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I'm using this blog to share articles I've written for a column for an online newspaper.

The title of my column is Spirit Corner.


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And I also invite you to please feel free to share your thoughts and stories of inspiration.

The articles below appear in their unedited form as opposed to being slightly edited by the time it is posted in the newspaper.


Sunday, December 26, 2010

Have Faith In Yourself

Faith is an interesting concept. To some faith may mean having a belief in a God, a higher power, or a creator of the Universe. To others having faith may mean having the hope that things will ultimately be okay or whatever issue is at hand will work itself out.

However, I’m going to add another dimension of looking at faith. I propose faith means having the belief in one’s self and that you are the creator of your own world.

It has been said before that we are all children of God. If we are children of God, then are we not of God? If we are then of God, are we are not God-like?

If this is true, then what an incredible opportunity and responsibility each and every one of us has been charged with.

And this opportunity and responsibility is to live and act like God in all of our actions with each other and with ourselves.

But what does it mean to live and act like God?

Quite simply, it means to live from the heart. It means to live peacefully. It means to live forgivingly. It means to live lovingly. It means to live compassionately. This is what it means to believe in one’s self and to accept one’s Divinity.

There are those who do not do this and have chosen to shut themselves off from their Divinity, and this is okay. It is then up to the rest of us to show others what humanity is truly capable of and how we are destined to live.

There are many people who lament the violence in the world and who wish for peace on earth. And it is quite lovely and nice to wish for peace and for the end of violence. But no matter how hard you wish for peace, that wish will simply not come true.

There is a much easier way to make that wish a reality. Simply live, act, and be peaceful. Be an example of peace to others. Be an example of love to others. If someone has hurt you or slighted you in any way, look into your heart for the appropriate response and you will see the only true response is compassion and forgiveness. All other responses come from ego and not from your God self.

Accepting one’s own connection to Divinity really can change your world. With time, living compassionately and with forgiveness will become second nature. You will begin to see how important your role is in making a difference in the world as you live from love. This responsibility may see daunting at first, but the end result is a peace and love in your heart unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. And this peace and love is so beautiful, so moving, that your only desire will be to share it with the entire world.

Monday, December 20, 2010

FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real

Recently I wrote about the wonders of love and how love is our true nature. This time I’d like to talk about the opposite of love.

What is the one emotion which can prevent us from obtaining the things we desire? What is the one emotion which can trick us into not moving forward and living our lives fully in the way God intended?

This negative emotion is fear.

What’s remarkable about fear is how much power we give to it. It is that power which enables fear to create stories and episodes in our heads of things that haven’t yet happened and most likely will not occur. Fear takes the reality of a situation and twists it into a false worst case scenario so that we’re paralyzed from taking any action.

Of course, fear does have its place and it cannot be completely discounted as fear has the ability to keep us alive. Our fight or flight instinct serves us well in moments of extreme physical danger. For example, if you’re out hiking and you see a bear in the distance, it is the fear of a bear attack which will cause us to avoid the bear. This is a positive type of fear.

But the fear I’m talking about is the negative fear produced from our ego.

Think about the times when you have been out and about running an errand, grocery shopping, or you’re at a club, and a beautiful woman or handsome man catches your eye.

How often have you wanted to walk up to this individual and strike up a conversation, but you convinced yourself, before any action has been taken, that nothing good is going to come out of you putting yourself out there? Where did this negative thought come from?

That’s the fear created from your ego holding you back from a potentially enjoyable encounter and new experience. You absolutely have nothing to lose and everything to gain by simply walking through your fear, saying hi, and introducing yourself.

The ego likes for this to happen as it is our ego which wants us to stay safe in our own little self-created cocoon of comfort. Upon closer inspection, this cocoon we’ve created is neither safe nor comfortable. This cocoon is a false illusion to which we give too much power. We end up limited, suffocated, and stagnant.

So, the next time the door of opportunity flings open, and what’s behind the door seemingly appears out of your comfort zone and you feel fear starting to take hold, just say to yourself, “Fear is false evidence appearing real. I give you no power nor pay you any mind.” And then simply step forward in courage and confidence with the knowing that you have the power to create your desires and there is nothing to hold you back.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

LOVE = Lots Of Venus Energy

What is the one emotion which can cause the most stoic of men to melt into a pile of goo? What is the one emotion which can cause a grown woman to wistfully sigh like a 12 year-old girl head over heels for a teen idol?

The Romans had a Goddess whom they worshipped who was the epitome of this emotion. Her name was Venus, and she is associated with love.

Love is the very fabric which binds humanity together. Love is accepting people for who they are and accepting each other’s culture without judgment and without fear.

Love is living your journey with the full knowing that whatever choices you make are the correct ones. There is no right way, there is no wrong way. The choices you make will lead you to exactly where you need to be in the way it needs to be done.

Love is living compassionately and with an open heart. Love is the knowing that the stranger who was rude to you in the elevator or the boss who yelled at you is going through their own difficulties in life, and there is no need to take their actions personally.

Love is welcoming each day for the gift that it is. It is accepting each day as the challenge of making a difference in the world. Because no matter what work you do, you are helping the improvement of humanity. By living and acting out of love each day, you are setting an example to others to show them the love they are capable of as well.

Love is being able to accept yourself. Love is the realization that you are perfect exactly as you are. Any self-perceived flaws are created out of ego and not out of love.

Love is the knowing that you have the ability to manifest and create your desires. When you are in the place of love, you are able to step out of your own way so that the process of creation flows smoothly and freely.

Love is also living in patience and accepting the creation process at its time frame and not how you perceive it should be.

Love is the knowing that all your prayers are listened to and answered. Love is also being able to accept that the answer to your prayer may be “no” or “not at this time.”

When you look at a baby who hasn’t been in this world for very long, you are looking into the eyes of wonderment and unconditional love. This unconditional love is our true nature and is at the core of our very being.

As we grow older, it seems our capacity for unconditional love diminishes like a candle whose flame slowly burns out. However, that is not the case. The candle of unconditional love is the eternal light within our soul. When you accept this light that is within you, you will then be able to see the love that glows within each other.