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Living on Maui for 10 years

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Ten years ago, I heard Spirit say, “I don’t want you to do anything. I want you to learn how to BE.” I didn’t understand it and didn’t like it because I thought I knew how to BE.

Last week was the 10th year anniversary of moving to Maui. It took courage and the willingness to follow my heart and trust it was the voice of Spirit guiding me to move 5,000 miles away from family, friends, and community. When I moved to Maui it was MY PLAN to continue doing what I loved; leading retreats, spiritual coaching, and inspirational speaking.

God had another plan and I’m grateful I listened. Isn’t that always the way? It’s like I had to make a course correction. By the grace of God, I didn’t do “anything” I thought I would be doing. If I hadn’t listened and allowed my ego and fear to tell me all the reasons I couldn’t/shouldn’t just learn how to BE, I would have missed out on the greatest love story.

Instead of rushing and pushing myself to do more, and be more, I relaxed and took long walks on the ocean and learned to enjoy simple things like sitting and watching the sunset, listening to music and dancing in the house, or reading a book in the afternoon. I listen to my body and what it needs instead of running around and trying to save the world.

Can you give yourself permission to “waste time” and do nothing without feeling guilty? It’s taken me years, but I am learning to “waste time” without feeling guilty. “Wasting time” has become a way of life and I love the quiet and peace deep in my heart that it offers. I enjoy spending time with my best friend, ME. I have learned to enjoy my own company because I know the most important relationship, I have is with myself.

Today, I sat on my lanai for a few hours looking at the ocean, feeling the sun on my face, and listening to the birds. It truly was BEING in the present moment with no agenda, just ENJOYING and doing what I wanted. It was glorious. I don’t push myself to do something if it doesn’t feel right, especially if I’m doing it to please another.

Growing up, I often heard “Hurry up” and never heard, “Take your time.” Consequently, I became a rushaholic/busyaholic. As I look back on my life, I admit my drug of choice was staying busy, rushing, and pushing myself to do more because inside I never felt good enough. Rushing became a way of life for me. Rushing puts you into adrenaline overload and drenches the body with epinephrine, a hormone stimulated by stress, anger, or fear. Although on the “outside” I looked like I had it together, there was an “inner rusher” that was pervasive and intense. I had the image of myself as a racehorse always ready to take off at the gate.

As an addict uses his/her drug of choice to medicate their feelings, I used rushing and staying busy to medicate my feelings of self-hatred, loneliness, not being good enough, fear, and anger.

When I rushed and stayed busy, I didn’t have to feel my feelings and go within. I felt energized and in control when I rushed and powerful when I multi-tasked. I disconnected from myself and from the energy of God within when I rushed and stayed busy to avoid going within.

The key to living a balanced life is to DO and BE. I had it backward. I had to Do-Do-Do before I could give myself permission to relax and BE. Since I have learned how to BE and enjoy my life without guilt and pressure, I am aligned with Spirit and create from my heart.

What is your addiction and how do you medicate your feelings? Do you feel guilty when you relax and enjoy your life thinking you “should” be more productive and DO more?

May the God of the present moment be with you, slowing you down, revealing to you the sacred gift hidden in each moment of your day. May you develop a reflective heart, able to be present to life, a heart that can take time to move beyond the visible to touch the precious mystery of life and living.

Wow, mom, you have changed

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I was enjoying a cup of coffee with my friend, Ruth, when she turned to me and said, “Pat, I have never seen you so strong. It’s like you are comfortable in your own skin.” I smiled and said, “Yes I feel it, I know it.” Recently my daughter remarked, “Wow mom, you have changed.” I just smiled and said, “Thank you.”

As I look back over my life, I realize how much suffering I caused myself and gave my power away because I took things personally. Even though I knew “intellectually” that what others did or didn’t do had nothing to do with me, I still felt hurt and unloved when I didn’t get what I thought I needed and wanted. And I mean really HURT sometimes.

