December 2010

I am very happy to write to you as 2010 comes to a close. I love finishing things and making space for what is to come. Getting ready for the new and unexpected is exciting, don’t you think so? The idea of being fresh and innovative again is a challenge and a good one! There are the unknown events of the future on the one hand and there is us going towards them with resolutions, wishes, hopes and fears on the other hand. Where will the meeting between us and these events happen? In which phase of our lives? We shall try and be aware of what there will be and deal with as much as possible. We will most likely come across new acquaintances. We will be confronted with new problems and health as well as wellbeing issues will surface either in our life or in someone else’s in our circle of friends or family. Work will come with new changes; friendships and love relationships will form or end and bring other new joys and reservations. Risk and courage are involved with any changes. We have plenty of both. We also need caution, thoughtful reflections and consideration for ourselves and others.

This Christmas season is part of the meaningful relationship moments, may they be loving or difficult or both. We negotiate our way with and around people and try to make the best and the most or the least of it depending of where we want to situate ourselves at that particular moment in time. It is important that we are in tune with ourselves and don’t commit to something or someone we don’t feel right with. If we are honest with ourselves, we are honest with others.

As a general rule, we could stick to the “good deed” option, always safe all year round: a good deed a day, freely given, and you get a good sleep. Let us keep it simple, healthy and good: be in harmony with what we do as often as we can.

There are however times when we need intervention. We have learnt to ask for help in complex situations. Emotional difficulties can manifest suddenly; problems may appear in our health, or we could worry about work or our financial condition. Now and again there are many more concerns, often surfacing all at the same time. We can ask our friends for help, we can approach organisations, the law or the government perhaps. Yet, we know persistently that help and love are equally available from an invisible source. Whether you call it God, the angels, the universe or another name, it is always at reach and completely free of charge. You can find it, but you must call out to it. I will you not to forget it, to ask for it and trust that it is there. Your courage and your faith can put you into amazing and very fulfilling spiritual quantum leaps!

I wish us all a joyous time with celebrations and outlook to the new, whatever it may be!
The Story for today is remarkable in the light of what I have just written to you about regarding asking and trusting the invisible help. I searched the internet for a suitable story and came up the following one, the first one I found. What is totally astonishing is that I have a beautiful friend who told me about the HU Love Song to God only a few days ago! So, I cannot but use the story below. Everything is energy and everything makes sense when we care to listen and look! My friend uses the song in the building of her new business structure. She found it “by accident” while she was working on her project and she told me about her discovery. Now, I can let you discover the HU in this text I discovered “by chance” looking for a statement that suited my text and message to you.

Learning to Surrender and to Trust by Oliver Mbamara

Every once in a while, nature would cause its visitation on the people in a character sometimes baffling to the average individual, and sometimes creeping in upon the general populace even before they would prepare for its “blessings.” Even before the meteorologists would sound their predictive alarm, the first blizzard of winter 2003 visited New York City and its inhabitants. Ever as boisterous, many of the city’s inhabitants went about their business riding the snow and driving on it as if daring the slippery and whipping snowstorm to stop them.

I was involved in a send off party and had filled my car with most of the items that would be used at the party. Like the average New Yorker, I was trying to do so many things at the same time. I was driving and talking to someone over the telephone. Lost in my conversation, I followed a couple of Sports Utility Vehicles (SUVs) into a very dangerous sloppy street, which every other sedan like mine avoided. Before I knew it, the car was sliding down the street uncontrollably. I roughly excused myself from my friend at the other end of the phone by abandoning the headset. My friend was obviously wandering what was happening as I had sharply yelled while grabbing my steering trying to regain control of the car.

It was too late. The car steadily glided down the slippery hill, and as I tried to veer it off the cars that were already parked on the side of the sloppy road, it actually glided closer to them. I stepped on the brake pedal and pulled the handbrake but none would help. Instinctively, I turned off the engine and the car came to a halt about a foot away from another parked car. I paused for a while and considered my situation. No big deal! I assured myself. That was very close but I am glad to have survived it, I thought. Little did I know that I was yet to face a bigger challenge.

Regaining my control and calmness, I turned on the ignition and the car started running again. I then slowly and carefully stepped on my accelerator pedal while turning the steering away from the closest car on the side of the road but my car glided even closer to the parked car. I was about 2 or 3 inches away from scratching someone else’s car. I did not want to go through that. Not on a day I was organizing a party, and I was just a few blocks away from the venue and a few minutes away from the scheduled start time. I had to do something about the situation. I was faced with either scratching a couple of cars parked on the side or descend a very sloppy hill with oncoming cars struggling to climb or descend a very narrow street corner.

At this point, it had dawned on me that I had a bigger problem on my hand. It was no longer a joke and I had to be careful. I needed God’s intervention. Luckily, I remembered to slide in my “HU Song” tape (a tape that plays a recorded version of people singing the sacred name of God “HU” as a love song). As I played the tape, I briefly sang a note or two of it. Consciously or unconsciously I had acknowledged my
inability to handle the situation on my own since all my physical efforts to manoeuvre the car down the hill and through the narrow traffic junction had been futile. Turning off the ignition again, stepped out of the car, and looked around to see if there was anyone around who may have a helpful suggestion. There was none. Everyone seemed engrossed in his or her own snowstorm assignment.

I took a moment of silence to ask myself what to do. I could not find a solution, but then, I had remembered to surrender and ask for God’s help. “God, please come and drive this car for me, now.” I found myself saying. Trusting and expecting some form of help from my Inner Guide, I got into the car again, started the engine and slowly began driving it. Gradually, I saw the car move away from the parked cars, but then I ended up in the middle of the road at a spot made upright by a road that crossed the area. I had to act fast or else some other driver might end up using my car as a wedge. I was in the middle of the hill and must either climb up the hill or descend the narrow slope. Any extra second spent at the spot meant that any sliding car would smash into my car at any moment.

The slope down ahead of me ran straight into a narrow junction, continually busy with cars struggling to climb the hill or go down. I waited in vain for the intersection to clear so I could let the car roll through without interruption. At a point I had an urge to just drive down the hill. Trusting Spirit and without hesitation, I got back into the car and simply drove. It all happened smoothly. The cars constantly climbing up the hill were nowhere around. As I glided down the junction with no applicable break and almost about to ram into a car already waiting at the traffic red light ahead of me, I swerved
away from behind the car and just then the red lights changed into green, stopping other cars from entering the intersection while enabling me to safely “cruise” through the narrow traffic intersection, down the hill, and safely onto the level grounds of the street at the base of the hill.

Once again, I was saved by God’s hand of help and care perhaps because I remembered to sing His sacred name even for a brief moment at an opportune time. I was fortunate to consciously or unconsciously allow the helping hand of Spirit to take control of my steering, perhaps because I surrendered and absolutely trusted in God.”

Regarding the mantra HU, you may want to look it up. Here are two links and the actual
chant:

http://www.healingsounds.com/articles/planetaryHS.asp

http://www.eckankar.org/hu.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpIrDJGVdO0

As for our photo I chose a picture I have taken last week in the Flinders Ranges, where I
was hiking with my eldest son. I sent some of my photos to friends and mentioned it was
“God’s country”, as the area is so beautiful and sacred to me:

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In love and light and amazement
Mariana