This morning as my girlfriend and I were eating breakfast, a dragonfly of unusual size, swooped down and landed on my balcony rod-iron railings. At first, I thought it was a butterfly. But upon closer examination, we realized it was a dragonfly. We got some distant shots of the wing-span at first (see middle picture) and then ventured out onto the patio. We got brave. We crawled out there and got some great shots of him up close (see top and bottom pics). We talked with him and he responded by looking at us and tilting his head sideways. He stayed for over five minutes! It was incredible. He had a twig in his hand and appeared to be munching on his own breakfast. He did not seem afraid at all. He only flew away when caught a glimpse of Lily, my kitten, who found her way out to the balcony with us. Then, he left quite quickly. Dragonfly means “illusion” and knowing who you really are. It seems God and the angels are sending us a powerful sign to know who you are and to stand in faith in your conviction about who you are and to break through illusions and the separations and barriers between you and God and your own inner knowing about who and what you are. You are a divine being. You are a child of God. You have a divine mission and purpose. That inner knowing is being asked to come to the surface and be made manifest now. As Steven Farmer writes, “Once you acknowledge the truth, then you’ll know what to do. And by that acknowledgement and acceptance, you accept the truth of who you are.” Additional Associations with dragonfly: Colorfulness; Mirage; Mystery; Deception (Perception Deception). The masks that we wore as a child served us to a certain point. As we become awakened, we realized those masks don’t work. Once we surrender to God, only then can our lives change. It’s about surrender and letting go and letting God. When we let go of worry and take hold of faith, we become a new creature full of joy, peace and grace. We no longer live in double-mindedness, which comes from the Greek word “worry”. There is no reason to worry. If your faith is strong, and you trust God to work everything out to His will, which is for your highest of good and for the highest of good of everyone involved, then ultimately you can’t worry. You have to choose to trust and believe. “For who shall ever believe upon the Lord, God will work ALL things out for your good.”
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.” -Mark 11:22-25
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.” -Hebrews 11:1-2
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” -Hebrews 11:6
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in he Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” -Galatians 2:20
“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” -Galatians 5:25
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:7
“Trust in the Lord and do good: dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” -Psalm 37:3-4
“But I trust in you, Lord: I say, “You are my God.” -Psalm 31:14
“In you, Lord my God, I put my trust. I trust in you.” -Psalm 25
“The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.” -Psalm 28″
“I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” -Psalm 52:8
“For I trust in your word.” -Psalm 119:42
“Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” -Psalm 125:1
“Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save.” Psalm 146:3
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding: in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5
“The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” -Psalm 145:13
“Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.” -Isaiah 26:4
“The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.” -Psalm 19:7
Standing in the shadows is where we cannot see forgiveness. It is there we meet the true opposite of ourselves. We have to be able to forgive in order to love.
I’d like us to look at the power of love. It can transform all things in your life. When I embrace completely a situation, person, or thing unconditionally, I am able to take it in and love it completely. The journey I travel, leads me to discover a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God.
The one statement that I affirm to myself is, “I trust God completely. God will work everything out (for all involved) in the highest of good way possible.” That has been my life’s prayer and journey with Christ. Along with, “Father, Thy Will Be Done. Show me what is mine to do. May I be Your love in expression today and everyday. Amen.”
In our lives we have many decisions to make every day. I don’t know how I would have been able to manage my life without God and the Holy Spirit to help guide me through the choices I make every day. He is my guide, my consultant on everything. I have discussions with God/Holy Spirit about every trivial thing. I am mindful about how I serve God in all ways.
I suggest making a conscious choice about how you’d like to live your life believing in God. What does that relationship look like? How important is it to you? All relationships require nurturing, attention and care, if they are to survive. How can you allow Him to transform your life and make your life a beautiful, wonderful life? If you let Him, He will fill you with energy beyond your wildest dreams. You will become inspired to do things. God gives you the attitude to live as a victor, and not a victim.
Our lives are made up of choices and it is a choice to forgive. To forgive is one of the key elements to connecting with God. God forgives all things. When you are looking over your life and wondering, “How am I going to make it though this? What am I going to do? Do I have the means necessary to make it through this?” You have to realize that you are not on this journey alone. God is here and available to you at all times. Usually, God sees things differently than we do.
