light up the dark!

For just a moment, close your eyes. Imagine these global-reaching gifts for the holidays…

  • Awareness of individual ancestry and culture
  • Respect for nature
  • A place to call home
  • Access to clean water
  • No person or animal left unfed
  • Simple lifestyles and expectations
  • Enough sustainable income
  • Coexistence of differences and inclusiveness
  • Love and harmony exchanged
  • A united, inclusive governing body

Now you open your eyes, and everywhere you turn, you are immersed in the negative column of duality. None of your reverie seems real, even possible, let alone attainable. You may feel angry, hollow, cynical, or in denial. Perhaps your attitude toward people and the world has changed.

Yet, attitude is one characteristic over which you have control—a present to yourself.  Consider this quote from Viktor Frankl, Austrian Holocaust survivor, neurologist, psychiatrist, and author:

“The one thing you can’t take away from me is the way I choose to respond to what you do to me. The last of one’s freedoms is to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance.”

Having visited the Dachau Concentration Camp near Munich, Germany, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington  D.C., I remember the haunting feeling of distinct limits on human life, of profound struggle, and of hopelessness. Being a deep feeler, it was difficult for me to shake the sight of young children’s worn shoes and clothing, the scratchy feeling of a lone, crinkled and discolored photograph of a loved one that I imagined placed next to skin, and the dark, heavy energy of the palpable emotions that reached to me through the displays. It took me several days of “sitting with” my psyche before I could balance my heart and thoughts. I have never forgotten, although I do not dwell on those scenes. Changing my attitude to embrace the good, the bad, and the ugly lets me be in the world, but not controlled by it. Ways of thinking and behaving are up to me.

In some ways, today’s circumstances seem to engage the senses similarly. The pandemic, racial frenzy, denigration of nature, a broken economy, and egocentric and dictatorial government leadership ebb and flow during this time of unusual holiday celebrations. Although not always easy amid the surroundings, choose your attitudes.

Practicing a different perspective is another characteristic of choice. Since you don’t know what the next six months hold, better to be prepared, observe, and resonate with an offering of voice.

  • Are you short of toilet paper? You might try using crepe paper. It conveniently displays well on the roller, and the party stores are fully stocked. ~Terry Terrones, journalist for “The Gazette,” Colorado Springs, CO, April 22, 2020
  • One reason that cats are happier than people is that they have no newspapers. ~Gwendolyn Brooks, In the Mecca, poetry, 1968
  • “…Being a good person and being the coolest can come in the same package….” ~Norma Johnson, writer and performer: A poem for my white friends, “I Didn’t Tell You,” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UVIgjuovt8, December 29, 2013

Believing in the impossible—a cousin to developing resiliency—is a third characteristic that you can control. Irradicating world hunger may seem like an impossible reach, yet, in 2019, donations to Action Against Hunger, a global humanitarian organization, gave 17 million people in 46 countries access to clean water, food, education, and healthcare. This is wonderful, astonishing progress. Each year, we give our adult children and grandchildren a holiday gift of experience (along with requested books or movie tickets). This year we will be supporting Action Against Hunger with a gift in each family’s name. https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/

Since the holidays have traditionally held magic for those who believe in the impossible, reading is another pleasure that warms the hearts of both reader and listener. My five-year-old grandson and I use FaceTime to read books from Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Treehouse series. #8 Midnight on the Moon tookthe protagonists, eight-year-old Jack and his seven-year-old sister, Annie, on an improbable moon adventure. The kids were challenged by Merlin’s spell that turned Morgan le Fay, their librarian friend, into a mouse.

Despite trials and encounters, they persisted with the assistance of a fact book and Annie’s intuition. My grandson loved repeating the “M” word clues and joining in their emotions. Annie believed in the impossible: forget the flashlight, the moon can light the way; a moon base functions as a space hotel; and it is perfectly safe to talk to and get help from a moon man whom she believed was really an alien from another galaxy. Also, Annie could feel things in her body as positive or negative. She trusted these feelings, allowing them to guide her. At one point, Morgan le Fay thanked Jack for his love of knowledge and Annie for her belief in the impossible. The 28+ book series continues to hold the hearts of children (and adults!) as NY Times best sellers.

