Meditation

Conversations with Leta, part one

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I have this friend who is really, really happy. Her name is Leta Hamilton. She’s a channel, an author, and a mom of four–and the perfect person to grill for answers about life.

Here, part of a question-and-answer session that I am posting in installments.

Me: You once told me that “God is in the poopy diapers.” We were talking about motherhood and such, and you said it casually, but it stuck with me. What exactly did you mean by that?

Leta: David R. Hawkins (Power vs. Force) talks about the perfection of the rusty old garbage can. It is old and rusty, but it is perfect as that. So I think about my life like that. When I have to walk to dog as I did this morning and I think to myself, “I don’t want to be walking this dog,” I am perfectly perfect in that sweet desire not to be doing what I am doing. It is like the rusty garbage can–rusty AND perfect.

When I ask myself, “What do I want?” these answers come up: I want to be with God. I want to expand. I want to find ways to go deeper inside myself and discover new epiphanies along the way.

So what does God do? Gives me opportunities for that. When I see this, I see how the walking of the dog is an answer to that prayer. I see how my kids are the Universe bringing me what I wanted in the form of spiritual supply. I see how the poopy diapers and 4 a.m. wake-up time for the dog to go out are exactly what I had asked for.

Perfect, perfect, perfect IS the rusty garbage can, the dog that I don’t really want, the work in the evening to get homework done when I all I want to do is retreat away from kids for a while and so much more I call “imperfect.”

I have these feelings like, “ugh,” at walking the dog. I think about them, acknowledge them and then see how they are opportunities for me to expand through insights and epiphanies. I realized this morning how win-win it is to walk the dog even though I wanted to be anywhere else! I also checked out a Tich Nach Han CD from the library & he was talking about walking meditations and I focused on that this morning too.

When I had this epiphany it came mostly because I was desperate for a pee. I realized that when I had to pee, I had to focus entirely on getting myself to a place where I could go pee. All that was in my mind was, “Make it back to the car, get the dog in the car and get into Value Village where there is a bathroom.” I was focused in that suffering. I had no other room in my mind for any other thoughts. Then I thought about how liberating suffering can be. It focuses the mind. It creates the conditions where nothing else is flooding us other than that one, focused, thought. I was grateful. I wasn’t busy in my mind. I was truly meditating. It was a meditation of suffering and it was very focusing. Then, I realized that once I peed, I’d have all this space in my mind to be bogged down with all kinds of other thoughts like, “What are we going to have for dinner?” I thought about the moment of freedom from my suffering, but that would also allow a new kind of suffering to come in–the suffering of the busy, chattering, monkey mind.

I realized that suffering was my friend also. It was just as much a part of my liberation as my moments of peace in the heart. When I have expansive perspective, I see that suffering and peace are the same. They are both focus and awareness, one in the direction of “I don’t want this” and one in the direction of “I do want this.” But the coin is the same: eternal being-ness.

With that, I have to go collect my son from preschool, then get home to the dog, then go grocery shopping, then go home again and …. It’s up in the air, but it will be okay however it works out. Hope I don’t find poop in the house when I get back, but I might and it’s going to be a perfect thing no matter what.

Love. Love. Love.

~Leta

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Something I may or may not have learned since last Sunday

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Ever since getting into this New Thought/New Age spirituality thing, I’ve been confused about something: If God isn’t God as I once thought him to be, but instead the substance of all that is and ever will be, who should I be praying to? I’ve been praying to God, since presumably the message still gets through. But it doesn’t feel quite right. Well, earlier this week, I remembered some advice from Kryon to talk out loud to the many angels and guides that surround us constantly … and so, that is what I did. I imagined a group of real beings with individuality and personality listening to me and going to work on my behalf (since, again, presumably that’s what they do). Beings who know me, like me, and are like me–not some ethereal love-fluff in the air.

It felt right. I felt heard. It made sense.

I think I really learned something here.

(Anyone else prefer this kind of prayer?)

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A moment of clarity

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At a playdate the other week, one of my sons hit another kid. The playdate wasn’t with just one other family; a whole big group of us was there.

Sometimes, when something like this happens, I have a moment of, “Okay. How do I handle this situation calmly but effectively, in a way that makes me look like a good mom?” I didn’t know the others well, so this response may have been even more likely–normally.

That day, though, wasn’t a normal day. That day I was “in the zone.”

In You’re Getting Closer, I discuss this phenomenon–this state of continuous meditation, during which everything you do feels inspired. That morning, I decided this would be one of those days; I’d listen for guidance on what to do–even the little stuff.

