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The ordinary miracles begin. Somewhere
a signal arrives: “Now,” and the rays
come down. A tomorrow has come. Open
your hands, lift them: morning rings
all the doorbells; porches are cells for prayer.
Religion has touched your throat. Not the same now,
you could close your eyes and go on full of light.

And it is already begun, the chord
that will shiver glass, the song full of time
bending above us. Outside, a sign:
a bird intervenes; the wings tell the air,
“Be warm.” No one is out there, but a giant
has passed through town, widening streets, touching
the ground, shouldering away the stars.

~William Stafford~
William Tell: Poems by William Stafford

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“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”  Albert Einstein

“The most ordinary of things can easily turn extraordinary, making us wonder if, perhaps, the extraordinary is hidden in the ordinary always, just waiting to be discovered.”  Jeff Foster

The wisdom of two people a few generations apart, both articulating similar viewpoints … leading me back here on the subject of grace again…

Spring is about to pop across this great nation.  I look forward to spending time with a single green leaf.  It has pores and veins just like we do!  I love how the newness of spring buds begins in the soft, lucent green of a newborn leaf, and matures in a few weeks to it’s bigger, deeper self.  

These are moments that have saved me.  They are times when life’s situations, the problems, my thoughts, worries, fears, judgments … all fall away … and I find myself melding into the here-ness of the moment.  It is, truly, all that is.  

And this, ah, yes … this is my saving grace.

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My dear friend, Amy-rainflower, made this video of the Jeff Foster quote that I include below.  The video is only a couple of minutes long.  I have cried deep tears of knowing from both the video and reading the quote.  It is one of the most profoundly poetic pieces I have ever come across.

Your deepest longing has already been fulfilled, and you were the last to know.

Everything you have ever longed for is already present, here and now –

which is the last place you’d ever look. The miracle to end all miracles is happening,

and it is this moment exactly as it is. Yes – this, this is the grace.

Every breath. Each sensation. Every sound. That which has already been allowed in.

That which cannot be blocked out. Even pain, even boredom, even despair,

all those unwanted and unloved waves of human experience,

are finally allowed to flood into the space where ‘you’ are not, and have never been.

And the paradox is this: none of it can touch you anymore, not even the greatest pain.

And yet, and yet, you experience all of it, you feel it all more intensely than ever before,

unable to block it out anymore, unable to turn away. Who would turn away, and from what?

This is life in its fullness, no holds barred. So what is left but simple gratitude?

Gratitude for the fact that anything has ever happened at all. And if nothing ever happens again,

know this, dear friend – you have been here to witness the miracle of life.

You have known it. Tasted it. Felt it. Seen it.

The reflection of a waning moon in a car window.

The taste of still water.

The fragrance of cotton.

The silent depths of meditation.

The fierce intensity of fear.

Your grandmother’s bones.

It has been enough.

Oh, it has been more than enough. It has been too much, in fact.

Too much grace. And so the separate self turned away from it,

and looked for more, seeking a future that never came, and cannot come.

You’ve only been seeking yourself.

Awe and wonder, my friend.

Awe and wonder.

~Jeff Foster~

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Angel Messages

 

 

You know ever since I moved here to Washington I wanted to find someone who did Pilates.  After I injured my back doing yoga, while training to be a yoga teacher, I took up Pilates.  And I was religious about it and in really good shape back then living in Texas.

I couldn’t find Pilates in my hometown out here.  Over time, I gradually gave up exercise period.  I’m at the grocery store yesterday and now they have these advertisements on the carts and there’s one for Pilates.  I call the number and she’s right here in my little itty bitty town.  She has all the equipment (I hate mat only Pilates) and does it out of her home for a third less of what I used to pay, and wait there’s more — she only does private sessions (I don’t like group Pilates either).  Who knew?

So today I pull an angel card and it’s a message to get back into exercise.  What kind of an angel says this??  The Pilates angel?  Too funny and yet so affirming.

We are heard, held, nourished always.  Whatever is right for us in the moment, it’s always there and available.

I have a home made well being card that reads: maybe love is waiting at the end of every road.  Never mind at the end of every road – love is here right now (Pilates angels, too).  And, I would add, there’s no maybes about it.

