Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July 28, 09 Fire the Grid Planetary Meditation...Join to create a new earth with your intentions.


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Fire The Grid is the largest mass meditation in history, and can be participated in regardless of your beliefs, or whether you agree with the information (below) given by the woman who began it. Research on the effects of mass meditation has been well documented in recent years .below are a couple of links to a Princeton University initiative involving this:

The Global Consciousness Project - Meaningful Correlations in Random Data

GCP's Fire The Grid documentation

I hope those of you who feel drawn to it will take part, and please forward this information on to as many people as you can hasta pronto a.s.a.p :)

Blessings to you all and FIRE THE GRID for the sake of our planet!!

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Be Present

Wednesday 29th July 2009

6:19 PM EST

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As we ForGIVE, we get lighter and lighter, so we can be more and more joyful. Participating in planetary meditations for the upliftment of all allows us to grow in our capacity to hold happiness.

IF you have never participated in the global wave of energy during planetary meditations before, you are in for a treat if you choose to participate in

Fire The Grid 2009.



Monday, July 27, 2009

International ForGIVEness Day AUG 2, 2009

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International Forgiveness Day
Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

The Heart and Soul of Forgiveness

With Marianne Williamson
Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Angelico Hall, Dominican University
San Rafael, CA

* Priority Seating Tickets Available till
July 30th *
The Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance would like to invite you to the 13th International Forgiveness Day on Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 from 7 to 9:30 pm in Angelico Hall at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA.

The Heart and Soul of Forgiveness with Marianne Williamson, is the day before on August 1st and will also be taking place at Angelico Hall from 1 pm to 5 pm.

Come and join Marianne in this powerful experiential afternoon as she leads us through a process of forgiveness, self-realization and global transformation.

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Table of Contents
The Heart and Soul of Forgiveness Workshop
International Forgiveness Day
Champion of Forgiveness: Marianne Williamson
Hero of Forgiveness: John Lewis
Hero of Forgiveness: Elwin Wilson
Hero of Forgiveness: Christopher Rodriguez
Also Participating in IFD
Information about IFD and WFA

The Heart and Soul of Forgiveness
With Marianne Williamson
Saturday, August 1st, from 1 to 5 PM.

Come and join Marianne in this powerful experiential afternoon as she leads us through a process of forgiveness, self-realization and global transformation.

We are at the pivotal moment in our history that calls for us to be our very best - the shining light of love - to erase all doubts and limitations to our greatness - to join together with kindred spirits and to concentrate our conscious energies in bringing forward the changes we want to see. We who are fortunate to have experienced the joy and the power of conscious awakening are blessed to have this opportunity to help birth a new vision that we can unite to create together.

Marianne will focus on how crucial Forgiveness is to loving oneself, which is crucial to having prosperity. The more we love ourselves, the more everything in our lives works, including our relationships and our economic well-being.

And, with her breadth of knowledge, awareness and experience, Marianne will give us her thoughts about where we are now in the healing of our nation and where she see's us going in the future with Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace.

We are witness and we are the weavers of that vision. The event will be videotaped, segments will be disseminated via You-tube and other streaming video online, and a DVD will be produced of this Workshop. We anticipate this to be a significant milestone in elevating the conversation of consciousness.

There will be an opening Global Drum Circle led by
David DiLullo.

Advance Priority Seating Tickets are available on line at

13th Annual International Forgiveness Day
Sunday, August 2nd, from 7 to 9:30 PM.

Come celebrate the possibilities of change in our lives when we learn to forgive. Experience the moving and powerful stories of our heroes and champions who have learned to forgive under highly difficult circumstances and then have gone on to teach reconciliation and forgiveness to the broader world.

The event promises an inspiring evening of shared experience as outstanding pioneering leaders of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace are honored. Come and hear their words of wisdom, learn the stories of their journey to compassion, experience the power of forgiveness.

Tickets are available on line at

This year we have four Honorees:


2009 Champion of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace

Marianne Williamson

Marianne Williamson, an internationally acclaimed spiritual activist, author, lecturer and founder of The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a United States Department of Peace, will be one of the featured guests at the 13th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony.

There she will be presented with the Champion of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace Award. Champions of Forgiveness are those who dedicate their lives and work to expanding awareness and knowledge about the regenerative power of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as to help others experience it.

