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My grandson is getting married

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Aug
24

I’ve been packing my suitcase for the last 2 weeks as I remember what I want to bring on my trip to Rhode Island. I don’t get stressed and am ready way before it’s time to leave. This will be my last blog until I return home to Maui on September 15th.

When you read this, I will be in the air flying over the Pacific Ocean. It’s been over 2 years since I’ve seen my children and grandchildren. It’s been too long and I miss them so much. We are having our family reunion and celebrating my 75th birthday together.

My oldest grandson, Zach is getting married and I will be there to celebrate with them. My daughter-in- law (Zach’s mother) died from cancer when she was 37. I was honored and thrilled when my grandson called and asked, “Grandma, will you dance with me for the mother and son dance?” We will be dancing to Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Iz. I know there won’t be a dry eye in the place.

I’m excited as well as concerned with the rise of COVID cases in the world. It’s not the best time to be getting on a plane and traveling to the east coast. I Keep checking inside to see if it’s God’s will for me to go. I am willing to cancel the trip if I hear Spirit tell me to do so, even though I would be terribly disappointed.

For the last 3 months, I have been meditating and daily affirming:

I am peaceful, safe and protected from everything and everyone that doesn’t serve my highest good. 

My trip to Rhode Island has been planned in the mind of God and it will flow with peace, ease, grace, safety, and fun.

Here is the message from Holy Spirit:

RELAX and rest in me. I guide you every minute of the day. You have been guided to travel to Rhode Island to see your family. If it wasn’t safe for YOU, you would know it and I would CLOSE the DOOR. Do not worry about anything. It’s all being taken care of. Open your heart to give and receive love. You will feel the love like never before and your light will shine like never before. So, relax and enjoy. You are protected by an “invisible shield” and nothing and no one can get through. Relax, you are in my hands. Rise above the battleground, you are safe and protected. Don’t give in to fear. You must trust and surrender. I go before you and your trip will flow with peace, ease and grace.

With the grace of God, I let go of old beliefs and family memories that no longer serve me. Ego is often alive and well when we are with family and old patterns play out.

I’m a planner and in the past have had every detail of the trip mapped out. God’s plan is so much better than mine and I’m letting go of MY PLAN and surrendering to YOUR PLAN. I can’t wait to share it with you when I return.

                                                   CLEANSING PRAYER

I AM now choosing to cleanse myself and release any and all thought forms, beings, situations, and energies that are no longer of service to my highest and greatest good… across all planes of my existence, across all universes, and across all lifetimes. I ask that all energies that are less than love be transmuted for the highest good of all, and so it is.

I would appreciate it if you keep me and my family in your prayers. Thank you.

How God provides

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Aug
24

You relax on the plane, even though you don’t know the pilot.

You relax on a ship, even though you don’t know the captain.

You relax on a bus, even though you don’t know the driver.

           Why don’t you relax in life, knowing that God is in control?

The bottom line is that we want to control people, places, experiences, and things. We may even be addicted to control. We think our plan is better than God’s and we don’t trust God has our back and a better plan. We don’t want to accept what’s going on, and consequently, we struggle needlessly.

When we are concerned about a loved one and get caught up in obsessing, fixing, controlling, or worrying, we are not trusting the process and their journey. We have no idea what lessons God is teaching them.

Personally, I didn’t change and seek therapy until I was in enough pain and said, “Enough is enough.” The pain woke me up to a better way of living and I learned to forgive and take responsibility for my life, rather than blaming someone or something for my pain.

We often struggle, push and try to make things happen the way we want them to and think they should be. Closed doors are there for a reason, often to protect us from something that doesn’t serve our highest good in the present or the future. If we want peace, we are invited to let go and let God.

For many years, when I didn’t know what my next step was, I would say, “God, please close the door or open it if I am meant to do something, have something or move forward.” Doors have been closed in my face at the very last minute and it has always worked out for my good, although I didn’t see it at the moment.

Doors have opened up when I felt afraid, doubtful, and even paralyzed. But I trusted if the door was open, it was meant for me to walk through. It has always worked, and often better than I had expected.

Several years ago, before Larry and I were married, I moved into our present home that has a beautiful view overlooking the ocean. The door was opened, I followed my heart and took a BIG step in faith. My rent doubled and went from $1200 a month to $2500.  I trusted God would provide and HE did. Every month my rent was paid, often miraculously.  