I also thought it must be my fault and blamed myself for others’ inappropriate or careless behavior. I would ask myself, “What did I do wrong?” I caused myself so much anguish and pain over the years. Sometimes traveling from the head to the heart takes a long time. My heart now knows the truth of who I am as a divine being and that I am LOVE. It truly is an inside job and I’m responsible for my own happiness and peace.    

It is wonderful when someone you have known for years sees your growth and shares it with you. But even more wonderful is when you see it in yourself and OWN it. It’s taken me years to get to this place. I was willing to dig deep, align with Spirit, ask for help, and do the inner work of releasing what no longer served me.

My cousin, Doreen, recently gifted me with a reading from a medium and psychic that she knew. It was a powerful reading and my grandmother showed up immediately. Right before the reading as I was driving home from a friend’s house, I spotted a boat with the name AMELIA on it. That was my grandmother’s name. My grandmother gave me unconditional love and I was her angel. She assured me of her love and that she is always with me.

Toward the end of the reading, Don asked me, “Is there anything you want to know or that I can help you with?” I immediately said, “No, I have everything I need and want.” I was pleasantly surprised by my answer. In the past, I would have had all kinds of questions: How is it going to happen, when is it going to happen, what is my purpose, etc.

At the beginning of 2021, Spirit gave me a word to focus on for the year. It was EXPANSION in all areas of my life.  I had no idea what it would look like. I feel a major SHIFT and truly have expanded in body, mind, and spirit. My body is healthy and strong as well as my mind and spirit. I no longer look “outside” of myself for approval and to feel loved as I have learned to give it to myself. My relationship with Spirit has deepened and I “check-in” for guidance and direction all day long.  

This year’s word is FLOW and ABUNDANCE. Going with the FLOW of life and radical acceptance of “what is” will anchor me into the present moment and my heart space. I feel so abundant now, I can’t imagine more abundance, but I will take it.  

Here is what I read this week that spoke to my heart:

“The biggest lesson I’ve learned this year is to not force anything; conversations, friendships, relationships, attention, love. Anything forced is just not worth fighting for, whatever flows, flows, what crashes, crashes. It is what it is.”

I received an email from a man this week requesting coaching/counseling. He said, “I have been reading your blogs for the last 10 years and feel like you are the person who can help me move forward in my life.” I responded to his email with some questions. I asked, “Why now?” He wrote back. “If not now, when?”

If you feel stuck and are not living the life you dream of, I am here to assist you on your journey. I am only working with individuals who are ready to dig deep and do the inner work of releasing what no longer serves them. If not NOW, when?

                                                   I HOPE YOU LIVE LOUDER

“I hope you laugh more. I hope you sing at the top of your lungs. I hope you drive with the windows down and let the wind rustle through your hair. I hope you hug. I hope you kiss. I hope you surround yourself with people who make you feel alive. I hope you become the type of person that brings good energy wherever you go, and the type of person people want to be around. I hope you speak what’s on your mind, that you raise your voice for injustice, that you tell others that you love them, instead of waiting until it’s too late. I hope you live louder, shine brighter from this moment on”. Marisa Donnelly

You are an angel

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About 40 years ago I received an anonymous gift in my mailbox that changed my life and deepened my faith and trust in God. My hope is that you will be inspired and your faith strengthened as you read the following story.

I love to share the story of my “God-blouse”.  My husband had been unemployed for a year, and we had four children under the age of ten. I remember how humiliated I felt when we had to apply for welfare and food stamps.

On the day that I bought my “God-blouse,” I had some time to kill as I waited to pick up the children from school. Even though I didn’t have money to buy anything, I could still window shop. I spotted the clearance sign at the back of the store and quickly walked over to the clothing rack. I had no intention of buying anything, but the blouse jumped out at me. I fell in love with it and it was only ten dollars.

As I reluctantly placed it back on the rack, I heard the small, still voice of God say, “BUY IT AND I WILL PROVIDE.” I pulled out my wallet to see how much money I had. I had a ten-dollar bill tucked away in the billfold.

“God, did I hear you right, or was that just me wanting the blouse?” Was my imagination running wild? I thought, “If I spend the money on a blouse, where will I get the money to buy milk and bread on the way home?”

