HAPPY NEW YEAR

Now Is The Time

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

God lives in the eternal. In eternity there is no time. It is always the present. By this I mean that wherever God is, and God is everywhere, the time is right now. There is no past for God. There is no future for God, for God sees everything–past, present and future. Time is something we have devised to help us live on this plane of existence at this time. However, time is irrelevant to God.

It is useless for us to hang onto our past experiences, be they good or bad. The past is over. Release it. The future is yet to come. Now is the time for us to live our lives. Now is the time for us to do whatever we long to do, to become whatever we want to become.

Living in the now makes every day a new day. We can make a new start right now–TODAY. Begin a new project, let go of an old habit. Life becomes exciting, bright and glorious when we live in the now.

What has already happened is in the past, what will be isn’t here yet. The present is what is right now. Be in the present. Just be. Just being is so peaceful. How fresh and new everything looks when we are just being.

God always exists in the now. Contemplate on this truth. Now is the time to start that new project. Now is the time to start life anew. Now is the time. Make it your time.

 Affirmation

Today I live in the present. Today is the first day of the rest of my life. Today I relax in the knowledge that now is my time to live a glorious life.

Happy New Year to All

 

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SPIRITUAL WISDOM

The Blessings in Our Lives

 

“It is very important when we receive to give thanks, no matter how small the gift or amount may seem. Constantly give thanks to God for everything that is good in our lives. We are so blessed, but sometimes we are in such a rush, we don’t even notice the extent of God’s gifts. Take the time to notice these blessings. Even more blessings will follow. This is the law of the universe.”
Gail Manishor, From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform your Life
www.gmanishor.com

Blessings of Light Mandala

Here is another fabulous mandala created by Sue O’Kieffe. Check out Sue’s Blog at: http://sacred-circle-mandalas.blogspot.com/ What a talent and she also does doodles. I tried to do doodles  but finally settled for coloring mandalas. I’m now addicted. Whoever thought I’d enjoy coloring as much as I did when I was a little girl.

Gail Manishor, RScP

CHRISTMAS CARD

Merry Christmas

Santa Baby

 

May your Holiday Season be glorious this year.

Happy Holidays to all.

Gail Manishor,
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
www.gmanishor.com

IT’S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Stop Being a Perfectionist     

    & Start Enjoying Life

 

I keep an almost daily journal. I just bought a new Journal with the poetry of Rumi on every few pages. Rumi was a Sufi poet from the 1200’s. An incident happened this morning which brought me down to earth with a bang. I finally got the message of how to stop being Little Miss Perfect, get free and be myself. I’m breaking loose and opening up. If I don’t do it now, maybe I never will.

I’m determined to bust loose from the Little Miss Perfect persona. Think how freeing that can be for anyone who is of that nature. There sure would be fewer heart attacks and a lot less high blood pressure.

I’m stepping out of my self-imposed box. I’m reclaiming my power. This has been happening gradually. But now, this morning, I’m finally getting it! I feel myself opening up and expanding into a whole new me!

I’ve always been a Traditionalist. Now I’m an Innovator. I turned the page of my journal and read this quote from Rumi, “Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” I thought “Why indeed? This is the truth for me! Yes. I’m out of the prison and out in the open. There are no accidents. What could be more appropriate at that moment?

My final breakthrough came when I received an e-mail from the Practitioner Core Council about our annual Candlelight Service. The tradition has been that the Practitioners wear all white with our teal prayer stoles as we proceed down the center aisle with lighted candles. I always thought it was beautiful and sacred. Much to my chagrin, many Practitioners have recently been wearing white tops with black skirts or pants. They say it’s more slimming. It also makes us look like waiters.

The e-mail said, “Practitioners can wear red, green or white and Santa Clause hats if they choose.”

What! I thought. “There goes sacred,” I told my husband, Bill. He said he thought it showed that Practitioners can be “good sports.” Well! Never let it be said I’m not a good sport. I thought, “I’ll be an elf, I’ll be Rudolf with a red nose. Well, I don’t need to go that far!

I thought we used to look like Angels walking up the center aisle all of us wearing our teal prayer stoles and holding our glowing candles. So much for angels.

I wonder if my friend, DeLynn has a Santa hat. I busting loose. I’m freeing up. It’s never too late. Another Epiphany!

Merry Christmas to all and to all a Good Night.

