Arizona Hotshots Baptism of Fire


The Yarnell  fire is 100% contained now*. The nineteen firemen who recently lost their lives in the Yarnell, AZ have been in my thoughts. I’m not a news junkie. In the world of 24/7 news coverage—where we hear the same reports in various sensationalized ways, I manage to hear sound bites, and follow up if I choose to learn more. This story shocked me, as it has shocked so many others.

Some twenty plus years ago, my brother (now retired) was a hotshot wildland fireman in California. Like most hotshots, he loved his job. He continued to promote in job title, but his favorite days where as a hotshot. Like many hotshot crews, his crew was flown all over the US and sometimes other countries.

Hotshots are recognized as an elite crew of firefighters mostly male, and extremely physically fit. While they are young, they have their heads on straight. Not only their lives, but their buddies’ lives depend on it. They basically live with their coworkers for half the year.

During breaks between fires, I remember my brother bringing home some new hotshot friends he’d met while jointly fighting a raging forest fire somewhere. It was after a fire in Idaho I’d learned about “shake and bake.” It looks like a “moon blanket”, a thin foil sleeping bag that is only used as an absolute last resort. The firemen shake it out—then bake it out while they wait for the fire to pass over them. As the fireman in the video say, “Everyone sees God when they’re in a shake and bake tent.” If the wind shifts, it can flip these tents open and the firefighter will burn to death.

For me, it is unfathomable that nineteen hotshots died on the same day in the same location. The only way I can make sense of it is to believe the wind shifted something fierce. I bless the families and the Prescott community, as well as the comradeship of hotshots worldwide. I believe these nineteen souls move on the wings of love.

If you pray, please do for this community feeling the loss. Lift them up with your thoughts. Hold them in the Light of healing consciousness. Trust that they will find peace in their own way with this fire’s legacy.

Knowing that Native American roots are deep in Arizona, I believe these individuals were escorted into their transition by Native American ancestors. The earth is sacred, and these individuals were caretakers of the earth, releasing their life face down to the earth. Hearing only the wind and fire. Now, they beat the drums their families hear as heartbeats of newly born children.

*P.S. Four days ago I heard the fire was 90 percent contained, and today people were allowed to return home. But I haven’t heard an update on the fire. If it isn’t fully contained, sorry for misinformation. Thanks to all who’ve worked  at fire containment, and saving lives.

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An Affirmative Prayer. Boston Marathon


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An affirmative prayer/meditation. Boston Marathon.

Boston. Freedom. World Famous Marathon. Patriots. Wicked Pissa People!

For this city so full of life, heart and drive the nation stops. Amidst the news coverage of gore and sadness, Bostonians pull together offering help in many forms — tearing off their own clothes to make tourniquets, offering help at hospitals, opening homes and hearts to strangers. This is where to focus. The human spirit. Triumph. Good.

When we’re out of distance to physically help, affirmative prayer and affirmative thoughts of good are the help we can give. As I sit here in California, I hold Boston, its people and those who traveled to celebrate its event in my heart; in meditation/affirmative prayer. Please join me. Not just today, but every time you hear the news tell you all that’s wrong.

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There is One Presence for Good. This Power is God. I allow God the Good to express in, around, through and for me.

While I can appreciate differences and celebrate similarities, there is no separation. We are one. I recognize this connection in all people, places and events. Nothing can disrupt the peace of my soul because I am aware of our oneness.

I am poised and alert. In my mind, heart, or in person, I  offer my knowingness of Good to those who are in the shock-wave of chaos, media and collective consciousness saying otherwise.

I do not discount anyone’s pain or fear, but shine the Light for them to see the pathway into hope, optimism and strength. Just as flowers reach for light and birds sing at the break of day, the soul yearns for and celebrates the Light. I am a Light-Being. It may show up as listening patiently, driving respectfully, or volunteering somewhere I’m happy to serve.

I forgive anyone I’ve allowed to shake my foundation of peace. I move forward in trust. I am the right person at the right time to do what needs to be done for complete healing. I draw to me the right people at the right time to assist me in this achievement. There is peace. There is healing. There is Good in this situation. I let it be. And so it is.

Affirmative Prayer. Step 6 of 6. Release.


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The last and sixth step in Spiritual Mind Treatment is release. This is the point where you “Let go and let God.” When you release your prayer, you feel it’s done and that you’re at the point where you can accept your desire. You must truly release it, and not get in the way of Divine Intelligence.

