Sunday, July 15, 2012

5 Fun & Easy Spiritual Practices

5 quick and easy spiritual practices that you can do daily:

  1. Pranayama Breathing (extension of the breath)
    1. Inhale through your nose for 6 seconds.
    2. Exhale through your mouth for 6 seconds.
    3. Do this 10 times. 
  2. Practice Random Kindness
    1. Pay someone a compliment (nice shirt, nice tie, love your shoes).
    2. Hold the door open for the person walking in behind you or exiting from the same door in front of you.
    3. Post a lovely comment to someone’s facebook wall for absolutely no reason.
  3. Gratitude List
    1. Stop whatever you are doing and write down 5 things you are grateful for.   (Stop reading this and do it now!)
    2. Before you begin your day every morning.
    3. Just before you fall asleep at night.
  4. Start Your Very Own “Brag Book”
    1. Carry it with you and write down every compliment you receive.
    2. Refer back to brag book when you forget how completely AWESOME you are!
    3. You will develop a greater awareness of the constant influx of your good.
  5. Higher Power On the Hour
    1. Set an alarm on your phone or in Outlook to make time for your higher power every hour on the hour for one day.
    2. Stop whatever it is your are doing and make conscious contact with the Divine.
    3. Get back to work!
We have a 5 point spiritual practice in Religious Science of Prayer, Meditation, Sacred Service, Circulation and Education.  I believe with the new organization we also have three additional practices being added and those are visioning, mindfulness and the creative process.  These are definitely important to be practiced within every spiritual community and in our individual lives too.
However, in order to continue to grow and expand your mind and consciousness, I believe that a balanced practice plus a variety of other practices sprinkled in will open you up to greater joy, happiness and possibility in your life.
I have discovered that when I do the exact same physical exercise daily my body becomes efficient and even though I have a killer workout routine, my body is no longer responding the way it did when I first began the routine.  Time to switch it up.  My doctor said that in the case of exercise you want your body to be inefficient because this is what causes muscles to grow and fat to burn.  I believe the same is true for Spiritual Practice.
I have also found that if I use the same shampoo in my hair over and again and then one day I switch it up, my hair responds in a wonderfully new and different way...usually a new shine with more volume.

Variety is the spice of life.  Please leave a comment here if you have additional spiritual practice ideas.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Pinterest: The Future of Vision Boarding!

Pinterest is like India.  Sensory overload.  

From the moment I stepped off of the plane when I arrived in India back in 2008 my senses were overwhelmed.   I'd seen things I had never seen before nor could ever have imagined I might see.  
People everywhere.  Men with suitcases stacked 3 high on their heads, women wearing bright colorful saris with large hoops in their noses, people carrying bushels of plants stacked 4 feet high, camels pulling obscenely large overstuffed carts of goods, automobiles stacked with 20 people outside of them clinging to bumpers and fenders,  monkeys, cows, dogs, auto rickshaws, bicycle rickshaws - all on the same road,  roundabouts gone wild, chanting until 3 am, Krishna flutes heard while drifting off to sleep at night...prayers, ritual and rites of the river, on the street, in the temples, at the dobiwala.

The Ganges crowded with people---filling their buckets to the rim with holy water for the day, people swimming, groups conducting rites of passage, repeating prayers while dousing themselves with river water, people doing laundry, brushing their teeth, swimming, laughing, saying goodbye to the remains of loved ones, gondolas, arati puja ceremonies, children selling goods.

I had the same visceral response that I had to India when I began to explore Pinterest,  the epic social pin board.  It is a virtual vision board playground for you to capture images you love which you can look at daily, from anywhere, wherever you are.  If you haven’t done so already, I highly recommend you check it out.  Be sure to carve out some time for yourself to dream weave and capture images that sing to your soul.

I started my virtual vision board on Pinterest today and will continue to add images.  Make it a spiritual practice by putting on some meditative music, set your intention and then find your photos and pin them to your virtual board. 

