A Walk in the Woods

One of the highlights of my trip to Michigan last weekend was a quiet walk in the woods on Sunday morning. It was a gorgeous sunny day with temperatures in the low 70s. I was eager to get some exercise and fresh air, so I searched on Google for walking paths near me. A nature trail with a boardwalk popped up just over a mile away from my hotel. Perfect! 

When I typed the address into the navigation app, it looked like the directions ended in a residential neighborhood. Since there didn’t appear to be a place to park and it wasn’t too far, I chose to walk instead of drive.

I trotted along a somewhat busy highway for about a half mile before turning left and then right up a winding road into a peaceful little neighborhood in the hills. Sadly, when I arrived where the app directed me, there was no sign of a nature trail. There was only a space between two houses. Rather than traipse through yards in search of the trail, I decided to continue my walk along the streets and enjoy the beautiful morning and the pretty houses. My decision yielded unexpected results. Five minutes later, I stumbled upon the entrance to the nature trail! 

Grateful for my luck, I left the street and began walking along the trail into the woods. Autumn was starting her spectacular yearly show. There was just a smattering of bright red, orange, and yellow leaves among the trees. Purple and yellow wildflowers grew on either side of the trail that led to a boardwalk stretching across a trickling creek. 

I stopped on the bridge to enjoy the soothing sound of water flowing over rocks and underneath me. That’s when I spotted a great blue heron standing motionless just a few feet from me in the creek. As we stood there looking at each other, the wind blew through the leaves and pine needles of the tall trees surrounding us, making a soft, whistling noise. Peace was palpable. 

After a few moments, I said goodbye to the heron and continued on my way. The boardwalk eventually turned into a paved walkway as I strolled out of the woods and in between two residential neighborhoods. Brightly painted birdhouses lined the fence that separated the trail from the backyards. Many of the homes had ideal birdwatching views from decks or sunrooms overlooking the beautifully landscaped path. I hoped the inhabitants enjoyed those views. I sure would!

I don’t recall seeing many birds except the heron and a crimson cardinal who made a brief appearance when he flew out of a bush and into a nearby tree. However, I noticed many squirrels busy gathering acorns for the coming winter. It was comforting to my soul to be immersed in a world of nature similar to where I grew up in Upstate New York. What an unexpected gift! And other than one woman walking her dog, I had the whole scene to myself.

The trail ended at another residential street, so I turned around to enjoy the sights and sounds in the other direction. When I reached the spot where I found the trail, I had to make a decision. Should I turn left and go back the way I came? Or should I cross the street and continue on the trail in the other direction? 

The latter would be a risky proposition. My goal was to walk for about an hour, and I had already been walking for 45 minutes. If I chose the trail, would I be walking toward the hotel or away from it? By the way, I am notorious for being “directionally challenged.” My head said to play it safe and go the way I came along the busy road. My heart wanted to stay on the path a little longer and enjoy more of nature’s beauty.

Despite my history with directions, I decided to follow my heart and continue along the nature trail. I’m so glad I did! There were many more beautiful leaves and flowers to admire. Along the way, I also encountered a wooden sign with a map of the entire nature trail. To my surprise and delight, I discovered that if I kept going in this direction, the trail would end just a half mile up the road from my hotel. 

By taking a chance and following my heart, my walk ended up being the perfect distance taking just over an hour from start to finish. It was a powerful reminder to trust my heart and keep going even when I don’t know where the road may lead. 

Could you use some assistance in following your heart to destinations unknown? It would be my great honor to walk the trail with you during a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions. Together we will discover where your heart wants to go and what might be in the way. With a fresh perspective and new tools to help keep you on track, you can change course and start enjoying a wonderful walk in the woods of life. Please look around my website for more information or to book your first session

Until next time, may you find the courage to trust your heart and just keep walking. 

He walks in peace who travels sinlessly along the way love shows him.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-23.in.2:5

Do You Trust the Tree?

