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It was so easy to backslide

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Jul
21

Getting back into my “LIFE” after 2 weeks of being away takes some doing, or shall I say some BEING. I am so grateful to be home to paradise and to my sweetheart, Larry.  Before I left to visit my family on the mainland, my INTENTION was that my trip would flow with peace, ease and grace and that I would get into the FLOW of activities immediately. I didn’t want to give into “jet lag” with traveling 5000 miles across the ocean and being too tired to spend time with my family. My prayer was answered because I felt great and didn’t waste any time getting into things. I visited my son, daughter-in-law and new grandson in Connecticut and then went kayaking with my children and grandchildren the next day.

I had a wonderful visit with my family and girlfriends. My 4 children attended the annual family reunion at my daughter, Mary’s, farm and my son, Tim commented, “This was the best one yet” and I agreed.  I held my new grandson, River, for the first time and what a blessing that was. I had so much fun with my grandsons: Jarred who will be 2 years old, Zach who will be 25 and Josh who is 20.

It was a busy time and the 2 weeks flew by.  Although my life on Maui is much slower and relaxed, I was able to keep up with all of the activities, but was often in bed by 9 p.m. My daughter, Mary, and I gave a retreat for 20 women at her farm. It was a powerful day of healing and transformation. We look forward to giving another one next year. We also celebrated the grand opening of “The Sage Clinic” (naturopathic clinic) which was started by Mary and Naturopath Dr. John McGonagle.

When I returned home to Maui a few days ago, I wanted to “jump back into my life” and not “waste“ any time.  There was so much I wanted to do; answer emails, get pictures developed, call friends, follow-up with women on the retreat, write thank-you notes, write blog, unpack suitcase and on and on.  I quickly recognized that it didn’t take me long to get back into my “DOING” mode. Perhaps I feel more in control and more powerful when I am in the DOING mode and have a long list of things to accomplish. Of course, there is nothing wrong with doing, but FIRST THINGS FIRST.

As I prayed about what “TO DO” next, I heard God say, “I want you to relax and just BE.”  I asked myself, “Did I think BEING was just wasting precious time?”  Time is a gift God has given us and it is up to us to do what is best for ourselves.  By the grace of God and my willingness to listen to Spirit, I was able to relax and take care of myself. I took several naps, sat outside and enjoyed the breeze, flowers, ocean and the mountains.

You see, my body was clearly very tired from the schedule of the last 2 weeks and being up for 24 hours when I traveled back home. But my mind and perhaps ego was saying something different. My mind said, “You need to get things done first before you can relax.” I realized this was an old belief that no longer served me.  I remember when my children were teenagers and clearly capable of taking care of themselves. I wasn’t able to relax until everybody was taken care of. Not knowing any better, I put myself last.

If I want peace (which has been my daily INTENTION for many years), then I must pay attention to my body, mind and Spirit and give it the love it needs. I choose to live in the moment, follow my heart and trust that I am being led and that everything is in perfect and right order.

 Larry

I have been reading Michael Singer’s book, “The Surrender Experiment” and Eckhart Tolle’s, “Stillness Speaks.”  In both books the authors encourage their readers to learn to accept whatever comes into their lives and not resist.  

 

My understanding of what they’re saying is that there is a Higher Power available to us and we can be helped by this Higher Power with any of our life’s situations if we just remain open to that possibility.   The experience may not be pleasant and may even be painful. We are encouraged to just accept, no matter what it is.  If we feel that we just can’t accept what’s happening at this time in our lives, then accept that we can’t accept. By accepting, we stay open and we allow the Higher Power to grant us the gift that each life experience is bringing us. By resisting what’s happening, we close ourselves to our Higher Power which prevents us from receiving help.   

 

As I write this piece, I am being distracted by my neighbor’s gardener who is using his loud leaf blower and weed whacker on one side of my home and on the other side they are doing construction.  I can imagine my Higher Power observing me with a smile as I try to concentrate and accept in this present life situation.

 

Accepting is a new way of life for me.  The other day I decided to take a nap in the early afternoon. We don’t have air conditioning so we keep our windows and doors open. As I lay there, I became conscious of just how noisy it was outside.  Dogs barking, people mowing lawns, hundreds of birds singing and chirping, etc.  Usually, I would feel frustrated, impatient, angry and get all stirred up and would go into the “poor me, poor me” mode.  

 

I have been working very hard to learn to be more accepting and just allow things to be the way they are. I decided to accept everything that was going on outside and stay open to possibilities.  Before I knew it, I was able to visualize this commotion outside as a large philharmonic orchestra playing a beautiful symphony.  I know this sounds crazy but it was really cool and before I knew it I was asleep.

I know this is just a small example in accepting, but if I can develop a new habit of staying open to life situations then hopefully, I can become more open to accepting larger situations as they arise.

 

We’re finding that it seems to be easier to “accept life situations” when we really try to live in the moment and not pay attention to what may happen in the future or what has happened in the past.  Tolle suggests that what is happening in a life situation is not us; we are “who is observing the situation.” We are the one who is conscious of what is happening in that situation.  It seems like when I can remember that I am an observer in the experience, I can stay open better and accept what is happening in the moment.

 

It’s such a positive experience to allow ourselves the opportunity to be flexible, to not be afraid of change, to be open to new ideas, and to accept the gift of joy and peace that is being offered to us.  I send you the energy of love and light to help you on your journey, please accept my gift.

Being in Love is wonderful and brings up my STUFF

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Jun
3

Have you ever noticed that when you are learning a new behaviorlike speaking up, saying no, learning a new skill, or learning how to dance, you can’t get enough of it and you want to do it all the time?  What often happens is that the pendulum swings to one side and it goes out of balance. It takes time to come back into balance, to live in the present moment where there is peace and joy.

Not only does the pendulum swing out of balance, but old behaviors may rear their ugly head. No worries, this is normal. When you have a daily spiritual practice and are connected to Spirit and your higher self, you notice this doesn’t feel good and you need to change.  Too much of a good thing is not healthy and it could drive you and your friends and family crazy.

Being in love and in a new relationship is wonderful and life-changing, but it doesn’t exempt me from going out of balance and losing my peace.  And it doesn’t take long! Have you ever prayed for something and then when you get it, you feel afraid? God must laugh at us human beings.  I am grateful that I can laugh at myself and am learning to take myself lightly. I have learned to feel my feelings and instead of denying or pushing them down, I share them so I can work through them. I am also willing and open to look at my “stinking thinking” and change my thinking when necessary.  It is so easy to take things personally, future trip, or jump to conclusions and be negative.

