Choose Your Filter: Journey of Courage 2017 – Day 03

The point is: it takes courage to change, to figure out a new way of being, to become something different than what you are used to, what you are comfortable with. But the good news is…it’s becoming less painful to change than to remain in old thought-patterns that no longer serve Love and the upliftment of humanity.

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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.


I know someone who used to hold-in all emotions, causing mental and physical health problems. After years of therapy, this person is finally able to “express themself”. In fact, now this person says whatever comes to mind, and is known in several circles as someone with “no filters”.

Having no filters, in and of itself, is neither good nor bad…but in this particular case…it results in this person being known for doing and saying things that are insulting, cruel, thoughtless, ignorant, and insensitive. People around just shrug and say, “no filters…”, as though that explains and excuses the behavior.

Having no filters, however, does not equal insensitive behavior; I know many people who say what’s on their mind without being cruel or insulting.

In fact, “no filters” is inaccurate terminology. What comes out simply shows what the filter actually is, what’s really going on in the mind, in the way the thoughts are processed internally, and then come out as words. This person  has filters; they are just filters that allow mean and insensitive things to come through.

Change the filter, change what comes through.

Expression is important, but maybe what is more important is what filter is being used internally –maybe this person’s initial health problems weren’t caused by holding things in, but rather by the types of things being held in (and now we know what this person was holding in!).

People are becoming more and more impatient with cruelty and suffering, on every level, from any person (even oneself!). More and more, people are thinking, “there’s got to be a better way”.

Collectively, we are finding that better way.

Refuse to tolerate your filters that allow through any cruel, insensitive, thoughtless, ignorant thoughts or behaviors–they are affecting you inwardly, and they are being expressed outwardly, whether you realize it or not.

Change your filter.

Embrace life in love as your True nature. Connect with All in Love. Stand boldly in your heart-center, unwavering in your dedication to Unity of Life in Love.

Don’t just look, find the better way. Be the better way. Be strong in Love.


Spiritual Humanism– Journey of Gratitude 2017, day 12

It may seem a bit oxymoronic, and I know I come across most of the time as someone who gives primacy to spirituality over and above the human condition, but in many ways, I am a humanist. I believe in people. I believe in the strength of being human…I just think that being human and being spiritual are compatible, and not exclusionary categories. The best of our humanity reaches into our spirituality, and our spirituality joins our humanity as the best qualities of being human: kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement, etc. Today brings these two together…


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Guiding Thought

Lift your mind and heart to the Truth of Being, to all that Is, to All you are. Accept your Self in Truth and offer your Self to All in gratitude for Being.


Every day I pay homage to God, to saints, buddhas and bodhisattvas, to avatars and angels, to Divine Beings of Highest Light. I don’t take a lot of time, or go through any elaborate ritual (most of the time).

A way to show this homage–in almost every tradition–is to light a candle, to offer flowers or money. Sometimes I bring some thing to place before the Divine Beings; sometimes I don’t. Either way, I simply acknowledge their presence, thank them for being, and make my offering. If I do not have some thing to offer, I offer my mind, heart, and hands to be used in their service, for the benefit of All. Then I ask for simple blessing, that All may be blessed through me. It takes less than two minutes.

The reason I thought about this is the line: offer your Self to All in gratitude for Being. 

It occurs to me that I need to take my short ritual a (big) step further. offer your Self to All (not just Divine Beings…). 

Acknowledging Divine Beings is one thing, as those beings are able to assist All in ways that are unfathomable, and often invisible. They are working tirelessly in Divine Service; when we communicate with them, and let them know we are open to their assistance, they are able to help us more.

But, we are human, and it’s hard to imagine those invisible beings; I still wonder if they really are there. I question why I do what I do–is anyone really listening? (I feel the rightness of it, but more than that, I can’t explain). As humans there must be some way that we can embody this with other human beings. After all, don’t people deserve respect and acknowledgement simply as being human, with the dignity inherent in that? Don’t we all live in this world, contributing to the life of culture, the life of nations, the stream of movement we call history?

