Floods and the Tides of Change

A practitioner of spiritual mind healing is continually confronted with the fog of fear, superstition, and doubt; otherwise, there would be no occasion for his practice. He will either get lost in the fog, or see through it. Though the fog is there, the sun is always shining—this is what he clings to. 
Ernest Holmes 

Change. You do your best, but sometimes it's two steps forward, one step back. Stuff happens. Your tide of good fortune and perfect timing comes together and brings a flood of blessings. Or the dark clouds of financial distress or a health crisis or an unexpected loss come together in a deluge of discomfort and sadness. 

The recent floods in Nashville felt surreal to me. A major city half drowned in this historic thousand year flood, and yet the world hardly knew we existed, according to the national news media. So the story got missed in the national consciousness, but here in Middle Tennessee we saw stories of courage and heroism unfold, and continue to see an outpouring of compassion as we rebuild and repair and work to return to normal. Difficult conditions happened when the rain fell, but the sun came out again, and many hands are helping to restore and renew after the loss. 

Looking at difficult conditions to see the spiritual reality beneath is like trying to see the landscape in fog. The sun is still shining above the clouds even though you are surrounded by swirling mist and a sea of fog. I choose to see beyond the illusion that conditions are more powerful than the spiritual reality (and we all have wrestled with that, from doubts and fears to money issues to making our dreams come true). 

The fog is the condition of our weakness or challenge, the gift is seeing through the fog to the spiritual reality of our inner greatness and potential. Eventually the fog clears, the sunlight returns, and you can see that you made progress, one step at a time. So I have been choosing to see beyond the foggy conditions of my outer questioning, fear, and doubt to a shining inner reality that tells me the human spirit can triumph even in times of trouble and loss, and that the very conditions that once seemed to overwhelm became the catalyst for growth and freedom. 

That story is being played out here in Nashville, and I know that in coming years there will be many blessings that arise from the flood, blessings that we may not be able to imagine in a time so close to a time of loss. I have been inspired by the response of the people in this town and encouraged to keep on keeping on as I wrestle with my own changes and challenges. 

A difficult situation may be the catalyst for the kind of change that overcomes all limited and conventional thinking. Once you are out of the box, no one can put you back in. The very act of moving beyond old boundaries turns you into a larger, more expansive person. 

All adversity is a re-direction from God.
Dr. Bernie Siegel

Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well. 
Robert Louis Stevenson

When things fall apart, make art. Carry this spirit through to every area of your life.
Philip Toshio Sudo

When you are up against a wall, be still and put down roots like a tree, until clarity comes from deeper sources to see over that wall.
Carl Jung


Affirmative prayer

I have a deep and abiding conviction that there is a Presence and an eternal Truth that is everywhere, and that is here now with me in whatever conditions or circumstances I face. I know that every challenge is an opportunity for something greater to express itself in, through, and for me. Some may call it a miracle, but I call it the Law of Life and Love, the presence and power of the Divine Intelligence working in my affairs to bring forth the highest good for all. All things are possible with God. I affirm that great good and amazing triumphs are now happening, taking me beyond my limited thinking into a greater realm of joyous expression. Thank you, God, that I know what to do and how to do it as I am led into greater good than I have ever known. And so it is. 

Personal news, inspirational people

I’m working on updating and upgrading my website. I have also been busy getting more e-books published. The Art of Abundance is now available as an e-book at Smashwords, as is a new mini-e-book of a month of meditations on abundance, 31 Days of Abundance. I’m experimenting with new prices, offering a variety of products. I hope you will check them out, and if you like what I do, support me by buying something. Meanwhile, over 600 people have downloaded my free e-book, The Heart of Abundance, since I published it in mid-March. I’m grateful that people are taking the time to read it, to email me that they have found encouragement in those pages. I’m thrilled to see the count go up every day, for it tells me that what I write fills a need. 

My inspiring friend, Lisa Jennings, is featured at the L. Ross Gallery in Memphis this month. I love her art and was thrilled to see it displayed all together before she took the pieces out to Memphis. Gorgeous painting and sculpture. Here’s a link to a recent video interview with her: 
LINK: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb8lizlRT-8

Here are some links to the Nashville Flood (because they said it better than I could)

http://nashvillest.com/2010/05/04/bright-early-waterlogged-edition/

Ann Patchett on the flood in the NYT
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/opinion/05Patchett.html?scp=2&sq=Nashville%20flood&st=cse

My friend, Charles Alexander's thoughts on the flood
http://charlesalexander.com/blog/home