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I saw that movie the other day.  You know, that movie.  The one whose title is three words, each a single syllable in length, having to do with food, God and um, lust.  The one based on the book that’s been on the top 100 on Amazon for 900 plus days.  Yes, the one that stars Julia Roberts.

Why do I speak in riddles, you ask?  Ok, maybe you didn’t ask, but I’ll tell anyway.  I speak in riddles because I would like to see what it’s like to hit this blog archive in the year, say 2528.  I imagine how they would puzzle over what exactly is she talking about.  I wonder would they still have acronyms for wth and lol or omg.  Surely we’ll still have acronyms by then.  I figure this blog piece will definitely merit a wth, probably less so an omg.  Maybe omg will be replaced by omrrr, short for oh my red roving robot.  Such stereotypical humor, I know.

I digress, my point and I do have one, is this movie.  I want to share with you some highlights in the form of one liners from it and then comment on a few.

“Americans know entertainment.  But they don’t know pleasure.”  (no comment on this one :)

“Select your thoughts, the way you select your clothes.”  Good one especially if you are a fashionista, if not, you’re s.o.l.  — just kidding!

“God dwells within you as you.”  Love this.  It reminds me of Thomas Mellon-Benedict, who, coming back from death and a “near death experience”, was told: Stop trying to become God, God is becoming you.

“The only way to heal is to trust.”  Ain’t that the truth!

“Run away from me and you run away from the possibilities of your own life.”  “Sometimes losing your balance for love is finding your balance for life.”

“Ruin is a gift.  Ruin is the road to transformation.”  I agree with this one, can’t say I love the word “ruined” though.  Abraham says they wish for us that we all go home and find our houses blown down.  They were referring to friends of Jerry and Esther’s whose house did blow down in a hurricane and how, in the ensuing months, it changed their lives for the better.

“I thank God for fear.”  Me, too!  For one, do you feel fear?  Check your pulse, you’re alive and able to feel it.  Wonderful!  Why are we so afraid of fear?  Was it Churchill who said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself?  I submit the only thing we have to fear is fear of fear.  Resistance to fear is fruitless.  Books are written every other day to teach us how to move beyond fear.  How about we move with it instead?

I learned something very valuable out of a book entitled “The Magician’s Way”.  It postulated the novel idea of allowing for failure and for worst case scenarios.   I’ve used this many times now and it’s always helped me make peace with my fears.  And I learned a lesson, too, from using it.  The author didn’t say imagine failure or worst case scenarios.  He didn’t say wallow in them either.  He also didn’t say take your worst case scenario and make it bigger, catastrophize it.  He also did not say take your worst case scenario and get in bed with it.   He merely suggested, allow for that worst case scenario possibility.  Acknowledge the possibility of failure or that worst case scenario.

Try it the next time you are afraid and see what you think.  I think it feels like having my fear without my fear having me.  And that literally feels like a breath of fresh air.

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I Can See Your Halo

For those of you who follow this blog regularly, the Chinese five element blog post on water has been deleted and the series has been scrapped for now.  There are some copyright issues so until such time that I can distill the work in a more experiential manner, I won’t be posting further on it.  Meanwhile I will continue to study with the author Jean Haner and encourage any of you who are interested in the material to attend a face reading, a workshop or both.  At the very least you will find it highly entertaining and you just might walk away from it as fascinated and enthralled by it as I was and am.

So…back to our regular scheduled programming.  I’m a bit Johnny-come-lately or should I say Bethie-come-lately on this, since the song has been out for many months now, but how much do I love Beyonce’s song – Halo.  When I sing the lyrics, it’s not the love of my life I’m addressing, for me, it’s God, Spirit.  It’s the Beloved with a capital “B”.  It is such a beautiful way to tap into Spirit, to sing — “everywhere I’m looking now, I’m surrounded by your embrace …  it’s like I’ve been awakened … you hit me like a ray of sun, burning through my darkest night … you know you’re my saving grace, you’re everything I need and more”.

And yes there was a time, actually many times when I’d thought I’d go it alone.  Sometimes I thought, hey God, I’ve got this one handled.   Other times I just forget to lean on Spirit altogether only to find myself humbled again at the pure ecstacy of standing in the light, the love and the all encompassing perfection of Spirit.

This youtube version below was adapted for the Hope For Haiti now project several months ago.  What a beautiful demonstration of love to sing to an entire nation – I can see your halo.  What if we said to everyone we met today, silently or otherwise – I can see your halo.

Remember those walls I built
Well, baby they’re tumbling down
And they didn’t even put up a fight
They didn’t even make up a sound

I found a way to let you in
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now

It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin’
It’s the risk that I’m takin’
I ain’t never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I’m looking now
I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you’re my saving grace

You’re everything I need and more
It’s written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won’t fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Hit me like a ray of sun
Burning through my darkest night
You’re the only one that I want
Think I’m addicted to your light

I swore I’d never fall again
But this don’t even feel like falling
Gravity can’t forget
To pull me back to the ground again

Feels like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you breakin’
The risk that I’m takin’
I’m never gonna shut you out

Everywhere I’m looking now
I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you’re my saving grace

You’re everything I need and more
It’s written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won’t fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
Halo, halo

Everywhere I’m looking now
I’m surrounded by your embrace
Baby I can see your halo
You know you’re my saving grace

You’re everything I need and more
It’s written all over your face
Baby I can feel your halo
Pray it won’t fade away

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo
I can feel your halo halo halo
I can see your halo halo halo

Songwriters: Bogart, Evan Kidd; Knowles, Beyonce Gisselle; Tedder, Ryan Benjamin

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“Every day I see or hear something that more or less kills me with delight.”
~Mary Oliver~

What do you love?  This was a question from the powerful weekly question.  G. K. Chesterton wrote: praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.  And I say — yes, yes, it totally could be!