Just acknowledging another’s humanity is the next step, the step further: offer your Self to All in gratitude for Being. I can imagine performing my short ritual silently, internally, with every person, with every being, “I acknowledge your humanity. We are different, but the same. Thank you for being the unique individual you are. May we enrich each other through our differences, and strengthen each other through human kindness. May we share with others that richness and strength, increasing it with all we meet.”

If you prefer something more spiritual… “I acknowledge we are One, united in and by Divine Love. Thank you for being, thank you for being One with me. I offer my heart, head, and hands to you in service to the benefit of All. Please bless me, that I may bless All.”

Why does this matter, as a humanist, or as a spiritualist? Because as you make these acknowledgements part of your routine as you meet people, you strengthen that truth within yourself. And, as you give blessings to others, those blessings ripple out, then return to you.

The world needs this now.


“Unfamiliar and Unworried”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 30

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Guiding Thought

The Divine Presence of Love is the most natural energy in the world and beyond. Through the wisdom of Love, we understand Love as True wealth and an expression of our Divine nature, to be cultivated in consciousness, expressed, and shared. Our Love is infinite. Our wealth is infinite. We realize this as our reality and circulate wealth with joy and gratitude.


To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
-Ecclesiastes 3

I’ve been trying to wrap my head around what “season” I’ve been experiencing on this Journey. I almost don’t recognize myself. On these Journeys, I’ve told myself that I have to be the one who goes deep; I have to be the one who takes responsibility for change; I have to be the one to set the example. That has translated into research, a lot of thinking, and analyzing everything under my own personal microscope. Not this Journey. Am I letting myself down? Am I doing enough? Am I letting you down? By not really digging in, am I not living up to my own standard, am I standing still on the Journey?

I do have these questions, but they are not worrying me. After all, I am still on the Journey—I haven’t stopped, I’m still here, taking a step every day. It’s just new terrain and I am not familiar with it.

I’ve entered a “season” for some purpose. Maybe the purpose will be revealed later. I suspect that is the case. For now, I’ll just let my consciousness do what it does. This feels right. It feels natural, even though it’s unfamiliar. It feels like this is where I’m supposed to be, what I’m supposed to be doing.

All is well.

“Booyah! In The Twinkling of an Eye!”: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 11

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Welcome to Round 2!

Here we go! If you are new to the Journeys, please see this page, under the heading “Four Rounds”, for how things change slightly in this round.


Guiding Thought

Divine Love-Light is the Source of All. It is all good, all God. This Source is always seeking expression through you. Your awareness of your personal identity as this Source provides you with infinite fulfillment and prosperity.



Sometimes it seems like I should be able to just change, like “in the twinkling of an eye”. Sometimes, I feel like I am so close! On the verge! A tiny miniscule step away from a complete turn-around into Divine Being-Doing-Having! I get it, I see it, I feel it…it’s right there… and then…it’s not quite there; I’m not quite there.

It’s true that I am changing, that I am changed, that I am more aware than I have been; I can see my life in new light, I can interact with patience and love and kindness more and more and more. I am constantly stepping into a “new” state of being, as I work with the contemplations.

As I step into each new state of being, it becomes natural: it’s just “who I am”. Each new level of awareness (for example of my personal identity as Source), becomes incorporated into my being. And, as you perhaps can understand…when you are “just being” or “just being yourself (or your Self)” you don’t really notice—it’s just who you are.

So what I end up noticing is what I am not yet. I could be the most kind, loving, Divinely present person around, but if I expect myself to be “more”, I am focused on the “more” not on the “where I’m at”.

Source is always seeking expression through you. When I stop thinking about what I am not-yet, and just be naturally, my awareness can shift from the future (from what I am not-yet), to the present (what I AM). When I am able to see myself now as I AM, in Truth, my personal identity as Source, then the Truth shines through; I AM my Self…in the twinkling of an eye.

