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Learn About Love

 

Love is not a commodity to be traded in exchange for security, comfort or companionship. The source of love is not another person. It is within you and from the One Source. Love heals. Love with abandon without fear of being abandoned. Love without limits begins with Self love. Love never dies, even if the person does. It is okay to love the person and dislike the behavior. The Beatles were only partly right when they said “All you need is love.”… love is indeed all we are…

 

Deepak Chopra has said:  “Love is not just a sentiment. Love is the ultimate truth at the heart of creation.”

What have you learned about love?

Celebrate!

Walked into the post office last week to buy stamps to mail out Birthday cards for my niece and nephew.  Usually I purchase ‘love’ stamps since I believe that the expression of love need not be limited to special occasions. I even put them on my bills, since I know checks written for services rendered can be imbued with that powerful energy as well. This time, my eyes were drawn to rainbow colorful stamps with the jumping-up-and-down-for-attention word CELEBRATE!  spelled out on them.  I knew I had to change my plan and get those instead, to adorn the envelopes about to wing their way southward.

That simple gesture conjured up a memory from a few years back. I was working in a counseling center and one of my clients had lived in a group home setting for many years and had a chronic mental health diganosis.  I referred to her as the ‘cruise director’ because she was always coming up with activities for the other residents who shared the space with her, to participate in.  They ranged from trips to the mall or a movie  to time hanging out at a local coffee shop, or game night. When I commented on her talent for enlivening things for her peers, she smiled and said “Oh, I just like throwing little parties for myelf and invite other people to come along.”  What a brilliant way of seeing things.  This woman could easily have felt sorry for herself, but instead, chose to shift her perception.  A Course In Miracles describes a miracle in just that way.  When you change how you view something, everything changes.

When the word CELEBRATE comes to mind, right on its kickin’ up heels comes the brilliantly glowing image of SARK (Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy) a work of he(art) heralding from San Francisco.  The “Succulent Wild Woman” who beckons us to “live juicy!”, entered my life in the early 1990′s and inspires me in so many ways and in fact, although she doesn’t yet know it; was a catalyst for the birth of Bliss Mistress.

Her artistry takes the form of art, writing, speaking, coaching and ‘couching’. SARK has made napping an art form:)  Her first job in kindergarten was ‘wake up fairy’. It was her task to awaken her classmates from their naps. She is still waking us up!  Her magical website is www.planetsark.com

So, as you enter into your weekend, how will you celebrate your life, knowing that it need not be an occasion any more special than the miracle of a brand new day, as yet unlived? 

Always In Addition: Rabbi Joseph Gelberman

 

It may seem odd to be writing about the death of someone inspiring under the category of My Personal Bliss, but not so, when you read further. In 1997, I became aware of a man named Rabbi Joseph Gelberman who was known as a “Modern Hassidic Rabbi”. He traveled from his native Hungary to New York where, along with Swami Satchidanada and Reverend Jon Mundy, he created The New Light Temple, the seeds of which began The New Seminary, an international renown body that ordains interfaith clergy. A physically diminutive man with a larger than life presence and huge heart, Rabbi Gelberman was a charismatic figure. His religion was Love and he embraced the teachings of many faiths, eshcewing none. The motto of The New Seminary was “Never instead, always in addition.”

I had heard wonderful things about the school from friends who had attended. The idea of reaching beyond traditional boundaries of religious faith appealed to the universality of my own beliefs, but I had not felt called to ministry at the time. My husband, however, did. Michael enrolled in the two year program following a diagnosis of Hepatitis C, a potentially life threatening condition. His immersion into the course work was a comfort during his own end of life experience, although we didn’t know it at the time. I casually studied along with him, reading to him, typing his papers and quizzing him when he was unable to do those things for himself. I was unintentionally learning the course material.

 

When Michael entered the hospital in a coma, for the last 5 ½ weeks of his life, I faced many ‘dark nights of the soul’ and did what I referred to as “God wrestling”, saying to the One “He’s mine and you can’t have him.”, to which the Creator replied, “He’s mine and he’s on loan to you, like everyone else.” One bright light during that painful time, was a call I received through which a comforting voice asked how I was faring. He reassured me that it wasn’t Michael’s time, and “God wasn’t ready for him yet”, since he “had more ‘verk to do.”, uttered in his charmingly thick as honey on toast Hungarian accent. I smiled through my tears, figuring that The Rebbe had a direct line to The Divine and he just KNEW. A few weeks later when life support was suspended and Michael took his final breath, on December 21, 1998, I heard what I describe as The Voice which invited me to “Call the seminary and ask to finish what Michael started.” A few days following his Christmas Eve funeral, I did indeed make the call and was warmly welcomed into the program with the notice that I needed to do the first year’s work and second back to back to graduate with Michael’s class or wait until the next year. I chose to condense both year’s work into a 5 month period and in June of 1999, I walked down the aisle of The Cathedral of St. John The Divine in NYC, carrying Michael’s photo which was placed on the altar so that his spirit was ordained along with us. That year, The Rebbe was also honored, since he was leaving The New Seminary to begin The All Faiths Seminary.

