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A time to Retreat….

There are times where I need to stop “Doing” and enjoy “Being”…Self-Retreats help to bring things back into perspective…

I recently enjoyed a visit to “The Well Of Mercy”.www.wellofmercy.org. It was absolutely, magnificently, and refreshingly rejuvenating.

It reminded me of a time when I could only dream of taking “Self-Retreats”, and now I’ve found a place near by to help keep me in balance. I wrote this poem a few years ago, that I feel expresses what I believe many of us need for healing:

“THE RETREAT”

It’s Time…
To set aside the distractions of the world
Reschedule appointments
To get refilled with the annointment

It’s Time…
To shut down the flow of thoughts
In my mind always racing
Forcing me to feel overwhelmed
Daily by the things I’m facing

It’s Time…
To disconnect for a while
From others, even those I love
I need to reconnect spiritually
To my Father, My guide from above

It’s Time…
Oh how refreshing the connection is
Like oxygen to my soul
Being filled with a new blessing
Gently washing away the old

It’s Time…
For quiet meditation
Reflection from within
On how I can get restarted
On how I can begin again

It’s Time…
My rejuvenation beams
My eyes no longer hazey
My spirit shouts and sings

It’s Time…
To embrace a brand new day
And get back into the flow
Never forgetting within myself
When it’s time again I’ll know

Copyright © 2005 by Wanda Gaskins

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A letter to Spirit
Wading into the depths of who I Am

Dear Spirit:
Why am I always at the edge financially?  It feels like a rollercoaster
ride at times where I never seem to have enough to cover my expenses.
I have felt this most of my adult life. I know that financial resources are
abundantly available to me through the gifts that you have placed within
me. Why am I always on the edge?’
Spirit: “You are afraid to go deeper..You are afraid you will drown”
Remember that time when you were a young girl at the beach
With your family and you and your sister went into the water.
You waded into the water side-ways pushing her in an inner tube. The water became deeper and deeper, suddenly you no longer felt the support of the sand beneath your feet. A silent panic came over you, but you remained calm and was able to wade back to shore with your sister safely

Me: Yes, I remember this now, I also recall that I did not share with anyone what had occurred..I don’t like the feeling of “deep” water. The
panic feeling was intense. I’m afraid I only like walking in shallow water…
I ONLY FEEL COMFORTABLE WALKINGIN SHALLOW WATER.
As I have allowed myself to go deeper in my spiritual walk, I find myself
excited about the awakening process, I’m excited about discovering my gifts however, a part of me suddenly realizes that I must continue to go deeper to benefit from the abundance that the expression of my gifts can provide, yet, that same part of me retreats back to the “edge”(the shore of my life) back to the shallow water(to the shallowness) and showing up in a
big way in my finances.

Dear Spirit, what must I do?

Spirit: First, “BE” with this understanding of your fear of going deeper
Secondly, plan to go swimming again and practice moving around
In the deep..visualize before hand that as you do this, you are
Supported by Me in everything that you do!
Finally, know that the healing has begun. It’s ok to expand and go deeper through the expression of your gifts(writing, creating candles and afghans, massage therapy, working with the Angels, guided imagery).  Many are waiting to be blessed, to see an example of moving out of “shallowness”, to be released into their calling so they too can enjoy the beauty and miracles available to them as they also expand in their expression. They too will see others watch them awaken to their true selves.   You see, dear one, My love is designed to “flow” through all of you, causing a continuum of healing and joy as you all awaken. Being comfortable in the “shallowness” is not the plan. It’s the process of going into the deep where the miracles are waiting for each of you.’


I support you all in your uniqueness. You are reminded of this in many ways through many teachers around you and many life lessons you have experienced.

Don’t be afraid to wade into the depths of who you are.

A Poem For Reflection:

“Wading into the depths of who I am”

In my life I have stood at the shores  of my soul

As I watched the waves of life move toward me

I’ve taken small steps forward, trusting that the ground beneath

would support me, support all my fears, doubts and insecurities.

As I’ve attempted to move forward I recognize the gentle

Nudging of the waters, the living energy of life surrounding

Me, prompting me to come further in.

