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I have all theTIME I need

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Jan
3

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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Dec
14

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.

LARRY

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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Dec
14

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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Dec
14

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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Nov
13

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?

 

 

 

 

RUN as fast as you can

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Oct
10

Pat

I had an amazing birthday week of RECEIVING love from family and friends; breakfast, lunch and dinners out. I received calls from friends, (as far as Bermuda) and received many cards and gifts. I opened my heart to receive love and indeed, I did. Larry and I went to dinner at Humuhumu restaurant and I felt like his queen when he put the beautiful flower lei over my head before we left. It was quite an experience that I will cherish and never forget.

If I couldn’t be on the ocean in a cruise ship for my birthday, I wanted to FLY over the ocean. Four years ago on my birthday, I went paragliding and wanted to do it again for my birthday this year. Paragliding 6,500 feet over the ocean was breathtaking and I felt free and like a bird flying in the sky. I was called a “student pilot” and the pilot sat behind me maneuvering the glider. After the pilot, Paul, strapped me all in, he gave me instructions on what to do. He said, “It is very important to RUN as fast as you can, don’t sit down or hold the bars until I tell you and we are up in the air.”  When we are ready to take off and the wind is just right, I’ll give you the ok.

I am grateful that two of the other instructors assisted and ran along the side of me to help me get off the ground when Paul gave us the ok. The only problem was that my feet wouldn’t touch the ground and I couldn’t RUN. I started to scream, “My feet don’t touch the ground.”  I was suspended in the air for a few seconds and had to sit. Before I knew it, we were flying over the side of the volcano and into the clouds over the ocean.

As I reflected on this experience afterwards, it felt like there were 2 angels on the side of me helping me get off the ground so I could fly.  Angels (although sometimes invisible) are always there to lift us up when we don’t think we can do it or when we are unable to do it like I was because my feet couldn’t touch the ground.

I not only wanted the paragliding to be a “fun” and empowering experience, but I also wanted it to be a spiritual one and to go higher and higher with God. While in prayer, I wrote out a list of things that I wanted to let go of that no longer served me and I wrote a list of what I wanted to receive. When I was ready to let it go, I put my arm out and released the paper into the air. It really felt liberating.

I also went parasailing a few days later with my friend, Margie, whose birthday was a day before mine. We truly were ONE with one another and ONE with God as we glided through the air into the clouds and sky. It was a magical, magnificent experience and I felt close to God and the angels. It was a perfect day as I experienced the peace and presence of God within.

I was literally “lifted up” above the earth so I could remember who I am and where I came from. I am LOVE and I am not separate from God. God and I are ONE and I am ONE with everyone and everything. This is my truth and knowing that there is only LOVE.

We are all being invited to awaken and “remember” who you are and that there is only love and that everything we need is within.  We no longer have to look outside of ourselves for external validation because we have enough self-love to give it to ourselves. At this time in our world, I believe we are being “shaken up to waken up.”

You don’t have to paraglide or parasail to fly higher with God. Let the angels help you. In order to fly higher, you must be willing to let go of what no longer serves you;  drama, complaining, worrying, fears, comparing, not enoughness, judgments, disappointments, ego, jealousy, expectations, unforgiveness and resentments.

God is all there is and it’s about letting go, surrendering and trusting God is in control and has a perfect plan for our lives, and when we ask for His help, He will lift us up above the battleground of this world to experience his loving peace and presence.

Larry

My sweet wife, Pat, loves to go on cruises and checks them out with hopes of going on another one.  She shared in a past blog that the travel agent, Dina, had called with a special deal that we said yes to. When we called back to book it, it was no longer the price we were quoted so we decided to wait for another special deal.

Last Friday, I received an excited phone call from Pat informing me that she had just heard from, Dina, the cruise consultant with the same great price cruise as the one from a few weeks ago. Pat was ready to book it and explained that the cruise was leaving on Saturday, October 7th and we would have to book immediately.

