THE LAW OF CAUSE & EFFECT

Air Plants &

The Law of Cause & Effect

         

“We can walk in love, beauty and ease or we can walk
in sadness, bitterness, misery and struggle.
It’s our choice.”
Gail Manishor, From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life        

          

I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “Be careful what you pray for.” I will add to that by saying, “Be careful what you think and say, and be careful of the actions you take.” Everything we say and do has an effect. It is called the Law of Cause and Effect. For every action there is a reaction.        

One Monday when my Garden Angel had come to work I took her across the street to my neighbor’s beautiful garden. I knew she would enjoy seeing my neighbor’s well-kept garden and the view of the ocean from her backyard.        

My neighbor has an area on her patio set aside for air plants. She has many different varieties of air plants – all artistically displayed. My Garden Angel got so excited that her halo was positively vibrating. Nothing would do except that we go and check out the air plants at various nurseries in the are. My neighbor had already given me a few of her air plants for my yard. The first air plant she gave me was Spanish Moss which did very well. I don’t know the names of most of these type of plants yet. Air plants  live in trees in Mexico and South America. Many have interesting and colorful flowers.  Contrary to what the name implies, air plants don’t live on air alone. They do need some water.        

We (my Angel and I) went from nursery to nursery checking out air plants and sometimes buying a few. We bought an interestingly shaped grape wood branch at Home Depot and made an artful arrangement of air plants on the branch. My Angel carefully placed each plant on a branch of the large tropical tree in the meditation area until we were both satisfied. If a plant doesn’t do well. where we first try it, we move it until it does. However, there is one that doesn’t seem to like wherever we put it. I don’t think it’s going to make it and that’s sad.        

OK! You may say, “What does all this have to do with The Law of Cause & Effect?”        

It has everything to do with it. You can go back to before I even met my Garden Angel, or you can go back to my decision to take her across the street to see my neighbor’s garden. Everything in life is related. Can you see that?        

I invite you to write what you’ve learned about the Law of Cause & Effect in the Comment Box below.         

        

  

  

Our First Air Plants Sometime in Nov 200o

 

Beautiful and Hardy

 

 

       

 

      

 

     

 

    

 

   

  

Our Newest Prize 5-25-10

 

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        

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

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STRENGTH & DETERMINATION

Gain Strength & Determination

        

Are strength and determination innate in each of us? In From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life, I discuss strength and determination. In Chapter 3, Will My Child Live? I wrote, “I learned I had the strength to do what was necessary to take care of our daughter by taking one step at a time. I surprised myself with the inner-strength that I had.”       

When Bill and I married and I moved into our home, I brought a very large staghorn fern with me. The staghorn fern’s foliage consists of several fronds which resemble stag antlers. In nature it grows on a tree, sending its roots into the bark. Bill and I decided to mount the fern on the tree outside our garden window where we could see it often.       

However, a “morning dove” decided this would be a perfect place for her nest. I was concerned we wouldn’t be able to water the fern with the dove nesting there and tried to discourage her. But she was determined to protect her nest at all costs and refused to go somewhere else to build her nest. No matter what happened she continued to sit on her nest.       

Most parents have a deep sense of determination and strength when it comes to seeing to the welfare of their children.       

Just as the morning dove was determined to stay with her soon to be born babies, so I sat with my child through her illness no matter what happened. She was in the hospital for three long months going from one crises to the next. One disaster followed the last. She didn’t want me to leave her even for a moment so I stayed by her bedside for 12 hours a day.  It’s what a mother does.       

Dove

Dove Nesting in Staghorn Fern

 

I invite you to comment with your story of strength and determination.       

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

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life

      

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FRIENDSHIP

 My Desert & the Angel

   
God exists in and through Its creation.
There is no place where God stops and does not exist.
We are all connected, all One in God.
Gail Manishor, From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life    

When I pointed out my desert to My Garden Angel she sprang into action. Her halo tilted a little to one side as she noticed the barren, weed covered yard of our next door neighbor. She quickly recovered, straightened it, and began to dig up the ground and pour bags and bags of cactus soil in, mixing it with our awful clay soil.              

The next time she came over she had a box of what she called our “friendship garden.” Just like Mary Poppins (who she claimed to be) she began pulling things out of her box. She had tons of interesting succulents and began placing them in the area and moving them around until we were both satisfied. “I think we need a couple of large boulders, don’t you?” I asked.           

