Stay safe; Shelter at home
Wash your hands often; kill the virus
Keep your distance; Don’t touch
Wear a mask; Don’t breathe on each other

O Yahweh, Most Immutable Source of Creation and Love, You remind us that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Thank you for causing this pandemic to heal us…to uncover the scabs of deeper wounds…the fettering, purulent diseases of racial and social injustice around the world created to divide and destroy us for the benefit of the greedy and spiritually corrupt.

The pandemic tells us to…
Stay home to stay safe:  YOU tell us that WE are the TEMPLE of Your Holy Spirit.  This is the HOME to which we scramble for safety…to come into Your presence…to be still and Know that YOU are God.

The pandemic tells us to…
Wash your hands often; kill the virus:  YOU tell us to WASH our HEARTS; let our tears for ourselves and each other become the water with which we wash our hearts that we might turn from our anger and division and return our hearts to YOU.  Forgive us and wash away our sin…kill the virus of privilege and superiority.

The pandemic tells us to…
Keep your distance; Don’t touch:  YOU tell us to return to you and remember that we are YOUR creation…we are ONE creation; there is no separation between us.  Cause us to touch each other’s hearts, embrace deeply each other’s spirits, and connect our minds and lives in unity, respect and love.

The pandemic tells us to…
Wear a mask; Don’t breathe on each other.  Racism just says “DON’T BREATHE”!!!:  YOU tell us to breathe deeply of Your Holy Spirit.  Let your Holy Spirit, Most Precious Mystery, breathe in and through us to restore, refresh, renew and revive us.  Enable us to breathe on each other with Your Holy Breath; to once again breathe easy with a SHARED breath that co-creates with You a new life.

You, our Most Adored Lord, work all things to our good for your own purpose.  Thank you for healing us through this calamity and bringing us into unity…in complete and right relationship with You and each other!  Amen


O Lord, Most Gracious and Loving Father God,

We love you, Most Adorable, Beneficent and Gracious Creator, with a love that only you can establish in our hearts. Inflame that Divine Love in us by your Holy Spirit that it might burn away our past and enliven us to a newness of life in heart and mind and action.  

We are deeply sorry for the multitude of ways we and all our ancestors back to the beginning of time
Have offended You and all your heavenly ancestors, angels and saints back to the beginning of time.

Please forgive us. 
We trust your promise that if we turn back to You, O Lord, repenting of our going astray, You would forgive us and restore our souls. 

We are grateful and thank you that you TRANSMUTE:

Our darkness to inextinguishable light;

Our fears into truth, boldness and courage;

Our anger into all-encompassing compassion;

Our death and disease to joyous life.

Our lack to overflowing blessings and spiritual prosperity;

Our consternation created by division to true equanimity–our ONENESS in You;

Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer.  There is no greater Love than you, no greater Mercy, Justice, Peace, Grace or Power to protect and provide.  There is no other God than You.  And we are ever grateful and love that we are your children.



“Father, why have you forsaken me!”

Crux, Cross, Crucifixion, Good FridayI love the season of Lent.  Over the years I have used the meditative call of Lent to not only reflect on my life, but to listen and learn to refresh and renew my mind.  I have been on my faith-practice journey for 30 years.   Like many “churched” people, I have been exposed to God’s Truth through scripture and Bible stories since I was a child, but began my “Desert Journey” as an adult.  You know…the “Desert Journey”…wandering around in the Word of God thinking that I know where I’m going and finding myself tripping over the same rocks!  It’s been 30 years…hopefully, it won’t take another 10 years before I come to the Promised Land of Understanding and Application of God’s Word!!

Every Lent I give up complaining.  My friends and family list the pastries and pies, booze and food that will make them feel most pious during Lent.  I prefer to give up bad habits like COMPLAINING and, in it’s place, take up being vociferously GRATEFUL.  Funny thing, though…back to the “Desert Journey”…I have COMPLAINING to give up every year!!  I would hope that somehow, without my noticing, I am gradually making being grateful more of a constant habit!  Of course, I beat myself up come the following Lent that I’ve fallen short of my spiritual goal.  Lent has a way of doing that when we become self-reflective.

