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Janet Conner - Soul Vows

Who ever thought their soul would have a bucket list?

Janet Conner, famed author and Unity on-line radio host personality, does. And with an expert track record in tuning herself and her reading and listening audiences into “soul-land”, I will take her at her word.

She offers a pretty intriguing invitation and challenge: “Have you taken your pulse lately? There is a Divine Presence alive and well and growing, something that marks out a rhythm of what is holy, important and good for you in your life. It knows the life of the Divine is your life and so is the Love and Presence of the Divine.”

I like lists and I do pretty well with directions and recipes. Many years ago and one day at a time, I learned through the Twelve Step Program how to thoroughly follow the path which promised I would not fail. It opened to a full life, but for the grace of God, I would not have today, without the guidance and companionship of many of the members.

I’ve known Janet Conner for five years now and besides being authentic in her words as an author, she seems to companion her readers and followers all along the way of discovery, in her books, in her Internet seminars, with her news on Facebook and in her on-line Unity discussion programs with radiant guests that make the hour fly by.

And what Janet wants to companion us with is purely ……soul inspiring.

In fact, there are soul-writers writing in soul journals all over the globe since the publication of her first book, Writing Down Your Soul. I, along with many other writers, built in a daily practice of quiet time and writing down questions or just filling a page with stuff. Then we listened. For what? For God to answer. Yes, and when the message came (and it always does), we had blank space on the left hand side pages of the journal, reserved for God, and we wrote what we heard.

This was my introduction to Janet Conner around  2010, from an article written from her in Daily Word, Unity’s monthly inspirational booklet, which I had read faithfully since the 1970s.

I continued to work with Janet with her Yearly Intention Mandalas, which she wrote about in her second published book, The Lotus and the Lily.  Again, much more soul work with recognizing the bang-ups of life, the gifts in the pain, and some power-shaking methods of finally forgiving self and others.

The design of the mandala focuses on the inner conditions you intend to live that year and statements or images of manifestations of good you wanted to appear in your life. Really, really BIG things you have no idea how they will come about. Just put them on there, said director Janet.

Janet Conner - Intention MandalaMy 2013 Intention Mandala center with BIG manifestations images (not shown) on circumference

I have lived each yearly mandala I have made over the last five years now with astounding manifestations that have appeared that I, by myself, could not have produced.

I trust that my soul is at the center of this all.

In Janet’s latest book, Soul Vows, she recognizes the vows she formally makes to her soul as lifelong companions whose beauty and depth she can never exhaust. Thus, the pulse she speaks of needs to be recognized as both human and Divine.

She calls this union….”the new I”.

“The vows, themselves, were always breathing and living in a space of vast consciousness. They were always big — It is us who have slowly expanded our consciousness to meet them”…and then to make this just a little more puzzling, but thrilling, she adds, “filled with paradox.”

Janet considered her soul vows of over fourteen years, faithfully said upon rising each morning, to be the most important prayer of her life. Yet they had a startling change within her as the meaning of “the new I” came upon her. Their deeper nature called upon her to unite the Divine, living Presence into the human part of the vows. Within her book, she is that guide I talked earlier of needing. She presents a great map of the journey to the divine union through soul vows.

So what about that bucket list? Does my soul really want something of me? When Janet asked that same question, she looked to the fingers of her hand and her soul voice proclaimed, “Yes, I want 5 things:

1)  To connect with Source   @) to commit to values   3) to serve a purpose   4) to express itself   5)  to create a life”

Janet Conner - soul wants 5 things

Janet Conner, in finding her soul-partner publishing company, has dedicated both her writing and teaching life and her very living of life to soul communication. I witnessed and partook of many graces of her purpose, journey, and passion to be open, vulnerable and sharing of the deep messaging type of pilgrim she is.

Path of a Pilgrim

In general terms of this bucket list, I don’t see one which honestly does not resonate in my own soul and which has not been present as a type of large, overriding value in my life  when I was busy in the details, messiness, pain, joy and grace of “life goes on.”

I’ve always sought a center. These are very centering ideals. They serve anyone of contemplative nature and even assist those who value a noisy, raucous life style. “There are many gifts, but One Spirit.”

I, for One, am paying attention to my soul’s bucket list. When its happy, I’m happy.

