Writing Makes My World Go Round    





Tara (Quan Yin)


 Writing is an adventure. I am not an outliner. I don’t plan. I just get an idea and go with it. It’s fun for me. I keep working on something until I think, “Well this looks good.” or “This is interesting to me. Maybe it’ll be interesting to others.” I write and rewrite and rewrite again. It is a process and I enjoy the process.       

I have lots of interests, but my foremost interest is spiritual. I love to read anything by Joel Goldsmith. Right now I’m reading his Living Between Two Worlds.       

Reading Goldsmith takes me to a place of thinking beyond the surface of what we can see. As I think about who I am and what I am, I think about the Divine within me. I know that we are creations of the God that is everywhere present. The Omnipresence of God is boggling to the human mind and we can only try to wrap our human mind around it.       

Goldsmith discusses the three qualities of God, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, and Omniscient. Omnipotent, the Power that is God, Omnipresent, God is everywhere, in through and around all things; and Omnipotent, the Power that is God. This discussed about and studied through the centuries. So I like to write my thoughts of it all with the purpose of clarifying it in my own mind – understanding it as much as I can.       

Bill and I found the above wooden carving of Tara in Maui on our first trip to Hawaii. We fell in love with her and had her shipped to our home where she graces and brings peace to our living room. She is the Hindu version of Quan Yin, the goddess of Peace and compassion.      

Gail Manishor, RScP
Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

I serve at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living




My Meditation Garden

The Path 

My next move was to put down slate stones for a small patio and walkway to guide anyone who loved peace to my Meditation Garden. I found an interesting wrought iron love-seat at Anderson’s Nursery for that area. It’s an unusual shape and size and so far I haven’t found the perfect cushion for it and will have one made.

On Seaside’s Center for Spiritual Living’s annual trip to Baja, Bill and I looked for and found a small fountain with a cherub which we placed under the tree. Later in an Encinitas shopping area called The Lumberyard, I found a few treasures: a beautiful piece of rose quartz, a clear crystal rock and a chunk of amethyst and placed them on the baby tears moss under the tree.

For some reason which I couldn’t understand, I never did use the meditation garden for meditating. I had some work to do. Still, I thought it was beautiful and always took friends to see it when they came to visit.

The Meditation Garden



 Beginning My Meditation Garden

I envisioned a meditation area in our backyard and the perfect site was obvious to me. There already was a beautiful tropical tree and some leather ferns on the shady side of the back garden. However, the ferns looked a little burned. I began to cut back the bad parts. I love camellias, so I bought several of those and one pale pink one went into the meditation area. It was beginning to take shape.  

I placed a Buddha on the path leading to what was to be a peaceful setting and put an arch over him with a flowering purple trumpet vine climbing it and added some other plants to further spotlight our Buddha. We (Bill and I) found the Buddha on our first of many trips to Baja together.  





As a child I was a nervous little worry-wart. My goal has always been to be calm, serene and peaceful. This has been a transformational experience that I have worked on all my life. That’s why I wrote From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to transform Your Life.

When I first moved into our home in Carlsbad 10 years ago, there were trees, shrubs and hedges. It was neat and boring. My new husband Bill had been living in his home for years and wasn’t all that interested in gardening. In fact, he wasn’t interested in gardening period. However, he did love the trees and shrubs he had painstakingly planted. We had some negotiating to do.

My goal was to make our home and garden comfortable, peaceful and serene. When I moved into our home I bought 4 rose bushes and 2 Australian Tree Ferns. I was still working full-time in Long Beach and so the progress was slow but it was sure.

Gail Manishor


Thoughts on Meditation for a Monday Morning


Good Morning Everyone,I’ve been thinking a lot about meditation lately. Meditation is the key to our spiritual growth. I believe it takes us to a place deeper than any other spiritual practice can. It’s possible to “touch the hem of His garment” during meditation. It’s possible to grow and become so much more than we ever imagined. We become more peaceful, calm and life can flow with ease and grace for us when we practice meditation.

It really doesn’t matter what others may notice or think of us, but it often happens that the people who can assist us in some way are drawn to us. Good things begin to happen.       

I’ve noticed so much in the past few months. My life has bloomed. New friends and people I’ve known for a while have come to me.       

Here are several examples: I’ve had a back situation that was quite painful and a friend, who is also a licensed Practitioner came forward and her presence and prayers are powerful. Next a woman showed up who expressed interest in helping me in my garden. Now, my garden was getting away from me. I do dearly love working with plants and being outside, but I was no longer able to do the heavy work or climb up the very steep embankment in back of my home. My “Garden Angel” appeared one day and said, “I do weeding too.” She has become a dear friend as well as a much needed helper. It is now “our” garden. Just when I realized I needed to do more public speaking the perfect speech teacher / coach stepped forward. Many other wonderful people have also shown up for me. I am truly blessed with the dear ones who surround me.       

Not only that, but my life has taken on wings.       

Let me know your thoughts and feelings about your meditation practice.    

Gail Manishor, RScP, Author of  From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life   http://www.gmanishor.com

Joyous Thursday, April 8, 2010

Gail Manishor
Gail Manishor


God created each of us out of a need and in great joy. If we were created in joy, shouldn’t we be joyful? It doesn’t work to say “If I only had such and such I’d be happy,” “If only I had the right man or woman I’d be happy,” or “If I just lost 20 pounds, I’d be happy.” Why wait? Be happy now. “That’s easy for you to say,” you may tell me. Well, I am telling you. You can be joyful if you want to be. President Abraham Lincoln once said “A man is as happy as he wants to be.”

Take joy where you find it. Joy can be in the many little things as well as the big things. God doesn’t think in terms of small or big. Everything is important. Thich Nhat Hanh said, “Sometimes joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

What do you love to do? What’s fun for you? Is it writing, drawing, painting, reading, going to the beach, walking in the mountains, skiing or gardening? Be creative in your own way. Make time for the things you love. Live in joy, and joy will live in you.

Joy is a by-product of knowing that God is always with you. It doesn’t mean there will be no sadness in your life. Life is change and growth. There are changing relationships or loss. Life just keeps happening. But it does mean that you can live in serenity knowing this truth.

In This Thing Called You Ernest Holmes wrote “As you enter into life, feeling the Divine Presence in everything, more and more you will hear a Song of Joy singing at the center of your being.”

Affirmation:  Today I smile at everyone I meet. I am happy
and I live my life in deep joy.

How do you create Joy in your life?

Hello World – April 6

I Am That

Many of us have searched for more meaning in our lives. This inevitably leads to a search for God. In our search we find something that leads us to a deeper realization and awareness of the Divine within each of us. Meditation is the key that opens the door to our awareness of the presence that is within.

In his book Practicing the Presence, Joel Goldsmith recommends meditating four times a day. Right away that thought can knock us out of the ballpark. One might think, I can’t possibly  meditate four times a day. Some of us are challenged to meditate once a day. However, twice a day might work.

There are many different ways to meditate. There is a Buddhist meditation which calls for putting a smile into each part of your body, a smile even into your liver. How healing that can be.

In her wonderful book Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert shares a simple mantra she uses to focus her meditation. I tried that mantra myself. It was simply “Ham-sa,” which means “I am that.” It is often said, “God is closer than hands and feet, nearer than our very breath.” The simple statement, “I am that,” goes to the heart of it. God simply is. If God is, and we are created by God, we come to the realization: “I am that.”

Affirmation: I am one with the God that simply is. I am that.

Gail Manishor, RScP, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life



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