Ms Williamson is also the founder of Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. She has published nine books, including four New York Times #1 bestsellers, including "A Return to Love", considered a must-read of the new spirituality movement. It is from this book that Nelson Mandela took his famous 1994 Inauguration Speech quote that begins with the words, "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure..." Ms. Williamson also has been a popular guest on numerous television programs such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America and Charlie Rose.

John2009 Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace

Rep. John Lewis

U.S. Representative John R. Lewis of Georgia, an International Leader of Peace, is often called "One of the most courageous persons the Civil Rights Movement produced." In 1961, he was a leader of the Freedom Riders, a group of young, college students seeking to end segregation in the "Jim Crow" South. During a demonstration at a "whites only" bus station in South Caroline, he and his group were attacked by an angry mob led by the Ku Klux Klan. John Lewis was mercilessly beaten and hospitalized. In 1965, as the Chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, he participated in the "Selma to Montgomery" marches led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There he endured brutal beatings and suffered a fractured skull at the hands of Alabama State police. His head wounds are still visible today.

Yet, recently, former Ku Klux Klan member Elwin Wilson, who led the 1961 mob of Ku Klux Klansmen and was personally involved in the beating of Lewis, confronted John Lewis. After 48 years, Wilson sought out Congressman Lewis to apologize for what he had done. "I'm so sorry about what happened back then," Wilson said breathlessly. "It's OK," Lewis responded, "I forgive you." John Lewis says he never believed that such a thing would happen and attributes this amazing reconciliation to the power of Love, Grace and the power of people to say, "I'm sorry".

This year, at the 13th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony, U.S. Representative John R. Lewis of Georgia will be honored as a Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace Award for dedicating his life to securing civil liberties, protecting human rights and for building what is known as "The Beloved Community" in America.

John2009 Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace

Elwin Wilson
Elwin Wilson was an unabashed racist, the sort who once hung a black doll from a noose outside his home. John Lewis was a young civil rights leader bent on changing laws, if not hearts and minds, even if it cost him his life.

They faced each other at a South Carolina bus station during a protest in 1961. Wilson joined a white gang that jeered Lewis, attacked him and left him bloodied on the ground.

Forty-eight years later, the men met again - this time so Wilson could apologize to Lewis and express regret for his hatred. Lewis, now a congressman from Atlanta, greeted his former tormentor at his Capitol Hill office.

Lewis said Wilson is the first person involved in the dozens of attacks against him during the civil rights era to step forward and apologize. When they finally met in person, Lewis offered forgiveness without hesitation.

Since then, Wilson has been on his own freedom march in search of forgiveness.

This year, at the 13th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony, Elwin Wilson will be honored as a Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace Award for coming to contrition and forgiveness for himself and for having the courage to ask for forgiveness from those who he had harmed.

Christopher2009 Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace

Christopher Rodriguez

Christopher Rodriguez, a 12-year-old boy paralyzed by a robber's stray bullet as he was taking a piano lesson in Oakland last year, had a message for the gunman who shot him, "I forgive you."

Christopher delivered his words after rolling in his wheelchair to the front of the Oakland courtroom on Tuesday June 16, 2009 where the shooter Jared Adams, 26, had just been sentenced to 70 years to life in prison. Then he shook the convicted man's hand. Adams received a stiff sentence for wounding Christopher and committing other crimes 18 months ago that left him with a dozen felony convictions. The crime binge included the carjacking at gunpoint of then-state Senate leader and current Oakland mayoral candidate Don Perata.

"I know it wasn't your intention to shoot me, but remember - actions always have consequences," Christopher said. "Two of the bullets almost hit my mom. You could have killed my piano teacher, other students, yourself, your girlfriend and just normal people nearby."

During a gas station robbery Jan. 10, 2008, a drunken Adams fired three shots. Two of his shots went across the street to the Harmony Road Music School which is located along Oakland's busy and normally safe Piedmont Avenue corridor. One of the shots penetrated the school's wall and severed Christopher's spine.

Because of his powerful act of forgiveness, Christopher Rodriquez, will be awarded the Hero of Forgiveness, Reconciliation and Peace Award at the 13th Annual International Forgiveness Day Awards Ceremony.

Also Participating

Fred Luskin, Ph.D.

