Around my birthday last year, the thought of getting a massage kept coming up. I wondered if Jack would give me a gift certificate for one, but I never said anything to him. One day I was shopping at Goodwill and noticed a travel bag that seemed perfect for my upcoming trip to New York City. It caught my eye because it had the name of a school (that my oldest son Tom had graduated from) on the outside, and seeing it just made me feel good.
As I inspected the bag, I noticed a rip on the inside and almost put it back, thinking, “Don’t buy something that needs to be repaired. You don’t need another bag.” But I really wanted it, so I bought it anyway. When I got it home, I saw that the original owner had left a bunch of papers inside and as I was getting ready to throw them out, something in an envelope caught my eye. It was a gift certificate for a massage, made out to the woman who had donated the bag. I immediately wondered if it was still good, and if so, would I be able to use it.
As I thought about this, I also thought, “How good would you feel getting a massage if you felt like you were stealing it?” I decided to try to find the woman on line…and I did. She was more than a little surprised since she had donated that bag several years earlier. When I told her about the gift certificate she said, “I don’t want it back. If it is still good, you can have it.” It was….and I had a great birthday massage.
The Universe has ways of bringing things to us that will surprise and delight us, but how many times do we miss them because we let our reasoning minds talk us out of them. This larger part of us, the part of us that is always connected to the Divine, doesn’t function through reason, it works through the intuitive, heart center. It just feels like a YES when it makes no sense (or a NO, when it makes all the sense in the world, but doesn’t have any real feeling of life, joy, or passion in it).
I never did go to New York City last fall…that wasn’t the reason for buying the bag, but I didn’t know this until I said yes to my inner prompting to buy it. Constant reasoning, worrying, fretting, weighing pros and cons, and relying on our conscious mind alone, tends to squash the life out of things, and makes us smaller than we really are.
Living by faith (in the yet unseen realm of our wishes and desires fulfilled) takes some courage. Becoming more child-like and trusting, takes a lot of courage. We are apt to be made fun of at times. We may be called dreamers, impractical, unrealistic, or foolish. And if we don’t hear these things being said about us by others, chances are we are saying them to ourselves (the reasoning mind again), when it seems like we’ve held a vision for a long time and nothing has happened to bring it to life. But hold onto your dream. Keep believing in the impossible. Keep a clear and loving heart, and you will be a shining light in the world, helping make all of our paths a little brighter.
“Follow intuition. Have you a hunch to do anything, or to go anywhere? Intuition means to be taught from within. It is man’s unerring guide….Now let each one think of the good which seems so difficult to attain; it may be health, wealth, happiness or perfect self-expression. Do not think how your good can be accomplished, just give thanks that you have already received on the invisible plane, therefore the steps leading up to it are secured also. Be wide awake to your intuitive leads, and suddenly, you find yourself in your Promised Land.” Florence Scovel Shinn
After many requests for my skin balm (I was just about to stop making it), I decided on January 31st (the new moon) to start a small batch and to finish it on Valentine’s Day (the Full moon). So this give away has a little twist. My niece, Mary Muncil, has just put up her website (THE LINK IS BELOW). She is one of my favorite people on the planet and she teaches yoga, (among other things) and will be leading an incredible winter retreat next month. To qualify to win this tin of Mary’s Skin Survival Balm, just visit my niece’s website and comment on this blog. I’ll pick a random winner on Feb. 13th and mail out your skin balm on the 15th.