So how do you “Swallow Your Fears,” anyway?

The last few months have been beautiful AND challenging in so many ways for me – financially, emotionally, etc.. The challenging part has been in all good ways b/c the situations in my life forced me to face FEARS I am still “swallowing” and learn to trust at a greater level. The truth is, we all live the meaning behind the song, “Swallow Your Fears,” so I’ll share what I do to swallow mine.

Whenever you find yourself fearful or just feeling unsure of how things are going to work in your life, try looking at your situation differently by telling yourself “I am exactly where I need to be in this period of FAITH building. It is ALL good!” Sounds simple, but if you are familiar with this sort of practice, then you know how effective it can be.

Sometimes we see our fears, weaknesses or lack of faith as if something is “wrong” with us, but I was reminded today that if we were perfect in the ways we often think of perfection, how could we ever experience growth and victory; the thrill of expanding our faith, consciousness, alignment, awereness and presence;
the beauty of learning and gaining insight – experiencing”aha” moments; how could we enjoy discovering truth and the excitement of co-creating and overcoming if we were already perfect in the ways we sometimes view perfection?

And yet, we are perfect in the way the greatest mind of all – the Source of all life – has determined perfection to be: we are an incomplete, everexpanding, PERFECT state of being experiencing our human existance!

We are perfect in every way we need to be, exactly where we need to be to experience what will lead us to alignment with God/Source!

It is up to us to seek alignment with Source to FULLY experience what our ever expanding perfection offers! Call it “drawing nigh to God,” “seeking first the kingdom of God,” or whatever you like, but finding the practices that put you in touch with the one Source is key to experiencing the “abundant” life available to us.

Just remember that it is not so much about what/which practices you use – to align with God/Source, to “Swallow Your Fears” – as it is important for you to SEEK and FIND practices that work for you!

CREDO Mobile: More than a network. A Movement?

Anyone else get mail from CREDO Mobile this week? While I admire their green approach, cell phones aren’t exactly biodegradable. The amazing thing is how they really go after AT&T for their past Bush/Cheney, McCain support:

“Here’s a nasty little secret you may not know: AT&T contributed the legal limit to the most anti-environmental administration in U.S. history, Bush/Cheney. What’s worse, the did it twice. And they didn’t stop there. They went on to contribute to the polar-bears-be-damned, “Drill, baby, drill” campaign of John McCain.”

Ok. I’m all for the Environment, but this just seems over the top. Now, I will give them this: they say the fund groups seeking solutions to the climate crisis (such as Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection); support the Wilderness Society, Sierra Club and other groups that protect public lands; donated over $10 million to Greenpeace, Rainforest Action Network and NRDC; donates to plant 100 trees for every ton of paper used; prints bills on 100% post-consumer recycled paper and have taken a pretty strong stance for the last two decades on green practices, all according to

What’s interesting is that they operate on Sprint’s network, though they maintain that Sprint is only the network provider. Guess its no surprise they aren’t buying space on AT&T’s network, huh?

Unheard & Underated: Artists that truly move your soul!

Two things came to mind after I received a few replies to my recent status post about Kings of Leon: the old saying “one man’s trash, another man’s treasure” remains true AND that there are probably so many GREAT artists out threw who haven’t “broken” yet but that would probably be my next Ray Lamontagne or Kings of Leon.

Since this is a social network of mostly real friends and family, I figured what better place for me and you to share and discover some GREAT, unheard music.

That said, are there any artists, bands (rock, soul or other genres) that may have slipped under the radar that YOU think are truly GREAT? NOT JUST GOOD, BUT GREAT? I’m not talking about your buddy’s band or a friend you’re trying to help promote and State of Man is eliminated (of course, I think they are GREAT, but most of us already know who they are.. lol). I’m talking about music that truly moves your soul! Music that you just can’t get enough of!

Do us all a favor and reply with a link so we can check it out for ourselves, as I love discovering new, INCREDIBLE music. Again, I only ask that you make sure you really believe its INCREDIBLE music.

