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The walls came crashing down

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I opened my birthday cards and gifts that I received from family and friends on the cruise. Just like a small child, I felt excited to read the cards out loud to Larry and felt so loved and cherished.

For as long as I can remember the scripture passage that has always spoken to my heart is Jeremiah 29 11-14. It is “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.”

I received a beautiful plaque from my friend, Mary, with this scripture on it and a crown on the top of it. When I saw the crown, I started to sob. It was like my spirit jumped for joy when it was revealed to me that this has been God’s PLAN for me forever. It was in the mind of God before it manifested in form. I am coming more and more into the truth of who I am as a Divine being and child of God. My friend, Zariah, sent me a birthday card with a crown in it to put on my head.

I have been coming into my “Queen-dom” and what it really means to be a queen for a few years now. I have a cup that Larry serves coffee in for me every morning that reads “I am the Queen.” I asked myself, “What does it mean to be a queen and what are her characteristics?”

  • She leads from and with her HEART with Love
  • She is able to RECEIVE all that is rightfully hers and GIVES from her heart
  • She SERVES with love and kindness wherever she goes as she is led by Spirit
  • She knows who she is as a royal queen and child of God
  • She knows she is ONE with God and her fellow human beings
  • She is FREE to be herself and is not afraid to just BE
  • She is able to FEEL all of her feelings and goes into the pain, rather than running from it
  • Her FAITH is strong and grounded in Spirit as she goes within for her answers
  • She lives in the present MOMENT
  • She has learned to TRUST herself and the process of life
  • She recognizes the BEAUTY in herself and freely compliments others beauty
  • She loves and appreciates herself
  • She lets her light SHINE from within
  • She knows what she wants and is able to ask for it
  • She is in the FLOW and expresses and lives with passion

As a woman, do you know that you are a queen and are royalty? Are you treated like a queen? Can you recognize yourself in the above list? I think the world needs us to come into our feminine “Queen-ship” and to know the truth of who we are as royalty.

In all its beauty and splendor, your crown should be the thing that people experience, appreciate and remember about you.  You want to be identified by your crown and stand out from the world. Wearing your crown means that you don’t think, act or speak like the world. You operate in excellence, overcome great trials and speak with wisdom – all because of your crown and who you are in the Kingdom of God. Wearing your crown is all about  loving the unlovely, being patient with the unknowing, forgiving the ugly, showing kindness to the poor, being compassionate to the brokenhearted, and above all, maintaining your self-control when you are provoked because you represent the Kingdom of God.” Motivation Pearls

I would like to share a little about our cruise together. When I shared in last week’s blog about EXPANSION, I had no idea what it really meant and how it would look and feel.

As I EXPANDED and opened my heart to Larry to love me in a deeper and more intimate way, I allowed him to love me in a way that he had never loved me before. When we have walls up because of our past experiences, we block the energy of love from coming in. I wanted my walls to come down and was ready and willing to experience the expansion. And boy did I ever!

It took time for me to integrate all that happened to us on the cruise because we opened ourselves to receive all that God wanted to give us. For me, it felt like a baptism of Fire/Passion. It felt like I was in an altered state filled with love and gratitude because I realized there is always MORE to receive.

I heard the still, small voice of God say to me, “You just have to BE and let go of wanting to control the process and knowing what will happen next. You have surrendered your life to me so now you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Smile because Love is all there is and you are safe.”


WOW! I am so grateful that Spirit led me to change my mind about going on the cruise with Pat for her birthday.  It was a terrific cruise and we had a fabulous time.  Pat has been concentrating on trying to expand her ability to love and be loved. Since she is already such a loving person, I wondered just how she would be able to do that. We spent a lot of time together talking and being present to one another with kindness and love.  I think we have a very special relationship and from my perspective it couldn’t get any better.  

Well, LOVE knows better. As we remained open with an attitude of gratitude, things started to happen and we both started to expand and the feeling of wellness and love was incredible.  Those of you who read our blogs know it is our desire to become the best vessels of love that we can be. I believe my heart is my vessel, and to the extent I open my heart it will be filled with the energy and light of love.

As I witnessed Pat confront some issues that had been major walls in her life for many years, her expansion was incredible . She was able to accept and allow her heart to receive the continuing gift of love. Her heart expanded to overflowing and I was the recipient of that overflowing fountain of love. In turn, or my response to her expansion was that my heart expanded to receive all the love energy and light that was being offered to me. I was able to love her more deeply and give to her in a way that I hadn’t been able to respond before. 

Not only did I feel more connected to Pat, but I felt connected to every soul on the ship. I was aware of how hard everyone worked to make this cruise a wonderful experience for the guests (cabin steward, wait staff, kitchen workers, servers and cooks.) They work long 10 to 12 hour days for little reward.  I was free with compliments and appreciation.

