Well, as you know, I have recently added the Every Day Miracles page. This week, I’m in this flow where each morning I wake and open my heart to the Universe allowing for unfolding and Answers to be revealed as Truth, as they are meant, not as I wish them to be…So, here is my story from Wednesday that I want to share with you, because truly–truly–this is how the Universe works…
I write with a sparkle in my eye..a smile in my heart..please enjoy this lovely miracle…
I use the book “The Invitation” and a scene from the movie “The Guitar” almost daily as part of my morning/evening affirmations. Just knowing I have these resources invites me to be open to insight, to be more bold than usual, to dream big and allow for those dreams to be realized. Not many people in my world understand me, so it’s comforting to me to read the words from “The Invitation” and to see the scenes from “The Guitar” that validate my heart whispers. I would say that I treasure these two items. However, in my life I practice nonattachment, so I may love and treasure, but if something suits you I release it to you gladly…I do believe once I release and bless the newly cleaned space that something else even better will be placed into that space, when I allow it to be, when I am grace filled, when I have my heart open…
So, a friend wanted to borrow one of my books I’ve recently read. This friend is going through a stage of huge release and transitioning to something grand, bold, otherworldly…I knew in my heart this person would greatly enjoy “The Invitation” and “The Guitar”, so that I would send them along in the package with the other book. Since my friend lives across the country, I also knew this wouldn’t be borrowing, this would be giving. I don’t have the money to currently replace these items, so it would be release. I had a moment of hesitation..my thought was “Am I truly giving my inspiration away?” Fear based right..because these items are physical symbols of what I know to be true..when actually that Truth is held in my heart, woven throughout my daily life…I know this gift will enrich my friend’s life in some beauty filled way, so I carefully packed the items, blessed them with Love, prayed that I would cleanly release, found some butterflies and glitter to decorate the package, then mailed it off glad to send Inspiration to my friend..
I released my treasures…joy fully….
Then went about the day with my children. Late afternoon we decided to go to the library. This same friend had been reading “The Conversations with God” series and sharing wisdom from the book with me. I had seen the movie, but hadn’t read the series..So, while in the library, I looked up the series and found book 2.
That sounds so simple. What the underlying message is though, that I found exactly what I need for this stage to inspire, encourage, motivate me. In the morning I released my inspiration, in the afternoon huge inspiration found me…Have you had the experience that something was purposefully placed in your life??? As I was reading not even the introduction, but the acknowledgments before the introduction (do people even really read that section???) I had tears streaming down my face..joy filled tears..
So I canceled my evening plans, bought a hot chocolate with hazelnut and whipped cream, and settled in at the clubhouse to read. Just as I was reading this :
“Stay with the discomfort if and when you feel it. Hold onto the boat if it begins to rock. Then live within a new paradigm. Better yet, through the wonder and the example of your own life lived, help to create one”…..
My beloved neighbor sat down next to me and we spoke about his new orders for his job and how he will be leaving in October..what his plans are…oh boy…You see, recently I’ve been feeling the need to run from boat life, just run far…and I think it’s because everyone I know has moved on to somewhere else, and now the last person who has been here almost from the beginning, will be moving on…My biggest fear in life is that I am not enough..and as far as the boat, there isn’t anyone in my close circle physically in my life who supports this boating life..so now..now it is up to me (okay and the Universe, but kind of just me when Fear sets in)..that is it..Here is my choice: Stand in Faith, or run in Fear…
And then, then I read the above in this book right after I’ve released my own treasures, right as I’m having this conversation…hold on to the boat while the boat is rocking..use all that you know to create better…Okay… with an open heart..I will…I will…I promsie I will joy fully walk this path because it is my path…whew…
And I say to the Universe: “Thank you, thank you for loving me right here where I am. Thank you for allowing me to release my treasures and then supplying me with something far more fitting for this stage I am in..thank you for touching my heart right where I am at..thank you for meeting me as I step forward..thank you for Faith big and strong..thank you for this Energy golden and pure…thank you for friendship that enriches my life..thank you for all that I have…my garden is blooming and I shall not allow Fear filled weeds to take hold…thank you for clarity….
