Hearing God’s Voice

Within each of us is the capacity to listen, hear and be guided by God’s voice in our life. This is a precious gift that has been given to each of us. Yet for many of us, we are out of practice. We don’t know what it would be like to hear God’s voice, separate from our smaller voices of need, ego and separation. For most of us, it takes time, humility, and patience to discern the voice of our soul and God guiding us. It is important to believe that it is possible to feel God with us in our daily lives, guiding us, accompanying us, loving us. It then becomes important to value making clear time and space within ourselves, to make room for the silence and quiet that allows this voice of truth to rise up and become clearer.

For most of us, we have to get past our dis-belief that this could be possible for us. We have to allow ourselves to be learners and be willing to make mistakes along the way. Trusting that if we have truly prayed to be aligned only with love and truth, God will show us the most clear, and loving path for each of us. That God will help us heal and purify all that is not whole within us, so that we can come to know and trust the voice of innocence within ourselves.

We are each created as a unique and precious being. Thus each of us will have the experience of feeling God with us differently. We are like tuning forks, each tuned to a slightly different resonance of God’s loving presence.

Yet there is only one God. One Life, one Love.

When we each align and attune to our deepest truths, praying to separate ourselves from the voices of our ego and our smaller selves we can begin to join our sense of guidance and truth with those around us with openness, humility, innocence and a willingness to be led. As we do this we can begin to experience the beauty and magnificence of God’s great love for each of us individually and for us collectively as a whole. We truly begin to have an experience of how out many, there will be one. How we will truly learn to live peacefully with each other and with all of creation.

This is God’s promise to each of us.
Amen.

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Standing With All Who Suffer

As the country was preparing for the tenth anniversary of September 11th, part of my heart was grieving and suffering with those who were lost and for their loved ones whose lives were completely altered on that day. I was also grieving for the choices that were made by the leaders of our country after the tragedy. Yet I felt an incompleteness, in how we were mourning this day. When I received this Light Omega Newsletter from Julie, my beloved spiritual teacher,  on Sept 11th, I was deeply moved by the beauty and truth that was held in this writing. I felt that she exquisitely wrote, about what I was feeling, and had not yet been able to put in words. I share this Newsletter with each you. Thank you for sharing in this journey with me.

http://lightomega.org/NL/20110911-Who-Are-the-Lost-Ones.html.

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Ongoing Prayers

The world news in these past weeks have been filled with much pain and suffering. The reports coming from Somalia about the drought and famine is heart-breaking if you truly allow the pain and suffering of the people of Somalia to touch you. The recent tragic events in Norway either can open our hearts or we can numb our feelings, unable to bear more news of extreme pain, suffering and inhumanity.

This is part of each of our sacred choice. Will we stand with the suffering of the world, allowing our heart to open more fully and deeply to the human pain and suffering – or will we turn away, unable to bear witness to the heart-wrenching pain of our brothers and sisters.

As Norway recovers and grieves, I honor their resolve to continue to maintain an open and inclusive society. This is a beautiful and sacred choice and I join my heart and prayers that this may be so.

I grieve for thousands of people who are suffering so deeply in Somalia. May they be comforted in their pain, may they know that they are not alone and may those who are providing aid, be supported to find ways to provide the aid as swiftly and safely as possible.

As we finish this newsletter today, there are additional reports of extreme violence in Afghanistan. May the people of this weary and war-torn country find some comfort and peace in this day. May those in leadership guide this country towards greater peace and wholeness.

I hope you can feel that your love and prayers help. I hope that you can join all those around the world who are holding all those in need. Please know that our love and prayers do help. As we hold all who suffer, as we each awaken to do what is ours to do, as we wait for our prayers to be answered – we stand with all who are suffering and they are not alone. This is a great blessing for all of humanity.

~ Michaela

I send prayers from the depth of my heart, in unison with what Michaela has written here. ~ Robert.