A featured speaker will be the 2002 Champion of Forgiveness, Dr. Fredric Luskin, Ph.D. who is the Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects, a Senior Consultant in Health Promotion at Stanford and an Associate Professor at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Luskin's best selling book, "Forgive For Good" outlines his ground breaking research which demonstrates that learning forgiveness leads to increased physical vitality, hope, greater self-efficacy, enhanced optimism and conflict resolution skills. His research also shows that forgiveness lessens the physical and emotional toll of stress, and decreases hurt, anger, depression and blood pressure. He has successfully worked with men and women from both sides of the violence in Northern Ireland who have had family members killed.

Performing at the event will be vocalist Carmen Marie Coleman in addition to the renowned East Bay International Mass Choir, which is frequently featured in such venues as Carnegie Hall in New York City, Hillside Chapel in Atlanta, Founder's Church Annual International Choral Festival in Los Angeles as well as in West Africa. They will be accompanied by pianist Ed Bogas.

Radio personality Peter B. Collins will be the Master of Ceremonies. http://www.peterbcollins.com/

International Forgiveness Day

BobInternational Forgiveness Day, created in 1996 to honor the healing power of forgiveness, is the brainchild of Robert W. Plath, a Mill Valley attorney and Executive Director of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance. Plath's dream is to have every first Sunday in August around the world designated as International Forgiveness Day; it would be the first internationally sanctioned holiday.

Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance Mission
The mission of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance is to promote awareness and knowledge of the scientific findings related to forgiveness as well as the psychological, physiological, emotional and spiritual benefits of the forgiveness process.

The Alliance pays tribute to Heroes of Forgiveness - people who exemplify the power of forgiveness by overcoming personal tragedies and traumas and moving from anger and revenge to the transformative release of forgiveness and reconciliation. The Alliance also honors Champions of Forgiveness - those who dedicate their lives and work to expanding awareness and knowledge about the regenerative power of forgiveness and reconciliation as well as to help others experience it.

IFDThis year's 13th annual awards ceremony and entertainment event will be held at the Angelico Hall at Dominican University in San Rafael, CA. It will feature musical performances of the East Bay International Mass Choir and Carmen Marie Coleman, vocalist and choir director at Unity of Marin.

You can visit the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance's website at


Celebration Spreading Around the Globe
International Forgiveness Day, which originated in Marin County, is spreading to other locales around the world. In years past, it has been celebrated in New York, Hawaii, Washington State, Oregon, Ghana, Canada and Nigeria as well as Southern California. This year, international efforts of the Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance are being spearheaded by its International Coordinator, Pamela Gregory, who is helping the Alliance to bring Forgiveness Day to Cairo and London. You can find out more about Pamela at www.PamelaGregory.com

Worldwide Forgiveness Alliance
20 Sunnyside Ave, Suite A-268
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 381-3372
(415) 384-0107 FAX

Lighten Your Burdens Now!

LISTEN to the audio on HOW TO FORGIVE... for all subscribers at

Order the simple little ForGIVEness Manual online at

Learn this simple easy-to-use forgiveness
method. You can use it any moment, any time,
anywhere - when some incident, some harsh word, some
mean look gives you an on-the-spot reason and way to
ForGIVE. Instantaneously!

Keep YOUR Peace of Mind with this simple
method of ForGIVEness.

Order now.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hospital Bed ForGIVEness story

patient who came back from almost dying reports on the power of
forGIVEness in her recovery process. Specifically doorways of
communication opened between her and two brothers - doorways that had been
slammed shut for over 50 years.

By Pat Crosby

Saturday, July 18, 2009

911 - Angels to the Rescue. Inspiring Story by Pat Crosby

911 Angels to the Rescue!

The trauma and grief of 911 was overshadowed - overlit - by a higher calling - a higher light. The new widow of one fireman recounts how they both knew - as he left his happy upstate home that September 11th morning to go into NY City to fight the blaze - that he would not come home that night.

Through her tears, the widow shared that she knew he had gone home with the angels. Through her griefand tear-struck face, she acknowledged the higher powers at work that morning.

What goes on during these events of planetary magnitude?

What roles do angels play in the healing and transformation of this cosmic events on our planet?

Clairvoyant and Angel Communicator Pat Crosby shares insights into the higher goings-on of 911 - both during that grim and gruesome week, as well as the amazing transformation and peaceful healing energies that covered the site just a few months after the tragedy.

This short story tells some intimate moments of family members, as well as presents a screenplay adaptation of the higher healing capacities of that momentous morning.

These inspiring incidents will give you a renewed sense of hope for the well-being of our planet and those of us riding

...