I wanted to believe it was God, but could I trust myself? My gut was saying, “Trust God and buy the blouse.” I decided to buy the blouse.

I picked up the children from school and drove directly home (not saying anything about my purchase). I grabbed the mail from the mailbox as I walked into the house, hoping there weren’t any bills.

There was a letter with no return address on it. I quickly opened it, eager to see what was inside of it. My heart skipped a beat when I saw the crisp new ten-dollar bill tucked inside the notecard. As I read the simple but profound message written in the card, I started to tremble from head to foot.

Oh my God, I shouted as the tears streamed down my cheeks. I frantically searched for a name, but there wasn’t any. Sprawled across the handwritten note was simply,

To Pat,   From the Son of a Carpenter

Filled with awe and gratitude, I couldn’t stop laughing and crying at the same time. God provides, but I didn’t expect it so dramatically and so quickly. I still don’t know who sent the card and money-and probably never will.  The person who sent it listened to the small, still voice of God and took action. 

It’s Christmas day and I just returned home from my walk with Kobi after I heard the small, still voice of God and took action. A few days ago, as I was getting out of bed, I heard Spirit say, “I will guide you to the person I want you to give $50 to.”

Even though it was on my mind about the $50 in my purse, I kind of forgot about it until today. I was driving my car and spotted a car pulled over to the side of the road waiting to watch the sunset. I immediately heard, “This is the person I want you to give the $50 to.”

I drove past the car and pulled over to go within and make sure I heard Spirit. I turned my car around and pulled up next to the woman who was now sitting outside waiting for sunset. I called the woman over to my car and handed her the $50 bill. She was so grateful and appreciative.

I wondered if she was living in her car and asked her what was going on. She said, “I was a registered nurse and lost my home at the beginning of October. I have many friends and I’m staying with them and trying to save money for another home.”

She was a beautiful soul and her name was Grace. We exchanged numbers and plan on keeping in contact. What a joy it is for me to hear the small, still voice of God and trust it is Spirit. It has taken many years to trust that voice and take action.  

The small, still voice of God is within you. Do you trust the voice or think it’s your voice? I encourage you to spend quiet time and connect with the Spirit within. Your voice, love and light are needed in the world.

What I see in you is in me

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all of you who read my blog every week. I appreciate your support and love. It’s hard to believe the year is almost over. It’s been quite a year and many are happy to see the year-end.

We have been encouraged to “go within” to surrender, to trust, and to “accept what is” and what we can and can’t control. I can’t control the government or vaccines or mandates. I can control and am responsible for my reactions, keeping myself in peace and my vibration high in love and gratitude. I do what I can and leave the rest to Spirit.

I met with a couple of friends this week for a holiday celebration and the question was posed, “What are you most proud of this year?” I said, “I am most proud of my EXPANSION and my ability to love and connect with others. I know we are all connected and ONE.

I feel such joy walking in the morning on the path overlooking the ocean and looking people in the eyes and saying, “Good morning.” I often start a conversation and know many locals by name. They remember my name as I am called Pat with the hat.  A woman asked if she could take my picture because she loved my hat and wanted to show her friend.

A couple of weeks ago, while sitting outside at the coffee shop, a woman (who I had never seen before) walked by and looked me in the eyes and said, “You are amazing, you are amazing.” I thanked her and wondered what she meant?

A couple of minutes later the woman walked by me again. I decided to ask her what she meant when she said, “You are amazing.” She said, “I’m German and my words aren’t always correct. What I meant to say is that I see your aura. I said, “You mean my light?” She said, “Yes.”

I was so touched I just sat there smiling and in gratitude that my light was bright enough for someone to comment about it. About 15 minutes later, the woman walked by again and handed me a beautifully wrapped bag of cookies from the bakery. She bent down so I could hear her and said, “You are an angel.”

I took a deep breath and allowed myself to take in her words. I said, “Thank you so much and what you see in others is also in you. You are also an angel.” We chatted briefly and she said she owned the bakery shop a few doors down from the coffee shop.

