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FINDING SPACE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD

We are looking outside for the sacred space that is not in the world but is in us.  We are worried about manna that never stops falling.  We are obsessed with what others think when that is none of our business.  We are afraid of evil when love is the only power that there is.

Love is the kingdom that the Book of Luke teaches us to seek, when Jesus says “do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear . . . .  your Father knows that you need them.  But seek His kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.”  (Luke 12:22, 30-31)  The problem is that many of us are waiting for a man named Jesus and a Father that is not in the flesh but is in the soul.

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Where is the soul?   Both within us and without.  It is the pure consciousness of love that we live, move and have our being in.  (Acts 17:28)  Jesus said it even better: He said, “I am in the Father and you are in me and I am in you.”  (John 14:20) In this kingdom of absolute good, we are immediately healed in the realization that we are always well.  This shift in consciousness is immediate when we surrender to the presence and power of God as our souls.

light21Luke 17:20-21 says “ Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed,  nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.’”  The kingdom of God is everywhere you are because the soul is everywhere you are.

In Consciousness Transformed, Joel Goldsmith said “You can never find the kingdom of God until you have entered into the awareness of your own Soul. ”

water-2Joel says “God is the divine being of you, your very life, your very Soul, the Self of you.”

This great mystic of all times said “God is spirit and the kingdom of God is within you, not in holy mountains or holy temples or merely in holy teachers. You must find God at the center of your being and experience God there.”  (Joel S. Goldsmith, Consciousness Transformed)

img_5929Our resurrection comes with rising from the dead of complacency, the dead of fear, the dead of regret, the dead of worry, the dead of shame, the dead of the appearances of things.  “The goal is releasing the Soul from the tomb of human existence, more especially the tomb of the human mind. In your periods of introspection or contemplation check to see to what extent you are imprisoned in your mind and body. ” (Joel S. Goldsmith, Consciousness Transformed)

Our resurrection is here and now as the rebirth of our re-connection with the soul, that has never left nor forsaken us.  We have simply forgotten where, who and what we are.  We are the vehicle of the kingdom of God, and we carry that vehicle in our souls.

img_5978The soul is always waiting to align us with the favor that is everywhere present.  Albert Einstein illustrated the pure potential of life with a simple equation: E = mc2, demonstrating that energy and matter are so fundamentally related that they are one and the same. Essentially, his work showed that matter and energy are completely interchangeable.  We are gods, as Jesus said, given the power of pure potential.  In this realm of pure potential, all else is added.  Our good is already there, already here.

love21Walt Disney carried Mickey around in his pocket in the appearances of poverty and despair, failing to realize that a mere mouse would manifest millions.  Connecting with the soul, finding space in the kingdom within is endless abundance, infinite prosperity filled with love, gratitude and grace that will bless us past, present and future.

Joe Dispenza teaches that “[w]hen you are in a state of gratitude, you transmit a signal into the field that an event has already occurred. ”  With the sheer energy of thanking the universe for the changes that we desire to take place, we energize the ethers of divine creation to manifest.  We change our lives when we realize that nothing can prevent our good from taking shape: neither body, nor time, nor environment.   Join us on Mondays, starting February 6, 2017, as we study Dr. Dispenza’s book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself,  8 PM  EST (Spiritmuv Conference Line 218-936-4986/ Pass Code 48201). You can purchase it on Amazon Kindle.

In the realm of the soul, also known as the  kingdom of God,    we are in the space of gratitude, but also in the sacred space of clairvoyance, prophecy, vision, divine intelligence, knowing as well as unknowing, the divine space of simply being.  This is the space that we belong in, not one in which there is hatred, lack or envy, but a space of power, where there is the whole being of God expressing as us.
love120Today I envision myself as the whole being of God: without boundaries, limitations, or doubts.  In this kingdom, I see my soul, beautiful, loving and powerful.  Everything that celebrates me as a full expression of God is here.  I am free.  I do the work of God with brilliance, integrity, joy, and light.