And so, when I saw what happened, I knew without hesitation what to do. I talked to my son, and gave him the choice to either apologize or to leave the playdate.

Then, we left the playdate.

It’s so, so nice to have that feeling of clarity, of knowing exactly what to do and how. I don’t have it nearly often enough.

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Law of attraction book: “The Complete Conversations with God” by Neale Donald Walsch

Best Nonfiction Book: Abstract 1

New Age books (books on mysticism, Eastern philosophy, channelling, meditation and the like) are hard to categorize and even harder to evaluate. Here, a few notes on one of my absolute recommend-it-to-anyone favorites. (Find more recommendations off to the right under “Best New Age Books.”)

This week’s best New Age book: Conversations with God, Part One by Neale Donald Walsch

This best New Age book’s particular appeal:

Do I dare attempt to summarize the appeal of this book in a single paragraph? I suppose I do. This book bridges the gap between Christianity and New Thought spirituality. Then it burns that bridge.

This best New Age book’s essence:

God speaks to us. We just need to listen. And one day, that is just what Neale Donald Walsch did. The resulting conversation was this book and the others in this series. They speak of grace, love, compassion, truth and, of course, the law of attraction.

A selection of awesome quotes attributed to God in this best New Age book:

  • Mine is always your Highest Thought, your Clearest Word, your Grandest Feeling. Anything less is from another source.
  • The Highest Thought is always that thought which contains joy. The Clearest Words are those words which contain truth. The Grandest Feeling is that feeling which you call love.
  • Listen to your feelings. Listen to your Highest Thoughts. Listen to your experience. Whenever any one of these differ from what you’ve been told by your teachers, or read in your books, forget the words. Words are the least reliable purveyor of Truth.
  • In what form or shape would you have Me appear? In the form or shape that you actually have. That would be impossible, for I have no form or shape you understand. I could adopt a form or shape that you could understand, but then everyone would assume that what they have seen is the one and only form and shape of God, rather than a form or shape of God—one of many.
  • You will not have that for which you ask, nor can you have anything you want. This is because your very request is a statement of lack, and your saying you want a thing only works to produce that precise experience—wanting—in your reality. The correct prayer is therefore never a prayer of supplication, but a prayer of gratitude.
  • When you thank God in advance for that which you choose to experience in your reality, you, in effect, acknowledge that it is there…in effect. Thankfulness is thus the most powerful statement to God; an affirmation that even before you ask, I have answered. Therefore never supplicate. Appreciate.
  • Every human thought, and every human action, is based in either love or fear. There is no other human motivation…
  • To do this you must turn aside the teachings of your well-meaning, but misinformed, worldly tutors, and hear the teachings of those whose wisdom comes from another source. There are many such teachers among you, as always there have been, for I will not leave you without those who would show you, teach you, guide you, and remind you of these truths. Yet the greatest reminder is not anyone outside you, but the voice within you.
  • The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery, but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out Who You Are, seek to determine Who You Want to Be.
  • This energy—this pure, unseen, unheard, unobserved, and therefore unknown-by-anyone-else energy—chose to experience Itself as the utter magnificence It was. In order to do this, It realized It would have to use a reference point within. It reasoned, quite correctly, that any portion of Itself would necessarily have to be less than the whole, and that if It thus simply divided Itself into portions, each portion, being less than the whole, could look back on the rest of Itself and see magnificence. And so All That Is divided Itself—becoming, in one glorious moment, that which is this, and that which is that. For the first time, this and that existed, quite apart from each other. And still, both existed simultaneously. As did all that was neither.
  • There is only one reason to do anything: as a statement to the universe of Who You Are.
  • If you wish to be accurately re-presented, you must work to change anything in your life which does not fit into the picture of you that you wish to project into eternity.
  • Thus, you create collectively, and individually, the life and times you are experiencing, for the soul purpose of evolving.
  • You’ve asked if there is a less painful way to undergo this process—and the answer is yes—yet nothing in your outward experience will have changed. The way to reduce the pain which you associate with earthly experiences and events—both yours and those of others—is to change the way you behold them. You cannot change the outer event (for that has been created by the lot of you, and you are not grown enough in your consciousness to alter individually that which has been created collectively)…
  • Nothing is painful in and of itself. Pain is a result of wrong thought. It is an error in thinking. A Master can disappear the most grievous pain. In this way, the Master heals. Pain results from a judgment you have made about a thing. Remove the judgment and the pain disappears.
  • Yet, bless all—for all is the creation of God, through life living, and that is the highest creation.
  • All physical life functions in accordance with natural laws. Once you remember these laws, and apply them, you have mastered life at the physical level. What seems like punishment to you—or what you would call evil, or bad luck—is nothing more than a natural law asserting itself. Then if I were to know these laws, and obey them, I would never have a moment’s trouble again. Is that what you’re telling me? You would never experience your Self as being in what you call “trouble.” You would not understand any life situation to be a problem. You would not encounter any circumstance with trepidation.
  • Begin by being still. Quiet the outer world, so that the inner world might bring you sight. This in-sight is what you seek, yet you cannot have it while you are so deeply concerned with your outer reality. Seek, therefore, to go within as much as possible. And when you are not going within, come from within as you deal with the outside world.
  • For thousands of years people have disbelieved the promises of God for the most extraordinary reason: they were too good to be true. So you have chosen a lesser promise—a lesser love.
  • But even Jesus healed the sick. Why would he heal them if their condition was so “perfect”? Jesus did not heal those he healed because he saw their condition as imperfect. He healed those he healed because he saw those souls asking for healing as part of their process.
  • It is not appropriate to interfere with choice, nor to question it. It is particularly inappropriate to condemn it.
  • What is appropriate is to observe it, and then to do whatever might be done to assist the soul in seeking and making a higher choice. Be watchful, therefore, of the choices of others, but not judgmental. Know that their choice is perfect for them in this moment now—yet stand ready to assist them should the moment come when they seek a newer choice, a different choice—a higher choice.
  • Allow each soul to walk its path.
  • The First Law is that you can be, do, and have whatever you can imagine. The Second Law is that you attract what you fear.
  • Thought is pure energy. Every thought you have, have ever had, and ever will have is creative. The energy of your thought never ever dies. Ever. It leaves your being and heads out into the universe, extending forever. A thought is forever. All thoughts congeal; all thoughts meet other thoughts, crisscrossing in an incredible maze of energy, forming an ever-changing pattern of unspeakable beauty and unbelievable complexity.
  • Masters are those who have chosen only love. In every instance. In every moment. In every circumstance. Even as they were being killed, they loved their murderers. Even as they were being persecuted, they loved their oppressors.
  • Is it your thought that I despise some of these, while I love the others? I tell you, I despise nothing. None of it is repulsive to Me. It is life, and life is the gift; the unspeakable treasure; the holy of holies.
  • Yet what kind of choice is free when to choose one thing over the other brings condemnation? How is “free will” free when it is not your will, but someone else’s, which must be done?

