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Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, that continued thoughts and words of negativity, block my beautiful never ending flow of abundance and prosperity, and turns it into a stagnant pool of negative results~
Spiritual Growth must include recognising and clearing away the negative!
I actually took this photo a couple of weeks ago, popped it into my files and then promptly forgot about it! Well, that was until I walked that way again yesterday and noticed that the recent rain had cleared away the rubble and the water was now happily flowing easily and effortlessly down the creek. Two little ducks were now playing in the currents, chasing each other back and forth through the rocks as if jumping through the sunbeams that flickered and danced across the waters. The aged trees that stood tall and strong, gave way to a gentle smile at the scene below, and the breeze joined the game by stirring the leaves into whispering its gentle melody as a backdrop to this magical performance.
It immediately reminded me of how it looked last time I passed … a stagnant mess! A bundle of sticks and rubbish had gathered in the middle of the creek, holding back its usual easy flow, and creating a horrid looking filthy scum on the top of the water. I so wanted to reach in and pull away the rubble, but knew that Mother Nature would take care of the situation in her own perfect time. And besides, it provided me with an extremely valuable lesson … one that I obviously needed right in that very moment!
Message from Nature Spirits:
This image is an amazing reminder of all the times in your life when you just seem to get stuck in that horrible space of negativity, and your life spirals down. Emotions run deep, but certainly not in a positive way, and you are now, having to haul your way up through the muck and the rubble of what you had unwittingly created!!! Does any of this sound familiar?
We all want you to know that in the midst of this, that beautiful stream of life is just waiting … no … longing to take you by the hand and guide you back to where your true self always is, and will always be; in a state of happiness, joy, love and peace. The Spiritual side of you always remains in that beautiful vibration, but it is the physical side of you that sometimes goes off on its own little path towards negative thoughts, words and feelings. Well, it is time to tell that physical side of you that you are in charge, and haul it back, sometimes kicking and screaming, onto a positive path!
Our message today is really to help you understand that all negative thoughts, words and feelings can only clog up the flow of life and bring negative experiences racing towards you … it is the Law! But, regardless of the negative muck and rubble that you may have drawn to yourself, you have the power and strength within, to grow your beautiful wings with which to fly you up and beyond what now seems an impossible situation. You are so loved!
Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, even though it may be one of the hardest things to do … to forgive is to dance with the sunbeams on a cold frosty morning, watching the hurts evaporate in their magical light ~
Not sure about anyone else, but one of the hardest things I have had to do in my journey to Spiritual Awakening has been to forgive! This beautiful image reminded me to tell you a story.
This is probably the most difficult of stories to tell, but one which needs to be told. Yes, like many women in this world, I was a victim of childhood abuse. In my generation, it was hardly even recognised let alone talked about. You knew that there was no use telling anybody because you would not have been believed, particularly in what seemed a very loving and well respected family. So I did what I am sure many other women did back then, and pushed my secret way down deep inside and just pretended that it never happened. But still, the thoughts would surface with a sadness and loneliness which could only be understood by those who have experienced the pain.
It would take a whole book to give the detail of what expired between childhood and now, but that is not the purpose of this story. Yes, I went through incredible hurt, loneliness, fear and anger, and I spent a great deal of my life protecting and hiding my real self from everyone. In other words, nobody was allowed to get too close, but for one exception, and that was my husband Bill.
How can anyone possibly heal from such an experience. I guess it all comes down to how we perceive our challenges in life, and whether or not we can possibly see them as an opportunity for growth. Now, I know that not everyone is going to agree with how I now feel about my Dad, but I do need to express how it is for me. After my Mum died, there was really no other option, with so many family issues going on, but for Dad to come and live with Bill and I. At first I was caught up with having the opportunity to take back my power… which I did in no uncertain terms. Over time though, I began to discover the soul of the man who was totally lost and scared, and the soul of a woman who was tired of being angry and living with the hurt.
I finally came to realise that my anger, hurt and fear was hurting nobody else but me and I just had to let it all go. I came to understand that forgiveness would free me from all of this. With this understanding I forgave my Dad, and more importantly, forgave myself for carrying all those negative emotions for all those years. This gave me an overwhelming sense of release and inner peace, and over the following months my attitude towards him totally changed as I began to find the gift hidden within the experience.
Forgiving someone of incredible hurt would have to be the most liberating feeling of all. I spent the last four days of my Dad’s life helping him to make the transition from this physical world to the world of spirit. After a severe fall, and at ninety-three years of age, there was really nothing that could be done but to take away the pain. He couldn’t speak, but the message in his eyes said it all; please forgive me, and I love you. Little did he know that in my heart I had long forgiven the past, and now it was time for me to thank him for teaching me the most amazing lesson of all … unconditional love.
