As I write this I am sitting in a coffee shop, on a beautiful spring-like day. It’s amazing how a bit of good weather in the midst of the cold we’ve had can lift the spirit to new life. And new life will ALWAYS come after the cold of winter. It’s in the cold of winter that I need to remember this!
No matter what the “winter” of life is, whether it be illness, a broken relationship, loss of job or even death itself, we are promised the advent of new life beyond it. I just need to mentally remind myself of that fact, even though I may not be “feeling” it at the time. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of looking for small hints.
Last night, as I left the hospital I looked up and noticed that there was still light in the sky and it was 6:10pm. The light of Spring is coming! But right now, it’s just a hint, barely noticeable. But it’s there and it points to the warmth and light to come.
As my friend shows signs of improvement and communication, so may this point to his full recovery to come. May healing light and warmth surround you my friend and brother Mike.
Happy New Year!
NOTE: I meant to post this on Christmas Eve, but a very good friend of mine had a stroke at the age of 40 the day before Christmas Eve. He’s only 40 years old. He remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of improvement. Please keep him, his partner and family in positive thought and prayer. Thanks!
Last week I stopped in a drug store and noticed that the Christmas stuff was already marked off 50%. I had no intention of buying yet another Christmas decoration; but I almost felt as if I was lead to look. In the midst of the plethora of decorations were some simple, painted wood block words. One of them said: “Believe.” I felt something as I picked it up, an energy, . . . and ended up buying it. It now sits front and center above my fireplace, and as I pray and meditate in the morning I look at it. As I walk through the living room a hundred times a day, I look at it. It becomes a mantra, a reminder – “Believe!” “Watch your thoughts.” “Your beliefs create reality.” I’ve just begun reading Wayne Dyer’s new book called Excuses Be Gone, in which he talks about scientific studies that have been done which prove that what we believe can literally create our reality, bring healing and affect our lives, positively or negatively – depending on what our beliefs are.. Scientific proof!
I can’t help but think that I was lead to buy that wood block word. I will keep it in my home year round, as a reminder.
Again, some, including myself might find a lot of the movies, songs and hype that surrounds us this time of year a bit sweet and syrupy. But it is good that collectively this time of year, many people are lead to positive thoughts and feelings – and frankly I’ve seen examples time and again where such thoughts create reality. I have seen and experienced kindness and self giving that is admirable. What a grace that we have this time of year that so many humans are thinking good thoughts and believing good things. What a great thing it would be if we carried such thoughts and beliefs through the rest of the year. Imagine the reality that collectively we could create in our world!
I love the song “Thankful,” made popular by Josh Groban. The song is written by David Foster, Carole Bayer Sager and Richard Page. The text of the refrain and the music wonderfully express our desire to turn our attention to what is good and hopeful:
“So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see”
I hope that the little wood block word that I was lead to serves as a reminder throughout the year. Imagine the world we could bring into being if the good will that is felt this time of year was always in our thoughts!
Matthew 10: 1
“Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them power to expel unclean spirits and to cure sickness and disease of every kind.”
Do you believe that you’ve got the power?
Do you believe that you have the power to free people of unclean spirits, of negative messages that keep them bound, in fear and paralyzed? Do you believe that you have the power to cure dis-ease of every kind, the power to calm the dis-ease of those who are ill or addicted, the power to heal the aloneness of those who feel spiritually shunned? Many of us think that we don’t have the power; but we do!
The apostles must have been very excited. Imagine being told that you now have a magic wand and when you wave it people will be healed, made whole, comforted and loved. The fact is, we all have that magic wand!
I was talking with a friend of mine last night and she spoke of the healing power of touch. A simple touch can be such a source of healing, welcome, compassion and understanding. Certainly the rites and rituals of Christianity are replete with touching gestures that are meant to welcome, heal, feed and refresh the weary. Bathing with water, anointing, rubbing fresh skin with perfumed oil, touching the penitent who comes humbly admitting his or her character defects, embracing and holding someone close in a gesture of peace, feeding one another with bread and wine, rubbing oil on the physical and spiritual wounds of others, and a calm touch in the transition from this life to the next, letting someone know that even in this moment, they are not alone.
We all have a magic wand that can heal others. All we need do is reach out, let someone know of our care and concern through a simple touch, phone call, email or the like. We all have the power! Who in your part of the world needs a healing touch today?