Ruminations

May 26, 2017

Been a big fan of brainstorming for many years; I especially loved doing it with our clients when I co-owned a small marketing company. Great fun.

Today, I listened to a program with Patrick Holford, and he suggested instead of brainstorming, we heart-storm. I’d never heard the term before. Yet, it made so much sense. I loved it.

So, the next time you need to create some wonderful, new ideas, get a group of your favorite hearts together for a big, heart-storming session. I can imagine the results. And, if you thought it might help, I’d love to participate too.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on  May 26, 2017.

May 3, 2017

A lot of shifting going on. A lot. I imagine it’s the same for many of you too. In the last couple of months, I particularly appreciated having additional support arrive from some unexpected people—some I’ve known a while, others just a week or two. Words that come to mind . . . illuminating, fun, strange, really?, refreshing, encouraging . . . leading to some amazing, and helpful experiences.

So, so grateful to them and many others, particularly in this time of so much change.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on  May 3, 2017.

April 8, 2017

Matt Kahn (of Matt Kahn & Julie Dittmar) shared this some time ago, and I started using it as a barometer to help me make decisions.

If you get a “yes” right away, then do it.

If you have any hesitation or doubt, it’s a “no” . . . at least for right now. It may become a “yes” later, and that’s okay.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on  April 8, 2017.

February 26, 2017

Yesterday, Jane Sibbett of Sparkling Circle – Jane Sibbett’s Journey with Shiny Life… came to Portland for a Dancing Hands event. I attended and then had a private session afterward.

At the very end, just as our session would be concluding, a new song came on, “Let it Go,” from Frozen. Jane smiled and chuckled, “This was NOT on my playlist.” Well, appropriate does not accurately describe the perfection of the song and the timing.

Maybe it will resonate with you too.

May we all let go of the past and open our hearts.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on February 26, 2017.

December 12, 2016

I am enough.

A thread on Facebook and a video by Marisa Peer brought this back to my attention yesterday. Although I’ve heard it before, it didn’t feel true when I repeated, “I am enough” aloud. At all.

So, I sat and said these words and let them flow through me. The phrase will be on my mirror for a while to help reignite my “enoughness.”

Maybe a few of you can appreciate the reminder too.

You are enough. You can relax now.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on December 12, 2016.

October 20, 2016

From Prince Ea yesterday . . . “Be quick to listen and slow to speak.”

Over the years, I’ve wanted to be right . . . a lot. Learning the value of kindness and patience.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on October 20, 2016.

October 10, 2016

Someone shared the following from Mike Vick on Facebook today.

“The biggest communication problem is we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply.”

I’m learning to be a better listener, but still do this so often.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on October 10, 2016.

October 1, 2016

Introduced recently to Dr. Sangeeta Sahi’s Conscious Cancer® program, I appreciated her perspective (it’s about much more than the title might suggest, and why I opted to listen). In one of the final steps, she shared a mantra . . . a very powerful mantra. I’ll let it speak for itself.

“I DO NOT EXIST TO DO, I DO BECAUSE I EXIST.”

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on October 1, 2016.

July 17, 2016

In listening to Matt Kahn & Julie Dittmar’s March Retreat track, “The Recognition of Beauty, Part Two,” Matt helps us see our innate beauty, to appreciate it. Near the end, everyone repeated the following several times, and he encouraged us to remember the truth of these words.

“I am beautiful. Beautiful I am.”

Then, an adorable voice came on in the background. He described it as the “animated voice of the heart,” the inner child. I added a few lines that spoke to me (in brackets); things my inner child needed to hear. If inclined, read it aloud and see how it feels to you. Think of your five-year-old self saying the words (perhaps with a little lisp).

“I love you.
I see you.
[I hear you.]
I am you.
You are precious.
You are beautiful.
Thank you for being here.
You are forgiven.
I forgive you.
[I’m sorry.]
[You are safe.]
I love you.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you. . . .”

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on July 17, 2016.

June 27, 2016

What a journey . . . becoming “the one.”

Thank you to Bruce Lipton, Ph.D for sharing this from Creig Crippen.

Becoming the one 6.16

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on June 27, 2016.

June 26, 2016

Let it go. I’ve heard the concept many times and perhaps you have too. Matt Kahn* sees this part of the old spiritual paradigm and can be misleading.

“’Let it go’ gives you a false understanding of your own divine capacity. [Because] you don’t let things go, things let go of you. And, things let go of you when those catalysts have helped you transform into exactly the vibration they were created by divinity to bring out of you. So, the idea, ‘I’m just going to let this go.’ That’s not up to you. That’s not up to you at all.

. . . What you can do though is be in harmony with it while it’s here and marvel at the fact that it is going to help you become far less judgmental and far more trusting of the divine, and far more faithful, even if life has put you in a situation where it looks like all hope is lost.

And, no matter what situation you are in, no matter what you face, you can always ask yourself the question, a question that doesn’t require an answer because asking the question is what shifts the perspective.

‘What if the worst things that have ever happened to me are the greatest opportunities for spiritual growth I’ve ever been given.’

And, just to open up to that possibility while remembering, ‘I don’t have to like this.’ And, please don’t try to hurry up and learn everything life is trying to teach you. That’s not going to make this shift any faster. That’s another limiting belief from the old paradigm. ‘If I hurry up and learn all this, it’s going to shift because I will have been a good person, the universe will applaud my behavior and lift this out of my life.’”

That last paragraph particularly got me. And, I have been sitting with this off and on the last week, so it can flow through me.

*This is an excerpt from Angel Academy 6, June 20, 2016.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on June 26, 2016.

June 5, 2016

I found Matt Kahn’s perspective* on the “present moment” so interesting.