Janet Conner - Soul Writing

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Change 5

I am inspired to share Betty Lue Lieber’s 10 Keys to a Good Life from her Loving Reminders she posted today. Then I go to prepare “the best chicken noodle soup EVER”,( says my seven year old granddaughter) for her father, who got smacked with a fever and cold last night. His usual post is on the playground helping the school and the children, but he is taking care of himself with home rest today. All of this is part of THE GOOD LIFE.

From Betty Lue:

Affirmations:
I respect my needs and the needs of others.
I love, trust and respect myself.
The more I love, trust and respect myself, the more I love trust and respect others.
The more I love, trust and respect myself, the more others love, trust and respect me.

March 26, 2015 Loving Reminders- Basic Needs

What Do You Need?

What do our children need?
What do our families need?
What do our partners need?
What does our world need
?

When we are giving ourselves what we need, we will be happy, healthy and fulfilled.
Life can be simply fun, safe and easy when we honor our own needs and the needs of others.
What we “need” is totally different from our “wants”.
People are often taking care of what they want, but neglecting their basic needs.

It is time we return to basics.
It is time to learn to begin at the beginning.
It is time to listen to what is important.
It is time to honor ourselves and others.

Needs are not pleasures.
Needs are not whims.
Needs are not temporary happiness.
Needs are basic and primary to being and feeling safe, secure and strong.

We each need to be fed and sheltered and safe.
We each need to be educated and socialized.
We each need to be loved and to belong.
We each need to have something to do.

The priorities for children are not entertainment and toys.
The priorities in families are not chores and doing homework.
The priorities in partnerships are not partying and sexual intimacy.
When the media feeds us with what sells, we often forget and neglect the basics.

In a privileged and affluent nation, we have impoverished ourselves and our children.
When we work to provide temporary pleasures, spending time and money on nonessentials, we make ourselves poor in love, inspiration and healthy living.
We need Love, Love for ourselves, for others and for the beauty and bounty all around us.
We need gratitude for those we love and those who love us.
We need to know we are safe and secure, with a bed to sleep in and bills paid.
We need to eat regular meals prepared by someone who cares.
We need relationships that are respectful, reassuring and valuing who we are.

Good living comes from feeling grateful for the people in our lives and showing we love them.
Good living is taking care of our bodies, our clothing, our homes and what we have that serves us.
Good living is reading a book to our kids and tucking them in at night.
Good living is laughing at ourselves and enjoying the fun we have everyday.
Good living is breathing deep the fresh spring air and being grateful to be alive.
Good living is thanking Creator, Source, Universe for the unlimited life we have.
Good living is remembering Who We are and why we are here.
Good living is natural for those who see and trust in the Good that is theirs.

Let us remember to give ourselves and others the basics we need with full appreciation.
Life work when we take care of our needs.
Loving ourselves, Betty Lue

Ten Keys to a Good Life:

Be Responsible for the entirety of your life.
Be Open to learn from everything and everyone.
Be Forgiving of all mistakes, yours and others.
Be Truly helpful by thinking, speaking and giving your best.
Be Impeccable in caring for your body, relationships, home, work, finances.
Be Willing to live with moderation in all things.
Be Aware of the Gift of Love and the Call for Love.
Be Exact with your thoughts and words; they create your life.
Be Hard-working with wisdom, gratitude and joy.
Be Good.
See Good.
Think Good.
Speak Good.
Give Good.

From Napkinwriter:

I am living as Love in my life.

2015 Intention Mandala Living As Love

 

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Change 6 overview

It’s a process! A little at a time. Some of the changes you can see. Some you cannot. Some of the inside changes are hidden away in my computer files, organizing and planning for upcoming projects.  Some inside changes are taking root in my heart and intention to complete long-awaited and dreamed of “children of my mind” before they become “orphans of my soul” as Anne Murray sang in one of her songs which did not make the pop charts.

Those on the outside are designed to create more light, space and inspiration in my room.  Also to rid myself of the papers and images that I can let go of to make room for the new. This is my plan. I already feel I am sitting in more light as I write this.

Change 4

Like the blank page I come to most days in my writing practice, I have cleared a surface for work and clear thinking. Also some “moodling” as Brenda Euland, author and teacher, calls it. That’s like daydreaming, which many of us have been discouraged from doing at an early age in the long-gone-by days.  Opening space for the little, unconnected to purpose thoughts that don’t seem to be on the highway to any “big idea.”

