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  • Spirituality in Daily Life
    troops and civilians on both sides of the conflict This fear has the potential to transform into compassion the wish that living beings are free from suffering and its causes That compassion is dynamic and invigorating and although tinged with the sadness of witnessing suffering it is optimistic that in the long run suffering and its causes can be removed However if we aren t careful other focused fear can morph into personal distress in which we become more focused on our own uncomfortable feelings when we see others suffering than on their misery Personal distress impedes the development of true compassion Another possible glitch with other focused fear is bias That is we have compassion for the well being of those that we view as victims of aggression but lack compassion for those we label perpetrators In fact we may even develop animosity towards the perpetrators in which case our way of thinking resembles theirs in some aspects we see things in terms of us and them blame others and wish them ill In other words we are compassionate to one side but hostile to the other This is not genuine compassion which goes beyond bias Helplessness and self centered fear are extremely uncomfortable emotions and we frequently resort to anger to divert ourselves from experiencing them At present our anger is likely to focus on government leaders whose actions seem ignorant and counterproductive to the welfare of our own and other countries Or we may be angry at the situation I don t have a bone to pick Why am I stuck in the middle of other people s conflicts Here it is helpful to remember that our own actions our karma caused us to be in this situation There s no one outside to blame If we hadn t created the karmic causes through our own harmful actions we wouldn t be in these circumstances Instead of rejecting the situation we must accept it and make the war and the threats to safety that go with it our Dharma practice We may wonder What did I do in the past that I find myself involuntarily dragged into this conflict now If we look closely we may find that in the past we have stirred up conflict by back biting gossip or spreading false stories We may have a little of Sadam and Bush inside ourselves Our spiteful speech which hurts others to the core is our weapon of mass destruction Our control issues in which we impose our way on those around us are our bombs and artillery attacks It s rather sobering to recognize this and even though it s not at the scale where it influences as many people still our jealousy and hatred and the actions motivated by them bring suffering There s work we can start doing now to clean up our own attitudes and behavior as part of our contribution to peace Some people fear and distrust Bush Cheney and Rumsfeld as

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  • Sonia Choquette
    The key is to recognize that learning this lesson all people presently create in one of two ways either consciously and alignment with Divine Law or unconsciously carried away by the chaos of the world and the results are vastly different surprisingly When we create on an unconscious level we do it through attention At this level our thoughts run rampant and wild and are easily manipulated by outside influences past negative patterns and world fears These energies capture and hold our awareness hostage and consequently like all endless vicious cycles we keep reproducing disappointment after disappointment as our creation Look at your life right now and see how it reflects your attention Along with it comes your unconscious creation I had a client named Lynn who focused her attention exclusively on being alone An only child and an orphan because both parents had died she was abandoned by both her husband and her boyfriend leaving her of course alone in the world Her attention was so mesmerized with her aloneness that she literally deflected or sabotaged any effort from others to connect with her in a more intimate way Though she desperately wanted to create intimacy and connection her attention was focused otherwise and wouldn t budge I ve known her ten years and in that time nothing has changed Until her attention shifts nothing will The second and much more powerful way to create is consciously through intention Intention reflects accurate awareness and understanding and acceptance on your part that thought creates and that you choose to use your thoughts in a way that serves you A set intention directs thought on an unwavering course It parts the Red Sea of opposition and begins to bend and shape the physical world in exactly the way you want it to go as if my magic what appears resistant gives way to cooperation and what may have felt like a struggle gives way to ease Always Reflect on areas where you ve set an intention and succeeded and see what I mean Simply notice the higher more intense vibration that intention holds over attention and the power it propels forward Intention owns and channels thought It dictates the course and commands control over all external forces The world submits to unwavering intention always It is the law Think of various ways in which you ve set intention in your own life and notice the creative outcomes they ve produced Recently my older daughter Sonia upon getting her first car invited her younger sister Sabrina out for an inaugural ride three blocks from our house she unexpectedly hit a pot hole in the road which bent her tire rim and gave her a flat tire Shocked and angry she had the car towed back to the dealership where she explained what had happened To her outraged they said tough luck and not our problem and dismissed her saying it would cost 350 to fix Intending justice she refused the verdict Unwavering