“The word ‘present’ . . . It’s something you either think you are out of and you need to return to. Or, you think you are in presence and afraid someone is going to bump you out of it. It creates a lot of distraction . . . a lot of misunderstanding. It makes presence almost like a location. . . . Present moment isn’t a location; present moment is reality. The objective isn’t to try to be in the present moment; the objective is to see I can’t get out of it.

And, so then . . . a better pointer than present moment . . . Instead of saying ‘be present’ or even ‘just be,’ I find that the more heart-centered and direct term is ‘just enjoy.’ Because in enjoyment, we are being in enjoyment, we are present, and seeing a presence that doesn’t require our activity or behavior in order to be recognized.

. . . So, let’s enjoy. . . . And, if we find something in our life that we don’t know how to enjoy  . . . then, just sitting and saying, ‘How do I enjoy the thing I don’t actually enjoy?’ ‘How can I find enjoyment in something that I wish wasn’t here?’ And, just asking those questions and thinking in that direction is going to open something far deeper within all of us.

Not seeing joy as a state that is opposite of sadness; but joy is in how we view and approach life. Joy is not necessarily a feeling that sadness can oppose; joy is the recognition that everything is right for my journey, even if it feels wrong to me. And, it’s okay if it feels wrong to me; I’m allowed to see something as, ‘This shouldn’t be.’ There’s a deeper intelligence in me that’s telling me that even though I feel this shouldn’t be, this is good for me on a level perhaps I haven’t discovered yet. And, that’s where we find joy.”

*Excerpt from Angel Academy 6, May 29, 2016

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on June 4, 2016.

June 5, 2016

My inner child needed some attention during the night a couple of weeks ago. I did my best to give it to her. The next morning I saw this from Bruce Lipton.

Listening

I hope you have that support, always. If I can help, please let me know.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on May 23, 2016.

May 5, 2016

So, how do you know when it’s the ego or true intuition?

In a recent tele-gathering, Matt Kahn focused on our intuition. He reminded us, intuition comes when you are most relaxed. One of his insights struck me, especially remembering situations when I rushed to do something.

“When it’s your ego, there’s this race-against-time energy. ‘Oh my God, you have to go do this!’ And, there’s a short window, and if you don’t, or else . . . something bad is going to happen. So, the ego always has this ultimatum; it always has this race-against-time feeling. It always has this, ‘Oh my God, I can’t be here, I’ve got go somewhere else, because if not, I’m missing something. That’s always the ego. And, it’s very easy to mistake that for intuition. . . .

Intuition is the silent, strong, direct ‘go here,’ ‘here’s the deal,’ ‘here’s why that’s happening.’ It’s very natural. So, if your intuition is always going to come very naturally, we must always be in a naturally relaxed space in our bodies in order to receive it.”

Does that resonate with you?

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on April 27, 2016.

April 8, 2016

Providing editing services for many years, as part of PROJEX, the marketing company I co-owned for 12 years, and as a freelancer before and after we closed the business, the work never really crossed over with my inspiration-consulting practice. Well, that is until this year.

I had the wonderful opportunity to do a brief session with a good friend, which evolved into assisting her with a proposal. She called it “intuitive editing,” and as an intuitive herself, suggested it might turn into something.

Indeed, it did. Since then, the occasion arose, not once but twice. It seems, in addition to helping clients put confusing thoughts and feelings into words verbally, I am now able to do it with their written words too. Besides going through my normal editing process, I receive guidance from their session that infuses the document with a bit more passion, a spark of enthusiasm, and perhaps, even an extra surge of energy.

It’s kind of strange. I don’t really know how to describe it. I do know the projects seem different, and I’ve enjoyed these engagements more than my “usual” editing projects. Will more of them come my way? Who knows?

Either way, it’s been an intriguing experience and exploration into different ways to share my talents. And, perhaps, it hints to the myriad of ways yours can shine too.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on April 8, 2016.

March 29, 2016

A few minutes ago, I saw this quote about love provided by Power of Positivity. It says it so succinctly, I wanted to share it and remember it.

Love is not what you say. 

Love is what you do.

——-

Matt Kahn first shared this about a month ago. He posted it today on his Facebook page and its power struck me once again.

“From a spiritual perspective, love isn’t an emotion you feel all the time. It is an unwavering depth of compassion and empathy that reaches inward to embrace yourself – no matter how mixed up, shut down, unfulfilled, or overwhelmed you seem to be. When rooted in the vibration of love, you don’t have to feel better in order to bring forth the kindness and care that already dwells within you. Instead, love inspires you to embrace the innocence within your heart that wishes it felt something other than how things are. Love is a selfless and harmonious response of greater support, not an emotional high of any kind.”

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on February 27, 2016.

February 22, 2016

I just finished Matt Kahn‘s book, Whatever Arises, Love That. Near the conclusion, he shares this mantra:

“There is no way out of pain. There is no way out of judgment.”

My interpretation: Stop the avoiding, the running away. Admit the pain; admit the judgment; admit the feelings. It’s easier to breathe “into” it. At least, that’s how it felt to me. And, true.

Does it bring up anything for you?

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on February 22, 2016.

February 15, 2016

So, so true. Thanks to Heart Centered Rebalancing for sharing this.

Only when ready.

Posted by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge on February 13, 2016.

January 25, 2016

This video, from a Matt Kahn gathering in late December, will give you a new perspective on manifesting. Want some big changes, but not ready to make a move? Feeling a little stagnant in one or two areas of your life. That’s okay. With just a few different choices, you’ll “circulate energy,” so other shifts can occur.

You might eat your dinner holding the fork with the opposite hand. Or, the other day, I opted to take three breaths between bites of food. Last night, I decided to sleep on the opposite side of the bed for a while.