So Dad, I forgive you and I love you, be at peace.
Message from Nature Spirits:
We have but one short message: forgiveness heals sickness, forgiveness brings success, forgiveness brings prosperity, and forgiveness expands your heart with a love and a joy that has the stars twinkling with excitement, and the whole of the Universe singing in your honour. You are truly loved!
*** As music heals us at the deepest level, writing the song The Gift of Love , helped my emotional healing … and it may be of help to someone else reading this blog. Please feel free to just listen or purchase or both.
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Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, that fun and laughter melt away all my seemingly impossible situations … every single time … without fail~
Spiritual Awakening is always accompanied by lots of fun and laughter!
As you all know, we have this very long driveway lined on each side by some beautiful old trees; pine trees to be precise. Now, as this is an area of Melbourne where the environment, including the native vegetation, is protected at all costs, our council sees these trees as weeds because their seeds flow into the creek and, of course, grow lots more little pine trees which are not native trees! But I love these beautiful old trees, and love the extra special surprises they bring to us every autumn … little red mushrooms! (It is currently autumn on this side of the world)This type of fungus only grows beneath pine trees! Now, I know that in some cultures, these are dried and consumed to enhance people’s experiences of that enlightened state of euphoria!
Well, for me, they are purely a symbol of fun and laughter! I see them as the little red mushrooms in Charlie and Chocolate Factory … something to dip your finger into and taste that smooth, creamy white fudge, and with red chocolate icing on top! LOL! I see these little red mushrooms as having the most amazing fun with my little grand daughters, as we build fairy gardens around them … talking and laughing as we go! Then I sneak back when the girls aren’t watching, and drop some coins beneath the mushrooms for the children to find when they return. I see these little red mushrooms as bringing a smile to my face and joy to my heart every time I see them poking their little heads above the ground, for I remember how much fun it will be when the children come to visit. In fact, I must go and call them right now!! WooHoo girls … it’s fairy time!!!
Message from Nature Spirits:
In the physical world, people are always searching outside of themselves for that magical something which will be the answer to reaching that complete state of happiness and joy. Do you understand that the secret to experiencing that euphoric state is never ‘out there’, or in something else, but right within you in every moment of every day? It is reaching into your heart and making the decision to live happily ever after no matter what you are currently enduring.
Ask yourself, “When did I last have fun? When was the last time I actually laughed, just for the sake of laughing?” Living in a physical body is not about having to work harder and longer hours to succeed, it’s about learning the art of filling your life with moments of joy! You have forgotten that you came into this physical life time to have FUN and enjoy the journey with lots of laughter thrown in at regular intervals! May we encourage you, today, to take at least 5 minutes of your time to just laugh for the sake of laughing … go on, feel a little silly …you will feel so much healthier, and happier, and the whole Universe will laugh with you. You are so loved!
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Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, when the storms of life break my wings and leave them lying in a pool of tears … it’s only because I need to grow bigger wings to fly even higher~
Spiritual Awakening … with brand new wings as well!
Winter is nearly upon us here in Melbourne, Australia, and Mother Nature is kindly preparing us for what’s to come by giving us rather cold and rainy days this last week … you all know how much I LOVE to walk in the rain, so for me it has been wonderful! But the last few weeks have been somewhat of a struggle in other ways! I have really been challenged to change and grow, and have been feeling the physical effects of this as I have moved forward in my spiritual understanding of life. Lots of aches and pains appeared as I made the decision to take the next big step, and I knew without a doubt it was my unconscious mind trying to serve and protect me, and, its own little way, just making sure that I really wanted to move on!!!
To all those around me who were trying so hard to offer suggestions of what I ‘should’ do, my response was the same … it is just change and change is always good, but it can take a little time … this too will pass! So, I did what I knew had to be done … used my will power to continue, quietly and gently visualising and affirming my end result, and giving enormous gratitude for the changes taking place within me.
It was about 2 weeks later that I came across these magnificent little wings lying on a very wet footpath, and I stopped and smiled, and shed a little tear of joy and excitement at the message which followed. I am also pleased to say that all did pass, and I feel great!
Message from Nature Spirits:
Yes, there are times when you feel your wings are not only broken and torn, but have been completely ripped from you and tossed on the ground. And yes, the tears will flow with the pain and frustration of moving through the necessary changes which are taking place within you emotionally, physically and spiritually. This is often the time for most of you in the physical realm, to give up and turn back to the old beliefs patterns you have clung to and cherished … even though you know that they are no longer serving you.
