Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Good Morning God

Some time ago, I attended a class taught by Julie. Little did Julie know that she gave everyone in the class a great little gift. I am thankful for her gift and would like to pass it along by sharing it with you.

Julie would begin each day of the class by saying the following:

Good Morning God,
Thy will be done,
Today is a day of completion,
Thank you for a perfect day,
Miracle will follow miracle,and
Wonders will never cease.

(Original prayer by Florence Scovel Shinn, The Game of Life and How to Play It, (pp. 36-7))

From a metaphysical perspective, this short saying is jam-packed with meaning. Too much in fact to go into in detail in this article.

Ever since I first heard this little prayer, saying it has been a part of my morning routine. This short saying helps me to connect with God each morning. It serves as a nice reminder that the Divine Presence is right here with me, not just in some far off location. It states that I am open to God's will being done in and through my life today.

I am sure that this little prayer will have its own special meaning to you. If you already have a special way of connecting with God each morning, then by all means, continue with what you have. If you do not have a special way of connecting with God each morning, then you are invited to try this one.

Blessings to you my dear friends!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Soul Knows: Your Built-In Compass

When consulting with people on their spiritual growth and spiritual guidance, I receive a lot of questions that sound like, "What should I be reading, studying and doing for my spiritual growth?" While I think the answer to this or similar questions is different and very personal to the individual based on where they are coming from (their own personal spiritual experiences and interests), I do believe that there are some commonalities to consider.

When we are earnestly seeking spiritual guidance in our life, this guidance will largely come to us in two forms. Internal guidance and external guidance. I recommend combining the two by seeking out both internal and external guidance. This article could be an example of external guidance; however, the content of this message is regarding one form of internal guidance.

One of the commonalities which we all possess, but often times overlook or don't consider at all, is Our Soul. If we pay attention, our soul will act as a compass of sorts, leading us to what it is we seek to learn and experience in this lifetime. The communication between your soul and your conscious mind comes in the form of intuition, a flash of thought and feelings in your solar plexus. We often hear the later being described as a "gut feeling" or something similar.

We all receive these communications from our soul, but equally as often, we tend to discount these subtle forms of communication. We tend to doubt our intuition or flashes of thought and chalk them up as our imagination. It is difficult for our soul to get through to us, difficult for the soul to impress on the mind the guidance we seek, when our mind is going a hundred-miles-per-hour.

Set your intention and step out of the way. Be open and expect, as you have asked (in this example of spiritual guidance) for Spirit and your Soul to bring into your life what it is you need at this time. The guidance may come in ways that you did not expect. Be patient, be open and pay attention. Pay attention to how you feel when you are drawn to something to read. Pay attention to your intuition and those flashes of thought that pop into your mind out of nowhere. Quiet your mind enough so that you may hear the internal guidance that comes your way.

This is one way your soul can lead you to the next step in your spiritual journey!

Many Blessings to you!


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Healing Power of Silence

We all lead busy lives. At any one time, we juggle (and seek to balance) multiple priorities in life. Some of your priorities may include your family, your career, relationships, hobbies or interests. Some days, perhaps even most days, it feels like we are on the move (physically and mentally) from the moment we wake up until the time we go to sleep. Simply put, we live in a loud and busy world.

It is possible, if we are not careful, for our mind to go go go during all of our waking hours. Sometimes it is helpful to have a reminder to slow down, even for a few moments. Here's an example. There is a plaque on the wall in my living room which reads, "Be Still and Know That I Am God". For me, this plaque serves as a nice reminder that my perception and awareness of the Divine is far easier when my mind is quiet and still.

When my mind is full of all of the things I have to do today, tomorrow or next week, it is less likely for me to perceive the presence of the 'still small voice' in my day.

There is much healing power found in silence. The sun rises in the morning in silence. The sun sets at the end of the day in silence. How much silence do you have in your day? Admittedly, sometimes inserting a little silence into your day is not easy. Take the example of a mother with small children. It can be very challenging for a mother to find even a little quiet time in a day. I am not suggesting it is easy. I am suggesting it is very valuable.

Unless you are practiced in meditation, it is difficult to experience internal silence when there is a lot of external noise. So initially, having external silence will aid in helping you reach internal silence. After you are practiced at willing internal silence into your being, you will be able to find internal peace even when the external world is loud and busy.

It is during times of internal silence, of stillness, when we can consciously connect with the Divine within. We can turn off, even for a short time, the stimulus of the external world and allow ourselves to connect with Spirit. The healing power of silence and connecting with Spirit gives us much of what is needed to effectively work through life's ups and downs.

There is a peacefulness which enters into our being when we give ourselves the gift of a little silence. You will find that this peacefulness will last longer and longer as you regularly add some silence to your day.

In Love and In Light,