I have seen more warts this Lenten season than in past years.  It’s been a tough couple of years with my younger son going to prison, and struggling with recurring, heartbreaking conflict in my marriage!  This concurrently happening along with many amazing graces and opportunities in the same time period.  It was hard to see them through my tears, unfortunately.  I truly have struggled with feeling like a failure and a fool.

“And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”
Mark 3:25 New American Bible (Revised Edition)

crux cropThen I’m stuck!  I AM the HOUSE…Scripture says I’m the Temple of God’s Holy Spirit!  I’m divided against MYSELF…FEAR or TRUST!

How could God allow this to happen to me when I have been faithful to HIM?   I recognize and, when I’m not complaining, appreciate the blessings, but He doesn’t seem to be keeping His promise to me about my children OR my marriage!  The more I pray, the worse it seems to get.

MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME??? How many times have I cried that into my pillow or screamed in the thin air? I know the scriptures that admonish me not to fear, yet here I am in excruciating fear!

But…Lent tells me there is another perspective.  Lent reminds me that “fear is useless, what is needed is TRUST” (Mark 5:36).  And that “The sin of the world is DOUBT.”  But, more importantly, Lent reminds me that Jesus felt the CRUX the SAME WAY I am feeling!!

THE CRUX… (per dictionary.com)
noun, plural crux·es, cru·ces [kroo-seez] /ˈkru siz/.
a vital, basic, decisive, or pivotal point:
1. something that torments by its puzzling nature; a perplexing difficulty.
2. a CROSS.


CrucifixAt three o’clock Jesus cried out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
(New International Version)

I am so GLAD that Jesus spoke MY WORDS!!!! That He cried out MY DOUBT and MY pain!!!  That DOUBT is MY SIN…the SIN of the World!!  Feeling that God has turned His back on us!  Sin is doubting God’s consummate and perfect Love; doubting that He will keep His promises to love us, provide for us, defend us, protect us, take care of us, heal us; doubting that His Grace is sufficient…on and on!   Oh Father God, Do you really LOVE me???

Then Jesus spoke the Words that broke the spell of doubt!
“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.
Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom;… ”
(Matthew 27:45-53)

IN SPITE OF HIS DOUBT, Jesus chose to TRUST GOD, BELIEVE GOD and entrust his spirit to Our Father!  He acknowledged his doubt and pain, yet chose to surrender to TRUSTING GOD.  With this submission to faith, DOUBT…the “veil of separation”…was torn asunder!!  With that act of faith…his ensuing death and powerful resurrection…proving that God’s plan is greater than our fear…He rendered my doubt and fear null and void!!!  Because now, in spite of my doubts, I, too, can choose to believe God and remember that through it all God loves me, He is a keeper of His promises and truly is able to take care of me and all those I love.  I can CHOOSE to TRUST GOD!  And for THAT, I am forever GRATEFUL!!!

Resurrection3Now…I can at any time, with Jesus, arise from the darkness of death…doubt and fear…into God’s brilliant, restoring Light.  Again I can see God’s amazing LOVE at work renewing ME…my SPIRITUAL HOUSE…to new life!



“…MAGNIFY the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”    
Psalm 34:3  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

You wonder why you have a HEADACHE…after all, you just got up from a good night’s sleep!!  You made the usual potty run, had the first-light’s java and routinely turned on the TV!!  YOW…the TV!!!  THAT’S the source of the headache…the morning news!!!

You can’t wrap your head around all the insanity and it’s making not only your head hurt, it’s making your HEART, your BACK, and you KNEES hurt, too!!!  Your HEART breaks with sadness and grief.  Your BACK aches with the weight of foolishness and ignorance.  And your KNEES ache because you’ve constantly on them asking for HELP!! It’s as if we are looking at our lives through a MAGNIFYING GLASS and the problems of this world are overwhelming!!!

