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Ballistic Missile threat to Hawaii

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By the grace of God, I’ve been able to embrace and cultivate an attitude of GRATITUDE for what “shows up” in my life, especially this week when I fell on my face on our family trip to Hana and the emergency alert we received in Hawaii.

I’m able to practice gratitude because I believe that everything happens for a reason and for my highest good. It is not to punish me or to make me suffer, but for my soul to grow and receive love, for love is all there is. Gratitude is a CHOICE. It’s important that I don’t do a “spiritual bypass” by not allowing myself to feel my feelings. When I am disappointed, angry, sad or overwhelmed when something happens in my life, I need to feel all of my feelings before I can change my perspective and practice gratitude. I need to give myself all the time I need to process what is going on, knowing there is no right or wrong way of doing it.

I am grateful for this gift of gratitude and for the many opportunities to practice it.  When I practice gratitude, accepting “what is” surrender, and trust, I am aligned with the Spirit within and will experience peace beyond understanding.

By now, because of social media, most of you are aware of what happened in Hawaii this weekend.  This is the alert we received of our phones:


It is under investigation as some reports are saying it actually was a drill while others are saying it was a MISTAKE and that the wrong button was pushed. It took 38 minutes after the original text was sent out for us to get notification that it wasn’t true. According to media reports, Hawaiians panicked in the streets, crying and screaming for dear life. I didn’t know this but some were told that there was 15 minutes before the missile attacked.  A woman got under her mattress calling family and saying good-bye while another man gathered his family and went into a sewer.

My friend, Kati, had just picked up Herbie and I to go to breakfast when we received the alert on my phone. We immediately turned around and came back to our home. Larry had not heard the message on his phone and was shocked like the rest of us. My daughter, Mary, had gone to the farmers market (which was 40 minutes away) to volunteer when she received the message on her phone. She called panicked and said, I will be right home.” I called a couple of girlfriends and invited them to come to be with us so they wouldn’t be alone. There was nothing we could do, but be there for one another and trust Love would take care of us.

I’m not sure if I was in denial and didn’t believe this alert or if I blocked my feelings, because I didn’t panic and didn’t think this was the end of my life. I didn’t call my kids to say good-bye.  As I processed my experience and my feelings around what happened, I asked myself, “Can we really ever be prepared for something like this?” We don’t know what’s going to happen next in our lives, do we? We only have the present moment and that is NOW. I can choose love or I can choose fear. One minute we are safe and peaceful and the next moment our lives appear to be in danger.

When I live in an attitude of gratitude and know there is only love and love will take care of me no matter what the circumstances are, there is no room for fear or panic. What good would it have done for me to be in the energy of fear and panic?

My heart is full of gratitude when I woke up this morning with my husband and the sun shining and my family safe and sound.

On a much smaller scale than a ballistic missile threat, I had another opportunity to practice gratitude, rather than to complain and feel like a victim. As I shared in the previous blog, we planned a trip to Hana for 2 days. We had a couple of hours to kill before we checked into our cabin so we went to the state park for a picnic and a walk along the ocean path.  As we were walking, my sandal got caught on a small lava rock and I fell flat on my face and cracked my head. You can imagine how my kids felt when they heard me scream and turned around to see their mother  flat on her face.

They immediately helped me up to see what damage had been done as I hobbled back to the car, with their help. Of course, I was shaking as my knee, elbow and ankle were bleeding and I was in pain. Larry was concerned that I may have a concussion since I hit my head pretty hard.

I could have been really bummed out that I couldn’t enjoy the next day’s excursions with my family, but had to rest and keep my leg up. Instead, I allowed Mary and Tim to take care of me and receive their love. They truly were a gift to me and I so appreciated their love and concern. As we know, it’s not easy to receive when we like to DO. Another gift was spending time with Herbie as we played games and cuddled together.

I am very grateful that I didn’t break any bones and that I didn’t have a concussion or permanent damage to my face or nose. Perhaps my body knew what was important and that I needed to rest and receive love. I don’t know why things happen, but I trust it is for my highest good and everything is in perfect and divine timing.




Divine abundance

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Happy New Year.  I wanted to start the blog with a quote from the DailyWord because it speaks to my heart about my life and how it has unfolded.

“Divine Abundance is unlimited. I am prepared and open to receive it all. I surrender to life’s plan for me, EXPECT the best and receive it with joyful gratitude.”

It has been 6 years this month that I stepped out in faith and moved to Maui. I can hardly believe how my life has unfolded. Although, like most of us, I had created vision boards of what I wanted to create in my life, I could not have imagined it to be this magnificent. God’s plan is always so much greater than I could have ever imagined. I just kept saying “YES” and moving forward, despite all my fears and doubts.

