Black and White Feather from Heaven?

Back in June, I had an interesting experience when I found a brown and white feather in an unexpected place while talking to a friend on the phone. Tonight, as I was taking a box out to the recycle bin in another friend’s backyard, a black and white feather just happened to be in my direct path as I walked across the patio. When I showed it to her, she said she has never seen a feather just lying around like that in the over two decades she has lived here. Yes, there are plenty of varieties of birds in this area, from doves to blue jays to cardinals, but I’ve never seen one that matches the feather I found tonight. And it was directly in my path (like the one back in June), so there was no way I could miss it.

Naturally, I researched the significance of a black and white feather and found this from AskAngels.com:

Feathers with a combination of black and white are often a sign that important changes are soon to unfold (or already are happening) in your life. Trust that you’re supported and the changes happening are in alignment with your highest interest, and are ushering in greater healing, spiritual growth, and alignment with your highest truth.

Black and white feathers also signify divine neutrality. Rather than getting caught up in duality and judging things as good or bad, allow what is to simply be.

Visually, black and white feathers remind us of the balance between light and dark and call for us to integrate shadow aspects to become whole and unified beings.

Black and white feathers also represent connection, a sense of union, and bring the reminder that you’re loved and supported by angels as you now step into important life changes.

The first sentence comes as no surprise since I’ve been initiating important changes for the past few months, which I’ll share when the time is right. And even though I’ve had confirmation for quite some time (gut feeling, intuition, feedback from others, etc.) that the path I’m embarking on is absolutely the best one for me, I gratefully accept and receive this unexpected validation.

Through my involvement in Tasha Chen’s community and the friendships I’ve developed with people like Ilene Gottlieb, I’m learning how to “be” no matter what the appearances are, and to avoid judging an experience as good or bad. I’ll admit, it’s definitely a practice.

I’m also thankful for the reminder that the angels are supporting me through this transition.  As we like to say in Tasha’s community: EVIDENCE!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Book Review: Remembering Eternity by Richard Maddox

Book Review: Remembering Eternity by Richard Maddox

Posted on Amazon.com

In Remembering Eternity, gifted author Richard Maddox takes the reader on a sensory journey of self-discovery and enlightenment while evoking nostalgia for the innocence of youth. His enchanting prose and relatable characters draw you in as you follow main character Skylar through his various life transitions and search for deeper meaning. Juxtaposing time zones, the authors switches back and forth from the older, wiser Sklyar navigating his way from the pinnacle of success (as defined by western society) to his spartan new life as a divorced dad – to the young boy who delights in the simple pleasures of his Midwestern childhood until the layers of the illusion of a happy home peel away to reveal the underlying heartbreak and dysfunction. Yet Skylar remains a thoughtful observer and participant in life, savoring the “small things” like the beauty of a sunset over the Pacific Ocean and discovering truths from the spiritual Masters. Beautifully written, Remembering Eternity is a mesmerizing tale with a higher purpose: to impart metaphysical knowledge and an understanding of who we really are. I’m looking forward to reading Richard’s next book!

If you missed my interview with the author a few weeks ago, click to listen.

Preview and purchase Remembering Eternity on Amazon.com.

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‘What If There’s Nothing Wrong?’

Join me for Writestream Tuesday on November 17 at 1 p.m. Eastern when my guest is Alison J. Kay, Ph.D“The Vibrational UPgrader:

Alison J. Kay, Ph.D. Holistic Life Coach, has just recently returned to the States from living in Asia for the past ten years. She has been a meditation practitioner for 21 years, a meditation teacher for 18 years, is an India trained, certified RYT-200 Ashtanga yoga teacher, an energy medicine practitioner for 18 years as a certified Usui Reiki Master, a certified Tibetan Adamantine Healing System Master, a certified Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, an Access Consciousness BARS Facilitator, while also using elements of Chi Gong in the sessions. Also using Vibrational Medicine through Tibetan bowls and bells sound healing, and ailment specific, brain entraining sound frequencies during the sessions as “music,” and other vibrational medicine tools such as crystals, flower essences and essential oils, Alison has designed these holistic modalities to all synergistically compliment and compound the healing effects gained through her quite pristine, high-voltage energy medicine. Alison has also been an instructor of Chi Gong for the past 12 years. Finally, to round out the mind, body spirit trinity, Alison is a Certified ACE Personal Trainer.

