Sometimes all we need is a little hope, a little guidance, an encouraging word...
As we embark on a new path to a better life, it's best not to go it alone. Invite God to walk with you and you'll never be alone.
Here you'll find a series of brief posts which I hope will help you to alter your outlook on a current challenge and help you to move forward, with God, in a more positive direction.
Summer humidity brings gifts in the wake of its discomfort. Step outside early in the morning and inhale deeply. The earth is breathing. It is releasing a treasure trove of scent. This is the essence of life. It is a magnificent, and spiritually-enhanced freshness found only in those elusive moments early in the day. It is a perfume that escapes from a dew-kissed blossom, and is carried aloft on a soft, meandering breeze.
Summer mornings are a loving gift to the soul from Mother Earth. This is not man made, it is God Created. Notes of jasmine, freshly turned soil, sun-ripened tomatoes and summer basil fill the senses. Yes, step outside early in the morning with your cup of coffee and revel in the full beauty of summer while birds serenade you and the sky casts a living masterpiece before you of cloud, color and light. Feel the breeze as it glides by, bringing with it a living scent of greenery in full bloom.
The arrival of Spring is welcomed by earth’s harmonious response to an impulse of life from Divine Intelligence. It bursts forth, fresh and vibrant with new growth. Heavenly bird song rides the wind and tender green, newly formed leaves cover the land; expressing the unlimited possibility of creation. Warmth and golden light dance upon the earth, in symphony with nature’s rhythm. Out of the darkness of winter, brilliant color and fragrance blossom forth. Can you feel the spiritual energy all around you? Spring is a fortuitous time for re-awakening a rapport with the natural world.
A very, short story about one woman’s moment of clarity.
All too often we overthink the starting point. It’s as if an invisible force blocks our path and we can’t seem to get past ‘Go’. We’ve stopped connecting with the beauty of our original vision. Instead, we allow ourselves to feel hemmed in by the illusion of constraints; such as feeling overwhelmed at all that needs to be done. We forget, that we can build anything one task at a time. If our thoughts go to this lightless place whenever we contemplate moving forward, we now know why our power feels stuck and inert. The truth of the matter, is that there is no obstruction, it’s simply an illusion that we are buying into.
The challenge we all face, is changing our approach to life if it does not include an unlimited perspective. It is difficult to take a long, hard look and come away with the realization, that we are seeing only a fraction of overall truth. We tend to filter life through a lens that is rather murky. Criticism, judgment, condemnation, etc., all of that negativity shows up when we’re looking at life through a single, pin hole of light. We think it’s the full picture, but a more accurate assessment reveals that it’s not even close to what’s really happening. We’re forming opinions based on what we see and feel and believe, and a lot of that data might be more illusion than fact.
Duality is our lot. In other words, we are limitless, spiritual beings confined within the perceived limitations of an earthly experience. We don’t have to remain in this cramped space. We can open our hearts to the fact that there’s more to a person or a situation than what meets the eye. A perspective that is unlimited is always loving, and always centered. It is Christ-like. She or he who seeks to accept a person or a situation, whether or not they are in solidarity, is someone who has started down the path of peace.
When we come across a person whose innate peacefulness leaves a lasting impression on us, we tend to wonder … “what’s their secret?” Quite often, we learn that this same individual starts off each day with prayer and meditation. We then glance down at our own crazy, day planner and think to ourselves, “not happening this week.”
Introducing a daily, spiritual routine into our already, busy lives is, without a doubt, the formal acceptance of a time commitment. The promise lies in the pay-off, in the peacefulness we witness in those who have taken up the practice. A substantial increase in balance and harmony is attractive and like anything worthwhile, it’s something that we earn.
Most of us have had a poignant experience that lodges in our conscious mind, long after the sun has set on a particular day. We replay the scene over and over, tagging the guilty and the not guilty. We identify so completely with the associated feelings of frustration, anger or depression, that the fall-out can affect a perfectly fine day, even weeks, months or years down the road.
Whether the scenario is decades old or from the past week, it seems to consume us in a way that is difficult to shake off. In a sense, we are trapped in the past, only because we choose to return and re-live the moment; instead of releasing it and moving on. The question is why do we choose to imprison ourselves? Why not liberate ourselves and thereby positively affect every other area of our lives? The moment has arrived for you to begin living an unlimited life.
