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On and off over the last couple of years, I have written an article around New Years Day setting my intentions for the next year. I try to look at the social, economic, political, and/or spiritual place that we are in and then try to identify what it is that we need to fix, heal, resolve, inspire, or change things for the better. Some years, I did not write about it, but quietly shared the idea with friends who might help me pray or set the intentions for the coming year. For 2004, I wrote “Another Trip Around the Sun.” In 2005, I asked close friends to pray for the media to start doing their job and to again begin reporting the news and to not simply report what the corporations that own the media tell them to report. And in 2006, I asked that “truth” be told, accepted, and/or faced. We needed to see the truth, admit the truth, and deal with the truth. For 2007, I wrote “The Dawning” and for 2009, “The Age of Reason.” And so it is that this year, I find myself wondering… what now?
It’s New Year’s Day 2007 and half of my household is still asleep from last night’s festivities. The skies are gray as I look out my window trying to tie a rope around some wayward thought that haunts my mind and begs to be put down on paper as this morning’s feature article. The birds seem to be coming back – huge noisy black crows this time and they create such a distraction as I try to concentrate on not thinking so that I can let go and allow this to flow as it is meant to and not as I might force it to. And the word comes through and it calls to me like an old childhood memory from somewhere in the back of my cluttered unorganized mind – integrity. This is the year that “integrity” stood tall. That’s what they’ll say about 2007.
Most of the world likes to play it safe. They go to their safe jobs, come home to their safe relationships, they drive safe cars, they invest money in safe corporations, they think safe thoughts, and they want nothing more than to feel safe and secure. Survival of the fittest dictates that these people live another day and therefore get to breed and would make up the majority of the population. We could say that they play it smart.
I suppose it is the nature of the thing that you would feel that you are alone and
that nobody else is going through what you are going through. You have worked on
yourself, healing, changing, growing, and becoming more enlightened as to the way
the game of life is played. The result is that you really do not feel like playing
anymore. No, you are not suicidal, but you would rather be left alone. You see
the world as superficial and fake. You see the people you love self-
“They’re crazy!” That is what they are saying about us. The majority of the people in America at this time in history do not channel spirits, do not converse with angels or aliens, do not astral project, do not know about any kind of higher vibration, and do not talk about Starseeds, Indigo Children, nor Lightworkers. They do not know anything about ancient secrets being coded into crystals nor about the healing effects of various stones. The only animals they talk to are their pets and they do not actually listen for any kind of a response. They do not talk to dead people. They have no idea what kind of a higher purpose or mission they might have been sent here to do. They have no idea what it is to have a voice from above speak to you and ask you to step out of the normal way of things to do some sort of holy spiritual work that will help guide or save humanity. They just go about their lives having no idea what it is to walk in our shoes. They call us crazy and sometimes it is difficult not to agree with them.
Sometimes I think that I have a mental health problem and that at any minute the
pharmaceutical companies are going to develop a cute little green star-
I have heard it said that I am not alone. Apparently there’s an enormous amount
of staff all doing various assignments, some in management, some in communications,
some in marketing and advertising, some in product development, and quite a few new
recruits who really have no idea what they are going to be doing. I work alone in
my little cubical without much interaction with my coworkers. I am not really sure
why that is, but from what I am told, my work is done best without the distraction
of others. Oh well, I think I would like to have coworkers around to distract me,
but what do I know? I know I have gone through extensive training and I am getting
pretty good at my job. I am starting to feel comfortable here. I like my work.
From what I have read in the company newsletters, memos, and emails, other people
are being trained together in groups, and quite a few are cross-
I have been reading a lot lately about the concepts of masculine and feminine energy. It all sort of goes along with the yin and yang definitions of masculine and feminine. I do not think I need to define the differences for you. The ideas I feel called to address today have more to do with the finger pointing and blame going on in the spiritual communities. Some religions believe in a masculine god and others in a feminine goddess. There is this snobbish assumption that only one is correct and that the other belief is foolish and misguided. Each believes that if everyone would subscribe to their particular vision of power, then all would be right with the world.
I will never forget the day that my daughter’s sixth grade friend told me that. We
had been discussing someone who had recently lost a fortune and had become very bitter
as a result. She suddenly piped up with that all knowing scowl that only a twelve-
I heard someone make a statement about a year and a half ago that offended me to no end. It’s taken me this long to be able to write the article that I knew then would come of it. A woman volunteering in our church had been deeply hurt by our church’s lack of love and support and had left us quite abruptly. She started volunteering for one of our sister churches here in our large city and was again treated in a superficial and shallow manner. A mutual friend had stayed in touch with her, working together bridging the two churches’ youth groups. I had been unable to personally get in touch with her for quite some time and was worried about her.
