SURRENDER TO THE UNIVERSE

SURRENDER

When we want something very much, sometimes we spend our time and energy trying to MAKE it happen. We plan, pray, manipulate and maneuver to get what we desire. Yes, it is important to know what we want and take the practical steps to reach our goal. However, most important of all is to surrender to God the “How of it.”

Leave it open for the Universe to decide if it’s right for you. Know what you want. Then detach from it. Release it and let it go. Turn it over to the Infinite One. Let it go and let it be done in perfect and Divine Order.

Say, “Today I release all preconceptions and surrender all to God knowing that God’s plan will be even better than my own.”

From Here to Serenity,  A Spiritual Guide...

From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide…

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GOOD VS EVIL

GOOD VS EVIL

Sometimes bad things happen. There is bad in the world. Who can deny it? This life and all that happens in it is an illusion. We are spiritual beings walking a human existence. Evil is not a living entity. It has no power in itself. It is caused by the ignorance, superstition and wrongdoing of man.

In his inspiring book The Pathway of Roses, Christian Larson says “When you see evil, do not become indifferent; proceed at once to add to the good; when the good is on the increase evil is on the decrease.” This is such a beautiful thought I cannot help but dwell on it. The more loving kindness we give and receive, the more good there is in the world. It means we can do something to dispel evil, and that is by seeing good and by doing good. We do not fight against it because what we resist persists.

There is a feeling and a knowing deep within each one of us that good overcomes evil. When we shine the light of truth on evil and wrong thought, good will come forth out of the darkness and shine its light on us and our world. “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
Affirmation: I know that God’s Love is all there is and I stand in the Light of God’s Love at all times.

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Same Rainbow

Same Rainbow

PROBLEMS

Trust the ProcessPROBLEMS/CHALLENGES/PROJECTS

Instead of naming it a problem, which has a negative connotation to it, we can call it a challenge or a project. Life is filled with issues. It’s part of life. Difficulties or challenges seem to come when we least expect them. We sometimes ask “Why Me? Why Now? Haven’t I had enough problems for one lifetime?” When we go through the hard times, we can compare it to Jesus being forced to carry his own cross, or Moses wandering in the desert. We can look at these challenges as cleansing rituals. They purge us of our cosmic impurities and prepare us for a greater life. We are here to accomplish something, to learn and to grow spiritually. When challenges are thrust upon us, we can know that God has already given us all the strength, power and wisdom we need to get us through them and to come out of each crises stronger than we were before.

Know that when we’re in the dark, there is a reason for the darkness. We need that growing time. There is a perfect timing–God’s timing. I call it Divine Timing. While we’re waiting for the light to come, we are trusting, knowing the truth. Accept what is. As we accept what is, peace and joy are inevitable.

When we view the problem or challenge as a project, it give us a different perspective of the situation. If it’s a project, it means there’s a way to go about making the project have a successful outcome.
In a recent sermon Rev. Dr. Christian Sorenson said “A problem is an opportunity and not a roadblock. It is an opportunity in which we can use our self to create our dream.”

He also said, “When an obstacle comes up, “Don’t take your eye off the vision. Let them (obstacles) be a launching pad for your vision.”

Above all, stop giving energy to the negative, to the problem. Think on the solution instead. Be assured that your life will turn around.

Maya Angelou said, “He would not have carried me this far to let me down now.

Affirmation: I know that whatever happens, God means it for good, and I now place my trust in the Divine Presence. I have the strength and courage to go on. There is a brighter day ahead for me.

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LESSONS LEARNED

I WAS BLIND AND NOW I SEE

We all make mistakes. But we can learn from our mistakes. Stop! Stop looking back at what you did wrong or what happened last year, last week or yesterday. There is always a new day. Another chance comes along and we can take it and move on.

Excerpt: FROM HERE TO SERENITY: A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life: “See the healing taking place. See the life you want to live. Sit down everyday and visualize what you would like to be or have in your life. It’s a powerful tool. Many of today’s great athletes are visualizing their sporting events as prepare to achieve their goal. Set your intent and see it happen in your mind’s eye.

