The Art of Inspired Living

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Out of Control…Good News!

The Light of Heaven shines through me and illumines my path.
The Light Eternal is my guide and my protection. In that Light there is no darkness at all.
It is a Perfect Light shining from the altar of a perfect Love.
Light shines through me and illumines the way.
Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

Some of us grow up in such scary, dysfunctional and unpredictable environments that as we mature we become very controlling in our lives. We feel that if we control everything, we will be safe. It’s a great coping mechanism that often does help us function successfully, at least for a limited time and in a limited way.

Somewhere along the road on your spiritual journey, however, you will discover that you must finally surrender your need to control and your need to know. In your yielding into the great Love Intelligence that governs this universe, you will discover that all your plans and schemes pale in comparison to what God has in store for you. You will discover that the Love inside you is more powerful and grace-filled than anything you can imagine.

The great plan for your life, your love and your joy so surpasses any idea you may have orchestrated in your limited notion of life. We think we have all the answers and we are pretty arrogant about that. In your great surrender, you will discover that you know nothing compared to the Love Intelligence that governs this universe.

It is difficult to trust the unknown, but if you can truly surrender your willfulness, you will know a love and joy that surpasses anything you have known in this human experience. You will begin to see miracles in your daily life. You will be in the Divine flow and will be guided to the perfect solutions to all your problems. Your capacity to love will grow in ways you can’t begin to imagine.

God is good. Love is your essential nature and you are here to know and love yourself completely. Knowing the Self in this way is truly knowing the nature of God.

Peace be with you.

Affirmation
I surrender my life into the life of God and I am set free!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Becoming a Scholar of Love

Pierce through all your illusions and you will discover you are only love.
Deepak Chopra

In the beginning there is only LOVE, before the ego and the thinking mind. As we manifest into this physical realm, we forget the all-embracing experience of love. Then the duality is born…the rising of the little “i” and the feeling of separateness. In our human walk, that feeling of separateness births the experience of fear.

Our purpose here on this spiritual journey is to remember our origins, the source, our authentic selves, what we always have been and what we always will be. And in that remembrance there is no duality. In that remembrance there is only the energy and the high vibration of unconditional love. In duality, love comes and goes; in unity, there is only love. We return to our essential nature, knowing there is nothing to fight against or to resist. We become swallowed up in the knowing of our oneness and union with all.

The experience of transformation is reverential because we finally come to the awareness that we are made of pure Spirit, that beauty is what we see everywhere because we are looking through the eyes of love. We want only to love and be loved. We let go of our fear of the unknown because everything is known in the mind of God. We are powerful in our knowing. Spirit is within us; we can rest in the awareness that we are the Beloved. Love flows to us easily because love is all we are. All our needs are met and the miracles show up everywhere.

I have become a scholar of love! I’m learning to love myself exactly as I am and because of that, I’m not afraid to love you. The care, love and support I receive is infinite.

Affirmation
I willingly let go of false beliefs and limited ideas about myself.
I embrace all the power and wisdom that lies within me!
My life is filled with divine light!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Revelation

Behold, I make all things new.
Rev. 21:5

The beauty of life is that in each and every moment, we can begin again. Today has no power over tomorrow unless you will it to be so. You can decide in an instant that you are willing to write a new script for your life. You can decide that the way you’ve been living, the choices you’ve been making no longer serve you. You can decide to start living the life you’ve desired. You are in charge of your own destiny.

Sometimes we think we are trapped, that our life experiences are out of our hands, that we are victims of circumstance. Most of us truly do have choice, but we find it easier to stay stuck rather than take a chance on the unknown.

Actually, life is all about daring to make different life-affirming choices. The potential for everything we need is already present within us, so it is not about acquiring something from without. It is about clearing the way, forgiving and letting go of the past, including all your supposed failures and mistakes, all the ways you feel you’ve been betrayed and abused, and your feelings of unworthiness, and then stepping out in perfect faith and trust. It’s really time to let go.

This is a brand new year filled with infinite possibility. If you knew how much you are loved by that which created you, you would fear nothing! Decide today that you are sick and tired of your half-lived life. Decide today that you are tired of making excuses and blaming someone else for why your life isn’t working. Decide today to make this year the best year ever. You will be so supported by the Universe that it will surprise and delight you. It’s time to claim the powerful, precious life you were born to live! Happy New Year! Happy New You!

Affirmation
I courageously celebrate my new beginning!

Rev. Karen Wylie

The Christmas Blessing

The closer we come to seeing the appeal in all people, the closer we come to God’s perspective.
Deepak Chopra

We are here on this amazing human journey to discover and recognize the love within. Our capacity for love and understanding is unlimited and on going. Our learning in this human experience is forever. Some of us have never really loved ourselves completely (I’m not talking about what the ego calls love), yet we think we have truly loved another. We toss the word “love” around very easily and it means different things to different people.