Kind of silly, and kind of fun too. Let me know what experiences you have if you try it.

May you make some new choices, perhaps even a bold one or two, and rock your world in miraculous ways.

July 31, 2015

Truly appreciated this post by S.C Lourieyesterday.

heart breath

July 20, 2015

I enjoyed this Taoist perspective from The Barefoot Doctor.

“Love your path, trust your path, don’t doubt your path, have faith your path will bring [you] where you need to be. Don’t question it, otherwise your path tends to get pissed off with you and leave you stranded till you come back to your senses and start trusting it again. So, though your path is but an invisible (and to [all] intents and purposes, subjective and projective) entity, embrace it now and assure it (and you), that you’ll stop all that needless worrying and what-iffing, and let go and follow it with an open, naturally gleeful heart now. Doing so, it’ll reward you with signs and wonders. I wish you signs and wonders and a merry Monday. ”

June 7, 2015

I was getting ready to go out the other day and before heading out, decided to listen to a bit of Matt Kahn’s latest video (The Secret of Spiritual Success). His words resonated so strongly and true for me. “Relaxation is the only way.”

If it doesn’t make you feel relaxed, stop for a moment. Listen to your breath. Slow down.

In all you do, can you hear your breath? How often can you say that? “Not very often,” would be my reply. I found this tip particularly helpful: If you are not aware of your breath while doing an activity, you are probably not relaxed.

In the last couple of days, I found I’m hearing my breath more often, slowing down, and relaxing, due in large part to Matt’s teachings.

May 10, 2015

Went to see Matt Kahn last night in Portland, and he shared one thing that just kept coming back for me, especially given a couple of my experiences this week. It fit perfectly with the mantra from a few days ago.

“Your true character reveals itself the moment you don’t get your way.”

May 5, 2015

Two of my favorite characters, Snoopy and Woodstock, sharing something that I’m just beginning to get. Thank you to Sue Fitzmaurice for presenting it in such a delightful way.

snoopy no seriousness

May 4, 2015

Today, Matt Kahn shared this definition of faith, which we can use as a mantra too.

“I don’t have to get my way to be happy.”

April 9, 2015

A friend shared this marvelous quote from Matt Kahn on Facebook the other day, which he originally posted in November 2012.

Most people do not see their beliefs. Instead, their beliefs tell them what they see. This is the simple difference between clarity and confusion.

March 4, 2015

In such a beautiful way, this short video shows how underneath it all, we are all the same.

Love Has No Labels

January 27, 2015

This particular passage is from a Post I read on Matt Kahn’s Facebook page today and is ringing very true for me these days.

“While understanding may have inspired tremendous insights in earlier chapters of your journey, it also becomes one of your greatest distractions as your journey expands. That is, until you realize that understanding is not actually a conduit for true heartfelt relief. The true conduit of relief is discovered through the art of relaxation. It is the willingness to slow your breath and embrace the one who needs something to understand – one ‘I love you’ at a time. Whatever arises, love that. This is the way of the energetically-sensitive soul.”

January 24, 2015

This Post by Matt Kahn today spoke so directly to an experience I had this morning, I wanted to share his insights.

“When someone blames another, they are pointing their finger toward the one who they’ve given their power. This means whenever you find yourself on the receiving end of someone else’s blame, accusations, projections, or judgments, it doesn’t have to be a moment of conflict or turmoil, unless you attempt to refute the limiting ideas they suggest about you.

As you remember that you don’t owe anyone an explanation, no matter how often they demand one, you may see how those who you feel disempowered by have already handed their power over to you. Whether they know it or not, the reason they are fighting with you is to reclaim the power they are unaware they’ve subconsciously given away.

Those who disapprove of others do so to maintain a false sense of superiority. They subconsciously believe that rejecting others puts them in a position of power, which helps them avoid the threat of rejection they are most afraid to encounter, whether they know it or not. While their words may suggest how inept, imperfect, and powerless you are, their actions suggest otherwise. Imagine, if you weren’t powerful and important to them, they wouldn’t waste their time and energy trying to convince you of something that demands your approval, just so they can feel justified in their position.

Consider these words the next time someone lashes out at you. Instead of asking: “Why have I attracted this?” or assuming their behavior is a mirror of your consciousness, simply relax in the presence of any blame, projection, judgment, or accusation. By slowing your breath and relaxing your body, you allow the power they unknowingly gave you to be returned through the grace of disappointment.

Whether you choose to engage in conflict by giving away your power to the one who unknowingly has given their power to you, consciousness is often inspired to blossom in the aftermath of confrontation. It is here where the brightness of your true self begins to shine through, in the absence of an ego that only frustration, boredom, loneliness, and disappointment are sure to unravel.”

December 21, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Matt Kahn’s video, “Love is the Only Answer,” is clear, powerful, and funny at times. Maybe he can inspire you too, especially during the holiday season, to love all aspects of yourself.

November 21, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

heart path

November 11, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Matt Kahn shared this today. Simple and lovely.

The easiest way to raise your vibration is to relax your body. The most essential way to relax your body is to slow your breath. The most effective way of slowing your breath is by loving your own heart. One “I love you” at a time, your breath is inspired into a slower pace, which reminds the body to feel safe enough to relax, as your vibration elevates into higher frequencies of light. This is the heart of transformation. www.truedivinenature.com

November 5, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Oh my goodness. This message has been coming through so loud and clear of late . . . for me, friends, and clients.

It IS time to follow your heart! All the support you need is there for you. Count me in as one of your support team, even if it’s from a distance.