Change 2

Storing, but not putting out of sight my Reiki table, clearing the center space of the room and making it easy for set up when needed. Journals, that need harvesting reside on the bottom shelf, room for Soul Collage essentials on next shelf up, while many more materials are stored away in closet awaiting the next workshop or call to service.

My favorite “go-to” books on writing and spirituality and world evolution have designated positions within the bookcase shelves These are topped off by my $10 garage-sale buy world globe to keep my consciousness open to our world and current conditions. The two turn of the century 1999-2000 memorial white and gold plates refresh my consciousness that, indeed, my gift of life includes living through the time of the 1900’s into the years of 2000.  Fifteen of them so far which with a few more months of grace will include celebrating 50 years of marriage to my true soul-mate and life, service and love to my family of children, their spouses and our grandchildren. It’s been the best life I could ever have thought of.

Change 3

My prayer chair for reflection and my Reiki panels, and a long time framed picture, “He Shall Hear My Voice”, and surely He has over each of these past 72 years!

Change 5

My new altar for Spring, with my grandmother’s embroidered linen as altar cloth, the angels guarding me, St. Francis keeping me fresh to be a channel of peace daily in my life.   My Little Sue doll from Rosann, a treasured and loved gift from “the sister I never had”.

The mandala wall hanging is one I bought at one of the IWWG workshops I attended back in the 1990s, and this year it will serve as a permanent mandala design on which I will create my yearly Intentions Mandala.   My 2015 Intention Mandala is titled,  “I Am Living As Love”…..in my mind, my heart, my hands, my life, my world.

I have been creating these Intention Mandalas since working with Janet Conner. The focus of these mandalas in on the inner conditions we commit to live during the year.  What we hope to manifest gets listed on the circumference of the mandala…..these manifestations, large and small, have regularly showed up in my life since I’ve been making these and living by them and it is truly a huge act of faith and amazement.  I am so grateful to Janet, of Writing Down Your Soul that these mandalas are in my life, as well as my soul writing journals.

Change 7 Intention Mandala

Onward through my light-filtered room.

Change 8 to be dealt with

As I said, it’s a process. There is much left to be done…..a day or step at a time!

And then, there is this!

Change 9 - Behind closed doors

I am graced with Grandma Tanberg’s embroidery of the 1940s. She is the mother of my birth mother, who died within days of my birth. I had the great honor to know Grandma into my high school years.  She was my “huggy” grandma who giggled a lot and played with my brothers and cousin Diane whenever we were together.  She didn’t mind getting us in trouble either!

Change 10 - Grandma's embroidery

And when I approach the unwritten loose leaf page or the blank computer screen to be filled, I only have to remember these screensaver rules and I am off again.

writing rules

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Sunflower child Mandala conditions

I have put my 2013 Sunflower Intention Mandala on my computer as a screensaver. Today, I sat down to enter a Peace in Our Hearts and Around the World entry. I gazed at the screensaver with “soft eyes” as I said aloud and breathed into each condition I am practicing in my life this year.

In the middle of this practice, I saw a new image in the sunflower. All the “mandala style” buds at the center of the sunflower became people looking inward toward the center. And just now, I made and corrected a “typo” as I typed the word, funflower, for SUNflower.   The name of my 2013 Intention Mandala IS My Year of Joy and Fun.

We are now into the last two weeks of September and my life is living up to the name of this 2013 Intention Mandala beyond my wildest expectations.

This Intention Mandala comes from the teachings of Janet Conner. Her books, Writing Down Your Soul, My Soul Pages Companion Journal, and the lotus and the lily, and her workshops for mandala instructions have graciously and prosperously guided the way I approach my daily life.

The manifestations of good I list for this year are not in sight on this image because I have rightly focused on the center of the mandala where the conditions are stated. As Janet points out… once I have listed the manifestations I want to see in my life, I can forget about them; they will come about when conditions are sufficiently met.

I have no reason to doubt this, as my larger than life manifestations I’ve listed on my two previous mandalas are all realities in my life today.

Before stating the conditions I am willing to live by, there is an important inner process of looking within and looking back and recognizing the gifts that were present in hard times and with hard lessons learned. That takes a respect for the quiet and a courage to live and let live, and let go and release anything not serving my good today.

The next step is a big one — and requires even more courage — forgiveness.

