El Verdadero Espíritu de Navidad

Este año Navidad ha sido diferente.

En apariencias se ve como otra Navidad con arbolitos con luces y ornamentos, aguinaldos, regalos.

Esta vez me puse a recordar la Navidad de mi niñez. Vivía en Caracas, Venezuela. De noche las calles se llenaban con los muchachos del vecindario en sus patines. Los cantores de villancicos tocando cuatro y maracas de puerta en puerta, cantando, charlando y tomando Ponche Crema. Amigos y familiares apareciéndose con regalos y golosinas. Alegría y gratitud eran palpables en todo entorno.

Lo que más me gustaba era salirme callada de la cama y recostarme a oscuras en la sala al lado del pino de navidad resplandeciente de luces. El aroma de pino llenaba toda la sala y el resplandor de las luces me transportaba a lugares lejanos de mi imaginación. Mi corazón rebozaba de amor y alegría.

Los recuerdos de Navidades de antaño me hicieron meditar acerca de su verdadero significado.

Decidí ser testigo de la vida desde ambos lados del arcoíris.

Las siguientes son algunas de las experiencias que tuve los días antes de Navidad:

Me invitaron a una fiesta navideña en la que se intercambiarían regalos sin uno saber de quienes eran.

Yo compré una taza para café blanca con copos de nieve azules, la rellené de caramelos y la puse dentro de una bolsita azul y blanca. Este sería mi regalo sorpresa para la fiesta.

Momentos antes de salir de casa para ir a la fiesta tuve la corazonada de agregar a la bolsa de regalo una de las cajas de tarjetas de contemplación. Pensé que sería interesante ver quien escogería este regalo.

Cuando fue el momento de escoger los regalos vi que las bolsas de los otros regalos eran mucho más grandes y que mi bolsita estaba escondida hacia un lado de la mesa detrás de una bolsa muy grande.

Los invitados comenzaron cada cual a escoger un regalo hasta que llegó el turno de un jovencito Latino. No tendría más de veinte años. Cuidadosamente se puso a buscar su regalo. Mi bolsita aun seguía escondida detrás de un regalo grande. Sin pensarlo dos veces el muchacho escogió la bolsita azul y blanca, la abrió y sacó la caja de tarjetas de contemplación. Miró el regalo con curiosidad e interés y regresó a su asiento. Cuando reconoció mi foto en la caja de tarjetas, el muchacho se acercó a mí y me preguntó si le podía ensenar como usar el regalo. Me senté al lado de él y le expliqué cómo hacerlo.

“Puedo hacer una pregunta para obtener un consejo?” Me dijo mientras barajeaba las tarjetas. Yo asentí con mi cabeza. El jovencito pidió con ojos cerrado, “Quiero saber cómo ser una buena persona!”

No hay palabras que describan este momento. Mis ojos se llenaron de lágrimas al escuchar el consejo que este muchacho le pidió al Espíritu Santo. Sentí una inmensa gratitud hacia Dios por haberme dado la oportunidad de presenciar su trabajo divino. El jovencito recibió lo pedido y con felicidad en sus ojos me agradeció por el regalo tan especial. Yo lo agradecí de vuelta por el regalo que él me brindó

El Espíritu de Navidad en acción. 

Un día, mientras estaba de compras, decidí ir a Whole Foods, para comer algo. El estacionamiento estaba repleto de carros y gente. Al doblar hacia una de las calles no me di cuenta que había gente cruzando y tuve que frenar rápidamente para evitar atropellar a un hombre mayor. Ambos nos asustamos y yo de inmediato le pedí disculpas. Pero el hombre estaba muy enojado y empezó a gritarme lanzándome una mirada llena de rabia. Nuevamente me disculpe, sin ningún aval. Me quede tranquila esperando que el señor se tranquilizar hasta que por fin se alejo hacia su auto aun muy malhumorado. Una señora que estaba detrás de él me sonrió con ojos amables. Yo le sonreí de vuelta en agradecimiento.

