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Mountaintop Message Up Yonder

The Universe intends me good.

That was the thought that came to me this morning as I stood atop Monte Sano Mountain outside of Huntsville, Alabama, as the sun began to rise.

The morning sky had broken, bursting with fingers of pink and orange, while fog blanketed the valley, leaving only the peaks exposed. I stood with those peaks, above the fog, feeling on top of the world. I took a few minutes to give gratitude and to reflect quietly on all that had brought me to this point. The 15K that I entered wouldn’t start for another hour and a half or so, and I wanted to get my head in a good place before the race.

I stretched.

I breathed the autumn air slowly and deeply.

I quieted my mind as I watched the sun lift the darkness away to reveal the natural beauty around me.

As I did, I saw my faith as the mountain. And I saw the events of life as the fog that hid most of its face.

We never really know what’s going to happen in life.

That thought can fill some people with trepidation and make them feel quite vulnerable.

But I like not knowing. It’s okay not to know. It makes life the adventure that it is. And I know because of my faith that no matter what happens in life, all will be fine because the Universe intends me good.

It intends you good, too.

The fog of life eventually dissipates in the sun’s spiritual light.

The view from Monte Sano State Park this morning.

Einstein once remarked, “The most important question a person can ask is, ‘Is the Universe a friendly place?’

This is a fundamental question to ask ourselves because the answer to that question will determine the outcomes in our lives.

I believe the Universe is a friendly place. I believe it has my back at all times. It told me so on the mountain.

How do you see the Universe?


Take a walk in nature and bring the Universe with you. Hold hands with it. Talk to it. Ask it to reveal it’s message to you that you feel you need the most in your life right now. Trust that it has your back.

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Read the introduction to 31 Days of Spiritual Growth here, and find links to each post in this series.

Love, Creation, and the Universe

When you love something — another person, a place, an animal, a thing, yourself — you are loving the Universe in that form.

Everything around us is worthy of love because everything was, and is, created out of love. At any given moment the Universe is expanding, meaning that it is continually birthing and rebirthing itself through us and through the things around us. It’s the energy of love that makes the Universe expand. This is the power of creation.

The Universe is truly magical.

Look around. There’s a whole lot of loving to be done.

Getting High

I like getting high.

No, not on illegal substances.

On life.

While some people pop pills to find their happy place, I pop uppers of a different kind.  They are all-natural. They have no dangerous side-effects. And the best part: they are free!

Doing drugs never appealed to me.  Even during some of the lowest points of my life, I never entertained the thought of doing any kind of dance with drugs.  Doing drugs is the equivalent of selling one’s soul.  It says to the Universe, “I can’t handle life on my own,” and so one’s life is placed in the grip of a destructive force.  Such people don’t realize it is of their own doing.  I’ve known too many people who’ve lost their will, their fight, and their lives.  Instead of taking control of their circumstances, they allowed circumstances (and chemicals) to control and ultimately destroy them.  Drugs became the guru they parroted; “Polly-wanna-crack-pipe” their mantra. Sad.

My drug of choice that takes me to my happy place is the Source within.  When I tap into it, I go places where no chemical substance could ever take me.  There are many ways to get there; I’ve tried a lot of approaches to experience different kinds of highs.

To get into what I call the “zen zone,” remove yourself from as many distractions as possible to quiet your mind and/or to relax your body.  You can lie down, sit with a straight back, or kneel, and perform deep breathing exercises (you can also meditate, pray, or chant in any of these positions).  If you are more of a kinesthetic person, you can dance, whirl, do yoga, tai chi or simply go for a walk in nature.  If you are creative, you can paint, sketch or draw, or craft, mold, or sculpt.  Find what works best for you.  When you connect with the “right” activity, you connect with the Universe like a plug in a socket.  An exchange of energy begins to flow that allows you to raise your vibration.  “Happy” chemicals enter the bloodstream, elevating your mood and your consciousness.  The more you practice, the higher you go.  The higher you go, the lighter you feel.  The lighter you feel, the more connected you become. And then…the rush…the waves of ecstasy keep coming and coming and coming. Congratulations…you’ve reached a “joygasm.”  Once you’ve had one, you keep going back for more.

