The Wisdom of Surrender

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Why is it, during times of great strain, that we find it so difficult to reach out for the help of a higher power? We tend to feel we must endure and tough it out, hanging on for dear life to our original plans and expectations, when surely, we know that surrendering our will, and allowing God to choose for …

“We Are Stardust, We Are Golden”*

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It has not escaped my notice during the hundreds of journeys I have undertaken on behalf of others, how much care and time the helping spirits take to elucidate and emphasize how unique and extraordinary each one of us is.  Isn’t it ironic that we spend so much of our lives trying to fit in and hide our light under …

What to Remember During a Dismemberment

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A great deal has been felt and remarked upon due to recent changes on the political stage of this country. Whether this is a time of hope and celebration for you, or a time of impending doom, it should remain clear to everyone that a turbulent and difficult time lies ahead. For everyone. Almost everyone has an idea about what will …

Keeping My Word

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  I have been thinking about this phrase: keeping my word. Not so much as an expression that means the adherence to a promise, but in the sense of intentionally holding and conserving one’s speech, as a gesture of respect, service and sacrifice. As part of the practice of my spiritual tradition, I attended a silent retreat last week. What …

Liminal Space—Realm of the Soul

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…a unique spiritual position where human beings hate to be but where God is always leading them. It is when you have left the tried and true, but have not yet been able to replace it with anything else. It is when you are finally out of the way. It is when you are between your old comfort zone and …

Belonging to Aloneness

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Twenty years ago, (when I was still married), my husband bought me a painting. It is a portrait of a lone woman standing by a wall and looking out to sea. She is a figure cast in shadow, and we can only see her back. Her mood is no clearer than the ocean that stretches out before her—it may be …

When Even the gods Speak of God

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(This blog entry is a continuation of my last entry entitled Spiritual Loneliness.) David Whyte, in his stunning poem, Self-Portrait, calls our attention to a state of being not unlike what I described in my last blog entry as Spiritual Loneliness, a “fierce embrace” in which “even the gods speak of God.” (Read this gorgeous poem here.) What I am …

Spiritual Loneliness

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I heard a term coined the other day that caught my attention—spiritual loneliness. The term was defined as a period of disquiet that occurs along one’s spiritual path. The point when the coolness of the forest path breaks away and you find yourself trudging across an endless expanse of desert. It is the place on the path where the sign …

Love the Sleeve You’re In

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Our life challenge is to love the sleeve into which the arm of our eternal spirit has been thrust. This “mortal coil” in which we find ourselves—this life with all its triumphs and woes—is no more than a garment the spirit has donned in order to see itself in a new way. A charming experiment—to be this human in this …

Lost and Found

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Years ago, while I was doing some spiritual work around a matter of grief, I was given this piece of wisdom by a guide: Nothing is ever lost, he said.  What you think you have lost is right there in your hand. In this temporal world, where everything is in a state of flux, the notion that nothing is ever …