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  • Sonia Choquette
    of this chaos The key is to recognize that learning this lesson all people presently create in one of two ways either consciously and alignment with Divine Law or unconsciously carried away by the chaos of the world and the results are vastly different surprisingly When we create on an unconscious level we do it through attention At this level our thoughts run rampant and wild and are easily manipulated by outside influences past negative patterns and world fears These energies capture and hold our awareness hostage and consequently like all endless vicious cycles we keep reproducing disappointment after disappointment as our creation Look at your life right now and see how it reflects your attention Along with it comes your unconscious creation I had a client named Lynn who focused her attention exclusively on being alone An only child and an orphan because both parents had died she was abandoned by both her husband and her boyfriend leaving her of course alone in the world Her attention was so mesmerized with her aloneness that she literally deflected or sabotaged any effort from others to connect with her in a more intimate way Though she desperately wanted to create intimacy and connection her attention was focused otherwise and wouldn t budge I ve known her ten years and in that time nothing has changed Until her attention shifts nothing will The second and much more powerful way to create is consciously through intention Intention reflects accurate awareness and understanding and acceptance on your part that thought creates and that you choose to use your thoughts in a way that serves you A set intention directs thought on an unwavering course It parts the Red Sea of opposition and begins to bend and shape the physical world in exactly the way you want it to go as if my magic what appears resistant gives way to cooperation and what may have felt like a struggle gives way to ease Always Reflect on areas where you ve set an intention and succeeded and see what I mean Simply notice the higher more intense vibration that intention holds over attention and the power it propels forward Intention owns and channels thought It dictates the course and commands control over all external forces The world submits to unwavering intention always It is the law Think of various ways in which you ve set intention in your own life and notice the creative outcomes they ve produced Recently my older daughter Sonia upon getting her first car invited her younger sister Sabrina out for an inaugural ride three blocks from our house she unexpectedly hit a pot hole in the road which bent her tire rim and gave her a flat tire Shocked and angry she had the car towed back to the dealership where she explained what had happened To her outraged they said tough luck and not our problem and dismissed her saying it would cost 350 to fix Intending justice she refused

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  • Sonia Choquette
    recognize that learning this lesson all people presently create in one of two ways either consciously and alignment with Divine Law or unconsciously carried away by the chaos of the world and the results are vastly different surprisingly When we create on an unconscious level we do it through attention At this level our thoughts run rampant and wild and are easily manipulated by outside influences past negative patterns and world fears These energies capture and hold our awareness hostage and consequently like all endless vicious cycles we keep reproducing disappointment after disappointment as our creation Look at your life right now and see how it reflects your attention Along with it comes your unconscious creation I had a client named Lynn who focused her attention exclusively on being alone An only child and an orphan because both parents had died she was abandoned by both her husband and her boyfriend leaving her of course alone in the world Her attention was so mesmerized with her aloneness that she literally deflected or sabotaged any effort from others to connect with her in a more intimate way Though she desperately wanted to create intimacy and connection her attention was focused otherwise and wouldn t budge I ve known her ten years and in that time nothing has changed Until her attention shifts nothing will The second and much more powerful way to create is consciously through intention Intention reflects accurate awareness and understanding and acceptance on your part that thought creates and that you choose to use your thoughts in a way that serves you A set intention directs thought on an unwavering course It parts the Red Sea of opposition and begins to bend and shape the physical world in exactly the way you want it to go as if my magic what appears resistant gives way to cooperation and what may have felt like a struggle gives way to ease Always Reflect on areas where you ve set an intention and succeeded and see what I mean Simply notice the higher more intense vibration that intention holds over attention and the power it propels forward Intention owns and channels thought It dictates the course and commands control over all external forces The world submits to unwavering intention always It is the law Think of various ways in which you ve set intention in your own life and notice the creative outcomes they ve produced Recently my older daughter Sonia upon getting her first car invited her younger sister Sabrina out for an inaugural ride three blocks from our house she unexpectedly hit a pot hole in the road which bent her tire rim and gave her a flat tire Shocked and angry she had the car towed back to the dealership where she explained what had happened To her outraged they said tough luck and not our problem and dismissed her saying it would cost 350 to fix Intending justice she refused the verdict Unwavering she wrote the dealership

