What a Great Ride it Has Been

             “In youth we learn; in age we understand.” – Marie Ebner-Eschenbach

This morning I opened my eyes and thought of the amazing ride I have been on. I sat up in bed and fell into my morning ritual; I meditated, prayed and contemplated on being sixty-five years old. I’m amazed by this lifetime I have journeyed. My personal ride began with what I labeled as a child of this inner feeling I called, “the blues!” Today I imagine it was just fear as a child that confused me. Being scared, afraid or terrified at a young age was the norm such a long time ago. Still the feelings sit deep within my heart even today. Tears can overflow at the inner conflict for my inner child of yesterday. There was a time I buried her deeply only to discover I could not breathe without her. I realize today that fifteen years ago I embraced her holding on to my eyelids and offered her love. It was time for her to resurface and know her truth. We began a new ride. The memories of my youth are filled with drinking fighting and abusive behavior between my dad and mom. Fear filled our home only because Friday nights dad came home drunk. Mom became embarrassed and totally afraid of him!


“You must learn to make your whole world your school.” -Martin H. Fischer

I know that I am not the only woman to have grown up in a house with an alcoholic/manic-depressant or fearful/critical parent. In fact, I realize as a child I had no understanding of these types of labels. I did not know the ride would take me through abandonment, abuse, fear, pain, tears, death and lies over and over again. Death is a part of life but sudden unexpected deaths are terrifying at any age. My only brother to die by a drunk driver, my oldest nephew to be murdered then my beloved dad to  die of lung cancer. I know that at times there was great laughter and love going up but coming down that roller coaster  could almost make me topple over and crash when the fears arose.

 “Why be anything other than good? Why do anything other than love!” –Johnathan Dahl

 However, here I sit as a whole woman, loved, fulfilled, happy and amazed with gratitude for the experiences of my lifetime. I live a good life! I admit I struggle still today when those I love are unkind, critical or judgmental of one another. It is those times that my inner child comforts me with a memory of me climbing a tree at McCarren Park, swimming at Coney Island or just drinking Mountain Dew and eating pretzels on the stoop. It was the simplicity of yesterday that encourages me to love unconditional. I’m thrilled with the joyous memories of my childhood today because those were the moments that pushed me forward. The fearful dark memories are drifting further and further away from my inner sight.

            “If you don’t like how things are, change it! You’re not a tree.” – Jim Rohn

I blame no one for the ride I chose to take because at this time in my life I believe I am an amazing  wife, mother and grandmother. How did I get to this time in my life believing that my life is wonderful? It always comes back to the simple parts of the ride I believe. When my dad was dying he looked at me and said, “I had a wonderful life so don’t cry for me because you are gong to die one day too!” That was in 1998 and finally I get it!

At forty years old he attempted suicide and lived the next thirty years in and out of mental institutions supported and loved by me and my husband for anything he needed. Weekly visits were the norm when he was not hospitalized but living in an adult home facility and happy no matter what. A true loved of Mother Nature he taught me to respect her as well. With forgiveness, acceptance, kindness, unconditional love, and not taking anything personal I made these beliefs my tools. Meditation, prayer and writing in my journal are my supplements to the ride. Knowing I am connected and blessed are my gifts today.


  “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage.” – Anais Nin

There will always be ups and downs because there is so much to learn in the greatest of classes in life called relationships. To love, hate, fear, and anger are the cornerstones of all relationships until we end any form of confrontation, control, and criticism. There came a time on my journey when the abandonment issues of my mom settled deep within to thug at my heart. After repeated abandonment episodes like her moving to Puerto Rico because her son had died and there was no reason for her to stay in New York I would cringe at her words for a very long time. It was my dad who told me she was not a smart woman and to forgive her. Today I know I am the person I am because of her and that I would not have been able to know my gifts and talents if she remained by my side. Could this have been a contract we agreed on prior to birth?

When I discovered what an amazing ride I have experienced because of the choices and changes I made, I filled with a deep sense of gratitude. At this age I know when I sit and color with gel pens for an hour or so my inner child is happy. If I choose to take a walk, read a good book or practice some yoga poses I have reconnected with the simplicity of life that fills me with joy. When I share my wisdom with others through counseling, workshops, blogging and talking I am being of service. The wisdom we all possess rests deep within and needs to be connected to so that peace can be part of the ride. The time will come when everyone gets the chance to get off their amazing roller coaster ride and live a loving, peaceful existence. Know it is possible as I do! When you exit you will breathe a feeling of contentment and smile as you remark, “what a great ride it has been!”

Meditate! Pray! Journal!

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Why do we not choose to love in all situations?

As a woman, wife, mother and grandmother I find myself dealing with many different types of personalities that are generated by fear. I believe that we come into this world as loving beings of spirit and our purpose here is to love unconditionally. However, many believe in conditional love which is painful to behold as a child growing up. The essence of conditional love is, “if you do not do what I say, you will be punished.” Growing up in a home of fear myself because of a parent with the addiction of alcoholism I learned to be afraid. I learned to not know who I was or how to act or speak. It was this belief that allowed anger to settle into the core of my being. All I wanted to be was a child but responsibilities were forced on me at a very young age that I did not understand how to react to. A memory at 5 years of age haunts me to the point that at that moment there was no one to protect me but myself. I cringe that at such a young age I chose such a drastic defense pattern.