This left us with just a few days to adjust our schedules.  I would have had to adjust my commitments for those dates. I didn’t feel good about it and felt pushed and rushed. The thought of making these changes at this late date didn’t sit well with me as I don’t like making these decisions so quickly.

I reminded Pat that these specials come up all the time and perhaps we could wait for another one  when we would have a little more time to plan. I really didn’t want to disappoint Pat and it was difficult for me to explain my feelings. I wasn’t feeling positive or peaceful about it at all.

Pat was quiet and listened and then said, “I understand your perspective and don’t want to pressure or push you. I will call Dina and tell her we cannot go at this time.” A few minutes later Pat texted  me and said, “I am fine with not going and please don’t feel guilty.”  WOW.  I was very surprised and relieved! What an adult way to accept disappointment.  Pat was gracious about not going and didn’t push the issue.

The next morning when we processed what happened, Pat thanked me for speaking up and following my intuition. She realized that she also had commitments for the weekend that she would have had to cancel.

In past relationships, I would have suffered the consequences and felt guilty that I had let someone down that I loved and cared about. I think I would have been judged that I was being selfish and caring only about my feelings.

One of the wonderful pluses in my relationship with Pat is that we allow and encourage each other to honestly share our feelings, which enables us the freedom and space to make difficult decisions without repercussions. We trust each other that the decision made is for the good of the relationship. I feel very blessed.

I was so excited about giving

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Aug
29

About 4 months ago, my friend, Karen, was inspired to start “Miracle Monday” called the 111 Project on Facebook ( http://createheaven.com/), I called Karen immediately and told her that I wanted to be a part of it because I knew it was inspired by Spirit. It spoke to my heart, and I decided to pray about it to see how Spirit wanted me to be involved.

Here is a brief description of the 111Project

“Have you been concerned and uncertain about what’s happening? When everything seems so chaotic, how many times have you asked, what can I do? Maybe the inspiration of this 111 Project will guide you to the answer. This 111 Project supports you in the opportunity to heal yourself, heal others, and create the change you are seeking. So, are you ready to take a big leap into greater love and share in miracles with others? This is an invitation to the 111 Project and to join many others in the intention to heal all, including you, from the suffering of separateness and to wake up together and remember that we are all one and the return to love is essential for our happiness and world peace.

Every time I read about what others were doing on Facebook with the 111 Project, I cringed because I wasn’t doing anything, even though I said I wanted to be a part of it. In all honesty, I had some fear about making a financial commitment every week for a year. Once I made the commitment to contribute a few weeks ago, I trusted Spirit would guide me as to where to send my contribution each week.

I trust in divine timing and after praying about it, I made the commitment to contribute $33 a week to a worthy cause for one year. This is my fourth week and I look forward to “Miracle Monday” and being guided where to contribute my money. It is a great experience to feel like I am doing something to heal the separation and heal myself from fear.  The first 3 weeks were easy. I sent it to You Caring (group empowering single woman who were homeless), No Child Hungry and Maui Food Bank.                 .

I would like to share what happened this week:

Spirit put it on my heart to go to the ladies room at McDonald’s, (where many of the homeless in our community spend time) and leave my contribution.  On the morning of “Miracle Monday”, I went to the bank to get 33 one dollar bills. I had a card all ready to put the money in when I realized I forgot the card at home.  I heard Spirit say, “The person that I want to receive this is not there today, so bring it back tomorrow.” I began to pray for the person who would receive my contribution and that they would be open to receiving God’s love.

The message that I wrote in the card said, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and rely not on your own understanding.” I also wrote, “God has your back and don’t give up.” On the outside of the envelope I wrote “PLEASE TAKE – FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS IT.”