I floated for the rest of the day thinking about what she said. Was I really an angel? My grandmother nicknamed me “angel.”  Are we all angels in disguise?

What I do know in my heart is that we are here to walk each other home to the truth of who we are. We are divine and human and not separate from one another. We are connected to Source, God, Universe, or whatever you choose to call the Power. We are loved, safe, and protected.

I went to the bakery a couple of days later to drop off a thank you card to Christine for the cookies, and most importantly that she recognized me. She was behind the counter when I walked into the bakery. She immediately ran around and gave me a big hug. We looked deeply into one another’s eyes as I said, “Thank you for recognizing who I am.” I don’t know anything about this woman, and yet I know everything about her by just looking into her eyes. It was such a powerful experience for both of us.  

I went to the farmers market on Saturday and there were many vendors with hand-made Maui gift items for sale. I bought a small Christmas angel for Christine and brought it to her at the bakery shop. She was touched as we again just looked into each other’s eyes. What a blessing. We plan on visiting after the holidays as we both know we are meant to get to know one another.   

What I see in YOU is in ME. What you see in ME is in YOU. Claim it, celebrate it, believe it, and live it. We are all angels in disguise. We are needed on this earth to BE the light that shines in the darkness. Let your light shine and let the fun begin!

Kobi is a new dog

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For the past year, I have been working with Cindy Kerr, the Health Diviner at (intuitive healer) for my healing and health issues. With her guidance and wisdom and my willingness to do what I needed to do, my symptoms have improved significantly and I have more energy to enjoy my life. Cindy Kerr is the “real deal” and is extremely knowledgeable, generous and kind.

For the past month or so, we have been concerned about our little dog Kobi as he has been exhibiting strange behaviors. When he was re-homed to us 7 months ago, he appeared calm and healthy. We had very little information about him from his previous owner.

Even though he was a “senior” dog (11 years old) we fell in love with him as soon as we laid eyes on him. He was a perfect size, cute and friendly. He loves to sit with Larry and me and always wants to be with us.

We were quite surprised when he became “aggressive” with a man who tried to pet him while we were sitting outside at a coffee shop. His past owner told us he was partial to women so we wondered if he had some abuse with a male in the past. We were very careful whenever a male was around because we weren’t sure what he would do. He’s a small dog and we thought he was being protective.  

Larry takes Kobi for his morning walk and was surprised when he started barking and became aggressive with other dogs (without being provoked) walking with their owners on the other side of the street.  

We became very concerned when Kobi started to shake for no reason and get startled without any provocation. He would be sleeping on the couch and all of a sudden jump off and run away. We had no idea what was going on and wondered if he was having some kind of seizures. We had an appointment with the vet in a few weeks so we were waiting for the visit.

In the meantime, I contacted Cindy and asked if she would do an energy check on Kobi since everything is energy. She reads the quantum energy fields of her clients to determine what’s really underlying the issues that are presenting physically. Her website says “Our furry friends are empathic which means they feel and often take on vibrations from their owners out of love, loyalty, concern, and care. This somatically expresses in their bodies – just like in human bodies – as physical illnesses. I had no idea that Cindy worked with animals until after I contacted her about Kobi and checked her website.

Cindy checked in and saw that Kobi was carrying his past owner’s energy and that was why he was exhibiting the above aggressive and fearful behaviors. She identified the specific energies he was carrying and guided me to do an energetic cleanse on Kobi. It sounds crazy, but I believed in her and was desperate to help our little Kobi.

It’s been over 2 weeks now and Kobi is a new dog. I noticed the changes in him immediately. He doesn’t jump off the couch startled and afraid anymore. I have been taking him for walks since Larry fell and wasn’t sure how he would be when another dog approached. I am thrilled that he hasn’t been aggressive and doesn’t bark when another dog passes.

He’s also been in the company of men and is not aggressive. In fact, he licked the hand of a man who previously he stayed away from.

We are grateful to Cindy for her gifts and this energetic clearing for Kobi. If Kobi could talk, he would say “Thank you, Cindy. I feel so much better not to be so afraid and aggressive.”