“There are two ways to live your life, one is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle.”   ~Albert Einstein

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“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.  But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

Sometimes I forget I live miracles every day but I’m never all that far from remembering.  Fingers typing, wind a’blowing outside my window, leaves a’falling.  Then stillness, followed by the sounds of a backyard swollen stream.  Eyes to see it with, ears to hear it, fingers to touch.

In one conscious breath I can propel myself to any place I want.  Today I am the spirit of a babe, without judgment or perspective even.  It’s all new and shiny.  It’s all a miracle.  I am a miracle living inside of miracles.

Now — I’ll return to the daily tasks of cleaning up cat throw up (it’s all over the house!), doing laundry, paying bills, washing dishes.  I get to do that.  I get to live inside a miracle where there are cats and warm water to clean our dishes, our clothes.  I get to enter and be a part of this beautiful dance, the exchange of resources.

I won’t expect miracles today.  No … today I will live them.

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Praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.  An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.

The way to love anything is to realize it may be lost.

Thanks are the highest form of thought.  Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

…we are made to be astonished.

A man in peril can only save his life by risking it.

The worshipper never feels taller than when he bows.

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.  <smile>

The most astonishing thing about miracles is that they happen.

There is a road from the eye to heart that does not go through the intellect.

It is possible that God says every morning, “Do it again” to the sun, and every evening “Do it again” to the moon.

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It was April Fool’s Day and the Universe was having its way with me.  I was seated at my desk, when I was startled by a noise to my left.  It was my cat, the littlest of my cats, maybe a 5 pounder.  She was on the window screen, spread eagle, holding on by all four paws. The only problem, she was on the outside of the screen and it was a nice drop below her since she was two stories above the ground.

My heart pounding, I asked to no one in particular, since I was alone: what do I do?!  And the answer that came clearly was “do nothing”.  I did nothing.  I watched her let go one paw at a time.  At the point that she was dangling by one last paw, I knew then I had to turn away.  Turn away both literally and figuratively.  I had to look elsewhere so that I wouldn’t give myself to the unwanted conclusion, the worst case scenario.

I heard a thump.  I walked up to the screen and peered through it.  I don’t know how it happened.  There really should have been only one place for her to land and that was straight down.  A few feet to her side is a jutting out of the house, I have no idea how she swung over there but she did.  The physics, logistics of it make no sense.  There she stood looking up at me.  Next, I did do something – I removed the screen and pulled her in!

This was one of those love notes from the Field.  It presents itself as an unusual occurrence but hidden within it, is instruction.  Information, guidance or direction that is relevant to something going in our lives right now.  Sometimes these unusual occurrences take the form of a problem that we get lost in and then lose access to that guidance and information.  The Field is in constant conversation with us, met with non-resistance, so much can be revealed.

In the case of what happened here, I was waiting to hear whether I would be approved for something I was really, really wanting.  I wondered – should I do more, should I say more?  I also remembered in the past when I had been denied the very thing I was now waiting to hear, might this time I be approved.

The love note from the Field was, this thing you are wanting … do nothing.  But there’s more, the rest of that phrase is do nothing and everything will be done.  I think that is a Buddhist quote.  Yes, everything will be done with a certain provision, that I wasn’t giving myself to unwanted conclusions or worst case scenarios.  I took the guidance and rested in: do nothing *and* do not give myself to unwanted conclusions.  Then … everything will be done.  In good time, the approval did come.

The Field/Universe/God/Source/Spirit will bend over backwards to surprise and delight us in ways that beat all odds, even ways that seem to bend the laws of logistics.  It loves to show off for us.  And what it says to me most of all, is that we are never alone, even when we are “physically” alone, we are heard, we are answered.  All that remains is that we open the door and give right of way to an efficiency and a resourcefulness that is far greater than our own.

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This world is full of miracles.

They stand in shining silence next to every dream of pain and suffering.

They are the dream’s alternative, the choice to be the dreamer, rather than deny the active role in making up the dream.

The body is released because the mind acknowledges ‘this is not done to me, but I am doing this.’

And thus the mind is free to make another choice instead.

~ A Course in Miracles ~

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surrendering{“Surrendering” by Freydoon Rassouli}

“You cannot wake yourself.
You can let yourself be awakened.”

~A Course in Miracles

I like the emphasis here on letting.  Not forcing but allowing.
And then an interesting synonym for “let” is: sit still for.  This
is to suggest that to let something come about requires no
action on our part except perhaps a releasing of individual will
and a resting in stillness.  No forcing, no action.  Just resting.
Stand still and allow, let the Universe support you.

