A few years ago, lyrics started to chase me in the middle of the night and through out daytime. Little did I know that the abundance of our delightful Universe had chosen me to compose and sing music. Of course, I was not ready for such a higher call. Imagine, through out my life, I had done a little bit of everything (journalism, creative writing, TV production and direction, life coaching, motivational speaking and spiritual counseling) but music was simply out of the equation because I did not -and still do not- have musical education. Well, guess what? Creative forces had a different plan and saying. Through this blog, I will share with you the music that has been composed through me. The only credit that I give to myself regarding the miracle I’m about to share with you all, my earthly family, is my willingness and commitment to value, respect and embrace Mystery (with capital m). In advance, I apologize for my amateur interpretation of the songs that I’ll be sharing. As I honestly mentioned a few lines ago, I am neither a musician nor a singer. To me, my songs are miracles. And I choose to share them with you simply because who am I to stop the flow of love that these songs carry. Continue Reading
Posted on 12 February 2012 by Rev. Sonia Echezuria
The spotWhat 1 Dollar Can Do help us remember that one dollar can do a lot more than what we think. It may get us from a cup of coffee to a meal, depending of where we are. Sometimes we hesitate to give when we convince ourselves that giving just one dollar to a person or a cause is worthless. It is not. The only worthless help that we may offer is the one that we don’t offer. An ocean is full of drops of water. Continue Reading
What 1 Smile Can Do helps us remember the healing power of smiling. In every role get to play in this lovely play call life, we always get the chance to be the smiling face. The character that chooses laughter over bitterness or irony. After all, what’s more creative, empowering and loving than a smile? Hard to say. With a smile, we get to give and receive comfort, affection, acknowledgement, support, warmth and beauty. Continue Reading
Posted on 28 September 2011 by Rev. Sonia Echezuria
Here we all are, delighted in an Interfaith virtual gathering. Supporting each other in remembering that we embody God, the One, the Only. This virtual space is full of God! We do have different faces and respond to different names but each of us embodies a piece of the one sky that enfolds us all, a ray of light of the one sun that warms us all, a spark of the divinity that gives meaning to our human adventure. May we always remember who we are, what we are and why we are here. Rejoicing in gratitude, we get to say thank you God and we let love and peace rule in our hearts and minds now and always.
Neale Donald Walsch shared his wisdom with the attendees of the 2011 Celebrate Your Life Conference that took place in Lombard, Illinois, from June 10th to the 13th.
In his latest book When Everything Changes, Change Everything, Neale reminds us that today changes are happening at an extraordinary rate. During his sessions at the Celebrate Your Life Conference, he invited us to take a quick look at the history of the last 125 years to realize this truth.
Fact: everything is going to change all the time, period. What role should we play in these changing times? And what do the roles we choose to play have to do with our spiritual evolution?
Neale reflected about the fact that most of the times we think that the events of our life are creating our reality. False. The events of our life have little to nothing to do with our reality. We are responsible for creating the interior reality out of the experience that we are having of whatever event. All the events are designed to open us to the truth of who we are. They are the stimulus of the experience we are having.
What creates our experience, then? According to Neale, it is created by the emotions we attach to the event. This is what produces our personal experience. Our emotions are something we can choose. What a liberating reality is to know that we can choose our emotions! We can watch the feeling come up and, literally, ask ourselves ‘is this the emotion I want to choose? Is this what I want to feel, the emotional state I want to feed?’
But… what produces the emotion? Listening to Neale, it became obvious that our thoughts about the event produce our emotions. Our thoughts are critical when it comes to how and what we feel. And what produces our thoughts? The truth that we hold with regards to the event, that which we choose to embrace as our own personal truth. Now, where does that truth come from? From our data -judged past data and factual past data. All the information we have gathered, categorized and storage in a lifetime.
That’s how Neale described the Dynamics of the Mind, where an event triggers a process that involves:
1 An event,
2 Data research and processing,
3 Categorization and labeling of data according to what we hold as our personal truth,
4 Thought formulation,
5 And the rising of emotions that determine
6 The way we experience
7 Our reality.
What’s the way out of this chain of reactions based out of past programming and conditioning? How can we choose to be more than just reacting, organic robots? During his session, Neale proposed to temporarily remove the “event” variable out of this equation and replace it with the variable “being.”
Being is it!
We cannot control the events of our lives because they are co-created by all of us in conjunction, they are our collective co-creation. BUT we can control who we are BEING. We can choose to be who we want to be. We can even choose to embrace a very high state of being: our BEING DIVINE.
