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Oakbridge University- Jeshua Message of the Day

Hello, The message below is so simple and so EASY TO DO!  Please read it out loud, Allow and FEEL the love rush through your spirit. I guarantee it!

Thanks so much for reading!

Much LOVE,

Michelle

Oakbridge University - Jeshua - Message of the Day

Beloved one, allow yourself to awaken in the morning and to say, "I know that I am blessed in this day, because my Creator loves me." Your Creator does love you. It has to, because It is Love and you are the extension of Love, and much more than even what the human love can understand. It is Love as Intelligence; it is Love that goes beyond any human understanding.

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Giving Graciously, Freely and Often!

Hello,Thanks for your time. Short and to the point. Our lives are made worthwhile by the things we GIVE! So give freely, graciously and often. And, when someone is giving to YOU, accept with love and gratitude! Thanks for reading! Michelle

Today's Daily Word (okay this is Yesterday's Daily Word, but a Word just the same)!

GIVING Sunday July 24, 2011 I give with joy and delight. Opportunities to give are plentiful. I am filled with joy each time I act on one of those opportunities. Giving my time, talent or treasure is not a burden. I do not give out of obligation. I give with love and without hesitation. I give with joy and delight, simply because I want to contribute. How and what will I give today? I may call to encourage a friend, take treats to my co-workers, change a flat tire for a stranger, volunteer or donate to a charity, or give back to an organization that feeds me spiritually. At the close of the day as I count my blessings, I smile as I recall how I gave of myself today. My reward is the joy in my heart that comes from giving.

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.--2 Corinthians 9:7

Home- What is YOUR Definition of Home?

Hello! We all have our own definition of home. It can be as basic as the place you lay your head or as complex as the people who grew you to adult hood. It need not be a “place” at all, just the feeling of safety and security that comes with the word home.

For those who “home” does not denote safety, security and acceptance, allow me to explain why it need not be a place.

Home is where you are secure, where people love and accept you for yourself. ANYWHERE you can find this unconditional love can be considered home.  I have been blessed in life to have several places where I felt at home, in addition to the home where I lived. Growing up, I took those things for granted.

Now older (and hopefully) wiser, I realize what a gift those families gave all of us to allow us into their homes, feed us, chastise us when necessary and encourage us at all times. We did not have locked doors, then, so walking in and yelling out “it’s Michelle” was all that was needed. And this was in Baltimore City in the early 70’s!

So, thank you Ms. Rita, Ma Talbert and the Wilkins. All freely allowed us to hang out in their homes. A gift indeed.

Now, I visited my birthplace- my other home Harlem, NY this on Saturday, July 23, 2011.  Harlem greeted me with open arms and an open heart.  For here, to my surprise was my original home.  I received such a strong surge of energy that it almost knocked me over.  As I went through all the things I thought it could be, one thought came through loud and clear “I was HOME” and home was welcoming my return.

I have not been to Harlem in about 25 years.  To say I was excited would be an understatement. I was ecstatic! We went for the Harlem Book Fair and of course, books are one of my favorite things.

Did not get that energy surge until after I ate. Good thing, as I think it would have floored me! I felt lifted off my feet, like I was floating. I had to touch, hold on to things to keep grounded.  This morning I went over all the “physical” things it could have been. The answer was negative to all of them.

Finally, I asked was it an energy surge- The answer I received was not only was it an energy surge,  it was an energy surge I could ONLY have gotten by being at HOME, the place of my physical birth.  My being on the streets I used to walk as a child activated something in my soul that recognized and reached out to home base.  It was a truly humbling and awe inspiring experience.  I went alone, but hung out all day with a teacher from DC name Karen.  My gratitude to her, she did not leave me and kept an eye on me just in case!

I say all of this to share my experience, but let you know we ALL deserve a HOME where we are loved, welcomed and appreciated JUST AS WE ARE!  If you did not get that growing up, it is not too late to find that space- friends can certainly provide the exact same energy as long as you recognize that no one can give you what you do not possess in your own spirit. No one can make you feel worthy of love if YOU feel you are not.  So, time to get with the program. The new program is LOVE BASED. You must root yourself in love, and then accept nothing less from others.  For if someone feels you unworthy of love, why in the world would you need that person in your space?

Let go of ALL that no longer serves you. Be brutally honest with YOURSELF regarding your relationships and how they make you feel.  If they do not fill you with joy, thank them for what they have brought to your life, release them from your life and MOVE ON!

I included a 2 links to the song “Home” from The Wiz.  Take a listen.  That song truly identifies what a HOME should and can BE!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle

 

Stephanie Mills from the Broadway Musical – The Wiz As for the 2 versions, I still feel that HOME is Stephanie’s song- and she handles it oh, so well! Home

Diana Ross from motion picture -The Wiz Home

How Do You Define Grace?

Hello! Hope all in the USA had a wonderful holiday weekend full of family, food and fun! Can you believe summer is here in all her glory?

I am passing along Today's Daily Word which in on Grace. Many people think Grace is something to be earned. It is NOT. Grace is freely given, as love, enlightenment, joy and the ever present feelings of safety and protection.

God GRANTS Grace to each and everyone of us. You do not have to believe in God to get Grace. God's GRACE is present for everyone- it is present for us all.   This ever present love is reflected back to you as self love, as understanding that there is nothing you HAVE to do to be in God's good Graces. Nothing- not a thing.

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.  Grace is where you want your heart to live, it is the space from which all things "love" start and end. It is the all- Grace is Love in Action.  Get yours!

Thanks for reading! Michelle

Today's Daily Word

Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Grace
I accept God's gift of grace.

The parable of the prodigal son illustrates God's grace. The son, returning to his father's house, did not have to journey the full distance alone. His father ran toward him to welcome him, to care for him and to offer him sustenance.