“Moving From Effect to Cause”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 16



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Guiding Thought

As you unite in consciousness with your own Loving Presence, you unite with Divine Mind. Divine Mind is Infinite Being—it is now, here, always. You exist in Divine Mind, as It does in you, united forever—One. It leads you to Itself through your consciousness of your Self: your consciousness of your Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is Peace, is Wholeness, is Unity with All.


I feel something really big bubbling beneath the surface. That’s sometimes how it goes with these 40-day Consciousness Journeys. There is a part of my mind always “working on” the Guiding Thoughts. My subconscious, my super-conscious, even my unconscious mind are always active in interacting with these ideas. Like when I wake up from sleep, trying to remember a dream, I have only bits and pieces, colors, or shapes. Unlike a dream, eventually (so far) the pieces come together.

The essential piece today is how I am receiving help and guidance on this Journey. I am always reading; I look to books (mostly written by people who I think are wise, or experienced, or who have a unique connection with Divine Source) for guidance. Books speak to me beyond words. Books show me things I don’t see elsewhere. Books always seem to have exactly what I need to advance my understanding or to shed a light on all that stuff that bubbles beneath the surface. [I understand that not everyone has this kind of relationship with books, but everyone has something that can guide them or speak to them beyond words. Music does this for many people; cooking can do this, as well as gardening, swimming, or house-cleaning…anything that allows a person to relax and connect with themselves. What’s yours?]

Different books seem to come forward at different times for the Journeys. I read what calls to me, what feels right. This Journey, the book is The Angels Within Us by John Randolph Price. This morning, before I began the Journey, this is what I read:

One of the most famous Hermetic principles is as above, so below. It is an absolute Truth that deals with correspondences, and it enables us to solve a problem by moving above the level where the difficulty seems to be…The key words to this (are) of, as, is.  

Today’s Guiding Thought follows this precisely: your consciousness of your Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is Peace, is Wholeness, is Unity with All.

Mr. Price goes on to say, “In applying the principle, you are moving from effect to Cause, into the creative realm of you Spirit, and you are letting the vibration of your higher nature be the attracting and harmonizing Power.

Moving from effect to Cause…” Just take that in for a moment.

Using this principle, think about the Guiding Thought this way:

When you experience dis-ease, you are experiencing effects of a particular perspective (or “level”, if you prefer) of consciousness.

As you unite in consciousness with your own Loving Presence, you unite with Divine Mind.

Divine Mind is Infinite Being—it is now, here, always. You exist in Divine Mind, as It does in you, united forever—One.

Divine Mind knows only Wholeness; when you experience the effects of Divine Mind, you experience Wholeness–Health.

When you change your perspective closer and closer to an above perspective, the effects change correspondingly.  Your consciousness of your Self, as Infinite Being is Oneness with Divine Mind, is Peace, is Wholeness, is Unity with All. You decide what your consciousness is. If you experience dis-ease, your consciousness of your Self as dis-ease is dis-ease.

I’d like to note that this is a line of thinking that I am exploring and for which I am demonstrating an argument. As an intelligent, rational person, I also hear myself objecting to this line of thinking, and objecting to the argument. Here’s what I hear:

  1. This sounds a lot like you are blaming the vicitim. I dare you to tell anyone who is really sick, who has cancer, who is in pain, that “all they have to do is change their consciousness”… It sounds really close to “it’s all in your head.”
  2. You are denying the real physical nature of health-disease. There are factors like infections, viruses, bacteria, nutrition, genetics, etc. that this does not address. Again… it sounds a whole lot like, “it’s all in your head…” and we know through medicine that that ain’t so.

I hear you.

If these are your objections…I hear you. Continue with your objections, continue with the Journey. It’s all part of the process. I do not claim to have your answers, but the Journey may help you reveal them to yourself.