Well, we bring an amazing message! It is time to take off those old worn out wings, and allow yourself the time needed to grow bigger and more beautiful wings with which to fly higher and higher. These magical wings will have you soaring with the eagles to gaze down on this world with eyes that clearly see visions of dreams you thought never possible. You will now have ears which are open to hearing the magical beatings of your heart as it softly whispers the secrets of ancient wisdom. You will know without a doubt that you hold within your hands the gift of healing, and, for the very first time, you will taste and smell the healing power of love. So today, please unfasten your old wings and prepare for the flight of your life! You are truly magnificent!
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Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, to just hold onto my dream with all my might, knowing that everything is happening in the realms far beyond what my eyes can see~
Sometimes it is just sooo hard to wait for dreams to appear! You have read all the books, you have listened to a million people tell you it is just a matter of Divine timing, you know in your heart how this Universe works … but you really want to see it now! Well, I have had a week of wanting it now, and no matter how hard I have tried to connect to the Truth of things … I was still left wanting!!! “The Universe is just not listening, and nothing seems to be happening”, were my catch cries. Then came the little pangs of guilt … “Geraldine, you know better than to keep saying these things to yourself.” Round and round I went in a never ending cycle, or so it seemed.
Then, last Thursday, I was walking, or more like running, through the one of the many magnificent gardens that are dotted around the city of Melbourne, on my way to meet a friend whom I hadn’t seen in such a long time. As it happened, I was running a little late, and had to take a short cut across the lawns. To my surprise, I stumbled upon the most magical little place hidden amongst trees and shrubs. I just HAD to stop and allow myself the time to soak in the magic. My eyes were immediately drawn to the reeds growing in the middle of the most beautiful water lily pond… the reeds that had begun their life as tiny bulbs in a pot at the bottom of the pond, and now they were able to be seen by all who passed by. Their message came in loud and clear!!! I’m not sure how long I stood there, but suddenly, I was brought back to reality when my phone rang, and it was my friend just checking to see if maybe I was lost! LOL
Message from Nature Spirit:
You may be pleased to know that many of you in physical bodies have trouble understanding the concept of Divine timing. There are so many factors to be taken into consideration! You need to understand that there are so many different things that need to be brought into alignment for your dream to manifest in the most perfect way possible… people, events, happenings, phone calls, chance meetings, hand shakes, casual conversations, ideas, opportunities, and a million more wonderful, magical steps timed to perfection. All this takes place in the spiritual realm, and you have no idea how close you are to seeing your dream become a reality … if you could only hold onto your faith and trust, and not begin to doubt!
Quite often, you are just seconds away from the popping of the champagne, the balloons rising into the air, the choirs singing, the bands playing and the crowds cheering in celebration of your dream coming true … and then, you push it away again! You say those few little words, “It’s just not happening”, and guess what? The Universe instantly answers your request … and it doesn’t happen!!! Your ‘inside growth’ is so important in the manifestation of your desires. This means holding onto your faith and trust in Universal Law, regardless of what you can or cannot see happening around you! So, allow for Divine timing, and you will see miracles occur … you are so loved.
Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, when I choose happiness above all else… streams of magic flow from everywhere to lay a carpet of joy at my feet~
Our world is filled to the brim with magical sights and sounds that bring joy to our lives … and sometimes, even take our breath away with their beauty. On our way to Marysville, I spotted this gorgeous pic and, once again, had Bill screech to a halt so that I could get out and capture the moment. I wasn’t really sure of the message at the time. But this evening, I was clearly directed to download the image and get writing … and the message was JOY!!!
As most of you will have read, about 4 years ago we went through a little ‘hiccup’, as I like to affectionately call it, where we lost everything financially, and a little more. (Bill often says to me, “If that was a hiccup, please don’t ever tell me that we are about to burp!!!! LOL) Anyway, after 12 months of non-stop crying and a truck load of tissues, I decided one day that things just had to change. I knew without a doubt that the only one who could bring about this change was little old ME! So, I took a deep breath, dragged myself out of my misery, stood in front of the mirror, and declared to myself there and then, that regardless of what was going on in my life, I was going to be happy. “Oh my goodness”, I thought, “Now what am I going to do?” So I also decided there and then, that each and every day I was going to look for and find anything and everything that could bring me joy.
Message from Nature Spirit:
Always, always remember… the deeper the valley, the greater the view from the mountaintop! We are here to assist your climb, and we do this by providing you with an endless supply of magical moments of joy. These can be as simple as a tiny mushroom dotted with the morning dew, the whisper of the gentlest breeze through the trees, the song of a tiny bird at dawn … and the glorious colours of autumn leaves. Your task is to step, even momentarily, away from the memories of the past and the worries of what might be in the future, and recognise the joy that surrounds you.