Although I don’t like it, being in a new relationship brings up my STUFF; like fear, insecurity and control. How silly of me to think I was done with my STUFF because I don’t think we are ever done with our STUFF.  I may say I don’t like it when my STUFF comes up, but I really do because it is a gift and opportunity to allow God’s grace and healing to occur. It is also an opportunity to focus on loving myself.

For much of my life I focused on others and put myself last. I thought I knew what was best for others and what they should do, but I didn’t have a clue or know what I wanted. Wasn’t that what we were taught to do? I thought if I loved you enough, you would love me back.  I realize now that this is backwards because I need to love myself first before I can truly love another. I thought focusing on myself and my needs were selfish and felt guilty if I did put my needs first. I know today that it is self-caring and what God wants me to do. If I’m not loving myself, I cannot truly love others.  What a gift to know this and teach others how to do it.

“I am totally and completely supported by the Universe.”  I love how the Universe speaks to me and gets my attention.  I knew “something” didn’t feel right inside of me, but I wasn’t clear what it was and what I needed to change until I had the dream.

God always speaks to me through my dreams. I know I dream every night, but I don’t always remember them unless God wants to get my attention and guide me through the dream. I have had a recurring dream for many years and hadn’t had the dream in a long time. When you have a recurring dream, it is almost always a lesson that needs to be learned or re-learned again.

In my dream, I was “rushing” to catch a plane because I thought I was going to be late. When I work with my dreams, I ask a lot of questions to help me get what the message is. The message was clear: I needed to RELAX, trust the process and know that all was well.

There is a chapter in my book called, “Slowliness is Godliness” and it is about rushing.  Here is what I wrote:

 I constantly raced around, going from one thing to another.  Rushing was my addiction and I never took my time with anything. If I rushed and stayed busy, I didn’t have time to feel my feelings and go within.  It gave me energy when I rushed. I felt powerful when I multi-tasked and felt in control. Just like the alcoholic who uses alcohol to medicate painful feelings, I used rushing to medicate painful feelings from my childhood. I always pushed myself to do more and be more. I never felt good enough and didn’t know how to relax. A friend told me that rushing was abusive and a death wish.  It’s a death wish because when I rush all the time, I disconnect from myself and from the divine energy of God within.  When I rush, I’m not respecting myself or the God within.              

Rushing became a way of life for me.  Although on the outside, I may have looked peaceful, there was an “inner rushing” that was pervasive and intense. If I wanted peace in my life, I had to change.  It only takes one person to change your life – you.  I had to slow down, be conscious and learn to live in the moment.  I asked God for the grace to slow down and relax.”

Thank you God for showing me the truth in what I need to change. I am back in balance, still in love, trusting God, loving myself, feeling my feelings and surrendering to “what is” showing up in my life, knowing it is all good and for my highest good.  

     

I walked up to the man and said, “I need help”

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Sep
23

Last week I shared about some of the ways I love myself.  This week I would like to share about the ways I’ve felt loved, provided for and protected by the Divine.

I left my house early Saturday morning to facilitate the retreat/Play’dom, “Fall in Love with Your Inner Goddess.”  I planned on meeting, Kati, the co-facilitator at 8:45 a.m. to set up the space and get it ready for the women attending. I had ten minutes to spare when I noticed the big “garage sale” sign on the corner of the street. If you have read my book, you know that I am the “Yard Sale Queen” and just couldn’t resist a yard sale.  I jumped out of my car to look around the yard sale.  I found nothing interesting and walked back to my car. But, to my dismay, my car was dead as a door nail and wouldn’t start. I needed a jump start– perhaps I should not have jumped out of my car!

I looked around and noticed a man walking his dog across the street.  I walked over to him and said, “Hi, my name is Pat and I need some help.” I explained that my car was dead and I needed a ride to a house just a few blocks away. He said, “Sorry, but my wife has the car.” I am not in the habit of asking men that I don’t know for a ride, but I was desperate. I thanked him and walked back to my car.  A lady was outside on her lawn and I said to her, “I need help.”   She was so gracious and offered to drive me to my destination. But, I looked up and spotted Sally, a friend from my dancing group walking out of the yard sale. I thanked the lady and asked Sally to drive me to the house. I left my car there and off we went.  I totally forgot about my car and concentrated on the women at the retreat.

Thank you God for bringing Sally at the perfect and right time to help me when I needed it.  Thank you God that I wasn’t in the middle of nowhere and had a safe place to leave my car for the day.

The retreat was a success and the women all loved it.  We laughed, prayed, danced, sang and healed together. At the end of the day, Kati drove me back to my car to see if it would start. No, it was still dead. I called AAA and they said they would send a truck out in 40 minutes.  When the mechanic arrived and jumped my car with his cables, he said, “I’ve never seen this before, the problem may be the starter or the alternator. Lady, you better drive this car right home and bring it to your mechanic as soon as you can.”  I knew if I drove my car home, which was 30 minutes away, I would have to call AAA in the morning to have it towed to my mechanic. My mechanic lived a few minutes away from where I was.

At this point, I could hardly think straight and didn’t know what to do.  Kati said, “Why don’t you just call your mechanic and tell him what is going on.” It is now 7:00 p.m. on a Saturday night and Kati and I are hungry and exhausted. What is the likelihood of my mechanic answering the phone and being there?

To my surprise and delight, Andy answered the phone on the second ring. “Hi Andy, this is Pat, remember me, the lady that bought the 1997 Camaro.” I explained to him what was going on and I was just a few minutes away. He said, “Bring your car right over and I will look at it

Andy’s garage is attached to his home and when we arrived he was working on another car in the garage. He popped the hood of my car and said, “It just needs a new battery and I have one here that is almost brand new. Would you like me to put it in for you? I can have it done in 10 minutes.”   Of course, I said, “YES.” I was never so happy to write him a check for $100 and have a new battery put in my car.

I drove away thanking God all the way home for taking care of me in such a magnificent way.  It just all worked out perfectly from Sally picking me up and driving me to the house, to Andy being home at 7:00p.m. and having a battery there to put in my car.  I love how the Universe works when I trust and surrender.

I shared in last week’s blog about meeting the angel, Heidi, on the beach and that her message was, “Be Yourself and Let Go.”  On the morning of the retreat, Kati took her walk, and ran into Heidi walking on the beach.  They stopped and talked for a few minutes. Heidi said, “I have some new books in the trunk of my car that I want to get out into the world. Do you know of any women who would like them?”  Of course, Kati said, “Yes, I am leading a retreat later today and there will be 10 women there who would love them.”  I was amazed when Kati told me the story and how “Heidi” showed up again at the perfect and right time. The name of the book is “Awaken Your Royalty  – A playful blending of Body, Mind and Spirit –by Heidi Hohani.