Many years ago, I watched a soap opera, The Days of Our Lives.  It had a tag line: like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.  Today I would like to “bogart” that phrase and say — like sands through the hour glass, so are the Days of Our Love.

It’s a brand new shiny day stretched before you.  What shall you fill it with?  How about noticing what you love?  What lights you up from the inside out?  What delights you?  What makes you smile?  Notice and nurture it.  This is the essence of animating this life we are living.  And to feed and water what we love in life is to flow energy in the direction of that which feeds our heart and soul.

There was a book entitled Happy For No Reason.  It speaks of giving out awards, not necessarily literally but noticing and praising, either out loud or silently.  The best smile of the day.  The most beautiful flower of the day.  The most vocal bird of the day.  The most engaging store clerk of the day.  You get the idea, noticing the little, simple things.

While up in the Cascades I noticed there was a variety of pine that we don’t often see in the lower elevations.  Their needles were inches upon inches long.  One evening I watched as the sun went down, how the light hit the pines just so.  How it glistened on the tips of the needles as a gentle breeze brought forth clusters of sparkles.  I loved that moment of noticing just that and I’m still milking that one tiny moment.

It’s the simple things in life calling us to it.  Some days we want to run and leap into its arms.  Other days it calls us gently, softly with a whisper barely audible but always there, beckoning us forward.

Breathe deep and gather in the fragrance of all that lies before you today.  For none of it means anything until, with our own unique brand of attention to it, we give it dimension and depth.  Perhaps the richest discoveries of all lie in the simple, the trivial, the once easily overlooked.


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Behold!

Behold this new day.

It’s your opportunity

to leave the stamp

of who you are

right smack dab

on the cheeks of it.

MWAH!!


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I’m back!  So I’ve been to a Wisdom of Your Face retreat for 5 days and it was truly transformational.  I have to tell everyone in the new age community who loves learning about new models of thought, check this out.  You may have not seen anything like this.  Louise Hay and the author of The Wisdom of Your Face, Jean Haner are collaborating on a book together.  Louise Hay, herself, has said this is the most fascinating material she has come across in the last 10 or 15 years.  Pretty amazing stuff, if it’s impressing Louise Hay.

Now for the big news.  This retreat took place in a mountain lodge up in the majestic Cascade mountains of Washington state.  There were less than two dozen of us and guess who was there?  OMG!!  Louise Hay!  I was so starstruck and I even told her so, among other things.  Her gracious reply to me was, “I’m just a person”.  Yes, just a person who happens to be one of the forerunners in the new age community for the late 20th century.  Just a person who is the mother of affirmations.  Just a person who has influenced, inspired and motivated millions of people. Wow!

I have some notes from Louise for all of you that are appended below.  I agree with Louise (look, I’m already on a first name basis with her :), this is the most exciting material I’ve recently come across.  It’s the next modality I will be studying.  I won’t be able to share much from it right now because it is highly specialized.  However, if there is anyone who can distill and simplify material and make it user friendly, it’s me.  If you would like to get a taste of what the material is about, visit the website link above and consider signing up for the newsletter.  I believe she adds celebrity face readings to those.

First I’d like to blend two ideas, one from Louise the other from Jean the author.  Louise talked about living a life of making decisions.  She is 83, she began this decade deciding that her 80s would be the best decade of her life.  She looks and acts as if she is living it.  So the power is in the decision, simple and clear.  What Jean adds to this is the idea of making tiny decisions or tiny changes incrementally that add up to an eventual tipping point.

Let’s use an example: you feel stuck in your life, want new things to flow in.  Consider making a tiny decision to clear out a drawer or the top of a closet.  Next week or every other week clear out a little more clutter.  When we release things we no longer need, it frees up space to bring new energy into our life.  That’s just one example, apply this to anything you want to enhance or change in your life.  Do you love being around people but find yourself stuck indoors a lot, perhaps you even isolate yourself.  Go downtown or into town, where there are people around, make eye contact with them, pick up some friendly conversation with the store clerk, for instance.  Is your life busy, busy, busy, constantly on the go?  Are you exhausted as a result?  What tiny thing can you do to replenish yourself?  Could you go to bed 30 minutes earlier?  Could you knock off a few minutes on your workout routine just to sit and breathe mindfully?  Tiny decisions, tiny changes, incrementally add up to a tipping point.

The notes I took from Louise Hay’s short talk:

Make decisions about how your life will unfold.
Do mirror work – say in the mirror every day, no matter how uncomfortable it feels at first: I love you.  I really love you.
Affirmations:  All is well.  Only good lies before me.
What you put in your body in terms of choice of thoughts and choice of food determines the quality of your life.
When faced with a challenging situation, LH will say this 300x a day if necessary:

All is well.
Everything is working out for my highest good.
And out of this experience, only good will come.
I am safe.

She gave us a well being card with that last affirmation on it.  I have it autographed!  Goosebumps over here!

Those of you in Chicago and the West Coast are in for a treat because that’s where Jean Haner usually does her work.  Check out the website, if she’s at a bookstore near you doing a face reading, go, go, go!  I promise you if learning something new lights you up, you will not regret it.

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