How does one manage  to protect themself in fearful situations?

There are characterologies or what I have learned to also be called defense patterns that we develop at a young age which are not our truth but which we pick to protect ourselves. There are only five defense patterns that we choose at one time or another because of the fears of our childhood.

Schizoid is the first defense pattern which developes before or after birth because of the trauma of  a hostile mother. This person evokes intellectualization. The eyes are vacant fixed and scared. The person is hyperactive and ungrounded. The defense action is to leave the body out of the top of their head when triggered as an adult today. The physical build is elongation with right/left imbalances because they are always twisted out of their body. The style of communication is in absolutes. There is a double bind for they believe, “To exist means to die.”  This defense pattern demands the right to be and to exist. A schizoid’s mask statement is, “I’ll reject you before you reject me!”To set boundaries are required of this person today.

Oral … developes during babyhood feeding because of the trauma of abandonment.  This person evokes mothering. The eyes are pleading like a puppy dog. This person is hypoactive with low energy. The physical build is thin with a collapsed chest. The style of communication is to ask questions. The double bind for this type of person is, “If I ask, it’s not love; if I don’t ask, I won’t get it.” This defense pattern demands the right to be nurtured and fulfilled.  An Oral’s mask statement is, “I don’t need you!” This type of person needs to own their needs and stand on their own two feet.

Psychopath .. developes in early childhood because of the trauma of seduction and betrayal by  a parent’s untruthfulness. This person evokes submission. Their eyes are compelling. Hyperactivity followed by collapse is the energy of this defense pattern.An inflated chest which makes this person top heavy is a sign of the psychopath. Their choice in communication is to dictate to others. Their double bind is, “Kill or be killed.” This defense pattern demands to be supported and encouraged. The psychopath’s mask statement is, “I’m right; you’re wrong!” This type of person needs to trust.

Masochist … Autonomy stage of growth is when this defense pattern developes because the child is controlled, with forced feeding and evacuation. This person evokes teasing. The eyes are suffering/confused. The physical build is that the head is forward and heavy. The energy level is hypoactive (internalized energy). Whining disgust is how they communicate. The double bind is, “If I get angry, I’ll be humiliated; if I don’t, I’ll be humiliated.” This defense pattern demands to be independent. The masochist’s mask statement is, “I’ll kill (hurt) myself before you do!”It is their need to be assertive, free, and open to spiritual connections.

Rigid … This defense begins in puberty because of sexual denial and betrayal of the heart. This person evokes competition. Sparkling, bright and present are their eyes.Their energy is high and hyperactive.  The physical build is a rigid back and their pelvis is tipped back. The choice of communication is as a qualifier. “Either choice is wrong,” is their double bind. This defense pattern demands the right to have feelings (love/sex). The Rigid’s mask statement is, “Yes, but…” Interestingly it is their need to connect the heart to the genitals.

SexualitySchizoid/Sex to feel life force, fantasy. Oral/Sex for closeness and contact. Psychopath/Hostile,fragile,homosexual, fantasy. Masochicst/Impotence, strong interest in Pornography. Rigid/Sex with contempt.

The defensive action of these defense patterns are: Schizoid/leaves the body. Oral/life sucks. Psychopath/controls others. Masochist/demands and resists at same time. Rigid/acts appropriately, rather than authentically.

The results of their defensive action are: Schizoid/weaker body. Oral/inability to metabolize own energy. Psychopath/aggression and betrayal/drawn to self. Masochist/dependence; inability to differentiate between self and others. Rigid/inability to experience self; world is false.

The main issue of these defense patterns are: Schizoid/existential terror. Oral/Nurturance. Psychopath/betrayal. Masochist/invasion and theft. Rigid/authenticity, denial of real self.

The fears are: Schizoid/living in human body as an individual. Oral/not enough of anything. Psychopath/letting go and trusting. Masochist/being controlled; loss of self. Rigid/imperfection.

What they have experienced: Schizoid/direct aggression. Oral/lack of nurturance; abandonment. Pschopath/was used and betrayed. Masochist/invaded;humiliated. Rigid/denial of psychological and spiritual reality.

All of these defense patterns are not their truth. This was a means of protecting themself from an adult when young. Today these patterns rise as a means of defense when they are triggered by anothers words or actions. It is a cellular memory that triggers them into their defense. At some point, the child experienced trauma severe enough to begin needing to  block their emotions and instead use a defense pattern for dealing with the world.

Personally, I am aware in refletion that I was a psychopathic mother and I would like to apologize to my children because I had to have scared them at times. Please forgive me because I was most likely  more afraid than you.

My teacher Deborah King has opened my mind and heart to be accepting of others and to know that how they think, speak and act is a defense when triggered. To not criticize or judge someone but to look for the light within which is their truth. In learning to love oneself opens the door to love others as they are. No one knows how anyone was raised and the pain or fear they experienced. Born as spiritual beings of love and light we must learn from these lessons we chose to experience and educate ourselves on a spiritual path of healing.

