Our Identity is in God

This message from Pathways of Light is a powerful one for me as I begin my week. I’ve noticed that my focus has fallen on ways to improve, change and heal my body. My stress level and self judgement came to a head today and it wasn’t pretty.

So today I decide again to remember my true Identity is NOT my body, it is In God. I am Love and nothing else. And I am innocent and perfect as I am.

I hope it’s a good reminder for you as well dear friend.

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Our Identity is in God
Today we will again give thanks for our Identity in God. Our home is safe, protection guaranteed in all we do, power and strength available to us in all our undertakings.
“Today we will not doubt His Love for us, nor question His protection and His care. No meaningless anxieties can come between our faith and our awareness of His Presence. We are one with Him today in recognition and remembrance. We feel Him in our hearts. Our minds contain His Thoughts; our eyes behold His loveliness in all we look upon. Today we see only the loving and the lovable.
“Peace be to you today. Secure your peace by practicing awareness you are one with your Creator, as He is with you.” (W-pI.124.1:1-2;4:1-6;8:1-2)
If our Identity is in God, we must share all His attributes. We must be as loving as He is. We must be changeless and sinless. We must be full of joy and in peace that cannot be disturbed. We must have all of God’s strength and all His Love, for What God is, we are. There can be nothing to fear. Loss and lack are impossible because our Identity is in God.
Because God is all that is, our Identity is all that is. Every brother is part of our Identity. Nothing exists outside of God. To see a brother truly is to see him with all the attributes of God, and nothing else.
We would hold these thoughts in our mind today that everything we see would remind us of our Identity in God. ~ Pathways of Light ACIM

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Call to Inspired Action –

Do what brings you joy today.  Let go of everything that doesn’t bring happiness and the affirmation of Love.     Remember you are wholly loved and innocent as you are!

In Love,

Rev. Cathy

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“It’s all I can do…”

“ACIM Lesson 65.  My only function is the one God gave me.”

You know I’ve been doing a ton of inner work for the past 12 years or so and discovered much about myself in the process.   But as of late things have come to a head again with several areas of my life –  in regards to money and my family dynamics and relationships specifically.       I am seeing blaring signs that my low self worth has been driving my choices, decisions and behavior.   And the results are struggle, chaos and challenging relationships, and the illusion of lack.      This is a bit scary for me to admit because I have worked really hard to put up a facade’ of having it all together.      But if I am to serve the world in the way I am called and divinely equipped to I am going to have to pull down the veil  and be transparent.    I have to remember that my weaknesses and my pain is that through which my only strength (that God gives me) can take over.

In my attempt to raise my self worth I have taken on way too much responsibility for others.    For other’s feelings, pain, choices.   Things that are beyond my responsibility.     I know that was mirrored and taught to me well by the family that raised me.    They didn’t set out to teach me that of course.   Their only intention was to love me the best they knew how.      And I am eternally grateful for everything they did, knowing full well that every bit of my life then and now has and is further equipping me to live my life’s purpose.

One of my teachers recently reminded me that we are not responsible ‘for’ others.   We are only responsible ‘to’ them ~ except  in the case of small children, and the animals in our care.     And in the case of our children , I am currently realizing we are responsible ‘for’ them until they are able to be responsible for themselves.      Both my children (daughter 21 and son 17) being two of my greatest teachers have  been trying their darndest to break free of my need to be responsible ‘for’ them, especially my daughter.    And now that she is back living with us as an adult (as many young adults are),  it’s even more difficult for us to renegotiate where our (my husband and I) responsibility stops and hers starts.     We certainly have been doing a lot of bucking up against those boundaries for a long time now.   It’s the task of every mom as our children grow into adults to transition from ‘care taker’ to more the role of ‘adviser’, ‘confidant’ and friend. And I must say for me it’s been grueling at best.

I have said in a previous post that I look at our ‘responsibility’ as our ability to respond.     We have no responsibility beyond our ability.   As it says in A Course in Miracles”   “My only function is the one God gave me.”    My only function is to the best of my ability be light and love in the way that I was designed to be light and love.     The only thing I can do in any situation to return it to love is to; as my husband says “just do what you do”.     Each of us needs to do what comes naturally.    That is our only responsibility.   And what we do naturally is in the form of our gifts.    We are each uniquely equipped from birth with ‘power tools’ so to speak that when used well can serve the people in our lives in extraordinary ways.    If we are attempting to take on more than what we are equipped for, it leaves no room for miracles to happen.

The saga of my life and yours will continue.    And I will continue to learn it better.    And I’ll probably screw it up from time to time in the attempt.    The bottom line is we are ALL just doing the best we can to love and be loved.

This communication is probably the first of many where I will ‘bare my soul’, in an attempt to help myself and you experience that Love.   I hope it helps.

Love,  Cathy

Questions for you to ponder:

1.  Where am I doing something that is ‘not my job’?

2.  What am I avoiding or resisting  that really IS my responsibility? 

3.  What actions can I take today to show compassion for myself and others, knowing “we are all just doing the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better”?

Love to hear from you.   Comment below.

Nourishment on the Journey

 

This came from Richard Rohr today.   May it provide nourishment on your journey to discover and be your true self.