Being in this zone is being in alignment with universal energies, laws, and love.  This is where creation happens.  When we attune ourselves, we open our minds and hearts to something greater than ourselves.  As we affirm our intentions and express our appreciation through the practice of gratitude, the Universe attaches itself to our dominant vibration and begins to work its magic in order to manifest our desires.  We start attracting things like a powerful magnet.  The Universe will give and give and give as long as we allow it to give.

Affirm.  Appreciate.  Attract.  When you sign up for AAA,  you’ll get much more than a tow!

Shift Happens

Let’s face it.  We have our good days and our bad days.  Things happen that affect our moods.  It used to drive me nuts when someone would say, “Think positive,” or “Keep your chin up,” as I faced challenging times.  Nothing like the obvious to irritate you.  I knew that thinking positively would help me, but I wanted to know how to get there when I felt anything but positive.  When my friend and spiritual mentor Merv told me to practice gratitude, no matter the situation, my eyes and heart opened, and things began to change for the better.  Something shifted inside.  I began to feel lighter in my being.

Giving gratitude for what you have is a great success technique when you need to raise your level of vibration from the depths.  Well, why should I give thanks? one may ask.  Well, why not?  You’ll actually do more harm than good by staying at a lower vibration.  Giving gratitude is a spiritual practice that will elevate your mood.  As you voice (or think) your thanks, you emit positive energy out into the Universe.  The Universe responds in kind by giving you more of those things for which you are grateful because it is a law by which the Universe abides.  It wants to give.

Another way to help you raise your vibration is to use the Emotional Guidance Scale* which charts 22 of our emotions.  The lower one goes on the scale, the unhappier that person is.  The higher, the happier.  One doesn’t have to work through each one to get higher on the scale.  Ask yourself where you are emotionally on this scale.  Then through positive self-talk, move yourself up.  Give gratitude for moving up.  Do things that make you feel happy.  Before you know, things have shifted and you find yourself moving right along.  You feel better.


1 . Joy/Appreciation/Empowered/Freedom/Love
2 . Passion
3 . Enthusiasm/Eagerness/Happiness
4 . Positive Expectation/Belief
5 . Optimism
6 . Hopefulness
7 . Contentment
8 . Boredom
9 . Pessimism
10. Frustration/Irritation/Impatience
11. Overwhelmingness
12. Disappointment
13. Doubt
14. Worry
15. Blame
16. Discouragement
17. Anger
18. Revenge
19. Hatred/Rage
20. Jealousy
21. Insecurity/Guilt/Unworthiness
22. Fear/Grief/Depression/Despair/Powerlessness

Let’s say you are feeling angry because someone you love said something derogatory to you.  Not only did it anger you, but it made you feel insecure and unworthy.  What you are feeling has tripled and now you are carrying a very heavy load of emotional baggage.  And you are telling yourself, “That jerk.  How could he say that to me?  Am I really that way?  Maybe I am!  I feel so terrible about myself.  I’m worthless.  He’s right.”  Now you’ve really piled it on! How do you even begin to change this?

Acknowledge how you feel.  Admit your pain.  Then give thanks for moving up the scale.  Begin thinking about things that make you feel happy.  Think about all the kind words that others have said about you.  And hold on to those thoughts.  Your self-talk may be something like, “He has know idea who I am.  What he said is merely his perception, not mine.  People have always commented on what a good person I am.  They have told me how kind I am.  I AM a kind person!  I AM a good person! No one can stop me from being me!”  Suddenly all that emotional baggage is gone.  You’ve shifted and moved up the emotional scale.  As you hold on to those positive thoughts, you automatically let go of the old, negative ones because you can’t hold both a positive and a negative thought at the same time.  You may vacillate between the two, but the more energy you give to the positive, the better you feel, and the higher you go on the emotional scale.

