Book Review: REVEAL – A Sacred Manual for Getting Spiritually Naked by Meggan Watterson

“Happiness comes when all that I am is being utilized. Happiness comes when what exists within me is being shared. Happiness is being aware of the gift of love I possess and then getting blessed with the opportunity to give it away.” 	- Meggan Watterson This book was like sitting down and talking with one of your girlfriends who is also into spirituality… only she is way cooler and has way more amazing stories too. The writing was very approachable and gave a wonderful feminine slant to the spiritual world/religions. (Might be a tad too feminine for most of you dudes, but you should read it anyway for the interesting facts and thoughts throughout.) It is those facts and thoughts that had me thinking, “well, that is interesting!” so many times throughout the book. The best part about them was how Watterson interweaves these teachings about women spiritual leaders/figures (from various religions) in a way that is in no way school booky. Honestly, it is like your cool girlfriend is telling you an interesting story. The only thing I felt that was really missing from this book was photos. The writer reverences images quite often and it would be nice to have those images right there too. (But then again the original Di Vinci Code books books didn’t have them either and that book did fine.) ;o)

 Some bit from the book I particularly liked:

“One of the definitions of a miracle is simply to make wonderful…. a miracle is simply “a shift in perspective.”

“You may not be where you wanted or expected to be at this point in your life, but you can choose to acknowledge that you are right were you need to be.

This does not mean that where you are is not painful or frustrating. But it does mean that you have the power to change your life in an instant, simply by changing your perspective.”

We just cannot underestimate the power of changing our perspective, or our attitude. This tiny little shift can completely transform our experience of everything. AND, it is completely within our control. I love the thought that you have the power to change everything simply by changing your perspective.

“If we didn’t have baggage, if we didn’t have dark, troubling stories in our lives, how would we ever get to practice the power of our love? What if every traumatic event we’ve endured, every regretful choice we’ve made, is actually an opportunity for the soul to spread its wings? We lift the weight of what has held us down by choosing to believe that everything in our lives has happened for our soul’s formation. It has not only happened for a reason but happened exactly when it needed to.”

This is such a good thought to keep in mind when we go through those moments of “why me?” Why you? Well, because you are like everyone else. Because everyone goes through things and has to deal with things at times. EVERYONE. Even the most enlightened among us! And whatever issue you are facing is happening so that maybe you will grow. So choose to grow instead of complain. (People will like you better if you do too.)

“… there is really only one thing of importance in my life – cultivating the capacity to love.”

This theme seems to be coming up more and more and more and more I am seeing it’s truth. Ahhh.

“In those moments when fear eclipses what we want most for our lives, it is crucial to be able to connect to the still, calm voice that has a tight grasp on our greatest potential.”

Love it! Keep calm and listen BEFORE you jump into action. But then remember…

“… the soul-voice is that one voice that is always and in all circumstances the voice of unconditional love. ‘Choose,’ I heard my own soul ask me. ‘Choose love even now.'”

Yep, even when it is hard. But just to clarify, as Watteson will tell you too, don’t forget to love YOURSELF too. Don’t be a doormat in the name of love.

This next quote was an excerpt from an article by Ian McEwan:

“There was really only one thing for her to say, those three words that all the terrible art, the worst pop songs and movies, the most seductive lies, can somehow never cheapen. I love you.

She said it over and again before the line went dead. And that is what they were all saying into their phones, from the hijacked planes and the burning towers. There is only love, and then oblivion. Love was all they had to set against the hatred of their murderers.”

What a shift in perspective about such a horrible event. Amidst everything, so much love poured out into the world. So powerful!

“… I was happy – and it wasn’t the fleeting kind of happiness that relies on something or someone else to maintain it…[I was happy because] every gift that existed within me was called upon.

I found my own definition of happiness; I had tasted it. Happiness comes when all that I am is being utilized. Happiness comes when what exists within me is being shared. Happiness is being aware of the gift of love I possess and then getting blessed with the opportunity to give it away.”

Holy smokes! I love that. Isn’t that just the best feeling ever? When you can contribute with all your gifts and with love to boot? Oh, baby, I love that.

