spiritual growth

What Are You Willing to Learn About Your Spirituality?

"We can't really digest food unless there's hunger. So we can't really assimilate spiritual wisdom unless we feel the need for it." ~Radhanath Swami Thanks to Brainy Quote! Photo courtesy of Flicker!spirituality There are so many “spiritual people” who want to hold you accountable for your every action and every utterance. They are correct, but only up to a point. It is difficult, if not impossible to ALWAYS be positive, to ALWAYS be happy, to ALWAYS be grateful. If it were easy, don’t you think everyone would do it? Each person is on their OWN spiritual path. What other people can do is lead you toward the ideas and practices that resound most deeply within you. You are not here by happenstance or coincidence. If you are reading this message, it is because the message is for YOU. Pay attention! There are so many forms, practices, rituals, etc. leading to a more peaceful existence. Yet, in the end we are STILL HUMAN, with all the fragilities and failings that Being Human brings. We also have the grace, courage, perseverance and honor to know what the right thing is and do it more times than not. Not a single one of us is Perfect. Many of us are striving to do better and be better, but perfection is a long way off. This is one of the definitions of "spiritual". I say all this to say that “Thinking positive thoughts” does not always lead to desired outcomes. How could it possibly lead to exactly what you want when what YOU want may not be in your highest interest? Sometimes (The Law of Attraction) does not work! Sometimes, what I WANT is selfish and self-serving. So, how is something that only will benefit ME succeed in elevating me to a higher plane? It won’t. So, if you hear someone say that “Your thoughts are blocking your manifestations” sometimes that is TRUE. However, sometimes what you think you want is not what is best for you. And in those cases, you won’t get it! That is where committing to a spiritual practice will assist you to grow in all ways, with grace, acceptance, humility, courage and gratitude. You won’t get everything you want. Or, you will have everything you need, and be grateful to also have most of the things you want. I am in the second category. I don’t need a mansion, or a yacht (but I would love a Cessna) to stroke my ego. The reason I would love a plane is because I love to travel but HATE the airport. And many folks feel the same way. Please don’t get this twisted. There is nothing wrong with wanting or having nice “things”. But in the end, they are things and will not be going with you on your next step of spiritual development. That step where you are once again in SPIRIT form. There are so many resources on this site. Take advantage of what I have pulled together from my personal experience and offered to you. Need a little more guidance, try an Angel Card Reading! My Angels have been quite active this week ensuring me that I am on the right path. Trust me, this last few months have not been easy, but just before I give up, I remind myself how many times I have been pulled from the flames, before the burning starts. And then something special occurs! Time to get to work or in some cases BACK to work. As I have said time and time again – WE NEED YOU. This is an ALL HANDS ON DECK situation. So suit up and get to work! I appreciate you reading! Questions? Contact me! Namaste By:Michelle D. Smith ATTRIBUTE:Flicker.com

High Ego or High Self Esteem?

Greetings! The difference between High Ego and High Self Esteem is that High Ego is at someone else’s expense. High Self Esteem is the ability to Soar and take others with you. ~ Debbie Mancini (thanks Debbie!) https://www.facebook.com/DEARMAMADEB I often wonder at the people who can only make themselves feel better if they are judging others. Some folks have elevated this to an art form. While it may be funny, know that person talks about you the exact same way. They have no moral compass so there would be nothing (like shame, humility or integrity) to remind them you are supposed to be their friend. Be aware that EGO, unchecked does in reality Edge GOD OUT! No matter how much they attend church, if their entire life revolves around them, what they did, what they want, what they need (usually from you) that is High EGO. High Self Esteem will allow you to tell this faux friend that you are no longer willing to put up with their bullshit. That what is good for them may not be what is right for you. Pay attention to people who ONLY call you when they want something. Pay ATTENTION if every single time you answer their call the conversation starts with “I was wondering?” or “Do you still have???” Every conversation revolves around their needs, their wants, and their desires. When that person cannot take a few minutes to ask you how you are, let alone LISTEN for your answer, feel free to show your own High Esteem and release that person from your life. They (by now) should have served their purpose. Figure out what it is and LET THAT GO! You have real things to achieve in this lifetime. No need to worry about those who don’t get it, who won’t understand. Many, including your dearest friends will not get it or a new and different you. However, your best friends will allow you the freedom to do and BE YOU! That is the best High Esteem, grounded in faith, love, generosity and grace. Do YOU! Be MORE! By:Michelle D. Smith

