Archive for May, 2012

a windless night
in such silence
I hear a lone tree whisper:

I am the container
you pour yourself into
from cradle to coffin

the splintered steps
you daily climb

the way in
and the way out
a rusty hinged wooden door

I frame the perfect piece of art
that stirs and awakens you

I am the sacred journal by your bedside
the poignant pages of yesterday’s resolve

the day will come, it always does
and you’ll unfurl your life
inside my cardboard boxes

driving by that row of pines
one last time

more than a second chance
I’ll be your everything.


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It takes a lot to move me out the door on a Sunday morning to go to church.  As far as I’d thought, church wasn’t contained within four walls.  I live in God’s country, we all do.  I’m especially fond of the Church of the Great Blue Herons or the Church of the Mighty Redwoods.  Church is everywhere, and yes, sometimes it’s even within four walls.

I have found the most dynamic, passionate, engaging, all inclusive church at the Genesis Global Spiritual Center.  This is a Science of Mind based church steeped in Ernest Holmes and New Thought teachings, as well as ancient wisdom.  It’s brimming with God and love, foot stomping, hand clapping music and it reaches into the depths of you, culls the very best, the wholeness that you already are and always were.

The Reverend Charles Hall used to be connected with the Agape Church in Los Angeles, preaching right along side of Michael Beckwith.  We are beyond blessed to have him in our community.  If you live near enough to get there on a Sunday, you will not be disappointed.

Below are a few paraphrases from today’s service and a few comments from me.  Unless otherwise noted, they were spoken by Rev. Charles Hall.

“You are the answer to somebody’s prayer.”

This one really hit home with me today.  I have a lot more on my plate these days because I was an answering to someone’s prayer.  There have been moments where I thought I took on too much, but that little reminder today, makes every morsel of it so worth it.

“Your life is heaven having it’s way right now.”

That alone is the only daily affirmation I ever need.

“You can be on the cusp of something.  Appreciate the cusp, not the something.  Appreciate this moment now.”

“All manifestations are effect.”  Ernest Holmes

Now ponder that for a moment.  Given that all manifestations are effect, take pause the next time you or I react to something.  We are just layering more of our stuff on top of what was our stuff to begin with.  It’s futile; it’s the old childhood game of sit and spin.

“Sometimes all it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage that will change your life forever.”  that’s a paraphrase by Rev. Hall from the movie – We Bought a Zoo.

Someone is waiting for your courage, that some one is you and me.  Let’s take the leap next time we are called to do so.  You’ll know the moment has arrived, when that little niggly voice shows up that says you can’t, you better not, you’re not really capable, you shouldn’t, you couldn’t, not in a million years.  That’s why it will take “insane courage”.  You’ll have to be braver than the voices.  The voices are ancient history.  They’ve had their share of air time.  Insane courage is well beyond the confines of that old safe box.  Insane courage throws a deaf ear to the old paradigm.  Can we do it?  Hell yea, we can!  It is what we came here for, the great adventure.  Let’s go LIVE it!

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The primary cause of unhappiness

is never the situation

but your thoughts about it.

~Eckhart Tolle~

I hope that quote from Eckhart Tolle brought you some relief today.  It certainly did for me.  My thoughts were: this is hard, I didn’t sign up for all of this, it’s too much of a drain on me, I don’t like this, I feel stuck.

Ultimately, stuck equals powerless to me.  Yet when I went to read some Tolle for inspiration, I spotted this quote right away as the truth in what was going on.  It’s not the situation, it’s what I am telling myself about the situation.  What I tell myself about it, is what makes it hard.

It’s not even that I want to change the story I am telling myself, I don’t want to tell any story at all about it.  The facts are – here’s the situation, the rest is extraneous mumbo jumbo that is the cause of my stress.  Not only that, I allow the Universe to act more freely on my behalf when I am not locking things in as – it’s this or it’s that.

I did a post awhile back entitled Just the Facts that addresses this very topic.  When I let go of the story I was telling myself the Universe delivered with more surprises and synchronicities then I could ever imagine.  The U loves to show off for you and me.  Question is – are we letting it or are we limiting it?  Today, right this minute, I am letting it.

Whew, that just feels so much better then the story I was locked into just a few short minutes ago!

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Whatever the present moment contains,
accept it as if you had chosen it.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

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Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness.
How do you know this is the experience you need?
Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.
~ Eckhart Tolle ~

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