Follow the path of your heart

October 29, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Gregg Braden shared this wonderful reminder, one I always appreciate seeing.

judging

October 6, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

I’ve been enjoying Pam Grout’s latest book E-Cubed. When I came to this question, one I’d heard many times, I was intrigued and wondered how she would handle it. She opted to offer a different one instead.

“Many things that at face value look like difficulties end up being miracles in disguise. . . . It can be a door to potent opportunities. We get to decide.

So instead of asking the question, ‘Why do bad things happen to good people?’ perhaps the better question is ‘Why do good people think bad things can even happen?’ Bad is nothing but a judgment call, a judgment call we’re not qualified to make.”

I don’t know about you, but I know judgment is something with which I am very, very familiar. So, while her perspective didn’t surprise me, it did remind me, without the bird’s-eye view of what’s happening, I’m not qualified to decide if it’s good or bad, right or wrong, upside down or right-side up.

September 21, 2014

Speaks for itself.

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

love religion

July 18, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Do you feel responsible “for” or “to” others? This recently came up in a session and conversations, and I shared the responsibility chart a friend gave me many years ago. She noted we come from either “fear” or “love” in these situations.

I do not know the original source.

July 4, 2014

As we celebrate independence from the past, we can also choose to trust our hearts now and into the future. May your heart be filled with the bright fireworks of love.

I Choose to Trust My Heart

June 22, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Anita Moorjani shared this quote from her book Dying to Be Me today. I always appreciate the timeliness of her words.

“The infinite self is where we have our instincts and intuition. If we’re buying a house, the mind will narrow down the options by choosing a practical location, setting a budget, and so on. The final decision on a specific place to live, however, may be made purely by gut feeling. We just get a good sense about a certain place, and there’s no logical reason that we can explain. That’s the infinite self.

Sometimes our complicated lives make us forget that we’re connected to Universal energy and that we have these natural abilities. We stop listening to ourselves and start to give our power away to external forces such as bosses, teachers, and friends. Blocking our feelings also breaks down our awareness of our own magnificence because emotions are a doorway into the soul. But we’re complex beings, and we try to control how we feel.

When we live completely from the mind over a period of time, we lose touch with the infinite self, and then we begin to feel lost. This happens when we’re in doing mode all the time, rather than being. The latter means living from the soul and is a state of allowing. It means letting ourselves be who and what we are without judgment. Being doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything. It’s just that our actions stem from following our emotions and feelings while staying present in the moment. Doing, on the other hand, is future focused, with the mind creating a series of tasks that take us from here to there in order to achieve a particular outcome, regardless of our current emotional state.

When we feel off track, we think there’s something wrong with us—something we have to do or get in order to right ourselves—so we go searching outside for answers. We look to others in the hope that they’ll fix us. We may feel better for a little while, but it’s usually short-lived, and we eventually end up feeling worse. However, when we really start to tune in to who life intended us to be, we connect with the soul of our magnificence. We feel clarity when we allow this connection and take our power back, and our lives start to work.”

June 12, 2014

If you want an easier and much, much happier life, you might want to consider giving up these 15 things. Presented by Natural Cures Not Medicine, I only share their list here.

“We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress, and suffering. Instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress-free and happy, we cling to them. Not anymore. Starting today, we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go.”

1. Give up your need to always be right.
2. Give up your need for control.
3. Give up on blame.
4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk.
5. Give up your limiting beliefs.
6. Give up complaining.
7. Give up the luxury of criticism.
8. Give up your need to impress others.
9. Give up your resistance to change.
10. Give up labels.
11. Give up on your fears.
12. Give up your excuses.
13. Give up the past.
14. Give up attachment.
15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations.

April 6, 2014

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

“I perceived that I wouldn’t have to go out and search for what I was supposed to do—it would unfold before me. It involved helping lots of people—thousands, maybe tens of thousands, perhaps to share a message with them. But I wouldn’t have to pursue anything or work at figuring out how I was going to achieve that. I simply had to allow it to unfold.

To access this state of allowing, the only thing I had to do was to be myself! I realized that all those years, all I ever had to do was be myself, without judgment or feeling that I was flawed. At the same time, I understood that at the core, our essence is made of pure love. We are pure love—every single one of us. How can we not be, if we come from the Whole and return to it? I knew that realizing this meant never being afraid of who we are. Therefore, being love and being our true self is one and the same thing!

As I experienced my biggest revelation, it felt like a bolt of lightning. I understood that merely by being the love I truly am, I would heal both myself and others. I’d never understood this before, yet it seemed so obvious. If we’re all One, all facets of the same Whole, which is unconditional love, then of course who we are is love! I knew that was really the only purpose of life: to be our self, live our truth, and be the love that we are.

As though to confirm my realization, I became aware of both my father and Soni communicating to me: Now that you know the truth of who you really are, go back and live your life fearlessly!” (From Anita Moojani’sDying to Be Me)

April 4, 2014

A friend frequently reminds me: You cannot love and judge at the same time . . . and that includes yourself too. As judgment has been a big part of my life, I am doing my best to modify this (and the oh, so easy self-judgment, when I don’t)—so I am loving instead of judging more and more.

April 2, 2014

I’m reading Gregg Braden’sThe Turning Point, and as he talks about our long-held beliefs, all I could think/feel was mine were really built on a house of cards, and the house has crumbled, strewn in a heap on the ground. Survival of the fittest, life is a struggle/painful, we’re separate from each other, events are random/coincidental—I believed these and many other things absolutely, without question, and feel I still do at some level of my being.

