Can you relate to a day like the one I had today? There were lots of texts and emails, lots of hold time on the phone, scheduling changes, time eaten up by technology challenges, triggering political news, irritated people, and, as Bob Dylan wrote in his famous song by the same title, there was “no time to think.” I’d add to that fabulous song and say that there never seems to be enough time to breathe deeply and re-center. This craziness can be the norm on the days when we are fully engaged with life – and the fullness of life is having its way with our overwhelmed selves!
Lately, for me, life seems to moving at breakneck speed, with so many demands on patience, focus, and adaptability. Other days, time seems to be torturously and slowly dragging me through endless hills and valleys of strife and struggle.
The answer I’ve learned is to go with the flow, and to use my tools very wisely: I come back, over and over, to meditation, breathing, praying, chanting and ultimately, focusing within to reconnect with that which is my own personal rock — my own personal lifeline to what is sacred and sustaining in this unprecedented time.
Here are some opportunities to go deep within to raise your own vibration and reconnect with your beautiful, sacred essence:
OCTOBER 26, 9;30AM – 6PM; JOURNEY INTO HAPPINESS. Broadcast on zoom from one of my favorite enlightened teachers in India. This one-day course is a personal retreat. It’s a chance to clear hurts, become aware of self-sabotaging beliefs and patterns, open the heart to greater love, and to receive uplifting, awakening Deeksha (a high vibrational energy transmission) from Ekam in India. This event will help the mind to calm and the heart to receive more love, give more love, and contribute to shifting the suffering of this world. As each of us awakens, so will our world raise in vibration. This day-long course is only $49, but worth its weight in gold, seriously! Click here for more information and to register.
And a new, free weekly offering on zoom Is an opportunity to experience the power of Deesha: SUNDAY COMMUNITY CALLS on Sunday mornings at 10am Central Time. Each week is a beautiful opportunity to have an immersion experience of connection and receive Smarana Deeksha from an EKAM faculty member from India. Ekam is the Oneness Temple in India, where I studied in 2013 and 2014. These new weekly calls are open to all, so invite your loved ones to join you. SEE YOU THERE! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88528922342 Passcode 833570 (you may need to copy and paste the zoom meeting number 88528922342 and passcode 833570 in. Make sure you have the latest version of zoom downloaded.).
Even in these turbulent times, inner peace is possible. In fact, it’s an absolute necessity! Reach out if you need some guidance or support! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been quite a while since I wrote you, and I’m sorry about that, but I’ve been very busy dealing with some very time-consuming personal matters: I’ve been looking for a new place to live and have found that there’s been nothing more unsettling to me than moving. This will be my sixth move in 11 years. There have been very good and necessary reasons for each move that occurred (for example, a short sale for one unfortunate landlord, and unexpected toxic mold in another apartment) but that didn’t lessen the stress that moving causes. Thankfully, I’ve decided to purchase a place now, instead of rent, and I’m looking forward to having a more permanent home for the future.
I’ve been searching hard for a condo since March, and the anxiety-producing
process took me into some spiritual growth that required deeper levels of
trust; Trust in honoring my gut feelings, trust in the future, and foremost,
trust in my God. So months later, my faith is stronger and the surrender is
deeper. Every minute of anxiety, confronting my own resistance, and lots of prayer
has been worth it. Our growth comes in unexpected ways sometimes.
How is your faith doing?
Life has been rocky, indeed, for so many people, particularly in the
past couple of years. Difficult news is
constantly bombarding us – so many sad and scary issues and atrocities bubbling
up around immigration, the environment/global warming, and the reality of
never-ending global strife, to name just a few.
Yesterday, when I was watching the PBS News Hour, I just cried.
I’m reminded continually of why we must do our part to grow, transform, and share our voices for justice, equality, and love of our Mother Earth. Sometimes I question how my own consciousness shifts can make a dent in the huge mess that humanity has created. Yet, I lean on the wisdom of the great sages and my own teachers, who strongly assert that because we are all connected, each shift made by each individual – each insight, each act of courage, honesty, and love – truly does make a difference. I do know that when my earthly body expires, and my soul is ready to go to The Light, I want to go out of this human realm having tried to make a difference for future generations.