Sometimes the impossible is all you have to go on. No supporting facts. But if the impossible is your only option, why not trust it? I once stopped at a vendor booth that was selling hand lotion. I removed my engagement ring at the time and applied the lotion. I got caught up in the feel, the smell, and the purchase of it—and went on my way. I probably spent a half hour or so looking at other vendor booths. I returned to my car and all of a sudden, I noticed my ring was missing! I frantically checked my pockets and parcels. My heart and stomach were screaming, now what? Racing back to the booth, I kept believing, It has to be there. It has to be there. Breathlessly, I inquired. The smiling vendor had discovered the ring and put it in her apron pocket. I knew someone would be back for it, she said. Crying tears of joy and relief, I thanked and hugged her.

Believing in something that seems impossible starts with turning to your inner light—your consciousness—that works with your body and reflects your thoughts and experiences. You feel instant clarity and resilience, sometimes adrenaline, sometimes calm. This simple act of opening to your inner light joyfully leads to possibilities that bypass the chaos of your environment. This light of a higher level of thinking and feeling, in itself, is a beautiful, powerful experience. Sometimes an individual’s light may be dusty or hidden, yet it never goes away. Regardless of your circumstances, engage the gift of your inner light.

From a higher vantage: This season offers ways to support, love, and imagine. Envision changing just one of your attitudes, perspectives, or beliefs, allowing a brilliant inner light to shine. Maybe it’s time. Maybe not all at once. Maybe incrementally. Light up the dark!

contribution, not credit

We are witnesses in constant crossfires. Extended months and days of the pandemic and the calamities in its wake. Obvious social, economic, racial, and leadership contrasts across continents, but particularly during and leading up to our country’s ongoing presidential election. The crucial impact from people and businesses not taking Mother Earth seriously echoes increasing weather disturbances, wildfires, species’ relocation or extinction, and other natural disasters. And, more. We can ignore the statistics, or we can change our mindset, reach from our hearts, and passionately set a personal intention to shape an inclusive, responsible, and respectful world where all energies thrive harmoniously.

Shifting old paradigms and beginning new conversations with “wiggle room” that welcomes different perspectives from our own is what is needed now. A paraphrased concept popularized by author, teacher and dot.com marketer, Seth Godin, shines light in our darkness: It’s not about receiving credit, it’s about contribution. Contribution through spontaneous acts of making life better for others; through individual creative perseverance and determination that strengthen and sustain us, making us more compassionate and resilient members of humanity; and through voice and actions that engage heightened awareness of the environment and honor sustainability. It’s about connecting, consciously or unconsciously, with something greater than we are, to inspire the well-being of all.

This past week in Terre Haute, Indiana, Ben Boardley, an 18-year-old high school cross country runner participating in the state finals saw a competitor, Faizan Khan, fall, just a few feet from the finish line. Ben slowed, reached out to Faizan, and helped him to his feet. They continued running and, together, crossed the finish line. Spectators and reporters were impressed with Ben’s sportsmanship. To him, it was nothing unusual. I just kind of saw it and did it, he said. It’s the way my parents raised me. They taught me to treat others how I’d want to be treated and to be helpful when I can. Someone tweeted an eight-second video, catching the selfless act for all to see. Ben spontaneously aided a fellow runner, and, in doing so, also contributed to strengthening humanity. https://news.yahoo.com/high-school-runner-helps-stumbling-173617448.html

How might we become more compassionate and resilient contributors to society? Starting with ourselves, we recognize that we are part of a greater energy—one that wants us to succeed, to experience excellent health, and to live fully. Mindfully, we practice slowing down and taking time to create space for nudges from an unseen energy. Hurrying and personal agendas have no place here. Adversity, silence, and observations often show us a way to welcome inner thoughts. Often, when we pay attention, we are guided to share our abilities, talents, and purpose with others for the benefit of the larger community. However, sometimes this happens unconsciously.

Meet 14-year-old Kyler Nipper who, three years ago, was stabbed with a pencil by a classmate who bullied and teased him about his uncool, creased and cracked, black and white tennis shoes. As a result, Kyler was hospitalized and on a breathing tube for three days. After returning to his home, he developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of the event. At the time of the incident, Kyler had just had orthopedic surgery and his feet were in casts. The surgery corrected a condition, idiopathic toe-walking. He had shorter-than-normal Achilles tendons that did not allow his heels to touch the ground when he walked.

