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Living With Grace, Flow and Ease-Book Review

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What if you could invite three angels into your home who would accompany you through your days, assisting you in having, as I like to refer to it, a ‘rich, full, juicy life’? Would you issue a call and then keep the door open to welcome them in?

Reading the book Living with Grace, Flow and Ease, you can do just that. Filled with first person accounts, expressed simply by the coaching and teaching team of Mary Ellen Finerty and Cheryl Dodd Baldwin, it offers practical ways of nourishing your dreams and desires.

By calling on these energies, which they define at the beginning of each section of the book, Baldwin and Finerty have witnessed turns of events that have brought goose bumps of recognition that we are all always in the right place at the right time.  Sometimes the delays experienced in daily activity can be life sustaining as they direct us away from potentially dangerous situations, as the authors know all too well.  Even those who might scoff at the ‘cosmic foo foo’ nature of such thoughts, will be convinced if they use the ideas expressed on these pages. Folks of a skeptical nature can find that the ‘How it works’ chapter will spell it out step by step.

A quick read, this light filled, but not light-weight book takes the reader on adventures to Mexico in the midst of Hurricane Emily, to Romania where the pair volunteer with children in need, and to England where they have the opportunity to feed a craving for authentic fish and chips.

This seasoned woman particularly appreciated the bold type font on the pages, which made it easier to read. There are several blank pages in the back on which to take notes if inspired, so it serves as a journal as well.

Cheryl Dodd Baldwin, MPH has degrees in psychology, public health, integrative health, is a certified life-coach, and holds numerous certifications in the holistic health field.

Mary Ellen Finerty, RN, MA has degrees in biology, nursing, and nursing education/administration, is a certified life-coach, and has certifications in the holistic health field.

Both Cheryl and Mary have been involved in the healing arts and personal empowerment field for over forty years. It has been their life’s work and passion. They have a holistic health practice in Mont Clare, PA and work with clients throughout the country. They have taught both nationally and internationally and are authors of the book, Living with Grace, Flow and Ease and host the monthly on-line show by the same title. You can find out more about them at www.graceflowandease.com

These three angels named Grace, Flow and Ease may yet become your best friends and constant companions.

The Sound of the Dove-Music Review

 

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“If you could combine the compelling voices of fellow Canadians Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennitt, with the soaring throat notes of kirtan singer; best known as Madonna’s back up singer, Donna DeLory, you would have a sense of the magnificent tonings and tunes of Pamela Jane Gerrand. The best way to appreciate her talent is to listen to her new release The Sound of the Dove . Each piece is a sparkling gem, a wisp of feathers wafting downward to be gathered up and held to the heart.

It opens with Prairie Sky which is a sweet love song.  “I can feel the thunder rolling in. I can taste the raindrops before they begin,”  sung in a sultry voice to the heartbeat drumbeat rhythm.

“I hear the colors in my voice,” beckons the listener into this Unadorned song in which Gerrand acknowledges to one who is dear to her “You are my shelter from the storm.”

What could become an anthemic piece begs the questions ‘”How many pairs of shoes do you need?  Are we awash in an ocean of greed?” as a children’s chorus reminds us that we have  Enough Already.

Let Go is an invitation to release fear. “Let go, let go, let go the shore.  Don’t hold on so tight.  Give up the fight.”

The Buddha Smiles  speaks to spiritual uncertainty. “Where do I begin to find the strength that I lack?”  The Sanskrit mantra Om mani padme hum which  commonly translates to ‘the jewel in the lotus,’ is chanted in the background. Violin accompaniment has an ‘Eleanor Rigby’- Beatle-esque feel to it.

The title song called The Sound of the Dove has one imagining raindrops from Maxfield Parrish clouds, bird wings coasting as Gerrand proclaims that “The sound of the dove can break you open. The sound of the dove can make you cry.”

Shine which wonders “Can you feel the fire down deep in your soul?  Can you feel it burning so bright? Sing your song on high. Shine on, sister, shine,” invites silk scarf dancing in oak groves.

Her own rendering of Scarborough Fair departs from the Simon and Garfunkel version that sounds as if it were sung in the era about which it was written.

Emerging encourages peeking out from our contained places into the space between the notes. “We are, we are, we are, I am, we are emerging. We are merging with the light.”

I’ll Meet You There references the field that the poet Rumi spoke of “Love is simple. Love is kind. Out beyond the struggle beyond my wrong and your right, there is a field filled with light.”

