To my dear friends,
I am relieved that I can finally do a blog post tonight. I was feeling rather anxious because all last week,due to upgrades by my host company, I could not get into my website to write my blog post...ugh. It is funny how we find out what our level of commitment to these things are when we are not able to do them. I was stuck somewhere between having limited patience; knowing that things go much better when I align myself with the Universe, and being frustrated because my ego wanted to be able to do to do the post when I wanted to do it. It didn't matter what I wanted, it was not happening.
Just like my commitment to working on my art journal once a week, I am committed to these weekly blog posts. It has become a necessity in helping me to me maintain a healthy state of mind. It is my meditation, and without it I get off the beam. I look at both my creative practices as something that I can do to stay mentally, spiritually and emotionally healthy, as well as providing me with something I can do to as a service to you, to give back for the life and the gifts that I have been so blessed to receive. But, I had to let go of that last week because I couldn't do a lick about it. I know that good things come when we surrender, while keeping an open-mind, so the Creator, who has a much better perspective, so It can work through us for our highest good.
I have to admit, I have been going through a little bit of a growth spurt in the past few months. It has been kind of a painful process, I had a go at trying to be the the big boss of my life, and as a result I suffered some pain. I love that I was able to go through this "crisis" and learn from it, though. And I do appreciate that it is usually in going through these spurt that I am able to receive my greatest gifts. However, it's hard to see that when your up to your lip in shit. I believe that these lessons are what we are here for...to learn that we are not separate; that we are all One with the God of our understanding, and we are Powerful manifestors of our own destinies...when we remember to align ourselves with that Power. It does not work so good when we try to do it on our own, with the limited capacity of our human minds and egos. We have to allow our Intuition, and our connection to the Creator, lead us. I am happy to say that after doing some research on this I am back in full form. Ohm...
I also wanted you to know that I haven't forgotten about my book, or given up on it, even though it may seem like it. I have been quietly working on it behind the scene. It has definitely taken more time than I thought it would. Here is a little sneak peek for your enjoyment. Thank you all for the love, support, tolerance, and friendship that you have given so freely, and generously, to me. I know am blessed beyond compare, and I hope that somehow I have been able to demonstrate that you are loved and appreciated, as well. <3
Love and Light,
Your friend Jeanette
Praise and thanksgiving are the most powerful prayers of all.
My meditation of him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord. (Psalm 104:34)
Gratitude is a tool that manifests miracles, and we all have access to it. As we move and grow through difficult situations, we begin to learn that we can use gratitude to correct imbalances within our lives. We alone plant the seeds in our Life-Garden for the experiences we will have in the future. Exactly how those seeds manifest is God's business. We need only concern ourselves with the seeds (thoughts) we let fall.
Once we understand that we set the stage for all of our experiences, we will not be so tempted to blame others. Instead, we will be able to see our experiences more like a mirror, reflecting back to us what we hold as true. Then we can give thanks for this illumination and forgive ourselves. It is only through identifying our mistakes and gratefully accepting the lesson that we gain any enlightenment.
Everything we think we know is merely an illusion. God is a benign Presence available to everyone. Challenges are His gifts to us, and through them, we get to discover our innate manifestation powers. If we keep our hearts open and positive, we quickly learn to recognize the gifts within the challenge. And if we give thanks for it, we get to reap miracles.
It’s not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful. ~ Brother David Steindl-Rast