Lots of good bits in this book that will give you plenty to think about.



FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

Ask the question (SSN)

Before answers can come, a question must be made…

Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you: For everyone who asks receives; and everyone who searches finds; and everyone who knocks the door will be opened. Matthew 7: 7-8

“One of the unerring Truths in the Universe is that there is already provided a lavish abundance for every human want. In other words, the supply of every good always awaits the demand. Another Truth is that the demand must be made before the supply can come forth to fill it.”
– H. Emilie Cady, Lessons in truth

This is why you ask the question. You send out the request to the Universe! You activate the Laws of Attraction with your questions.

When in doubt, try this:

“Invariably, the question to ask when stumped is: ‘What am I not thinking of that I could be thinking of?’ Or put another way, ‘What am I not considering that’s otherwise obvious?”
– Mike Dooley “Manifesting Change”

Takeaway: In order to receive an answer, you have to first ask the question.

The “Need” to Know God (SSN)

I feel like Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is missing something. I feel like it is missing being able to understand your relationship with God/the Universe/All. I’m not sure if it should actually top the pyramid or perhaps it should be the base, or perhaps….

…the more you understand your relationship with All and have faith in God,  the other needs actually start to dissolve into known givens….

Actually, I think with a few core beliefs, we start to take care of the needs. So let’s approach it like scientists.

IF, we believe (as I do, and perhaps you don’t):

1. God is in everyone and everything.

2. The entire world is interconnected. Your thoughts and actions affect the world you experience and influence.

3. Your inner attitude and thoughts will change your experience of the physical world. You are a co-creator of your experience. (Yes, I 100% believe in the Laws of Attraction.)

4. You are a unique being, created with the gifts you have to serve a purpose in the universe. Embrace who you are while allowing others to be themselves; to learn and grow with their gifts, at their pace.

5. The universe always provides me what I desire or a path to what I desire. (Sometimes we just need to Unscribble it to find that path.)

6. Our actions can be out of love or ego. When we follow love, we all benefit. When we follow ego we struggle and feel pain.

(See complete list of what I believe here.)

THEN…

The need for Self-Actualization –
1. Morality – When we see all as one, we work to build the all. We naturally act in moral ways that help and build one another up, instead of tear them down.

2. Creativity – We see our Self as a co-creator with divine. We no longer have the need to create, because we know we are constantly co-creating with God.

3. Spontanaity – We are free to act spontaneously, for we are living more in the present, with less worry for the future and regrets over the past.

4. Problem Solving – Problems are no longer problems, just opportunities in disguise.

5. Lack of Prejudice – When we see all as one, we have no need for prejudices. Our friend down the street is not just our brother, but us.

6. Acceptance of Facts – We no longer see the world or the situation as wrong. It is as it is, as it should be, as we co-created, in order to help us grow and expand.

The Need for Esteem

1. Self-Esteem & Confidence – We know we are part of all. We are loved, we are wanted, in this we find confidence.

2. Achievement – It is no longer about our egos. Individual achievement is about your ego, not your connection with all. Or perhaps you now measure achievement differently.

3. Respect OF Others – Of course you respect others; all is one. You accept others as they are, where they are, in life.

4. Respect BY Others – Again this is ego based. You no longer need their respect. You know you are being you and being the best you can be. It no longer matters what others think.

The Need for Love/Belonging 

Before we even get to the list, you know you are loved by God and you know you belong, because if you were not needed here, you wouldn’t be here!

1. Friendship – When you act out of love and generosity, as you would when you are secure in your relationship with God – of course people will want to be friends with you!

2. Family – As you accept more, you see how family does not have to be blood relationships. You can form your “family” with whomever you choose. And the players may change over time, and there is nothing wrong with that.

3. Sexual Intimacy – Sex is great, but as we have discussed, there is more than one way to fulfill any desire. The true desire behind sex can be many things. When you know there are options to fulfill your desires – well, you know you have options. Knowing you can fulfill your desires often helps to dissolve the focus on the perceived lack.

