Sunday, May 22, 2016

What Is Mine To Do? Sunday Service

I affirm that every action I take, every situation I experience ,every word I speak and every thought I have is a reflection of my faith that the Universe is conspiring for my good! And so it is!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Spiritual Conspiracy

"I affirm that every action I take, every situation I experience, every word I speak and every thought I have is a reflection of my faith that the Universe is conspiring for my good!" Rev. Brian Akers

What a magnificent affirmation! This is the affirmation for Sunday, May 22, 2016. I love it. It calls me to action. It calls me to ensure that my life reflects it in everything, that the words and the music go together, are in alignment with each other. It is an affirmation of truth.

Sometimes it is difficult to see that conspiracy. Today was one of those days. I decided to TAKE my application for naturalization up to Santa Ana rather than put it in the mail. Even though my first idea was to simply go to the post office here. That would have been the fastest and most direct route. But instead, I drove up to Santa Ana with my GPS constantly telling me to take the next exit. (I had instructed the GPS at an earlier time to give me a route without any freeways.) It was simply obeying the latest command it had from me.

That program is just like our subconscious mind that only knows how to obey the command. It doesn't evaluate it. It doesn't and can't change it. Our conscious mind is the only power that can decide. When we decide we can see that the Universe is conspiring for us.

The other aspect which is also part of the  demonstration was when I got to the Civic Center Plaza, driving right by the Federal Building, I did not notice the number on the building. Of course, it was the building I was looking for. However, not seeing the number prompted me to take  a stroll around the Civic Center and beyond. I walked for about 20 minutes,the length of time of my intended morning walk. Although I had dress shoes on and not walking shoes, the Universe was conspiring to help me achieve my daily goal.

The point is that no matter what we are experiencing, our experiences are always a reflection of our consciousness, not our wishes or hopes. Knowing that the Infinite Presence of Life lies within you, what can you choose today to think, to speak and to know?

One of the many vocalists whom we lost too early was John Denver. One of my favorite Denver songs is "It's About Time." In 2012 a Christian church together a video for Earth Day in 2012 featuring his song and some very moving images. I am sad to say I can't share it with you but you can see it by searching "Earth Day Video-John Denver-It's About Time."

When we are in harmony with Divine Mind, we begin to create beauty, joy and prosperity for all beings.
"It's about time, and it's about changes and it's about time."

Monday, May 16, 2016

News Flash: You Know This!!!

  “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” ― Albert Einstein

Flexibility is not a matter of turning spineless or so bendable you act like Gumby. Yes…I LOVE Gumby!...and his pony pal Pokey, too!…HOWEVER, as much as I truly love Gumby...Mastering flexibility means that you can balance the need for consistency with the need for change. Consistency can be the key in situations where a depth of understanding or discipline lead to growth. When the status quo is giving you success and joy, consistency is called for; when losses are occurring or you are missing opportunities, flexibility is in order. Hey, even Tony Robbins says, “Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”
One of the biggest fears you can encounter in life is fear of the unknown. It is tremendously hard to take a step off into areas that are new from a place that is familiar. It’s unknown territory; unfamiliar and possibly dangerous. This is where the skill of flexibility helps you the most. The benefit that flexibility brings to your life is that it gives you a wider territory of the familiar. In essence, flexibility increases your comfort zone. When you are flexible, there is a larger area in life that you have navigated before – that feels comfortable or at least familiar. Flexibility allows you to leave behind the usual, the narrow and ordinary; it allows you to continually do something a tiny bit differently. Over time, you forge a new, wider path that is less unknown and less fearful.
Brain science has taught us in the past decade is that this is actually how change occurs in our thinking patterns, habits and behavior. You must develop new neural pathways in your brain in order to change, grow or progress in your life. Change requires you to go into new territory, at least in terms of where in your brain things are processed. If all you do is try NOT to do the old habit or behavior – say you are trying to stop settling – you will never succeed. Every time you focus on not doing it, you strengthen the “doing it” pathway. The same old neural pathway in the brain that keeps you doing that behavior gets stronger if you try to resist doing that behavior. However, if you find yourself some new, less offensive words and develop the habit of using them, you will lay down new neural pathways in your brain and actually change. The power to change lies not in changing the old, but in developing something entirely new. This is flexib- ility in action.
The way to utilize this part of fierceness is to actually practice flexibility. No, not physical stretches, though your body might be grateful for that as well, but mental and behavioral stretches. Here are some examples: drive to work on a new route, cook a dish you have never eaten before, speak to strangers in the grocery store, eat with your fork in the other hand or use chopsticks…yes, I just ate a typically American dinner with chopsticks, or just do something out of the routine and the ordinary. This allows you to intentionally and consciously activate your flexibility... and, just like a muscle of your body, your ability to be flexible will grow. It is not that you are training your mind to use chopsticks or learn a new food preparation, you are giving your brain the ability to adapt to a variety of new situations to be prepared for whatever life may bring along. As Edward de Bono, authority on creative thinking, said,
“If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.”  Trust and believe... I have experienced and expressed this as Truth!
The final point in a discussion of flexibility is that we are not talking about taking foolish risks. Flexibility means staying within the limits of which you are capable, just pushing the limit slightly to beyond what is comfortable...For...LIFE begins when we get out of our proverbial "Comfort Zone".   It is not a leap into a great unknown, but a slide into the area beyond the illumination of the street lamp. It is a calculated risk. It is required for growth and also for success.  Of this...I remain Certain!
GOD has given me the ability to Truly Know that the Seeds of BEING Transcend That Which I AM Seeing...and whether I believe it or not...
The seeds of my happiness "today" were planted "a year and a half ago"...and
The seeds of my happiness a year and a half from Now... are BEING Now!
Hey…whatever YOU do, It’s all perfect just the way it is…the way YOU are…NOW!
Today will bring you a new awareness, a lesson or a manifestation that you are making progress – IF YOU KNOW IT!  No matter how large or small, please recognize it and be Grateful. Hey…It only takes a moment to pick up the penny… and will AUTOMATICALLY put you in the Flow of Positive Energy and Goodness.
To New Beginnings Together!
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To Our Health, Well-BEING, and Empowerment Together!

