Category Archives: Faith

Blessed Solstice

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Hello Blogworld,

This morning I am sitting here staring out the window at this grey, wintery day, and thinking about change.  I have always had two times during my year that I reflect on change – around New Years, and in September – when there is that ‘let’s get back into it’ kind of feeling in the air.

But, today I’ve been reading a few articles on Solstice, and how many cultures and religions have thought of solstice as a time of renewal, a time of goal setting.  And I never really understood what Solstice actually was until today – the word Solstice comes from the Latin words (sol) which means ‘sun’, and (sistere) which means ‘stand still’, and is an actual celestial event.  At the solstice, the sun actually stands still, before changing direction according to which part of the world you live in.  Interesting, huh?

And for many, the solstice brings a time of reflection, a time of ‘going inside’ to regroup, a time of setting new intentions and making new plans. And though my own ceremony of looking back and making plans for the future year happens around New Years, I am taking a few minutes today to honour the process of standing still.

In today’s world, standing still for very long is virtually impossible, isn’t it?  But to be honest, standing still is the only way there is to really hear what’s going on inside us.  That still, small voice cannot, will not be heard in the craziness that is around us every moment of every day.  And that tiny voice inside, that ‘God-voice’ (is what I like to call her), is the most important voice to be heard, particularly if you wish to live your very best life.  And while not all of us do have that wish, that particular wish has been in my heart for as long as I can remember, and has been the reason I have chosen to do some very painful work inside me.  That still, small voice has been my driving force, and will continue to be so…..

So…..stillness, today, in this day of Solstice, when the sun (the source of all growing things here on earth) is itself standing still to change direction, I honour you. And while I will not be making any changes this day in particular, know that the upcoming year has been in my thoughts now for several weeks, and yes, I will be looking both back and forward in the next few weeks – setting intentions, making plans – and as I did last year, I will keep you posted, blogworld, because even though I have not been very faithful in keeping up with you these past few months, my long term intention is still….to keep on writing.   Namaste.

 

My One,True Source

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This morning I’ve been listening to some inspirational videos.  I think I’ve mentioned here that along my life’s journey I’ve learned that in order to change a mindset or experience a mind-shift, what has worked for me is saturation.  Putting that one thing out in front of me until my brain ‘gets’ it and a new pathway is formed.

So, I listen, read, and learn, on an almost daily basis.  Because, well, knowledge and change excite me. I don’t know how else to put it!

But sometimes,  as I listen to or read about some of these stories, my still, small voice interrupts my thoughts, to remind me not to forget that One who is my true source.  Too many of these stories I read about miss this one most important factor.  As I listen or read, their success seems to gravitate to all that they did to get there.  And while I understand that yes, we do have to work hard to get to where we want, and that yes, God has given us a creative brain with which to create many wonderful things for ourselves and for others…….I believe there is a real danger is us taking all the glory.

There are a few verses in the Bible that have really spoken to me over time.  One of  them says “If I am to boast, let me boast that I know and understand my God”

And:  “All things come from God”, and “It is God who gives us the ability to get wealth”.

I do think God is completely ok with us being successful in our lives.  But taking all the glory for the things we have created, well, that’s a slippery slope, indeed.  In my humble opinion.

The one thing that I find missing in all these audios I listen to, in all the books I read, is, to me, THE most important thing.  The acknowledgement that God Himself gives us these abilities.  They may feel like something we ourselves have created, but it’s dangerous to remain in that way of thinking.  God gives, and God takes away, and the danger in believing we created it all ourselves, the danger in believing we are gods, (yes, I have heard this! 😦  ), or believing that God is some impersonal being that is spread thin across the universe, creates some pretty thin ice to stand on, I think.

The God I know is a very personal God, whom I am in touch with moment by moment.  Who cares about me and my life, and who has my absolute best interests at heart.  He/She is a being I can ultimately put my trust in, and have, over and over again, countless times, and will, countless more times in my life.

In all my quest for knowledge, success, even better health and wellbeing, it is my humble prayer that I never, ever forget the One who has made all of my life, all of my successes, possible.  One verse that sticks in my mind is this: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you”.  And sometimes, like today, that God-voice inside me reminds me I don’t have to work so incredibly hard……what is required of me is to seek His face….and things will be added…

Today that voice of inner knowing inside me is reminding me to come and be with God…to put every concern into His/Her hands and leave those things there…that He/She is, ultimately, in control.

Thank you, God, for reminding me of these things today.

Happy Easter! He is Risen!

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I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter weekend.  Easter has always been my favorite holiday of the year.  It’s THE most important Christian celebration.  A celebration of Christ conquering death – that we may have life, and life more abundantly.

I have had the most lovely three days, so far.  And I haven’t even done anything very ‘special’.,,whatever that means. For the past few days, I have been experiencing such a lovely calming feeling that all is right in my world.  Have you ever felt it, yourself? It’s hard to describe, actually.  Yesterday I went for a walk by the ocean with a friend, and as I waited for her to arrive, I leaned against the railing and looked out over the ocean and felt such a feeling of wellness. And the same feeling washed over me the other morning as I woke up to see the sun shining through my window.  And  as I  str-et-ch-ed…like a cat, and rolled over and snuggled down into my blanket and pillow to doze for awhile longer.   Peace.  And……joy.  Joy – full.

I’m sure part of it was the luxurious sunshine we’ve had all weekend.  Wow, it’s been pretty amazing here in Victoria.  But some of it has been because I’ve taken the time to shower my body with love in all kinds of different ways.  With Reiki.  With walking.  With listening to some uplifting audios on women’s health.  With meditation…and with prayer.

I’ve been feeling amazement that something has shifted in me this past month.  I’m really beginning to feel what it’s like to be in my body!  Just typing that brings tears to my eyes, because you have no idea how far from my body I have been all these years! And it feels really, incredibly wonderful!  It’s such a new feeling for me, and I’m languishing in it….

And, I cannot close without saying that this sense of wonder that I have has a lot to do with my personal relationship with God.  I don’t doubt this one bit.  My life is far from easy.  I rarely have enough money.  From month to month I’m unsure if I have a job to go to.   I’m moving in one month and my son needs to find a place to live, and a job, in that short amount of time.  I never quite know what my future is going to look like from one month to the next.  To be able to admit all this to you and still be able to say it is well with my soul... that is a testament to my faith and belief that Someone greater watches over me…

Now, I’m not trying in the least to convert anyone.  Rather, I’m wanting to say that this Easter weekend I have felt the presence of God in my life in such an amazing way…and I just want to say thank you, God.  You are the best.