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Living in the Overflow

July 12, 2012 0 Comments

On Sunday, we attended church service and the topic was “Interconnectedness”.  It was a great message and was a great reminder that we are not separate from one another…we are all one in Spirit.  One of the things the minister said that really struck a chord with me and, in particular, my husband was “we can only be of service from the overflow”.  She went on to talk about the necessity of maintaining our regular spiritual practice so that we can renew our spirit by reconnecting with the Divine presence within.  When we do this, the “overflow” (our thoughts, words, and actions) reflects that love, peace, joy, kindness, and abundance (to name a few) that is God.  When we don’t do this…well, you know what happens.  But for those that need a refresher…all hell breaks loose! :-)  We’re frustrated, angry, bitter, resentful, tired, judgemental, and more.  Then, because we are feeling this way and are forgetting the divinity within our brothers/sisters, our words and actions come from this place of negativity and separation.

Well, my husband was so full of love and gratitude after service that he said he had a special lunch activity for me and the boys.  On our way out he thanked the minister for such a powerful message and told her that he had a surprise in store and that we would share it with her later in the week.  I couldn’t wait to see what we were doing!  We pulled up at Subway and he went inside and ordered 20 sub sandwiches and then we went to the grocery store and got about 40 bottles of water.  We proceeded to back into the city and I drove while he and our 3-year old son delivered them to anyone in need of food and water.  It was over 100 degrees outside that day…to say everyone was grateful would be an understatement.  It was such a beautiful experience of filling our spirits so that we can be of service to others.

I can’t say that if we hadn’t gone to church that day (or hadn’t otherwise spent time remembering the Truth…which I don’t think only has to be done in a church building, but I digress…) that we would have been inspired to do that.  We have so much more love to give when we take the time to commune with God and remember the Truth about ourselves and others.  What is “the Truth” that I’m speaking about?  Well, the Truth is that “God is, and nothing else is” (I love this line from the book “The Disappearance of the Universe” by Gary Renard).  God made us all in His image and likeness…or, as many love to say, we are all individual expressions of God.  The word “individual” means undivided from the whole or existing as an indivisible whole.  You will never look at “others” the same when you really realize that we are all one.

Try it!  For the next week, spend 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening quietly communing with God (meditation/prayer…whatever works for you, but remember to release any thoughts that are not aligned with God and call forth all of the qualities that do represent the Truth).  Then, no matter what you experience from others’ words and actions, be vigilant in looking only for the light in them and choose to disregard anything that is not that.  Forgive them and forgive yourself for how you were looking at them.  It’s truly life-changing and can bring you nothing but peace and happiness (which is what God wills for us)!  Our big Brother was on to something (I’m finally listening and it has changed my life ;-)).

Which “overflow” are you living in?  Resentment, bitterness, guilt, lack, judgement, fear, doubt, and shame…..or love, peace, joy, kindness, gratitude, abundance, and compassion?  Your answer will guide you to where to focus your time…

Keep shining!

~Kandace

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I used to live life shackled by fear, doubt, and worry. I put on a happy face while navigating my day-to-day duties, but I was emotionally drained, stressed, and unhappy. When I hit rock bottom, and was diagnosed with depression and anxiety, I was determined to live life differently. I knew there had to be another way. Out of that determination, and guidance from Spirit, the "Living in the Light" blog was born. It documents my spiritual journey out of the darkness and into the Light. After nine months of publicly sharing my journey, and consciously releasing my attachment to the ego, I experienced a powerful spiritual awakening. I went from living in fear, doubt, worry, and stress to complete inner peace. My greatest passion has become assisting others on their own journey to inner peace. My spiritual memoir, From Stress to Peace: An Intimate Journal on the Journey from Living in Darkness to Living in the Light, is available now on Amazon and BN.com. Click the tabs at the top of the page to learn more about the From Stress to Peace 21-Day Challenge, Living in the Light Retreats, 1:1 sessions, and the Living in the Light Community - all of which are designed to support your journey to inner peace. I appreciate you taking the time to visit the blog and look forward to supporting you in any way I can!