I’m a little embarrassed to share this story, but it was a good reminder to trust, so here it is. If you’ve been reading my weekly stories lately, you know I am enjoying the assortment of birds and other wildlife in the tree and pond right outside my window. Earlier this month, I started to get concerned about the tree. Bright red buds began bursting out the tips of the branches that had been bare all winter. It didn’t take long for word to get out in Squirrel World that a new all-you-can-eat buffet had opened. Soon there was a whole crew of squirrels in that tree daily devouring its buds.

I know it sounds silly, but I was legitimately concerned that the squirrels would eat all the buds and the tree would die. How could it survive if it didn’t have enough leaves to capture the sunlight? All I could do was watch from the other side of the glass as those voracious little varmints stripped branch after branch clean. As you can see in the picture above, I was face to face with one little culprit and managed to get photographic evidence of his crime. I think he was taunting me saying, “Yeah. I’m eating these delicious buds. What are you going to do about it, Mr. Human?”

I did the only thing I could do. I surrendered and trusted. Mother Nature must know what she’s doing because that tree was here long before I moved into this apartment last summer. I know I am odd, but I did not want to be known as the crazy neighbor chasing squirrels out of a tree! < Insert squirrel or nut joke here. >

Then something miraculous happened. Little sprouts of green began emerging underneath some of the red clumps of what I thought were new leave buds. With each passing day, there were more of them. As most of you probably already know, those squirrels were not killing the tree by eating its new leaves. They were feasting on the little helicopter seeds that twirl to the ground. Upon realizing this, I felt relieved and ridiculous at the same time.

Now before you judge me too harshly, remember, I was not here to witness this transformation last spring. I didn’t know the helicopter seeds were red. We had similar maple trees in the front yard of my childhood home in Upstate New York, but the helicopter seeds of those trees started out green and then turned a golden tan color. They were never red.

In any case, as you can see in the second photo, I was concerned for no reason. That tree is now full of bright green leaves and doing just fine without the slightest intervention needed from me. The squirrels had a peaceful feast without this silly human trying to “save the tree.” What a great reminder to trust the process of life even when things don’t appear to be going the way I think they should. This reminder was very timely for me. I hope it is for you too. 

Facilitating Family Constellations for the past 9 years has been one of my best teachers for learning to trust the process. Even when seemingly random or extraneous things come up in a constellation, I have found they usually provide meaningful information if I am open to seeing it that way. Along those lines, A Course in Miracles has taught me that Spirit can find a way to express love and light in even the darkest of situations. A small crack in the door is all that’s required to let in the light.

If I can assist you in cracking the door to let some love and light into a challenging situation, please reach out for a private Family Constellations Session or perhaps a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions based on A Course in Miracles. To learn more or to book a session, please explore my website

Until next time, may you remember to trust that life will continue to grow in miraculous ways if you allow it to.

Who’s on Next?

For many years, I’ve started my day reading a section or a lesson in A Course in Miracles followed by a short meditation. Recently, I’ve added something new to my morning routine. After meditating, I enjoy a bowl of strawberries or oatmeal while watching the show outside my living room window. I feel so blessed to have an apartment that overlooks a little pond and several large trees. A wide variety of birds visit the tree closest to my window. I’ve seen blue jays, cardinals, ibis, kingfishers, little brownish-gray birds with bright yellow throats, and several different-sized woodpeckers. On Sunday morning, there were 3 woodpeckers in that tree at the same time! All of them were tapping away at the branches in search of insects.

Yesterday, a large crow perched in the top branches of that tree. Her shiny black feathers gleamed in the morning sun as she cawed in the direction that another crow had flown a minute before. Meanwhile, a squirrel climbed down the trunk of that same tree, stopping a few feet before reaching the ground to raise one of his paws. He did this a few times as if he were saying “heyyyyyy” to another squirrel in the opposite tree. A lone duck paddled through the tranquil water leaving a V-shaped wake directly under the tree as the crow and the squirrel watched from above. Once the duck passed underneath, the crow decided it was time to fly off in the direction of her friend, and the squirrel finished his descent to the ground. That’s when I caught myself saying out loud, “Who’s on next?” It felt like this was a show and each animal performer had a designated time on stage. 