I finished this part of the blog 5 days ago and KNEW there would be another “story” of God’s love to share, but I had to wait. God is faithful because the “story” was born tonight.

My friend, Kati, and I were having dinner together and catching up on the week’s happenings. As women do, we went from one subject to another. I shared with her about writing my blog and was waiting for another “story” of God’s love to unfold.  We both agreed it would happen.

My birthday is October second and Kati said, “What do you want to do for your birthday?” I said, “I have never been to Hana and would love to take a trip there.  Everybody talks about the “Road to Hana” with the beautiful waterfalls, windy roads and pools. It is definitely a must while in Maui.  Kati agreed to check around to see if we could find a place to stay for a night.

As we were chatting, a young woman walked by selling colorful leis. She stopped to greet us and told us her name was “Faith.” We talked for a few minutes and then she walked to the table behind us to greet the two women sitting there.  Kati said, “I just heard the woman sitting at that table say she lived in Hana.”  Kati and I just looked at one another and said, “Hmmmm.”

The next thing I knew I was up and walking over to the table to introduce myself to the women. “Hi, I’m Pat and I overheard you say you lived in Hana. I live in Maui Meadows and want to visit Hana for my birthday next week.  Do you know of a place we could stay?” After thinking for a minute, I was shocked when she said, “Do you want to swap houses? I am staying with my friend here tonight, but I love to come down this way when I can.”  That is how this “Divine Connection” began.  We decided to talk over coffee after dinner.

I went back to our table with a big smile on my face and said, “Kati, you are not going to believe what just happened. We have a place to stay in Hana – and it overlooks the ocean.”  We call it Maui Magic or “Ask and you shall receive.”  We needed a place to stay while in Hana and God answered the prayer. We will be “swapping houses” for 2 nights.

My new friend, Carol, shared with me that she wants to move to this area and this is perfect to stay in my ohana for 2 nights.  My friend, Linda, from Massachusetts is coming to visit me in November and Carol and I will be “swapping” homes again so I can take Linda to Hana.

I invited Carol and Sherri to see my home after we spent time getting to know one another at the restaurant. They are both women of faith and were thrilled when I gave them my book. I just never know when God is going to “show up” in my life. I do know that God is faithful. I have a feeling this is going to be a very special birthday.  And it has only just begun!

I received an email from Sherri  yesterday that read:  “Aloha.  It was “Divine Intervention” at work last night. I have been reading your book all day and thanking God for making our paths cross. I love your book and I can relate to so many things. Mahalo for taking the time to write it and gifting me a copy…..I’m so thankful to have met an AWESOME lady like you.

As I ponder God’s action and love in my life this week, I am reminded to ask for what I need, have faith, trust God in all things, and to know that I will be provided for at the right and perfect time.

“I felt my sadness as the tears rolled down my cheeks”

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Aug
18

Spirit must laugh at me because I have to laugh at myself when I look at some of my thoughts and feelings when change is taking place in my life.  I pray for something and when I get it, I feel afraid.  Hmm…  Thank God, I am learning to love myself and take myself lightly.  I said in my last email that it is my goal to be the happiest person I know.  Am I always happy and peaceful? Hell, no, but it is my goal! It is in the journey of letting go, trusting, learning to love myself and being in the present moment that I feel the happiest and most peaceful.

I wish I could say that I’m always living in the present moment, because I’m not. I lose my peace when my thoughts are in the past or I’m worried about the future.  I lose my peace when I am HERE and want to be THERE. When my consciousness is in the future and I feel “out of control” and don’t know what’s going on or what I’m doing, I feel fear. What helps me move forward is to just do the next right thing, despite the fear. I will get THERE if I am patient with the process and accept “what is.” In other words, I have to stop thinking and start thanking that I am exactly where I need to be and that God is with me every step of the way. How easy it is to forget that I am one with the Divine and there is no separation.

Recently, I kept coming across the word RESISTANCE and I asked myself, “Am I resisting change?”  My peace seemed to be weaning and I was feeling uneasy. I said I wanted God’s will in my life and was open to receive whatever “new adventure” God had planned for me.  I shared the “New Life Angel” card in my last email and felt excited when I received it.

I didn’t feel the excitement this week, but instead felt stressed and pressured to “do more” to get myself “out there.”  Through journaling, I got in touch with anger because I liked my life the way it was and didn’t want it to change and lose my peace.  I knew I didn’t want to do my business the way I had done it for so many years (with pushing and making things happen.) I reminded myself that I didn’t have to do it that way anymore because living in Maui and experiencing God’s deep abiding love had changed me and I had learned “TO BE.” I could DO with peace, ease and grace and it would be different if I wanted it to be and chose it to be. I could allow things to come to me and stay peaceful and relaxed.

I meditated and prayed about what was happening and what needed to be healed in me. This is what I read in Daily Word.

“While change is inevitable, my response or reaction to change is up to me. How can I best prepare myself for change, and how can I make the most of it? Change is a transition from one thing, one place, one state of mind to another. I AM EVOLVING FROM WHAT WAS TO WHAT IS. I AM BECOMING MORE THAN I WAS BEFORE. Just as my view changed as I transitioned from childhood to adulthood, I now see that I am gaining a new perspective during this transition. I may be stepping into unfamiliar territory, but this step is an opportunity to grow in spiritual awareness. With each shift or change in my life, I am moving forward.”

When I took my walk in the afternoon, I noticed that something “felt stuck in my chest.” I sat down on the lounge chair at the Marriott Hotel and prayed. I asked Spirit to show me what was stuck inside that needed to be released.  It became clear to me that not only was I RESISTING CHANGE, but I was RESISTING my feelings. I didn’t want to feel the disappointment and sadness that was bubbling up within because I was still alone. I allowed myself to really feel the sadness as the tears rolled down my cheeks.  Not only did I allow myself to feel my feelings, but when I met with my friend Kati later that day, I shared my feelings with her. Her loving presence, acceptance and love healed me deeply. I allowed my feelings to come up and move through me. Feelings are meant to pass quickly, they are like clouds in the sky and it’s the nature of them to move on.

It’s our RESISTANCE to feelings that cause more problems than the feelings hemselves. Feelings are part of being alive and resisting them means resisting life. Feelings are energy, always in motion.  Unstuck energy lives in the body when we resist our feelings. They get stuck in the body and may appear as a lump in the throat, heaviness in the throat or tightness in the stomach.  Feelings live in our bodies and may come out as headaches, stomachaches, backaches and colitis if we don’t deal with them.