After the incident, instead of focusing on himself, Kyler decided to help other kids who were bullied or ashamed because of their scruffy shoes. He started “Kyler’s Kicks” out of his family’s apartment to collect new and gently used shoes, clean them, and redistribute them to those in need. Several city businesses assisted his efforts as collection and distribution sites. He collected so many pairs of shoes that one business donated the monthly use of a party bus to drive through and distribute his shoes to low-income neighborhoods.

A year into his project, his family had to move to another state because of overwhelming medical bills. They relocated to a studio apartment in a community for homeless veterans. Despite his family’s financial difficulties, Kyler continued his altruistic efforts. Since then, “Kyler’s Kicks” has collected and distributed over 25,000 pairs of shoes, mostly to at-risk children, teens, and people who are homeless.

Recently, Kyler saw a man he thought was homeless, walking down the street barefooted. He gauged that they had a similar shoe size and gave the man his shoes. It’s the best feeling ever, he said. Clearly, a greater energy worked through Tyler without his knowledge. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2019/09/30/he-was-stabbed-by-bullies-who-mocked-his-shoes-he-now-collects-shoes-gives-them-those-need/

How might we come together, regardless of our culture or race, to gain greater awareness of solutions that honor and sustain the environment? Keeping our egos in check and practicing inclusion, we are more willing to see others’ viewpoints and engage in flexible conversations. We all want the same things. Our voices and actions inspire each other as we look forward together, generating sustainable solutions that benefit all.

Sam Grant, a longtime Minnesota educator and social justice organizer, is the executive director of MN350, a local growing movement to protect our climate. “MN350 supports stopping the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure and shifting to renewable energy and sustainable agriculture, all while giving power and relief [food and first aid] to frontline communities most harmed by the climate crisis.” https://mn350.org/news/climate-group-mn350-hires-executive-director/

The New York Times climate team interviewed black climate activists and learned this basic premise: “Racism makes it impossible to live sustainably.” With this background, reflect on Sam Grant’s comments about how the climate movement can also be one of anti-racism.

“I believe part of our challenge as an organization focused on the climate crisis is to honor what’s primary for people and through dialogue and through relationships, help people see the connection between that issue and the broader climate crisis,” he said. “So it’s not choosing this or that. Or this, then that. It’s this and that.”

After May 25, 2020, on behalf of MN350, Grant was one of the first climate activists to call for the prosecution of the police officers who were linked to the killing of George Floyd. Later, major environmental organizations like Greenpeace and World Wildlife Fund joined with their solidarity. Grant suggests, “Police violence is an aspect of a broader pattern of structural violence*, which the climate crisis is a manifestation of. Healing structural violence is actually in the best interest of all human beings.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/03/vlimate/black-environmentalists-talk-about-climate-and-anti-racism.html

*Examples of structural violence include health, economic, gender, and racial disproportions. Additional spinoffs of structural violence include cultural, political, symbolic, and everyday violence. https://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com

Flexible and accommodating conversations contribute to the well-being of humanity and Mother Earth. This is the higher path of compassion, softened hearts, and unity. We came to learn our purpose and share our contributions freely in ways that promote harmony.

From a higher vantage: Let us not be diminished by living for competition, for violence, and for choices that undermine others, so we can feel good. We are not entitled to anything while here and will take nothing with us but our memories—the stories that have defined us. May those stories speak to meaningful contributions.

© 2020 in the thick of things

links in the ancestral chain

This is the season for imagination and celebration of ancestors: Halloween; All Saints’ Day; All Souls’ Day; Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead, for those of Mexican heritage; Diwali, a Hindu celebration of lights; and Zhongyuan, a Ghost Festival of traditional Buddhists and Taoists. We take time to think about how our ancestors may have directed our lives. There is significance in creativity and vision whether for survival or for fun; in honor, gratitude for, and discovery of meaning in our ancestors; and in an understanding that accepts dying and death as a part of us.

For many, the world seems to be a tense and unyielding place. We are constantly striving to multi-task, reach goals, and, at all costs, thrive.  We are products of our own drive, society’s expectations, and cultural beliefs. Halloween is the perfect time to take a break, unwind, don a costume, and recall earlier spooky stories—maybe imagine what it was like to be an ancestor on this day.

Halloween dates to a seventh century pagan festival, Samhain, meaning summer’s end. This was an ancient Gaelic celebration that honored the end of the harvest. It was also believed to be a time of year when the veil between this world and the spiritual world became thinner. Good and evil spirits were thought to be part of the environment. People wanted to protect their crops and livestock from possible negative influences.

