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INTRODUCTION
Each morning upon awakening, while still in that precious liminal state of half-awareness, I sleepily connect with my heart and breathe it into God’s. I activate this god-within feeling and thought within to the god without, the one greater than I yet with whom I am inextricably intertwined. I envision it as a continuous, unbroken tube of light extending from me up to the heavens, even though I realize that God is all around. This sense of conscious renewal is necessary for my sense of wellbeing, peace, and purpose. I need to access the ultimate source of power, hope, and vision in these challenging times of global and national unrest and constantly weave it into the fabric of my days. While I may feel powerless at times to effect positive outcomes in world events, attuning my heart and mind to the power of creation allows me to participate in that same power, so that even in the midst of uncertainty, I can manifest more joy, peace, love, trust, and sense of ultimate safety than ever before.

A healthy spirituality, however, is inextricably tied to a healthy psychology. As I discovered during my years as a therapist, both psyche and spirit thrive only when aligned in self-support, loving interactions within and without, and growing in love, forgiveness, self-esteem, kindness, and compassion toward all living things. And though I separate God and Psyche to discuss them, I know that the God of my understanding automatically encompasses the psyche, that marvelous way of understanding ourselves in the world gifted to us by the Creator.

As a result, the God-and-Psyche centered series of explorations you will find in This Divine Moment seeks to help you strengthen and deepen your own connection with the Divine (or whoever you seek and connect with as your Creator). You are invited to take a spiritual journey each morning, week by week, for an entire year, to deepen your own wellbeing and sense of universal love. I’m envisioning that your resulting expanded awareness will enhance the gift of each moment, each divine moment.

The weekly meditations presented here have been carefully chosen to match the rhythm of the earth through each season of the year. You may choose to match these readings with whatever season is current for you, whether in the psychological or physical realm. For example, if you are in an especially thoughtful inward mode, you might choose the entire section of ‘Winter: Quiet Presence’. Or, if your actual season when you have chosen to read is Spring, start there. You could also skip around from week to week according to your mood. So, if in a given week you are feeling in full bloom, you could choose a selection from ‘Summer: Unfurling Presence’. Or if you are reaping a harvest in your life, you might choose “Fall: Gathering Presence”. And so on. Then, during each week’s thematic reading, you are invited to ponder the questions listed, “For Your Consideration”. They are designed to deepen and clarify your own relationship to the topic being explored as the week progresses.

This Divine Moment seeks to enhance your consciousness in realizing how magnificent the moments of every day really are, and how the gift of such awareness blesses you and all with whom you come in contact, both human and non-human. May you travel the inner landscape with increased gratitude for the absolute miracle of life teeming around you and become more enchanted with life itself. May you laugh louder, ponder more thoughtfully, and love more fully. And may this result in a greater absolute knowledge of how we are all truly unique yet connected expressions of the divine One. Good journey!

Sample Weekly Selection

WEEK 5
FEARFUL LIMITATION or LIMITLESS WELLBEING?
Many of our limitations are self-imposed, embedded in us at an early age from unconscious cultural conditioning and collective thought. While some limitations are meant to keep us safe (societal rules and acceptable codes of conduct), our deepest emotional and physical capabilities are often needlessly limited by fear, especially in the realm of our capacity for self-healing and fulfilling our vast, divinely human potential.

I often come up against my own self-imposed limits: I can’t really allow any type of divine healing (especially physically) because that would seem so entirely miraculous that I might have to reassess who I am in relation to God. I might not be able to complain anymore that I’m a victim to undesirable outcomes. That old limiting paradigm would have to crack, and what would take its’ place? Could I venture into the unknown with excitement and a growing trust rather than a sense of unworthiness, fear, or separation? If I experience healing, does that mean I’m truly part of God? Or am I God?” How dare I think that? Hubris! Damnation!

And yet, recently I experienced a complete healing of long-standing leg pain from just one session of “Psych-K”. This particular ‘energy psychology’ uses applied kinesiology to access our deep subconscious to identify and then re-write programs that have been keeping us ill. It then allows our intention to activate health instead. While gratitude now floods my being for such healing, I am still a bit slow to take it in, even though ever since, my body has been reveling daily in peace and comfort. I am in awe. Speechless. Floating in a new awareness I can’t quite yet fully wrap my mind around.

I consider how often most of us accept some level and type of discomfort as an unfortunate necessity, whether resulting from jobs, household accidents, genetics, sports, or even aging. Perhaps we fear that if we experience a better life beyond such limitation we would be challenging God, an admittedly frightening prospect. We believe in the limits of what might be possible more than the quantum limitless field of the “impossible”. We don’t realize that we can experience our individual divine essence as a vibrant part of the collective divinity.

Even if you are currently struggling with some physical limitation yourself right now, can you move deeper and wider into the field of the One Great Compassionate Heart, opening to what might seem like impossible healing, allowing complete, or at least better, health? It can seem impossible: too cruel to hope, too scary to believe. But can you follow your own intuition anyway, raise your energy vibration into the field of the One Great Love, and trust that your heart and your sense of God will see you through, no matter the outcome? We sometimes have to ask in order to receive. To feel gratitude before it manifests in order to receive. And we have so much help from divine sources encouraging us to do so.

Can’t we participate in miracles and even co-create them? Jesus said, “These things (miracles) I do you can do also, and greater…” And, “You can say to this mountain, ‘Move,’ and it shall move.” What further permission does a Christian, or a person of any religious or spiritual persuasion, need? We are no longer under the dominion of playing small unless we choose to. Some indigenous tribes have actually never dealt with such limitations and as a result have enjoyed incredible health and long life. Imagine that! Can we do the same? Of course we can. We are.

Today I join with all those moving beyond fearful limitation into expansive
wellbeing. With each breath, I become more conscious and open to the
probability of dreams becoming reality. Regardless of my current
situation, from moment to moment I exercise gratitude and the power of
feeling relief in body, mind, and spirit. That is where I dwell, and I am glad
for it.

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

1. What limits do you place on your own healing?

2. How would you like to break out of them?

3. What permission (and from whom) do you need to move ahead?