Your future is waiting for you!!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, June 25, 2012

There, there, there

I was recently reading a book and there was a snippet of a husband, wife, and two children on a picnic in a meadow of long grass and large trees.  Their young son was playing with his older sister while enjoying a popsicle when it suddenly slipped out of his hands and fell into some mud and grass and then he began to cry.  

The parents rushed over to him and the father placed his hands on the shoulders of the young boy and said, "there, there, there.  Not to worry son, we will get you another one."  The boy continued to cry.  The mother kissed his hand where the popsicle was held just moments before and noticed that the lingering taste of the orange popsicle remained on his fingers.  She had the boy put his fingers in his mouth as she said "there, there, there."  His eyes lit up joyously and he said, "popsicle."  The father smiled.

This reminded of a time when I was a young girl, riding my shiny new red Schwinn bicycle.  the kind with the big banana seat and streams of colorful plastic strips at the ends of the handlebars.  I crashed and scraped up my knees pretty badly and was sobbing as I approached my mom.  She put the bike down, took a good look at my knees then held me closely and said, "there, there, there."

I was comforted by her embrace and those simple words stopped my tears and I knew that I was ok.

Sometimes uninvited guests stop in for a visit like fear, doubt and worry. In the past I have either tried to resist them or over compensate in one way or another to avoid them,  not see them, or not give them any power.

Then I had a revelation.  Rather than resist or overcompensate in an attempt to release these unwelcome guests of fear, doubt, and worry, or other, I now look at them directly; as if they were the young boy who just dropped his popsicle, and I say, "there, there, there."  Taking great joy in it and experiencing the freedom of watching the sated feelings dissolve back into the nothingness from whence they came.

There, there, there.

I can't do it, I'm too old.  There, there, there.

But I don't know how.  There, there, there.

What if I fail?  There, there, there.

I am frightened and scared.  There, there, there.

I'm afraid I won't be accepted.  There, there, there.

What if it doesn't work out as planned?  There, there, there.

There, there, there.

Have the best day ever!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Summer Solstice: Maximum Potential & Maximum Growth Opportunity

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn." [Ralph Waldo Emerson]
Yesterday was the summer solstice.  This is the one day in June when the Sun is at its highest path through the sky, marking the longest day of the year.  Because the day is so long the Sun does not rise exactly in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west allowing it to be in the sky for a longer period of time.
It is said that this is the time when the most potential and maximum growth are simultaneously occurring together.  I checked the sunset and sunrise tables and it looks like we have a couple more lengthy days of light ahead of us before we start moving in the other direction.  The spring has given way to the full force of summer while harvest time remains merely a few months away.  
Did you plant some seeds of possibility?  It is not too late to take advantage of this annual cosmic occurrence and bring the natural powers of Nature into your own personal experience.  I love being backed up by the Universe, it’s a mighty power and force to align with.  So what are you waiting for?  What do you want to see manifest in your Life at harvest time on September 22nd, the fall equinox, and shortest day of the year?  

Set your intention, plant seeds of possibility and be ready at harvest time, remembering that the creation of a thousand forests exists in one acorn!  
Speaking of potential, did you know that “A standard 7 1/4-inch pencil can draw a line 35 miles long, write 45,000 words and absorb 17 sharpenings before becoming an unusable two-inch nub?” [Beth Leibson, in Reader's Digest]

Or that if your senses are working normally that you can “smell one drop of perfume diffused through a three-room apartment?”  [John D. McGervey and Bill Sones, in Buffalo (N.Y.) News Magazine]
Happy Solstice My Friends!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Inner Kingdom: Eddie Would Go

