Friday, February 27, 2015

Living in Delight

The OTHER DAY I POSTED This tweet:

“Life responds to me in delightful ways”

A friend re-tweeted it with this addition:

“How long has it been since you held the sensation of delight?”

Delight is defined in my dictionary as “a high degree of gratification … and  … the power of affording pleasure.

How long has it been?

Many of us pride ourselves on how busy we are.  If we’re not busy, we feel like there’s something wrong, or missing.  Yet how much are we missing by always being busy?  Today take delight in your life – especially the little moments.

In order for the Universe to respond to you in delightful ways – you've got to be delighted!

How do you do that?  Be grateful for everything.

How delightful it is that we woke up this morning.  How delightful my first cup of coffee is.  How delightful it is to have a period of meditation.  How delightful to hear my cat purring while I’m meditating.    

Go ahead – add some of your own.

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER

“We exist in Limitless Opportunities, which are forever seeking expression through us.”  ~ Ernest Holmes

Gratefully I acknowledge the limitless opportunities that are always presenting themselves to me.  I know they are mine by right of my consciousness. 

I declare that my life is full of delightful experiences and I see them, and experience them.  Life Itself lies open to me so that I am held in the sensation of Delight. 

There is so much to be grateful for.  I am in awe of the Universe.  I celebrate the Truth that there is only One Life – this Life is God’s Life – and this is the Life I am living right now!

I release these words to Spiritual Law, knowing it is so.  And so it is.

Friday, January 23, 2015

You Were Born Rich

"How comfortable it makes us feel to have a good fat checking account, an account big enough to draw on in emergencies without impoverishing us when it comes to paying for our ordinary needs.  Let us talk about another kind of account which is equally important.  We are calling it our spiritual bank account because we believe there are real spiritual forces that we can draw on and deposit in our own minds and which can be used in any emergency, in any stress or strain of life."                                                         Ernest Holmes  ~ Living the Science of Mind

Oh yes, how comfortable it feels to have a good fat checking account.  Even If we have a stack of bills to pay, for a moment we can pause and feel the delight of having money!

Imagine getting a monthly ‘bank statement” from the Universe.  It would have unlimited funds in the deposit column and the withdrawal column would have a list of our thoughts and feelings. 

Dr. Holmes wrote in the Science of Mind something about the only thing we have to pay is Spiritual Coin. What is Spiritual Coin you ask?  I believe it is the time and effort spent consistently re-evaluating our current thoughts and implanting new ones. It is examining our feelings around our desires and fears, and working to express or release them.  It’s living our lives with compassion and gratitude.

Imagine the deposit column showing moment by moment deposits of Love.  How comfortable we’d feel!  I believe this is the Truth.  Love is always filling us up, urging us from within to use it wisely, yet share it freely! 

You were born rich!

Affirmative Prayer

The Universe is a generous giver, indeed that is Its purpose.  To give to Itself through us at the level of our belief.

 I now choose to believe I am a great receiver. I am a channel for good to come into the world.  Whether it be love or money, or love and money, my heart, mind and arms are open and I receive with grace and give with joy.


I am so grateful for all I have ever had, all I have now, and all that is coming to me.  Life is so good and I am comfortable!  And so it is.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Pay Attention!

At the end of the film, Boyhood, the young ones have hiked into the mountains, and two of them are standing on top of a rock hill – the one speaking has his arms stretched out, and he yells this line at the top of his voice:   

“It’s like all of time has unfolded before us so we can stand here and yell “F*#! Yeah!”

I practically jumped out of my chair.  Not only was the scenery incredibly beautiful, but I could FEEL what he was saying!   I am so in love with this line!  Everything has been orchestrated, just for us, to have the experience we’re having moment by moment.  All of life is continually unfolding Its beauty before us, offering Itself for our appreciation and gratitude.

Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to!  That’s what the Universe responds to. 

