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One of my treasures is a poem that my grandmother gave me at least 45 years ago. She glued this little poem on a piece of cardboard for me. The poem sits in front of a picture she gave me on my dresser. It may sound strange, but I couldn’t remember when I read it last or even what the poem said.   Here is the poem.

If you’re feeling low and worthless,

There seems nothing you can do

Just take courage and remember

There is someone needing you

Someone needs your faith and courage

Someone needs your love and prayer

Someone needs your inspiration, thus to help their cross to bear

Do not think your work is ended; there is much that you can do

And as long as you’re on earth, There is someone needing you.

You may wonder why I am sharing this poem with you. This little poem touched my soul deeply and I felt my grandmother’s presence when I needed it the most. As I laid on my bed with tears rolling down my cheeks, I looked up and the poem was literally “calling me.” I jumped out of bed and read the poem. Wow, I couldn’t believe the words that went straight to my heart.

Right before reading the poem, I asked God for guidance regarding my work. I was being called to let go of control and surrender my business to my Higher Power. Several things had happened that week and I felt discouraged and low; one of them being a women’s retreat I had been leading for 11 years that was cancelled due to low attendance. I wondered if I was to continue doing what I was doing.

Between allowing the words of the poem to heal and wash over me and letting go and surrendering the direction of my business, things shifted inside of me on a very deep level. And then the miracles began to happen.

A few days later, I gave a presentation called “Transforming Fear through a Power Greater Than Yourself” at the What Woman Want series in Fall River, MA. It was a powerful and inspirational night for all of the women. One of the women commented to my friend as she walked out, “Pat’s faith and love has changed my life.” I have been invited back to give another presentation in two weeks. Three days later, I gave a women’s retreat in my home, that was equally powerful and inspirational. The love the women shared with one another blew me away. I saw God in action. In the inspirational story that follows, you will read about Sandy and the love she experienced when she found herself at What Women Want and the retreat at my home.

If I can inspire and change one person’s life by sharing my story, it is worth it. I know now, more than ever there is someone needing me and my work is not ended. If you are feeling low and discouraged, there is someone needing your faith and inspiration today. Your work is not done.


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The last couple of months have been extremely difficult for me. I cannot believe the situation I find myself in with no job, money, a pending divorce and a place to call home. I have cried, worried and despaired over my situation until finally a couple of weeks ago I surrendered to God. I cried out “I can’t do this alone, I’m going to put my faith in you and do your will.” With the help of my friend inviting me to her church, I have been guided into God’s arms and have been embraced with so much love that it truly has been miraculous.

Last Wednesday Denise (who I just met that afternoon) invited me to Water Street Cafe to hear Pat Hastings speak. Pat shared about an upcoming retreat on “Finding Your Purpose” that coming Saturday at her home.  Denise turned to me and said “I want you to go to the retreat and I will pay for it.” I started to say no, but she said, “just say thank you and accept my gift.”

After Pat’s presentation, she raised her arms to send out positive energy and asked all of us to do the same for one another. I felt blessed by the Holy Spirit and it became very clear what my purpose was. Pat’s love and faith was so beautiful and powerful for me. My family died when I was sixteen and I always wondered why I was left behind and what my purpose was. People told me I was left behind for a reason but those comments never resonated with me….until I heard Pat speak that night.  For the first time, I heard it in my soul that I am alive for a reason and not to try to figure it out. God loves me and I am here to do good, to trust God and believe all my needs are being taken care of. I am still in awe of the bountiful display of God’s love that night.

As soon as I walked into Pat’s home on Saturday, I felt so peaceful. The connection and ease with the other women enabled me to feel safe to open my heart and share my pain and faith. The forgiveness exercise Pat led us in helped me release anger and resentment that I carried for many years. What a relief that I have finally been able to let go and forgive. I feel lighter and happier.

God works in mysterious ways and I am so grateful for the out-pouring of love that I experienced at the retreat. One of the women anonymously offered to pay for spiritual coaching for me with Pat. Several of the women signed up to be with Pat on a holistic cruise to the Mayan Country in January. I was shocked to hear that this same woman wanted to pay for me to go on the cruise. I felt undeserving at first and it was hard to accept these gifts. But I know that it is God’s way of taking care of me and pouring out His love. To think that someone thinks I am worthy…….whomever you are, you will never know how much you have validated my mere existence and I will always thank you in my prayers for your unselfish gift and love. Thank you God and thank you Pat for sharing your faith and love with us.