This blog post is dedicated to my brother, Don who lives in Hawaii.
I visited Hawaii several years ago and saw the very same bumper sticker on cars, on walls of buildings, on posters on telephone poles, and spray painted on fences with the following words: “Eddie Would Go.”
My curiosity was getting the better of me and I wondered to myself, “who is Eddie, and where would he go?”  I began asking people and there seemed to be love in the hearts of many about this Eddie dude.  At the airport on my way back to the “mainland,” I saw a book titled “Eddie Would Go,” by Stuart Holmes.  I bought the book and read it quickly.  Eddie Aikau was a Hawaiian lifeguard, surfer and now a hero.  
Eddie was very well known for his lifeguard post at Waimea Bay on the island of Oahu.  The surf break at Waimea was significant in the development of big wave surfing, reaching 20 feet at times, and now home to major surf contests like the Quicksilver Big Wave Invitational.  Surfers fly in from all over the world where they wait and see if the waves are large enough to hold the contest.  If not, everyone goes home and returns the next year.
Eddie was always the first one to paddle out to the big waves where others remained on the beach scared.  Tourists and inexperienced surfers often found themselves in trouble out in the pounding surf of Waimea Bay and, of course, Eddie would go and rescue them.
I love the spiritual inspiration of Eddie Aikau.  I might consider the 20 foot waves at Waimea Bay part of the inner kingdom, a place where not many dare to navigate.  
I have been sensing a call to go deeper lately and as I do, I imagine Eddie Aikau for my inspiration.  I sense a place within me that is still unchartered, more unknown area for me to navigate.  
Sometimes taking a deep plunge into the depths of the soul can seem like staring at a 20 foot wave, being beckoned to dive in and give it a shot.  I’m going to go for it...not surfing 20 foot waves, but surfing the depths of my soul without fear.  Eddie would go.     

Let's go!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Cast Your Vote Today and Every Day!

I recently watched the documentary film "I AM" and I loved it!  I was particularly fond of the footage on the birds who flock together and travel around in formation through the sky.   This is one of my most favorite things to witness in nature and I often get to see them while commuting which always makes the drive worthwhile.

In the documentary, Shadyac mentions that each bird in the formation is casting their vote in every moment to continue along with the rest of the formation.  It is their choice in each moment to continue on or to part ways.  

I remember this also from the documentary film "Winged Migration" in 2001 that some actually do choose to part ways and some have a heck of a time finding their way, while others seem to have discovered new groups to hang out with or better climate conditions and shorter migration distances.

"We cast a vote each day by what we do and don't do." [Shadyac, I AM]  I'd even go as far as to say we are casting a vote in each and every moment.

So I invite you to consider this week, the vote you cast in every moment as your personal choice on how to live your life.

Cosmic Forgiveness: Venus to Transit the Sun Today

I was invited to a party this evening to safely view the Venus transit which is said to occur between 6 PM and 9 PM.  I am excited about this event and will definitely attend the party.  The Venus transit occurs when the planet passes between the sun & the earth creating a dark spot on the sun limiting the light from getting thru in that particular spot to us earthlings.

I looked at some images on the web of a previous Venus transit and they
reminded of a quote I once heard by Marianne Williamson that “un-forgiveness is like a dark spot on the heart that the light cannot get to.”
I have decided that I'm going to forgive Venus this evening and allow it to have safe passage between my planet and the sun.  Smile.
If you get the chance, you may want to view this once every 125 year, predictable phenomenon between 6 PM-9 PM this evening.
Perhaps you might join me in using this opportunity to forgive in planetary proportion by choosing one person, place, organization, situation or experience in which you have been secretly harboring resentment toward, creating a dark spot on your heart where the light cannot get to.  
Then project that out onto the planet Venus and watch (safely) as it transitions between the earth and the sun until only light remains.  In the silence of our own minds, raising and praising it all in the name of Love!  
Maybe we can even go a step further and project every ounce of un-forgiveness in our hearts onto it, rather than one, and then when the spot is no longer viewable, grin from ear to ear and feel the freedom!
If you are unable to safely view this phenomenon, perhaps simply knowing in your heart that the transition is occurring, forgiveness is occurring, you can bless it and call it good, for it didn't come to stay.
I call this epic forgiveness!  It's cosmic!

Prometheus - Sleek Thriller or Spiritual Lesson?

