November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under AHA Moments, Forgivness, Practical Spirituality

“You are only resentful to the extent you have given away your personal power.”

- Katherine Woodward Thomas

I have been reading (AND doing the exercises in) Katherine Woodward Thomas’ book, Calling In The One” and came across her powerful quote this morning.  It hit me like a ton of bricks because I have been doing a lot of forgiveness work regarding my former marriage – especially since my ex remarried a couple of weeks ago.

His marriage wasn’t a surprise to me – I had been told about it and frankly had expected it.  But when I actually saw the Facebook status change in my newsfeed – well – I was quite surprised at how deeply it hit me.

I’ve taught a lot about forgiveness over the years, and written a lot about it also.  Of course that’s because I’ve also had too-many-to-mention opportunities to practice forgiveness over the years.  And being in my mid-50s now, well that’s been quite a few years already!  (This is one of the great advantages I’m finding during this period of my life – the wisdom that comes from having been around the block a few times already! : )

I spent a good number of years learning how to forgive my parents initially.  One of the most helpful things  I was taught was to recognize and accept that my parents did the best they could with the tools they had.  The truth is – we ALL do the best we can with the tools we have at the time.  And if we have limited tools . . . well . . . sometimes there are consequences that we have to deal with that are part of our life  lessons.

Another forgiveness tool I’ve had great success with is Ho’OPonoPono – a Hawaiian technique brought to the public eye via Joe Vitale’s discovery of  Dr. Hu Lin.  Dr. Lin cured an entire ward of a prison mental hospital using the Ho O Pono Pono process.  Dr. Lin believed that he was responsible for everything and everyone that was around him through the thoughts he created and therefore if he could change his thought process, he could also change the lives and circumstances around him.

So Dr. Lin spent each day in his office with one of the inmates files.  Over and over again, he simply repeated the four phrases:

I am sorry.

I love you.

Please forgive me.

Thank You.

One by one the inmates were cured and eventually they shut down the ward because not only were the current patients cured, but no NEW patients arrived to fill up the beds!

But until today, when I read Katherine’s comment “You are only resentful to the extent you have given away your personal power” I had not consciously realized that I was actually giving away my power by holding on to some resentment about (and therefore not being able to completely forgive)  the dissolution of my marriage.  I was in conflict with one of my own primary beliefs — that I am 100,000% in charge of my life and everything that manifests in it.

And that includes everything about my relationship with my ex.  I was NOT a victim, though I have played the part more than I care to admit.  I was NOT a martyr either, though I played that role also for a time.  And while I was playing those roles – I was giving away my power!  My power to create the life I choose!  My power to create and experience JOY!  My power to manifest my new desires!

When we hold both hands clenched around our resentments – our need to be “right” – we cannot OPEN our hands (or more importantly our HEARTS) to allow in new love, new peace, new joy!

The only way to do open our clenched hands and hearts  is to forgive ourselves!  And as you do, the resentment will dissolve and disappear and your full power will be restored.

You always have the infinite inner power to choose again!

Is today the day YOU will choose to forgive and reclaim YOUR full power?


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November 26, 2010 by  
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A lady lost her handbag in the bustle of Christmas shopping. It was found by an honest little boy and returned to her. Looking in her purse, she commented, “Hmmm…. That’s funny. When I lost my bag there was a $20 bill in it. Now there are twenty $1 bills.”

The boy quickly replied, “That’s right, lady. The last time I found a lady’s purse, she didn’t have any change for a reward.”

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November 24, 2010 by  
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Dear One,

We want you to know that your physical actions and efforts have and are noticed from this side of the veil. We acknowledge the amount of effort and intention you are putting in but we do have to ask the question – why do you think you are not good enough?

Let us rephrase that. There is an element in what you are doing that comes from the place of believing you are not “sufficient” just as you are. We know this is a dilemma for you that you struggle with and we would of course like to see you stop the struggle. We see how many times a day you make yourself wrong and we know that it is in your conscious awareness at this time to change that habit.

We would like to assure you – again – and again – and again – as many times as it takes – that you have done nothing wrong. That you are not doing anything wrong now—and that indeed – you cannot ever do “wrong” because there is no right or wrong from an energetic standpoint. There is expansion – there is experience – there is what brings you joy and what fills you with love – because – joy and love are the TRUTH of your Divine Spirit and the more you are fully THAT – the more you are allowing your Divine Nature to be predominant within your physical existence.