When shift happens, give gratitude!

*Emotional Guidance Scale as used in Ask And It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks, pg. 114.

Cafe Universe – Now Open!

Welcome to Cafe Universe!  This is the place where you can order anything you want for your life.  And it’s free!  With Spirit as our partner and co-creator, there is nothing we can’t manifest in our lives.  All you have to do is state exactly what you want.  If happiness is what you are craving, then satisfy that spiritual appetite by stating what you want in the present tense; that is, state it as if you already have it in your life.  For example, you can say, “I am feeling happy,” or “I am happy,” or “I exist in a state of happiness.”  It doesn’t matter how you word it as long as it is positively worded in the present tense. Repeat as necessary. If it sounds simple that’s because it is.  
Most people want to improve their lives in terms of relationships/love, health, happiness, and/or money but they have no idea how to go about bringing these things into existence.  They pour time and energy into thinking about it, but they stop short of taking any type of action toward making these things happen.  Many times it is fear that stops people.  But by taking the first step to vocalize or think about what you want as if you already have it in your life actually alchemizes the process.  That’s because the Universe operates by special laws, one of them being the Law of Attraction, which basically states that positive thoughts and feelings are magnets for positive life experiences.  It works in reverse, too — negative thoughts and feelings attract more of the same, so this is where one must attune one’s thinking to the positive instead of the negative.  Basically, if you have a specific desire, focus joyfully — not negatively — on that desire and it will be fulfilled.  
Ask yourself what you are feeling at this very moment.  This is important because what you feel is a determining factor in manifesting (or not) what you want in your life.  If what you want is to be happy, but in your core you are feeling fear, the two don’t match.  They are two different emotional frequencies.  One cancels the other out.  In this case, you need to raise your vibration from one of fear to one of happiness by participating in things that actually make you happy.  Studies show that when one is actively engaged in activities that make one happy, seratonin and/or endorphins (the “happy hormone”) release into the bloodstream thus elevating a person’s overall mood.  When you feel good, you’ll want to keep doing those things that make you feel good.  Of course, giving gratitude for what you have, rather than focusing on what you don’t have, is a great tool to use to help lift you higher on the emotional scale. Tools such as daily journaling, creating vision boards, and employing visualization techniques are some of the many ways to help you align yourself with your bliss.  Find what works for you to keep you elevated vibrationally.  
As you begin to change for the better, people will take notice.  They will wonder what your “secret” is.  Of course, you can share this information with them so that they can improve their lives.  And if they say, “Thanks, but no thanks,” then allow them to move on to continue attracting what they will attract while you go on creating the life you want.  Send love and light to them with the hope that they find happiness at some point in their lives. 
Why not help yourself to generous portions of peace, love, joy, and happiness?  The Universe wants to serve you your dreams.  Grab a seat at the counter and place your order.


Being put on hold can be frustrating, especially when you need to resolve something. How do you think the Universe feels when you put your dreams on hold?

Everyone has dreams for their lives. Some people dream of fame and fortune, traveling to exotic lands, or becoming an entrepreneur. For others, their dreams consist of being reunited with loved ones, growing a cause, or serving others.  
But when we put our dreams on hold, we are essentially pushing them away with the message, “No, you’re not important enough to manifest into my life at this time.” Dreams fade, or worse yet, they die, never to be resuscitated. And a piece of us dies in the process.  
Our dreams are not meant to die. They are meant to manifest. When we enter into partnership with Source, we are agreeing to move forward together toward accomplishing those dreams. If we want our lives to have meaning, we need to take the steps necessary to bring forth that meaning. This means making the conscious decision to begin realizing your dreams. The doors will open, and the Universe will begin revealing what you need to do to continue.  
The Universe wants to manifest your dreams; it is open for business! Always has been. Always will be.