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Wednesday, March 30, 2022

A Time to Reflect on the Number 82

I awoke this morning to the thought that it was 82 years ago on this day that I drew my first breath as Margaret Marlene Eakin. It was not my first breath ever, but it was for this particular lifetime. It seems so long ago. The world has changed so much it is barely recognizable from the vantage point of 82 years ago.

In many ways, it seems like I've lived multiple lives within this particular life. I've experienced a huge variety of things, some almost unbelievable, even to me who lived it. I've been places and done things that seem fantastic and unreal. I've gone through extreme valleys and beautiful mountain top experiences. I've been loved, hated, shunned, attacked, supported, betrayed, lied about and lied to, in danger, penniless and well off, won awards, educated, and just about anything imaginable. I've had amazing spiritual experiences and dark night of the soul times. I've learned major forgiveness lessons, lessons about taking charge of my own mind, lessons of observation of what to do and not to do. I am thankful for all of the people who have been my teachers for just a few moments or for long stretches of time. I am thankful for the tough, hard, hurtful teachers and the kind, uplifting teachers. They each had their purpose and perhaps assignment.

My life card is full and overflowing with lessons learned, and still learning.

But I'm thinking what matters most is what I've learned and who I've become because of or in spite of it all. What do I know to be true after all of these 82 years of experience?

What matters is my soul growth, my relationship with God, my input into life, loving myself and others, appreciating the beauty and uniqueness of our earth, thankfulness for this amazing journey, appreciation for my kind and encouraging husband of almost 35 years.

It is my hope and goal that when I leave this life, I can answer "Yes, I learned how to love," and "Yes, I completed my mission, my purpose, my reason for coming to earth this time."

I absolutely know that there is a Higher Power - known by many names, but One Higher Power just the same. A different name does not make a different God, it just shows our different ways of approaching God. Much of our approach is cultural - that is where and when we are born and what the prevailing ideas are there. Part of our journey is to realize this and not be bound by it.

I treasure the moments when the veil has lifted, and I have seen beyond and learned from beyond. In quiet moments, in times of trauma, in the mountains, at the ocean, in my home, all over the place, the veil has parted. I know I am loved, guided, and part of the Oneness of All. I know this about you too, even when you don't. I know our soul's journey is continuous - we existed before coming here and will continue when this chapter is complete. I know we are safe at the soul level, no matter what blows life hands us, no matter what accolades we receive. The experience here is our teacher, if we are open and willing to learn. 

Obviously, I have no conscious knowledge, at least at this moment, of how much longer I will be gifted with time here. However long it might be, I will do my best to be the person God calls and guides me to be. 

Thank you, God, for this life and all it has been and shall be. Teach me what You would have me know. Lead me to do Your Will today and every day, every moment. I put the seal of integrity and faith upon these words, Amen, Amen and Amen

Saturday, March 26, 2022

As A Person Thinketh

(The actual quote is - as a man thinketh)

I have taught for many decades how important one's attitude, perspective, state of mind are for almost everything in life. Jesus first taught me that. Many others, plus my life experience, have verified it. 

An article in Epoch Times caught my eye this morning.  I urge you to read it all:

Here is an excerpt:

For example, when it comes to bolstering the immune system, vitamin supplements, and looking at nutrition is easy for everyone to understand, because the effects can be seen through a microscope.

But when it comes to regulating emotions, relieving stress, and changing what we’re conscious about, people feel it is too out of touch to be relevant.

However, scientists’ research has proved that our thoughts and mindset can affect how well our immune cells function.

For example, as mentioned in many previous interviews with Dr. Dong, people with two different views of happiness—hedonic and altruistic—express different levels of interferons by our immune cells. Therefore, although our mindset is intangible, it still objectively exists and can even affect the state of our immune cells.

I have found several key factors in establishing a positive mindset, for example: forgiveness, self-talk, examining an unexamined life, our associates, and so forth. 

I want to spend a moment discussing self-talk with you. I have found that many people have a negative, self-condemning script running most of the time in their mind. If that is so for you, I have some suggestions.

Talk to yourself as if you are your own best friend. Give yourself wise suggestions and advice. Ask yourself if this or that line of thinking is good for you. Ask yourself if you would say this or that to someone you loved. Ask yourself what you need to say to yourself to support becoming the best version of yourself possible.

So, if, inside your head, you call yourself clumsy, begin to tell yourself you are balanced and graceful. If you call yourself ugly, begin to call yourself beautiful. If you tell yourself you are stupid, begin to tell yourself you are intelligent. If others say negatives to you about you, silently reverse what they say.

Whatever you name yourself to be, you will become. Be the shining light of love and joy. Be all you can be. 