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EIGHT LESSONS FROM THE SILENCE

IMG_0135[1]In Sedona, so much was revealed that it will take several blogs to process it all.  Even after several more blogs, the process of understanding the blessings of Sedona will be ongoing.

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For example, one of the most important parts of the retreat is being silent.  We were silent every night from 10 PM to 6 AM, but on the fourth day, we went into more focused silence from 5 PM to 5 AM.  In the silence, it is easier to practice the presence because you can more easily leave the world around you.

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The first lesson that I learned in the silence was compassion.  I realized that the loudest noise I hear – the noise that I needed to silence – was my inner voice.  Take a moment and listen to your inner voice.  What are you telling yourself?

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My inner voice was filled with criticism and condemnation.  I had to silence my inner voice as well as my outer voice – to hear God.

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The second lesson I learned in the silence was to look deeply into my own eyes and smile.  In the mirror, my whole face smiled with me.  Have you taken the time to see you and bless yourself with a smile?  I never would have taken the time to smile at myself if I were not silent.  Looking deeply into my eyes and smiling was like staring deeply into an opening in my soul.

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The third lesson that I learned in the silence was to be moderate in all things.  Spirit made me promise not to deprive myself.  I can eat the blanched kale and oatmeal and fruit that we had for breakfast – with ground flaxseed.  But for me, I can also eat flesh in moderation, sugar in moderation, salt in moderation.   Moderation also requires that I in-take the colors of the universe: beets and oranges, strawberries  and radishes; sweet potatoes and tangerines; cucumbers and mangoes, and sweet potatoes and egg plant.  Whole foods shined through us fresh as a new aura of wholeness.

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The fourth lesson that I learned in the silence was to stop judging.  Instead, I allow peace to fill my heart: a peace that washes away fear, a peace that washes away sadness, a peace that nourishes my soul.  In peace, I rest and am renewed – rising like an eagle, strong enough this time to fly higher.

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The fifth lesson that I learned in the silence is how to see my husband more clearly.  I really saw him as who he was for the first time.  He was there in the silence too as he accompanies me on every retreat and for every service, presentation or workshop.  We have been in the silence several times before so we know to avoid each other’s eyes.  Our eyes would be conversation in and of themselves.  Instead I feel his anticipation of my needs, his desire to give, his patient attention to detail, his strength to my weakness, his husband to my wife, his light in my darkness.

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The sixth lesson I learned in the silence is that I already hear the prayers of others – not loudly, but instinctively.  I already am part of the impetus to receive answers.  I already ride on the wings of grace with blessings and favor.  Miracles are already taking shape.

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The seventh lesson I learned in the silence is how to see you.  I know you by your magnificence.  Your radiance transcends the mago womb of love.  You are as brilliant as dawn, dressed in new moons, wearing the victory of new seasons.  Each one of your ten toes and fingers wiggle in the rainbows of lasting promises.  Each one of your amazing stars curls through your hair and colors your skin endless shades and hues of brown.  I learn the importance of being present for you as much as I am present for me.

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The eighth lesson that I learned in the silence is that my dreams are already one with nature.  My dreams awaken in the desert even more eloquently than they do in the city.  In Sedona, my dreams ride the winds of gentle kisses and leap from the limbs of juniper trees, saying “you have arrived, you have entered a new realm, you are here.”

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In the silence, deep within the silence, I know that we are born of the same mother, fed by the same father, guided by the same holy spirit, led by the same Christ of many different names.  I know that our song will last forever because I can hear it.  It is a song bestowed on us by the ancients, a song of grace given to us by God, a song of power exuding from every cell of our being, a song of wholeness connecting us as one, a song of Genesis constantly creating, a song of vision beyond the world dimension.

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In the silence, I hear a song of joy that never ever stops singing.

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NAMASTE,

The love in me embraces the love in you.

