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The Teacher is the Learner

December 22, 2009

I used to think that, in order to teach (whether in the form of classes, public speaking, or writing, etc.), I’d need to be really clear about what I was teaching and have a strong conviction about it.

However, recent experiences giving talks and doing my CD release concert, which included some public speaking, reminded me that the teacher is also the learner. The process of teaching – of communicating and sharing knowledge and / or insights – increases the teacher’s clarity and conviction, by requiring it!

So it’s a beneficial circle- the teaching feeds the teacher’s personal development, and the personal development feeds the teaching!

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Q: Will I really be able to ___ (get this done, make it, etc.)?

November 17, 2009

A: Relax: the Power that runs the whole universe is working for you right now! (Another realization I got when I awoke in the a.m.)

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A New Day – Staying with the Inspiration

November 4, 2009

Waking up, starting a new day, I often get inspired thoughts. Seconds later, I often get a twinge of fear about the upcoming day: so much to do- will I be able to get it all done? What if I mess things up? Will I get exhausted prematurely and not do well after that? Will all the “mundane stuff” I “have to do” leave me frustrated that I “didn’t have time” to get to the really “good stuff” I really “want to do”?

Some days, I manage to let go of these kinds of thoughts and stay with the inspiration. Others, I get distracted from them by activities, but they lurk in the background, often weighing me down.

Today, I got a very strong inspiration- facilitated, I’m sure, by the book “The Power of Decision” by Raymond Charles Barker and the work we’ve been doing with it in a Science of Mind class at Center For Spiritual Living – Windward O`ahu. Last night, we covered the second-to-last chapter in the book, and there was a lot about “not living small”, realizing that we are the means of expression of our Source, which is completely unlimited.

The thought I got was: these fears I get and the limitations they impose on what I think I can do during a given day must be recognized and let go of – it’s vital! I have a Divine Mandate: live to the fullest, express completely, love completely, serve the world completely! This complete living is not possible if I’m tied down by worries, which actually become self-fulfilling prophecies of doom!

I KNOW that I am staying with the inspiration now, because I realize that it – the Divine urge of infinite expression, creativity, love, and life – is so much larger, so much stronger than any fears or worries that might come into my mind! I not only choose to let go of them; I realize that letting go of them and embracing the inspiration is the only possible way, in light of the hugeness of the Divine Purpose!!

Breathing in fully and completely and feeling the joy of complete life, I prepare to start my day, knowing that it is an amazing day, wherein infinite abundance, love, life, and joy express completely through me

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Spiritual Wisdom From Hotel Front Desk Clerk

October 17, 2009

(Typing this at Kaua’i airport, using WordPress for iPhone- awesome!)

Stayed at the Kaua’i Marriott last night. Checked out about 6:30am, and told the front desk clerk I liked the recent renovations.

She smiled a big smile, and told me they’ve been full through the renovations, which is great, but sometimes challenging, because sometimes they don’t have free rooms to move guests into if they don’t like their rooms.

Then she smiled some more and said, “but we just enjoy serving- serving our guests; and the challenges just make us stronger.”

Amen!

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Love As An Action Rather Than a Reaction

October 7, 2009

My CSL teacher/minister, Patri Hildrethoften says, “I love that part of me that _____ “ (shows negative qualities: is in a bad mood, fearful, etc.).

For awhile, I didn’t really get it: I don’t love those parts of me; I want to get rid of them as soon as possible!

However, I realized today that this love isn’t a reaction- loving that which we like and not loving, or even hating, that which we don’t like. It’s an action- we start from a place of love, and love is what we do, regardless of the circumstances.

So when I do the action of love toward weak, confused, fearful parts of myself, I evoke a healing energy, which is part of the Universal Energy, which is Divine Love. Doing this, I can feel those parts of me get soothed and comforted, like a scared little child being reassured by a parent, with patience and love.

I intend to approach every situation and person with this love that starts with me!

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"Dark Night" Turns into Light!

April 18, 2009

Had a “dark night of the soul” last night-fell asleep after dinner, and, when I awoke, was very bummed out about relationship breakups, career and financial failures, etc… Had that “I can’t win” feeling…

Went into meditation to find the purpose of it…

It started as a “rant meditation”, but then I focused on the breath a bit more, and just observed the “ranting voices”.

Felt a great letting go, and a great freedom from the feeling of not “trying to get anything” anymore…

I realized the purpose of this is to do what Jesus said to do:

“Seek first the Kingdom of God, and all these will be added unto you.”

I.e., before I get into a relationship again, really pursue career advancement, etc., I must get my consciousness of my connection and oneness with Spirit really strong- stronger than my desire for these other things!

Today, in my interactions with others, I practiced letting go of wanting to “get something” (attention, affection, approval, etc.) from them, and dropped any expectations of how they should be…felt so much happier, lighter, more appreciative of others, and more open to and aware of Spirit!!!

That’s it! My priority is set! I will practice to develop a super-strong spiritual connection before actively pursuing anything else!

Thank you, God, for the “dark night’ and its purpose of light!!!

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Spirit is Both (and Neither!) Inside and Outside

April 16, 2009

I’ve been “practicing the Presence” for quite awhile now, and have been noticing an amazing thing:

When I connect with Spirit “inside”, I automatically feel Spirit “outside” (other people and things)! But now I see that a step higher in consciousness is to realize that there is no “inside” and “outside”- it’s ALL Spirit…so I can find Spirit EVERYWHERE!!