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER

We live in an infinite field of creative potentiality.  This Field has everything in it we could possibly want or need, and more.  This Field is unconditionally loving, and responds to us with ease and grace.

Knowing this, I now declare I am a magnet for more – more beauty, more joy, more expanded experiences.  I am ready to know the Truth of my being – that I am so much more than I have thought up until now.  I am of such great value that the whole Universe lays at my feet, ready to pleasure my senses and my every need.


I am so grateful I am tapping into this Reality more and more.  Life really is Good.  Life is God.    And so it is.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Be a Curator

BLESSINGS TO ALL FOR THE BEST YEAR EVER!!

Every year I pick a new daily reader book to start my morning spiritual practices with.  This year I decided to revisit Sarah Ban Breathnach’s Simple Abundance.

On January 1st she wrote about being “the curator of your own contentment.”  I have fallen in love with this phrase.  A curator (from Latin: curare meaning "take care") is a manager or overseer. Traditionally, a curator works for an institution like a gallery, or museum,  and is a content specialist responsible for the institution's collections as well as being involved with the interpretation of the material.

So Sarah is saying:  Be the one who “takes care of” your contentment - be a content specialist responsible for your own contentment.

I imagine my mind as my own museum.   I see rows and rows of display cases and filing cabinets.  Some cases and cabinets are old and dusty and some have been visited often.  Each is filled with memories of events – who was there, where we were, what we were doing, The colors, sounds and the feelings those events evoked. 

These are the stories of my life.  As the curator, I honor all the stories, the good and the bad, and as the curator it is up to me to interpret those stories as to how they applied to my life when they happened, and how they fit into the context of today.  As I examine my collection I have to ask myself - Are the ones that have been visited often filled with tales of woe and victimization or love and happiness?  What about the dusty ones?

As curator, I get to choose what’s on display at every moment.  I get to name my collection – and right now, I choose to name my current gallery showing “Contentment.”   How delightful this is!  I know that what I focus on I get to experience more of, so I eagerly anticipate new stories for my collection.

How about you?

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER

How grateful I am to remember there’s only One Life – that Life is Divine Energy moving through me, responding to my thoughts and feelings, setting the Law of Attraction in action, creating new memories – new stories of my Life – at every moment.

I am the curator of my contentment.  Knowing this, I now declare that every experience I have fills me with contentment.  In my family life, my work life, my social life, my activities are geared to making new stories of happiness and well-being.  As I declare this, every corner of the Universe is working for me in the highest ways possible to make this so!

I am so grateful for all I have ever had, all I have now, and all I will have.  I recognize it all as the workings of the Divine in, as and through me, even when I didn't think it was.  I am now experiencing greater good, greater God.  Joyfully I release these words into the Law of Mind, knowing they are so now.
And so it is. 

 
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Feel!

A few weeks ago I saw the movie “The Giver.” I immediately got the book out of the library, surprised to discover it was a young adult novel. The book was much simpler than the movie and both gave me so much to think about.

In the movie, everyone lives in sameness – same clothes, same rituals, same restrictions in language.  People are ‘assigned’ their children and children are ‘assigned’ their future.  Everyone is polite, no one asks questions, no one wants to rock the boat.  Everyone follows the rules – even the weather!

A young man is assigned to be a ‘Receiver.’ The rules are changed a bit for him.  He can ask “The Giver” anything he wants, but he can’t tell anyone anything.  The Giver is training him to be a library of memories.  With those memories, the young man discovers feelings - joy and delight, love and pain, anger and resentment.  As he experiences the feelings, he starts to have pain and pleasure, and begins to see colors. Everything has changed.  The old way of living no longer makes sense.

This is such a metaphor for the current collective consciousness.  We've been encouraged to live in sameness, to be like everyone else – in dress, possessions, thoughts and actions.  We were told that being like others would make us safe.  For awhile we felt that way.  In past years though, so many systems we felt were ‘safe’ have failed.  Some of us are starting to see the true colors.  Perhaps this is the reason so many of us are called “Light Bearers.”  We’re revealing the Light and allowing the true colors to be revealed.   Ways of life are changing and at the same time the old ways are fighting for us to stay the same. 