But, there is RELIEF!  All the craziness diminishes in significance when we MAGNIFY  GOD, and THE NAME OF GOD!  The truth that sets us free from anxiety is that God IS FAR GREATER than all the insanity in the world.

Don’t just pray for help…EXALT GOD ABOVE your problems!!!
“…MAGNIFY the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”    

We remind ourselves of Your Greatness and Your LOVE!
YOURS, O Great Supreme One, Creator of the Universe, is the POWER AND THE GLORY!!!
YOU are All Wisdom, the Creator of All Power, the Sustainer of all Life, The Great Protector.  Greater are YOU than our and the world’s problems and anxieties!!!
GREATER are YOU in us, in me, than he who is in the world!!
And…Greater are WE-in-YOU, Father God…THAT’S what makes us overcomers!!!


You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.
1 John 4:4 – NIV

If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.
1 John 3:20 – NIV   

Are you tired of the drama and trauma???  Got enough of the “Shock and Awe”???

The goal of FEAR and anxiety is to DIS-MEMBER us…the old “divide and conquer”!
You know the expressions:  lose your head, feel blown away, broken hearted, falling apart, cracked up…nervous breakdown, broken families and fractured friendships, etc., etc., etc.!  It’s exhausting!!!

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER…we are ALL AMERICANS…we’re still here and we’re STRONG!  True…OUR VOICES AND OUR VOTES MATTER.  BUT above all…as we not only believe IN God, but BELIEVE and TRUST GOD…OUR FAITH MAKES A DIFFERENCE!    My faith orientation is Christian, but I believe and honor all faith traditions that teach us that we are ONE with God and all creation.  As you read this and reflect on your own faith tradition, I invite you to join me in RE-MEMBERING!

It’s time to remember God is the creator of all things seen and unseen!  We may call God by many names…Jehovah, Yahweh, Allah, Abba, Father/Mother God, God Within, Creative Power, the Source…but only God is God!
“Then Ezra prayed, “You alone are God. You have made the skies and the heavens, the earth and the seas, and everything in them. You preserve it all; and all the angels of heaven worship you.”
Nehemiah 9:6

It’s time to remember that ONENESS is our ultimate heritage…to be reconnected by God’s Spirit to the “Whole-liness” that is our Spiritual birthright.  To come through all Spiritual traditions that teach and reflect the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS that leads us into UNITY with God and each other.
“But this is the new agreement I will make with the (people who believe that “GOD IS REAL”), says the Lord: I will write my laws in their minds so that they will know what I want them to do without my even telling them, and these laws will be in their hearts so that they will want to obey them, and I will be their God and they shall be my people”.
Hebrews 8:10   Living Bible

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER… Our enemies are NOT of flesh and blood.
It’s time to remember that those “powers and principalities” thrive on FEAR and LIES!  People that embody those dis-membering “powers to divide” with the “principal intention to conquer” are seriously misled.  They need our HELP!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 6:12  Living Bible

It’s time to remember we are the temple of God’s Holy Spirit…God’s Spirit is in us! We CAN overcome by waking them up…PRAY THE HELL OUT OF THEM!  And we don’t need anger…ANGER is NOT our defender!!! PEACEFUL, GOD-CENTERED MINDFULNESS is our strength!  Prayer, Determination, Respect, UNITY and our favorite word when we were 2-years old…”NO“!!! “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
1 John 4:4  New International Version

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER…to get “a-HEAD” above the insanity and the noise…to RE-NEW our FAITH to overcome fear.
It’s time to recognize that insanity is not JUST doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result, but the insanity is NOT KNOWING WHAT TO BELIEVE which results in our doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”
Proverbs 3:5-12  The Message

And the promise from the Psalms of David … “Blessed is the one who puts their trust in God…they are settled in their minds that God is able to take care of them, and that’s why they are not afraid nor do they live in dread of what may happen.”