If you or your furry animal are having health or behavioral issues and want to get to the bottom of things, I encourage you to check out Cindy’s website.

I have been living with Alcoholism all of my life

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I have been dealing with Alcoholism all of my life. My mother and father were both functional active alcoholics, as well as my grandfather and brother. I thought the drinking, parties, abuse, and fighting were “normal.”

It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I sought counseling since my ex-husband was out of work for a year and we had 4 small children to provide for. I was surprised when the therapist said, “You are an “Adult Child of an Alcoholic.”

I was in big-time DENIAL and out of touch with myself and my feelings when I attended my first meeting and could only relate to one or 2 of the characteristics of being an adult child of an alcoholic. What I learned is that it can be an adult child of a divorce, gambler, food addict, shopper, workaholic, or codependent.

Thankfully, I continued to attend the meetings (although I didn’t think I needed them) as I saw something on the faces of the people attending the meetings. There was a peace that I knew I didn’t have and I wanted it. Before long, I related to all of the characteristics of being an adult child, especially people pleasing, not feeling good enough and worthy to receive love.

What a relief to learn about the 3 C’s in the program. You can’t Control it. You can’t Cure it and you didn’t Cause it. There were many things I learned that I still practice in my life today. I learned about the importance of detaching emotionally, feeling my feelings, loving myself first, taking responsibility for myself rather than judging, blame and shaming others. Through the program and a lot of hard work, I started to “grow up” and get healthy.

I was not only helping and healing myself, I was giving the gift of recovery to my children and modeling for them healthy behaviors. My childhood history of alcoholism prepared me for my life’s work and passion as an alcohol and drug therapist for 20 years. Although I wasn’t an alcoholic or drug addict, I loved what I did and identified with the pain and suffering of those who were caught up in the throes of addiction.

As I sit and reflect on my past and where I’ve come from and where I am today, I have tears of gratitude that I made it out alive and that I am thriving and living my life to the fullest. I was willing and determined to do the work of uncovering false beliefs and forgiving my alcoholic parents.

Unfortunately, my only brother who is 17 months younger than me wasn’t so fortunate. Although he managed to get almost 28 years of sobriety under his belt, today he is laying in a hospital weighing 110 pounds and not wanting to live. My heart is breaking and I feel so sad that at this stage of his life, he has nothing to live for. His wife and 3 children are devastated.

My brother fell about 6 months ago getting out of bed. He was prescribed a narcotic for pain. An addict cannot do a narcotic in moderation.  Before long, he was off and running and addicted. He fell again last month while high on the narcotic and broke his hip. He was operated on and now refuses to do rehab, which means he will never walk again.

I feel powerless as he won’t answer the phone or text and I have no communication with him. I pray and send him love which I know is the best thing I can do. I am allowing myself to feel all of my feelings and I allow the tears to flow when I think of him and his family.

What I know in my heart is that my brother is doing the best he can right now. It’s his journey and what he signed up for. It may be his time to leave the planet. I don’t know God’s plan. I will continue to send love and pray for a miracle and trust the divine plan for his life.

I believe all addictions are a cry for love, whether it be to food, drugs, work, shopping, or gambling. I feel compassion for all who suffer from any kind of addiction.

Do you have someone in your life who struggles with addiction? Are you able to let go and trust your loved one to Spirit? Sending love and prayers to all who read this and to let you know you are not alone.

My life changed when I said YES

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Little did I know that when I said YES to an invitation from an 87-year-old woman named, Ellen, that my life would change dramatically and quickly. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years ago this Thanksgiving that I first visited Maui. I had never traveled so far by myself on vacation and I had never left my children at Thanksgiving. It was a big step.

I had been invited to speak at a church service about my book, “Simply a Woman of Faith.” After the service Ellen, who was visiting her family in Rhode Island, came up to me and shared that she lived on Maui. I said, “It’s always been my dream to visit Maui.” She smiled and said, “You can stay with me for as long as you want and you can use my car.” She showed me a postcard of her condo that overlooked the ocean. Ellen and I met for dinner before visiting her on Maui. She shared “This will be my first Thanksgiving alone since my husband died a few months ago.”