Today I feel blessed to be on this amazing journey we call life. I know that there is a reason for everything and that anything is possible. I am in the process of peeling away the onion of my life, layer by layer and releasing the repressed fear, greed, lies, hatred, pride and anger that no longer serves me.  All that a child at any age really needs is to know they are loved and protected by their parent. Being a parent is a powerful responsibility!

I would like to forgive my mom for I am positive today that she did the best she could because of the childhood she experienced. She was an extremely fearful woman. I am clueless to how she was raised  but she has been one of my greatest teachers and for that I am grateful.

Who do you think you are?

The source of the above information is from my studies with Deborah King and she credits this information from Light Emerging by Barbara Ann Brennan.

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imageA Spiritual Path into the Journey of Prayer

The definition of the word ‘prayer’ in the Random House College Dictionary states.

Prayer, a devout petition to, or any form of spiritual communion with, God or an object of worship. The act or practice of praying. A formula or sequence of words used in or appointed for praying: the Lord’s Prayer.

I believe our thoughts and words are a form of prayer. We are filled with thoughts that are negative or unhealthy in our mind every day through many different avenues. To become conscious of these thoughts and change them is a form of prayer. Everyone has known some form of prayers from their childhood but may not continue to pray them. Raised as a Catholic, I still pray the Lord’s Prayer, Hail Mary and Glory Be to the Father. However, over the years I have incorporated new prayers that I have picked up on my spiritual journey. I would like to share them with you as well as affirmations that I consider as a form of prayer. When we open our mind, heart and soul to the journey of prayer all our words count. When we pray for guidance we know we are never alone and when we ask for help we receive help. A daily spiritual path into the journey of prayer daily will change your life!

-A Course in Miracles … Father, I come to you today to seek the peace that you alone can give. I come in silence in the quiet of my heart, the deep recesses of my mind, I wait and listen for your voice, my father, speak to me today. I come to hear your voice in silence and in certainty and love sure you will hear my call and answer me.

-Science of Mind … I was told to live by some inner mystic presence. I was told to live and to love, to laugh and to be glad. I was told to be still and know of the one almighty power, in and through all. I was told to let that power work through and in me. I believed that voice and I received my good.

-Daily a.m. practice (Caroline Myss) … I am committed to feeling a bond with each person I meet, to respecting  my own integrity and honor, to living within the energy of love and compassion and returning to that energy when I don’t feel it, to making wise and blessed choices with my will, to maintaining perceptions of wisdom and non-judgment, to release the need to know why things happen as they do, and not to project expectations over how I want this day to be and how I want others to be. Finally, my last prayer, to trust the divine. And with that I bless my day with gratitude.

-Entering the Castle (Caroline Myss) … I open myself to divine guidance I surrender myself to become as a channel for grace,  healing and service as God directs my life.

-Paramahansa Yogananda … Dear Father, whatever conditions confront me, I know that they represent the next step in my unfoldment. I will welcome all tests because I know that within me is the intelligence to understand and the power to overcome.

-Marianne Williamson … Please Bless my Parents, God. Thank you, thank them for the life they gave to me. For the ways they stumbled and held me back, please help me to forgive them and receive your compensation. May their spirits be blessed, their roads forward made easy. Please release them and release me from my childhood now gone by. Release us also from any bitterness I may still hold. They paved the way, in all that they did, for where I have been has led me here. I surrender my parents to the arms of God. Thank you, dear ones, for your service to me bless your souls. May your spirits fly free. May we enter into the relationship God wills for us. Thank you, Lord, for I am now free. Amen!

-A Comforting Prayer (Sylvia Browne)… May God, our Mother and Father, and the Christ-consciousness always be with us. On this journey, let us keep the White Light of the Holy Spirit around us aways, and even though we have written our chart, may we know that there are miracles. Amen.

-Archangels (Doreen Virtue)… Dear Archangel Michael, thank you for watching over us, our home and our vehicles. Thank you for giving me the courage and confidence to move forward with my divine life purpose.                                                                                       Archangel Michael, what changes would you like to see me make in my life right now? Please clearly guide me upon the path of my life purpose.                                                         Dear Archangel Michael, please send me a clear sign that I will easily notice and understand, letting me know you are  here and helping me gain guidance and peace.

-Prayer for Peace (St. Francis of Assisi)… Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy. Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console. To be understood, as to understand. To be loved, as to love. For it is in giving that we receive. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned. And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

-My collection of affirmations ..