Rev. Cecilia B. Loving

TEN WAYS TO SEIZE THE POWER OF THE PRESENT MOMENT

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Last night, we broke bread with friends as we talked about the importance of enjoying every moment of life.  We talked about those who have gone before us and the possibility that when the great beyond summons us, we must go – no matter where we are.  But we also talked about not contributing to the summons by making poor choices that lead to gout, diabetes, kidney failure, heart attacks, and so many other diseases that we can eliminate by making good choices.  Even after we try and fail, each new moment gives us the divine opportunity to be better, live better and listen to Spirit.  If we really listen, we hear the grace that forgives us for what we didn’t do and frees us to seize the power of the present moment.  I listened, and the Holy Spirit gave me the following ten ways to seize the power of the present moment.

SAY “I AM.   One of the best ways to get centered in the consciousness of Spirit is to affirm the absolute power of your being in the I AM.  God told Moses “I AM Who I AM.”  The “I I AM 5AM” is our true identity, the restorative, healing power of God.  Whatever we add to, we give energy, strength and power to – so be careful that you imbue and infuse I AM with what you desire to see take place.  But the most pristine form of giving God praise and acknowledging God’s blessings as you is just to say “I AM.”

great 7BREATHE.  I know that you think you are breathing, but you are probably holding your breath more than you realize and not taking an opportunity to enjoy the breath of life and to allow the anointing of its divine energy to bless you.  Take three long inhalations and exhalations and with each one think of nothing but the breath of life breathing you.  Breathing is the most restorative, re-creative, healing medicine we can take.

THANK GOD.  Whenever we thank God, we open up the floodgates to allow our blessings to pour.  Not only do we reap what we sow, but Jesus said that we will be allowed to reap what we have not worked for.  When we thank God for our blessings, we begin the process of moving ourselves out of the way so that our good can manifest.kingdom 11

Haiti children 6CALL YOUR PARENTS.  We must honor those who have given us life and have dedicated their lives to make sure we enjoy it.  It doesn’t have to be a long conversation – just long enough to say “I love you, and I thank you.”  If your parents are not alive, call the person who is an elder who has blessed you and helped you and served as a surrogate parent.  If there is no one like that in your life, make friends with an elder.  They will make you remember to seize the power of the present moment.  If you are angry with your parents – or even those who have served as surrogate parents, now is the time to re-connect with them.

FORGIVE YOUR ENEMIES.  Forgiveness is not for your enemies or whoever you harbor resentment against; forgiveness is for you.  You have the power to reclaim here and now the energy that you have been giving kingdom 3away to other people – by complaining about them, resenting them, refusing to acknowledge them, and perhaps even hating them.  Forgive them here and now.  There is no time better than the present to let go, release, and surrender to the prospering power of peace.  This is not the same thing as repeating mistakes, but it is forgiving ourselves from making them and blessing whoever was involved in them so that we can move forward in our lives.

kingdom 4ASK, BELIEVE AND RECEIVE.  Asking, believing and receiving is pure energy.  This is the vibration that knows what we want, believes that the universe will provide it, opens our hearts to receive it.  God’s will always fills the present moment.  Our desires – as long as they are not hurtful or harmful to anyone – are God’s will because it is in our soul to demonstrate them.  All we have to do is ask the universe and we are instantly blessed by our desires.  Our desires do not only bless us, they bless others too.

DRINK WATER.  Water is the energy of life.  We owe it to our bodies to replenish its source and to fill our muscles with its strength.  If we bless our water before we drink it, we fill it with the nourishing, cleansing, healing restorative power that it will give our bodies.  If we want to lose weight, we must drink water because that is the only way that excess fat is removed from our bodies.  If we want clear skin, we must drink water.  If we want greater energy, we must drink water.  Water cannot be replaced by coffee, tea, soda, wine, or juice.  Drink your water in each sacred moment that you remember.great 4

ownership 6BE HONEST.  Honesty heals all wounds, all disease, all fear.  When we are honest, we don’t worry about what we shall eat.  We don’t overeat.  We don’t eat foods that are poisonous to our bodies.  We don’t abuse substances or do anything that would not allow our temples of the living God to flourish.  We must move our bodies each day to make them stronger.  We have to work hard but also rest.

