Wind. Cold spring wind. Rain here and there, but mostly wind.
We live on a half an acre and this time of year begs for lots of clean up this time of year. Yet, that wind. That cold spring wind.
Phil can often brave the chill temperatures and get early weeding done. Yet, wind. Cold spring wind prevails. Even Phil has not been able to endure much of that wind.
Yet, we anticipate days turning warm and the wind giving way to easy breezes. We look forward to those days as we stand inside the house and look out the sliding glass door.
So, too, sometimes life brings us trials and struggles that seem to persist long beyond the time we feel we can endure. Those difficulties hang on while our endurance slips and we feel restless, helpless, and spent.
How do we hold on? How do we endure?
We remember the good days that we’ve had and we hold on to the hope of more good days.
Hope is the life-blood of joy. Without hope we lose sight of goals and dreams. Without hope we lose the strength to go on. Yet, hope is more than a memory. Memories feed hope for sure, yet there is more to hope.
Hope shines as a bright spark of possibilities. Hope simmers as a warm stew filled with nourishing meat and veggies. Not quite ready to eat, yet savory smells wafting through the house promising warmth, nourishment, and fulfillment.
What fills your hope stew? Goals and dreams? Friends and family? Activities and experiences? Creativity and productivity? Don’t know? (You might want to try a little of each of these to see what you prefer!) When we go through changes, we lose sight of our goals and dreams because things look differently - feel differently. We don’t know what we want anymore. When we go through changes, we shut down and lock out family and friends because we don’t know how to relate anymore. When we go through changes we stop trying new things because the old stuff no longer fits and the new stuff feels . . . well, odd. When we go through changes our creativity and productivity plummets because we feel useless and blah.
Hope cures this! Hope transcends our transiting feelings and stabilizes us into a new pattern. Even though the pattern may not yet be firmly established, Hope allows us to endure change.
Finding Hope may feel like a chore. With change, everything shifts and new capacity for Hope emerges. A new depth of Hope arises. Look deeper! The Hope you need exists deeper than any other Hope previously experienced.
Even as the cold spring wind blows outside and the warmth within tides us over until better days, so, too Hope warms our spirit and sustains us.
Go deeply within to find this new level of Hope. For within the depth of being, Divine Source resides, connects and nourishes. To assist this process, read spiritually uplifting articles, books or listen to positive meditations. Feed the part of you that nourishes Hope so that Hope can and will sustain you.
The cold spring wind stopped for a bit today. It was lovely. The warmth of the sun touched my face and the spring flowers brightened my soul. The wind picked back up again, yet I’m hopeful for a warm day to put my hands in the Earth and assist the flowers in their journey to full expression.
Hope sustains me even in the face of the cold spring wind. Hope uplifts me and brightens me into Joy. I smile as I watch the bright red, yellow, and pink tulips dancing in the wind. I am safe from the wind within the warmth of my home and the brightness of Hope.
May you find the Hope you need to endure any time of cold wind that might blow your way.
Whether family by birth or family by choice, those closest relationships challenge us the most! They challenge us to speak our truth and they challenge us to listen.
Yet, the biggest challenge arises in listening to one’s own heart. The clutter of expectations and drama, might cloud the inner dialogue. Especially during times of stress.
How can we make everyone happy?
How can we make everyone understand us?
Rifts and barriers exist where we wish there were none. Yet, truth is, those rifts and barriers exist. Not because we aren’t good people, but because we are unique, different, and have our own opinions and preferences. We can only allow others to be where they are. And when they cannot allow us to be ourselves because of their judgments, we also get to be with that as well.
Yet, we desire for everyone to be happy and we want everyone to understand…
We may not be able to attain those desires.
I should be able to make it okay. I should be able to sit down, shut up and let others abuse me for the sake of family harmony.
There is no easy answer as each moment, each situation holds its own experience. Perhaps one moment we can be quiet and hold sacred ground for peace. The next moment we cannot allow compliance to overshadow the peace of our own truth that must be spoken.
We can only do our best to be our best self. If triggered by another’s judgment or opinion of us, we might lose our sacred ground and become reactive. Family has the unique ability to find our “Hot Buttons” and push them quite effectively! It takes time to disengage those “Hot Buttons” so they become non-reactive. How do we do that? We move into our sacred truth. Our sacred truth has no energetic charge. Sacred Truth has no need to react or change another person, their thoughts or their perceptions. Sacred Truth just IS.