Todos nos equivocamos alguna vez y si reconocemos nuestro error y nos disculpamos con sinceridad la vida nos perdona. Podemos hacer esto cuando nuestros corazones están abiertos.

El corazón del señor mayor estaba lleno de las frustraciones del día mientras que el corazón de la mujer que lo seguía estaba abierto y lleno de agradecimiento. Yo me he encontrado en ambos lados de este arcoíris.

El Espíritu de Navidad en acción.

Yo presencié a una familia Cristiana disfrutando unos con otros en alegría y amor cuando de repente uno de ellos decidió hablar mal acerca de un político que no le agradaba. Había mucha rabia en sus palabras. La familia entera se unió con ella en vituperar y criticar al político y en cuestión de segundos vi como una familia amorosa se convirtió en un enjambre de demonios poseídos de odio descontrolado. Fue algo aterrador tener que presenciar tal cambio abrupto de comportamiento y personalidad.

Que causa tal cambio en las personas? Yo creo que es porque estas personas han olvidado lo que significa el espíritu de la navidad y han dejado que sus corazones se llenen de miedo en cambio de amor.

Esta experiencia “negativa” también es parte del espíritu de navidad en acción porque si hay algo que he constatado es que la presencia del CRISTO esta siempre dentro de TODOS. Somos nosotros los que escogemos de vivir desde SU presencia o no. Navidad es un recordatorio para abrir nuestros corazones y permitir que el espíritu de Cristo re-nazca en nosotros. Es el Nacimiento del Niño de Oro en nuestros corazones.

El Espíritu de Navidad en acción

Este año algunas de las personas que siempre se conectan conmigo para desearme felices fiestas navideñas no lo hicieron mientras que otras que nunca lo hacen de repente me contactaron. Me sentí triste por aquellos que se han olvidado de mí y mi corazón me dolía. Entonces el Espíritu Santo me habló: “Estás viendo esto a través de los lentes del dolor o los del amor?” “Estas reteniendo el amor hacia aquellos que te hirieron?” “Qué le pasa a tu corazón cuando retienes el amor hacia otros?”

Una de las cartas de las barajas me dio la guía final: “Tu actitud es la diferencia.”

Feliz Navidad para todos! Y que el espíritu del CRISTO entre en sus corazones y viva en ellos todos los días!

THE TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT

This year Christmas has been different.

From an outsider’s viewpoint it would seem just like any other Christmas. You know what I am talking about-the lit up trees and houses, the ornaments, the parties, the songs, the gifts…..nothing out of the ordinary; at least on the surface.

This time around, I found myself remembering Christmas growing up. I lived in Caracas, Venezuela. At night, during this time of the year, the streets would be filled with the clattering and rattling sounds of roller skates hitting hard on the pavement, and the joyful chatter of neighborhoods children gathering for fun time together. Carolers would walk from home to home singing traditional “aguinaldos” and drinking“ Ponche Crema” , the Venezuelan eggnog. Friends would show up unexpectedly with gifts and all sorts of goodies. There was a palpable feeling in the air of infectious joy and gratitude.

What I loved the most was to snick out of my bedroom in the middle of the night and sit quietly in the dark by the lit up tree. The scent of fresh pine filled the living room and the blinking lights transported me into the faraway lands of my imagination. My heart sang in love and joy.  

Remembering what Christmas used to feel like those days got me thinking about the true meaning of Christmas Spirit.

I decided to witness life from both sides of the rainbow.

These are some of the experiences I had during the time leading up to Christmas day.

I was invited to a Christmas Party and there was going to be a White Elephant gift exchange. I had picked up a white coffee mug with blue snowflakes and filled it with candies. That was going to be my gift for the exchange.

Right before leaving the house for the party, I got a strong nudge from Spirit to add one box of the contemplation seeds cards to the gift bag. I thought that it was going to be interesting to see who would pick this gift. The box fit perfectly in the blue and white coffee mug bag.