Our Desert

 

               

My Garden Angel, alias Mary Poppins, quickly agreed and the next time she came she began rolling very large and heavy rocks one at a time out of her tiny sports car. As we worked on our desert people began stopping and commenting on its beauty. Originally I had found many succulents with purple in them, but the color soon expanded. Being a Feng Shui Consultant in my spare time I wouldn’t allow any pointy cactus in my yard which frustrated Mary Poppins a little.              

Flapjacks

 

          

Rainbow Succulent

 

          

               

I bought a large yellow Kangaroo Paw and a small red one in that variety as a point of interest. However, the rabbits came back in force and ate them way down. “Oh No you don’t.” said Mary Poppins and we found a rabbit repellent that works. But you have to replace it every 2 weeks. We spent untold hours working and playing in our desert. One day a couple came walking by and the woman said, “This is really beautiful. We could do this easily.” Out of their eyesight, we looked at each other and giggled. “Easy? Huh!” Mary Poppins whispered.              

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

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BLESSINGS

 

Then it Happened!

“Every problem has a gift for you in its hands.”
Richard Bachman

In From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life, I wrote about the blessings that come into our lives in so many ways that we take them for granted, and so don’t acknowledge that they are blessings. It is important that we recognize and are grateful for any and all blessings. It is important because it raises our level of consciousness to a higher degree. It is imperative to our feeling of well- being. We are happier because of them. Blessings come in many forms. Sometimes they may come as people  just passing through in our lives. Or these people may be angels in disguise. Here is my story.

My garden needed attention badly and I was beginning to fall way behind. There were weeds everywhere, and my Secret Garden looked as if it should be kept a secret. “What am I going to do?” I asked myself.

And then it happened.  A couple of times a year we have a friend who comes to wash our windows. One day he brought a woman with him to help him out. I heard her chatting  as they worked. She had a Southern drawl and a happy attitude. But she talked a lot. I stepped out in the backyard to see how things were going. She said, “I do weeding too.”

“You do?” I asked. “Can you come tomorrow?” She could and she did.

This chance meeting has turned into a true blessing in my life. Not only has a wonderful friendship developed but a “Garden Angel” has come into my life. She began by cleaning up one area of the garden after another, making suggestions along the way. She is also an accomplished photographer and has made some wonderful slide shows of my garden in progress which I will include. My garden is becoming the “showplace” of the neighborhood. It is now our Peace Garden.

I soon found my “Garden Angel” had a mind of her own. She began placing uniquely shaped stones in our garden. “Do you mind if I cut this branch off?” She’d ask. “See, it lets the light shine through if I hold it back like this. I’m just saying…” 

One day my “Garden Angel” brought me a beautiful crystal for my office. “This will cast a star across you while you write” She said.

This is the way everyone’s life can work when we listen for “the still small voice (of God).” It is when we pay attention to the Divine spark within that we change and grow.  Because of the prayer, study and meditation that is my spiritual practice, my life has started working for me. Things often fall seamlessly into place in wonderful and apparently magical ways. Of course, there is no magic about it! This is the way everyone’s life is meant to work. When we go within and listen, we hear the music of the Divine symphony.

Share your blessings in the “Comments” section below.

To see the garden when my “Garden Angel” was just getting started and how she dealt with the steep embankment, click on the link below: (Please be patient, it’s worth the wait).
Gails Garden 8-22-09

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

http://gailmanishorsite.com

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THE WAY TO PEACE

Gail’s Peace Garden

 

The Desert

The one way to peace is this:
No matter what the problem may be, “think about God first.”
Emmet Fox, The Golden Key

In From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life I wrote that I have searched for peace and calm since I was a child. I didn’t know or understand at that young age exactly what it was or how to get it. I just knew I needed something. I had a deep faith and there was something within me that told me that there was a Power that lived within me. I have  felt that Presence of God in my life since I was very young. I’ve always loved being outside.

I find a great peace and joy when I spend time outdoors in my garden. Life flows from the earth into my hands. That’s why I rarely wear gloves when I work in the garden. I am very connected to the earth. This may be due to the fact that I have some Native American roots on both sides of my family. I am not saying I am never frustrated or discouraged. It just means that when difficult situations arise I’ve learned how to deal with them.

I had back surgery and finally I began to feel better and then I got a brilliant idea. Because of the draught situation in our area it was strongly suggested that everyone cut back on their watering. I decided to put in several interesting draught tolerant specimen plants and some California poppies. I could already see it. It would be a showplace.

