Talk Story ~ Scott
The Light That Shines Within
As we enter the holiday season with all its rush of sweet and sour soul experiences, I'd like to share four words Dana and I have used to navigate our lives together: “I trust this blessing”.
I trust this blessing” is an excellent mantra to hold near and dear through the holiday season and beyond. After all, what if they're right!? What if Love is the only power and presence in creation, ruling even this physical world in ways we have yet to imagine? What if Love is like gravity, forever tugging our hearts home? And what if Love, like Light, is everywhere, all the time, even when we see only darkness.
Dana and I know the Light that shines within each of us – our own spiritual Sol, warm and golden, forever upon the altar in the heart of the soul. This is the gift of Light and Life from the Mystery that made us. This is our spiritual home even as we walk in this world. We are spirit too and the vast wealth of the spiritual realm is already ours: Peace and Satisfaction, Wholeness and Happiness, Friendship and Love. This wealth lies as buried treasure hidden within the undiscovered self. A treasure we all possess but don't yet enjoy.
Here's a lovely gift moment to give your self. Take a deep breath. Breathe in peace; breathe out peace. Relax deeper. Take another deep breath of peace and relax even deeper. Imagine you are your I Am self on the altar of your soul. Imagine your I Am self as a tiny part of one vast unlimited being, all of us connected within the body of Love, all of us living in the body of Love. Imagine you can breathe Love into and through yourself, your I Am self awareness, and into your world here, on Earth. Continue to breathe Love into your Life. Give Love permission to illuminate, heal, uplift and prosper your life now.
Breathe. Breathe. Breathe.
This is the key to feeling blessed. Immerse into spiritual awareness, be in that realm of peace and satisfaction, breathe in and through the Love that made us and sustains us. In time the body will learn, in time the body will feel. Right now simply let Love in. In your imagination, let Love in and give Love permission to have It's healing way in you.
You can use “I trust this blessing” as stepping stones in your own soul's journey. They are surprisingly solid underfoot and yet amazingly light to carry.
What we seek in this life we already are – love and beauty, health and abundance, peace and happiness. It is in us and it is us. We need only spend time within, feed equally our spiritual life as we do our physical and financial life and proactively receive these blessings. What if the only difference between feeling whole, healthy, and happy right now is to insist our inner narrator use a new script, one that says: “I trust this blessing.”
As Dana learned very early on in her spiritual awakening, “The only difference between an enlightened person and an unenlightened person is a sense of satisfaction.” Satisfaction is an inside job. And there's nobody else in here but us!
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Talk Story ~ Dana
The Pony Arises
As a Virgo, I am a word-loving instrument. The right insightful word phrase is a powerful tool for me. I've been known to seize upon a useful mantra or an awareness lifting seed-thought and exercise every drop of insight, intel & info right on out of it ... like a bulldog with a bone.
Mantra and seed-thoughts show up in so many different places ~ spiritual teachers, books, billboards, voices in your head.
Thru the mid-90s, Scott & I were in a particularly grueling, difficult time in our Life together. In the middle of this not-so-great I was diagnosed with breast cancer. During that time, our family was very involved with Unity of Beaverton. Scott was the Prayer Team Minister. I was the Women's Minister. In my article for the Church newsletter, 'Choosing Love Over Fear', I wrote. “As I was leaving the doctor's office I laughed out loud, and looking Heavenward said aloud, "You have got to be kidding!"
In the midst of an Already Difficult Time, things just got way difficulter.
Shortly after I came home from the hospital, I sat in our living room on a particularly pitty day, ie, a day of serious pit-like proportions. All was grim, gray, awful. At that very moment, a voice in my head said, “I trust this blessing.”
Ok, I've got to tell you … one of my favorite things about myself so far in this incarnation ... in that moment, I could and did step right into 'I trust this blessing'. My Life didn't feel like a blessing, it didn't look like a blessing. It didn't even smell like a blessing. But as I heard those words, I knew that in among the pain and the poo there was … also ... a blessing to be trusted.
Life experience had shown me that even when things seem dark, there is a gift there, too ~ insight, awareness, awakening. There is something there other than and far beyond “poor me.” It isn't all just poo. “There's gotta be a pony in there somewhere!”
Long have I exercised my trust muscles. Trust is a big one. It implies so much. In meditation, the first time I heard, “I trust my Life,” I literally twitched. My eyes shot open. It was a jolt! A shock to the system. “Hhhmmmmm,” said I, " … there might be some work to do there. " Trust, you say?
Years later, when I heard, “I trust this blessing,” I said yes, indeed, I do. I may not be able to see it right now, but I do trust there is blessing in all this, too.
As I embraced 'I trust this blessing' I didn't jump up and dance a jig ... I had several tubes & drains sticking out of my body ... I was way too dibilitated, physically & emotionally. But I did sit and relish those words, grateful for the reminder, exercising the possibility. I saw that, yes, here, too, there is a blessing. Giving my attention to it, I fortify the blessing, I call it forth.
Ultimately, the exercise is to consciously give the Blessing as much attention and juice within your inner Life as the pain & poo so readily grab.
The pony arises . . .
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Dana, my very first experience meditating with you & your bowl gongs enabled me to break through barriers and reach a deeper meditative state than I’d ever experienced before.
Tori Padellford, Gifted Actress ~ Feb 1996
Thank you for helping me on my journey during a truly challenging time in my life. You are one of the main reasons I am doing so well now.
Carol C., Los Angeles, CA ~ Sept 08
Thank you Dana for being present and loving to me when I did not know how to tap into that ever present beauty that is my life. You helped me begin the journey to where I am now! I am happy and full of grace! Thank you for your beautiful gift of love.
Heaven Odessa Woods, College Graduation ~ June 2012