Larry and I feel especially blessed this week because our daughter, Mary, and our grandson, Herbie, are staying with us for 7 weeks.  Mary and Herbie are volunteering at a Bee farm for 2 of the weeks. Every morning, Mary and Herbie do their stretching on our Lanai and then go for a run in the neighborhood. It is awesome to watch Herbie following his mamma and doing the same moves as she does. Mary is home schooling him so for the next few hours, they are doing school work as well as learning about the ocean and different parts of the island.

We are blessed to have our son, Tim, from Boise, Idaho also staying with us for a week. We are taking a trip to Hana and staying in a lovely cabin for 2 nights with an outdoor hot tub. We will be exploring the beaches and trails in Hana, as well as eating delicious meals that Mary loves to cook.

We are having a blast playing in the waves at the beach and going down the slide at the pool. Herbie was a little reluctant at first to go down the slide and didn’t know if he wanted to do it. Mary went first and then he went behind her. He loved it so much that he went down ten more times.

Grandma was next in line and very reluctant to go down because it’s been years since I went down a water slide. I felt embarrassed not to go since my 8 year old grandson was so courageous to go down. I have to say it was quite the ride and I’m glad I did it, but once was enough!

We had a “Meet the kids” party with several of our friends and had so much fun playing and wearing hats and glasses.

I think the greatest gift is seeing the love that Mary and Herbie have for one another. She adores him and he adores her. Mary is patient, kind and loving with him. I am amazed at how she talks to Herbie about everything. He is like a sponge and so open to learning. Herbie is truly a light and so full of love and innocence. I am so grateful that my daughter was given the opportunity to be a mother and am so proud of her. He is a gift from Heaven to all of us.



Love is all there is

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I received a special gift from Spirit today that touched my heart and affirmed that how I have been loving myself and what I have been doing for my health this past month is paying off.

As I waited for my friend, Kati, to pay for her purchases at the farmer’s market this morning, I smiled at a woman who was also waiting in line. She was very pretty and looked to be in her early forties.  She kept staring at me as if she knew me. I was surprised when she said, “You inspire me.”  I wondered if she read my blog because I had never seen her before. I was curious and finally said, “Why do I inspire you?” She smiled and said, “You are my future HEALTHY self. I want to look as healthy as you are when I am your age.” I was shocked and said, “Thank you, you are a gift to me today.” She said, “You are my gift today.”

I walked away stunned and when I turned around a minute later to see her, she was gone and nowhere in sight.  As I thought about the interaction and the impact it had on me later that day, I asked myself, “Could she have been an angel?”  I guess I will never know and it doesn’t really matter, does it? God used this woman to affirm that I am healthy NOW.

All I know for sure is that I am following my heart and Love is guiding me and giving me all that I need. I am proud of myself for jumping in so quickly to start the 21 day anti-inflammatory diet. My zest for life and energy are coming back and I feel great.

I finished the diet and am now in the process of introducing new foods into my diet to determine what foods cause inflammation. There is a whole protocol to follow as I listen to my body and what it wants and doesn’t want. It is very helpful that I am muscle testing all my foods before I eat them. It was a very constrictive diet: no dairy, wheat, sugar, eggs, etc.

If anybody had told me that I could follow this diet with just vegetables, fruits, turkey, chicken, fish and nuts, I would have told them they were crazy. But with the grace of God and Spirit’s help, I did it. I was willing to do whatever I needed to do to get and to stay healthy. A cancer scare and heart problems got my attention, for sure.

We went to dinner with our friends on Christmas Eve to a really nice restaurant. Of course, there were  all kinds of desserts that I loved. I wasn’t tempted and was the only one that didn’t indulge in dessert. Now that is a miracle for I love sweets.

I would like to share a book that Larry and I are reading that is having a profound effect on us. It is  called, “Love Is All There Is” by The Source. The author does not give his name. It was a revelation that was given to him in 2006 about the revelations of Love. He writes,

“I found the image of a vengeful, wrathful, punishing God in direct contradiction to a creator of a remarkable universe, so perfectly in balance. I found the idea of going to God with a list of things I wanted and then waiting to see if I have been good enough to get them reflective of Santa Claus, not a source of abundance. And I found the concept of fearing God to be impossible if I was to love the creator. Love and fear cannot coexist.”