Sacred Children Series:
Many years ago, my children were raised on the various teachings and concepts of “magic” as I was studying different religions and spiritual beliefs. I had come across many metaphysical teachings woven throughout most of the different religions. It was very important to me that they stay authentic and real. I did not want them to ever allow anyone to convince them to be something other than the beautiful souls they already were. They took to the metaphysical teachings quite easily and naturally. Often they already knew whatever it was I had thought I was going to teach them.
I had visions of my daughter for about five years before she finally showed up. She turned out exactly like the little girl in my dreams who had haunted me all that time. I was so very glad to see that she was alive and real. I always thought she must somehow be more magical and special then other normal kids.
I had my first two children on either side of my twenty-
From a spiritual perspective, I find myself asking the question, which came first, the Law of Detachment or enlightenment? I really thought I was enlightened and looking back, I still think I was. Yet, when I finally mastered the Law of Detachment, it made what I thought of as enlightenment seem like child’s play. So, which one really came first?
If I had to pick just one word to describe the soul of a warrior, I would choose
the word “passion.” Warriors do not sit on their sofas taking anti-
Okay, so you know who you are. You know that you are smart and capable. You have
worked through inner critic issues from your childhood and you know that you can
do anything you set your mind to. You know that you want to be a genuinely good,
kind, and caring person but that there is another very real side of you that is sometimes
lazy, grumpy, and wouldn’t mind if others would spoil you a bit more often. You
know that you are co-
Trust is such a personal thing. Faith is even more so. Whether you are sending
out your prayers and intentions or falling in love, trust and faith are intertwined.
Trust says that you logically know everything will turn out for the best. Faith
says that on an intuitive emotional level you sense that everything will turn out
for the best. One is in your head; the other is in your heart. The same, but different.
When someone or something breaks our trust, it can be rebuilt or re-
Have you ever had an overwhelming problem or issue? Was there some circumstance
in your life that seemed beyond your ability to handle it? Have you ever called
out to God, Buddha, guardian angels, The Force, your higher self, Mohammed, Mother
Earth, whatever name you give that spirit? To find an all-
I hate saying that. It feels so very wrong. It’s not that I wouldn’t like to help
them. It’s not that I am not appalled at what is happening over there. I have been
wrestling with my guilty feelings lately. What have I done to make the world a better
place? I started by taking inventory of the areas that I would love to ‘fix’. My
What’s the difference? How are we supposed to tell the difference between the real healers and those who are selling snake oil? It is a big selling point to claim that our work is divinely inspired. Even better, tell them you have gazed into the eyes of God and come back to tell the tales. Like telling them that in Ireland the wee folk are still spotted on occasion; it is far off and exotic. They will believe you. Oh, how we love such tales. Those who have never touched the magic will always hunger for stories to tell them what it is like. How do you know whose stories to believe and who is just spinning yarns?
We were all taught in school that our forefathers left England to escape religious dictatorships. Okay, there was a lot more to it then that, but it was a big enough deal that they made sure it got honorable mention in our rulebook. They clearly made the point that we were to have freedom of religion here in America. They also used the word “God” in some of their formal paperwork and even on our money. I do not want to argue politics here, but rather semantics. They did not say “freedom of Christianity,” they said “freedom of religion.” The boys who wrote up all of our formal paperwork were wordsmiths and they debated long and hard to find the perfect set of words to govern ourselves by. It was not decided that we had the freedom to choose whichever form of Christianity that we liked, but whichever form of religion. Religion is in and of itself a much broader concept then Christianity. “God” can mean a lot more then just the Christian definition too.
Seems that everyone who writes to me signs their letters “love and light.” It has such a bright uplifting sound to it. Lightworkers are being taught to hold the energy of the light and to equate love with a warm white light that heals and protects. After what feels like an age of suppression and darkness, it all sounds like such a refreshing change, much like the first bits of sunlight after a long harsh winter. And so the pendulum swings. Still we do not find balance.