The perfect place was in the front of the house. There was a strip of lawn on one side of the driveway, 5 feet wide by 25 feet long. “This shouldn’t be too much of a problem,” I thought. “I’ll just have Hong (our gardener) and his men dig it up for me. I asked him to dig down a foot or so to get all the grass roots out. I thought to myself, “This is going to be fun!”

Now Hong has a mind of his own and it’s not going to be changed by a woman! He said he would dig down 3 inches and that was all it would need. Now Hong is a very nice, very educated man. However, he would not budge on his decision. I did get him to dig a few holes for me to plant some draught tolerant plants which I had carefully chosen. Then I tried digging a few holes for smaller plants. I could not dig more than an inch deep in that dirt. It was completely filled with tight roots.

I watched the woman across the street dig out the flowerbeds and carry ten huge bags of mulch and work that into the ground. It seems Carlsbad has the best weather in the world, but it also has the worst soil. If she can do that, why can’t I? Age is no excuse. But there was no way.

Some of the large and expensive plants began to look a little sick. Soon they began to look a LOT sick. I lost them one by one.  But I wouldn’t give up. No-I went and bought more plants. I paid Hong to dig holes for these new plants and I planted them. Every day I went out to look at my desert. It was beginning to look pretty good.

One morning I went out to look at my desert and two of my favorite plants-the ones with beautiful little purple flowers on them-were gone! I looked around frantically to see what could have happened. The realization finally hit me. The rabbits had eaten them. My beautiful plants were dead! Rabbits are so cute and I want no harm to come to them, but I was devastated by the death of my carefully chosen plants. They were like children to me.

Completely Discouraged, I went in the house and closed the door.  But then it happened . . .

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

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THE POWER THAT LIVES WITHIN

The Embankment

   

I find a great peace and joy when I spend time outdoors on my own land in my garden. Life flows from the earth into my hands. That’s why I rarely wear gloves when I work in the earth.  

In From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life I wrote that I have searched for peace and calm since I was a child. I didn’t know or understand at that young age exactly what it was or how to get it. I just knew I needed something. I had a deep faith and there was something within me that told me that there was a Power that lived within me.  

The most formidable project yet:  The dreaded embankment. This is so steep that no one can climb it without slipping and sliding down. My gardener Hong often refuses to climb it at all.     

I was becoming very frustrated.     

Then I injured my lower back and wasn’t able to take care of my garden the way I always had before. The embankment was my biggest challenge. I love gardening and being outside among the plants so I began to get discouraged. I love getting my hands in the dirt. I considered the idea of hiring someone to pull weeds and clean it up a bit. I can’t speak Spanish and was having trouble communicating with the occasional person who came to work in our yard. They didn’t want to work on the embankment either and who could blame them?     

I asked myself, “What am I going to do?”     

There is always an answer and as my mother used to say,     

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  or: 
Rainbow

"There's a Rainbow Out There Somewhere"

 

 Gail Manishor,
The Frustrated Gardener

LIVING THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

Spiritual Growth

    

Just as a child gets a spurt of growth, so we adults can get a spurt of Spiritual growth. We may go on for a while, maybe even years, and then we may find that we’ve come to a higher place on our soul’s ladder of growth.   

One way we become aware of this growth is that something will happen in our lives to bring the growth to our attention.   

Weeping Laurel Tree

 

One thing I began to notice is that I felt energy fields more strongly. Pictured above is a tree my husband Bill planted  many years ago. Notice the beautiful shape and strength of the tree trunk. When I step out onto the patio in the very early morning, I feel a strong energy coming from the tree.  I have an intense connection with “The Mother Tree.”   

Something else I’ve noticed is that things fall into place in such an interesting way. Several months ago I had the opportunity to meet Chiwah who wrote the very kind review on From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life in The Light Connection now The Life Connection    http://www.lightconnection.us.  Chiwah is also an extremely gifted writer, editor and ghostwriter.  Most of all she is an  interesting and delightful  person and it is a great joy to be able to call her my friend. Chiwah’s website is:   http://www.wordweaver4U.com    

I know “balance” in life is important. How do you balance your spiritual growth? Should you? Do you want to when it gives you such joy and enthusiasm?   

Life goes on and tasks have to be done.  Friendship is important and takes time to maintain. Family blessings and obligations come forward. Then I remind myself it’s all God. If it’s all God, it’s all important, isn’t it?   

Gail Manishor, RScP
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
http://gailmanishorsite.com/   

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