The Holidays Are Here!

Holidays, Holidays, Holidays! Yes, I am repeating myself, but the reality is this: it is now THE Holiday Season.

And while this special Season of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years is usually designated as a time for enjoyment and fun, the holidays (and other special days) can also be difficult, as we who have lost loved ones — especially recently — recognize.

For many folks right now, especially in some of our most beautiful States hit by tragedy — for example, the California fires — events are taking their toll on many lives and families. Thankfully, there is an outpouring of Love from people who want to help.

I have always admired those volunteers who step up to help others in need. Performing “in the clutch,” as they say.

I am also very amazed at those who have so little in the material (Earthly) realm, yet who can nonetheless selflessly share what they do have. And in the process help themselves and others understand the human condition.

Which reminds me of our loved ones in Spirit, who are still our guiding lights.

Recently, there were so many heroic acts that I heard and read about, involving the recent tragedies. Some stories really touched my heart, two especially.

One: There was a woman who had given birth during the fires. She wasn’t able to leave the hospital immediately because she had a C-section. The woman entrusted her son, Lincoln, to a man to care for her son during the fires. (Her husband and two girls were away somewhere else, and safe.)

Once the woman got released from the hospital, she drove toward her house that had been burned to the ground. Along the way, she met the man who was caring for Lincoln. How’s that for a synchronicity?

Later, she drove by her property and thought to herself that she was a “blessed woman,” given all that she had experienced. How’s that for a positive attitude?

Another story I heard involved an elderly 90-year old lady who was trapped in her house. A nearby sanitation worker saw her, rescued her, and drove four hours to safety. He got to hear wonderful stories from her 90-years of life. I’m sure many of them involved Christmas.

And yes, Christmas is once again on the way. Most often, we will not remember the presents we received under the Christmas tree — twenty, thirty, fifty or however many years ago. But, I think most of us will remember those very special gifts — a new bicycle, a doll, or an air gun perhaps. Or for those really lucky folks, a special trip that the family saved for, took, and enjoyed.

Very special memories like those exist in your heart, and are there to stay. Reflect, and enjoy!

Here’s hoping you’ll be experiencing some very special moments this holiday season, more happy moments to remember.

And let me say here, in my last newsletter of 2018, that I am very Thankful for connecting with so many of you and your loved ones in Spirit. Something I plan to continue to do, and be so honored to do, in the future.

And, if I may also suggest, keep your hearts open to receive all the Love you attract and deserve. That philosophy extends not only to you, but to all of your loved ones here, there, and everywhere — including, of
course, to those on the Other Side.

And, as always, let us be thankful for what we do have.

My last event of the year with be with Thomas John. The event is called “ Home for the Holidays,” to be held in Sturbridge MA.

Have a warm, loving, and heartfelt holiday. Share that Love because there is so much GOOD to go around.

Suggestions for Brightening the Holidays, Even Through Grief

We come again to the end of another year, and another Christmas Holiday awaits us. For many, this is a very wonderful time, while for others the holiday brings up sad memories of our loved ones who are no longer with us in the physical, especially if they have made their transition recently. I know how difficult this can be because missing our loved ones totally changes how we feel and what we do – during the Christmas season especially. Sometimes it seems like we have a hole in our heart. But do the best you can and remember that our beloved DPs are watching over us and want nothing more than for us to be happy. Often being happy is much easier said than done, most certainly if you are still working your way thru the grieving process. However, throughout the years I’ve discussed with others how they manage to celebrate the Christmas holiday when someone they love so much is no longer here in the physical. I’ve gotten a lot of good suggestions. Here’s a list of my favorites:

  1. Hug those you love and those who need love. Thank them for being in your life.
  2. Make a list of whom to shop for, and/or those you want to reach out and touch, during this season of love.
  3. Send out cards, with candle lighting announcements to those you want to reach. For example, “I’ll be lighting a candle for our cousin . . . on Christmas Eve at 8pm Eastern time. Please join me in your thoughts.”