The time arrived for the gift exchange and I noticed that everyone else’s gift bags were very large in comparison to mine. I also noticed that my little bag had been pushed all the way back into a corner at one end of the table and was barely visible.

People came and went picking up the large bags until came the turn of a young Latin man. He must have been barely 20 years old. He approached the table with the remaining gifts; mine still hiding behind larger ones. He carefully looked at every wrapped gift on the table, walked to the end and reached behind a large package to pick up a small white and blue bag. He opened it, took out the box of cards and looked at it with interest. Then he walked back to his seat to take a better look at his gift. Recognizing my picture on the back of the box, he approached me. “Would you please show me how to use it?” He said.

We both walked to his table and sat side by side. I explained what the cards were for and how to use them. His eyes were filled with the curiosity of a child. “Can I ask a question for guidance now?” He asked. I nodded and watched as he shuffled the cards while asking out loud, “I want to know how to be a better person.”

There are no words that can describe the moment. My eyes filled up with tears as I looked at this young man open his heart to Spirit in search for spiritual guidance. I felt grateful for the opportunity to witness and experience God’s love. The young man got his answer and he thanked me for the wonderful gift. I thanked him back for the wonderful gift he had given me in return.

Christmas Spirit in action.

One morning I was driving and listening to callers sharing Christmas experiences on the radio. This one woman shared a story from a prior Christmas at her house that touched my heart as it spoke of the true meaning of Christmas.

She had hanged the Christmas stockings over the mantle of the fireplace. Each stocking had a letter and they spelled the word NOEL. One morning she noticed that someone had moved the stockings around and it now spelled the word LEON. She decided to leave it like that to see who would notice. Days went by and people came and went visiting, exchanging gifts. Nobody noticed. She observed it all and kept quiet. She realized that people were too focused on the gifts, having fun, drinking, talking, etc. to pay attention to anything else.

Finally, one of her kids noticed “Mom who is LEON?” he asked.  At that moment everybody stopped what they were doing and looked up at the stockings. It was then that they realized this was a sign from Spirit reminding them of the importance to keep the attention on what is really important, the true Spirit of Christmas. Since that day her family makes it a point to remember God’s love and to be grateful for it.

Christmas Spirit in action.

I was hungry and wanted to get something to eat at Whole Foods salad bar. The parking lot was packed with cars and people. As I made a turn, I didn’t realize that there were people crossing the street in front of me. I came to a sudden stop a few feet shy of hitting an older man. He was obviously startled, as was I. I immediately apologized sincerely. This was received with raging words and a killer look. I apologized again to reassure him that all was okay and that I meant no harm to him. He was furious and would not let it go. I let him go through the motions until he begrudgingly moved along. A woman behind him, also crossing the street, looked at me with gentle eyes and made a gesture to just let it go. I smiled at her, feeling the love coming from her heart.

We all make mistakes at some point or another and as long as we recognize our part and apologize, we are forgiven. We are able to do so when our hearts are open.

The old man’s heart was filled with frustration while the woman’s heart was open with gratitude. It is what it is. I sure have been on both sides of this rainbow!

Christmas Spirit in action.

I witnessed a very nice Christian family having a fun and loving time together until one of them decided to spew pure rage against a politician. The entire family joined into the bashing and I observed how in matters of seconds they went from being loving and caring people to becoming demon possessed individuals. It was a scary thing to watch.

What makes people do this? I believe it is because they forgot the Christmas Spirit and allowed their hearts to be filled with fear instead of love.

This “negative” experience is also Christmas Spirit in action because one thing I have realized is that the presence of CHRIST is always within ALL of us. We make the choice to act from it or not.  Christmas time is a reminder to open our hearts and allow the Spirit of Christ to be re-born in us. It is the Birth of the Golden Child. The Golden Child within our hearts. CHRISTmas.

