You really have something to contribute to the lives of others. Make this day one where you honor the potential that Spirit inspires in you. Whatever you can share from your heart and soul, makes a difference in the world. Anyone can feel overwhelmed with the suffering and poverty that we encounter these days. Even so, there is so much good that is within you and others that is worthy of expressing. You have something meaningful to share! It may be something simple or practical that is helpful to someone, or perhaps it is offering encouragement of someone who is not feeling as strong as they need to be today. Your selfless service is a blessing to others. Be generous with your love and kindness and that truly makes the world a better place. Know that You are Loved! Rev. Barb Walley
I am so blessed to be living in a time when we are growing ever more aware of our spiritual truths. I live in a community of souls who choose to be aware and conscious of what is going on within and around us to the best of our current ability. We have so many opportunities to clean the inner perceptions that block our experience of Joy and Divine Presence because we live in a community dedicated to growing spiritually.
Swami Kriyananda wrote a wonderful book of affirmations that I enjoy using as one of my daily spiritual tools called “Affirmations for Self-Healing”. In it he wrote: “Man needs to learn to change his focus from what he is #aware of to what he is #aware with. He needs to become more aware at the source of his awareness, at his deepest center, God. Through this awareness, his enjoyment even of the surrounding world becomes intensified a thousandfold.” I hope you enjoy one of his affirmations and prayers as follows:
Affirm: I behold the world with eyes of calmness and of faith. For I know that, as I view others, so will I myself become.
When we accept that #awareness and let it come up every time we delude ourselves into thinking that our judgments are about anyone but ourselves, we can free ourselves to live in more joy.
Prayer: Infuse me, from my deepest center, with Thy joy. Make me aware of Thee, my divine Beloved, in all that I behold.
May your days be filled with the joyful Presence and Omnipresent good.
Know that you are loved and blessed. Namaste, Rev. Barb
Wherever you are in this moment, high or low, all of your feelings will change.
Do you ever feel like your mind is stuck in a mental fog or blind spot that you have a hard time moving out of. When I slip into a mindset that is limiting, I know that I have identified myself with the small self or our shadow. We can only see what it can see, know what it knows and experience only what it can imagine. When the mind is replaying the past, the same thoughts build a wall that blocks the free flow of possibilities from reaching our awareness. Albert Einstein said, “Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.”
I believe that there is a Power within us that is a power that comes from the Source of Life at the center of everyone’s being. I know that this Presence never has any mental blocks because it has no identity with insufficiency or inadequacy on any level of its being.
One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Ernest Holmes is:
Thou art the center and circumference of my life. The beginningless and endless part of me. The eternal Reality of me; The everlasting Power within me; The eternal Good working through me; The Infinite Love impelling me; The limitless Peace and Calm within me; The Perfect Life, living through and in me; The joy of the Soul and Light of the Spirit, Illumining me. O Lord, God, Eternal and forever Blesses, Thou art my whole being!
Dr. Holmes said that “any wall which keeps you from the greater good is built by mental blocks, cemented together by fear and unbelief, mixed in the mortar of negative experiences.”
I hope you will join me in tearing down any wall within you, that blocks your ability to see the sun shining behind the clouds. The energy and power that fills the oceans and flows in every river, flows within you. It is your very breath. Take a deep breath right now and savor it.
Today I invite you to merge with the eternal river of life. Let it fill your cup to over flowing, like the rains coming down from the sky. Join me in declaring that every step that you take is guided and guarded. You can become #Self Realized.
If you would like to take my “River of Life” class, please email me and I would be happy
Joy To You, Rev. Barb
Every day we have opportunities to trust Spirit, to go more deeply into truth, and to surrender whatever comes up that appears to be blocking our self-realization. The miracles of God are often simple opportunities to let go of our thoughts, feelings and reactions and step into the greater conscious willingness that is within us. There are times when the energy flow is great, high and mighty and there are also times when the flow appears less apparent.
Last week I went for an eye exam and the eye doctor did not like the appearance of one of my eyes. He set up an MRI and the scan revealed a tumor that was pushing on my eye. That set off a series of referrals that led me to an ENT doctor and surgeon that is referring me to sinus doctor that specializes in delicate procedures. All of this has challenged my capacity to ride the waves of uncertainty and trust the process and stay in the present with my energy and present moment awareness.