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Willing Compromise

Robert and I have an expanse of grass, weeds, wild flowers and other miscellaneous plants that grow in the front of our house, that Robert regularly mows and we call our “front lawn”. Each year, we find new patches of wild flowers, small trees and other unusual plants growing in front of our home.

This year I noticed that we had a tall plant growing in the front of our house. I thought it was just a “weed” and asked Robert about it. He said that it was a Mullein plant and that he found it very beautiful. In the time that it had been growing, he had developed a deep appreciation and relationship with this plant. Though I didn’t mind it as a plant, I did not feel I wanted this plant in the middle of our front yard. For me, it did not convey the beauty and simplicity I felt was important as we welcomed others into our home. I asked Robert if we could move it. It turns out that at the stage of growth for this plant, it is not possible to transplant.

We were left in what seemed like an un-resolvable difference. Both our points of view were strong and seemingly without an easy compromise. Though in many ways, it was a small decision – it was a large discussion because the roots were deeply connected with each of our deepest spiritual values. No easy resolution was apparent and a decision was needed.

So we prayed to find a solution that was mutually respectful of both our spiritual values. We prayed to know what the deeper meaning of this experience was for us. And we prayed to receive the deepest truth for this dilemma that was possible in this time. We trusted that for every seemingly irresolvable issue, there is an answer based in love, trust and God. We trusted that even if we could not see, a solution – God was holding one for us.

Through our prayers and meditations we were able to simply find an answer that felt right and peaceful to both of us. We found a way to bow to our different perspectives on what was important and spiritually central to each of us. For now, the plant continues to thrive in the front of our home. We agreed that at some point this summer, we would remove the plant from our “lawn”, but it was not time yet.

I feel very grateful to this plant for choosing to grow in our front yard. Even though this decision seemed to be a “small” decision, a very profound learning was deepened ~ that no matter, what the differences – through love, commitment, prayer and truth – a way through can be found.

My deepest prayer at this time is that we all awaken to this way of being. To an understanding that through mutual love, respect and a willingness to bear the discomfort of differences – we may each find a way to live together peacefully and harmoniously on this beautiful planet.

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Additional Note: When I shared this story with Julie, our spiritual teacher this past week, she simply asked me – what does the plant want? This was a deeper awakening for me. Though I have an experience of the life and generosity of our beautiful planet Earth, I did not have a direct experience of the life in plants. Julie spoke about the generosity of plants, to humanity. When I allowed this conversation to move me more deeply, I opened to the generosity of all plants to Life. I was moved and touched in an entirely new way by their love and generosity to humanity.

Robert and I have an expanse of grass, weeds, wild flowers and other miscellaneous plants that grow in the front of our house, that Robert regularly mows and we call our “front lawn”.  Each year, we find new patches of
wild flowers, small trees and other unusual plants growing in front of our home.

This year I noticed that we had a tall plant growing in the front of our house.
I thought it was just a “weed” and asked Robert about it.   He said that it was a Mullein plant and that he found it very beautiful.  In the time that it had been growing, he had developed a deep appreciation and relationship with this plant.  Though I didn’t mind it as a plant, I did not feel I wanted this plant in the middle of our front yard.  For me, it did not convey the beauty and simplicity I felt was important as we welcomed others into our home.   I asked Robert if we could move it.  It turns out that at the stage of growth for this plant, it is not possible to transplant.

We were left in what seemed like an un-resolvable difference.  Both our points of view were strong and seemingly without an easy compromise.  Though in many ways, it was a small decision – it was a large discussion because the roots were deeply connected with each of our deepest spiritual values.  No easy resolution was apparent and a decision was needed.

So we prayed to find a solution that was mutually respectful of both our spiritual values.  We prayed to know what the deeper meaning of this experience was for us.  And we prayed to receive the deepest truth for this dilemma that was possible in this time.  We trusted that for every seemingly irresolvable issue, there is an answer based in love, trust and God.  We trusted that even if we could not see, a solution – God was holding one for us.

