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Every morning I say a prayer that Holy Spirit will guide me throughout the day. Then I look at my calendar to see what I have scheduled and begin going about my day as planned. But, whose plans are they?  

I am beginning to realize just how often I ask for guidance and then never listen because, if I am honest with myself, I have already decided, on my own, what I want my day to be. My thoughts look more like this: This is what I am going to do today. Please watch over me, keep me safe, and make sure that everything goes the way I want it to. Well, what if where I want to go and what I want to do would not keep me safe and make me happy? What if there’s an accident waiting to happen on the route I would take, or a fire in the theater I want to go to. What if the exact person I’ve been hoping to meet (for whatever reason) is someplace other than where I have planned to visit?

What if there is a greater intelligence guiding me all the time that knows these things and truly has my best interest at heart?

Of course, there IS. Some people call it God, or Jesus, or Holy Spirit or Higher Self. It doesn’t matter what you call it. What matters is that you are aware of this guidance; that you use it; that you TRUST it. I would like to say that I trust and follow this loving guidance all the time. I don’t. But I am building my trust muscle as, each time I do follow guidance, I see my life going more and more smoothly. I found this morning’s passage in a book Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young, very helpful. It is His voice that I am learning to listen to. It is the voice of love.

“Relax and let Me lead you through this day. I have everything under control. My control. You tend to peer anxiously into the day that is before you, trying to figure out what to do, and when. Meanwhile, the phone or the doorbell rings, and you have to reshuffle your plans. All that planning ties you up in knots and distracts you from Me. Attentiveness to Me is not only for your quiet time, but for all your time. As you look to Me, I show you what to do now and next.

Vast quantities of time and energy are wasted in obsessive planning. When you let Me direct your steps, you are free to enjoy Me and to find what I have prepared for you this day.”

What voice do you choose to listen to today?

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

All - Perspective by Paula Richards

 paula-richards.artistwebsites.com

 

 

 

The world you see is what you gave it . . . the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive.

A Course in Miracles teaches that everything I see, seemingly outside of myself, is simply a reflection of my inner condition. The tendency, when I deal with someone or something that I wish were different, is to try to change the other person or circumstance. This wish to have someone or something be different than what it is, is an attack.
I am learning that it is far more helpful to look at that person or situation and ask my higher self what it is I need to learn. How can I see this differently? How can I find peace? What message is being delivered to me for my own spiritual growth?

My friend’s daughter has two parakeets, Sea Breeze and Bubbles. One of the items in their cage is a mirror. When I was visiting the other day, her daughter said, “Do you hear that chirp? I can tell by the sound of the chirp that Bubbles is attacking the mirror.” I realized that her words are a good description of what happens when we resist whatever is happening in our life. Instead of seeing our reflection and taking a closer look within ourselves, we attack the mirror.

Let your spirit soar!
Paula
All - Perspective by Paula Richards
 ”Perspective”, (Text: It’s all in your perspective) available in a variety of formats at my art website: paula-richards.artistwebsites.com

 

A Course in Miracles says that a miracle is a shift in perception. Instead of looking at the world through the eyes of the ego, we see through the eyes of love. “Where there was darkness now we see the light.”

On the same morning that I was driving to Tai Chi and had the thought about letting God out, instead of in, I had another interesting experience. As I got out of my car, a man came out of the Senior Center and walked toward his car which was parked next to mine. I felt certain that he was going to speak to me. As he approached he shrugged and said, “I came out to get my other glasses. I forgot I still had my sunglasses on. I got inside the building and everything was in darkness. Then I remembered to take off my sunglasses and, suddenly, I could see.”

When I thought about what he said, I started to laugh. Although unaware, he had just described a shift in perception from darkness to light (from letting God IN to letting God OUT)! His words reminded me how simple that shift can be.

 It’s as easy as taking off your sunglasses.

Let your spirit soar!