Sandra Caron




God is in the Details of Our Lives

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Closed doors are a part of God’s guidance. When God closes a door, it’s because there is a better plan. If He closes a door, He’ll open another door according to His timing – not mine.

I have been leading Women’s retreats at Lasalette Retreat House for the last 11 years and have loved every minute of it. I am sure for those of you who have attended the retreats, you remember Saturday night when we played, dressed up and wore hats. Each year I looked forward to the retreat and the healing and transformations that I witnessed so powerfully.

I was very disappointed and not a happy camper when the retreat was canceled because there weren’t enough women signed up. What was going on? I wondered. I prayed and asked God if I was to continue doing this kind of work and asked for a sign. I needed to let go of my control and surrender my work and business to God.

God did open another door. I was inspired to lead a four hour retreat and invite the 9 women who had signed up for the retreat to my home this past Saturday. What an intimate, sacred and powerful day we had. I was humbled by the love that was poured out amongst the women. I saw God in action and I am so grateful that the door was opened. It was so powerful that God has put it on my heart to offer this mini-retreat on a monthly basis at my home. When women come together and share from their hearts and know they are not alone, magic and healing happens.

God is interested in the details of our lives if we ask and believe. I didn’t have an air-conditioner in my living room and knew that I needed to buy one if I was going to be leading retreats in my home. I wanted a portable one that I could use in my bedroom and office as well. I listened to my intuition (which I believe is God) and went on line to check craigslist. Was I surprised when the first item was a portable air-conditioner that was 2 years old and hardly used. The price was right too – $175 and if bought new today would be $500. I checked the time she posted it  on craigslist. It was 10:17 and I saw it at 10:35. If I didn’t follow that intuitive hit and call right away, I would have probably missed out on this bargain and gift from God.

Do you listen to your intuition and follow through? Do you believe God opens and closes doors for your highest good?

Come Home To Yourself & the Divine Power Within

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Would you like to discover your God given gifts and use them to make a difference in the lives of others? In this retreat, you will learn how to go within and find the answers you have been seeking about who you are, and the unique gifts you have to offer the world. The first step in this process of discovering who you are and what you want is learning to love and forgive yourself. You will live an empowered life when you step into your Divine Purpose.

Join Pat Hastings in a safe sacred environment for a powerful day of transformation and healing.

DATE: July 30, 2011

TIME: 12:30-5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  113 Wyndham Ave. Providence, RI

REGISTER: 401-521-6783

PRICE: $60


Motivation Marathon- June 11, 2011

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Join Pat and 6 other Motivational Speakers for this FREE TeleSeminar   June 11, 2011

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More than self help – it’s a new way of thinking!


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Before my girlfriend picked me up for lunch, I decided to clean out my purse with all of the grocery receipts from the day before. My purse was sitting on the chair at the doorway of my office. As I emptied my purse on the desk, I noticed my wallet was not there. I went back to the chair and searched all around the chair. I lifted up whatever was on the chair to see if the wallet had fallen out somehow. My wallet was gone.

Then it hit me, I must have left my wallet in Wal-Mart when I was there the day before shopping. As my girlfriend and I were driving to lunch, I called Wal-Mart and was informed that my wallet had not been found. They suggested I could check the security film, but I needed to give them the register number and the time I was there. This information was on the receipt, which was home on my desk. I decided to enjoy my lunch and call when I got home. After all, it had already been over 24 hours since I was at Wal-Mart.

When I got home, I called Wal-Mart and gave them the information to check the security film. When I hung up the phone, I made the sign of the cross, looked upwards and asked for help to find my wallet. I immediately stood up, turned around and walked right to the tall plant that was in a basket adjacent to the chair where my purse was placed. I reached deep inside the basket and pulled out my wallet. I couldn’t believe it.

I really cannot explain what this felt like, as it has happened to me on prior occasions, but I did this all without thought. I was devoid of thought for that few seconds of going from my chair to the basket to retrieve my wallet, without an awareness of why I was doing what I was doing. Plus, I had already looked in that area earlier and never would have looked in the basket as it didn’t seem possible that the wallet could have fallen into it. When I picked up my wallet, all I did was look up to the sky and said, “Thank you.” This is confirmation that there is truth in the Bible verse “Ask and you shall receive.”