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER …to come to our SENSES!
It’s time to remember to CHOOSE…require that ONLY GOD’S WILL MATTER…to call God’s Will INTO FORM IN THE REALM OF OUR 5 SENSES! (Even Quantum physicists know this!) “Do not be afraid of them [or their hostile faces], For I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the Lord.  “They will fight against you, but they will not [ultimately] prevail over you, for I am with you [always] to protect you and deliver you,” says the Lord.
Jeremiah 1:8-9  Amplified Bible 

IT’S TIME TO RE-MEMBER…to come together in FAITH and LOVE!
It’s time to remember that FEAR IS USELESS, WHAT IS NEEDED IS TRUST…TRUST GOD!! Seek, knock, ask to be a part of the SOLUTION and trust God to lead us to reflect His Love into the world.
“Overhearing but ignoring what they said, Jesus said…Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear; only keep on believing.”
Mark 5:36  Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

It’s time to remember  SPIRITUAL TRUTH… that we are not just flesh and blood, but Spirit!  We live and are being transformed by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think. Then you will learn from your own experience how (God’s) ways will really satisfy you.”
Romans 12:2  The Living Bible

It’s time to remember we are one people, one nation, one Earth. We all desire the same thing…to be respected, to have purpose, to prosper and provide for our loved ones in a safe, just and nourishing environment.  It’s time to remember, to be reconnected to and unified by THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENTS OF CHRIST…
Jesus replied,Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.’
Matthew 22:36-39  The Living Bible

IT’S TIME!!!  REMEMBER…We’ve read the end of the Book…LOVE WINS!!


The Sufi meditation practice of Dhikr is REMEMBRANCE of the NAMES OF GOD. 


         “In practice it is the recitation of Holy verses and Divine Names of God.  Angels are always in the state of remembrance of God.  Saints and holy people strive to remember God with every breath.  The more a person remembers God in every moment, the more they will find peace and satisfaction in their hears.  Remembrance uplifts the Spirit and Soul. The Prophet(s) said, ‘Allah has angles roaming the earth to find people who are in Remembrance of God.  When they find a circle of such people, they call each other and encompass them in layers up to the heaven.”

         In the practice of Remembrance of the Names of God, “as each of the 99 names of God, or Divine Qualities, is prayed or ecstatically chanted, these qualities are planted deeper within the heart until the heart begins to recognize them and resonate at their frequency.”

(source: starsonadarknight.com – “Sufi Stories, The People Who Remember”)


In our Christian tradition, we have many names of God which will be the same as or similar to the ones listed below.  As I meditate on each of these 99 names, I allow the name to bring other familiar name(s) and scriptures back to my remembrance…to get back in touch with, mediate on and embrace the deeper meaning and feelings they bring…and allow those feelings to settle deep in my core. This anchors me to my Spiritual Center and renews my mind…it restores my soul and raises my Spirit and thinking to Christ Consciousness.


For instance, the practice starts with “Allah – the Greatest Name”…that reminds me how Jesus called Yahweh “Abba”…”Daddy”. How incredibly powerful and deeply calming that Name is…to know that God is my Daddy, my Mother/Father God…that His authority, His unfathomable love for and protection of me is present NOW…constant and unchanging.  It reminds me that I BELONG to God!! That “if God is for me, who can be against me!”  And…God protects me as He would the pupil of His eye. (from Psalm 17:8);  also, The Lord is my Light and my Salvation—whom shall I fear or dread? The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?  (Psalm 27). 


Join me in this restorative, healing meditation…and share it!  We can begin a Circle of Remembrance. 


