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May Love Shine Forever

DSCN2500One of my favorite places to breath and reflect is at Lotus Pond at Ananda in Northern CA.  When it is in bloom, as you can see, it is an amazing joy of beauty.

The Divine with pull us out of the very mud of our own creations and draw us into the clear air of Spirit.  Wherever we are in any moment of time, if we are not feeling joy and love, we are not attuned fully to Spirit. Our intellects may be engaged, yet if our hearts are not also fully in tune with Loves Presence, we are hopping on one foot simply trying our best to keep in balance.  It takes a lot of effort.

Parmahansa Yogananda said to “Enthrone joy in the sanctuary of all of our aspirations, noble actions and noble thoughts.  Then we will feel God as joy reigning in the kingdom of your soul, laying His scepter on the white altar of your dreams to make every thought, feeling and memory a flower blooming there.”

God is everywhere and we can see and feel the beauty of Spirit and the ever present goodness that exists everywhere, simply because God is everywhere present.  We come from that which is everywhere present and as we embrace that more fully, life blooms like the picture of the pond that you can see.

Parmhansa Yogananda had a beautiful prayer that he prayed for himself.  He said that it was the only one that he prayed on his own behalf.  It is:  “Heavenly Father, may Thy love shine forever on the shrine of my devotion.  May my devotion for Thee forever burn on the altar of my memory, and may I be able to kindly love for Thee on all altar hearts.”

With that sweet prayer I hope that you too find fulfillment in your relationship with the Divine.

Joy and Blessings.  Know that you are loved!  Rev. Barb

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Trust the Process

life coach**, spiritual counseling, spiritual counseling, life coach nevada city, spiritual counselor nevada city, wellness coach , christian counseling, spiritual therapist, online counselingEvery 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

Affirm the Truth (part 1)

When I first began using affirmations, I repeated them a few times and hoped that what I had affirmed would manifest.  When they did not, I thought they just did not work.  Have you used affirmations in your life?  If you’ve tried using them and did not receive the results that you had hoped for, it might be because of the way that you used them.  Continue reading

Spiritual Growth Tips for Balancing Emotions

Spiritual Growth Tips for Your Spiritual Tool Box

Learning to observe ourselves and watch the tendencies of our thoughts is a life skill that makes a huge difference in our ability to be happy and free.  It is not an instantaneous skill but even beginning to be aware does make a difference and eases up the drain on our energy flow.   Jesus and many other Spiritual Masters tell us to “Know Thyself.”   Learn to deeply reflect upon the tendency of our thoughts and find out what drives us.  Eventually we will gain a deeper perception of who we really are beyond the dramas of our lives. Continue reading

What do we listen to?

Listen to Truth

In fragile moments when we are feeling vulnerable, those are the times when we can let the subconscious mind intrude upon us and throw us off course.   If we listen to the voice of truth we will lift our energy.  If we are seduced by the ego, it is likely that we will slide into the quick sand of a downward pull into negativity. With determination we can learn to live in harmony with the truth of our being.  We are absolutely one with God and God is Love! Continue reading

Being a Beneficial Presence

Choose to be a Positive Energy Force in the World

With every conscious breath we take….. we can choose to be a Beneficial Presence.   We influence the energy coming through us.

Being a Beneficial Presence –  appeals to me and over the years of my Spiritual Journey – it’s been a beacon of light for me.  I check into my thoughts, attitudes and actions and see if I am on or off course. Continue reading

We Are One

Learn the Method of Conscious Breathing

When our energy is less than centered and when we recognize that  hey, “I could really use a faith lift,” that is when it is so very useful to use the “Hong Sau” method of conscious breathing.  Hong Sau means “I am He,” and it is an affirmation of our oneness with our Source. How it works is, just breath in deeply through your nose while mentally thinking “Hong” and breath out mentally focused on “Sau.  It is easy to do and I do it through-out my day to center myself in the midst of my busy life.  It is a conscious practice tool that I use to awaken the awareness of my unity with God.  Paramahansa Yogananda brought this method to the West and I am so deeply grateful that he did.  I learned this method from an Ananda Community in Nevada City California.  I was so uplifted by the experience that I decided to learn their Kriya Yoga practices and I am very grateful that I did.  But you don’t have to learn Kriya to do this.  Just breath in “Hong” and breath out “Sau.”   Start with five rotations and then increase to ten after about a week. Continue reading