I practice open and closed doors in BIG things and LITTLE things. Here is what happened this week. I went on the Facebook marketplace to look for an Echo Dot ALEXA for Larry when I’m away visiting family in Rhode Island. Do you ever walk into a room and can’t remember what you went in there for? Larry and I support one another and laugh about our memory lapses.

I found an ALEXA on the marketplace for $35 and offered him $25. He said he would take $30. It felt like a closed door and I was at peace with it, especially since Larry didn’t think he needed an ALEXA to help him remember things.

The very next day, I checked the marketplace again and there were two Echo Dot ALEXA’S and one Google Home for sale and she was asking $30 for all three. WOW, what a deal. I called her immediately to see if they were still available.

Not only were they still available, but she also offered to meet me at the beach and bring them over the next day. We laughed because it felt like a “drug deal” giving her money on the beach for my new devices.

We have them set up in the kitchen, bedroom, and den! We are having fun asking ALEXA about all kinds of things. Larry says, “Thank you ALEXA.” I’m at peace and relaxed leaving Larry for 3 weeks when I visit family in the hands of ALEXA.  

More importantly, I trust we are both in the hands of God knowing that God is in control and will protect us both while we are apart.

How did I get here?

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Aug
24

I am so blessed and grateful to be retired for almost 13 years and living on Maui for 10 ½ years. I still ponder, “How did I get here?” My son, Tim, reminds me that I said I wanted to live on the water for as long as he can remember. I never dreamed it would be in beautiful Maui. God had a plan that was bigger and better than I could have ever imagined.

I have been writing my weekly blog for the last 13 years after “Simply a Woman of Faith” was published. It is truly a joy for me to share and inspire all of you who have followed my amazing journey. Thank you for reading the blogs and commenting on them when they resonate with you.

I didn’t remember that at the bottom of the blogs there is a DONATE button. Most people have probably never seen it as it has never been used. 

I received an email this week from a former client and friend commenting on last week’s blog. She wrote, “WOW I loved the blog, and did you know your donate button is not working?”

I wrote back and thanked her for her response and said, “No, I didn’t know it wasn’t working and if she or anyone else wanted to donate they could go to my PayPal page at Pat@simplyawomanoffaith.com.

I didn’t expect anything and was shocked the next day when I opened my emails and received $500 from her through PayPal. I felt so loved and provided for as the tears rolled down my cheeks.

We had been having problems with the starter of our car and hoped it was a just a small thing. I was waiting for the car to be serviced when I saw the email and received the money from PayPal.

I was still in kind of a “daze” when the serviceman approached me with the bill 10 minutes after receiving $500 in PayPal. He said, “Mrs. Burns the starter for your car is going and you will need a new starter.” I couldn’t believe it when I saw that the bill was a little over $500.

WOW, God’s timing is always perfect. My former client whom I haven’t seen or talked to in a few years had no idea that we would need money to pay for the starter, but God knew. I have no idea what prompted her at this time, other than listening to the voice of Spirit to donate at this particular time.

This reminded me of something that happened to me about 40 years ago when I listened to the small, still voice of God within. Some of you have already heard the blouse story, but it’s worth retelling.

My ex-husband had been unemployed for a year, and we had 4 children under the age of 10. I had to swallow my pride when I applied for food stamps and welfare.

I had some time to kill as I waited to pick up the children from school. I decided to go to the local boutique to browse, even though I didn’t have any money to buy anything.

I spotted the clearance sale sign at the back of the store and walked over to the clothing rack. The BLOUSE jumped out at me and I fell in love with it. As I was reluctantly placing it back on the rack, I heard the small, still voice of God say, “Buy it and I will provide.”

The blouse was $10 and I had $10 in my wallet that was for milk and bread on my way home. Could I trust this was the voice of Spirit and not just my imagination? Miracles happened when I listened to God in the past. I bought the blouse and didn’t buy milk and bread on my way home.

I grabbed the mail when I returned home. There was a letter in the mailbox with no return address. Inside was a crisp $10 bill tucked inside a note card that read:

                                 TO PAT, FROM THE SON OF A CARPENTER

To this day, I have no idea who sent the money. It was from someone who heard the voice of Spirit and listened. God is faithful and provides. We are all connected and ONE.

A day of being gifted

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Aug
24

Karen Salmansohn, author of “Think Happy” writes “Grumpy people are negative evidence collectors always looking for AWFUL things, people, and events to put into a mental folder called proof life is AWFUL. Happy people are positive evidence collectors constantly looking for AWESOME things, people, and events to put into their mental folder called proof life is AWESOME. What is in your folder?