  • Daily I will seek happiness more and more within my mind and less and less through material pleasure.
  • I demand my divine birthright intuitively realizing that all wisdom and power already exists in my soul.
  • God is just behind my reason, today and everyday and is guiding me to do the right thing always.
  • Perfect peace and poise are mine today, as I concentrate all my power and ability upon expressing the divine will.
  • I know that God’s power is limitless; and as I am made in His image, I, too, have the strength to overcome all obstacles.
  • I possess the creative power of Spirit.
  • The Infinite Intelligence will guide and solve every problem.
  • God is my own inexhaustible Divine Bank.
  • I am always rich, for I have access to the Cosmic Storehouse.
  • I will go forth in perfect faith, in the power of omnipresent good to bring me what I need at the time I need it.
  • The sunshine of Divine prosperity has just burst through the dark sky of my limitations.
  • I AM God’s child.
  • I relax and cast aside all mental burdens allowing God to express through me His perfect love, peace and wisdom.
  • I only create peaceful experiences because I love myself.
  • All is well.
  • I am safe.
  • The God-part of my mind gives me a psychic sense of direction each and every day.
  • The mystical power of God rules my goals and their realization.
  • Harmony surrounds me.
  • I AM a center for love.
  • I hear love
  • I love my life and everyone I share it with daily.
  • I AM as God created me.
  • I AM love and light.
  • I trust the process of life to bring only good to me.
  • I AM healthy and whole, body, mind and soul.
  • God is Love.
  • Love is God.

 

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Life opened an adventure for me in 2004 when I traveled to New York City to become a Certified Holistic Health Counselor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Exciting and very fulfilling I learned how to counsel others offering one-on-one sessions, how to incorporate a sharing library, open a business and help others find their truth. I incorporated Reiki into my sessions at this time in 2005 when I opened Believable Alternatives. I quenched my thirst for inner wisdom and belief in a spiritual journey from that day as I jumped on this ride of a lifetime.

Yearly I studied a topic that my soul led me to. Beginning in 2005 with Science of Mind which was established in 1927 by Ernest Holmes and is a spiritual, philosophical and metaphysical religious movement within the New Thought movement.

In his book, The Science of Mind, Ernest Holmes stated “Religious Science is a correlation of laws of science, opinions of philosophy and revelations of religion applied to human needs and the aspirations of man.” In his book you will find referenced the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Bible and Buddha. Science of Mind teaches that people can achieve more fulfilling lives through the practice called Spiritual Mind Treatment or Affirmative Prayer. Spiritual Mind Treatment is a step-by-step process, in which one states the desired outcome as if it is has already happened.

I found Kabbalah in 2006 and studied with a teacher as well that I spoke to every two weeks and traveled to a weekend event in Florida. Impressively outstanding I devoured these teachings for one year by scanning the Zohar daily. There are many books to read, but here are two that nourished my soul.

The Esential Zohar  by Kabbalist Rav Berg, provides a practical understanding and interpretation of the Zohar, the kabbalistic text considered by many to be the true Holy Grail. It examines its central teachings on evil, redemption, human relationships, wealth and poverty, death and the afterlife and other fundamental concerns. It offers an overview of how living by the principles of the Zohar can lead one to live in harmony with the Divine.

Taming Chaos by Kabbalist Rav P.S. Berg states that according to Kabbalah, chaos is not random but the result of an improper understanding of your own personal power and the spiritual system that can energize your life. In truth, says Rav Berg, only human consciousness and the human mind can bring lasting order out of chaos.

A Course in Miracles came into my adventure in 2007 and there I learned that The Course claims to be the divinely inspired words of Jesus Christ, and it is presented as a practical method for returning our awareness to God. The Course consists of three books: the “Text,” the “Workbook for Students,” and “The Manual for Teachers.” After reading the text I daily took to the Workbook for Students for one year as the exercises are numbered 1 to 365. It is written:

The workbook is divided into two main sections, the first dealing with the undoing of the way you see now, and the second with the acquisition of true perception. Each day’s exercises are planned around one central idea, which is stated first. This is followed by a description of the specific procedures by which the idea for the day is to be applied.

In 2008 I became a Metaphysical Practitioner graduating from the University of Metaphysical Sciences with M. Msc. degree. This is the place where I learned about prominent spiritual concepts and methods offered by spiritual traditions, teachers and writers throughout the world.

Metaphysics may be described as a spiritual / philosophical approach of a non-empirical character into the nature of human existence. As such, it includes an overlapping and diverse number of fields of inquiry. Its central precepts draw on both the Eastern and Western religious and metaphysical traditions and incorporates influences from holistic and self-help therapies, parapsychology, consciousness research and quantum physics. Mind, Body and Spirit are seen as interrelated and intrinsically connected with each other.

The Teachings of Abraham with Esther and Jerry Hicks gave me insight into a belief filled with the art of allowing our natural Well-Being to come forth. Ask and It is Given is their New York Times bestseller.  To quote a page from their Ask and It is Given Perpetual flip calendar which I have on my kitchen counter since 2009 it is written:

There is not anything in all of the Universe more delicious than to have a desire that you are a vibrational match, and – in that alignment of your being connected to Source Energy – being inspired to an action. That is the furthest extension of the Creation Process – there is no action in all of the Universe that is more delicious than inspired action.

During this ride I filled up my gas tank with many books from famous authors mostly published from Hay House in the beginning. To name a few; Louise L. Hay, Sonia Choquette, Dr.Wayne W. Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Marianne Williamson, don Miguel Ruiz, Sylvia Browne, Cheryl Richardson, Brian L. Weiss, M.D., and Denise Linn. There is an extensive list of  books I have read, as well as, workshops I attended. Even a cruise I went on to the Mediterranean Seas with Wayne Dyer in 2012.

