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Susan Marek's blog about angels, chakras, spiritual living, and more.

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Keep your eyes open!

Susan Marek

I have started this blog entry many times over the past few minutes, waxing poetic and sounding all fancy and knowledgeable.  I decided to backspace over all that and start again, this time in a more casual voice.  Not that I am not poetic, fancy, or knowledgeable.  I like to think I could run in those circles if I chose to.  Today is not a fancy day and instead I grace you with my random thoughts on 2012.  You know you have thought about the 2012 jibber jabber and prophecies that run rampant out there.  I have.  To me, the crazy energies of 2012 started about mid-2011 and will continue until the year finishes out.  It has been and will continue to be a roller coaster, with ups, downs, loop-de-loops and hairpin turns.  Hint about roller coasters, which I promise has a point:  Keep your eyes open when you go upside down.  I used to be scared out of my mind by those until one time I decided to try it with my eyes open.  Om My God!  (The Om was a typo, by the way, but I like it.  Perhaps it was God's way of inserting humor...) What a difference!  Keeping your eyes open the entire time is the way to go!  So to the point.  This year, don't close you eyes when you get tossed upside down by the crazy energies.  Keep them open because you will see where you are going AND where you have been.  What an opportunity for learning and growth! This year is all about YOU.  Not about your significant other, your best friend, your children, your cat.  It is time for YOU to re-discover who YOU are and why YOU are here.  Selfish, you say?  Not a bit.  Like the flight attendants always tell us, "Put your oxygen mask on first, then help those around you." Think of it this way.  If you are taking care of yourself, learning more about what makes you happy and finding your joy, won't everyone who matters to you in your life be happier?  Your happiness will make them happy, but more than that, it is INSPIRING to them as well.  We are meant to live in joy.  We are meant to share joy.  Find your joy this year, despite the ups and downs that will come your way.  Be the inspiration for others and never close your eyes to the miracles that are awaiting you around the hairpin turn.


Nothing is too good for you!

Susan Marek

Yesterday, I was re-introduced to the writing of Florence Scovill Shinn by a dear friend.  She posted a quote on her Facebook page that I happened to see.  It was exactly what I needed to "hear' at that moment.  Quintessential divine guidance. I just "happened" (an accident?  I don't think so...) to have Shinn's book in my bookshelf and began re-reading it.  It was like I had never seen her writings before.  I have changed so much since buying the book last year that I was looking at it with new eyes and a new heart.  I want to share the quote that was shared with me yesterday.  "Nothing is too good to be true, nothing is too wonderful to happen, nothing is too good to last; when you look to God for your good." - Florence Scovill Shinn.  You may be more comfortable inserting Spirit or The Universe or something else for God, but in any case, you are looking beyond your human ego self and toward a Higher Power.  Then, be open the miracles that come because you are declaring that nothing is too good for you.  And that's powerful!

Vezelay!

Susan Marek

The drive to the north of France was lovely.  We passed chateau after chateau as we wove our way down country roads and through small villages toward Vezelay.  Our mission:  another church with mystery!  Vezelay is a small town with a quaint main street that leads uphill to the church.
Vezelay

This town is very much steeped in the Mary Magdalene traditions, with sea shells (one of her symbols) on buildings and embedded in the street.

The church has interesting carvings above the imposing doors and even small rats carved into the foot of one column!


Inside, the inner portal to the main body of the church has an intricate carving of Jesus along with the astrological symbols.  Unexpected and fabulous!  Who would have thought Jesus would share space with a Capricorn?

There is a chapel to Mary Magdalene across from the crypt.  She is holding the alabaster jar against her abdomen.
Mary Magdalene, Vezelay

Imbedded in the pedestal is a piece of her thigh bone.
Mary Magdalene reliquary, Vezelay

In the crypt is a beautiful reliquary containing a larger piece of her thigh bone.  Don't you think the reliquary looks Egyptian?
Mary Magdalene reliquary, Vezelay
The Crypt, Vezelay

There are beautiful statues of saints throughout the church, as well as some painted saints on the columns.  In addition to the Mary relics, one of the most fascinating things was something that wasn't on display.  It is the "host holder" that holds the sacred communion host for adoration.  It caught my eye on a sign in the church.  I think my jaw dropped open when I saw it.
Ankh, Vezelay

The holy Catholic sacrament is displayed in an EGYPTIAN ANKH!  LOVE IT!  In many of the shops in town, there are references to the Church, Egypt, Freemasons, and paganism.  What a unique and mysterious combination!  I love Vezelay!