If you plant a seed in your garden then dig it up to see how it’s coming along, it won’t grow well, if at all. With prayer, your job is to convince your mind to change to allow your good, then hand it over to the Universe. At that point, your job is to nurture your prayer, protecting it from weed-thoughts (negative thinking), and to anticipate your good. If you knew there were pests in your garden, you’d cover the tender baby basil rather than providing a free-for-all. Your dream or prayer is like that plant. Once it’s established, you might choose to share it with others. Doing so before it’s established could set you up for well-meaning, but not supportive input from others who will “warn” you or squash your dream in some other unconscious way. God will never respond with the attitude, “Get real!” “That’s impossible!” or “Yeah, everyone wants that.” Protect your dream/prayer from nay-sayers, and share it those who can support you. A prayer partner, or someone who will hold the vision with you, of you achieving your desire.

“Pray without ceasing.” I believe every thought is a prayer. What are you praying about? Think about your thoughts.  Are they affirming positive? Or are they regret and worry? Either way, it’s a prayer going out to the Universe, and the Universe only says, “Yes!”

When you get to the point of release, let it go. Like letting a balloon go —up, up, and away! Remember the excitement as a child at that moment? We’d only be disappointed if the balloon got caught in a tree. If something blocked it from it’s free-form journey.

Release it with joy. If your mind comes back to digging up that seed, or if your balloon gets caught in a tree, go back to prayer and keep changing your mind to allowing your good.

Affirmative Prayer. Step 5 of 6. Gratitude.


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Gratitude is the fifth step in Spiritual Mind Treatment. The more we give thanks, the more we experience things for which to be thankful. All words have a vibrational level. When you express “thank you” you’re sharing a higher level of vibration than if you’d said nothing at all. Gratitude is energy. Everything is energy. To say “Thank you” before receiving something is to affirm you believe you’ll receive it, and to express gratitude for it.

Write a list of thirty things each day for which you’re grateful. Do this for one week, everyday. Try not to daily repeat things on your list. Then, keep an ongoing list of 5-10 a day. Can you list five things right now on your gratitude list?

Affirmative Prayer. Step 4 of 6. Claim It.


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This forth step is known as declaration or claiming. So many people rush to this step, because it’s the step you claim what you want! In reality, rushing to this step is silly, because without the foundation of recognizing God, unifying with God, and pulling weed-beliefs – big whoop if you claim your desire, right?

Affirmative prayer is said in the present tense. If you say, “I will get that job…” it’s in the future. No matter how close it is, it’ll be out of reach. “I enjoy my perfect-right job…” is an affirmative statement. This is the stage to be very clear on what you want, not what others want for you. If you can’t get to a point of feeling your conviction about your prayer, re-think if it’s what you want. Is it your desire? Get excited about it on a cellular level. Get as many senses involved as possible. What does it/you look like? Does it have a delightful smell? Or taste? What are the sounds? What does it feel like? If you’re vague, the universe will give you vague results, because It matches perfectly to the extent we direct It.

If you don’t believe your desire is obtainable (or you’ve been praying for a really long time) investigate your belief surrounding your desire. Sure, being a millionaire would be nice, but if you don’t have the consciousness to draw to you that type of money, then you must first build the consciousness. The same is true for anything. This is why some people seem to demonstrate certain things right away. It’s all consciousness.

If doubt comes up, go back to steps one, two and three (recognition, unification and denial). Then, you’re ready to return to step four, declaration. At this stage, you’re directing the Law of Nature to heal you in-spite of you. Tell God that you’re willing to be willing—if you are. This works wonders in the area of forgiveness, moving through fear or any other sticking points we may fall into.

Why do we rush to the declaration step to tell God what we want, yet we haven’t spent time even recognizing and embodying with our Source? In stating your claim, remember the “how” it’s done isn’t up to you. It’s up to God. It’s really none of your business “how” our good comes to us. In the declaration step, your part is to place the order for your good.

If we become control-freaks with “how” things unfold, we won’t get far with prayer. We’ll only get in the way. I’ve had some wonderful experiences that came “out of the blue” that would have not happened if I outlined “how” I’d accept my good. Pray for your good, do your part, but be flexible and allow the “how” it manifests to surprise you! I didn’t know two places I planned to stay in Europe would burn down before my arrival. In Norway, a hotel gifted me with my stay because the place I expected to stay burned down. On another trip, the last flight out of Ireland arrived in Scotland late at night. I learned the closest place was over an hour from the airport, and it, too, had burned down before I arrived. I didn’t have a clue where I’d sleep prior to the news that my luggage not making the flight. The night-shift janitor worked around me in this small, rural airport while I slept on a row of seats, in gratitude. In the morning, the airport gifted me with breakfast and immense thanks for my attitude. My luggage arrived on the first morning flight. After a great start to the morning, I headed to another town, as planned. In New Zealand, I had a car given to me for six months. Things happen when we allow God to work without outlining “how” it should show up in our experience.

