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(UBC) Day 31: FINIS! And just in time!

It’s been an interesting month and I’m really glad I chose this one to blog my way through. We covered all kinds of things from Dogs as Spiritual Teachers to the Four Spiritual Laws of Prosperity via Edwene Gaines to sharing someone’s grief and sorrow and finding out what happens in the middle of all that.

You can find this year’s posts and last year’s by going to the UBC archive.

I’ve grown in my perspective so much in just a year and I think you’ll see how that shows up in my writing if you look at both challenges.

Like I’ve said many times, writing is just what I do whether anyone reads it or not. Admittedly, it’s been really sweet having you all read and leave comments! (No one does that in my diary. At least, I don’t think they do!)

Did you learn anything new via the posts this month? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

Thanks to all my readers and followers for hanging with me this month. This may end up being an annual thing!

(UBC) Day 29: From darkness comes light and from sadness comes joy

By Lisa Wechtenhiser

Two weeks ago, I wrote a post about weeping for someone I don’t even know. The someone was a guy named John Cole whose beloved cat, Tunch, was killed by his sister’s dog.

As I explained, Tunch was like the mascot of the blog (Balloon Juice) and this community of people sewn together by words on a screen was almost as saddened as if Tunch were our own. (Animal devotees, all.)

After grieving a few days (during which John didn’t much come out from under the blankets on his bed), he decided to go to the local animal rescue and see who needed him (or rather, who he needed).

John Cole SteveTurns out it’s a dude he named Steve.

“Steve continues to be just the sweetest cat with the biggest personality ever. His one flaw is his love bites are a little painful. We’ll have to work on that. This is kind of crazy, but I think he actually feels better after being neutered. His eyes look less confused and he seems more content, but that could just be that today is a week since I got him and he is maybe settling in. I really do think I got a winner. He’s so different from Tunch in so many ways, but there are so many things that are the same. I love the winking and the purring and the kneading, and how he just flops himself over and asks for tummy rubs.

But not too many, because then he has to bite me. On principle.”

Slowly John is healing and things are back to normal on the blog – random political whining interspersed with recipes, music and pet stories.

But here’s the really wonderful part

So far, over $15,000 has been raised in Tunch’s name at the local rescue!

tunch2 Isn’t that amazing?

John asked that anyone who wanted to do so make a contribution in Tunch’s name and people who probably wouldn’t have recognized John (or Tunch, for that matter) walking down the street, gave to the rescue organization.

The rescue place, just a few people doing big work, were stunned (and I think that’s putting it mildly!).

“Heard again from the MARC folks, and it looks like the close to final tally for animal rescue in Tunch’s name is around $15,200, but I know it will increase slightly because my mother and others I know mailed in checks that will take a while to show up and clear. They are just ecstatic at your generosity. What a legacy for a cat who just wanted tuna and belly rubs and to have his presence DULY NOTED every time he entered a room.”

In every tragedy, there is pain. And eventually there is light. When the time is right.

The light shows up in strangers wanting to help carry someone’s hurt for them.

It shows up in a cat named Steve who helps someone move on with their life.

It shows up in ways you don’t ever expect.

But it shows up.

(UBC) Day 28: Wisdom on writing from Anne Lamott

By Lisa Wechtenhiser

I have loved Anne Lamott’s writing since the moment I found her.  I can “hear” her physical voice as I read her words and they always bring me insight and comfort.

anne lamottThe excerpt below is from a chat she did with People magazine and as soon as I read it, I knew I had to share it.

Anne Lamott: 

YEAH. I always tell young people at my events that if they love reading, they are going to have great lives. It’s really true. And writing is the way home for so many people–it teaches us discipline, which is the path to freedom. It teaches us that we get to tell the truth–we get to tell OUR truth. We won’t be silenced anymore. We get to learn how to sing and dance on paper. It helps us find out who we are, and who we were truly born to be. If I was teacher, I would hand out pens and notebooks to everyone in my class and say, Tell me your stories! Tell me your version of things.