After  brief visit, we left and made our way west to Chartres...

Montsegur

Susan Marek

Montsegur, or safe mountain, sits a top a strangely shaped mountain.  It was the last hold out in the Albigensian Crusades, with the Cathars being burned at the foot of the mountain in March of 1244. 
Montsegur from parking lot

Montsegur from monument

Most of the group took on the challenge of hiking to the top.  It is a very steep climb through a small forest which then opened to a rocky path to the summit.  We stopped first at  monument to the Cathars who were murdered at the base.
Cathar Monument, Montsegur

Half way there...
Half way there

The fortress at the top of the mountain is not the Cathar stronghold.  It is a fortress build after the Cathars were driven out.  The king must of thought it was a great place to set up shop after the Cathars held out for so long. 

fortress at Montsegur

The original building was made from stone and wood.  The outline of some of the small rooms the Cathars used can be seen below. 
Cathar rooms at Montsegur

I got a strong sense of peace here and had visions of laughing children running through these rooms while adults worked and taught.  The view was spectacular.  Except for a few cow bells in the distance, we experienced a silence that was blessed and magical.  Besides a sense of accomplishment from making it up and down the mountain without dying, I felt overwhelmed by the love and peace of this place.  It is so interesting how many of the sites we visited had such atrocities committed in their midst, yet the energy is peaceful and loving.  It is truly a testament to how love conquers all and the way in which these beautiful Cathar people lived. 

I left southern France the next day and drove up north to visit Chartres and Paris.  First stop on the way, Vezelay!

Mystery of the Black Madonna

Susan Marek

Before this trip, I had little knowledge or understanding of The Black Madonna.  These ladies sit in many churches in France (and other countries) and are misunderstood and discounted by most visitors.  There are many theories on why the Madonnas are black (or were black - many have been white-washed by the Church), but my personal feeling is that these Madonnas represent the divine feminine, an earthy, mothering, goddess aspect of I AM that brings forth creativity and renewal.  They are linked to Mary Magdalene, who also represents those qualities.  They exude love, compassion, understanding and hold secrets to not only the past, but to our present and future experience on our relationship to ourselves, each other, and the divine.  Upon returning home, I started gathering material on the Black Madonnas and am going to do some research on this lovely lady..  She fascinates me because of what she is said to represent, because the Church is SO threatened by her coloring it feels a need to paint her, and because her mystery is a source of information on a higher place. 

Alet-les-Bains

Alet-les-Bains


As if Black Madonnas weren't enough to keep me busy, I was introduced to the world of encoded stained glass windows.  I saw some of the most amazing windows in a little town called Alet-les-Bains.  The windows of this small church have Stars of David build into the supports for the windows and colorful, intricate glass within the frame.  Each tells a story, of course, but many were hard to see because of the height of the windows.  I was instantly obsessed with the symbolism in these windows and will have to add discovering their secrets to my list of things to do.  But I think, perhaps, the Madonnas and the windows have some shared secrets that are waiting to be discovered...

Black Madonna, Alet-les-Bains

Black Madonna, Notre-Dame-de-Marceille
 Oh, and we saw Nostradamus' house today.  It was a good day!

Another day, another castle...

Susan Marek

Oh, where to start today? Another chateau.  Yawn.  Another gorgeous view.  Sigh.  Just when I thought that the events of the day before were life-changing, another day came and additional miraculous places and experiences presented themselves. We started the day in Arques chateau, the beautiful remains of another Languedoc castle.  This place is extremely special energetically.  There is a lovely, divine current of energy that can be felt on this property.  The views from the tower are stunning, and the inside is cozy and light.  I am feeling somewhat selfish today with my experiences there and won't be sharing every detail, but here are some pictures which will help convey the beauty of the place.

