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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

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Emotionally Free

tulipsEvery day is another opportunity to live emotionally free lives!

Do you have those moments in your life when you feel waves of emotion coming over you? I have noticed that they just show up in an instant, most of the time without any warning, and then I am feeling an emotional high or low depending on the situation, circumstance or gut response that is triggered.

Both science and wisdom teachings reveal that we all have ancestral patterns and reactions that we have inherited. We have all been well trained in patterns from our immediate family and lineage that includes tribal environments. I have come to realize that many of these patterns and reactions are passed on through our DNA, which challenged my perceptions at first because of my personal intention and desire to overcome some of my own life lessons. Yet it does make sense to me as I pay attention to myself and others.  I’ve noticed things that seem so tenacious and stubborn in our behaviors that have to be deeply rooted.

Sometimes I get a strong gut feeling that seems to come at me from “out of the blue” and if I’m in a good place I can let it fly right by me without identifying with it, whether it is positive or negative. If I am in an especially vulnerable place, I can have a more difficult time breaking free of the triggered mind chatter that still exists in my unconscious mind. This is one of the areas of healing that I am dedicated to helping others become free of also. Each day I claim greater emotional freedom from the patterns that closes me and others off from the joy that is ours by divine right inheritance. What I know in my heart is that we must do the work and earn the right to this emotional freedom, as Rickie Byers Beckwith says in her song, “There are no hitchhikers on the highway to God.”

Every day, I practice the presence and I work on myself on many levels of my life. It is my Dharmic or life path to pay attention to the self talk, inner feeling tones, vibrations and energy and move all of my energies into a more affirmative and empowering framework so that I can live a more spiritually liberated life.  I am here to share spiritual life tools with you to help you travel your spiritual path with greater ease and grace.  I dedicate each situation that comes up in my life to Divine Mother and the Holy Spirit and ask for help from my Higher Holy Spirit Self to help me transmute the energy for my own sake and for the sake of all those that I share my path with.  We do not heal alone.

When we focus our mind and thoughts between our eyebrows at what is called the “third eye” or that place where our “eye can be single,” we are helping ourselves align with our higher selves.  It is a natural part of us that is one with all that is, many call it the place where we connect with the Christ or Buddah nature.  Everyone has this very same connecting point within them.  No one is missing it.  It is our entry spot or place of engagement with our higher selves.  That is why part of the Yoga practice is to actively engage the focus on the 3rd eye.

There are many obstacles that we will encounter and I will be sharing some of the common ones in part two of this blog. The obvious ones are doubt and neglecting our daily spiritual practices. There are also consequences that are triggered by our emotions that can trap us in feelings and repeated patterns that cause us to miss out on the benefits of our spiritual journey. Never give up. As long as you never give up and know that God won’t ever give up on you, you will continue to grow.

Know that you are deeply Loved by God and by me.

Love, Rev. Barb

Looking at the One in the Mirror

I was thinking about how easy it is to look at life… through my eyes, and forget to ask myself, how is (she/he) someone else seeing or experiencing this.  I am clear that I choose to help  make the world a better place and my heart is definitely in it.  What is not as clear to me at all times is —  how congruent my head and heart are.  Life often reminds me that it is prudent to start on a moment by moment basis. As a Science of Mind Practitioner for 28 years and 16 of those years as a New Thought- Ancient Wisdom teacher, coach and minister, my intention has been to be a loving and beneficial presence on the planet.  I am dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of others; in service to God and those that Spirit brings to me for a reason, a season, or for a lifetime.  Sometimes all that is needed is a prayer or”an encouraging word.” Other times they need to share their thoughts and feelings and they just want me to listen.  Many times they need spiritual tools and guidance.  Most of the time everyone needs to feel loved and cared about and then I have to release them to be themselves without the weight of any of my expectations.  That was tough for me to integrate fully.

Recently, I read this in “Heaven Letters.”

“Are you aware of how tightly you hold on to what is not yours to hold on to? Are you trying to hold people to you. Are you trying to keep them in

place. But people are travelers in their own lives. They rest when they rest, and they move on when they move on. Are you trying to keep them by the force of your will?  Why… they are their own being. They are playing a part in your life as they will, on stage one moment, off the next.”

“People in your life are like dance partners. They dance as they will. You do not try to hold them or make them dance only the dances you dance. They bow in and out of your life anyway. You might as well set them free.

There have certainly been times when I have held on too tightly and there have been times when I have given the impression that I just don’t care, when I do. Perhaps too much! Sometimes I struggle to find an inner balance when it comes to my loved ones. I love deeply and I want to be encouraging and appreciative without taking it all so seriously. No one else, in my life, holds the measure of my worth, yet there were times when I believed it was the truth.  Have you ever felt like that?

Sometimes… I just need to share an encouraging word with the one in the mirror.

Know that you are loved!

Blessings, Rev. Barb

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