April 7, 2012 Edition
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Happy Easter Sunday
SPECIAL AWARENESS ZONE

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REFLECTION
"Reflection is one of the most underused
yet powerful tools for success."
-- Richard Carlson

INTRODUCTION TO AWARENESS
Life's Lessons

"Why does this keep happening to me!?" If you find yourself saying these words, chances are that a life lesson is being experienced.

Before being born, we choose to experience some of our all-knowingness as souls and the lessons we want to learn in this lifetime. Each person has their own personal agenda. This is why it is so important for each and every one of us to trust our intuitive thoughts. If we trust our intuition, one of the most common ways that our soul communicates with us, we will end up doing what our soul incarnated to do and therefore evolve. Many people may give us advice, but they do not know what our soul's agenda is, and therefore may not know what is truly right for us.

To help us learn our lessons, we are given life tests. You will be given test after test after test. When it is performed with ease, it is no longer a test or an issue and we can then move to the next challenge. For example, let's say you have chosen the lesson of jealousy. You will be placed in positions where you could experience the feeling of jealousy. The lesson may start off small with a friend who gets a toy that you want. Maybe you will have a friend who breezes through school while you have to study extremely hard. Perhaps you will have a sibling who becomes successful and wealthy while you are struggling to make ends meet.

The potential situations are endless. Once you learn to deal with the jealousy and be happy for others, you will have successfully completed or learned that life lesson.

Some life lessons are:

- learning to overcome negative attributes (jealousy, greed, hate, control, selfishness, etc.)
- learning patience, compassion, gratitude, forgiveness
- learning to live each day to the fullest
- learning to love yourself
- learning unconditional love etc.

Now some of you who have not been on the spiritual path very long may be wondering ... "Why would an all-knowing soul choose to learn about jealousy?" Well, it's because of its all-knowingness. The soul may know what jealousy is, but needs to experience it in order that it may truly understand this knowing. For example, when we are children, our parents tell us to not touch the fire ... or something that is hot because we may get burned. We then "know" that fire is hot, however, we don't really understand this knowingness until we "experience" what hot is ... that is, until we touch it.

So the next time you hear yourself saying, "Why does this always happen to me?" ... search within to get a full understanding of what is truly the lesson that needs to be learned.
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PATIENCE
"Patience is power;
with time and patience,
the mulberry leaf becomes silk."
-- Chinese proverb

Our Special "Soul Soothers" List

We have a list of folks we know
all written in a book,
And every now and then
we go and take a look.

That is when we realize
these names they are a part,
Not of the book they're written in,
but taken from the heart.

For each Name stands for someone
who has crossed our path sometime,
And in that meeting they have become
the reason and the rhyme.

Although it sounds fantastic
for us to make this claim,
SOUL SOOTHERS is composed
of each remembered name.

Although you're not aware
of any special link,
Knowing you has shaped our ezine
more than you could think.

So please don't think our greeting
as just a mere routine,
You really are special to us and not
forgotten in between.

Also know that when we send a greeting
that is addressed to you,
It is because you're on the list
of folks we're indebted to.

It doesn't matter if we've known you.
for many days or few,
Know that you will always have a part
in shaping the things we do.

It's true we are but a total
of the many folks we've met,
But you are a special friend
of whom we'll never forget.
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GIVING
It is only in the giving of oneself
to others that one truly lives
who they really are as Soul.
~ the Center of Light & Serenity

My Experience With Channeling Spirit
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

I have been receiving messages (what spirit calls "communications") for some 20 or more years now. Most of the information that I received has been teachings and they are teachings that have been confirmed in one way or another, and with the numerous messages that I've received throughout this time, I'm sure that there are many such confirmations that I have yet to experience. I'm sure that there are many like myself who love to receive messages from Spirit through channeling. There is nothing quite like the thrill of being told something that is far beyond your knowledge and then having it confirmed to be true. It is something that one must experience to understand.