Arques Castle

Arques Castle

view from Arques Castle

Arques Castle

Next stop was the Gorge of Galamus, a magnificent gorge near Bugarach mountain.  Built into the side of the steep rock walls is a hermitage, which houses a grotto dedicated to Mary Magdalene. 
hermitage in Gorge of Galamus

The hike into the gorge was not terribly difficult, but the rocks on the path were slippery due to the thousands of shoes that have polished them to a shine. With a small river bubbling in the background, I made my way to the entrance of the hermitage.  It was pleasantly cool inside and above, someone rang a bell, which at one time, probably called people to prayer.  Today, it beckoned me in further into the sacred space, which opened into a surprisingly large grotto.  It was breathtaking, with the high ceilings and soft candlelight.   After the requisite picture taking, I settled into a natural stone seat in the back of the grotto.  Mary Magdalene is said to have taught the Way of Love here, and from the energy that is imbued in this space, I truly believe that. 
Mary Magdalene Grotto

There is a palpable softness and feeling of love that emanates from the stone.  I had a powerful, personal experience here, which I am not ready to share, but it has left me changed.  This is a place of heaven on Earth with all of its human-ness and divinity expressed together. 

And for all you orb lovers, look closely at the last picture.  There are a few that joined us in the grotto. 

Alas, tomorrow there will be no chateaux.  But the mysteries keep coming!

Mas Cabardes' Weaver's Cross

Susan Marek

Mas Cabardes is a tiny town nestled in the mountains north of Carcassonne.  This sleepy hamlet is home to one of my favorite pieces of heretical art. Unassuming on the corner of two narrow streets sits a lovely cross.  At first glance, it looks like a normal cross, with Jesus, angels, and Mother Mary.  The addition of John the Baptist and Father God are different, but not unusual.  It takes the name 'Weaver's Cross' from the carving of the shuttle under Jesus' feet.  Cathars were shepherds, so this is said to be a nod to one of their professions.
Weaver's Cross, front

Where it gets really interesting is when you view the back of it.  The back tells the heretical side of the story.  Mary Magdalene, holding a baby (who is now decapitated) is crowned Queen of Heaven by the angels while God looks on.  On her left is Archangel Michael, protector of the Divine Feminine, and the other is unidentified, but has pen and book in hand, ready to tell her story.

Weaver's Cross, back
The church in this town is small, but mighty, having special symbolism of its own and some fabulous energy as well.  Again, we saw symbols of the divine masculine and feminine, as well as dedication to Mary Magdalene.

Nearby, on some small mountian peaks, sits the site of Lastours.  It is the site of three separate Cathar chateaux and a fourth castle built as a prize to the victors after the Cathar chateauxs were conquered.
Lastours

The view was breathtaking and the hike up to one of the towers was worth the effort on that particularly warm day. Most of the group chose to hike to Cabaret, the chateau originally owned by Etiennette du Pennautier, patroness of the troubadours and defender of the Cathars.
Cabaret (left)

There is one remaining tower that you can climb up from which to enjoy the spectacular vistas.  Many of us spent about an hour up there, singing and dancing, a fitting tribute to the woman who celebrated the arts, music and courtly love!
Me in the Cabaret Tower
Another busy day full of beauty, mystery, and the Divine.  Oh...and wine.  :)

Rennes-le-Chateau

Susan Marek

Rennes-le-Chateau is at the center of all things mystical and magical in the Languedoc region.  Rumors of Egyptian rites, time slips, and portals to other worlds abound here.  What I do know for sure is that it is full of more mysteries than answers, and beauty abounds.  The view was breathtaking from atop the mountain on which it sits.