Part of this break-through feels like emotional breakdown. Sometimes it is easier to ignore our feelings because we think it will hurt too much.  The ignoring takes a lot of energy, more energy than it would if we allowed the feelings to be revealed and expressed. What if we allowed ourselves to realize that our feelings are important, that they deserve to be expressed?   I know you have felt the release of inner pressure with a good cry.   It doesn’t feel good while we’re doing it, but when we’re finished, we feel lighter, cleaner, more clear.

This film has the perfect message for us and the times we live in. I think the apathy at the polls, the unwillingness to take a stand for what we believe in, is part of our wanting to be ‘safe.’  We don’t want to stand out.  I’m sure you've heard about the ‘Dumbing of America’ – to me it seems more like the ‘Numbing of America’. 

Benjamin Franklin wrote:  “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a temporary safety, deserve neither liberty or safety.”   Where are we giving up essential liberties to feel safe?  Whether they be liberties of possession, love, the internet, or our feelings, let’s pay attention – let’s allow ourselves to feel. Let’s be the unique individuals The Divine created us to be, and stand up for The Truth!        

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER

I acknowledge that there is a powerful Presence within me desiring to express Itself through me.  It is God’s Life, and It always been and will always be living my life as me.

I choose to stop blocking Spirit’s movement through me with my fears.  I let go of thinking something outside of me is blocking me.  I know that since all there is is God, there is nothing to fear.  I open my heart to feel Life in all It’s magnificence.  I open my mind to experience the unique ideas that want to express themselves through me.  I take a stand for freedom, my own and everyone else’s.  I rejoice in our individuality. 

How grateful I am to have the ability to choose to play the game of Life in a bigger way.  This game is being played in the fields of infinite potentiality.  I see and feel the True Colors and it is good.


I release these words into Divine Law, knowing they are now embodied.  And so it is. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Last Message from Baltimore

My last Friday Message from Baltimore ..

Ok, it’s Saturday – my laptop is set up on a TV tray.  I am surrounded by boxes and paper and bits and pieces that didn’t go on the truck yesterday.  It started out as a sad morning as I found myself making food for 3 cats when I now only have two.   Beautiful Bella is gone.   As I said my final goodbye to Bella, I also got a very clear realization that this was the end of Baltimore.  She came into my life just a few months after I got here, and she left just as I am.  Bella’s passing helped me to cry, not only for her, but for everyone that I already miss.  Her final gift to me was helping me express my sadness for the leaving the life I had created here.

Yet, even in the sadness the sun is shining, and cool air is coming through the screen door.  Romy is playing in the packing paper pile making me laugh. My coffee tastes very good. The whirl-a-wind of sorting, packing, cleaning, making arrangements for my new life is winding down.  A lot of love has been shared in the past couple of weeks, and I’ve gotten awesome confirmations that I’ve made a difference here.

Thirty years ago, my teacher, Rev. Helen Street, and my practitioner classmates were sitting in a restaurant after class.  As usual, our class conversations continued.  Helen was sharing a bit of Emma Curtis Hopkins’ teaching that said something about our true name being emblazoned across our foreheads. She asked us what ours was. The first word that popped into my mind was TRUST.  I remember her clapping, laughing and saying she could see it.

At a deeper level ‘trusting’ means surrendering.  I had to let go of my stories, feelings, possessions, people, and my ideas of how I believed life should be. 

I decided to create a new ‘word’ for this time period.  I chose Beloved.  OMG!   What an amazing experience I’ve had. From getting a part time job and learning to live with a very small income, flying across the country to interview with the Eureka Center, finding out that my birth mother loved me which changed everything I thought I knew about my birth story … and that she had lived in Eureka when I was with her, to getting accepted as the new pastor of the Eureka Center and realizing I was making plans to go home!  WOW!  What an amazing adventure!  And it’s not over yet!