As if on cue, a female cardinal landed on a branch in that tree and began chirping happily. Another cardinal answered her from somewhere out of sight in another tree. These simple observations may sound rather boring to some, but they have brought me great joy and peace. It’s better than any morning TV show I’ve seen. Best of all, there are no commercials trying to sell me something and no upsetting news to start my day on a sad note. I believe this new morning ritual has helped me slow down and become more present while setting the tone for a more spacious, peaceful day.

I know some of you might be thinking there are too many things in your life calling for your attention to make time for such trivial pursuits. Or maybe you don’t have a tree right outside your window. Is there a patch of green somewhere in the vicinity of your home? Even those who live in large metropolitan areas probably have a park nearby or at least a spot where pigeons gather. If you have a morning commute, perhaps you could make it a game to spot at least one bird or animal along the way. I promise, even if you give yourself just 5 minutes to slow down, be present, and observe nature, something magical will happen. When we connect to the rhythms of Mother Earth, we feel a part of something larger than ourselves. Time slows down and things that used to bother us often feel less irritating. Try it and see. What have you got to lose? It won’t cost a thing!

If you’d like to learn more ways to slow down, be present, and live a more peaceful, spacious life, please consider giving yourself the gift of Spiritual Coaching. I offer single sessions as well as packages of 4, 8, and 12 sessions to suit your needs and budget. Nothing is more rewarding to me than witnessing miraculous changes occurring in my clients’ lives once they start seeing things from a new perspective. Look around my website or send me an email for more information and to book a session. 

This week, try starting your day with a few minutes of peace, tranquility, and maybe a few boring birds. Then watch the rest of your day flow with more spaciousness and grace.

A tranquil mind is not a little gift.

A Course in Miracles ~ M-20.4:8

Ospreys and Eagles and Owls! Oh My!

There were many unexpected blessings during my recent trip to Florida, but one truly stands out. This was my first time visiting my dear friend Carrie Stiers at her home in Tampa, and my first time meeting her parents who live about 45 minutes away on an island called Honeymoon Island. I had heard a lot about Carrie’s mother and Zoomed with her once, so I felt like we were already friends. However, I hadn’t heard as much about her father, so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I met him. I soon discovered her dad is an open-hearted, peace-loving man with whom I share many common interests, including a love of nature and wildlife.

Not long after I arrived, Carrie and I drove over the causeway to meet her parents and walk on the beach before going to dinner. (Don’t worry. We were vaccinated and took precautions.) During that walk, her dad and I talked about many things: his time in Africa in the Peace Corps, animals, spirituality, and family. I loved hearing about the herd of elephants that lived near their village in Africa and he was happy to learn about the magnificent Disneynature film released last year simply titled Elephant. We’d known each other less than an hour, but it struck me how quickly I felt comfortable and completely accepted by this man. Later, Carrie’s husband joined us for dinner and the five of us had a wonderful time. The joy of watching the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico was a close second to the joy of laughing and sharing a meal with this loving family.

Having discovered our shared love of nature, Carrie’s father suggested the five of us take a walk later in the week along a birdwatching trail he frequented in Honeymoon Island State Park. He recommended we go right before dark when there’s a good chance to see owls! That sounded too cool to miss so we made plans to have an early dinner at their home followed by a twilight nature walk. At dinner, Carrie’s mom shared a hilarious story involving a homemade apple pie, so she offered to bake one for the occasion. I looked forward to that walk and that pie all week.

Well, both the pie and the walk surpassed my expectations. After just a few minutes on the trail, we spotted an owl sitting high in a tree. We took turns getting a closer look with a pair of binoculars before continuing our journey. Along the way we saw several osprey and osprey nests, a gopher tortoise munching on grass, a woodpecker banging on a palm tree, and an armadillo searching for food in the brush. The grand finale happened when a bald eagle flew directly over us, eventually landing in the tree at the end of the trail. She was protecting her young from a flock of vultures flying suspiciously close to the tree where her nest was built. It was a breathtaking moment.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, while making our way back to the parking lot, we spotted another owl sitting on a branch just a few yards away. This owl was such a showoff! For several minutes she demonstrated her uncanny ability to rotate her head over 180 degrees in each direction as she searched for dinner. She must have spotted something because suddenly she spread her wings and flew off silently into the woods. 