Ask yourself, what is my truth? If family (or dear friends as close as family) judge or dismiss something you feel is important or significant, what is your truth? Not, “They shouldn’t judge me.” Or “My point of view is right and theirs is wrong.” But rather, what is your Sacred Truth. Perhaps family/friends are dismissing your desire to go back to school – projecting onto you
what they think you should do. . . your Sacred Truth might be . . . “Going to school feels right for me.”
Period. End of story. They get to have their opinion. You COULD be making a big mistake . . . or you COULD be doing exactly what is perfect for your next step. Time will tell. In the meantime, you are making a choice and taking action in your own best interest. Notice how the truth statement, “Going to school feels right for me,” holds no energetic charge. No need to do battle. No need to defend. Sacred Truth. Find your Sacred Truth in whatever situation and you will find strength and power.
Even so, if we do slip and become reactive, we can only do our best to apologize and make amends.
It’s time to find balance between the love of our family and the love of our own truth. When the path is unclear, we can only hope to listen to our heart of hearts rather than our triggered feelings.
May Love and Truth guide you into the richest blessings of kindness and a sense of belonging.
My sister-in-law, Cathy, is in hospice as her body wears down nearing its release on life.
It’s been difficult seeing her anguish in pain until the medication kicked in and even harder to see her struggle for each breath. It’s difficult to see her loved ones (including me) struggle with the realization of letting her go.
My brother asked me to write about our childhood years – we were kids together. They lived two houses down from us growing up. As I pondered those growing up years, my memory brought back some really fun times. It brought up childhood traumas as well.
As I held these things in my heart, I came to realize that there was a constant stream running through my life and through hers.
She went to a different church and I daresay she certainly did not believe the same today. Yet, Faith prevailed. An unyielding perception in a Loving presence that guided and supported us.
Certainly, we could get ourselves into our own brand of difficulty as my memory certainly brought to my attention. Yet, whether it was difficulty of our own making or difficulty brought to us by life, this current of Faith, carried us forward.
When we speak of water flowing, we use the word current. When we speak of being present, we use the word current, like current events. Events unfolding out of previous happenings. Water currents flowing from the headwaters to the ocean.
We sometimes feel the current of life or the current of life’s events might carry us away. Yet, there is a stronger current that carries us through. Faith. Rather than battling life’s currents, we flow into the current of Faith and float upon the waters of inner peace.
Not easy! We want to fight the stream! We want to kick against the flow! The key is to know when Faith urges us to fight for what we believe or when Faith asks us to surrender our will into the current of Love and Light. Sometimes we don’t know the difference until we’ve leaped over the waterfall or have been dragged beyond it. Yet, Faith holds its course in the process.
Faith grants us the strength to do the things we feel we cannot. Faith grants us the peace to stand up for what we believe in. Faith grants us courage to release our expectations and let go of our need to control circumstances.
Faith is a choice of will and a gift from God at the same time. Faith arrives when we are out of options. Faith abides when we cannot hang on. Faith builds as our trust ignites.
You know this. You live this.
And yet, doubt sits heavy upon our hearts. We doubt that there is enough Love and Light to help. We doubt that we are worthy of being lifted by Faith. We doubt that Faith can carry us through. Doubt is the mechanism by which we recognize Faith. Honor the doubt - Faith strengthens. Recognize the doubt - Love and Light renew their efforts to be experienced.
Whatever measure of Faith we have will be strengthened and supplemented. Faith carries us through.
So, as I await notification that Cathy has breathed her last, I have Faith that we will meet again. I have Faith that she will be carried gently over to the Other Side. I have Faith that my Creator is her Creator, too. I have Faith that soon she will rest in Creator’s arms where she will await my arrival.
Whatever challenge you might be facing, may Faith make its presence known to you. May Faith carry you through.
Setting a goal or having a dream creates a spiritual energy field that opens us to “Creation Energy” – the energy of manifesting what the heart desires. When that which we desire eludes us, we feel disappointed and frustrated with the process, with God(Higher Power, Great Spirit, Universe, All That Is, Spirit - whatever that is for you) and with ourselves.