Your capacity to love is limitless and it begins with your willingness to embrace yourself with all your perceived faults and imperfections and your willingness to forgive yourself for all the ways in which you feel you’ve failed. This is the nature of God’s love for you. It is a true, adoring love—a love that never dies, that never judges, that does not play favorites. The awareness of the depth of God’s love for you is the greatest gift you could ever give yourself. It simply awaits your waking up to it.

We think we know something about love, yet most of us give our love from a pretty empty well. When you begin to love yourself in true appreciation of who you are, when you let go of self-judgment and self-criticism, you are able then to love another with generosity and openness. You become more understanding; your interactions become more peaceful and accepting. In spending time in the stillness, you come into that knowing. We discover what we love, what inspires us, what unique gifts we bring to the planet. We discover what is lovable about us. We are softened in the realization that we are indeed worthy of great love. We can then let go and allow the love of God within to shine through to others, and we see with the sacred eyes of the Infinite.

Affirmation
I love and appreciate who I am as the Beloved of God!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Forever Grateful

Thou wilt light my candle: the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.
Holy Bible, Psalm 18:28

This morning’s readings brought me to consider the suffering some of us have experienced as part of this human journey. My heart opened wide as I thought about the healing that happens when we realize that in the midst of all that, we are so loved and cared for by that which created us. There is potential then for great forgiveness and understanding.

Yes, there is suffering but also there is enormous love and guidance for each of us as we weather and rise from the darkness and despair. That is what I’m so grateful for this day and every day. When our desire for something different and better is strong, we are ushered from the darkness into the light by a great force of goodness within us. The journey awakens us in a way we could never have reached otherwise. We look back on our suffering as the way, the truth and the life.

The suffering is over but we are brought to a place of compassion, understanding and forgiveness that we could not have attained otherwise. There is the power within us to rise from the ashes, to create a better life. When we recognize that power and choose it, there is no negative force that can stop our spiritual evolution. That’s how powerful the Love Intelligence is that governs this universe.

The same nature and characteristics of God are within us. When we choose to live from this understanding, we are powerful beyond measure. We are then lifted into the light; darkness disappears. Love will be our compass and will light our way.

How grateful I am to have chosen the light. How grateful I am for all my experiences—good and bad—which have shaped my becoming! How grateful I am to be living as love itself, waking into the light every day.

Affirmation
God is my rock, my salvation. I choose to live from the love and light within me. I am filled with thanksgiving!

Rev. Karen Wylie

The Seer

We already live in a Perfect Universe, but It needs to be mentally seen and spiritually experienced before It can become a part of our everyday life.
Ernest Holmes, The Science of Mind

I am the seer in the midst of changing scenery. Everything may change but a part of me remains changeless. I do not fight against change for I know it is an inevitable part of life and may be the very thing that brings me to a greater understanding and knowing within myself. I am an ever-growing conscious participant in this, my earthly dance.

My passion for life is unbounded because I see the infinite possibility in all things. I am not afraid to live to the fullest because I know that I am supported in a loving universe. I see it, believe it and experience it.

I willingly let go of opposition. Today, I oppose nothing. I live in non-resistance. I find a greater truth when I refuse to oppose. I see with clarity what is before me and in that, I become a beneficial presence for healing and resolution.

The light within me draws light unto itself. I am grateful to live in the light. The light dispels the darkness. I’m constantly choosing how I respond to the ups and downs of life, knowing that by my choice, I’m creating my experience, good or bad.

I am empowered by my choosing. Do I want peace or do I want struggle? Do I want conscious communion or do I want separation? Do I want love or do I choose fear? Do I make my decisions based on my own inner wisdom, or do I succumb to the influence of those who I believe are more powerful than I?

I am the seer in the midst of an ever-changing world. I am the master of my own fate. I am a place where love reveals itself. I choose peace. I am.

Affirmation
My life overflows with goodness, grace, abundance, love, peace and prosperity! I am grateful for my ability to see so clearly!

Rev. Karen Wylie

In the Flow

…all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Holy Bible, Matthew 28:18

Most of us are adrift. We are not using our God-given talents. We are not allowing the wind to fill our sails. Have you ever seen a sailboat going at full speed? It is surging ahead in the dynamic flow of nature. If you are not sure whether you want to go right or left, you just lie there in the doldrums, your sail luffing, going nowhere fast.

We are like the sailboat. We need to get on course, head for our dreams and desires and quit getting in our own way with all our mind chatter about why it won’t work out. We need to trust the dynamic flow. Life is filled with course corrections, just as it is in sailing. Too much to the left and we stall; too much to the right and we may even turn completely around, going backwards instead of forward. But when you trim those sails just right, you move through the water, nothing stopping you, having access to all the innate, unlimited power of the universe.

It’s exhilarating getting out of your own way. What’s exhausting is sitting there in the doldrums with your sails flapping as you are trying to figure everything out, to make something happen because you are pretty sure you have to do it all yourself—you have to know the “how,” not just the “what.”

