Sacred Appreciation

“I believe that appreciation is a holy thing–that when we look for what’s best in a person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does all the time. So in loving and appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something sacred.” ~Fred Rogers

I love this quote from Mr. Rogers–the man who taught many of us to enjoy and love our neighbors. He taught us that kindness and listening to others was important to living a happy life.

Have you ever considered that appreciating another person is a sacred practice?

When we look for positive aspects to appreciate in another, we are seeing people through the eyes of Source Energy/God/Infinite Intelligence. Source always and only sees us as precious, perfect, pure light beings. There is never, ever, any condemnation towards us. There is only perfect unconditional love and affection towards us from Source.

We only feel bad when we condemn or judge others, because we are not in alignment with our Inner Source. For our Inner Source never condemns nor judges anyone.

When we hold a person, our neighbor, as our focused point of attention and we see the good in them, the positive aspects of them–of their Inner Being–we are seeing them how Source sees them every moment and we get to share in that moment.We are sharing the mind and thoughts of Source at that moment! What a joy! What a delight!

We have created a sacred practice just by appreciating another person. We are participating in the Divine Oneness of All That Is!

Who are our neighbors?

Obviously, they are all around us. They are folks in our neighbor hood, in our schools, in our workplace, in our churches, synagogues, and temples. They are also the folks we see on the news in far away lands, or the next city, state or country.

Our neighbors are those we enjoy and support. They are, also, the ones we do not share common interests with or maybe even disagree with vehemently. As humanity, all of us are neighbors–even the difficult ones. We are all one. We are all connected by the fact that we all share the spirit of the Divine Source within.

Diversity of ideas, cultures, beliefs and ways of living is the high calling to expand humanity’s creative expression. Just because they don’t live like us or don’t believe what we’ve chosen to believe, doesn’t mean they are not loved and adored by Source. Guess what? Source loves and appreciates them just as much as us! Source plays no favorites. Source never condemns or withholds love from anyone–not even the ones we don’t like–or maybe even despise. Not one of us are broken or need some kind of salvation to gain the love of Source. We are all loved no matter the condition of our lives–that is how Source sees us and unconditionally loves us.

I love what His Holiness the Dalai Lama says about his difficult neighbors. Sacred friends is how he refers to those who try his patience and love the most, those who make it difficult to extend kindness to, those who are just plain difficult to love. These sacred friends are the ones that challenge him and help him grow the most. So, in that way, he knows they are sacred helpers on his path of enlightenment.

Let’s appreciatie our neighbors–in all their glory–then, we are participating in a sacred practice of seeing humanity as Divine Source sees us all!

All is Well!

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~ Mary Ann Pack

YOUR Life & Wellness Coach

Belief Transformation: From Show to Grow!

I have been a student of the Bible since childhood.  As a matter of fact, I have a degree in Biblical studies from a Bible college associated with the denomination in which I was raised.  As I home educated my two sons, while they studied, I studied with my concordances, resource books and my Bible spread out all over the dining room table for hours.  I have continued to study on a daily basis.

I have always loved to study things that I believe will make me a better person.  I’m not much on reading novels, so reading personal development, wellness, and spiritual books are my passion.

For years when I studied the Bible it was to find supporting scriptures for topics I was interested in proving–whether for myself or to show others.  I had such a narrow approach to spirituality and religion that I had to prove how right I was for believing what I believed.  It’s quite exhausting, but exhilarating at the same time.  That rush of adrenaline when you find just the right nugget to prove your point–to show somebody that you are right and they are wrong.

Looking back on that attitude, now, makes me a bit queasy.   I was never really happy because it came from such a small heart.  It was from wanting to control what others thought and set them straight.

Plain and simple, I was raised to believe our way was the only way.  We, our denomination, had The Truth.  That there was only one way and we knew it.  Heaven forbid you should open your mind or entertain thoughts from a different perspective or belief system!

Even though I was raised in a very strict Christian home, I still couldn’t seem to be compliant to the dogmatic rules to follow the path exactly right.  I was always getting into trouble at home, because I couldn’t fit my freedom-loving butterfly wings into the box in which they wanted me–even required me–to live.

