When a year comes to an end, there is a sense of promise for a new year and new season. As humans, we tend to endure endings and beginnings. Our lives are almost like the end of a movie and the beginning of a new one. It is entirely up to us! Our new episode can play out whichever way we desire.
As the end of 2021 comes more near, it is time for you to get clear about what you desire in the year 2022. I sense a magical and blessed year for you! The questions concerning what you want and desire to create are coming to the surface.
Take the time to draw yourself a new road map. Don’t ever go anywhere without one! Grab the internal GPS and write into it the direction you desire. If you get clear enough about your path and the steps to get there, you will arrive at your destination!
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God is big on promises. When one is kept, integrity is built. Looking back in life, I can see a lot of promises broken. I don’t advocate looking back all that often, except to learn a lesson from experience. One standard of God is it is better never to promise than to do so and not keep it. On the one hand, a broken promise hurts and harms the one it is made to. On the other hand, your personal life suffers for breaking it.
Since we get back what we send out in life, a sea of broken promises is not what most people desire to suffer through. It’s painful. Often a commitment is held so lightly that a person will create one just in passing. Regardless of whether it is taken seriously by the speaker, God and the universe are always watching and listening. Believe me, none of us get past anything in life. Eventually, we all reap what we sow.
Remember today, keep that promise if you have sown a commitment and want your life to flow with more ease. In a world filled with indiscretion, integrity is everything.
The word society can have a broad meaning. When I hear that word, I think of humanity itself. Yet, there are societies within society that make up our everyday life. Within our societies, we create a culture. Let us take the family, for instance. Our family life and the family circle have a particular culture about it. The family has beliefs, what is considered normal, and specific characteristics that make it a family.
Within business, there is also a culture. Most people are in their area of work more than they are with their families. When a person walks into a specific culture, they tend to pick up on the beliefs, ideals, norms, and workplace standards. The standards in a professional office building are often not the same as the standards on a construction site. Still, each creates a culture and a mini-society.
Each person who participates within a business or workplace culture will eventually become like the culture within it. Either this will occur, or the person will leave because they do not feel they fit into the culture’s norms. If someone walks into the business culture and objects to the standards, they might try to change it, depending on the power given to them to do so. This might not come as easily as one might think. Try walking into a construction site and changing their manner of speaking, values, work ethics, etc. This statement is not meant to judge construction sites, but let’s face it, people who work there let their verbal hair down much more liberally than, for instance, a law office.
A person cannot just discipline one employee when all of the employees behave the same. If a culture is to be changed, the work to be done is so broad. (Not to mention censoring someone’s speech these days is getting crazy and far beyond taking away a person’s right to free speech.) Yet, we behave a certain way the culture teaches us to act, right down to how we speak to one another.
I guess the main thing to think about is production. Are the people getting along and producing toward making a profit? People should get along with the manner of speech they are used to in order to produce. Conflict is a bigger problem than freedom of speech rights. When conflict arises, production falls as morale falls. The more excellent management skill is to make sure the wheels of production are turning much more than trying to decide if they like a person’s behavior or not. It does not matter who does not seem to fit into a culture. What matters in business is production. If this is accomplished, why rock the boat? Let people be people and allow the society to maintain the culture they are familiar with.
Unpredictable life changes can come for all of us. This can feel like a crashing wave against a rocky shoreline or the gentle movement of a butterfly, signifying change. The key to unpredictable changes in life is to embrace it all with grace and dignity. This means keeping a neutral balance, not labeling events good or bad.
All things are good for our evolution, no matter how we want to try to label them. Easing into changes can help digest them better. Shock can happen because the crashing wave changes can be daunting. Allow the shock to process and give yourself some gentle time to be alone.
All things must come to an end so new seasons can enter into our lives. Open up your heart and allow the season to unfold as it should. Only act when action is warranted. Otherwise, trust and allow. Keep open hands and an open heart. Accept life as it is, even sometimes as hard as it is. In time, all things will make sense.
Loving you from here,
Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.