The closing track Pearly Gates of Song carries with it Native American drum resonance and chanting. “We are angels in disguise. Starlight falling from your eyes.We have journeyed for so long.” Eyes closed, listening to the echoes of ancestors as they both chastise and challenge to “welcome the winds of change.”

Gerrand’s talents go beyond her song-bird serenades. All of the songs, with the exception of Scarborough Fair came from her vivid imagination and wild word wrangling. Wrap yourself in wings of wonder.

 

 

 

Bucket List

I awoke in the wee hours this morning, from a dream about my parents. Both passed in the last few years; my dad in 2008 and my mom in 2010. They were the dearest people in my life; teachers, guides, providers, cheerleaders and guardians of my heart and soul. Although I know that they are safe and sound in their new lives and that they watch over me, I still, when I admit it, miss them deeply and wish they were here in body to chat with. I do have the ability to have as often as I need to conversations with them about anything I want now, without fearing disappointing them. Not sure I ever did, but I thought I might, if the choices I made were not in alignment with their values that sometimes differed from mine.

So, the dream ….  my mom was standing in a deep hole with dirt being rained down on her until it covered her up to her neck. My dad and I were standing at the edge, in a panic. He reached down and with all of his strength, pulled her up to ground level. I then helped him remove the dirt until she was free of its encumbrance. I felt a sense of relief, even though I knew in the dream that they had died. It was like a resurrection of sorts.

As I dialogued with the aspects of the dream, as I always do in order to see the patterns and use them as healing tools, what came to me was that perhaps it was about uncovering my own fears of being buried alive by dead beliefs and patterns. I saw that love provides the strength to accomplish amazing feats. I recognized that it is never too late to start again. I know that love heals. It also shows me that you never know the last day your inner clock will slow down and stop ticking. Because of that, I have been living out my bucket list that includes:

Writing full time

Taking pause to rest and rejuvenate

Learning to say no when need be

Learning to say yes~  when I want to, when before, I would hesitate to accept opportunities

Being more revealing with my writing

Traveling- I will be going to New Orleans for Jazzfest for the first time this year

Planning a trip to Ireland and Hawaii- both have been on my list for years

Re-decorating a room in my house to be my office/haven

Readying myself for meeting my Life Partner

Going to the gym several times a week

Getting a massage at least once a month

Enjoying a pedicure and bright toes once a month

Buying organic produce whenever I can

Taking time to cook rather than throwing a quick meal together

In the third year of my radio show It’s All About Relationships

Saying what needs to be said in all my relationships

 

Living in Your God-ness

There are some people who come into our lives at a point in time when we are entering a new way of being. They plant seeds and are not necessarily a regular part of our days. Kind of like music in the background that puts a smile on your face when you hear it. Such has been the case with my friend Yanni Maniates. He has been an icon in the Philadelphia community for decades and has been a teacher for many of my friends. An author, meditation teacher and highly intuitive person who shares gentle wisdom, born of his own journey, Yanni was speaking at Circle of Miracles yesterday on the topic- Life is a Gift-Open It.

That is a subject near and dear to my heart, since I too believe that we are offered gifts each day, and that the real present is the Present. When I live that way, I enjoy each precious moment. Sometimes seeing them as precious takes an attitude shift, but I have gotten adept at doing that. One of the things Yanni spoke about was that ‘here’ is not a place; that it is eternal. We live in simultaneous realities and it is up to us to choose our perception of them. He shared about his experience of witnessing the beauty around him in the form of his wife and son, the first sighting of a vibrantly red cardinal against the background of winter whiteness, the love in which he was immersed by walking into the room in which our services are held. All of these are doorways into such an exalted state of being. The door, he reminded us “Is always open.”

And yet …. sometimes we forget. I call that ‘spiritual amnesia,’ during which we lose track of the reality that not only are we created by God, but that we are inextricably One with all life and to me, that includes the Creator. As I say often here, these are my opinions and not meant to be anyone else’s definitive reality. I have no right to tell anyone what to believe spiritually. When we forget, we need only to call up those sweet memories of experiences. I call these transcendent times my “transfusion from Heaven,” as I sigh with contentment in the midst of them. Sometimes they arrive unbidden and I appreciate them all the more.

Yanni scattered bits of ribbon-wrapped wisdom such as “Anything created with love is eternal.” He reminded us that for some people LIFE is a four letter word and viewed as challenging. I prefer to think of it as Living In For-Ever, since I believe that the souls we are, don’t ever die.

One of the ideas that jumped out at me as Yanni spoke was that not only do we live in goodness when we choose this way of being, but we also live in our God-ness. In that way, we can return again to who and what we were meant to be, as we allow ourselves to be a gift to the world as well.

 

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