A fine line exists between holding onto expectations and holding onto our dreams. Expectations limit our dreams and hinder the Creation Energy available to us. Expectations tell or demand. Dreams open our awareness to all possibilities that fulfill our heart’s desires.
If I WANT a new job, then Spirit says, “Okay, you get to WANT that.” Creation Energy stops there. DESIRE for a fulfilling job lets me live in the outcome – feeling blessed and fulfilled. Creation Energy flows powerfully through the physical plane opening doors of opportunity for my fulfillment.
Living in the outcome allows Creation Energy to flow powerfully through our hearts and minds allowing us to open ourselves to fulfillment of our heart’s desire.
Your heart can rejoice right now for the opportunity that will present itself. Living in the outcome allows us to enjoy today to the fullest – even when we struggle with current circumstances. Living in the outcome gifts us with unlimited possibilities. Possibilities we might have never imagined possible!
By focusing upon a specific expectation, I limit Creation Energy in my behalf. By expecting a new job, Spirit cannot transform your current job. By expecting a new relationship, Spirit cannot transform you in the current relationship.
Expectations limit Creation Energy. Expectations yield disappointments. Living in the outcome generates the energy field that supports the new blessing we request. Doors to blessings open when we focus upon FEELING blessed, joyful, happy, loved, and fulfilled. Doors open in unexpected, surprising, and delightful ways.
What FEELING do you hope for? Live that feeling. That’s the activation point for Creation Energy. Begin Living In The Outcome – NOW!!
The little flowers and plants begin their journey to fulfill their destiny – they grow so they can bloom. Forsythia burst into bloom at the first hint of warm weather! Bright yellow flowers greet springtime and offer us a reminder that winter eventually loosens its icy grip.
The earliest flowers come from bulbs. Those tiny plants push their way to the surface of the cold ground to emerge with intent toward their ultimate purpose. The tender shoots press on past rocks and other obstacles toward the warming nature of the sun. Those plants send roots deep into the soil to support their long leaves, tall stems and bright blossoms.
In the fullness of their time, they bloom. We enjoy the bright yellows, deep purples and vivid reds they display with wild abandon!
Soon, other plants follow their lead. Buds form, leaves emerge and our world feels alive again.
Like the flowers, we each own a destiny, too. We plant roots, emerge, and grow. In the fullness of time we bloom and express the richness of Spirit within our being.
Take heed of the flowers, my friends.
Flowers cannot grow without the warmth of the sun. We require the Light of Love in order to flourish. Are we availing ourselves of it?
Plants root themselves deeply into the soil. Do we root ourselves in loving actions and joy of living?
Flowers don’t allow blocks and obstacles to stop them. They grow around them or through them! Does discouragement and worry obstruct our way?
All plants emerge from winter with new determination to fulfill their destiny. We too, emerge from winter with renewed intent to find spiritual expression in loving service, tender compassion and genuine love.
May your springtime be blessed so you can bless others with your bright expression of Divine Love
February focuses its attention upon Love. Romantic love. Get get all twitterpated about being in love. And love is a wonderful thing!
Yet, love carries many aspects: Loving someone enough to tell them your truth with kindness and gentleness; Loving someone enough to let them go – and its flip-side, loving ourselves enough to let that person go when necessary; Loving someone enough to stand strong when they falter; Loving ourselves enough to ask for help.
Love is complicated. Because we complicate it. Love translates into compassion and kindness with clear, safe boundaries. If I am unclear in my boundaries, then I’m not really coming from a place of Love. I’m coming from a place of manipulation hoping to make you do things my way. If I’m telling you my truth with hostility and irritation in my voice, I’m not really coming from a place of Love, but a place of less-than.
Love, in its true form, becomes a sacred witness to the pain if the world without the need to tranquilize it, band-aide it, or hide from it. Love finds a way through the pain and into being sacred ground for others to find their way.
But, that’s all airy-fairy . . . HOW does Love do that?!?
Love sees more than the pain being expressed. Love sees through the pain being felt. Love steps beyond the judgment of right and wrong and into compassion and “Ok, What now?”