I had an AWESOME Saturday! Saturday is my yard “sailing day” and farmers’ market day. When I’m aligned with Spirit everything unfolds perfectly in divine order and flows with peace, ease, and grace. 

I love roses and bought a yellow rose bush at the farmers’ market for $15. I couldn’t resist it when I heard its name, SPARKLE, and SHINE. Larry’s nickname for me is SPARKLE.

I was leaving the market to go to my car as my close friend Margie, author of “One with God” was walking toward me. She looked like she was in shock and was trembling. She said, “I started walking from my car and at my feet was a fat wad of cash.” We counted it together and it totaled $100 (mana from heaven). She was in tears by now and said,

 “I received a message from the Holy Spirit this morning that said I have enough and must trust that there will always be enough and all will be provided for.

I was led to gift Margie a yellow flower from the rose bush that I had just purchased. She thanked me and said, “I want to share this gift with you and reached into her pocket and gave me a $20 bill. I was surprised and thanked her for sharing her gift.  

We were still in the parking lot when we heard Over the Rainbow playing and then we danced together to White Sandy Beach after she sobbed in my arms when I heard Spirit say to tell her “the money you found was for you.”  

I continued “sailing” and found the perfect therapeutic neck pillow for the plane ride when I visit my family in Rhode Island at the end of the month. It was brand new and I paid $1 for it. I noticed a bag full of birthday balloons and gifts. I wanted to buy just one bag of balloons since I will be celebrating my 75th birthday with my family. She wanted to sell the whole bag of goodies for $20.  

I not only love when God provides for me at yard sales, but I love meeting new people and sharing my light and love. As I was getting into my car, the woman came after me and said, “Happy birthday, I want to gift you with these balloons.” 

When I walked into the next yard sale, the woman said, “Are you Pat Hastings?” I didn’t recognize her and said, “Yes, how do we know each other?” She said, “I have seen you on the neighborhood site and you wrote a book, right?”

When God gives me the opportunity to share about moving to Maui, meeting my soul mate, getting married, and writing a book together, I jump at it.

I shared with Lorie, her daughter, Gina and friend, Abby about my weekly inspirational blog and they all wanted to receive it. Lorie asked, “Where can I purchase your book?” I said, “We have them at home, I will bring you a copy since we live only a few blocks away.” As I was leaving to go back home, she gifted me with 2 beautiful candles.  

When I went home to get “It’s Never Too Late for Love” I heard Spirit say, bring a copy of “Simply a Woman of Faith” and give it to Lorie’s daughter, Gina as a gift. When I gifted the book to Gina, she said, “I love to read and have always wanted to write a book, maybe your book will inspire me.”

What an AWSOME day of gifting and being gifted. We are all given the choice to focus on what’s AWESOME or what’s AWFUL in our lives. What are you choosing?

Why it’s hard to ask for help

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Aug
24

My mother died when I was 20 years old. It was my parents 25th wedding anniversary and they had just finished renewing their vows and ready to walk back down the aisle, when she passed out. By the time the fire department got there and transported her to the hospital, she was dead.  

I remember clearly saying to myself, “I have to be STRONG for my father because he was devastated. I didn’t even consider what my needs were and who would comfort me.  

The belief of having to be STRONG stayed with me for many years. I was the one that people came to for help because I was the STRONG one. It was important to look good on the outside, not be needy, or ask for help. I looked outside for validation because inside there was fear, self-hatred, and never feeling good enough. There was a hole in the soul that caused the disease to please.

Because of the belief that I had to be STRONG to feel loved, I didn’t know how to ask for help. I felt embarrassed, weak, vulnerable, and shame if I asked for help. I know today that asking for help is a sign of strength and not weakness.  

The belief of not asking for help was born out of a lack of respect and love for myself. A lack of self-respect can lead to feelings of unworthiness, or less importance than others, and cause us to subordinate our own needs and not ask for what we want.  

We have a chapter in our book, “It’s Never Too Late for Love” about asking for what you want and need. Why is it hard to ask for help?

  • We don’t want to be rejected
  • We don’t want to bother others
  • We may be afraid of what will be asked of us
  • We think we should know what to do
  • We don’t want to appear weak, needy, vulnerable, incompetent
  • We may not think our needs are important

I’m grateful that I have learned to ask for help and for what I want. If I hadn’t asked for help many years ago and went to therapy, I wouldn’t be who and where I am today. I was willing to do the deep inner work of healing and forgiveness.