The Need for Safety

1. Of Body, Family, Health, Morality & Property – If you know you are a co-creator of your experience, you will create an environment that is safe. When is the last time you really felt unsafe?

2. Of Employment & Resources – Two quotes from Erik Butterworth’s “Spiritual Economics” make the point:

“A person who keeps conscious that the divine flow is ever centered within one has faith that limitless substance will find expression through him or her in the form of creative ideas, ingenuity, the will to work, and a security of work opportunities.”

“The Universe owes you a living! Yes, we are saying owes you a living. Note: We are not saying the world owes you a living. Actually, the world owes you nothing. You are a creative expression of the Universe, with the responsibility to let your light shine. Thus you owe the world a life. But in all the many ways you apply yourself in the world, the Universe owes you complete support.”

The Physiological Needs

(Breath, Food, Water, Sex, Sleep, Homeostasis, Excretion)

This one is harder to see, but let me share some great thoughts from a few others to delve into this:

From Deepak Chopra’s “The Third Jesus: The Christ We cannot Ignore”

“God will provide…

‘And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?
And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, you of little faith?’ Matthew 6:27-30

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus offers an idea so simple and revolutionary that it overturns everything we assume about existence. The idea is this: let God take care of everything. In this verse, even the most basic necessity, clothing, is given over to God. But Jesus knew that the making of clothes requires work. So, what could he mean by saying that God provides it?

The crux of the matter is freedom. If you are free from the burden of toil, worry and suffering, you can see that everything is provided by nature. Normally we think of ourselves as complex creatures, the exact opposite of lilies in a field, because our existence depends on struggle. In Jesus’ eyes this is a mistake. Since we are closer to God in our ability to be aware, God provides for us even more than he provides for plants and animals. But the way he provides isn’t the same. Being conscious we receive our sustenance through the mind. The physical world itself came from God’s mind and when we draw close to God, all of creation becomes part of us. In a very real sense, we are clothed by divine glory. Without faith, this glory is hidden from sight. We feel that the world is separate from us. And often hostile to our needs. It is necessary for Jesus in his higher state of consciousness to hold out a vision that will free us from this limited perception. Once that happens, we find ourselves basking effortlessly in glory. Like the lilies of the field, believe in a vision, but…

strive first for the kingdom of God and all of these things will be given to you as well. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33-34

…He has built up to this moment .. be declaring that God takes care of all the necessities of life – food, clothing, shelter… [Jesus says to:] Work towards the highest vision. The Kingdom of God is an inner state. Instead of pointing to anything in the outer world, Jesus points here -where reality is created and therefore where it can be fulfilled.

But remember…

“God can do no more for you than God can do through you.”
-Erik Butterworth, “Spiritual Economics”

I must admit that I started this post with the intention or thought that knowing God and understanding your relationship to all was just part of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs… but I let it flow out, and lead me where it would. (I love it when that happens!) Now it seems like our relationship to All is the basis through which all your needs could be met.

This one is making my mind spin… I’ll try to think on it more and add more later. 😉

BUT, I will contend that by working the Unscribbling process you are creating the same mind set as above. And as we know, the book presents it in a non-religious or spiritual way.

Takeaway: The “needs” dissolve with faith and understanding.

 

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A True Desire is Not to HAVE but to BE (SSN)

Building upon the idea that behind every want is a deeper desire for a feeling or an experience you would like to have, let’s look at another brilliant quote from “Spiritual Economics” by Eric Butterworth:

“The exciting truth is you can have all that you desire. It is a concept that raises a lot of false expectations and gives rise to many objections. You may say ‘I certainly have desired many things that have not been realized.’ But we have not really listened to our desires, because our consciousness is too often centered in sense appetites and covetous urges. A true desire is not to HAVE but to BE. We are whole creatures in potential, and the true purpose of desire is to unfold that wholeness, to become what we can be. As Goethe says, ‘Desire is the presentiment of our inner abilities, and the forerunner of our ultimate accomplishments.’ “

Keeping this quote in mind, go beyond asking yourself what feeling or experience you are looking to have and ask yourself:

  • Who and what do I want to BE?
  • What part of my complete self do I want to experience?
  • What inner ability do I want to develop?

