An exercise in Trust while following Love’s plan.

 

 

“Using WAZE is an exercise in trust!” I said to my husband as we allowed the GPS app to navigate us around traffic and road hazards to arrive safely at our ‘destination’; the fundraiser event with Pathways of Light, Gary Renard and Joe Wolfe of Spirit Light Outreach.   

WAZE is a navigational App and community of drivers all wrapped up in a tool for helping each other get where we want to be.

It felt very much like ‘blind’ trust.   Especially when it guided us down a road that seemed out of the way.  There were moments when we started to question the app (and ourselves I think) but then decided to just go with it.

 

Once we ‘arrived at our destination’ It was such a joy to meet Robert and Mary, the founders of Pathways of Light and share hugs with everyone.   It was an inspiring day of learning, support and extending Love.

 

Now, I’ve had many drives before my discovery of GPS, ACIM and becoming a Pathways of Light minister where I was “on my own” or with my kids, in unknown territory and felt nervous, lost, alone and fearful.

 

When we lived in the Miami area there were many a times in the car, going on homeschool field trips when I missed an exit or took a wrong turn and ended up in an area that was a ‘questionable’.  The fearful mind would take over momentarily and all kinds of judgements about being ‘directionally challenge’ and the safety of my family would swarm around in my mind…. then came the laughter from Alex and Patrick in the back seat – declaring “You did it again!?”.       “Yes…yes I did” I would honestly say as I remembered why we were doing this in the first place; to learn, enjoy the time together and have fun.  At times I would call my husband for navigational assistance and other times I would do my best to “feel my way through it”.  We always ended up finding our way back on track and safely arrived at our destination.

 

Following Love’s Plan

 

“Once you accept His plan as the one function that you would fulfill, there will be nothing else Holy Spirit will not arrange for you without your effort.  He will go before you making straight your path, and leaving in your way no stones to trip on, and no obstacles to bar your way.  Nothing you need will be denied you.  Not one seeming difficulty but will melt away before you reach it.  You need take thought for nothing, careless of everything except the only purpose that you would fulfill.  As that was given you, so will its fulfillment be.  God’s guarantee will hold against all obstacles, for it rests on certainty and not contingency.  It rests on you.  And What can be more certain than a Son of God?  from A Course in Miracles  T-20.IV.8:4-12

 

 

 

Answering the Call

 

The Call to become a Teacher of Love and an ordained minister have been very much the same exercise in trust.   More accurately it’s required the Development of Trust the course outlines in the Manual for Teachers.  M4:.I.A

 

Many times in life I have felt Called.  A Call for me is Holy Spirit’s way of communicating to my true Self who more than anything desires to play my part in God’s Plan.   The Call can begin as a ‘feeling’ or ‘inner nudge’  to do something or go somewhere.    I do my best to listen, follow the inner guidance and trust that there’s some role for me there.

Sometimes I ignore that feeling and let the questions, uncertainty, fear or my own stubbornness delay me.   Then the ‘nudge’ becomes more like a loving ‘shove’.    I might feel more of a sense of urgency followed by seeing and hearing messages that help me refocus and move forward.     When I decide to Accept that Call and take a step in the direction and I find a path shows up that leads me toward my desired ‘destination’.  Only I realize it’s not so much a destination but a perfectly timed and designed Path Home to the realization of Love’s Presence.

 

“The course does not aim at teaching the meaning of love, for that is beyond what can be taught.  I does aim, however, at removing the blocks to the awareness of love’s presence, which is our natural inheritance.” acim-Introduction 1:6

 

I’ll be honest.   The Call to become an ordained minister and Teacher of Love felt HUGE for me.   Deep within me I KNEW it was what I am meant to do.    I wanted to be used to teach Love…Pure, Unconditional Love.   The Call was so strong and it was super scary!     Many times I felt alone and questioned whether I could handle what felt like was such a big responsibility.    My kids had left the nest and my coaching business was finally beginning to show signs of financial success, so I questioned whether it was the responsible thing to do.

 

Once I made the decision to Accept the Call and Follow God’s Plan as my focus I had to suspend all doubt and remember that I can trust WAZE/GPS app a.k.a. Holy Spirit (IGS Inner Guidance System) in my mind to guide me.   I began to listen and respond to the intuitive hits to make a call or go to a website or reach out to someone, without questioning why.    These steps led me to this Pathways of Light community and ministerial training.    I was ordained last November and have now completed the Relationship Enhancement Counselor Training.

 

I believe that where there is a Call there is a Way.    In my own journey there is positive evidence that this is true.

 

I continue the journey of developing that Trust and allowing the ministry to unfold.  I’ve had to release any ideas of how I think it’s ‘suppose’ to look like and simply respond daily to what shows up.   It doesn’t feel like a huge responsibility anymore, because I’m not on this journey alone.  I always have my handy dandy IGS – Inner Guidance System and and a community of family and friends along the way to enjoy being with as we learn and grow together.

 

Penny for your thoughts about wealthy people

Obverse side of a 1990 issued US Penny. Pictur...