I remember an incident many years ago when my ex-husband and I owned a Christian bookstore. We were having a very difficult time financially and thinking about closing the business. A regular customer invited us to their country club for dinner. After dinner drinks, the women turned to me and said, “Pat, I know it’s been difficult, is there anything that you need?” I took a deep breath and said, “We don’t have the money to pay our mortgage this month.” She said, “How much is it? I will talk to my husband tonight and get back to you.” The next day we had a check for the whole mortgage payment. Looking back, I realize I had the courage to be vulnerable, honest and ask for help. It gave her the opportunity to give and share her love.  

I received a gift this week from a friend who had the courage to be vulnerable as she broke down sobbing and asking for help. Rather than seeing her as weak and needy, I saw her strength and vulnerability. It was a gift because my friend allowed another friend and me to share our love, compassion, prayers, and kindness with her.  

My friend also had the belief that she always had to be STRONG. Asking for help and showing her vulnerability was huge for her. The pain was too great to carry alone anymore. I was reminded that a seemingly breakdown leads to a breakthrough.  

How about you? Are you able to ask for help or do you think you always need to be strong and in control? Asking for help when we need to is a sign of strength, rather than weakness.  

We are not meant to walk this journey alone, but we are here to support and love one another. We are all connected and ONE.     

I am now speaking up

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Aug
24

“Anyone who is not on the same evolutionary and spiritual frequency will distance himself/herself from you, while all those who are on the same evolutionary and spiritual frequency as you will come closer to you; you will see how amazing it is to discover that everyone who needs to be by your side will ultimately appear in your life in the most spontaneous and divine manner.”

A couple of years ago my best friend told me she didn’t want to see me anymore because I had changed too much and she didn’t like something I had said to her. I felt devastated, hurt, sad, angry, and disappointed. It took time to process my feelings and let them go. I chose not to hold onto resentment and forgave her, even though I didn’t understand how this happened (until NOW) after 35 years of friendship. Like the quote says, anyone who is not on the same evolutionary and spiritual frequency will distance himself from you. No right or wrong, good or bad, accept what is.

As I sat around the table with my “Maui tribe” of women for a delicious Turkish breakfast, we all agreed that Spirit had brought us together and most likely, we had past lives together (everyone who needs to be by your side will ultimately appear in your life in the most spontaneous and divine manner.)

I was inspired to pose this question to my friends, “What was the greatest gift you received during COVID this past year? The love, gratitude, and sharing flowed as we opened our hearts more deeply to one another. We shared the joys as well as the pain of isolation and being alone during COVID.

I shared that my greatest gift from COVID was doing FaceTime with my daughter and grandson every day while they ate their dinner. They are on the east coast and we are 6 hours difference. Before COVID, we usually talked once or twice a week.

What a joy it was for us to just “shoot the breeze” about what was going on in our daily lives. My daughter took me on a farm tour of her amazing herb gardens that were magnificent this time of year. I watched my grandson compete at the gym. During this time, we supported, listened to, and loved one another. My daughter is truly is her mother’s daughter and I’m so proud of the woman and mother she has become.

AS YOU ARE SHIFTING, you will begin to realize that you are not the same person you used to be. The things you used to tolerate have become intolerable. When you once remained quiet, you are now speaking your truth. When you once battled and argued, you are now choosing to remain silent. You are beginning to understand the value of your voice and there are some situations that no longer deserve your time, energy, and focus.” Unknown

I don’t know about you, but I know I am not the same person I used to be. I feel changed from the inside out; alive and free to be myself. I always did the BEST I could at the time so I don’t beat up on myself. I’m just grateful for the changes and for the woman I am becoming.

Recently, a friend said something to me that was hurtful. Instead of being defensive and saying something sarcastic back or pushing it down and pretending nothing was wrong, I simply and lovingly said, “what you said didn’t feel good.” My friend immediately took responsibility for what she said and it was done. Where I once remained quiet, I am now speaking my truth.

I’m grateful that I recognized “at the moment” that what my friend said didn’t feel good. For so many years, I was numb and not in touch with my feelings. It may have taken a few hours or weeks to realize I felt hurt.