Through our prayers and meditations we were able to simply find an answer that felt right and peaceful to both of us. We found a way to bow to our different perspectives on what was important and spiritually central to each of us.  For now, the plant continues to thrive in the front of our home.  We agreed that at some point this summer, we would remove the plant from our “lawn”,
but it was not time yet.

I feel very grateful to this plant for choosing to grow in our front yard.  Even though this decision seemed to be a “small” decision, a very profound learning was deepened ~ that no matter, what the differences – through love, commitment, prayer and truth – a way through can be found.

My deepest prayer at this time is that we all awaken to this way of being.  To an understanding that through mutual love, respect and a willingness to bear the discomfort of differences – we may each find a way to live together peacefully and harmoniously on this beautiful planet.

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Additional Note:  When I shared this story with Julie, our spiritual teacher this past week, she simply asked me – what does the plant want?  This was a deeper awakening for me.  Though I have an experience of the life and generosity of our beautiful planet Earth, I did not have a direct experience of the life in plants. Julie spoke about the generosity of plants to humanity.  When I allowed this conversation to move me more deeply, I opened to the generosity of all plants to Life.  I was moved and touched in an entirely new way by their love and generosity to humanity.

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From life stress to Divine Flow

As I wrote about in the June Avenues of Peace Newsletter, I had needed to feel God more, and so grateful I was able to receive that gift the day before yesterday.

In the last months, I’ve had periods of time when I can feel God and meaning in life deeply – and other times when I am mostly only aware of seeming demands and stress. Too often at those times I’ve had difficulty experiencing God’s life and truth.

I am in a journey of learning to surrender to Divine flow, and to trust God with everything. As is, there are holdouts within my consciousness – times when I seek to do things according to what I can see and think and plan… but this is my mind at work and is not necessarily including God. To include God, I would be turning more, asking for guidance more, trusting more in God’s way rather than my way. God’s vision is so infinitely vaster. In this journey God sees the entire terrain. I can just see a very small portions of things.

I my best moments, I am learning to seek and trust I can be open to messages of God in the stillness within, and in life. Follow my heart, not know how things will become accomplished, and trust that the best possible outcome is in surrendering to God.

Part of the journey to is recognizing when fear in any form comes up – and practicing and choosing trust in the Spiritual flow of things. Rather than contract into a smaller version of myself – that would seek to control things so I had some feeling/illusion that I knew the outcome – to continue to open to God, to love, to the Divine orchestrating all life of which I am part. I believe as I do so, my consciousness becomes connected with God, and the choices and directions I choose are in alignment, and life flows from the Invisible. This bring harmony to life.

Remembering and seeking to feel intimate connection with the Divine. Choosing to trust in this. Returning to and trusting that the flow of God’s life, of God’s breath, is right there, within and without. Learning more and more to do so in each moment. I believe this is becoming the way through which I am brought into harmony with the Divine – and therefore harmony my life and all life… becomes how the Divine flows through me also to the world.

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Julie Redstone has written a beautifully on this:
The Simplicity of Life

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Being New – Opening to Inspiration

In every moment we have the possibility of being new. To believe in our inherent goodness and connection to the goodness of life and to begin again. To forgive our past errors, to trust that if we could have done better, we would have and to believe that there is a Divine timing to all things.

Thus we become willing to let go of the old and become new. To cherish the inspirations and dreams within ourselves and allow ourselves to truly open to the new.

This has been a big month for me. I am cherishing the seed that was planted last month and have truly opened to two of my deepest held dreams. The first I shared with each of you last month, and that was the beginning of some writing that had come to me as a blog or a book. You see, for 25 years or more I have felt that I had a book to write. I have gone in out of believing that this would be possible, that this was real. I was waiting for the breath of inspiration to say Now. It is time. I have sat with this feeling over the past month and feel that it is now time. Though I have fears and concerns, my overriding feeling is a deep sense of inspiration and joy that it is possible now. I have waited so long for this moment and I am so grateful to God that this door is now opening. My part now is to believe in myself and commit to this gift. My commitment is to write several times a week. Without censoring myself. Opening to the flow of inspiration and seeing where it carries me. Thus my journey deepens.