I have always been a reader, plowing through books at top speed as a child. Fiction, especially, was my preferred genre. And because I’ve always been a reader, it follows that I’ve also been a writer all my life. I’ve mentioned many times that I’ve kept journals since I was ten (and have them all, for better or worse). For me, being stuck without (the right) pen and paper would be akin to a death sentence (and I’m only being partly dramatic).

Anne is right – there IS a discipline to writing whether it’s in a journal, on a blog, taking a 31 day challenge, or just writing for your own edification. And yet, the discipline is at your own speed. Here I’ve spent the past 27 days just pouring out the contents of my head on these pages. Has been a discipline? Yes. Has it been fun? Pretty much, yes.

“We get to dance and sing on paper.” – oh so much yes to this. (And just you be glad I’m doing both on paper, yo. You do not want to hear me sing. Trust me on this.)

I wouldn’t be me if I weren’t writing. Somewhere. In some book. With the exact perfect pen and crisp white paper.

That’s me.

And like Anne, I would give everyone new notebooks, colored markers and ask for their stories.

And I’d read all of them.

(UBC) Day 27: Book Review: AfterLife: Uncovering the Secrets of Life After Death

By Lisa Wechtenhiser

As promised yesterday, here’s a review I did for the spring edition of Pathways Magazine. I love reading books about what goes on after we leave our physical body and this one definitely gave me lots to think about.

afterlife book coverI’ve reviewed a few books that have to do with life after death, a topic I find fascinating. Most authors usually find their way toward that subject through personal experience of having lost a loved one.

“Afterlife: Uncovering the secrets of life after death” is no exception. Losing his wife of just four years to a heart and lung condition, Eaton was devastated and sought to find a way to re-connect with her on the other side.

“My earlier fear of death now turned into a desperate need to be with Judy. If I could have walked through a door and joined her I would gladly have done so, but it wasn’t to be. Little did I realize that Judy’s death was to be the re-awakening of my connection with the world of spirit.”

Clearly, he’s not a novice at working with spirit and this book digs deep into the questions many of us would like to know. For example, there’s a whole chapter on whether or not sex (as we know it) exists in the afterworld. (Short answer: yes. Longer answer: not quite the same way we experience it here in the physical – it’s called “melding” over there and according to what Eaton’s learned, it’s pretty damn spectacular.)

Perhaps you want to know other answers such as whether suicide is punished or if we’re being watched from afar or what it’s like inside “the healing centre” (where souls go to reflect on the events in their physical life before they move on to the next plane of existence) – all answered in a way that satiates curiosity and begins deeper, inner work.

In the chapter on Soul families and Soul mates, I found this interesting gem:

“We do not incarnate with our full spirit energy, which may surprise a lot of people. We are able to choose how much of our energy we wish to take into each life. This means there is always a small but significant part of ourselves remaining in the spirit world. This is often referred to as ‘the higher self’. So when we are reunited with our soul family, there will be those who are there in full energy, while some will be there at a much lower energetic level. However, in effect, we do recommend with the entire group.”

Isn’t that fascinating? Eaton says that a small part of our soul remains with our soul group and we have the ability (when working with and through the higher self) to bring through the wisdom that is available at that level. Why would you NOT want to have access to that?

In this book I found things I already knew (and his words validated that knowing), things I didn’t know (so I added it to my mental storehouse of nifty stuff about the afterlife) and things I have to ponder on to see if they truly resonate with me. To my ever-curious mind, books with that much meat are priceless. This is one to savor, bit by bit and really check in with yourself and see what it stirs up. It could very well be the start of a whole new path for you!

Barry Eaton is an Australian radio and television personality and currently hosts an internet program called “RadioOutThere.com

(UBC) Day 26: Book Review: Contact your Spirit Guides by Asandra

By Lisa Wechtenhiser

Did you know I am the metaphysical book reviewer for Pathways Magazine? It’s true! And I get sent more books to review in a month than you can possibly imagine. (You bet it’s damn cool!)

