Morning Coffee – Pushing the River

coffeeIt’s a brisk morning in the Midwest, and I’m in the mood to write. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the last couple of years of this journey of mine, and have been reflecting on how – despite the fact that I understand intellectually that I need to move with the flow of Spirit, in Spirit’s timing for things – I sometimes have a tendency to try to push the river.

In other words, I want to make things happen according to my timetable, or manifest in a way that I perceive they should. I have had some singularly difficult lessons in this area in the past year or so. I kept trying to push the river until the river pushed back so hard I had to let go and surrender to the flow, the natural, Spirit-intended order of things for my life. Granted, it got to the point where I was feeling like I was standing in the middle of the smoking ruins of what I thought was to be my new, exciting life of working for Spirit and I was very confused.

What the he– just happened here? I thought I was ‘finally’ on the ‘right track’ and headed for my promised land of working with a group of like-minded people to bring “Light, Love and Understanding” to the masses. Wrong. Oh, boy, was I wrong!

After that Illusion blew up in my face, I retreated inside myself to lick my wounds and wait. I didn’t have to wait too long. The doorway had been opened, and (at the time) I didn’t even realize it. I will admit I still have some reservations as to whether this is actually the path Spirit has intended for me, but I am certain that this time I have not done anything to ‘make it happen”, so I am cautiously optimistic.

I took my own advice – the advice I give others all the time – and have been taking the time to really watch for the signs that I am headed in the right direction. Here are the signals I am where I need to be at least for now.

People seem to be interested in, or at least curious about, who I am and what I have to offer. I am experiencing ease and grace here as things appear to be unfolding naturally one after the other. In the city I lived in before, I tried every way I knew of to help people find me without much luck. In fact, it often felt like I was coming up against a wall. I spent a lot of time and energy trying to determine whether I was seeing, externally, my own inner obstacles or whether it was something else.

External events finally forced me to give up on the efforts. That’s when the house I was living in went back on the market for sale, and I was suddenly seeking shelter elsewhere. I have been putting one foot in front of the other here and have been following my inner guidance, and have been watching for the results as that is how I have learned to gage whether I am following Spirit’s guidance or my own mind’s meanderings.

Here are some of the signs I have seen that lead me to believe I am not pushing the river this time:I have met some wonderful people here, and look forward to getting to know some of them better. I feel a kinship with some of them that has been sorely missed in my life for many years now, and I didn’t even realize it because I’ve been doing without it for so long I’d gotten used to the lack.
I am getting good response to the proposals for classes and other events.
I now have the opportunity to serve in a local metaphysical store (Mystic Valley, for all of you in the greater St. Louis area).

Now if I can just get the house thing straight…

Farm road in Champaign County, Illinois Españo...Overall, though I do know one thing for certain: I am where I am supposed to be because here is where I am. This also held true for the other places I was, and the people I was with, over the past year (and beyond, for there are lessons to be learned in every encounter especially if we are looking for them). We just need to be willing to keep following where the road leads – or appears to lead – us, and we will (eventually, if we don’t give up on ourselves) end up exactly where we are meant to be.

The moral of this story is simple: when it feels like you are going against the grain, it’s likely you are. That is the time to stop and ask to be shown what you need to be doing instead of continuing to push ahead. I learned this one the hard way. I hope that, by sharing my experience with you, you can get it without having to experience the pain and disappointment (with self) that can come when you are not living according to Spirit’s plan for your life.

Now go have a glorious day. I know I will.

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Morning Coffee – How Can I Fit It All In?

There’s a nip in the air, so a warm cuppa is the order of the day today. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how busy people – and I am including myself here – are these days. I miss the protracted periods of quiet that  were the norm for me until just a few weeks ago. A shift in focus, and a major transition, have stolen much of this quiet, contemplative time from me and I am beginning to feel the effects of that.

English: Stillness of the morningI have found myself asking of late: How can I fit it all in? How can I stay connected to Spirit when there is so much of this material world clamoring for my attention now?

I thought I’d share the answer I was given: Step up your efforts to maintain your connection. Make the time. The challenge you are experiencing now is but a test of your determination.

OK. I can accept that. Now, what actions can I take to achieve this goal? I will go back to the basics. Spirit comes first. I will make certain that I consciously connect in the stillness daily, even if it is only for a moment.