When I first began this journey, my Spirit Teacher asked that if I really wanted to commit myself to this path, there would be times when the communications (messages) might not be understood, but that I would have to let them go as they were not meant for me at that particular time. He has emphasized and cautioned me on many occasions that if what was being channeled didn't resonate in my heart, that I should simply let it go. It was through such initial cautions given to me that I even began to trust my Spirit Teacher ... for at that time, I still believed in the existence of evil spirits and the like.

The years that I have been channeling spirit have been the most pleasureable years of my life. During this time, I have come to learn that everything that my Spirit Teacher told me was 100% true. A couple of years ago, my Spirit Teacher told me to prepare for the day that I would no longer receive these channeled messages, for there would come a time when words would no longer serve to transmit his teachings. He also cautioned me on occasion, to not give my power to him and the importance of not taking others' power away from them. Although he prepared me well and the time has come when his "messages" are few and far between, I still wait and continue to look for the messages.

The messages I received are consistent. I am still being shown many pictures/visions and told some of the same things that I was told as far as 15 or more years ago, but I have moved forward on my path, trying to confront my fears and choosing to trust that what I have been told are indeed divine truths ... that what I have been given are only those things that are for my greatest good and the good of whomever reads them.

So, why do I keep asking questions and looking for messages? Oh, I guess it has to do with a bit of that ego stuff ... but more importantly to experience that feeling of all-knowingness when I'm receiving the messages. However, I have noticed that even though I hold on to these desires, I am aware that I have learned much and as such, my thought patterns have changed over these years. In the beginning, it was a "show me" attitude. For example, when I was being told certain events would take place within a short time, or soon, and then experienced that perhaps as much as a year had passed, I was concerned as to the validity of the information. I had to learn that "soon" or "shortly" meant an entirely different thing to spirit who lived in the Realm of the Absolute where "time and space" do not exist.

I have learned that we are in fact the creators of what is to come in our life and that spirit, not knowing how we will use our free will to react to certain situations, can only base what may occur in the future on the probablity of us reacting or doing the same thing that we've done in the past in similar situations.

As time passed and some of the events did not occur, I would still ask questions, but when I was given the messages (which were often the same as that previously given) I would note them but think "yeah ... right". I have noticed, however, that over the last few years, I have stopped looking at the messages for what the future would bring but instead, I simply desired to look forward to words of encouragement or hope that would continue to move me on my path. I realized that all of the messages were simply given to teach me how to get through the next challenge, to give me hope and to help me believe in what I knew to be true in my heart ... to help me re-member who I really was and ... to TRUST.

For the most part, I have learned to live in the moment instead of in the future ... which is easier said then done as anyone who is pursuing this type of life path will tell you. I say this, not because of the difficulty in doing it, but rather in being mindful and willing to spend the time to do it. Yes, I'd be lying if I said that I have reached the level of consciousness that these teachings were meant to attain, and believe me ... I am the first to admit that I still have a long way to go in many of the areas that I've been taught. For the most part, however, if not being guided in a certain situation, I try to base my decisions on what I feel in my heart, and not on what I think will get me the end result (ie. if I do this or that, it will make this or that happen). In his own way, he has taught me how to discern between the ego's fear-based subtleties and the soul's love-based nudges ... and how to live without expectation and with patience through that thing called 'awareness".

While in the beginning I thought the reason I got messages from Spirit was to get guidance about "what I should do next" and to know "what my future holds", I now understand the deeper meaning to the messages. I undertand that the messages were meant to teach me to re-member who I really was, to teach me my true purpose in life, and teach me that "time and space" and "duality" were merely tools to facilitate our experience on this journey we call life ... to know and trust that things are not either "good" or "bad," but that they just are ... and above all ... to teach me to "accept" and "allow" ... to TRUST. I understand that it's important to learn to live in the moment ... to learn to live by what our heart is telling us. I understand that I have to learn patience. Getting those messages, I have learned so much about God and how the Universe works that I could never have gotten otherwise, and I now know that I could never return to the life I had before them.

