I love how Spirit works in my life and guides me for my highest good & for the good of all involved. For the past 3 years when I returned to Rhode Island I’ve led a women’s retreat at my daughter, Mary’s, farm in W. Greenwich. The retreats have been very powerful and I looked forward to seeing all of the women each year. It was like a big reunion sharing with one another about how God answered our prayers.
As I started to prepare the retreat for this year I felt stressed thinking about marketing it and trying to get it all together while here in Maui. As I prayed about it and sat with it, I decided not to do it because it just didn’t feel right in my gut. I have learned to trust my gut for it has rarely been wrong. It’s when I don’t trust my gut and my feelings that I get in trouble.
I felt relieved and peaceful after I made my decision not to do the retreat. When I feel peaceful, it is ways an indication that I am aligned with Spirit. It’s after I make my decision that the peace comes, not before. I have learned that when one door closes, another one opens if it is meant to be and the best thing is that I don’t have to push the door to open. I trust that whatever is to come to me and is mine will come at the perfect and right time.
About a month ago, my dear friend, Donna, called and asked me if I would like to be the speaker at the “Women of Faith” dinner at the Rehoboth Congregational Church. Of course, I said, “Yes.” I am thrilled to be able to share my story and all that God has done in my life. Donna wants to dedicate the dinner to a woman in the congregation who died a few years ago. This woman loved to say “Aloha” and, in fact, gave Donna a booklet called “The Aloha Spirit – The Little Pink Booklet of Aloha.”
What an honor it will be for me to share my personal experience of living “aloha” and to share what the Hawaiians teach about aloha. In the Hawaiian language, aloha stands for much more than just “hello” or “goodbye” or “love.” Its deeper meaning is the “joyful (oha) sharing (alo) of life energy (ha) in the present (alo).”
As you share this energy, you become attuned to the Universal Power that the Hawaiians call mana. And the loving use of this incredible Power is the secret for attaining true health, happiness, prosperity and success. I will be sharing a technique in HI which enhances your power to bless by increasing your personal energy.
I bought a new “Hawaiian dress” at a yard sale about a year ago that has been sitting in my closet that I’ve never worn. God knew I would need it for this talk with the Hawaiian theme. I love how God provides before I even ask.
As I thought about the title and what God wanted me to share with the women, what came to mind was the importance of self-love. Like many of us, I didn’t know how to love myself growing up nor was I encouraged to love myself. In fact, just the opposite was taught. I was scolded for being “selfish” and “conceited” and to focus on other’s needs rather than my own.
It’s been a long journey of self -discovery and healing. Part of the process for me has been identifying old beliefs that no longer served me so that I could become the woman I am today and the woman God created me to be. I know, for sure, that I would not be living in Maui or have met my soul mate, Larry, if I hadn’t identified the belief that I don’t deserve good things in my life.
There were many things I learned (after my divorce of 30 years) while I was without a partner for 15 years. Being single and focusing on myself has been the best thing that could have happened to me. I learned the importance of self-love and to trust God and myself. This is truly what my spiritual journey has been about.
I hope you will join us for the “Women of Faith” dinner. The title of the talk is “The Power of Self-Love to manifest your Deepest Desires.” I will be sharing my story of how I manifested my deepest desires. I would love to meet some of you who faithfully read my blog every week. I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new friends. I look forward to sharing the love and aloha.
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