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Amazing Story Contest for the week of March 3, 2014

Crossing_Paths_by_DeaconBrody[title size=”2″]A Chance Meeting[/title]
by Su

For some time now, I have been convinced that the Law of Attraction works. I have practiced it with varying results, being extremely successful at times, and less so at others. Recently though, I have had a little more trouble keeping the faith and felt like I was pushing and worrying a lot more.

While recently on vacation, I took a day to recenter myself and think about what I most wanted for my life, a practice I find extremely empowering. One of my major requests to Spirit was more frequent encounters with my soul mates, people I have yet to meet, but with whom I share a deep spiritual connection.

While flying back from my vacation, I was delayed in New York City for two days due to a snow storm. The first day was frustrating, as I spent most of it trying to find a way home. And once my second rescheduled flight was also cancelled (although it seemed like the snow was lifting), I decided to stop fighting it completely and accept the fact that there was some higher purpose for finding myself stranded in New York.

As I boarded the shuttle to the hotel, a man came on behind me. He was an extremely attractive man, which is probably why he caught my attention. We started talking and immediately had the most intense connection. Our lives were completely different, and there is probably no other way that our paths would have crossed. We had the most wonderful evening over dinner, sharing and talking about our lives. It had been quite a while since I had felt such a strong immediate connection to someone. When it came time to leave, we commented on how strange it was that we would never see each other again, said good bye, and left without exchanging any contact information.

That night, I had an overwhelming sense that I had accomplished what I needed to in New York. The next morning, despite inclement weather, I was able to board my flight and head back home. Though it’s unlikely that this man and I will ever cross paths again, the intensity of our brief interaction told me that my request to Spirit had been answered, and indeed, I had met one of my soul mates.

Su has won a 30-minute psychic reading with Susyn Blair-Hunt. Whether you’re interested in finding your soul mate, getting things back on track with your partner, or learning about a past-life you shared with that someone special, Susyn will use astrology, love crystals and a very special Love Tarot deck to illuminate the matters most dear to your heart.

oceaniaframedNext week’s winner will win a free email reading with Oceania Kelley (pictured at left). Oceania harmonizes knowledge, wisdom and tarot to support your personal journey. She illuminates pathways and transforms roadblocks into stepping stones. For more on her work, visit OceaniaKelley.com.

If you’re hoping for a free psychic reading, this is a great way to win one: just share an amazing personal spiritual experience with us. Each week, we’ll pick the best story and the author of it will win a free psychic reading from the reader offering one that week. Stories should be true, amazing, and be either about you or someone you personally know. Winners will be notified by email, and winning stories will be posted here each Monday.

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What My Grandfather Said to Start Each Day

softsunriseby Joanna Pinney Buell

I lived with my grandparents for about six months after high school. One of my most vivid memories is of how I awakened each morning to the sound of my grandfather, Ned, putting on his boots. Once they were on and laced up, I’d hear him sigh and pronounce, Thank God for another day of living. Hearing those words every morning upon awakening evoked a great feeling of love and gratitude in me for my grandparents and for the life I experienced while under their roof. It set the tone for my day. Not only that, in looking back, I see this time as one in which I felt quite happy in my work and relationships.

That moment when we’re first coming into consciousness upon awakening is a powerful time for us to take advantage of. We’re in an alpha brain wave state and very receptive to mental input of any kind. This slower brain wave state is also creative; it’s the state from which affirmations may manifest. Many spiritual teachers speak about this power point and encourage us to think positive thoughts upon our first conscious awareness, be this at 3:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. – whenever we begin to stir.

I just attempted to dowse on the question of how many people consciously use this power point and actively practice conscious awakening on a daily basis. I asked how many in one hundred use this power point. I went up to ten thousand and still hadn’t reached one in ten thousand.

The most powerful spiritual practices are profoundly simple. They’re often overlooked for their subtlety; they lack glamour. Those that do take up a practice may find it surprisingly difficult to implement and stick to. Simple in this case does not equate to easy.

Please pause a moment if you haven’t done so already and think about what you do before you get out of bed in the morning. What you do after you arise counts, too, but first things first. It is likely that you do have a routine, be it conscious or unconscious. After defining your waking routine, ask yourself, What kind of programming am I giving myself for the kind of day I’ll experience? What are the feelings I’ve set into motion? Do you have pleasant anticipation of your day or dread, or do you just feel flat? Now put yourself on a scale of one to ten. Ten represents having a feeling of joy and gratitude, five represents a state of ho-hum/another day, another dollar, and one represents a feeling of you don’t know how you’re going to make it through another day.

Self-awareness is the first step in creating positive change. Be honest and please don’t judge yourself if you find yourself at five or under. There are people with longstanding spiritual practices who do not partake in this simple act. Their practice has to wait until they hit the meditation chair or until they do tai chi or yoga, or until something happens externally to bring forth a state of gratitude. We’ve been so conditioned to strive and produce the goods in our culture that we forget there is power within simplicity and stillness; it’s a truth that we’re just beginning to grasp.

The Practice:

1. First you notice that you are beginning to awaken.

2. Make a conscious choice to focus on an image or thought that evokes a feeling of happiness and gratitude. This might be a scene from nature, the face of someone you love, a spiritual leader you relate to. It could be something as mundane as feeling grateful for the enjoyment you’re going to get out the cup of coffee you hear percolating, or that it’s Sunday morning and you can stay in bed as long as you like. It’s all about the feeling the subject of your thought evokes, not about the subject itself.

3. Add an affirmation. Think about the quality you want to bring to your day and create a simple statement around it which includes gratitude.

That’s it. It’s as simple as 1, 2, 3.

At first, it may be helpful to use the same visualization and affirmation each day until you get the practice down. After a while, you become conditioned to awakening into a state of gratitude and you can adjust your visualizations and affirmations to each day that lies ahead.