  The streets were quiet as we approached the infamous church, which holds most of the town's secrets.  Dedicated to Mary Magdalene, this place of worship has a gorgeous statue of Mary Magdalene above the door with an interesting inscription.  At first, it seems as though it proclaims the place as "terribilis," but translated properly in this context, it means 'awesome'.  Awesome it is, indeed! 
Mary Magdalene at Rennes-le-Chateau




As I entered the church, Rex Mundi was waiting to greet me.  One would not expect to find a devil at the entrance to a church. Rex Mundi means 'king of the world,' and to me, represents the ego and our attachment to earthly things that block us from our true path. 
Rex Mundi

But on top of the statue sits four lovely angels, each making a portion of the sign of the cross, assuring you that all is well.  A fascinating statue to be sure!
Angels triumph over Rex Mundi
For me, the energy in the church was a little "swirly" (it's a technical term...). It was noticeable once I was inside the main part of the church.  There was so much to see within the church itself, like gorgeous statues of many saints, an ornate altar with a lovely relief of Mary Magdalene in it, painted by the priest, Berenger Sauniere, who brought this church back to life with a mysterious fortune at the turn of the 20th century.
altar with Mary Magdalene relief
The source of Sauniere's fortune is unknown, but the money started pouring into this small parish after he discovered something in a pillar of the old altar during a remodel.  The papers found in a hole in the top of the pillar were said to contains secrets that were never revealed by Berenger or any of the people he entrusted with them. 
altar pillar - no, it isn't upside down.  Sauniere had 'Mission 1891' carved upside down.  The hole is at the top.
Symbolism is all over the church.  There is layer upon layer of messages and secrets here.  Next to the church are the presbytery, Villa Bethania ( the home Sauniere built but never lived in) and his gardens.  The gardens contain two magnificent towers, the Magdalene Tower, which served as Sauniere's library, and the Conservatory Tower, which was a green house.  The Magdalene Tower is spectacular.  Inside, walnut bookshelves line the walls, and the spiral staircase leads to the top of the tower.  I could feel the energy swirling in the tower before I reached the door.  I had to catch myself a few times inside to keep from falling because the energy was so strong.  I didn't stay long because of it, but proceeded to the conservatory where the energy was a little calmer. 
Magdalene Tower

Conservatory Tower
After visiting the towers, the group headed to another part of the Sauniere's original garden called Jardin du Marie for lunch.  There, we ate under the sprawling branches of trees and were treated to a short talk about local lore by the restaurant owner.  A harp concert followed, and then we did some shopping at the fabulous bookstore located at the foot of the garden.  The shop items reflected the mysteries of Rennes-le-Chateau: Books, Magdalene medals, Templar crosses, Egyptian statues and shiny crystal jewelry. 


Rennes-le-Chateau brought up mixed emotions in me.  The church itself was so multi-layered in terms of energy and emotions.  A LOT has happened there, and for me that day, it was quite jumbled when picking up on energies of the past and present.  There is a definite air of mystery around the church and grounds, much more than you can see.  I came away quite melacholy because I was on energy overload and processing quite a bit.  I would love to go back after reading and learning more about the history and symbolism so I could focus on a specific area of the church or gardens.  You could spend years here and not uncover or decipher the town's secrets.  The next place we visited was quite the opposite of Rennes-le-Chateau...

Sacred France - wine, churches, and cassoulet - Oh my!

Susan Marek

I just got back from France a few days ago and thought I had better make an attempt to put words to the amazing experiences I have had over the past two weeks.  Please be patient with me as I tell you all about my adventures. There is so much to say (and not say) about what happened that I will have have to give it to you in bits and pieces. To say that I had a great time is an understatement.  It doesn't do the experience justice to even state that it was life changing.  I am altered in a way that cannot be adequately described.  My adventure started in Toulouse, France, where I was introduced to an incredible group of people, who would become my close friends by the end of the trip.  We were whisked away to a beautiful retreat center in the Languedoc region, which is marked by fields of sunflowers and miles of grape vines.  After being welcomed with a wine tasting of a stunning array of local wines, we had a delicious dinner and went to bed.

We woke up to fresh croissants, gluten-free bread, meats, eggs, and fruit.  Ah, to be this spoiled every day...  The first stop for the day was the walled city of Carcassonne.  You may have seen it in Kevin Costner's Robin Hood movie. 





Carcassonne was energetically very interesting.  When I first walk through the gates and along the city wall, I felt nauseous.  It shifted energetically as we walked into the city to the cathedral.  As you walk into the church, you are greeted with this sign:



I love the "Roman Catholic Cult" part!  Ha! The church itself is energetically interesting.  There were both "good" and "bad" pockets of energy throughout the church.  One area in particular affected me tremendously.  It was a small chapel with a lovely statue of St. Anne teaching Mary, and there is a red book under her foot.