Here I was devouring words from these many teachers and at the same time writing my book. Making Believers: “Connect to the light within…” I self-published in 2010 with Infinity Publishing. Patricia Lynn Reilly wrote the following about my book: Linda’s first novel is the story of Amanda and her mother Gracie. Although they are enveloped by shadows from the past and overcome by the painful realities of the present, Amanda and Gracie tell the story of unconditional love. Gracie dies and leaves Amanda a gift that will change her future. Then it was re-published in 2011 by Balboa Press: A Division of Hay House. It was in 2011 where I met my teacher Deborah King at an I Can Do It in Tampa, Florida where I had a book signing. I am proud to announce that I am now one of her Masters in Training as I have continued to study with her since then.

It has been a journey and path that has been an amazing ride filled with wonder and wisdom in many ways. As we are in the middle of the holiday season my gift to you is joy, peace and love at this time and in the future. I hope that my ride allows you to seek out one of your own to jump onto. Maybe take a workshop, class or just read a book that I have written about or search out the authors above. Whatever you are excited about is your passion, is your purpose in life. My passion has always been the written word in any form and to share love with everyone. Here I am today sharing my story and my ride of a lifetime, just because it was my time to grow and live my truth.

Pray. Meditate. Journal.

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In reflection, I would like to write that my life has been just like yours if you have been raised in a home with an alcoholic or fearful and detached parent. I was blessed being born in 1951 with a simple existence of not knowing how another friend of mine lived. Being clueless of what went on in someones home, therefore, I was not aware that my family life was anything but perfect. The word dysfunctional did not enter my mind until I was a mom myself and searching for my path.

Stories that I have are many but they are in the past where they belong. I married young to my 7th grade sweetheart. We grew up together and in doing so we just put one foot in front of the other and here we are forty-four years later. Proud parents of four amazing children and five delicious grand babies. We never planned, we never spoke of money, never traveled and we never ever involved our parents in our life.

I believe that my parents generation were extremely close to theirs because they were breast fed. There was a deep sense of family and it was a time where family all lived within the same neighborhood. The bond between mother and child is secure in the aspect of nourishing the baby with ones own body. I was not breast fed nor were most of my generation because of formula being invented. Please share your thoughts on this aspect whether you were breast fed or not. It is an interesting concept I feel that breast feeding connects the child in a different way compared to a bottle fed baby and it is that simplicity to life that we need to connect back to. Of course, it is different today because most babies are breast fed. I started having babies in 1977 and my last was born in 1985 and I enjoyed the comfort, touch and bond I felt by breast feeding. There are exceptions to everything in life and our choices as parents have a deep well of power when it comes to our children.

I look back on the fact that my dad only went to the 6th grade, as well as, my mom. It was a time for them to have their dreams and desires but unable to manifest that which would propel them to a life of joy. Love was the key to their existence. I believe love is the basis and foundation as well as the purpose we are here. He worked nights up until he was 40 years old when he had a mental breakdown and attempted suicide. It was then that a shift developed within my family life that took me into the minds of the mentally ill at the age of eighteen. He lived another thirty years in and out of psychiatric hospitals and different adult homes. Then right after I married at twenty, my mom divorced him and he became my responsibility until his death of lung cancer at seventy.

Dad had a deep love and connection to Mother Nature. He walked everywhere, he loved the beach and going to indoor pools in the winter. He loved music and the movies. He was a simple but wise man to me. He loved being outside in a park or just walking through the streets. He walked everywhere.

My mom the fearful one never journeyed with us out into the streets of our neighborhood or New York City, nor did she swim with us. It was always as far back as I can remember my dad, brother and me. Of course, there were drunken episodes and I make light of them because I never feared my dad. I feared for him. Today, I realize my moms fear of my dad when in a drunken state kept her at home where she could be safe for awhile.

I am blessed to understand the past of my parents life and mine had reason and purpose. Truly I think back on these memories with love and know that my parents did the best that they could.

I shared a life journey with my parents that I continue to respect even today. I honor them in the best way that I am capable of by taking the gifts that I received from them and with love I share them through the written word and being fearless.

Innocence, love and marriage is coming…

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LA Believes ….

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As I kiss 2013 goodbye, I now embrace the new year with love and wonder for all that will manifest! My heart is open and bursting with love for the new, my family, friends and all of mankind as I look within to discover all that I can be to help another! The truth of my discovery daily of the miracles I witness comes from the spiritual belief that I connect to through meditation, prayer and journaling. My passion, my purpose is this daily ritual. It comforts me with a deep sustenance to love the life IAM manifesting through my thoughts, words and actions. IAM blessed because I believe in the powers that be! 

The journey in life is the path we take by the choices we create. Be adventurous and filled with wonder in the coming year. Open yourself to others by forgiving the past and all the drama. Be aware of what is your truth and what you believe. Love is all that is needed. Embrace Love! 

In sharing all that I believe I hope to help another by the simplicity of my journey. To start anew we must think new thoughts, speak new words and act with love and kindness to all. Today I would like to share the following as a gift of words from my heart to yours.