There’s a new film called Prometheus coming to theaters on Friday, June 8th.  When I think of Prometheus I think of the Greek God known for his witty intelligence who stole fire from Zeus, and was then punished by him for doing so and bound to a rock.  So perhaps this is not a sci-fi thriller, but about being bound to a rock for what you know.
Well I am sure you’ve heard the cliche: “you can’t un-know what you know.”  As we continue along our spiritual path, as we become aware of things new, we begin to make choices based on our new understanding.  Suddenly we may be faced with making a tough choice that will lead us into the unknown...and we become tempted to choose to go the other way, the old way, the way of the known, for the safety and security it offers us. And then we are bound to a rock.  

Where in your life might you be bound to a rock, like Prometheus in the photo above?  Eventually Hercules comes along to free Prometheus.  We can’t afford to wait around for Hercules to free us, my friends.  We must free ourselves and courageously forge ahead into the unknown.

What new choice can you make today that will unbind you from that rock and propel you into the direction of your dreams?

I hope to see this film directed by Ridley Scott, written by Jon Spaihts and Damon Lindelof; in spite of it being a thriller.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

The Benefits of Spiritual Coaching: Oneness Does NOT Equal Sameness!

Another remarkable benefit of having a spiritual coach is that they can help to clarify any confusion about Spiritual Principles which may arise along one’s path of spiritual awakening.  
Often times our brains get busy trying to understand and make sense of Spiritual principles intellectually while the body is unknowingly retuning itself to the vibrational match of a newly (re)introduced eternal verity.  Something which was always known, but at some point became unknown or hidden, as the result of the conditioned experiences of one’s life.
What I have learned along my personal Spiritual path is that my body often gets it long before my brain does.  Then when the time is right, the spark occurs followed by a resonant mental understanding, followed by a heartfelt sense of grace and knowing.  Magic.
“Oneness does not equal sameness.”  Consider the simple hindu greeting and salutation upon meeting or the valediction upon parting ways of “Namaste.”  Namaste literally translates as “I bow to you.”  It also has the deeper spiritual meaning that the life force, the divinity, the Self or the God in me is the same in all. “Namaste - the God in me honors the God in you.”
So honoring the God in another person is becoming aware that we are all made of the same stuff.  But we are not identical expressions of the stuff!  Wouldn’t that be boring?  A bunch of me’s or a bunch of you’s walking the planet and nobody else but you, or me?  Spooky thought.
I had an experience of embodying oneness at a 5 night silent retreat with one of my favorite enlightened guys, Adyashanti.  It’s hard to describe the experience without sounding woo-woo or cheapening it but I am going to give it a shot here anyway.  
There were 400+ attendees on this retreat and we were four days deep into the container of silence.  In the second silent sitting of the afternoon I opened my eyes suddenly, looked around the room and noticed that everyone was together in the same silent container, observing the same things like thoughts, coughing, peace, body, mind - through different eyes in different bodies.  Suddenly I was hovering above the crowd, then I felt as if I were looking through the eyes of the person next to me, then before me, then the person across the room to the right, and then across the room to the left.  

I remember shaking my head quickly in an attempt to wake my brain up.  I have the subtle memory of attempting to get back into my body or brain and I couldn’t seem to locate me.  The head shaking was enough to wake up my brain and I said “WOAH” to myself silently in my head and closed my eyes again.  See, it sounds weird when I put it to paper.  But it happened and I recognized that the magnitude of the realization for me at that time, in where I was spiritually, was entirely too intense for me to reside in for more than a few seconds.
So the great paradox, the fine line of realizing this eternal verity presents the same dilemma as many other realizations on this path which is that we are in fact spiritual beings having a human experience.  God in form, individualized, unique expressions of the Divine.  As long as we are having this human experience we must honor both, the Oneness, the Divinity in me that is the Divinity in you, and our uniqueness.  

I’m a 5’3”, 40 year old, female, caucasian, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and athletic.  You may be a 5’8”, 22 year old,  male, person of color, with brown hair, brown eyes, and not athletic.  That’s what makes this life one thrilling adventure, our oneness and our individuality.  