As for me, regarding the first objection: changing my consciousness to include more and more of a relationship or connection with or experience of my Divine Mind will never be harmful, and it may be helpful. I choose to continue to change my consciousness relying on when “it may be helpful”. Regarding the second objection:  I agree. I solve this for myself by working on as many “levels” of myself as I can, mental, emotional, physical, etheric; this is why I plan to do a cleanse, to address issues that are “real” in my body. (However, I’d like to admit openly that I am a metaphysician at heart [if you didn’t notice], despite doing things to influence the physical body, I will almost always think the mind has a great influence over how we experience “reality”.)

When I give you pieces as I have today, it is for this reason: This is all I can see right now. This is what my mind is working on, but I don’t have the big picture, and I don’t have answers. I hope that by now, you are beginning to be able to recognize your own pieces, that perhaps you can acknowledge, “this is me, working on…something; I am not quite sure what it is yet, but there’s a lot of Journey left for me to figure it out!”


“It’s up to me”: Journey of Healing 2.0 – Day 04

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Guiding Thought

To heal and be healed is to be aware; to understand, and to Know Wholeness.  Thus I seek Wholeness, Unity, Oneness within my own mind and heart, and in all my actions and affairs. I focus on uniting the fragments within myself, so that I see only Oneness, which is the Truth of my Self. As I Know myself as the Oneness that I am, this Truth reflects in the world around me, confirming what I Know through my experience and life activity. 



I read the first sentence and thought, “I don’t know…there’s got to be more to it than that…” This was not, however, the doubt and skepticism it sounds like. It was genuine curiosity about what is really going on, what the Truth is, and how I can understand what healing is.

You see, recently I’ve been feeling a bit conflicted about this Journey being so mental, when I, and so many people, think of healing as physical. We all know that there are many types of healing, there is emotional healing, soul healing, heart-healing, psychological healing; but most generally, when people think about health, it’s all about the physical. So, isn’t it a bit misplaced for me to be so focused on concepts, rather than concrete, tangible things and actions that people need for healing?

These conflicted thoughts were also the reason for my initial reaction to the first sentence. How can I claim Wholeness is healing, when that does not move people closer to actual physical healing?

The thing is, I actually do think it’s right: Wholeness is healing. Wholeness is Holy, is Divine Health. I also think the mental does move people closer to actual physical healing, but it’s not direct, and I think it’s easy for people to overlook, or fail to take responsibility for it. The mental is just the first step; a person must act; a person must choose to act.

I just don’t understand or know enough yet for physical healing to materialize immediately in my life, in my world. I don’t get it. Yet. But that’s what this Guiding Thought is all about, isn’t it? —Seeking Wholeness within my mind and heart, in all my actions and affairs.

This is why I am incorporating more earth practices in my daily routine. Earth is about the body, about living in the world, working, having relationships, doing what it takes to live fully in a body, all my actions and affairs. I know that I need to integrate healing the mind-emotions-spirit into my physical body.

My mind, body, and soul, are all my responsibility. In a way, I have a responsibility to my mind, emotions, and soul to bring my body to Wholeness. If I am going to work so hard on lifting my heart and mind to new levels of understanding, I should work just as hard to incorporate new levels of understanding Wholeness into my body. What does my body need to be whole? How have I fragmented my body? What is going on in this physical vehicle that needs to be transmuted?

Despite all of the vacillations within medical research, there are some things that I think are probably right: for example, fluoride in the water is not good for the body. Aluminum poisons the nervous system when ingested. Processed white sugar, particularly that made from GMO sugar beets, wreaks havoc on the body. Alcohol suppresses the immune system.

I have minimized most of these things in much of my diet. But not completely. And, what damage was done inside me when I was still drinking out of aluminum cans, or eating more commercial sugar, that has never been repaired? How do I need to heal my body that I am not even aware of?

Just as these Journeys are a proactive way to heal the mind and heart by consistently focusing on Whole and Loving thoughts, there are proactive things to do to repair damage done within the body.

