Teachings of Starbucks –Journey of Courage 02.09.33

Guiding Thought

Love is unconditional. I choose to be unconditionally devoted to the love which is unconditionally devoted to me. I embrace life in love as my True nature. Connected with All in Love, I stand boldly in my heart-center, unwavering in my dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

I do my best to write my responses to the daily Guiding Thought from an experiential perspective. The Thought itself seems often to be heavily based in a spiritual or philosophical light. When I think about the seeking many of us do in looking for God, the Creator, answers to the unknown, I wonder at what value such seeking can do us if we don’t find ways to apply it in our day-to-day lives. As far as experiences today, there have been only a handful of inter-personal activities. When I look at those, though, I see heart-centered, unwavering dedication to a Life of Love. We went to Starbucks. We go there often enough that we know most of the baristas and they know us, including our “usual” beverages of choice. These wonderful individuals are always cheerful, friendly, patient and tolerant of their client base. There’s a rule about “no sleeping”. Unless it’s very crowded and/or a person is snoring loudly, a patron’s peaceful nap is quietly embraced. When someone acts out in a disruptive way, one of the staff steps out from behind the counter and sits next to the disruptor, speaking softly, calming, encouraging more settled behavior. When the power is out for hours, the manager sends her staff to another location to work so they don’t lose the income they anticipated. If the lock on the door is broken and the door can’t be opened, this same manager sits in her car near the door and cheerfully points out another nearby shop. She appears calmly accepting of an uncomfortable situation. Each of these incidents, and many others, shows unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love. I choose to use these employees as role models for embracing life in love as true nature. Sometimes I wonder if my unwavering dedication to Unity of Life in Love would be solid enough that I could qualify for a position at Starbucks!

 

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Wholeness in Pieces –Journey of Courage 02.09.32

Guiding Thought

When I attune my mind to the Oneness that is All of Life, I understand my place in Wholeness. I am the very Presence of Life, and this Presence of Life is me. I am blessed through this understanding. In return I bless all I encounter.

Contemplation / Reflection

This was a day of “wholeness” in pieces. Today was a great day and I FEEL Oneness and Wholeness!  Been thinking a bit about the attachments we make to things and the freedom and lightness that comes from letting go of those attachments.  My sister-in-law moved recently. She was in a very urban, traffic-jammed, run-down apartment where she had lived for over 25 years. Today was the day for the final exit inspection of the place she’d vacated. After 25 years of a dead-end routine, depression and a disability diagnosis, the place was in less than pristine condition. She was terrified, and feeling insecure about the process and asked that someone in the family accompany her as her advocate. I “was elected”. It didn’t begin well, with the inspector not showing up anywhere nearly on time. My sister-in-law was feeling angry, discounted, disrespected. I’d been visualizing this event, but only the actual inspection itself. And that part went very smoothly. While they still need to send her the paperwork, I believe that penalties, if any, will be slight compared to the disaster she had been fearful of. While I didn’t particularly WANT to be the advocate, I now understand that it was the Presence of Life that put me in this role. It was my place in Wholeness to be there to speak kindly to the inspector, to speak reassuringly to my sister-in-law, to simply “hold the space” for a positive outcome.  In retrospect, I was in the right place to bless this encounter and to assist her in letting go of attachment to this place and the negative experiences it represents to her. She drove more than two hours home to her new place. Instead of heavy traffic in a densely populated area, “home” for her is now surrounded by lush fields, astounding mountain peaks, deer outside her windows and breathtaking waterways nearby. All of this at a significant reduction in rent and other expenses. And when I arrived home, my husband had sold a truck he’d been attached to for several years. There’s an open space in front of our house that’s free of that attachment. I had a place in the Wholeness of this day. I am blessed, and in return I offer blessings and gratitude for all of the encounters of this day.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Secondary Reading

Here is a great article on “holding space”: https://heatherplett.com/2015/03/hold-space/

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Generational Reflection –Journey of Courage 02.09.31

Guiding Thought

Life is a process of Self-discovery. I embrace All of Life, for All of Life is who I am. As I embrace Life as my Self, I come to understand Life as me. Life embraces me gently and joyfully in return.

Contemplation / Reflection

I have a great-granddaughter celebrating her first birthday today. I wish I could be embracing her physically, but she lives in another state. My Self-discovery for the day is a whole lot of mixed feelings. First, saying “great-granddaughter” makes me think “I’m old”! But, in a workshop I participated in years ago, we were encouraged to choose an age we really enjoyed, and stay there in spirit. So, I’m forever 27! Old enough to have gained a little wisdom (I hope), young enough to still want to sing and dance and play through life. Next, feeling mixed about this little girl. For her first birthday she’s wearing a pink tutu and a white lace shirt. She’s adorable. She’s a tiny princess. But, it’s so very GIRLY.  And, she’s being raised in an incredibly loving family with three older brothers who adore her. I’m sure, somewhere along the way she’ll learn to play with boy toys. And, in truth, what I feel about any of this doesn’t matter a bit. I’m not present to influence the gender training of these children. Their mother is a brilliant and multi-talented woman who is a great role model.  These children will grow up learning of love, for themselves and for one another. And I can’t change my age. So I’m embracing Life as it presents itself. I understand that I have biases and preferences. As I embrace the meaninglessness of those, I feel life embracing me gently in return. Life is what it is. And that’s more than okay with me.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

The Space Between –Journey of Courage 02.09.30

Guiding Thought

We are aware, we allow, and we accept. What Is. We go within to our silent Self which Knows and follow our inner Wisdom to Truth. We practice Divine Balance in thought, word, and action. We are! We are our Self! We are our Self of Love!