It is a powerful book that is teaching me how to CHOOSE LOVE in everything and for everything because all there is Love. Everything else is our ego and has to do with separation. It is not possible for me to be separate from Love for Love is all there is. We are ONE with God and we are not separate.  I am Love and you are Love. It is a divine truth to recognize and remember.

When I choose love, instead of obsessing, comparing, complaining or feeling fearful, I am free to live in peace and joy and limitless divine possibilities. It is as simple as saying “I CHOOSE LOVE” and the peace and grace come.

For example: If I feel disappointed or discouraged, instead of giving it a story, I instead say “I CHOOSE LOVE.” If I feel jealous or am comparing myself to another, I stop the monkey mind, and instead say “I CHOOSE LOVE.  I also say, “Love, I give this to you. I want to see Love in this situation.”


“What if” we took a moment to imagine that we chose this life adventure because “LOVE” wanted us to experience itself as form. We were given the opportunity to choose to become love in form. The way to fulfill that requirement is by becoming vessels of love. As I contemplated this, I wondered what my life would look like and how my life would change if I honestly endeavored to be a vessel of love.

First of all, I would have to work at recognizing and confronting my ego. I would have to consciously believe that is why I chose to walk this journey to be a vessel of love. I would need to know that the more I love myself, the more I could love others.

As a vessel of love, I would have to stop making my life so busy and stressful.

As a vessel of love, I would have to learn how to forgive and love those who have hurt me.

As a vessel of love, I would have to stop thinking that I was unworthy to be a vessel of love and remember we are all worthy and have always been worthy. Worthiness is a non issue.

As a vessel of love, I would understand that love is like the sun which shines its light on everyone and everything and doesn’t discriminate.

As a vessel of love, I would be open to the energy and light of love and allow love to lead me.

As a vessel of love, I would trust love over fear and know that to love, I must let go of fear.

As a vessel of love, I would work at accepting and not judging others.

In this New Year wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all believed that our reason for walking this journey in form, is to become vessels of love.

What would you have to change and what would that look like for you?


GRATITUDE is my attitude

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As I think about 2017 coming to an end, the word that stands out for me is GRATITUDE. Of course, what I am most grateful for is getting married to my best friend and soul mate, Larry. After waiting and praying for 15 years, I was ready to be in a committed relationship. It truly was the desire of my heart to be married, but I had surrendered my will to Spirit, as Larry didn’t want to get married again. He was quite happy with our relationship as it was and didn’t feel the need to get married, until Spirit put it on his heart to ask me to marry him one year ago.  I am grateful that he listened and followed his heart.

I am very grateful for my “renewed heath” and opportunities for the past couple of months. It was a wake- up call to pay attention to my health and change my way of life. I continue to feel better every day.

I have been thinking about what “surrender” means to me. It is the opposite of how I operated much of my life, until I became conscious and awake. I attempted to control people, outcomes and situations and tried to make things happen the way I wanted them. Surrender is a process and it has taken me many years to learn how to surrender and live in peace.

When we tap into this relaxed energy of surrendering, we allow that what we desire to flow to us in  miraculous ways. The job, the relationship or whatever we are envisioning and desiring for our lives is all on its way and when we surrender our plans for the timeline and the form in which we think it should arrive, we allow an even bigger and better outcome to take place. Many of us have heard, “We make plans, and God laughs.”

When we are not fighting the process and complaining, but accepting “what is,” we are able to say YES to limitless opportunities for love and joy to enter our lives. When we surrender to the natural flow of life, we can relax, trusting and knowing that everything is unfolding in perfect and divine timing and all we need to do is “show up” and get out of the way and let life happen.

Surrender occurs when we release our need to control things, and instead choose to place a higher level of trust and faith in the process of life. We choose Love rather than fear and worry because we know there is a Higher Power, Source, Love, God always GUIDING us.

As I thought about the word GUIDANCE, I remembered what it really meant. It means “God U and I Dance.” Simply put, God leads, I follow. It feels so much better when I am relaxed and willing to follow, rather than trying to lead and be in control.  My ego wants me to believe that I am in control and that I know what’s best for me rather than to trust the Spirit within and surrender. My ego wants me to believe that I am separate from God, but the truth is that I am ONE with God. We are all connected and we are all ONE.

As I was thinking about GUIDANCE, I opened to a reading in “Jesus Calling.”

“Be willing to follow wherever I lead. Follow me wholeheartedly with glad anticipation quickening your pace. Though you don’t know what is ahead, I know and that is enough. Some of my richest blessings are just around the bend, out of sight, but nonetheless, very real. To receive these gifts, you must walk by faith-not by sight. This doesn’t mean closing your eyes to what is all around you. It means subordinating the visible world to the invisible shepherd of your soul.”

