My Beaker Runneth Over

Wednesday morning I awoke not feeling my best. I also had many preparations to make and people to contact before my trip to Virginia this week. Even so, I decided not to skip my hour long walk along Fort Lauderdale Beach. Getting my body moving always makes me feel better. That particular morning I decided to give myself an extra boost of joy. As I began my walk, I put on my “Disney Parades” playlist and listened to the songs I used to dance to down Main Street, USA when I worked at Disney World. Soon, I was marching down the sidewalk with plenty of fond memories and serotonin flooding my brain. Music has a powerful influence on me, and I knew these songs would not only elevate my spirits, but also help me stop thinking about all the things I had to do.

It reminded me of something I heard last month from a Science of Mind minister in North Carolina. She talked us through a spiritual science experiment that she had done for her congregation to demonstrate how to clear fearful and unhealthy thoughts from our mind. She placed a beaker of clear water on a table and then dropped a few drops of red and green food coloring into the water. After stirring the water, it became dark and murky, just like our minds do when fearful thoughts take over. Then she brought out a huge pitcher of clear water and began pouring it into the beaker, allowing the dark water to spill over the sides. As the steady stream of clear water entered, the water in the beaker became more and more clear. Eventually only crystal clear water remained. This simple experiment shows that the best way to clear our minds of fearful thoughts is by making the choice to add a steady stream of loving, positive ones.

If you could use some assistance filling that beaker with clear water, it would be my great honor to help you by sharing some of the tools and techniques that have worked for me. Please visit my website for more information about the four, six, and eight week Life Coaching programs I offer. They are based on the strong, loving principles found in A Course in Miracles. Family Constellations is another great way to clear that dark water. What happens in these group and private sessions is simply miraculous. Please join me for an upcoming group session or schedule a private session in person, by telephone, or via Skype.

Until next time, imagine that pitcher of clear water appearing over your head and let those loving thoughts pour in.

How Do I Let It Go?

One of the great things about being a Life Coach is the fact that I am constantly immersed in the teachings I share. When I pay attention, I can usually apply whatever I am talking about with my clients to something that is going on in my own life. You have probably heard it said that we teach what we need to learn. I believe that’s true. This week several of my clients asked for tips on how to let things go. After I finished singing the song from Disney’s Frozen, I suggested to each of them that they create a “God Box.” (I’m kidding, of course. I didn’t actually sing “Let it Go,” but I will admit the chorus ran through my head.)

A “God Box” is simply any container or box that you designate to be the place where you give the things that have been concerning you to God (or Spirit, or the Universe.) I have a beautiful wooden box with an OM symbol carved on it that my dear friend, Kristi, gifted me years ago. Whenever something is consistently trying to take away my peace, I write the situation down on a little slip of paper and place it in that wooden box. If a loved one is going through a challenging time, I write their name surrounded by hearts and angels and place it in the box. Any decision that I have been churning over and over in my mind goes in the box. If there is an expensive item I need but don’t know where the extra money will come from, I write it down and put it in the box. If a friend needs a new place to live or a wonderful job opportunity is on the horizon, I write it down as if it has already happened and place it in the box.

It might seem silly to some, but I believe rituals are a great way to give the unconscious mind the message that something is different now. The ritual of placing something in a God Box is a powerful way to connect the idea of letting go with a tangible, physical action. In short, it’s something “to do.” Whatever you were worried about is literally out of your hands and in the Hands of God.

After talking about it with so many of my clients, I realized I hadn’t visited my own God Box in quite a while. Today, I opened it up to see what was in there. It was wonderful to discover that many of the things that were in there have been resolved or have manifested, including the computer I am using to write this! That’s one of the fun benefits of this practice in addition to freeing up your mental energy. Some of the things in my God Box were no longer relevant as circumstances had changed for my loved ones. Those slips of paper needed to come out, and a few new ones needed to go in. My God Box got a breath of fresh air today, and I was able to say a prayer of gratitude over those slips of paper that came out.

By the way, you don’t have to call it a God Box. You can call it your prayer chest or wish box. The name is not important. What’s important is your intention to let those things go and stop thinking about them. Of course, you can always sing the song too!

If you could use some more personal assistance in letting things go, I would be honored to help you with Life Coaching or a private Family Constellations session. These sessions can be done in person, over the telephone, or via Skype. Please look around my website for more information or contact me with any questions you may have.

I leave you with this message that arrived on my iPhone as I was typing this week’s message. It’s from the Archangel Uriel app from Doreen Virtue and Radleigh Valentine:

“Be at peace for everything is in God’s hands.”

Procrastination or Inspiration?

We all experience joy in different ways. Some people despise cleaning while others find it very therapeutic. Some people love to shop till they drop, while others avoid shopping malls at all costs. (No pun intended.) Some people like to crunch numbers while filling out their income tax forms. Others find no pleasure in such endeavors. We all have different likes and dislikes, but in the end, homes need to be cleaned, clothes and food need to be purchased, and taxes need to be filed. There’s always the option to pay someone else to do the things we don’t like to do. I know…you might be thinking, “I don’t have the money to hire a housekeeper or an accountant.” But if you did hire one of those professionals, that could free up your time to do more of the work you enjoy. Then you would have the money to pay them. Just a thought…

However, there are times in life when we simply have to do things that we do not enjoy. We might not want to make that phone call to a prospective client or employer for fear of rejection. We might not want to have that difficult conversation with a best friend because we know it will be uncomfortable. It’s understandable why we procrastinate. Here’s what I have learned to do in situations like these: If it’s something I know I have to do eventually, I simply ask Spirit to reveal the perfect and right time for me to take action. I open myself up to the possibility that there will be a time when I feel strong enough to tackle that job, or peaceful and centered enough to have that conversation. Then I wait for inspiration to strike when I can truly say, “Yes. Today is the day.” I had that experience last weekend.

I am someone who does not like any kind of paperwork or filling out forms, so income tax filing is not a joyful experience for me. I am grateful to my former partner for introducing me to Turbo Tax so I can avoid much of the paperwork and do most of it on my computer. The software guides me step by step through the process as I enter the information from the many envelopes filled with the receipts I keep all year. This is an annual chore I do not look forward to, but I know it has to be done, so I ask Spirit for guidance. I don’t let myself off the hook completely, but I don’t force myself to do it when it feels overwhelming. That would just make the experience more unpleasant, and it would probably take longer, too. Instead, I wait for the moment when I have the time and energy to invest and when it feels peaceful. Having set my intention that this will happen, I trust that it will, and it always does eventually. Not only am I relieved when the task is complete, I often say, “Well that wasn’t so bad.”

Where can you replace procrastination with inspiration? Ask Spirit, the Universe, your Guardian Angel, your Higher Self (or whatever words work for you) to reveal the perfect time to get that task done. Allow yourself to take a moment. Put your hand on your heart and ask honestly, “Is today the day? Do I feel peaceful, centered, and strong enough to give it a try?” You’ll know if you do. If not, trust that the day will come when the answer is “yes,” and try not to judge yourself for not being ready. Timing can be a delicate thing.

Maybe you have been putting off trying Life Coaching or Family Constellations. If you have questions about either, please contact me or look around my website. There you will also find some free coaching videos. It would be my great honor to assist you in living a more inspired and peaceful life.

Until next time, may all of your decisions be inspired ones!