But once I no longer felt the sandy ground beneath me, I would fall back with uncertainty.  Even still, my desire to expand beyond the shore keeps calling me to go deeper.

As I step forward, I come to realize that I am supported by the waves of life, especially when I take deep breaths and affirm that I am supported by the energy of faith and that the uncertainty is actually a motivating force designed to catapult me into my opulent life.

I then realize, that I must go deeper. I must wade into the depths of who I am.

Copyright © 2011 by Wanda Gaskins

 

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Well..it’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged.  So I felt it was long overdue.

So what’s been going on?…Well, I’ve been attending a “Spiritual Retreat”.  It’s a year long journey that I embark on with 10 other people.  We started back in April and now we are in our 7th month.  The retreat is being facilitated by a phenomenal Spiritual Leader ..Reverend Christy Snow Co-Pastor of the Spiritual Living Center her in Charlotte, NC.

The journey is called “Living in Solution”.  I continue to do my journaling and daily reflection.  So lately, I’ve been concentrating on my feeling “Connected” to GOD.  Or in other words, REMEMBERING that I am never disconnected.

Here’s a writing that came to me the other day.  I am using this over the next 30 days a couple times a day to move into the “feeling” and “remembering” state of mind.  I’m also journaling what happens on a daily basis as a result.

I call this a Meditative Affirmative Prayer …Hope you enjoy!

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

I enjoy the feeling of abundance.  I feel freedom, relief, and flexibility.

I enjoy the ability to easily support myself and my family.

I enjoy the freedom to tithe my time, talent, and treasure.

I enjoy making deposits into my multiple savings accounts

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

Creative ideas flow with ease and delivers to me blessings in the form

Of money, favor, grace, and ease.

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

I accept who I am and how I express myself

I allow myself to experience consistent abundance

I am grateful to feel confident, certain, and strong

as I trust GOD AS MY SOURCE.

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

As my questions and inquiries are answered, I take action.

I enjoy living a full life EVERY DAY.

I examine my beliefs and release those that negate good from

manifesting in my life

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

I intentionally practice “Sacred Moments” that help to expand

my awareness that GOD IS MY SOURCE

I invite GOD’s spirit to awaken in me and shine a light on areas that are

Barren and need to be pruned and reseeded with GOD’s thoughts

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

I give thanks in every moment for the presence and favor of GOD

I accept that I am another testimony of success as a believer of GOD

I expect every moment to be a manifesting moment

GOD IS MY SOURCE…

I record and review my life journey so that I can reflect on the awesome

Demonstrations of successful living

GOD YOU ARE MY SOURCE…

I acknowledge you in every present moment

I accept your guidance in all things

As abundance flows from YOU to me I choose to release any and all

resistence

There are many channels of abundance from YOU that manifest

through me.

You consistently reveal your support for me in every moment

Thank you GOD for being ever present

standing by as I fully awaken!!

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Fear is my best friend!

I appreciate FEAR!…Yep I said it..I’ve given it some thought..I’ve decided to see FEAR as a close girl friend.  Since I understand that FEAR is an emotion that we are physiologically designed with as a protection mechanism..It is designed to warn us of danger..the Fight or Flight side of our nervous system kicks in. OK, so since FEAR is a protector..from now on I’m going to see “her” as my best friend instead of trying to ignore her.

So when I feel fearful, for example, when thinking about being in business full time, and FEAR shows up with her bag full of doubts..I will visualize sitting down with FEAR, giving her a hug, and say I thank you for wanting to protect me and now tell me why you feel you need to protect me. I will listen to her side.  Now ofcourse my friend INTUITION will be sitting next to me so that whatever FEAR says, INTUITION can decipher what’s being said.  If it’s a situation that FEAR feels I need to be warned about because it would be dangerous to me, INTUITION will confirm it.  If it’s a situation that FEAR is just getting too worked up about and she is “dreaming” up situations that have not and may not ever occur(False Evidence Appearing Real)…then I will face FEAR, thank her for her concern, then tell her “I need you to calm down, let me reharness your energy, and create positive affirmations for the situation and let’s walk through this together to see the situation manifest something good.

I then visualize us hugging and being in agreement! NOW THAT FEELS GOOD!