Takeaway: A true desire is not to have but to be.

 

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He would not give up his buts (SSN)

For those of you not coming to this link from the book, we are discussing how to eliminate the “buts” that we add on to our desires. For instance: I want to lose weight, but I don’t have time to work out. We are discussing how to look at the “but” and find the desire in the but in order to solve for that “problem/desire.” In this case, a possible desire hidden in the but is: “I desire more free time away from responsibilities.”

The point is to move past your buts and excuses and create the life you desire.

In my research and reading, I came across this quote and just wanted to share it with the you guys.…

“There is a lesson in the Bible about a man who is waiting by the baptismal pool to be healed by the waters that have been stirred by an angel. He had been there, lame, for thirty-eight years. Jesus asks him if he would like to be healed. The man says, “Yes, but…” He then starts to give all sorts of excuses as to why he cannot be healed. There really was only one reason: He would not give up his “buts.”… In order for us to move forward in our lives, we must let go of the word but as an excuse. The Bible lesson mentioned above ends with Jesus saying to the man, “Pick up thy bed and walk.” The interesting thing to note here is that Jesus does not reach down to help the man up; he doesn’t even offer his hand. He simply says to get up. Once we give up our buts, we get to live our lives full out without any excuses…”
Science of Mind magazine, August 2010, Eugene D. Holden

Give up your “but” and move on with your life. Give up your limited thinking and see that there is a solution to every desire. This is so-so-so one of the main points I want to get through with Unscribbling – stop making excuses! Look for solutions to your true desires.

We will talk more about being a victim later, but for now, acknowledge that your buts are your own invention. For within every desire is a solution. In your but is a desire. Look for that and solve for that. (For those of you who don’t have the book, let me just say that makes a TON more sense in the context of the book. Sorry about this vague post.)

Takeaway: Stop making excuses. Stop focusing on your lack and see the possibilities and the solutions that are always present.

Unanswered Prayers (SSN)

So if we are deserving of having our desires fulfilled, how come sometimes they are not fulfilled? How come some of our prayers go unanswered?

If you are a LOA (Laws of Attraction) person, it is as simple as this….

“Almost everyone prays at one time or another. Why then are so many prayers unanswered? For many reasons! One is that, even as we pleaded, we held in the back of our mind all the reasons why our desires might NOT be granted. Then, when our mental blockages prevented the answer, we said something like, ‘Perhaps it is not God’s will that I receive this answer.’ This is a form of blasphemy. We blamed God for what our own minds were doing.

Providence does not implant desires within us in order to mock us, but in order that they be fulfilled. The blocking of man’s worthy desires is against the laws of nature.”

“Basic Principles of the Science of Mind” By Dr. Fredrick Bailes

If you believe that all things happen for a reason, try this on for size… Unanswered prayers and struggles are,

“a force that appears to be negative, but actually shows you how to realize your Personal Legend. It prepares your spirit and your will, because there is one great truth on this planet: whoever you are, or whatever it is that you do, when you really want something, it’s because that desire originated in the soul of the universe. It’s your mission in earth.”
Paulo Coehlo – the Alchemist

What do I believe? Both.

1. I believe that I must feel worthy and eliminate any mental blockages to receive.

2. I believe that struggles are here to help me clarify my thoughts, return to thoughts of inclusion and love, and to steer me in a direction that is better for me than I could have possibly imagined. Or, teach me something I need to learn to support me in fulfilling my desires.

When I pray, visualize, and make intentions for my desires, I always wish for “that, or something better.”* I trust the universe to know that something else might be better for me.

The other thing to note in both of the above quotes, is that the desire actually originated with source. (Read, “Where did your desire come from?”) Be clear that you are deserving and keep yourself open to the possibilities. Your prayer will be answered. It just might not be exactly the way you thought it would be. And THAT could be even better for you!

Takeaway: If your prayer feels unanswered, go back and make sure you are clear in your desire, your worthiness of that desire, and look for possible solutions you had not even imagined.

