May 26, 2012 Edition


2012 Memorial Day
Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives For Our Country

The well of providence is deep
It's the buckets we bring to it that are small.
the Center of Light & Serenity

Rules For A Happy Day
~ Author Unknown

1. Today I will not strike back ... If someone is rude, if someone is impatient, if someone is unkind... I will not respond in a like manner.

2. Today I will bless my "enemies": If I come across someone who treats me harshly or unfairly, I will quietly bless that individual ... regardless if the "enemy" is a family member, neighbor, co-worker or stranger.

3. Today I will be careful about what I say ... I will carefully choose and guard my words being certain that I do not spread gossip.

4. Today I will go the extra mile ... I will find ways to help share the burden of another person.

5. Today I will forgive ... I will forgive any hurts or injuries that come my way.

6. Today I will do something nice for someone, but I will do it secretly ... I will reach out anonymously and bless the life of another.

7. Today I will treat others the way I wish to be treated ... I will practice the golden rule - "Do unto others as I would have them do unto me" - with everyone I encounter.

8. Today I will raise the spirits of someone who is discouraged ... My smile, my words, my expression of support, can make the difference to someone who is wrestling with life.

9. Today I will nurture my body ... I will eat less; I will eat only healthy foods. I will thank GOD for my body.

10. Today I will grow spiritually ... I will spend a little more time in quiet meditation today: I will begin reading something spiritual or inspirational today ... I will find a quiet place (at some point during this day and listen to GOD's voice within!!!

Anyone can run towards the light.
It takes a master with courage to turn and
face the darkness and shine his own light there.
-- Leslie Fieger - author of the Delfin Knowledge System

For The Breakup Of A Relationship
~ by John O'Donohue
(submitted by Carolyn Lamachia)

Now you endeavor'
To gather yourself
And withdraw in slow
Animal woundedness
From love turned sour and ungentle.

When we love, the depth in us
Trusts itself forward until
The empty space between
Becomes gradually woven
Can close its weary eyes.

Love can seldom end clean,
For all the tissue is torn
And each lover turned stranger
Is dropped into a ruin of distance
Where emptiness is young and fierce.

Time becomes strange and slipshod
It mixes memories that felt
The kiss of the eternal
With the blistering hurt of now.

Unknown to themselves,
Certain small things
Touch nerve-lines to the heart
And bring back with color and force
All that is utterly lost.

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.
Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good,
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.

"You must speak straight so that your
words may go as sunlight to our hearts."
-- Cochise

Our Gratitude To You
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

I'm sure that by now you've heard how people come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. When we figure out which it is, we know exactly what to do.

When someone is in our life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need we have expressed outwardly or inwardly. They have come to assist us through a difficulty, to provide us with guidance and support, to aid us physically, emotionally, or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason we needed them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on our part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die ... sometimes they walk away ... sometimes they act up in ways that make it impossible to reconcile the friendship and force us to take a stand to break off our relationship. What we must realize is that our need has been met ... that our desire has been fulfilled and their work is done. The prayer we sent up has been answered and it is now time to move on.

Then there are those who come into your life for a SEASON. It is because our turn has come to share, grow, or learn. They may bring us an experience of peace or make us laugh ... they may come to teach us something we have never done. These people usually give us an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it! It is real ... but, only for a season..

Lastly, there are LIFETIME relationships to teach us lifetime lessons ... those things we must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Our job is to accept the lesson, love the person/people (regardless); and put what we have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of our life.

And so, there's YOU ... a Soul Soothers Online subscriber! Sandy and I wish to thank you for helping us alter and raise the collective consciousness and for being a part of our lives!

"But since we belong to the day, let us be self controlled, putting on
faith and love as a breastplate, and hope of salvation as a helmet."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:8

with the Center of Light & Serenity
Just A Little Soul Soother

My mother was the type of person who believed in saving things that either were high in cost or that it was special in some way or another ... either by the material they were made of or something else that may not have been what we consider the regular run of the mill sort of stuff.

In fact, when the time came for her to leave this world, my sister found a silk paper wrapped package in the drawer of her dresser at home. It wasn't any ordinary package. She unwrapped the box and stared at both the silk paper and the box ... it was something she bought while visiting my aunt on her first visit to Florida some 8 or 9 years before. She was saving it for a special occasion. Well, I guess this was it.

As my sister got near the bed and placed the gift box next to the other clothing she was taking to the funeral home, she turned and said ... "Just goes to show you ... never save something for a special occasion."

After hearing this story, I thought ... "You know, I remember my mother being that way with many things that either she bought or things that she considered special that others like myself or others may have given her as presents. That's why we should consider every day in our life as a 'special occasion'. This experience certainly opened my eyes.