On the floor in front of her was the burial site of a cardinal who was sympathetic to the plight of the Cathars.  I had a very strong emotional reaction when I approached the chapel and had a vision of a young woman sprawled out over the tomb, wailing with grief.  I was overcome with the desire to shoo people off his grave marker on the floor.  The woman's relationship with this man is unknown, but she was definitely distraught over his passing.  I didn't take any pictures of the marker because it felt disrespectful and wrong to do so.  She wanted his resting place to remain sacred, I think. 

There was also excellent shopping in Carcassonne, as well as delicious duck cassoulet for lunch.  After lunch, we headed to Minerve, the site of one of the Cathar massacres in 1210 during the Albegensian Crusades.  More about Minerve tomorrow...

Something is energetically afoot...

Susan Marek

Today is yoga day.  I am usually so excited to go and stretch my muscles and mind, but today I feel differently.  Something in me is wanting me to stay home and eat chocolate chip cookies.  Not even the gluten-free kind.  I mean the gross, gooey, wheat-laden type that wreak havoc on my physical and energy bodies.  I have been fighting this feeling for a few days now.  Baking vegan Twinkies and making homemade buns didn't help either.  I feel like I am being pulled back into old habits.  Something energetic is afoot here.  I am not the only one feeling this.  Others are having similar issues.  Old injuries flaring up. Old ailments rearing their ugly head.  How about you? 

A Classic Case of Dotoomuch

Susan Marek

Well, I am finally back.  Back from where?  Back from my self-imposed hibernation of sorts.  It was a classic case of dotoomuch.  That's the official diagnosis.  Symptoms are: forgetfulness, bitchy-ness  (technical term), exhaustion, lack of interest in, well, anything, overwhelming sense of loss - loss of sanity, loss of self.  Something had to give, so out went the blog.  I have to say I wasn't sad to see it go then.  I had been writing everyday, then almost everyday, then every week, and so on.  It was quite obvious that I needed a break.  Twitter stayed, but barely.  I quit farkle and scrabble on Facebook cold turkey.  Personal obligations were dropped and I hibernated.  During my social hibernation, I discovered the I missed those outlets for my creativity and my experiences.  I slowly got back into the game with some YouTube postings, then a YouTube series.  I have tweeted a tiny bit more and have resurrected the blog.  Stay tuned for more posting, but I make no promises to frequency or content.  I may resort to discussing my latest raw detox adventure or my longing for Disneyland. It's good to be back.

The Lord's Prayer Redux

Susan Marek

Coming from a Catholic background, I learned The Lord's Prayer, or Our Father, at a very early age.  Although I am no longer Catholic, I still find the prayer to be a beautiful way to celebrate our community with God.  It is a way to remember our divine connection and declare our gratitude and appreciation for our sacred journey with Spirit. The traditional one rubbed me the wrong way until I really meditated on the history and meaning of the words.  It also has a deep connection to ancient mystery school teachings, which I will save for another time.   I want to share the translation of the prayer from Aramaic, which would have been Jesus' native language.  I believe this is the closest to what Jesus had in mind, as it addresses the male and female aspects of the divine, as well as our divine light energy.  I prefer this version to the traditional Catholic one.  Enjoy!

The Lord's Prayer

The Aramaic Prayer of Jesus is the original Lord's Prayer as given by Jesus in the Aramaic language (Original tansliteration from the Syriac-Aramaic version of the Peshltta by Neil Douglas-Klotz)

Allahah

O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos, you create all that moves in light,

Focus your light within us---make it useful as the rays of a beacon show the way.

Create your reign of unity now---through our fiery hearts and willing hands.

Your one desire then acts with ours, as in all light, so in all forms.

Grant what we need each day in bread and insight.

Loose the cords of mistakes binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others' guilt.

Don't let surface things delude us.

But free us from what holds us back.

From you is born all ruling will, the power and the life to do, the song that beautifies all,
from age to age it renews.

And so it is!