Contemplation / Reflection

My father is 94 years old. He’s on Hospice. I am aware of that, I accept that, and I allow him to be as vibrant as he is. The Wisdom of Truth is that he will die – perhaps not as soon as “hospice” indicates. Currently he seems to be thriving. So I practice Divine Balance, accepting that he won’t always be with us. Celebrating that he IS. Much of what I know of Love, I learned from this precious man. Near him are displayed photos of a very handsome young man – the young man who is “Dad”, the man who raised me, teased me, taught me and loved me. Before me sits that same young and joyful man, wearing a much more aged body. And today, I’ll spend much of the day with him. We’ll watch “Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal”. Things he does routinely. There won’t be much conversation. For him, one day is much like another. But, the space between us will be filled with Love. Quietly. I find myself wanting to cry as I write this. The tears are bittersweet. Happy tears? Sad Tears? Neither and both. I am moved by the power of the Love I feel. For my Self, and for His Self.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

A “Light” Read –Journey of Courage 02.09.29

Guiding Thought

We accept our light and my lightness! We feel our Self expand! As we perceive change around us, we remain anchored in our Being of Light. We allow ourselves to sit peacefully in the still place of nothingness as life moves quickly around us.

Contemplation / Reflection

This morning when I got up, it was raining.  Now, late afternoon, the sun’s shining brightly and the sky is blue.  I accept the light – MY lightness! Have I expanded? My happiness has expanded.  I’m a creature of light, and of lightness. I’ve perceived much change today. Trash cans were full and now they’re empty. Cupboards were empty. After a visit to Costco, they’re full. The camellia plant next to the house was tall. Steve trimmed it and now it’s small. Daffodils were small, now they’re blooming tall.  Lots of change. Some of it quite fast-moving. Some of it not so much. And I sit peacefully in front of this computer – not quite a still place of nothingness. But I can still hear my favorite mantra playing in the background of my mind, even as I type these words. I know that, on a larger scale, the world around me is changing, moving quickly. After all, wasn’t it just Christmas? And now it’s spring! People died today, babies were born. Some people worked today at jobs they love, or hate. Some people fought wars. Relatively speaking, I AM sitting peacefully. My little corner of the world is a haven. My personal temple. And the world continues to turn. Yes, I’m IN it, but I rarely feel like I’m OF it. And that makes all the difference!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Communication –Journey of Courage 02.09.28

Guiding Thought

We allow ourselves to connect with our pure Inner Divine Heart of Oneness. We are aware of the expression of the Divine Heart through us, as us. We connect with our heart, and are aware of embodying its pure Love intention for All. We are filled with Joy as we embrace our heart’s Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

I was speaking with Steve, my husband today. In the process of cleaning a number of humming bird feeders, I said “you have another feeder out there, right?” Then I stopped and realized that what I really meant was “if you want me to clean and fill that other feeder, please bring it in”. So I said that. My first communication was me being unconnected with the pure inner Divine Heart of Oneness. It was me thinking Steve could read my mind. I realized that unclear communication can actually take more courage than clear communication. When we are connected to the Divine Heart of Oneness, we speak more clearly. We put ourselves in the other person’s shoes. We speak and act with consideration of the other’s perspective. Not doing so takes courage because there’s a much greater risk of miscommunication. A conversation can “go south” very quickly when we say something other than what we truly mean. When we “embody” the pure Love intention for all, we do our best to be as clear as possible with one another. We communicate with intention. Doing so can fill us with Joy in embracing our heart’s Love. It brings us closer together. There’s joy in being understood!

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Love is an Art –Journey of Courage 02.09.27

Guiding Thought

Love is strong! Powerful! We embrace Love and wield it through our awareness of Oneness. Oneness destroys the illusions of the mind, of the past, and of the material world. We move forward courageously with Peace in the Truth of Love and Oneness.