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  • Sonia Choquette
    can now channel is substantial The best kept secret around is In the beginning was the word That means that your own words are the bricks and mortar of the dreams you want to realize Your words are the greatest power you have The words you choose and use establish the life you experience The Divine Principle is that your word is law God created the Universe with words He said Let there be light Jesus worked miracles with words He said Say the word and you are healed Moses was given the word the Holy Commandments from God Words create everything because words are the embodiment of thought They respect all that you focus on all that you believe They paint your inner landscape and reveal your degree of commitment Words reflect your soul and express your enthusiasm Words move from fear or out of faith Words are the summary of your creativity in motion If your words like seeds are carelessly strewn about in endless directions then your words will be weak die off and never grow your dreams If however you carefully lovingly plant your words to express the full intention of your dream they will bloom into your desire right before your astonished eyes My mother taught me the power of words as a child She said that God gave us an incredible power to create through our words and if we put all of our energy behind our words without any doubt then what we said would come true I experimented with this idea as a teenager I remember watching TV one day during Christmas season and I saw one of the local stations doing a promotion Santa Claus was driving around Denver looking for anyone who put the words KWGN Merry Christmas Santa on a big sign in their window If your sign was spotted by the TV Santa then he would stop in and give you a giant color TV To a 13 year old in a family that didn t have much money the idea of winning a color TV sounded fantastic I decided to use my full energy and the power of my word to get that TV I wrote down KWGN Merry Christmas Santa Love Sonia on a big sign and said out loud with my full energy Santa come to my house now as I taped it to our window My brothers and sisters watched me amused Do you think you ll win my sister Noelle asked as I put on the tape Mark my words I said This TV is mine Santa will come That was on Thursday night Friday after school I came home to find my mother very excited You ll never guess what happened today she said What What I cried At 7 45 two minutes after you left for school when I was still in my nightgown with no makeup on the doorbell rang When I opened the door a TV camera was in

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  • Sonia Choquette
    We ve all had these spontaneous heart based connections such as when we encounter someone we instantly like or feel as though we ve known in the past In fact such rapport is often the gateway to love relationships Do you remember the excitement you felt when you first met your beloved How you actually thought of the same things at the same time and didn t even need to speak When this occurs you are definitely connecting on a heart level Because of its attractive and magnetic qualitites an open and balanced heart center creates synchronicities that seem to fill your every need The Universe is a hologram aware of all of its parts at all times and when we move into our heart chakra we shift into this holographic vibration This allows the way for the Universe to fill any void that we may be experiencing in our life giving us exactly what we need bringing us our heart s desire The heart chakra awakens a profound realization of our place in the larger scheme of things it also governs harmony balance and global perspective As the heart opens we begin to comprehend that even though we have physical bodies we are in fact spiritual beings connected to everyone around us by the breath we all share We begin to understand that life is a classroom in which we are all here to learn Ultimately nobody fails the curriculum which is to learn to love unconditionally When the heart is balanced we come to recognize that we are not defective creatures unworthy of love but rather precious children of the Universe We begin to love ourselves in a deeply compassionate and unconditional way which opens the door for us to extend such love outward Because the heart rules balance it is also important to realize that it can only remain open and flowing if we are willing to receive the good we give out In order to be balanced love must flow both ways One of my favorite Chinese sayings is Until you are willing to receive what you give and willing to give what you receive you do not understand love This is what the heart center is about learning to balance the act of giving and receiving love without restriction or ulterior motives The balanced heart awakens our capacity to accept love from others It ushers in relief because nothing heals more profoundly than to feel lovable and to be loved in spite of our weaknesses In fact many metaphysicians myself included believe that the root of all emotional and even physical illness originates with the feeling of a loss of love and more specifically a belief that we are undeserving of love When the heart is balanced and love flows emotional wounds begin to heal We also begin to break free of the negative patterns of behavior that keep us feeling defensive and judgmental isolated and alone unable to reach out or ask for or accept help Love as opposed to sensuality or sexuality is a quiet and contemplative energy This energy originating in our spiritual heart flows through our physical heart and radiates outward It is the most compelling energy there is both to the sender and the recipients It is an uplifting calming reassuring vibration that eases even those who have been most traumatized Remember the last time you were in love Remember the exhilarating and deeply nurturing feeling it brought to you When the heart is operating at its best every day feels like being in love A Heart Based Person When your heart is balanced you accept yourself and others without judgment You look for the beauty and divine spirit in everyone and overlook their weaknesses You are kind and forgiving slow to find fault and quick to pardon An open heart is tolerant and optimistic resourceful and humorous Your intentions are kind and your generosity is genuine A person with a balanced heart is very healing and comforting to be around because you feel safe and make those around you feel accepted and appreciated without condition Your perspective is always oriented toward solution rather than problem and your expectations for positive outcomes are very high You will tend to attract the good things in life to you and may be perceived by others as lucky or blessed It s not hard to identify people with a balanced heart They are easygoing accepting graceful and soothing to be around They have a charismatic quality about them drawing others as though they are being pulled toward a warm and healing fire A person with a balanced heart seems to bring oxygen into a room Everyone around such a person seem to be able to breathe more deeply and easily A balanced heart stirs up happiness and laughter and a sense of safety When you encounter such a loving presence you feel more loving and lovable yourself You can particularly feel this in the chest area as your anxiety fades constrictions ease up and positive energy fills your body Love is the Small Things As we awaken to love we sometimes feel we must now perform extraordinary acts to prove to others and ourselves that we are indeed loving Unfortunately even the best intentions can go awry because mundane life doesn t always appreciate them Besides needing to be extraordinary in any way is still your ego talking and not your heart It is much more useful to forget about extraordinary gestures of love and simply love extraordinarily in the daily gestures of life When serving breakfast to your kids for example be a little more patient and smile instead of tossing their cereal in front of them with a sharp Hurry up or you ll be late When you open the morning paper ask your spouse What section would you like to read first this morning and then hand it over In other words every ordinary moment throughout the day affords you