I couldn’t refuse the offer, especially since the month before I had signed up for a new credit card while walking through the airport and received a round trip ticket for anywhere in the world.

As I think about it today, I’m surprised that I had the courage to say YES to stay with a woman for 2 weeks that I had never met or knew nothing about. What would we do if we didn’t get along? Of course, I prayed about it and the answer was YES.

It was the divine plan and Ellen and I became fast friends during my two-week vacation. I swam with the turtles and watched the gorgeous sunsets and surfers riding the waves. Ellen showed me all around and I fell in love with Maui. Ellen wrote me a card right before I left that said, “KEEP THE VISION OF COMING BACK.”

That’s exactly what I did. I KEPT THE VISION OF COMING BACK! The following year Ellen invited me to stay in her condo for a month while she traveled. I couldn’t say NO to a month on Maui living on the ocean by myself for FREE. It was during that month that I heard the small, still, voice of God say, “I want you to move to Maui for 6 months.”

I really struggled and kept going back and forth about why I couldn’t do it.  All of my “stuff” came to the surface. Where would the money come from? I was living on social security and a small pension. The biggest struggle was that I didn’t feel worthy or deserving to live on Maui for 6 months. I also couldn’t imagine leaving my kids and grandkids and moving 5,000 miles away. What kind of mother would do that?

I prayed, meditated, and let go. I only wanted God’s will if I only knew what it was. I was literally driving myself crazy until one day I said to God, “I need to know your will NOW.” I said out loud, “I’m going back to live in Rhode Island.” As I said it, my hand went to my heart and I gasped. That was my answer. My body was speaking and letting me know that it was God’s plan to move to Maui for 6 months.  

The rest is history. Not only did I live on Maui for 6 months in a condo shared with friends for $400 a month, but I also moved here permanently in January 2011. I just kept saying YES to God’s plan. I live in the most beautiful place in the world with my soulmate and husband. We rent a home that overlooks the ocean. It’s all because I had the courage and faith to say YES to God’s plan for my life.

It has been an amazing journey and adventure. I have expanded more than I could have ever imagined. Here is some of what I have learned:

·        God’s plan is always BIGGER and BETTER than mine

·        I can trust the small, still, voice of God within

·        I can trust myself that I’m being guided and protected

·        I always have a choice to say YES or NO to God’s plan

·        Fear is useless, what is needed is trust

·        It takes courage to step out in faith and follow God’s plan

·        I must be willing to go into the “unknown” and not have all the answers

·        It’s all been planned in the mind of God and I just have to “show up”

·        I’m responsible for my own happiness and can’t control others

How often have you said NO to God’s plan because of fear, not feeling deserving, or knowing all the answers beforehand? Is there something in your life that you are saying NO to now? I encourage you to say YES and to trust God that you are being led to the next right thing in your life. You can do it, trust yourself and God. Your answers are within.

Larry fell this week

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who read my blog every week. Even though the past year hasn’t been easy for many people, there is so much to be grateful for. Just to be alive in this time of the Great Awakening is such a blessing and privilege. It is a time to trust, surrender and accept “What is” knowing that everything is coming to the light and the truth will prevail.  

Here is a quote I saw recently. “The world is waking up from a DEEP SLEEP into a NEW reality where LOVE, COMPASSION, and RESPECT for all life take center stage.”

When I wake up every morning and before I get out of bed, I say “Thank You God for another day to be alive.” I have a daily prayer ritual where I open my heart to receive love and then I send the love out to family and friends, especially to those who are suffering and have asked for prayers.

It was profound what happened this past Tuesday. When I prayed for Larry, instead of just sending him love like I always do, I was led to pray for his safety and for the angels to protect him. I didn’t have any idea why I prayed that until later in the morning when Larry returned from his morning walk with Kobi.

Larry takes Kobi for his walk before the sun comes up because he has skin cancer and needs to stay out of the sun. He was walking in the middle of the street when Kobi turned around and started barking. There was a woman with her big barking dog approaching them in the dark from behind. Larry has encountered this dog on several occasions and keeps Kobi away from him.

