In his textbook The Science of Mind Ernest Holmes wrote “Do not dwell upon adversity but think plenty into everything, for there is power in the word. Meditate on the things you are doing as being already done–complete and perfect.”

Stop going over and over in your mind how bad things are or have been. It is only in moving to a higher place of thought that you can move on in your life. It is only in letting go of the past that you can move forward. It is only in surrendering to God that your life can change. It is only through prayer and meditation that you can transform your life.

Forgiveness is extremely important if you want to move on to a place of serenity. Look back over your life and go through a process of forgiving for each person who harmed you. Forgive and love yourself.

Gail Manishor
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Life is filled with times when we have to make decisions. We can choose a life that is meaningless and pointless or we can choose a life of greatness. Greatness doesn’t mean doing huge and sensational acts. It is not what we do, but how we do it. We can choose to do small things in great ways.

Before making even small decisions, always go to God for the answer. Don’t run around asking anyone and everyone what you should do. You already know the answer to your problem. The answer is always within. Ask God what your next move should be. Then listen. Listen for the “still small voice.” Listen and pay attention. Meditate and pray over it. Then release it and don’t worry about it.

Something within you will make the change from not being sure to knowing what move is right for you to make. You will feel the shift from doubt and indecision to knowing. You will know what to do, and there will be no doubt in your mind. In truth you already know. The God presence within you knows.
When you are in the midst of the situation and cannot come to peace with it, go to a counselor for help in coming to the right decision. If one counselor doesn’t help you, don’t give up, find the right counselor and he or she will help you come to your own right conclusion.
Affirmation: listen to my inner guidance and I know that God is guiding me to make the right decision.



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.





“Your children are not your children, They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”  Kahlil Gibran

If you’ve been reading my last few Blogs, you will probably realize that I am in love with the writings of Kahlil Gibran and have been reading and rereading The Prophet.

I have 4 children, a girl and 3 boys. They are grown now. Before I read Gibran I knew that it was necessary for me to release my children. Not release them from my heart, but release them from my advice. I have let them live their own lives. I have attempted to live the best life I could as an example, but not a perfect example. I’ve made many mistakes. But I did the best I could at the time. I am proud of and love  all of them deeply. Now in my later years. I see them. Each is different. Each is special to me. I am grateful that I’ve had them in my life. Like this hummingbird mother, I let them fly.


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


A Meditative Guide

The Power Within

An Excerpt: From Here to Serenity,
A Spiritual Guide to Transform Your Life
Author: Gail Manishor

Meditation is almost universally recognized as a way of healing your life. It is by quieting your mind and going within when Spirit speaks to us. We are comforted. We are healed. We begin to recognize our power.

Now is the time for us to let go of the ego-self and align our awareness to the truth that God, our Higher Power, is always within
each one of us. That Power and that Presence which is God is always available for us to use. We are the absolute expressions of
the Most High God. The extent of our awareness of this Divine inner Presence is the extent to which we have control over our
own lives and our own paths. This is the moment we recognize the truth of who we are. We do not have to be victims. We do not have to feel powerless. We are not bits of dust tossed in the winds of time. We are not pawns on some giant chessboard of life, victims  to be used at will by some malignant or uncaring force. We can take control of our lives. We can be masters, not victims. It is a matter of choice. We have all the power we need. God never deserts us. We are never alone. It is up to us to realize the Presence within. We are Divine beings and because of the Presence within we are powerful and creative. We have control of our own destiny.

The Universe is in constant motion as God the Creator creates and recreates. Our life is a process. It is true that there are lessons we must learn and roads we must each travel on our separate paths to enlightenment. Never think for a moment that you are not on your right path. The wisdom within will guide you if you let it. Remain flexible, so that you are ready to follow that guidance on your perfect path.

Through the Law of Attraction as mentioned in Holmes book The Science of Mind and also in Esther and Jerry Hicks book Ask and It Is Given, we are creators. We are always creating whether we realize it or not. We can do nothing and create by default or we can take control of our thoughts, our words and actions and create our life as we want it to be. We are not powerless. We are powerful creators of our own lives and our own destinies.

Always know that today is the first day of the rest of your life. Today is a new day. It is a day you can see yourself as beautiful, perfect and powerful.

Remember–“ask and you will receive.”

Shame and Guilt  – Who Needs It?

As promised, below is a picture from my Secret Garden (double click to see the picture better).

Princess Plant

Below is an Excerpt:

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

Exercise to Rid Yourself of
Depression, Anger and Jealousy

Following is a reexamination of this author’s thoughts on depression and an exercise that came to me. I have realized that life’s lessons continue.

I thought I had come to a place in my life where I had overcome the need to do more forgiveness work, that I was above the petty feelings of jealousy. I wondered why I was depressed, why I was angry. Depression is anger turned inward on oneself.

Once again I began to examine my feelings. Then one day as I was laying on the floor in a Yoga position the realization came to me that I was harboring feelings of jealousy, anger and un-forgiveness. I felt those feelings were in my stomach and it came to me that I could mentally place a spigot in my stomach and turn it on and release all that stuff that I had been storing up. As I visualized turning the spigot to open, all the old garbage of anger, jealousy and un-forgiveness came spewing up. It seemed to shoot out of me and finally dribbled to a stop. I was overcome with the wonder of feeling cleansed. Finally after many months, I was at peace. I knew that Spirit had led me to this point of freedom. Since that time when I become aware of these emotions, I turn that faucet to open and blast them out of me so they do not have time to accumulate into depression. I found this to be a powerful exercise that you too can try.


I now forgive and release myself to my highest and best good. I am free.



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

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