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Back in August of this year, my daughter Christina had to be intubated. She had a cardiac arrest due to a heart infection. She also had Covid 19. She was unable to speak to us because she was sedated so she would not pull out her breathing tube. Every time she tried to breathe on her own, she would code and come close to dying, so it was so important she had the tube in her to help her breathe.
I wondered how necessary the intubation process was in the beginning and if it just made things worse. I don’t know if I will ever completely have that answer, but a dream I had, gave me a very vivid look at what intubation felt like for my daughter. When I was working on my doctoral dissertation, my subject matter was about dream interpretation and the work of Carl Jung. Carl Jung used archetypes to interpret dreams that served as symbolism for what a dream might mean now in a subject’s life. I did not need the use of interpretation. My dream of intubation was very clear, easy to remember, and extremely detailed. I’m going to detail it here because I am sure I’m not the only one who would like to know what my dying daughter might have experienced.
In my dream, I was lying on a table. My vision was blurred, and there were people all around me with blue gowns on and some with white. I remember feeling like my eyes were tearing up. It’s like I wanted to sneeze, but no way could a sneeze happen. My mouth was open, and my throat was highly blocked and dry. I saw a vision of a toilet paper roll and heard my daughter’s voice. She said, “The tube feels like a dry toilet paper roll stuffed down the throat.” I saw and heard her very clearly.
I remember trying to swallow and wanted to take it out. The feeling was very uncomfortable. The people around me were talking about putting something else down my throat. I am assuming a ventilator to help my lungs expand and breathe for me. I wanted to shake my head “no” and could feel my eyes tearing up as they discussed more ventilation. I “knew” inside that I would not be coming back to the world as I was before.
I stopped thinking about it in my dream. Why even consider the situation? It was already determined what the outcome was going to be. My heart felt like it was broken inside and out, but then there was an awakening. I woke from what felt like a dream and into a place of peace and light. The light was so bright I could no longer see the people around me. Suddenly, I felt like I could breathe independently, although my situation had physically not changed. I believe I was no longer in my body and just watching.
I know this is a scenario that is repeatedly replayed when people feel they have died and come back to life to talk about it. The death they are speaking about is not death but a transition to a new form of life. My daughter did not come back to physical life, but she is also not dead. When dreams are as real and vivid as mine was, we can be assured it was a real experience for the purpose of “knowing.“
For the second time, I woke up, and my head was back with my mouth completely open. The first time was during a meditation that left me awakening the same way. I believe my daughter wanted me to know how she felt in the hospital and how she is feeling now. I know this sounds far-fetched to some people, but those who have transitioned into spirit can communicate to us through dreams. I am very meditative and receptive, so I know my dream was a real message from her, and I can be assured she is fine after her difficult experience.
Our dreams can send us clear messages from those in spirit. If they are actual messages, they are as I described. The vision will be clear, descriptive, and easy to remember. If the dream is filled with symbolism, it becomes like a treasure to be excavated and interpreted. So many messages and a lot of healing can come from our dreams. All we need to do is ask for them, pay attention to them, and interpret what we remember of them. They reach us with surprises from a realm we often go through life not acknowledging. We should, though. It is a realm of love and beauty ready to give us messages and wisdom we are aching to receive.
The world is so noisy sometimes, but often not as loud as the world inside our heads. Our minds are bombarded with more thoughts daily than we even realize. Thoughts are like a river, running in and out. The subconscious mind, or we can call it the higher mind, will gladly accommodate us with whatever we have stored there. Before we know it, there is a river moving through our minds and out of our mouths. When there is no filter and nothing to counteract the bombing of thoughts, they drive our lives.
The bible teaches us to renew our minds daily. The only way to do this is to interject new thoughts, ideas, and patterns into ourselves. As we sit, silent, in the quiet of a moment, we can capture a glimpse of the river that runs through our minds and lives. Coming to understand what the thoughts are that drive us is the first step to changing them.
In the moments of sacred silence and meditation, we can find the thoughts that keep us on autopilot and journal them so we can see the antidote to our dilemmas. Interjecting new ideas and thoughts into our minds while we are silent and receptive will help restructure them and, therefore, our lives. We are divinely created and assisted in creating the life and responses we have always dreamed of and desired.
