A few weeks ago I had the honor and privilege of sailing the Caribbean Sea on a huge cruise ship with over 200 spiritual seekers. Dr. Kenn Gordon, the Spiritual Leader of the Centers for Spiritual Living, shared a message about trust using our ship as a metaphor. He spoke about having trust in the captain of the ship to get us to our ports of call and then home again. If he did not have this trust, he never would have boarded the ship. There certainly was no need for Dr. Gordon to go up to the bridge and steer the ship or direct the crew. Trust allowed him to enjoy the cruise and do what was his to do and let the captain and crew do what was theirs to do.
This metaphor really spoke to me. I believe we can trust that there is a force directing this cruise ship called “Life.” We can call it God, Spirit, the Universe, or not call it anything at all. I use all of those words, but sometimes I just call it Love. Just like the captain of the cruise ship, we can trust that Love will guide us to where we need to be and eventually back Home again. With Love as my captain, I don’t have to be concerned with how to get there, I just have to enjoy the ride and do the things that are mine to do along the way.
There have been many times in my life when I have had to let go and trust that I was being guided by Love. In 1992 I was guided to Orlando, FL. I did not know a soul there, but something told me I was supposed to be there. Those eight years turned out to be some of the most magical years of my life. I loved working with dolphins and Mickey Mouse. But eventually, I felt like my time in Orlando had come to an end. Once again I let Love guide me, and I started the new millennium in South Florida.
It was in 2001 that I experienced my “dark night of the ego,” for which I am extremely grateful. Yes grateful, because it forced me to do something different. The following year not only did I start going to church at Unity on the Bay in Miami but I also started massage school. My life changed in miraculous ways that year. I found a spiritual tribe and also my calling to help others on their path of healing and wholeness. It was one of my classmates from massage school that introduced me to the teachings of A Course in Miracles in 2006. That introduction was really my introduction to the Captain who had been steering the ship all along, and life continued to get better.
Because of a desire to open a spiritual retreat center with a dear friend, Love guided me to California in 2012. Alas, the retreat center was not meant to be, but during those nine months I met amazing people and learned many lessons. When I came back to Florida after what I call my “California Adventure,” I was pretty sure that the warm turquoise water, sandy beaches, and tropical climate would be my home base for the rest of my days. I knew I would travel for work and play, but the wave of gratitude I felt every time I returned home to Fort Lauderdale and looked out the airplane window to see that magnificent ocean below told me this was the place for me.
Well, now it is time to trust Love once again. I am feeling guided to move to Houston, TX where there are many blessings waiting for me in both my personal life and my professional life. No one could be more surprised by this than me! As I said, I truly thought Florida would be my home base for the rest of my days. However, if I truly trust Love, then I must go where the ship is taking me. This move isn’t happening until the second week of April, so I will enjoy Florida for the next six weeks. After the move, I plan to visit my amazing spiritual family and Mother Ocean in the Sunshine State as often as I can. Who knows? Perhaps one day Love will guide me back to Florida. But for now, I’m going to continue to enjoy the ride, do what is mine to do, and trust that I am exactly where I am supposed to be in every moment.
One of my favorite quotes from A Course in Miracles appears in Lesson 42 in the Workbook for Students:
Your passage through time and space is not at random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time.
I know this to be true for each and every one of us. Yes, it may not feel like it at times, but if we look back at our lives with an open heart and open mind, we can see how each event has led us to the next perfectly. If you could use some assistance seeing this or in trusting Love to be your captain, it would be my great honor to be the voice of Love with a Life Coaching session or series of sessions. All of my sessions are based on the strong principles of A Course in Miracles and other New Thought teachings. Once I share some of the tools and techniques that have worked for me, you can relax and enjoy the ride too. Look around my website or send me an email for more information.
Family Constellations is another great tool to help you surrender to Love. Please join me for an upcoming group session or send me an email to schedule a private session in person, by phone, or via Skype. For my friends in South Florida, the workshop at Bridges of Wellness this Saturday, February 24 from 2-5 PM may be the last one before I move so I hope you will be there to experience this magical afternoon of healing and soul connection.
Until next time, I invite you to enjoy the cruise, do only what’s yours to do, and let Love be your Captain.