She approaches her own strength training and nutrition from a holistic, mind-body and vegetarian approach – Alison has been an endurance athlete, weight trainer, pilates and yoga practitioner as a vegetarian now for 20 years; she is linked in with the raw food and vegan/vegetarian endurance athlete and longevity community within North America. This being also part of what she researched while working in Asia at an international school in Taiwan and traveling throughout Asia during her winter breaks, she learned from the ancient systems using subtle energy and nutrition for health and longevity. This rich experience has helped ground Alison’s self-care practice and her healing practice in a whole new level of power.

Alison’s way of being, and her blend of experience, skills, training and education combine to enable her to translate both the Hindu yogic and the Buddhist teachings on the nature of the human mind, and the nature of how this impacts our bodies and our lives while also using cutting edge science to support comprehension, into a clear delivery with a concise, grounded and humorous style for the Western, globalized mind that helps her students get out of their own way.

Listeners know how much I enjoy discussing metaphysical topics with expert authors in the field. I have no doubt Alison will have valuable insights to share with us and welcome you to dial in with your questions at (347) 945-7246. Be sure to press 1 so I know you want to get on the air; otherwise, I’ll think you just want to listen by phone.

Writestream Tuesday with Alison J. Kay goes live at 1 p.m. Eastern on November 17.  You can tune in via your computer by clicking on this link.

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Five Minutes with the Word: Lent 2012

Last evening I attended a lovely Ash Wednesday mass celebrated by a brand-new priest from Brazil, whose gentle mannerisms, warm personality and radiant smile added a welcome new dimension to the traditional Catholic ritual. My dad, who has been a member of the choir for several years also participated in last night’s services, which included some lovely new songs I’d never heard before. And it felt good to be “home” again.

Anyway after receiving the ashes with the admonition, “Repent and believe in the Gospels”, we headed to the chapel to pick up a copy of Five Minutes with the Word: Lent 2012, a daily devotional similar to the Daily Word featuring a unique Biblical quote each day followed by a modern-day interpretation to apply to our individual lives.

For the next 40 days, I will reflect upon each entry here, beginning with yesterday’s Ash Wednesday words of wisdom:

A meditation based on Joel 2:12-18

Let the bridegroom quite his room and the bride her chamber. (Joel 2:16)

This is quite an astonishing image for the beginning of Lent! What could be so important? Why would Joel call newlyweds to leave their honeymoon suites and rush to the Temple for prayer? It seems that a plague of locusts was decimating the crops and bringing Israel to the brink of a national disaster. So in the face of such calamity, Joel called everyone to join the priests in prayers of repentance and intercession.

Joel linked the locust plague to the people’s spiritual state. He saw that many had stopped following the Lord and were adopting the ways of the world. The locusts were not just a national disaster; God was using them to wake his people up. And it worked: The people gathered in prayer and repentance. And in response, God restored them and gave them a bounteous harvest.

This Ash Wednesday, God is issuing a serious call to all of us. Will we allow him to search us and show us the areas in our lives that need to be cleansed? Will we gather in prayer and turn our hearts to the Lord more fully? Sin is a serious threat. Like a locust, it has the potential to destroy so much we hold dear.

But there is hope! Just as he did for the people in Joel’s time, God stands ready this Lent to forgive us and restore us. As St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading, now is the time of salvation! Today, this very season, is a time of grace.

So heed Joel’s call! Join your brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting this Lent. Make this season a special time of prayer and devotion to the Lord. We can see measurable changes in our lives over the next six weeks if we come together and pray.

Pray: “Jesus, I want to be made whole this Lent. Thank you for this season of healing, restoration, and hope. Come, Lord, and restore me from the inside out.”

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