Love is all there is.  Allow Love to guide you and give you peace. Surrender to “what is” and the process of life and you will experience miracles and limitless possibilities.


I have all theTIME I need

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I want to wish everyone a happy and peaceful holiday. I know the holidays can be a stressful time, especially if we have recently lost someone or have been through a painful divorce or loss. Please know I pray every day for all of you who read the blog.  I am grateful for you.

As I reflect on the last few weeks after starting my anti-inflammatory diet along with the 21- day “Supreme Self-Love” retreat, I have to say the retreat has not been what I expected. I thought, like retreats in the past, I would be spending more “quiet time” in meditation and prayer.

Here is the message I received rrom Spirit at the beginning of the retreat.

“Let my presence override everything you experience like an ILLUMINATING veil of light. I hover over you and everything around you. I am training you to stay conscious of me in every situation. This period of ILLUMINATION and clarity that we are entering asks what messages keep repeating themselves so you will listen. You will keep getting it until you see it fully. Pay attention, wake up, take yourself back and stop accepting behaviors that don’t suit you. Stop settling, you are made for so much more.”

Due to my current health opportunities, my focus has been on “eliminating” foods that were causing inflammation in my body. It has been miraculous because of how much energy and better I feel.

While in prayer, this is what came to mind: “To ELIMINATE is to ILLUMINATE.” As I eliminate what no longer serves me, the light of God within me shines brighter. We are all called to be the light of Love in the world, especially in this time of awakening. People are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives and we can BE the light for them. They want what we have.

What I didn’t expect was that I would not only be eliminating foods that no longer served me, but that I would be eliminating old beliefs and resentments that I didn’t know were there. The process was internal, as well as external. I cleaned out closets, cupboards and threw away addiction handouts that I thought I would need some day, but hadn’t looked at in 10 years. You bet I feel LIGHTER.

Through a recurring dream that I worked with, Spirit revealed to me my rushing/pushing/controlling behaviors regarding TIME and getting things done. My old belief was that it was not ok to RELAX  because I didn’t feel safe until everything was done on my list.”

Here is the message from Holy Spirit:

“Time is an illusion. You have all the time you need to do what I want you to do and you want to do. Not having enough time is a hidden belief that has caused you much anxiety all your life. It is self-induced anxiety and a behavior that has robbed you of your peace. When you feel the anxiety and wanting to race and get things done, just NOTICE it, LOVE it and let it go. Do not try to hurry the process. If you want to be aligned with me, you have to accept my time frame. Hurry is not in my nature. It is coming to the LIGHT now so I can transform it because it no longer serves you.”

My new affirmation is “I have all the time I need, everything is in perfect and divine time.” I know that Spirit has already given me everything that I need. It is my responsibility to slow myself down and  notice when I am racing or pushing to get things done. I am reminding myself that there is always tomorrow. It is important not to judge myself because this is a pattern that has been with me for many years, but no longer serves me.”

I am truly grateful for this process of elimination so I can be the LIGHT and presence of Love in the world. Remember, to ELIMINATE IS TO ILLUMMINATE. What is Spirit calling you to eliminate in your life that no longer serves you?





I love my new healthy diet

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I love to be surprised, but I am very intuitive and therefore, I’m rarely surprised.  Last December, I had the surprise of my life when Larry got down on one knee and said, “You are my queen and I am your king, would you like to make it legal?? Talk about being in shock as I had no idea he was going to propose to me.

One year later, Spirit has surprised me again “big time” and I can hardly believe what is happening to me. When we ask for help, surrender and trust, miracles will happen. In fear of a heart attack due to very high blood platelets, I agreed to go on the 21 day anti-inflammatory diet to stay alive.

If anybody would have told me that I would be enjoying my “anti-inflammatory diet” I would have told them they were nuts. Are you kidding me eating vegetables and fruits and no chocolate or sugar seemed drastic. I grew up in an Irish household where meat and potatoes were the norm. My mother didn’t teach me how to cook so when I married and had children, I did the basics with casseroles, etc. I had no interest in learning how to cook.

Several weeks ago, before I had the results of my blood tests, my son, Tim, and I were talking about the importance of diet. I was adamant and “stubborn” and said, “If I don’t have any major health problems, at my age, I am not open to a life change in my diet. I’m not doing it.”

Thankfully, God had other plans for me. Don’t you love the saying, “We make plans and God laughs.” It has been 12 days on my new way of eating and my energy is coming back “big time.” Not only am I feeling better, but I am enjoying making meals and being creative. I am learning so much and that’s all I want to talk about with my friends is healthy eating.