As I opened to this gift in this month, God blessed me with an additional gift. I have loved working as a therapist in Springfield, MA. I have worked in and around this city since 1987. My work has been a great gift to me, yet I always longed to be able to bring my fullest self to my work. I have longed to truly be able to help and serve those in need, outside the therapeutic systems that I have worked in. As I have struggled with having the courage to make this change (being more visible, less financial security, believing in myself) – with the loving support of my spiritual teacher, I opened more fully to believing that something more was possible.

As I breathed deeply, opening myself to the divine flow – I was flooded with joy and inspiration. It became clear to me that it was time to open a spiritual counseling practice in the Springfield area. This is such a deep blessing. I have waited so long for more to be possible. In this past week or so, I have been sitting with the flow of inspiration and seeing where it carries me.

At this moment, what I know is that I will be expanding my current spiritual counseling practice which I offer through my home. I will be looking for a part-time office space in the Springfield area. I will be offering groups and individual and family spiritual counseling. I feel so blessed by this gift and excited to watch it unfold. I can feel that this is the beginning of a long cherished dream and hope. I look forward to creating with God and watching the miracles unfold.

The spiritual counseling practice has been blessed and named –


Awakening Earth

-spiritual counseling for our time-

I look forward to sharing more with each of you as this new gift unfolds. May we each open to receiving the gifts of inspiration and joy more fully in our lives..

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Germany

In this past month Germany announced that it will be phasing out all nuclear power by the year 2022. When I heard this my heart sang with joy. There are many reasons this feels like an important and vital decision for Germany and for the Earth, but in the moment what I felt was most important was that they were taking a stand for what they felt was true and right. Even if they did not know how they could accomplish their goal, they took a brave step forward and publicly declared their plans.

How brave and wonderful. This is how we will create true change in the world. As each individual steps forward and believes in what feels deepest and truest in their hearts, innovation will occur. Germany is not sure how they will get there. Many are criticizing the plan and saying that it will actually create a larger carbon foot print. That if they do not use nuclear energy, they will have to rely on other forms of energy that will create additional problems for the Earth. This is coming from a smaller perspective. We all know more is possible. Before the airplane was created, it was a fantasy. Before we put a man on the moon, it felt impossible. Before Columbus sailed across the world, the Earth was flat.

We begin by believing in the impossible, trusting that if it is in our hearts it is possible and then opening to God’s inspiration in our life. This is how all of our greatest world problems will be resolved. This is the way of Love. Trusting the heart’s truth and stepping forward, trusting that as we step forward we will be guided by God. That more will be possible than we could have possibly imagined. This is how our world will change..

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Deepening Trust

Within each of us lies a precious seed of truth that we were created with. This seed is the source of our inspiration, our joy, our truth and our gifts. For many of us there is much pain, fear, and discouragement that keeps us from believing that it is possible to live from this place.

Yet in every moment we have a choice. To live more fully, to take steps forward to risk being more fully ourselves. To be willing to know who we are and be willing to live from this place. To be willing to be new in this day, let the old disappointments be part of the past and be open to the gifts in the present. To trust that if we reach out to God, God will be there for us. To trust that in our times of greatest needs, no matter what the outer circumstances are – we are never alone.

The question then becomes – how do I trust God more. How do I trust that if I take a step forward, not relying on the old ways of creating safety and security, that God will be there for me. How do I feel God’s love and presence in all parts of my life? This is the gift that is open to each of us in this time. To begin to live from the place of trust, love and connection – yet the journey of more trust is often not easy.

I had a profound day earlier this week. It began with a deep and healing conversation with Julie, our beloved spiritual teacher. I spoke with her about a difficulty I was having in helping a particular client through a very difficult passage of her life. Within moments of speaking of the situation, it became very clear that the challenge was within me. I did not trust that I could feel and hear God’s voice and guidance in my life in the more challenging moments in my life, thus it was difficult to communicate and embody a deep sense of peace and trust, in the most challenging of circumstances.