Creating a Personal Mission Statement

Susan Marek

Corporations have them, churches have them, even some fast food places have them posted above the deep fryer. Mission statements are one way companies define their purpose and commitment.  Why not people? What do you stand for? Who or what do you stand by? Are you ready to make a commitment to yourself around your personal mission here on Earth?   Create  a personal, empowering statement of passion, commitment, and purpose. 

This mission statement is a "living document." It can grow and change as you do, being modified to reflect your divine journey. We aren't striving for one perfect statement.  Throughout your life, your priorities will shift, circumstances will change.  You are growing and learning.  Your mission statement should reflect that.

I used an online mission statement builder to begin mine.  My statement is in its infancy, but it is a great starting point for me.  Here is the first draft of my statement:

I am at my best when I am focused on my passions.
I will try to prevent times when I feel I am going nowhere and not making a difference..
I will enjoy my work by finding employment where I can help people empower themselves and uncover their gifts.
I will find enjoyment in my personal life through reading, learning, and travel.
I will find opportunities to use my natural talents and gifts such as listening, learning, planning, teaching, writing, being a friend.
I can do anything I set my mind to. I will travel the world teaching people to harness their divine gifts to the benefit of themselves and others.
My life's journey is one of ups and downs, but always moving in the direction of divine service and community. I empower people to be their true selves, creating a sense of global community and peace.
I will be a person who has created an environment in which people feel they can be themselves, which, in turn, empowers them to create a life of service and community where love is the binding force.
My most important future contribution to others will be that I have given people the tools to empower themselves.

I will stop procrastinating and start working on:
releasing my perfectionism

I will strive to incorporate the following attributes into my life:
unbounded joy
peaceful power

I will constantly renew myself by focusing on the four dimensions of my life:
exercise and eating a good diet of life-giving foods
constant communication with Spirit and divine service always
always learning with an open mind
focus on joy and creating a life of bliss

If you would like to create your own statement using this tool, go to:


http://www.franklincovey.com/msb/


Keep your mission statement where you can read it.  Post it on your mirror, on the refrigerator, and next to your computer.  Let it remind you of who you are and where you are going. Enjoy!

Where the Hell is Matt?!!?

Susan Marek

Where the Hell is Matt?!!?  At first glance, Matt looks like your average Joe.  Cute, funny, all-American Joe.  Who likes to travel, sometimes to strange, exotic places and dance "badly" (his words). The first time I watched one of his videos, I cried like a baby.  All over the world Matt has danced with wild abandon, sometimes alone, but many times with crowds of laughing, smiling people.  He demonstrated that no matter where you live or the circumstances in which you live, people are still the same. They laugh, they cry, they smile, they dance. Matt asked people to dance with him and they came in droves.  We all are looking to find that connection with others. That is why we join book clubs, go to church, take line dancing classes, visit online chat rooms, play bingo.  And that is why we dance with Matt.

Where the Hell is Matt? 2008

A Lesson in Letting Go from the Swine Flu

Susan Marek

For the past 3 days, I have not left my bedroom.  HEY NOW!  Not because of THAT.  THAT would be infinitely better than the real reason.  I have the flu. Probably the pig flu, as my husband likes to say.  Fever, aches, cough, sore throat.  The whole nine yards.  Thank God for Hulu and iTunes.  I am all caught up on Eastwick, No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, and am currently working on season 1 of Eureka.  I know why Benjamin Button was so curious.  And what Stephen Colbert thinks of, well, many things.  All this video education I wouldn't have gotten otherwise.   I missed out on a great Halloween party and Trick-or-Treating. I haven't seen my downstairs or my dogs since Friday morning. BUT, I have learned a few things about letting go. I have let go my need to make sure the house is neat and tidy.  I can only imagine what the kitchen and family room look like with three children, one husband, and 3 dogs running amok for three days on a candy sugar high.  I am not in any position to do anything about it for a few days more, and that's OK.  I might be pleasantly surprised when I venture down there, but I am prepared for the worst.  I also have let go my need to be in control of my own needs.  I have finally said yes to help.  Instead of being stubborn and making myself sicker by doing everything for myself, I have given in and been open to my family's help with food, laundry, and my care.  I have rescheduled a few appointments instead of pushing myself to meet obligations that could potentially make me sicker.  Letting go of control of exernal factors and focusing on myself has been a learning experience.  Usually, I am so enveloped in making sure everything around me is running smoothly that I forget about me.  My calendar is detailed and full of appointments for children, husband, pets, and a few for me. My Plan A has a Plan B and C. I have obligations scheduled out through next June already.  All good things, but sometimes we need to slow down and recharge.  Perhaps I wouldn't have to if I was continually making sure I was taken care of first.  Not selfishly, but healthfully.  It has taken a virus to finally get through to me that it is ok to let go once in a while and focus on myself.  I have finally put myself first instead of last.  And that is a lesson I am grateful for.