For more information on this best New Age  book, see:

Conversations with God, Part One on Amazon

Neale Donald Walsch on Wikipedia

 

Free law of attraction ebook: “100 Daily Messages for the Dimensions”

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From time to time, I announce an ebook giveaway on this site. These are all New Thought books that the authors have agreed to be made available for free, at least for a period of time. Email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com to request your PDF copy.

This month: 100 Daily Messages for the Dimensions, Realms of Existence and Planes of Experience by Leta Hamilton. Hamilton is a channel for Archangel Michael as well as an experienced professional writer and teacher. The first in her three-part 100 Daily Messages series, this book translates short exercises and ideas we earthbound folks can use to our benefit.

Leta Hamilton is also the author of The Way of the Toddler. You can learn more about her at letahamilton.com.

Free law of attraction ebook: “100 Daily Messages for Expanding Consciousness”

Free ebook announcement!

From time to time, I announce an ebook giveaway on this site. These are all New Thought books that the authors have agreed to be made available for free, at least for a period of time. Email me at mollie@mollieplayer.com to request your PDF copy.

This month: 100 Daily Messages for Expanding Consciousness by Leta Hamilton. Hamilton is a channel for Archangel Michael as well as an experienced professional writer and teacher. The first in her three-part 100 Daily Messages series, this book translates short exercises and ideas we earthbound folks can use to our benefit.

Leta Hamilton is also the author of The Way of the Toddler. You can learn more about her at letahamilton.com.

Law of attraction book: “Communion with God” by Neale Donald Walsch

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Law of attraction book: Communion with God
Law of attraction author: Neale Donald Walsch

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Law of attraction book: “Happiness is the Secret of Secrets” by U.S. Andersen

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Law of attraction book: “Three Magic Words” by U.S. Andersen

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Law of attraction book: “Thought Force in Business and Everyday Life” by William Walker Atkinson

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