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June 12 – I Thank God For Closed Doors

when one door closes another opens

Well here’s our oddest pairing of quotes and inspiration for Daily Bits of Gladness. Tyler Perry and Pema Chodron sharing the same bits of wisdom, just said in different ways. Enjoy!

I was out just thinking about my life and all the times that I wished that a door had opened. All the times I had promoters and people lie to me saying that they would help me… I remember wishing the bank would approve my loan request for a house or a car (usually one I couldn’t afford at the time). I wished that this person would help me or that person would do something to help my business, or this person would help my dreams come true.

As I look back now I’m so glad that none of those situations worked out. I’m so glad God closed those doors because they forced me to find the right path for me. If you’re in this situation and you feel like doors are closing all around you and you are frustrated, here’s something I’d like you to think about: Life can be like a living maze. You know what a maze is. In a maze, you start out at one end and your objective is to find your way to the finish line.

Many times you may make a turn and hit a dead end and you have to go another way. Just like life, that door closing on you sends you another way. It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, it just means you need to go another way. If you keep moving, eventually you will get to where you’re going.

Another thing that is important when you’re in a maze, as in life, is to remember where you have been. If you get turned around and confused in a maze, in order to get out, you have to remember the dead-ends that you have already hit. Just like in life you have to remember all the doors that were closed so you don’t waste time going that way again. If you want to get to your dreams you can’t expect to get there by doing the same thing and going to the same spots. You must try something different. I’m not saying give up on your dream, I’m saying try another path to the same dream. Same maze, same dream, but take a different direction to get there.

I feel sorry for people who have a dream and give up because it gets hard. Let me tell you something, “IT’S GOING TO GET HARD!”  Don’t stop because a door closed. I have learned to thank God for closed doors.

-Tyler Perry

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Best of Astrology: How the Final Full Moon of 2012 is Especially Significant

There is no denying 2012 has been packed full of spiritual energy. As we approach the exit of this powerful year, the Dec. 28th full moon intends to usher us from one powerful plane to another.  Glad.is has compiled the best advice and predictions from our favorite Astrologers to help you understand how the alignment of 12/21 will affect our last full moon of 2012.

This full moon is the first since Winter Solstice where light is dawning again after the longest night. Spirituality is the primary focus where we may see a raising of global spirituality to a new level of acceptance and understanding. It will not be surprising to see the best and worst at the same time as this polar extreme is common with the 28th’s celestial alignments. Endurance and calling on strength from within are most transmitted at this time.

Our faith will be tested heavily at this Full Moon. For some the 21st seems not to have heralded the paradigm shift that was hoped for, at least not in an obvious way and not in an instant. There is no quick fix to consciousness. Isn’t that just like Jupiter though, here we are a week later and not one of his overblown promises have materialized! “Patience” says Saturn sextile Pluto. This transformation is slow but thorough; no stone will be left unturned.
The Full Moon on December 28, 2012 begins at 7:22 eastern standard time. It is at 7º Cancer on Mirzam in the front paw Canis Major. This is the final Full moon for 2012 and it contains some strong energy for transformation and healing.

Here is the FULL MOON report for December 28th, 2012:
Dipali Desai of Celestial Space Astrology:

“There are some memories so deeply embedded within the Unconscious, that they need to be exposed for transformation and healing to take place so they no longer influence your life or behaviors. Why hold on to painful memories from your own life or that of your family ancestors and genetic lineage…”

“What could be the key themes or issues surfacing now? They will be around family, roots or belonging, rejection, abandonment, emotional security, financial or professional security as well as death, dying, letting go of the past and moving past old comfort zones.”

“…Be receptive to healing and also remain open to allowing things to wash away and prepare your inner container for new beginnings by being in the present moment. Let the raw emotion of rejection, abandonment and emotional betrayal heal. Allow love to caress you and nourish you on every level.”

“One major astrological configuration is: Sun ‘Conjunct’ Pluto in Capricorn both Opposing the Moon in Cancer while making a tense ‘Square’ aspect to Uranus in Aries. There will be exposure and illumination of whatever is decaying or falling apart so it can be cleansed. “

“Also it is possible to experience out of the blue or unexpected external situation, circumstance or issue that intensely pushes into your personal space or bypasses porous boundaries. The sudden shock or something coming up to a boil sets things in motion or possibly creates an eruption. Everything may feel chaotic and then after the emotions are felt and pass, clarity and objectivity follows.”

“Remember the potential to to “clear” away the stuck stuff and make you aware of the Spiritual insight and purpose. It is an opportunity to be emotionally empowered and assertive. From the level of Soul, the painful experiences(s) reveal or point towards where you have closed yourself off to love or abandoned yourself. Practice being responsible for how you emotionally react to things or situations. Be mature enough to fulfill your need(s) with the help of Soul and the Divine.“

“The Full Moon in Cancer may feel extra potent on an emotional and psychological level. It has the potential to trigger extreme emotional reactions (even infantile reactions) with possible emotional eruptions. Leading up to and the day of the full moon and a day or two after, it’s possible for people to feel especially prickly, cranky and even act in passive/aggressive ways.”

