Release the Rhino!

The other night I dreamt that a rhinoceros burst through a door and ran through the back of a theater where I was attending a spiritual conference. It was quite startling, but everyone managed to jump out of the way as the rhino charged through the building. Other things happened in that dream, but this is the scene I remembered most clearly when I woke up. What was that all about? Moments after I asked this question, it occurred to me that the charging rhino in the back of the theater was a symbol of breaking through and clearing away old and limiting beliefs in the back of my mind. With the rhino’s help, now there was a clear path for more positive thoughts and beliefs to enter. Over the past few years, I have had many strange dreams like this where I have received a clear metaphysical interpretation shortly after waking. However, this time it got stranger.

The next morning, my partner was telling me about a text conversation he had with two of my sisters during the baseball game the previous night. I couldn’t believe my ears when he said one sister sent a message about me and a rhinoceros. I hadn’t told anyone about my dream yet. He asked if I had any idea what she was talking about. Suddenly, I remembered a silly picture we took last November during “Zoo Lights” at the Houston Zoo. I laid on the ground in front of a rhino statue and pretended I was about to be trampled. He sent that picture to my sisters almost a year ago, but she was just commenting on it now. This synchronicity definitely got my attention. ( I was tempted to call it a “sync-rhino-city” but decided against it. You’re welcome.)

Apparently, the Universe really wanted me to get this message because it kept showing up all week. Both the Sunday and Wednesday services at Unity of Houston were about the use of affirmations and denials. Just to be clear, this kind of denial isn’t about sticking your head in the sand and pretending like something isn’t happening. I love the way Rev. Jeanmarie Eck defined a denial more as an act of releasing. In her message on Wednesday night, she offered this simple sentence as an example of a denial. “I release the power I have given to ________.” You can fill in the blank with any situation or person that is trying to take away your peace. Once you reclaim your power, you can redirect it toward love by stating an affirmation. “I am ________.” Fill in that blank with an empowering spiritual truth about yourself.

How does that relate to my dream? Essentially, a denial is that rhinoceros clearing the way for what you truly desire. Using another metaphor, you can’t remodel your kitchen without tearing out some of the old cabinets and countertops. You might even need to take down a few walls. Why not enlist the help of a powerful rhino to help with the demolition? This was exactly the image I needed this week to help me clear out some old thoughts and beliefs that were buried deep in my unconscious. The clearing is still happening, but I’m grateful for the rhino’s help and this message. I hope it helps you too.

If you could use further assistance in this area, maybe now is the time to schedule  a private Family Constellations session. This powerful healing modality has a way of breaking through old limiting beliefs quickly. You might also try a four, eight, or twelve-week series of Life Coaching sessions to install a new empowering thought system. All sessions can be done from anywhere in the world by telephone, Skype, Zoom, or FaceTime. Please look around  my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session.

Until next time, I invite you to release the rhino in your unconscious mind and clear the way for what you truly desire. 

And what you seem to waken to is but another form of this same world you see in dreams. All your time is spent in dreaming. Your sleeping and your waking dreams have different forms, and that is all. 

A Course in Miracles – T-18.II.5

Miracles Multiplied

Hay House Publishing had a live event in Houston this weekend and some of my favorite authors were there presenting workshops. Although I wasn’t attending the workshops, I was excited to volunteer at a booth in the vendor area to let the attendees know about the great things happening at Unity of Houston. Kudos to Donna Fisher, the Unity Bookstore Manager, for creating an inviting and interactive space where passersby could spin a wheel to win a prize, have their photo taken with angel wings, and step into a giant Tibetan singing bowl to experience a sound healing. People from all over the globe stopped by to see us. 

As the proud owner of a crystal singing bowl, I especially enjoyed being the keeper of the mallet for the Tibetan bowl. It was fun to chime the side of that huge brass bowl and watch how each guest received the powerful vibrations that washed over them. Some gently smiled with closed eyes while others reacted with surprised eyes and mouth wide open. When five o’clock approached on Sunday, we weren’t sure if we would get another influx of people when all the sessions ended or if people would bolt for the door after being in that windowless convention center for two days. We decided not to pack up just in case some attendees were not quite ready to go home..

It turns out most folks did leave, but I’m really glad we stayed. Shortly after five, one of my favorite A Course in Miracles teachers and authors, Robert Holden, emerged from the room directly across from our booth and sat at a table to sign books. Not only are his books inspiring and fun to read, they have great titles like Shift Happens: How to Live an Inspired Life…Starting Right Now! and Holy Shift!: 365 Daily Meditations from A Course in Miracles. As I watched him generously take time to connect with each person, I thought about joining the line to thank him for his work and to tell him how much I enjoyed his presentation at the last “I Can Do It!” Conference in Orlando back in 2015. 

I realized how tired he must be after two full days of teaching. That’s when it occurred to me that perhaps he would enjoy standing in the restorative vibrations of our giant brass bowl. Twenty minutes passed as he continued to speak with each person in line while I debated whether or not to approach him with this invitation. As I stood there wrestling with this question in my minc, Rose, the current keeper of the mallet, (who also happens to be part of our Miracle Monday ACIM study group) strolled over to Robert’s table and did exactly what I was thinking. She invited him to experience the Tibetan bowl and he graciously accepted! I’m tempted to say, “Great minds think alike,” but A Course in Miracles teaches that  there really is only One Mind, so I shouldn’t be surprised she had the same thought.