  4. Purchase enough candles to burn throughout the month of December to remind yourself and those around you that Love is immortal, and that it is important to celebrate the lives of those now on the Other Side, even if we can’t see them.
  5. Prepare and mail out cards to those who may be grieving, and express your own positive thoughts as best you can.
  6. Consider decorating your home in the Christmas spirit. If those you love who have crossed over enjoyed decorating, you can do it in their honor.
  7. Plan and carry out huge random acts of kindness, the kind that your departed loved ones would enjoy seeing you perform – remember they are watching!
  8. Smile, and bring nature into your home, perhaps with a new potted plant.
  9. Call, text, write, Skype or visit those with whom you feel a special connection.
  10. Know always in your heart that your loved ones on the other side of the curtain hear you, and laugh with you in joy, as you think of them during the holiday season.

I can tell you that one of the messages that I receive over and over from our DPs is that they DO want us to enjoy this wonderful time of the year, even tho they are not here in the physical. Remember that they are and will always be near us, in our heart, mind and spirit . . . especially when we can take a moment to close our eyes and open ourselves up to listen.

Here’s a short poem for our loved ones . . .

Christmas is a time of year
to go and spread the Christmas cheer
it’s not about presents
but about sharing the love that everyone needs
Christmas brings wishes you hope will come true
especially for the someone so precious to you
a mother, a father, son, or grandmother, uncle, or daughter’s love cannot be replaced
or the smiling you think about that shows on your face
when you think about them . . .
it is always
that place in our heart that we will always love the most

Reminder: Sunday December 8th at 7pm is the worldwide candle lighting ceremony. Join in and feel the spirit! Details are available here.

Have a wonderful holiday season. Love to all those you love, here and in your heart and soul.

Happy Holidays!

Awwwww December!  The month of so much going on at every level of our being.  Moments of feeling overwhelmed with all there is to buy, and a time for seeing family members and the many issues that go along with that. Factor in the so-called end of the world in 2012-at least according to some (in my opinion inaccurate) interpretations of the Mayan calendar-and December 2012 promises to be one heck-of-a ride.  And we are already on our way!

Okay kids…slow down and take a few deep breaths.  Remember to be thankful once again for all the good things you have.  For there are many people out there who would want nothing more than to be able to be buying those gifts, or seeing their family once again.  Especially this year, as a result of superstorm Sandy.  Remember those less fortunate, and count your blessings.  And if you are among the victims of Sandy or some other life-changing event, I very much hope that you are getting help and support from those around you who care.

For those who would give anything to be able to buy that very precious child every present in the store but cannot, because tragically, you have lost your son or daughter, I hold a special place for you in my heart.  Please know and remember, the children who have passed are safe, and loved, and happy where they are right now.  And that beautiful place is only a thought away.  Connect and feel their Love, at will.

As we know, one very special way to Love is to care for others. Kudos to those of you who do.  Some of you, I know, go above and beyond the call by caring for those for whom no one else will care for.  You do the job just because it is who you are, and what you are about.  Blessings to all of you who honor the call.

Returning to the Mayan calendar for a moment.  The key date is 12/21/12, and I’m betting there will be a world beyond that point.  I will be traveling to Mexico and the Mayan ruins to greet the winter solstice.  I know in my heart that 2102 is not the end of the world, but more an ending to life as we know it.  Changes await us, as we enter a highly spiritual cycle.  That can and should be a wonderful thing, because as we go through all these changes, our souls will have an opportunity to progress.  And that my friends is why we are here.

I am truly looking forward to being at the Mexican pyramids for the winter solstice.  It is an honor to be part of the Mayan ceremony honoring December 21, 2012.  And a pretty big deal for this homebody, evidenced by the fact that I have agreed to travel around the Christmas holiday, which is very unusual for me.  But…I’ll be doing it because it’s very important to me energy-wise.

May this holiday season of Love be there for all of you to listen, to be, and to welcome. Never stop sharing your Love.  For that is truly what life is all about.  Love-the most basic and yet most significant aspect of our journey.

My holiday wish for all of you is this:  Send and keep sending Love to others, and know that the Love you send is felt by those who very much need to be reminded of the power of Love.