By Pat Crosby

Friday, July 17, 2009

See the Glass as Already Broken - for peace of mind


Already Broken
“You see this goblet?” asks Achaan Chaa, the Thai meditation master. “For me this glass is already broken. I enjoy it; I drink out of it. It holds my water admirably, sometimes even reflecting the sun in beautiful patterns. If I should tap it, it has a lovely ring to it. But when I put this glass on the shelf and the wind knocks it over or my elbow brushes it off the table and it falls to the ground and shatters, I say, ‘Of course.’ When I understand that the glass is already broken, every moment with it is precious.”
- Mark Epstein  
Thoughts Without a Thinker
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Post written by Leo Babauta. Follow me on Twitter.
How many times have you gotten upset because someone wasn’t doing their job, because your child isn’t behaving, because your partner or friend isn’t living up to his or her end of the bargain?
How many times have you been irritated when someone doesn’t do things the way you’re used to? Or when you’ve planned something carefully and things didn’t go as you’d hoped?
This kind of anger and irritation happens to all of us — it’s part of the human experience.
One thing that irritates me is when people talk during a movie. Or cut me off in traffic. Or don’t wash their dishes after eating. Actually, I have a lot of these little annoyances — don’t we all?
And it isn’t always easy to find peace when you’ve become upset or irritated.
Let me let you in on a little secret to finding peace of mind: see the glass as already broken.
See, the cause of our stress, anger and irritation is that things don’t go the way we like, the way we expect them to. Think of how many times this has been true for you.
And so the solution is simple: expect things to go wrong, expect things to be different than we hoped or planned, expect the unexpected to happen. And accept it.

One quick example: on our recent trip to Japan, I told my kids to expect things to go wrong — they always do on a trip. I told them, “See it as part of the adventure.”
And this worked like a charm. When we inevitably took the wrong train on a foreign-language subway system, or when it rained on the day we went to Disney Sea, or when we took three trains and walked 10 blocks only to find the National Children’s Castle closed on Mondays … they said, “It’s part of the adventure!” And it was all OK — we didn’t get too bothered.
So when the nice glass you bought inevitably falls and breaks, someday, you might get upset. But not if you see the glass as already broken, from the day you get it. You know it’ll break someday, so from the beginning, see it as already broken. Be a time-traveler, or someone with time-traveling vision, and see the future of this glass, from this moment until it inevitably breaks.
And when it breaks, you won’t be upset or sad — because it was already broken, from the day you got it. And you’ll realize that every moment you have with it is precious.
Expect your child to mess up — all children do. And don’t get so upset when they mess up, when they don’t do what they’re “supposed” to do … because they’re supposed to mess up.
Expect your partner to be less than perfect.
Expect your friend to not show up sometimes.
Expect things to go not according to plan.
Expect people to be rude sometimes.
Expect coworkers not to come through sometimes.
Expect roommates not to wash their dishes or pick up their clothes, sometimes.
Expect the glass to break.
And accept it.
You won’t change these inevitable facts — they will happen, eventually. And if you expect it to happen — even see it as already happening, before it happens — you won’t get so upset.
You won’t overreact. You’ll respond appropriately, but not overreact. You can talk to the person about their behavior, and ask them kindly to consider your feelings when they do this … but you won’t get overly emotional and blow things out of proportion.
You’ll smile, and think, “I expected that to happen. The glass was already broken. And I accept that.”
You’ll have peace of mind. And that, my friends, is a welcome surprise.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

True ForGIVEness. Article by Lynn Woodland

True Forgiveness
Lynn Woodland

Can we have love but not forgiveness?

Or true forgiveness without love?
Without forgiveness we can't love.

From the perspective of spiritual reality, the statements "I love you but don't forgive you" and "I forgive you but I don't love you" are impossibilities.

Love and forgiveness go hand in hand.

We can't have one without the other.

True forgiveness is not something we do for another person.

I often hear people speak of forgiveness as something we give to someone else, something that must be deserved or earned, and sometimes needs to be withheld.

The spiritual purpose of forgiveness is self-healing.

As long as we are holding anger, resentment and grudges against another person, we are poisoning our bodies with toxicity, lowering our immunity to disease and on subtler levels generating thoughts, expectations and attitudes that repel our highest good.

As we hold on to the belief that someone has harmed us so badly that we cannot, will not, forgive, we give power to the part of us that feels vulnerable and susceptible to being harmed.