Mother Nature put on quite a show for us that night. Carrie’s dad commented that he normally sees some of those animals and birds, but never all of them on the same walk. The wildlife sightings set against the kaleidoscope of changing colors and clouds at sunset made for an absolutely magical evening. What made it even more magical was seeing how much Carrie’s dad enjoyed sharing the experience with people who appreciate Mother Nature’s wonder as much as he does. The delicious post-walk apple pie that Carrie’s mother baked made the evening even sweeter. 

We only saw Carrie’s parents on those two occasions, but once or twice during our visits, her dad briefly put his hand on my shoulder as a proud father might do with a grown son. Having lost my dad at age 7, I never had the experience of physical support and acceptance from a father as an adult. It caught me by surprise how deeply healing it was to have this connection with Carrie’s father. It went beyond words. It was a visceral sensation like some forgotten part of me was awakened and supported. 

I truly believe if my father had lived longer, we would have developed a mutual respect and admiration for each other like the connection I had with Carrie’s dad. In fact, even though my father is no longer in physical form, I believe we do have that connection. Perhaps he communicated this truth through Carrie’s dad. It was an unexpected gift I will always treasure. Thank you, Chuck Stiers, for all the kindness you shared and for giving me permission to share this story. I look forward to more time with this remarkable man in the future.

If you’ve been missing a connection with one or both of your biological parents for whatever reason, here’s something I recommend to my Family Constellations clients. If it feels right for you, think of them before you go to bed at night. Perhaps look at a photograph if you have one. Then speak the words below to the highest version of them whether they are still here in physical form or have made their transition to the non-physical:

“Dear mom or dad. Please come to me when I’m sleeping when I’m easier to reach and give me the love you would have if you could have when I was young.” 

Try it for a week or a month and see how you feel.  If I can assist you with a private Family Constellations session or a series of Life Coaching sessions, please reply to this email or look around my website for more information. I would be honored to help you reconnect with that forgotten part of you that longs to be seen and supported. You might also be interested in the special Family Constellations online workshops coming up in May and June exploring the Role of Mom and the Role of Dad. Visit the Upcoming Workshops page on my newly refurbished website for details and to purchase your ticket!

Until next time, may you experience unexpected blessings wherever you travel. 

As you perceive the holy companions who travel with you, you will realize that there is no journey, but only an awakening.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-13.1.7.1

An August Adventure

I’m having a wonderful time on my road trip so far. Hiking outside among the tall trees in the rolling hills with the occasional babbling brook has been incredibly restorative. It’s also done my heart and soul good to see friends that I haven’t seen in a very long time. I’m so grateful that when we get together we always pick up right where we left off.

Also, reconnecting with my godchildren after years of not seeing them has been a blessing. They have grown so much since I’ve seen them last. Today, I taught them my ritual of tossing tiny rose quartz crystals in flower beds, streams, and lakes to add the energy of unconditional love and compassion. Later, when I went to their home for dinner, my godson, Timothy, had not only made a necklace for me out of one of the stones I gave him earlier, he gifted me a large piece of rose quartz from his personal rock collection. Those sweet gifts from a 12-year old boy touched me deeply.

If you’d like to virtually join me on this August Adventure, I’ve been doing my best to share photos and videos on my John Harold Moore Facebook and Instagram pages. I also wanted to let my fellow A Course in Miracles students know I plan to continue our Friday Night Happy Hour (and a Half) Study Group on Fridays at 5 PM Central / 6 PM Eastern from wherever I am on the road. As long as I have internet, I will be on Zoom. For those who attend our Monday Night group, my miraculous friend Marina will be filling in for me until I get back to Houston. Please note that I added a password for each group this month so the links have changed. Both links are on the Miracles page on my website. I hope you’ll join Marina on Mondays and me on Fridays to share miracles!