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  • Sonia Choquette
    care helper guides who make the practical day to day matters you face run smoother nature spirits and elementals who connect you with the earth animal spirits to guide your journey even joy guides to keep your own spirits high and make you laugh when life becomes overwhelming and painful There are also angels saints divas masters and of course the Alpha and Omega of all guides our Loving Creator God So you see the spirit world is as populated as ours myriad different guides working on different frequencies all the time to help and assist us This shows how wonderfully loving and generous God is toward us No matter what we face or what we desire we have a huge divine support system in place to help us face all of our challenges and realize all of our dreams All we must do is ask for their help If we remember we are spiritual beings we have a high vibration so we are not too distant from the spiritual frequencies of those in the non physical plane thus making connection with our spirit guides easy But if we forget or don t know we are spiritual beings and identify with our egos instead we consequently have a lower vibration and are more distanced on the frequency range from the spirit world so making the connection to our guides is a bigger stretch It is no different than the difficulty of having an am radio receiver wanting to tune into an fm broadcast You can t In order to receive the broadcast you seek you must have the right receiver In the case of receiving guidance that receiver is your conscious awareness of and attention to your spirit The good news is that no matter what your present vibrational frequency or consciousness if you want to connect with your guides and benefit from their support you can To do so simply become aware of and connect with your own spirit The simplest way to do this is to recognize what makes you come alive By this I mean what experiences activities energies excite you inspire you give you strength fortify and nourish you at your core leave you feeling satisfied in love with life and comfortable in your own skin These are the things and ways that connect you with your spirit and lead you to your authentic self The close you are to your authentic self the closer you are to your guides as they vibrate on the same frequency If you re disconnected from or insensitive to your spirit chances are very high you will also be disconnected from any assistance from your guides as well The more you pay attention to and pursue what you love the more you will sense your guides helping you succeed They will do everything possible to make your life easier happier and more satisfying if you ask them In respecting your free will they cannot interfere with your life make your

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  • Sonia Choquette
    in wonder that I didn t know her You re kidding I answered I ve never seen her before Yes you have Patrick insisted You ve seen her hundreds of times You ve just never paid attention to her before Boy did I ever feel like a fool Patrick was right My awareness had truly shriveled up in the past few years Ever since Sabrina was born my life had speeded up so much that it became a blur I spent my days trying to manage so much the two girls both in diapers rehabbing our two flat building with Patrick while he worked two jobs keeping up on my one on one work with clients and giving workshops All of this was crammed into a very short 24 hour day and I was so overwhelmed with so much activity that there were days when I couldn t even remember what I had done let alone was conscious of anything And now staring at a neighbor as if she were a complete stranger I realized that in my effort to do it all I had spiraled right out of my own body and off the planet Earth I was so otherly focused that I had lost the ability to see the nose in front of my face Though Patrick and I laughed about it at the moment that experience was a real wake up call for me Where was I Where had I been Where was my awareness lately I asked myself As I reflected on the previous year I could hardly bring any of it into focus Nothing stood out As I watched my girls carefully scrutinizing the ants on the sidewalk I realized that in all my hurried doings I hadn t really been present in my life Not to them Not to anything I watched my daughters gleefully examining a fallen leaf First Sonia eyeballed it very closely and then she handed it to Sabrina who promptly popped it into her mouth It felt good to be back in the moment leaving my mental rat race behind I took in a long deep breath savoring the air as it filled my lungs and energized me As I exhaled and sat in that quiet moment before the next breath my awareness exploded into a symphony of acute sensuality I began to notice things I hadn t noticed before Colors became brighter Sounds became more crisp My children were no longer mental extensions of me but returned to being the unique and precious beings that they were It was as if someone had just tuned my mental TV channel from fuzzy black and white to sharp brilliant color Slowly luxuriously even I took another breath Sonia tottered toward me screaming Mommy a ladybug Sabrina spit out her leaf and followed her sister Sonia held up her baby hand to me and right in the middle of it was a bright orange red ladybug with black dots The minute I

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