As Larry turned around to see what was going on behind him, he fell down and cut his arm and was bleeding. He had great difficulty getting up, but by the grace of God, he managed to pull himself up before getting hit by an oncoming car. He hobbled over to the brick wall nearby to steady himself because his leg was in so much pain and he couldn’t walk.

He called me 3 times to come and pick him up, but unfortunately, my phone had the do not disturb on until 7 a.m. I know the angels heard my prayer that I had prayed earlier for his safety and protection. The miracle is that he was able to walk home ¼ of a mile VERY SLOWLY and up a slight hill.

I was shocked when he came home and saw how difficult it was for him to walk and the gash on his arm. It was really scary to see how much pain he was in and to not know what damage he did to his leg. He didn’t want to go to the ER so I cleaned his arm and helped him get settled with ice and arnica. I broke my arm a year ½ ago and he lovingly took care of me. Now it was my turn to serve and lovingly take care of him. He iced and rested his leg for the next few days.

I immediately prayed and we both felt GRATEFUL that he made it home and was safe and protected. God had heard my prayer. We were grateful that he didn’t need stitches in his arm and that we didn’t have to go to the emergency room. We were grateful that it didn’t appear that he broke anything. We were grateful that Kobi wasn’t attacked by the other dog.

I called in my “prayer team” of family and friends and asked for prayers and support. I felt the love and support immediately like a warm blanket wrapped around me.

Friends called and texted and asked what we needed and how they could help. One of Larry’s sons sent us a gift certificate for a restaurant. Another friend sent us a salve that she makes for swelling and injuries. My daughter sent us an herbal remedy to help with the muscles.

I have learned that being vulnerable and asking for help is a gift I give to myself and a gift I give to others because it gives them the opportunity to love and be of service. It’s a win-win.

It was a traumatizing time for all of us. Kobi is sensitive to energy and was anxious for a few days after. With all the love and prayers, Larry continues to make progress every day. He’s not back out taking his daily walks with Kobi yet, but it won’t be long before he’s back on the road again.

Thank you, Spirit, for hearing my early morning prayer for safety and for the angels to protect Larry. Thank you, friends and family, for reaching out and loving us. Love is all there is and we are all connected.  

How to say NO

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We are all connected and ONE. It is my belief that when I receive a message from Spirit it is not only for me, but it’s for everyone who is open to hearing the voice of God.

In last week’s blog, I wrote about the importance of saying no to things that harm us. I received a response from a woman after reading the blog. She wrote:

“I was racing around trying to do everything for everybody until I started reading your blog. I immediately slowed down, took a slow breath, calmed down, and remembered to stop what I was doing. I heard your voice reminding me to just be me. Thank you for teaching me to practice No-vember. You are exactly what I needed.”

My daily intention is to be peaceful, to love, to serve, to be healthy and happy, and to be a vessel of love. I’m very aware when I’m not feeling peaceful and feeling OFF. I have a tendency to want to figure things out so I can fix myself or change what I’m feeling, rather than surrender and accept “what is.”

I believe everything happens for a reason and for my highest good. On a deeper and more subtle level, I think it has to do with fear and control when I want to figure things out.  If I can figure out WHY I’m feeling a certain way or why something is happening, I think I can change it. Control is an illusion and a waste of time and energy.

I wasn’t myself for a couple of days this week. I just felt OFF and not aligned with Spirit. My peace was gone and I didn’t know why. I had a hard time accepting my low mood and lack of enthusiasm. I journaled and meditated.

Message from Spirit

“Stop trying to figure everything out with your head. Relax, don’t pressure yourself to try to figure out what’s going on when you feel OFF. You must be patient with yourself and whatever is showing up in your life. You are not your thoughts, your feelings, or your body. Don’t let anything rob you of your peace. Remember, your foundation is in me. You are deeply rooted in me and nothing can harm you. There will always be OFF DAYS where you don’t feel aligned with Spirit. It’s OK. Just let it BE and flow with me. It will pass as you take time with me to go within and be filled up. You are mine and I am yours and all is well. I am orchestrating everything in your life.”

