Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lessons from a Child: Souls only love

This morning, my husband was saying goodbye before heading off to work when my son said to my husband, "Goodbye, I love you and I'll miss you!" 

Then, my son turned to me and self-corrected himself, "Souls don't miss anybody.  They only love." 

How simple and sweet from the mouth of a child. 

Love unites the Universe and keeps us connected with our loved ones.  My son has it right: We are souls and we love.  They love us and we love them.  Period.

All other expressions of anger, fear, worry, and lack are illusions.  Souls only love.  Our higher self knows this at all times.  It is the human ego side of us that fears and feels like something or someone is missing.  Love is the essence and nature of everything. And YOU are loved at ALL times. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

The philosopher's pebble

Prepare yourself:  I am going to become philosophical about a teeny weeny peeble *smile*.  Tongue in cheek, I shall refer to it as the Philosopher's Pebble.  No, I am not talking about the legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold or silver, commonly known as the Philosopher's Stone.  I am talking about the stone that came into my Life today and made me think about my Journey in a different way.

Have you ever had a stone in your shoe?  Wellll, a stone snuck into my sandal today.  It is amazing how a little itty bitty piece of stone can irritate.

Sometimes it feels like a nail being driven into a soft part of the foot with each step.  Other times it rattles into a place in the shoe where you can't feel it.  And still other times it bounces to various parts of the foot like a pinball game, bing bing bing.

As I walked along with this pebble, I pondered my options:
stop and remove my foot apparel in order to extricate the stone
live with it

Why would I live with it?  Why don't I stop right now and get the rock out of my shoe?  Which led me to... how sometimes I (and other people) live with nuisances in our lives.  We *sigh* endure the circumstance, hoping it will be over soon, and praying for deliverance (will someone else please remove this "stone"?)  So I decided to keep the stone for a while to see what I could learn about myself.

Perhaps the "stone" represents an emotion, a physical condition, or a spiritual test... hmmmmm....
During my analysis of "why don't we stop and take the stone out?"  A list of plausible reasons ensues:
  • Stopping on our Walk of Life can seem like such a monumental inconvenience.  We are in a hurry to get from point A to point B.  Or we are walking with someone else and don't want them to be inconvenienced. 
  • Perhaps we are lazy, distracted, or wounded.  If we stop, we may not start up again. 
  • We minimalize the situation, so we tell ourselves it is not that bad. Or on the flip side, we like to complain or to be a martyr.  
  • And then another thought swoops in --- maybe it is not about Us at all.  Maybe it is about what the "stone" needs.  Maybe the stone needs a safe harbor for a while.  Let it ride.
And the list continues ad nauseum.

I finally decide that I will use this as an opportunity to practice compassionate detachment and acceptance.  After all, I can turn my attention to something else.  So I do, and eventually I no longer notice the stone.  I am walking along focused on other things and it is as if the stone has ceased to exist. 

After a few more blocks, the stone jiggles into my awareness again.  Oh, that's right, there is a stone in my sandal.  Then, I allow myself to forget about the stone again and I walk a little farther. 

When I return home, I stop and (without haste or irritation) I release the stone.  "Thank you for the conversation and lesson," I say to the stone.  "Goodbye."  The stone falls to the ground and I never see it again.  Then again, maybe it has become indistinguishable from the other stones and I pass by it everyday without recognizing it.  But that's another conversation for another day. *smile*

Sunday, May 4, 2014

5/7 Aura JCC class

This week, I will be teaching a spiritual development class at the Jamestown Community College (JCC) Jamestown NY campus:

"Understanding Your Aura" - Wednesday May 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Everyone has an aura, which is the energy field that surrounds our body and holds important information about our physical, emotional, and spiritual well being.

By understanding the energy that surrounds you, you can begin to see and experience sensing auras.

This is an interactive workshop designed for beginners where you will learn the basics about auras, practice how to see and sense auras, understand the meaning of the different colors, and discover ways in which you can cleanse and clear your aura for better health. 

For more info, see my website's Coming Events page at:

To register, call the JCC Continuing Education Department at 716-338-1005. See you in class!