However, you did choose a physical existence that does have as a key component the element of contrast. When you are noticing contrast – do your best to remember that it is an indication – a roadmap – a lighthouse – showing you the way BACK to your TRUE NATURE of Joy! So always ask what will bring you closer to joy in any given moment. Make your answer easy Child. It doesn’t always have to be the “big” answer. Sometimes it will be a little thing like having a drink of water, washing a dish, or take the dog out. In fact – doing something “little” is an excellent tool because it bypasses the ego.

The ego won’t necessary feel the need to kick in on an event it deems “small” and you have the power to make choices without considering each choice to be so dire. At this point in your life Dear One, there are very few “dire” decision to be made. Your physical safety is not an issue and we wish you would recognize that your emotional safety is no longer an issue either.

Some of you have successfully created an independent life where you only have to answer to you! Yet you continue to create struggle as if you were doing battle with your parents, your husband, or your child. You maintain the pattern of struggle because of its familiarity Dear One but it is not necessary! If you choose to believe that everything you do or don’t do,  have done or haven’t done,  and everything you feel or didn’t feel was PERFECT – was 100% “right” – was OK –how different would your day be? If you truly believed your next choice was totally OK – with NO negative consequences – what would you choose?

This concept is so threatening to your ego that you may be quite easily distracted even as you read this – and frequently that means it is of great import to you! Who says it is wrong for you to enjoy a happy peaceful life? Who says you have to “have a purpose”? Who says you have to serve others? Who says you have to make more money? Or your business has to be financially successful? Whose voices are you listening to? Who is in charge of making those decisions? What do you WANT to believe?

We tell you unequivocally from where we stand in our non-judgmental – neutral but loving state we care NOT! Well – that is not entirely true – we care that you are happy – we know that as a possibility and we would want to choose that for you – but of course – it is not our choice to make – it is YOURS!

Dear One we see a glorious child of Light within you!  We know the support you are to the people in your life and we also know that that “counts” as a purpose  – that is if feel you have to have one – but we’ve noticed you humans feel better having one. Do you think you do not make an enormous difference in the lives of your friends and loved ones? Do not diminish the value you bring to the planet at this time Dear Child by not believing what you see is “enough!” You have the free will to make that choice but we just don’t see how that brings you joy frankly.

If the only answer to your “why” questions is because of what “they” say – or “you should” do or you are comparing yourself to others – you may want to re-evaluate your criteria. Make your self “Right”.

Make yourself OK.

Allow Joy.

Allow Peace.

Allow Love.

Drop the rock.

All is well – indeed all is VERY well.

We know the light that you are!  And we have NO doubts!

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November 21, 2010 by  
Filed under General, Law of Attraction, Practical Spirituality

It’s typical at this time of year, at least here in the United States, to start thinking about gratitude. After all, that is, of course, the main message of the Thanksgiving Holiday. I guess I’m glad there is a day that specifically focuses us on being grateful, but personally, I find it a little sad.


Because gratitude is such a vital component to creating a consciously aware life filled with the CHOICES rather than CIRCUMSTANCES. And to have a life filled with joy, peace and prosperity you can’t relegate being thankful to just one day a year.

This year, consider starting a new tradition. How about 365 days of gratitude? How good do you think you and your family would feel if every single day you were each thankful for at least ONE thing in your lives? Can you imagine the energy of that collective attitude of gratitude  carried throughout the whole year?

The list of things to be grateful is endless! From the sun rising each morning, to the birds chirping, to the smile on your kid’s face, or the lick on your face from your doggie’s tongue! Then there’s all your body parts that keep working on your behalf for the most part! What about the glory of mother nature – I’m looking at some beautiful roses blooming right outside my office window at the moment!

Thanksgiving Day is THE perfect time to start a gratitude journal. (And for you non-U.S. folks choose an appropriate holiday for your culture or make one up and call it GRATITUDE DAY!) It doesn’t have to be fancy! You can stop at the dollar store and buy little 3-5 notepads for all of your guests! On the first page, start out the list by telling them how grateful you are that they are sharing this day with you. Suggest the new tradition and imagine how cool it would be for everyone to bring their journals to Thanksgiving Dinner NEXT year filled with all the blessings of the year!