Obverse side of a 1990 issued US Penny. Picture was created as a linear macro panoramic image, composed from 16 photos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How do you see wealthy people?

Do you make assumptions about how they think, place judgement about how they made their money?  Do you compare yourself to them and judge yourself as not being wealthy?

This story is one you may have read or heard before.    Even if you’ve heard it though, read it now with an ear and a sense for your own perspective on money and wealth.

“You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is a different twist on the story. Gives you something to think about…..

Several years ago, a friend of mine and her husband were invited to spend the weekend at the husband’s employer’s home. My friend, Arlene, was nervous about the weekend. The boss was very wealthy, with a fine home on the waterway, and cars costing more than her house.

The first day and evening went well, and Arlene was delighted to have this rare glimpse into how the very wealthy live. The husband’s employer was quite generous as a host, and took them to the finest restaurants. Arlene knew she would never have the opportunity to indulge in this kind of extravagance again, so was enjoying herself immensely.

As the three of them were about to enter an exclusive restaurant that evening, the boss was walking slightly ahead of Arlene and her husband.. He stopped suddenly, looking down on the pavement for a long, silent moment.

Arlene wondered if she was supposed to pass him. There was nothing on the ground except a single darkened penny that someone had dropped, and a few cigarette butts. Still silent, the man reached down and picked up the penny. He held it up and smiled, then put it in his pocket as if he had found a great treasure. How absurd! What need did this man have for a single penny? Why would he even take the time to stop and pick it up?

Throughout dinner, the entire scene nagged at her. Finally, she could stand it no longer. She casually mention ed that her daughter once had a coin collection, and asked if the penny he had found had been of some value. A smile crept across the man’s face as he reached into his pocket for the penny and held it out for her to see.. She had seen many pennies before! What was the point of this? ‘Look at it,’ he said. ‘Read what it says.’ She read the words ‘ United States of America ..’ ‘No, not that; read further.’ ‘One cent?’ ‘No, keep reading.’ ‘In God we Trust?’ ‘Yes!’ ‘And… ?’

He explained, ‘And if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front of me telling me to trust Him. Who am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as my response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God’s way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful! ‘

When I was out shopping today, I found a penny on the sidewalk. I stopped and picked it up, and realized that I had been worrying and fretting in my mind about things I cannot change. I read the words, ‘In God We Trust,’ and had to laugh. Yes, God, I get the message.

It seems that I have been finding an inordinate number of pennies in the last few months, but then, pennies are plentiful! And, God is patient…”

How, how do you feel about that?

Did it bring up some stuff for you?   Perhaps it shed some light on something that may be blocking you from experiencing abundance.

I believe a mistake I and many of us make sometimes is to judge and place attachment on the form that wealth takes.    I know the Truth(with a capital T) is that we all have wealth in some form.   Our judgement on how it should show up though keeps us from seeing where it is.

You have everything you need when you need it.

I remember being on a call with David Neagle one day and he read to us from one of his many books of wisdom.  (Clearly a form of wealth for him)   What he read helped me make a profound shift.  He said    “You have everything you need when you need it” .

  Somehow deep inside, I knew that to be Truth (again with a capital T).   But how often do I forget.   When I’m focused on the lack and what’s missing and when I am expecting the thing I need in a certain form – it blinds me to where it is.    And stops me from experiencing it.

To me this story says that the rich boss’s wealth is not necessarily only in the balance of his bank accounts or even the material things he has to enjoy.    It’s in the awareness that there’s more where that came from…because the source is never ending and God continues to bless us abundantly.

Consider this…

We are ALL very wealthy people.

Enjoy the Love and Blessings,

Cathy

Did you know that you were born rich!   That’s right.   You were born with Gifts that are the source of your wealth and perfect ability to serve others through your business or anything else you do.    Do you know what your gifts are?       As a certified Sacred Gifts Guide I have the pleasure of helping my clients uncover this gold mine.   If you are feeling stuck, blocked or looking for a new direction the Sacred Gifts Coaching Package is perfect for you.

I am on a mission to help you bring your life into balance and your true brilliance to the world.   Because afterall, the world needs what YOU have to offer!    www.theinnerwizcoach.com

Cathy Silva, The Innerwiz Coach is a Spiritual Life Coach, Certified Gifts Guide, Transformational Author and Speaker.  She is also the founder and visionary of Geniusville – a community of brilliant people who have made the decision to live an extraordinary life. www.geniusville.com

Creating your VIP (Vision, Inspiration and Purpose) Visual

CREATING YOUR VIP VISUAL

VIP = Vision + Inspiration + Purpose

There is an invisible energy that comes from within that naturally pulls you forward and guides you. Your VIP will come from this energy.  This step in your Holy Groundwork TM process is to get crystal clear about your vision, inspiration and purpose.  Your VIP differs from a ‘goal.’  “Setting a Goal” creates resistance, especially if it’s not the right goal for you.  Once you are clear on your VIP, the goals that are the right fit for you will be easier to set and reach.  For now though, leave the details to the movements, prompting, and guidance of the divine.