This morning was prep for what I am currently processing. I shall release my Fear and stay on this boat that I love living life true to my essence, I shall release my neighbor whom I treasure to joy fully follow his new path, I shall release gracefully and joy fully, stand boldly, because I know, I know with my entire Being (just as I released my treasure in the am to be replaced with golden in the pm) that when I release Lovingly, bless my treasures as they are released, then clean and prepare the space, something bigger and better shall be purposefully placed in my Life..and I will be ready because I have done the work…
(from the intro to “Conversations with God” book 2):
“There is always a next level, you know. Your soul–which came here for the richest experience, not the poorest; the most, not the least–would like you not to rest. And while the choice is always yours, your soul would have it that you never become complacent or self satisfied, and certainly never sink into apathy. For there’s too much to change in your world, too much left of yourself for you to create. Always there’s a new mountain to climb, a new frontier to explore, a new fear to conquer. Always there’s a grander place, a larger concept, a greater vision.”
So, fearless…yep…fun..in spades…any day, not just Friday..I’m glad you’ve joined me for this journey..it’s awe-some in magnificent ways! I won’t ask you what Fear is present in your life, holding you back…I will ask you: What do you need to release so you may have the space for wonder filled to be placed in your life? Let’s release together…so we may soar together….
#1 by Jan on July 9, 2010 - 1:32 pm
A powerful and poignant post. I salute your courage of heart to stay true to the path. 🙂 It is not always easy…For me, these days it is continuing to let go of “shoulds,” and embrace all the possibilities, without limitations and fear. To step out more boldly than before and not fear reprisal or rejection. I am understanding that they are level upon level of being one’s true self. Blessedly, the Universe (God, Divine) invites us there in a way which we can handle. One step, one layer of peeling back at a time. This is perhaps one of the things I love the most about the Sacred ~ an innate intelligence that “knows” just what we need when ~ and the tools and resources are provided for us to navigate ~ if we know how to listen and trust. Many blessing to you dear friend. J
#2 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 9, 2010 - 6:42 pm
“One layer of peeling back at a time” I think perfectly describes unfolding…and, as you point out, knowing how to listen and trust is key….
I love watching your journey..it is so inspirational to me! May all that you share be reflected back to you in a way that you may incorporate into your life…
#3 by Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord on July 9, 2010 - 1:44 pm
Joy, what a magnificent post and so very inspirational! I loved reading every word (and could see myself in many of them — and how!). A few months ago when I gave up my blog, which had been 2 1/2 years in the making, the more fear I felt at releasing it, the more I knew I absolutely had to just let it go. Sounds a bit like what you went through in sending your treasures across the country (they will have a good home to visit in, and will then make their way back to you!).
Nothing in this world is ours, after all. It’s all simply borrowed and enjoyed for a moment or many moments. Even relationships are borrowed.
Right now, the thing I need to release is the energy that encircles this idea: That there is something better than what I have right now.
Simply put, there isn’t! I am living my grandest life right this very second, and it’s passion-filled, joyful, loving, laughterous (new word!), abundant, creative, fun, easy, romantic and everything I have ever wanted & BEYOND!
I am releasing the idea that I live in “lack” somehow: any sort of lack mentality (even a lack of … joy ).
And I shall turn myself proudly toward “enough.”
Loving you lots!
#4 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 9, 2010 - 6:47 pm
Thank you! One point about sending my treasures..they’ve already been given back to me in a different most beauty fileld resource…one I wouldn’t have had if I resisted release…
You are absolutely correct..nothing is this world is ours..that is why I try to practice nonattachment..my body, my boat, my children, my talents, my anything…is all borrowed, so I choose to enjoy it all and share while I am here…
May I suggest, if you are “searching” for something better…may you release something, allow another layer to be peeled back, heal something, and as you release you will “find” what you are looking for, which is already in your life, you are just unable to see it yet….We are not made to ‘lack’ that is your mind or perhaps another’s expectations…we are made to grow..within our hearts…
Allow your beauty filled heart to lead you to discover wonder, delight, laughter, abundance in all…
#5 by Tess The Bold Life on July 9, 2010 - 4:39 pm
Hey I’m with you gals over here…release, release, release. We have everything we need. When or if we don’t we will call on one another. Please pass the butterflies and glitter. I’m doing some redecorating today inside and out;0) You go Joy and I think you just convinced me to re-read the books! Happy weekend to you in your land and water of beauty and simplicity. xo
#6 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 9, 2010 - 6:50 pm
Butter flies and glitter to you!!!
We have everything we need..when we don’t we shall call on each other for reminding..inspiration, encouragement, a physical symbol….