This theme is also found in the The Field Center studies.
Here we find the Four Noble Truths:

1) Anything can happen.
2) You can’t make it happen.
3) You can let it happen.
4) If you let it happen to make it happen, it won’t happen.*

Interesting paradox isn’t it: if you let it happen to make it happen,
it won’t happen.  That is because the letting entailed in making
something happen is just another method of forcing the individual
will, albeit tying it up in a sophisticated bow.

This helps explain how sometimes when we find ourselves “at
the end of our rope”, an answering soon follows.  Why? because
finally personal will has been surrendered.  We have ceased to
bang anything into place, we have even come to the conclusion
that we don’t have all or even any of the answers.  In this state
of surrender and uncertainty, we have lost our grip on forcing
our will and have entered the portal of willingness.  A willing-
ness to finally concede that we don’t have the answers; we can’t
make anything happen and a corresponding receptivity to the
creative force of the Universe.  And miraculously it seems, at the
moment we are literally brought to our knees in surrender, answers
soon follow and manifestations appear just at the 11th hour.

So then it would behoove me to let go of my headstrong reasonings
that I have any of the answers, to let go of any forcing or trying to
make something happen.  To rest in that sweet spot where I don’t
stop caring about what I want.  On the contrary, I care deeply but
I now have the wisdom to know that an entire Universe can work it’s
magic far better than anything little me could possibly bang into place.
May that wisdom deepen in me so that I no longer have to be at the
end of my rope for answers to be let in.

*©www.fieldcenter.org

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Easter Miracle

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As your resident purveyor of feel good news on the planet :) – I found this today:

By Chris Umpierre, The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press

FORT MYERS, Fla. — A tragedy thankfully didn’t turn into a disaster Sunday when a passenger successfully landed a small airplane at Southwest Florida International Airport after the pilot had a seizure 20 minutes after takeoff.

The pilot died before the plane landed.

The Beechcraft King Air two-engine turboprop plane, with five people on board, was flying from Marco Island to Jackson, Miss., when the pilot was stricken for unknown reasons.

Neither the pilot’s nor the passenger’s names were released by authorities.

Although the passenger who eventually landed the plane was a licensed pilot, he wasn’t certified to fly a high-performance turboprop aircraft and had never flown a King Air plane, according to the National Air Traffic Controllers Association.

A Fort Myers air traffic controller, whose name also wasn’t released, talked the man through the landing by calling a friend in Connecticut who was familiar with King Airs.

“We’ve had situations where passengers land airplanes before, but this is the first time I actually heard a controller actually tell the passenger to push this button and turn this knob,” said Steve Wallace, president of the National Air Traffic Controllers in Miami. “It’s a heck of an Easter story.”

Wallace was working in the Miami air traffic control center when his air controllers couldn’t reach the plane’s pilot at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Miami center deals with planes at high altitude — 10,000 or more feet — in South Florida.

“We tried a couple times and didn’t hear anything,” Wallace said. “Then all of a sudden, we hear a passenger say, ‘This is November 55 Niner Delta Whisky and my pilot is passed out. We need help now.'”

Despite dealing with 15 other planes in the air at the time, the Miami air traffic control center helped the man disengage autopilot, turn the plane around and descend to Fort Myers.

Fort Myers air traffic controllers then helped him land the plane thanks to an assist from a Connecticut pilot. The man in Connecticut pulled out a King Air manual and read off a checklist for landing, which the Fort Myers air traffic controller then relayed to the passenger-turned-pilot.

“The passenger was a certified pilot, but not in this plane, so he needed this help,” said Alex Caldwell, spokeswoman for the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. “It’s not the like driving a Ford Focus and an F-150. There’s a big difference with planes.”

Wallace said the passenger deserves all the credit for the safe landing.

“I was watching him on the radar and he was able to hold the airplane level, make the turn and land on his first shot,” Wallace said.

“When he landed, our heroes over here got a nice applause and a pat on the back. It’s not often controllers fly plane by proxy.”

The plane, which was built in 1982, is owned by White Equipment Leasing in Archibald, La. according to Federal Aviation Administration records. The owner couldn’t be reached for comment.

“This could have had a truly horrible outcome,” Caldwell said. “It’s a real Easter miracle.”

© Copyright 2007 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Co. Inc.

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