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Saturday, August 27, 2011

I survived Hurricane Andrew in '92

In August of 1992, my sister Charlene moved to Miami, Florida for a new job. She secured a beautiful new two bedroom apartment in a complex called Kendall in the Hammocks, located in Miami Dade County. After a few weeks, I decided to visit her. So, I packed up my family and we headed south. The Kendall in the Hammock was a tropical paradise, we looked forward to vacationing there and her engagement party that weekend.  But we soon discovered that Miami was preparing for a hurricane. We laughed as we thought the media was sensationalizing the storm, like they sometimes did with snowstorms in the North.

But as time passed, the warning about the hurricane only heightened. We went to the grocery store and had a difficult time finding a parking space and once inside the store, the checkout lines were long and the shelves empty. We were fortunate because my sister anticipating company had stocked up on most things. We were just purchasing items for our toddler son.

 As the day wore on the weather deteriorated, the bright sunshine was replaced with clouds, a dark sky and rain drops. My sister's fiancĂ© was unable to fly in from the Bahamas; his mother was evacuated from Miami Beach and we didn't know her whereabouts. The family dinner was cancelled. By early evening the weather had turned into a bad tropical storm and within hours the storm was a hurricane. Hurricane Andrew made landfall over south Florida as a Category 5 hurricane. The wind speed of 165 miles per hour sounded like a freight train bearing down on us and at any moment we would be hit. I thought we were in a horror movie.

We prayed as we hunkered down in the hallway on one of the mattresses. It was impossible to sleep with the whistling of the wind, and then we noticed water on the kitchen floor. Checking for leaks, we discovered it was coming from behind the refrigeration and we couldn’t get to it. In the dark we mopped up the floor and waited.

Then everything stopped; we  laughed and cried. However, to our dismay, it wasn't over.  It was the quiet before the eye of the storm made its presence known. Kendall was very closed to Homestead where the eye of the hurricane touched down. It didn't go to Miami Beach where it was forecast to go, but came inland. I will never forget that terrifying night as the wind continued to threaten us with that horrific sound and the rain was endless. We could hear flying debris hitting against the window.  But finally it did stop near sunrise, and the sun burst forth bright and hot.

We ventured out and with other neighbors shared our stories of Hurricane Andrew, an uninvited guest. One neighbor related the story of how his elderly mother was asleep in the bed when his young child woke her up and pulled her out of the bed. Seconds later a branch from a tree came through the window and landed where his mother had been sleeping. Except for my sister’s apartment, most of them were unlivable. Eventually, the building was condemned.

My sister told us how she had originally put a deposit on an apartment located on the first floor, but a feeling within her made her switch apartments. We later found out that the first floor apartment was totally destroyed.  She says, “The feeling she had was God guiding her and watching over us.”

The cars on the parking lot were also destroyed from the flying bricks of the roofs. A brick had shattered the front window of our rental car, otherwise we could drive it and we did.   Due to 100 degree heat that day and no water, electricity and air condition, we had to find a place to stay. 

Against all odds, in a car with a shattered window, no air and bumper to bumper traffic we drove to Ft. Lauderdale where some hotels were open. It took us seven hours for a normal forty-five minute to an hour trip.  We were fortunate to find a hotel and salvage some of our vacation. Eventually, we made it home, but my sister had to leave her apartment and stay with a co-worker for several weeks until she purchased her own home.

As Hurricane Irene, a Category 1, makes her way up the Northeast coastline, I asked myself what did I learn from the Hurricane Andrew experience that happened 19 years ago about this same time in August.

After a natural disaster, people come together and their hearts are open and pure. But we don’t hold on to it. We need to listen to what Mother Nature is trying to tell us.

The renowned Zen poet Ryokan summed this up this way:
The rain has stopped, the clouds have drifted away,
and the weather is clear again.
If your heart is pure, then all things in your world are pure…
Then the moon and flowers will guide you along the Way.


Monday, August 22, 2011

After a While-a Poem Worth Reading

I wasn't looking for this poem, but I stumbled across it while searching for a quote. I hope you enjoy it and that it uplifts you as much as it did for me. Buy yourself some flowers today.

After awhile you learn
The subtle difference between
Holding a hand and chaining a soul
And you learn that love doesn’t mean possession
And company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts
And presents aren’t promises and you begin to accept
Your defeats with your head up and your eyes ahead
With the grace of an adult not the grief of a child.
And you learn to build your roads today
Because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans
And futures have ways of falling down in mid-flight.
After awhile you learn that even sunshine
Burns if you get too much so you plant your
Own garden and decorate your own soul
Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
That you really are strong
And that you really do have worth and you learn and you learn....
 
                                                                 ---Veronica A. Shoffstall


Monday, August 15, 2011

The Science of Getting Rich

Due to the dire global economic conditions, I'm reposting this blog on the science of getting rich.  We all need reminders to keep us focus on seeing the glass running over with abundance.

When the book, The Secret, by Rhonda Byrne hit the bestseller list little did the readers know that it was based on The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles, a teacher of the New Thought Movement. If you are serious about building a prosperity consciousness, you’ll want to study Wattles’ book for an expanded version of not only the Law of Attraction but other principles and laws that show you how to manifest your desires. You can find free copies on the Net to download, if you don't want to purchase it.