What happened next was quite unexpected. Before Robert stepped into the bowl, he let us know how happy he was to see Unity of Houston at the event. He spoke at a large spiritual conference at our church about ten years ago and had a wonderful experience with both our staff and the people who attended. Now, whenever he meets people from Houston, he tells them about Unity. What a wonderful compliment! Rose did the honors of chiming the bowl once Robert stepped in, sending those blissful vibrations all through his body. When the bowl finally stopped ringing, he opened his eyes and asked if his assistant could take a video of him experiencing the bowl again, promising to share the video on social media to let even more people know about Unity of Houston. He also stepped in front of the angel wings for a few photographs, giving us permission to post them on our social media platforms.

I believe I speak for all of the Unity volunteers that were there when I say we were incredibly touched by his kindness and graciousness. What a beautiful example of how loving thoughts are multiplied when we allow grace to guide us. Way to go, Rose! I am grateful to have witnessed that miracle moment. It was the perfect way to end a day filed with miracles and connections.

Would you like to experience more miracles and deeper connections? Join us every Monday evening from 7:30-9:00 in Grace Hall at Unity of Houston for a fun and lively discussion of A Course in Miracles. We are about to start reading from the beginning of the text so now is a great time to come check it out if you’ve been curious about this mystical book. If that’s not possible, you can still create miracles in your life with a series of one-on-one Life Coaching sessions or a private Family Constellations session. Both can be done by phone or computer from anywhere in the world. Please look around my website or send me an email to schedule an appointment or to ask any questions you may have. 

Until next time, don’t worry about missing a miracle. They are bound to happen sooner than later!

Miracles are natural. When they do not occur something has gone wrong.

Miracle Principle #6 from A Course in Miracles

The Power of Unity Revisited

I’m enjoying another wonderful visit to Unity Village this week as part of the Affiliated New Thought Network Conference. Once again, I feel blessed to be on these sacred grounds doing the healing work I love called Family Constellations and being with a group of beautiful spiritual seekers from all over the country. Thursday morning I also had the opportunity to spend another 30 minutes in the Silent Unity Prayer Vigil, so it felt appropriate to share what a wrote about this amazing place after my first visit in April of 2018:

I have a new respect for Charles and Myrtle Fillmore, the Missouri couple who founded the Unity Movement in the late 1800s. I learned a lot about them and the beginnings of Unity this past weekend at the headquarters in Unity Village near Kansas City. I went there to attend a retreat with a group from Unity of Houston. I knew I would have a wonderful time, but I had no idea how deeply moved I would be just being on the property. From the moment I arrived, I could feel the power of the prayers that have been emanating from these holy grounds for almost 100 years. Prayer is the foundation of Unity.

As the Unity Movement grew, in 1929 the Fillmores purchased a farm outside Kansas City to grow produce for their vegetarian restaurant in town and to provide a space for their employees to commune with nature. That original farm is now Unity Village, a 1,200-acre campus with a hotel & conference center, a bookstore & coffee shop, and several chapels. A tower, administration buildings and classrooms surround a gorgeous set of fountains in the center courtyard. One could spend a lot of time just taking in the beauty of the rose gardens in that courtyard while listening to the gentle sound of water trickling out of the fountains. As if that weren’t enough, there is also a nature walk, two lakes, and a labyrinth on campus.

Unity Village is also the home of Silent Unity, an organization that offers prayer support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. In 1890, Charles and Myrtle began a prayer group. Out of that prayer group created 128 years ago, Silent Unity was born. We were privileged to have a guided tour of their current facility where prayer associates respond to calls, letters, emails, and other electronic prayer requests. The loving energy in that building is palpable. It boggles the mind to know they receive about 2 million prayer requests per year. I was not surprised to learn they receive the heaviest volume of prayer requests during the holidays and near the first of the month when mortgage and rent payments are due. The tour guide also shared that many people call on Thanksgiving Day just to thank them for the service they provide. What a great idea!

In addition to the call center, there is a training room and a little chapel on the top floor of this building. In the little chapel, prayer associates take thirty-minute shifts to sit in silence and hold the high watch for all those requesting prayer. Our group was given the unique opportunity to join that 24/7 prayer vigil by signing up for a shift during our free time. What an honor it was to be in that room lending my heart energy and good thoughts to that continuous flow of prayer that has been uninterrupted for over 100 years. “Peace…Be Still.” is painted on the front wall of this sweet little room, and indeed I felt incredible peace in that stillness.

This sacred space that Charles and Myrtle had the vision to create was the perfect container for our retreat. It allowed all of the participants to go deep very quickly. Because of the safe, loving energy we felt, there was an incredible willingness to be vulnerable when people were sharing. The abundance of heart connections made at this retreat was a joy to experience. The energy flowed from one event or experience to the next and everything seemed to fit together perfectly. Yes, there is power in prayer and unity. Those are the right ingredients for miracles, and I feel blessed to have been a part of it.

If you would like prayer support, visit SilentUnity.org or call 1-816-969-2000 to speak with a prayer associate any time of day. I would be honored to hold the high watch with you as well during a session or series of sessions of Life Coaching. I often end my sessions with a short guided visualization or prayer if that feels right for you. Family Constellations is another great tool based on the power of love and unity to help you get unstuck from whatever is preventing you from living a happy, healthy, prosperous life. All sessions can be done in person, by phone, or via Skype. Please look around my website for more information or send me an email to schedule a session.

Until next time, may you feel the power of love and unity enfolding you now.

Light is unlimited, and spreads across this world in quiet joy.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-13.VI.11.8