Today, I’m sharing one of those reviews from the Spring 2013 edition. Tomorrow, I’ll share the other one on “Afterlife: Uncovering the Secrets of Life After Death” by Barry Eaton.

Contact Your Spirit Guides

CYSG Book CoverContact Your Spirit Guides

It’s a not-very-well-kept-secret that I am a channel for Spirit Guides myself and I’m particularly skilled at seeing the answers to questions show up in all kinds of places. But when I asked for the next step on my journey, the last place I thought I’d find it was on Pinterest.

Filled mostly with pictures of food and clothing and cool quote graphics, Pinterest is an interesting (and rather addictive) place to visit. Who knew that’s where my own team of Spirit Guides would share the answer to my question? This book came across my path on Pinterest and I got that PING! I get when I need to pay *extra* attention. So I did. And boy, am I glad! (Those Guides just rock at stuff like this!)

I’ve read a lot of books on the subject of Spirit Guides and while many of them have accurate information,some can come off to me as floaty, ethereal, kind of “fairies in trees” sort of things. It’s time for something that matches the current elevated state of consciousness.

“Contact Your Spirit Guides” by Asandra is exactly that book.

“Asandra is a conduit for Master Spirit Teachers exclusively with a focus on assisting individuals in the fulfillment of their souls’ highest journey.” In addition to being a beautifully clear channel for over 27 years, she is also a renowned artist with paintings exhibited in many fine hotel chains across the world. Her writing is clear, concise (not at all flowery and ethereal – my personal bugaboo in the spiritual world) and she has a way of bringing high-level concepts down to a personal level. And that’s where the new consciousness is taking us – understanding that the answers are all within us – not “out there” somewhere.

“If you seek guidance and inspiration daily, life becomes more graceful, directed and inspired. Once you become accustomed to the presence of Spirit, it is invaluable to utilize the connection in your daily life. This is not about creating a dependency on the Guides. On the contrary, we are seeking a working relationship with Spirit.

The vision of what you want to create comes from within you. When you reach out to your Spirit Guides for assistance, they can make the process of fulfilling your soul-based desires easier. After all, they see the overview of our path and direct us with that level of clarity.

Ultimately, the relationship between you and Sprit becomes a deeply comforting one. To know that there is loving support in the universe that is aware of your specific needs is profoundly reassuring.”

I don’t think I could sum it up any better than that. Working as partners with your team of Guides in Spirit IS an amazing way to move forward in your soul work here on Earth. This book takes that concept and really helps you put it into place in a way that integrates it into your life. Not the life you want to have (“When I have time, I’ll meditate and go to Yoga class, etc” ) but the life you live right now, right today. Start wherever you are. (And take this book with you!)

Each chapter builds on the one before it, explaining what Spirit Guides are, how a conscious alliance with them makes shifts and changes much easier and finally, offering specific steps to help anyone get in contact with their own team. In addition, Asandra channels her own Guides who give us a perspective on lessons for humanity in general – so needed at this time of planetary energetic chaos.

What I really loved about “Contact Your Spirit Guides” is that it holds a high vibration and yet is really down-to-earth. Trust me when I tell you that is sometimes very hard to do! Regardless of your level of knowledge about working with these wonderful beings, you’ll find something that will open a door for you between these pages. I’ve had many years of being a clear channel for them and I found quite a few AH-HA’s in there.

If you are building a metaphysical library that you can also use as a resource, this book is a must-have. I’m so glad I listened when my Guides dropped it into my (Pinterest-loving) lap!

“Ultimately, the proof of this guidance comes when our life falls into alignment. We feel connected to Source and on purpose. There is a sense of great expansion that cannot be imaginary. The synchronicity of a life fulfilled is the confirmation that authentic guidance is present in our lives.”

And to that I say a rousing YES!