Today’s relaxation journey:

Get quiet right where you are, taking your 3 deep breaths!

Read the poem below, then visualize your own image of FEAR.  Entertain the idea of Fear being your best friend.

Before the day ends, journal your own thoughts or send my a message, I would love to hear  your thoughts.

The following poem was originally created by Marianne Williamson and spoken by Nelson Mandella

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented and famous?”

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us.
It’s in everyone, and as we let our own light shine,
we consciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.

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When I Encourage My Soul..I stay healthy!…It wasn’t until I started doing healing work that I became more aware of the link between how I felt about things and how it impacted my overall health. When we have a thought, any thought, a corresponding reaction takes place in the body.   If you have an angry thought, the body will turn hot, the skin will turn red, there will be an acidic reaction in the stomach, etc. The blood overheats and produces such reactions in the body.

Sadness causes a heavy, depressed energy in the body – it weakens the immune system and drains it of energy and vitality as the dismal thoughts then produce corresponding chemicals in the body.

EVERY thought we think, and every emotion that we then feel from that thought has a corresponding chemical reaction in the body. Some are very harmful, create stress and possibly eventually illness or some form of misalignment (your back goes out, etc.) if kept up over a long period of time. The body therefore shows us that what is best for health is joy. The chemical that is produced in our body when we feel joy is an overall tonic and is known to heal cancer. The body shows us exactly what we think in every moment – it is like an immediate mirror image of our inside self that we can see.

Here’s a quick stress relaxtion tip:

Step 1: Stop whatever you are doing right now and take 3 long deep breaths and exhale slower and slower after each inhale.

Step 2: Read the following poem

“ENCOURAGE MY SOUL”

Encourage my soul
Each morning I wake
I answer the call
From Spirit today

Encourage my soul
Embracing my faith
To stand on God’s word
A choice I must make

Encourage my soul
No challenge to hard
Turned it over to Spirit
All failure dis-regard

Encourage my soul
Today I reach out
Beyond my concerns
Beyond my self doubt

Encourage Your Soul
Let your spirit rejoice
Give your will to the Father
Let it be your first choice

Copyright © 2005 by Wanda Gaskins

Step 3: Click on the following link and enjoy this wonderful meditation.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WSvF-KSg0J4

Step 4: Send me a quick message and tell me if this helped you and if it did, send this blog post to at least 2 other people to help brighten their day!

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Crossing the bridge

Encouraging the soul is an intentional journey that can help you cross from sadness to joy, from anxiousness to patience, from dark to light.  Encouraging your soul requires action on your part.  A personal decision to move from a dormant place within to expression.  I’ve come to realize that  if I do not take the action of expressing, which for me is demonstrated in creative ways, such as writing and doing healing work, then the ex-pression may transmute into de-pression. 

 Ofcourse, I speak for myself.  So, when I choose to Encourage My Soul, it activates healing for my body, mind, and spirit.  Encouragement is a daily practice for me and I find that when I can share with at least one other person, it’s like being a firestarter.  In otherwords, we each have an internal flame that requires an infusion of energy, like a log thrown into a fire, to ignite and cultivate the flame to rise and shine brightly.  Upon doing so, unecessary garbage burns off to reveal the beautiful vessel encased within.

What expression is being held within you?  What creative adventure is holding back on the otherside of your bridge?  Do you dare to cross the bridge of Encouragement?  My intention is that the writings that you embrace from this blog ignites something within you, shines a light on areas that need uplifting in your spirit and inturn, you become stronger and are able to help ignite the flame in another spirit that you come across in your day to day interactions.

I plan to start a series of writings called “Breakfast for the Spirit” which will be designed for those that enjoy a  few minutes each morning of dedicated time for encouragement before they start the day.   I also plan to share with you the healing benefits of using Aromatic Therapy and share with you the history of how aromatherapy was used in many cultures as a daily practice and teach you how to incorporate it into your life. 

I want to thank those of you who have been an Encouragement to me over the years and look forward to continuing to be a partner with you in living the best life possible as we journey together in this lifetime. 

 Be blessed and may your life be filled with Grace and Ease!

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