Claudia Fitzsimmons


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While vacationing with my son in Florida last week, I visited with my friend June. We had a lively conversation about spirituality, prayer, faith and forgiveness.  We wondered why some prayers are answered almost immediately and other times we have to wait for our prayers to be answered. Neither one of us had the answer. We both agreed it’s about trust and God’s perfect plan and timing.

She shared a powerful story with me that happened to her many years ago.  She remembers exactly where she stood in her dining room when she prayed to God.  “God, I need $5,000 and this is what I need it for. My 2 daughters need this money and I want to help them.”

That night, she went to her weekly bingo game.  When she arrived, she went to the rest room, only to find it was closed for repairs. Right next to the bingo hall was a casino. She decided to walk into the casino and find the restroom.  She was drawn to a dollar slot machine and decided to play $10.

“I was shocked when all the whistles and lights went off and I won $5,000. When I went to cash in for my money, the teller shared that what happened was very unusual.  The person right before me had just gotten up from that machine and had also won $5,000. She said that never happened before.”

I remember another time in my life that God provided.  I was down to my last dollar. I went to the mailbox and found an envelope with a $600 check in it from Walgreens. No letter or explanation –just the check. I thought it must be a mistake and called Walgreens to inquire about it.  They couldn’t explain what it was for, but it was legal. They thought perhaps it was a rebate for medications I had purchased over the year. I asked if that ever happened and they said no. The check was mine to spend. Of course, I thanked God for how he provided for me. We must be clear about what we want and ask for.  We must trust God will answer the prayer in the perfect and right time – and the perfect way!

June Barrow


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I don’t know about you but I get loads of daily emails that I don’t open.  About a month ago, I received an email and didn’t know why I was led to open it (I know now it was a Godincidence.)  They were looking for speakers for a holistic cruise to the Caribbean in January 2012. Right up my alley, I thought. I immediately shot them off an email telling them I was interested in applying to be a speaker.  I didn’t hear back and assumed they had already chosen their speakers.  I received a phone call this week that they wanted me to send in a proposal of what workshop I would present.  I felt the excitement mounting especially after I saw the website and the fantastic deal they were offering.  Of course, I filled in the application and sent the proposal right off.  I knew in my heart of hearts that I was going to be selected to be a speaker.  The next day I received an email, “Pat, congratulations, you have been selected to be a speaker on the Norwegian Spirit  Cruise Ship.” I screamed with excitement and gratitude. 

You see, this has been a dream of mine to be an inspirational speaker on a cruise ship for several years. I have an intention book that I pray with daily and in the book was a picture of me speaking on a cruise ship.  My trip to Maui, Hawaii and swimming with the turtles was also in my intention book.  What is in my intention book are prayers in pictures and words. It really works, not in my time – but in God’s time!

What are your intentions? You must be clear about what you want and you must believe and expect your prayers to be answered.

If you would like to cruise with me and 150 other like-minded spiritual people, please click on link below. If you sign up before May 15, there is a discount of $150. Contact me for more information at 401-521-6783 or email me at Check out idpathas


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Please join Pat Hastings on Patricia Raskin’s Positive Living program on 630AM and 99.7FM on 4/10 from 1:30pm-2:00pm.

Pat will be dicussing How to Pray & Get Results: 10 Tips to Have Your Prayers Answered 


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Join Pat Hastings, Spiritual Life Coach and Ned Arvidson, Certified Transformational Leader

Do you want a deeper connection to Self, Higher Power and Others? Discover the power of your spiritual self, especially in turbulent times. Learn how to strengthen your spiritual practice, decrease your stress, and live in peace. Learn specific tools and techniques to stay peaceful, find balance, meaning, and purpose. Inner peace and real happiness do not come from controlling the world outside, they come from connecting with the Spirit deep within. In this workshop, you will improve your self-esteem, learn how to take care of yourself, and practice self-love. This workshop will benefit anyone who wants a deeper spiritual connection, regardless of your religion or beliefs. It is about connecting with the Spirit within.

-Tools to connect with your source of empowerment and release the power within

-Learn the benefits of spiritual connection to self, higher power and others

-Techniques to reduce stress to promote lasting change

-Identify blocks and beliefs that prevent real love, peace, joy & happiness

-Improved self-esteem and self love

-Encouragement and permission to be who you really are

DATE: May 7, 2011

WHERE: 1240 Pawtucket Ave. E. Providence, RI


PRICE: $50

REGISTER: Call Pat @ 401-521-6783

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