Concepts that we choose to carry around like awkward, heavy baggage, are often experienced as a sense of physical constriction, or emotional oppression. It is entirely possible to let go of these burdensome thought forms through a process of awareness and release; that is followed by a true perspective shift. In other words, there is always hope.
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The Christmas season bestows the gift of a beneficial pause, in the very center of our rush hour lives, when truly, we can sense the presence of Angels, bending near the earth. In the 7 weeks following Thanksgiving, we find ourselves in a unique, moment of time, when a spiritual door, if opened wide in love and trust, can usher in the illuminating light of Christ. We can choose to welcome this ray of love sent by Jesus, when we open our mind to this energy, allow it to surge within our hearts and permit His Peace, Love and Harmony to anchor in our souls.
A sense of inner calm is a state of being that comes about as a direct result of our choices. It is a consequence of thoughts, emotions and actions, chosen precisely for the overall beneficial effect on a life path that is focused upon peacefulness.
When meaningful peace remains elusive, it is because we are in conflict. We are resisting the very place in which we find ourselves. If we continue refusing to accept the present moment, we detour away from destiny, and risk losing our way. Daily living is marred by discomfort when we allow negative self-talk to run amok or we buy into the coarse energy of the outer world.
During both the smooth days of our lives and those days that are a bit more stormy, the most important place for us, to focus our attention on, is within ourselves. This is the first place we go to, this is the first tool we use, this is the first thought we have, as we endeavor to return to a more peaceful ‘Now’ moment. We go immediately to where ‘The Light of Christ’ resides, which is in our hearts.
Forgiveness and love walk hand-in-hand through life. A calm acceptance of the feelings that arise after one of our less-than-inspired decisions, is simply a far more serene path to follow. We can choose to be hard on ourselves, again, or we can learn from a mistake. The choice is ours. As we begin to love and accept both the thorns and the petals that constitute our wholeness as a person, we are then able to open our hearts to love.
When was the last time you felt deeply alive? What did that power feel like? What brought back the doubt and fear? There was a reason why, you turned away from your magnificence. We sabotage ourselves over and over. We fall back on endless excuses. It’s time to try something new.
The foundation upon which you begin to break a habit, is composed of a single concept and this concept must be ingrained into your subconscious. All of our unwanted behaviors are based on thoughts and taking action on these thoughts create obstacles to what you really want in your life. We are spiritual beings having a human experience which means you are far more powerful and magnificent than you give yourself credit for. It’s time to unleash that power!
Let’s begin by going back to that concept of a thought and how you are acting upon it, in fact, let’s call it what it is … an urge. An urge to smoke, to drink, to overeat, to gamble, to shop whatever your poison - it all begins with a single thought that appears on the canvas of our conscious mind.
Invite a fresh perspective into your life. Embrace an outlook that is as invigorating as a March breeze. Step outside of the viewpoint that constricts you. Leave behind your fear and embrace your freedom. We imprison ourselves, all by ourselves through the nature of our thoughts. We paint ourselves into corners and build boxes around our potential; which are constructed from all the reasons ‘why’ we can’t become who we really are, and begin doing that which truly expresses our heart’s desire.
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On those days when we feel discord, anxiety and restlessness and long for peace, we can begin our journey of conversion by remembering that deep within ourselves is an inner wholeness, a complete pattern of perfection, which is the Spirit of God.
Believe in your own God-given ability, to use the energy of your mind to create thoughts, that act as a vibratory force within the Universe, and bring forth your desired life.
It’s wonderful, when we can sense that our perspective on a situation is spiritual in nature. There’s a feeling of deep, abiding peace and our outlook is calm and unhurried. We can wrap ourselves in this emotion quite easily, when walking along a lush, forest path where God’s creative genius is manifested in a pine bough, a woodland violet or the flash of blue, as a bird maneuvers through the canopy overhead. Can we bottle this feeling and take it with us? I think it’s possible ... with practice. I often think of myself as a spiritual apprentice, as I learn how to remain in alignment with spiritual truth while walking along a far different sort of path, known as daily life.