When I was little I loved things relating to Native Americans, to mythology, to astrology.  Those things interested me because those subjects were so different from how I was raised.  Now I can see that this was just my Inner Being guiding me to my unique path, but this was quite disturbing for my dear mother.  She tried her hardest to squelch my interest in other cultures or subjects that might turn me away from the church’s Christian belief system.

Later, I remember thinking, if it only took just reading about other cultures or belief systems to turn me away from my Christian rearing, Christianity must not be that interesting or important to me.  If it is that easy to turn aside from your religious beliefs, maybe they are not really your beliefs, but the beliefs of those who imposed them upon you.  Maybe your path is a little–or a lot–different from theirs.

After hearing a visiting minister speak about the meaning behind some of the New Testament scriptures because he studied Hebrew and Aramaic, I remember telling my mother as a child, that we really didn’t really know the Bible and what it meant because we were not Jews and did not speak or understand Hebrew.  My reasoning as a child was that they got it first from God and how were we to know what things really meant if we didn’t get it directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak.  So that made me interested in learning about Judaism.

With all that talk about tainting my Christianity with secular studies I decided that I wouldn’t come out a Christian if I went to a secular university, so I decided I would attend Bible college about four hours from home.  The year I had to take biology I decided to take it at our community college back home, because I really didn’t think a Bible college professor would teach it right.  I loved science so much that I wanted a science-oriented school to teach me for that course.  Growing up I always said I wanted to be an archaeologist or a mad scientist!  But that would mean studying at one of those atheistic universities and that was out of the question for my higher education.

Attending that class with that particular professor did challenge my beliefs.  I was exposed to new ideas, but that just made me more determined to prove them wrong and my beliefs right.

After college is when I really started to enjoy studying.  I could study what I wanted regarding the Bible and learned how to study well.  I always had a thirst for knowledge, but never liked someone directing my studies.  This new freedom was enjoyable.

Yet, I always struggled to find real, lasting peace in my heart.  The church was such an emotional roller-coaster.  I grew up with such extreme emotions in the services, that if you weren’t crying in anguish for your sins and repent, it just wasn’t a good service.  If the service didn’t run over the dismissal time by an hour or two, it was just a s0-so service.  Very extreme.  I was always made to feel that I was just on the precipice of eternal damnation.  There was so much guilt and fear heaped upon me that I just could never maintain the feeling that God loved me–unconditionally–like I’d read in the Bible.

I was also raised to believe that the wife was supposed to be submissive to the husband.  I tried–I really did–but I just couldn’t make that work for me consistently.  I had moments of happiness and peace, but it just never lasted.  All this submissive teaching just left me knowing it was not safe for me to speak my truth or ask for my needs to be met.  I truly believe this is why I suffered Grave’s disease after my second son.  We are vibrational beings and I believe not feeling safe to speak up for myself or communicate my desires created energy imbalance in my throat area.

Even as a kid growing up, I had stomach problems.  My stomach was always in a knot, because I was always getting into trouble.  I was never doing it right.  I was already starting with throat problems and by age 15 I had to have my tonsils taken out.  Migraines started in high school.  After college I developed a lump in my thyroid that had to be removed.  After I married, I suffered a miscarriage before each of my two sons.  After my second son I had to have emergency gall-bladder surgery and then developed the Grave’s disease.  Later, a hysterectomy after another miscarriage.  Blah-blah-blah!

I only mention this because I know, now, that all my physical imbalance and dis-ease was caused by how bad I felt in my spirit trying so hard to be a good Christian–because it was totally against who I really am.  I was in such resistance to who my Inner Being knew me to be and was calling me to be, that I created imbalance in my body that showed up as dis-eases.

I am so thankful that in the past several years I have gained the peace and joy I was searching for.  Leaving the church and searching for my own path was the best thing I ever did.  Sure I still had a long journey ahead of me, but now it was bringing peace.  I was no longer fighting against the guilt and shame of Christian dogma.  Now, when I study it is anything and everything that piques my interest.