Where I once battled and argued because I wanted to be right and in control, I’m now choosing to remain silent. Choosing to be silent is a big one for me. I’m learning to mind my own business, unless I’m asked for advice, I try not to give it.

I am responsible for my own happiness. Everyone has their own journey and process and it’s not up to me to fix or show them the way. It is very liberating to realize that there are some situations that no longer deserve my time, energy, and focus.

 “Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion, your hands for charity, your mind for truth, and your heart for love.”

Acceptance is the answer

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Aug
24

For the most part, I don’t consider myself to be a complainer. I work hard at “accepting what is” and trusting whatever is happening is for my highest good and a lesson I need to learn. Some people see the glass half-full and others see it half-empty. I have always been a half-full girl. How about you?

When Larry and I get up in the morning, we usually ask one another, “How did you sleep?” We both have challenges sleeping and waking up several times a night. It is very frustrating for me to get up 3 or 4 times a night to pee. I usually get back to sleep unless I have something on my mind that I’m concerned about.

In those instances that I can’t get back to sleep, I pray and send love to those in need, and it always helps me get back to sleep. I’m sure it helps the people I am praying for too. I believe in the power of prayer. It is a privilege to pray for others as I know it is the best thing, I can do for those I love.

Instead of complaining when I wake up in the middle of the night (which I have done a lot of) and can’t get back to sleep, I’m practicing GRATITUDE. For example: “Thank you that my body eliminates so well. Thank you that I have legs to walk and eyes to see. Thank you that I have a warm bed to get back into. Thank you that I can take a nap if I’m tired the next day. Thank you that I can breathe and my heart is beating.”

Being grateful, especially when I don’t feel like it is like a magic eraser. It erases the stress, fear and worry and I eventually relax and feel peaceful. It is a “practice” and a shift in focus or perspective, as well as a retraining of the mind.

It’s moving from what’s missing (lack-scarcity) to what I actually have (abundance.) Writing down what I’m grateful for makes it real rather than it floating around in my head. There were times when I felt really fearful about something and I wrote 3 pages of gratitude and it shifted the energy.

Gratitude reduces my fears because it’s hard to be fearful and grateful at the same time, especially when I can’t control other people or things happening in the world. When I’m grateful for everything I have, including my problems, fear has little place to live in my mind. Being grateful puts me into a state of abundance.

Complaining is one of the ego’s favorite strategies for strengthening itself. Eckhart Tolle writes, “Every complaint is a little story the mind makes up that you believe, whether you complain aloud or only in your head. When you are in the grip of ego, complaining especially about other people is habitual and unconscious. You don’t know you are doing it.”

Ego loves to complain and feel resentful about situations and other people. What I am really saying is that I am right and the other person or situation is wrong. This makes me feel morally superior. It is the sense of superiority that the ego craves to enhance itself.

Whatever behavior ego manifests, the hidden motivating force is always the same. It is the need to stand out, be special, be in control, need for power, need for perfection, need to be right, need for attention, need to compare, need to take things personally, need for more and the need to feel a sense of separation.

I had a situation this week where my ego really reared its head. I felt misunderstood and reacted defensively. Thankfully, I recognized that it was my ego immediately and was able to come into the present moment.

I know that to become free of the ego is to be aware of it since awareness and ego are incompatible. Only PRESENCE can free me of my ego and I can only be present NOW, not yesterday or tomorrow.

As I become more conscious, I see how I have lived in the egoic consciousness for many years and didn’t know it. No right or wrong, shame or judgement as I wasn’t ready to see what I see until I was ready. How about you? Are you ready to see all the ways ego shows up in your life?   Remember, only awareness and PRESENCE can free you of your ego.  

What brings you JOY?

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Aug
24

I retired at the age of 62 as an Alcohol and Drug Therapist. I loved helping alcoholics and drug addicts find themselves and sobriety. It was a very rewarding career of 20 years and I was grateful for the opportunity to help save lives. Unfortunately, they all didn’t make it and some died from the disease.

My book, “Simply a Woman of Faith” was published when I retired and I became a Spiritual Life Coach. I led women’s retreats, was a speaker on a cruise ship, led a women’s retreat in Bermuda, had a weekly radio show, and was an inspirational speaker.

When I followed my heart and moved to Maui 10 ½ years ago, at the age of 65, my plan was to continue doing what I was doing. There were churches on every corner and I figured I would easily get on the speaking circuit. Little did I know, God had other plans that I didn’t know about.