Though it’s been like a demolition derby at times, I’m glad the house fell to ruins. I know it’s why I’m here. Can I rebuild it feeling safe—allowing my heart to lead the way, with my brain in a supportive role, rather than the other way around (my ego is having a field day with that one)? Can I live cooperatively instead of competitively? “Can I love myself like my life depends on it, truly and deeply” (Kamal Ravikant)? Can I love others as though they are part of me—that all my thoughts, feelings, and actions affect them too? Can I truly go with the flow of life, without trying to control everything—allowing the beauty and synchronicities to wash over me, to see the miracle in even the smallest of things?

I am so grateful to those who are supporting me during this transition, and for those making the transition themselves. We are already creating magical, wondrous lives and can do so much more as we remember we are love . . . and always have been.

March 6, 2014

My friend, Jill Case, shared some wonderful quotes by Jackson Kiddard (a French entrepreneur turned yogi, who died in 1901) on her blog a couple of weeks ago.

They resonated with me, and I was intrigued. So I looked around and found a few more on another site.

“Nothing is perfect if judgment is present. Everything is perfect when you let go—this is how you see with the eyes of love.”

“Everything you hate, you hate about yourself. Everything you resist will stick around. Everything you let go of stays if it’s supposed to. Every time you bless another, you bless yourself. Every time you blame another, you lose your power.”

“Do not look with your eyes to find your treasure. Feel with your heart, and at once you will know who you really are.”

“Anything that annoys you is ‘for’ teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is ‘for’ teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is ‘for’ teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is ‘for’ teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is ‘for’ teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is ‘for’ teaching you courage to overcome your fear. Anything you can’t control is ‘for’ teaching you how to let go and trust the Universe.”

“Everyone you see is your reflection. Everyone you know mirrors you. . . .”

“Do not worry about how you will make it all work. Just focus on how you feel and go towards those things that bring forth joy. When you are living in your joy, the universe is living joyfully through you.”

“Everyone’s the same as everyone else. We just get caught up in labels, names, skin color and religion. . . .”

“You will receive love only to your ability to be vulnerable enough to let it in. Love between two people is a fearless state of being where who you are and who they are is given and received without fear of engulfment or [abandonment]. The underlying belief of this state is complete trust regardless of outcome.”

January 7, 2014

I felt this was a particularly helpful reminder, especially as a new year is unfolding.

“If you don’t make peace with your past, it will keep showing up in your present.” 

Louise Hay

December 23, 2013

“If you choose to trust your mind, you’ll have to keep choosing for the rest of your life.

If you choose to trust your heart, it’s the last choice you’ll ever make.”

Bentinho Massaro

December 3, 2013 – TIME TO RELAX

Would you like to feel more relaxed? Would you like to sleep easier? A friend posted a link on Facebook to what some scientists are calling the most relaxing tune ever recorded (by Marconi Union). I found a 10-hour loop of Weightless and have been listening to it the last few days. I shared it on my Facebook page and received the message below in response. Perhaps it will resonate for you as well and help you relax through the holiday season.

Marconi Union – Weightless

“I just wanted to drop you a message to tell you that my fiancé and I listened to the 10-hour loop last night and both slept incredibly well.

I, for one, always wake in the middle of the night and then can’t return to sleep. Last night, instead of thinking of things I need to do or didn’t do . . . etc., etc., I listened to the music and fell back to sleep in a short time. I was so happy. I also felt uncannily at ease and peaceful today, which is sometimes not my usual demeanor on a Monday at work. Can’t wait to listen again tonight.

Thank you so much for your post.”  Jerrolyn R. McRaven

On December 11, I received this update from Jerrolyn.

“I wanted to let you know I/we have been using the 10-hour loop every night since you first posted it and it has been wonderful. I feel so rested when I wake up. Never being one to bound out of bed, especially when it is cold, I find this has changed. Things during the day seem to bother me less. I haven’t really altered anything else in my life. I just find it so astonishing.”

December 1, 2o13

This post from Brené Brown was the first thing I saw when I returned home this evening after dinner with a dear friend. The timing was amazing.

Brown: “Sometimes when I think I’m praying for clarity, I’m really hustling for certainty. It’s so hard for me to remember that there’s a difference.”

Brown Faith

October 15, 2013

I was talking to someone about past lives today, and I wanted to describe the concept differently. It was a brief conversation, so I was unable to articulate my perspective at the time. Then, I came home and picked up where I left off in Michael Sharp’s book, The Book of Life. Well, surprise, surprise . . . he did it for me . . . perfectly.

As Sharp put it, . . .  “they are not remembering past lives. What they are getting is brief access to their concurrent lives. As you can possibly intuit, concurrent lives are your lives that are being lived in the same eternal moment as the one you exist in now but are simply located in different temporal points in the space/time tube. People who remember or even ‘see’ their past lives have simply managed to pull back The Veil enough to be able to gather information about what is happening with them at other points in the space/time tube.”

October 4, 2013

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

 I am rereading Brené Brown‘s The Gifts of Imperfection. In it, she quotes Pema Chodron from her book, The Places That Scare You.

“‘When we practice generating compassion, we can expect to experience the fear of our pain. Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us.'”

I missed it the first time around. This time it really struck a cord with me, particularly when I got to the second sentence.

September 16, 2013

These were two wonderful posts from Bentinho Massaro today, which I shared on my Facebook page.

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

“I want to be happy!”

Are you sure? Because if you really wanted to be happy, you would be happy.

There must be something else you want more. Find out what it is, expose to yourself its ridiculousness, and you’ll be happy again.

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Are you sure you don’t want to suffer anymore? Really sure?

Cause if so, you wouldn’t. It’s that simple.