The 99 Beautiful Names of God:  


Allah (Abba) – The Greatest Name


1.   The All-Merciful

2.   The All-Beneficent

3.   The Absolute Ruler

4.   The Pure One

5.   The Source of Peace

6.   The Inspirer of Faith

7.   The Guardian

8.   The Victorious

9.   The Compeller

10.The Greatest

11.The Creator

12.The Maker of Order

13.The Shaper of Beauty

14.The Forgiving

15.   The Subduer

16.   The Giver of All

17.   The Sustainer

18.   The Opener

19.   The Knower of All

20.   The Constrictor

21.   The Reliever

22.   The Abaser

23.   The Exalter

24.   The Bestower of Honors

25.   The Humiliator

26.   The Hearer of All

27.   The Seer of All

28.   The Judge

29.   The Just

30.   The Subtle One

31.   The All-Aware

32.   The Forbearing

33.   The Magnificent

34.   The Forgiver and Hider of Faults

35.   The Rewarder of Thankfulness

36.   The Highest

37.   The Greatest

38.   The Preserver

39.   The Nourisher

40.   The Accounter

41.   The Mighty

42.   The Generous

43.   The Watchful One

44.   The Responder to Prayer

45.   The All-Comprehending

46.   The Perfectly Wise

47.   The Loving One

48.   The Majestic One

49.   The Resurrector

50.   The Witness

51.   The Truth

52.   The Trustee

53.   The Possessor of All Strength

54.   The Forceful One

55.   The Governor

56.   The Praised One

57.   The Appraiser

58.   The Originator

59.   The Restorer

60.   The Giver of Life

61.   The Taker of Life

62.   The Ever Living One

63.   The Self-Existing One

64.   The Finder

65.   The Glorious

66.   The Only One

67.   The One

68.   The Satisfier of All Needs

69.   The All Powerful

70.   The Creator of All Power

71.   The Expediter

72.   The Delayer

73.   The First

74.   The Last

75.   The Manifest One

76.   The Hidden One

77.   The Protecting Friend

78.   The Supreme One

79.   The Doer of Good

80.   The Guide to Repentance

81.   The Avenger

82.   The Forgiver

83.   The Clement

84.   The Owner of All

85.   The Lord of Majesty and Bounty

86.   The Equitable One

87.   The Gatherer

88.   The Rich One

89.   The Enricher

90.   The Preventer of Harm

91.   The Creator of the Harmful

92.   The Creator of Good

93.   The Light

94.   The Guide

95.   The Originator

96.   The Everlasting One

97.   The Inheritor of All

98.   The Righteous Teacher

99.The Patient One

          God is LOVE!


I was feeling really sorry that I had lost a special silver bracelet that was a gift from a dear friend.  My husband and I had been feverishly shopping over a couple of day, running from store to store, getting our home put back together after water damage.  As we were trekking goods into the house, I noticed that my beautiful bracelet was GONE!!!  I started retracing our steps and making phone calls to stores and restaurants where we had spent time that day.  To no avail!!! 

But, I didn’t despair.  I had had other occasions where I had lost items…even a diamond from my ring…and God found them for me!  The time I lost the diamond, I told God that if I found it I would give it to my father to put in a ring for my mother for their 50th wedding anniversary.  I was working for a pharmaceutical company and received a call from my manager requesting that I make the two hour drive to the main office for an early meeting.  I had $14 in my pocket and a dirty company car!!  When I dropped my kids off to my parents to babysit, my mother asked if I had any money for milk.  The Lord told me to give her my only $14 and that He’d return it to me 10 times over.  So I did.  I went to get my car washed with the coin change in my purse…fortunately, my tank was full.  As I was vacuuming the crevices of the back seat, I found my diamond!!!!  What a surprise!!! 

My manager had asked me to attend a meeting not to, as I thought, discuss company product, but to offer me a PROMOTION with two raises…$140 more per week was first one!!!   GOD KEPT HIS PROMISE!!!  As I promised God, I gave it to diamond to my father for a beautiful anniversary ring for my mother. 

I even lost a silver feather from a precious pair of Native American silver earrings…not once, but THREE times…and God made them miraculously appear…one time in the dark of night…I stepped on it!  So many times He has done this just to teach me that NOTHING IS LOST WITH GOD…not things or people or bad times.