We strongly suggest that you begin by practising this for just one moment a day. And then, when you are ready, step up to two moments a day and so on and so forth, until you are having so many of these joy filled moments, that you are filling your whole day with that amazing emotion of joy. From making the decision to practise for just one tiny moment a day, joy now flies to you on the wings of the wind to dance through your heart. Joy sings to your soul in every breath that you take. Joy melts in the sunlight to form a rich red carpet at your feet. And the whole of Nature celebrates your courage and your magnificence! Today, in this moment, find something that brings you joy! You are so loved!
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Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, that regardless of how low I am feeling, or the enormous challenges I am facing, the light of love melts away any situation that seems impossible~
I think I have already written about the fact that sometimes I don’t realise what image I have taken until I get home and upload it to my computer. Occasionally, one just jumps out at me and takes my breath away … it speaks to my heart with a whisper … shhh, listen! I then know if I take the time to stop and connect to the message, it will come through loud and clear! This was one such image.
Once again, Bill and I were wandering the bush tracks and taking in the amazing beauty of the moment when I happened to take this particular photo. We were looking down upon a magical valley which was slowly recovering from an incredibly destructive bush fire that passed through this area about 18 months ago. I stood in awe of the brightest green re-growth … trees, ferns, tiny native shrubs … and the gentle flow of the clearest little stream as it wound its way through the valley, sharing mystical melodies with all who listened.
I remembered the times that I had felt totally burnt out and found myself sitting in the deepest valley of fear and despair. I remembered wondering how I would ever climb out of that valley! I remember thinking, ‘if I only had something to hold onto … something that would give me the strength to take just one tiny step … something that could once again, build my trust in life, laughter and happiness.’
Message from Nature Spirit:
Nature always recovers from disaster! It is happy to allow the time that is needed for this recovery to take place. It breathes deeply of that loving light that shines in and through everything. I know, you will say that this is a very difficult thing to do living in a physical body, and facing the challenges that your physical life brings. This may be true, but what if we told you that it works every single time … without fail … no question … guaranteed!!!!
Regardless of the abyss of the valley, the agony of the despair, the depth of fear, or the heart breaking circumstances you find yourself experiencing, if you can turn around, place your back to the circumstances and focus on the light of love … things will most definitely change! We want you to quiet your mind and your body, and just close your eyes and focus on a beautiful loving stream of loving light flowing in and through you. Feel this love, hear its music, see its beauty, be lifted by its strength, and be touched by its healing light. Now, when you open your eyes, hold onto, and trust this truly magical loving light … and watch miracles occur in your life. You are sooo loved!
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Today’s Note to Self ~Remember today, that if I keep wallowing in my own self doubt and self pity, my magical, never ending stream of life will very soon become a stagnating swamp~
If anyone was handing out an award to those who were wallowing in self doubt and self pity last Thursday and Friday … I am sure I would have definitely won! You know those days when things aren’t quite working out the way you think they ‘should’! (Don’t you love that word ‘should’… NOT! I am going to strike it completely from my vocabulary!) Anyway, here I was, once again, going to give up and run away and hide from the world … and my dreams … and my purpose for being here … and… well, you know … everything.
In the midst of all of this, I decided to down tools and head out for a walk, so I could actually wallow in peace. LOL But, Nature Spirits had other ideas and were determined to help me through this little bout of indulging myself in self doubt and self pity. I heard the call to go off my normal path, and head into towards an undiscovered section of the creek. It was raining, so of course everything was wet … more wallow … the grass was longer here where I had to walk … more wallow … I had to push my way through the thick shrubbery … more wallowing … scratched my leg … heaps more wallowing … and then, what a magical sight before me!!! And what an amazing message appeared before my eyes. I found the nearest log, wet and all as it was, and just sat in awe of Spirit and Mother Nature.
Message from Nature Spirit:
Do you understand how much you are truly loved and admired for deciding to journey into the physical to learn and to grow from so many wonderful human life experiences? Wallowing, in self doubt and self pity, is just one of those amazing experiences which, if you so allow, will bring miraculous changes in mind, body and soul. If you will accept that it is actually Divine Love calling you to stretch and grow a little more, in no time at all, you will see yourself crawling from yet another cocoon, and spreading your beautiful wings to fly a little higher. You will move from living an ordinary life to living a most extraordinary life.
This beautiful image of a swamp is to help you understand what happens when you either fail to recognise self doubt and self pity, or try to fight against it. This causes your magnificent, magical stream of life to become chocked and clogged. Your life becomes a swamp with nothing flowing in or out … you stagnate! But, as you see with this image, there is still so much beauty within the swamp, and you … but just imagine how much more would shine to the world if you could recognise these doubting times, accept the love that lies within the doubt, and then move back into that glorious creative flow with ease and grace. All in Spirit hold you in such awe … and you are soooo loved!