Posts Tagged ‘spirit’

Dancing with Kenzie

August 24, 2014

Twelve-year-old Kenzie has mitochondrial disease, a condition that prevents her from walking, talking or caring for herself. To provide some semblance of normalcy, Kenzie’s parents (more…)

Stronger Because They Have to Be

May 7, 2012



Chris Rumble


This incredibly moving three-minute video by leukemia patient Chris Rumble derives its power from its simplicity. On the surface, it is patients and nurses at the Seattle Children’s Hospital lip-syncing and dancing to Kelly Clarkson’s hit song, “Stronger.” Oh, but it is so much more than that. It speaks volumes about the hope, resiliency and strength of the human spirit.

According to this story on msnbc.com by JoNel Aleccia:

A 22-year-old leukemia patient with a talent for video has turned the fight against cancer into an online anthem celebrating strength — and recovery.

Chris Rumble of Kent, Wash., spent Saturday filming fellow patients, doctors and nurses on the hematology/oncology unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dancing, singing and holding signs that (more…)

You Are the Dance

June 25, 2011







Your capacity to be fully present expands dramatically when you stop identifying yourself as a time-bound human being separate from others, and start experiencing life as a timeless spiritual being at one with all creation.





There are three words that convey the secret of the art of living, the secret of all success and happiness: One With Life. Being one with life is being one with Now. You then realize that you don’t live your life, but life lives you. Life is the dancer, and you are the dance.
Eckhart Tolle

It is your intuition that is your lifeline to Spirit, to the ever-alert, ever-present observer within you. Deepak Chopra describes this “observer in the (more…)

Brad Stokes’ Triumphant Return to Life

March 29, 2011

Heidi and Brad Stokes

I’m reading the CaringBridge journal of Heidi Stokes, a good friend of mine. The pain and suffering that Brad, her husband, endured while he was waiting for his second liver transplant is unfathomable to me. But he refused to give up and leave his family with nothing but memories of him. So he fought. And he suffered. And he won. It’s been close to two years since his transplant and he’s doing great.

Click here to read a magazine article about the inspiring Stokes family.

Click here to read an update I posted after Brad’s second liver transplant.

Here is an incredible and inspiring CaringBridge post Brad wrote on September 18, 2010. The fact that Brad is alive today is a testament to what Heidi wrote in an earlier post: “We don’t just believe in miracles, we depend on them!”

Just got back from three days at Mayo – my one year evaluation. Mostly good news: liver function – normal, blood pressure – 115/75, cholesterol (total) – 109, bone density – getting better (was osteoporotic, now osteopenic), hemoglobin – 11.9 (for years I hovered at 8.5 – 9.5), ECG – normal, ultrasound (all abdominal organs) – normal and unchanged, kidneys – …….kidneys?…….hello?…KIDNEYS?!… Well, they’re angry. They are mad about the anti-rejection drugs. They are protesting, but so far their actions are non-aggressive. A lot of grumbling (Creatine = 1.9, renal clearance=30), but so far, no dangerous uprising. Some liver transplant patients end up getting kidney transplants. I’m not there, but I can see the danger signs. We may reduce my anti-rejection drugs in 6 months, but obviously that carries the risk of liver rejection. It’s a delicate balance, but I’m not worried. There is much discussion and drug trials going on looking at alternate drugs and modified therapies to deal with this. I’ve been extremely fortunate that medical science has always been just slightly ahead of my need for it. When I was originally diagnosed with liver disease in the 80s, it was a fatal (more…)

In the Dark of Night, Still the Stars Shine Brightly

December 2, 2010

"Prayer" by Devakant (devakant.com)







In your darkest hour, never forget that your soul burns as brightly as it ever has. Even when your pain appears to block out the sun, you are still loved and protected by the divine force that fashioned all of creation.








In her essay on the mystical poetry of Paramahansa Yogananda in the Winter 2005 issue of Self-Realization magazine, Linda Sue Grimes wrote this about Yogananda’s poem, My Soul Is Marching On:

This poem dramatizes the (more…)

Blame Yourself

November 5, 2010

Are you miserable and discouraged with life? Did it ever occur to you that the problem might not be with life but with you? Or that you might be able to turn things completely around just by reframing whatever it is you’re dealing with?

If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches.
Rainer Maria Rilke

For example, if people are treating you poorly, this could be your opportunity to experience the transcendent power of (more…)

I Am Nothing, I Am Everything

November 2, 2010

From the perspective of the external world, I am utterly insignificant. If I were to vanish from the face of the earth, only a small circle of family and friends would mourn my passing. The world would go on spinning and people would go on living their lives unaware of and uninterested in my fate.

From the perspective of the internal world, I am (more…)

A Rich and Wonderful Reward!