So we honor the Divinity within one another, and at the same time we honor the uniqueness of one another as the individualized expressions of the Divine that we are.  We cannot honor one without the other.  To do so is to bypass the human experience and pretend as if it is not happening, which if you think about it, seems kind of silly!
Adyashanti once told me, “Elizabeth, you must allow your spiritual heart to marry your human heart.”  I was so deeply in love with the Spiritual nature of Life that I forgot that the gift for me was the human experience.
Affectionate awareness is what he called it.  I honor the Divinity within you that is you, and simultaneously honor the uniqueness, the individual expression of the Divine AS you!
In closing, A Spiritual coach can assist one in navigating, understanding, and embodying principles such as this.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Benefits of Spiritual Coaching: Clarifying Confusion

Change your thinking, change your life you heard one day.  Ok, great, you thought to yourself, I am ready.  You took CSL101, Foundations class and became a member of the Center.  Then you took the Power of Your Word course and began to use our form of affirmative prayer, praying and praying often, for yourself and others.  Ultimately, you began to spend more time consciously aware of your communion with the Divine through prayer in all areas of your life.
One of my teachers, Adyashanti, is a big proponent of meditation, and for extended periods of time too!  He once told me that meditation is easy when you’re on “the cushion,” in the privacy of your own home without the distractions of the external world.  Your REAL meditation begins “off the cushion,” out in the world. So there it is!
I have found the same to be true for prayer.  In my conscious and sacred time of communion (on the cushion) with the Divine, prayer is deliciously different.  REAL prayer begins when I am out in the world (off the cushion), still delicious and an entirely different experience.  Can I access that sacred, prayerful state in all that I think, in all that I say and in all that I do?  Even in the face of adversity?  Even in the face of THAT?  Yes, especially in the face of THAT.
Onto one of the pitfalls, or common areas of confusion that I have discovered on my own and in the lives of others who I have coached on the spiritual path.  And that is in thinking that we need only pray, and then wait.  Here’s the absurdity with that...if your prayer includes the desire for transformation in relationship, maybe you are seeking that right and perfect romantic partner, your soulmate.  So you pray and then spend your spare time sitting on the couch in front of the television or reading a book alone...thinking the soulmate is going to materialize in your living room or come knocking on your door.  I’m not saying that is not a possibility, or that it cannot happen that way.  I am saying that there may be work for you to do out in the world, off the cushion, as it were.  Such as saying yes to attend a party your friend is throwing or attending other events you are drawn to say yes to attending and then being open to the possibilities the Universe provides.  
And believe me, the Universe ALWAYS provides.
We have a saying that you may have heard in Religious Science as follows: “treat and move your feet.”  This is to say pray, and then do the work necessary to create an environment wherein your prayers may be answered.  If you wanted to grow corn, you wouldn’t plant your seeds in the carpet of your living room.
Go get ‘em!  Much Love to you on your path.

Monday, May 14, 2012

The Benefits of Spiritual Coaching: Opening to Love Through Prayer

When you find the right spiritual coach for you and begin to have spiritual coaching sessions you will receive prayer at the end of your session.  How can the prayers of another person transform you?  In ministerial school we were taught that it has to do with quantum physics and non-locality.  What’s known here, can also be known there, and a quantum leap can occur.  
I lived in a small country town growing up with lots of fields of weeds.  In the summertime there was always a big fire scare.  Some of my early childhood memories are of watching my neighbors standing on their rooftops and hosing them down so that the fire would be less likely to jump over and burn down their homes.  I always thought it was an odd thing to do.  Until I witnessed it myself.  
There was a fire burning on the right side of the street through the field of weeds and and then suddenly, just before my eyes, the field to the left side of the street was ablaze.  While there were other elements likely present such as just the right amount of wind and the weather being just hot enough outside for the leap to occur.  My point here is that it was not continuous.  A leap occurred from one thing to the next.
At some point in time there was one spark at exactly the right moment which caused a leap across the time and space of the road to ignite itself in the field on the other side of the road.  I believe the very same to be true when being prayed for/with by another.
Sometimes we can be so involved and attached to our situation, issue, condition, etc., that it is all that we can focus on.  Like when you have a sore throat and keep swallowing to see if it is still sore.  Discussing with a spiritual coach can assist you in opening up to the Love that you are.  Your coach will see the Truth of Love and  assist, guide and direct you to see just beyond the facts of your experience into something more real than anything in physical form.  
Additionally, you might begin to pray on you own.  When you pray about anything you are communing with an invisible presence that you know is real.  This holy time creates an opening in your heart and mind to see things differently, detaching you from the story around it all and propelling you up to higher ground. It’s where you belong.  It’s what you deserve.  Love,  that is.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The Benefits of Spiritual Coaching: Where to Begin

