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There was a time in my life prior to my exposure to A Course In Miracles; when I once believed that being a “good” spiritual person, meant waiting for God to deliver whatever I desired. I thought my faith was demonstrated by how patiently I waited, how much I prayed, or made sacrifices by placing my needs below those of others. I acted as though God was some mysterious force outside of me, that knew what I wanted without my asking. I treated God as an entity I looked to for guidance, but I had no idea of my power as a creator. So years would pass and nothing would change. I convinced myself I must be doing something wrong (listening to fear). It wasn’t until I registered in Lisa Natol’s A Course In Miracles 40 Day Transformation program, while I was engaging in one of the homework assignments that it finally hit me. All that time, I had been WAITING for what I wanted to show up! I hadn’t actually been specific in ASKING for what I wanted. I hadn’t really ASKED with purpose. I had only truly manifested anything in my life because the desire for it was much bigger than my fear of not receiving, Yes. I had co-created desires before, but never with quite as much purpose, always indirectly without having clear knowledge about how to tangibly create my reality with Spirit. I studied the Law Of Attraction, but my belief in myself and my abilities as a creator didn’t match my desires.
Socially, we often pick up these limiting beliefs that it is selfish to ask for what we want. We buy into those limited fear-based beliefs encapsulated in the roles we choose to take on, so that we can play small. True spiritual growth comes from being willing to go to deep places of self examination, and admit to ourselves that we get something out of littleness. Admit we’re actually afraid to be great. It is confronting to learn to accept that we are the creators of our own reality, I can honestly say, there have been days where I have thought “WTF-ever, I didn’t create this!!! I’m not taking responsibility! Forget that!!” Yet, every time I really commit to the inner work of truly and deeply looking, I would find, that yes I did create it, or it wouldn’t be my reality I can choose to stay in littleness and, continue to beat myself up over my creation choices, or I can choose magnitude; ask for the miracle, receive a shift in perception, and awaken as a result of that shift given from Spirit.
I want to share with you a story of how I was guided to the place which I am currently living. I want to share it, because for me, it has not only been a powerful example of Divine Intervention, but it is also a practical example illustrating that physical miracles are not metaphorical. they are God’s true gift for all of us. I am not special. Everyone is entitled to experience miracles. This is a right bestowed upon all of us by God.
I had been searching for a new place to live, and each place I looked at, just didn’t feel right energetically. I had a list of things I knew I wanted to have in my new place, One night, I sat in meditation and I asked God, my Angels & Guides to help me visualize the new location where I would live. I saw in my minds eye a brightly lit suite, with beautiful white walls, white appliances, wooden linoleum floors and, a full bathroom with a bathtub.
A few days later while browsing online rental listings, I saw the photos of the place I had seen in my meditation. I laughed immediately filled with intuitive knowing that this would be my new home.
When I called the landlady to see about the suite, we had a lovely conversation. she even remarked that I sounded as if I would be a wonderful tenant. Next came the part where I mentioned I had a very small dog, one that would fit in a purse I asked if they had a pet policy? She preceded to tell me that they really didn’t want to have someone with a pet. As I was listening to her speak, I heard the voice of Spirit in my mind guide me to gently let go of any attachment I had to getting the suite. So, I thanked her very much for her time, and for considering me, and said goodbye. I caught myself in a fleeting moment of feeling like I might have lost something wonderful, and immediately remembered my intuitive knowledge that this was to be my new place. I also remebered the promise I had made with Spirit to let go of attachment. I didn’t think about the suite again until a week and a half or so later, when the landlady responded to one of my previous emails stating they were going to be having an open house and inviting me to come take a look at the suite. When I reminded her that I was the woman she had spoken to on the phone – the one with the very small dog – she exclaimed she was very happy I had responded because she had spoken with her husband, and they were now willing to allow my dog. They were even willing to accommodate my viewing the suite on a different day than was planned which worked better with my schedule.
In addition to all of this, on the same day I had the appointment to view the suite I received all the resources I needed to secure my tenancy there. When I arrived to view the suite, the landlady informed me more than once that she would have to check the references I provided her. I encouraged her to do exactly as she needed to do. I wanted them both tot know I was honest, authentic and upfront. We continued our walk through as she pointed out potential flaws and “problems” that might cause me to rethink choosing to live there.
I told her everything looked wonderful, trusting beyond anything I was seeing with my bodies eyes, leaving behind any doubt and trusting my intuitive knowing that this was the next place I would be living.
The landlady told me she would be in touch with me in a few days with her decision. As I was leaving the driveway, the landlady cane into view waving her arms to stop the car. She said she no longer wished to check my references, and if I wanted the suite, it was mine to take! “This is God!” I thought. Observing the synchronicity as everything unfolded – I was reminded of what my beautiful friend Lisa Natoli teaches “God is never late, and when something is truly meant to be yours there is nothing that can stand in the way of it coming to fruition.”. The move I practice co-creating with God, the more I learn the importance of asking. Being specific about the desire. Knowing what you want, and being unapologetic in asking for it. Letting go of all attachment and completely trusting that everything will come – even if that means the desire comes in a different way than the images or ideas preconceived in your mind. Being willing to accept whatever happens, and being open to receive what comes, because it will come. When you place an order, God always delivers with perfect timing!
Love, Deedre xo
If you are anything like me ad you spent spent a good portion of your life feeling like you are s spiritual person, knowing you believe in the concept of God, source energy, the creator, higher self and spirit, regardless of your religious beliefs; then maybe you are also like me and you spent a good portion of your life being weird ed out by the idea of meditation.