I cannot live in the present moment when my feelings are stuck inside, whether that be resentment, anger, fear, jealously, sadness or unforgiveness.  To move on, I need to allow my feelings to come to the surface in order to let go and heal. I need to learn to give thanks for the opportunities that life provides for the surfacing of my fears.

We need to take time to listen to our feelings and not dismiss or avoid them.  We may avoid our feelings by staying busy, working, eating, drinking, gambling, shopping, or cleaning. It takes courage to be ourselves, to feel and express our feelings.  Feelings are the gateway to who we are.  They are there to help us know ourselves and know what we need to do next.  They give us clues if something is wrong, to help us protect ourselves and keep ourselves safe.  They are part of the human condition and we all have them.

Repressed feelings tend to lodge in the body in the form of hidden tensions, unhealthy habits and stress-induced chemical changes. Often, illness is an expression of feelings repressed.

Do you have a problem with judging your feelings and making them wrong? You might say to yourself, “I shouldn’t feel this way, after all I have a good husband, home or I’m a Christian and shouldn’t feel fear because it means I’m not trusting God.”  Many of us have learned to control our feelings, to keep them hidden away, to stuff them and smile.  The message I received as a child was “I will give you something to cry about.”  I felt ashamed when I cried or had any feelings at all. For many years, I was totally out of touch with my feelings, especially anger.  We are used to distancing ourselves from emotional pain and often cover our feelings with self-judgment.  When we push away parts of ourselves, we fall deeper into isolation, feelings of unworthiness, self- hatred and depression. We often beat up on ourselves and never feel good enough.

Depression is the classic disease of women. If we don’t express what we’re feeling -what’s bugging us in a constructive healing manner, very often the result is depression.  Depression is like a fog that settles over us, limiting our ability to see what we are really feeling. Often when we are depressed, there’s something we need to do and we are afraid to do it. Feeling depressed when we have had a loss is normal and healthy in the grieving process. Depression can be a sign we are hiding from something or avoiding action. Often it is hidden and inverted anger.

Feelings are not right or wrong, they just are. Messages from society are that feelings are bad or dangerous and we try to avoid them at any cost.  We need to accept and feel our feelings in order to move through them.  We need to embrace and honor our feelings.

What I know about life is that change is inevitable.  As the reading in Daily Word said, “it is my response or reaction to change that is up to me.” You and I may be stepping into unfamiliar territory and don’t know what the next adventure is, but this step is an opportunity to grow in spiritual awareness. With each shift or change in our lives, we are moving forward.

Spirit calls me and you to expansion, inviting us to step out in faith and act courageously. I pray, listen to my inner guidance, and then put feet under my prayers. The positive action I take sends a clear message to Spirit. I am saying “Yes” to my increase and expansion right now. I fully trust that God goes with me wherever I go, showing me the way through any challenge. I am faith-filled, strong and courageous, living a life of adventure.

 

 

“Disappointments are the hooks upon which God hangs his victories.

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Apr
8

“Disappointments are the hooks upon which God hangs his victories. There is a way to deal with disappointments that can make you a winner.  Remove the D and replace it with H. Thus, disappointment becomes “HISAPPOINTMENT.” In other words, remove the incident from the projections of your expectations and imagine that God has caused the situation to turn out this way because He has a bigger and better plan than the one you formulated. Our idea of the way things should be pales in the face of God’s vision for how good it can and will be.”  Dare to Be Yourself – Alan Cohen pg. 179

We’ve all had experiences of being disappointed when things don’t go the way we thought they were going to go.  We need to know how to work through the disappointment and not “stay stuck” or resentful because things didn’t go the way we wanted or expected them to go. It is an opportunity to trust God that whatever is happening is for our good.  I must admit that much of my disappointments have come from “I want what I want and I want it now” attitude. Can you relate?

I love HISAPPOINTMENT because whenever I’m not sure of what is the best path for me, I pray and ask God to either open or close the door. When God closes the door, I trust that there is something bigger and better for me. I have experienced closed doors at the very last minute, and it has always been for my good. This spoke to me because I was feeling very disappointed over something that happened during the week. While I was at church a few weeks ago, I spotted a very nice looking man sitting by himself in the back of the church. I wondered if he was new because I had never seen him before. As we were all walking out, I turned around and he was behind me. I introduced myself and we began talking. He just moved here from the Big Island and he said, “It is my second time here and it was suggested that I come to Unity because I am looking for this GOD THING.” That was all I needed to hear and blurted out, “Would you like to go for coffee or a walk sometime?” His face lit up and he said, “Yes, I would love to do that.” I laughed and said, “I am not usually this forward.”  I gave him my business card with my phone number on it. He said he would call me.

I was really excited and later shared with my girlfriends what happened. I described the feeling that I had when we smiled at one another. I actually had a physical sensation and felt a strong connection with him.  I felt the disappointment as the week went on that I hadn’t heard from him. I worked on letting go and trusting that it was a closed door. I wondered if he was threatened by my profession as a coach and author or worse yet, I thought perhaps he thought I wanted to get together so I could be his life coach.  Good lesson for me to learn for the future. I will not give a man my card that I am interested in!

I looked for him this past Sunday at church, but he wasn’t there. What happened next is really amazing because I received a “God wink.” I stopped to talk to one of the women before going into church. She said, “Pat, I have to tell you what happened when I worked at the new bookstore in the mall on Monday. A man came in and asked for Pat Hastings’ book, “Simply a Woman of Faith”. I said, Oh, I know Pat Hastings, but I don’t think we have her book. I was stunned and asked her, “Was his name John?” She said, “Yes, it was.”

What are the chances of me finding out that the day after we met that he went to the bookstore to find my book?  I felt grateful that I didn’t make up “this connection”  in my head and that perhaps he felt the same connection. I don’t know the reason why God closed the door (that he didn’t call) and I don’t need to know. Perhaps he found the book in another bookstore and the book will help him find this “GOD THING.” I know for sure that I am to pray for him that he finds what he is searching for. I have let go and trust that if we are meant to talk in the future, we will.

There is another opportunity in my life that I am praying about and asking God to open or close the door. I only want God’s will and it is not clear to me yet what that is.  All I know is that it is new territory for me, and that can be scary. But I am trusting divine love and guidance. It seems like God is inviting me to “receive” something that I have wanted for a long time and on a “silver platter.” It almost feels like it is too good to be true, but I know that everything that is good is true. Do I feel deserving and worthy to receive this gift from God? YES, I DO, and if God opens the door, I am going for it with gusto! I will share with you when the door is opened or closed.