 

I have a warm place in my heart for this man whose vision in the 1970′s allowed me years later, to step into a robe and a role that fits me like it was custom made, that of Interfaith Minister. The chant that we were taught: “I am ready, I am ready, I am ready…” called us to service.

 

When Rabbi Gelberman passed on Rosh Hashanah…September 9, 2010, at 7:30 pm, he left a loving legacy that is beyond comprehension, considering all of the people his ‘verk in the world, touched and how many they touched and so the journey continues…

 

Go in peace, Rebbe…you were ‘ready’. Hearing you chanting with angels and sages.

 

For the beautiful tribute from Beliefnet columnist/editor Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway who knew Rabbi Gelberman for nearly a quarter century, go to

http://www.blog.beliefnet.com/inspirationreport/2010/09/interfaith-pioneer-rabbi-joseph-gelberman-dies-at-98.html 

Amazing Woman: Marsh Engle

 

Boldly dancing across the top of her website flash the words: Envision Your Possibilities! Marsh Engle is a woman afire with passion and purpose. Just being in her sphere, it is nearly impossible to feel anything less than inspired. A primer on this wonder woman:

 

Marsh has spent over a decade facilitating hundreds of hours of coaching – especially to women – helping them to deepen their relationships, reveal their authentic power and turn their greatest passions into real world results. Her program, AMAZING WOMAN POWER 100 brings together women from around the world to create one of the most creative and transformational years of their life. In her book, “The Six Essentials” she teaches the guiding principles every woman must know to embrace her ultimate calling.

In 2002 Marsh was honored with a United States Congressional Proclamation for her leadership in establishing the Amazing Woman’s Day initiative that celebrates creative innovation and ignites transformation among women. As author of the acclaimed Amazing Woman Amazing World book series, Marsh has gained the opportunity to interview hundreds of feminine leaders including California First Lady Maria Shriver. Following 911 she traveled into the firehouses of New York City to study the life stories of the fewer than 26 women who serve among the 12,000 firefighters of FDNY. Her book Amazing Woman Amazing Firefighters shares insights learned during her year-long investigation.

Acknowledged as a distinctive authority in the field of consumer communications and brand enhancement, Marsh has been nominated among the Power 100 Women in Entertainment and named among Who’s Who in American Women. Her clients have included Paramount Pictures, Viacom, Children’s Television Workshop, Australian Broadcasting and more. Her productions have been seen by hundreds of thousands across the United States including those at THE WHITE HOUSE.The Marsh Engle Show broadcasts each Monday on Voice America Business

 

Marsh lives her bliss by “celebrating creativity, igniting a sense of higher purpose, connection and contribution. Regardless of the form … be it a new business, deepening the quality of relationships or creating transformation in our own individual lives … I love to celebrate the infinite power that we have to create positive impact in our lives and in the world around us.”

 

She has been on a remarkable journey that has been filled with lots and lots of opportunities for breakthrough and self discovery. The most profound period of transformation came back in 1999 when my mom died, I received a life-threatening diagnosis and my dad died all within 18 months. Today I call this a “wave of awakening” through which I came to understand what truly matters to me and ways I can make a difference. As journalist Christiane Amanpour once said, “We are each given a powerful voice and our job is to use that voice to positively impact the world around us”. I believe I found that voice. I also believe that thru the darkest of times comes the greatest stream of new possibilities.”

 

Marsh is the heart and mind behind Amazing Woman’s Day and about it, she waxes powerfully: More than ever before women are looking to create connection thru higher creativity, community and opportunities to share their greatest strengths and talents; I believe Amazing Woman’s Day is a platform for exactly that, celebrating the possibilities of living our greatest potential as community leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators and catalysts of change. We are making a real and lasting difference in our individual lives and in the world around us.”

 

More about Marsh Engle, visit: http://www.marshengle.com

More about Amazing Woman’s Day, visit: http://www.amazingwomansday.com

To order your ticket: www.eventbrite.com/event/779792380/Edie1

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