September 30, 2010



In an earlier post about trying to resist yielding to my ego in social situations, I wrote:



It’s helpful to remind myself that the person I’m talking to is as much a child of God as I am. Focusing on their inner divinity snaps me out of my self-absorbed mindset and naturally produces feelings of empathy, compassion, and love.

While waiting for a routine blood draw today in a medical office, I decided to swat my ego away, take the initiative and transform the way I interact with people. Here was my two-part plan:

1) Go to my heart, so I could come from a loving place instead of from an intellectual point of view.
2) Silently say to the person in front of me, “Look how (more…)

We Are All Drunken Princes!

August 10, 2010

Photo by Erin B. Moore

Your soul, the individualized God force within you, is but a wave of spirit in the vast ocean of Spirit. Yet most of us remain unaware of our divine nature. I like this analogy from Paramahansa Yogananda, which I found in the Winter 2005 issue of Self-Realization magazine. (Click here to subscribe.)

If a drunken prince goes into the slums and, forgetting entirely his true identity, begins lamenting, “How poor I am,” his friends will (more…)

Chaotic Inner Life = Chaotic Outer Life

June 15, 2010

How you relate to the outer world is a reflection of your inner world. A chaotic inner life manifests as a chaotic outer life. Tragically, many people get so absorbed in the demands of daily life that they lose touch with themselves. They focus exclusively on what they can do instead of who they can be. They hitch their wagon to ego, unaware that Spirit walks patiently beside them.

When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Single-mindedly focusing on what you can do, achieve, and acquire, all the while ignoring your soul’s yearning for deeper connection with the Source of all that is, is a (more…)

Their Truth May Not Be Your Truth

June 8, 2010




Your conscience is the bridge between the infinite wisdom of Spirit and your body-bound ego. Block out your conscience, and you disable your moral compass.

The person that loses their conscience has nothing left worth keeping.
Izaak Walton





Stifle your conscience and you risk falling prey to someone who, consciously or not, may (more…)

Every Soul I See Is Beautiful

April 14, 2010

Perhaps it’s because I’ve been humbled by life time and time again . . . or because I’m getting older and wiser . . . or because I’ve been feeling more vulnerable lately . . . or because I am getting more adept at seeing the underlying unity of everyone and everything.

Whatever the reason, the first thing I’ve been noticing about people is not their strengths but their weaknesses . . . and their weaknesses are beautiful. Why? I now know that behind every flaw, every insecurity, every fragility lies the doorway to growth, understanding and enlightenment.

When you feel strong and in control, your attention is completely focused on the external world and your ego assumes command. When you feel weak and insecure, you’re more likely to think, (more…)

Dying at the Right Moment

April 4, 2010


As you progress on your spiritual path and the ego’s power diminishes, so too does the fear of death, both consciously and unconsciously.



Everyone is so afraid of death, but the real sufis just laugh: nothing tyrannizes their hearts. What strikes the oyster shell does not damage the pearl.
Rumi

At the body’s final breath, the God-illumined soul discards its (more…)

Walking With God and Wrestling With the Devil

April 3, 2010

The more you empty yourself of ego and your own self-importance, the more room there is for spirit. But beware: Your ego is programmed for self-preservation. Back your ego into a corner and it can slither out like a seductive snake, shrewdly tempting you back toward the sense pleasures of the material world and away from the soul pleasures of the spiritual path.

A whole person is one who both has walked with God and wrestled with the devil.
Carl Jung

The wise spiritual aspirant discerns the difference between self-destructive pleasures and those earthly delights that inspire our spirit to soar to greater heights of exaltation.

I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.
Eric Liddell
Olympic Gold medalist portrayed in the film Chariots of Fire

The ego is the devil on (more…)

When Ego Becomes a Servant of the Soul

April 2, 2010


One challenge in walking a spiritual path is maintaining the right balance of ego and spirit so that spirit is firmly in command, like a parent lovingly guiding a child. Like a child, your ego is motivated by the need for attention, validation, and independence.

There is a point where destiny and chaos walk hand in hand, when ego and soul force become one, when your ego becomes a servant of the soul.
Caroline Myss



Train your ego to cooperate, rather than compete, with spirit, and your ego will feel less of a need to judge, control, and dominate. As long as your ego (more…)

Doorway to the Divine

March 30, 2010


When you identify with ego, with individuality, separateness, and scarcity, you see yourself as naked and vulnerable in an unfriendly world. Transcend your ego, and you discover that behind every perceived separation from spirit is a doorway to the divine.


Two prisoners whose cells adjoin communicate with each other by knocking on the wall. The wall is the thing which separates them but is also their means of communication. It is the same with us and God. Every separation is a link.
Simone Weil

Lose yourself in ego and you unconsciously act selfishly. Lose yourself in spirit and you consciously act selflessly.

Once you get hold of selflessness, you’ll be dragged (more…)