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“If You Take Big Steps With Me, I Will Take Big Steps With You”

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Apr
17
As I took my daily walk, I heard God’s words deep in my spirit – “If you take big steps with me, I will take big steps with you. If you take small steps with me, I will take small steps with you.”   I had forgotten those words until that moment. I trusted God 35 years ago and followed Him/Her and I wanted to trust again today with what I was being called to do. If you have been reading my blogs, you know Hawaii has changed my life and continues to nurture my body, mind and Spirit.

For several weeks now, I have been thinking and praying about moving to Hawaii to live. One day, I felt peaceful about moving here and then the next day, I felt stressed and fearful. It was disturbing to be waffling back and forth and not knowing “what I wanted.” One evening, while I was driving home from a dance, I  turned off the radio and quieted my mind.  I “went inside” to really get in touch with what I wanted to do. I saw myself in my mind’s eye returning to Rhode Island and living in my condo (which I love) to see how that felt. Immediately, I felt constricted and actually gasped as I put  my hand over my heart. Then, I took a deep breath and saw myself returning to Hawaii to live and I felt expansive, and had a sense of love and openness. “Was this my answer”? I wondered. The next day I met some friends for Easter dinner and said “I am moving to Hawaii in September” just to test the waters and see how it felt. It felt exciting!

I plan on returning to Rhode Island on June 27th for a family reunion on the 4th of July weekend. I spoke with my tenant Carrie Ann and informed her I wanted to sell my condo and asked if she was interested in buying it. She immediately said, YES!” Yikes, another big step on my journey. I know God wants the highest good for the both of us and as we prayed together,  I asked God’s blessing and that this entire process would flow with peace, ease and grace. There are some obstacles that need to be resolved but we are both trusting that God will do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. I would appreciate your prayers in this regard. I reminded her we know a “God of Miracles.”

I heard someone say this week, “We make plans and God laughs.” So “the plan” is that I will stay in Rhode Island for July and August and then move back to Hawaii in September and look for a place to live. My friend Ellen has invited me to stay in her condo on the ocean for the month of September since she will be going to Rhode Island for her grandson’s wedding. I hope God doesn’t laugh and that this is truly His/Her plan for my life. In all honesty, I only want God’s plan and don’t want to be here if it is not His/Her will for my life. That is why this  is my favorite scripture (Jeremiah 29:11) which has been in my heart for years. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the lord, plans to prosper you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”

I am ready to take BIG STEPS with God for I know He/She will take BIG STEPS with me. This is an “extreme step in faith” for me and I know it’s God’s grace to follow my heart this way. This is the new me that has been reborn, because I lived in fear for so many years. I don’t know why I am being called to Hawaii (other than to BE love, serve and share my faith with others) and leaving my family, friends, home and my business. I am living in the mystery and following my heart rather than my head. To be honest with you, I would never have believed at the age of 65 I would be starting all over again, but I am. I guess I have said YES to living my life to the fullest and living the adventure with Spirit that lies ahead. Every once in a while I ask myself, “Have you lost your mind?” Maybe what I have really lost is the mind that is filled with all the negatives  as to why I can’t do it, shouldn’t do it and why it won’t work. This is a big shift in my thinking because for most of my life I have tried to figure things out and control people places and things. Now, I am stepping off the cliff, knowing that God will catch me, keep me safe and hold me close. For me, it is truly about TRUST – trusting in Divine guidance and love. My prayer is “God, guide me and I will follow you.”

When I feel afraid, I remember the words “If you take big steps with me, I will take big steps with you. If you take small steps with me, I will take small steps with you.”

Science of Mind

“We are completely responsible for our lives. We are accountable for our experiences of life. I create this experience using my deepest wisdom and love. When we operate from the realization of self-responsibility, we are empowered to create an experience of life that is creative, meaningful, joyful and of service to the world. This is our true destiny. I am the only actor in my own experience.”

Today’s Angel Card reading – Doreen Virtue

What Do You Desire?

You now have the opportunity to write the script according to your heart’s true desires. Once you clearly decide upon your true desires and know that you’re ready and deserving of them, they’ll rush into your life as if by magic. This card comes to you because you have been waiting for external signs of what you should do next. The angels say that the answer comes from inside of you. You must decide what you want before anything can change. Carve out time to meditate upon your true heart’s desires, and know that you deserve the best, as we all do.

 

It Didn’t Make Sense, but I Did it Anyway

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Apr
11

Have you ever been in a place where you did something that just didn’t make sense, but you knew you were following your heart rather than your head? Family and friends may have looked at you like you were out of your mind. They may have even tried to control or guilt you by telling you “their truth.” But there was a knowing and a rightness inside of you that you knew you had to do what your heart was calling you to do. It was like you were being “compelled or propelled” to follow your dream no matter what the outside world was saying. I have experienced this in my own life and it took determination, strength, faith and courage to step out and follow my dream. I had to let go of wanting others approval and trust myself that I was following God’s plan for my life.  I have come to understand that others mean well and are not out to hurt me, but they may have not been given the grace that I have been given, and they don’t know what is best for me. I am practicing standing tall in my own truth and it feels good. What are you being called to do that doesn’t make sense but you know in your heart that it is right for you? I am not suggesting that you don’t use your head in this process because you must, but you don’t have to allow your head to come up with all sorts of reasons as to why you shouldn’t follow your heart. I encourage you to trust yourself and step out in faith, trusting that God is guiding you and will open and close doors as you move forward.