LOVE.  There is no greater power than love.  Love heals all wounds.  Love prospers all lives.  Love climbs all mountains.  Loves lifts us up where we belong – as the song says.  If we can take one moment each day and love, we will begin the process of healing the entire planet.  All we have to do is send forth the energy of love and allow it to move through us as us.  All we have to do is love.  When we love, we allow the ultimate reality of our being to take place – that is we move out of God’s way and allow God to express God’s love as us.

CREATE.  God didn’t create the universe in seven days and then stop.  God continues to create the universe in and as us.  We are sometimes afraid to create, afraid to push beyond our comfort zones, afraid to taste the begin 11sweetness of being who we truly are, afraid to take the bull by the horns, afraid to defy convention by stepping outside what is expected of us – or that we expect of ourselves – to do and to be the extraordinary beings that we are.  Creativity allows us to enter the vortex of inexhaustible supply and be used by the universe in a new way.  “In this moment, I AM . . . .”  Now is the time for you to finish the sentence.

SEE WITH A NEW LIGHT By Cecilia Loving

This is an excerpt from the book GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO, available on the God is a Brown Girl Too website, Amazon and wherever books are sold.

Here God speaks as a black woman — Listen!

She sings melodies from psalms
only she can hum,
Galilee on her tongue.
speaking from that city on a hill,
singing “this ‘lil light of mine —
I’m gon’ let it shine.”

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Many of you have been telling the same stories for so long that you no longer know truth from fiction.  By that I mean, you have no idea who you really are versus the you were in the past.  The “you” who has been hurt, abused, neglected, rejected, or condemned has been given a starring role in your life story, while  you have taken a back seat.  You will never be able to see me, if you keep holding up the past to impair your vision of all who you are.   The only way you are going to see me reflected in your image and likeness is to tell a new story.  Throw away the mess you’ve been wading in forever and start looking at yourself with a new light.

You are not who you were yesterday.   Let me say that again, the you who just opened this book is not the “you” who did all of the things that you believe held you back from accomplishing your goals.  You are different;  you are reborn; you are free.  Begin to see yourself with a new light.

Read the Book of Matthew, Chapter 6, Verse 22.  It says that “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.”  It is providing you with a new vision for seeing all of the circumstances and people that I have placed before you in this life.  The things in the flesh are around you but they are not of you.  I am the only thing that matters.  Look only to me.  Seek first my kingdom.  Wait upon me.

If you see with a new light, you will know that I am in the midst of everything and everyone, and you will be able to discern my presence.  But you can’t have it both ways.  You can’t see me half the time and get stuck in a rut the other time.  Your eye must be single and focused on me.  Otherwise, you will multiply your errors, lose your perspective, and do foolish things.  You will say what you later regret.  You will waste time that could have been well spent in a more focused, productive, enjoyable fashion.  You will act out of negative emotions rather than with confidence and purpose.

When you fail to keep your focus on Spirit, you will find yourselves like that beggar on the roadside — blinded by your lack of faith.  Remember what Jesus told the blind man?  Jesus said your faith has made you whole.  The blind man’s faith in me had made him see.  If your eye is single, your whole body shall be full of light.  But if you are not centered in my light, your direction, your intuition, our divine compass will be off, and you will find yourselves stumbling in the darkness.  Without my light, it’s difficult to recreate a new story for yourself because you cannot see who you really are.

Spirit is the light that unifies you in consciousness and centers you in peace, clarity, creativity, joy and abundance.  Only when you are centered in me do you realize your oneness with the entire universe.  If you achieve this going forward, you will not be limited the way that you were in the past.  You will realize that the heartache or the pain that you experienced can be released and you can stop re-living it again and begin to recreate who you want to be rather than who you used to be.

One way of centering in my presence is through the third eye, which can be accessed by focusing on the center of your forehead.  The pineal gland — located in the brain behind the eyes — is said to be the physical entry of spiritual enlightenment, and through that illumination, it is also known as the gateway to faith.  It is the home of higher consciousness, healing power, and psychic perception.  Some say that this is the place where you see God face-to-face.  When you practice looking deeply into your third eye, you will behold my light emanating from infinite source, what many of you call a cosmic vibration.  When you are centered in this divine light, you can be even more open to my presence — beyond words and thoughts.  When you focus your spiritual eye, your inner eye, your third eye on my presence, your entire being — mind, body and soul — will be filled with light.  This is the energy and the concentration that will also build and develop your faith — so that you don’t have to spend a long period in tapping in or tuning in to me.