Today, I am seeing the planet as a physical item spinning in space rather then as the conglomerate energies of all of its inhabitants. We ride on this big blue rock year after year around and around its sun. Is it no wonder that some of mankind’s first gods were the sun and the actual vehicle we ride around on itself. Every time I have tried to think about what it is I am supposed to tell you today in reference to New Year’s Resolutions, I just keep seeing this stupid arrogant cowboy riding around on a planet as if it is a bucking bronco and thinking that he has got any control whatsoever as to where she is taking him. Yeah, he can destroy her, but she won’t let him choose the route they take as they fly through the cosmos together. New Year’s Eve celebrations are not about something so arbitrary as the fact that I am going to hang a new calendar on the wall. It means that like a bronco rider, we have managed not to fall off and have ridden her around the sun one more time.
I spend a lot of time sitting at my computer, completely engulfed while typing away at these articles and writing my little books of wisdom. I recently noticed a dull ache under one arm where my breast connects just below the armpit. As my hand would unknowingly reach up to rub it, I eventually realized there was a lump at the source of the ache. I quickly checked the other side to see if they matched. Nope, nothing like it on the other side. As the next month or so went by, it finally began to fully register in my head. I had a lump and it was not going away. How long had it been there?
What’s my spiritual calling? How will I recognize it when I am stumbling along through life? It’s really vogue right now to have a spiritual calling and to follow it to some form of higher awareness. But how can you know when you’ve found it? Doesn’t the mind have a tendency to play games with us? Isn’t it quite possible that people want so badly to be chosen for a particular life path that they convince themselves that this is the one they were destined to follow? It must be my destiny because I love it so much. I asked the heavens to shine a little light on this topic for me. What would you have me tell them about their spiritual callings?
A few years ago, a woman asked if my spirit guides had said anything about the coming of the Peace Maker. I told her I would ask them and see what I could find out for her. This was long before the 2004 Presidential Elections here in the U.S. The answer I got was not what most people probably want to hear. One of the most difficult aspects of my job is presenting concepts that on the surface may seem uncomfortable, bizarre, or even wrong in a way that upon deeper reflection the reader can see that it all makes sense in the big cosmic game of life. This was one of those moments. Are the angels preparing us for the coming of the Peace Maker? No, not exactly.
I was reminiscing with a friend recently about his ‘dark night of the soul’ that he had just experienced. During his pain, he turned his back on God. Raised in a traditional Catholic family he found himself very angry at God and at the church during an especially ugly divorce and custody battle. As he is coming back into himself, we have been talking and processing together through a lot of what happened and what he has been through. It took him three years to even begin to let go of the extreme rage he felt when she first left him. I had tried desperately to guide him through his hell with the help of my spiritual beliefs, but he was just too mad at God to hear any of it. His issues had nothing to do with me, but they just about ended our friendship because of his overwhelming anger at the entire world and everyone in it.
What is the New Age Movement? It is similar to New Age Spirituality, but different enough to warrant its own definition. The New Age Movement is a belief that the human race is all one. It is not about equality nor diversity. It is the idea that your gender, age, religion, race, nor sexual orientation makes you better or worse then anyone else. The New Age Movement is moving away from the US against THEM mentality. It is inclusive, open, detached from labels, and above all else, it’s based in love not fear.
Every year at Christmas time, we sing our sweet little carols crying out to the heavens to grant us peace on earth. We pray for peace throughout the year. Many in the New Age Movement hold the energy and carry a light within their hearts that someday soon, peace will descend upon us and we will finally live as one big happy family on this planet. What do we envision while praying for peace? We see a world without war, without anger, without bigotry, without fighting, without hatred. We see a world that is safe for children to play outside and to walk to school without fear of abductions, molestations, and horrible nightmares that predators would make our children endure. We dream of a world that is safe for everyone. Nobody is harassed or killed for being their unique individual self. Everyone plays nicely and feels nothing but love and compassion for each other. Will that happen in our lifetime?
I know a woman I will call “Fairy.” I will call her that because she is a New Age type of a person. Her friend is a woman I will call “Angel.” I will call her friend that because she is a more traditional Christian. And so their story begins…
You cannot put a price tag on spirituality. Jesus, Buddha, and the others did not charge people for their words of wisdom. Truly spiritual and enlightened folks give their gift away for free to those in need. It is not about the money; it is about helping others. It is the greed and hypocrisy of the mainstream churches that turns us away from them. You cannot buy your way into heaven. If we in the New Age Movement are to learn from the mistakes of the churches, then we must learn to give our spiritual gifts from the heart and not for any monetary reasons.