We frequently speak of the Law of Attraction – what you think about is what you bring about – so if you want more blessings in your life – being in gratitude for all that you currently have – is a great way to generate MORE being returned to you!

And I will take this opportunity to thank each of you for reading this! It may sound corny – but I’m willing for you to think that. Whenever I hear from one of you that the words I’ve written, or the session we’ve had together has been useful to you – my heart swells with joy! I am soooooooo grateful for that opportunity – it is SUCH a blessing to me!

Wishing you a joyful holiday filled with conscious awareness of your bountiful blessings!

Remember — you ALWAYS have the infinite inner power of CHOICE!

STEPHANIE RAINBOW BELL, Conscious Awareness Expert

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November 19, 2010 by  
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The pro football team had just finished their daily practice session when a large turkey came strutting onto the field. While the players gazed in amazement, the turkey walked up to the head coach and demanded a tryout.

Everyone stared in silence as the turkey caught pass after pass and ran right through the defensive line. When the turkey returned to the sidelines, the coach shouted, “You’re terrific!!! Sign up for the season, and I’ll see to it that you get a huge bonus.”

“Forget the bonus,” the turkey said, “All I want to know is, does the season go past Thanksgiving Day?”

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November 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Divine Messages, Overcoming Fear, Practical Spirituality

OK . . .

So you are sitting in your home or office, you know there is “stuff” to be done and you don’t want to do it.  More than you don’t WANT to do it . . . you are scared to do it.  Maybe not scared to do the chores, but scared to do the “something” that will bring a little more light into your life, bring a little more joy, or  expand your beingness.

What the hell am I talking about you ask?

OK . . . here’s MY example.

I’m a business owner.  As much as I don’t want to be a business OWNER – I’d far rather just help others with my intuitive gifts and coaching, I AM a business OWNER and there are business OWNER-type things that need doing.

Like providing great content on my website.

And yes – there is divine right timing and inspired action and all that that comes into play – but this particular post – is about FEAR.  Paralyzing, I-am-NOT-going-to-take-that-next-action-step, FEAR.  Beyond logic, beyond reason, beyond all the “knowingness” I possess . . . overwhelming all of that (and yes because I am allowing it) . . . is FEAR – like a great big vat of molasses that I’ve fallen into and can’t find the ladder or a rope or a miracle way out.

So sometimes, (I hate to admit it out loud though) I allow the fear to take over my [business] life in subtle ways or not so subtle ways.  But mostly – I allow it to freeze me into IN-action . . . ME – the great coach – ME – the great teacher – ME the student of 30+ years of metaphysical teachings . . . ME . . . stuck in a vat of molasses.

What am I going to do about it?

I was listening to a Sunday Blessing presented by Glenda Green recently and  I heard (in my mind) . . . “picture this Dear One . . .”

Picture what?

They continued . . .  “Visualize your fear as if it was a lot of goopy stuff inside of you that can get sucked out by a Cosmic Wet Vac!” . . . (Yes . . . that’s what I heard . . . “they” have a sense of humor and speak to me in MY kind of language so that I “get” it!)

At the same time, I heard another voice in me telling me that the fear is only illusion so picturing it like goop is making an illusion real – and I understood that – but at that moment – my Highest Self was NOT in the driver’s seat and that thick goopy molasses like stuff WAS . . . so I went back and pictured the goopy stuff and tried to push it into the center of my imagination – picturing my kitchen – and all this goop in the center of my kitchen floor . . .

And then they said “We will turn on the wet vac now . . . your job is to make sure that YOU are willing to let go of all the goopy stuff . . . and open all the cupboards and closets and secret hiding places . . . so that WE can suck it all out for you . . . ”

And so . . . .

That’s what I did.

Mentally, I opened up all my closets, cupboards, drawers and lifted the skirt under the bed.  I opened the door to the attic, to the garage, to the storage boxes buried in the back of the closet …. And  I “allowed” the wet vac to suck up all the goop.

And then I heard  . . . “now go write . . . ”

Excuse me?  Go write?  Shouldn’t I just sit here and wallow a little more?  Shouldn’t I assimilate this experience?  Shouldn’t I distract myself with some chore or another?

And they said  . .  .”If what you fear most is “doing” then NOT doing is gonna make more goop isn’t it?  And didn’t you just ask us to wet vac that crap up?”

Uh .  . . . oops . . . . yes . . . . Yes, I did.

So here I am.