In our connection, you will feel the super-consciousness of absolute good and trust that whatever you ask for has already manifested.  With a single eye directed to divine source, you will be catapulted beyond asking to believing that whatever you ask for, you receive.  You will be able to walk by faith in me, which is more important than mere physical sight.

Copyrighted 2011 by Cecilia B. Loving
All Rights Reserved.
Nothing on this blog can be used without the author’s written permission.

WHAT ARE YOU CALLING YOURSELF?

The rise of negative name-calling – not only in reference to other people but also to ourselves – made me raise a question that should be considered by everyone: what are you calling yourself?  So often we use words and phrases that are popular without considering what they mean.  How many people really internalize what they mean when they scream “I’m not worthy”?  Why does a woman who strives to be strong and independent call herself a “B-“?  Can ABC really succeed with a television show called “Good Christian B—s”?How can Kim, the blond housewife of Atlanta, call her assistant “b–h” – and even more questionable, how can the twenty-something black nanny/personal secretary answer such a call – without  protest?  What we are calling others is a reflection of what we call ourselves.  Profanity and phrases like “poor thing” and “poor me” are equally offensive.  We raise a ruckus over taking God‘s name in vain, but aren’t we temples of a living God?

We may not use the b-word, but we still blaspheme the kingdom of God within us if we call ourselves or our sisters and brothers less than what God is.   We still blaspheme the divine within if we undermine the unlimited power of God or fail to embrace Spirit’s inexhaustible supply.  Since we are the image and likeness of God everywhere present, we need to be careful about what we say about ourselves, as well as other people.  What name-calling ultimately boils down to is what we are affirming about the power in us.

In Luke 12:32, Jesus said, “It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.”  But have your words provided the opening for your consciousness to receive the kingdom?  Have you used words to decree God’s good in every crack and crevice of your  life?  Or have you used nay-saying, negativity and nastiness to deny the existence of Absolute Good?  Are you speaking words that undermine or uplift your greatness?  Are you taking your divinity in vain?

Jesus says in Matthew 12:36 that you shall give an account on judgment day for every careless word that you utter.  But when is Judgment Day?  It’s every day.  It’s the period of reaping what you sow in thought, word and deed.  You do that every day.  Every day you choose whether to embrace a vibration of love or hatred.  Whatever you speak, you decree. If you talk about being poor, then you wallow in the energy of poverty; you decree it.  If you focus about illness, you create a connection to sickness – and inevitably, you decree it.  If you linger in the toxic vibrations of bad relationships, you give them life through your decree.  If you get stuck in the pity party of insecurity, loneliness or lack, you decree them in every word that you speak about them.

God is a Brown Girl Too decrees power.  It’s one of those books that are courageous enough to refute negativity and strife toshift the paradigm with a new story.  It dares new seeds to be planted in the vortex of unlimited possibility.   God speaks, saying “Quit pretending that you are less than your true worth.  Quit trying to play the universe with false bravado.  .  .  .  Now is the time for your own magic .  .  .  .  [I] did not give [you] a spirit of timidity or fear; but a spirit of power .  .  .  .  The sooner you recognize your power, the sooner you accomplish your goals, the sooner you step up to the plate and do what you were called here in this lifetime to do [and] make this world a better place.”

God says “There is power in your words.  Everyday declare what you want in your life.  Wake up and declare it.  Go to bed and declare it.  Stand up in your office and declare it.  Look out your window and declare it.  Walk down the street and declare it.  Your words are where you take responsibility for what you want to see manifest in your life .  .  .  .  [W]ords are fertile; they contain the essence of life – [I] travel through the breath of each spoken word.  The aborigines would say the tongue of Great Spirit resides in all things  .  .  .  . Power is your ability to celebrate who you are and what contribution you can make to this beautiful existence that you call life.  It gives you the honor to take charge of you.”