Spirit has brought everything I need to me.  My friend emailed me about a talk that she had just heard about called, “Inflammation and the connection between dietary choice and inflammation” in the body by Dr. I VanDyken. Larry and I will be attending that talk this week.

My friend, Kati, sent me a picture on my phone of a book she recommended. It looked familiar and then I remembered that I bought the book last year when she did, but didn’t do anything with it. Clearly, I wasn’t ready. It’s called “The Medicinal Chef “ by Dale Pinnock.

My friend, Sandy, lent me a book called “Medical Medium-Life Changing foods” by Anthony William and another friend, Lesta, gave me a book by her future son-in-law called “Infinity Health Manual by   Billy Merritt. With the support and love of friends, Spirit’s help and my willingness to change. I am “awakening” to a new way of life and it feels really good.

When Larry asked me what I wanted for Christmas, I thought a pair of earrings to match my pendant would be nice.  I woke up in the middle of the night and Vitamix came into my mind. I knew that was what I wanted and we went to Costco the next day and bought a red Vitamix. I love it and I’m trying all kinds of new recipes.

What is fascinating and surprising to me is that I am “devouring” these books and learning what foods are healthy for me. Not only am I enjoying my new creative meals, but Larry is loving them too. Larry is calling me “Patti Crocker.”

Do we always need a major crisis to get our attention to change something important in our lives? I don’t know the answer.  Apparently, I did because I wasn’t willing to change my diet until I had a wake-up call.

I am so grateful and my heart is filled with joy that Spirit was patient and didn’t give up on me. Of course, I will have the blood tests repeated, but I know in my heart that they will be normal.


When I was younger there were times when I wasn’t consciously grateful for the many blessings I receive each day.  I have always been able to provide for myself and live comfortably.  I was thankful and appreciative but I kind of took everything for granted.

This all changed when I moved to Maui.  I have been on Maui for over ten years and right from the start I have been overwhelmed with gratitude.  The island’s beauty and spirit, the kindness of people and the love energy is terrific.  Living here is so wonderful that I have become conscious that gratitude continually fills my heart.  I’ve found that the more gratitude I have and express the more gifts and blessings I receive, it’s incredible.

The greatest gift I’ve received while living on Maui is meeting and marrying my wife Pat.  We live a very happy existence our lives complimenting each other.

As you know Pat was diagnosed with symptoms that could have been cancerous.  I was faced with the possibility that she may not be in my life much longer.  When Pat first told me that her doctor wanted her to see an oncologist to rule out cancer, I felt shocked and frightened. Just the thought of losing her was inconceivable.

There was a time in my life that I would have allowed fear to control me. Because of my faith in the energy of love, I didn’t allow fear to rob me of my peace. Instead, whenever I noticed fearful thoughts, I immediately dismissed them and said, I choose love.

Because I chose love, I was able to keep things in perspective and support Pat the way she needed to be supported. Pat and I both stayed positive and reminded each other often to choose love instead of fear.

Like other couples we have little idiosyncrasies and habits that sometimes annoy each other. We try to accept and be flexible with each other’s habits.

Faced with this possibility, her annoying habits and idiosyncrasies vanished and all that is important is that she is here where I can still love and cherish her.

The lesson I learned from this experience is that we won’t have each other around forever.  Instead of focusing on little annoyances and habits, make it a priority each day to tell your wife, husband, partner, parent or friend how much you love them. Make them feel accepted and important while they are still with us.

Who are the people in your life that you value and love? Tell them each day how much you appreciate and love them. Don’t wait to tell them how much joy they bring you and how grateful you are for their presence in your life. Don’t wait; tell them often.







Don’t let the doctor put fear in you-you don’t have cancer

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I made a decision that I would not allow fear to rob me of my peace. Whenever I thought about my new health issues, I said “I choose LOVE.” I said it constantly! It really worked because I didn’t lose my peace and even felt detached from it all, which was truly a miracle.

What could have caused Larry and I to be in a state of worry and panic choosing LOVE kept us centered and peaceful. It all started when I asked my doctor to do some blood tests because I was feeling more tired than usual. I have a history of anemia and thought for sure that I was anemic again.

In my prayer about the upcoming visit with the doctor, Spirit said, “Trust in me always, knowing everything has been planned so there is no need to worry or obsess. Just accept and let go. DO NOT LET THE DOCTOR PUT FEAR INTO YOU. She will make it worse than it is so it is important for you to stay calm and not buy into it. Stay centered knowing I am with you and all is well.”