August 27, 2013

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

When I first saw dis-ease broken down into two words several years ago, I so appreciated seeing it in a new way—as being out of ease, dis-easy. Then, today I was reading about it again. Only this time, the author, Thomas Moore, gave this definition of disease. “It means ‘not having your elbows in a relaxed position.’ ‘Ease’ comes from the Latin ansatus, ‘having handles,’ or ‘elbows akimbo’—a relaxed posture, or at least not at work. Dis-ease means no elbows, no elbow room. Ease is a form of pleasure, disease a loss of pleasure. . . . Are you enjoying life? Where is it not pleasurable?” . . . He wondered, “I can imagine interviewing my kidneys: “Are you relaxed today? Are you enjoying your activity today?” . . .

What if you asked your heart or your lungs these questions right now? What would they say? (From Care of the Soul)

August 17, 2013

Post by Inspiration Consulting, Sue Ridge

Letting this sink in. “Life is for giving love. For giving. For giving love. That is forgiveness. Nothing else.” So simply said. For giving love to ourselves as well as others. Read this today in Unified: A Course on Truth and Practical Guidance from Babaji, by Roger G. Lanphear.

July 17, 2013

From Bentinho Massaro

Suffering is pretending not to agree with the experience you have chosen to experience (from a higher place of consciousness).

Suffering is optional. We suffer by choice. Ask yourself how it is serving you now and how it has served you to suffer in the past, discover the value of it, and you’ll extract the lessons quicker and quicker without the need to go into the actual suffering. You don’t have to let it get that far, ever. 🙂

It’s up to you and your spirit’s desire to learn love, appreciation and expansion.

June 18, 2013

I just love when Bentinho Massaro posts something like this on Facebook.

“Always remember when it comes to your idea of world-suffering and your sense of having responsibilities toward it:

If you’re not happy, you’re not helping.

It’s that simple, and it’s really, really true.

Contribute to yourself and ‘the world’ in a way that makes you overwhelmingly happy on a regular basis. Don’t just suffer ‘for them,’ complain about ‘they,’ and sign petitions. BE what you are meant to be by following your inner resonance guide.

Joy is the signal that you’re thinking or doing something in alignment with your spirit’s original intention.”

June 17, 2013

“The desperation of gaining approval is a game unknowingly played out within the innocent depths of your own being. It is here where the appearances of others are imagined to be somebody else only appearing to deny whatever you withhold from yourself. The only way to end such a limiting game is to come out of hiding by daring to embrace, accept, and love in yourself whatever the appearance of others seem to reject. The strategy is simple: whatever arises – love that.” www.truedivinenature.com

June 12, 2013

The truth of the following quote becomes clearer and clearer to me each day. Then a friend shared this posting from Charter for Compassion on Facebook yesterday:

“If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.”
~Peace Pilgrim (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981), Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American non-denominational spiritual teacher

June 3, 2013

I found this follow up to my May 25 posting from Anita Moorjani very helpful.

How do you deal with fear or anxiety if it comes up?

Anita Moorjani: I don’t judge it, first of all. People who do a lot of self-help are the harshest on themselves, and always feel that they should know better, and beat themselves up for feeling fear or anxiety or depression, or anything like that. But, we are human. No matter how good you are at self-help, you will still feel human emotions. So, the first step is full acceptance of what I’m feeling, without judgment. It will pass faster if I accept than if I judge it. Then, slowly, start looking for things that can bring peace, joy and laughter back in my life. No need to spend time figuring out what causes the fear or anxiety. Change the focus to what brings joy.

May 25, 2013

This from Anita Moorjani . . .

Some people have misinterpreted my message about living life fearlessly, and feel fearful of their feelings of fear! I want to remind you that my core message is “Don’t be afraid to BE YOURSELF!” What this means is accepting yourself totally, for who you are. And if you are feeling fear at this moment, accept it, and it will pass. Don’t judge it or fear the feeling. Accept it. Only by accepting the fear and allowing it to pass, can you transcend it. The more you try to control it, the more you will obsess over it, and the more it will become a focus of your life. Just accept who you are right now, wherever you are in your life. Even if you don’t like where you are, in order to go somewhere else, you have to first accept where you are right now, without judgment. The more you can accept yourself fully, the easier your life will flow, and the easier it will be for you to accept others as they are. ♥

May 14 and 16, 2013

Two more perfectly timed reminders from Bentinho Massaro.

Whenever I get a sense-vision of the probable future-now of my timeline, I can’t tell in any language I know how different it is energetically from what we’re crawling out of and what to many is still ‘normal’. Suffice it to say I am very very very happy for you and us all and where, within the illusion of time, we are choosing as a collective to be headed (and be-headed, so the heart can rule). Prepare for an insanely love-filled future for humanity.

The only instruction to bring that probability into certainty for yourself is: Just love yourself ever more profoundly and stay really really true to that. Stop controlling and start loving. Love is mastery.

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In the most dire of circumstances, when you find yourself asking God, Life, or your Higher Self in utter desperation: “Why me?? Why would you do this to me??”

That unconditional, higher level of your very own Self, would want you to know its answer:

“Because from a very wise place within your own consciousness, I, which is you with a greater view than your brain could ever maintain, saw that this is the path of highest wisdom, deepest love and most benefit. That is the only reason this experience could pass the filter of what happens to you.

I AM you, from a loving, unimaginably intelligent position, and I wished this upon myself, which you experience as you, for a reason you may not understand at this time, but will at some point when you merge back into me, which is all that you are.

For now I ask you to trust in me like you would want your child to trust in you. Trust that I intend and am capable of only beneficial service to you, no matter what appears within your consciousness. Trust me child, for you are me, and I am you. Whatever happens to you, happens to me too! I stand not aloof, I am engaged, I am in love, I am forever inseparable from all that you experience as you. Whatever goes through you, goes through me too. We are one. Whatever benefits you, benefits me. Oh, I do not stand aloof; I am not separate from you. I care more than you could ever know with your mind.