All because, in the face of seeming challenges, I Trusted and moved into the consciousness of The Beloved.  The past seven months have proven that the Science of Mind really works and taken me even further into the Religion of the Heart. I am so grateful!

Where in your life do you need to Trust more?   Just do it – you’ll be amazed.   

I’m leaving Monday to drive across country with my cats.  If you’ve felt inspired by my messages and would like to add to my Travel Fund, please use my PayPal account – revangelica@gmail.com.   My car, cats and I thank you!

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER

I open my heart and my mind to trust the Infinite Intelligence that is this universe.  This Infinite Intelligence is in the Great Heart and so am I.  We are all part of the One.

I now declare I have the consciousness of Trusting.  I let go of my stories of fear, lack and limitation, in my physical being, my way of working in the world, my relationships and my finances.  The Universe already knows what I desire – so I get out of Loves way and let it do Its work.  I surrender to my greater good.

I celebrate  - I am grateful for everything.  I release these words knowing they are so, and so it is.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Love Story



In May, I participated in Panache DeSai’s 33 day program online with his new book - “Discovering Your Soul Signature.”  One thing about doing spiritual work, anything that needs to be released comes up.  In my case, deep childhood emotional wounds of rejection and abandonment came to the surface once again.

Those feelings started with being adopted at 2 1/2. My new Mother told me over and over again as I was growing up that I wasn't wanted, that my birth mother had rejected me from the day I was born, and was always trying to find a way to get rid of me.  Then on a recent Saturday afternoon I got a big envelope in the mail from my brother. He had found something in my late Father’s things he thought I might want. He sent me the file from my adoption. 
In the file were various legal briefs and as I turned the pages I discovered three letters from my birth mother to my new father. She wrote about her hesitation to sign the adoption papers, (It took her 9 months) how hard it was to let go, and her love of me in each one of them.  She wrote that even though her heart was breaking, she believed the adoption would be for the best.   
My first thought was "I've been living a lie all these years!"   I HAD been wanted and loved.  I wasn’t rejected or abandoned!
Something shifted at the very core of my being. I haven't totally groked what's happened, nor can I explain it, but I know it's good.  I feel lighter in many ways.

I also realized once again, that life really is a series of stories. We begin writing them as little children based on what others say and how we feel about it. We really are the writer, the actor, the director and the producers of our reality.  As we write, the Universe constantly rearranges Itself to fit our picture of reality.  We get to live our original stories over and over again. In fact we add to those stories daily. 

I started to think about the stories I am telling myself now.  Are they positive and uplifting?  Are they stories of love and wonder and delight in life?  They’d better be! These stories are creating my future.   

How about you?  Your stories are creating your future as well.  If you want to know what your stories are, look around and listen to your self talk.  That ongoing dialogue and its accompanying feelings are a vibration that sets the Law of Attraction in action. As the writer, the director, the actor, and the producer, you have a built in rewrite option that can be used at any time. 

Each of our stories is adding to the collective consciousness of humanity.  Our rewrite option is so important now.  Thank God we’re such creative beings!   Join me in writing the greatest Love Story ever.

AFFIRMATIVE PRAYER


God is Love.  God being omnipresent means Love is absolutely everywhere, therefore. Love is what I am made of and who I am. As I know this for myself, I know it for everyone.  There is nothing but Love.

I am open to feeling all of my feelings and letting them move through me with ease and grace. I am open to the mysteries and wonder of our world. I have turned the page and started a new chapter. I honor my old stories and joyfully write new ones that reflect the beauty and Love of all Life.

With a light heart, a clear head and a pure heart, I gratefully release these words to Divine Law, knowing they have been lovingly embodied and have uplifted my whole being!    And so it is.