Archive for October, 2008

I just finished watching this beautiful and poignant film about
the former editor of French Elle, who experiences a stroke so
severe that he has ‘locked in’ syndrome.  A rare condition where
his inner world is still intact but he is left with only the ability
to blink one eye.  There’s a great deal of paradox in the movie.
But what I most wanted to talk about was an early scene, where
he begins to pull out of feeling pity for himself and recognizes that
three things are still intact: the blinking of one eye, his memory
and his imagination.

His imagination, where he could experience any version of reality
that he cared to.  This is perhaps the richest of all senses, what
one might even call the sixth sense.  That rich inner landscape
where new worlds are created and experienced.  A place impervious
to time, space, dimensions or limits.  Within the imagination is the
freedom to inhabit any circumstance you wish to now be alive and
present in your outer world.  Dwell in it fully and it has the ability to
transform you from the inside out.  As within, so without.

Neville Goddard spoke frequently on the power of the imagination,
as he gave many lectures on it from the 1930’s through the 1970’s.
Reading and listening to his lectures, books and audio recordings
have re-ignited a world I once delved in freely as a child.  Within my
imagination, there is no place I cannot go, no one I cannot be, and
nothing that I cannot do.

William Blake, noted 19th century poet and artist, termed the
imagination: the eternal body of man that is God himself.

I leave you with a quote from Awakened Imagination by Neville Goddard:

By imagination we have the power to be anything we desire to be.
Through imagination we disarm and transform the violence of the
world.  Our most intimate as well as our most casual relationships
become imaginative as we awaken to “the mystery hid from the ages,”
that Christ in us is our imagination.  We then realize that only as we
live by imagination can we truly be said to live at all.

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The nature of *all* things is continually unfolding.

Remember that, Bethie?

Ah, I had a moment where I forgot, but now I am getting into the flow of
remembering that.  I tried to sneak in a period at the end of that experience.
Ha! but I know too much now. And as I recall the eternally unfolding nature
of all things, I also am reminded that Absolute Grace threads both visibly
and invisibly throughout all of my days.  Oh yes, now I remember there is
*no* time off from Grace at work in my life.  And there is *nothing* I need
to do to orchestrate that.  How cool is that?  These are the gifts this
benevolent Universe offers up to me each day.  Grace is breathing me right
now, right this moment.  Grace is ceaselessly at work on my behalf and the
entire Universe’s.

Always.  All-ways.

I don’t have anything else to do today except to acknowledge all my gifts.
So many gifts!

Wow, when I look at it that way, I don’t even remember what
the heck that panty wad twisting was all about! :)

Love, Bethie

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This is one of my first blog posts from May ’07 and includes how it all unfolded that I would name this blog:
Simply Blessed….

That’s where I create from, that heart centered place that knows I live in a benevolent Universe. What does that mean to me? It means the Universe is on my side, it’s rigged in my favor, in fact it’s on everyone’s side, including all of nature. Each of us born with a natural intuitive guidance. Many of us have been untrained away from that guidance in favor of pleasing others. But nature seems to follow it’s natural guidance quite well.

Still in all, my body and its functionings were orchestrated by a benevolent Universe and for the most part have not been untrained. Cut your finger and you may not know it but suddenly cells rush to the area each encoded with a job to do, some to heal, some to clot or stop bleeding, some to remove debris. It’s part of the healing process but nonetheless it is guided from a loving, benevolent and kind Broader Perspective.

Well that’s been my story and I kind of like sticking to it. It feels good to know the Universe has my back even when I stumble and don’t even seem to have my own back.

One day I walked out of an important meeting, lots of decisions being made about my son and where he would go to school – I stop and see written on a car bumper the words ‘simply blessed’. In that moment, I am flooded with relief in remembering that I am simply blessed.
Because I really believe that I am guided from a loving benevolent Universe, it shows me what I believe – that I am simply blessed. And at every turn, no matter what, no matter how bad it gets, and we all know how bad it can get, there is always, always the choice to remember I am simply blessed.

It’s not a few more hours later that day, I am following an ambulance with my son inside it. I keep up with every turn and suddenly we make a left turn into the most breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier. It’s one of the pleasures of living in and near Seattle as we do, sometimes you won’t see her for days, weeks or months. Maybe she’s covered in clouds, maybe I just wasn’t travelling near her and then you round a curve, make a turn and there she is in complete and total glory. It’s take your breath away stuff. The tears are streaming down my face but no longer because my son is in the ambulance but from the incredible reminder of just how blessed I am. And knowing that I have a choice to feel simply blessed every single day, every moment I choose to, even now when it’s hard, maybe even especially now.

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Why wonder about the loaves and the fishes?
If you say the right words, the wine expands.
If you say them with love
and the felt ferocity of that love
and the felt necessity of that love,
the fish explode into the many.
Imagine him, speaking,
and don’t worry about what is reality,
or what is plain, or what is mysterious.
If you were there, it was all those things.
If you can imagine it, it was all those things.
Eat, drink, be happy.
Accept the miracle.
Accept, too, each spoken word
spoken with love.