Paula

As I drove to my Tai Chi lesson the other morning, I was feeling quite high on life; very peaceful and happy. The thought came to me that we often say we need to “let God in.” In my mind, I instantly heard this correction: Since you are One with God, it would be more helpful to think about letting God out! In a lecture I listened to last night by David Hoffmeister, he equated the God/Love within us to molten lava from a volcano. It is like a burning, bright light that is trying to force its way up and out of us, but we keep covering it over with all our thoughts of smallness and limitation. We do everything we can to conceal and suppress the greatness within us because our power scares us to death.

When I had the thought of letting God out, I suddenly felt as if I were bursting at the seams with love that I wanted to share. I marveled at the joy I felt when I made this simple mental shift, and I laughed out loud at the absurdity that it has taken me this long to see the obvious. The next time I am feeling needy in any way, (wanting more love, money, recognition, more joy) instead of thinking I have to let God in, I will remember to give away whatever it is I think I need. It is in the giving that I will realize that I already have it all. I will finally – joyfully – be letting God OUT.

Let your spirit soar!

Paula

After I wrote the last blog, Still Waiting?, I felt a tremendous shift within myself. We teach what we most need to learn, and I was finally letting the truth of my Oneness with God seep into my consciousness. Feeling high on life, I was suddenly prompted to turn on the radio. The song, With Arms Wide Open, by Creed, was playing. The first lyrics I heard were very symbolic, not only of God speaking to me, but of what God wants to say through me to you. Once you open to the possibility that you could be One with God, He welcomes you home with arms wide open.

With arms wide open under the sunlight
Welcome to this place I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open now everything has changed
I’ll show you love I’ll show you everything
With arms wide open                         

With arms wide open I’ll show you everything,
aw yeah With arms wide open, wide open

Songwriters  Tremonti, Mark/ Stapp, Scott

Let your spirit soar!
Paula

Are you still waiting for God to speak to you? To comfort you? Love you? Guide you? Perhaps, even reveal Himself to you? Do you expect it to happen on some imaginary future date? Are you expecting drumrolls and fanfare? A moment of “truth”?

The truth is, God isn’t speaking TO you. He is speaking THROUGH YOU! A Course in Miracles says, “There is no time, no place, no state where God is absent. There is nothing to be feared. There is no way in which a gap could be conceived of in the Wholeness that is His.”

God IS.

There is nothing else.

We cannot possibly be separate from Him.

So, the next time you are waiting for answers about what to think, do, or say, about how to BE, stop and ask yourself, What would God (LOVE) do right now? Then . . .

do that.

Let your spirit soar!

Paula

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In an old Star Trek the Next Generation episode, there is a scene where the character, Deanna Troy (who plays the wise counselor on the spaceship), along with two other characters, are forcefully thrown onto their backs as the result of an explosion. In a documentary about the show, Marina Sirtis, who plays Deanna, tells how she insisted on playing her own character in the scene, rather than using a stunt person. She relates how she broke her tailbone as a result of the fall and how painful it was. Later, when she saw the scene played out on film, she discovered that the three characters were so tiny in relation to their surroundings, that you could hardly even tell who they were! She went through a lot of pain for nothing.

I think we are a lot like Marina. Instead of being happy with our Oneness with God, we decided that we need to prove ourselves – to break out and play our own individual roles, our own characters. As a result of our imagined “fall” from God, we have each experienced a lot of pain. As we become more spiritually aware and learn to step back and watch the “movie” we think we are starring in, we begin to see how tiny, fragile, and indistinct we are as individuals. We will finally remember that our true power and joy comes from our Oneness with God, not from our separate roles.

Let your spirit soar!                         Paula

Do you believe in miracles?

A Course in Miracles defines a miracle as a shift in how we view things, but it has nothing to do with our eyes. It is a shift from visual sight to the inner vision of Christ consciousness. “The opposite of seeing through the body’s eyes is the vision of Christ, which reflects strength rather than weakness, unity rather than separation, and love rather than fear.”

I invite you to join me in the miracle of peace, joy and love that is our natural state and our guaranteed inheritance from God.

Namaste’
Paula