That said, I’ll go first:

1. The Hero Factor
The original line up with the old singer is a band I have found myself going back to listen to over and over again for the last 4 years. Check out this song from their early album:

2. City Sleeps
Yep. IMHO, this Atlanta band created some of the very best rock music I’ve EVER heard, but they fired the singer, so only time will tell what comes next for them.
Check out their song “Prototype” to get a taste

Today is a Day of Miracles

“You can become blind by seeing each day as a similar one. Each day is a different one, each day brings a miracle of its own. It’s just a matter of paying attention to this miracle.”- Paulo Coelho

On 7/10/09 – an excellent morning – I headed out to the grocery store to pick up a few things. I had on pocket-less sweat pants, so once I got my shopping cart, I put my wallet and keys in the cart to free my hands (do you see where this is going?).

After I checked out and loaded my car with the groceries, I returned my shopping cart to one of the little outside “corrals” they have between parking spots, and as I walked back to my car, I realized I forgot to purchase Lactaid (the secret to my occasional dairy consumption)! Ten steps back inside the store, I had an even bigger realization that I LEFT MY WALLET OUTSIDE in the shopping cart. I ran back out, wondering if it would still be there, but it was too late – the wallet was gone.

I felt a little discouraged, but forgave myself my mistake, affirmed this as another life lesson with some sort of hidden benefit and headed home with the groceries. After telling my wife what happened I immediately called the banks to report all my debit cards stolen. The good news was that I wasn’t carrying any cash and the license was the only thing I’d need to pay to replace, so I felt pretty good about it in spite of my immediate reaction!

This morning, I got up at about 3am to change my newborn son’s diaper. Since I was wide awake, I decided to go to the same 24hour grocery store to grab a few items. On the way to the car, I stopped at the mailbox to get yesterdays mail and there was a handwritten envelope addressed to me with a Chevron return address (Pryor St). I wondered what it could possibly be, opened it up and inside was a panel of a KOOLs cigarette box with a note scribbled on it saying “Your wallet is at the Chevron on Pryor St {address}” – dated 7/12.

Full Review of “The Sacred Yes” By Deborah L. Johnson

The Sacred Yes: Letters From The Infinite

The Sacred Yes: Letters From The Infinite

If you enjoyed my blog entry on  The Sacred Yes from  when I’d first started reading the book, then you’ll hopefully enjoy this one even more now that I’ve completed the book:

The Sacred Yes: Letters From The Infinite (volume 1) , as revealed Rev. Deborah L. Johnson offers a profoundly insightful perspective on God/Spirit/Source through letters received direct from the Source (similar to Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations With God).   I thank JJ Jones for blessing me and the other students in my Transform Your Life class with a gift copy.  I was pleased to learn that Rev. Deborah Johnson is not only a friend of Hillside in Atlanta, GA and founder of Omnifaith Inner Light Ministries (a growing spiritual community in northern California), but she is also mentored by Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith, founder of Hillsides’ sister community Agape International Truth Center.  After reading the preface, where Rev. Johnson explains the process that lead her to receiving these letters (including an interesting “peak” experience), I was intrigued to read on and discover that reading these letters can assist you in your alignment with Source and help expand your understanding of Limitless Love.  As the first letter explains, “these letters are tools for living.”

Each letter contained in the book is organized as a chapter, with 54 chapters (totaling 386 pages) grouped into the following 5 sections:   1. Back To The Basics     2. Feel, Deal and Heal,    3. Practicing the Principles,    4. Only One of Us Here,   5. Systems That Support.

The five section are organized to offer lessons that can be experienced as a “spiral” and unfolding “concentric circles, moving from the most personal and intimate applications to the more global and universal.”  The sections begin covering the center circle of “Universal Spiritual Principles” (what life is about) moving on to “Your Spiritual Self” (who and who’s you truly are), “Daily Personal Practice” (how to grow in your alignment with God/Spirit/Source), “Application in Community” (how to better live in harmony with others), and “Institutional Integration” (God/Spirit/Source and you as related to marriage, religion, church and other institutions).   But beyond the layout of the book, the real magic is in the reading, meditating and embodying of the material withing.  You may enjoy reading a chapter or more each day as part of your morning practice as I did, or you may enjoy reading it in some other fashion since the letters themselves explain there is no need to read the book sequentially.  She also explains that like all truth, the chapters can be revisited for expanded understanding.