When I was in my mid-thirties, I’d had enough of the migraines and dis-ease, so I went to a health food store and told the owner to fix me.  That was the most inspired and rewarding thing I think I’ve ever done for me.  It put me on a path of wellness and discovery.  It opened my mind to herbal healing, energy healing, astrology, paganism, Judaism, Eastern religions, meditation, crystals and stones, and all sorts of wonderfully enjoyable study material!

I was still in the church as I began to look around at different thoughts and belief systems for about another 10 years.  But I was able to find some comfort from other ideas that there are more peaceful ways to fulfill the empty feeling inside.  That nagging pain of an distraught spirit.

It is such a joy to remember who I really am!  I am the pure, positive extension of Source Energy.  I am wonderfully made, because I made me!  My non-physical Self focused enough attention upon this physical world that I created my body and how I would expand my continued  Being.  When I’m done with this life and I return my focus back to non-physical, I will transition back into the wholeness of All Source Energy–of All That Is.  Only a part of me is physically focused right now, as the majority of my non-physical is still non-physically focused.  I’m just here to expand my whole BEing.  That’s how creation works in eternity.  Ever expanding and ever broadening–eternally.  The larger, wiser, older part of me is still non-physical–and I have access to all that Infinite Intelligence any time, all the time.

Rather than gathering knowledge to prove my point and show others how they are wrong and how I am right, now I’m gathering knowledge to grow and expand who I AM.  It’s a much larger heart-place and so much more enjoyable.  It’s none of my business what other people have decided to believe.  It’s also none of my business what their opinion is of my path.  My only business is growing myself and loving life and being at peace and harmony with Source Energy.  My alignment with Source Energy and my harmony with the Inner Me is all that I need to focus upon.  Feeling good is my purpose and I’m actually accomplishing it!

When I started this blog post I was heading in a certain direction.  I was going to talk about why I believe what I do about the Bible.  I was going to tell you why I don’t believe it is the inerrant word of God.  But my Inner Being apparently had other plans, so I will write the Bible blog another day.  I think this enough for the moment and I’ll talk to you soon!

I love you all!  Please know that you are in my thoughts–which are–that you remember who you really are and know you are pure, positive, unconditional love!

All is well!

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Mary Ann Pack, YOUR Life & Wellness Coach

Email:  maryannpackcoaching@gmail.com

PS:  I know many of you have had similar experiences being raised with a belief system that was not your own.  I would love for you to share your story with us either in the comments below or email me privately.  We are each on our own path and it’s so much fun as we allow it to unfold before us!

If you would like help with life, spiritual or wellness issues, I’d be happy to help you feel better–because that’s exactly what we’re here for–to feel good!!

 

I AM Love! (My “a-ha” Moment)

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I was sitting on the porch this morning drinking my coffee and enjoying the fresh new day.  I was watching the sky lighten as the sun was rising and my mind couldn’t help but express appreciative thoughts about my life, the wonders of nature, the expansiveness of my world.

I was feeling absolutely delirious with joy and I caught myself saying, “Thank You for Your love.”  I barely got that thought complete and my Inner Being said, “Wait a minute!  I AM love.  I AM Source.  I am all-that-is, too!”

I was a little shocked my Inner Being was so adamant about BEing love.  I thought I was offering a beautiful appreciation to what I felt.

The more I thought about my previous statement of thanking Source for loving me, what came to mind was, that statement had behind it the feeling of being grateful for love as if I was unworthy or undeserving.  There was just a twinge of being grateful for something as if I believed I was somehow not worthy of being the receiver.

Then it struck me why that subtle feeling of unworthiness or undeserving would be an underlying belief–it was how I was raised in the Christian church!  I was raised to believe the words of the Bible as God’s only word.  It was the instruction manual for how God felt about us, our spiritual plight and what our job was to gain redemption from being an unworthy, undeserving worm.  It was ingrained in me that all humanity was broken and unworthy.

I have not been in the church for many years, now, and do not believe that any book is God’s only word.  I do believe all spiritual ancient texts, and even many current books, contain great spiritual and life principles that would be of great benefit.  Most texts tend to control by fear of eternal separation from God, which I believe can never happen.  Anyway, I thought I had replaced most of those erroneous beliefs with beliefs that actually resonate with my Inner Being.