I noticed that this year some of the people who always connect with me to wish me a Happy Season, didn’t do so while many others who had never contacted me suddenly, our of the blue, did.

I was saddened to be forgotten by some of those I love and my heart was hurting.

Then, the Holy Spirit spoke, “Are you seeing things through the lenses of pain or through the loving heart?” “Are you withholding the love for some people because of your feelings of rejection?” “What does it do to you and your heart when you withhold love?”

A card from the deck gave me the final touch of guidance: “Your Attitude Makes the Difference.”

Merry CHRISTmas everyone! May the CHRISTmas Spirit enter your hearts and reside in them every moment! 

After a long five work weeks I finally had a weekend off to myself. Naturally, Saturday was mostly dedicated to catching up with long overdue errands.  Before leaving the house I pulled out a contemplation seed card. I read, “Listen to the Holy Spirit.”

I recalled reading somewhere that angels and spiritual guides are always around us, helping and nudging us every moment of each day. It is up to us to “spot” them, if you will.

On that note, I decided to make my errands day into a spiritual exercise by doing my very best to keep my attention on the presence of the Holy Spirit and the spiritual guides working on our behalf.

I soon realized that it was easier said than done as my attention kept getting distracted by the multiple things I needed to take care of.

At a certain point my stomach let me know that it was lunch time and I needed some food. I went to Whole Foods to get something at their salad and food bar. The place was packed with holiday shoppers and the lines to check out longer than usual. While standing in my line, food plate in hand, I remembered my spiritual exercise and I switched my attention away from my stomach’s impatience to get to the food as quickly as possible and the frenzy of the shoppers dealing with tired cashiers.

I opened my consciousness to the possibility of a presence beyond what was going on all around me, welcoming it into my awareness with a grateful and open heart.

Something inside me, I can’t really explain it, immediately recognized a multiplicity of beings shimmering light and radiating love, just as many if not more than the amount of people present in the store. A smile lit up my face and my heart rejoiced and returned the love that was being given so freely to all who would but take a moment to recognize it and let it in.

I encourage you to try this and see what your experience is.

In the meantime, I will leave you with a sentence that came to my attention today.

“At times you will be overwhelmed, perhaps confused, and will not want to face what is to come, but that is when you should put aside negative thoughts and bear the responsibility of listening, for as Jesus said, once you put your hands upon the plow handles, there is no turning back!” “Truth is here now. It is up to you to take charge of yourself and accept it now!” “It is possible for everybody!”  From “The Flute of God”

Happy Holidays to all!

“What can I do right now to open my heart in order for me to give and receive God’s love?”

I have posed this question to Spirit every morning during my daily contemplation time.

A couple of days ago I had a nudge to randomly take another card out of the deck.

This is what the Divine handed me answering my request,

“Everything Flourishes in a Grateful Heart” – a card from the Spiritual Laws of Charity.

The biblical verse associated with the card is from 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and it tells us:  “Give thanks to all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

I couldn’t help but smile and feel grateful for the answer. In so doing, my heart softened and slowly began to open.

What a wonderful and simple tool to open the heart to loving God.

However, it isn’t always easy to feel grateful when life brings me painful or difficult experiences. How can I be grateful for that? I can mentally tell myself that I am grateful because I know that God is giving me these experiences for me to learn and grow. That’s fine but it doesn’t help one bit to open my heart. It is simply a logical notion or justification to make things okay but actually it does absolutely nothing to heal the ailing or fearful heart.

I can pretend to accept the notion and go on with my life thinking that everything is fine now, but my heart isn’t open and I am living from my mind. From experience I know that sooner rather than later Spirit will bring yet another experience that will reopen the wound and place me right back into the pain or fear and the only reason for this it is so that I learn to open my heart.

It finally hit me that there is one thing I can always be grateful for no matter what the circumstance. It is my love for God thus I am grateful for God.

Now I sit in the mornings in God’s presence and say, “I love you God and I am grateful for you God.” I say it with all my heart, with all my love.