So I didn’t despair when I lost my bracelet.  I just let it go believing that if God desired, He would make it show up.  Sitting here at my computer today I happened to glance up to take in the beautiful day and the glorious colors of the flowers in my garden.  There…hanging from one of the branches of a flowering bush outside my window…was my SILVER BRACELET!!!   I JUST LOVE GOD’S SENSE OF HUMOR…BUT I LOVE HIS FAITHFULNESS EVEN MORE!!

As I ponder the confusion and mistrust all around me…and within me…during this trying times, these experiences remind me that God sees all, knows all and is always able to restore to us that which we feel we’ve lost.  I can be still and trust that God is able to take care of me…that is why I’m not afraid or live in dread of what may happen. 

Angel archer 1COSMIC RETROGRADE – Keep Your FOCUS!!
by Princella E. Graham, the Kindred Coach | Edit 12/06/2016

What is retrograde motion?
“Retrograde motion is motion in the direction opposite to the movement of something else and the contrary of direct or prograde motion.” Wikipedia

“Sometimes the planets appear to change direction in the sky. This retrograde motion is entirely an illusion caused by the Earth passing the slower moving outer planets.”
Christopher Crockett in Space | November 25, 2012

It’s 2016 and the political landscape in the US since 2008 is as tense as the pre-civil war era.  For the last 8 years, factions are taking impenetrable stances and shutting down lines of communication that seek to find a middle ground.  On the political scene, the loud voices screaming “Take our country BACK!” sharply contrast with the voices that urge us to “Move our country FORWARD!”  Those dialogues are not unusual…it’s the VITRIOL that is increasing the fodder of  HATEFUL TENSION that becomes the flame that will “burn down Rome”!!    More importantly, this tension is growing not only in the US but around the world and is only a projection of a more global cosmic reality…our earth civilization is in RETROGRADE.

But, this cosmic retrograde is an ILLUSION.  Consider the wheels on a speeding car…they appear to be moving in the opposite direction of the automobile.  Moving FORWARD is the authentic direction of our earth civilization. The book of Revelations tells us that in the last days, God will “Raise us up.”  Could that mean a literal “raising up” of our collective SPIRITUAL CONSCIOUSNESS?  Conforming us to the image of Christ!!  The “raising up to Christ Consciousness” IS  the QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD for mankind!

A global epochal change is in process.  As we approach the precipice of this universal quantum leap forward, opposing  forces are arising to try to pull us backwards and the “drag” is creating tremendous tension.

But this TENSION is MANDATORY…it’s required as propulsion for the leap forward!!  Consider that you are a seasoned, expert archer.  You grasp the grip of your bow with a steady hand, position your arrow on the rest of the arrow shelf guiding it stealthily into its rest, and locate your target with a sure eye through your bow-sight.  As your other hand pulls back on the bowstring with a strong, gradual drag, you begin to feel the tension build in the bow cable.  The more your PULL BACK, the GREATER THE TENSION…the greater the tension, the more power and force is transferred to the arrow.

Recognizing that the incredible tension of the backward pull is a critical part of the process, an expert archer will be aware of the controversial pressure, but sharpen the FOCUS ON THE TARGET, holding the bow with increasingly greater INTENTION in preparation for the arrow’s release.  This intentional focus ensures that the arrow moves forward to penetrate the bulls-eye incorporating the massive force and speed transferred to it by the creative tension of the backward drag.

We are COSMIC SPIRITUAL ARCHERS.  As Spiritual Archers we must be constantly aware of what we’re focusing on…either the DRAG or the TARGET.  Our success depends on our ability to keep our eye on the target!! If we focus ONLY on the PULLING BACK…take our eyes off the target to concentrate only on the pulling back of the bow cable because it’s causing incredible tension and pain, we won’t even come close to hitting the target when the tension peaks to the point of release.