As idiosyncrasies go, it reminds me of one of my wife's. When something has to be done around the house or otherwise, it has to be done NOW ... there's no waiting for tomorrow or even the next hour ... its got to be done NOW! I can relate this to the same thing which my mother had about keeping something for a special occasion. Just think about it ... after everything's said and done, what difference does it make if something is put off and not done immediately? It's not a life shattering situation if it didn't get done immediately. When you stop and think about it, it is so silly to be concerned about these things or worry about when something has to be done. Relaxing is so much more important.

It is much more important to spend more time with our kids and grandkids, family and friends, and less at work. I've come to think about the same thing with money ... it is to be spent not saved. In short, it's time that we understood that life should be a source of experience to be lived up to, not survived through! Think about it! I have.

Having said that, I think to a certain extent, we're all like that. As for myself, I no longer try to keep anything just for the sake of keeping it. I'm sure that like my mother, we have special silverware or fancy crystal glasses that we use only on special occasions. Why? There are days when I feel like wearing new clothes or clothes that I would normally wear only on special occasions ... why not? As with my mother, the next special occasion may be my transition.

I really recommend that those of you reading this takes it to heart. Go ahead, go out with your friends whenever you want to rather than thinking you don't have the spare money or time. Join me and let the words 'someday...' and 'one day' fade from your vocabulary.

If it's worth seeing, listening or doing, see, listen or do it now ... it makes me wonder what my mother would have done if she knew she wouldn't be there that next morning when she decided to save that for a special occasion ... this nobody can tell. I think she might have called her relatives and closest friends. Knowing her as I did, she might call old friends to make peace over past quarrels. She might have told everyone how much she loved them.

It's these small things that I would regret not doing, if I knew my time had come. We have to open our eyes and realize how special each day, each hour, each minute, is. We have to learn to live for today, for tomorrow never comes ... and better yet, it's promised to no one.

Know this ... you read this because someone cares for you and because, probably, there's someone you care about. If you're too busy to tell your friends and other people and you say to yourself that you will 'One of these days' , remember that 'One day' is far away... or might never come. And remember ... it's a soul soother.

Just when you were getting used to yesterday,
along came today.
the Center of Light & Serenity

(a channeled vignette)

Deliberate Creation

You are in a time of great contrast for all beings on the planet. Allow me to emphasize that this is not a bad time and you shouldn't let its happenings frighten you or think that it is a time when you as individuals are powerless. As a matter of fact, you should look at it in a totally different light.

What can best be called the process of deliberate creation, it is a time of great contrast on the planet and, simultaneously, a time of enormous opportunity.

As far as this present moment is concerned, you have, across the planet, stirred up huge desire in response to significant contrast ... for you will never be as clear about what you do want as when you are faced with what you don't want. You see, experiences of contrast propel your desires ... and high contrast leads you to even more powerful offerings of desire ... for contrast is the primary attribute of the tool of "duality".

At the present time on your planet ... when time is speeding up ... the attraction process also is sped up. Know that there is an escalation of positive energy dispatched in your direction when you heighten your desires of those things that you wish to happen in your lives. Things that you focus upon will now come towards you at an astonishing rate.

Yet, the only people who are in a position to benefit from this increased surge of energy are the ones who are able to maintain a state of "accepting" and "allowing".

What is meant by Accepting and Allowing? It is the ability to stay centered and grounded in a pure, positive energetic stance no matter what is going on around you. "Accepting" is the ability to hold to your authentic personal power without feeling the need to push against anything in your external environment. And "allowing" is the ability to hold your desires and intentions firmly in place even in the face of significant contrast.

The ability to ‘accept' and 'allow' stems from a deep trust in the Law of Attraction and in the guaranteed predictability of a deliberate creative process.

When you consider the Law of Attraction and take it to its furthest reach, it becomes clear that the only people, things and occurrences that can enter your life experience are people, things and occurrences that are an energetic match for you. Therefore, if it is showing up in your life, it must be a match to your current energy. If you want it to be different, it is YOU who must change the way that you are flowing your energy so that you can attract a different experience.

This understanding is the key! This one awareness liberates you from needing to defend yourselves against anything outside of yourselves, and it frees you in the most profound way to deliberately choose peace ... even in the face of war.

Hold this vision! Peace in your hearts, produces peace in your life.

A Special Blessing to You and Yours ...
Until next week ...
These things, we warmly wish for you-

May the sun shine all day long for you,
May everything go right, and nothing wrong ...
May those you love bring love back to you,
And may all the wishes you wish come true!

Love and Light,
Mike & Sandy

A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle ...



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