Contemplation / Reflection

Love is an art and each of us is an artist. Like learning any other art, practice is key. We LOVE, usually starting with our mother, our father, our siblings, a family pet. We go on to love playthings, music, books, flowers, a park, a beach, nature, a favorite car. We move on to our friends, a life partner, our children. Each and every time we love is a practice, an exercise. And, hopefully, as we practice this art, we get better at it. We become the product of all the loves of our lives. In a song you won’t likely find on Youtube, a local musical artist years ago sang “you can’t love a person just once, then forget them forever. Not when you’ve given a piece of your soul and your heart”.  But, there’s also the song that says “love hurts”. When we put strings of attachment on our love, we can end up hurting when that loving relationship doesn’t fit our picture. So,we go out and love again, practicing again. With practice, perhaps we learn to drop the “training wheels” which are the strings we attach to a relationship for “safety”. It takes courage to let loose those strings.  When we get better at it, like riding a bike, we begin to forget we ever needed those training wheels. We stand (or ride) free. I don’t know if any of this makes sense to someone else. I just know that, when I’m no longer in this physical form, I can think of only ONE thing I hope is said about Mary Wallace.  “SHE LOVED WELL”

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Facing Fears –Journey of Courage 02.09.26

Guiding Thought

We are responsible! We are able to respond with and through conscious awareness of our inner-centered, silent knowingness, moment by moment. Anchored in the inner harmony, we face our own thoughts and actions with courage.

Contemplation / Reflection

Some days as I respond to these Guiding Thoughts, I wonder “what am I doing here?” I feel like I’m writing a personal diary and putting it out there for the world to see. I feel exposed and vulnerable. When I “anchor in inner harmony”, I feel less naked. I don’t know what you think of me and my shared thoughts. From an inner-centered awareness, I feel like that’s okay. I’m “responding” the best I know how. I think you are, too. Sometimes I try to write what I think someone else will want to read. Something someone else will find interesting, or thought-provoking. When I try to write from that space, what comes out feels forced and insincere, and I have to start over.  It’s taking courage, every day, to continue to share my thoughts. Some days I think I’d rather not. But, I’ve made a commitment to myself to do this work. As always when I directly face my fears, I think “it’s okay to be afraid and to do it anyway”. I gain strength and confidence from seeing myself as someone who keeps their word, no matter what. I see myself as more courageous for accomplishing these daily exercises.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

A Different Style –Journey of Courage 02.09.25

Guiding Thought

We are ready and willing, here and now, to be courageous. We release our minds’ ideas of security, of “right” and of “wrong”. We allow our personality to dissolve and to become One with the Love that IS everywhere. All false boundaries evaporate like mist in the sun as we devote ourselves to the Oneness of Love.

Contemplation / Reflection

Release our minds’ ideas of security? Allow our personality to dissolve? Are you kidding me? I wouldn’t be ME, you wouldn’t be YOU, we wouldn’t be WE without our personalities! And, perhaps that wouldn’t be a “bad” thing. I make greeting cards – it’s something I’ve been doing for years. I have my own “style” and it’s recognizable by those who know me. I recently went to a friend’s home to make some cards. I didn’t take any of my stuff with me. My friend’s “style” is quite different from mine and it was interesting to use images, printed papers and colors I would not have chosen myself. It was an opportunity to allow at least one “false boundary” to evaporate. I loved the end result. BUT, I was still manifesting my own personality. I don’t know how to let my personality dissolve, to “evaporate like mist in the sun”. I guess I do that somewhat when I meditate. If I’m successful in reaching a “calm abiding” space, “I” no longer exist, at least briefly. I love the feeling of “the Oneness of Love” that I find there. But I’m frightened of losing my”Self” in the process. And, sure enough, the moment I have that thought of fear, my “self” jumps right back into my awareness and the sense of “oneness of Love” is what evaporates like mist in the sun. I guess that’s why we “practice” meditation. We get glimpses of that Oneness. When we then go out into the world wearing our personalities, we can also glimpse the “other” as a reflection of our self, and can more easily look upon others with love.

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)

Ground-Level Perspective –Journey of Courage 02.09.24

Guiding Thought

We are safe in Divine Love’s assurance. We have the courage to face the ignorance and illusions within ourselves and root them out. We allow the Light of Love to enter our minds and hearts. Divine Love shines within us destroying anything false, transforming us from within.

Contemplation / Reflection

I am looking for the ignorance and illusions within myself. I think they’re pretty darned well hidden! I recall putting on a pair of roller blades for the first time and taking off down a hill. I’d done a lot of ice skating and had the illusion that I knew how to slow down or stop if I was going too fast. Well, on ice skates, there are serrations on the toe that help slow you. Imagine my amazement when that didn’t work with roller blades. There’s a rubber bumper on the heel that slows and stops you. So there I was, sitting on the concrete path with scraped and bloody elbows. My companions, seeing me take off like a shot, labeled me “fearless”. I labeled myself ignorant! But I didn’t break anything, so I guess Divine Love assured me, there was hope of rooting out that ignorance.

 

Guest Contributor Mary Wallace

 

 

 

 

 

Journey of Courage is now available as a free book.
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Journey of Beauty Begins April 18!

Apr 18 Preliminary day Introduction: Why A Journey of Beauty (02.10.0)
Apr 19 Preliminary day Commitment and Dedication (02.10.00)

Apr 20 – 29 Days 01-10 Round One (02.10.01-10)
Apr 30 – May 9 Days 11-20 Round Two (02.10.11-20)
May 10 – 19 Days 21-30 Round Three (02.10.21-30)
May 20 – 29 Days 31-40 Round Four (02.10.31-40)

May 30 – June 8 Reflection days Gently care, de-fuse, and write one day of reflection on the Journey (02.10.41)