Until next time, may you give yourself the gift of spending time outdoors and allow yourself to receive gifts from those who wish to give them!

The world you see but shows you how much joy you have allowed yourself to see in you, and to accept as yours. And, if this is its meaning, then the power to give it joy must lie within you.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-21.In.2

Inspiration from a Brave Little Branch

We all have to start somewhere. The other day, this little sprout caught my attention growing on the side of a giant live oak tree in Hermann Park. At first, it looked kind of silly poking out of the 4- foot diameter trunk. Then it occurred to me that this tiny new branch was not wasting its time comparing itself to the huge branches that already grow high above on this beautiful old tree. If it did, it might never have started its journey. 

How many times have you not risked starting something new because you compared yourself to someone who has been doing it for years? I know I have. My ego thinks I should be proficient at it before I put myself out there. Of course, this doesn’t make any sense. How could I be proficient when I begin something new? Excellence takes time. This little sprout was an inspiring reminder that right where you are and how you are is enough. I encourage you to be brave like that little branch. Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. Just start. The world needs your gifts even if they aren’t perfect. They will be perfect for someone. Most importantly, it will be a gift to yourself when you keep growing.

Speaking of growing, recently I had the opportunity to speak with my dear friend, Rev. Alison Benjamin as part of her Growing Edge Live Interviews. I have included a link to the video here if you have some time to watch. Ali asked me some great questions that led to me sharing some of my greatest and most challenging life lessons. I hope you enjoy the interview and will follow Growing Edge on Facebook for more inspiring, spiritual conversations.

If you feel stuck, it would be my great honor to encourage and support you in your growth with a series of Life Coaching sessions or a private Family Constellations session. Both can be done by phone, or with Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom. Please look around my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session. 

Until next time, may you continue to grow past your comfort zone because that’s where miracles happen!

Every blade of grass has its Angel that bends over it and whispers, “Grow, grow.” 

The Talmud

Are You a Tree Hugger?

Are you a tree hugger? I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m one. Not only do I care very much about the environment, but I have also been known to literally hug a tree or two in my time. When I lived in Fort Lauderdale, I became very fond of a particular palm tree that stood where I ended my beach walk. After a brisk hour-long walk along the beach, her fronds provided welcome shade as I performed Donna Eden’s Daily 5-Minute Energy Routine. Afterward, I would often sit with my back against her trunk just enjoying the shade, the sea breeze, and the beautiful turquoise waves rolling in. As I sat there, I imagined tapping into her strength and flexibility. She must have plenty of both to remain standing during numerous tropical storms and hurricanes. I always felt better after spending some time with my friend, and yes, once in a while I hugged her goodbye. 

Last Saturday, I gave myself the gift of attending a nature retreat at Unity of Houston led by my friend and colleague, Rev. Karen Tudor. During one of the exercises, Karen instructed us to walk the property and find a tree that we felt drawn to. Confirming that we are two of a kind, she invited us to sit with our back against its trunk and imagine connecting with the entire tree from its roots buried deep in the ground to its highest branches reaching for the sky. Once we felt deeply connected, she suggested we ask the tree if it had a message for us.

I found a tall pine tree near the bookstore that reminded me of the palm tree in Fort Lauderdale. First, I sat next to her and studied the patterns in her bark, noticing magnificent swirls that appeared only at the bottom of her trunk. Since I was wearing very light-colored khaki shorts, I decided not to sit in the dirt that surrounded her with my back against her. Instead, I removed my shoes and socks, laid in the grass in the shadow of her thin trunk, and gently placed my bare feet on her.