Prayer to Request Miracles

Claim a healing miracle in your Life!

In the name of the Light of a God that never fails,

I accept a healing miracle in my life this day.

I claim a miracle in every level of my being.

I claim a miracle of Love for my full Resurrection.

Beloved Father/Mother God

Blaze forth your miracle Light now.

Infuse your miracle of Light on Earth now.

I call for an Ascended Master healing miracle

In my heart, in my chakras and in my DNA.

Blaze forth the miracle Light of the Seven Rays.

Blaze forth the miracle Light of the Holy Spirit

Everywhere in my being where healing is needed.

I declare that IAM a miracle of God this day.

IAM a miracle in action made manifest.

IAM a blazing miracle Light from the Great Central Sun

Resurrecting me back to my true identity in God.

Blaze the miracles of Light through.

Beloved IAM, Beloved IAM, Beloved IAM!

(repeat 3,6, or 9 times)

Source: Prayers to the Seven Sacred Flames by Aurelia Louise Jones

 

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Dream – Awaken – Dream

Right now at this moment in time IAM a woman with many dreams to fulfill. It is all I can do to contain myself as I wait, but what am I waiting for? It is the virtue of patience that IAM very good at, mixed with a lot of endurance. It is with this acceptance that I live my life and acknowledge all that is to be. IAM not a child but a woman who has lived a life that was never ever questioned by me. One of my gifts is to pick myself up by connecting to my God-self. The first dream on this amazing journey of my life was to begin to question who I was which opened a door that led me to a path that stirred the passions of my own purpose. I wonder today if I can be other than a published author? Do I have what it takes to help another through the written word or by my speech and actions? My motto is that I believe anything is possible once we choose to make a difference in life. However, one cannot do anything at all without God!

I look back on the past sixty-two years of my existence that was sheltered but very comfortable and familiar with the love of my family and friends. Basically, IAM an introvert, a loner who dreams in the vastness of my own imagination. Yet, IAM a seeker of knowledge today who strives to share with all how powerful we are. I find that others can be very judgmental, mean and hurtful towards me that makes me slip silently back to yesterday and agree with them. Then I remember who IAM because in the pit of my stomach lies a pulse that quickens and tells me to stay true to self – for they do not know.

Unconditional love means accepting each and everyone as they are to walk their own journey, make their own choices and being aware that no one knows what is best for another in any situation. Difficult, yes, but the only way to allow one to connect to their God-self. The ego fills us with fear! Roaring at us about everything that does not matter. God fills us with love! Whispering like a feather that floats by that He rests within. Ego takes us outside of ourselves. God leads us within to where He is.

My path is moving or shifting in a few months and I truly do not know where IAM headed but I trust God does. Another may say that IAM courageous and strong but I think IAM curious to see all that I can accomplish; whether it be through the written word of my writing as in blogging, publishing another book, traveling, educating myself further or just meeting interesting people and simply belonging somewhere other than the memories of yesterday. I have learned to take the good memories because I believe they have brought me to this page but its so easy to slip back into silence. IAM walking away from the life of silence to survive. Yesterday can no longer be for me. It is the new day that I await with love to guide me. To know and understand that IAM following that which is offered by the universe allows me to let go of worry. I truly trust and believe that there is a process to life. Today I look at my life as an existence that has its own strength and IAM simply a form to be used to live this life. 

Only I can live this life! No one has the right to silence anyone, harm anyone or even try to degrade another in anyway. The spirit of love and peace fills my spirit. There are no regrets, no fears but only the truth of my self as I connect with all that is. There is a vastness to life that is besides all our journeys as if we are living a dream. Along the journey of life we must awaken from the dream and know our truth to survive. 

Pray, Meditate, Journal.

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IAM Led By Spirit …

At times I wonder if it was my choice to love myself which made it possible for me to change and be myself. Interesting concept that one day I awoke to this revelation … love myself.  Then suddenly IAM driven to learn and be true to me? To discover IAM strong! IAM unique! IAM a child of God! IAM a spiritual being! IAM free to choose how I desire to live my life! Amazingly this power of love for me, that fed my soul, allowing strength for me to focus on a life, my life that needed to change. I believe it is the miracle of life that creates the power of thought to fling open the windows of the soul to allow in nourishment that has nothing whatever to do with food. Food for the soul can only be described as love. Love, I have discovered is the strength to live ones life by. No pain, fear, or hate can survive when one finds their strength from within to be because they love. IAM witness to the strength I possess today because I chose to love myself and all in my life unconditionally.

Still, I wonder about the beginning of the journey and all that it entailed to get me to this page. In prior writings, I have discussed about being led, and pushed almost forward without any clue as to why, when or what was to be. Today, I believe I was led by Spirit!  At this moment, IAM led by Spirit! Once I accepted the me I was born to be, the rest flowed willingly.

As a society we look at death as the end of life but I have learned there are different kinds of death and there is one which leads to the continuing of life, which allows one to begin living their truth.The other kind of death is the moving on of ones soul as they cross over the veil from this world to the world of becoming an eternal being. Either way we must mourn that which is no more.