In spite of the pain, focus on the TARGET…GOD’S DIVINE LOVE… the manifestation of OUR ONENESS WITH GOD!   Holy scripture describes “sin” as “doubt”…”missing the target”.  If we don’t AWAKEN soon, it will really be a SIN!!  “Missing the target” may mean the end of life as we know it.  We must awaken and remember  that our enemies are not of flesh and blood, but of spiritual powers and principalities. We must awaken to the reality of Scriptures that remind us  that there is but ONE GOD, and constantly meditate on sacred writings that confirm WHO we are as children of GOD…Spirit-inspired writings that remind us of the power of our Oneness and God’s Divine Love.   We must be awake and on the ready for this global QUANTUM LEAP FORWARD into the Age of CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS.  This is not just a Christian reality, it is a wakeup call for ALL faith communities who believe in the ONE GOD!

James Alan Conlon* , Director of the Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names College in Oakland, California,  speaks poetically of this as “the time of the Sacred FEMININE…the empowerment  and embodiment of Love…an age powered by compassion, nurturing, unity…a shared awakening and awareness of our oneness.”  He notes that the Sacred Feminine has nothing to do with our concept of “female domination” versus “male domination”.  Instead, “The sacred feminine is the divine principle of love in existence..”

This “Divine principle of love in existence” is the TRUE TARGET…THE REALIZATION OF GOD’S POWER AND DIVINE LOVE…THE UNFOLDING AND ACTUALIZATION of the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS…the awakening to our ONENESS!  As James Conlon notes, “…Together as one, the true sacredness of God is realised that is above all the dichotomies the mind has to offer.  When we are truly connected in this way, we are no longer a competing pack exploiting one another and the natural wonder of life.”

THIS…God’s Divine Love and our Spiritual ONENESS… is the FOCUS to which we are called in spite of the pain caused by the increasingly excruciating tension of the forces appearing to pull us backwards…the RETROGRADE.  Let’s stay focused…keep our eyes on the true target…and move forward.

God deserves our gratitude for our AWAKENING.  God deserves OUR REFLECTION of His SACRED LOVE into the world!!!

*(James Conlon is the Director of the Sophia Center in Culture and Spirituality at Holy Names College in Oakland, California. He is the author of Ponderings from the Precipice and Earth Story, Sacred Story. In this dramatic and exciting paperback, Conlon sets out to describe the lineaments of a spirituality that is evolutionary, holistic, and mystical. [http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/books/reviews/view/2356]    Holy Names University is a private, coeducational university located in Oakland, California. It is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church and is administered by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary.  Wikipedia )

COSMIC RETROGRADE – Spiritual Archers…to the Ready!!
by Princella E. Graham, thekindredcoach | Edit 12/06/2016


In my devotional this morning, I came across a prior journal entry about “restoring my soul”.  “Write with me, Princi Beth.” The Spirit urged me to grab a pencil and start dialoguing…just write what you “hear” God (Daddy) saying.   I heard “restore” as “RE-STORE”!  I saw in my imagination a truck pulling up to a store with a large red sign “Going Out of Business” plastered over its door as workers busily lugged out boxes of goods to a moving truck.  The workers were stoned-faced, disgruntled, confused, frustrated as they emptied the building, leaving it baron and dark.     moving pic

ANGER emptied my “soul stores”…the STORES 0f My Innerbeing!   Frustration and disappointment packed up my “goods” with soured faces, while grief, anger and distrust hauled the boxes into the darkness of the awaiting truck.  My “stores” were being emptied…my “goods” to be left in the gloomy dark.  Lights out!!  Closed for business…(busy-ness)!!  Shelves are empty…heart is hardened.  Sounds like death…ugh!!

But, You, Daddy, reminded me…(re-MIND-ed me…changed my perspective by telling and teaching me the truth)…of Your promises:  “And I will give you the TREASURES OF DARKNESS and hidden riches of secret places” (Isaiah 45:3);  “…And be not grieved and depressed, for the JOY of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.” (Nehemiah 8:10)
You remind me that You, Father/Mother God, restore (RE-STORE) my soul!!  YOU, Holy One, turn the LIGHTS back on…YOU break open the hidden truck and bring out all my “goods” that had been whisked away.  YOU give me back the treasures of my soul that had been packed away and stashed in darkness.

