June 2, 2012 Edition


“You never will be the person you can be if pressure,
tension and discipline are taken out of your life.”
-- James G. Bilkey

All Is Spiritual
~ Author Unknown

Everything ... bar none... that happens in our lives has a spiritual cause. Events on all other levels ... mental, emotional and physical ... are only effects.

When we are struggling with any challenge, whether it be ill health, a lack of money, a lost job, relationships, an accident, whatever ... we need to look for the spiritual lesson. We can ask ourselves, “What quality does my soul want me to live more fully?”

Understand the higher cause behind life's pains. Open to higher guidance that knows the way through higher consciousness. Learn the lessons in life through love and joy, instead of fear and pain.

If we are allowing ourselves to "learn"; and "change" and "grow" from what is taking place in our lives, there are no "final"; outcomes ... no end points ... and we can not fail at anything.

"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying
to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak Gently
~ David Bates

Speak gently! -- It is better far
To rule by love, than fear --
Speak gently -- let not harsh words mar
The good we might do here!

Speak gently! -- Love doth whisper low
The vows that true hearts bind;
And gently Friendship's accents flow;
Affection's voice is kind.

Speak gently to the little child!
Its love be sure to gain;
Teach it in accents soft and mild: --
It may not long remain.

Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear --
Pass through this life as best they may,
'Tis full of anxious care!

Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart;
The sands of life are nearly run,
Let such in peace depart!

Speak gently, kindly, to the poor;
Let no harsh tone be heard;
They have enough they must endure,
Without an unkind word!

Speak gently to the erring -- know,
They may have toiled in vain;
Perchance unkindness made them so;
Oh, win them back again!

Speak gently! -- He who gave his life
To bend man's stubborn will,
When elements were in fierce strife,
Said to them, "Peace, be still."

Speak gently! -- 'tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
The good, the joy, which it may bring,
Eternity shall tell.

"The best job goes to the person who can get it
done without passing the buck or coming back with excuses."
-- Napoleon Hill

Simply "Being"
by Michael Bonamassa, Sr.

Have you ever had times when you wanted to behave differently and then didn't feel like it when the time came when you could? And at times when you wanted to feel differently but didn't really know how to get there from where you were? You know, maybe you wanted to feel confident talking to strangers or feel cheerful at work, but you didn't know how to feel confident or cheerful. Well, I have, and you know what? There is a way.

It's no accident that we're called "human beings". It's doing what we were meant to do as human beings ... "simply being". The principle is simple: All we have to do is "be". In 'being', we merely assume the posture we would have if we felt the way we wanted to feel ... breathe the way we would breathe ... talk the way we would talk ... think the things we would think ... act the way we would act. In short, we would do the things we would do if we felt the way we wanted to feel ... we would 'be' what we wanted to 'be'!

If we're depressed and want to feel happy, all we have to do to feel happy is move our body like we would move our body if we were happy. If you couldn't remember how to be happy, simply move your body the same way that you've seen others do that looked happy. Place the same expression on your face ... like a smile ... and take on the kind of perspective you might have about a situation when you're happy. Again, in short, act as though you were happy ... that's 'being' happy!

Yes, it's simply being who we were meant to be ... a human "being!" If you're angry and want to be calm, act the same way as if you were calm. Feel weak? Act as though you were strong ... BE strong!

It's amazing how it works and it's all related to where we're focusing our energy. Acting as though ... or "Being" ... changes our reality which tends to reinforce the feelings. For example, if we feel depressed, typically we're not friendly. If we act like a person who felt good, we would act friendlier, which would cause others to act friendly in return, which would make us feel less depressed. It creates an upward spiral. If we change how we act and what we do, our feelings will change. We get a better response from the world which will reinforce our good feelings.

Is it easy? No, but with practice (as with anything else), it will get easier and easier, and you'll be glad you did it. This reminds me of the saying that my wife loves ... "If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change." As far as simply 'being' ... I guess we could say "If we change the way we are being, the way we are being will change."

"Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked,
while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind."
Bruce Lee

with the Center of Light & Serenity
More On The Ascension Process ...
(the amazing truth of being with God – (and) God with man.)

Man in his lifelong attempt to re-member who and why he is, throughout millennia has created ... and created and created ... and created. All the while, far too many not really knowing or understanding the real true WHY.

Not aware of the truth of the strong probability, the human being is in fact the Creator ... somewhat in miniature ... but definitely Creator in tandem with THE CREATOR ... the SOURCE which provides ALL THAT IS ... the entire supply. For anything and everything necessary to create WHATEVER human desires to create, be it shelter, be it modes of transportation, be it means of long distance communication or, sadly ... means of destruction.

Whatever human has desired, it has all been made available. Humans “discovered” the means, expanded or extended the “discoveries” to unbelievable ends. And the interesting thing is – (now get this!) ... Humans try to hold the PROVIDER of the means responsible for the results of those creations as devised. “Why does God let bad things happen to good people”.