Love,

Cathy

 

I think some kind of experience of God is necessary for mental and emotional health. You basically don’t belong in the universe until you are connected to its center, and one word for that center (and everything else by implication) is “God.” When you live in the false self you are “eccentric” or off center. You’re trying to make something—yourself—the Center that is not the center. It will never work in the long run, because it is not true. A part can never pretend to be the Whole.
So I would call the false self your “relative identity,” and I would call the True Self your “absolute identity.” A relative identity is not bad. The false self is not bad either. It’s simply not the True Self! If you do not have some experience of your True-Self-in-God, by which to relativize and limit your false self, it has to pose as the real thing—and tries to get away with it. But it cannot work. It is not true. An edge can never pretend to be the Center.

Are you Ready to Fly!

You along with many women in today’s changing world have drawn a line in the sand and made the decision and committment to  create a successful business that supports all areas of your life and is an expression of your mission and message in the world.

The world is transforming and you are too!

I am honored and inspired to be your Coach and Guide.as you step into your Brilliance and live the life you love.
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My Birthday Wish…

From today’s Daily Word
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Prosperity
I am immersed in abundant life.

Believing that my prosperity is measured only by the money in my bank account may leave me feeling vulnerable and concerned about scarcity and lack. But prosperity is not the possession of things, rather a recognition of divine supply.

There is no scarcity of air to breathe, no scarcity of love to share, no scarcity of divine ideas, substance or supply. When I recognize this and open my consciousness to it, I see divine substance everywhere. I affirm it not only for myself, but for everyone.

Realizing the boundlessness of my spiritual inheritance, I see that nothing is lacking in my world. I recognize and appreciate my abundant blessings. Prosperity is mine.

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.–1 Thessalonians 3:12
Happy Birthday to Me!
I’m writing this post from the condo on the beach.    If you’ve been on my facebook you’ve seen some pictures I’ve posted of the beautiful sunrises I’ve enjoyed while here.
Lest you think that I am working on my birthday,  in a bit I will head down to the beach and later my husband and I are going back to the great Sushi place we found along the boardwalk for an intimate  birthday dinner.
This morning I wasn’t really in a good space for it being my birthday.    Despite being in this beautiful place I was feeling alone and really wanting something different then the day that seemed to be unfolding for my birthday.     So I went to my journaling which is my morning conversation with God that usually is mostly me talking and him listening; and  I made my birthday wish.
I wished that the floodgates of abundance open and that all forms of abundance show up in my life and be so tangible that  no one can deny it.   I especially wish for a shift to occur in me and everyone in my life.   A shift from the nagging feeling of lack, fear and desperation to a knowing that in this lifetime we get to experience everything our heart desires.
I asked God to show me what I am to do to  make this shift  and ended our conversation with “I trust you to guide me and to provide all that I  need and desire.”
Then when I opened my email the above message was there for me.     It seemed very clear that what I need to do to assist in us making the shift was to simply make a shift in my perception and to share this message and my chat with God.
We can look around us at any moment and see abundance in all forms.    But if we are only focusing on what we don’t have or spending our energy being angry about things not going our way and what we don’t appear to have; then we miss out on experiencing the many blessings that God showers on us everyday.
I know this first hand because I have thrown a pretty big temper tantrum and complained that  my husband had to go back to a job that takes him away from home during the week.    For six months he was home full time, and although he was unemployed it was such an amazing blessing for us.   He got to see all of our son’s soccer games, made a trip to Maine to help our daughter move back home, got lots of projects around the house done which he loves to do.   We had family dinners together and time for he and I to reconnect and get to know each other again.    I even finally had time and energy free up for me to focus on growing my business and we began a new business venture together.
All the while,  he was on the job search and wouldn’t you know the only viable positions that showed up took us back to our old life of him being gone during the week.      So here we are again and boy did I do some complaining about it!
But than the blessings began to show up and more importantly we are beginning to acknowledge and receive them.     Me being here in a place that nourishes my spirit and supports my work so beautifully is one example of  this.
My ‘Aunt’ very generously offered her condo right on the beach  for Rich to stay in while he is working.     It’s turned out to be a great getaway for me as well.     I have gotten so much writing and business design done.   (Look for the I Am, Inc. e-book to be available soon!)   And for my breaks and self care I walk across the drive to the beach for a walk or to sit and read.    Most mornings I have gotten my walk in along the boardwalk that goes right along the ocean.
So the very situation that I was complaining so much about has been the means to receiving this amazing gift.     What multiplies this blessing is that my ‘Aunt’ feels that it is a blessing to her to have us stay here and take care of the place so it’s not empty while she is up north!
My husband going back to his geographical bachelor status  wasn’t our idea of the perfect situation but it is perfectly serving us in many ways!
So if you are finding yourself complaining about the circumstances in your life and wishing to make the shift, then I suggest you take some time to notice the blessings that are right there in front of you.
There is a universal law that says in essence what you focus on expands.   So expect those flood gates to open and enjoy the ride!
Now I’m off to the beach to breath in the abundance. 
Love and Blessings,
Cathy
P.S.   I think it’s important to note that if you are finding yourself in a not so nice, place to go ahead and allow the space for you to feel what ever you are feeling.   It was in this space that the miracle began to unfold and reveal itself to me this morning.
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