“The theme of ‘moodiness’ perfect describes the Full Moon in Cancer. Of course the end of the year or Holiday blues tend to catch up with those believing in the “loneliness” story within the mind. It is possible that emotions go high and low, but turn to healthy alternatives to help you balance and gain perspective.”

“Another piece to the Full Moon in Cancer is that people have a tendency to live on auto-pilot tend to carry forward sticky emotional guilt, painful memories, family curses, intense bitterness within the ancestral lineage without even questioning anything. And at times this plays it out in their personal lives or with situations in present time. The old story repeats in a loop like a memory.”

“The Full Moon in Cancer offers a wonderful opportunity to let go of being on auto-pilot and detox. Allow whatever is meant to be exposed to be revealed you can face it head on and move forward.”

“It it also possible one’s family or ancestors that have transitioned (died or left the physical body) will be around to support this important phase and transformation. They too want to contribute so that the ancient patterns heal and become whole and healthy once again.”

Another take from the always insightful Kelly Rosano:

“The Full Moon is activating the powerful Pluto/Uranus square… Expect the unexpected. Uranus challenges the Sun (who we are) and the Moon our (emotional needs). We could be drawn into ego conflicts…”

We want to be proactive versus reactive. We may have little patience for ego games and emotional dramas. It is crucial to take time for yourself. Meditate.

”Go to the core of what is really bothering you. Make the needed changes within Self to eliminate those factors. The only person we can change is ourselves. We cannot change other people. However, you can change your behavior. Seeing positive change in the world begins from within. World Peace starts with us. Practice being a peaceful person. For instance, accept the choices those around you make. We may know better. However, each soul is learning form their own choices. This is how we attain Self mastery. Accept the choices that other people are making.”

“…Pluto opposing the Cancer Moon means it is time to purge the past. Pluto and Uranus challenging the Full Moon imply that we are to release what no longer serves our highest good. For instance, holding on to past memories, events we cannot change, creates needless suffering. Surrendering, accepting and allowing empower us to go higher in Capricorn…”

“Fortunately, we have a supportive sextile between Saturn and Pluto exact at the Cancer Cull Moon. We can look forward to two more sextiles between our heavy weights…This aspect will empower us to be strong and stable within ourselves. We can work hard and focus tremendous energy on the tasks before us. Make friends with change, Make friends with your growth and transition. These are our allies.”

“The Cancer Full Moon message is to release the past. Let go of what no longer serves us be it a relationship, a job, a living location and/or a lifestyle. This is a favorable moment to release self-limiting beliefs. We create our reality through our thoughts and feelings. If we want to change our lives for the better, we must first change ourselves. Albert Einstein believed that a problem cannot be solved at the same level of thinking it was created.” Thus, we must climb higher and/or go deeper in our consciousness to find our answers. Old solutions cannot solve new problems…”

“On a positive note, Mars entered Aquarius on December 25. This can give us the courage to release what no longer works or serves us. Mars (the individual) is in Aquarius (the group). Mars and Uranus are in mutual reception and have a supportive sextile. You will have opportunities to assert your individuality and do things that you have never done before.”

“Change can be creative and exciting, adding a new passion for life. Mars can give us the courage to be forward focused and burn the past. Mars and Uranus are empowering the individual. Mars and Uranus are encouraging us to fight for our freedom peacefully. Mars and Uranus want us to feel excited about our future. What actions steps can you take today that puts you in the driver seat? We are the empowered ones. We can choose peace.”

Master Astrologer, Henrik Gullfoss, says is devotion is the key at play. This is being devoted to love, and to forgive the limits of others, in their loving. He writes, ‘It is to accept the love and devotion from others without judging or putting up defenses or making demands for how one is going to be loved. This is the true love of seeing, meeting, and dancing with God, through seeing, meeting, and dancing with all the multiple forms of God that are manifested in the visible and invisible universe.’”

“With the holidays upon us, many are coming together with the family-of-origin where we bump so furiously up against each others limits of loving. This is where we’re triggered the most. And also, it’s with family, that we see the evolution of intimate family ties over the course of a lifetime. We have a long history. And every visit is marked ‘to be continued’ which means there’s time to soften, to come to deeper understandings.”

“Epiphanies happen at the Full Moon. Cancer and Capricorn (Sun) illumine the kind of intimacy that feels like family, and that takes many forms. It’s about your home base, and those you reach out to, to feel a sense of belonging.”

“This Moon, nurture your close connections, and if you feel isolated, reach out…The Cancer side of the cardinal axis brings us into balance, with compassion, empathy, and emotional intelligence. It’s seeing the priceless value of deep care and acts of kindness. This instinct will grow wings in 2013, when Jupiter goes into Cancer. The tide will turn, and we’re sure to see a breakdown of the social isolation that many live with.”

Be alert to revelations in these Moonlit nights, of ways to drink in more love. There may be messages about what changes to make, for more organic love nourishment. It begins with self-love, and resisting the temptation to build calcified defenses, in such raw and chaotic times.”