P.S. This is exactly why we ALWAYS stay open to other solutions in the Unscribbling process.

*I learned to ask for, “that, or something better” from one of my amazing mentors, Carol Tucker-Andrix. She teaches Science of Mind classes in Chicago. Drop me a line if you would like more info on contacting her.

Where did your desire come from? (SSN)

Have you ever asked yourself or thought about where your desires came from anyway? If all is God then… maybe the desires came from God? From the Universe? From something deeper than just you?

Contemplate the following from Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth:

“…The universal principle is ‘before they call I will answer’ (Is. 65:24) In the great unity of all life, when you have a need, the answer is already moving on its way toward you. Before you formulate a desire in mind, it is God in you desiring.”

Holy Schnickies! “…it is God in you desiring.”

Again from Spiritual Economics by Eric Butterworth:

“You are entitled to the support of God-substance in everything to which you give your mind or hands… You are a creative expression of the Universe, with the responsibility to let your light shine. Thus you owe the world a life. But in all the many ways in which you apply yourself in the world, the Universe owes you complete support.”

Take spacial note of the following:

1. “You are a creative expression of the Universe.” Again, you are part of the Universal life force. You are part of God. God is not evil. You are not evil.*

2. “…in which you apply yourself in the world, the Universe owes you complete support.”
You are worthy just by existing. You just need to APPLY yourself to get the support of the universe!

Takeaway: You are part of the Universe. You are part of God. You are worthy. But it is up to you to start moving towards your desires in order to obtain them.

*Be sure you are clear on your true desire. Remember, harming another is NEVER a true desire. See “How can I say desires are not good or bad? What about bad things, like desiring to kill someone?” in the Unscribbling book. And remember:

Takeaway: Behind any perceived desire to harm, there is a deeper desire to be discovered. One with solutions that do not involve violence.

Your purpose in life (SSN)

What is our purpose in life? … who the hell knows?! As I mention in Unscribbling:
Personally, I have a theory, that perhaps instead of one pat reason for our existence in this life, we are actually here to:
•fulfill a role within the greater whole
•to grow as an individual through our experiences
•to enjoy life

Instead of me babbling, let’s see what some bigger brains than mine say about this….

Point number one: Fulfilling a role in the greater whole…

Regarding the teaching of Confucius: “His major concerns were with stimulating individuals toward having the courage to be themselves and gain the wisdom to be an active part of the society in which they lived. In fact, the purpose of all self-actualization, according to Confucius, was to help us discover our part in the process of ordering and harmonizing with the world.”
– Leo F. Buscaglia, Ph.D. in Personhood

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” You are a whole person in a whole Universe. You are an individualize expression of the creative flow. There is something you can do that no one can do quite as uniquely as you. Somewhere there is a need for that special contribution. You are needed even as you have a need.”
– Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics

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” Your purpose can be as simple as smiling at the next stranger who comes along or being a friend in a time of need. The important thing to remember is to shine your light on a daily basis in the way that only you can. When you set that intention, you will find that you do not need to go out and find places to serve – opportunities to serve will present themselves to you with ease and grace. Serving your purpose brings joy. Joy brings gratitude. Gratitude is the creative energy that creates more opportunities for you to be grateful. It expands your ability to serve your purpose.”
– Science of Mind Magazine, August 2010 Eugene D. Holden

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“…each soul has a mission that includes the dimension of service. Spiritual evolution for humanity is a collective proposition. One reading put it bluntly, ‘You’ll not be in heaven if you’re not leaning on the arm of someone you have helped’ (no. 3352-1).

This polarity is a key to Cayce theory of the meaning of life: the inner work of self-realization on one side and compassionate service on the other. An aspect of your soul’s mission is the inner discovery process of finding you genuine, spiritual identity. And equally important, your mission and calling is to share your gifts and talents with others so tat they too can fulfill their purposes. ”

“Life has meaning because it gives you the chance to discover your true nature and to grow closer to a full companionship with God.”