When I arrived at the McDonald’s the next day, I bought an iced coffee and sat down at a table. I then went to the ladies room and taped the envelope to the mirror and left the bathroom. I just kept praying for the person who God wanted to bless. Over the course of 15 minutes, I watched 4 women go into the bathroom and had no idea who or if anyone would take the envelope. I looked at their faces as they left the bathroom, but saw no indication that they were the one who needed it.

When I finished my drink, I went back into the ladies room and the envelope was gone. I felt excited and said, “YEA” as my Spirit soared. I trusted that the woman who received the contribution knew she was not alone and loved by God.

I was detached from the outcome and didn’t have to know who the woman was who received it. All I knew was that I was guided to Mc Donald’s at the perfect and right time. When we give, we have no idea how our actions will benefit another human being.

I remember thirty-five years ago when I received a card in the mail with a $10 bill in it. I stepped out in faith and bought a blouse that was $10 when I heard the small, still voice of God say, “Buy it and I will provide.” Immediately after hearing the voice, I returned home and found the card and a $10 bill in my mailbox. To this day, I have no idea where the money came from. I still tell the story whenever I can and get the same reaction every time. God is good!

Please consider checking out the 111 Project on Facebook and join in healing the separation and knowing we are all ONE. Thank you Karen for saying yes to Spirit and birthing the 111 Project into the Universe.

It broke my heart and I was miserable

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Aug
19

No matter what is going on around me and no matter how many people I love are suffering, I believe it is my responsibility to keep my love vibration/energy high. I am responsible for my own peace, joy and happiness. I do this by practicing gratitude, surrendering to “what is” and trusting in God’s love and plan for my life and the life of my loved ones.

Michael Singer writes in his book “The Untethered Soul” about the path of Unconditional Happiness.

“We have one choice in life and that is: Do I want to be happy or do I not want to be happy? Once you have made that choice, your path through life becomes really clear. This is truly a spiritual path, and it is as direct and sure a path to Awakening as possibly could exist. When everything is going well, it is easy to be happy. But the moment something difficult happens, it’s not so easy. Things are going to happen. The real question is whether you want to be happy regardless of what happens. 

The purpose of your life is to enjoy and learn from your experiences. You were not put on earth to suffer. You are not helping anyone by being miserable. You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer. Events don’t determine whether or not you are going to be happy. You determine whether or not you are going to be happy. If you can live this way, your heart will be so open and your Spirit will be so free, that you will soar up to the heavens.” 

It is my belief that everything happens for a reason and that I attract everything into my life for my highest good. Especially when I don’t understand what’s going on and it may not look like it’s for my highest good, my faith journey teaches me to trust in the power and energy of Love to guide and protect me.

It is not always easy to be grateful and trust as I look around the world and see what’s going on. Fear and worry can take over, if I allow it. I know people are stressed and there is a lot of suffering going on. Two of my close girlfriends are battling cancer and another friend just experienced a tragic loss in her family.

A very good friend of mine, Linda, recently fell and hit her head. She was in intensive care and had surgery on spine and has pins in her neck. She is in excruciating pain and has a very long rehab. recovery ahead of her.

As you can imagine, my heart was broken when I heard about it. I couldn’t understand how this could be for her highest good and I was very sad and miserable.  All I could do was pray and connect with her heart and send her love (which is the very best thing I could do). Linda is a woman of faith and will not give up. She is determined to heal and trust God. I see Linda healed and whole and I am expecting a miracle for her. Please join me and pray for Linda’s complete recovery.

I have had the privilege of walking Linda’s journey with her as her Spiritual Coach for eight years. Linda is the author of “Voices of the Heart” and is in the process of producing a movie about her life. She KNOWS in her heart that this is God’s plan despite the ups and downs of producing a movie. She not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. It is her passion to inspire and change lives through her message to be grateful and live life to the fullest.

I am not helping myself or Linda by staying miserable and worrying about her. Of course, I have compassion and love and will continue to pray and send her love and trust in God’s mercy.

I remember Michael Singer’s words. “You were not put on earth to suffer. You are not helping anyone by being miserable. You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer.”