Where Do You Find God?

Susan Marek

Where do you find God?

in a baby's smile
in a cat's purr
in a friend's tear
in a tree's shadow
in a flower's fragrance
in a strawberry's sweetness
in a dog's sleepy yawn
in the darkest night
in the brightest day
in a gorgeous sunset
in a lover's touch
in each breath you take
in a broken heart
in a open mind
in ourselves.

Where do you find God?

A 6 year-old's look at a dog's passing. Absolutely beautiful!

Susan Marek

Taken from an email I received yesterday.  A beautiful sentiment about our angel dogs...and perhaps some people, too.


A Dog's Purpose? (from a 6-year-old)

 Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog's owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle.

 I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn't do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

 As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience.

 The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker 's family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

 The little boy seemed to accept Belker's transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker's Death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives.?

 Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ''I know why.''

 Startled, we all turned to him. What came out of his mouth next stunned me. I'd never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

 He said, ''People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life --- like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?''
The six-year-old continued, ''Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don't have to stay as long.'' Remember….

Live simply.

 Love generously.

 Care deeply.

 Speak kindly.

 Remember, if a dog was the teacher you would learn things like:

 When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

 Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride.

 Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure Ecstasy.

 Take naps.

 Stretch before rising.

 Run, romp, and play daily.

 Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

 Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

 On warm days, stop to lie on your back on the grass.

 On hot days, drink lots of water and lie under a shady tree.

 When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

 Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

 Be loyal.

 Never pretend to be something you're not.

 If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

 When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

 ENJOY EVERY MOMENT OF EVERY DAY!   

Disengaging from the "HOW"

Susan Marek

One of things I have noticed about angel guidance readings is that the issues and guidance that come up usually have a theme. I had the honor of doing readings for some very nice ladies yesterday. When I was finished for the day, I reflected back on the women and noticed they all had one thing in common: they were having a hard time releasing their issues to God and the angels.  When we ask for divine assistance, many times we don't wait for an answer.  We expect the answer to come immediately in a form that WE choose.  We also expect the answer to be exactly what we want to hear.  When it doesn't appear in the manner or time in which we have chosen, we become disappointed and lose faith.  We might even assume God doesn't hear us or doesn't want to help.  Both of those are the farthest from the truth.  When we call on Spirit for help, the answer is immediately on its way back to us.  We are so loved and connected to God that it is impossible for us not to be heard and honored. 

Releasing your worries and concerns to God and the angels frees up our energy to focus on higher vibration things as well as allowing us to more clearly hear guidance from God and the angels.  When we aren't worrying about HOW we are going to do something, we are open to the miracles and guidance that comes quickly and naturally.  I have noticed that when I become so exasperated with a situation that I literally throw my hands up and say, "I give up!  I can't take it anymore!", that answers, assistance, and miracle come at light speed.  I released the "how" to Spirit.  We don't need to get to that point to "Let Go and Let God." Simply trusting that everything is taken care of is enough.  Hold on to the outcome, but disengage from the process.  Allow God to choose the how.  Then, be open and ready to take action on the guidance that will be coming your way.  I would bet the "how" is much more fabulous and incredible than you could ever dream up for yourself.

I find that during the readings, there is also guidance for me in the messages I am receiving for the client.  I am taking that to heart today and letting go of the "how".  I am excited to discover what miracles are headed my way!  It also frees up a lot of my energy so I can put it to better use doing laundry, cleaning toilets, feeding dogs, doing dishes...

