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Photo by TedGrussing.com

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Here’s my latest Red Rocker Chat video: Five Step Affirmative Prayer

And the print version if you prefer:

Affirmative prayer or treatment is the form of prayer I was taught. Instead of begging or beseeching God to help us we are stating our intention in a powerful and positive way. You can also use this form of prayer to express pure gratitude. Remember to connect with Spirit when everything is going good too, coming from that place of love and thanks.

When I used to teach children in Sunday School at New Vision Spiritual Growth Center how to do affirmative prayer, I would teach them with these words and actions:
God is all there is! -use your hands to make a large circle, like the whole world
I am all that God is. -Bring your hands into your chest.
I am happy or I am smart or I have a new friend etc. -Holding palms out flat to receive.
Thank you God! -Clapping
I let it go. And so it is! -Hands and arms opening into the air.
The adult version goes like this:
Five Step Affirmative Prayer/Treatment with short examples of each step.

Recognition – God is all there is. It is in the mountains, a drop of water and the ocean. Spirit is unlimited, creative genius.

Unification – I am all that Spirit is. I am the creative energy that Spirit is, I am the grace that Spirit is, I am that which It is.

Affirmation – I have completed my super spirit charged, psychic development book, which inspires and empowers people to use their gifts. Or Money is flowing to me in ever increasing amounts.

Gratitude – Thank you, thank you, thank you Spirit for the creativity and commitment you have so generously shared with me. I am so grateful for the inspiration all around me, the beauty of a spring day, the love of my friends, the power and majesty of the mountains.

Release – I release these words into the action of Universal law, knowing that it is complete – it is done. And so it is!

Suggestions for use:
Make it your’s, use words that resonate with you. Do write it positively and in the present tense.
I believe that the most important element is the feeling you bring to your treatment. If you are just repeating words by rote or out of obligation please rethink it. Make it meaningful to you!
Some people like to write their prayers, others choose not to. Again use what works for you. I personally have gone through phases of both. When I was first working with affirmative prayer or treatments as we call them in Religious Science, I wrote my prayers, it helped me to learn the steps and see when my treatments were lifeless.
When you release it, RELEASE IT! You don’t have to worry about how it will happen, how to do it is not our problem; the Universe knows how to make it happen. Get your ego out of the way and trust. Do you want to put your faith in Spirit or Fear? Right, Spirit! So let it go.
Practice, practice, practice. When you practice and see results, you will gain confidence and faith. Use those spiritual muscles!

Enjoy your divine connection with love and joy, BakeR

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www.tedgrussing.com

Love Your Guides!

Have you ever gone to an enlightening and illuminating spiritual retreat where you felt completely connected to your guides, angels and animal totems? Where you experienced visions or intense feelings, heard voices or experienced Kundalini awakenings? But then you went home and you wondered why the angels, guides and totems deserted you. Where the heck did they go? Why were you so connected at the retreat but not at home?

At the retreat you opened up to the energies and played in the mystical realm. You rode the wave of expansion created by the synchronistic energy of a group of people coming together to learn, experience and practice new skills, creating an intense level of awareness. Your focus and energy were completely centered on learning these new skills; there were no distractions. But alas you had to go home, chop wood, carry water, pay bills, cook, clean and maybe even find time to work your day job.

 

Well that’s just great, but how can you create the same connection with your guides at home?

Practice, practice, practice. Yes, practice your connection. Create time to spend with your guides. Like a relationship with a good friend (which they are) you must nurture that relationship. The more you connect with them, the more you will learn from them and the easier it will be to connect. If you can carve out time for a Starbucks coffee, or to watch the latest series on Netflix you can make time to work with your guides. Find ten minutes (longer if possible) a day to sit in quiet and invite them in.

Create a sacred space – A small altar with a candle, crystals, rocks, feathers, icons, any items that help you create the mood to sit quietly and connect. It might be just a special chair in the corner by a sunny window. This is where you sit when your intention is to connect with spirits, guides, animal totems, fairies, or angels. It is your own private vortex, where the energy feels right.

When I’m doing private readings at home I sit in my red rocker instead of at my desk. I can connect with my guides when I’m sitting at my desk, but the rocker feels better. A bead and feather dance necklace from Peru decorates the wall, a brass Buddha that’s been with me for forty plus years sits amongst labradorite, spirit stone, clear quartz, selenite, rocks, shells and a crow wing that I found at West Fork trail head. My grandmothers yarn basket with a few small balls of yarn sits at my feet. These things move and are replaced at will but the space always feels just right. It’s my special place to talk with my earthly and spiritual friends. Some days I play music other days I don’t. There are no particular items you should or must include in your sacred space, use the items that help you feel a connection with spirit world. It can be completely barren white walls if that is what calls to you.

Your guides are friends; treat them as such. Call on them in good times and bad. Send gratitude for the light they bring to your life, ask them to intervene, to play the muse, to walk with you, to laugh with you, to create with you.