Some of the most painful things Phil and I have had to endure in our service to The Divine Fellowship is people leaving. People we considered friends. People we trusted, honored and respected. It’s sad every time. It hurts every tie. And yet, love allows them their journey. Love allows them their perceptions. Love keeps the doors open should the find their way back to us. And Love seals the wound and binds it gently when the relationship is severed beyond repair.
Because Love is more than a feeling. Love knows the truth that paths cross and paths disintegrate and it’s all for the best. Some people need to slam a door shut with much shouting and hurt so they can have the strength to walk away. Others utter not a sound but fade quietly into the past. Love allows this journey to open, fold, unfold, close, reopen, renew, or cease.
We confuse Love with the feelings of friendship or partnership. Certainly, Love enhances friendships and partnerships, yet Love stands above and within those experiences. When all other physical and emotional constructs crumble, Love abides.
Whatever hardship your currently experience, bring Love into it. Is there work for you to do to clarify a boundary? Find your truth and speak it with clarity and grace. “I’m willing to do this.” (then stop talking and stop doing more than you are willing to do. Love grants your strength in this when you are clear.) Are there words of kindness to be spoken? Speak them. Write them. Whisper them. Pray them. Allows Love to do it beautiful work. Are there acts of compassion to be expressed? Do those. do them with a willing heart and an open soul.
Love abides within you. Love abides within every situation. Love renews life and restores hope. You fell the truth of this even thought Love is more than a feeling. Love is the language Spirit whispers to our souls in each and every moment.
Listen to Love’s sweet voice and transcend into joy. Abide in Love and Love abides in you.
I've been through the depths of despair and I've risen to joyfully doing what I love with my whole heart. The journey hasn't always been easy. Yet, the journey has been, without a doubt, blessed, joy-filled and amazing.
In this video, I will share with you my journey - but mostly the tools that got me through the rough spots.
Talking about someone taking one's own life is a challenging subject at best. There are so many sides to the story. So much pain. Pain for the one considering it. Pain for the loved ones left with heartache and an unquenchable grief.
Suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death for young people ages 10 - 24. Yet, suicide holds an incredible message - if you can discover it. This message brings you through the pain and into a bright joyful life.
You may feel that you are in the depths of despair or drifting in and out of a despairing state of being. Get ready to see a way out. . . a lasting way out.
Maybe you feel like your life doesn't matter. Find a new perspective and re-discover your sense of worth.
Perhaps you wish you could just end it. Been there . . . nearly did that. Learn how to put an end to that pain - forever.
Maybe you've lost a loved one to suicide. Acquire a new level of understanding a learn to live beyond the tragedy. A new level of peace awaits you.
I've experienced the treasure you seek. I know how to get there from here. And, I have a map for you to follow. The silly pirate's treasure map graphic isn't to make light of such a serious subject, but rather to acknowledge that the journey is tricky! not straight line of thinking will get you where you want to go. An adventure awaits! And in the journey, you'll find a lasting treasure.
Get ready to have your mind blown and your perceptions rocked.
May this bless you richly.
We, at The Divine Fellowship, as sponsors of the Healing Light Expo, hope you enjoy these Seminars from our Vendors and some of our members. We uphold Joy, Enlightenment and Spiritual Sanctuary. We want you to have fun, learn something, and feel safe with us! See you at the Expo!
Please notice the previous post with the Seminar Schedule. Here is a brief description of the Seminars being presented:
Oneness Blessing - presented by Sandra and William Kettle Saturday 10:00 am; 4:00pm; and Sunday 3pm Seminar Room A: The Oneness Blessing quiets the mind to allow us to connect to the Oneness that we are, so we may experience Oneness with all Creation and the Divine Presence. It brings a shift in perception and the realization that the sense of a separate self is an illusion. For more info you may wish to visit www.onenessusa.org.
Let Your Divine Self Shine: Two Essential Choices - presented by Sandy Lange Saturday at 11:00 am. Seminar Room A: Sandy will detail two vital choices that enhance self-compassion and affirms the Truth of your Divine Nature.
Palmistry: Ancient Secrets for Today - presented by Shannon Mobley Saturday 11:00 am Seminar Room B; Palmistry is one of the few methods of divination that doesn't require many tools. For the beginner, Shannon gives you q quick explanation of Palmistry. For the intermediate and advanced practitioners, she offers a few new tricks to add to your already existing tool box. Come chat about one of the most intimate of the divination modalities.