I was only on Maui a week when I heard the small, still voice of God say, “I don’t want you to do ANYTHING. I want you to learn how to BE.” I was very surprised because I thought I knew how to BE. After all, I was a therapist and taught others how to BE.

By the grace of God, I listened to the voice within and didn’t do anything but relax and enjoy my life. I took long walks and enjoyed the birds and beauty all around me. I was blessed to share a two-bedroom condo with a couple that overlooked the ocean and I only paid $300 a month for 6 months.

At first, it was hard for me to relax without feeling guilty. I have several signs around the house that say RELAX. The little voice inside said, “You should be doing something to have value and worth. Your lazy and not contributing to society if you do nothing.”

What has been revealed to me over these past 10 ½ years was that I was a DOER. I felt more comfortable DOING than BEING. My value came from doing, producing, fixing, and achieving. I was a BUSYAHOLIC/RUSHAHOLIC. Relaxing and BEING felt like I was wasting time. Heaven forbid, I should waste time doing nothing. I am grateful I have learned how to BE, relax and GO WITH THE FLOW and do nothing.

Even though you may not be at the age of retirement and still have to work, you can still carve out time to BE and RELAX and ENJOY and not feel guilty when you are doing NOTHING.

Learning how to BE and living in the present moment has brought me to a place of indescribable JOY. I have never been happier and more alive than I am today. Henry Nouwen writes, “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

 Here are some things that bring me joy and not in any particular order.

·        Daily walks and looking into someone’s eyes, smiling and greeting them with “Good morning.”

·        Snuggling on the couch with our dog Kobe next to me.

·        Sharing my faith with a stranger and writing a weekly blog to inspire others.

·        Spending sacred time with my children and grandchildren.

·        Spending time with Larry laughing and playing together.

·        Sitting on our lanai and watching the sunset or sunrise.

·        Reading a book at night in bed before going to sleep.

·        Tending to my garden and watching the flowers grow.

·        Walking the beach and swimming in the ocean.

·        Sending inspirational pictures and sayings to friends.

·        Learning how to make delicious, nutritious meals.

·        Going out to breakfast or lunch with a friend.

·        Surrounding myself with beauty and color. I LOVE color and only wear colors that I love, especially purple.

·        Meditating, prayer and listening to the voice of God within.

·        Dancing

What brings you JOY? Whatever it is, do it more often. It is a choice to be joyful. Today I Choose JOY. How about you?  

It’s all been planned in the mind of God

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Jun
29

Does a woman of faith experience fear? This woman of faith sure does. The difference from years ago is that I know what fear is, where it came from and what to do about it.

Right before going to bed one-night last week, Larry and I were discussing death. Neither one of us are afraid of dying, but we are not looking forward to being alone when the other partner dies. Larry thinks because he is older than me, he will die first. Of course, that’s not true.

After our death conversation before going to bed, it was no surprise that I woke up in the middle of the night feeling lots of fear in my gut.  All the “what ifs” were clamoring for attention. “Would I be able to stay on Maui if Larry dies first? Who would I call to help me? Would I be able to pay the rent alone?”

I allowed myself to feel the fear because I didn’t want to do a spiritual bypass. Once I was fully awake and recognized what was going on, I asked God for help and was able to fall back to sleep.

I kept repeating I CHOOSE LOVE. I CHOOSE LOVE. Fear and love cannot exist together. The peace eventually came. How easy it is to forget that I AM ONE WITH GOD and am not separate. Before I came into the world, I was ONE WITH GOD. I need to remember who I really am as a child of God. I remind myself, “I am not alone no matter what the external circumstances look like. I am ok, peaceful, trusting, surrendered, safe and protected.

For many years, I tried to avoid and resist my fears by staying busy and pushing myself to do and be more. I was never enough. I also tried to control my fears by attempting to control the environment that seemed to produce them. Rather than pushing down my fears, I have learned to live in the “messy middle” and try to stay out of the extremes of my feelings. This means allowing and welcoming all of my feelings, including fear. I don’t shame, judge or blame myself when I feel afraid or angry.  

I believe negativity is born out of our ego. Of course, fear can be helpful and can warn us of something that could be harmful in the present or the future. That’s not the kind of fear I am talking about. I love these statements; False Evidence Appearing Real and Face Everything and Recover. Fear is useless, what is needed is trust.

