General: December 2006 Archives
A gift for you: the recording of my latest teleseminar (normally a $6 download) Patience--it may look like nothing is happening once you click the link, but it just takes awhile to load. Be sure your speakers are on!
All You Need Is Love: The Key to Having It All The Beatles had it right. All we need is Love. So simple, our ego-minds dismiss it and move along to something more complex! But while we seek here, there and yon for the magic formula to make all our dreams come true, the truth is, we already have it. It is not just a part of us, it is Who We Are. Recorded November 28, 2006
(This is a large file and may take a few minutes to download even with a broadband internet connection. You can save the file to your computer by right-clicking on the link, and using "Save target as..." to specify where you wish to save it)
Happy New Year!
What a wonderful group we had for our sacred gathering today!
I invited people to share what they had done during the season that felt empowering--choices they had made that were more in alignment for them than the traditional stressful ones that they might have made in the past, and it turns out that those who were on the call were very tuned into that and had made many empowering choices.
Patricia, from Australia, told us of her deep desire to give and what she did to fulfill her desire. She and her husband baked gingerbread cookies in the consciousness of Love and gave them to a homeless shelter as well as to an individual homeless man they encountered, and her telling of it was so uplifting, it made me exclaim, "I want one of those cookies!"
She said she did have some left and generously said she'd send one to each person on the call if they'd send their mailing address. I was going to put her email address here so you can contact her, but instead of doing that, just email me (you can use the contact feature on the website if you don't have my address--it sends the message straight to my email box) and I'll send you her email address so you can let her know where to send your cookie!
After our initial discussion, I lead a guided meditation and it felt really great, even though I wasn't able to totally let go since I was in charge. Happily, I recorded it, so I'll see about uploading it to the site so we can all have access to it when we'd like to relax and raise our vibration and tap into that lovely group energy.
The Hamrick girls are coming soon for our little family gathering--the highlight of the holidays for me--so I'm going to go now and get ready for them. Fun!
Merry Christmas! Just a note to say I hope you’re having a peaceful, joyous day, and if you’re not, to encourage you to choose and create that! And, yes—it IS a choice even if it might not feel like it at the moment! (I'm suddenly having flashbacks of Christmases past in the bosom of my extended family, with everyone tanking from too much sugar, and cranky from sleeping in beds they aren’t used to, etc…and still, some of my happiest memories!)
Hopefully, you’re on my email list and received the mailing last week that included my holiday gifts for you. One of them was the PDF of “I AM the Creator of Peace.” (If you click the title, it will take you to that PDF so you can download it and print it out.) It includes the very keys to creating peace in our experience no matter what, something you may especially need if you are in a house packed with members of your family of origin! (grin)
And I don’t know about you, but I’ve often emerged from such situations feeling about 8 years old, unconscious and incompetent. Sooooo…I’m having a teleconference tomorrow (Dec. 26) so that those of us who would like to reconnect with each other and, perhaps more importantly, with ourSelves, can gather, participate in a meditation, and have a visit with other folks devoted to their spirituality, and just generally do some frequency-raising. So I’d love for you to join us if you can get away from the crowd for a bit! It will be at 3 pm Eastern, noon Pacific, and you’ll be calling 1-641-297-5800 and the access code is 732732.
Rick and I are blessedly alone today. We had the Hamrick family gathering yesterday, and we’ll have our Christmas celebration with the girls tomorrow—normally, we’d do it Christmas Eve, but Stepdaughter #1 just returned last night from a semester abroad in Vienna and we wanted her to be included. I talked to my family in North Carolina while Rick was napping to spare him the chaos of the phone being passed around, though it turned out to be a very calm time since half the family was napping and the rest will call us later.
UPS did not come through for me due to the blizzard, so Rick did not have but one gift from me today, doggonit. And it was not much to speak of—the current 5280 magazine which always features the latest reviews of Denver restaurants and features profiles of the new hot chefs, etc. His Christmas will be extended till whenever Brown gets their act together! But Rick did come through for me—I got a DVD player for the TV I can see from my daybed (my throne), and a DVD of Designing Women (one of my all-time favorite shows) episodes. I’m in heaven!
Well—I am going to go now and get busy preparing a Christmas feast. Here’s to you this Christmas and to the Christ-consciousness being re-born within you. Love and joy and hugs and magic to you from me! Talk to you tomorrow, I hope!