Forgiveness, the ultimate gift to myself! At any cost, worth the price of admission — admission to a freedom in the present, leading into a worthy future. Forgiveness of anything and everything, anybody and everybody, and most of all forgiveness of self.  Always a work in progress. But I am ever more mindful of the benefits and the quicker release of grudges and resentments. I’ve come to know, it is just not worth it to hold onto them.

Now, I’m ready for those conditions I was reading aloud this morning:

I practice radical self-acceptance.

I allow Truth.

I move in the world.

I love in the spaciousness of my heart.

I sit in silence.

I serve in compassion.

I Am in Joy for I know all my needs are met. My life is filled with Abundance of every kind and it reveals the Awesome Power of God.

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sunflower turning to sun

It seems like all I had to do this year was find my sunflower child. And I did that.

I found her in an image I could not ignore. A sweet child placing her soft face right into the center of a large sunflower.

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I put her in the center of my Intention Mandala for 2013. I look at this often and so the presence of this sweet child is with me throughout the days.

But more than that, she keeps appearing in images I come upon in other places. She was on the East Coast with me when I enjoyed my weekend at the Women Writers and Artists gathering. Of course she was! My 2013 Intention Mandala is “The Year of Joy and Fun” and I was certainly joy-filled and having fun with my women companions, enveloped in writing, art and reverence for the larger story of us all.

During one of the workshops, there was my sunflower girl in a pile of images to be chosen for our projects. You know I chose her!

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And today, as I begin preparation for the SoulCollage(R) and Daily Word  workshop I will facilitate at Unity of Kalamazoo in September, I found her once again, as an image in the front of the September/October Daily Word. What a blessing and confirmation for the work I desire to do with this. I have read the Daily Word as a subscriber since 1979. It always lights up the next step in my path with Scripture and Affirmation Truths. I trust it with my whole heart and soul.  Perhaps, that is where the desire comes from to play and pray our prayers and affirmations into image through the wondrous process of Seena Frost’s SoulCollage(R)

Sunflower child best

In the accompanying poem, “All I Had to Do”, by Donna Miesbach, a question is asked:
“Why, then, did I Not see You?
How could I have
Missed your Presence
When all I had to do
Was stop and look
Within my heart?”

That is exactly what we will do when our workshop gathers and selects the scriptures and affirmations they want to “see” through their own images selected at random from many magazine visuals I have spent tearing from sources recycled and given to me. The perfect images will be present, just as the sunflower girl has been present to me. The attendees will have an awed sense of “All I Had to Do” was…..put some pictures together to express a heart and soul-felt confidence that “this is the Truth of me.” The Scripture, affirmation and image will continue to live in them in a “best friend forever” sort of Presence.

All I had to do when I first came across my sunflower girl image was imagine her at the center of my mandala. This Intention Mandala is based on the work of Janet Conner and her “Lotus and the Lily.” I’ve been making this type of yearly mandala since 2010.  On these mandalas, we put whatever we can imagine we want the most to manifest in our lives on the outside circumference of our mandala. Then we don’t really think about them anymore.

“When the right conditions are present, there is manifestation.”

She also insists we put “big things” on the mandala, not necessarily things we think “possible” to get, because the manifestation comes without effort from our “making it happen”, if your focus is in the right place.  Some of my “big things” have been: a home I love; check; a large weight loss; check; good health and fitness; check; travel abroad; check; financial supply for workshops and training; check; live and love with Tom; check. These are big! These are manifest.

To get to the right place, we first concentrate on total forgiveness of others and of self. And to stay with that, working on that whenever and wherever needed. I do that.

Next, we state the conditions we agree to live. These conditions are written out and placed in the center of the mandala. Mine have changed over the years, but they are my guideposts when they appear on my mandala. So for my year of 2013, My year of Joy and Fun, these are the conditions I live by, as witnessed by my sunflower girl:

Sunflower child Mandala - conditions

It seems like this is “all” I have to do to live a balanced and centered life. “All” is always a very small word, but sometimes “all I have to do” is a very large thing to do; other times, it is as easy as floating with the waves. In any case, when I am doing these things, I cannot miss “the Presence” that is always right within my heart.

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Photo: from The Shift Birth 2012

Last Saturday Tom and I went to a garage sale in the neighborhood community where we attend a Monday night Christ Circle Prayer Meeting. We didn’t go by rocket ship, but rather in our Kia.

I have been so involved in the big ideas and the practices and the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Emergence and Birth 2012 course, that I wanted to break out and just do some ordinary “down to Earth” things.