May The Blessings Be!

Ask and you shall receive…

They say that the lessons in life come in threes; my lessons/blessings to learn about pride came as three separate experiences during the same day.

Acknowledging and owning pride is not an easy task – the mind fights it as if its life depended on it and the reality is that it does. Let me share my experiences.

I have a friend that I take dance lessons with every Saturday. We have been doing this for the past three months (here is the number three). Suddenly, a couple of weeks ago, he decided to stop doing it because he started dating someone. Nothing wrong with this, you will say. Yes, I agree, however the problem started because he didn’t tell me his real intentions. Instead, he said that he was dating someone and was going to take dance lessons with her. However, this would not interfere with our Saturday lessons as they would be dancing on Wednesdays. Then, come Thursday morning I received a text from him asking me to call him when I had a free moment. That very morning I received the news that my dad who lives in Venezuela had a stroke during the night. Knowing that he was dying and that he was terrified, I was on my cell texting and talking with his caretaker all morning, helping her to assist him through the death process. For those of you who don’t know me, I have practiced spiritual healing for over 20 years and have helped many people meet with death.

Needless to say, it was an intense emotional experience being my father the person I was assisting to die. To top it off, quite early that day I had received a text from a friend of mine who is dying from cancer and was asking me if I could visit her because she wanted to say goodbye. Asking Spirit what would be a good time for me to visit her, I had gotten the nudge to do so at three in the afternoon (here is that number again!). So, after taking care of my dad and whatever else I needed to do at work, I went to visit my girlfriend. By this time I was feeling pretty tired at every level, physical, emotional and mental. When I left her home I called my dance partner. He had tried calling me while I was visiting her and I was now finally able to call him back.

He asked me if we were still going to dance Saturday and I said that we were. Then he proceeded to inform me that he had called my son and asked him to go dancing with me Saturday so that he could take his new girlfriend instead. I was stunned and knowing that I wasn’t in a good place to answer without getting upset I told him I would talk to him at another time because I had a pretty rough day and that my father had passed away.

The day wasn’t over yet. In fact, I received another text from a friend who gave some information about a woman I have been helping. This information, unbeknown to him showed me that she was taking for granted my help and actually expecting it as if due to her.

Well, by now I was a complete wreck feeling so much anger and turmoil inside me. I decided to remain calm and allow my emotions to settle down by doing a spiritual exercise and ask Spirit for help.

I remembered the contemplation seed card I was working on and asked myself if pride would have anything to do with this angry feeling in my stomach. It could not be because I was right at feeling upset for what these two people had done to me, or so I thought.

The days went by and I could not shake the tight feeling deep inside my gut. Furthermore, I was now remembering all the times my father had hurt me very much in the same fashion as these two people had done. What was at the core of it all that bothered me to the point of taking away my peace?

Hidden behind the anger was a deep pain. It was the pain of being rejected, the pain of being used, and the pain of not being loved. So I cried and cried realizing that most of what I had been feeling towards these two people was the pain I had suppressed all my life in relation to my father. I was a walking open wound and I was glad it was all surfacing so that it could be healed in God’s presence and love.

The days passed and even with all the grieving I was doing I still could not feel at peace inside. What was going on? Why was my heart so tight and closed? Why couldn’t I feel God’s love? Once more I remembered the contemplation seed about pride standing in the way of loving God. Could it be that I was being prideful? How could that be? I asked Spirit to show me if pride was keeping me in this prison.

Guess I was finally ready to realize that indeed pride was standing between me and God’s love and I was holding onto it because I needed to be right in order to win. What a revelation that was for me and how humbling it was. I came to realize that by holding onto pride I was keeping the dynamic of anger and pain going on and on expecting a resolution that would never come. The resolution came once I acknowledged and owned my pride and resolved to let it go instead and to forgive.

I did speak to both people and explained to them how their behavior had caused pain. I did this from a new place, a place of humble truth and not of judgment. One more thing I learned, that when things are done from a place of true love for God everybody wins.