Writing this blog post.  Because in order for me to be of maximum service to YOU, my website needs content for you!  Content I was afraid to write because it would put me out there for you to judge.  And you might judge me harshly.  And then I’d crumble into a pile of dirt that needed to be swept away under the rug.

Now that is certainly “small me” thinking.  The Higher Self me knows better.  The Higher Self knows that all of us have gifts to share with each other and one of mine is my willingness to put my “stuff” out there because it might, maybe, help someone else.

Because I’m probably NOT the only human that is afraid to take the “next” step whatever that means for them.  Because I’m probably NOT the only human that has procrastinated because of Fear.  Because I’m probably NOT the only human that gets caught up in her “small” self . . .

Taking that next step even when we think we are stuck in molasses . . . that’s called “courage” in some circles.  It’s called “faith” in some circles.  It’s called “trust” in some circles.  And sometimes, sometimes we just have to get up off our asses and DO IT . . . that is IF we want what lies where that “next step” will take us.

So do me a favor will you please?

If this post has rung a bell for you will you please make a comment below?  Let me know whether it has helped you?  You know what . . . let me know even if you disagree  . . . . because  . . . by YOU taking the action to write YOUR comment . . . it may just help another human being . . . . and I know it will help me.

Thank you.


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November 16, 2010 by  
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Book CoverFrom time to time I choose to support fellow spiritually-minded business professionals by participating in events that I feel would be of benefit to my readers/clients, such as book launches or a new seminar or product.

I am happy to announce that today, you have the opportunity to receive an inspirational boost , and I definitely think you will want to be part of the BUZZ!

Julie Clark, founder of The Inspirational Coffee Club, is launching her beautiful new book, Inspirational Coffee Breaks for Women: 12 Ground Rules for Pouring Your Heart into Life. This unique guide for life is overflowing with heartwarming stories, thoughtful reflection questions, and rich wisdom to help you discover creative, new ways to revitalize and renew your life. It’s a true dose of encouragement for the soul! (And you don’t have to be a coffee lover to enjoy it!) It’s the perfect gift to warm-up the Holidays and perk up the New Year for you or any woman in your life!

To celebrate the launch of the new book, Julie is hosting the world’s largest ‘INSPIRATIONAL COFFEE BREAK’ TODAY, Tuesday, November 16th,  to help women refill that part of themselves that gets poured out in the daily grind. When you purchase the book TODAY from, you will receive an extra jolt of BONUS GIFTS from over 90 other  authors and entrepreneurs from across the world. I’ve been invited to be one of those involved in this amazing event and am brimming with excitement to share it with you.

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BE THE LOVE – Even When Your Ex Remarries

November 15, 2010 by  
Filed under AHA Moments, Practical Spirituality, Relationships

My ex remarried this past weekend.  I knew it was going to happen, we have had a cordial and amicable divorce and in fact, I helped my 23-yr old daughter prepare to attend the event.  So it wasn’t new news.  And, I had also arranged to spend Saturday evening with some of my sacred sisters, participating in a Native American Fire Releasing Ceremony – giving me the IDEAL opportunity to let the past go (again) and focus on my gratitude and intention for the future.

And that went very well.

And Sunday I woke up feeling quite bright and lighter and pleased with myself.

And then, late Sunday evening, while hanging out on Facebook, I noticed a new item in my NewsFeed.  My ex had changed his relationship status from “in a relationship” to “MARRIED.” And despite ALL the work I’ve done processing the divorce since we first decided to split in January 2009, seeing that silly status change hit me like a ton of bricks.

This morning, I woke up still thinking about it.  As I went for my morning swim I asked my Guides and Angels to help me see this all differently.  I did NOT want to play “the victim” – because I am NOT a victim.  I know I co-created everything that led up to our decision to split.  I did NOT want to play the martyr either.  While some of the circumstances of our breakup could be woven into a martyr scenario – again, I cannot be a martyr if I take responsibility for co-creating the situation and circumstances.

So during my swim, I did a lot of HoOPonoPono (a Hawaiian forgiveness process) that I chanted while I swam.  I felt a little better afterwards but still not as peaceful as I would ideally like.

When I got home, I checked my emails. I subscribe to many inspirational messages and one of my favorite is from Dyan Garris, Voice of the Angels. Believing in Divine Synchronicities as I do, I was not surprised to find the message below in my Inbox this morning.