Just know the “what,” set your sails and get your little mind out of the way. Look around you, enjoy the beauty everywhere and see your goal in the distance. You are soon flying; you get there before you know it.

Life is like sailing. Sometimes we do get a little stuck, but there is always that perfect flow of nature that is for us, never against us. We want to get in harmony with it and ride, baby, ride!

Affirmation
I set my sails for love, peace, joy, freedom and prosperity, and I ride, baby, ride!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Freedom

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
James 1:22

Every time we interact with another, we are giving Spirit another opportunity to know itself, to love itself and to nurture itself. Those around us are here to help us learn, and the closer they are to us, the more courageous the possibility of our intimacy with them.

Do I dare reveal my true self to this one who appears to love me so completely? The more I can speak my truth from the loving place within me, the greater our intimacy grows. Nothing is there then to come between us; no negative thoughts are hidden. There is no secret agenda, no confusion, and we have an opportunity then to show up fully alive, fully clear and present, fully available to the love and joy which is our essential nature.

This is the greatest gift of all—to learn to be courageously intimate with the self and all others. This is true freedom. This is not easily attained—one has to have a certain level of self-awareness, but this is the gift that comes with self-awareness. We are no longer interested in our private trysts with separation—even from the one we’ve been married to for years.

We want to come out of hiding and we can do that because we’ve come to a level of self-love and self-appreciation that we can dare to be ourselves. We have fallen in love with the part of ourselves which is the very Spirit of Love within. It is that love that we wish to share with the world and those eyes we wish to look through in our seeing what’s before us.

Being me—now that is true freedom! The love grows within and expands out into the world, and I walk in clarity and courageous intimacy. I am free to be the fullness of who I am!

Affirmation
I walk in the light and love of God, courageously intimate with myself and all others!

Rev. Karen Wylie

It’s NOW!

This is love: to fly toward a secret sky, to cause a hundred veils to fall each moment. First to let go of life. Finally, to step a step without feet.
Rumi

So much of the time we think our good is somewhere down the line, in the future…that we will be “living our purpose” at some time in the future.  Well, surprise.  You are living your purpose right now…each word out of your mouth, each action you take.  That is why you must be impeccable with your word as Don Miguel Ruiz so beautifully has pointed out to us. 

I heard someone say recently that all the qualities of God that you so aspire to—those qualities that you want to experience in your life are verbs—actions, not nouns.  If you want to experience peace in your life, you must be peace.  If you want abundance, you must live abundance.  Abundance is all around you, awaiting your recognition of it.  You begin to live the qualities of God, moment-by-moment, day-by-day.

You say when my ship comes in, I’ll be happy.  No, be happy NOW!  Find things to be happy about now.  The Love Intelligence that is everywhere present is constantly flowing.  You are to learn to flow with it—not against it.  That’s when your “ship comes in”…not some time in the future, but right NOW!

You are so loved!  That’s a promise. You live in a loving, giving universe.  When you get in harmony with it and let go of all your tales of woe and reasons you can’t have it all, you will see that it is here now.  You are the creator of your experience.  That is hard to hear if your life looks bad.

Be love and experience it everywhere.  Be joy and watch how much fun shows up in your life.  Quit with the pity party and your old story.  Dance yourself into a new way of being.  The world is waiting for you to shine.  Do it NOW!

Affirmation
My life is filled to overflowing with love, peace, joy, abundance, and all good things!  I see it NOW!

Rev. Karen Wylie

Creation

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
~ Philippians 4:8

Before the house is built, the architect draws the plans. There is an idea in mind of what will be. We begin right there in the same way imagining the life we want to live. There is power in your vision. It is the beginning. We don’t realize that we are powerfully creating all the time with the thoughts we think and the choices we make as a result. We underestimate our own creative potential. Somehow we can often see it in others but never believe ourselves capable of such overwhelming greatness.

What if it were possible to create the life of your dreams? Oh granted, you would have to give up your pity party, your complaining and negative outlook on life. You would have to suspend your own critical judgment about who you are and your capabilities. It would be like walking down a path you’ve never walked before.

Infinite possibility…we are amazing beings living in an amazing world. When you give your attention to anything, you are building that thing into your consciousness, for good or evil. Free your mind of negativity. Rather build into your consciousness what you wish to see in your life. Recognize that you’ve been unconsciously creating all along and decide now that you will create only love, joy, prosperity, health and happiness and all the good things readily available to all of us. Build in mind the house you want to live in joyously ever after. It is your choice! Nothing is stopping you except your excuses for why it’s not possible.

In this bright New Year I think the time is now to live the life of your dreams, and I for one, with great love and blessings, welcome you into your own becoming!

Affirmation
I step into my power, my greatness, my love, and my joy! I am set free!

Rev. Karen Wylie

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