IIf you've ever set out to do something in your life you've likely done some research on it.  

For example, making a conscious choice for a healthy lifestyle.  You know you've got to let go of some bad habits, change your eating patterns and exercise.  But what should you start eating?  Stop eating?  Moderate eating?  What kind of exercise ought you do?  
So you choose to go to the gym and get a membership.  Yes!  You're committed, enthusiastic and on your way.  You arrive at the gym and are slightly overwhelmed by all the machines you see...treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, free weights, ab machines, chest press machines, leg press machines, bicep machines, rowing machines and classes, classes, classes...shall you take yoga? Spinning? Zumba? Hip hop dance?  Body conditioning?    Or boot camp?  Pilates? Low impact cardio? Aqua fit? Step class? U-Jam? Trx or pmax? What do those acronyms mean anyway?  Kranking? Kickboxing?  The list goes on and on!
Thoroughly worked out mentally you feel exhausted and choose to cut to the chase and head for the jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.  Ahhh.  Workout complete!
Exhausted, you make your way home and into bed for a good night's sleep.  The thought of having a trainer of sorts to guide and direct you through the gym crosses your mind as you drift off into your slumber.
The same can be true for your conscious choice to expand, deepen, revisit, or explore your spirituality and find a deeper connection with the Divine.
You arrive at the Center for Spiritual Living or other temple of your choice, seeking to know more, faced with a similar experience...classes, classes, classes...Practical Mysticism, The Power of Your Word, Meditation, This Thing Called You, Foundations, Beyond Limits, Roots, The Dore Lectures, The Hidden Brain, The Bhagavad Gita, Metaphysical Bible, Finding a Love Partner, Prayer and Pilates, Creative Brilliance, Opulent Creative, Financial Freedom, 5 Gift for an Abundant Life, the list goes on and on and where oh where to begin?  Books, there are so may of them...and events, retreats, Gourmets for God, Heart Space Service, Wednesday Night Live, Youth and Family, Volunteering, Outreach, etc.  This place is thriving with offerings to deepen, grow and expand...
Additionally you heard some principles mentioned by the Speaker at the Sunday service which resonated with you but you have questions about them, how do they apply to me and my life, what does God mean to me, where do I begin?  
In the same way that there are Personal Trainers available to you at the gym, there are spiritual trainers, guides, or coaches, to assist you along the way at the Center for Spiritual Living.  A spiritual coach will guide, coach and pray with you, provide you with tools and direction to navigate this newly discovered or re-discovered world.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Benefits of Spiritual Coaching: What I Learned at the Center for Spiritual Living

