Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Reflections on The Shack

Our spiritual blog today will encourage a discussion about a remarkable and inspiring book.  Hope you will leave comments.

The Shack by Wm Paul Young, has sold more than 19 million copies, and now you can see the movie. Why is this story about a spiritual journey so appealing?

As some of you know, The Shack is a fictionalized account of a middle-aged man (Mack) who is filled with hurt, suffering, and trauma. He then has a mind-blowing encounter with unspeakable, horrifying evil. He finds a spiritual path to healing at the scene of a run-down shack in the wilderness of Oregon, where his young daughter, Missy was taken and murdered by a serial killer.

On another level, this book might be a metaphor about all the prior history of emotional pain, suffering, rejections, depressions, abuse, and failures many of us hold on to in our own private or internal shack. The author gives us a hopeful message: no matter what painful wounds that can scar our heart, we can heal through the power of Divine Revelation. Maybe that is the key and main attraction of this story for countless fans and readers all over the world.

I am curious to find out what helps you heal or overcome some of the traumatic experiences that this life apparently presents to all of us. For me, I agree with many of the spiritual ideas presented in The Shack. Let me review some of them briefly:

#1. Mack received a written invitation from God (called Papa in the book) to meet-up at the shack. I believe the Divine does talk to us, if we listen to the "small, still voice" within us. It's been said, however, that "many are called but few answer". What holds us back?

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Peace, Light, Joy, and Love:  Gary and Susan Eby, authors of Reflections: A Journey to God.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Reflections on Spiritual Life Coaching.

Our spiritual blog for today will discuss spiritual coaching. I believe there are many positive solutions to all of life's challenges. The question is how do we change our lives? 

Remember, you are completely free to reject any of these ideas. What's really important has to do with what you believe, with what lifts you up, and provides you with inspiration to have a better life today.

As a retired social worker with forty years of professional experience, I’ve learned a few ways to help others engage in positive life changes. I realize personal and social change is difficult. Too many of us avoid our problems or refuse to ask for help to resolve them.

It’s as if there is a battle going on inside of us between our positive side and negative side. For example, the positive voice within can calmly affirm, “You can make healthier choices; follow your bliss.” Then for some inexplicable and mysterious reason, negative self-talk takes over with, “You’re going to fail again; life sucks; you don’t need anybody’s help.”

Can you relate to this struggle? Frankly, I don't have all the answers. However, let me share with you some of the things I do when I’m feeling stuck or out of balance. I also understand that what works for me may not work for you. I do believe that in your mind and heart, there is a strong intuitive awareness of the power of making more positive choices. Whatever is going on, don’t give up. Feel free to reach out for help. You can even talk to me about it.

In some of my prior articles, I have mentioned the process of Stop and Think. Try it and see if it helps you:

1. Take several deep breaths. Let the air out slowly.
2. Say a positive thought over and over like, “I deserve to have a better life today.”
3. Hold to a positive image. Take a mental time out; picture going to the beach, an open field, a forest, an ocean, lake or stream. There are many places you can go to find a positive image.
4. After you feel yourself calmed, reach out and communicate with a positive person.

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Peace, Light, Joy, and Aloha today. Gary and Susan Eby.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Reflections on Emotional Recovery

Our spiritual blog entry today will share sweet music you might find relaxing, inspiring, and motivational.

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