Like friends, the guides love to hear from you. When they know they are important to you they will share guidance and information. Don’t always expect big flashy fireworks, loud voices or a knock on the head. Their presence is usually more like a chill up your spine, hair raising goose bumps on your arms, a quiet whispering “why don’t you try that path”, knowing the correct street to turn on, that old song on the radio that speaks to you, or a friend calling at exactly the moment you thought of them.
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Trust these subtle gifts, your guides are touching you, talking to you or maybe sending your human friend to help. Remember too that we all connect with different “clairs”, you may be clairaudient, clairvoyant, clairsentient, clairgustant, clairtangent, clairscent or a combination of some or all of these. Get quiet – remove all the distractions, silence or turn off the phone, close the computer screen and listen or feel. Be aware of the subtle ways they communicate and encourage them, let them know you hear/feel/see them

You will find that when your guides really want your attention they will demand it in not so subtle ways. Once I asked whether it was for my highest and best good to continue in a primary relationship. I said, “if the answer is yes I want to see two ravens fly over, if the answer is no, just one raven should fly over.” Standing on a mountain in southern Arizona where ravens are numerous, I knew this was possible. As I sat and meditated a lone raven flew over and did a spiral dance right over my head. In my infinite wisdom I decided that was a coincidence. Yeah right, a raven doing a spiral dance right over my head was a coincidence! I was really resisting this answer and my ego gave me a perfect rationalization.

The story gets better, as I drove home I saw a lone raven fly off a tree on the left side of the road; he landed in the middle of the road right in front of my car and strutted around like he was king of the road. Needless to say, I had to stop and watch this little parade or slaughter the king.
IMG_0497-300x200-ravenBut my guides still weren’t done with me. Around a half mile later another raven flew from the right side of the road and again landed on the road in front of my car, looking right at me. Wow, really? Granted I was only going about 25 MPH on this long dirt road, but never in my life had a glossy black raven landed on the road in front of my car. It took me another year or so to end the relationship (back then I was a slow learner) but I’ve never forgotten those stunning ravens. By the way, I knew it was time to end the relationship, this was just a very strong confirmation that I needed to take the necessary steps. I stopped that day and gave thanks for the guidance, but as always I had free will to follow through or not.
Your guides are there for you always, in all ways. Do you want to spend time with them? Then just do it. Get quiet, go in and invite them to be with you. Thank them for their time and send love and light back to them.

 

May your days be filled with love, guidance and connection with your spiritual friends,
BakeR

Please tell me how you love your guides in the comments below…many blessings!

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Shaman's Cave

Here’s a little video to inspire you:

Sometimes 240 degrees is enough!

 

And if you prefer to read it here’s the text:

I climbed Thorny Butte today! “Why does that deserve an exclamation mark?”, you might ask. Because, I’ve tried to climb it before and found it an almost impermeable forest of cacti and underbrush, hence the name I gave it, Thorny Butte. Yet I know that amongst the cacti are beautiful flowers, some orangey ones sprouting from the prickliest prickly pear, tiny purple and yellow ones growing right up between the spines and tall pale pink  tubular flowers under a scrubby tree. The flowers found their way, so could I.

Today I approached from the right side off an old jeep trail. There it was, a path I hadn’t noticed before, someone had gone before me cutting a path through the rock and brush. It didn’t always look like I expected it to look…there were times today when my path cut through undergrowth and over rocks, but it was still there.

There were times I thought I had lost it, but then it would appear, faintly pointing the direction I needed to go. I often questioned if I should follow the path, I was alone and  it was steep, but I asked my guides, I  listened and knew that I was safe. I trusted my inner guidance to lead me in the right direction as much as I trusted the path.

The last five feet were impenetrable, I couldn’t actually get to the top without forcing my way and I didn’t have the proper tools to make it. The view was still breathtaking even five feet from the top, I couldn’t see 360 degrees but sometimes 240 is enough!

  • Don’t give up, keep looking for your path, it may be around the next bend.
  • It’s okay to follow in another’s footsteps if you can’t find the way.
  • Don’t forget what goes up has to come down, save some energy for the descent.
  • Trust your inner GPS.
  • Be grateful for those who came before!

Namaste, BakeR 

To tap into that inner GPS and much more, join me for the upcoming Dance in the Light women’s retreat June 6-9th here in exquisite Sedona. Click here for all the details.

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BE BOLD!

Mamacita has been playing in my brain lately, so I decided to give her the forum today!  Her words seem so simple, and yet the Truth always is.

Mamacita, what changes are coming?

Energetic, there is a shift happening. You are moving into the feminine energies – loving, caring, compassion, grace, forgiveness.   And yes, there is still a warrior Spirit if needed – witness a mother bear protecting her cubs.  But women will never send their son/daughters off to a needless war.

How can we survive these changes?

Love, Love and more love!  No matter what happens – ask, “What would Love do now?”  And forgiveness – you must learn to forgive quickly.  Remember most people attack out of fear – FEAR – false emotions appearing real.  Separate the person from the action and forgive them to the core of their being.   That core, that essence of Spirit that is perfect, whole and complete.

What should we do now?