“Cancer is a sign that finds strength in emotional sovereignty. And Capricorn is a sign of integrity, ‘walking the talk.’ When the Moon is full, the Sun is synched up with Pluto, for a vitalized purging and resettling. In the month of Capricorn, we find our center again, and our footing. As we dig deeper for what it takes to fulfill our potential, we come up against presumptions, conditioned responses, emotional baggage.”

“So pay attention to the feelings that circulate up to the surface. Look at survival fears, and practical ways to feel more secure.”

What will you shed and celebrate with this full moon?

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Video of the Week – The Power of Believing in Yourself

believe in yourself

Is there something in your life that someone has told you you can not accomplish?  Or worse yet, is there something you are telling yourself you can not do?   Here’s our video of the week – an inspiring 4 1/2 of minutes of overcoming obstacles, and the power of believing in yourself.  Watch to the end, it’s worth it!

 

 

 

Now, time to get to yoga!

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Guest Writer Jacquelyn Richey on the role of Satyagraha at Sister Giant

marianne williamson at sister giant
I was working out at the gym a couple months ago and a man collapsed a few treadmills over from me. I rushed over to see what assistance I could provide.
All around me people kept working out, ignoring what was happening before them. When the front desk did not turn down the deafening music and ask if there was a doctor in the house, I joined forces with another woman on the floor to demand they do so.
The staff didn’t want to “rock the boat” and said there was protocol to dealing with the situation.  The protocol wasn’t working and a man was dying. With a new ally by my side, we continued to demand that they take steps to help. A doctor was found, and a man’s life was preserved. Those of us that care must step out of the periphery and make our voices heard.
When Marianne Williamson, a powerhouse of spirituality and motivation, asked myself and and a crowd of 1,500 gathered at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles last month to engage in Satyagraha by bearing witness to the agony of others, I took note.
Loosely translated as “insistence on truth” - satya (truth); agraha (insistence) – is the philosophy behind the practice of civil resistance. We learned we would be in great company as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Jr. practiced this ”truth force” in their fight for human rights.
Marianne welcomed us – a group mostly consisting of women and some enlightened men – to the Sister Giant conference designed to foster non-violent conversation around politics. She passionately reminded us to believe that the power of love is strong enough to base our foundation on. For if not based in love, what then? If not based in love, aren’t we failing already?
I drew in a deep inhalation, rooted into my seat in the front row and prepared to have my mind and heart blown open. My fellow conference attendees and those live streaming across the world listened to speakers discuss the issues of child hunger, mass incarceration and money’s role in politics.
The statistics relating to childhood starvation and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling were overwhelming, but what truly blew me away was the situation of prisons in the United States. Over 2,266,800 adults, more than any other nation on Earth, are incarcerated in the multi-million dollar system of privatized prisons in the United States of America.
“In the past two decades, the money that states spend on prisons has risen at six
times the rate of spending on higher education. In 2011, California spent $9.6
billion on prisons, versus $5.7 billion on higher education….. The state spends
$8,667 per student per year. It spends about $50,000 per inmate per year. Why is
this happening? Prisons are a big business. Most are privately run. They have
powerful lobbyists and they have bought most state politicians. Meanwhile, we
are bankrupting our states and creating a vast underclass of prisoners who will
never be equipped for productive lives.”
                                                               —Fareed Zakaria, CNN, March 30, 2012
 US incarceration rate chart
This information hurts my heart and makes no sense for a nation that I consider home. Can we really be living in a system that puts more value on locking up citizens instead of educating them? How many Americans even make $50,000 a year? What if we spent that much money on prevention, not incarceration? The
Head Start program, more functioning schools, more art, more dance, more community outreach, and more leadership programs leads to less prisoners.
In 1983 the prisons became privatized, and with that came big money. I doubt we had so many more “bad eggs” in 1983 versus 1982, but as the spike shows our country began corralling more Americans at around the same time prisons went private. Four times the amount of people are incarcerated now than in the 70s, and more African American men are in prison now than were enslaved in 1850. We are creating a land of the not so free, and I believe we can do better.
Digging into the core of ourselves, our society, and our roles in this world, is deeply soulful work. Those of us that love all too often speak too softly. We as women and supporters of women are being called to be the voice of the voiceless, to mother the ones in need. Ms. Williamson reminded us to not fall asleep for we do not get a pass at ignoring other sentient beings.
The narratives that I first tapped into at this conference are ongoing ones. Become a part of it. An easy way to join the Sister Giant National Conversation is to pick up the phone Wednesday, December 5th at 9 PM EST/ 6 PM PST.
During the monthly call, Marianne Williamson will have guest speakers, updates on timely issues, and invitations for you to become involved. The calls are free, and you can sign up here. http://sistergiant.com/sistergiant/conference-calls/  
There are attacks on the heart every day. Will you get off the treadmill, lower the music, and call the doctors? More importantly, will you be the doctor?
Were you at Sister Giant? If you’d like to share your story ping us at hello@glad.is
Jacquelyn Richey Krieger is the creator of ChakWave, organic juices inspired by the chakra system. She teaches yoga and leads people through cleanses of body, mind and spirit in Venice Beach, California where she lives with her husband and little black cat. 
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Oct 25

Abundance is not something we acquire. it is something we tune into.

-Wayne Dyerabundance quote wayne dyer

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