Jesus taught us we would do as he did and also do more incredible things! We are created to be beautiful creators as well. We manifest our dreams and miracles by our faith, beliefs, and thoughts and reprogramming our minds. Desire has a significant impact on the outcome of changing our lives as well. God created this universe and our world through love and great passion. Those two elements will create almost like magic in our lives.
Sacred silence, meditation, and hypnotic suggestion can help to completely reprogram our lives if we are consistent with our desires and practices. Remember, our silent moments are holy because those are times when God’s presence is more profound in our lives. The moments of discovery and creation are sacred and beautiful. Our respect for those sacred sessions will keep us moving forward with God and the power given to inspire us to make a change.
Take some time for sacred moments today. Spend it with God and your subconscious mind. You will be better for it and discover the magic, the mystery, and the transformation of touching divinity.
Have you ever awakened one day to feel like you have been on a journey, moving down a pathway you suddenly don’t recognize? There are so many elements in life that hit us and sometimes all at once. We often tend to get jammed up or just plain caught up in the details of everyday living. Distractions come at us continually like comets flying through the sky surrounding us, and before we know it, we are lost somewhere, not remembering why we are even here or what we are doing.
Are we lost? Maybe. I can change the maybe to a definitely since cycles we go through in this world constantly teach us the right way to go. Yet we are so caught up and distracted by everyday drama, trying to get ahead, or relationship issues. So much movement and we are getting nowhere faster.
Can you close your eyes and just say, “Stop!” for a minute? Stop the drama, worry, movement in the wrong directions, and pulling one another down to a level of disruption instead of lifting each other up. Stop and just allow yourself to feel. What is going on in there? Is there disruption, or is there an eruption of the newness of life and love? If there is disruption, take more than a moment and do asMarianne Williamsonput out there in her book, “A Return to Love.” Can you return completely to love?
As I meditate, I often wonder if we have come so far away from true love, or is it that we have not yet wholly found it? Have we ever really, truly loved, or has it been light-years away, lost in some cosmic energy field? I have to believe that the One who created us with so much originality and power gave us everything we could possibly need to find the One who is completely love. Then when we look hard enough, stay focused enough, we discover that the love of our Creator is in everything and everyone alive on this planet.
The planet itself is alive! How could we even watch the seasons, see the animals and plants grow, or witness the birth of a newborn baby and not believe that love has had us all in its grasp all along? We have just been too busy to remember how powerful we are and how much love gives to us daily. We are born from a divine inspiration that is perfect in every way! How could we not pass that inspiration along to everyone we see and encounter?
A while back, I was blessed to meet author Barbara Rose, better known as “Born to Inspire,” and the best-selling author of about 33 plus books. Meeting her in person was inspiration itself and a reminder that we are not just born to live, work and then pass to another form. We are here “on purpose.” We are here to inspire. We are here to love and to be loved! Are you waking up now?
When someone awakens, they come to a realization or awareness about something more vast in life. This is not just merely opening one’s eyes to see but one’s heart to embrace, one’s mind to understand, and one’s spirit to embrace truth. The response to awakening to a new understanding concerning our existence, spiritual truths, and new concepts is like waking up on Christmas day and discovering a whole new type of gift waiting to be unveiled.
There is a child-like innocent joyfulness to begin to walk with a more open heart and embrace truths that once were in the dark but are now exposed to the mind. Once things are exposed, they can not be covered again. Even if an individual tries to turn a blind eye to them, they transcend the darkness within a person’s own spiritual sight. Once we understand something to be true, it can not be untrue again. Once we understand, we can not misunderstand. Once we see, we can not go back to being blind. The gravitational pull toward the honesty within the soul can never return to where it was.
Awakening is arising to embrace a more vast understanding of who we are, why we are here, and our divine purpose for being here. It is a transcendent pull toward serving humanity from simply serving one’s self. This comes from our capacity to see ourselves as one human existence with many pieces within the puzzle of life. We come to understand what Jesus spoke of when He asked the Father to make us One as He is One with His Creator.
