Oh my. I had no idea that offering a little giveaway on this little blog would cause such enourmous gratitude to overflow in my soggy corner of the world. I looked forward to reading the comments - expecting things gadget and dream vacation related. Not one comment is so simplistic. Every single heartfelt word is the dream to be able to gift someone with peace, bravery, comfort, time, trust, faith, miracles. Reading each and every comment was truly a gift for me for in the words you shared, I felt a little like you were trusting me to hold that dream safe. Maybe not, but I will. I will keep each one safe and I will send them in the air with my prayers. I want for you what you want for you and I have been gifted by the love that you have so openly shared.
I'm glad this wasn't a "leave a comment and I'll pick my favorite" kind of giveaway. I would have been tortured. "Random" saved me from the wrestling match of having to choose a favorite. Surely it would have been impossible. I promised four class seats (one in Michael's, one in Misty's and two in my Shifting Ground class - for the winner and a friend). I wish I could give you all a seat in each.
The winner for a spot in Micheal's class is DEBRYNDA
The winner for a spot in Misty's class is KAREN (karenika)
The winner for a spot in my class is BRIDGETTE (bgmartjournal) and a friend.
And because I can, I'm also giving away (randomly) seats in my Shifting Ground class to:
Everyone who commented.
...because your comments nurtured in me what I hope to nuture and support in you in Shifting Ground - gratitude, compassion and willingness to see the beauty in all things.
Winners, email me so that I can hook you up with your classes. (If you have already registered for my class, please email me anyway.)
There were so many who want to give the gift of peace to loved ones and I want to say to you - inquire within. Look to what brings you peace and invite it in whole heartedly. BE the peace you want for those around you and your energy will inspire and encourage those who need it. Don't underestimate the power of your own light. If you are wandering around sad and discouraged about those around you, there is no optimistic or encouraging word you can say that will mask the energy which you hold. Not really. You can only lift others by being in a position to do the lifting and you cannot lift another by being as sad or sadder than they are.
If you wish for clear life direction for a loved one, find it for yourself and if and when you have it, live it. Be it. And affirm it in one another.
If you wish for grief to leave a loved one, send love. Send laughter. Send light. Be love. Be laughter. Be light. Affirm it in one another.
If you wish for the world to be at peace stop looking at the ways it is not. Look for the places that there is peace and fill the whole universe up with your gratitude for that peace. Don't fight for peace. Be the kind of person that can't help but BE peace and there will be no room for anything that isn't peace.
If you wish for all the hungry people of the world to be fed, feed yourself. Not only with good food that nourishes your body - that makes it the most useful, healthful it can be, but also love. Feed yourself with love and kindness and gratitude and you will find ways through that thinking to feed more hungry people what they need as well. There are not just those starving in their bodies. There are many, too many, who are hungry in spirit and without a single penny, without taking up a collection, you can feed every person you encounter who is hungry in this way. You can feed them with your light and your spirit and your kindness and your knowing...knowing...that this world is good and kind and plentiful.
Your heartache will ease in giving this, I promise. You are amazing and powerful in all of the most perfect ways.
"The Universe will never leave you alone at such a time like this. Angels are all around you, as they gather without fail whenever a soul is seeking its wholeness. This is absolutely not the time to isolate; rather, despite whatever resistance you feel, allow yourself to join with at least one other human being..."