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Rainbow

Rainbow

MORE OF WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT CATS

Further Adventures With Coco the Cat

Pounce

There’s always more to learn about cats. That’s what makes them so much fun.

The other day my Garden Angel brought over a package of cute little toys for Coco (including some balls with bells in them and little mice with catnip in them (which she loves). She’s now decided it’s more fun to fetch the mice than the balls. She bats them under something. I think there are now at least 3 mice under our refrigerator

The above picture is Coco getting ready to pounce on those feathers above her. She thinks it’s a bird but I think it’s me she’s thinking about pounding on.

She is a delight and so sweet and so pretty. However, she’s biting me till the blood runs. She doesn’t know she’s hurting me. She’s a baby.   So what do we do? We’ve tried all the suggestions.  She’s a cat and we’re having quite a challenge with her. You name it, I’ve tried it: Bitter spray, spray bottles with water, blowing in her face, distracting her, playing with her until I’m worn out, giving her time-outs, and giving her treats when she’s good. It’s not working.

I think we now have the answer. A friend told me about a collar that calms cats.  It’s in a purple and yellow package, has pheromones and lavender in it that calms cats. I brought one home and put it around her neck. She acts like she doesn’t even know it’s there. She is now the sweet and cuddly kitten I wanted from the beginning. She now even cuddles up with me when I take an afternoon nap and I love it.

I thank Spirit for this very cute and now cuddly ball of fur.

Share with me some of your cat adventures.

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

Faith, Perseverance, Endurance

 

It is said, “you’ll see it when you believe it.” In other words you must have the faith to know the truth before it can be demonstrated in your life. I’ve experienced the truth and so can you.

God has always existed and always will be. We are eternal spiritual beings having a human experience. Our spirit lives on forever. Our life has a purpose. We are here to learn and to accomplish something. Our job is to grow in wisdom and awareness of the Presence of God in, through and around us. If we try to get out of our suffering by committing suicide, we won’t accomplish what we are on this earth to accomplish. We will have to go through the same lesson again. There is no escape from the lessons we are meant to learn in this life. Somehow I sensed this. Faith, perseverance and endurance are keys to a successful life. Winston Churchill once said, “Never, never, never give up.”

It wasn’t until much later in life that I learned we don’t have to get down on our knees to beg and plead with God for anything. God wants what is best for us. It is important to ask for guidance before we make a major decision. Life always goes smoother for us when we go to our Source for the guidance and wisdom we need. God’s support is ever present for anyone who asks for it.

Spirit is always there for us, and this all-powerful Presence lives within us. Therefore, we all have the power and the strength of God available to us and we can reach down deep within for this strength. The God in us can endure anything, can handle anything. It is our strength and our power to use whenever we have a need.

Ernest Holmes wrote “ … there is a truth which can set you free from fear, want, unhappiness and finally death itself … the kingdom of your good is here today.”

Peace and serenity are just around the corner.

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From Here to Serenity

SPIRITUAL WISDOM

 I Am That

“The basic lesson I’ve discovered in my personal search for help and one that gets me through difficult circumstances is that God is not a God out there somewhere, remote in His heaven. God is Spirit, and God is right here. God is “closer than our very breath and nearer than hands and feet,” and wherever we are, God is there with us. ”
Gail Manishor, Author of
From Here to Serenity, A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
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Quan Yin
in Gail’s Serenity Garden 
               

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 brings 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 Goldsmith recommends meditating four times a day. Right away that thought can knock us out of the ballpark. We 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 Elizabeth Gilbert’s wonderful book Eat, Pray Love I found a mantra she used and tried it myself. It was simply “Ham-sa,” which means “I am that.” For as it is often said “God is closer than hands and feet, nearer than our very breath. “I am that” goes to the heart of it. God simply is. In the realization that if God is, and we are created by God, we come to the realization of “I am that.”

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

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