Being clear without outlining “how” is important. There’s a place between “I want a loving relationship” with is vague (a loving relationship can be with family, friends, or a cuddly puppy.) “I want to meet this person at a coffee house and they earn this amount of income” is outlining. State what you want. Leave the rest to God.

 

Affirmative Prayer. Step 3 of 6. Denial.


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Denial is the third step in Spiritual Mind Treatment, if it’s used. If we experience an appearance of separation, this is the place in treatment where we direct the Energy (God, Higher Self) to remove any cause of any fear, pain, lack or beliefs in any need to experience the appearance of things unwanted.

We’re not denying there are problems. We’re denying those problems have power, and we’re denying that any cause of problems need to continue. We’re always at the point of choice. We must be honest with ourselves. If we’re too proud, hurt or stubborn, we may not be able to see that in some way, it was our misguided thinking that brought something less than wonderful into our experience. In the essay, “Spiritual Laws,” Ralph Waldo Emerson writes, “Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits.” The issue to be dealt with is never the experience (the effect) but the belief (the cause) behind it. If you’re having trouble at work, it’s not the work. There’s a belief, even if deep and unknown that needs to be healed to change the situation. When that belief is changed, the situation will change. You may love the job, or find a better one. If the belief isn’t dealt with, and you just leave the job, you’ll have a hassle at the next job, too. Levels of consciousness follow us. The good news is if we grow our consciousness, that follows us, too.

Dealing with the cause instead of the effect, is similar to pulling up a weed. If we keep chopping off the top, the weed will keep growing back. We’ve only dealt with the effect, not the cause of the weed. If we spend time and effort to get to the root of the weed, we’ll have tended to our garden in a way that ultimately benefits everyone who experiences it.

Whatever the cause of the block we experience—known or unknown—tell the cause of the block, as Ernest Holmes put it, “Go back to the nothingness from where you came.” Then replace the thought you’ve negated with one you chose to nurture. Prove to yourself by talking to yourself, and visualizing what you do want to experience. Talk yourself into believing the reasons it’s possible—and therefore possible for you to achieve. What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.

Tell your Higher Self to heal the cause of any belief in needing to experience chaos, strife, lack —anything unlike harmony. Any cause of anything unlike perfect health, wealth, mutually loving relationships, happiness, order, etc. It’s removed from your experience now. It dissolves as quickly as a cube of sugar in a cup of hot tea, and is replaced with the attribute you wish to experience. The Law of nature abhors a void. Make sure you replace what you direct to be removed with what you desire. Otherwise, nature takes the path of least resistance, replacing the newly removed with itself because it hasn’t been directed to do otherwise.

Direct your higher self to pull the weed-cause of what you don’t want, and then you direct It by planting the idea you do want. The trick with this is that you don’t go back and gossip, bad mouth money, or talk about what you’ve just directed the Universe to delete. If so, just keep on it. Delete the cause, replace with the desire.

This is part three of five posts on affirmative prayer.

 

Affirmative Prayer. Step 2 of 6. Unification.


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Now that you’ve recognized God in step one, unify with It in step two. (I’ll use “It” because if God is an energy, It’s neither male nor female.) You may feel you’re talking yourself into believing there’s no separation between you and God. That’s exactly what you’re doing. There’s no separation between God and you. You don’t need to prove to God you’re one with It; you need to prove it to yourself.

You’re not trying to “get” anything from God. All you’re doing is opening to what God has already given you. God blinks your eyes, beats your heart, and circulates your blood, pumping your heart. It all happens as your Divine birthright. You’re worthy. So worthy, in fact, that you are one with God. God works in, around, through and for you. This step is about proving your worth to yourself, not God. God is omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. You may turn your back on God, but you can’t be without It.

We’re each like a drop of water in the ocean. God (the ocean) is every part of us (the drops of water). We (the drops of water) are part of God (the ocean). Every time  we unify in our mind with the magnificence of the One Power, we’re sending a message tot he Universe that we know the Truth of our Being, and are ready to accept our Good accordingly.

With the first two affirmative steps, recognition and unification, we come to the realization and conviction that you need nothing outside of yourself. No person, place or circumstance has power over you and your good. The Creative Intelligence is already within you, waiting for you to use It. If we’re unaware or don’t consciously direct this Power, it’s much like sitting in a dark room. Electricity has always been available—it waited for our discovery of it.

List five examples for yourself how you and God are unified:

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This is part two of five posts on affirmative prayer.