As we grow on the spiritual path, inevitable layers of buried fear are uncovered. The older we get, the deeper the memories go back that need God’s healing touch. We are moving through the layers of fear that have been built up over the years so we can embrace our inner child that is God-like, innocent, loving and fearless.

Whenever I am in the grips of fear about the future and what’s coming up or worrying and obsessing about something I have no control over, I remind myself that EVERYTHING IS ALREADY PLANNED IN THE MIND OF GOD. I can literally feel my body relax and I can breathe into the present moment.

For I know well the plans I have in mind for you declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you. Plans to give you hope and a future. Jer. 29-11

Here is a small example of how God has things under control and planned:

I was cleaning out an old bag and found some wrapped tissues that I hadn’t opened. God Bless You was written on them. I thought they would be good to have in my purse and tucked them in.

The next day as I took my walk on the ocean path, a couple of feet ahead of me was a woman who had just fell and was bleeding. Of course, she was quite shaken up and stunned. When I reached her to see how I could help her, she said, “Do you have any tissues?” I wiped her face that was bleeding, and her friend cleaned her hand and leg that was bleeding.

You may think this was a coincidence or not a big deal. I choose to believe that it was a God-incidence and planned in the mind of God. There are many BIG things that have happened in my life where I know it was planned in the mind of God.

How about you? Do you believe that everything is already planned in the mind of God?

I feel the peace that passes all understanding

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29

When I sit outside drinking my herbal tea, listening to the birds, feeling the gentle breeze on my face and watching the sailboats on the ocean, I feel the peace that passes all understanding that the Bible talks about.

“Just because everything is crazy around you, doesn’t mean everything has to be crazy within you.”

Living in peace has always been very important to me. Every morning the first thing I do is pray my intention.  “My intention is to be peaceful, to love, to serve, to be healthy and happy.”

When I started my recovery/awakening process over 40 years ago, I became aware that I was a “people pleaser” and looked outside of myself for approval. My self-esteem was like a yo-yo. If you liked and approved of me, I felt great. If you didn’t like and approve of me, my self-esteem went down the tubes. Clearly, it wasn’t self-esteem it was other esteem.

I believe in affirmations and have been using them for many years. My first affirmation was “I like and approve of the person I’m becoming.”  Whenever I got in my car and throughout the day, I would repeat it like a mantra.

Affirmations are messages to our subconscious that are establishing habitual ways of thinking and behaving. Positive affirmations are healing thoughts that help us develop self-confidence, self-esteem, self-love and will create peace of mind and inner joy. In essence, I am saying to my subconscious mind, “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.” Here are the affirmations I say on a daily basis.

·        I am worthy and deserving to enjoy this amazing life that I have co-created with God. It flows with peace, ease, grace, love, patience, happiness, joy, forgiveness, abundance, prosperity and radiant health.

·        Everything I need is streaming toward me I open my hands and receive: Love, peace, joy, happiness, abundance, health.

·        I am peaceful, safe, and protected from anything and everything that doesn’t serve my highest good.

·        I am wealthy, healthy, strong, and fearless.

·        I cherish my own inner beauty and celebrate my bright light as it speaks of God.

·        I am healthy, whole, and healed and my immune system is very strong.

·        I am a woman giving birth to myself.

·        I am a star that shines brightly to lead others to the God within.

  • Money comes to me easily and effortlessly. I have more than enough.

I created these affirmations when I realized that I didn’t feel deserving and worthy of the life that I co-created with God. I felt guilty when I saw other’s I loved suffering and in pain.

I walk 1 ½ to 2 hours on the ocean path most days. Instead of obsessing, controlling, worrying, or trying to fix what’s going on in the world or in my family, I use this sacred time to repeat the above affirmations. I choose not to get sucked into drama and to allow others their journey and lessons. My responsibility is to pray, send love, keep my vibration high in love and gratitude and trust Spirit will take care of the rest better than I can.

The affirmations truly flow with peace, ease, and grace and I love using them as a meditation. When I finish my walk, I feel uplifted, refreshed, and peaceful. When I live in the NOW and the present moment, it is blissful.

I’m so grateful that Spirit has guided me to do this as I have never done it like this before. I believe my subconscious mind is being healed and transformed.  I’m much more aware of how my ego shows up with the old beliefs of not being good enough, having enough, lack, comparing, judging, feeling superior or inferior.

I encourage you to practice affirmations to change your life. As we change our thinking, our life will change.  Please feel free to use any of the above and create your own.

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