I just learned a name for a behavior I once practiced in my life through reading Alan Cohen’s book, “Dare to be Yourself.” It is called a “Planaholic.” It states “our culture is obsessed with planning and much of it is inspired by fear. Heavy scheduling is a way to avoid intimacy. If we are constantly busy, we don’t have to face our feelings and deal with issues in relationships. If you are busy doing, doing, doing out of fear of being, you will never release that magnificent person who is calling to live and breathe and bring unique and precious gifts to the world.”

I am happy to say I am a recovering “Planaholic” and am so grateful for this wonderful shift in consciousness. It is amazing because today I prefer to live my day without plans. It feels so good to be in the flow, spontaneous and follow my intuition all through my day. I wake up and say, “thank you God for the miracles and surprises that will come my way today.” Course in Miracles  states,“The healed mind does not plan.” I lived in my head for such a long time and didn’t trust my intuition. Today, I trust my heart and intuition because I believe God speaks to us through our intuition. If I listened to my head and not my heart, I would not be on this sacred journey to Maui.  When I meet people and they ask me, “What brought you to Maui, I say, MY HEART.”

Since I no longer “do, do, do” and am learning to BE and feel, I am discovering more of myself and living the life of my dreams. It is truly the greatest adventure of my life since I followed my heart and moved to Maui. I am discovering the real me and finding the beauty and magnificence within. God is calling us all to walk this sacred journey of finding the love within. A Course in Miracles states “We are here to discover the blocks to our awareness of love’s presence, so we can release this and let our true loving nature shine forth in full splendor.”

“Be Transformed by the renewal of your mind”

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Nov
20

As I sat down to write this blog, I had no idea what I was going to write about. Before I start to write something, I always pray that it will flow with peace, ease and grace and that I will write only what God wants me to write about.  Usually, I have a lesson that I have learned during the week or a miracle story that I want to share with you, but as I sat there staring at an empty page, I didn’t have a clue what I was going to write about.

Then, last Sunday, I bought a really pretty turquoise sundress for fifty cents at a yard sale.  I didn’t notice what was printed on the bottom of the dress until I got home.  As I looked at it closer, I saw it said “NEW AND GOOD AND NOT THE SAME.”  I asked myself, “What does that mean to me and why would I want to write about it in a blog? Who cares about what is on my dress?”  Since nothing was coming to me to write about, I decided to explore the meaning of this saying.

new and good

NEW AND GOOD AND NOT THE SAME.  I am not the same woman I was 1 year ago or last week for that matter.  In fact, sometimes, I don’t even recognize how I have changed and who I have become. “How am I new and what does it mean to be new?” I asked myself.  What came to mind was the scripture that said, “Be transformed by the renewal of your mind.” I also remember reading a book many years ago called “The battle is in the mind.”  I am not a scholar by any means, but what that means to me is that I will be made new and transformed by changing my thinking.

Over the year I have been like a detective with my thoughts and when I become aware of any negative thoughts or limiting beliefs that that are not true, I immediately work on changing them. For example, as I thought about my journey to Maui and the steps I took to live here (emotionally, spiritually and physically), I remembered a time when I was really struggling. I had been counting the days for months for my trip to Maui in 2011 and couldn’t wait until it arrived. I was going to Maui for a month and would be living on the ocean.  I didn’t understand what was going on because a couple of weeks prior to me going, I wasn’t feeling excited about going.

I couldn’t figure it out and was distressed and crying. I called my friend Linda and said, “I am really struggling and I don’t know what’s going on, could I please come over and we pray together.” Of course she said, “Come right over.”  I was in my pajamas and had no makeup on. I have never gone out with my pajamas and no makeup on, but I jumped in the car and went to her house.  When I arrived, she gave me a big reassuring hug. I knew I was safe as she listened to me and loved me right where I was. We prayed together and she did some energy work on me.  I was really surprised what came up.

What came up for me as we prayed was guilt and the thought, “How dare you leave your business for a month, you don’t deserve to go away for that long.”  I laughed when I realized I wasn’t making much money in my business anyway.  If I had not uncovered the belief of not feeling deserving and changed it, I may still be in Rhode Island and not living my dream.

I feel like I have given birth to something new in my life as I live and breathe the energy of LOVE. When I pass people on the street or the beach, I send them love. I have a CD that I sing along with daily that says “I love my heart and soul, I love all humanity. Join hearts and souls together, love, peace and harmony.”  I smile at people and they smile back at me.  You don’t have to live in Maui to experience the energy of love. It is inside of you and all around you. You are the presence of God in this world.  Go within and feel the love deep inside of you. It is there.  You are love.  You also deserve good things, to be provided for in every way.

This idea that I am loved and deserve to be provided for in every way is a lesson that I have been steadily learning for many years.  Right now I am reading a book called “Absolutely Effortless Prosperity” by Bijan and have been practicing daily the lessons that will transform your life in 30 days.  It is not “new” stuff and much of it I had already been living, so it is confirming what I know deep within my heart.  I particularly enjoyed today’s lesson called “How Prosperity Works. ” He writes, “To be prosperous without effort, we must first decide to make peace our ultimate goal. To be in peace, we must know that our only function in life is to heal ourselves and others through our expressions of love and forgiveness.”

Prosperity does not necessarily mean that we have hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank. Prosperity is not about greed or excess; it is not about doing anything. Prosperity brings the knowledge and firm belief that everything we need will be provided for us. It was like a light bulb went off inside of me and something shifted deep within my consciousness.  It has been my experience that I HAVE BEEN PROVIDED FOR ALL MY LIFE.  It now felt easy and effortless to say “I AM PROSPEROUS.”  It doesn’t have anything to do with how much money I have or don’t have.

In the first chapter in my book, “Simply a Woman of Faith” I write all about how God provided for me and my family (and friends), at yard sales over the years. Friends would ask me to look for something for them and I would always find it. I am happy to say, I am still the Yard Sale Queen in Maui and my friends here ask me to find things for them too.  For instance, my friends Joseph and Marlowe (you are really getting to know them) asked me to look for a bike pump. Sure enough, that Saturday I spotted a “super duper” bike pump and was so happy to deliver it to their home that afternoon.

As I look around my lovely Ohana, all I see is how God has provided for me and with prices that are dirt cheap. I have purchased curtains, lamps, rugs, baskets, trays, pillows, clothes, dressers and so much more. I always pray when I get in the car and ask God to provide and help me not buy anything that I don’t need. That prayer is heard and it delights my heart when I find exactly what I am looking for.