Now there is a grand example of misdirected and misplaced “responsibility “. Easily recognized as common practice of tort lawyers, so I’m told. Truly - proof of the misdirection of thought and reason which man is displaying in this new millennium. We see it daily, this tendency everywhere pointing fingers and demanding ... “OK – who’s to blame?” But for the time remaining ... yes, urgency does indeed prevail at this point in time, whether you know it or not.

The single question would more accurately and responsibly be ... “so where did we go wrong?” An answer bordering on truth would be ... "Humans have forgotten what they are (or) What they have become since arriving on Earth."

This fantastically pregnant, amazingly beautiful, for all of mankind ... EARTH ... is humanity's life supporting spaceship ... to all who were allowed to (and invited to) inhabit it. WAKE UP HUMANITY! A beautiful segment of you knows what you are. It is now more important than ever to realign yourself to that spiritual truth. YOU are NOT just that body which provides ALL the sensations of your second by second existence on planet Earth.

Although you have many questions regarding the Mayan calendar, you are privy, however, to the probability of a major change involving this planet. That change is even on a galactic scale ... A GRAND birthing is unfolding and you are a participant in it. You ‘signed on’ just for this role ... just another little detail you've, perhaps, forgotten.

If one looks around at what all is ‘taking place' across the planet, one recognizes mayhem in various degrees. Examples are unnecessary. Suffice it to say a large percentage of the occupants of Earth are entangled in giant webs of fear and lack. Lacking, they think – what they used to have. And they're referencing only 'material things’.

Each of you have an opportunity .. if you wake up ... to experience an extraordinary event and it will be an amazingly different one from those who choose to remain in a fear enmeshed place in a lacking and private world.

This path is explained completely by ... among others, Jim Self, an unusual human being ... a man with an amazing life story. It underwrites his explanation of what we may be experiencing in the near future ... that thing most have now come to learn as the Ascension Process. I encourage you to read further on his website at And to provide to you a short explanation; just know that all of humanity is connected directly to the planet. Not visibly but all on a level of energy that is quite real.

If you're interested in hearing Jim Self's take on the ascension process, you can find it on the following audio tracks here ... (a matter of caution, however. The tracks are quite lengthy and you may want to hear them when you are sure to spare the time).

Track 1:
Track 2:

"Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-- Albert Einstein

(a channeled vignette)

Traveling the Road to Our Highest Good ...

As you experience the many events during your life in this world of physicality ... as you react to these events through that of your free will ... you will make decisions that will take us in directions contrary to that of your soul's chosen path. It is during such occurrences that you will experience flashes of inspiration ... impulses of intuitive thoughts ... and spontaneous insights that simply appear to come out of nowhere. The word that you use to capture the essence of such interaction between your soul and the physical mind is that of your physical senses which you call "feelings."

You have feelings called elation ... feelings you relate to like floating on air ... feelings of things in the moment that are separate and distinct from those of the norm. They are feelings where you feel a compatibility and sort of harmonious intersecting of frequencies of energy. This word that you use to capture the essence of such feelings of simply knowing that something is so ... the word that describes this feeling of connection ... is called "resonance."

It is during such times that you are connecting to what are simply gentle nudges from the soul to tell you that you have strayed from the path of its desires ... the path of spiritual growth ... the path of consciousness ... the path of your highest good. It is a resonance that is experienced with an inner recognition of truth that the soul is presenting. It is this resonance that is the infinite perfection and statement of the center of your being where you awaken in that moment to realize that you are not the physical body in which you reside and not the environment that surrounds you, but rather that you are more than that.

If you are to finally awaken to the truth of who you are as Soul ... a spirit of unconditional love ... then it is important that you observe and live these moments consciously and not just physically or emotionally. It is important that you recognize and understand that within these points of resonance lie the seeds of inner truth ... a truth that connects you with the infinite and eternal foundation of creation.

Know that it is essential that you observe these points of resonance and gentle nudges from your soul and let them penetrate fully and completely. If you don't, and you persist on pursuing a path which is not harmonious or in sync with your greatest good, then the eternal and infinite consciousness of your soul will nudge you a little harder ... and then a little harder ... to the point where such gentle nudges become like ‘forceful pushes' in its attempts to get your attention.

Even then, however, many of you fail to listen ... fail to heed these feelings that will bring you to travel the road to your highest good ... and it is then that the pushes turn into what can best be described as the "cosmic 2x4". You ask "What is the cosmic 2x4?" It's the point where that will happen to you which prevents you from continuing on the path outside of that you have been on which is not for your greater good ... where your physical health may no longer permit you to do so, or some other aspect which will prevent you from continuing to do so. Of course, you have free will and you may begin another path and another path, all of which also continue to be not of your greatest good. Should this occur, you will have simply failed to reach that point in this incarnation where that connection is made to the pathway of illumination ... to the love and light of who you really are ... to that ultimate feeling of oneness with All That Is.

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

May your soul calm, console and renew you
each moment of every day.
May each evening find you gracious and fulfilled
and may you go into the night always blessed,
sheltered and protected in all ways.
May you have enough sun to keep your attitude bright
no matter how gray the day may appear.

Love and Light,
Mike & Sandy

A Candle Loses Nothing By Lighting Another Candle ...



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