When we have something coming up for us that adds waves to our internal calmness, what works for me is to call forth “The Presence,” and surrender all my feeling, the emotional energy and wrap it up and give it to Spirit. The vital energies and power of our humanity stirs up the “what if’s” and that is where the inner work for the moment has to be focused. Healing and raising my vibration.
I use prayer, dialog with the divine, contemplation, meditation, spiritual study and affirmations as part of my daily spiritual practice. Over the years I have used the daily Spiritual Mind Treatments in Creative Thought, Unity,
Agape International, and in the Science of Mind magazines, Louise Hays, Deepak Chopra’s and many others. One of favorite daily tools is “Affirmations for Self- Healing” by Swami Kriyananda, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.
“I hold my thoughts up to the calmness within; in calmness I receive inspiration from my higher Self.”
Paramhansa Yogananda said: “The GREATER the WILL, the greater the FLOW OF ENERGY.”
Today I trust in the divine flow and process that is leading me into the unique rhythm,pulse and ever greater attunement with Spirit. I give thanks for all that is in my life and all that I am, knowing I am always loved, guided, guarded and directed by the Spirit of the Indwelling Presence and so are you. And So It Is!
Know how deeply loved you are, Blessings, Rev. Barb
Free yourself from energy blocks and enter into the divine flow.
“You are the changer, God works through you and as you. Your part is to realize that you can break free of the limitations that you have believed were so, and therefore have held tight to the banks of your limiting perceptions.”
To listen to Reverend Barb’s inspiring “River of Life talk,” that she delivered at Unity in the Gold Country, click here.
Not for Ourselves Alone. As the suffragettes Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton; fought for their freedom to vote and to run their own affairs- they chanted: “Not for Ourselves Alone.”
Awareness and Expanding our Consciousness- Is NOT for Ourselves alone. Our Thoughts and Beliefs: solidify as perceptions– that ripple into our lives and the lives of others; as patterns that drive our lives. Every fearful thought and attitude robs us of our joy and freedom. Part of my daily practice is releasing the emotional blocks in the way of deepening my spiritual growth. Emotional freedom benefits everyone in our lives.
One year ago I left Toledo OH- to move to Northern California. I had lived there for 16 ½ years and was the Spiritual Leader/ Pastor of Sacred Threads Center 4 Spiritual Living; A Science of Mind/ New Thought Community. My plan was to stop in Chicago, spend the night at a friends home and leave the next morning.
My car broke down and I was stuck in Chicago for 3 ½ weeks and the car I had just purchased was delivered to Grass Valley on Thanksgiving.
I had to stand up for myself and what was right and do it in a way that was just, true and in alignment with Spirit. I had to let go and release my attachment to specific outcomes. It was not at all easy for me.
Drama popped up everywhere. I still had to stand up for Justice. I wanted to take right actions; in alignment with my Spiritual Path. I was watching my feelings, attitudes and observed my thoughts. I felt completely off center.
I witnessed feelings of being in prison; I was angry, frustrated and I had many thoughts that were contractive, fearful, isolating and blaming. I knew I had to raise my energy if I was to be sane and if I was going to deal with this in a way that would work.
I knew that Life reflects back to us whatever we put into It. I made some quick decisions that needed more consideration. I had the car and I had the issues to deal with, like it or not. I had to treat and move my feet and yet my feet felt like they were stuck. I had to keep going deeper and deeper within.
What pebbles will I toss into the pond of divine consciousness to help me address the issues at hand and take care of myself. I used every tool in my spiritual toolbox. I used a ritual that is part of my spiritual practice to release my concerns to the Holy Spirit, to Divine Mother- the Universal Law, over and over again…. and asked for help to lift up my consciousness.
My freedom was at stake here. It was more than the car- even though in these very tough moments it appeared like my life was falling apart. I had my whole life in this car and my possessions and suddenly it was someplace in Chicago and I had no control over what was happening. I now was staying at a friends house for much longer than planned. All of my stuff; my guitar, camera, all of the books I loved and used and my clothes. The stuff I didn’t give away before moving. Breath…. it is only stuff!
I had to let go of the obstacles to my joy. I was aware of the thoughts and beliefs that were constrictive and blaming. I was angry that I bought a car from a man and dealership I knew and trusted for a lot of money and it broke down with in 24 hrs of taking possession of it and I was on the road with my precious dog and all of the things I felt I needed to cross the country and start a new life in California.
It took inner work! It took Radiant Faith – to keep moving myself into right alignment with the spiritual truths that I knew. My mind struggled with the facts. About being “right” instead of being “happy” in the midst of very challenging issues I had to deal with.
