GAIL’S SERENITY GARDEN

 WAR & PEACE

 
 
I know it’s a title from a famous book. It’s also a contradiction in terms. I also thought of that James Bond movie To Live & Let Die. I’ll tell you why.       

It’s not all peace in Gail’s Peace Garden today. There are a multitude of rabbits eating, no devouring lawn and plants in our quiet neighborhood. When I first moved into our home there was a beautiful unspoiled canyon across the street. However, it was spoiled a few years ago when the money-grubbing city council decided to let the money-grubbing builders fill this once beautiful area with homes. Where once rabbits, coyotes, hawks and other animals lived there are now houses and apartments. What used to be beautiful green is now stucco. Sad but true. We should be taking care of Mother Earth. Instead we continue to overbuild. It’s all about GREED.             

Today I saw the white cottontail of a “cute little bunny” hopping across my flowerbed. A year or so ago we had chicken wire installed into the ground around the yard to keep these cute little herbivores out and my beautiful plants alive. However, the neighbors (not the ones with the weeds) on the other side of the house have had a major beautification done. This made a few places on that side of our yard easy access for rabbit entry.              

After seeing the cute little cuddly looking furry creature hopping away I decided it was WAR! I went out and started putting bricks wherever it looked as if they could gain entry. We awaited their next move.             

We didn’t have to wait long. I went to Seaside Center for Spiritual Living for the Going Deeper Wednesday Night Service. After the service I came home to a disturbing scene.  As I drove into the driveway, I saw a cute cuddly rabbit making a late night snack of my favorite succulents in my Desert Garden. Even though it was dark I ran in and grabbed the “harmless to  rabbits” repellant and poured it around perimeter of the desert to save my plants.             

I know there’s a spiritual lesson in here somewhere, but right now I’m not in the mood to write it. Maybe it’s patience, love or live-and-let-live. I’m sure it will come to me.             

                    

 

    

 

   

  

Gail's Desert Garden

 

              

    
Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transformation
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CREATIVITY

Do What You Love

       

When I was very young, my father used to say, “You can be a secretary, a nurse or a teacher.  Then you can get married.”      

Life didn’t exactly turn out the way I’d planned. It’s the same old story all over again. All my life I’ve been very practical. I went to college and met my Prince Charming. I quit school, went to work and he went to school. He completed college and went to work. I had babies and went back to work. That marriage ended after 18 years. I went back to school and earned my degree in Business Management.       

In my spiritual studies I’ve heard for years, “Do what you love and the money will come.” I’m doing what I love which is writing.  I absolutely love writing. I am also a Licensed Practitioner, which includes counseling, meditation, prayer and study. These are my sacred callings.      

Through my spiritual studies I’ve learned that everyone is a creative genius. We have only to realize it and explore our special abilities. As we do, we grow in that particular area. Mine has turned out to be writing. When we realize we are creative we can build on our gifts. There really is no limit to what we can do once we begin on our path and do what we were always meant to.     

Bee Pollinating Flower

 

The bee pollinating the flower is a creative genius following his creative role in the flow of life.  Each of us can follow our own creative role by using our special gifts. We all have them to a greater or lesser extent. It takes work and time to develop our gifts. Most of us don’t sit down at the piano at the age of 5 and play a concert before royalty as Mozart did. Yet even Mozart practiced.     

I didn’t see myself as creative. Others saw it before I did. Now I see it.     

 We are all creative Beings. We always have access to the Source. You can’t say you are not creative. Don’t ever say that because your words are powerful and what you say is what you get.     

The more you create in whatever area you choose to create the more your creative gift grows.     

    If you love it, do it. Do what you love and love what you do. Your life will take on wings     

   Photo Credit DeLynn Hood     

Gail Manishor
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Buy Gail’s Book:  http://gmanishor.com/index.php?page_id=264    

Gail Manishor is a Licensed Master Practitioner and serves at Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas, CA
http://www.seasidecenter.com/

PEACE

Live a Peaceful Life

   

Sunset in Carlsbad

                                  Photo Credit DeLynn Hood                                                  

 

May the Peace of God fill your life as you move
through today and everyday.

May you be blessed with joy and fulfillment in all you do.

May your life be filled with the Wonder of the Presence of God.

   

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

Gail Manishor
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LIFE CHALLENGES

Challenges on Our Desert Path

              

“Allow the challenge to be a pathway to greater understanding. Use your experiences in life as a gateway to God. Allow these challenges to awaken something inside of you, to find the blessing in it all.”
Gail Manishor, From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life   
          

Just when we thought we had our desert absolutely perfect, something happened to upset our (my Garden Angel and my) plan. That’s the way life is. Life keeps happening. In life there are always challenges.             

 The first thing we noticed is that the 2 hibiscus plants that separated our yard from the neighbors and was the background for our desert began to look dry and seemed to be dying.  My Angel and I became aware that our neighbor had stopped watering  his lawn which was soon full of weeds. My Angel was horrified and I wasn’t thrilled either. Neighbors began to comment about our neighbor’s yard.             

A whole series of discussions between my Garden Angel and I began: “How can we mask the weed filled yard from ours and make a nice backdrop for our beautiful desert?”             

 We had some lovely shrubs, but these were not high enough to shield us from the unsightly view. For what we thought might be a “quick fix” we brought 2 very beautiful “Mandarin Orange honeysuckle vines and a trellis. These did not take off as we had hoped they would. They were trying, but not ready to fill the whole job. Next we planted that in the area between the houses. It did begin to grow and look very beautiful, but it could not completely hide the unsightly view.             