My Battle With Fred

My battle started before Fred had a name, just a pain, without a source in my jaw. Since I have been getting dental work done for the last 2 years, I just knew it could not be a cavity, let alone a tooth that needed pulling. battle It was not until the morning that I felt pain tap dancing on my face that I broke down and made an emergency dental appointment. As with all “emergency” appointments, I did not need to wait a few days. During that time, the pain subsided completely. Sucker move! I almost cancelled the appointment, but the memory of that pain wakening me forced my hand. While waiting for the x-ray, the thought of an extraction never crossed my mind. I mean, really, how could my dentist miss a tooth that could hurt like hell unless that tooth was already bad to the bone? My answer came a few minutes later. “Looks like your wisdom tooth needs to be pulled.” WTF, was my first thought. My wisdom tooth? The one that the dentist left in because it was giving me no trouble? One and the same. “Well, it is going to get worse, so you might as well have it removed. You are already here.” I braced myself for the 12” needle to “numb” my gum. Took 2 of those. Then the battle began. The first hour was horrific. So much pain that tears were streaming down my face. Battle! My heart was racing, I was hyperventilating and could not quite understand WHY I was in so much pain. Since my heart was racing, I was giving something other than Lidocaine – but who knows what it was. Thirty minutes after THAT, I was given more Lidocaine! It was a battle royale. Between the dentist and assistant – comparing notes on IF the tooth had moved, and the tears streaming down my face, I would say I was losing this fight. I breathed, prayed to GOD for help and asked my Angels to help me release this tooth that was as old as I am. Release, release, RELEASE DAMN IT! 2 minutes after the last shot of Lidocaine, the tooth moved, then came out. I asked to keep it. It is considered “medical waste” but hell, it was MY medical waste and after that battle, I think I needed to keep this sucker around to complete the RELEASING! I named the tooth Fred during my meditation Sunday. After I wrote down Fred, I saw the word FREED! Yes, Fred had given Freedom to all the pain and betrayal I have worked on releasing for most of last year. May seem a stretch to some of you, but since I was focused on releasing ALL the pain, ALL the betrayal, ALL the old, worn out and unneeded, FRED served his purpose well. It is the largest tooth I have ever seen with a curved root over an inch long and almost ½ inch wide. HUGE tooth! That same day, Sunday, the Certified Angel Card of the Day was – You guessed it! FREEDOM! Take your lessons as they come to you. They are personal and profound. Only YOU know the meanings of what is occurring in your life and you are the person to decipher it. Be blessed! Namaste By:Michelle D. Smith ATTRIBUTE: Please thank Flicker for the picture of the Warrior Angel! BATTLE!

Why ARE You Here?

What is your song? I have shared the message regarding “Your Song” several times on my blog. Just last night, watching “Chopped” of all things, one of the firefighters stated “We are ALL here to do SOMETHING” advising he was here to be a helper. So, what are you here for? Finding the answer, the TRUE answer to why you are here will remove and release much stress and anguish from your life. Imagine, if you are here doing what you were sent to do, what you signed up to do, what YOU promised both God and yourself you WOULD do, what a wonderful world we would live in. There would be no need of envy, for we each would be able to provide, share, barter for whatever we need. There would be no hunger, for enough people who came here to be farmers would be farmers. Enough people who came here to provide shelter, would provide shelter. Enough people who promised to be healers on every level would be healers. Imagine a world where we did what we were meant to do, even if that involved low pay. Think of all the people who work in jobs because of the salary, or the people whose only job is to con other people into believing Greed is a good thing. What kind of world would we have if we all were willing to GIVE without thought of SELF? What kind of world indeed. A far better place than what we have now, I assure you. One worth fighting for, one worth praying for. Put your imagination, your prayers and your meditations to work for the GREATER GOOD. I dare YOU! Wanted to share a facebok post from Tantra (via Debbie Mancini) Thanks Debbie! Am also sharing the info - and a link back to my own post on this lovely message. Thanks Finding YOUR Song! By:Michelle D. Smith