It felt wonderful and grounding to lay in the grass connecting the soles of my feet with her bark. I looked up at her swaying branches outlined against the bright blue sky as puffy white clouds rolled by. I noticed dozens of pine cones still clinging to her branches, not quite ready to let go. They reminded me of my mother and the Christmas wreaths she used to make with pine cones. Feeling very content and connected to the tree and my mother, I asked if she had a message for me. Specifically, I wondered if there was a message regarding my right ankle which I injured while jumping in shallow water in Michigan’s Torch Lake. The message was short, simple, and clear. “Slow down.” 

That message resonated with me deeply. I’m usually hurrying across that campus to get somewhere or I’m talking with people not paying much attention to the beauty around me. Karen invited us to explore the campus in silence during each of our outings so we could be fully present. We had plenty of time to really look at the flowers, fountains, and trees that grace those sacred grounds. I ran my hands along the leaves of bushes feeling their softness. I watched bees buzzing around flower beds and squirrels climbing and leaping through tree branches. I spent time at each of the fountains, mesmerized by glistening water droplets as they shot into the air, hovered briefly catching the sunlight before being pulled back down by gravity. The whole day was magical and very restorative.

Not surprisingly, my injured ankle and the message from the tree were perfectly timed. With the Big Sky Retreat just two weeks away and all the details and emails calling for my attention, I needed that reminder. It will all get done and done more efficiently and effectively now that I have slowed down and taken time to recharge. I know the same is true for you.

This week I encourage you to be a tree hugger. Perhaps there is a park or tree that you pass by every day that is calling you. If you live in Houston, come take a leisurely stroll through the Unity campus and experience the wonder that lives there. If you can, leave your phone at home or in your bag and just be present with nature in whatever way feels right to you. I promise your busy life will be waiting for you when you return, but it will seem much more manageable when you give yourself this gift. Who knows? There might be a message waiting for you in your tree-mail.

If I can be of assistance in helping you slow down, please send me an email or visit my website. I offer a variety of Life Coaching packages to suit your needs and budget. Now is a great time to invest in yourself. The only way to experience something different is to do something different.

Until next time, happy tree-hugging!

Let me be still and listen to the truth.

Lesson 106 from A Course in Miracles

Re-Treat

I just returned from a wonderful retreat at Unity Village in Missouri. During one of the sessions, one of the attendees broke down the word “retreat” in a way that really spoke to me. Re-Treat! It’s a treat I have given myself over and over. It didn’t occur to me how true this was until the weekend was almost over. So many of the life-changing experiences I shared last weekend happened at retreats like that one. The more I thought about it, I realized I’ve met many of my closest friends, not to mention my amazing partner, at a spiritual retreat! 

It began when I met my rose quartz family at my first spiritual gathering over Valentine’s Day weekend in 2004. I had been praying to find a group of people that felt like my tribe. The friends I made that weekend were the answer to that prayer. I was in awe of the work they were doing in the world and how much I could learn from them. They taught me about crystals and how rose quartz holds the frequency of unconditional love and compassion. We did ceremony inside a Native American Medicine Wheel and I learned about Animal Totems. They introduced me to the music of Deva Premal, Sanskrit chanting, and Hindu deities. That was also the weekend I had a mystical experience that told me my presence helps others on their path of healing and wholeness. That weekend was a game changer. It gave me hope, a renewed sense of purpose, and planted seeds in my consciousness that continue to grow and influence my life today.

In 2010, for some reason I felt inspired to attend a retreat in Mebane, North Carolina facilitated by someone I just met at a Miami Meetup group. When I discovered that Mebane was just 20 minutes from the home of a member of my rose quartz family, I knew I was meant to go and I’m so glad I did! It was a magical 5 days that taught me the power of letting go and going with the flow. That’s also where I met, Haydee, who I affectionally call my “HDL” which stands for “Hermana de Luz” or “Sister of Light” in English. It sounds hokey, but I believe our souls recognized each other from the moment we met and our friendship and love for each other has only grown deeper over time. I find it interesting that Haydee and I both lived in South Florida, but we had to travel 800 miles north to meet each other at a spiritual retreat in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains.