If you want to extend this practice, here’s a couple of suggestions:

You might want to place your hands over your heart. Within the space you’ve created with your positive feelings, bring someone or a situation to mind who might need help or healing. Be mindful not to energize the challenge; instead affirm and visualize a positive outcome, or simply hold the thought of them with love and gratitude. You can also imagine yourself at various points throughout your day feeling clear, calm and with a sense of happy anticipation.

A sense of happy anticipation, once instilled, is far better than an alarm clock. One can’t wait for the day to begin, and it’s easy to wake up early. I am amazed at how well this practice works. And yet, some days are diamonds, some days are stones, according to spiritual guru Neil Diamond. I make a conscious choice to awaken each day expecting a diamond. It’s the right side of the bed to get up on.

Whether you’re a newbie to daily spiritual practice or an old hat, I highly recommend reading Deep and Simple by Bo Lozoff, available through the Human Kindness Foundation. You’ll feel so good reading his words that you’ll have to run right out and shine your Light!

© Joanna Pinney Buell, The Dowsing Deva, 2012-2014. All rights reserved. Printed here with permission. Joanna Pinney Buell is living the Good Life with her husband David Buell in Downeast, Maine, at their home, Light Heart Retreat. Joanna has been many years in the fields of spirituality, energy work and holistic health as a teacher, hands-on practitioner and writer. Most recently, she has channeled her desire to help others through The Dowsing Diva, where she offers resources for self-health, insightful blog posts, and dowsing services. Joanna can be reached via email at joanna@thedowsingdeva.com. For more information, visit TheDowsingDiva.wordpress.com and lightheartretreat.com to see what this unique place on Earth has to offer YOU.

Twigs and Shout

landaheadby Alan Cohen

When Christopher Columbus and his crew were sailing their long and arduous voyage to a world they had heard about but never seen, the sailors grew discouraged. Eventually the faith-tested entourage began to wonder if they would ever find land. Then one day the scout in the crow’s nest excitedly shouted, Twigs! The crew ran to the rail and observed scattered debris of small twigs and leaves floating past the bow. An impassioned howl rose from the deck – land was not far away.

As you and I enter the new year, we, too, find ourselves on a journey over a vast uncharted sea. Will we ever reach the prosperity, rewarding relationships, health, clarity, and inner peace we have been promised? Can I have a job that fulfills my soul and provides me with a substantial income? Can I meet someone who truly matches me? Can I find harmony with my current partner? Is there a place on the planet that feels like home? Will my body work as well as I would like it to? Can I be happy?

While you may have not yet planted your flag on terra firma, signs will show up that let you know you are getting close. You may make a business deal that is not your ultimate goal, but offers a taste of how you would like it to be. You may feel physically well for a period of time, and although the sensation is not permanent – for now – you realize you can feel good. You visit a place that resonates with your spirit, and you find comfort knowing that such a locale exists and you may one day claim it or one like it as your home.

Or you meet someone who could be a great partner, but that person turns out to not be available or has a deal-breaking flaw. Disappointed again, you may be tempted to complain that you were teased or let down by the universe. But it’s the other way around: the universe is letting you know that what you want is possible, and you can feel the way you want to feel with someone right for you. That person was not the person, but he or she was a representation of the energy and experience you value and intend to manifest. If one such person exists, there must be others. Don’t curse the experience because it did not become permanent. Bless it as a sign that the real thing is not far behind.

In the early 1900’s a shoe company dispatched a salesman to Africa to open up that market. A month later he sent a telegram to the home office: Disaster!Disaster! These people do not wear shoes. Bring me home immediately!

The following month, a salesman from another shoe company was sent to Africa with the same assignment. He, too, soon sent a telegram home: Opportunity! Opportunity! These people do not wear shoes. Triple production immediately!

Disasters and opportunities are not necessarily logistical facts. They are interpretations. Psychologists have determined that your subconscious mind, the matrix of beliefs that creates your experience, cannot distinguish between imagination and reality. When you imagine something to be so, your body, mind, and emotions kick into gear and create the experience of it being so. Imaginations of failure lead to the experience of failure. Imaginations of success lead to the experience of success.

That’s why it’s important to notice twigs and celebrate them. The ratio of big ocean to small twigs is gargantuan, but it’s what the twigs represent that makes them more powerful than the expanse that outweighs them in size but not meaning. Faith, said Rabindranath Tagore, is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark. When you hear the bird singing, no matter what the environment currently indicates, you can be sure the sun is not far behind.

If something can be done, it will be done. This is why Kitty Hawk moments are so significant. When the Wright Brothers flew their first flight in a heavier-than-air craft at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, the flight’s duration was only twelve seconds. But what those twelve seconds meant was far more important than the flight itself. They meant that air flight was real and possible. Those twelve seconds were the portal to a new era in human history, leading only 66 years later to a man walking on the moon. That twig was a sign of a vast new territory not very far down the road.

You can hasten your arrival in the new world, symbolized by this new year, by being keen to observe the twigs that float past your bow. Celebrate and magnify them. Seize every sign that your good is on its way – actually already here – and let success be the theme of your exploration and expression. Columbus and his crew were powered by stories and visions of a life they had never known, and they found it. You, too, have heard about dimensions that transcend the ones you have known, and you, too, will step into them. That’s what makes the new year new.

Alan Cohen is the author of Enough Already: The Power of Radical Contentment. If you would like to become a professional life coach or incorporate life coaching skills in your career or personal life, join Alan’s celebrated Life Coach Training Program beginning March 4, 2014. For more information about this program, Alan’s books, free daily inspirational quotes, and his weekly radio show, visit alancohen.com or email info@alancohen.com.