It is a new birth into a new and more broadened lifestyle. Awakening sparks creativity, charity, love, and healing. There is no healing without transcending to new levels of understanding. We can not heal stuck in the same mud we have walked in for years. Healing takes movement, trust, allowance, and an open heart. When we awaken, we honor ourselves as a whole and are filled with possibilities instead of hindrances. Jesus spoke, “There is none so blind as those who will not see.” He spoke of spiritual blindness and a willful closing off of what is truth. His description is true blindness that causes sickness of the soul.
Our healing of ourselves and humanity depend upon awakening to who we are, why we are here, and our interconnectedness to all of what has been created for us to experience. Our lives and existence depend upon our acceptance of one another within our fold because we are One in the eyes of God. Therefore, we must become One in our own eyes to be a humanity filled with love and God’s light. Healing takes place through accepting what is and rejecting what once closed our hearts off to the reality that we are nothing without one another.
Be all you can be, and seek out an awakened heart and soul. Seek, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the spiritual door will be open with light that shines brightly into your heart and spiritual eyes.
When it storms here in Texas, believe me, you can hear it and feel it. It’s like all creation is causing a disturbance. At first, it was pretty scary to me. I had never heard thunder that loud and never had to experience a tornado watch before. When there is a storm emergency, we take shelter or move away from it until it subsides or permanently if there is damage.
Like the Texas storm, sometimes there are storms in life we need to either find shelter or walk away from. We are aware that they exist because they speak loudly to us. There is no escaping the sound, but we can escape the effects of storms around us. Some battles are just simply not ours to fight. Sometimes we get tired of the fight. Either way, it’s not worth creating our own storm or echoing its roar.
Life is like that. Sometimes we face good weather, and sometimes we have to get away from the damage the bad weather can create if we don’t. Some storms are just a little rain. Rain happens in every life, and usually, it’s bearable. For rain, all we need is an umbrella or choose to allow ourselves to get right in the middle of it and get wet. We choose our battles. If we live long enough, we come to know what is just a little rain and an all-out storm that will damage our lives or souls.
Learn to listen, watch, intuit, and discern. If you are experiencing a storm that might escalate, it is time to take cover or move from it before it causes you damage. If you have some rain, enjoy the cleansing because rain will do that too if you feel like doing a childlike jump in the puddles and enjoy life anyway. The rain will stop, if that is all it is, and you will have at least had some enjoyment from it.
The very word judgment gives me a weird feeling inside. It shouldn’t because we all need to have “good judgment” in our life decisions. The judgment I am thinking of is when one person or group judges another as being inferior for some reason. Or judgment can also come through pointing fingers, belittling others, or inferring something that could not be true.
Lately, I have bumped up against a lot of religious judgment, just as an observer. We might as well call it what it is; all-out prejudice. I suppose I should say right up front that I am a firm believer in a God or Creator who lives and dwells in us. Whether we want to recognize that truth or empower it is up to us alone. I should also say I have a very expansive view of God and the power we are given through the Universal presence of God. I am not exaggerating when I say my beliefs keep me alive here on earth.
What leaves me feeling cold inside is “religious judgment.” I refer to the mentality that “my beliefs are better than your beliefs” kind of thinking. At times I have witnessed the “religious communities” state that those who have expanded awareness of God are arrogant and prideful. When I read comments such as “their god is themselves,” I slightly raise my eyebrows. I wonder if that statement sounds as judgmental to them as it does to me? Yet, those outside their “crowd” are considered to be wayward from God or have some “out of mind defect.” I would rather be out of my mind than out of my heart.
In the midst of it all, I wonder what God thinks about all of that. In the same breath, I think I can answer that question. Since God is love and no part of real love separates or judges, I believe the mirror stands on the other foot. Moral of the story? Take a good long look in your own looking glass before pointing fingers or questioning others’ beliefs. You might find that YOU are the one who has been the judge and jury, thinking it is on behalf of God. The last time I looked, God stood in God’s power.
Loving you from here,
Dr. Rev. Jenine Marie Howry, Ph.D.
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