Every new day is brimming with possibility. Set time aside upon rising and before retiring, each day, to envision your life as you want it to be. As you walk through your day, focus on the positive aspects of every situation; they do exist. Understand the power of your thoughts, they can take you where you want to go. One positive thought attracts another and another ... Never stop looking for reasons to feel good.
Beautiful Alaska! Mile after stunning mile of inspiring, natural beauty. A few moments from my summer vacation in a brief, natured-inspired video that is greatly enhanced by an acoustic guitar piece that was written and performed by my son, Lee Blanton.
Taking Heaven Lightly by Róísín Fitzpatrick, is the true story of her own life transformation following a Near Death Experience (NDE). While the author was hospitalized for a brain hemorrhage, she found herself drawn out of her body and into a brilliant and shimmering light. It was during her immersion in this radiant light, that Ms. Fitzpatrick encountered the splendor of unconditional love.
Pilgrimages to sacred places were of great importance for the Celtic people. Along the way, cairns were left by these pilgrims as they progressed on their spiritual journey. These carefully built towers, constructed from rocks lying near the path, were tangible signs that represented a range of personal accomplishments from a single, soul-changing prayer to the completion of their pilgrimage. Even within the parameters of our own, everyday lives we too can go on a pilgrimage.
Take a moment and define for yourself what is sacred in your life. The word sacred is often ascribed to land, scripture and tradition. It is a characteristic that is not assigned with a casual hand. The land may have been a site of a bloody battle where the remains of warriors are honored. A tradition or ceremony described as sacred is often religious and is venerated by the faithful. Yet, we can claim our own sacred beliefs for reasons of love, peace and security.
If you can imagine what is sacred, then you can take it with you wherever you go. Approach the multitude of choices that compose a single day and infuse it with what is sacred to you.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been mired in a quagmire called ‘distraction’. In order to avoid discomfort, one takes the easy road, a well-traveled street named ‘Evasion’. While hanging out on Evasion road, I would rally from time-to-time, get work done and then, just as quickly, I would resume full-on immersion mode in yet another distraction.
You can feel distraction physically; your chest contracts, your mind runs from thought to thought, and spiritual principles are applied half-heartedly, if at all. The result? No peace whatsoever. While I may not have been focused, actively on the work I needed to be doing, I sure as heck was thinking about it. No escape. Nowhere to turn. Ah, the garden needed weeding and so, off I ran.
Fill your mind with an expectancy of good things. Truly, if we believe that the thoughts we think and the actions we take, lead to the person we become, then it is incumbent upon us to raise our standards in daily life. When we fill our mind with the expectancy of God, He will answer. Often, His presence is placed squarely in our sight. God is here and we can sense it, if we calm ourselves and bother to really look. In some ways, it can be likened to bird watching, in that we must silence our voices, be still and sharpen our vision so that our awareness is heightened and we are able recognize the trill of bird song or the pattern of a feathered wing when it crosses our field of vision.
The lyric melody of celtic music is captivating to the senses. At the very least, it can lift our spirits and lighten our hearts. At best, it can assist us in transcending our limitations and connecting with a higher consciousness. Music in general has the singular power to bring about an immediate attitude adjustment. For that reason, music is sacred in all spiritual traditions. Constant chatter gives way to interior reflection as the music plays. There is a spiritual component to celtic music that mirrors the essence of celtic wisdom. Just as music attracts and transforms us, the celtic experience of nature with fully attentive senses is also spiritually transformational.
Although the title of wise woman conjures up an image of a matriarchal figure of a long ago clan, it was and continues to be a description of the hearth keeper. Just as in ancient times, women continue to nurture, heal and care for others. Quite often, their presence around the hearth was taken for granted, yet their absence was always profoundly evident. Some things never change. Woven throughout the varied characteristics of the wise woman is an undeniable presence of strength. It is this same strength that provided the wise woman with the courage to move from the hearth keeper to a celtic warrior queen. Women have been multi-tasking for centuries.
I tend to view the virtues and principles of the spiritual life through the clear lens of nature. My soul soars with freedom in the presence of an open sky. I find inspiration expressed in the grandeur of a panoramic vista and see hope within the sparkling rain drops of a sun shower. I believe that both the sunrise and the sunset are not just remarkable in their show of color, but instead, both of these atmospheric creations are complete thoughts written out across the canvas of the sky in a spiritual language not often spoken, in this material dimension of life.