Why would I hurt you, if it hurts myself? I know it may SEEM like I am hurting you, but I am not hurting you, I am avoiding greater hurt and am leading you to the highest and most overwhelming love you could possibly imagine. If only you surrender to me, trust in me, have faith in me, then you will be able to see more and more, from my point of view.

What happens to you is in our highest interest even when you cannot always see how, when, or why. Trust in me, my child, trust in me. For I am you. Whatever I want is what you want. I am created solely to take care of you and am endowed with the capabilities of The One and its Universes to do so. Let me do my job and you will find me as yourself and know that you were never abandoned and you were never betrayed. You will know, sweet child, that you were ever, ever loved and completely worthy of infinite Bliss and Satisfaction. For that is the natural state of all things.

There will be no more tears except those of release, as you join your will with mine and bask in the benefit of eternity.

Have faith, for I will guide you out of the gutters and into the realm of boundless affection and beauty. The more you trust, the sooner and more effortless the journey into me will be.

Trust in me and you will know the love of all that is beyond this world. I will cleanse your vision and subsume your heart into mine. I will wash away your tears, release you from your memory, and give you new experiences of yourself so incredible you’ve never even considered it could be. But it is true, and you will see.

Have faith in me. That is your only job. Have faith in me, for I am you from a higher point of view.

With ever-lasting love,

Your very own heart, hidden in everything you see.”

May 7 and 8, 2013

I am most grateful for these two recent Facebook posts from Bentinho Massaro.

Not-knowing is sometimes overly idolized by us scared people as ‘holy,’ because we have become so accustomed to insecurity and self-doubt, that the highest possibility for us seems to be to not know, to be on neutral grounds. To go from negative to neutral. But this is only the beginning.

KNOW you KNOW, and all will be more than alright :-). All will be ‘re-trieved’ and dis-covered. Don’t get stuck in not-knowing because of a fear you have that if you embrace your greatness it will turn into ego.

The state of not-knowing is helpful for a few minutes a day and then it gets boring for a reason. You’re meant to move on and dis-cover and re-empower consciousness alongside the innocence of ‘not-knowing.’

Not-knowing is not a state to end in, rather, in its truest form, it is a co-existing friend that infuses your consciousness with the innocence of non-insistence and non-aggression, thus enabling your greatness to shine forth without grandeur.

Know that you know. It is okay to know.

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“Don’t resonate with something in your reality, and like to get rid of it?

Then don’t push it away, simply love it to death, literally, and it will stop appearing in your life unless you still desire to learn greater unconditional love from its presence.

When your love for something that is out of alignment with your preferred reality is total, it disappears from view.”

April 20, 2013

This was on Bentinho Massaro’s Facebook page several weeks ago.

**How to make real changes in your life**”Am I absolutely sure I want to change?”That’s all you have to ask yourself when you keep thinking you wish to change but it doesn’t happen. If change is not happening, you don’t really want it; you’re not really choosing to be ready quite yet.For example:Tried to give up smoking for five years but never really quit? It’s not ultimately because you are addicted, it’s because you don’t really want to stop smoking even if you THINK you do. You have a reason-or many reasons-that you believe in that say smoking benefits you in some way, shape, or form more than quitting does.Still attracting many people into your life that (ab)use you? It’s not that you are simply unlucky, it is that you don’t really want to be free from it. You still desire to be (ab)used in some way.If you keep experiencing something you really don’t like, ask yourself what benefit you subconsciously perceive in that experience that you keep going back there somehow? What does it give you? What is the appeal even if you say you don’t want anything to do with it anymore? What’s that secret attraction you have to it? What belief keeps you coming back for more of what you say you don’t want?The same principle and line of questioning goes for any other change, goal, desire or intention in your life. Real compassion for yourself is not the same a sympathy; real self-love takes full responsibility for the fact that whatever one experiences is what one wants to experience on some level, even if our mind says that’s not true.Real changes don’t take effort; they take the willingness for honest self-awareness. Once the reason you keep coming back to what you don’t like is clearly made aware and you no longer feel any value in that belief, the change happens joyously and instantaneously. Like flipping a switch.We are always in charge, just not always with the thinking mind. Go deeper and find out that you have ideas you believe in which cause you to experience the things you experience.If you truly want something, you got it. It’s how the universe works. You ALWAYS experience what you want to experience, even if you don’t like it.So – Ask yourself:”What must I believe is true about myself in order for me to want to experience the things I don’t like?”

This question is a subtle one. Take your time, do it with joy and let go of impatience. Rest into inquiry and let the results shower over you like blessing after blessing, confirming your worthiness to be your true desired self: existence in love and joy with itself: YOU.

April 9, 2013

A dear friend shared this beautiful quote with me today, and I wanted to do the same.

“Today may there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.

May you use the gifts that you have received and pass on the love that has been given to you.

May you be content with yourself just the way you are.

Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love. It is there for each and every one of us.”

April 2, 2013

A friend posted this on Facebook today.

“A miraculous healing awaits this planet once we accept our new responsibility to collectively tend the Garden rather than fight over the turf.” Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D.

March 28, 2013

This 20-minute video about connection and vulnerability by Brené Brown, Ph.D.resonated with me on many levels. Maybe it will for you as well.

Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

February 10, 2013

I just reread the afterword from Anita Moorjani’s Dying To Be Me, the book she wrote about her near-death experience. It struck me so strongly again today, I wanted to share a few lines.

“Always remember not to give away your power—instead, get in touch with your own magnificence. When it comes to finding the right path, there’s a different answer for each person. The only universal solution I have is to love yourself unconditionally and be yourself fearlessly! . . . Our only obligation is to be the love we are and allow our answers to come from within . . .