The Sky Is Falling! Whoo HOOO!

Hello, Do you have people who tell you that if you are on the "spiritual path" you should never get upset? You should never be angry, depressed or pissed off?  Don't you believe it!

The roof is leaking- Thank you Jesus! My floor needs to be replace and my car is acting up - Joy in the Morning!  The tree just fell and crushed my car! What?  Not a problem, the Lord will take care of it!

Let's get real. Who acts like this? Really? REALLY? Even the most easy going, spiritual, light minded people have their moments. WE all have our moments. It is called being Human! It is the journey we signed up for. Being Human is the reason we get to live these moments and hopefully, thread these moments together to make a positive impact on our world.

Being on the Path is the journey we take to awaken our individual spirituality. Notice I said INDIVIDUAL!  It is personal to, for and through you. No one can dictate your actions nor reactions. Your job is to be AWARE of your actions and (like momma used to say, act accordingly)!

Thanks for Reading!

Michelle

Your Spiritual Practice - Today's Daily Word

Hello, Great Daily Word for Today. So, have you defined YOUR spiritual practice? This "Word" is a great prequel to tomorrow's Post- "The Sky Is Falling! WHOOOHOOO!

Thanks for reading!

Michelle

Today's Daily Word

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Spiritual Practice

I am grateful for my spiritual practice.

My spiritual practice is a journey, not a destination. Sometimes I put pressure on myself to be the perfect expression of God. I imagine I must meditate in a specific manner, pray in a certain way, or connect with Spirit using one technique or another. I tell myself I must be a perfect spiritual student and role model at all times.

No wonder I feel like the weight of the world is on my shoulders! When I pause in the silence, I realize this is a spiritual practice and I am a work in progress. Each day I set the intention to be my personal best and then I take authentic action. If I misstep, I simply forgive myself and begin again. I practice being an expression of God in my own, unique, perfectly imperfect way.

Put these things into practice, devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress. --1 Timothy 4:15

 

What Are You Waiting On To Let YOUR Light Shine?

Part Two No longer can I front or keep my spiritual talents on the down low. I am a powerful spiritual healer though I know not how that will  manifest.  I also am a natural intuit which has been increased even more this year. I have an creased ability to hear, smell and see what others do not yet perceive.  Physical, emotional and spiritual healings are available to ALL now as never before; for all who are open to believe and receive these blessings.

We all need to focus on releasing/increasing our own spiritual qualities so they can flourish. This is the time we have come here to BE HERE FOR.  No more shrinking- no more "seeking". It is time to BE that which we already ARE!

We need to be clear - Open, joyous vessels of all that is. We need to shine so bright the dark ones cannot and will not be able to see us. We need to sharpen our own discernment and use it in every relationship: personal, professional and familial.

We need to be in place to help all who will need us. We need to be strong, viable and open in our hearts, minds, and souls. Energy is flowing freely now to be accessed for self healing first.  Then, use that energy to heal and assist others.

We have worked hard and long, centuries even to be here right now. This is not the time to shirk our duties, or squander our talents. All the answers are here for you Right NOW. The time is now and the heavens have lined up to assist, protect and guide in all ways. Our God and Angels are here, right now for us. Now, what are YOU waiting for?  It is time to get to WORK!

Thank you God, Thank you my angels and guides for your love, light, guidance and protection.

Appreciate you taking time to read.

Be blessed, much love to you and yours.

Michelle