Prior to leaving for my trip to Kauai last week, I wanted to buy a new bathing suit. I went to the local consignment store called “Rainbow Attic” and found a beautiful brand new bathing suit that fit perfectly. I also found a matching beach cover up that I loved.  It was a 2 piece bathing suit (haven’t worn one since I was a teenager) and the top was strapless (never worn strapless). It looked great but I was a little concerned that it might fall down when I swam in the ocean.  I thought about buying some kind of a strap at the fabric store that I could use to hold it up when I went into the ocean.  The next day was Saturday and I planned on going “Yard Sailing.”  I found another brand new bathing suit for $3.00 that I loved. It was the same colors as the one I bought the day before, except this bathing suit was one piece and had straps that could come on or off.  I could hardly believe when I returned home that this “STRAP” fit both of my bathing suits. What is the likelihood of that happening?  I knew I was being provided for.

It is my belief that life is about change, trust, surrender, letting go, taking risks and following your heart . We are on this sacred journey together. Let us join our hearts together because we are the light of the world. You are being made new every day. Let your light shine and be the presence of God to all you meet and love.

 

“Bloom Where You are Planted”

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Nov
9

In his book, Creative Ideas Ernest Holmes, writes “Whatever I should know, I shall know. Whatever I should do, I shall do. Whatever belongs to me must come to me.”

For me, this quote is all about trusting and letting go; trusting in the Divine and trusting in myself and that my answers are within. Whatever I should know, I shall know.  This quote is also about trusting in divine timing and what must come to me.  I have been on the spiritual path for many years and it seems like life is a constant invitation to let go and trust more deeply.

I believe everything is our teacher if we are awake and conscious. As I sat outside in my yard one morning and looked up at the Ficus tree right in front of me, God spoke to me through nature about the importance of letting go. I noticed that the pod (with a flower inside of it) was still hanging from the tree. Then I noticed another pod right next to it that had partially opened and I could see part of the flower peeking through, but the pod was still hanging from the tree.

A couple of hours later when I walked outside, the pod had “let go” and was completely open and had fallen from the tree to the ground. A beautiful white flower had opened up before my eyes!  I asked myself, “How did the pod know when it was time to let go from the security of the tree and bloom?”  It just knew it was time!  These beautiful flowers surround me every day (there are hundreds of pods on the trees) and are a constant reminder of God’s love, and our ability to trust in divine timing and let ourselves bloom at just the right time. We are invited to bloom where we are planted.

pod1

 

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How do we know when it is time to let go?  In my own experience, I know that I let go when I am ready (just like the pod with the flower in it) and not a minute before. Today, I don’t judge myself about not being ready or willing to let go until I am ready, I just trust that whatever I need to know about what to do or not to do, will be revealed.

When I asked my husband for a divorce 13 years ago, after 30 years of marriage, I knew in my heart that this is what I needed to do to live my life to the fullest. I wasn’t ready until that moment. How did I get myself ready? There were many things I did, but most of all, I loved myself unconditionally and became my own best friend. I focused on what made me feel happy and alive. I prayed and meditated and was willing to do whatever I needed to do to heal and transform my fears and insecurities so that I could move forward.

My lesson this week has been about letting go of the timing and WHEN things are going to happen in my life. As I have shared before in other blogs, every once in a while I find myself in a place where….”I want what I want when I want it, and I think I know what is best for my life.” Wrong! Time and time again I have learned that HOW things manifest in my life is none of my business. I just “show up” for life and follow my heart and passion and miracles happen. That is why I am now living in Maui. I “showed up” to speak at a Unitarian church in Rhode Island in 2010 and met my now good friend Ellen, who invited me to visit her in Maui – for as long as I wanted. Two years Later, I am now living my dream in Maui.

I know that if the details of that dream can manifest so perfectly, so can any other desire I hold, but I have to be willing to let go and trust. So, how do you know if it is time to let go, and release the need to know WHEN things are going to happen?  I recently reached this moment when I realized that I was feeling anxious and complaining about my house not selling yet, and I was also looking outside of myself for guidance and answers.  I had several dreams indicating that I was trying to control things in my life, and often, when I am trying to control a situation in my life, I dream about a person from my past who was very controlling. This week, my mantra became, “I let go, I let go…. until my peace came back.

I have learned that the sooner I let go and surrender, the faster I will manifest what I want, and it cannot manifest when I am in fear. Since I let go, I am experiencing a peace that passes all understanding and I have been more “IN THE FLOW” than I have ever been.

Usually, what drives controlling behavior is a fear, and for me it is fear that I won’t get what I want. I was starting to feel afraid that my house wouldn’t sell and I would have to leave Paradise and that I wouldn’t meet my soul mate. I know that FEAR is False Evidence Appearing Real, so I needed to re-connect with my source and TRUST that God and I are ONE.

Once I restore my connection to this source, I know that all is well in the spiritual world and I am exactly where I need to be (or I wouldn’t be there.) I remind myself that I hired my Higher Power to take over my life, therefore I am choosing to trust in God’s faithfulness and promises to me. I know on a deep level that I came to Maui to meet my soul mate and it will happen in God’s timing, not my timing. And like many other things that have manifested, I am sure it will be beyond my wildest dreams.  God’s timing is perfect and He/She is always on time. As that quote states, “whatever belongs to me MUST come.”

On a lighter and more fun note, my Hawaii license plate is KRG, which to me, means KEEP RECEIVING GOOD.

keep receiving good

I believe that I have been letting go, so that I can keep receiving more good. The more good that I receive the more good I can give to others. Today, I truly believe that I am worthy of receiving good things in my life and so are you. In fact, a couple on months ago, my friend Ellen invited me to join her at her time-share on the island of Kauai. We are leaving Sunday for a week. We will be staying at the Marriott on Poipu Beach, which I am told is beautiful!

I said YES to the Universe and doors have opened up for me beyond my wildest dreams. Almost everyday in paradise, there is sunshine and warm breezes, swimming in the ocean, butterflies and incredible views of mountains and sunsets. I continue to have a grateful heart for the blessings God has bestowed on me as I continue on this wonderful, adventurous journey one day at a time.

Remember, we get what we expect. Are you expecting more good in your life?

My Heart is a Verdant Meadow with many blooms

Heart Steps, Julia Cameron

I open my heart to receiving love and respect. I open my heart to many quarters. I allow my good to come to me from all directions. Remembering that the Universe is my source, I release individuals from any demands that they be the source of my good. I allow the Universe to support me as it chooses, not as I demand. I surrender my narrow version to a broader and longer view of events. I trust that as I respect and honor myself and others, I will be treated in kind.

You are a STAR of your being-Let Your Light Shine

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Oct
16

While in prayer this morning, I came across a poem that someone had given me a long time ago. It spoke to my heart and helped me to remember where I came from and where I am today.

“Whether you know it or not, you are already there…… You are the beauty…… the power…….the wisdom…….the passion…..the knowledge……the fire…….the calm…. the heart and the soul. YOU ARE THE STAR OF YOUR BEING…..all you have to do is let your light shine.