I wasn’t alarmed when the nurse called a few days later and” asked me to come in to see the doctor because I thought she would be treating me for anemia.

I kept remembering what Spirit had said to me before my appointment, “Stay calm and centered and don’t let the doctor put fear into you.”  As she looked over my blood/ labs tests, I could tell that it was more than anemia.

She said, “Your white blood cell count is higher than it should be and your platelets are very high. I recommend you see a hematologist /oncologist.” I was stunned and said, “Why would I see an oncologist and what are they looking for?” She said, “We want to rule out cancer.  We will call the oncologist and make a referral today.”

To say that I was in shock would be an understatement. Just hearing the word cancer and that they wanted to rule it out left me speechless. I left the office in a daze, wanting to break down and cry. I didn’t want to call Larry and tell him the news over the phone.

When I got to my car, I breathed deeply to calm myself down. I had to talk to someone so I called my daughter, Mary, to tell her the news. Thankfully, she calmed me down and didn’t allow me to escalate it. I don’t remember what she said, but I felt better and was able to center myself. Of course, when I shared the news with Larry, he was concerned, but very supportive and loving.  In prayer and meditation, here is what I affirmed for myself:

Iwill trust and delete worry and fear.

I will stay centered, calm, and peaceful.

I will accept what is.

I will have faith that all is well.

I will stay positive and see only perfect health for myself.

I will choose LOVE instead of fear.

Larry and I both felt strongly that Spirit was giving us the opportunity to choose LOVE instead of fear and we promised each other to choose LOVE when we felt afraid. When I prayed about it Spirit said, “You are choosing LOVE and when you choose LOVE, there is no fear. Fear is an illusion and fear and worry are a waste of energy. Your faith will carry you through. Ego will try to rob you of your peace so be aware of your thoughts and what comes up.”

Thankfully, I was able to get an appointment with the oncologist within a few days.  I knew in my heart that I didn’t have cancer.  Larry came with me for my appointment and we were both very peaceful and  and even laughed in the car when I didn’t know the doctor’s name. I knew the address and I had his telephone number.  Of course, when we arrived at the office, his name was on the board and there wasn’t a problem.

You can imagine the relief and joy we felt when the doctor looked at us and said, “You don’t have cancer.”  God is good! I may have an infection in my body that is causing inflammation around heart and platelets to be high, which doctor reassured me is treatable. I appreciate your prayers as I move through this health challenge. I see myself as healed, whole and healthy.

I share this with you to encourage you to choose LOVE instead of fear. It doesn’t have to be a health issue, but can be anything in your life that you are fearful about and robbing you of your peace.

Love is all there is.








We have a match made in heaven

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I want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have so much to be thankful for. We will be hosting Thanksgiving dinner at our home for 8 of our dear friends. Since all of us are “transplants” from other places, we are now “family” and grateful to have one another.

There was no way I could have imagined that my first visit to Maui for Thanksgiving 8 years ago would have changed my life forever. I had always dreamed of “visiting” Maui, probably just like everybody else.  I fell in love with Maui that first Thanksgiving so when my friend, Ellen, invited me back the next year to stay in her condo, overlooking the ocean, for a month while she traveled, I jumped at the chance.

While I was there, I was very surprised when I heard the “Small, still voice of God” invite me to come back to Maui to live for 6 months. Of course, I had to deal with all the voices in my head that said it was impossible to do. I think the strongest voice was, “Who do you think you are and that I didn’t deserve to do something that extravagant.”  I had all kinds of questions like: How could I leave my family, friends, business and community? Where would I live? Who would rent my condo in Rhode Island? Of course, the biggest challenge to deal with was where would the money come from?

When Spirit puts something on your heart that seems “impossible” and you “listen, trust and ACT” doors open, almost miraculously. As I look back, I know it took a lot of courage and faith to trust myself and to trust it was the voice of Spirit and not just my own voice.  I had enough experience of listening and stepping out in faith to know it was truth and I could trust the voice within.

After doing battle with God about why I couldn’t possibly move to Maui and facing my fears, I finally surrendered and said “YES.” I went back home and told my family and friends that I was moving to Maui for 6 months. Of course, they were shocked and had all kinds of concerns and questions. All I knew for sure was that I was following my heart and trusting Spirit to do the rest.

Within a few weeks of returning to Rhode Island, a woman from my church rented my condo, but I still didn’t have a place to live when I arrived on Maui, but trusted something would “show up.” Two weeks before arriving on Maui, I received a phone call from a friend inviting me to live with her and her husband in a 2 bedroom condo that they had just rented.