“You cannot get sick enough to help sick people get better. You cannot get poor enough to help poor people thrive. It is only in your THRIVING that you have anything to offer anyone. If you want to be of an ADVANTAGE to others, be as tapped in, turned in, turned on as you can possibly be.”  Abraham 

How about you? Is there someone in your life who you are worried about? Have you made the choice to be HAPPY no matter what the circumstances are around you or do you cave in when things happen in your outside world that upset you? The spiritual life is not for the faint of heart. Living in gratitude, accepting “what is”, and trusting the energy and light of Love are spiritual tools that will keep your energy/vibration high. It is there that we will be the light for others and be vessels of love.

 

Oprah on Maui

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Jul
5

To think I live on Maui where Oprah Winfrey lives is beyond my comprehension. She lives up the mountain in beautiful Haku on a sprawling ranch and organic farm. I have walked on her street and could see her home from a distance. Although I have been living on Maui for 5 ½ years now, I haven’t seen her until yesterday. I was one of the 5,000 people that were blessed to hear her speak at the MACC (Maui Arts & Cultural Center) and it was very exciting as it has always been my dream to see her for as long as I can remember.

Yesterday, she made her first public appearance since moving to Maui in 2002. She shared her philosophy for healthy living and living your best life. She began her talk with humor and said, “I am not sure how to give health and well-being tips to people who already live in the best place in the world. What do I look like trying to tell you all who had the sense enough to move here, live here, raise your families how to live your best life? I could take a few lessons from you.” Of course, the audience went crazy and cheered her on.

She shared that one of her practices that has been vital to her well-being is learning to express gratitude. Every day she journals at least 5 things she is grateful for. She said, “I know so many people who are in that race to have more, be more, do more and they are never content. Live in the space of contentment for where you are, especially if, it really isn’t where you want to be right now.

She shared the importance of knowing what your intention is in everything you do. She admits to having the “Disease to Please” at one time in her life. She learned that the outcome to everything you do is determined by the energy of your motivation and intention. The key for living your best life is to align your personality with what your soul came here to do to in service to something bigger than yourself.

What a thrill to be in Oprah’s presence and energy. She was so authentic and real. I could see myself

sitting with her and having a cup of tea and feeling very comfortable. There was a whole section of VIP seats right in front of the stage that were empty when we arrived. About an hour before Oprah came on the stage, they opened the seats up to the public and my friends, Kati and Juane, scurried to our new VIP seats directly in front of Oprah.

When Spirit put it on our hearts that Larry and I were to write a book together, he said to me out of the clear blue, “I have something to tell you.” I said, “What is that?” He said, “Oprah is going to read our book and promote it.” Truly, I had forgotten that was my dream when I wrote “Simply a Woman of Faith.” I certainly am getting closer living on Maui where she lives for that to happen.

When my son, Tim, heard that I was going to see Oprah, he wrote and said, “Mom, throw your book on the stage for her. I did have my book with me in my purse but no way was I going to throw the book on the stage. I didn’t want that much attention and didn’t want to be thrown out

The next day, I started to think about how I could meet her or get her address to send her a note introducing myself to her and sharing our “love story.” Spirit stopped me in my tracks! I realized that was the old paradigm of making things happen and trying to push my way around.

Today, I practice trusting, allowing and surrendering that if we are meant to meet Oprah, it will happen organically and naturally. When I surrender and “show up” for life, miracles happen all the time. I am always in awe of how the Universe has everything planned for my highest good.

Of course, I will visualize Larry and me meeting Oprah and giving her our new book when it is completed. When I told, Lisa Tener, the editor of “Simply a Woman of Faith”, that I had seen Oprah and that Larry and I were writing a book together she wrote back and said, “I am envisioning you getting to know Oprah personally. I can see it!! This is exciting that you are writing a book together. Is it about love?” I wrote back and said, “Yes, it is about Conscious Loving and the sequel to “Simply a Woman of Faith.”