I can see the workers’ sincere faces…Trust, Commitment and Constancy dig through the boxes to re-pack my goods; Compassion and … (“What do you see, Princi?”…I don’t know…this is hard work!!)  (I see…) Compassion and Forgiveness are at work cleaning the shelves and turning on Lights, rebuilding the storerooms!   Laughter, Holy Expectation and Outrageous Creativity are redesigning the layout. (“What do you see?”…Uh–I don’t have a word for it.) (“What does it FEEL like?” Your Holy Breath!)  Your Holy Breath breathes New Life…a refreshing, light breeze…a warm, comforting, nurturing sigh and the boxes begin to move themsleves back into the store.  All the goodness contained inside the boxes move into their places back on the shelves!!  grocery store

My Daily Bread shelves are full again of Your fresh, sweet Word!  Your Milk of Life fills the bright, clean coolers.  The Strong Meat of Your Truth lay needly and deeply in the lighted, cooled places.  Jars of “A Good Word – like Honeycomb” sit in deep rows in my “Healing” isle.  And the Fruit of Your Holy Spirit fill all the shelves of my fresh, renewed thinking.  Love and Joy tend my store, and TRUST stands guard at my door…(“Yeshua told the synagogue official, “Don’t be afraid, just keep trusting.” Mark 5:35 – Complete Jewish Bible)

I am at HOME again!   You, Father/Mother God, have RE-STORED my soul…and MORE TRUCKS ARE COMING!!!   Truly, the JOY of the Lord is my salvation!!  And, the Lord is my shepherd; I have everthing that I want and need!!! (A psalm of David: Adonai is my shepherd; I lack nothing. He has me lie down in grassy pastures, he leads me by quiet water, he restores my inner person.)

Thank you, Daddy!!!

LentI’m angry and I don’t really know why.  Is it because there is so much pain in the world and I’m not making a difference?  Or am I just being arrogant?  After all, who am I?

It’s Lent again and every year when others are giving up yummy sweets or gossiping or libations…beer and booze…at least until the weekend…you don’t have to fast on the weekends…I annually give up COMPLAINING…even on the weekends. Actually, I don’t just give up complaining, I take on GRATITUDE…saying “thank you” for whatever is happening instead of going into an angry rant.  Awesome things have happened year after year.  When I just hit the pause button and say “thank you that’s it’s happening this way”…good came out of it every time!   It amazes me, however, that when Lent rolls around the next year, I still have COMPLAINING to give up!!  Needless to say, every year when Lent rolls around, I have to REMEMBER to replace complaining with gratitude.  But that’s okay…the act of intentionally replacing anger and complaining with gratitude is my fast for RE-LENTING.  Ummm…”re-Lenting”??  Interesting!

I looked up the word “RELENT” since it seemed to jump off the page as I just wrote it.   Bopping over to my favorite website, dictionary/reference.com, I was awed by the following definitions:
(verb – used without object) 1.  to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; become more mild, compassionate or forgiving; 2. to become less severe; slacken.
(verb – used with object) 1. to cause to soften in feeling, temper, or determination; 2. to cause to slacken; abate; 3. to abandon; relinquish.

So…RE-LENTING has deeper meaning than I thought.  Lent is my sacred space in time to “re-Lent”…to trust God…to soften my anger toward myself and the world for causing such pain and misery.  My sacred space in time to become more mild and compassionate toward and forgiving of myself and others.  AND to bask in gratitude that will cause the anger to abate, the tightness of consternation to slacken…to abandon fear and relinquish hopelessness to the Light of God’s grace.  “What is meant for evil, God will turn to good for those who love Him and are called to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)  The Purpose…to know and trust God, and reflect God’s Love into the world.  Living the purpose with “thank you”…acceptance, mercy, forgiveness, gratitude, HOPE, creativity, renewed thought, seeing and seeking wisdom and grace…especially in the face of disappointment, fear and pain, opens my eyes to see God’s hand at work and opens my ears to hear joy.  Lent is not as much about giving up stuff as it is taking on God’s grace and the joy of salvation.