The condo overlooked the ocean and I paid $300 a month.  That is totally crazy because to rent a room for a night is over $200. I truly was in heaven and I learned how to relax and enjoy the journey. My plan was to continue my coaching practice and speaking engagements while I was there. That was not God’s plan. I heard very clearly, “I want you to learn HOW TO BE.” I am so grateful that I listened because God’s plan was so much better than mine.

When the 6 months ended, I knew my heart belonged on Maui and that I wanted to live here permanently. Of course, I had to deal with the same voices and fears. After much prayer and meditation and discernment, I went back to Rhode Island and put my house up for sale. My house didn’t sell, but I was able to rent it, which I am still doing.

Many of you know who have been reading my blog for years that I knew I would meet my soul mate on Maui. I don’t know how I knew, but I JUST KNEW!  I didn’t know it would take so long and I was often impatient. He was right in front of me all the time, but I didn’t know it. Larry and I were best friends for 2 years before my eyes were opened and we fell in love. We built a beautiful foundation of friendship, trust and respect. I have come to trust that God’s divine timing is perfect and you can’t push or make things happen the way you want them to be.

For as long as I can remember, I said to my family and friends, “Someday, I will live on the water and I don’t care if it’s a lake or a pond.” I thought it would be in Narragansett, Rhode Island, which would have been fine. Never did I dream it would be in Maui, HI.

It is beyond my wildest imagination what God has provided for Larry and I.  We live in a beautiful home that has a 160 degree view of the ocean that our bedroom overlooks. We can see the whales jumping out of the water when they are here. We have no idea how long we will be here so we enjoy it to the fullest and live with an attitude of gratitude.  We take nothing for granted and we live our lives to the fullest because we are not promised tomorrow, all we have is today.

So many women I hear from and friends are discouraged that they haven’t met their soul mate yet and that they will be alone, especially in the later years of their lives. I share what Spirit has done for us, not to boast, but to inspire and encourage you not to ever give up on your dreams. Larry and I have built a relationship that is built on love, honesty and respect. Spirit has brought us together and we truly have a match made in heaven.

When you follow your heart, trust, live in faith and listen to the “Small, still voice of God within” miracles will happen for you too.

All there is is LOVE

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Have you ever experienced a “shift” in yourself and you have no idea how or why it happened? You may have struggled your whole life with something and then it seems like suddenly, the struggle is gone and you are FREE.

I know it must be God’s grace when that happens. What else could it be?

I have struggled all my life with my weight and being obsessed with getting on the scale, even though I was never really overweight.  As I look back over the years, it seems like I tried every kind of fad diet around. I always wanted to be thinner than I was. When I lost weight, I felt good about myself and when I gained weight, I didn’t feel good about myself. I constantly compared myself to others and how thin they were.

When I was about 12 years old, every week I accompanied my mother to the doctor and was prescribed diet pills. As sick as this sounds, it almost felt like a bonding experience. The sad part was that I was not overweight and have no idea why my mother thought I needed diet pills. That went on for several years and I remember driving to the doctor to get my own diet pills when I was 17 years old. It is truly a miracle and I am grateful that I never became addicted to the pills and stopped using them on my own.

So here it is 60 years later and I was still struggling with body image and getting on the scale. Even though I understood intellectually that it came from being prescribed diet pills at a young age, I couldn’t seem to move beyond it. It was like I needed to be a certain weight to feel loved and valued.

It didn’t matter that I now had a husband who loved my body just as it was. I prayed and meditated and affirmed that I loved my body just as it was. Despite this, every few days I found myself needing to get on the scale and it was always the same feelings. If I gained 2 or 3 pounds, I didn’t feel good about myself and if I lost 2-3 pounds, I felt good about myself. It felt like a vicious cycle that I just couldn’t break no matter what I did.

I didn’t want to be attached or obsessed with being the perfect weight, but didn’t know what to do about it other than pray and ask for help. I came to a place of acceptance (even though I didn’t like it) that this was something I would struggle with for the rest of my life.

I don’t know what happened or how it happened (other than God’s grace), but I no longer have the need to get on the scale and see how much I weigh. I now know that the number on the scale is just a number and has nothing to do with my self-worth or how lovable I am.

I can’t tell you how FREE I feel after all of these years of struggling and not feeling thin enough or good enough.   The only way I can describe my new attitude is that “IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE.”  When you have struggled with something for almost all your life and made it so important and now it doesn’t matter, it is a tremendous relief.

