Every Monday evening at 7:30 I am blessed to facilitate A Course in Miracles Study Group at Unity of Houston. To open each session, I play my crystal singing bowl and lead the group in a guided meditation. I usually don’t think about what I’m going to say ahead of time. Instead, I simply get out of the way and share whatever wants to come through. Last week I used a lot of water imagery like flowing rivers and streams. At one point, I invited the participants to imagine themselves standing under a waterfall allowing the plummeting water to wash away anything in their minds and hearts that was unlike love.

As I was saying those words, I remembered a time when I was standing under a waterfall just like the one I was describing. It happened during the summer of 2007 when I was hiking in Zion National Park in Utah with three beloved friends. We had seen a photo of a gorgeous place called “the Subway” on a postcard in the Visitor’s Center. The image of this magnificent, naturally-formed cavern with its aqua blue pools on the canyon floor was so inviting, we unanimously decided to take this 8-mile roundtrip trek the next day.

The hike was somewhat challenging, but the views made it well worthwhile. Along the way, we encountered large and small waterfalls cascading over multiple levels of red rock giving it a magical fairyland feel. After about 3 hours of walking, wading, and climbing, we arrived at the Subway and its splendor took our breath away. We were in awe of Mother Nature’s ability to carve such a wondrous place in the red canyons.

While taking in its beauty and snapping some photos, we heard the sound of running water just past a narrow opening at the end of the canyon wall. My friend’s fourteen-year-old daughter, the youngest and most adventurous of our foursome, decided to squeeze through the crevice to see what was back there. Her curiosity led her to a twenty-foot waterfall pouring into a pool of water. She warned us that the water was very cold, but after 3 hours of hiking in that hot, dry canyon, joining her under that waterfall sounded very enticing.

I climbed through the crevice, jumped into the waist-deep pool of refreshingly cold water, and let out a series of shrieks that probably sounded like a pack of howling monkeys. Once I became accustomed to the temperature, I waded to the other side of the pool and positioned myself directly under the immense flow of falling water. To say it was an invigorating experience would be an understatement. I stayed there for several minutes letting the chilly water pummel me, and I began laughing hysterically. I could not stop laughing even when I left the waterfall and climbed back through the narrow crevice. My outbursts of laughter continued for the next thirty minutes as we made our way back out of the canyon. My friends thought I had lost my mind and I think they were partially correct. That day it seems I left some old sadness behind in the waterfall. It was an experience of pure joy that I will never forget!

You don’t have to go all the way to Zion National Park to experience this, although I highly recommend a visit if you’ve never been there. I do this little ritual every time I take a shower. I stand under the shower head and let the water wash over my heart for a few moments while envisioning the water droplets clearing away anything unlike love. This is a quick and fun tool I share with my Life Coaching clients that can be done every day. It may seem silly, but I truly believe rituals like this give us something tangible to do that lets our unconscious mind know something is different. Try it this week and see if you feel a little bit lighter and laugh a little more often. It certainly can’t hurt!

If you would like more simple but powerful tools to help you live a more peaceful life, consider giving yourself the gift of a series of Life Coaching sessions. All of my sessions are based on the strong principles found in A Course in Miracles and other New Thought teachings. I would be honored to help you move through any challenging situation in your life. Family Constellations is another great technique to help you break self-destructive patterns. Look around my website or send me an email for more information about both of these opportunities. 

Until next time, remember our only job is to wash away anything concealing our true nature which is peace, love, and joy!

The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught. It does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is your natural inheritance. ~ A Course in Miracles

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