. . . I can’t stress enough how important it is to enjoy yourself and not take yourself or life too seriously. . . . make sure to laugh as often as possible throughout every single day—and preferably laugh at [yourself]. . . .

Our life is our prayer. It’s our gift to this universe, . . . We owe it to ourselves and to everyone around us to be happy and to spread that joy around.

If we can go through life armed with humor and the realization that we are love, we’ll already be ahead of the game. Add a box of good chocolates into the mix, and we’ve really got a winning formula!”

February 8, 2013

My philosophy is: It’s none of my business what people say of me and think of me. I am what I am and I do what I do. I expect nothing and accept everything. And it makes life so much easier.   -Anthony Hopkins (© the essence of life)

January 14, 2013

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”    –Albert Einstein

December 18, 2012

I’ve come to believe life is supposed to be easy and joyful, so I’ve been doing my best to pay attention to what’s showing up—is it easy to do, or do I need to jump through hoops to make it happen. Sure, you still need to take action. The difference is it’s just one call, not six, or the person you need for your project just happens to be available. So, when a friend shared this mantra with me the other day, I wanted to do the same.

“I choose to live in Easy World, where everything is easy.”

Then breathe, relax, allow, enjoy, and . . . watch the magic unfold!*

I’m choosing to live in Easy World . . . How about you?

*From: Choosing Easy World by Julia Rogers Hamrick

December 1, 2012

I just finished reading Frederick Bailes’ Hidden Power for Human Problems. Written in 1957, the book opens with “In the autumn of 1915, a young man was dying.” The young man was the author, and the book goes on to teach us about how he healed himself and helped many others too. He discovered the seven “parent” thoughts behind every human problem and showed us how to remove them.

I was so grateful to discover mine and release it. I’m often amazed at what lies under the surface. There was nothing new here; it was just a new way of seeing, in words written more than 50 years ago.

July 15, 2012

I just finished The Second Coming of Christ: The Resurrection of the Christ Within You by Paramhansa Yogananda. I read it a couple of years ago, and a friend suggested I read it again. I am so glad I did. It was so much more powerful and helpful in understanding Jesus and his message.

I especially appreciate that I was able to borrow this beautiful, two-volume set from the library. So, today, I also want to share my gratitude to the wonderful Multnomah County Library for all the books, CDs, and DVDs I’ve been able to enjoy the last 20 years—what an incredible resource.

May  9, 2012

I’ve been reading some of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda again lately. As always, I’m struck by his love and gentleness. It just exudes off the page. And, he was so accepting of everyone, whatever their background or beliefs.

April 18, 2012

I just re-read an interview I first came across several years ago about Anita Moorjani’s (www.anitamoorjani.com) near-death experience. Here are a couple of paragraphs from the interview that particularly resonated with me this time around.

“I am talking about my own mental dialogue to myself. What am I telling myself, day in and day out inside my head. I feel it’s so very important not to have judgment and fear in my own mental dialogues to myself. When our own inner dialogue is telling us we are safe, unconditionally loved, accepted, we [then] radiate this energy outwards and change our external world accordingly. . . .

You want to know the best part about feeling this positive energy about yourself? I don’t feel I even have to say anything to anyone to uplift them, but just because of my own loving self talk to myself, people around me feel my positive presence. Without even having to say anything, you will start to notice people being attracted to your positive presence, and be energized by your energy. Your positive inner dialogue helps elevate others around you even when you are not saying anything to them, just thinking positive thoughts about yourself!!!! Because energy just radiates and flows out and touches others!! This is why this self loving inner dialogue is so very important in making a better world.”*

I so appreciated this reminder, and I am going to pay a lot closer attention to my inner conversations. Maybe you will too.

*This is an excerpt from the interview Anita Moorjani did with the Near Death Experience Research Foundation in 2006. To see the complete interview, go to http://www.nderf.org/anita_m’s_nde.htm.

January 2, 2012

Happy New Year!

I am really excited about this year. It just seems to be full of possibilities. Particularly in our work lives, I’m finding clients are ready for shifts in what they’re doing, but unsure of what it all looks like. I keep getting the sense that’s because we’re creating new ways of doing things that simply don’t exist yet. So, while it may take a little faith, imagination, and maybe collaboration with others to open up these new doors, if we do, some incredible opportunities and adventures will blossom for us.

December 22, 2011

I was doing readings at the New Renaissance Bookshop the other day. It was a day filled with wonderful surprises and synchronities. I’ve come to believe there are no coincidences, only synchronities. And, if you expect them, as I do whenever I’m going to be at New Renaissance, they happen. Days like that are a great reminder and so much fun too!

Wishing you much joy and happiness this holiday season!

November 22, 2011

I’ve been hearing a lot about our relationship with our bodies lately, and whether we appreciate them often enough for all they do for us. Do we take care of them rather than take them for granted? One thing we can do when we feel an ache or pain is ask our body, “What’s it going to take to change this?” Then, wait a moment for the answer. There’s a reason for the saying, “Trust your gut.” Our bodies will tell us what we need to know. We just need to be willing to ask and then listen. Maybe it’s the perfect time to start connecting to your body and see what magical things happen.

Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

October 27, 2011

Sonia Choquette shared this in one of her books. It’s a quote from her grandmother.

“The situation is critical, but never serious.”

October 14, 2011

So, do you need to make a choice about something? Here’s an easy guide you can use that I heard about from several sources. If it feels light, it’s probably true for you. If it feels heavy, it’s probably not. So, the next time you need to make a decision, dip into your heart and see how it feels. And remember, what feels true for someone else may not be for you, and that’s okay.


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