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Monthly Archive April 2019

Tune into Spirit

Tune into Spirit
by Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
April 26, 2019

Guitar players adjust the strings of their guitar to a specific tuning.  They do this such that when they play, it will sound a certain way that is pleasing to the ear. They are adjusting the frequency (the vibration speed) so that the strings are in harmony with each other.  When they aren’t in harmony, the sound is wobbly.  When they are in harmony, the sound is smooth and steady.

Setting your intention for the day is quite similar. You get to choose the way you’d like your day to look like such that it is pleasing to you and in calibration with Spirit.  This is a great way to ensure your values and your actions are aligned for your highest good and the greatest good for all.  If you notice a wobble, embrace that wobble, consider your intention, adjust your frequency, and take new actions based on your intention.

For example, if you value being grateful and it is your intention to be tuned into gratitude, then you catch yourself complaining, you’ve got a wobble.   Time to retune yourself by stopping, sitting, and writing a gratitude list. Then continue contemplating that which you are grateful for throughout the day.  Now you’re back in harmony, and your experience is smooth, steady, and in alignment.

Setting your intention is like throwing your hat over the fence and then going to get the hat.  You are no longer a victim to the circumstances and conditions of the world that may arise because that’s not the tuning you’re in. The frequency you’re tuned in to is of the Spirit: love, beauty, perfection, wholeness, peace, compassion, joy, gratitude, and abundance!

Which frequency are you choosing to tune into today?

Many of us have grown accustomed to being at the whim of what happens throughout our day, accepting the tuning of others, reacting in a way that does not serve our highest good.  Isn’t it time to take your power back and use the power of your word to create something magnificent?  This empowers you to respond from your highest self with purpose and intention, rather than react from your conditioned past.

Recognizing the responsibility you have to create a life you genuinely love pulls you into the present moment.  When you have your intention set for the day and are committed to living from that intention, shift happens.

You deserve to be happy, joyous and free. It’s up to you to recognize those thoughts that lead to greater happiness and fulfillment and those that lead to the wobble, then choose wisely.  While you may not be able to change the situations and experiences you face each day, you do have the power to change your reaction to them.  You don’t have to like the situation you’re in, but it’s essential that you like yourself in it.

Try this today by naming the frequency you’re tuning into and expect it to be so.

And so it is.

Finding Your Good

Finding Your Good
By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
April 19, 2019

Remember when you were a young child and Easter was so thrilling because you knew there would be an Easter egg hunt? You also knew that without a doubt, there were some eggs hidden out there meant for you to find. Not to mention those eggs were filled with some great treasure especially for you. It just had to be something good. When given the green light to find the eggs, off you went, searching for your good with joyful anticipation.

As adults, we don’t participate in Easter egg hunts. As I contemplate them, I am filled with the same incredible energy as when I was a child. The thrill of knowing my good is here, and it’s already mine, it’s just a matter of me finding it. Just thinking about it creates a new vibration within me and I feel uplifted. Good and more good is mine.

I have adopted the habit of finding the good in my daily life. I always look for and expect to find it everywhere I go! In practicing this habit, I’ve discovered a multitude of ways that Spirit communicates with me. My life has been filled to overflowing with joy in finding messages from Spirit everywhere. It’s like a game of Divine hide-and-seek, and it’s the best game ever!

I might ask a question during my morning meditation practice then hear the answer in a song played on the radio on my way to the office. One time on a hike I came to a fork in the trail and I didn’t know which way to go as it was my first time hiking this trail. I paused and turned within asking Spirit to guide me. I was prompted to look down, and as I did so, I noticed some rocks on the ground shaped into an arrow which was pointing to the correct path to take.

I invite you to adopt finding the good in your daily life as a spiritual practice for the day, the week, the month, or however long you are called to do so. It is fun, and I believe that spiritual growth should be fun. There is good for you and you ought to have it.

It’s time to go out, or turn within, and find your good; it’s waiting for you. It’s here, and it’s there, it’s everywhere, just waiting for you to notice it.

American spiritual author and leader Emma Curtis Hopkins said, “There is good for me and I ought to have it.” As you move through your day, you might adopt a simple practice of repeating this mantra silently in your mind. While doing so, see if you can conjure up the same joyful anticipation you felt as when you were a child just before an Easter egg hunt. Thinking this mantra while feeling cheerfully expectant are sure to manifest the good you seek in your life.

Happy Easter dear friends!

And so it is.

You Are Beautiful

You Are Beautiful
By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
April 12, 2019

Returning from a weekend getaway down South recently, my traveling companions and I chose to take a slight detour inland to the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve in Lancaster, California. There were several hills blanketed with a beautiful orange super bloom of California Poppies. It was so stunningly beautiful that I could do nothing but stand in silence, observing and taking it all in for at least ten minutes. None of us had ever experienced anything quite like it before.

Nineteenth-Century American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “We are made immortal by the contemplation of beauty.”

There is something immediate in beholding beauty. It has a way of pulling us into the present moment with fierce vitality. It’s a time when the veil between human and Divine fades to a gentle mist. There’s a realization that something created this beauty which leads one to contemplate the mystical nature of life.

Irish poet, author, priest, and Hegelian Philosopher John O’Donohue wrote, “We can slip into the Beautiful with the same ease as we slip into the seamless embrace of water; something ancient within us already trusts that this embrace will hold us.”

