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I love, no adore, this quote, appended below, from Elizabeth Gilbert (author of eat, pray, love) in her new book “The Signature of All Things”.  It’s relevant to include it here, as it illustrates the theme of recent blog posts: allowing acceptance of the voices that come.  Maybe they wake us in the middle of the night, or perhaps it’s at the moment we rise up from that darkness of night and into the sometimes tenuous and raw vulnerability of morning.

Whenever those voices come, they teach us we would not know the courage to move forward had we first not known fear.  So much would be missing from the world without the life-giving blood of anger and the force for which it propels us into positive change.  It is the yin and the yang of life and one aspect will always be in relationship with it’s complementary aspect — fear and courage, anger and change, for example.  And like the proverbial grain of sand that transforms into an iridescent pearl, our lives are a continual evolutionary dance of sand and pearl.

“I live a creative life, and you can’t be creative without being vulnerable.  I believe that Creativity and Fear are basically conjoined twins; they share all the same major organs, and cannot be separated, one from the other, without killing them both. And you don’t want to murder Creativity just to destroy Fear!  You must accept that Creativity cannot walk even one step forward except by marching side-by-side with its attached sibling of Fear.

{…} I decide every day that I love Creativity enough to accept that Fear will always come with it. And I talk to Fear all the time, speaking to it with love and respect, saying to it: “I know that you are Fear, and that your job is to be afraid. And you do your job really well! I will never ask you to leave me alone or to be silent, because you have a right to speak your own voice, and I know that you will never leave me alone or be silent, anyhow.  But I need you to understand that I will always choose Creativity over you.”  ~ Elizabeth Gilbert “The Signature of All Things”

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Courage

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This week’s inquiry (followed by song lyrics, which I originally heard in a Science of Mind church):

What waits for my courage?

Let me fall
Let me climb
There’s a moment when fear
And dreams must collide

Someone I am
Is waiting for courage
The one I want
The one I will become
Will catch me

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear them

Let me fall
If I fall
Though the phoenix may
Or may not rise

I will dance so freely
Holding on to no one
You can hold me only
If you too will fall
Away from all these
Useless fears and chains

Someone I am
Is waiting for my courage
The one I want
The one I will become
Will catch me

So let me fall
If I must fall
I won’t heed your warnings
I won’t hear

Let me fall
If I fall
There’s no reason
To miss this one chance
This perfect moment
Just let me fall

Cirque du Soleil lyrics
Album: Quidam

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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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