Maitreya - World Teacher for the Age of Aquarius - presented by Share International, Saturday at noon, Seminar Room A; Maitreya is a very highly evolved being who has taken on adult physical form in July 1977. He is here to teach humanity how it can eliminate the scourges of starvation, poverty, terrorism, war and environmental degradation. With His guidance, it is expected that men and women of goodwill will be inspired to create a brilliant new civilization of justice and peace. It is also expected that he will remin inHis present physical form throughout the roughly next 2500 years that comprise the Age of Aquarius.
Sacred Healing Crystals - presented by Beth Clark, Noon, Seminar room B: In this class you'll receive your own healing crystal and discover its sacred message for you. We will explore ways you can use the ancient practice of crystal healing to gain greater self-knowledge and to improve all aspects of your life. There will be a guided exercise and a special crystal reading!
Chinese Qigong: Healing Yourself - Healing Others - presented by Mary Ann McDonald Saturday 1:00pm Seminar Room A; Qigong is an exercise and energetic healing practice that has been exported around the world from China. The verson Mary Ann practices and teaches is called Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) and was developed by international Qigong Master Chunyi Lin, who focuses his practice on teaching us to heal ourselves and to help heal others. During the Seminar, Mary Ann will provide highlights about SFQ and guide participants through parts of a brand new active exercise routine, "5 Elements of Healing Movement: Unlocking Your Healing Intelligence." These exercises are gentle and incorporate holding values of happiness, joy, grounded, peace, contentment, thankfulness, and gratitude into the movements.
What is Rapid Eye Technology - presented by Amber Mitchell Saturday 1:00pm, Seminar Room B; Rapid Eye Technology or RET is a natural, safe way to release stress and trauma. RET simulates REM sleep, your body's own natural release system. This powerful, quick release happens without reliving the trauma or perceived trauma of past events. Accessing the whole min/body system while in an awake state allows YOU control of your own journey to healing.
Auras - More than Just Color - presented by Valerie Schmitt, Saturday at 2:00pm, Seminar Room A; Have you ever wondered about the energy that surrounds you? Have you ever been told what color your aura is? ARe you stuck and going nowhere in your life? Valerie Schmitt will not only show you what your aura color is, but how the health and vitality of your chakras as well to assist you in moving forward in your life.
Essential Oils of The Bible - presented by Lynn Spicer, Saturday 2:00 pm, Seminar Room B: Essential Oils have been around and used for centuries. Lynn will present the essential oils that were present and mention int he Bible and discuss their purpose during the times of Jesus, and how they can be powerful still today.
Ignighting the Light - The Fire of the Soul - presented by Dan McDonald, Saturday, 3:00pm, Seminar Room A; We all have an inner light. We may believe ours is not bright enough, perhaps burnt out, or in some way non-functional. Have faith - the light is there, just waiting to brighten our path. Come join in and let's rekindle the light of our souls! Bet us burn bright!
Visit with the Other Side - Presented by the Mediumship Panel Saturday 3:00 pm Seminar Room B; Valerie Schmitt, Lynn Spicer, Shannon Mobley, Kelley Frankenfield, and Sharon Steele tune in to the Other Side. The create a connection to our loved ones that have crossed over. They will communicate with as many as possible inthe limited time frame. Ask your loved ones to meet you there and be open to this communication. The Mediumship Panel will connect based upon their own life experiences, so release expectations and allow this sweet connection to happen for a deep blessing.
The Divine Fellowship Church Services - Presented by Janice and Phil Lynch, Sunday morning at 10:00 Seminar Rooms A & B. Free entrance to Expo for all those attending services. Services include a spiritual process for receiving Divine Guidance and a Guided Mediation. If you like the Expo, you will LOVE us!
Pain Release Now - Your Energy Healing Toolkit - presented by Crystal Willingham, Sunday 11:00 am, Seminar Rooms A & B. 5 simple tools to help you identify and overcome blocks to Whole Life Wellness. Get rid of counterproductive habits once and for all! Achieve a peaceful state of mind. Get freedom from emotional anchors that hold you down. Finally, understand how perfectly your are made and achieve personal success and create harmony in all areas of your life with help!
