Spirit IN the Season by Jim Toole
Over the years, the holidays have become more a commercial than a celebration. We begin to see Christmas decorations in the stores alongside Halloween and Thanksgiving. So often you hear Spirit of the Season during this time of year. The true essence of the holiday season is allowing Spirit into our hearts and lives.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t celebrate the joy and excitement of Christmas or our holiday of choice. Listen to the music, hear the laughter and feel the excitement of the children, as our homes, center and communities become an expression of the spirit of the season.
As we decorate our trees, light our menorah, wrap our gifts and illuminate our gardens, let us be constantly in touch with the love in our hearts and the flame burning brightly of Spirit within us. In this way, everything we do during this time of year will be a reflection of our true nature and being.
As we gather with our own family and our spiritual family, let us be sure to remember those with us and in Spirit. By taking the time to remember family and friends who were once here with us, we draw their energy and love into our hearts even more this time of year. What a gift to give yourself, the warmth and embrace of all your soul family during the holidays.
As we choose each gift, let our hearts guide us while we focus on why we’re giving, not what we’re giving. By wrapping each present with the Love and Light of Spirit, we are exchanging the most valuable gift of all. Look beyond those who are near you, even strangers, and offer a smile, a kind word, and even a spontaneous gift.
By Being our Spirit during the holidays, everything we offer, receive, share and do will be filled with the energy and essence that changes our lives and those around us. Let us Deck the Halls, bring Joy to the World, share Peace on Earth and join together as a true spiritual family celebrating Spirit IN the Season.
May your holidays be filled with the true sacred and divine desires of your heart and soul. Happy Holidays!
Be the Gift of Thanksgiving by Jim Toole
We are at the time of year that has us take a closer look at what we’re thankful for. In life there are different directions we can look. As we frequently do, we can look around us and see what is in our lives and in the world. All we can see outside of us has emerged from another direction we can look, within.
It is a shift from being thankful for what you have to being thankful for who you are. This is the origin of your expression, experience and manifestation in your life. It is about changing the way you relate to the world and what’s in it to “inside out”.
By taking the time to look more closely at who we are and what that is within, we can easily find so much to be powerfully thankful for. I would go as far as to say that everything that we seek outside of ourselves is to experience these treasures that we are at our core.
I believe these “qualities of life” that are our very nature, a reflection of the qualities of our soul as our spirit, are what we are seeking in our expression, experience and manifestation in life. By bringing our attention and intention to who we truly are within, we amplify, intensify and profoundly enhance the reflection of them.
Some of these qualities are love, peace, joy, beauty, inspiration and freedom. as we choose to be and become these qualities of life, it transforms our experience of life as we know it. Through the law of attraction and other spiritual principles, we then draw to our self and create more of what we’re choosing to be and become.
The song says what the world needs now is love sweet love. It certainly does, and so much more. When we are in touch with our true nature within we naturally bring more of it into our lives and the world. This shows up as us being more compassionate, understanding, kind, accepting, caring and considerate. Our lives become something we can easily be more thankful for, and at the same time we are making our life and the world a better place.
The beauty of this is that we don’t have to find, gather or collect anything to be able to share the most powerful gift we are. The more we are of it, the more it shows up within us, as us and as a catalyst for change. Change that can bring gratitude to the minds and hearts of all of us.
With so much attention being placed on what’s going on in the world, the way it’s being portrayed and interpreted, now is the time to bring the treasures of our Spirit to the world as the gift given and received. This Thanksgiving and every day this year, let us give thanks for what we have, and even more importantly let us be the gift that keeps on giving of love, peace, joy, beauty and freedom, for ourselves, each other and the world.