Imagine taking a seat in a theater to watch a film composed of scenes from an ordinary day in your own life. What if the day chosen was unknown to you, along with every person seated throughout the venue? What feelings rise to the surface as you look around the room? Are you feeling calm or anxious? Curious or fearful? Empowered or paralyzed? Is there an awareness of your own need for control, a desire to escape or are you experiencing a sense of detachment from the event?
At the center of a genuine resolution is a solid core of determination, discipline and an unshakeable belief in self. A resolution is the act of setting an intention to bring about a life change. At its heart, this is a choice to give yourself what you need, instead of what you might want. Quite often the components which compose the heart and soul of a resolution are most in need of strengthening.
The realization of a dream is actually the experience of one more victory in a line of a thousand victories. Each small success creates a foundation for the next step forward. The simple fact of your presence at the very start and throughout the journey, is the one essential component in this undertaking. As you complete each task and move the project ahead, it is endurance not speed that characterizes the substance of your engagement.
There is a definite connection between positive self talk and the practice of mindfulness. For me, this awareness required time before it took root in my life and quite honestly, I was bumbling through the attempt to change how I regarded myself, as well as the act of approaching life mindfully. I never realized how these two seemingly parallel paths were in fact, intricately bound up with each other; that is until today.
Our initial contact with essential oils is most often a sensory encounter with the power of aroma. We close our eyes, inhale deeply and are astonished at the resulting calm or sense of revitalization that we experience. Aromatherapeutic mood enhancement is not new, but as of late, this practice is enjoying a vital comeback. The process by which both essential oils are gathered, as well the biochemical response of our bodies to these aromatics is complex yet completely natural.
Hidden within the jewel of hope is the power of miraculous transformation.
Delicate seeds are gently sown in the tilled loam of spring with trust in the summer sun. In the long days of warmth and light, a blossom is encouraged to break forth. The season of growth leads to the labor of harvest; for it is only through toil that we reap abundance.
Nothing worthwhile is ever easy. This is especially true when hiking up a mountain. It’s not something you roll out of bed and decide to do one fine morning. There’s physical conditioning to consider, essential planning, and information to gather about the trail. Climbing a mountain is like every other challenge in life, it requires steady progress towards the goal.
Scaling the summit of Mt. Baldy taught me a few things...
Take a moment and define for yourself what is sacred in your life. The word sacred is often ascribed to land, scripture and tradition. It is a characteristic that is not assigned with a casual hand. The land may have been a site of a bloody battle where remains of warriors are honored. A tradition or ceremony described as sacred is often religious and is venerated by the faithful. Yet, we can claim our own sacred beliefs for reasons of love, peace and security. When we conceive of that which is sacred, we travel to a place within that is devoid of earthbound problems. In this place, we feel the presence of God. If you can imagine what is sacred to you, why not begin to take it with you wherever you go. Approach the multitude of choices that compose a single day and infuse it with what is sacred to you.
There’s still plenty of summer ahead. Time enough to savor sweet peaches, a morning swim and balmy evenings with the scent of jasmine on the breeze. Ah, summer ... So full of life and yet, so very fleeting. Make the most of it. As much as we enjoy these sunny days and sultry nights, getting everything we can out of a single day needs to become part of our approach to daily living.
We do that by taking action in life. When we set an intention for ourselves, we move beyond the hazy, dream state of simply having an intention. When a specific intention is set, we put the gears into motion. Summer is a wonderful time to set an intention for yourself. I did just that a year ago and my life has truly been transformed.
The scent of pine perfuming a quiet woodland attracts our senses in a way that is foreign to the secularized world.
Conquering any worthwhile goal is never easy. Plan on pushing yourself beyond all self-imposed limitations, if you’re serious about reaching the summit.
Mindfulness is freedom from being stuck. It empowers you to take action because you are finally aware of what’s holding you back.
There is something so clean and pure and straightforward about morning light and I am drawn to it.
Want to end the procrastination and get organized? Invite God to the power meetings.
Without the sun, our world would be plunged in darkness just as when we are living outside of God’s truth, we experience spiritual darkness.
Spring cleaning our homes and pantries prepares us to greet Spring with a fresh outlook
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