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The Grand Master/Little Master Series

Endorsed by Marianne Williamson

 Take a child on a personal, magical, interactive

journey to discover their Source of Power within.

So much more than a bedtime story.

For more detailed series information, and to view a short video book trailer, visit:

http://www.TheGrandMasterLittleMasterSeries.com

When one believes in something, with not a shred of doubt, the universe aligns itself to ‘make it so’.  The tough part for most of us is that pesky little thing called TIME.  We want it now.  There are many things that I desire, but few things that I believe in at a gut level; that no matter what the appearance, I will not be swayed.  My book series is one of those things.

When I sat down to write The Grand Master/Little Master Series over fourteen years ago, I knew it was meant to be.  I knew this because I seemed to have little to do with the creation of it; IT wrote ME.  I’ve never written anything before, never had the desire to do so or had any particular talent for writing.  And yet, when my fingers started typing, they moved faster than my brain could think it.  I was moved in a way that I can’t adequately describe, and quitting, despite all the rejections and a variety of other hurdles, was simply not an option. 

I tired of jumping those hurdles after a couple of years and put it away, but swayed?  Never.  When I once again dug it out from the back of my drawer and started searching, things began to align.  The timing seemed right and indeed it was.  Has it been an overnight success?  Nope, wish it was . . . it’s that TIME factor again.   Does it ever feel like it was all in vain?  Nope.  Slowly, it’s gotten the attention of some pretty impressive people and if you’ve been following this blog from day one, you know all the detailed information; the really unlikely things that fell into place, ‘coincidently’. 

In an effort to get it out there, I decided to advertise in Spirituality and Health Magazine (see ad above).  The price was amazingly affordable for six months in both their hard copy and online edition.  As an advertiser, I received an advanced copy of their Nov/Dec issue (the first month my ad is running). 

‘Endorsed by Marianne Williamson’ is a big deal so Iwanted it to be included.  She was my second pick for an endorsement under Oprah (I still expect Oprah to call).  To my surprise, the magazine arrived and many people might wonder, ‘Is it just a coincidence that Marianne Williamson is on the cover of this upcoming issue?’  I don’t think so.  Once again, I believe its Synchronicity in motion.  Our faith moves mountains.  Find something that you believe in, really believe in.  Think about it and be grateful for it.  If doubt creeps in, tell it to go away and that it cannot live here . . . and then watch the ‘coincidental events’ unfold.  But be careful about that TIME thing.  Divine Timing isn’t always OUR timing.

In Love and Light,

Patricia

http://www.TheGrandMasterLittleMasterSeries.com

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First of all, let me apologize for the random picture that appeared as a post a few days ago . . . it was a mistake; don’t ask.  But thanks to all of you who viewed it!

I’m hoping that today’s post will inspire some thought and conversation.  This is a topic that arises frequently for me, having written a children’s series that I consider to be deeply spiritual, yet non-religious.  I find many parents struggle with adhering to a particular religious creed, therefore they teach nothing.  It’s not that the don’t want to give their children a connection to Source, they simply have no idea how to do it in a world that primarily believes that you’re either religious or you’re not; you believe in God, or you don’t. 

Standard religion isn’t the answer for everyone; it’s not always a fit.  For many, they can embrace a large part of the institutions beliefs , but  much is in a gray area; too many questions are left unanswered.

Is there really a difference between religion and spirituality, and if so, what is it?  Let me interject my own opinion here and make the distinction as I see it:

Spirituality and religion are both quests for a connection with The Divine.  Religion offers up a definition of The Divine; a set of beliefs and guidelines to be followed and practiced by its members, in order to create an atmosphere for worship, behavior, and personal growth, based on the teachings of a particular leader or prophet. While the religious structure is clearly a middle-man between humanity and The Divine, for many it is fulfilling, and/or a necessary entity that aids in keeping one’s life on track.

Spirituality is more of a quest for the Divine; a personal journey, if you will.  Because there is no particular definition of The Divine or creed to adhere to, many religions see this as an excuse to ‘sin’ with no accountability. Spirituality is generally not fear- based, believing that we create our own reality (heaven or hell), right here and now, with no fear of judgment either now or later. Spirituality tends to look  within for answers or direction using prayer or meditation; religion is more likely to pray to a God outside of ourselves. 

Please forgive me if I’ve made generalizations.  Obviously, the above is not true straight across the board.  I absolutely believe that it’s possible to be both religious and spiritual.  I also have to mention that one’s spiritual journey can also include the belief that there is nothing greater and we do good by each other because it’s the right thing to do. 

The question I have is: what do we teach our children?  Do we make them little clones of ourselves, or do we offer them a variety of choices?  When we entertain this question, we have to deeply ponder our own beliefs.  For example, I believe myself to be deeply spiritual, but if this is so, doesn’t that mean that I can go to the Catholic Church and find God there?  Can I go to a Jewish Temple, and find God there?  Clearly, I have some of my own personal work to do.  But I truly believe that whether we adhere to a religious creed or not, we all have a deep gut feeling that tolerance and reverence for each other and planet Earth is the ticket to living a joyful and fulfilling life. 

This is what I believe we teach our children:  that there are many paths to The Divine.  Any religious structure that teaches The Golden Rule, reverence and love is a fine choice indeed.  A personal quest for God; one without a rigid structure in place is equally acceptable.  When one begins to think that they’re choice is the only way to God; when one feels the need to convert everyone else, I believe it’s time to reflect to see if the God they’re worshiping is indeed, a God of compassion and love. 