My first three Sundays at the Center for Spiritual Living, San Jose were epic to say the least.  Having built a spiritual foundation in Recovery I was ecstatic to find a spiritual community wherein the Spiritual Director and other leaders seemed to be in full alignment with all that I was learning.  I remember hearing so much in the first three sermons delivered by Dr. David Bruner.  
One thing I learned at the Center was that "there is a power for good in the Universe and I could use it." [Ernest Holmes] This altered my perception of life as I knew it and the way I moved through the world.  Wait, are you saying that life is not happening to me?  If there is a power for Good in the universe and I can use it, does that mean it’s not using me, attempting to destroy me?   Yes, I had many misunderstandings and my spiritual coach walked me through this one, and more. 
"God is personal to all who feel this indwelling presence."  This was a major turning point that changed my life.  In recovery, just about everyone is in the process of discovering or re-discovering what their “higher power” is.  There was a running joke about having it be the door knob, or the people in the group, even Starbucks.  Thinking it to be something outside of myself like a big daddy in the sky simply wasn’t resonating with me.  I just did not understand yet what God was or meant to me, until I arrived at the Center in San Jose.  My spiritual coach walked me through this one too.
"There is a place inside of everyone that has never been harmed, hurt, or wronged in any way."   [Dr.David Bruner] Sure, everyone but me, I thought.  Wait, am I included in the everyone referred to here?  If that was true and that place is within me then I can access it.  I can do more than access it, I can dwell in it.  In fact, I would like to dwell in it and allow myself some respite and relaxation.  I took comfort in this space within me which I was never conscious of before and it became my own personal spa for the soul.
I began to attend services regularly and found myself wondering how this man was so darn happy.  I became committed to discovering the secret to happiness that seemed to be the way of life inside of Religious Science.  I enrolled in Foundations to learn the basics and then I had to be there every Sunday to see my new friends and hear the message.  I didn’t want to miss any of it. 
Soon I made a powerful connection with one of the practitioners, Marilyn Pelz.  I set up a meeting with her, not knowing what to expect, and she was very open, kind, and a great listener.  At the end of the session she prayed with me and it was a very powerful experience.  I floated out of the Center and believed that I was well on my way to discovering a deeper level of happiness in my life.  Eagerly I setup another appointment, and then another and another.  She became my spiritual guide, walking with me on my journey inward, shining the light on everything within.  Healing, revealing, affirming, praying, and opening up to love are only a few things that occurred in my sessions with Marilyn; which created the real possibility for me of enjoying my life and presence on this planet.  A life that I truly love.  A life of happiness. 
This is only a touch of what I have learned at the Center for Spiritual Living.  The benefits of spiritual coaching touched upon here are life altering changes in my belief system.  I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Benefits of Spiritual Coaching: Why Spiritual Coaching?

Spiritual Coaching is a powerful experience that can assist you in the transformation of your life.  There is an unlimited supply for Good in the Universe and you ought to have it.  Whether your current experience has you at rock bottom in your life or at the top of your game, there’s room for growth and expansion in all areas.  You may say, “my life is so great, I have no complaints and no desire for transformation.”  To which I respond “if there were a 30 foot pot filled with gold just in front of you, would you not want to walk over and get some of it?”

This Universe is a goldmine and you did not land in the Earth suit as an individual expression of the Divine to simply accept what is even if it is un-desirable.  Don’t get me wrong, acceptance is a powerful tool which I will delve into later.  Thriving is how I believe your life ought to be and ought continue to be.

Sometimes we can get stuck in the rut of our day to day lives focused on getting through the workday, feeding the family, grocery shopping, picking up the kids from the babysitter, laundry, housework, banking, treating our partners with attention, love and affection and getting enough sleep to wake up the next morning and do it all again.  When our lives are so busy we may forget that we are creating our futures in the now.  By creating our future in the now we live into that future, thereby experiencing it here and now.  Kind of like planning for a vacation.

One hour per week of spiritual coaching allows for time to connect with the deeper parts of yourself that can’t be easily contacted in the busy-ness of your life.  It’s an opportunity to really think about the experience you desire for yourself in your life, opening up the creative channels and creating a shift in consciousness that will move you from surviving to thriving.

A spiritual coach can guide you on this inward journey, providing tools to use throughout the week and accountability to ensure that you are headed in the direction of your dreams.  Your spiritual coach will also assist you in uncovering hidden fears and beliefs and work with you on creating new beliefs through prayer, affirmations, spiritual practices, and chants created specifically for you.

A Mindful Moment

I shined the light on the shadow and the shadow disappeared. This would be a great song lyric. It reminded me of being in Nevada as a young ...