Archive | July 2015

Musings on Grace

I’ve been thinking a lot about grace lately. Not really surprising, as I’m taking part in Oprah & Deepak’s 21-day meditation “Manifesting Grace through Gratitude.” Thinking about the various meanings and what it means in my life. I looked up some definitions, briefly wandered into Lutheran doctrine, and wandered right back out. I came back to the question: what does grace mean to me?

Grace (and I’m paraphrasing the dictionary here): The free and unmerited favor of God. Virtues coming from God. A special favor.

When I was in Sunday school, the way my child brain understood grace was God putting a tiny Jesus right into my heart.  As an adult, with my current understanding and spiritual beliefs, I’m pretty sure there’s not a tiny Jesus literally in my heart.

Grace is each perfect moment when life is flowing smoothly. It’s noticing the warmth of the summer sun, the beauty of the sky. It’s the bliss of a really good meditation or a walk in the woods. Standing on a mountain, in awe of the vastness around me. Laughing with friends. It’s the feeling that everything in this moment is absolutely perfect and I’m glad to be alive. It’s Heaven on Earth. It is faith and freedom from worry. It’s pure love. Grace is forgiveness and compassion.

Grace is not earned. The gift of grace is freely given to everybody, regardless of who you are, how you act, what you think. The choice to accept this gift is ours.

“Grace is only bringing you back to who you really are.” (Deepak Chopra, 21-Day Meditation Experience).

Grace is a reminder that we all come from Light, from God, from Love. We are all one, with God and with each other. We’re all connected, part of the Whole. We ARE Love, we ARE Light. But when we come into our human existence, we forget who we are. We come to experience the contrast of separateness. Our purpose is to experience the contrast, learn the lessons, and find our way home. Back into Light, back into Love. The gift of grace is remembering who we really are.

Grace is bringing you home. You can come home in your human lifetime or you can come home after the death of your human body. Every moment of grace brings you closer to home. As you pay more and more attention to the many experiences of grace in your life, you feel gratitude, and experience even more grace. You start to go with the flow of life, feeling good more often than not. You smile and laugh more and you start to notice that life seems to be getting better and better. You start to understand that you can be blissfully happy regardless of the circumstances of you life.

You are walking into the light. Grace is bringing you home.

And it just keeps getting better.

and so it begins…

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. ~Neale Donald Walsch

And so I begin right here, at the very edge of comfort, stepping through, over, or around fear. I’m being called to step out of my comfort zone and step into a higher and more authentic version of myself. Julie 4.7.2.1 – Healer, Writer, Coach, Speaker.

I’m committing to write regularly the words from my heart. Coming out of the spiritual closet. Sharing my stories, getting vulnerable. My intention to spread love and light into the world.

Journey Into Light is about the journey of discovering who we are and why we’re here. It’s about healing and love, about finding joy and accepting sadness, about dancing and being still. It’s about being our most authentic selves, releasing fear, and letting in love. It’s about finding our life purpose and living it, every day, out loud. I’ll muse about God and spirituality, soul mates, relationships, health, body image, chakras, energy healing, and my love affair with coffee.

Journey Into Light is about how I got to Julie 4.7.2.1 and my development plan for Julie 5.0. The journey about letting go, after 40+ years, of who I thought I should be and loving, accepting, embracing, BEING authentically me.

Journey Into Light is also very much about living on the edge of your comfort zone. It’s where all the cool stuff happens, just outside your comfort zone. It’s the best place to go for personal growth. Also, there are roller coasters here.

Some days I’ll be profound and some days I may just be silly, but I promise to write. My intention and my desire is that something I say somehow touches you and helps in some way. After all, in the words of Ram Dass, “We’re all just walking each other home.”