My daughter, Mary, and my grandson, Herbie, are coming to stay with us for 6 weeks in February. Mary plans on volunteering on organic farms and offering her 6 weeks Herbal program that has been very successful in Rhode Island. Wouldn’t that be something if she had the opportunity to work on Oprah’s organic farm! Like her mother, Mary is a woman of faith.

Miracles happen all the time when we believe. I have a picture of Oprah on my refrigerator. Will you please visualize with me that if this is God’s will for us, it will happen with peace, ease and grace. Thank you.

Listening to the small, still voice of God within

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Jun
15

My friend, Diane, and I went to lunch yesterday to discuss my book, “Simply a Woman of Faith.” I had given her my book a year ago and she promised to read it, even though she said she wasn’t a reader. We agreed to get together when she finished it to discuss the book and answer any questions she had.

After catching up with one another over lunch, we began to talk about the book. She asked, “Pat, I want to know how you know it’s the voice of God speaking to you and not just your own voice or the ego or your higher self.”

People often ask me this question and I answered, “I don’t always know for sure, but I have learned to trust Spirit and the voice of God within. Every time I listen and do what I am hearing from the big things to the smallest of things, it confirms that it was the voice of God when I experience the results. It takes practice and the more I practice, the more I trust the voice within, which is God. I practice listening and going within all day long whether it be asking for guidance or what to do next.

Diane asked me, “Pat, what is the highlight of the book for you.” I answered, “This happened over 20 years ago and I will never forget it. It was when I heard Spirit tell me to walk up to a woman on the beach in Newport, R.I. and tell her that God loved her. I trembled inside and felt really scared to walk up to her, even though earlier that day, I had asked God to lead me to someone who really needed to feel His love. After I told her that God loved her, she put her hands in her face and sobbed for a long time. Of course, I didn’t know it at the time but right before I walked over to her, she was contemplating suicide and really needed to hear that she was loved and not alone.” Diane and I had a lovely lunch discussing the importance of listening and stepping out in faith.

When I took my walk this morning on the beach, I thought about my conversation with Diane the day before. It had been a long time since I had such a dramatic message like I had that day and I wanted to be open to be a vessel of love and be God’s instrument.

I asked Spirit to lead me to someone to give them a message. I sensed it would be a woman walking on the beach alone. I went within to listen to Spirit and this is what I heard, “I will lead you and you will know in your heart who she is when you see her. She has been asking for guidance concerning a project or something new in her life and she’s not sure it is my will. Tell her to step out in faith, that it is my will that she has been asking guidance for.”

I asked Spirit to lead me as each woman walked toward me on the beach. I asked, “Is she the one I am to give this message to?” I kept hearing, “No, no, no.” I was beginning to wonder if I had really heard the voice of God in the first place. I was kind of relieved because I didn’t want to look foolish and go up to someone and have them think I was crazy.

I then spotted her from a distance as she walked toward me. We had smiled at one another when we past each other earlier on the walk. I heard the small, still voice of God say, “She is the one.” Before I had time to chicken out, she was in front of me. I stopped and introduced myself to her, which is common in Maui because everyone is friendly and pleasant. We chatted for a few minutes and she told me she was also from New York. After some small talk, I blurted out the message that I had received for her. She appeared touched and put her hand on her heart and said, “I pray all day and I hold this in my heart and will meditate about it today when I go home. Thank you so much.”

As we continued to chat with one another, I asked her what she did for work and she said, “I am a personal trainer/wellness coach in several gyms on Maui and am working with the county to develop free programs for seniors. Now I was interested! She told me about a new program that she is starting in August where my yoga classes are held every Monday. I gave her my card and she promised to call me with the information about the new program.

It is my belief that nothing happens by mistake and we are always being led. When we learn to trust the voice within, doors open and miracles happen. God is good.

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