I am not a garage sale person, per se, having only held a very few myself and not venturing out to many others, but this one turned out to have a rather fascinating result for me.

The items I found were in my “wanna” sphere and all related to my work or relaxation in a very inviting way. It was not difficult to choose the items I did and it seemed even with the intention of having fun with this activity, my items confirmed both my work and purpose at this time.

The first item I found was at Karen and Robert’s home, where we meet for Christ Circle. She was paring down some of the spiritual figurines she had and on her table was a sculpture I had given myself and several other family and friends one Christmas. I think my own is still packed in a box from our moving and I am renewing the altar I have in my prayer space in our home. I love this sculpture and now I don’t have to go digging around in boxes to find it. I quickly chose to buy it for 25 cents.

We went across the street and there I found some easy, entertaining summer reading in paperbacks, also priced at 25 cents apiece. I scored twice with this buy. I have been raising Amazon.com stock price by constantly buying books that go along with my study and interest. These are usually not priced as high as in the store, but the amount of them usually evens out to approximately $30 per order. I have a need to know and a need to cut-back and they get mixed up, so the purchase usually wins out.

The second great thing about this buy is that I’ve been engrossed in heavy subject material both in ideas and in personal practices of self-improvement and awareness. Now, I have some easy reads in the fictional world. And with summer right around the corner after this weekend Memorial Day holiday, I am ready to —-relax and read!

Wandering just a little further down the street, I knew immediately what I wanted at the next garage where we stopped. I went straight to the globe sitting on a back shelf. It was a $2.00 buy.  I have had a globe on my wish list and “buy later” list from Amazon.com. It was on those lists because of the money I was spending on books. The globe would have to wait. I’m thinking now of a kaleidoscope that is also on that “wait list” — but I didn’t find one of those at the garage sale.

The globe is something I want to add to my creativity room, and place near my 2012 Intention Mandala which has a picture of the Earth in space and is very related to the work I am doing in the 12 week Shift course. The Equator line is a little rusty on this globe but I purchased it anyway.

We have a lot of “rust” in our world that needs attention from compassionate and willing hearts to give birth to a world that works for all of us.

Next, we traveled down a road where another friend of ours lives, not knowing whether she would be having a sale or not. Marcia has been recovering on a rough, but optimistic, path of breast cancer recovery. There was only one sale on the street and we weren’t sure if it was her home or not. But as we approached, we heard a voice coming from the shaded garage, “What are you two trouble makers doing here?” And there she was.

We had a great visit and gave her continued prayer and blessing for continued recovery, shared some laughs and family catch-up news. Then I told her I wanted the platform rocker, which was front and center on the drive-way, waiting for Sue to come for it.

I have wanted one in my creativity room. I have one in the living room, that is my official prayer chair, and has been with us for a long while. It is usually a favorite that visitors choose instinctively to sit in and comment how wonderful it feels.  It does –for it is prayer-charged for sure.

Again, I had not purchased one for my room, for the “disposable income” found many other higher priority needs to be spent on. Here was my chair for $10. Marcia told us some of its “flaws” and offered it for free — It was a perfect buy for me at the price of $10 asked.

Barbara Marx Hubbard has lots of new language for us to get used to in the way she explains co-creation and conscious evolution, and now that we are in the seventh week of the class, during our break-out phone sessions with other students in the last portion of the weekly topic, we are finding these new terms are more natural for us to use in our discussion with each other. They were awkward and hazy at the beginning.

Barbara says we are getting more comfortable with them because DNA is in our language as well as our cells.  From our continuing experience I can see how that can be true.

One of these terms is “compass of joy”. That feeling of joy is what gives us our direction. When joy emerges up from the heart — and we are in “heart co-herence”, we are traveling our evolutionary path in the right direction. When joy dissapates or disappears, it is a good time to re-evaluate something in our lives.

The home where I bought my fun reading books also had one more item that wanted to be mine. I passed it up, walking along with my books, but I had noticed it on the way in and it just definitely did not want me to pass it by on the way out.

I got as far as the street, then pulled a quarter out of my purse and went back and got it. A perfect size to put my books in. It was a plastic carrying bag that just made me happy to look at, in its bright pinks and varied colors. I could not avoid looking at it and noticing it gave me an immediate feeling of joy.

I’m thinking my garage sale experience was just plain FUN –  ON PURPOSE!

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