~ Mary Oliver ~

(Why I Wake Early)

gratitude to Panhala@yahoogroups.com for this poetry post today….

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Wow, I’ve been tagged by my good friend Belle at Abundance Journal and she was tagged by Cardin at OptimistLab, to play the High Vibe game which is all about what 5 ways do I use to raise my vibe.

Vibe – vibration, the words have actually been around a long time and used by so many. Perhaps the first time I heard of good (high) vibrations was via the Beach Boys’ famous song. It’s a song of pure positive and joyful appreciation expressed towards another, with just a little testosterone thrown in :)

Today vibration IS the name of the game, when it comes to those of us who listen to the teachings of Abraham/Jerry & Esther Hicks.

I have many ways of raising my vibe and some come to me in the moment brand new and fresh. I like to change things up alot, so I’m never stuck or bored by any one thing there is always something new I create.

And here’s some of my 5 favorite ways I raise my vibe:

1. I look up – literally.

How many times I’ve noticed that when I’m feeling low, my gaze is actually low to the ground. This works best outside but can work inside, too. I go outside and literally just look up and around, there is so much more to focus on than the limited perspective of the floor/ground and my feet. When I simply look up and around, I feel an immediate shift and lightness in my vibe.

2. I read my Well Being Cards.

I’ve ‘stolen’ this idea from Jerry and Esther Hicks and made up my own Well Being cards, some have Abe sayings, some have my own sayings, some are taken from the inspiring words of others or friends. Here are a few examples of them:

Once I drop the judgement, I’m on my way.
Let’s start feeling all emotion as holy.
Hope – having one positive expectation (hey, I can do that!)
Utter well being is lurking out there.
Everything at its core, is letting you love you.
In this moment, I allow things to be as they are.

3. Humour

My sense of humour never fails me, even in moments where I can’t find anything funny in the situation, which is pretty rare, well then I have a stock of Seinfeld and Daily Show episodes that I can always watch. I crack myself up with my own laughter, my laugh is full and hearty and genuine and so easily accessed. My husband loves to watch certain shows but will wait till I can watch them with him, because he says my laughter makes it that much more enjoyable. Laughter is one of my best medicines.

4. Pet your cat

I once heard Abraham say: when all else fails, pet your cat. It’s just one consonant over from pet to get, so somehow I misheard. It seems when all else fails, I actually ‘get’ a cat. I’ve got my limits though, and right now 5 is the limit. My brand new kitty, Muffin, is instant pleasure, he is pure connection – live, play like there’s no tomorrow and sleep.

5. Acceptance

High vibing is usually accessed best when you are not far from it. If you are pretty darn low in how you are feeling, it’s possible to quantam leap your way up to high vibing. It won’t be maintained though unless high vibing is where you typically hang out. Times when I’m feeling bad and it feels like a circle of feeling bad that I can’t get out of – those are the times when acceptance works best for me. The more I fight how I feel, the more I judge that I could even feel this low, the more I feel bad. When I understand that this too shall pass, when I love myself anyway, when I understand that oh, here’s this place I sometimes visit, no big deal, it’s a little blip – then I pass through it so much easier. Understanding that I have that choice to experience something kicking and screaming all the way or finding my way back to peace, which is ulitmately finding my way back to Love, that’s where’s it’s at for me.

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Funny, Strange, Amazing and True!

We are animal lovers.  We live in a house with five cats,
one dog, two fish and one guinea pig.

Princess Amber Lynn is our youngest kitty.  Yes, I know she
has three names.  They evolved over time.  :)  She is
such a gorgeous little tortie, so perfect for autumn.
And she is a ‘teenager’ at 19 months old.

So here’s the funny, strange and amazing part:
last night I found Princess nursing on Isabella.  What’s
strange about that?  Princess is not a baby kitty and
Isabella is not pregnant or lactating.  And Isabella is even
younger than Princess at 15 months of age.

Ok, weird but not that weird, right?  But wait…

Isabella is our spayed DOG!!!  I kid you not.  This happened
not once but three times yesterday.  Each attempt that Princess,
the kitty, made to nurse on Isabella, the dog – was met with
mixed responses.  The first nursing episode was the longest.
I went and grabbed the rest of my family to show them.  I knew
they would not believe it unless they saw it.  Isabella finally
scooted her way out of kitty’s reach.  The second time it happened,
I could almost hear Isabella utter an audible groan.  And the third time
it happened, Isabella got up and glared at Princess, as if to say
‘back off boogaloo’.

Yes, strange, funny, amazing and true!  I have no pictures
though, Isabella begged me not to immortalize it on film and I
promised her I would not.  :)

Love, Bethie

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Ordinary World

I’m having a ’90’s moment today.  :)  I heard Ordinary World by Duran Duran on the radio after many, many years of not hearing it.  I wondered about the lyrics and what it really meant by ordinary world and learning to survive.  I googled it and found some information on Wikipedia.  Couched in terms of war, I now understand how meaningful an ordinary world can be.  So today I appreciate the quiet and extraordinary grace of an ordinary world and I look forward to a time when all of us can live in peace.  Love, Bethie

From Wikipedia:
“Ordinary World” is the first single from Duran Duran’s self-titled 1993 album, better known as the Wedding Album. The song peaked No. 3 in the American charts and No. 6 in the British charts. Simon LeBon, the vocalist, later sang this song with Luciano Pavarotti, to help children affected by war in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

By the early 90s, Duran Duran’s popularity had faded. Their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts.