As my Healing consciousness elevates, it tugs at me to get my body elevated also. My body needs to heal, so that it can hold the energy of my elevated consciousness, so that it can channel, reflect, and transmit the energy of more Love, more Wholeness, so I can be the change I am effecting.

Some other things that I also believe to be true, despite varied fads and opinions: Fruits and vegetables nourish the body with natural, unadulterated vitamins, minerals, and enzymes. Certain herbs and teas “flush” toxins out of the body.

It doesn’t do me any good to think really high and loving thoughts, then act competitively with my co-workers. It doesn’t do me any good to talk about Oneness, then pick a fight in my relationship. It doesn’t do me any good to talk about health and continue to eat GMO sugar, drink alcohol, or drink fluoridated water.

As above, so below, but it must be me who makes the decision to act in a consistent way with the “as above”. It’s up to me. If I am going to talk about healing, ask for healing, then I need to be prepared to act in a healing way toward my body. That means increasing the things that support my physical health, and decreasing the things that suppress my immune system, or leave toxins in my tissues.

This is going to be a big part of this Journey. It means changing habits and making adjustments.  I don’t know if I am ready, but I’ll do the best I can.


Waiting on Inspiration–Journey of Worth 2.0 – Day 28

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Guiding Thought

We are worth the effort it requires to move our minds to Love. We are worth the time of waiting, in patience, for Knowing to arrive. Every moment, every second that we open to simply being willing for Love to enter is a moment offered to Eternity; a moment offered to healing, a moment offered to Unity.

Love does not announce itself with trumpets and cymbals. It simply settles slowly, quietly, gently, beyond sense-perception. So we must wait in patience and take the effort to move our minds to join the quiet stillness of Love. Here we rest. Here is Peace. Here is all we want and need.


I’ve hit the wall. I usually hit the wall much earlier in the Journey, around day 9, 10, or 11, so I am thankful that it has held off this long on this Journey.

Sometimes the wall looks like doubt, sometimes it looks like cynicism, sometimes it looks like despair. Today it looks like uninspired.  I think, actually, I hit the wall yesterday, but I could not admit it to myself, much less publicly. So I tried to write something… and what I wrote yesterday felt uninspired, don’t you think? Maybe I shouldn’t admit that.

Today, I still feel uninspired. Bland. Neutral. Colorless.

It was three days ago that I wrote, “Worth is absolutely connected to material things, like money, but I have not even addressed that (yet)…This will be the direction for the rest of this Journey, bringing all this together a little better.” And yet, I still have not addressed Worth as a well-rounded idea which includes physical/material things. And I am still waiting–it’s been on my mind; writing about it just hasn’t been “right”. Especially not today. I want to get that right, and do it well, so today is not the day.

This Guiding Thought says, “We are worth the time of waiting, in patience, for Knowing to arrive”. I am waiting now, I guess, waiting for inspiration.

Waiting is hard to do. I get worried when I have to wait like this. How do I know what I am waiting for will arrive? How can I be assured that I will not be stuck in waiting? What am I supposed to do while I am waiting? (Do you see how the theme of my wall fits in with the theme of the day?)

When in doubt, write about what you feel–that’s the trick. Forget about what you “want” to write, forget about what you think you “should” write, and write about the wall, write about feeling uninspired or worried or doubtful.

The writing changes the river, changes your experience of it. That change is always enough to ensure not being stuck. The writing pulls you into a new place without effort. The flow changes easily. Everything becomes new. (>Woot!< Yesterday’s article comes through!)


“Relaxation via The Throw Away Pile”: Journey of Purpose 2.0 – Day 20

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Guiding Thought

The world awaits your expression!  You are here to align with your purpose, participate with life, and share your Self. With each moment spent cultivating your Own Loving Presence to be attuned with Inner Divine Mind’s expression, the more you encounter the Perfect Spiritual Idea in your life activities. Choose to be aware! Choose to understand! Choose to know! Choose Life.