The books are life changing for me at this stage Tess… I wouldn’t have felt the same about them even a few months ago… please let me know what strikes you as you read…
And Happy weekend to you too:)
#7 by Lance on July 9, 2010 - 5:07 pm
The first thing that jumped out at me as I read this was – I think I have a “Conversations With God” book at home…that I have never read. And the thing about this – it was a gift from a friend – something someone released to me. I find that even more special today as I let your words soak into my soul.
And the idea of release – something that I’m now letting simmer in my soul today, too – especially in all of life – and what comes and goes – and what that means for where I’m at in all of it.
Joy, it’s so good to know you…to call you “friend”…and to be touched by your beauty…
#8 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 9, 2010 - 6:52 pm
If you do have the book, perhaps you may read it..I find if I’ve put something aside I’m not ready for it then, and tend to ‘find’ it when I am ready for it…
I would like to mention that as I release to my friends, I also receive from my friends; as I release to the Universe, I receive from the Universe…a cycle of Energy golden and pure…
I am honored to be called Friend..a most beauty filled word…
#9 by Jodi Sloane on July 9, 2010 - 8:00 pm
I absolutely love it when we open ourselves to the wisdom in the universe–and it speaks to us. I am glad that you can now peacefully re-embrace living on your boat. Thank you for sharing the passage from Conversations with God 2. It is a wonderful reminder that our life is about the journey, not the destination.
What I need to release right now is possibly my blog…I have been contemplating it for the past several weeks now. I feel it is the right time to let it go and yet I have been locked up about moving forward and actually removing it from the net. The other thing I need to release is some residual pain I’ve been holding on to that I can feel is holding me back from putting my whole heart in to present situations. As I read Megan’s reply, I resonated with the word “lack”. My pain keeps me looking at what I do not have rather than all the gifts that are all around me. Aaaaaaahhh. It felt good to write that. Perhaps I just released a little bit of it right here and now!
Love and joy to you! Jodi
#10 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 12, 2010 - 2:46 am
So good to see you!!
The Universe speaks to me in ways I can best hear..I also love stories of how the Universe speaks to others…
As far as boat life, I was letting other’s opinions color my world..all mind centered…so I came back to my heart space..peace filled there:)
I would ask you to consider why you would like to release your blog…if in your heart you know it is right, then please bless all that you have experienced and release it…if it is fear from your mind, please email me and I will walk you through it…
As far as pain, I understand…I am sending good energy to you…Release away Jodi…I and others who love you are holding your hand…
#11 by Hilary on July 10, 2010 - 6:20 am
Hi Joy .. great story of how life embraces you. Nadia highly recommended The Guitar last year – I bought it but haven’t yet watched it .. I must do so and will do shortly.
The Conversations and the Invitation I haven’t seen those .. but now I know I can keep an eye out for them ..
Enjoy your gentle rocking as you live your life ..it is wonderful to share .. thank you – Hilary
#12 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 12, 2010 - 2:42 am
The resources I mentioned are what I used as part of my daily affirmations to remind me to dream, big, grandiose…to allow the impossible to become reality, to turn off my mind and settle into my heart…there are new resources for me to embrace, I just needed to let go to become Aware of them…
I would like to ask, and should have included this question in my post…what are the resources that mean the most to you in this stage of your journey…
#13 by LL Cool Joe on July 10, 2010 - 11:33 pm
This is an interesting post and blog, I need to find the time to sit down and really read your posts properly, so I will be back. Thank you for visiting my blog too. 🙂
#14 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 11, 2010 - 5:37 pm
LL Cool Joe,
Thank you for stopping by…come back any time:)
#15 by Peggy Nolan on July 11, 2010 - 2:33 pm
I recently discovered how attached I am to my treasures: my books. It is because I’ve identified my books, which are my most treasured possessions, with the structure “me and mine.” My brother asked me on Friday if he could borrow my book, “The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff. This book has seen me through many life changing events – I even have two copies – one that I’ve talked back to many times and another pristine copy. I told my brother that I’d buy him a copy…
And that’s when I realized I had attached my being to a book. And if this book had so much meaning in my life, who am I to hold onto it?
Yesterday, my brother and I met for lunch. I brought with me, the pristine copy. I wrote in it, “for my brother with love.” I hope The Tao of Pooh brings as much healing and peace to my brother as it has for me.
I’m now looking at all my other books and will Release.