I imagine those we love suffer the most because of either change in life. Change of any kind creates fear. Simply, fear of the unknown. One cannot help either change because there is a purpose and a path to all of our journeys. It is the experiences of life, the sorrows and joys that connect and make us a family in unity and part of the universe as one. Yes, there is confusion, depression, sorrow and fears we all must deal with either way. Unfortunately, it seems to me that it is the unexpected end of not seeing someone we love as we thought they were. Change, choice and free will are our gifts from God and when it is time Spirit will come to help in either scenario. It is the hardest part of acceptance of death to no longer share another’s experiences in life because they are physically no more or that they have chosen to be connected now to the powers that be.

I believe when one feels despair and sadness which leads them to bring to an end that which cannot be anymore, they are led by Spirit to do so. Those who love them and think they know them are greatly wounded by this choice. Please know that this is the power of the universe, the process of life is written and created for all to expand their souls. Love, joy, kindness, happiness, inner peace and healing await everyone. It matters not when you become aware of Spirit just that you know change is possible.

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Claim your power today…

When do we learn of the power and strength within that creates a path we must follow by being protected by the power of our own thoughts? I believe it is the final stage of belief that there is a process to all of life that is amazing. Many people cross our path, some stay, some move on but some are the greatest and brightest of lights that come to guide us. When we believe in ourselves because another believes in us is a verification of our truth. It is then when the doors and windows shall open to let the sun into our lives. It is this light that becomes the brightness in life that warms our days. The discovery and ability to be witness that one is on a journey that will make them whole.

Personally, I have noticed I have new words in my writing; unity, self-harmony, universe, whole, purity, grace, truth, divinity, eternal and spiritual. For me these words are a completion to all that IAM learning. It is the beginning of who I truly can be. The sadness is that there has to be an end to what was, only because this is my journey and one must fulfill their dreams to live in the light and glow of love eternally. IAM traveling that which has been written in my book of life I believe. IAM filled with the emotions of yesterday because IAM thankful and grateful to all I have learned from because in dong so, I have remembered what is important to me.

As part of this universe I appreciate the beauty of life and how I have unfolded myself into such enormous growth. As I travelled this path of change through these past years I have been witness to many different thoughts only because I needed to research how I accomplished all that I did by never leaving my home. I began a search seeking to know, devoured by a belief that there was more to life and learned from many books about the protection of totem animals and saw my own timeline and years I was guided and comforted by them. I always believed in God but now I met my Angels, Archangels, Ascended Masters, Spirit Guides and Ancestors through prayer, meditation and my greatest of passions writing daily in my journal. 

I believe it is the requirement to accept life and to love the life you have, after all you chose it. I have loved my life always and this love is my strength that led me to the woman IAM today. I ask to live a life of cleansing myself of yesterday’s toxins by my spiritual belief now. IAM accepting of all the powers of the universe that IAM provided with. As I look at the world with eyes of a child all is new. My spiritual belief is charged! I no longer have any use for the beliefs of the past or even any of my own old attitudes. I release and forgive all that was! IAM delighted with all that IAM given and realize my own deep inner wisdom is the grace and strength of who IAM today. This instinct of belief is part of me and with determination and will power I will be led to all in a spiritual form of unity. I bless this life I have been given anew and believe in the journey.

Are we not all survivors of sorts that search for a second chance? A place to start fresh? To begin anew? It is the brief voice within that whispers, ‘yes there is more!” Once one begins to listen and search for that ‘more,’ begins the process to discover ones passion, purpose and destiny. We are led to know we are never alone as we travel the journey of this life experience as I have been shown because the universe stands right by our side. It is this feeling of wholeness of thought that makes me aware and insightful of life. It is the comfort and guidance we are all given by this belief in the unity of life. I live in a spiritual world that I can share with those in the physical world. For there are many who cannot grasp this inner beauty  and kindness that waits for them.

The bottom line is to experience the wonder of being nice. It is a little word and yet very few possess the ability of being even nice to those they claim to love. To tell any lie of any kind drains everyones energy. To hurt another, not only hurts that person but hurts oneself by the draining of ones energy as well. It is that which society needs to release as a way of existence. Honesty and kindness incorporates love into being and begins ones journey to find who they truly are. It is the truth of life we all need to look for. To believe otherwise is a rejection of the process of life. Everyone needs to set goals to learn from to accomplish their destiny.

There definitely is a process to all of life. There is a renewing of energy by embracing and grounding oneself with love for Mother Nature. Life is about paying attention to the signs and being aware of how we show who we are to others. Know that there is goodness in all. We are not separate from each other but one. How we speak, think and act has an affect on all of mankind. It is this understanding that we all possess that we are separate on our own paths that confuses us. Know we are united towards the accomplishment of truth which will lead us all to love.

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MY SON’S TABLE …

I looked around and was witness to the beauty of four generations; the oldest just turning 90 years old a few days ago, while the youngest will be 8 months this week! My heart filled with love for them all, as we shared another meal as family in celebration of Easter Sunday. I remembered those that had sat with us in the past and my soul whispered a sigh of memory for that which had come and gone for now.