But, this one must have been hidden deeply or it was finally time for my Inner Being to reveal the last little bit of this lingering resistant, destructive belief.  Maybe I was finally ready to deal with my subtle feelings of unworthiness.

At any rate, I was so excited for this a-ha moment–I AM LOVE!  I AM SOURCE.  I AM AN EXTENSION OF THE GOD SOURCE.  I am part and parcel with Source Energy.  I came from Source and will return to Source.  The larger part of who I really am is always one with Source!

I’m not saying it’s not a good thing to appreciate love.  Love is all-there-is!  It is the reason we live and thrive.  Of course, we should be appreciative, because to me the spirit of appreciation IS love.

My point is that I was saying it with the underlying belief that I was somehow amazed that I was having love extended to ME!  As if Source was up-there and I was down-here.  As if Source and who-I-really-am are separate BEings.  As if Source and I were not on the same level, but we ARE!  We are ONE!  We are all extensions of Source Energy.  We are Source Energy focused upon this physical life for this moment in time/space reality.  When we’re done here on this earth and we decide to withdraw our focus from the physical we still remain non-physical Source Energy.  We simply transition out of the smaller, physical focus and re-emerge fully into our larger, wiser, older non-physical being.

Now I will appreciate love even more, because I realize I Am Love!  Love surrounds all of us and it is up to us to allow It’s flow to us and through us.  I love knowing that I am surrounded by Love and that my larger, wiser, older Inner Being IS Love.  I want to relax and allow it into my life.  I’m ready to release the resistance to love because of being told I was unworthy and it was only by grace that God was even willing to bestow love towards me–and of course, it was only after I should grovel and plead to be forgiven.

I’m not broken.  None of us are.  I’m not in need of salvation or fixing.  I am pure, positive Source Energy!  I am one with Source.  I know I have lived most of my life in resistance to this knowledge, but I’m finally coming around!  My seeking and learning is paying off.  My path is becoming more and more clear to me.  Clarity of my purpose on this earth is unfolding daily.  I am remembering who I really am!

We all carry around limiting, destructive beliefs that are not in harmony with our Inner Being of Source Energy.  That’s why we feel bad.  When we experience negative emotion that is simply the feeling we have been given through our Emotional Guidance System to indicate to us when we are thinking thoughts that are contrary to the way our pure, positive Inner Being of Source Energy is thinking!  When we experience positive emotions, we are aligned with the thoughts of Source Energy–who we really are.

I Am Love and so are YOU!!

All is well!  Really!

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Mary Ann Pack, YOUR Life & Wellness Coach

Email:  maryannpackcoaching@gmail.com

PS:  If you have experienced an a-ha moment similar to this, I would love for you to tell us about it in the comments below.  If this blog has touched your heart, please feel free to share it with others.  Thanks in advance!

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My Selfish Joy and Gratitude!

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This morning I was pondering things I’m grateful for as I sat on the front porch sipping my coffee.  This is a pretty typical start to my day.  It is a very conducive environment to revel in gratitude and really feel joyful.

I was thinking about how wonderful it is to feel the freedom and peace of mind to simply know that I have everything within me to live a joyful life.  I need no outside influence.  There are no circumstances that can take my joy.  There is no person who can steal my joy.  No religious dogma can squelch my joy.  My joy is mine alone!  Because it’s who I truly am.  How can you not be grateful for that?!

I came to this physical world to use the creative powers given to me by the universe.  I came to this life to see how much fun I could have.  I came to this life to express the joy of experiencing Source Energy.

This kind of thinking used to be completely foreign to me.  I wasn’t raised to think so highly of myself.  I was raised to think I was totally separated from my Source, from God.  My condition was broken and destitute.  The religious dogma I was taught said I am a worm, unworthy of God’s attention and love, unless, I cried out to God in my pain and sorrow and accepted that I was absolutely broken and needed someone else to save me from myself.  It was a gruesome picture of torture, blood, hatred and death.  The devil was always out to get me and if I wasn’t careful, I’d commit the unpardonable sin—whatever that was!

