Monday, January 28, 2008

It’s Never Too Late …

“When you feel lost, you have the tendency to doubt yourself and live life with little faith. But no matter how long you’ve felt disconnected, you can return to your source. My client Sheryl felt deeply separated from her spiritual side due to a tragic accident that took the life of her younger sister. Her story can open your eyes to the wonders of recovery and love.

When I began working with David, I hated God, and I hadn’t been to church in nearly three decades. Twenty-eight years ago, when I was a senior in high school, I witnessed my 12-year-old sister being slammed into head-on by a drunk driver while she was helping a younger child cross the highway. She landed on some crushed rock, her neck was broken, and she died instantly. The driver didn’t even stop.

Everyone told me that it was “God’s will.” I refused to accept that. How could God take the life of this beautiful, loving, vibrant, red-haired little girl who was just beginning to live life? So I completely blocked God out.

Through my writing and my coaching sessions with David, I realized that it wasn’t God that I hated so much — it was myself. I felt guilty for not being able to save my sister’s life, and I’d suppressed that feeling for a very long time. I knew that I needed to let God back into my life — I’d left Him, but He had always been with me.

I’ve opened my heart wide to God again, and some of the most beautiful things have happened and continue to happen every day. I’ve seen and heard God talk to me in so many different ways — something I thought could only happen to ministers, priests, and other spiritual leaders. I’ve heard God speak to me through the sunshine on a cold and cloudy day, the beautiful sunrise and sunset with all their amazing colors, and creative talents I’ve discovered that I never thought I had. But God talks to me the loudest and the clearest when I’m sitting on the beach, watching and listening to the ocean waves with all of their calm and peacefulness. When I’m near the ocean, God speaks to me through poetry, and although I’ve never thought of myself as a poet, the words come to me so quickly that it’s really hard to write them down fast enough.

During one coaching session with David, I could feel this bubble of total peace encircle me. I felt as if I were being lifted up and having an out-of-body experience — floating above and feeling no pain or stress. I was looking down on myself talking on the phone, and I had no idea what was happening to me. When I described to David what I was feeling, he told me it was called transcendence. It was the most glorious and heavenly feeling of peacefulness — I never wanted it to end. I felt God’s presence all around me.

By opening myself up and letting the sunshine fill me with warmth again, I know that God loves me unconditionally. He is always with me; I just need to remember to let Him in.”

(Excerpt from “Slow Down: The Fastest Way to Get Everything You Want”)

Love, Peace, David

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