Over the next few years, I attended a beautiful, heart-centered event called The Universal Lightworkers Conference held every year in Fort Lauderdale. That’s where I was introduced to powerful spiritual teachers like Mary Morrissey, Dr. Joan Borysenko, Donna Eden, and Sheila & Marcus Gillette. I was so impressed with Mary Morrissey’s presentation at that conference that when I saw her picture years later on the flyer for the 2014 Big Sky Retreat I decided to go. Little did I know how much that decision would impact my life.

Due to some last minute scheduling changes and my friendship with Dr. Charles Geddes who has been part of the Big Sky Retreat since it began in 1976, I ended up presenting a workshop on Forgiveness and Miracles that first year. Words can’t describe how welcomed, loved, and seen I felt. Many of the people I met that year have become life-long friends and prayer partners. In addition, I made connections that allowed me to travel and share the work I love all over the country. I have attended this event every year since, and every year I meet wonderful people and expand well past my comfort zone in miraculous ways. 

I never would have guessed that one day I would be President of the Board of the Big Sky Retreat, which is the longest-running metaphysical retreat in the world. It was a full circle moment for me during the opening ceremony at last year’s retreat when I shared what I have learned about rose quartz and the Native American Medicine Wheel. It brought tears to my eyes to see a group of 150 people honoring the four directions and then have their own heart-expanding experience holding a piece of rose quartz. What an honor to pay it forward. This is just a small sample of the life-changing experiences I’ve had and the beautiful souls I’ve met at spiritual retreats over the years. I am beyond grateful for each and every one. 

Are you looking for your tribe? Would you like to take a break from your everyday life in a magnificent setting? Is your soul calling out for a re-treat? If so, I invite you to join me for one or both of the upcoming spiritual retreats I am blessed to be a part of this fall. The 44th Annual Big Sky Retreat will be held near Yellowstone National Park in Big Sky, Montana over Labor Day Weekend from August 31-September 5. Early registration price ends on June 30. The 2019 Affiliated New Thought Network Conference will be held on the sacred grounds at Unity Village from October 1-4. Take a look at the events on my website and give yourself the gift that keeps on giving. Register today!

If not these events, I encourage you to take a break from your normal routine even if it’s just for an afternoon or evening. Get out in nature, attend a spiritual event, or spend some time reading a metaphysical book at your local coffee shop. You never know who you’ll meet or what life-changing experience is waiting for you!

What Kind of Day Are You Having?

This week I am at the 43rd Annual Big Sky Retreat in Big Sky, Montana. This will be the fifth year I have been a part of this retreat and my first as President of the Board. To commemorate this milestone, I thought I would share something with you that I wrote when I returned from my very first one back in September of 2014. It’s still one of the most memorable moments I’ve had in that gorgeous part of the country. Enjoy!

“Think about the kind of day you want, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that.”

This practical advice comes from the first section of Chapter 30 in the text of A Course in Miracles. I highly recommend taking a look at this whole section because it has been a game changer for me. From recent personal experience, I can say wholeheartedly that it works!

I just returned from an incredible journey with Dr. Charles Geddes, the Founder and Spiritual Director of Bridges Spiritual Centers. Each morning before we started our day, we took a few moments to pray. We “pre-prayed” the way of our journey by clearly stating our intentions. We wanted to experience and share peace, love, and joy wherever we went. We asked to be that Presence. We also stated our desire for Presence to be revealed as Mother Nature’s beauty all along the drive through the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park as we made our way to Big Sky, Montana for the annual Big Sky Retreat. I am happy to report that it worked!

Mother Nature did indeed reveal her beauty along the way, especially at Yellowstone.  After a magnificent day of hiking, close encounters with buffalo, and breathtaking vistas, Charles and I decided to call it a day. The sun was setting as we drove out of the park, yet we remained vigilant for more beauty. Just a few miles from the west exit we noticed a large number of cars parked along the road and hundreds of people gazing across a large open field. We couldn’t tell what they were looking at, but judging by the crowd, it had to be good.