“This is the meaning of life: we are in the process of becoming conscious, cocreative companions with God. The blossoming of our real nature may still be far off, but we can do things each and every day that take us a step in that direction. The purpose of life we all share is making the infinite finite – bringing spiritual qualities into individual expression.”
Mark Thurston, Pd. D., Soul Purpose: Discovering and Fulfilling Your Destiny (An Edgar Cayce Guide)

Point number 2: To grow as an individual through our experiences…

“Life is a continuous journey of evolving and expanding. See it as it is, accept and forgive, and know that new consciousness creates new images, which creates new lives.”
Science of Mind Magazine, Sept 2010 Barbara Leger

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“Two of our main goals during our lifetime are redemption and inner peace. By redemption I mean freedom. Redemption implies the overcoming of karma, through our actions and though grace… Redemption is a gradual process, inexorably leading us to our spiritual home. Once liberated, the soul may choose to return to the physical plane in order to help others along the pathway to redemption. Redemption comes from love, not suffering. When our hearts overflow with love and our love flows to the others, we are in the process of redemption. We are fulfilling and canceling our karmic debts. We are being drawn back to the bosom of God, who is ultimate love.

Achieving inner peace alone is not enough… To be living in a physical world requires physical actions: to reach out to others in order to relieve their suffering and help them along their path; to be empathetic and compassionate; to help heal the planet, its inhabitants, and its structures; to teach as well as to learn.

If you engaged in this process, you will gain inner peace – even if you haven’t a spare moment to spend in a cave.”

Messages for the Masters, Brian Weiss, M.D. p. 137-138

Point number 3: to enjoy life…

Ok, my 2 cents – God does not want you to suffer. Period! If you think he does then I HIGHLY recommend that you read “How to Know God” by Deepak Chopra.

God LOVES us. Why would he want us to suffer?

“The meaning of life, then, is to LIVE it. To BE here. To follow our hearts. Nothing HAS to happen, and there is no one we’re SUPPOSED to be other than ourselves. There’s nothing we are SUPPOSED to do and no one who needs saving.”
“Manifesting Change” By Mike Dooley

And another great Mike Dooley statement (Oh man, do I love this guys thoughts!)…

“You came here to be happy, to learn and grow, and to thrive, and it’s your prerogative to meet these ends any way that you want… You’re not here to save the world. In fact, even if that were what you most wanted to do, the very best way to approach it would be to follow your heart and find your own happiness.”
“Manifesting Change” By Mike Dooley

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“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out and eagerly without fear for newer and richer experience.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

And if you think all of the above is hogwash…

“For the meaning of life differs from man to man, from day to day and from hour to hour. What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather specific meaning of a person’s life as a given moment.”
– Viktor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning”

And in that case, I choose to believe that we are here to:
•fulfill a role within the greater whole
•to grow as an individual through our experiences
•to enjoy life

That is my choice. That is what feels right in my heart. Follow what feels right in your heart.

But remember, ultimately…

“Your life is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to God.”
– Eric Butterworth, Spiritual Economics

Takeaway: The ultimate purpose you assign to life is your choosing. For me, I feel my purpose is to: fulfill a role within the greater whole, to grow as an individual through our experiences, and to enjoy life.

 

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Intro to the Spiritual Side Notes (SSN)

First and foremost, please note that you DO NOT need to have the same spiritual beliefs as me in order to learn how to Unscribble. For that matter, you do not need to have ANY spiritual beliefs in order to use this problem solving technique. But throughout the writing of this book, I kept having the urge to interject a few spiritual thoughts. But I know that spiritual thoughts would turn off some people and they would miss all the good advice in the book so I kept them out. I realize that this book is not going to be for everyone, I am ok with that. But to have anyone put down the book because I said the word, “God”… ehh… that just did not feel productive and in the best interest of these good problem solving skills.

But I still desired to get the thoughts to those who might be interested… so I unscribbled it! And I created these “spiritual side notes” so I could be true to my thoughts and feelings and yet, not turn off the non-spiritual among us. Perfect!

Continue reading Intro to the Spiritual Side Notes (SSN)