In times of difficulty, I seem to have two responses. One is to open more fully and completely to God’s loving presence in my life. To feel God with me, upholding me, nourishing me, being the source of my strength. At other times, when I feel most challenged – I can feel alone. It feels to me that I can’t hear God’s voice – that I am abandoned and I am on my own. In those times, the feeling can be so strong that I can forget to stop, pray and listen. I forget that I can reach out to God and say – I am afraid. I am not sure you are here with me. Help me. Uphold me.

When I remember to stop and pray and ask for help – I feel strengthened from within. I feel my soul, God and those who guide me reaching out with loving support. Yet the next time I am in difficulty, I can forget again.

This is my healing journey – the healing of my separation from God. Healing all that keeps me from feeling God with me in all moments. I was able to share more fully and deeply with several of my clients this week, about my journey of trust and learning to trust more completely. I was so moved by how the healing within me – created an opening for a deeper healing within them.

We do not need to be fully and completely healed to feel God’s loving presence in our life. We simply need to open to the possibility of God’s love for us. As we open and reach for God’s support, we learn to listen to how God speaks to each of us. We are all created differently, thus we will all hear/feel/experience God in different ways. However we experience God, what is healing now is the possibility of feeling God’s love more fully in our lives. Healing that which has kept us separated from ourselves, from God and from each other.
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Generosity

As I have been listening to the news after President Obama’s speech this past week and the discussion about the lack of hope for peace between Israel and Palestine – the word generosity comes to mind. I was aware of this word in my own life and thus as I have been listening – I translated that feeling into world events. In my life, I found myself being willing to be more open and honest with myself – where I am generous with my love, where I am thoughtful and giving to others and where I am protective of what I feel are my own “needs”. Where am I feeling separate and alone, versus trusting and open.

These are not simple questions for me to answer, they are complicated by my own history of not trusting that God loves me fully and deeply. Feeling alone and separate and not trusting that I too will be taken care of.

This is the healing of this time. To know that we are all connected. That we each matter deeply to God. I pray and trust that as we each heal, this will begin to be reflected in our relationships with other countries, with all beings, as well as our intimate relationships. I pray that we each awaken to the truth of our connectedness – so we come to know that all our needs are one. There is no separation and we each matter deeply. As we come to know this feeling – the word generosity won’t even make sense. For it will be a natural state of being that I give to you, you give to me, we are all One and all are cared for.

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I had a choice, here’s where it led. ~ Turning~

I was thinking about doing something on my computer – I wanted to, but felt underneath that it wasn’t really the right thing to do, not what life was calling me to at that moment.

After sitting before computer for a couple minutes, tempted by the ‘pull’ of my agenda to do something not so important on the computer – I surrendered instead to the tug of my deeper conscience and consciousness. I chose to go sit in front of my altar and meditate, and try to open to something else that wasn’t on my conscious radar screen.

I found myself thinking about ‘downloading’ from the intelligence of the Universe, being open to receiving messages…   Found myself thinking of talking with my Dad about what it means to me to be open to God’s will and timing, about being connected to the Intelligence of the universe… but letting go of our (limited, narrow) agendas or habits of activity in order to do so.

This poem came from there.

(I had a choice. Here’s where it led.)

Turning

When God says “there is a message for you”
Do you say “I’m busy”…
..Or do you say “oh yes!” and put all things down and follow where you’re led?
Do you say “I planned something else”….
..Or do you let go of other plans and follow God?

Listen to the voice of what guides you
To your new life.

Pay attention to the whispers and feelings
That you might otherwise discard.

There’s God
in the stirrings
of your deepest heart.

Give yourself the space within to awaken to who you truly are

a soul born of the living Universe.

Become one with your Self without bounds
One with your self living through this body
One with your heart in God, in love, in celebration and praise.

Namaste

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