A Spiritual Truth About Faith and Peace

By Lorraine Cohen www.lorrainecohen.com

Inner peace doesn’t come from getting what you want. Inner peace comes from remembering who you are at the deepest level… Divine ~ Lorraine Cohen

FaithIf you look at life through black and white eyes you miss all the rainbows in the grey. If you continue to label life experiences as good and bad, right and wrong, you will only be living a slice of life.

If you expect things to go poorly rather than well, you will likely create that. If you focus only on the negative when things don’t go your way, you will sacrifice your inner peace and happiness. If you allow the behavior of others to control your life then you empower others to control your joy. And if you feel ingratitude for what blesses your life every day, what makes you think you will be happier with more?

Your attitude, beliefs, expectations, and perceptions shape your experiences. Your life can change in an instant. You have it within you to transform the landscape of your life by the choices you make with an open mind and heart. Life is meant to be a grand adventure full of mystery, twists and turns, laughter, surprises and opportunities to stretch yourself to new horizons.

Remember energy goes where attention goes. The Universe is watching and listening….You are either living by conscious intention or unconscious default.

You don’t have to have it all figured out to move forward.

No matter what is happening “out there”, peace begins within. Trust that there is a reason and purpose for the experiences you have and the more you embrace them with an open mind and heart to receive the gifts that may not as yet be revealed, the more you will dance with life in Grace.

Stop for a moment, tune into your heart and connect with your soul. Focus on taking several slow deep breaths. Bring each breath up from your belly and fill your lungs to capacity with the energies of Divine Love. As you exhale slowly, send the energies out into the world to anyone and anything that you love.

Consider the special people in your life, Mother Earth, animals, the government, places of suffering … or wherever it is most needed.

As you breathe Divine Love in and out, invite the energies to fill you up completely, immersing yourself in this vibration and rest there a while longer, soaking it in.

Ahhhhhh. Then be open to receive the Love and blessings coming back to you. As we give we automatically receive.

Approach life as a grand adventure with the spirit of a child and the courage of a warrior.

Just take that next step in faith and trust and see what happens…

When you begin to experience doubt and worry, let it be a reminder to increase your faith. Remember that everything happens for a reason. Let go of trying to understand why and rest in the knowing that, in the end, all will be well. Because it will … Really.

Life can be magical if you let it.

You are more loved than you may realize and you never walk alone.

Sending Love and gratitude your way 😀

Lorraine

Rev. Lorraine Cohen (United States) is an internationally recognized life architect, spiritual guide, inspirational speaker, and heart healer. For more than 25 years, Lorraine has assisted thousands of women who value the inner journey, have the courage and passion to go deeper and create massive changes in themselves to reach higher states of consciousness and be of the greatest service to the world; to live a life that is awake and authentic and to create a reality that is conscious, deliberate and meaningful. www.lorrainecohen.com

How To Find the “Blessings” In Every Moment

By Lorraine Cohen www.lorrainecohen.com

blessings-flow-to-you1Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything, This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.” ~ Alan Cohen

This morning as I awoke to the rain falling, I thought, “I wonder what blessings will be coming my way today?” I was inspired to begin my day with this curiosity from a conversation I had with a friend last night.

How you start your day sets the tone and the energy that moves through your day. If you begin from a centered space, you can flow with life with more ease and Grace.

I’ve been playing with the intention of seeing the blessings in everything for many years. Sometimes it has been challenging and yet, when I look deeper, I always find several gold nuggets to enrich my life.

One of my greatest teachers is my sweet 15-year old cat Cassie who is dealing with kidney disease. Despite ongoing bouts of diarrhea and some vomiting she continues to be engaged and playful. What she teaches me is to not see her as ill, rather to see her as “being” who she is and loving her “there.” And when the sadness comes, it is a blessing to feel and release the pain of losing her when it is time to let her go.

She continues to bless me in learning patience, trusting my intuition in taking care of her and myself, fully show up and appreciate the special loving moments we share. She is teaching me to surrender and let go and how to stand strong when my heart breaks.

Blessings come in many forms, shapes and sizes.

Recognizing blessings can be tricky because the mind is so quick to label experiences as positive or negative.

It’s easy to feel gratitude when things go the way you like and want. It’s a common response to resist and react negatively when things seem to go awry or present unwanted challenges.

* The people who push you buttons help you learn so much about yourself
* A difficult relationship can help you find your voice, your value, and your power.
* Losing a job may lead you to your life’s passion and purpose.
* A health challenge may help you cultivate self-love and forgiveness.
* A delay in moving forward may be a Divine redirection to something even better.
* Obstacles may help you discover what you really, really, want.

What if you saw every challenge, every perceived problem, every annoyance, every person and situation as an opportunity to heal, grow, and spiritually evolve AND make a difference in the world.

What if EVERYTHING in your life was brilliantly created (by YOU) to help you dissolve barriers, heal inner wounds, replace illusions with deeper truth, and bring you closer to your higher Divine Self?

