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Trust and Freedom

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It’s going to be okay.
I feel that now.
Last year I worked on cultivating trust,
and this year, I chose freedom.
As I trust, I relax into being,
and this moment opens up
and shows me what I need to know….
in freedom.
Or more precisely,
I open up
and I can finally see
what this moment
was trying to show me all along.
Yes. I open up,
and then I can receive
the gifts that were always there,
awaiting my opening.
I open up
and the whole universe is delighted
to shower me with the love and the abundance
that now gets to be expressed through me,
through my willingness to trust and to be free.

Let’s Breathe

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It’s time.
It’s time to let go of the stuff that no longer serves you.
It’s time to stand in your truth
and lead from your heart center.
It’s time to take action,
so summon your courage.

But…I don’t have any courage.

Of course you have courage.
Don’t you have a heart?

Yes. I have a heart.

Well if you have a heart
then you have courage.

Oh.

Sit, my friend.
Close your eyes.
Put your hands over your heart.
Breathe deeply.
Feel your heart beating.
There. There is your courage.

But I’m afraid.

Of course you’re afraid!
The old you doesn’t want to change.
But you are not your old self.
You are not your family, your race,
your gender, your job, your role.
You are not your broken places
crying out for healing.

You are the one who knows the light,
who moves continually toward it
in ever-widening circles of grace and love.
You are the one who seeks expression
of the gifts buried within you,
who knows these gifts will bless the world.

Gifts? What gifts? I don’t have any gifts.

Of course you have gifts!
Out of 7.7 billion people on this planet,
there is only one you.
You are unique.
Therefore, you have gifts.

Oh.

You can feel fear
and take action anyway.
You can have doubts
but know that you have something to give.
Feel the fear, have the doubts,
but move toward your dream.
This is courage. You are courage.
We need you. Please do not leave us in darkness.
We need your light.

But I can’t do this. I’m not strong enough.

You are not alone.
We are with you.
Every single one of us who has a heart—
we are with you.
For now, all I need you to do is breathe.
Can you do that?

Yes. I can breathe.

Good. Then let’s breathe.

Open…Ready

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I ask myself if I can change.
I know deep down I can,
but the evidence is lacking.
They tell me to focus on my future
when I feel mired down in the muck of now.
Miraculously,
I am lifted up by the grace of others.
My mother gifts me with a plane ticket;
friends welcome me to a training
that they’re allowing me to pay off over time.
I’m flying to California tomorrow.
My heart bursts open…ready.

Trusting Myself

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So many choices in each moment.
What to create?
Is it time to rest?
To eat?
To sing?
To dance?
To sew?
I choose to sing.
I record my voice and listen.
I like the way it sounds,
so I keep going.
I’m learning something
about creativity and pleasure,
trusting myself in the process.

Humble Prayers For Help

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Help us, God,
help us to let go
and surrender into
your love.
Help this one,
this control freak,
to recognize
she has no control.
Let her breathe and relax.
Help this one,
this workaholic,
remember
that he will one day die.
Let him stop and be with his family.
Help this beautiful child
recognize her greatness
and help this precious one
value his many gifts.
Give us strength to become
all we were born to be.
Make us all new in your love.
Show us how to trust in you and your ways.
We’re tired of trying so hard
to figure this out.
We just want to know your rhythm,
your melody and harmony,
your accompaniment, chorus,
verse and refrain.
Thank you God
for helping us…again.

Precious Presence

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Forget about the shopping–
give a hug, a flower, a smile,
your time.
We surround ourselves with things,
but none of it can come with us
when we leave this world.
How do you want to be remembered?
We can be distracted
in pursuit of things,
or we can be here,
open heart, open eyes,
present for our loved ones.
Sit with your beloveds,
be still and quiet,
look at them, see them,
really listen.
Your loving presence
is the most precious of presents.

What is Your Gift?

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What is the gift you are offering?
And I’m not talking about
a teddy bear, or a mug,
or a Starbucks gift card
that you give someone
to show your appreciation…
I’m asking you,
what is your gift?
What non-physical gift,
what quality,
are you offering with your presence?
Is it love?
Patience?
Generosity?
Is it peace?
Strength?
Kindness?
Consider this:
Whether you know it or not,
you are constantly
transmitting and receiving;
your body-mind-spirit self
is an antenna, a channel,
a receptacle, a beacon.
Are you sending out
fear, anxiety, mistrust, resentment?
Are you taking in
the fear, anxiety, mistrust
and resentment of others?
When you choose to awaken,
you can be very clear
about what you receive
and what you send out
and your presence
can be a source of comfort
and help to countless beings.
As you face the busyness
of this holiday season,
choose one soul quality to offer
to the world;
let this quality be your gift.
Set the genuine intention to
share it freely with all beings
known and unknown.
As you breathe in,
receive your gift
from the source of all that is:
Love from the source of love,
Patience from the source of patience,
Generosity from the source of generosity,
Peace from the source of peace
Strength from the source of strength,
Kindness form the source of kindness.
Fill yourself to the brim with this soul quality,
feel it alive within you, bubbling up,
radiating outwards.
As you breathe out,
beam this quality out
into the world to all beings,
with no exception.
Everyone will be blessed
by this work you do.
Everyone will benefit
from the gift you give
from your quiet, open heart.

Stay

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Stay with your experience
whatever it is.
Don’t run away–
it has something to teach you.
Sometimes
the most valuable gift
is concealed in the strangest packaging.
Just trust in this moment.
Stay with this experience.
Unwrap each thought and feeling
open each perception, each word
see the treasures that are yours
when you learn to stay,
just stay with your experience.

You are a Child of the Universe

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You are a child of the universe,
unique in all the world.
There has never been,
nor will there ever be,
another exactly like you.

You were born
with unique talents and abilities.
Discovering what they are,
and learning
how to best share them with the world
is the reason you are here.
The world is longing to know you,
to receive the special gifts you bring.

So dig deep, child friend.
Open your mind, body,
heart, soul,
and life
to discovering and sharing your precious gifts.

Share them freely with the world,
bring light and love and hope to us.
Show us what is possible
in the realm of human potential.

Share your gifts so freely
that you empty yourself
of any fear, doubt,
or self-imposed limits.

And in the space you have made,
receive the gifts
that the world is longing to give you,
all of the abundance of the universe
placed in homage at your feet.