Much Love & GOD’s Blessings!
PS: Remember if you don’t do anything – if you don’t change the way
your mind works and direct your subconscious mind to create the
life you want – everything stays the same – nothing changes. This
is your life – make the most of it…NOW!
"There is a mighty Power within you. There is that Spirit of Life, Light, and Love. The more you feast on these ideas and fast from old corrosive ones, the closer you experience the Life you desire."  -Frank Richelieu, The Art of Being Yourself
Rhonda Maria Farrah, MA, DRWA
The Wellness Institute International

Licensed Teacher
The Art of Feminine Presence

Author  of the Forthcoming Book
How To Forgive, Live & LOVE During The Process of Divorce...
A Journey In Healing & Transformation

 Speak Up, The World Is Listening

How to Recognize the Whisper of Spiritual Guidance

This month were talking about Spiritual Guidance and Personal Responsibility. Spiritual guidance comes from within and is sometimes call intuition, a hunch or a gut feeling.   We all have a spiritual inner voice, but do we all listen? 

"Follow your instincts. That's where true   wisdom manifests itself." ~ Oprah Winfrey. 

How do you know when your intuition is speaking to you and thru you? With a committee of voices rattling around in our brains offering input on just about everything, how do we know when the Divine is speaking?

My Lesson In Listening

About a year ago I left my $600 Kindle, a gift from my parents, in an airplane's seat-back pocket, never to see it again. Before I walked off the plane, Spirit tried three times to save me from heartbreak and loss.

First, when I put my Kindle in the seat-back pocket, my intuition whispered,

"Leave it in your bag." 

I responded in my head, "But what if I want to read during the flight. I don't want to have to disturb anyone to get it out." I put my Kindle in the seat-back pocket.

Next, I was trying to decide where to put my boarding pass. Spirit softly suggested,

"Put it in your Kindle."

I responded, "No, I don't want to lose my boarding pass. It might slip out." I put my boarding pass into my purse.

Lastly, Spirit coaxed, 

"Hold your Kindle in your lap."

I was so involved in a conversation with my neighbor that I thought, "No. That would be rude."

Two hours later after leaving the plane at my layover destination, I realized my Kindle was not with me and it was still on the first plane. When I returned to the gate to claim it, the Kindle was lost in the Atlanta Delta Lost and Found system, never to be seen again. "Did you have your name in it?" the gate attendant asked. No...too bad I didn't put my boarding pass in it!

As I reflected on what had happened I realized all the ways my intuition tried to save me from loss and hopeless frustration; from not even taking the Kindle out of my bag to putting the boarding pass into the case so it was easy to identify.

When I was retelling the story to a friend and wondering aloud how to train myself to stop and listen to my intuition in the moment rather than recognizing it's wisdom after the fact, she asked me,"What did your intuition sound like?"

The Voice of Wisdom Rather Than Fear

In an instant of reflection I realized, it never argued with me. It never tried to change my mind or plead with me to make a different choice. My intuition offered me a new idea, but it never justified it's suggestion. My seemingly all-knowing ego overruled my intuition with strong ideas backed up by fear-based consequences. I took that as a clue!

What are other ways to know when Spirit is leading the way?

Three Times a Charm

Kathy Story knows when she gets the Divine nudge 3 times for the same thing, that's a clue to pay attention and take action.

"I know. I listen to things that happen to me 3 times, otherwise I get the divine two-by-four," she said recently when explaining how Spirit gave her the Divine elbow to buy a stuffed parrot from Home Depot. She loves parrots and two days after her purchase, a family of live parrots took up residence in a tree next to her home. Now she wakes up every day and looks out at her spirit animal, the parrot, and gives thanks for that great gift.

Know Thy Self 

Take time to listen and know yourself. That's huge! Last Sunday, Dr. Heather suggested meditation, prayer and visioning as three great tools to access the inner wisdom. So often, we move along reacting rather than listening. My yoga teacher reminds me that the power of a yoga practice not only comes from the physical movement, but also from monitoring the reactions of the mind. When we attempt a new posture or reach a physical limitation, that's a tremendous opportunity to observe how the mind reacts to challenge and stress. From that place we get to practice calming the reaction and creating a new thought. To go from "oh know this is too hard" to "I'm doing it. I am strong and capable." By knowing how we react in tough moments, we can distinguish the voice of panick and fear from clear wisdom and guidance. 

The wisdom of spiritual guidance can lead the way to enlightenment and greater fulfillment. This month I invite you to reflect on ways you can be a better listener to that still, small voice of spiritual guidance.

How do you recognize your spiritual guidance? Share your stories in the comments. We learn from each other.