My life in that religious sect was so emotional and full of fear.  I was always in tears, because it was a constant battle to fight off the evil forces trying to get me to sin.  The church taught me that God was all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere present, so I was always afraid he would catch me in a sin and then I would die and go directly to hell.  It seemed I had to work so hard to find peace of mind and spirit.  What little peace I could muster certainly never was lasting, because another temptation would come along that I would succumb to and the cycle of tears, guilt and shame would start all over again.

When I made the decision to leave that religious organization after many years of studying the inconsistencies, misinterpretations, lies and canonization of their sacred text, I gained a knowing that I was loved, unconditionally, by a way bigger God that I had created by believing their dogmas to be true.  Certainly there are positive principles contained in all sacred texts, and do I want to glean from those.

I realized that God was all-good, all-kind, all-loving and wanted the very best for me just the way I was!  That I was part and parcel with that Source Energy I always called God.  I emanated directly from Source and was, inside, Source Energy!  No fixing or saving required.

I know, now, that there is only one Force in the universe—that of Well-Being—and It is always, always, always flowing toward me!  The key is to allow Its flow.  And, that feels really good!  Even joyful!

When I resist Its flow, I feel really, really bad.  And that sucks!  This distance between feeling good and feeling bad became my indicator that my connection to Source is the only thing important in life, because it’s what creates that awesome feeling of peace of mind.

My realization that there in only One Source and Power—not a good and evil Source which creates a duality of power—I relaxed into more allowance of receiving the love of my inner Source.

The more I relax and realize that I AM Source on the inside, I gain amazing peace of mind and joy that I’d never experienced during my religious affiliation.  When my beliefs about myself and my spiritual condition changed, so did my connection to my inner Source which was changing my outer experience.  Peace came and has stayed.  We’re becoming quite the friends!

I’m certainly not saying, that religious people cannot be connected to their inner Source.  Of course they can.  Anyone can connect at any given moment.  But with all the rules and regulations that come with believing dogmas, it’s just a little more difficult.  If that path leads you to inner, lasting peace—then I say, go for it!  I’m not here to tell you what path to take.  I’m just saying, most dogmas require their followers to believe their way is the only way—the only path—and that can lead to judgmental attitudes and separation from others.  At least, it was true in my experience.

When I released those dogmas, it was like taking off the blinders from my eyes and I started to enjoy the company of so many more people who thought and believed differently than I had.  My eyes were opened with new understanding that everyone was beautiful.  Everyone emanates from Source—everyone IS Source—inside.  Now, there are those who resist Source and that resistance appears like what we would call evil, but it’s simply their cry for love.

I believe we are either expressing love or asking for love.  Some folks are really good at expressing love and they are awesome to be around.  And some folks are asking for love, but they’re very ignorant of how to ask for it.  They may ask for love in very hurtful ways—even to the point of abuse or participating in death.  They don’t remember that everything they need for a joyful and happy life is right where they left it–Inside!

Under all their anger and hatred, they are scared little children crying out for love.  They have resisted Source’s love from their inner being for so long, that they are blinded to who they really are.  They have forgotten that they, themselves, are a complete and full expressions of Source Energy’s love.  They’ve forgotten they are here for a joyful life.  They’ve listened and learned to hate those choosing a different path from their own.

At every moment, we have the opportunity to receive and give love—to allow the flow of love or to resist the flow of love.  I desire to be in that place of allowing my inner Source to experience an abundance of love all around me.  As I give and receive love, I radiate that love with vibrations that positively affect my world.

Because we are all connected eternal Energy, how we choose to allow or resist Source affects all others.  The vibrational expression of Source, or the resistance thereof, affects everyone and Nature itself.  When we allow the flow of our Well-Being, we are also allowing vibrational tugs towards others’ Well-Being.

The absolute best thing we can do for ourselves and our world is to realize that our connection and oneness with Source is the only thing that matters.  We must be selfish enough to make our connection to Source our top priority, because we cannot help others when we, ourselves, are in resistance to the flow of Well-Being.

