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Making Choices from that Higher Place

Barbara Brady
Barbara Brady

I’m feeling called to write about spiritual wisdom, and how it can be applied practically to what life dishes up for us, resulting in more happiness and peace of mind.

What do I mean by spiritual wisdom? Universal spiritual truths that transcend any particular religion which come from the world’s great religious & spiritual traditions and teachers. Of course they’re not the only ones privy to spiritual truth. We ALL have the ability to access that spiritual or soul wisdom, which resides within each of us, since each of us are, at our core, divine.

More and more I’ve been reminded that when faced with a life challenge, being able to view that challenge and its possible purpose(s) through a spiritual lens (love and spirit) vs. the more human lens (fear and ego), and make choices from that higher place, has made a huge difference in my experience of peace, freedom and empowerment.

To that end, I invite our oops50 readers to tell me about a challenge you’re currently facing in the comments area of this blog, including what you’ve already tried to do to solve this, and I’ll do my best to guide you to hear your highest truth; one that’s aligned with love and peace, and to give you specific ideas of how to apply spiritual wisdom to your situation for a better outcome.

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Einstein once said: “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” Most of us have been taught to operate from a linear consciousness based in ego, competition and “being right”. We’ve been taught to “take care of your own” and that there’s not enough_______________ to go around, (love, money, time), so you better not waste it, spend too much of it, lose it, etc.

The truth is, these outdated paradigms gear us to lead limited lives, based on fear, ego and scarcity. They constrict us and keep us playing small, and feed blaming, complaining:. “My husband left me. He did this to me….(e.g. “I’m a victim”). But what if he did this FOR you? For your soul’s growth and expansion? For your higher good in the long haul? Things do happen in our lives that can feel crappy and unfair. And it’s okay to be angry, sad, and discouraged. But we don’t have to get stuck there. We can’t always see the grand design, which reveals why these things happen in our lives. What if they’re happening for your soul’s evolution and growth? If you choose to think of your life as a beautiful tapestry, then all the colors are there for a purpose. Each is needed to create the whole. tapestry

 I look forward to hearing from you, Barbara Brady Coach & Trainer

 Global Leadership / Intercultural / Transformation through Transition

 

 

Jane on Finding My Religion

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about religion–it must be my age.  I’ve had a strange religious journey in my life.  My earliest memory of church is of attending Methodist Sunday School on our Army post in Germany and singing hymns like “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” but I was really raised–sort of–in the Episcopal church, by parents who had tried out a variety of religions themselves–from the Methodist brand to a very secular Unitarianism–and ended up in the Episcopal church.  My mother always seemed to choose her church on the basis of the quality of sermon being offered there (something she got from her father)–so we switched around a lot.

I remember when I was confirmed in the Episcopal church–the process that made me a real member of the church and allowed me to take communion–I asked the priest, who happened to be a very open-minded kind of guy, if I should worry about the fact that I was having to vow a lot of things that I wasn’t convinced I completely believed or accepted in my heart of hearts.  He was a sweet, older man, and he said the important thing was to believe in the big picture and not worry about the details.  He said this with such kindness and such acceptance of me that, right then and there, I believed:  I believed in him, and, since he was such a good, kind, intelligent man, I believed in his religion.  The power and virtue of his faith convinced me more than any of the creeds I was memorizing.

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My husband and I were married in the Episcopal church by another wonderful man, Mr. Hadden.  We didn’t know at the time of our wedding that he was suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer’s, but during the service, he lost his place, and my husband and I had to coach him along, whispering things like, “Isn’t this where we are supposed to kneel?”  We got pretty tickled–and I have always loved Mr. Hadden for smiling at us and even laughing a little along with us.  He was another true Christian.  (He eventually christened all of our kids in the Episcopal church–even our youngest who was so big–weighing 11 pounds and 11 ounces when she was born–that he almost dropped her at the altar!) Continue reading Jane on Finding My Religion