Daily Channeled Message

A challenge for today – for any day, really – is to be the love. Examine where you give your power away and for what reasons. When you find yourself engaging in whatever that you don’t want to be engaging in, stop for a minute, take a deep breath and pull yourself back into the love. No matter who or what is pushing the button, try to realize that you don’t have to open the door, nor do you have to sit there and allow button pushing unless you really want to. It’s a choice for both the pusher and the pushee. Realize that you are simply living whatever it is you’ve created. That’s all. It’s very simple. Taking responsibility for perhaps inviting someone to push the button is a huge step forward. Knowing that people and things happen for a reason, and that reason is to teach you something about love, can be a very valuable piece of information. So instead of allowing someone or something to push you today, pull back into center instead. Cozy and safe, and maybe you can’t even hear the button being pushed from in there.

Pretty perfect eh?

I was asking to stay focused on the fact I ALWAYS have a choice how I FEEL.  It is always my choice to change my perception.  It is always my choice to hold onto my power or to give it away.

Dyan reminded me about BEING THE LOVE.  I choose that as part of my mission and purpose for being here on the planet at this time.  I am a Lightworker.  I bring light and love where there is darkness.  That’s my job.  And I LOVE IT!

Today I have the power and capacity and ability and DESIRE to choose LOVE.  Love for myself AND for my ex and his new wife.  Love sees only Love.  Better still, Love FEELS only Love.  And loving myself feels a whole lot better than being a victim, or a martyr, or feeling abandoned.  Today I love myself enough – to love myself!  I know that sounds weird, but it’s true.  And when I woke up this morning, I wasn’t consciously feeling “the love” – for myself or for my ex!

But now I do.  Now I remember that I can choose how I feel and I can always choose to return to LOVE.  And so can you!  Regardless of the situation – we can always choose to change our thoughts, change our beliefs, change our perspectives and return to our Sacred Heart!

Man!  That’s GREAT news isn’t it?

May you feel the joy of being the love that you are today and every day.

And so it is. : )

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November 12, 2010 by  
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A pastor’s wife was preparing pancakes for her young sons. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their Mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson.

If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.”

The oldest boy turned to his younger brother and said, “You be Jesus.”

2.    A pastor’s wife was preparing pancakes for her young sons. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their Mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, “Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.” The oldest boy turned to his younger brother and said, “You be Jesus.”
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November 10, 2010 by  
Filed under Divine Messages, General, Overcoming Fear

Dear One –

Relax, breathe and remember who you truly are! This is not a big deal to us – we do not need you to prove anything to us! Those [critical] voices are not of the Light child. Yes, that’s better – breathe in the Truth Dear One. Breathe in the Light of Truth. Allow that to refresh every cell, to refresh the space between the cells, to activate the Light of Truth within your DNA. Breathe in the Light Child. Breathe out all that is not who you really are.

Allow.  Simply allow.  Allow your magnificence to unfold.  It does not have to be a difficult road for you you know.  It is for some, but the biggest, most painful difficulties you create yourselves, in your resistance to go to that which is unavoidable for you [awakening fully]. While yes, of course, you have free will – you know your destiny Dear One because you agreed to it!   So some have painful experiences in their journeys as Lightworkers for many reasons – but what you fear will be “thrown at you” is unnecessary.  It is unnecessary for all of you – it is just each person’s resistance from their human side – and the release of the resistance is sometimes perceived as painful by fellow Lightworkers.

What we are trying to say and you are finding it a challenge to translate [in this message] is the degree of  “pain” or “drama” in becoming fully “aware” is equal to – NOT greater than – your own resistance. So you are creating your own pain Dear Ones. That is not of us of course. You may choose to “drop the rock” anytime you like Beloved.  We are here for you. We are here to help you fly.  We are here to boomerang back whatever energy you send our way.   So as you know all too well, as you feel fear, fear is what is mirrored back to you.   But equally true – as you feel joy, peace and love – it TOO is mirrored back to you!

All the while we are hoping you have had enough. Yes there is hope in this vibration and more importantly there is True Vision – because even while you are only able to see and feel your resistance and fear – we see well past that and we always see your True Light. This is on you Dear One! Let it [the fear and resistance] go and when you please allow yourself to once again feel the support we have for you and know always that we love you no matter what your ego may try to persuade you to the contrary.

And so it is.

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