I recall very distinctly the time in my life when I began stuffing my emotions. I was 7 years old and my parents were going through a divorce. I had no idea then that I was an empath or that my level of sensitivity to human emotion was off the charts in comparison to the average person. What I did know however was that life as I knew or at least perceived it to be was over. I was devastated. From then on expressing anything openly and honestly felt incredibly unsafe. I…Continue
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Faith is something we all have. We always have faith in some things at all times. Having faith in something is the act of believing in something so strongly that we don’t even consider it could be any other way. For example we have faith every time we take a breath that there will be oxygen in the atmosphere to fill our lungs. We have faith that when we eat our food our body will properly deliver all of the nutrients needed for our survival. We have faith that when we take…Continue
It used to really bother me when I would hear people say that they were “powerless” over something. That word never sat well with me for some reason, and now I know why. Perception creates our reality. If we believe that we are powerless over something, then we are, but the second we realize that our powerlessness is an illusion then our power is restored.
To believe that we are powerless is basically a declaration to the universe that we are disconnected from it. It says that the…Continue
Thoughts are a very powerful form of energy. They come into our mind at random and overstay their welcome most of the time. They are truly like an uninvited guest in our home. Individually we have nothing at all to do with them, but the ego likes to stake a claim in them calling them our own. Thoughts however cannot be claimed by the individual because they are really just a form of energy that our minds are tapping into. It would be similar to turning our television to the Golf Channel and…Continue
One of the most valuable teaching instruments aiding in the evolution of human consciousness is the all-pervading universal Law of Cause and Effect. It is simple yet so profound. It teaches us by simply returning equal and opposite reactions to our own personal actions. In this way the traits of the ego,which we are unable to see, get revealed to us for the purpose of deeper introspection. The ego is blind to its own faults but is an expert at pointing out the flaws of others. So one of the…Continue
Living in the present moment or living in the now is the act of being fully connected or plugged into the universe. When we are connected in the present moment we possess unlimited potential to not only enjoy our experiences to the fullest but also to wholly engage with other people,activities, and most importantly the lessons that are laid out before us. Being connected and present brings a greater sense of focus and awareness by improving our faculties, abilities, and our talents.…Continue
One of the greatest attributing factors to the experience of suffering in the physical world is our need to continually perceive and label events and situations in our lives as either good or bad. All perception is illusion. Good and bad are relative terms just like big and small or high and low, so they cannot be used to truthfully describe anything. What seems good to one person could…Continue
One of the most effective ways to acquire freedom within our lives and relationships is to become directly accountable for every experience that we encounter along our sojourns. Unfortunately the ego likes to point us in the outward direction because it associates personal accountability with blame and self-condemnation. Self-condemnation is threatening to the ego because it can't differentiate between true-self and false-self so in a fight for its survival it creates and sustains an…Continue
A healthy relationship requires two people that are first and foremost committed to the health and well being of themselves. If one person solely commits to another person without first making clear commitments of their own then it is like planting two vines together in the same pot. One will eventually overwhelm and stifle the growth of the other and either the bond will never form or if it does it will be very short lived.
If both people in the relationship keep the priority of…Continue
When I look back on my life I see a pattern within my physical world that I can’t help but acknowledge. Blessings I've had no appreciation for tend to dissipate from existence very quickly whereas the things that I have remained grateful for, day in and day out, have stayed in my life and are still in my life in some form or another.
When I talk about gratitude or giving thanks I’m not referring to any type of verbal recognition or prayer although those are very lovely gestures as…Continue
I used to believe that the art of forgiveness was nearly impossible to master. I was always a sensitive person and every time I was hurt or someone else was the catalyst for my pain I believed that the other person had somehow wronged me. I would be angry and naturally I would hold a grudge against that person.
Forgiveness seemed like an easy task if the perceived wronging was petty enough and if that person made some kind of an attempt to make the perceived wrong right by way of…Continue
To surrender one’s way of being can indeed seem frightening because of what it implies to the ego. To the ego the idea of surrender is basically correlated or entangled with the notion of losing or sacrificing something. The dynamic of the ego is such that it views itself as being involved in some kind of battle with anything and everything that poses a threat to its mere existence. It incessantly perceives every external circumstance as a form of competition and therefore it has the…Continue
The experience of a new beginning is often times overshadowed by the experience of a painful ending. Old structures must break down in order for new and more advanced structures to rise up. Form is in a constant state of flux and it is only when we resist this notion that we suffer. Suffering is not caused by the ending or the breaking down of a current form. We experience suffering when we resist change by expecting things in the physical world to stay the same. We so often lose sight of…Continue
Depression, although viewed mostly as a negative condition can actually be seen as a positive situation if we can see the purpose behind it and the state in which it will eventually propel us into. Being that this physical world is one of duality a person cannot experience a high without a low. We can be in a place of neutrality but more often than not as humans we get to experience ups and downs that actually balance out our lives.
Normally when we experience these emotional highs…Continue
The way in which parents communicate with their children after divorce not only has a huge impact on how children cope within the midst of this life transition but also affects how well they trust themselves and their own intuition later on in life. There is a common misperception that keeping children in the dark or being dishonest with them about certain aspects surrounding this situation especially with regards to the ups and downs of parental emotions is somehow a form of protection for…Continue
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It is a common tendency for people who are newly divorced to want to hurl themselves into a another relationship. So many factors are at work and the ego will use all of them to convince us that our current situation is unfavorable and should be resisted at all cost. It uses fear to get us to do anything but to accept our present situation at hand. Instead of dealing with the aftermath of the divorce, instead of facing our somewhat hidden and repressed feelings of fear, guilt, anger,…Continue
Divorce is such a common occurrence in this day and age so cultivating the necessary spiritual tools to cope with divorce is imperative if we want to experience peace in our lives. Even if you personally haven’t been through a divorce chances are you have most likely been affected by someone else’s. If you are a child of divorced parents then you know the lasting emotional effects that it can have on a person especially if the emotions aren’t dealt with in a gentle and compassionate…Continue
One of the biggest obstacles to spiritual growth in the physical realm is the resistance that people have to facing their fears. Suffering comes from resistance. When you finally surrender to the thing that you have been in resistance to and face your fear head on then suffering will cease. If you keep resisting the fear of a certain situation and never face it that situation or one similar to it will inevitably play out in real life because you will attract that thing that you fear so that…Continue
Letting go of resentment can seem like a really arduous task sometimes but in reality it only requires a little re-wiring of the brain. You must understand that we and all energy are connected. Energy is always being transferred between people so in order for someone to display any sort of angry episodic outburst, that angry energy had to originate from somewhere. It didn’t originate with that person. They received it from some person or situation and now they must dispense it if they want…Continue
The difference between someone who is religious and someone who is spiritual is similar to the difference between someone who is a student in school and someone who has vocational experience. Imagine you have two people to turn to for answers to questions about how to remove a very rare type of brain cancer. The first person is a brilliant student in his last year of medical school. He is studying to be a neurosurgeon and his marks are at the top of his class. The second person also finished…Continue
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