In extending hospitality to the spirits, people offered bonfires, place settings at the family table, food and drink, and costumed visitations to their neighbors. Imagination and the urgency to ward off any evil spirits created opportunities for distractions and socializing. Serious intentions expanded to solidarity, safety, and harmony.

During the ninth century, the Western Christian church moved the observance of Samhain to the day before the Christian celebrations of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the early part of November. For many, this pagan day merged with the holy days to become Halloween; however, many churches continue to witness the annual All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day as separate celebrations.

All Saints’ Day, November 1, celebrates the souls of those loved ones and unknowns who have died during the previous year, along with those exemplary souls who were influential in religious history. Since heaven is a state of mind and we are all connected, it is a good time for us to recall our ancestors and the ways in which they were meaningful to us as well as how they lived their lives. Do some of their traits live on in us?

I think of my Grandma Millie and how she was never too busy to listen or converse with me as if I were the only person in her world.  I also heard stories as we planted, weeded, harvested, and canned produce from her garden and made crafts like candy cane tree ornaments. It felt important to be recognized for being helpful and creative. She saw something in me that I didn’t know was there. In reverie, I sometimes imagine what it would have been like to cook with her in a contemporary kitchen with all the amenities—how excited and amazed she would have been. I am grateful for the enduring power of her influence. As a Gran, I look for ways in which to validate my “grands” to follow their hearts. Knowing that everyone has talents, gifts, or important words to offer, we can also honor those souls who were among us yet remain unknown.

November 2, All Souls’ Day, commemorates all souls, living or deceased, regardless of positive or negative circumstances. Let us be grateful for the gifts that each of us represents, for compassion and understanding of any shadow components, and for forgiveness of the humanness in each other. This is unconditional love. Knowing the shadow side of someone and loving that trait into light anyway is the realization of no separation. Benevolence begins with imagination. Loving shadow traits may not be easy, yet it is worth the effort.

Several other celebrations honor ancestors. Mexican Día de Muertos is an annual festivity scheduled for October 31-November 2, where celebrants welcome their beloved ancestors to be with them. The living pray for their deceased family members and friends, wear bright costumes, dance, and prepare special foods. They know that death is a natural part of life and, by facing this reality, they make peace with the inevitability of death. Because of this, they minimize their fear and dread. The 2017 Walt Disney movie, Coco, beautifully and tenderly portrays this remembrance.  We can imagine these aspects and sense oneness with all who celebrate their ancestors.

Diwali, meaning “row or series of lights,” is a Hindu Festival that is celebrated throughout the world. It honors new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over dark. A religious observance, the celebration coincides with the Hindu New Year. This five-day Festival of Lights honors fortune, knowledge, light, the New Year, and love between siblings. Lighted candles, fairy lights, and oil lamps are placed inside and outside of homes, in front of public buildings and line streets. Fireworks are abundant. Though not everyone celebrates Diwali, we can use our imagination to feel the meaning of the festival. When we imagine, we use the functionality of our higher brain, and our energy vibration raises the overall vibration of the planet. Goodness increases for everyone.

Zhongyuan, a Chinese Ghost Festival, symbolizes the fall harvest and the rebirth of ancestors or ghosts. It is believed that their earthly families forgot to pay tribute to them after they died and, if they were treated poorly when they returned, great misfortune would descend on the family. Families offered prayers and food. They also burned items made of Joss paper which represented materialism in the afterlife. The more paper that was burned, the better for the ancestors. Lighted, floating lanterns were thought to guide the souls of the forgotten ancestors to the afterlife.

Imagining what it might be like to participate in this festival expands our consciousness. We feel oneness in light. Our connected energies and higher vibrations take us full circle.When we choose to visualize and direct our creativity, honor and discover meaning in our ancestors, and understand the deeper and broader aspects of dying and death, we are in the moment. This is our gift, and, at some point, our legacy.

“We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.”   ~Maya Angelou

From a higher vantage: Make time to thank your ancestors, regardless of perspective or underlying stories. Offer at least one positive comment for what lives on in you. Without ancestors, who would you be?