So how do you do that?  I’m sure that you’ve been to seminars, planning workshops and read books where they tell you when you write out your life vision or plan be really detailed.  You know, describe the car you will drive, what make, model, and year and color is it etc.  Same thing goes with your desires such as where is your ideal house located?  Is there a white picket fence in the front, a golden retriever playing in the front yard?  When I tried to be this detailed setting my VIP, it just frustrated me, and I found that my vision was not really mine, but a conglomeration of what I thought I should want and what other people wanted.  What if it turned out different then what I thought it should be and it was just as good or better?  So my advice is to be detailed about the aspects of who you are and what you desire from your inner most being, and not so much about the outer material things like the color of your car, etc.  Those details will come later.  Let it be your own and not be so strictly planned that you prevent the Spirit from working Its magic.  Once your vision is complete, be open to the possibility that the reality can be exactly as you envision or something better.  Your vision isn’t only about the details of what you want – it is about the intimate details of who you are and what’s in your heart.  That’s why I call it your Vision – Inspiration – Purpose (VIP).  Your VIP is what will guide your spirit as you discern the direction you will go and the goals that are perfect for you.

This is a working document and because it comes from spirit through the uniqueness of you, what you create will look different from someone else’s VIP Visual.   The beauty of this exercise is that you can experiment with different mediums and see what you like best.  Some of your options might be to paint or draw a picture free hand, write down words that speak to you, or make a collage of images from magazines or clip art.  If you are a ‘techie,’ you might even want to create your VIP Visual on your computer using computer graphics, photos and text art.

Once you have gathered all your materials, find a space in your home or outside where you feel inspired.  Sit quietly for a moment and allow yourself to be completely present and aware of the Spirit moving within you.  Become aware of your deepest desire for your life.  What do you dream about?  What have you always wanted to be, do, or have, but never thought you had the courage, resources, opportunity or time?  Project forward and imagine having, doing and being all that you dream of.  What are you feeling?  Jot down words and phrases in your journal or sketch out how this looks for you on your sketch pad.

Some other details you might want to integrate:

Your Core Values

I use a program called Tru Values developed by Thomas Leonard, the late founder of Coach U (www.coachinc.com) with my clients.  Tru Values is a 3 phase, 25 step process which helps you identify the behavior and activities to which you are naturally drawn. Once we complete this exercise we then work together to honor your values and reorient your whole life around them.

When you enroll in any of my coaching programs, you receive access to the full program.  For the purpose of creating your VIP visual though, here is a list of some of the values.  Narrow down your list to the top 4 or 5 that you resonate most with.

Adventure                             Empower                               Inspire

Vitality                                   Equality                                 Integrity

Authenticity                          Esteem                                   Tranquility

Autonomy                             Excellence                             Quality

Challenge                              Excitement                            Recognition

Collaboration                        Fame                                      Self-expression

Contribute                             Growth/learning                   Spirituality

Courage                                 Harmony                               Support

Creativity                              Health/wellness                   Trust

Daring                                    Honesty/truth                       Wealth

Directness                              Humor/joy/fun                     Ecology

Educate                                  Innovation

Your Core Genius – the Brilliance of You

You are naturally gifted in ways that you are already aware of and ways that may not be clear yet.     Embedded in the Holy Groundwork process is some deep work on discerning your particular gifts.  There are a few inventories and tools I have found to be helpful in discovering your unique gifts which I will touch upon later.  For the purpose of your VIP Visual, it might be helpful for you to define a true gift as something you do as naturally as breathing that energizes you when you are doing it AND it serves others.    Keep in mind that a Sacred Gift  is different than a learned skill or talent.  You can become good at something through practice or learning (a talent or skill).   If you want to explore what your particular Sacred Gifts are you can schedule a coaching consultation with me at http://www.theinnerwizcoach.com/freesession.html

More Inquiry

Some additional questions to answer for your VIP visual:

What gives me energy?

What motivates me?

What brings me Joy?

In two or three words what is my mission/purpose?

Now allow yourself to hear the trusted messages that have guided you along your life’s journey thus far.  When you look back at your life experiences, what is the recurring theme?  At this time in your life what are you committed to?  When you have finished with this visualization, take a deep breath and simply say, “Thank you.”  Then go to your creative space, turn on some music if you like, and begin to gather the images, words and pictures that express your vision.  Arrange them in whatever way you are moved to.  Be completely present and have fun with it!

The image above is from http://www.catalogofdreams.com  a company I found online where you can create your digital vision board.    The process I have described here, like all the steps in the Holy Groundwork Process  is foundational to creating a Vision Board that is truly authentic and in alignment with your true purpose and passion.

Check out the demo and FAQ’s to get the full understanding of how Catalog of Dreams works.  A simple ordering process lets you start creating your Vision Board immediately.

http://CatalogOfDreams.com/share.php?id=innerwizcoach@gmail.com

The purpose of The Holy Groundwork Process is to empower you to Bring Balance to Your Life and Your Brilliance to the World.   If you are feeling a nudge to work with me as your coach request a complimentary consultation at http://www.theinnerwizcoach.com/freesession.html