Every time I re-visited feelings of anger, betrayal, blame, shame, and a library full of woulda, coulda and shoulda’s, I had to release them over and over again. Each one that I had to let go of, I placed on the Altar of God and harmonized my thoughts, beliefs and attitudes. I had to sweep the basement of my inner home, where “life was happening to me” instead of through me. I had to find a greater and more clear “will power” that was divinely based.
What I know is that there are no Hitch-hikers on the Highway to God! We have to do the work. But there is help, support and a whole lot of grace- amazing love filled encouragement from higher realms of being.
There is the laughter of Spirit/God– let’s laugh it. There is a song of the Universe– let’s sing it. There is a hymn of praise– let’s praise it. There is a joy, a beauty, there is a deep abiding peace; let’s experience it. Ernest Holmes, Living Without Fear
I used these thoughts because I want to live without the fear that was coming up for me around this situation. It was also about my life and the lives of others who face their own versions of the difficulties I was facing.
Emotional Freedom tools: Affirm: I choose to be Emotionally Free
- To LOVE – myself and others
- To grow deeply – in Universal wisdom truths
- To transmute any obstacle along the way
Is that true? Right Now? Write down whatever you might want or need to release to the Sacred Fire, and give it over to God.
- What thoughts, attitudes and mental patterns get your way?
- Do you tend to avoid being fully aware of them?
- Are you willing to release them and give over to a Higher Power – Divine Source — right now?
That’s what I do. I place my concerns in a real or imaginary burning bowl to help me let go of anything that is in my way. It’s a ritual I use all of the time.
I give it to Divine Mother and place it in the Sacred Fire, to be healed all the way to the root cause; from this life time or any other. Heal this for myself, my ancestors and my loved ones. I don’t want this energy any more. Take it Divine Mother, I release it to you… forever! Thank you, Amen.
If you were helped by this please email me and let me know.
Many Blessings, Rev. Barb Walley
Contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have emotional highs and lows. It appears that I have a lifetime assignment of discovering my emotions and moving beyond the triggers they raise. For many years now, both my personal and inner spiritual journey have prompted me to reflect on deeply ingrained patterns that I want to clear.
The neural pathways in our brains are imprinted or recorded with the emotional frameworks that we have programmed into the unconscious. These emotions appear to be invisible yet far from inconsequential.
I do not intend to live in the highs nor the low emotional waves that that drive me from my center and an experience of inner balance and connection to my higher power.
There are times when the best I can do is practice deep conscious breathing. I bring more energy into my very core and the oxygen, intention and focus help me discover hidden beliefs that are feeding my emotional roller coaster ride. The only way I can do this effectively is by connecting with something greater within me. So I open my spiritual tool box and use one or more tools such as prayer, contemplation, meditation, a chant or sometimes I sing a song, and I connect to Spirit and I call forth wisdom, oneness, supportive energy and balance from a higher place within me.
When I am not feeling right with myself or my life, it is usually because I have slipped into a ego state that is about me, my and mine. I am not seeing myself as a part of something whole and inclusive. I am usually feeling like life is happening to me, instead of the truth that “Life Happens Through Me.”
When I am not clear about what emotions are driving my thoughts, beliefs and actions in my life, it is like I am in a boat on a rough sea and I will be tossed to and fro. That is why the emotionally unattached, Master Jesus, was able to calm the inner and outer effects when the disciples were experiencing rough, tossing seas. They were reacting to primal emotional fears and were concerned about their welfare. Once they recognized and reconnected with the Master, and their connection to a greater truth, the calm was restored and they were able to navigate their way to safety.
The truth helps us look at the meaning we assign to whatever is coming up in our lives. Sometime a little inner work helps us discover what is driving our feelings, of upset, confusion, that tired feeling, loneliness, loss of confidence, lack of happiness and general interest in life.
Each day, I do my best to practice attuning myself to higher vibrations of love, harmony and trust in the prevailing good, and I dedicate my life, over and over again, to living in joy, being of service, and I choose to be a beneficial presence in as many ways as is healthy and possible for me. That helps me move beyond limiting beliefs about myself and stuff that I can get caught up in. Each day, I re-dedicate my life to God and ask for guidance in all areas of my life. Each day I do my best to stay in divine partnership even in those places where my ego resists assistance in the moment, I still give it over to Spirit. Practice the Presence in your life and you will never be alone again.
Know that you are deeply loved! Blessings and Joy, Rev. Barb