I was always taught selfishness was wrong and sinful.  That we must always put others before ourselves, but I now understand how ass-backwards that thinking is.  I realized that I cannot give something away that I do not possess.  If I want to serve others, I must have served myself first.  No matter how much we do for others, supposedly because it will make them happy—they will never truly be happy until they make their own connection to Source paramount.  There is no satisfying others.  Their joy and happiness is their responsibility—it cannot come from you!

When we feel bad it is just our indicator that the inner Self is that good!  Our inner Self will not ever waver from believing we are perfect, pure light and love!  The Self who we really are will never lower Itself to the bad feelings of where we may be right now.  It is ever calling us to come up higher!  It is our job to simply feel our way to Source.  For us to accomplish we must begin thinking better-feeling thoughts every day.  The better we feel the more connected we are to Source and each other.

We are eternally Source Energy!  Let’s make our connection to our Inner Source Energy our highest priority and watch what amazing changes we can make in our world.  We came from non-physical into the physical to express joy and fun and ease and love.  With connection comes clarity.  With clarity comes the unfolding of our path.  And our path is always individual.  No two paths are ever the same.  Our path is never to follow another’s path.

Let’s begin remembering who we really are.  Our inner Self is calling us to our Source.  Our inner Self is calling our physical selves to live in gratitude with joy and playfulness!

Affirm today:  I am so happy and grateful that I AM SOURCE and my connection is the most beautifully selfish thing I can do for myself and others!

I love you….

Dream – Grow – Live!!

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~Mary Ann Pack

YOUR Life & Wellness Coach

PS:  If you are struggling with finding peace of mind and joy, please feel free to contact me at maryannpackcoaching@gmail.com.  Your questions and thoughts are important to me.

PPS:  I have found that Abraham-Hicks‘ teaching is very helpful in discovering and remembering who we really are.  Visit their website or search for their videos on YouTube.  When I was ripe for learning, Abraham came to teach me.   Maybe it’s your teachable time!  Best of all–there are plenty ways to learn for free. 🙂

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Know Who You Really Are!

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I love my life!  Life is good to me.  I am always amazed when I see “winks” from the universe that confirms I am in the vortex or very near its proximity and getting drawn in.

Twice yesterday I saw the time combination of 11:11 and 1:11.  I am aware of the shift of enlightenment in the world.  It’s awesome to now know that creation is always expanding and growing instead of some great and terrible end to the world as I was taught as a child.  What peace of mind and joy comes with that new belief!

Everything I need to know is not in some ancient text, but is revealed to me daily as I experience the unfolding of my path.  I am so happy to not believe I have to live my life by the beliefs of others, or what was written for ancient people and then reinterpreted and altered by people with agendas over the centuries.  I, personally–as does every person–have complete and open access to Infinite Intelligence every single moment as I choose to connect.

Humanity is not some broken cast-away that needs fixing or saving.  We are beautifully perfect creations of light living in a physical body that we chose before we came into this time-space reality.  We chose to come in at this time, into the family and circumstances of our own choosing.  We knew as light-beings that the life we chose would be perfect for learning how to create worlds.  Have we chosen well?

The more I ponder all that is good about who I am and witness beautiful things in my world, I feel better and better–living each day more and more in the presence of my own Source Energy.

I am the very essence and full expression of Source Energy.

The real me is perfect.

The real me is whole.

The real me is love.

The real me is Infinite Intelligence.

The real me is eternally Source Energy!

I will go on forever creating worlds because of who I am!

Will you join me in BEcoming who you really are?

And so it is….

Dream – Grow – Live!!

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Mary Ann Pack

YOUR Life & Wellness Coach

PS:  If you are questioning who you really are and need a boost in the right direction, please feel free to contact me anytime!  I’d love to hear from you to either answer your questions or simply share your journey!  My email is maryannpackcoaching@gmail.com.  When calling (903) 227-0273, please be sure to leave a message if I can’t answer–I may be in a coaching session.  My goal is to give undivided attention to each person I minister to–whether it’s about business, life, spiritual or wellness!

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