After reading and reflecting on that poem, I remembered a very difficult time in my life when I wanted to give up, put my head under the covers and just go to sleep. Have you ever felt that way? It was when I was writing my book and had no idea of what I was doing. I didn’t believe in myself and felt totally inadequate for the task of writing a book.

I cried myself to sleep and asked for a dream that night. It was only a snippet that I remembered but it was enough to change my life. I was climbing a staircase to heaven and when I reached the top, there was a star. I reached out to touch the star and I became the star. God gave me an affirmation after that which I say often. “I am a STAR that shines brightly to lead others to the God within.”

Letting my light shine and leading others to the God within is truly my passion and mission.  I am the beauty, the power, the passion, the love and the star of my own being. How do I let my light shine?  By living in JOY.  The Daily Word (pg. 52) says “Joy expresses first as a smile, grows into laughter, and expands into radiance, which shines from within.”

I let my light shine by following my heart and listening to my heart’s calling. I open my heart to receive more good and more God so I can be the light to others who are in darkness and need to feel God’s unconditional love. Today, my heart is overflowing with Joy and love because Maui is the energy of love that I am living in.

It has taken me many years to love and believe in myself and let my light shine, but I can truly say that I am no longer afraid to let my light shine and it is shining brightly today. It must be shining brightly because my friends Joseph and Marlowe called me “Angel Sparkling Star.”

I called my daughter Mary today to wish her a Happy 37th Birthday and said, “God danced on the day you were born and so did I.” She thanked me and said, “Mom this is the first birthday that we haven’t spent together.” I said, “I know I thought about that this morning. Mary, even though we are apart physically, our hearts are one and we are both doing what we are called to do in this world.” She agreed and said she was spending the day with friends at her farm and living on the farm is a dream come true for her. When we talked the next day, she said,”I had an awesome day.”

My birthday was yesterday and Mary and I have always celebrated our birthdays together. Before I moved to Maui, I wondered what I would do on my birthday and what it was going to be like without family and friends to celebrate my birthday with. I knew God would take care of me, that I wouldn’t feel lonely and that God would bring me new friends to play with. I had an extraordinary birthday filled with love, magic, gifts, cards, phone calls and flowers.

I invited 5 of my new friends to go swimming and snorkeling with the turtles in Turtle Cove, right outside of where I lived on the ocean. We were all amazed at all the turtles we saw swimming around us.  Joseph took a video of me swimming with the turtles and I screamed when I watched it.  I will forever be grateful for this precious gift of love. We went to lunch afterward and continued to celebrate my birthday with cake and laughter. It has truly been a week of celebration and fun.

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Pat snorkeling

Pat snorkeling

 

turtle swimming

Then the day after my birthday, my friend Katie invited me to go with her to paint on the beach with a famous artist by the name of Jack Hamilton. I was delighted because I have wanted to paint for many years. I know it is inside of me, but it just wasn’t time to let it out yet. IT IS TIME for this gift to be born and what a beautiful place for it to be born here in Maui. I thought I was going with her to just watch this artist Jack paint, but no, I was invited to paint my first oil painting. There I was on the beach looking like a real artist with the easel and brushes. People walked by and even complimented me on my painting. It felt like I was in heaven.  After sending Jack an email a few days later about some questions I had, he emailed me back and said, “Thanks for letting me help in such little ways.” Thank you Jack. This is the energy and spirit of Maui. No wonder why I am in my glory living here.

I am the painter on the right side and Katie is on the left.

oil painting Katie and Pat

My first painting on the beach

oil painting

 

I was even more excited when this week Jack just invited Katie and I to the “Maui Masters” art exhibition this weekend at Lahaina Arts Society. He invited us to the reception for the participating artists in the gallery located under the Banyan Tree. Wow, what an honor and treat to be in the presence of Maui’s Masters artists. I hope it rubs off!!!!

Many of you have been following my blogs of how I am living my dream and am now living in Maui. I have been writing about what it was like to let go of the old so the new could come. I have shared the struggle of leaving my family and friends, getting rid of my possessions and stepping into the unknown.

Now it is time to share the NEW that has come and the absolute joy and freedom I am experiencing from letting go of the old. This really works and it is my joy to encourage and inspire you to do the same. God has a plan for your life that will make all of your dreams come true. It is time for you to let go of the old limiting beliefs, fears, worries, not feeling deserving and step into the stardom of your life. Let your light shine because the world needs you and your gifts. You are enough and have everything you need inside of you to be the STAR of your own being.

 

“YOU Got it going On”

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Jun
13

After living in Maui since January, I can hardly believe that I will be returning to Rhode Island in 2 weeks (and selling everything so I can move back here to live full time.) I am so excited to see my family and friends that I am counting the days until I get back there. It has been an amazing journey of transformation, love, surrendering, letting go and healing. I have learned so much about myself, my beliefs and what needed to change inside of me in order to be the woman God created me to be and for me to receive more good in my life.

 
As I walked home from my walk today, the two words that popped out for me were “No push, no rush.” Hmm…..that’s interesting, I thought. That was my way of being. I was always pushing myself to do and be more and rushing through life like I would miss something if I didn’t rush. In fact, I called myself a “Rushaholic” and it exhausted me.  I realize now that these behaviors came from the belief that “I am not good enough and not worthy and deserving of good things.” Over the years, I have worked hard at changing these beliefs that no longer serve me through prayer, meditation, journaling, visualizations and affirmations. Every once in awhile, I catch myself rushing or racing, but much much less than it has ever been. Today, I truly enjoy going with the flow and following my intuition.

God’s timing is perfect and I have been reflecting on how perfectly everything has been orchestrated on my behalf with my housing both here in Maui and in Rhode Island. I am leaving this beautiful condo on the ocean that I am renting with Pat and Bob on June 26 to return to Rhode Island. Pat and Bob will be moving into the new condo they bought on June 30 and then my tenant, Carrie Ann in Rhode Island, is moving out of my condo and settling in her new condo on June 29!  I could not have planned that any better. It is truly amazing what happens, when I let go and let God handle how things work out. I can’t wait to see what will happen when I return to Rhode Island to sell my house. I am already thanking God for the right and perfect person to buy my house and for the right and perfect price.

 
I plan to buy my return ticket back to Maui for September 5, 2012. My friend, Ellen, is going away for the month of September and has invited me to stay in her condo while I look for a place to rent. I am very excited to see how it will unfold and the beautiful place that is already mine in the mind of God. When I think about leaving this condo on the ocean, each morning when I look out, I say “This is something better, God.”

