Hi, this is Dorothy. Please come with me on a journey, a brief imaginary journey. For the next few minutes just suspend everything you know to be your reality. Relax. Release any heaviness you might be feeling. This is happening in your imagination, so let it take you to your favourite tranquil place. Is it sitting at the ocean watching the waves? Or is it in your garden? Can you hear the birds? Is there an eagle soaring overhead? Your imagination has no limits.
During this time out of time for you, an idea comes into your mind, and you know it is a very special message, one that you are ready to hear. With crystal clear clarity, you hear the words, "Trust the journey, everything in your life is exactly as it needs to be".
Now, returning to your physical reality, you realize you have been given an amazing gift, the assurance that you can choose the quality and direction of your journey. You feel stronger, more alive and confident, and ready to begin a new chapter in your life.
Recently on Facebook I shared that I was inspired by a series of books written by Richard Paul Evans: The Walk, Miles to Go, Road to Grace. Subsequent to life-changing events the stories are about one man's search for hope as he walks across the country. He meets amazing people, experiences great challenges and reaches new insights. With hindsight, he realizes each episode was a gift. I saw a similarity with my own life, where each challenge brought an ultimate gift - at times a change in direction, a new person in my life, greater insight. The common denominator was the journey. Would you say the same about your life?
A few nights ago I watched a favourite movie: The Princess Diaries, and was reminded of the letter to Mia from her father: "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear." That statement, I subsequently learned, is attributed to Ambrose Redmoon. Mia's father finished his letter with: "The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all. From now on you will be travelling the road between who you think you are and who you can be. The key is to allow yourself to make the journey."
Perhaps you agree with me, that the key question is whether we will trust and allow ourselves to make the journey. You might like to review my February audio, Waiting at the Station, (will we get on the train or fearful that it might not be the 'right' one)! We do know that even a one-degree shift in our thinking can cause a massive change over time, for a small change does lead to greater results. Let me close with another definition of 'trust' recently shared by a ministerial friend in Baltimore, who writes an inspirational Friday message (www.cslbaltimore.org) "Totally rely upon Spirit's timing".
I wish you a very special Canada Day, or Independence Day if you are in the United States. Thank you for our time together. If I can support you on your journey, or if you are embarking on a new one, I would love to hear from you.
Until next time... This is Dorothy... Namasté.
Rev. Dorothy Blandford, Ph.D
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Surrey, BC, V4A 6E1, Canada