Wattles' language is archaic, but move pass that and focus on the several principles he offers in the book. They ring true even in today’s chaotic economic times. Here’s a paraphrase version of the major principles of the book with my comments:

1. Man can form things with his thoughts.  
Your thoughts are energy forms and what you habitually focus on you create a form for it based on the Laws of the Universe. Most things are already in existence. What you are doing is letting the Universe know what you desire, and by putting your attention on it, you are then vibrating on the wavelength of that desire. The Law of Attraction will kick in.

2. Man must pass from the competitive to the creative mind. 
The Creator is always creative and never competitive in Spirit. The Universe is limitless. Worrying, watching, obsessing and criticizing what others have is misplaced energy; this type of thinking keeps your desires from manifesting. Stay focus on what you desire.

3. Acknowledge your blessings.
To build an empire you need to start at the base of the pyramid and work your way up. Create a Gratitude Book to build on your blessings. Every day take time to write out at least ten things you’re grateful for. Try doing this for forty days. Forty is the number for  manifestation. The Zero represents God and the four stands for foundation.

4. Form a clear and definite mental image of what you desire.
This should be number one on your list, because if you don’t know what you want neither does the universe. Set your intentions. The key words in this principle are clear and definite. May sure your mental thoughts and your emotional feelings are in alignment.

5. Contemplate frequently on your vision 
Get a clear mental picture of your desire and keep it continually in your mind. Don’t lose sight of it no matter what adversities you might face. Affirmations are good to keep you focus on your vision. Create them and post them around your house and office, if you can. In your Gratitude Notebook gives thanks for the manifestation of your dream as if it's already done. The Law of attraction will pull to you what you put your attention on.

6. You can only receive what you can perceive.
You may want to be a millionaire, but if you don’t have a consciousness for it, you won’t be able to achieve or maintain it. A great game to play is the money pyramid. Starting with a $100 you must spend all of it in one day. Add a zero to the 100 every day until you reach a million. Each day you must spend that amount of money. This game will teach you a lot about how you think about money and how you manage your money.

Building a prosperity consciousness  is not an overnight process. You have to work at it. I find that most people don’t stick to the plan to achieving their goals because they are stuck in old belief patterns. After a few days or weeks, they fall back into their original financial club. Challenge yourself for the next forty days to change your financial life. There are plenty of books and other aids to help you. If you really want to change then start with your consciousness. 







Sunday, August 7, 2011

Mercury Retrograde is Kicking my A**


Do you believe in Mercury retrograde?  This occurs when Mercury is appearing to move backward. Years ago I would dismiss it as if it was a New Age fade. Now I am hooked into its craziness, meaning that just about everything in my life has gone awry with no apparent reason, except for Mercury retrograde. Mercury retrograde has only been in effect for a week, and I’m definitely caught up in its energy.
Communications go skewed - phone calls, letters, emails, faxes, conversations are delayed, misinterpreted, blocked.  Recheck everything like appointment times, spelling, wording, and the spoken word. I had a few scheduling mix-ups, and I didn’t receive emails.

Expect the phone lines, cable lines, power lines to have problems. Both my land line phone and cell phone stopped working at the same time.

Avoid signing documents, contracts if possible. I did the unthinkable. I couldn’t wait until the 3 weeks when all of this would be over. I brought an iphone and signed a phone contract.

Be aware that your travel plans make go astray or anything dealing with transportation. The first of August, I had scheduled my car to be painted. The day I was scheduled to take it in, the check engine light came on. This is the same light that appeared during the first Mercury retrograde in April of this year. It was happening again. After a day of service, I went to the repair shop to pick up my car. I couldn’t drive off the lot because the car wouldn’t start. This is a car that has given me minimal problems. I had to get another rental. But there weren’t any left. I had to wait at least an hour for someone to return a car or for the rental company to bring a car from one of their other rental sites. Help, I called out to my angels. They responded. The mechanic returned and explained that a connector was loose. He fixed it, and I drove off the lot in my car.

I want to say it was a coincidence that it took three weeks for me to get my new prescription glasses and when I went to pick them up it took another 2 hours for the lenses to be ready, from a retailer that advertises one hour service. The only thing is I don’t believe in coincidences.

During a Mercury retrograde electronics and especially your computer may give you problems. So, back-up your computer files. I’m writing a new book. and I did this immediately. Could Mercury retrograde be the culprit behind writer’s block?
Looking back I realized that Mercury retrograde really didn’t mess up my life as much as helped me to get it in order. I needed a new phone and had been procrastinating for weeks. I was fortunate that the car broke down before the painting and the mechanic fixed the second problem while it was still on the lot. As for the glasses, while I waited I played with my new phone and read the manual, something I would have put off for later. A Mercury retrograde period is good for organizing, cleaning, and getting things fixed or repaired. I decided to use the rest of this time to put things in order, align my thoughts and energies, and trust the Universe.

Below are the dates for 2011 and an interesting blog about repatterning your energies for Mercury retrograde. http://alignedformercuryretrograde.com/2011/07/17/how-can-we-repattern-mercury-retrograde/

Retrograde Begins:         Mar 30 2011    24°Ar21′ R
Mercury Goes Direct:      Apr 23 2011    12°Ar54′ D

Retrograde Begins:        Aug 2 2011    01°Vi12′ R
Mercury Goes Direct:     Aug 26 2011    18°Le42′ D

Retrograde Begins:       Nov 24 2011    20°Sg06′ R
Mercury Goes Direct:     Dec 13 2011    03°Sg52′ D