I find in my life that I yearn for God/Holy Spirit as each passing day goes by, to know and feel Him more, His presence: to be more transparent and present. God only wants us to have pure happiness and that is having a one-on-one relationship with God. Truth, harmony, peace and love are the rewards for giving yourself up to God unconditionally. These become constantly there with you.
God shows up in every area of your life. You are protected every step of the way. The more you become in alignment with God, you make a calm rhythm with God. Your energy will be relaxed, peaceful, clear, and relaxed of all negativity. You feel light and healed. Filled with courage, propelled by His wisdom, and standing in His grace, you will be guided. Trust in Him and He will lead the way…
Gyalsey Thokmay Sangpo translates the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas and in Verse 11 he writes, “All suffering comes from yearning for your own happiness. The perfect Buddhas are born from the intention to benefit others. Therefore, to truly exchange your own happiness for the suffering of others is the practice of a Bodhisattva.”
I went to Long Beach to see a speech by the Dalai Lama. When I arrived from Northern California, I realized His Holiness’ plane was delayed and we would be hearing from another Buddhist Monk on the day of His Holiness’ scheduled lecture. I met up with a friend from Los Angeles whom I had met from an online angel network. She is a Medicine Buddha, Reiki Master and Angel Therapy Practitioner. We have a warm connection. When we finally sat down, in the center of the theatre, as God would have it, my lower back spasms began to attack! The Monk hadn’t even gotten onstage before my back and legs were tingling in pain. I knew almost immediately I wasn’t going to be able to make it through the lecture. I was saddened. I asked God and Buddha for their forgiveness and for their healing. I blessed my friend and her pregnant belly. I blessed my boyfriend, who was with me, and our connection with my new friend. I thought about all the blessings I had experienced to actually see His Holiness’ chair. We took a picture of that chair, where His Holiness was to speak. The energy around it was magical.
Around fifteen minutes into the lecture, I whispered to my boyfriend it was time to go because I was having back spasms. I told my friend and we gently squeezed our way out of the auditorium. Once out, my boyfriend asked if I wanted to walk around and stretch my back. I agreed. We wandered around into the little shop they had there. It had books, CDs, DVDs, Tibetan bells, scarves, prayer beads, handbags, etc.
As I turned the corner from the book section into the bell section, there stood a Tibetan Monk. He was ringing two Tibetan bells and looking right at me. He smiled and said, “For you, no?”
I said, “Ah, for us, yes?”
He said, “For all beings.”
Then we smiled at each other. I stepped closer to him, admiring his bald head and wide eyes. He was so very young but carried himself so gently, so sweetly, so wide open. I touched the table between us, wanting really to touch his robe, but thinking it too aggressive. He just kept smiling and ringing the bells. I imagined him doing mantras in his head for the world and for all sentient beings. Immediately my spasms stopped. I was healed. My legs quit quivering. My head was no longer spinning and I was peaceful once again. All thanks to this beautiful boy Monk before me, ringing his little prayer bells in his prayer robe, making peace in the world. I wish I told him thank you. Maybe he’ll read this someday and know who he is. If he does, I hope he knows how much I love him and how much he changed my life in that instant. He reminded me of the power of prayer, of the power of peace, of the power of unity and agreement between two people in this world.
I had specifically asked God for a sign the night before. Things weren’t going very well on the trip. Things definitely weren’t going the way I had planned. I needed a “miracle moment” and so, I asked God for one. I mean, I REALLY asked for one, several times. First, I had a moment where I totally surrendered and said, “Okay God. It’s up to you. Please grant me a sign that you are with me and that everything’s going to be okay. Show me that His Holiness is with me this weekend and on my path.”
Another prayer I recall was when I was sitting outside of our hotel and I asked God, “Why did you bring me here if you weren’t going to connect me with His Holiness? What is the purpose of this trip?”
The Tibetan Monk I ran into answered both of those questions when he said, “All sentient beings.” This was a key to my unfolding. I needed to remember that I am doing lightwork for all sentient beings. All angels do their work for all sentient beings. It is in the name of this boy Monk that I dedicate this entry for he gave me direction when I had little and faith when I was unsure. He was my friend when I was scared and my healer when I was sick. His starry eyes enlightened mine and I thank him for his light in the world. Shine your lights so that you may inspire others to shine in this world.