I can see this attitude of “IT DOESN’T MATTER ANYMORE” seeping into other areas of my life. I am not taking things personally and am able to let things roll off my shoulders more easily. I am able to recognize my ego thoughts more quickly and see the truth. I love my new attitude! There is so much that doesn’t matter that I have made matter during my lifetime. I have given my power away and lost my peace by wanting to please everyone and wanting to be perfect.

As I reflected on this, I would like to share what DOES MATTER TO ME. My relationship with Spirit is number 1 and to know that I am in alignment with God’s will and am a vessel of love in all of my relationships every day is what matters.  I want to remember that I am Love and that Love is all there is.  I want to remember that I am ONE with God and there is no separation. I want to remember that I am always guided and protected when I trust and surrender.

Love wants us to be free, to love ourselves just as we are (with all our imperfections). I am grateful that I didn’t give up and kept trusting in the power of Love to heal me and free me.  Is there an area in your life that you need God’s grace to heal and free you?





Moving to a higher level of consciousness

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I want to thank all of you for responding to my last blog and sharing your experiences and what’s going on in your life. Please know I hold you in my heart and prayers. I trust that what Spirit has revealed to me this week will benefit you and help you understand what you may be going through. It has helped me tremendously to move forward.  I am grateful that I was guided to surrender and trust Spirit when I had no idea what was going on.

My friend, Mary, who is a healer and author of “Divinely Touched” called me after reading my blog last week and said, “Pat, what’s going on?” I replied, “I don’t know.” She said, “You are definitely going through the Ascension Process. I had heard of the Ascension Process, but didn’t know what it meant. I was curious to learn about it in hopes I could make some sense of my recent experience of emotional upset and exhaustion.

What I have learned through my research is that Ascension is the process of a “spiritual awakening” that moves you into a higher level of consciousness. The more we grow spiritually, the more our energy increases, and the more we will understand how perfectly everything is orchestrated. The individual is becoming more heart centered, compassionate and creative, and is also opening to greater cosmic consciousness. We are all moving through a transformative process whether we are aware of it or not. It could be a health challenge, grief, relationship problems, emotional upset or loss of job.

During the ascension process changes are occurring on all levels of your being. The changes you will go through on your ascension path will not always be easy. Spiritual growth and ascension although incredibly positive, may have chaotic, uncomfortable, and challenging symptoms that appear on the path.. Your energy and your vibration state is higher. The more positive your energy is (high vibration), the more you will attract positive circumstances in your life.

Your system is rebooting, being ‘tuned up’ or upgraded. Old patterns begin to fall away as one starts to embody much more light. Things that no longer serve your highest and greatest good will crumble fall away and dissolve to make way for what will ultimately serve you in the highest possible vibration for your life. During this process, our consciousness rises, our vibration elevates, and we expand becoming increasingly more connected to each other until there is only the One unifying consciousness of All That Is.

Ascension and awakening are all part of the soul awakening and expanding from this little light that ignites within our heart. ALL are emerging to become ONE. Awakening is the process of remembering who we truly are. When we incarnated on Earth, we voluntarily contracted spiritual amnesia; however, humanity has collectively chosen to awaken from this dream. We must expand our conscious awareness to encompass a much wider reality. During this process, it’s not uncommon to experience awakening symptoms, commonly known as “ascension flu.”

The ascension process purges so much of the darker and denser energies from us that we find ourselves in them for quite some time. We may feel like things are simply never going to get better. And to add insult to injury, the outer world is no longer in alignment with the new, higher vibrating you. Our emotions are what carry the energy. When we are falling apart (and we are doing just that), we can get pretty emotional. When we are releasing, we can cry at the drop of a hat. We can cry when we feel relief or cry when we see any kind of suffering. These tears are a great cleanser and releaser.

As I think about and process the past 3 or 4 weeks and my experience, I knew deep down that something powerful energetically was happening but as I shared, I had no idea of what was going on.  I was willing to release and let go of everything from the past (including thoughts and beliefs) which no longer served me.  All I knew was that I needed to have faith and trust and surrender to the process, which I did. I look forward to new blessings in my life.

That was confirmed when I read one of the online articles. It said , “When you go with the flow, trust in the process of life, allow and surrender your ascension path to unfold and change you in every way according to Divine will, you will experience incredible soul growth and immense blessings on your ascension path and in your life. The fully ascended state is one of vibrant health, radiant joy, divine love, blissful serenity, peace, abundance, awareness, and oneness.

I hope this has helped you understand what you may be experiencing in your life. If you would like more information on the symptoms of the ascension and awakening process, google ascension and awakening process.

I say YES to it all.


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