Move powerfully into Truth, in every phase of your life.  Be authentic, live in integrity, be bold and courageous in your Truth. There is no more time for hiding who you really are.  There is no more time to waste in a life of misery, pain and suffering.  You are here to live in joy, in love, in truth.

Mamacita, this is nothing new, don’t you have some profound words of wisdom for us?

LOVE IS PROFOUND! Especially in the face of conceived evil.  But since you need a little more help here are a few more words of wisdom:

*        Gratitude – be grateful for all you have right now

*        Faith – put your faith in Spirit not in fear

*        Grace – allow grace to permeate all you do

*        Inspire – inspire another person today, show them love, show them joy, show them courage. Remember what you give – you receive.

*        Light – a tiny candle can illuminate the dark

*        Courage – Walk your Talk!

I ask you, “Has Spirit ever let you down?  Really???”      Go in Love.

Mamacita, is there anything else?

Yes, you know I invented the acronym, KISS – keep it simple sweetie.  It is really simple; if you want to live in joy – be joyous. If you want to be loved – love.  If you want to be abundant – be grateful.  If you want to be courageous – leap and the net will appear.  If you want to live – get up every morning and greet the day with a big kiss!  I LOVE YOU!

Thank you Mamacita!  Anytime, de nada!

Call me now to speak directly with Mamacita (trust me she’s amazing) or to book your FREE 30-minute coaching session! Call 602.999.2493.

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GET OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY, STEP INTO LOVE AND LET GO

As I embark on this new journey the question has been, “Will people accept me in this new role, will they be warm and fuzzy or will they be cold and serpent like?  The answer of course is I have to follow my heart and  follow Spirit.

Fear is what keeps me separate from you, if I let my fear control me  then I will not reach out to you. I will not tell the world what I’m doing and I will continue to hide my light under the basket.   I will not be able to love and support you if I continue to hide.  And what I choose to do now is love and support you!

Just as I chose to step into this “snake pit”, I choose now to step into my true essence, yes it’s scary, yes  sometimes it seems too big and I wonder what makes me so sure I can do this.  But the Truth is I can’t do anything else now, I have chosen a new life and dammit I know it is the right thing.  This trip to Peru working with Shamans in the Amazonian jungle and Andes Mountains was among the scariest 24 days of my life, but I came out a new person, ready to make this transformation, and indeed I could not deny the calling any longer.

Rainbow Boa/Anaconda/My feet - stepping out of FEAR, Into LOVE!

Sometimes it’s necessary to get out of our own way.  When we want to create or manifest something , WHO is in the way?  Oh yeah baby,  there’s three fingers pointing right back at you and me! Yep, it’s true, I’m the one who doesn’t think it’s possible, who comes up with a myriad of reasons why it won’t work, who fears the worst.  What is the worst anyway?  In my imagination the worst is I fail, lose everything, end up on the street – or in the woods in my case, with nothing and no one.  Is this really possible – wow I think not!  I’ve failed before, didn’t kill me, here I am in Sedona, living a great life.  So what’s really in the way – FEAR!!!  When I’m in FEAR, love does not exist.  I’m certainly not loving myself when I’m in FEAR.   I know that what I think, what I believe is what I will create, therefore if I continue with these negative thoughts, guess what I’m creating?  Yes, that’s right, more icky, yucky crap.  If I’m putting my faith in fear, then I’m certainly not putting my faith in Love/God/Spirit. Putting faith in fear happens when I let the fear monster take over my thoughts, when I put more credence in my fears than in Spirit’s ability to walk me through them.  When I step out of Love and into Fear!

  • I challenge you to think back about some situation, event or disaster in your life.  Reenact the fear and worry…now tell me if the worry, the agony, the fear really changed anything.  Did it free you up to act or did it paralyze you and hold you hostage?
  • At some point were you able to let go of the fear? Did you surrender?  What happened then?

My guess is when you stepped out of Fear,   you were able to act, you made conscious decisions and moved forward.  I remember the bus trip down the mountain in the Andes, hairpin curves, a creaky old bus, pouring rain in an intense thunder and lightning storm.  I was terrified and the voice said, “I have brought you through all this, why would I let you die now?  You have things to do.”   I surrendered, relaxed and enjoyed one of the most stunning storms I had ever witnessed.  The lightning was magnificent at that altitude!

When I put my faith in fear, then my prayers sound like this:  Dear God, please help me, if you take care of this I will do/or not do_________ everyday I swear!!!

When  I choose to step into Love, when I choose to put my faith in Love,  my affirmative prayer now sounds like this:   I know that God/Love is all there is. I am what God is, there is no separation. I hereby claim Love in everything I do, I come from Love in every situation, I put my faith in Love.  I release these words into Universal Law. And so it is! Granted this is a simplified version but actually it’s all we have to do.  I’ve used this simple version when witnessing an accident to send protection and love. You CAN choose to step into Love and out of Fear right now.  Give up your addiction to worry and fear….choose Joy and Love instead!

Create a great week fortyfour times!

Many blessings! BakeR

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