A Spiritual Booster Shot

I invite you to read these, take them into your meditation, alone or together, to ponder. May they reveal a Life of Peace, Joy, Love, Freedom, Truth, and greater understanding of Who You Really Are:

  • There is one God, and It is indivisible from Itself. There is no power greater than God, nothing to oppose God, no Satan… Evil is a man-made construct stemming from a sense of separation from God. It is our mistaken use of our abilities and thinking.
  • If God is indivisible, you are inseparable from God. This sense of separation from our Source is the root of all unwanted conditions/suffering. We are all of God, made in the image and likeness of God, and this is true of EVERYONE.
  • God is Love Itself, and It wants you to thrive, to have a creatively lush life of Good, filled with meaning and purpose.
  • God is ever-expanding. Through us, as individualized expressions of God, the Universe expands to accommodate the omni-activity of all Life.
  • There is Free Will in order for us to expand, and so our doubts/fears/self-worth participate in every step of our journey, creating contrast and presenting us with opportunities to heal and evolve, to enjoy pure Faith that we are not separate from God, to awaken  and align to our inherent Nature of Good, which is Love, the heart of God.
  • You are made in the image and likeness of God; therefore, you have all of Its qualities available to you — Love, Peace, Joy, Abundance, Balance, Well-Being, Order, Creativity, Compassion, etc.
  • In every situation, God is present, active, and all-powerful, and as you open to God’s unlimited potential that is operating in, as, and through you, you can shift any experience. The same Power that moves mountains and creates galaxies is ever-available to you, simply by acknowledging It.
  • These qualities are made manifest in your life to the degree that you align with them (if you want Peace, be Peace, if you want a greater sense of self-worth, volunteer, if you want more money, tithe to your church or whatever spiritual sources feed your sense of upliftment, if you want more Freedom, allow others the Freedom to be Who They Really Are, etc.).
  • Your thoughts are creative (God/the Universe responds to them, and always says, “Yes! OK! Here you go!” It responds most to the recurring/focused/charged thoughts. Your word is even more creative, particularly what you say about yourself. Never speak a negative word about anyone, ever. We are all One, so when you speak against someone, you manifest against yourself.
  • Death is an illusion… it is like changing coats. The Soul, as an individualized expression of God, is eternal.
  • You are loved, not matter what.
  • You are essential to the Whole, no matter what.
  • You are working with a Power that is beyond the human mind’s ability to fathom to create a beautiful life… Have faith in that, no matter what.
  • Your purpose is to share your Love, unique gifts, and talents to help others to come to know their preciousness and unlimited potential, and that is where you will find the most happiness.

The Authentic Life

What does it mean to live authentically?

My mother would say it means to say what you mean and mean what you say, but if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all.

She had it right.

But, living an authentic life is also about being true to ourselves in how we share ourselves in the world. And, I’m not just talking about sharing our opinions. If we never share our talents, reveal our creations—that painting, that poem, that song, that idea for a new business—are we being authentic? When we hide behind the paycheck of an unfulfilling job rather than start that business we’ve been planning and concocting for years, are we living an authentic life? When we dream of giving, of helping, of donating, of praising, of serving, and we withhold, are we being authentic?

Whatever your reasons have been, I invite you to stop believing them.

Living an authentic life requires vulnerability, to admit that wrong, to ask for what we need, to be the first to say, “I’m sorry,” to be the first to say, “I love you.”

Paul Coehlo says, “The magic moment is that in which a ‘Yes’ or a ‘No’ may change the all of your existence.”

When we live an authentic life, we appreciate those magic moments more… because we’re consciously creating them. We understand when we’re standing on the precipice because we chose to climb up here. Indeed, we created the precipice.

Of course, living an authentic life requires courage… a great deal of courage. After all, sometimes the scariest thing in the world is to stand up for what we believe in when everyone else is sitting down. Imagine yourself for a minute standing up there… alone.

What had you stand up? What causes you to remain standing? Is it the ego’s need to be right?  Or something more? Something greater?  Think about it… what has you stay standing has far more stamina than the ego. The ego would have sat down long ago.

At some point, we come to realize that living an authentic life is nothing less than an act of Love… perhaps the greatest act of Love there is.

Love, and Love alone, can stand up there forever. Love knows that authenticity brings greater intimacy, greater meaning, and greater rewards, even if no one else gets up there with you.

What does it mean to live authentically?

To live an authentic life means to be Love in every moment because there is no acceptable alternative.

After all, if we’re not authentic, what are we?

© 2012, Gretchen DeWees Kennedy

When All Else Fades

Integrity is everything. Without it, what do we have, who are we being, what are we attracting to us? Integrity is really all we have in this world. It is our word. It is our name. Indeed, it is our very presence. Our integrity both precedes us into a room and lingers long after we’re gone, sweet or stink. Our integrity is all we’re left with after all else fades.