My husband Bill and I began to make rounds of nurseries looking for the perfect and least expensive solution to our problem. Bill loves anything with deep red leaves. I found a shrub that might work and began to check out different nurseries.             

 My Garden Angel and I went out and bought 2 nice size healthy Purple Hopseed Bushes (Dodonaea viscose Purpurea). We’ve placed them and will prepare the soil before planting.             

Purple Hopseed Bushes

 

This was our challenge. I didn’t think about the neighbors and what their challenges might be. Later I found out that the bank was taking back their home.  They may have become depressed and lost all interest in the home they had first bought with such excitement.             

 Before we criticize and blame others we need to take a look at ourselves. We judge others too quickly and harshly.             

 Just for one day see how long you can go without making a judgment of someone or something. It’s not easy. Are we thinking they’re too fat, they’re too thin,  they’re doing this or they’re not doing that. Ernest Holmes wrote “Mind your own business.” I think that’s excellent advice. Terry Cole-Whittaker wrote What You Think of Me is None of My Business. We have enough to do deciding what we ourselves are going to do without making judgments about what others are doing.             

Gail Manishor
Buy Gail’s Book:  http://gmanishor.com/index.php?page_id=264 

I have just come across The Spiritual Garden by John Stuart Leslie. It is worthwhile for anyone interested in gardening. http://johnstuartleslie.com/ Check it out.

LIFE

Live the Life 

 You’ve Always Wanted to Live

Live It Now!

       

These roses are what you deserve if you’re giving your gift to the world now. If you’re not living your dream, you can begin now. It’s never too late and you’re never too old. The past is gone, the future is yet to be. Now is the time to live an exciting and fabulous life. Now is the time!      

What calls to you? How do you begin?  Live in the moment wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. This isn’t easy and it takes practice. It has been a challenge for me because I’ve always looked ahead to be prepared for what may come and for any and all contingencies. In this life it’s necessary to plan ahead. You must do it, of course. But don’t stress on it. Do what needs to be done and then get back to the Now.     

 I’ve found that living in the NOW is very interesting when you actually do it. When you are driving, don’t be thinking about what you’re going to do when you get there. Think about how you are driving, what’s going on around you, the traffic, the weather, the Divine Presence that’s with you right at this moment.      

Be in the place you want to be – not thinking ahead, but noticing what’s around you, the color of the bricks on the building you’re walking toward, the fragrance of the jasmine climbing the post of the entryway, the crunch of the leaves under your feet.      

As you rush around always concerned about what might happen, you’re missing a life that’s happening now.  Be prepared and then get back to the NOW. When you’re rushing around always concerned about what might happen, you’re missing your life.      

Do what you really want to do and have always longed to do and begin to do it now. Begin now. Below is a picture of the result of my doing it NOW. Some friends have said to me, “it’s wonderful that you’ve found a hobby you enjoy at this time in your life.” It’s not a hobby to me.  It’s my sacred calling. It’s what I have always been meant to do.       

When you accept your calling and do something creative or something that interests you beyond all other things, the beautiful roses in the above bouquet are for you. You deserve roses.      

Here I am at my first book signing.  I am doing what I am meant to do and I’m doing it NOW!       

My First Booksigning

 

Live Life Now!

 

      

      

      

      

      

      

     

Please check out the new tab at the top “Epiphanies” and write your Epiphany. We can all learn from each other.     

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Check out my website on http:/ www.gmanishor.com/

THE LAW OF ATTRACTION

Your Power Of Attraction

What Is It You Really Want?

 

First and foremost ask yourself this. What do you really want in your life? Do you want a new mate? Someone who fits in with the way you want to live? Do you want a new and better job? Do you want a better place to live? Or is it better health? Do you want more or better friends in your life?

You’ve heard this before, but it is still true. Be what you want to attract. If you want friends, be the friend you want to be. If you want love, be that love.

I know a woman who has many friends. Why? I’ve noticed certain things that she does and I’ve also recognized who she is and what she’s about. When I am at a gathering where my friend is, I usually see her with someone and when I am close enough to hear the conversation, I hear that she is asking about them and their family, about what is going on in their life. This is not an act. I can tell she really wants to know how they are and what they are doing. She does things for friends when they are in need. She drives an older lady on errands. She enjoys being with people of like-minds, she enjoys being of service. When she hugs friends, she puts pure and joyous love into those hugs. Therefore, people want to spend time with her and be her friend. They are drawn to her because they want to be more like her.

Another person I know walks up to others and begins telling them how she herself is. It’s usually with a sad look on her face. Still another usually has a happy and joyful continence. Which person do you want to be around?

You can pray for someone you want in your life. Do you want to change them or do you accept them for who they are and love them anyway? Everyone is not perfect in every area. We are all working to better some aspect of ourselves. Can you love and accept a friend as they are without having to “set them straight?”

What do you really want for your life? You can be whoever you want to be. You have access to the Divine Mind within you through meditation and quiet contemplation. As written about in the Prodigal Son, all that the Father has is already yours. You have all of the love, peace, wisdom and creativity that you desire.  Ask Spirit what your next step is. Now follow your inner guidance to become who and what you want to be.

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

Gail is a Master Practitioner and serves at the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas, CA
http://www.seasidecenter.com/

 Buy Gail’s Book:

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
http://gmanishor.com/index.php?page_id=264

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEACE

Gail’s Garden Angel

Shadow Birds

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
Anais Nin 

I said my Garden Angel was a good photographer. Take a look at these and click away. 

Shadow Bird

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

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