As with anything, I can remember that 5 minutes is better than no minutes. I can slow down, and remember to breathe and calm myself, especially when I feel the overwhelm begin to, well, overwhelm me.

A close up view of a traffic light illuminatin...I can remember that the stillness I seek lies within me, and is there for me to tap into if I would but remind myself of this Truth.

A few moments’ pause underneath an old tree as I am out on my walk. A couple of deep, relaxing breaths as I wait at a stop light. A short prayer as I wait in line at the store. I can look around and find something to be grateful for in that moment, and give silent thanks for that thing.

I must remember the state of my consciousness is a matter of choice, and that this choice is one that can be made anew every moment of every day. The more attention I pay to the state of my awareness, the better I become at being able to maintain a balanced state of being.

That’s my cup for today. Short. Black. Sweet. Coffee cup’s empty. Now go have a glorious day. I know I will.

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Mid-Morning Coffee – You are the Gap

English: iced coffee Deutsch: Eiskaffee mit SahneA Sister of mine from the stars commented on  one of my posts, and her observation is the inspiration for this morning’s cup: a frosty, frothy delight for your enjoyment.

When my Unseen Teachers first began sharing what has turned out to be the foundation of my spiritual education, one of the things I was shown came in answer to my question about what our function, as human beings, was in the grander scheme of things.

At this time, I was testing the giver of the information because I wasn’t sure that I was not starting to lose my grip on ‘reality’. (I now understand that I was losing my grip on reality, but was beginning to understand a little about Reality at the level of expanded consciousness.)

The response to my inquiry came in the same grand, expansive Voice that had been interacting with me for months. Here is the essence of what I was told:

NGK spark plug (type BP6ES).You are made of the stuff of both worlds, the world of form and the world of Spirit. You are, in fact, Spirit-animated form.

You hold within your consciousness a perception that you need to travel from ‘here’ to ‘there’ in order to accomplish your Soul’s purpose. This is not the Truth.

You are, already, where you need to be, what you need to be. It is what you are by Design. You are Spirit-animated form. You may perceive that there is a Gap between where you find yourselves and where you want to go.

Imagine a spark plug. There is a gap between the two parts. Imagine the top part as representing where you would travel to. Imagine the bottom part as your physical reality.

Know this: You are the spark that travels between the two.  You are the gap.

One of the questions I hear most often is: why am I here? Who am I?

You are here to bring Light to this world. With your presence here, you make a difference. Your presence is your gift. A smile to a stranger, or even looking another human being in the eye when we interact with them. Kindness, tolerance, acceptance of the other.

You are the Light you seek, Dear Ones. (It really is up to us.)

See the shining brightness that streams forth from your hearts as you go through your day. Consciously project the love you are out into the space you find yourself in, and know that it will make a difference.

The Light of Spirit is made manifest in the world of Form. That is who we are, and what we have come to do.

Now go have a glorious day. I know I will!

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Mid-Morning Coffee – An Unexpected Message

Cup of coffee with whipped creamI felt the presence of Mother Mary the past couple of days, and when I did a little research as to why that might be, I discovered that August 15th was the day that many Christian countries celebrate the Assumption of Mary.

I will concede that Catholics make a distinction between the Ascension of Her Son, Jesus; and Mary’s Assumption into Heaven after her death. I will assert here that it is my perspective that Mary also Ascended under her own power as did Her Son. I believe that the purpose was to demonstrate to Humanity that it did not matter whether your gender was male or female, if you desired it, you also had the capacity to complete the Ascension process.

Assumption of the Virgin Mary (Rubens)So what is the message for today? What can I share with you that would be of value as you tend to your earthly business? Here is what came. I ask only that you take the parts that resonate for you, and leave the rest. I am faithful in repeating here what I heard:

My presence is with you this day. My presence is with all of you this day. I come to bring the comfort of a Mother to her suffering children. What more could be needed at this time? I hear your cries. Did I not make the ultimate sacrifice? Did I not give to the world the most precious of gifts? I gave you the life of my only Son. My Beloved Son.

As a mother, what more could I offer? God asked me to make the sacrifice, and I willingly did so. When my Son came and asked for my counsel, there were words I could have said that might have changed the very course of history, yet I kept those words to myself, for to speak them would have been to disobey the promptings of my Spirit.