Of course, I still hope that the written messages will continue to be given to me ... messages that portray a life of happiness beyond belief. But for now, I understand that it is more important for me to live through the day in peace and love by letting go of the judgement that comes in "conditional love" and to move toward that which we all seek ... "unconditional love." And though I still look forward to more written messages, I am content and thankful, instead, for those informal messages that continue give me and others hope, those messages that come through visions, feelings, dreams, and intuitive thoughts ... those messages where words are not necessary. More significantly, I am also coming to understand that no matter what my future brings or doesn't bring, it is important that I trust that there are lessons being learned that will ultimately make me a stronger and more content being ... that there is so much more than what our physical eyes and ears see and hear in this material world of illusion.
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Desire
Ignore your desires and
you ignore the very source of your power...
~ the Center of Light & Serenity

ON THE PATH
with the Center of Light & Serenity

Words To Live By From A Dying Man...
author unknown

I sat next to the bed of old man, a friend for over twenty years, and held his hand. Hal was dying. We both knew these next few days would be his last.

We spent time reminiscing about his long and fruitful career as a church pastor. We talked about old friends. We chatted about his family. And I listened as he offered sage wisdom and advice to a member of a "younger generation."

At a lull in the conversation, Hal seemed to carefully consider what he was about to say next. Then he squeezed my hand, gazed intently into my eyes and whispered, just loud enough for me to hear, "Nothing is more important than relationships."

I knew that this was somehow near the pinnacle of his life's learnings. As he considered all of his experiences ... personal, professional, spiritual and family, this one ultimate observation surfaced above the rest: "Nothing is more important than relationships."

"Don't get overly caught up in your career," he seemed to be saying to me. "Likewise, don't use people in order to achieve your goals, then throw them away. No project, no program, no task should be pursued at the expense of friends and family.

"Remember," I heard him saying, as clearly as if he were speaking the words, "that in the end, only your relationships will truly matter. Tend them well."

Writer Og Mandino puts it this way: "Beginning today," he said, "treat everyone you meet as if he or she were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness, and understanding you can muster, and do so with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again."

At the end of a long life, my friend Hal would have agreed.
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HEALING
As we bring healing to ourselves,
we are offering healing to the world.
~ the Center of Light & Serenity

SPIRITUAL INSIGHT
(a channeled vignette)
Final Word On 2012 Predictions

There has been, and it continues to this day, a concerted effort by many to paint 2012 as either an apocalypse of cataclysmic proportions such as an end to the human race, or even that of a non-event. Some are also expecting a rapture scenario and the return of Jesus Christ. However, perhaps as never before, 2012 will present the opportunity to create your own reality, your own experiences as you ideally wish them to be, in an atmosphere of unprecedented heightened heart centered consciousness where it will be possible for you to live out your heart's desires.

As for fear, it has been rampant among humankind lifetime after lifetime and it is a very low consciousness vibration that robs one of their vital energy. Now, you have this grand opportunity to rid yourself of this paralyzing low energy and must let go of it to move to the new Earth ... fear of change, fear of the unknown, and fear of the process of transitioning to this higher consciousness. And all it takes can be summed up in one word ... TRUST.

It is also time to embrace the 'unlimited' and lose any ideas of the so-called "impossible." Move forward with a sense of confidence, fearlessness and power, as your innate and original divine powers are restored to you like a long lost friend. Use this to open up your heart like never before. The heart is the doorway to the subconscious, which in turn leads to the divine consciousness. Allow your heart to rule your decisions and let the mind go, where the Ego and all doubt, anxiety and fear resides.

Along with this, open up your consciousness to a whole new realm of possibilities like never before ... INTEND anything and EVERYTHING. Anything is possible now, so just go with the flow and trust yourself as never before and know that you will be guided to precisely where you need to be.

Love is what will bring your world of physicality into the Light ... out of the darkness of fear ... out of the limits and boundaries created by fear ... out of the Realm of Relativity and into the Realm of the Absolute. It is Love that will produce the buds of a new beginning on Earth ... a beginning which will usher in an age of peace and beauty that heretofore could not be seen through the veil that has surrounded your world up until now. All this and more shall Love bring.
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A Special Blessing to You and Yours ...
Until next week ...
These things, we warmly wish for you-

May you have all the happiness
And luck that life can hold-
And at the end of your rainbows
May you find a pot of gold.

Love and Light,
Mike & Sandy
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