But you must be inventive enough to tell your truth – a truth that exudes love rather than fearful name-calling – a truth that praises rather than condemns, a truth that knows fortitude rather than failure, a truth that realizes victory rather than defeat, a truth that exudes courage rather than caution.

God says “Only those who do not know the truth would call themselves or any of my sons and daughters less than who they are.  I have given you the power that you need.  When you stand on my shoulders, your spiritual roots will reach down to the belly of the earth – without stopping there.Speak from the depths of your soul with boldness and conviction.  Reveal your awesome beauty.  Listen to what you are calling yourself.”

Namaste,

Reverend Cecilia Loving

About SPIRITMUV:  Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion.   At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.”  Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007.  Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.

Leap and I Will Catch You By Cecilia Loving

You are the breath of the wind.
Your freedom is inside your soul.
You leap in and out of spaces wearing the songs of endless creations.
You cannot be measured, defined or contained.
Your season is here.
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You are enough — right where you are.  You are beautiful enough. You are rich enough. You are creative enough.   You are wise enough.  You are good enough.  You don’t have to find your so-called “soul mate“: I AM your soul mate. Nothing in the external world completes you.  Your  job doesn’t complete you. It is but one of many paths to give and grow in consciousness.  Your cars don’t complete you. Your  clothes, bags, shoes don’t complete you. Your titles don’t  complete you, nor do the degrees, nor do the trophies of life that you collect. When you let go of all of the stuff that you use to validate who you are, you will begin to see that your mission, your calling, your deepest desire will always be enough to sustain you.   All you have to do is leap, and I will be there to catch you.
I AM your season.  I am not based on the economy.  Quit shaking from the illusion of instability.  I am the only stable force that there is.
Release the material.  Be courageous enough to recreate your life with a new consciousness.  You are emerging from old wine skins  imply because they can no longer contain you.  You are new wine.
Your new wine is bold, unrestricted, imaginative and daring enough to walk, dance, step, leap beyond the person that you thought you were to express the infinite possibility that I AM calling you to be.  You have not yet begun to taste the joy that my Spirit is blessing you with, the good that I long to unfold through you, the light that the universe needs to shine as you.
Your new wine pushes you outside of complacency — to unfold a new vision — one that no longer compares you to others but realizes that I made each one of you wonderful, unique beings, blessed with the abundance of inexhaustible supply.
This is your season.  I am calling you to let go of everything and everyone, to leave the mediocre, the mundane and the material, and to stand fully and completely as you are —  aware of your greatness.  When you are in tune to me expressing as you, you will find  yourself above the fray.  Your gifts and talents will be expressed in greater ways than you can yet imagine.  You will give more.  You will be better.  You will know that you are one with a power that is stronger than anything in the physical realm.  This  awareness is the only thing that you need for wings.  You are the blessing that you seek.
Even if you feel pressed, pushed against the wall, blinded by the debt of defeat, now is not the time to fear, or worry, or  wallow; now is the time to be the children of God, the heirs to the throne, the greatness that you are.  Now is the time to know within every aspect of your being that you are made in my image and likeness, and that right where you are standing is holy ground.
Right in your soul is a love without boundaries, a love that beckons you to experience who you really are instead of who you used to be.

You may be forced to discard old jobs, old conditions, old circumstances, old relationships, old places, old doubts.  But your release of the old is merely allowing you to take a leap to new heights.
You don’t need a big space to take off from.  All you need is the space in your heart to trust that I am not simply inside of your prayers.  I am inside of all that is –– appearing in the vortex of your clasped hands.
I am the air.  I am the sky.  I am your wings.   All you have to do is leap, and I will carry you the rest of the way.
© 2011 by Cecilia Loving from the book God is a Brown Girl Too, where Spirit speaks directly through the souls of women of color.
Learn more about God is a Brown Girl Too at www.godisabrowngirltoo.webs.com.