To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you. Lewis Smedes

Holidays and family are not always the recipe for peace, joy, and cheer. Being related, even blood and DNA, does not ensure nurturing, living relationship. Many of us feel that being “family” comes with requirement and entitlement. There are some people that take liberties and treat others poorly without consequence feeling the relationship gives them a pass. Holiday get together s force us to have to interact.

Nothing ruins a great day more than having no choice but to put up with bad behavior and lack of respect.

At times it is easier to skip the gathering or not invite a person if the gathering is yours. Don’t let others make you compromise your peace and enjoyment

because they think it makes you the bigger person.

It is okay to keep those that are negative influences out of our lives.

The fallout from your choice will be less harmful than being held captive in a crowd.

Love yourself 1st and you will be able to share your joy with others.

Compromise your self-respect and not only will the Holiday be ruined for you, but surely your light will not shine on others as magnificently as it should.

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Embrace the Darkness

The Winter Solstice Story is one of deep introspection.  We all understand that the deeper the darkness that enshrouds us becomes, the more brilliant the prevailing glow of night can be. As we fix our eyes upon the heavens this night, we can behold a majesty that no artist or poet will do justice to. It is within this Celestial display that we will find our truth. Closing out the harsh light of day that brings with it the hustle and bustle of the illusory world of material and deception, we can find that quiet spot at the core of our being where we are all joined  in TRUTH as ONE.

Legend tells that on this night the moon gave birth to the sun. In like manner (for those of Christian faith) mortal woman gave birth to Divinity. Both of these conditions validate the truth that greatness is only born of humility. For once the Carpenter from Bethlehem explained how the meek would inherit the earth grandiosity and hubris became the indicators of selfishness and pride, while generosity and altruism became the mantle of greatness.

This “Longest Night” and conversely shortest day, brings opportunity for reflection. Much of the world we have created has been borne of the illusion that we are separate from one another. They are idols and monuments to ego and grandiosity. As December 21st has the shortest period of daylight, the vision of these falsehoods minimizes as we have the chance to allow our eyes to focus on the darkness of night until we find our inner light. Within the glow of spirit is where we find the connection that allows for peace and fosters unconditional love.

Embrace the dark this Solstice night and behold the majesty of who you really are.


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Our Path

We are all on a journey. We believe we are searching for love, peace, beauty and Grace. We wander in the dark, looking for a glimpse of light to guide us.

The secret is that the light is inside. We’ve blocked it from shining on our path with a shroud of illusion that has us thinking we are separate from the love we seek.

Gratitude, service, acceptance and forgiveness will melt away the dark cloak we’ve shrouded our light with, letting the inner glow shine bright.

It’s all inside. There is nothing out there that will bring us to peace and live as WE ARE THAT WHICH WE SEEK.

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The law of attraction is a New Age, New Thought, term for the spiritual condition that creates our experience. In the James Allen Classic :” As A Man Thinketh” The Law of Attraction ( LOA) is defined as like conditions, attract like conditions, or all things unto themselves are drawn.

Many variations of this term have been coined in the last 2 hundred years by a plethora of authors to describe the mindset that creates our reality. In recent times it has been more closely ascribed to the thought process needed to create the conditions of your dreams, goals, and strongest desires. We are told,; As a man thinks, so shall he be; Believe it and you will receive it; whatsoever you believe in your heart, shall show up in your life; etc, etc ad infinitum! So the new belief among those open minded enough to stray from the religious…

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Water Level Remains Constant


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water_10One of the very first pieces I ever wrote for publication was for the CT Citizen News. I gave it the same title as this article. In the piece, I addressed the futility of attempting to be other than what we actually are. We’ve all heard the axiom:” A leopard can’t change its spots”. The article was a humorous recollection of how we had to clean our garage every year by taking everything out into the street, tossing away half of it, cleaning & sweeping, then replacing everything of value and purpose in a strategic manner that we could easily access them. Within a few short weeks, the garage once again looked like a bomb hit it. The point being; if you’re a mess at heart, that messiness will find it’s way to the surface, the same as water always managing to stay at it’s own level.

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Night Begat The Day

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Upon this longest winter Night, The light of day eludes our sight

 As fear and dread enshrouds our mind, surprise of the Celestial kind

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 Draws our thoughts a to turn with, the promise of  better days begin

 All at once the visions clear, we’ve been living lives of fear


The sights we know to be our truth,

 Have been fixed in place for years

 The tales been told to all the youth

 Eventually ends with us in tears


The ancients claim that long ago, the Moon begat the Sun

Our mind of logic says this ain’t so, such a task cannot be done


With this reveal all men refute the tales and lore of time gone by

 Generations move along with intent to  live the lie


What  was once revered and respected

Had soon become feeble rants

 Now the tales of fools rejected

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180 degree turn

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Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa,Boxing Day, Ōmisoka, & New Years Eve/Day all have a significant impact on the mood of people around the world for about 30-45 days. The Holiday Season is known for spreading joy and merriment. At times even the most dour of curmudgeons can be jovial and accommodating. This may be download (1)directly related to the fear of being visited by the 3 ghosts as Ebeneezer Scrooge was, but I think not.

 During this time of year, the material aspect of these holidays overtakes us. There are many that shun the reference to gifts , shopping decorations and the like, lamenting that the real meaning of the holiday is lost, but I believe it is the opposite.

 You see, there are millions of people that celebrate these holidays that are not very download (2)religious. If based solely on the dogma of the day, they would more than likely ignore it. By…

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