We parked our car and crossed the street to an area where there were fewer people. There, in the distance, on the other side of Snake River in a golden sunlit meadow, two elk were locking antlers. Charles and I had been guided to the perfect spot, for as the elk continued their show they gradually moved closer and closer to where we were standing. Their sparring was very gentle as if they were playing or perhaps just practicing. Occasionally they would stop to eat and drink peacefully together before lowering their heads once again to lock antlers. This continued for at least 30 minutes.

At one point the elk apparently decided they had given us enough of a show. To our amazement, they paused in the golden sunlight directly across the river from us just long enough for me to snap this picture. Then these majestic animals entered the water and waded down the river together into the sunset. What an exit!

Our journey was filled with many beautiful moments like this and the Big Sky Retreat was one big “WOW!” I felt that Presence more times than I could count. My eyes filled with tears of joy as we sang songs of remembrance together. My heart was filled with peace during quiet moments and I feel immense gratitude for all the wonderful people I met. Those are the kind of days I’d like to have more of.

Until next time, I encourage you to consciously decide what kind of day you’d like to have each morning. Then as you go about your daily activities look for evidence of only that!

Blessings are Falling!

I was in Virginia last week doing the work I love, Family Constellations. Although I have been to Serenity Farm at least four or five times now, this trip was intentionally different from previous visits. I scheduled only one workshop and fewer private sessions so there would be more time to enjoy the wonderful healing energy of the land and the amazing community of healers that gather there. There were delicious meals, deep conversations, and lots of laughter. We also shared our healing gifts with each other in the many different modalities we each practice. Our time together felt like a much needed soul battery recharge for us all.

One of the highlights for me was walking the land at Serenity Farm my first day there. The weather was much warmer than I expected so my hostess invited me on a little tour of the property to see what was new since my last visit. She was excited to show me the clearing in the woods in front of the main house where she envisions an outdoor chapel. The air was crisp and the smell of fallen leaves brought me back to the autumns of my childhood in Upstate New York. Our footsteps crunching in the ankle deep carpet of leaves sounded like we were marching on bags of potato chips. All of the sights, sounds, and smells added to the rich experience.

When we reached the clearing I immediately felt that familiar tingling sensation in my body that lets me know Spirit wants me to pay attention. Of course, I had my trademark rose quartz crystals with me so we sprinkled some all around the clearing. Afterwards, my hostess suggested we lay down in the leaves in the middle of the clearing and just look up at the sky. What a nurturing experience that was! I felt completely connected to and cradled by Mother Earth in the soft, crunchy leaves as I gazed at the beautiful blue sky above. Slight wisps of clouds floated by the opening in the trees. Some looked like angels. Others resembled dragons. A few just looked like clouds, but one looked to us like a phoenix rising from the ashes. Every once in a while a gust of wind sent another batch of brown autumn leaves wafting down around us like blessings from Heaven. My hostess and I giggled with delight like children. It was truly magical.

What a beautiful reminder that some of the best moments in life are not crammed full of activities. Simply laying on the ground and connecting with nature can be a profound experience that releases the joy that lives in our hearts. I’m so glad I gave myself the gift of spaciousness in my schedule last week so I could enjoy all that Serenity Farm has to offer. Infinite gratitude to my hostess, our friends, and all of the new friends I made last week. It wouldn’t have been the same without each and every one of you. I returned home feeling refreshed, renewed, and recharged.

Are you feeling disconnected and in need of a soul battery recharge? I would be honored to help you create more spaciousness and joy in your life by sharing some of the tools and techniques that have worked for me. I offer four, six, and eight week Life Coaching packages based on the strong principles of A Course in Miracles, Family Constellations, and other New Thought teachings. Now is a great time to purchase a session or sessions as a gift for yourself or someone you love. There will be a slight increase in Life Coaching prices after the first of the year, so take advantage of the lower rates now. Give the gift that will keep on giving…Peace! Gift certificates are available for all services on my website.

Until next time, I invite you to stop and take a moment to connect with nature in whatever way you can. Watch the clouds. Look at the moon. Gaze at the stars. Then let your heart open to the blessings that will surely float to you like autumn leaves.

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