Here is an angel card I received in meditation:

STAR –Wash away all fear and discover you are a shining star. Allow all around you to just BE. Let go of trying to control life for the light of your soul will guide you always toward LOVE. Never forget you are truly a shining star.

This card really spoke to my heart. When I was writing Simply a Woman of Faith 14 years ago, I didn’t think I could finish writing the book because I was filled with fear. I didn’t write for a year and said to God, “You have chosen the wrong person, I am not doing it.” God had other plans and I’m so grateful Spirit was patient with me.

During this time when I wasn’t writing, I had a dream that changed my life. I was climbing a staircase that reached up to heaven. When I reached the top of the stairs, I reached out to touch the STAR and I became the STAR. Here is the affirmation that I have been saying for years. I am a star that shines brightly to lead others to the God within. We are all shining STARS and are needed to shine our lights in the world.

There will always be days when we feel OFF and don’t know why. It’s an invitation to trust God is in control and if there is something I need to learn or change, Spirit will show me.

With the grace of God, I relaxed, let go, and trusted in the divine plan for my life. I spent Sunday painting and doing creative projects, which I truly enjoyed. It felt like I was back to myself and in alignment with Spirit.

Accepting “WHAT IS”

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As I was turning off my phone to go to bed, I noticed a text from my friend that was quite disturbing and alarming. I was urged to send it to all of my friends and family. I asked Spirit if He wanted me to do anything about it and the answer was NO. It could have kept me up most of the night obsessing about what will happen in the future. Has this ever happened to you?  

When I woke up in the morning, I immediately thought about the text message. I realized I have a choice to live in the “WHAT IFS” or “WHAT IS.” What a difference those two words can make.


·        We have to move and can’t find a place to live

·        Our landlord raises our rent

·        Larry dies and I have to move because I can’t afford to live here

·        One of us gets COVID and is really sick

·        There is a food shortage and we can’t get food to Maui

·        We lose social security

·        My children get sick or tragedy happens to them

·        We run out of money

·        My health or Larry’s health deteriorates

Of course, the above are real situations that COULD happen, but they haven’t happened so why let it rob me of my peace and serenity. This is called “future tripping” and it’s so easy to fall into when we are not vigilant with our thoughts.

I cannot control the future and what happens in the world. I can control my reactions and my perspectives. I can do my part to make changes when Spirit is leading me.  We all have our WHAT IF’S. What keeps you up at night worrying and obsessing?  

When we live in the “WHAT IS” happening in our lives, we are living in the present moment and it is only in the present moment that we have peace and experience the presence of God.  We may not like what’s happening in the moment. I don’t like that my energy is low in the afternoon and I need to rest, but I accept it for the most part. I don’t like that Larry has skin cancer or that I’m allergic to sugar. When we accept “what is” we will have peace. Eckhart Tolle writes “Accept what is as if you have chosen it.”

In this moment, here are my “WHAT IS”

·        I am safe, protected, and provided for by God

·        I am always guided to do the next right thing

·        I am peaceful, joyful, and happy

·        I always get what I need in the moment

·        Larry and I are both healthy

·        We have a beautiful home and the landlord hasn’t raised the rent in 7 years

·        We have enough money to live on

·        We get our social security checks every month

·        We have plenty of food to eat and enjoy

·        My children are healthy and happy

·        I have great family and friends to love and support me

There is nothing wrong with planning for the future. That is wise. If you have young children, you plan for college and you plan for retirement. We have a food supply for 3 months in case there is a food shortage. We do our part and leave the rest up to God. It’s called letting go and letting God. God has never let me down and never will.

My favorite scripture is Jerimiah 29- 11. “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.”

We live in a crazy world right now with politics, vaccines, separation, and environmental issues. It’s scary stuff because we don’t know what the future holds and we don’t know what’s true or not true.

More than ever, we are invited to trust God is in control and that this is the GREAT AWAKENING. There is light coming onto the planet like never before. We are the light. God needs our light to shine into the darkness. Stay positive, keep shining and keep choosing love. WE GOT THIS.

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