It wasn’t until Capitol leaked “Ordinary World” to a radio station in Florida in the autumn of 1992 that it looked like Duran Duran mania might yet hit again. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, ultimately releasing it in December. In the UK, the original January release date stood. The song can be credited as introducing Duran Duran to a new generation of fans.

The strings in the song were arranged and performed by Nick Rhodes, using a Kurzweil K2000, a digital synthesizer that was highly advanced for its time.

The song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994 and later featured in the soundtrack to the film Layer Cake in 2005.

Came in from a rainy Thursday
on the avenue
thought I heard you talking softly

I turned on the lights, the TV
and the radio
still I can’t escape the ghost of you

What has happened to it all?
Crazy, some’d say
Where is the life that I recognize?
gone away

But I won’t cry for yesterday
there’s an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Passion or coincidence
once prompted you to say
“Pride will tear us both apart”
Well now pride’s gone out the window
cross the rooftops
run away
left me in the vacuum of my heart

What is happening to me?
Crazy, some’d say
Where is my friend when I need you most?
Gone away

but I won’t cry for yesterday
there’s an ordinary world
somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

Papers in the roadside
tell of suffering and greed
here today, forgot tomorrow
ooh, here besides the news
of holy war and holy need
ours is just a little sorrowed talk

And I don’t cry for yesterday
there’s an ordinary world
Somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive

every one
is my world, I will learn to survive
any one
is my world, I will learn to survive
any one
is my world
every one
is my world

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This is a re-post from last year.  The message is just so darn good and is so much about dropping the oars, flowing downstream, trusting in absolute grace and letting go…

We can let our lives be directed
by the same force that makes
flowers grow.  {…}

To trust in the force
that moves the universe
is faith.

Faith isn’t blind it’s visionary.
Faith is believing that the universe
is on our side, and that the universe
knows what it’s doing.

Faith is a psychological awareness
of an unfolding force for good,
constantly at work in all dimensions.

Our attempts to direct this force only
interferes with it.
Our willingness to relax into it allows
it to work on our behalf.

Marianne Williamson
A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

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Exactly how does one handle all the news about the economy
as a person who walks the new age/new thought movement walk?

Do you just ignore it?  Reach for a better feeling thought?  Turn
off the TV, walk away from the ‘water cooler’ conversations?
What’s a new age’r to do in these times?  I suspect we all handle
it in many ways.  None of them right or wrong.

My current theme that I’m moving towards flowing into all areas of my
life, not just the economy — is remembering that the nature of all things
is continually unfolding.

If I know that, then I don’t insert a period at the end of any economy
experience.  I remember when I’m making any judgement about a thing,
I am effectively inserting a period.  I consider myself a recovering Period
Inserter :).   I also remind myself that drawing conclusions is another way
of sneaking a period in yet again.

So if I find myself feeling bad or feeling fearful about the economy, it’s a
sure bet I’ve snuck in a judgment, a conclusion, an assumption, inevitably:
a period.   I have forgotten that the nature of all things is continually unfolding.
I have forgotten that absolute grace threads invisibly through our lives each
and every moment.  I have forgotten that every particle of our being and so
much more is moved upon by absolute divine grace.  Resting in that
knowing, I remember.

Love, Bethie

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A new Abraham quotes yahoogroup has been started by a couple of mavericks.
(All Joe six packs can now take a drink.)  :)  If you would like to join their group
you can sign up at AbeHicksQuotes@yahoogroups.com

Apparently, the mavericks were not happy with the limits of the old group, so
they banned together to start a new one.  I think I am quite liking this new one.
Now for all you Joe six packs that was two mavericks=two drinks.  Ok, all political
humour aside, here is an Abraham Hicks quote.  Sorry I don’t have a date or
workshop reference, that’s really the last thing on a maverick’s mind.  (That’s 3
drinks – but who is counting!)  If you don’t know what the heck I’m talking about,
watch the SNL version of the Palin/Biden debate on the web.

Now without further adieu, finally, the Abraham quote:

“You are never, ever, ever alone. You are always embraced. You are
always understood. You are always adored. You are always cared for and
well-being is always pre-paved before you.

In other words, you do live in an environment of absolute grace. And
the more you practice thoughts of that and watch for evidence of that
and speak it, you beat the drum of it whenever you see it.”

I love those words: absolute grace.  I want to spend time being really mindful
today of just how much I/we live in a state of absolute grace.  How much we
are cared for, how much well being is our natural state, how much this Universe
is rigged in our favor, how we live under the umbrella of a benevolent Universe.

Today the place I choose to embrace as my home is the state of Absolute Grace.
I walk in Absolute Grace and Absolute Grace walks with me.

Love, Bethie

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