Hey its ok if you find meditation to be uncomfortable and strange. That's the motivation behind this blog post.
I hope that by sharing my own experience and growth with meditation, I can help soothe and simplify the process with you.
Meditation is gentle and all too often, whether we are new at it or whether we feel seasoned in our practice we all tend to judge our meditation ability. There is no right or wrong way to meditate. We are all unique people which is a beautiful thing to be embraced and celebrated. Meditation is about quieting the mind. It is about relaxation, peace and communication with divine energy.
Our human tenancy is such that we have ideas about what we think mediation should be and if we hold those images up to our experience of meditation, we start to create the belief that we are doing it wrong. I will use some of my own experiences with meditation as examples:
When I began my meditation practice I placed a lot of expectation on myself to find stillness quickly, I have perfectionist tendencies and so, sitting in the energy of expecting perfection blocked my progress.
I got irritated with myself if I couldn't block out background noises or the sound of m own thoughts. I was frustrated if a guided meditation called for me to visualize, and I couldn't seem to bring the image to my mind.
The pressure I was putting on myself to be an expert at meditation was preventing me from creating the peace and communication with spirit that I was seeking, want to be clear though, that meditation is a journey not a destination. Some days you will feel a stronger connection than others.
There may or may not be days when you feel a wonderful profound connection to spirit, and there may be days when things just don't gel, and you feel frustrated and uncomfortable. That's completely natural. As humans we tend to be very hard on ourselves, at least I know I am. But as I progress with my daily meditation I've learned to relax more with it and accept that there is no set of rules for the way meditation is "supposed to be" I have found the key is in gentle acceptance of what the meditation experience is for you.
Here are some brief suggestions that you may want to use to simplify your meditation process:
1) Focus on your breathing
Allow yourself the time and the comfort to feel your inhalation and exhalation breath. You may want to close your eyes depending on what is comfortable for you. Sometimes our human nature may get caught up in our "meditation tools" such as music, length of time, or how we position ourselves during meditation, I have found simplifying to breath to be really important, When I forget to breathe, my body automatically tenses. I have also helps when I remember to allow my exhalation breath to be twice as long as my inhale, my relation deepens and my connection to the divine energy deepens too.If you find it hard to focus on your breath, you might want to try taking your pulse and connecting first to the beat of your heart. Next you can practice your meditation breathing though a straw – with your exhalation breath being twice as long as your inhale,
2) Try a mixture of techniques and meditation music styles.
Pay close attention to how you feel while trying each type. Notice the feelings in your body, choose what makes you feel most at ease. Don't be afraid to change styles, techniques, teachers or background sound as time goes on. Change is a natural part of the process as well, and stagnate energy is sometimes created when we established predictable routines,
3) Practice self love and acceptance of where you are at.
Allow your mediation to be perfect as it in each moment. The more you can embrace the feelings, thoughts and distractions that occur and simply allow them to be present without resistance, the more gentle, relaxing and peaceful your practice will become with time.
Spirit Junkie was the first book I read when spirit guided me to the astounding coaching work of Gabrielle Bernstein. You can read more about my blessed journey to my intuitive coaching work with angels by reading my blog most My Journey To Angels. Gabby became a mentor of mine and her book “Spirit Junkie” quite literally transformed me.
When I read the book, I could relate so much to her story. Although the details of our lives were very different, we had both overcome adversity in our lives to be guided toward inquisitive coaching work, Gabby’s teachings are inspired by a metaphysical spiritual text called A course In Miracles. Spirit Junkie is her personal autobiography detailing her journey as both a teacher and a student of the course.
One of Gabby’s many gifts lies in her ability to take the often heady text of A Course In Miracles and demystify it’s core concepts making them more accessible to a younger generation (The very reason I was guided to her work and resonated so deeply with how she communicated course principles). Spirit Junkie was my first exposure to A Course In Miracles and it was enough for me to know from a profound place inside that the course was an integral part of my path.
I too consider myself both a student and a teacher of A course In Miracles. Let me delve briefly in to some fundamental A Course In Miracles concepts At the core of the course is the key concept of the split mind. We all have an ego. The part of our mind that is the fear voice. The part of our minds that believes we are separate from spirit, God, source, spirit whatever you want to call the energy of spiritual truth. When we are tuning into the ego (the voice of fear) it is often unconscious because no one would willingly choose fear if they knew there was a better way. That fear voice unknowingly causes us to turn away from the voice of truth which is love, self love, spirit, forgiveness and faith. The ego’s tiny mad idea , and we as Gabby calls it causes our ego mind to create false projections of our reality, and we carry those projections with us and replay them over and over again in our belief systems about ourselves,, our relationships with other people, and even our perceptions of past events and situations. It isn’t that the voice of spirit aka love isn’t always within us, it’s that the voice of fear (ego) blocks the truth that love is already there.
Through the process of forgiveness we bring the voice of fear into the light and remove blocks to the awareness of loves presence. Sounds pretty deep right? It is. But it’s actually much simpler than it sounds. It’s the ego part of our mind that makes things complicated. Because once we shed light on fear it has no power over us any longer and love illumines every area of our life. I can’t even begin to describe how much this book has been trans formative in my life and helped me release crazy crap that was holding me hostage. I would recommend it to anyone. Even if you disagree with some of the material, you are bound to glean insight from it.
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