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Life Continues

My dear soul friend, Evelina in Russia, often says, "Life Continues." I guess that has gotten her through so many dreadful times in Russia. We see many lives not continuing here, in real-time on our television sets and various "smart" devices. The horrors are part of our lives. It is hard to understand.

Meditating the other day, a quote from Shakespeare floated into mind:

  • All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages.

Suddenly I saw a vision of a grand sweep of the journey of souls. I saw lines of souls signing up for various lessons and experiences in their next lives, usually with a sort of helper guiding the choices. I saw how, in some ways, it is play-acting, and in other ways life's roles are curriculum needed by the soul in order to develop, expand, and be more of who they are. I saw once again how life actually does continue after this little role is played and the stage is exited.

I also saw how it is our calling, our assignment, to play our roles as honestly and as fully as humanly possible. We are not to sluff off and give up. We are to do our best, our actual best.

I saw how grand the exit is, to the Light, to the moment of accountability. There is the time of self-evaluation, of how well one did this time. There are some lovingly asked questions.

And the soul continues.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

My Personal War

This is the first war in my lifetime that war is taking place in towns and streets where I've been. I taught many times in Russia, Crimea and Ukraine. I  know dear and wonderful people there. I feel powerless to do something. I made sunflowers to give away, I made a heart wall hanging in Ukrainian flag colors to hang in our sanctuary. I pray, of course, and I weep. What more can I do?

 I hear all sorts of assorted points of view:

    Zelensky was a comedian. I say Reagan was an actor. I say people sometimes rise to the occasion and surprise you.

    There is corruption in Ukraine. Show me a place without corruption, including here.

    Wars have always gone on. I say, maybe they don't have to go on, if we rise to the occasion.

    Zelensky is a thug. I say he is staying put and courageously leading his people by example.

    Zelensky is a Nazi. I say he is a Jew, how ignorant can one be to call him a Nazi?

    Putin wants to reunite the old Soviet Union. I say we all want a lot of things. Wanting does not mean we can or should get everything we want. I say he has no right to take someone else's country. They don't want to be reunited. They remember how it was under Soviet domination.

    Putin says he is not targeting civilians. I say, I can see otherwise with my own eyes.

    Etc, etc, etc...

So, we helplessly watch apartment buildings crumble, hospitals collapse, piles of corpses, millions of frantic refugees. Our hearts break. We weep.

Yes, we can give money to some worthy group trying to alleviate the agony. 

The bigger question is - Is there a way to stop this madness? Maybe not. The propaganda (talk about fake news) spewing in Russia includes - we have to do this as the West wants to wipe Russia off the face of the earth! The Ukrainians want us to liberate them! Only a few of our soldiers have died. And so forth.

Here, we have a leader who is beholden to Ukraine, Russia and China because he and his family have made a huge amount of money from them. And he is not alone in this. Never mind we promised Ukraine we would protect them if they gave up their nukes - integrity anyone? The bully of the East is threatening nuclear war if we do this or that. No one knows if he is bluffing, and so they are timid. The play yard bully is hard to deal with, especially when he wields nukes. We notice his tanks are not very good. We don't know if he actually has nukes that would work. They could be rusty as much of the country is rusty. But we don't know. Where is the intelligence informing our leaders? Is it whispering things unfit for citizens' ears?

There does not at this moment seem to be a possible winner in this mess. Everyone loses. All I can do is pray.
Oh Divine Presence, hear the cries of Your people. We see the atrocious war, and we don't understand. We see two "Christian" countries acting the opposite of Christ. We are dismayed. I don't think this has a human solution.  Blanket the world with Your Peace. Fill hearts and minds with Your Holy Spirit. May Your Highest Good come forth and bring Peace. We ask this in the name of Christ, and we seal it with the ancient seal of faith, Amen, Amen and Amen 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Perilous Times

It is difficult to understand how quickly major changes happen and shift the entire world. The unthinkable has happened, and even more unthinkable things are threatened.

Most of the world is united, at least in prayer and spirit, with Ukraine as Russia violently attacks her and now threatens the entire earth with nukes.

What to do?

For me, as an ordinary person, the main thing I can do is pray. Pray with me please.

Divine Presence, I know You are everywhere there is to be, there is no spot where You are not. We as Your offspring are part of You, even when we seem to forget and behave in opposite ways. Help us remember who we are. On this tragic time and day, help us focus upon You and hear Your Guidance. We ask for Your Peace to blanket the angry and violent, helping them to turn away from evil behavior, helping them to remember You, helping them remember we are all siblings, helping them remember it is wrong to put people in pain and anguish. Strike the invaders with Your overwhelming Peace so that they walk away from their weapons and join arms with their spiritual brothers and sisters. Peace is possible. We call upon all forces in heaven to help us all remember and act as You would have us act. We turn this prayer over to You, asking in the name of Christ and sealing it with the ancient seal of faith, Amen, Amen and Amen