There was an abundance of food and laughter as we shared many hours together. I was amazed that the four little ones, the new generation were clueless to the meaning of the day, only due to the fact that they were all under four years of age but were filled with joy that we had gathered together. 

How marvelous the day was as I was witness to an energy that can only be called, “Love!” We were enjoying being a family as we shared the day sitting around the table. I believe I am in awe of God and His power to show me that the little things to treasure in life are the moments we come together as a family, laughing, eating, hugging and kissing. It was a day to embrace the beauty of abundance that filled our hearts, not the food that filled our bellies. 

I felt grateful to be alive! I was thankful for those I share my life with! I felt a serge of love for everyone! I am blessed for the experience of awareness.

I shall store these new memories in my mind with all the rest as I travel this path, called life. No matter how I look at it, I fill with love for all the experiences through the years, the tender moments that begin with a new life as we travel this journey together until it changes and one moves on. The greatest gift I have been given is to know I need to stop and smell the roses along the path of life …

 

 

 

Linda Amato, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Reiki Master, Metaphysical Practitioner, Author of Making Believers:Connect to the Light within …

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What am I looking for? I have Asked myself. Those who I love and cherish have also asked this question of me!

In the past I was looking for my belief in life, is the answer I was given. At this stage of my path I wanted answers to yesterday’s life. It seemed to me that my present life was transforming. I had a secret that I held close to my heart because I was unaware of the outcome but a desire pushed me forward to find my freedom, my belief, and unconditional love for me and for all.

I was not able to tell you back then who I was going to be or how I was going to go about being who I am today but there was an inner light that connected me in knowing that I was returning to me. I don’t know if this makes sense but I had to go back to the beginning of this life experience and find something. I  was developing a process through meditation where I began to understand for myself that my life has been about lessons and that everything happens for a reason.

The first lesson I learned was that we are all teachers and that Earth is a classroom where we are to learn to love one another by awakening from our dream state and remember our truth. I began with my parents and the lessons I learned from them.  This filled me with a deeper love and understanding for their own lives and the reasons they were who I chose this lifetime to learn from.

My dad taught me the true meaning of unconditional love for every human being, strangers included and the beauty of Mother Nature. An avid walker, he showed me how to bask in the sunlight, dream and appreciate the beach, parks and stars. It was his voice that spoke to me of kindness, love and respecting all of life. True acceptance of him allowed me to accept all and I must say to never be embarrassed of another’s actions. On this his 15th year Anniversary of passing I smile with the memory of our walks and talks. I miss you dad!

My mom taught me to favor no one and to do my responsibilities as a wife and mother with love and a song in my heart. I travelled with her on a journey of truth and found that truly we are all taught by our parents and I made a point to always remember that I was setting an example for my children because of her. Her wisdom and pain I realized were erased by those that she believed she had to listen to because of the generation she was born into. She never had the chance to have her voice and to follow her  dreams but as her daughter, hopefully I helped her to live through me and know she was a great teacher, mom and friend who I truly learned so much from. The pains, fears and sorrow she carried in her heart this lifetime has allowed her to finally escape from it all. She has dementia now and how I would love to hear her voice when I speak to her say, “hi, Lyn!”

My path has been a deep journey of discovery which I shall continue to embrace and share.

LA Believes

In January I spent my time reflecting, renewing, and remembering due to the fact that I had to “Pause” the life I had been living. In doing so, I began to dig deep within to discover what I am not getting that pertains to the rest of my journey. Yesterday or as many of us refer to our life as the past I was a strong daughter, wife and mother. I was determined, focused and wild as to the way I wanted to be, even though at times there was a silent women crying to get out and be seen and heard. My awareness stemmed from my Spirit, I imagine today because I always followed my intuition with prayer and unconditional love.

Suddenly, God stepped in and there was a fork in the road; with tears and many fears I chose to become a better me; to educate myself about the life I could change! The main word I heard all of the time was to “share” with others my journey. As I remember that time in my life at fifty years old I simply went with the flow because there was a passion calling to me from the depths of my being. I felt like a “wild woman,” searching for herself. I had been missing from my own life for a very long time.

Through the written word I released the confusion, doubt and panic, as I filled journal after journal. I was totally clueless as to where I was going or why but the “wild woman” inside seemed to know. All these years later I believe another tremendous shift is upon me because I cannot continue as I have been. It seems I am missing again! I WANT MORE.

What one believes from their own inner dreams is key to this process we call life which I have experienced. Creativity MUST be daily manifested in some form. Without any ritual in life we simply get side tracked. Meditating, keeping a daily journal, praying and acknowledging the beauty of Mother Nature allows one to manifest the desires of the soul.

Here I am wanting to step up to a new “Me,” if that is possible. I am tired of yesterday’s beliefs. I am exhausted by the demands. I am disgusted with the doubts and fears. My freedom is in healing and blessing all.

It is a time for me to respect and honor my past for it has led me to awaken and seek my inner wisdom. Being passionate about learning and sharing with others is key to my reason for being. I am not clueless, I am knowing all that I need to know by the gifts that I have been bestowed with. Life is a true blessing for me because I have no regrets.

I am ready to let the “wild woman” run with me forward once again with open arms.