©2019 in the thick of things

engage without reservation

Oneness is challenging to understand and even more difficult to experience. However, I have witnessed it in several instances. One approach is to slow down, relax, and be in the moment. Then choose an object that appeals to the senses: a favorite flower, the spiral of a conch shell, or the song of a bird.  I set an intention for my energy to merge with that of the object. I ask to feel the oneness between us. Everything around me becomes timeless, and a warmth opens me. I feel my vision, and then body, reaching and merging with the object. I am suspended in oneness. Sadly, the sensation doesn’t last long because my focus changes to wanting the experience to continue, and then the feeling subsides. Yet I am elated to have experienced it for a brief time.

In a similar way, exploring the mystery behind the creative process also holds the promise of oneness. In my case, I clear all distractions and focus on new expressions of communicating. I allow all ideas to come to me as my creativity leads. My environment seems to disappear, and I feel ethereal. Timing and how this unfolds is never pre-determined. Work and rework are part of the process, yet the result is so gratifying.

Although no two creative experiences are the same, even for one individual, creativity connects me to something larger and grander. The scope of the idea does not matter. Thoughts from higher realms feed my heart and mind, and new expressions or ways of seeing are born.

Undisputedly, there are many myths about creativity. This dialogue between ego and higher Self explores ideas about the creative process and may also lead to a greater understanding.

Ego:  Why all this talk about creativity?

Higher Self:  Creativity is a way that everyone can align with a greater energy. The present moment calls, and the person moves effortlessly toward and within it. This is the zone of oneness. Expressing ideas in an original way gives an individual great satisfaction. Beginning with the unknown, something emerges.

Ego:  Sounds like change is involved.

Higher Self:  Yes, of the very best kind.

Ego:  Well, you know I prefer the status quo, structure, and known paradigms. Change makes me nervous; I’m afraid of connecting ideas to create something new. What if the result is criticized or [whisper]…I fail?

Higher Self:  Worrying about the small stuff (and it’s all small stuff) holds you back. It takes you out of the moment. It fills all the little spaces in your brain with doubt and blocks your intuition so that exciting, new thoughts go unnoticed. Don’t force thoughts, let them arrive when they will. This is not about your timing.

Ego:  You mean creative thoughts can come to anyone? It isn’t just a select few who are born with them? Or who have muses? Or who participate in a think tank atmosphere?

Higher Self:  Creativity takes place in the moment at-hand when nature, or anything, really, speaks to you—sounds, shapes, wafting aromas, the weather, a sunset over water, or a riveting conversation. Anything that catches your attention.

Ego:  Well, I like the tried-and-true past. It also gives me a foundation for the future. I think present moment creativity is overrated!

Higher Self:  Let me help you experience creativity. First, slow down and then connect with a greater energy of which you’re a part. Now think of something you’re passionate about: It may be one of the traditional arts or wood carving, decorating, making fishing lures, gardening, or photographing.

Ego:  Okay, I think I’m getting it.

Higher Self:  Right here, right now, let your brain and heart go wild. Let time be of no consequence; creativity often involves work and rework. The process may even take your breath away (for just an instant). Yet the result—the magnum opus—is monumental, if only for yourself, especially for yourself. The feeling is difficult to put into words.

Ego:  I like the “self” part but taking my breath away—I don’t know.

Higher Self:  Your imagination collaborates with mysterious energy to yield something new. What you create may even be good, useful, or unique to the community and beyond—or just for fun. Either way, give thanks and feel the vibrations of the Universe applauding.

Ego:  If creativity will make me the star of my own show where I can get applause and feel good, I may have to try it. Hummm, since I’ve been told that I am already creative, I will begin to nurture this quality by focusing on my favorite flower, the lily. Sensing oneness with its beauty and edibility, maybe I will be inspired to create a beautiful dinner entrée.

Thoughts…

Expressions of creativity surround you. Whether in nature or defined from within, know that you can engage without reservation. Feel oneness. Share.

© 2019 in the thick of things

You are So Much More

How much evidence is needed? You are so much more was the message that my softened and surrendered heart received from Source less than a week ago. What did this message mean and where was it leading? Previous to the night of the message, I had spent five hours with a nonagenarian relative in the Emergency Room (ER) and subsequent hospital room as he continued to interact with a racing heartbeat. I wanted to be with him and his daughter at his bedside to connect with him through “Heart Talk”—an approach of support, “being” in oneness and, above all, shared love in the present moment. “Our work is to come together in truth. To become the perfect environment for each other’s recognition that there is no other, but just the One to be shared,” Who Dies? Stephen and Ondrea Levine, p.171.

