself, and from that lighter, more loving state of mind, I was then able to compose a letter to the “offending parties” that felt right to me. I stayed true to myself while still honoring their perspective and feelings and offering a solution that is not only workable but loving. So, although it took a more determined effort this time, I still say that meditation is the most powerful tool I know to reconnect with our real, loving selves; to reconnect with God. However, it only works when we truly allow ourselves to be still and listen.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

 

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Because books have been a tremendous aid on my spiritual journey, this week, I decided to think about which of those books have been the most helpful to me and share them with you. I do realize that just because a book happens to be perfect for me at a certain time, doesn’t neccesarily mean it’s the right time for you. However, these are books that I have come back to time and time again, only to find their message deeper and richer each time I read them. Perhaps they will do the same for you.

May blessings,
Paula

The Disappearance of the Universe, by Gary Renard
     In the early 1990s, Gary Renard underwent a powerful spiritual awakening. As instructed, he slowly and carefully wrote The Disappearance of the Universe over a period of nine years. The result is this startling book about 17 mind-bending conversations that reoriented the author’s life and gave the world an uncompromising introduction to a spiritual teaching destined to change human history.
(I highly recommend reading this book prior to studying A Course in Miracles)

A Course in Miracles
(ACIM)
     A Course in Miracles is a year long self-study course in spirituality. It is the most difficult and yet, at the same time, the simplest course of study I have ever embarked on. Nothing else has ever come close to the amazing personal transformation I have experienced through studying this course.

I Had it All the Time, When self-improvement gives way to ecstasy
, by Alan Cohen
    
“Whether you are a newcomer or a veteran on the path of self-improvement, I Had it All the Time will awaken you to a life so magnificent that you will laugh at the notion of improving what love made whole.” Alan Cohen

You Can Heal Your Life
, by Louise L. Hay
    
Louise can help you discover and use the full potential of your creative powers and clear away the blocks that keep you from robust health and having the life you want to live.

The Game of Life, by Florence Scovel Shinn
    
The author shares real-life stories that clearly illustrate how positive attitudes and affirmations can succeed in leading you to a life of prosperity and abundance through a knowledge of spiritual law.

Simple Abundance, A day book of comfort and joy
, by Sarah Ban Breathnach
    
This lovely book contains 366 evocative essays – one for each day of the year (and your birthday). It was written for women who wish to live by their own light. In the past a woman’s spirituality has been separated from her lifestyle. Sarah reminds us that “the authentic self is the Soul made visible.”

Getting in the Gap, Making conscious contact with God through meditation
, by Dr. Wayne Dyer
    
Nothing else has ever helped me meditate more deeply than this short book and accompanying CD.

A New Earth, Awakening to your life’s purpose
, by Eckhart Tolle
    
The author shows how transcending our ego-based state of consciousness is not only essential to personal happiness, but also the key to ending conflict and suffering throughout the world.

The Power of Intention
, by Dr. Wayne Dyer
    
In this book, intention is viewed as a force in the universe that allows the act of creation to take place. It isn’t something you do; it is an energy you are part of. The author views intention as a field of energy you can access to begin co-creating your life.

Stand Up for Your Life
, by Cheryl Richardson
    
Cheryl takes you on a journey that will provide you with new “self-honoring” strategies to transcend your fear and self-doubt. It provides a practical step-by-step plan to build inner confidence and personal power.

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And I helped #44

Last Friday I watched Oprah’s Life Class on her new network. The show was called “Joy Rising” and it gave many illustrations of the philanthropic work she has done. The joy she gave (and received) from helping people in such meaningful ways brought tears to my eyes over and over again. And, although I consider myself to be a helpful person, I found myself praying through my tears to please be shown how I could be helpful in a deeper and more meaningful way. Well, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that the more emotion I put behind imagining what I want to create in my life, the faster and more powerfully it manifests. I guess I must have been pretty emotional because my prayer was literally answered overnight.

 The following day brought the huge snow storm and widespread power outages within a few blocks of me in every direction. My neighborhood was spared but many people around me needed help. My 89 year old mother needed a warm place to stay over the weekend and my friend who is a single mom still had to go to work even though her home had no power and her two children had no school. To top it off, she was leaving for a business trip to California on Wednesday. What began as a promise to watch her children overnight at her house for two nights turned into a marathon of watching them at my place for five days.

 I thought I would have to go out looking for someone to help but instead the need for help found me. I didn’t even realize my prayer had been answered until three days into the blackout when I told my friend that I didn’t know why I was fortunate enough to not lose power when everyone else around me did. She immediately hugged me and exclaimed, “It’s because you’re my angel!”

Who is your angel?

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

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