I supported Him, for that is all I could do. I wept for what was to come. I fulfilled my destiny. I completed my small part in the Grand Design. I have returned to the Earth on more than one occasion, for this planet is precious to me because it is so precious to my Son.

I come bearing messages of hope for all who would hear them, and I speak my words through all who would repeat them. Listen more closely, my children, for soon I will be speaking to you of what must be said, what any good and loving parent would tell their children.

It is time for you to stand for what you believe in. Do you believe in the darkness and despair that would engulf this wondrous place? Or do you believe in the Light that lives within?

How you choose to express yourselves in the world will have much to do with the path the  world will take. There is coming soon a point of choosing, where the decisions made will begin to solidify in which direction the development of this planet will go. Do not let all that has been done in preparation for this moment be in vain.

A small sacrifice from each of you at this time can be the difference between a new evolution for all of Creation, or an extension of the Time of Waiting, for that is what the rest of the Universe is engaged in at this moment: a Time of Waiting. We cannot continue on without you. You are precious, each and every one of you, and that is why there is such an increase in the volume of Light and encouragement in a myriad of forms that is coming into your awareness now.

Sacrifice your distractions. Sacrifice your personal desire. Seek with intention and earnestness what it is your Spirit would have you do. Then make the conscious choice to do that which is being asked of you. I would not require of you anything more than I was willing, myself, to give. But also understand that none of you will be required to offer up to the Lord what God demanded of me.

A little sacrifice from each of you can equal the singular measure of sacrifice that was asked of me, do you understand? Another does not have to suffer in the way my Son did in order for there to be victory here. A small sacrifice from each of you is all that is needed.

Thank you for allowing me to speak here this day, on the anniversary of this celebration of my Ascension.

~Mary, Mother of Jesus

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About a Miracle in Missouri

highway picAs I started the task of unpacking my belongings today, I had the radio turned on. A story caught my ear, and I wanted to share it with you. I got goose bumps when the announcer stated that no one was certain if it was an angel who appeared on the road the other night. I only get goose-flesh when I am in the presence of Truth. I will leave it to you to discern for yourself.

I feel it is a blessing I am in this area now, and am looking forward to what tomorrow will bring, so it was kind of interesting to have the first news story I hear be one about an angel.

On August 8, on a highway near the small town of Center, Missouri (not far from where I now live) 19-year-old Katie Lentz was fighting for her life. She was seriously injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver, and as she lay pinned, crushed between the steering wheel of her Mercedes and the driver’s seat. She was fading fast.

Workers tried for 45 minutes to free her, but didn’t have the proper equipment to do so. A helicopter waited to airlift her to the nearest trauma center, but the rescuers were unable to free her.

PriestAs if from out of nowhere, a silver-haired priest appeared. He had anointing oil with him, and he said he would pray with her. Everyone went to their knees, and the priest prayed with and for Katie. When he was finished, he told the rescuers their equipment would be sufficient to help her, and moments later the additional help arrived.

They righted the car, and extricated Katie from the mass of metal she was trapped inside of for almost an hour. When they looked for the priest to thank him for his help and comfort, they couldn’t find him. It was as if he’d vanished as suddenly as he’d appeared.

Now, remember the road was blocked off for at least a mile in both directions.

It is also interesting to note that the priest was not familiar to any of the people on scene. There are a few churches in the small towns surrounding that area, but no one recognized this priest.

Of the almost 70 photos that were taken of the accident scene, there is not a single one in which this priest appears.

Katie asked people to pray for her, and to pray out loud. Her request was answered. I believe an angel was sent to help her in her time of need. Even if it turns out the man was a human, he showed up right when she – and the other people involved – needed him to. That makes him an angel either way.

Katie’s mother has reported that she was upgraded from critical to serious condition, and that, despite two surgeries already and two more ahead, Katie is doing well.

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Morning Coffee – A Grateful Moment

Photo of a meadow with mountains behind.

Stopped to inhale the beauty and the peace. (c) 2012, Julie Marie.

The miracle is not to walk on water.

The miracle is to walk on the green Earth, dwelling deeply in the

present moment

and feeling truly alive.

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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