Reading & Pondering Today 10-26

image“Our mind may tell us that bad is bad, good is good, and that we can never really be all that we dream of being, but if our shadow could talk, it would tell us otherwise. It would tell us that our brightest light can shine only when we’ve accepted our darkness. It would reassure us that there is wisdom in every wound. It would show us that life is a magical journey of making peace with both our humanity and divinity. Our shadow would tell us that we deserve better, that we matter, that we are more than we ever dreamed possible, and that there’s light at the end of the tunnel.

“As we embrace our shadow, we find out that we are living a divine plan, a plan so important, so vital for our own evolution as well as for the evolution of humankind. Like the lotus flower that is born out of mud, we must honor the darkest parts of ourselves and the most painful of our life’s experiences, because they are what allow us to birth our most beautiful self. We need the messy, muddy past, the muck of our human life—the combination of every hurt, wound, loss, and unfulfilled desire blended with every joy, success, and blessing to give us the wisdom, the perspective, and the drive to step into the most magnificent expression of ourselves. This is the gift of the shadow.”

Excerpt From: Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson & Debbie Ford. “The Shadow Effect.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 10-24

image“Taking this journey into the past may feel slightly daunting at first. But the fact is this journey is one of the most rewarding trips we can take. It’s intriguing to uncover our shadow, to see how it has taken root, and to catch ourselves before we say something we don’t really mean or do something that we will regret.

Our shadows are there for us, waiting to offer invaluable insights about ourselves. We can never manage or defeat our self-sabotaging behaviors without embracing the shadows that are driving them. There is no pattern of behavior that can’t be broken or changed if we are willing to expose its roots and the emotional upset that caused us to reject the shadow aspect in the first place.

When we can compassionately embrace the part of us that has set this behavior in place, we will take back the power over our own actions and break the automatic responses of our unwanted patterns. This process often creates a conundrum because, as human beings, we are designed to want to feel safe, and more often than not, repeating the same old behaviors is what gives us a false sense of safety.

It somehow feels easier to repeat the past than explore a different outcome. But to break open a repetitive self-sabotaging behavior, we will have to give up this illusion of a safety net for a moment and be willing to feel what’s underneath. And when we find ourselves in the presence of one of our shadow aspects, we will be able to unravel the mystery of our undesirable behavior and cause change to begin.”

Excerpt From: Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson & Debbie Ford. “The Shadow Effect.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 10-23

image“I am who God created me to be.

I am a child of God. I was created in a blinding flash of creativity, a primal thought when God extended Himself in love. Everything He touches is infused with His wonder, and He has touched me.

The perfect me isn’t something I need to create, because God has already created it. The perfect me is the love within me. I allow His spirit to remove the fearful thinking that surrounds my perfect self, so I might extend to all the world the light He placed in me.

May every thought I think and every feeling I feel be an extension of God’s love. May fear and illusion fall to the wayside as I embrace the knowledge of who I really am. I am who He created me to be, and nothing else is real.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 10-22

img_2608“God and I are one.

God is my source, who continues to fill me with His nurturance and love. I am never without His sustenance, for in every moment He pours into me His divine elixir. Every cell within me opens up to receive His light.

I do not look to outer things to complete me, for I am complete in God. I do not look to outer things to sustain me, for I am sustained by God. I need only to realize who I really am, and my relationship to Him. I live in Him as He lives in me; my God and I are one.

God is closer to me than my breath. He is the light of compassion and the power of forgiveness. He is the truth of my being and the source of my strength. As long as I remember this, I will know who I am.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “A Year of Miracles.”

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Reading & Pondering Today. 10-19

image“May I see myself as God sees me.

God created me a perfect creation, and so in spirit I remain. May the light of my internal perfection cast out any darkness in my mortal self. Thus may I express in the world the love that is in my heart.

May God’s opinion, and not the opinions of others, determine how I see myself. May God’s thoughts, and not my own, determine what is possible for me. May my self-perception rest only on the vision that God holds of me.

Dear God,
Please lift me above the shadows
Of my negative self-perception.
Please deliver me of the chains
That keep me bound to a smaller life.
Please show me the beauty
You have placed in me,
And give me faith that it is there.”

~ Williamson, Marianne

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Reading & Pondering Today 10-17

image“When you remember who you really are, and the glorious purpose of your existence here, then you will fall to your knees again—this time not in pain but in gratitude, overwhelmed by the blessing and privilege of having been given such a miracle as this life you get to live.

You’ll ask that God make of you a shining star in the darkened skies of the world, that you might represent His love and reflect His goodness for those who cry as you have cried. Whatever problems you have, simply put them in His hands now. He will handle them for you, as He turns you into someone who can handle them yourself. You’ll emerge much stronger, and be ready to work miracles in the lives of others as God worked miracles in yours.

God Himself will wipe away all tears and that will wipe away all doubt. When the morning comes, you will hardly remember the pain of this night. The memory will only appear when it is useful for you to remember, that others might be strengthened by you and you be strengthened by them. Look forward, not backward to the light, and not to the “dark. To God and not to anyone or anything less powerful or pure, for only God is God and only God can do what your ego says cannot be done: lift you up and raise you high.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph.”

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Reading & Pondering Today 10-16

image“The soul is eternally whole and complete in God. An overexternalized worldview separates us from our souls, thus causing us to suffer; and only by reclaiming our souls can we end our suffering. This reclamation of our souls isn’t a process of pouring light over the darkness; rather, it is a process of bringing the darkness to light. We must excavate our internal darkness—our barriers to love—for only then can we release them.

And none of this necessarily feels good when it’s happening. But in avoiding our sadness we avoid our lives. Learning from our sadness can bear great fruit, and avoiding it can have hidden costs. Our choice is between feeling the sharp pains of self-discovery or enduring the dull ache of unconsciousness that will last for the rest of our lives. Suppressing our pain isn’t ending our pain; it’s simply displacing it.

The avoidance of sadness decreases our capacity to learn from it. For how can we deeply understand what we have failed to deeply look at? Sometimes it’s in the midst of our tears that we come to understand a situation more fully. Even a happy life can have sad days, and sadness is sometimes simply a sign of growth. It doesn’t serve any of us to cast a cheap yellow smiley face over almost everything, as though being sad is simply wrong.

Just as storms have a function in nature, they have a function within the psyche as well. Just as babies who are never exposed to any germs can fail to develop the antibodies they need, people who avoid the fullness of their suffering fail to develop the emotional skills they need to deal with it.

In recognizing the spiritual meaning of our sadness, we find the appropriate place to put it—in our psyches, and in our lives. We come to realize the ways we have separated ourselves from love, from each other, and thus from the peace of God. Knowing this, the true source of our pain, we can then correct the problem on the level where the problem lies.”

Excerpt From: Williamson, Marianne. “Tears to Triumph”

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✨A Perfect Gift for Any Child for the Holidays!✨

My book “Kite Tale” is in the Hay House catalog from now until Christmas.
This is a wonderful opportunity for my book to be exposed to the millions that go on their site. If I do well with sales over the holidays, they will keep my book in their catalog, and on their site after the holiday season.

If you have any children that you’re looking to gift at Christmas time, please consider purchasing a copy of my book “Kite Tale.” If you bought my book in the past, please consider purchasing a copy for a school library, or as a gift for a child that is not as fortunate to have a family, and be an angel to one of these children.

I believe in all the wonderful messages in this loving story, and it would be my dream to introduce as many children as possible to a story of diversity, family, community and love.

Thank you!


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