Come to our Annual CandleLight Service, Wednesday, December 22, (come early, this event is always filled to the brim)
7 p.m.to 9:30 and have a joyous time. Santa will be there. Check out  Seaside Center for Spiritual Living
 
  seasidecenter.com  

If the lot is full, park in the sports parking lot next door.

I look forward to seeing you at our Joyous Candlelight Service
1613 Lake Drive, Endinitas, CA 92024

Gail Manishor, RScP, I’m the 3rd Santa on the left (just kidding)
Author of From Here to Serenity,
A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
www.gmanishor.com

HOLIDAY JOY

Tis the Holiday Season

and I Am in Bliss

 

Yesterday I woke up happy and grateful. As many of you do, I meditate daily and it was just one of those days when I was in bliss.

I drove to a local art and hobby supply store to pick up colors and gifts for my little granddaughters. I had already gotten them each a mandala coloring book and I carefully chose the perfect twistable colored pencils and marker pens. I’m coloring a mandala for each of them that I plan to put in the mail today. I had just gotten into a long line at the checkout when a clerk came up to me and said directly to me, “This line is for returns only. If you don’t have a return, go over to my line.”  So I went and got in the line she indicated and I was next when a pretty young woman in her late 20’s or early 30’s came and shoved in front of me. She said, “I was in front of you in the line.”

I smiled and said, “I didn’t mean to crowd in front of you.” She said, “There were a lot of people in front of you, but you just made a beeline over here.”

I smiled and said I was sorry. I whispered, “I have a little stomach problem, so I wasn’t thinking about who was in front of me.”

She responded, “Other people are busy and have things to do. You aren’t the only one in the world. I have to pick up my children at nursery school.” I continued to smile. Nothing could upset me. I was happy. So I said, “You’re absolutely right.” However she continued her tirade and finally finishing her transaction and feeling proud of herself for putting me in my place with a few final parting words, she flounced off.

I knew she thought she was taking charge of her life and putting me in my place. I didn’t care. I was in bliss.

After I paid and started walking to the car the clerk came out and said, “I’m so sorry that woman yelled at you. She had no right to do that. She was in the wrong line.”

I didn’t care. I just smiled and said, “I guess she was having a bad day, poor thing.”

I was in Bliss and I didn’t care.

That’s how our lives can work when we keep our spiritual practices on a regular basis. It doesn’t matter what other people do or don’t do. Life is good and keeps getting better.

Happy Holidays to all of you,

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

HOLIDAY HAPPINESS

How The Grinch Stole Christmas on Thanksgiving

 How the Grinch stole Christmas [Book] 

We (Bill and I) arrived in Chico (above Sacramento) for my daughter’s birthday and Thanksgiving.
It was the  evening of her birthday and my granddaughters and their husbands arrived with 
3 very lively little boys in tow. Everything was very quiet until 3 boys arrive.
2 are 3 years old, 1 is 9 months and almost walking. The noise accelerates from there,
but so does the joy.

Mason, the oldest 3-year-old is a happy little imp. Niko is 3 and happy and has
a memory like an elephant. Niko performed with pride his “Pledge of Allegiance
to the Flag” and his song “I Love America” which he learned at pre-school and
then took a bow.

Baby Jax proceeded to tear up all magazines left out for his amusement, of course.

I presented the 2 older boys with their first “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” Book and they immediately clamoured for me to read it to them. We went into the living room and each settled into the big chair on either side of me their eyes were as wide as saucers as they listened. I began to read and they were riveted to the story until I got to the Who’s in Who-ville. “But, who are the who’s?” Niko asked. I proceeded to explain and it went on for a while like Abbot and Costello until they got it. 

What a joy it was and what a great family I have. How blessed I am.

Niko, Grammye, Mason

 

Gail Manishor, RScP, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
www.gmanishor.com    Check it out.

LOVE

Love One Another

 

A big part of my spiritual philosophy is being non-judgmental. Yet, when someone isn’t doing something the way we believe it should be done, we often want to fix it. Sometimes with the best intentions we try to set them straight. We criticize, and someone else adds their thought on the subject and pretty soon it becomes a huge issue. That’s how to become a destroyer rather than a builder.

Remember that person is as much of God’s Light as you are. Love and praise can go a long way toward making a situation better. Think about it.

Affirmation:
Today I see “The Christ” in each person I meet. I greet everyone with love.

Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Now available at Kindle and at Amazon.com  / www.gmanishor.com