Intentions of Success

“The one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and in fact will do greater works than these… whatever you ask in my name… I will do it.” (John 14: 12,13)

This morning I saw in the Tribune newspaper an article and photos of children returning to school and being greeted by their teachers and other school employees forming a hall of hope, welcoming each child with a high five as they passed, and holding affirmative signs that read: ” You can do this.” “You are Awesome.” What a wonderful way of setting an intention that each child is appreciated, supported and can have a successful year.

Hope, intention, direction, vision, all are tools that help pull in in the direction of what we want to experience in life. I had a very influential counselor in my junior high school who would say to everyone, when you are faced with something for the first time, “fake it till you make it, the second time you are an expert.”

When my grandchildren Amy and Emily were with us last week, I was surprised that they knew how important it is to clear the clutter from their minds and move forward. At one time both of them sat down and put their hands into a mudra and recited: “Amy’s awesome… Emily’s awesome…”

We practiced some finger mudra’s at our yoga for the mature body class the other day. When you place your thumb and pointer finger together it is calling on Knowledge to be increased. When you place your thumb and ring finger together your intention is to be open to love.

Putting small practices into our lives, such as reciting mantras, practicing finger mudras, reciting Om attached to your name, not only brings a smile to our face but raises our vibration and alters our attitude.

Life is in continuous motion and there is something within us that wants to “go with this flow”, learn a new language or skill, stretch our minds, experience a new land, (our higher self) and there is something in us that seems to want to be safe and comfortable. (ego).

Do you recall when you were a teenager, perhaps just starting to drive and you lived in the energy of wanting to “get out and really live in the world.” I invite us to rekindle that energy of hope, excitement and adventure, because it never left, we may have left it. I am reminded of the song/poem/ quote by William Shedd, “A ship is safe in the harbor but that is not what ships are for.”

I heard from a person yesterday, “I am made in God’s image and likeness.” Yes, such truth. And what does that mean to you? To me it means to realize like a ship, there are times when we need to be in our harbor, to set our intention, our vision, our direction, our itinerary and then set sail for that is what we are made for.

Blessings, Rev Janice


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