 
I would like to share another way I heard God speak to me this week. I encountered the woman who was staying in the condo right next to mine, and she turned and smiled as she walked back into her condo and said, “We just got here 4 hours ago. I can see you have been here awhile, YOU GOT IT GOING ON! ” I smiled and thought, wow, I do got it going on girl, but I didn’t know it was so obvious.  I walked around all day with giddy excitement, saying to myself, “YES, I GOT IT GOING ON!”  And guess what, YOU have it going on too! Just saying this out loud has really shifted my energy and I am now saying it to others and love to see their face light up and smile.

 
Can you picture that?  Try saying it aloud and see how it feels. Other than feeling sassy and confident, I decided to answer the question “what does this mean to me?” It means that God, my essence and my God-self is shining out and radiating love to the world as I remember who I am and that I am ONE with God.  My prayer was “Thank you God, I feel so blessed, loved and excited about the adventure of the future and all that you have planned for me. I say YES to your divine plan.”

 
Another thing I have learned about the Divine Plan is that it requires having faith that the right doors will open for me when necessary, and the right doors will close for me as well. This week I had an example of God closing the door in my face, and how it all worked out for the best.  Ellen approached me with the news that her 94-year-old friend, Ester, was selling one of her cars. Her daughter had bought her a new car and had given Ester her 1999 Ford Escort.  Ester was selling it for a great price and even though it was an old “Maui Cruiser,” it seemed to be in decent condition. I called the insurance company and the DMV and got all the information I needed. Believe me, this was not my plan to buy a car before I moved back here, but it seemed like the right thing to do since it came to me and I felt peaceful.  My prayer was, “God, close the door if this is not your divine plan.” I was excited to think I would have a car all set when I moved back to Maui and it seemed like a confirmation that “I really am moving back here.” To my surprise, a few days later, Ester called and said, “I am really sorry but my daughter decided not to sell her car, after all.” I got off the phone a little stunned and disappointed, but very quickly said, “Thank you God for closing the door.”
Then my next thought was that “I will get a car for free.” I really liked that idea and it will be interesting to see how that manifests. I asked myself, “Did I only feel deserving of an old Maui Cruiser?” Perhaps God wants more for me and now I see myself driving a shiny convertible red car!

 

As I sat on the beach looking into the ocean and feeling very peaceful, I overheard a few words in a conversation behind me. All I heard was “RELAX, it will come to you.” I believe those words were meant for me. I have used this affirmation for years and it seems to apply here, “Everything I need is streaming toward me, I open my hands and receive.”  I believe my soul mate will come to me, the car will come to me, the right place to live when I move back to Maui will come to me, and the right person to buy my house in Rhode Island will come to me. My job is to “show up” do my part and leave the HOW up to God. It works every time.

 
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I am part of and immersed in the order of life. My breathing is orderly and rhythmic, as is my heartbeat; neither requires my control or direction. I relax into the flow of divine order and allow God to express in and through me, guiding my unfolding. As each new day begins, divine order manifests in all I think and do. Divine order is established in my life, and I am grateful.

Like the eagle, I am meant to soar. I am meant to let go of fear and limitations, to apply the strength and abilities God has given me. I place my faith in God and my spirit soars.

Stepping Out in Faith

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Oct
14

 

I am moving to Maui for 6 months in January and at times I can hardly believe it. I find myself thinking, is this real? Can I trust my inner voice and have faith that this is a call from my soul and spirit?  Before I went to Maui in September, I said to my kids “It would be nice to live in Maui for half of the year.” It was kind of a daydream because at the time, it didn’t seem at all possible for that to happen. Apparently, Spirit heard my desire and Mother Maui is calling me back to live in Hawaii for half the year to teach, speak, coach and give workshops/retreats.  I trust that the right and perfect person will rent my condo while I am away and that I will be led to the right and perfect place to live in Maui – and I’m asking for a place to live for free. While this wasn’t “My Plan,” I truly believe it is the “Divine Plan” for my life. I love God’s Plan, so much better than my plan.

As I look back over the last 37 years and remember all the “stepping out in faith” miraculous stories I have experienced with God, it gives me the courage and strength I need to step out again and follow my heart. That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel afraid at times, because I do.  I have learned to face my fear and do it anyway. Isn’t that what faith is all about? It is a big leap of faith to trust the divine plan and move in another direction (even if it is to Paradise.)  It requires me to step into the unknown even though I don’t know HOW everything is going to unfold, I know the HOW is up to God.  Through prayer and meditation, I am learning to trust that everything is in divine perfect order and flowing with peace, ease and grace. While I was in Maui last month, several people I met said that moving to Maui will bring up all of your “stuff.”  Well, it is already happening, Spirit is shining it’s light into my heart and showing me areas that I need to change. I guess that is a good thing!

A call to faith is always a step into the unknown. Our conscious mind wants to figure out all the details, so that it knows what lies ahead and can have a road map, and our subconscious mind wants to keep us safe. So if we allow our mind to make all of our decisions, we may never move in the direction that our hearts and spirits want us to take. A call to faith is also a step towards a deeper level of service and will often require an immediate and radical shift in how we live our lives.

For many years, I looked outside of myself for my answers and needed the approval of others to tell me it was OK to live my life the way I wanted to. Learning to go within for my answers and to hear and trust God has been a lifelong process for me. It takes practice and the more I practice, the more I am divinely guided to the next adventure and chapter in my life. I no longer need to control everything and everyone around me in an effort to keep myself safe and know what lies ahead. Today, I am allowing God to lead and provide for all of my needs and as I step out in faith, I wait and watch the miracles unfold (and I learn patience.) What we expect, we get. I expect miracles in my life and I will get them. And so will you, if that is what you expect!

Today I am saying YES to myself, to life, to Spirit, to the Divine Plan and to live my life to the fullest, because one of the greatest gifts we can give to God and the world around us, is to live our life to the fullest.

Are you living your life to the fullest? Where is God calling you to step out in faith and follow your heart?  Take a small step in the direction of your dreams and watch how the universe will immediately support your decision and doors will open in a way that seems like magic.

AINE – Leap of Faith  (received in prayer)

Take a risk , and put your heart’s true desire into action. Don’t worry about making a wrong decision. Instead worry about making no decision at all. Then take time to pray, meditate, investigate, and make your decision. Once made, the universal energies will immediately support your decision, and doors will successfully open as if by magic. The magic, you see, is that you have set your mind to accomplish something. And this intention is what sets you on a magical journey. Trust that the universe will support you in all ways. Trust that your intention is clear and right for you. And then take a leap of faith and jump fully and squarely into the midst of putting your dreams into action. Don’t hesitate or delay a moment longer.

Goddess Guidance Cards – Doreen Virtue

 

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