Well--the blizzard is over and we're (translation: Rick is) starting to dig out. The first photo is how it looked out the front door across the porch this morning--note that the overhanging snow fell off to form a mound, and a new "drape" of snow started forming. Yes--the huge white mound to the right is the Odyssey.
The second picture is after Rick began to excavate, the snow finally stopped, and the sun came out. Hooray!
That's all for now--just wanting to provide an update! At this rate, it's not only going to be a white Christmas, it may be a white--or, by that time, brown--Valentine's Day as well!
While my intention is to let go of worrying altogether, I am not yet beyond worrying about some stuff! You’ve probably heard the expression “Worry is a prayer to the wrong god,” I prefer “Worry is an affirmation of what you DON’T want”! My new technique is, when I catch myself saying “What if (this, that, or the other undesirable thing) happens,” to switch instead to “What if everything goes beautifully?” “What if not only all is well, but a wonderful, fabulous outcome is going to come from this?” Yes—I love the “What if?” game when you turn it around from worry to imagining the wonderful things that can happen!
I’ve also been trying on something else today. I’ve been telling myself that “Everything always arranges itself to my benefit.” I figure if I adopt that as a mindset, it ought be quite powerful!
Anyway, it’s been quite the storm. Denver International Airport is closed (I’m SO glad my dad came early in the month!), and there have been many motorists stranded—they called out the National Guard to rescue people from Highway 36 between Boulder and Denver. I wish you could see our yard right now—the snow is drifted into some really bizarre formations. The photo below is out our front door across the porch late this afternoon, and it’s been snowing steadily since. Isn't the overhanging snow wondrous? It finally gave way and fell, but it was something to see!
I’ll probably take another picture when it’s daylight again and post it so you can see the “progress.” It is predicted that the snow will keep falling till early evening tomorrow. Fortunately, we have lots of food and no need to go anywhere. Rick has already planned to stay home from work again. Thank heavens for computers! Telecommuting is a real blessing at times like this. I have lots of blessings to be thankful for tonight. Lots.
Even with my drastically streamlined Christmas, I have been swallowed up in holiday preparations! I think I have the gift procurement largely covered--thank you, Internet--though I still need to work on packaging and distribution. (I'm so grateful gift bags were invented!) I've mailed all the gifts that need to be mailed, and now it's down to the family and local friends.
This weekend, I, with the help of Rick and Stepdaughter #3, made a gazillion "Do Not Opens," the addictive little cheese biscuits that my dear late mom made into a holiday staple. (You can read the story behind the name in one of my blog entries from last year.) I adapted her recipe and have been giving them as gifts for the last 4 or 5 years and have created addicts of the kids, the neighbors and some of Rick's work cohorts. I still have about 4 long rolls of the dough to cut into little coin-sized cookies and bake off, but I'm waiting for a second wind to do it. I spent from 1 pm yesterday (Sunday) till 1 am this a.m. making and baking Do Nots and I am burned out on that endeavor for now!
What I did today, however, was really pretty fun. I created a little 8.5x11" poster as one of the 3 holiday gifts I'm giving to my mailing list people this week. It is about the fastest one I've ever made--it just flowed together really easily and designed itself! Which is fortunate, because I also needed to spend a bunch of time getting the mailing written and laid out and ready for Rick to make into html. (If you're not on the list, hurry and add your name so you'll get the mailing! There's a little window for doing that on this page, down and to the right.)
I'm giving the poster, an audio download of my latest teleseminar, and a teleconference December 26 to help those who are discombobulated by the holidays to become re-combobulated. I know a lot of folks are going to be with family of origin, and in my experience, there's nothing with the potential to make you forget you're God more than that!
Here's what the poster looks like:
Rick brought home 2 beautiful poinsettias this afternoon. I placed one in the living room and one in our dining area. We are now officially decorated for Christmas. I told you I was cutting back!
I feel guided to share this that I posted to someone on The Secret Forum who said she felt she didn't want to go on--that she had reached "rock bottom." Having had a pretty dramatic rock-bottom experience myself (you can read about it both in the article that is linked to at the end of this post and in the Introduction to Recreating Eden), I am a big proponent of using rock bottom as a launching pad! Without further ado, I'll share what I posted in case someone happens along who can use some encouragement.