I adjusted his blankets for warmth, placed my hand on his shoulder, looked in the direction of his eyes and began to speak through heart vibrations. His daughter offered a comment to add some levity that he should decide between Red Lobster and The Olive Garden as a dinner destination for the following week. As the medical team prepared to shock his heart with the hope of gaining a normal heart rate, his racing heartbeat suddenly began to drop significantly. Nosedive by nosedive, it normalized. I was reminded of my inner spark of divinity. It was Source working through me that held sacred space for whatever would be the appropriate healing for my relative’s situation.

Two days later while attending a Unity service, certain lyrics from “Hold On,” a song from The Secret Garden—a 1993 musical about death and loss—hijacked my attention. More evidence. Underlined passages resonate with me.

“Hold On” (excerpts)

“What you’ve got to do is finish
What you have begun!…

When you see the storm is coming
See the lightning part the skies
It’s too late to run
There’s terror in your eyes
What you do then is remember
This old thing you heard me say
“It’s the storm, not you
That’s bound to blow away”

Hold on…
Don’t even ask how long or why?
Child, hold on to what you know is true
Hold on till you get through.
Child, oh child
Hold on…

[When you feel your heart is poundin’
Fear a devil’s at your door
There’s no place to hide
You’re frozen to the floor
What you do then is you force yourself
To wake up, and just say
“It’s this dream, not me
That’s bound to go away”…

Hold on, the night will soon be by
Hold on
Until there’s nothing left to try
Child, hold on, there’s angels on their way
Hold on and hear them say
“Child, oh child!”

When you see a man who’s raging
And he’s jealous and he fears
That you’ve walked through walls
He’s hid behind for years
What you do then
Is you tell yourself to wait it out
And say “It’s this day, not me
That’s bound to go away”

Child, oh, hold on
It’s this day, not you,
That’s bound to go away.”

Again, You are so much more resounded in my heart, symbolizing an alignment with Source, my higher Self. When I focus on this alignment, my strength knows no boundaries and my path to enlightenment is clear. How much more evidence is needed? Yet, persuasive ego tends to derail me, although in fewer instances as time goes on. Thinking of my relationship with Source, I need only ask and then wait for guidance and answers to appear. It’s when I begin to doubt, question, and close my heart that things get murky. Staying in the moment and expecting to hear from Source, the next steps come to me. With a softened heart, I look to this as my reality, and situations that are difficult, worrisome or fearful—the dramas of life—are recognized as illusions. Perhaps it’s the day, the response, or circumstances. Each of these, not my higher Self, will “go away.” My higher Self is part of Source; therefore, I am steadfast and endure.

Over time, I believed that I had understood this concept, knew the right words to explain it, and could give examples. I see now that I had more living to do to fully realize alignment as a gift. It’s not important that circumstances have repeated themselves in a variety of ways to yield recognition or that understanding has taken a while to settle into my bones. When I set an intention to raise my consciousness and pursue alignment, it will happen. Timing is of no consequence. Source has a plan and is in and around me, always. Doubt came because I carried the alignment only in my head, vulnerable to Ego; now I believe in and hold the alignment with Source in my heart.

Then it was Tuesday. You are so much more defines connection. I received meaningful comments about the recently-held me! die? gathering; found the “right fit” webmaster, which was the result of completely trusting my intuition; and spent the day experiencing the world from the perspective of our eleventh-month-old grandson. Each precious moment offered endless gifts: smiles, exploratory movements and experimental noises created with his tongue, communication full of nuances, and the wonder and awe of earrings and zippers, to name a few. Even the moments spent reading Alaska 1-2-3 Counting Book for the fifteenth time renewed a fondness in my heart for his excitement as we approached that special page, and he exuberantly waved to nine polar bears waving back at him.

You are so much more goes beyond “correct” answers and possibilities—extensions of the mind. With the knowledge of Source alignment in my heart, I feel my thoughts, words, and actions through trust and patience, without strategy. The results are universally agreeable. Receiving awareness from Source in mysterious ways no longer surprises me. At 4 a.m. I awoke to “nudges” for this blog entry that ended in an obscure circle of light gently pulsating in my head. I know. Evidence is surpassed by joy.

Inwardly speaking: Set your intention. Ask your heart to lead you into alignment with Source. It will come to you in time. You are so much more than you think.

© 2015 Barbara L. Krause