CONTEMPLATION SEED CARD FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER 2019

Hi everyone!

I owe and apology to those who come regularly to read posts as I have not been diligent in keeping a regular rhythm. I have allowed myself to be distracted and in retrospect I have to admit that I did because I was afraid of making a real commitment to this page.

My sincere apologies and, let’s begin anew.

On this note, the contemplation seed card I have randomly pulled up to focus on this month is “Pride stands in the way of loving God.”

This is a Wisdom card that speaks of the LAW OF GOD.

” In his pride the wicked man does not seek Him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” Psalms 10:4

“The LAW OF GOD teaches us how to become more like God.”

“Each person will understand, define, and accept this law according to their individual state of consciousness. Thus we will have different perspectives according to our understanding.”

“The apostle Paul said God’s “law is holy, and the commandments holy and just and good” as well as “spiritual” (Romans 7:12, 14).”

“The LAW OF GOD goes beyond the 10 Commandments. This law is spoken of throughout the Bible letting us know how to live according to Spirit and become more like God.”

“The biblical verse speaks of pride and what it does to the spiritual seeker. It closes our ability to listen to God’s voice and guidance.”

I have to admit that this was the last card I thought I would pull out from the deck. I also have to admit that I had a strong reaction to it and was tempted to pull another one I would like better. Then, I remembered that those instances which make me the most uncomfortable are actually my greatest teachers if I only relax and take a deeper look.

My personal spiritual revelation is that if I want to become a good teacher I need to be willing to learn firsthand that which I am sharing and apply it with a heaping spoonful of humility (walk the talk).

It is beginning to look like this wisdom seed is exactly what I need to plant in my consciousness at this time.

To wrap this up I will share the contemplation suggested in the booklet for those of us who would like to embark in this month’s journey of self-discovery and spiritual growth into the subject of pride.

It all begins with taking an honest look and notice if we are under the grasp of pride.

The proud mind will defend and justify its actions, choices and behavior and reject any advice or help. We are acting out of pride when we blame others for our wrongdoings; we are easily angered and quick to judge.

“Sit quietly and imagine you are meeting with a spiritual teacher. He greets you with a big smile and invites you to walk with him. He asks you what brings you to visit him. You let him know that you want guidance about letting go of pride. The teacher reaches inside a pocket and hands you a golden piece of paper. He lets you know the note addresses your concerns and that after you read it, you need to sit quietly and contemplate on the message received. With a smile he points to a bench and then leaves you. You sit on the bench and open the note.”

HAPPY JOURNEY TO ALL!

Let me know of any insights you would like to share for everyone to learn.

Blessings

The Journey Goes On and On……

Welcome to this site/blog. I am looking forward to sharing my insights with you and also to learn from your own insights and personal life experiences.

I have learned that life gives all of us the opportunity to learn and grow spiritually, if we allow for the possibility of something more, something new and different to enter our awareness and expand our consciousness into greater expressions of itself.

About a year ago I had the insight from Spirit to look for the Spiritual Laws of Life within the quotes of The Bible. I thought that it would be a fun learning experience to see if indeed these Divine principles would be spoken of in this Holy Book.

A Christian acquaintance told me I would most likely find one or two quotes if at all because, according to her, the principles I was looking for were “not biblical”

Being the stubborn woman that I am, and also having learned from past experience that whenever the Holy Spirit nudges me to do something it is because it is true, I disregarded her words and quietly did my own private search.

As a matter of fact, after having shared with her what the Holy Spirit had nudged me to do, Spirit strongly advised me to follow without any hesitance one very important Spiritual Law called The Law Of Silence. This meant I was to conduct my search alone and shared it with no one until the time would come when I would be allowed to do so.

A year later, this set of contemplation seeds cards to develop spiritual wisdom, freedom and charity has come to life and I can now share it with the spiritual seekers of the world.