The first section explains that Spirit/Source/God speaks to our heart and that the sacred Yes is a spiritual yes to that internal whisper – one we often ignore. But it goes on to explain that just like the author, we all have the power to hear God/Spirit/Source if willing:

“When I tell you that your real focus is an internal focus, that there is a whisper that comes from me, you begin to realize and really understand that the drama, the trauma, is truly optional.  You can simply choose to hear my voice.  Understand that what you perceive as an inherent inability to hear me is most often just unwillingness.” (p25)

“When you say Yes, my children, say Yes to me, say Yes to us, say Yes to our Oneness. If Only you would start from this point. When you say Yes there does not have to be a particular something that you are agreeing with.  The agreement when you say Yes is to our Oneness. That’s what you are saying yes to – Yes to our Oneness… Yes is your understanding that despite all appearances, despite all the facts and seeming circumstances, I am alive and well and working in all of them and have a way of transforming all of them into something that is for the benefit of all…. When everything is within the Yes, everything transmutes, transcends, transforms, redeems itself back to my perfect pattern…. This is the Yes that whispers in your soul.” (p27)

Among other topics, Chapter III explains the relationship between the ego and the spiritual self along with the best and highest use of spiritual power:

“When you are in alignment, your ego is the servant of your Spirit, not the other way around. Too many of you attempt to use your spiritual power for the benefit and gain of your ego-driven aspirations. Your affirmations are for the purpose of creating more comfort, safety, security and success for your persona.  This is allowable, since the Universe cooperates with anything you think into it.

However, this is not the highest and best use of  your spiritual powers. Most of you do not understand that your spiritual powers are part of your very spiritual nature. They are not skills that you must develop; they are innate attributes that you must unleash and express. The fruits of well-being and success are not the rewards for living a spiritually driven life; they are the by products. Understand what I just said.  Easy access to your spiritual power is not a reward that is doled out to you as compensation for following spiritual orders… Your spiritual powers are the natural by-product of your living the life of the Spirit” (p29-30)

A great explanation of how to take action that helps us live the life of the Spirit can be found in Chapter IV, entitled “Prayer Moves You Toward Me.” The chapter explains how prayer assists in alignment with God/Source/Spirit as such:

“What do I mean when I say that you must align with me?  Prayer, as you are coming to understand, is a movement in consciousness.  What is it that is moving? Not me, but you.  It is your consciousness that is moving.  This is the action. When the action that is your movement comes into alignment with the action I already have in mind, then it appears as though your prayers have been answered.  Who’s really answering whose prayers?  When your prayers appear to be answered, it is not because I have come to your understanding but because you have come to mine.  It is you who have changed your mind, not me.  You do not need to beg, beseech, plead, bargain, negotiate, argue with, or curse me.  All of this is unnecessary. It is part of the syndrome that I just mentioned of your needing to do something.When you have run out of things to do yourself, then you turn to me and complain about how I am doing things. The complaining at least lets you feel like you’re engaged in activity. … If there is anything to be influenced, influence yourself.  If you spent as much time trying to convince yourself that you are deserving as you do me, then your Good would reveal a lot faster.” (p 34-35)

And how true the following description rings of the necessity of challenge in our lives to bring the change we say we desire:

“Your human ego self desires to be right and to be validated. Therefore, it typically seeks out the data that support the conclusions it has already drawn. You human beings do not like to be challenged about our perceptions of things.  However, without such a challenge you will never go beyond  the limitations, restrictions, and restraints of the extremely finite information that you are basing your opinions , feelings and perceptions upon… Notice what I said- that the challenge is a necessity.  It must happen. Why it is necessary should, to some extent, be self-evident, even within the realm of your own logical thought processes. … You say you want to love and you want to experience more love and forgive more.. you say a lot of these things.  The question is, however, do you mean any of them? In order for you to experience healing, transformation, love, forgiveness, and the release that you so desire, you must tend to your own minds, your own consciousness.  You are waiting for me to deliver you.  However, it is you who must deliver yourselves.”  (p53)

Chapter IV explains the purpose of “Committing to the Long Haul”, committing to showing up and being present daily in a way that shows Source yearns to commune with us, as us, in and around us:

“You perceive your commitments as burdens. However, what is the purpose of committing? It is not to place a yoke around your neck. Its purpose is developing the discipline of showing up every day.  The emphasis needs to be on the daily showing up. In committing to the future, too many of you are forgetting to be present in the moment. This is especially true of your commitments to marriage and child rearing. There is always tomorrow in your mind… Immediate and urgent have ceased to be equated with each other… You treat me the same way, especially those who are on so-called spiritual paths.  Because I am always around, you take my love for granted, You go into a ‘maintenance mode.’ You do just enough to insure that we will have a connection that can be worked upon tomorrow, and then you hold me responsible for the lack of depth of our relationship.  You accuse me of not being available to you.  Yet the question is- when did you make yourself fully available to me?  Quality relationships are not sustained by fulfilling tasks for one another.  Feeding and clothing your child will not make you close to each other. Paying the bills and coming home every night will not nurture a marriage.  No, you must give something of yourself. You must stop being so busy with each other and just be with each other.  Your relationship with me cannot be based solely on tasks, on what you do for me and on what you want me to do for you. You must commune with me, be with me, just for the sake of my company.” (p198-199)

The chapter entitled “Born of the spirit from above” not only makes it clear that religion and institutions are temporal, and that just like individuals, institutions must heal and transform (p340)  The letter goes on to explain the difference between being born again and peak moments of awareness:

“Before we leave this matter, I wish to clarify a little further the difficulties in being so attached to this notion of being born again and looking at it from your human context.  Once again, spiritual birth is not occurring at a single moment in time. Too many of you are using, as in indicator of individuals being born in the Spirit, their participation in a certain type of revelation experience in which there is the peak moment of awareness of their Oneness with me, which you refer to as being born again.  .. .You seek to facilitate this peak awareness experience in others, with the belief that once they have received it , they have then arrived some place spiritually. However, most often what is happening at that peak moment of awareness is better likened to a spiritual conception than to a birth. By this I mean that at that moment there is a bit of merging between their spiritual awareness and their humanity, which were not living together in an integrated state of harmony up to that point in time.  The point of human conception is when the two sets of chromosomes come together to make whole. This is the same as what happens in this moment. … However birthing spiritually, just like birthing physically, takes a little while longer to come… in spirit there is timelessness; the birthing may take place within the next five minutes or the next five years. .. You do not allow enough room for people to spiritually gestate when you are pressuring them to be born again; it is simply this instantaneous from here there, without compassion for the depth of the transformation and healing of consciousness that must take place.  In your zeal and your zest to lead the to the church, you are not taking the time to lead them back to themselves in me.” (p 340-341)

And more on what those who are on their spiritual path can do for others:
“I don’t need you bullying people to get them to see me, discover me, find me, have a relationship with me. If you are to do anything with the people, uplift them, make them feel good to be alive. .. Let them know that I am equally available to them and that there is nothing that they could have possibly done, are doing now, or could possibly do in the future that could sever their relationship from me and cause alienation in perpetuity.  This is simply an impossibility.” (p348)

One of my favorite sections, entitled “I am always begetting my only begotten”, explains Jesus, Christ and how to live the Christ Consciousness, using a very familiar scripture:

“As I said in an earlier message to you, my dear Reverend Daughter, there is often confusion between Jesus as a person, as a living, breathing representation of Christ Consciousness, and the concept of Christ itself. When he is referenced in what you know as John 3:16, the one being referenced is Christ, not merely Jesus, a man. This Christ Consciousness is the only thing that I can beget.  I have not begotten just one individual on the face of the3 earth. I can never do anything that small, that minute, that particular. What I have available for one is by definition available to all, because that is my Spiritual nature.   The only thing that can begotten of me is this Christ awareness.. I love the world. I love it because it is of me, it is of my creation. And i have loved it so much that I have, in fact, infused the entire world with my Consciousness. And the moment that any of you understand that you are One with me, you then live this Christ Consciousness.” (p352-353)

And a later chapter explains what salvation we are called to seek and how we may experience it:

“I don’t really care that much whether individuals accept Jesus, as a man in God/flesh form, as their “personal Savior.”  There is nothing to be saved from, except your ignorance. Understanding that you share the same innate spiritual characterization as this one that we call Jesus is your salvation.  Do you hear what I just said? The salvation (as you would say) is not about this person coming and wiping anything away; it is about his coming and opening up a way thats big enough, inclusive enough, clear an direct enough, for everyone to have their own personal experience of sonship and daughtership with me.”

Powerful.  As I hope you can tell from the excerpts above, the letters in The Sacred Yes resonate with truth on so many levels and can benefit anyone who reads them, anyone who use the words as tools to help align with Source/God/Spirit from moment to moment.