It was fantastic to see their eyes light up when I mentioned what a good job they were doing or how much I appreciated their hard work.  I was very impressed with the quality of the food and the cleanliness of preparation areas and serving stations. I contacted the head chef to compliment him on his entire operation.  He was really happy to talk with me and said, “It is rare that anyone contacts me with positive feedback, most of my calls are people complaining. Your comments give me”wings to fly” and you made my day.” I also contacted the officer in charge of the wait staff to comment positively on how extraordinary his wait staff were.  He was so grateful and impressed that he gave us a bottle of wine of our choice.

This cruise experience has confirmed for me that LOVE is never done giving, all we need to do is be open to it, and our vessels will be filled to overflowing. Remember: “Love in your heart is not put there to stay. Love is not love until you give it away.” The more we give the more we receive. Thanks for taking the time to read our offerings.

“More Stuff Keeps Coming up”

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As this year comes to an end and a new year begins, I want to thank all of you who have supported and loved me this past year. It has certainly been a year of adventure, stepping out in faith and living my dreams. I have loved sharing it with you and inspiring you to live your dreams as well. Many of you have written to me sharing your dreams as well as your struggles and how your faith in God has been tested and strengthened. For many of us, it has been  a year of “letting go and letting God.”

When you receive this blog, I will be on my way back to Maui from my visit with family and friends in New England. I so look forward to being back in paradise and the warm weather and the whales that are coming back. It was great seeing everyone and spending time together. We all stayed with my daughter Mary and she did a fantastic job of cooking delicious meals for all of us.

We even had snow on Christmas day and 8 inches of snow 3 days later. I was prepared with my heavy coat, boots and gloves as we took a walk through the woods. My son Jimmy and his girlfriend Lara had a beautiful Christmas tree (that he cut down himself) that filled the room and reached the ceiling. We celebrated the Winter Solstice at my
daughter’s farm with singing and a big bonfire, where we were invited to write down what we wanted to let go of and what we wanted to bring in for the new year. Five year old Cielea said, “I want to let go of crying and I want to bring in flowers and a healthy new baby (Her mom is due to give birth any day.)

Even though I had a wonderful time being with my family, “my stuff” came up (which never feels very good.) I think being with family (especially ex’s) triggers old behaviors, patterns and feelings that still need healing. I prayed for a dream, asking for clarity on what needed to be changed in me. God answered that prayer when I woke up from a sound sleep in the middle of the night with a dream that headlights from a car were shining in the room. Spirit revealed to me how I give my power away by looking to others to give me what I need to give to myself. Something shifted inside of me after the dream and I was able to feel peace and get back to sleep. So I am grateful for more opportunities to see what’s inside that needs to be changed; whether it be to detach with love, let go, forgive, or just to focus on the positive, instead of complaining.

I had a pleasant surprise when I returned to my condo for the first time since I left in September. Almost all of my furniture was out of my condo except a small table and lamp in my bedroom. When I put the lamp on, I noticed a ladybug sitting on the table! As I have shared in other blogs, ladybugs are one of my signs of God’s unconditional
love for me. I then looked on the floor and spotted another one. It looked like a mother and baby. I was delighted to received this wonderful gift of love. Then, a couple of days later at Christmas, I received a beautiful bracelet from my son and future daughter-in-law that had a ladybug on it. It came with a wonderful description about the meaning of the ladybug.

“Legend has it that the ladybug was named for the Virgin Mary who assisted farmers once they prayed to her. Keeping fields safe from harm, the ladybug evokes the energy of harmony. A ladybug’s life is short. It teaches us to release worries and to enjoy experiences to the fullest. A messenger of promise, when the ladybug appears in our lives it is telling us to “Let go and let God.”

Not only do I think this message of “letting go” confirms my lessons for  2012, but it will be the theme for 2013.

This is what I read today in “Effortless Prosperity” by Bijan

“As we were growing up, we were taught the importance of being in control; the more control that we had, the happier we would be. The truth is that the more we surrender control to Spirit (taking it away from ego), the more we will be guided in the right direction. It is like jumping into the river while wearing a life jacket. As we float downstream near the rocks, we can try to push ourselves away, but we will usually
crash into them. However, if we just let go and let the water carry us through, it will naturally take us around the rocks. If we just give up control, with little intention of going anywhere other than where the current leads us, we will be carried where we are supposed to go and where it will be best for us.”

More and more I find that I am able to surrender my plans to God and allow myself to be carried where I am supposed to be, in the way that is best for me (even though it may be painful.) I surrendered the sale of my home in Rhode Island to God and I am happy to report that I found a wonderful new tenant. I signed my lease to rent my condo (yea) on January 2 and leaving for Maui on January 3rd.  Yes, God came through at the 11th hour and at the perfect and right time!

My prayer and wish for you for this coming year is that you know that you are ONE with God and that you experience God’s love and peace in all that you do.

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