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  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:    

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   



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.