What if every experience was designed to bring you “home” to Love and peace so that you could also help to heal the world?

How would your world change?

What would you be thinking, feeling, seeing, saying and doing differently?

Asking the right questions can reveal hidden gifts especially when you stop, tune into your heart and body and connect with your inner guidance..

When facing challenges and repetitive themes, awareness brings illumination.

1. What message does the experience bring? What is your spirit trying to tell you?

2. What have you been resisting that you know in your heart is true? A feeling, an action?

3. What story are you standing in? What is your truth/the truth?

4. What are you being called to claim and OWN?

5. What is yours to heal?

Begin each day with a grateful heart. Look for the blessings in your daily life in the shadows and in plain view.

Notice the beauty, the simple pleasures, the things that delight you, the things that stretch you out of your comfort zone to follow your heart, the ways in which you are being called to show up and stand in your power… and be open to see how Divinely supported and loved you really are.

Love and blessings,

Lorraine

Founder of Powerfull Living, Rev. Lorraine Cohen (United States) is an internationally recognized life architect, spiritual guide, inspirational speaker, and heart healer. For more than 25 years, Lorraine has assisted thousands of women who value the inner journey, have the courage and passion to go deeper and create massive changes in themselves to reach higher states of consciousness and be of the greatest service to the world; to live a life that is awake and authentic and to create a reality that is conscious, deliberate and meaningful. www.lorrainecohen.com

When Your World Starts To Crumble

By Brenda Pearce, http://www.efactorlive.com

CMR-My-show-cardWhen your world starts to crumble, do you bring out the crazy glue, to piece it back together?

This may work a time or two. It is exhaustive and it may last a day, a month or a year, and if we are lucky, forever. What else do you bring to the mix? Is this a process that only you can fix, or do you bring others in to help? I have found that if the situation is fixable, it is because it is truly in alignment with YOU. If the situation repeats, then you really do need to look at the alignment with your true happiness, mission and passion.

I had a very difficult time with coming to grips with this concept myself.

When I married, it was with the intention of FOREVER. I took those vows so seriously that I would have rather died, than face the truth that what I was doing was not working. What started out with love, and commitment, hope and promise changed after the happenings of life along the way. I was the gal with the crazy glue bottle, fixing patching, cobbling because I thought it was what I needed to do. I was going crazy. Exhausted, and stretched to the frazzled remnants of ME.

When separation and the eventual divorce ensued, I was left with only ME. This was the opening, the gift I really needed to really honour, love and know that what could have been the door crashing in my face and an opportunity to blame or shame others, was really a chance to rebirth ME.

I took stock of what I had, and to take a step back from situation and really examine the lessons along the way, and be a student of life. Never did I think that this door would open at the age of 50, yet it did. More and more, people are finding that divorce is happening later in life, when things should be easier, financially, and relationship wise as the hard stuff should be over. Divorce is happening more so now in these later years as with the time to be more in relationship, away from the chaos of raising the family, we are faced with a stranger we thought we knew.

I am not advocating divorce as an answer to the crazy glue method of cobbling life together, but before you insanely try to patch what is broken, stop and really check in with you. Stop to honour you, for the Divine gift that you are. Look at your strengths, your goals and dreams and give them wings to be nurtured, embraced and developed, in or out of the relationship. The pieces will take care of themselves, they will either reassemble of their own accord, or be swept along the current of the journey of life, but you do not have to be the one to do all of the fixing.

A few things you can do, to nurture and love yourself, and open yourself to opportunity and personal repair…
– Take time to spend time in nature, or solitude – going for daily walks is a start
– Read good books, that are written by others on the life journey. Co-authored books by real women like the “Embraced By The Divine” book coming soon.
– Finding a group of women to join as either a membership site, or online community is a tremendous help. These women have been there and done that, and are really ready to share their wisdom from the heart
– Being less judgmental of yourself, the situation, or the other person.
– Taking in breathing or a mindfulness practice and stop relying on the past, or thinking about the future, and really focusing in on the moment… Am I okay, am I feeling good, and stretching each moment of realizing, I am okay, and I am really feeling good, and this will continue to stretch into the next moment and the next.
– Look at your skills. What do I do that really brings me happiness, and expand on that. Who knows, it may lead to a new passion that brings you happiness, and could become a new career or a lease on life.

Just know that it starts within you. You are all you need and when you realize the beauty of who you are, the world changes to celebrate and reflect on that. Put the crazy glue away, and step into a more harmonious you.

 

Brenda Pearce is a contributing author to The Embraced By the Divine book, by Michelle Mayur. She is an emerging author, speaker, healer, and broadcaster of 2 weekly shows, E Factor Radio on www.blogtalkradio.com/efactorbrendapearce, and The Empower Hour on the Connect Me Radio Network www.connectmeradio.com/genre/empowerment . A divorce after a 26 year marriage changed her life and opened doors she never knew were possible.