We’re halfway through! Today is a day for celebration. Welcome to day 20!

I spent my weekend doing mundane things and feeling normal. I cooked and cleaned, worked in the yard, did laundry, walked the dog. I intentionally did very few practices–of course I did the Journey, and took my baths, but I did little mantra, no kirtan, no fire, no abundance practice with my alter bowl, very little Jharra. By Sunday evening, I felt relaxed and unburdened in a way I remember feeling unburdened and relaxed. It was so familiar and comfortable. It felt good, like I was back to my (old) self again.

I knew it was a comfort like an old pair of shoes that have been in the “throw away” pile for months, and you just can’t stand to actually throw them away. I actually have a pair of shoes like that. I’ve been meaning to get rid of them for a couple of years; I never wear them. But every once in a while, I put them on…every time I put them on, I think, “I just can’t get rid of these”. But I never wear them; they are worn, torn, and frayed, and I know that I am holding on to them because of the memory of how great they were. I have equal and better shoes now. I should just throw them away, but I love them…or at least I love how wonderful they were.

I knew the comfort of my old self was like that: I just wanted to “put it on” one more time, before I (really, this time) leave it behind. I know that I am changing and evolving, becoming new and better, but I wanted to feel the comfort of my old self. Unlike my shoes, I know that my old self really is leaving, transitioning away (not being thrown away). I really am leaving that self behind, happy to accept the new.

Today’s Journey confirmed this for me. Like yesterday, I was all in reading the Guiding Thought. “YES”–my whole body-mind-emotions affirmed every word of the Guiding Thought. I felt the truth behind the words, I felt my own eagerness to comply.

Can you feel it? You are here to align with your purpose, to participate with life. Feel that! “…to participate with life.” The life in you is the life around you is the life that is you, and you are here in it, with it, being it. You are LIFE. Life is YOU. We are here together in LIFE. And life is amazing!

But it is kind of stressful, this constant working to move myself forward. It’s nice to be able to revert to old comforts, if only briefly. Maybe I can put my old self in the pile next to my shoes… I can always get rid of it later, right?

“Reflections on The Gift of Losing It”: Journey of Purpose 2.0 – Day 19

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Guiding Thought

You Are. You are Love. You are Kindness. You are filled-full. You have all you seek, for all you seek is within you. Now you can be who you know you are. Share your Self with all and hold nothing back.  Give All Love. The Fullness of your Self will return to you as every form, person, situation, circumstance, and event that renews your fullness. Do not worry or think about what may be…your Self Knows and orders your life for your perfect fulfillment. All you need do is remember your Self.



This is how my Journey has gone so far:

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Deep introspection, vigorous self-analysis, enthusiastic determination, and gusto bring about internal changes. Sometimes our brains/ego-minds don’t go as fast as the changes that are happening at deeper spiritual or emotional levels. The mind takes longer to process what’s happening; it doesn’t understand, it’s not in control, it’s being dragged along, flailing to figure out what its place is, what it’s supposed to be doing.

That’s when my own personal freak-outs happen. Then, I have to regroup and baby steps are how I do that. Baby steps lead me slowly…slowly…so my mind/ego can catch up; I regain balance and prepare to dig in again!

Today, I’m here to tell you: Don’t freak out about your own personal freak-outs. I have them almost every Journey (including this one); they are part of the process. The more intensely you go into yourself, the more you change, the more all parts of you will change. That means there will be parts that resist, lag behind, or actively rebel.

Don’t think that you are a mental or emotional mess because you are “losing it”. The messiness can be because you are getting it. Just stick with it, take the baby steps, back off a bit (but keep going forward), allow yourself be a little superficial (but keep moving).

Here is how the cycle has gone for me, with days corresponding to points in the cycle:

Smooth out, regain balance and equilibrium – 40 days, Journey of the Heart

Since it’s a cycle, it can begin at any point (and there are even cycles within cycles). This current cycle began with the previous Journey, which really connected me to my Self, bringing a relaxed calmness to my whole approach to this Journey.