As I reflect back over the years on my spiritual journey, I realize how many times I’ve been called to do things that just didn’t make sense, but after prayer and meditation, I did it anyway. For example, at the age of 62, I left a secure good paying job to follow my heart and start a new business as a coach, author and speaker. I would not be where I am today and living my dream in Hawaii if I hadn’t taken that step in faith. It wasn’t easy to do because I didn’t have a husband to rely on financially, as I did previously. I can honestly say that all of my needs have been provided for and often in miraculous ways. So many wonderful doors have opened because I stepped out in faith and trusted in the divine plan. In regards to guidance, my prayer has always been “God, open or close the door for my highest good.” Doors have been closed in my face at the very last minute and at other times, doors have been opened at what seemed like the very last minute too!

Another example was when I wanted to hire Lisa Tener as my book coach because I thought she was the best. Because she was the best, she was also the most expensive. It didn’t make sense to hire her since I didn’t have the money, but after praying about it, it felt right. I called her and said, “Lisa, I am hiring you and I trust the money will come.” That same day while balancing my checking account, I miraculously found $1500 in my account, which is what she charged at the time. I had received a bonus check from my company that I had no idea I was receiving. The timing was perfect!

Certainly buying a plane ticket to Maui before I rented my condo or had to place to live in when I got here didn’t make sense, but I did it because it felt right and I trusted the “knowingness” within my heart. What I am talking about is called faith. We are often called to step out in faith before we have the answers or HOW it will happen. That’s the hard part for most of us, including me, not knowing HOW it will happen because we can’t see what’s ahead. It’s really about trusting God is in control and has our back covered. I have learned that the HOW is God’s work, not mine. I just need to know what I want and to dream big – and that is a process in itself. In my experience it is only after I make the commitment and say yes to what my heart is calling me to do, that the Universe sends me what I need – and at the perfect time. It is after I make the commitment and say yes that the peace comes. I am still amazed that the night before I left for Maui 3 months ago I received 2 unexpected gifts of $5,000. Now that’s God!

I am so grateful for the gift of faith that I can share with you and inspire you to follow your heart, because in following your heart, I believe you are following God. I would love to hear your story of how you followed your dream, even though it didn’t make sense.

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Angel Card that I picked today – Have Confidence

 

“Moving forward does not necessarily require you to have confidence in yourself. Confidence in God is enough, along with knowing that God works through you and with you in all ways. Lean upon the angels if your confidence wavers, and we will buoy your courage and faith.”

 

The Energy Has Shifted

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Apr
6

I arrived “home” safely back to Maui from the Big Island a few days ago and thank God my friend, Eileen, is doing well from her near drowning incident.  I have been reflecting on the time I spent on the Big Island and some of the experiences I had while I was there. One day, while I was driving around the island, I spotted a sign off to the side of the road that read ACTION.  Something resonated inside of me and I knew I needed to pay attention to this, even though I didn’t know exactly what I was to take “action” on.

The day after I arrived home, as I was taking my daily walk along the oceanfront, I became aware of a strong feeling of “unrest.” “What’s this about?” I wondered. I knew there were some major decisions that I needed to make in my life and I was praying for guidance to be open to what Spirit was calling me to do. As I checked in with myself, I realized something had “shifted” while I was on the Big Island.  The first three months in Maui was about BEING, surrendering and receiving Love.  Although at first, I struggled with just BEING loved unconditionally and not having to do anything, I eventually embraced this sacred space and was truly living it. Now, three months later, it felt like I was being called to do something different – to take ACTION. I also received a Goddess God that read “Leap of Faith – take a risk and put your heart’s desire into ACTION. Your dream will come true. Your chosen path is the right one for you. Heaven supports you fully on your life’s journey. Take action on the realization of your dreams.”My prayer was, “God, Show me what I need to do next.”  In the meantime, I decided to go dancing!

As I was getting ready to send this out, I read an article that confirmed what God was speaking to me about. “It is important that we have balance between doing and being. Being is finding within yourself that space of stillness that is always there, where you can be conscious without thinking. There is a point of dynamic rest within you. It is only when we find that balance within of doing and being that we change the way we act with each other and the environment.” Eckhart Tolle

Many of you know that I love to dance and I realized that I had only danced once since arriving in Maui. I called a friend to ask when the next dance was. It was the next night and nothing could keep me away from it. I went to the dance and danced my feet off and it felt really good. I often visualize myself dancing with my soul mate. Earlier, I had heard God say, “You have to go to where the dancers are if you want to meet one.” Duh!  Not only did I go to the dance, but I signed up for some tango lessons. I also started watercolor painting classes this week. I know it is so important to pay attention to the signs God gives us, as well as to notice our feelings, which are always leading us.