Are You Hypnotized? The Power of Suggestion

Susan Marek

I posted last week about a powerful book I read called "Hypnotizing Maria." Without giving the plot away, I can tell you that the main idea is that we are hypnotized from the moment of our birth.  Hypnosis works through the power of suggestion.  The person being hypnotized must buy into the reality the hypnotist is creating for them.  Each statement that we make regarding ourselves and the world around us has the potential to alter the illusion we call reality.  For example, the sentence "I am happy." is really a suggestion.  We have to choice to buy into that and incorporate that into ourselves OR reject that statement and substitute a different one.  Each thought we take as truth further shapes our view of the world around us, which is our version of reality.  This is why positive thinking is so important.  Positive affirmations that you accept really do have the power to change your life.  The more you repeat them, the more they are accepted as fact, the more you are drawn into a world full of love, harmony, and good fortune.  These positive suggestions build upon each other, raising your vibration.  On the other hand, you can see how negative statements can drag you down further into a reality that is full of untruths and lower energy.  It is completely up to you as to which suggestions you take as truth and which you discard.

Pay attention to your conversations.  "I wish, I think, I like, I hate, I can, I can't" all begin powerful suggestions.  Our words not only affect us, they affect others as well.  Are you hypnotizing others around you?  "You are, You can't, You had better..."  More suggestions. What reality are you creating right now, for yourself and others?  I suggest you pay attention to your suggestions.  Hypnotize yourself into your ultimate reality.  My next suggestion is "I am happy, healthy, and content." That's a suggestion I am glad to accept.

Clairvoyance - Our Divine Sight

Susan Marek

Have you ever opened up a book to a random page, only to find what you are reading answers a question about which you have been thinking?  Have you been driving along the same road you have driven a hundred times only to notice for the first time a billboard that has information that you need NOW?  Maybe you have had dreams of deceased loved ones or angels that felt so real you would have sworn you were awake.  These are all example of your clairvoyance in action.  Clairvoyance means "clear sight." It is what people commonly think of as being psychic.  It is one of four clairs, or divine gifts, that we all have.  Our clairs are our way of "phoning home" or communicating with God.  We are born with these gifts, although one may be more developed than another. Clairvoyance focuses on sight, both physical and spiritual, to receive messages from Spirit. 

For many of us, we use our spiritual third eye to "see" these divine messages.  The third eye is located between your eyebrows in the center of your forehead.  It is constantly watching and recording our life's adventures, as well as transmitting messages from our heavenly home.  With our third eye, we can receive messages through dreams.  During dreamtime, it is easy for Spirit to communicate with us because our ego is asleep, and our higher self has free reign over our experiences.  When we receive guidance from our angels and guides through a dream, we don't argue with whether the experience was "real" or not.  We can go with the flow and enjoy the experience, learning what we need to learn peacefully and without fear.  Most people would freeze in terror if an angel appeared before them with a telegram from God.  But when you are asleep, it can easily be written off as a dream, but with our higher self still benefitting from the experience.

We can also receive guidance with our physical eyes.  I tend to see white feathers or colored sparkles when my angels are around me.  It is their way of saying "Hi."  I have also had books jump out of bookshelves at me that have messages that I need to read.  Repeating numbers are another way my angels and guides get my attention and get a message to me.  The visual guidance you receive may not be the same as other people's.  Spirit knows who you are and what you are ready to receive.  Think of it as having special, tailor-made guidance...just for you!

Remember to ASK for help, ASK for guidance, ASK for signs.  Our angels and guides, who are messengers of God, cannot help unless we ask, which gives them permission.  Once you have requested help, sit back and be open to the guidance that comes your way.  Be careful not to expect it to come in a certain form or at a certain time.  Trust that it will come at just the right time in just the right way.  Once we let go of the expectations, we can enjoy the experience. 

So, yes, you ARE psychic. You ARE clairvoyant.  Enjoy your dreams and your visual messages from Spirit.  It is nice to know that we are still connected to home and are not cut off when we drop into these human bodies.  Ask and you shall receive, perhaps in the form of sparkling lights and white feathers or a fabulous technicolor dream starring angels, guides, and perhaps your deceased Aunt Edna.