Feel prepared and competent – the 10 days of reprieve between Journeys.

This was when I began to ramp up. I was excited about doing this Journey. I was ready to get back in my head! I was eager–chomping at the bit–to get going with this. So when this Journey began, I was able to be…

Intense and involved – the first 13 days of this Journey; they went by famously! Smoothly! Intensely!

Freak out  then I hit a wall. It was almost that literal. I felt flattened. It was day 14, the “Kick Debbie to the Curb” day. It got worse, too. Day 15 I was also freaking out. I was also freaking out at home, too, by the way: I had several good emotional releases during this 48 hour period (for which I thank my shoulder-at-home for helping me through). When I was “here”, it felt like eternity; it felt like I was never going to get out of it…which is why it’s so important to keep moving forward, even with…

Baby steps – Day 16, 17, and 18 were baby step days. I don’t know if you can tell that or not. I can tell–I know myself–and that is why I am sharing it now with you; those were baby step days. I did the minimum for reading/writing; I kept it neutral-to-light, definitely not deep or intense.

Smooth out, regain balance and equilibrium and Feel prepared and competent – Sometimes the baby steps are simply about moving forward slowly. Sometimes the baby steps also serve to balance me and provide equilibrium and encouragement. In this case, they did that; days 16, 17, and 18

Here we are at day 19. I’m back at Intense and involved. Today, I was all in when I read the Guiding Thought. I believed it. I could feel it. The words were real again, no skepticism, no doubt. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!

How are you doing? Can you relate to this cycle? What do you notice about what moves you, or what you move through? Have you noticed patterns for yourself within the Journeys?


“Higher Purpose Poser”: Journey of Purpose 2.0 – Day 18

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Guiding Thought

Today, erase all you think you know of your Inner Divine Mind. You are changing. You are changed. All is new. With a blank slate of pure luminescence, wait, simply feeling your inner glow.


Remember that you want this. Invite this. Welcome this!

Allow yourself to change, to become more attuned to your Self, more aligned with your Self, and more congruent with your Highest Purpose.

As you wait and watch your Highest Purpose appear in your activities as people and circumstances, breathe, smile, and live.



“You are changing. You are changed”. I have always thought about this from a purely mental/emotional perspective. I have considered the changing to be the transformation of thoughts, the release and purifying of emotions, or even simply the progression of understanding.

Yet, how limiting that is! “All is new” tells us that all is new–all, not just thoughts, emotions, or understanding, but also nerves, synapses, cells, atoms; the change is also physical. Mental and emotional changes reflect in the outer-world of activity, interactions, and circumstances (as within, so without). Transformation!

For four years, Amy Cuddy has blown people away with the idea of Power Poses: physical postures that make people feel empowered–like standing as though you’ve just crossed the finish line first or standing like Wonder Woman. These are contrasted with the physical postures that make people feel disempowered: slouching, hanging your head, or pulling your arms/legs in (making yourself smaller).

For Amy Cuddy, the physical affects the mental/psychological: Behave how you want to feel, and the feeling will follow.

This is the exact reverse to my approach, and yet, both approaches include each other. When people feel self-empowered, they act in self-empowering ways; when people act in self-empowering ways, they feel self-empowered. And why not? The body houses the mind and emotions, they are all connected.

So what is my Higher Purpose pose? What is the pose that I strike to signal to my neurons that I am physically expressing my Higher Purpose? (I’ll have to get back to you on that.)

Or is it the reverse? Are my neurons right now, today infusing my body with electronic signals about the physical expression of my Higher Purpose? Are my physical actions, even at a very subtle level (down to cells, atoms, or electrons), right now changing, shifting, to match my Higher Purpose thought-patterns?

This Guiding Thought now takes on an entirely new dimension.