Rock bottom is the power place.
Only when you finally get to the place where you see no other way, will you go to the place within of real transformation. Only when your ego-mind finally realizes it does not have the answers can your real genius--the aspect of you that resides in perfect wisdom--kick in.
But you have to let go, let go, let go. Stop trying and let go.
When it's time for a spiritual surrender, no amount of trying to command Universal forces will work because you're not coming from a place of alignment. To align, you have to get all the "stuff" out of the way and give up your idea of personal ego-directed power. And you have to move into that space of being a little child again. "You must turn and become as a little child to enter the Kingdom of Heaven."
Forget trying to "work" the Law of Attraction. When you let go and realign with Source, it works automatically. Don't even think about LOA. Just release it.
Surrender. Let go of trying. Have the biggest pity party ever in the history of the world. Cry it out. Scream it out. Get all of the stuffed energy moving. Yell, "Help meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!"
That's when the magic happens.
Someone posted the following quote on another thread. While my view of God, and probably yours, is not gender, or "other" -based, I love the basic message here:
As children bring their broken toys
with tears for us to mend,
I brought my broken dreams to God
because He is my friend.
But then instead of leaving Him in
peace to work alone,
I hung around and tried to help,
with ways that were my own.
At last, I snatched it back again and cried,
"How can you be so slow?"
"My child" He said, "What could I do?
You never let it go."
You may find inspiration in this article:
Also, you may find this article helpful:
I am serious when I say I am truly happy for you because it seems you've reached--or are close to reaching--a real turning point.
Love and a hug,
In retrospect, I'm surprised I did not recommend the article "Why Don't You Just Give Up?!" to her. Well, I'm recommending it to you! Whether you're at rock bottom or not, it provides a wonderful mudra for realigning. I have to give Rick credit--he is the one that came up with it. If you try it, notice that when you do the "giving up" part, you're moving energy from your solar plexus (seat of your ego) up to your crown chakra (where your awareness of the Divine resides). Perfect!
Dad left yesterday and I’ve been recovering. It was a great visit—everyone on their best behavior—and Rick was extra helpful and I’m sooooooo grateful for that. But it left me exhausted and fuzzy-headed! Have you ever noticed that it’s the very most challenging to be your evolved self in the midst of the family-of-origin dynamic? I will not go into details, but suffice it to say that I was really wrapped tight with all the things I was being vigilant about, and I’m very glad to be getting back to normal and higher in vibration again! I wouldn’t trade that visit for the world, but I need to get back to mySelf again.
As an aside, I’m sure Dad would advise you to listen when people tell you to drink lots of extra water when you come to Colorado . He ignored my advice and instead of water, enjoyed beer and martinis (alcohol is very dehydrating), and ended up with a nosebleed and was feeling too weak to go on the mountain trip we had planned for Monday. We got him hydrated and he felt good by the time he had to leave early Tuesday morning, thank goodness. I believe he’s seen the light on the hydration issue! So if you come here, double up on your water consumption—you’ll be glad you did—or, at least, not sorry you didn’t!
Yes—I feel like I’m trying to come out of a cocoon or something. I feel certain things are about to break wide open—I really do feel on the verge of major expansion—but right now, I feel kind of cotton-headed. Every time I start to worry about it, I just tell myself to relax and trust the process. My body has been feeling like it was run over by a Mack truck, and I’ve been to the chiropractor a lot lately, including today. My neck’s been chronically out, and it occurred to me to mention to him that the heat vent for the bedroom blows on my head at night, and when he muscle tested me, we discovered that having the wind on my head is creating constant imbalance. So Rick devised a diverter for the vent, and it will be interesting to see if it makes a difference tonight! I feel sure it will.
I’m seriously contemplating skipping the Christmas decorations this year—even my beloved tree. I’m thinking I’ll just get a poinsettia or two and call it good. Dad’s visit occurred during the time I would normally have decorated, and I’m just not feeling motivated to go through with it right now. I think the time and energy would be better spent on writing and doing what I need to do to feel better, which includes a lot of rest and stress release. I do really normally love how the house looks at Christmas (see photos below), but I think I’ll love even more the respite from it all. I’m not swearing off for good—heavens no. Just for this one year…