Our lack of forgiveness actually draws more circumstances that will feed our anger and victimization.

Lack of forgiveness has been related as a contributing factor to physical illness, excess weight, financial scarcity, failed relationships and a host of other problems.

Lack of forgiveness inhibits love, which is the only true source of power.

As we withhold forgiveness, we inhibit our power and our very life-force.

Medical intuitive Caroline Myss, who, through her gift of intuitive sight sees the energy patterns that lead to illness, says, "By far the strongest poison to the human spirit is the inability to forgive oneself or another person."

Now that we have established its importance, what exactly does it mean to forgive?

What often makes forgiveness so difficult is that we tend to think of it as a sacrifice, as giving in, giving up, losing our "rightness.

" It's like giving up the chip that says

"You owe me."

It seems to discount the pain we felt.

Forgiveness is sometimes experienced as letting someone who hurt us off the hook, no longer holding them accountable for their actions.

But forgiveness is not an act of negotiation between two people.

It does not begin and end by speaking the words "I forgive you."

Instead, it is an internal state, an ongoing process rather than an act.

True forgiveness is not about excusing someone's hurtful actions.

It goes much deeper than this.

It is the inner awareness that no harm was done, thus there is, in truth, nothing to forgive.

Most of what passes for forgiveness is rooted in the belief that we are separate and vulnerable and have been harmed.

In this way, the act of forgiveness directs the attention of both people to the hurtful act.

The forgiver feels self-righteous, the forgiven, guilty.

The whole process strengthens both people's belief in the reality of separateness and harm, and in this way is disempowering to both.

True forgiveness is a shifting of attention away from the hurtful act, not in denial, but in release.

It means identifying with the higher part of ourselves that was never harmed so we can see past the illusion of separateness to the reality of Oneness.

As we understand ourselves to be one with the person who hurt us, forgiveness becomes self-forgiveness.

As we transcend our belief in ourselves as victims, we are able to see the other person differently.

Instead of seeing his or her "wrongness" we see the pain that motivated his or her actions.

Living from a belief that doing harm brings personal gain is a prison of separateness, powerlessness and pain.

Anyone who acts intentionally to harm another is trapped in this painful prison, even if he or she doesn't recognize it as such.

When we understand this, we can more easily feel compassion instead of rage.

As with the idea of "love," I have heard the concept of forgiveness promoted in spiritual, metaphysical and psychological circles for years as the spiritual thing, the healthy thing, the right thing to do.

And, as with teachings on love, I have heard much more on the benefits and reasons to do it than on how to do it.

How can we coax our hearts into forgiveness when they feel hardened or broken?

Words of forgiveness are worth nothing without truth behind them.

Let following help you find a path into the process of forgiving.

Let Go of Victim Scenarios

Write a "victim" scenario.

Describe everything that was done to you unjustly, all the ways you have been harmed, every way you are right and the other party is wrong.

Next, describe the same scenario from the perspective that it was somehow a great lesson, gift or turning point in your life that served you in some important way.

Write this even if you don't believe it.

Take the first scenario of yourself as victim and symbolically release it: burn it, tear it up, bury it or flush it.

As you let it go imagine that you are releasing the need to feel victimized.

Keep the second scenario and read it every day for at least a week.

See the Reflection of Your Core Beliefs

Instead of focusing attention on the wrong thing that has been done to you, imagine that this painful experience reflects some belief or expectation you have about life.

This doesn't mean you "asked" to be hurt.

It means that you learned, probably when you were very young, to expect painful experiences.

Release blame, shame and any idea that you have done something wrong and simply look at this situation as a mirror, giving you important information about your core beliefs.

Every day for a month, pray to God or your Higher Self for help in stepping out of the hurtful dance you have created with this other person.

Pray for help in releasing the beliefs and expectations that call hurt into your life.

If you are working on forgiving a parent or other person from your early childhood who helped to instill your limiting core beliefs about life, you can still see your experience with this person as reflecting some deep level of choice.

Imagine that your Higher Self called this relationship into your life for a purpose.

For example, if I look at all the pain my alcoholic father caused me in my childhood and early adulthood, I am tempted to feel rage and powerlessness.

However when I think of the turns my life took as a direct result of this early pain, I realize that my whole life path with its focus of love and healing was because of my father.

From this perspective, I see a higher purpose to our meeting and can actually feel gratitude for this painful experience in my life.