I believe we teach our children that no matter what religious or spiritual path you take, it’s not the right or wrong way, it’s another way. We teach them that we should never try to force our beliefs on someone who is comfortable on their own path; it’s a personal, sacred journey.  This type of thoughtfulness breeds tolerance, respect and compassion, and THAT is God-like.

In Love and Light,

Patricia

www.TheGrandMasterLittleMasterSeries.com

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I was reminded last week of an incident that happened over 13 years ago, something that “stuck” and forever changed the way I perceive any given circumstance.  This incident was also the inspiration for Love Has Many Faces, the third book in The Grand Master/Little Master Series. It was a little thing really, but it changed my perspective so dramatically that I can never go back to the old ‘unenlightened’ consciousness I once had.  Well okay, I occasionally go there, but I always find my way back . . . . eventually.

Haley, my then seven-year old daughter,  got off the school bus and walked up the old, cracked, driveway to our house in upstate New York.  I could see immediately that something was terribly wrong.  From our living room window, I watched her make this short trip every day and I would always delight in what a happy child she was.  It wasn’t unusual to see her skipping or singing, just taking joy in life itself, happy to be returning home; to her place of comfort.

But this day was different.  She walked in the door and I instinctively knelt down and opened my arms wide.  She dropped her books and ran to my arms.  She sobbed.  My first thought was that some malicious child had said a terrible thing to my sensitive little girl.  Any parent knows that something rises up within them when one of their babies has been mistreated; even if it was by someone else’s little baby! 

To my surprise, it wasn’t some malicious child.  It was the librarian at her elementary school.  I discovered at a later date that the librarian had been involved in several instances of ‘grouchyness’ with children.  But even before that knowledge, I was of the opinion that she really should have retired several years prior.  She wasn’t very pleasant and I suspect that she didn’t like her job or the children too much anymore.

At any rate, this was a huge upset for me.  You must understand that although my daughter was reading on grade level, she didn’t seem to take great joy in reading and it concerned both my husband and I.  We were constantly looking for interesting material for her. We went to the library on a regular basis.  The school library, in my opinion, is a place where children go to find not only books, but also nurturing, loving guidance from sweet librarians who love to read and help children, right?  Is this too much to ask?

Well, this particular day I guess it was.  Apparently, when my daughter asked the librarian for help finding a book, she was snapped at in some way that still eludes me.  I do know that my daughter was, and still is, a very gentle spirit and I find it difficult to believe that she could irritate anyone, other than my husband or I, to the point of snapping.

I truly like to believe that I operate in a semi-enlightened way and a little voice inside me quietly suggested that my ‘soon to be actions’ were not consistent with that of an enlightened being.   Luckily, before I actually got in the car, went to the school and wrung this woman’s neck, I decided to stop, breathe, and simply ask myself how a wise and enlightened Grand Master would see this situation.  Is there something to be learned or taught here?

Wow.  An amazing thing happened.  The answer was instantaneous.  First of all I was filled with compassion for this woman, who a moment ago, was a wicked witch to be burned at the stake.  It occurred to me that anyone who could be mean to a child (or anyone, for that matter) had a very sad heart, indeed. 

Nothing had changed really, just a slight adjustment in how I chose to view this incident, from love.  I felt a sort of calmness, as if I had come into alignment with some Universal Truth.  One can feel the energy when they’re in that space.  It’s magnificent.  It’s power in its highest form. 

To make a long story short, I did my best to explain, in my best mom voice, that it wasn’t about her,  it was about the librarian and her sadness.  We spoke of that spark of God, or Divine Presence that lives in the soul of every living being.  “Some of us are more aware of Its presence than others” I said.  “Is there anything we can do to help her?” I asked my daughter.  “Well mom, I can draw a special picture and maybe she’ll smile.  She never smiles.  Then she won’t be sad!” she answered happily.  I watched something shift in her as well, clearly no longer a victim.  The tears began to dry and she went to work on a darling picture of the two of them holding hands.  The happy ending to the story is that the “grouchy” librarian was  indeed, touched by my daughter’s gift of art.  Perhaps no one had been kind to her in a while. Iit’s likely we’ll never know, but according to my daughter, she smiled.  That random act of kindness made some small shift in the librarian, and some big shift in my daughter.

There was that chance of course, that it might not work.  I had to make sure Haley understood that.  No matter how hard my daughter tried to make Ms. Librarian smile, it might not happen.  That’s the chance we have to take.  But it’s the right chance because it’s not about us; it’s about them.  It’s not anything that we did.  Some people can’t seem to express love and what we see is some bottled up version, but it’s the best they can do.    We might just have to walk away and let someone else try to find her spark of Goodness. But until that time we must always look for the Source, not only in her, but in every living being.

That little shift that Haley and I made thirteen years ago from last April literally changed the outcome of a situation.  And such a valuable lesson for my daughter!  If we stay in our heart space, bullies and mean adults lose their ability to be hurtful.  Compassion replaces anger.

 Our children won’t always do the enlightened thing, no matter how shining of an example we are, and we shouldn’t lecture them.  No one always makes the right choice, even when they’re fully aware.  But if we, the parents, stay focused on our own light, our children will grow up into self-confident, divine expressions of God, living life consciously.  If you remain consistent in your example, one day when you least expect it, you will find your child making a decision that is way beyond his/her level of understanding.  You will experience pure joy at the gift you have given.  That is life changing.

More to come . . .

In Love and Light,

Patricia

www.TheGrandMasterLittleMasterSeries.com

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