Ultimate reality becomes real to us when we see it through the eyes of the soul, the perspective of the soul. Then, we change our perception of life. Perception creates beliefs. Belief produces behavior. Behavior produces experience. Through soul perspective, or the Dynamics of the Soul as Neale defines this process, we get to act instead of react. We become more than the summary and processing of our past. We become conscious co-creators and we act consciously. Our personal reality moves from distorted through observed to actual.
Imagine truth. Apparent truth. Actual truth. Distorted Reality. Observed Reality. Ultimate Reality. Who do I choose to be? Is joy a priority for me? How important is it?
Because we are soul beings having a human experience, we need to use our minds and souls to become whole. If so we choose, we get to embrace and acknowledge our sacredness and humanness, our greatest treasures, our sweetest blessings, the communion that made “us” possible and probable. How delightfully beautiful we are!
May God know itself through and as us now. May we rejoice in this process.
I am here. I am alive. I am. What am I? I don’t know.
I don’t care. I simply know I am.
-Don Miguel Ruiz
During the 2011 Celebrate Your Life Conference that took place in Lombard, Illinois, between The 10th and the 13th of June, I had an opportunity to meet Don Miguel Ruiz and his son Don Jose Ruiz and to attend the two sessions they preceded.
The 5th Annual “Celebrate Your Life” conference, which featured the country’s top bestselling authors and speakers, was held in Lombard, Illinois from June 10 to June 13, 2011. Without a doubt, this event inspired, motivated and reminded its attendees to live a life filled with gratitude and purpose! Bestselling authors Marianne Williamson, Iyanla Vanzant, Doreen Virtue, Don Miguel Ruiz, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, Gregg Braden, Neale Donald Walsch, Gary Zukav and many more co-created a powerful, life-changing event. Attendees got a chance to meet their favorite authors in person, attended motivating and inspiring workshops, shopped from unique vendors, made friends from all over the world and took time for themselves!
Iyanla Vanzant, author of One Day My Soul Just Opened Up, In The Meantime: Finding Yourself And The Love You Want and Peace From Broken Pieces, one of the keynote speakers of the event, opened up her share with a beautiful song that sings “my life is not my own. I belong to you. I give myself away.” She asked us to hold hands and, while we were doing so, to remember that we were holding the hands of angels and angels were holding our hands. Powerful and profound introduction to her session!
Vanzant reminded us to “give stuff away, from a thought to matter.” Yet, to keep in mind that to give the gift of myself to the world “I need to make sure my cup is full. Then, give from the overflow. In order to heal, I needed to give away my stories, my dysfunction, my pain and limitations, my attachment to suffering,” Iyanla said.
The writer also supported her audience in remembering that all of us “have the right, the reason and the responsibility to use our voices.” God gave us our voices for a reason. When things simply don’t feel right, when abuse or injustice show up, we need to be the change we want to see around us. Sometimes, she said, “You are the teacher, even being a broken self. Speak up! And say it however it comes, fix it later.”
Sometimes -Iyanla reflected during her session- the most loving thing we can say under certain circumstances is NO. So, let us exercise our “NO” muscle!
She shared with us that she needed adult supervision to grow and heal. She needed to embrace her Higher Self, her own inner Divinity. “After all, if I cannot win an argument in my own mind, I’m lost. That’s why we need to identify our crazy, those aspects of ourselves originated by fear. And let our Higher Self be in charge, be the king and queen of our personal kingdom.”
She challenged us to ask ourselves what can we celebrate in the midst of whatever we are growing through? Look for the strawberry, for pure honey in the midst of the honeycomb.
“You got to tell your truth. The healing is in the share. Sharing with the intention to heal. Give yourself permission to be fabulous. And let God be God! I found the courage to surrender. I didn’t turn things around or heal myself. I gave myself away,” Vanzant shared.
Lastly, Iyanla reminded us that when it comes to dealing with people and their paths, we need to remember that their lives are not of our business. Whatever their souls choose is between God and them!” We cannot take their path and their healing opportunities away from them. We just need to remember that a Glorious God lives in everyone’s heart at all times and that nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.
Iyanla, thanks for everything! To you, Two Wings Up!!!
Think about this… We assumed with relative naturalness that coming from different geographic backgrounds and cultures we all developed different languages. Nevertheless, in the religious field, many have chosen to believe that their way of worshiping God is the right and only valid way for all humanity. Continue Reading