#16 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 11, 2010 - 5:31 pm
You brought tears to my eyes..joy filled tears..thank you for sharing!!! As you blessed your brother with your Being, may you also be blessed with Being…
I had a similar thought as you, when releasing my treasures to my friend…I was thinking I was giving away my inspiration..only to find I was making room for more appropriate inspiration..I find if I am clinging to something it is the very thing I need to release to move forward…
Do you know when you released your book to your brother, you also released to him joy, love, peace..all of the healing you attach to that book, you gave to him as well..much better than a store bought copy…
Precious Peggy, precious on so many levels…Thank you!!!
#17 by Keith on July 11, 2010 - 9:50 pm
You know, I think you were perfectly named because each time I arrive here and read, my joy-meter pegs! What you have spoken of in this post really resonates with me. I am in the midst of evolving on this idea that” In this moment, I lack nothing” and it is changing my life. For so long, I felt as if I were in a constant battle to “be someone” and to achieve great financial victories. As I have released that erroneous idea, life has become so much sweeter, each and every day. I still want to work to be a person who is “somebody”, but the somebody I want to be is one who serves others. Asking nothing in return. I sincerely believe this is how the Universe goves you your hearts desires anyway.
I applaud your resolve and your courage. You’re not alone Joy, far from it I say! While some in close proximity to you may be changing locations, the connections you’ve made, the lives you’ve touched and continue to touch are still out here. We’re here for each other. Those of us who walk this path of love, who seek the good of all, and who promote all of this through our efforts, we are here to strengthen each other. Much of this may not take place face to face, as there are many ways to accomplish this. For example, I have been helped along my path by YOU, and the things you’ve written here.
Thank you Joy, keep walking your path and keep walking with that torch held high…many seek a better way and they will see your light and follow.
Peace to you,
#18 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 12, 2010 - 2:40 am
Thank you! The sentiment in your comment touches my heart…I very much appreciate all that you’ve expressed!
In this moment, I am enough, I have enough, and I tend to focus on all I do have rather than lack of anything..what I focus on grows..so abundance is my choice…as scarcity may also be my choice…
I would like to ask you to consider receiving back what you share..so that the Universe may bless your life with abundance in the areas that mean the most to you…
If I feel alone it is because I am in transition; not wanting to release those that I should, so not quite ready to embrace those that are waiting…There is an entire community of people supporting and encouraging and I am so blessed to be a part of that…There is an entire like minded community in my life, I just need to peel back another layer to be Aware…
Thank you Keith..very much so…
#19 by Wilma Ham on July 11, 2010 - 10:41 pm
Oh Joy, releasing is like trusting that source will provide for us as it has meant to do from the beginning. Love flows, nothing stagnates, all is always moving and then yes to really really really walk that talk is hard. We hoard love, we hoard things, we even hoard our way of being and I do too if I am not careful.
It is tough though to let go off a good neighbor, however who knows who will turn up?
I had seen so many times that when something goes, something else will turn up and yet letting go still hurts, still freaks me out, still has me wanting to cling on to the old.
It is no wonder though as we are so separate still, it will get easier when we have moved on and get to really experience in daily life the connectedness that we are capable of. Until then we still have to live with this residue during this time of transition.
Oh Joy, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all could feel fully supported in what endeavor we want to undertake, if you could feel fully supported to enjoy your boat and where you lived and what you desired to do.
I will support you as much as I can by loving thoughts and words. Much love and peace, I stand shoulder to shoulder, releasing and desiring to soar, xox Wilma
#20 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 12, 2010 - 2:34 am
Thank you! Such love in your comment…Thank you for your support..and for standing shoulder to shoulder..I do feel it very much so and appreciate it!
I try to practice non attachment…and excel at it with material, but need to work on “people connections”…I find when I don’t want to release it’s because I feel I am not enough or capable…so I address that fear…
“Living with residue” is exactly why I concentrate on cleaning…I’d rather release residue and make room for beauty filled and delight filled…
#21 by Tony Single on July 12, 2010 - 12:57 am
Giving it away… yes, I have come across that truth many times in my brief sojourn in this space called life. Cluttering it up our space comes so easily, even though it’s rarely a helpful thing for us. Very eloquently put, Joy. 🙂
By the way, I’m working on that thing you asked me about. I hope to have it to you by the end of Tuesday (my time). Wish me luck!
#22 by unfoldingyourpathtojoy on July 12, 2010 - 2:30 am
Thank you! Cluttering up space may be much easier than decluttering..but I have found each time I declutter wonder and delight touch my life in magnificent ways!
Lots of good energy and creativity to you:)