This image you see in this posting is a picture of what the Golden Age Movement (the Oneness Phenomenon that I so often write about) calls The Great Compassionate Light. I experienced and saw this beautiful, intelligent, compassionate, loving Light within me when I attended the recent one day retreat, entitled “Journey Into Awakening” on July 9 – an event that I’ve previously written you about. The retreat gave me and others a tremendous sense of calm and peace, and completely renewed and deepened my faith that individual transformation is crucial to planetary change.
For as we transform together, we will make a difference. The sacred beings working behind the scenes are cheering us on and supporting every baby-step we take to increase self-awareness and thus transform. As is said about awakening, awareness is the first step and the last step. “To see is to be free.” (Sri Bhagavan) Transformation comes as our self-awareness and self-acceptance increases. We stop identifying with the crazy, judgmental thoughts in our head. We experience ourselves as the Light that we truly are. Authenticity, self-love, connection to all living things, and the flowering of the heart are the fruits of awakening. With those fruits emerging on a global scale, there will surely no longer be war, violence, bigotry and hatred someday.
It was a deep, experiential retreat, live-streamed from India, and was based on the teachings of the founders of the Oneness Phenomenon, Sri Amma and Sri Bhagavan. We dove powerfully into experiences that opened up connection to The Light and deep awareness of our own inner patterns, blockages, and programming – those perceptions and conditionings that can prevent us from feeling happy, fulfilled, successful, healthy, and close to the significant people in our lives.
If you missed this retreat, the good news is that it will
occur again on Friday, August 23, from 9:30am to 9:30pm. It’s a long day, but
an extraordinary one. Again it will be live-streamed from India, and will be
held, like the July event, in about 50 cities across North America. I’ll be posting a link soon that will give
you more info about registration.
I want to share with you a small, but very sweet, miracle
that just occurred in my life yesterday, and was perhaps a sign that growth and
transformation has accelerated. There definitely seems to be an increased ease
and grace in my life since the one-day awakening retreat. Something has shifted
for sure. Perhaps it will inspire you to accelerate your own spiritual journey
and to expect miracles in your life if you have faith. This miracle just gives
one a lovely taste of what life is like when we’re in the flow of life’s
essential nature, so I’d like to share it:
As a little back story, several years ago I was living in an apartment that required me buying a new window air conditioner. I bought a beauty of an a/c, a very high quality brand, but only used it one season because the following summer, I moved into my current residence, which has central air conditioning. I put the window air conditioner I’d bought in my storage area and hung on to it because I didn’t know if I’d need it in a future rental. It’s sat there for two summers now and today I decided to sell it because the new condo I’m going to live in already has wall a/c units built in.
I put an ad on Craig’s List, and decided to ask a pretty low price for the unit. I hoped it would sell quickly, as I’m trying hard to lighten my load of “stuff” without attachment. I had some trepidation about using Craig’s List (and inviting strangers into my home), but took the plunge. Within an hour of posting my ad, I got an email message from a man who is the Pastor of a church in Chicago that needed two air conditioners. Turns out he needed a/c, in particular, for a certain room in his church that houses a program for disadvantaged youth. But by the time I called him back, however, he had just decided to buy two a/c units from someone else’s ad and was on his way over to that other person’s location.
I was so disappointed, and would have trusted this stranger
into my home to see the a/c unit. I felt this would be the perfect new home for
the air conditioner. I prayed that the Pastor would somehow change his mind and
call me back and buy my a/c. Well,
within another hour, the Pastor did call me back. He bought one a/c unit from the other person,
but still needed a second one, since the second one of the other guy was going
to be too small. He was so happy that mine was still available and came right
over to get it.
Thank you, Divine, for the sweet miracle. The Pastor came,
bought the a/c, and we just had a mini-love fest. I told him I was thrilled the
a/c would go to a great new home. He was
thrilled with the wonderful a/c and the low price I was charging.
Ah, we’ve got to treasure the sweet things in life – those precious
miracles that remind us that Spirit has our back and that we are all loved and
taken care of in the most perfect ways.