When beauty is observed, it is akin to a Divine show-and-tell, and we’re ready for it at the very depths of our being. Everything else seems to fall away as we are pulled into its embrace. Trials and tribulations, thoughts and questions, to-do lists and homework, shopping lists and what to make for dinner are all placed on pause as the certainty and definiteness of beauty rearranges us. The soul hungers for beauty and knows it when it sees it. It may leave you speechless as its radiant magnificence washes over, exalting your spirit.

In contemplating beauty, I wondered, what would it be like if we allowed ourselves more time to enjoy the beauty all around us? Better yet, what would it be like to look for the beauty in everything? Perhaps rather than traveling for hours to see blooming flowers, we might notice the beauty in the ordinary everyday goodness of our lives. The smile of a loved one, the ecstatic joy of a child with an ice cream cone on a hot summer day, people being kind to each other, or when the sunlight shines through a window in just the right position that it refracts the light, creating a rainbow on the ground or wall.

Beauty can be found in every moment if you’re looking for it. Today I invite you to remember that you are beautiful. This beauty radiates out from within the deepest parts of you. It is a self-effulgent light glowing luminous and bright. It’s the beauty of Life itself contracted into the single point of being on this planet that is living as you. A kaleidoscope of experience with the beauty of a stained-glass window as the sunlight shines through it. Move through your day remembering this Truth.

And so it is.

Like Attracts Like

Like Attracts Like
By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
April 5, 2019

Our thoughts and words carry a vibration. That vibration attracts more of the same to itself. Whatever you’re thinking about right now is creating your next moment of experience for you.

I remember hearing David Hawkins, author of Power vs. Force, speak at a conference I attended in Los Angeles. He shared some experiments he conducted on muscle testing with different thought vibrations. His first experiment was to pick up a stack of those giant encyclopedias while thinking negative thoughts and then walk around carrying them. Remember those encyclopedias you needed to use two hands to hold?

As he focused on thinking negative thoughts, the encyclopedias were nearly impossible to pick up. Eventually, he lifted them using all of his might, still holding onto the negative thoughts, yet unable to take one step before he dropped them.

His next experiment was to silently repeat in his mind the words I am love, lift the books and walk around repeating those words. He raised the same stack with ease and carried them all around his home, up and down the stairs, laughing with joy.

When I visited India, I practiced chanting 3-5 times daily with my traveling companions. A story was shared with me about the yogis in India who chant a specific chant for themselves for extended periods. The chant carries a vibration with it so powerful that when one yogi runs into another yogi on the street, he can identify the chant that yogi has been practicing based on the vibration emanating from him.

The same is true for the thoughts we think and the words we speak. The repetitive thoughts we think, and the words we speak are sent out into the world as vibrational frequencies and then out-pictured in our reality. Both attract like a magnet anything with the same vibrational frequency back to us. Individuals, plants, and animals pick up on vibrational frequencies and are either repelled by or attracted to them based on their vibrational frequency. Like attracts like.

Did you ever notice that when you sit down to write a list of that which you are grateful for, it may be slow to start? Then, once you get two or three listed out, it’s like the flood gates have opened or the spigot turned to on. Things to be grateful for come so quickly that you can’t write them down fast enough before the next one emerges.

Friends, what are you choosing to think about today? What do you want to attract more of into your life?

If you find yourself stuck in negative thought patterns, it’s good to have a book around that lights you up internally. The mind can only think one thought at a time. If you can create a shift in the pattern of your thinking you’ll immediately start to go down the other route and those flood gates will open.

You can and ought to try this at home.

And so it is.

Developing Your Inner World

Developing Your Inner World
By Rev. Elizabeth Rowley,
Spiritual Director
March 29, 2019

In this modern world of access to information and being constantly plugged in, it’s important to make time to develop your inner world. You can do this easily by beginning in the morning with five minutes of silence.

It’s easy to become consumed by social media and all the beautiful pictures on Pinterest, keeping up with your friends and family on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, maintaining business connections on LinkedIn, writing Yelp reviews and so forth. I love this as much as everyone else! I make time for myself to go inward and to be in the silence daily to cultivate my relationship with the Divine, to hear the still, small voice within. It is a place where I become receptive to the Divine Intelligence that is always here.

Taking the time to develop your inner world leads to greater self-awareness, expanded peace, increased ability to respond rather than react, increased focus, clarity, and happiness.

One of my favorite quotes from the Bible is, “Things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” [Hebrews 11:3] This quote reminds me that things in the external world, the things I see around me, are made from an invisible something. That intangible something is the invisible presence of Spirit. This invisible presence is part of my and everyone’s inner world. Taking the time to connect to that inner world is healthy and necessary.

Jalaluddin al-Rumi, the 13th-century mystic poet, wrote that “Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” This field is your inner world. It’s the place within you that is beyond polarities, such as right and wrong, good and bad, dark and light. It is the eternal, unborn presence of reality residing right within you.

There is a place within you which has never been hurt or harmed, lied to or deceived, betrayed or disappointed, made the wrong decision or was embarrassed. I call it my inner spa. It’s the most relaxing and comfortable place there is.

When you can return to that place within you daily for just five minutes you will discover the answers to your questions, your next steps will be revealed, and you will deeply understand that your life is happening for you.

If it’s challenging at first to sit still and be quiet, see if you can become the observer, allowing yourself to observe what’s happening in your mind and body, noticing the thoughts and whatever is occurring for you as you continue sitting in the silence until those five minutes are up. The next day, go back and do it again, and keep doing it daily. Pretty soon the thoughts will become farther between, the need to move or get up will dissipate, and the vast expanse of your inner world will continue to be revealed to you. You will feel a sense of certainty and happiness which cannot be shaken.

And so it is.