Today I am excited about the next three months and what will manifest. I truly believe that I needed to embrace and be comfortable with the BEING before I could take action and start DOING.  We need both energies to manifest our dreams.  As I continued my walk, I said to God, “I don’t have anything to write about for my weekly blog yet.”  It felt like my mind was an empty slate.  Since the past blogs I’ve written have just kind of flowed out of me organically, I had to trust it would come and it did – just twenty minutes later.

I decided to take a different path on the way home from my walk, and when I heard music from afar, I then noticed a group of people standing in a circle on the beautiful white sandy beach.  Of course, I was curious and as I got closer, I saw the bride and the groom exchanging their vows. I stopped dead in my tracks and watched the ceremony. I was close enough to hear what the minister was saying. As he led the bride with her vows, I closed my eyes and said the same words to myself “as if” I was saying them to my husband. It brought tears to my eyes and it felt really good. When the minister pronounced them husband and wife, everyone cheered! With my eyes still closed, I imagined my children and close friends standing around me and my new husband cheering as well. I felt such love in my heart for my new husband and it felt very REAL.

I believe that we co-create our future through our imagination, fantasies, visions and daydreams. It is not enough to just visualize and use affirmations, but we must feel it as if it has already happened. Everything you think in a powerful emotional state in life manifests. There is not one thing in your life that you did not manifest before you saw it in your mind and had a dream. For years my dream was to live on the water and to visit Hawaii. Today, I am living my dream.  Sometimes, there may be situations in your life that you think “surely I have not dreamed this into being,” but I believe you have.  Whatever you create in your experience is what enables you to grow and become the person your soul longs to be, and sometimes challenges and adversity are what teaches us to turn to God and learn how to receive.  When I look back on the journey of meeting my soul mate, I have had many experiences that didn’t seem like “good” dreams, but I did bring them into my experience to learn more about who I was and who I was capable of being. 

I was amazed at how light I felt after putting myself into the scene of being married and feeling like it was really happening to me. Not only did it feel really good, but I couldn’t wait to get home to write my weekly blog. I encourage you to follow the energy within, pay attention to the signs, step out in faith, trust your life is unfolding according to a divine plan and that all is well, even if it doesn’t seem that way all of the time.  Sometimes your guidance will lead you to be still, to go within and receive, and other times you will be guided to take some action, whether it’s to take a class, call a friend, or something specific your soul wants you to do.  If you listen, you will always hear the answer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Get What I Need When I Need it

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Apr
2

I am always provided for and I get what I need when I need it and sometimes, I get it when I don’t even know I need it. This is what happened to me this week. When I woke up and checked my phone messages, there was a 401 number that I didn’t recognize. I don’t always call back my unanswered calls because it is often a telemarketer. For some reason, I called the number back and when the person answered I said, “Who am I speaking to, you called my number today?” A woman responded, “Who is this?” Then, when she told me her first name, I recognized it and that is how our “synchronistic-divine” conversation began for the both of us. It is interesting that my number was even in her phone since we had met for a cup of tea over four years ago. As we began to share, she realized that she had dialed the wrong Pat. Or did she?

“Where are you living?” I asked. She replied,”I am living in Florida. I came here to take care of my dying uncle and to regroup. I decided to stay here and I love it.” Of course, she didn’t know I was living in Hawaii. As we shared our spiritual journeys with one another and what God was doing in our lives, it was like I was hearing myself talk. She was learning the same lessons as I was about BEING, rather than DOING, living in the present moment, being comfortable with not knowing what was next, trusting the process as it unfolded. We shared how challenging it’s been since we were both over- achievers and DOERS, but the peace and joy we were now experiencing was worth it.

Talking to her was a confirmation that I am doing God’s will and on the right path. This trip to Hawaii is a gift and an opportunity to trust, deepen my relationship to Spirit and learn to BE and receive love. We both knew this was a divine connection and that we were meant to talk to each other and support one another on our paths.

Later in the week, my plan was to give a workshop on the Big Island and visit my friend Eileen. I arrived safely at Eileen’s house on Saturday. The only problem was that Eileen was in ICU on another island suffering from a near-drowning incident and a mild heart attack. I didn’t see her until she was released from the hospital a few days later, and as you can imagine, she was weak and traumatized by the accident. We both knew why I was there at this time; to pray and support her through the healing process. It was like watching a miracle before my eyes as her heart opened to God and the healing began. Within a day, she was feeling better and up on her feet. God knew what Eileen needed before she needed it and provided a way for me to be there to minister to her. We have had a wonderful time together: praying, playing, eating ice cream and touring the volcano, rainforest and other magnificent sites in Hawaii. This trip has truly been a gift to me in many ways and I am so grateful that my workshop was successful and lives were changed.

God knows what you and I need before we know it and need it. What I know for sure is that we can trust the Source of our being. God tells us to “ask and we shall receive” what we want and to trust that it will come in perfect and right timing. Be open and expect miracles to grace you every day, and they will come.

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I am in love with the adventure of life

I am choosing to see all life as play

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