Get to the Root of Displaced Anger

When your anger is toward a group, an institution or society, rather than an individual, it is important to remember that anger is a much weaker power source than love.

Many feel that anger is a necessary ingredient for creating change.

While anger can motivate action, ultimately, when we give attention to victimization and abuse, we may achieve some sense of victory, but we also perpetuate a reality that includes victims and abusers.

The more we motivate ourselves from a place of anger, the more we will continually have to fight victimization.

Being angry at a group often has a feeling of hopelessness built into it.

While we may be able to create peace and resolution in relation to one person, doing so with all of society is obviously more difficult.

When we often find ourselves angry at "the system" in one form or another, there is usually a person or people from early in our lives we need to forgive.

This early hurt, usually related to one or both of our parents or other significant adult care-takers, imbedded within us feelings of anger and powerlessness that we project onto other situations in our lives.

We may also find that we have anger toward one or more of the important people in our adult life ¾ a spouse, friend or co-worker - and have displaced this anger onto an impersonal system because we fear the consequences of our anger.

It may be easier to face the anger we have toward a faceless system than to deal with the true source of our feeling, which invariably comes back to personal relationships with individuals.

However, it is far more manageable to forgive an individual than a system.

When you find yourself angry at a group, find the one individual you most need to forgive.

If, for example you are angry at a company where you used to work, focus on the one person you feel the most anger toward.

If you are angry at society or other such large institutions where there is no one single individual who stands out, then look to see who in your life you are holding anger toward.

Practice Self-forgiveness

If all approaches to forgiveness feel equally difficult, you probably have at least as much trouble forgiving yourself as you do others.

In this case, begin the forgiveness process by forgiving yourself.

Make a list of all the things you hold against yourself and begin to say out loud and as written affirmations, "I, (your name), forgive myself for ___________."

Louise Hay suggests looking at yourself in the mirror as you say affirmations of self-love.

I find this mirror technique to be especially helpful in working on self-forgiveness.

Aim for Moments of Forgiveness

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Friday, July 10, 2009

The Lesson of the 3 Trees and Unexpected Events in Life

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.
They were discussing their hopes and dreams when
The first tree said, 'Someday I hope to be a great
Treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver
And precious gems. I could be decorated with an
Intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.'

Then the second tree said, 'Someday I will be a

Mighty ship. I will take Kings and queens across the
Waters and sail to the corners of the world. People
Will feel safe in me because of the strength of my

Finally the third tree said, 'I want to grow to be

The tallest and straightest Tree in the forest. People
Will see me on top of the hill, look up to my branches,
And think of the heavens and God and how close to
Them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all
Time and people will always remember me.'

After a few years of praying that their dreams would

Come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.
When one came to the first tree he said, 'This looks
Like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the
Wood to a carpenter, and he began cutting it down. The
Tree was happy, because he knew the carpenter would
Make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree the woodsman said, 'This looks like

A strong tree. I will be able to sell it to the shipyard.'
The second tree was happy Because he knew he was on
His way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree

Was frightened because he knew that if they cut him
Down his dreams would not come true. One of the men
Said, 'I don't need anything special from my tree, I'll
Take this one,' and he cut it down.

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was

Made into a feed box for animals. He was then placed in
A barn and filled with hay. This was not at all what he
Had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing

Boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying
Kings had come to an end.

The third tree was cut into large pieces, and left alone

In the dark.

The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

hen one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave
Birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box
That was made from the first tree. The man wished that he
Could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would
Have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event
And knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from

The second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.
While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and
The tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men
Safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said
'Peace' and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew
That it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree.

It was carried through the streets as the
People mocked the man who was carrying it.
When they came to a stop, the man was nailed
To the tree and raised in the air to die at the top
Of a hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to
Realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top
Of the hill and be as close to God as was possible,
Because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem

To be going your way, always know that God has a plan for
You. If you place your trust in Him, God will give you great gifts.

Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

We don't always know what God's plans are for us. We just know that His Ways are not our
ways, but His ways are always best.

Please keep this moving....... Pass it on, so God may inspire more people on The Way.

May your day be blessed.. And until we meet again, may God cradle you in the palm of His hand.

Thank you, Marge, for submitting this inspiring story. Source unknown. If you know the origin of this story, kindly leave the info in a COMMENT below. Thanks :)

By Pat Crosby