The Sound of Healing - Healing with Sound - presented by Rainier Michaelis; Sunday noon, Seminar Rooms A & B; The vibration of sound changes our body, our body's energy and our state of being. Hear and feel the healing energy.
Four Elements in Astrology - presented by Sarrah West Sunday 1:00pm Seminar Rooms A & B; Every astrological sign has one element attributed to its nature. Fire, Water, Earth, and Air. This lecture will be a discussion on understanding each element across the zodiac from Aries to Pisces. We'll be exploring how signs of a similar element are complimentary and discover what is unique as well. A class for exploring the roots of the cosmic order of our zodiac that is evident in nature. Come join the cosmic fun!
Ramp Up Your Intuition - presented by Janice Lynch, Sunday 2:00 pm - Seminar Rooms A & B; We all embrace intuitive abilities. Yes, we inadvertently impair our abilities by discounting, doubting or ignoring . . or we miss an intuitive insight altogether. We've all said, "I knew that! Why didn't I pay attention!?!" Learn some way-cool and way-fun techniques to ramp up the intuition. Learn to fine-tune and turn it up. Ramp Up Your Intuition!
One dark morning early in December, I crept out of bed and slipped into a warm shower. Not yet very awake, I effortlessly slipped into an altered state and found myself still and impossibly silent. Not empty, I noticed, just incredibly silent.
All day, I considered that silence. Though I felt connected to and a part of the ‘dead of winter' outside my house, I did not feel separate, alone, lonely, or in any way disconnected from my life, my work, my friends, or my family. Still, silent, yet full. I was in total awe.
Then as if on ‘repeat’, I awoke on another morning to a very unexpected blanket of snow outside! More snow than I’ve seen in my seven years in the Tri-Cities. I ran out to my front porch and just gazed in amazement while at the same time I ‘felt’ the silence of it. It was deep, and it was restful. Although I had just awakened and crawled out of bed, I embraced the additional rest because it transcended my physical body.
I could feel it in my soul; like old man winter was pulling me in to a secret and forgotten place. The coolness. The calm. The gentleness. The quiet. The hush. The tranquility. The soothing quality of the stillness around me. As you read these words, is it sinking into you like I experienced it on that morning? How odd the word ‘silence’ evokes yet reveals nothing of this magical and mystical domain.
I’d never given silence much thought though I have embraced it, craved it, and welcomed it at times in my life. The dictionary defines silence as “complete absence” of sound. I read that and my gut said “nope”! And it dawned on me, silence is not an absence of anything. We all just need different “ears” to “hear” what is waiting in the silence to be discovered. Maybe it’s not a word or a concept but a feeling that needs to be assimilated, experienced, and embraced to fully recognize the hidden magic and power of it.
Meditators speak of the calm and balance they find in the silence of their meditations. Step outside at 3 a.m. and experience the dark as it settles on your senses. And think of all the ‘other worlds’ we at the Divine Fellowship visit every Sunday during the guided meditations. We close our eyes, shut out the ‘real’ world, and are led to babbling brooks, vast meadows, lush forests, and majestic mountains.
Psalms 46:10 beseeches us to “Be still, and know that I am God…” We can find God in the silence. What greater reason to seek out silence?
The winter months can be cold, messy, and inconvenient but they also offer us a respite and a recess from the activities and busyness that often consume our lives. This activity can be disruptive to our well-being if we are so busy that we don’t take time to rest. As trees, flowers, and shrubs wait patiently in the silence below the frozen ground to work their way up and out to bloom, renewed in the spring, our own winter respite offers the same promise of personal renewal.
Consider making that journey within to experience the recharging and regeneration that an interlude with the silence promises.
Marvel at the magic contained within it.
Soak your soul in the stillness.
Have a cup of tea with the tranquility.
House the hush for an hour here or there.
Wonder at the wonder.
BE the silence.
Resist the temptation to wax unhappy about the cold weather, the snow, and bad drivers, and consider instead the gifts waiting in the silence to be discerned and explored. Feel the complete fullness of the silence.
Visit the other worlds concealed there, and be in awe.
by Ginny Jenkins