The nature of God is love, and grace is an expression of divine love. It is the infinite support and benevolence of God given unconditionally. If I turn away from God's presence within me, it is the activity of grace that guides me home again.

A favorite Unity poem reads, "Though you fail to find Me, I do not fail you. Though your faith in Me is unsure, My faith in you never wavers, because I know you, because I love you. Beloved, I am there."

While he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion.--Luke 15:20

Michael Jackson- He Shared His Love And Light With The World!

Hello, All day, I kept thinking that there was something I needed to remember. The date was???  I was out early so did not have the radio on. Came home and did housework, then took a nap. It was not until my niece shared how depressed she was, that THEN, I remembered.

Wow, Michael Jackson has been gone for two years. Two YEARS!

This is an icon I grew up with. I still remember seeing him and his brothers at the "Baltimore Civic Center." My Aunt Pat got us tickets on the floor no less. We ended up standing on the chairs as the whole place was on their feet for the entire concert.

Have never forgotten that night in July, 1971!  Sheer joy, mayhem and exhilaration!

So, just wanted to take minute to say thank you Michael Jackson. He was and is PHENOMENAL!  A gifted, talented, generous spirited soul who was far ahead of his time, but wanted to take the entire world to where he already WAS. He was never at home here. We truly just borrowed him for a little while.

And saying all of that does not lessen the pain in any way. I still feel a sense of loss when I hear his music.

My mind could not grasp the initial concept that he was dead. I found myself saying out loud at the strangest of times "Michael Jackson is dead." Still is so very sad.

I added just ONE of my favorite records. And, since this blog is to reflect on our journey to a better way of living, loving and treating each other, remember, there are many who are already living in that space.

Michael Jackson just happened to be one of the greatest entertainers ever. And he was already where we are now trying to go.

Can't wait to see him again!

Much love,

Michelle

Man in the Mirror

http://youtu.be/PivWY9wn5ps

You Being YOU- Who Can Do?

"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you."~Ralph Waldo Emerson "Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."~Dr. Seuss

(From Fran’s quotes of the day)

Not much to add to these gems. Who can argue the validity? You cannot change anyone else, you can only change yourself.  You are not responsible for anyone else (adults that is) only you.  So given YOU are all you have, why not be the best you can possibly be. Of course, Dr. Seuss spoke so many truisms, his books are the absolute BESTEST!

This has nothing to do with financial gain or material success. Both are outer versions of what now should be an inner journey.  How much do you need to have to live comfortably and joyously.  Can you see, walk, talk and play.  Play with your children, play with your pets.  Walk daily for exercise as well as to enjoy the natural beauty all around.  Talk with friends and family as often as needed.

Work on you being the best you possible. It can only add to the joy, light and love in the world when you, yourself are full of Joy, Love and Light.

Thanks for sharing your light. Be Blessed

Living In The Now - A Duel Between Your Heart And Mind

Hello, So many messages I saw in the last week involved living in the now. So much easier to SAY than to do. Your mind constantly whispers to you of how someone did you wrong (and they probably did), how your job does not appreciate you (they don’t, that is not a job’s function) and how your family and friends mis-understand you.

All that may be true. But is it true right now?

Your bills are behind, your significant other is acting out and you fear they may be “thinking” of leaving. Your children are not doing well in school so you worry about getting them into a good college. You still worry about your job and if you will have one next week. All of these are future fears. None of them have happened "yet".

Living in the now requires us to just be. For today, just let things BE. No more forcing things to go the way we wish, no more worry about what is yet to happen.

Your heart is about love. Loving you and loving others. Your mind rationalizes all situations.  The mind looks for logic (thinking), the heart is immersed in feeling (intuition).

So, today, Just BE- Be yourself, Be loving, Be joyful. Just for today.

Thanks for your time!

Michelle

Why You Are Worthy Of Love, Devotion and Joy!

You can berate yourself for your “poor” life choices. You can believe your own lies about how ugly, fat, unlovable, unattractive, etc. you are. You can CHOOSE to believe all the bull you tell yourself on a daily basis. You have the “free will” to do these things to yourself.  However, you can CHOOSE to replace that negative self talk with positivity. Try telling yourself something positive every day, for 40 days. Mark the days on your calendar. For every day you only think positive thoughts about yourself, give yourself a check. First thing in the morning, think something loving about yourself. Put the check on your calendar.

For every time you think something negative, CANCEL that thought immediately and replace it with a positive thought. If you find yourself “unattractive” start looking for things you love about yourself. It can be your hair, your eyes, your hands, your feet. It can be your loyalty to your friends, your sense of humor or how good you are at math. This is your world. Look for and find the great things about YOU. Write them down if you must.  There is something beautiful in your being. FIND your beauty and stop being so lazy. Lazy about looking for ways to improve your own self. NO one can do this for you. NO one!

At the end of the day, give yourself another check if you cancelled your negative thoughts and replaced them with something positive. Do this daily.

This will take perseverance. You did not get low self esteem in one day. Nor will it go away in one day. It will take time. However, while you have the time DO something about the way you treat yourself.

While treating others is important, how you treat yourself is of the UTMOST importance. You (and God) are all you have. Period. Nothing and no one else can fill a void YOU have created. You must fill yourself up, first from the inside before you can add the layers of love that are ever present to you, if you would open your eyes to see.

Cause what happens when you have low self esteem is even when you find a partner, you STILL do not believe you are worthy of their love and devotion. YOU sabotage the relationship from the very start. So when it falls apart, you can then say “See, I told you no one would love me.” Love YOURSELF. Love all of yourself, the good, the bad and the ugly.

Start TODAY! This cannot wait another second.  Do it for yourself.  Do it Today!

Thanks for reading. Enjoy this joyous day!

Michelle