Saturday, December 29, 2007

Happy "Now" Year!

December 30, 2007

Dear Friends,

Tuesday marks the start of 2008, and I want to wish each and every one of you a Happy Now Year!

Yes, you read that right. I wrote Happy "Now" Year instead of Happy "New" Year. It’s not a typo. It's just my way of reminding you about the important part that the present moment plays in the manifestation process.

Remember that the effortless fulfillment of your heart’s desires depends on your ability to recognize and follow divine guidance. But that guidance only comes to you in “the now.”

That doesn't mean that you should refrain from visualizing and affirming what you want to have, do, or be in the coming year. It just means that it is not productive for you to keep your attention continually focused there. And focusing continually on your desires is not even necessary. I have had many manifestations occur in my life after thinking about a desire for only one short moment, and then never giving it another thought.

The challenge is not making sure that this intelligent universe we live in “hears” you. The universe has great “ears,” and it hears you the first time. The challenge is making sure that you are completely open and receptive to the response that you will invariably receive. And since that response always occurs in the present, you must keep your awareness fully centered in the now moment so you are able to see, hear, or sense that response.

To live life in the divine flow, you must let go of your reflections on the past and your projections into the future, so you can recognize and go through the doors that are being divinely opened for you right here, right now.

Here’s to the Here and Now!

Here’s to the Year and Now!

Happy Now Year, my friends!


© 2007 by Steven Lane Taylor

Friday, December 21, 2007

Making Christmas Merry

December 23, 2007

Dear Friends,

Tuesday is the day that many of us will celebrate the birth into this world of the being we call Jesus. There are many different opinions about the exact nature of this extraordinary man’s mission on this planet. But I do believe there is one aspect to his life that most of us can agree upon: Jesus was the perfect example of living a life of unconditional love. And he made it quite clear that we would all benefit greatly by living our lives in the same loving way.

Fortunately, loving others is one of the most natural things in the world for you to do. For I believe that love is not only in your nature, it is your nature. Love is the divine essence of who you truly are at the core of your being. And you know what? It feels good to express the truth of who you are! It feels good to love!

When you love, you feel happy. When you love, you feel joyful. When you love, you feel downright . . . well . . . merry!

So, do you want to have a truly merry Christmas this year—and every year? Then be true to yourself! Be the love that you are this season, and a merry Christmas will be yours, indeed.

Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily,


© 2007 by Steven Lane Taylor

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Defining God

December 16, 2007

Dear Friends,

A while back I was selling my book at a book fair. A woman came up to my table and asked me if I used the word “God” in my book. I replied, “Yes . . . quite often, in fact.” Then she said, “Then I don’t want to read your book.” And she walked away.

I was shocked by what she said, but not totally surprised. Like many people, it is highly likely that this woman has a rather dim view of “God.” To her, the very word itself probably represents a judgmental being who is continually monitoring our thoughts and actions, and punishing us for our failings. And she has rejected that idea.

But not everyone sees “God” in that way . . . myself included. My personal definition for God is this: The intelligent, creative energy that is love. To me, God is not an actual “being” per se, but an all-pervading energy . . . an energy that is aware of our needs and wants, and is responsive to those needs and wants in incredibly creative ways. And, as love itself, this universal energy is completely unconditional in its compassionate, loving regard for us.

The way I see it, this unconditionally loving and infinitely creative energy always has our best interests in mind. And it is always guiding us to our highest good. Our job is just to recognize and cooperate with that divine guidance. And when we do, life ceases to be a struggle, and, instead, begins to flow with effortless ease.

Because I have almost always pictured “God” in this light, I have no problem with using that particular word. But if you are more comfortable with another term, such as “Source Energy,” “The Universe,” or “Divine Mind,” that’s perfectly fine.

It really doesn’t make any difference what you call this higher power. And it really doesn’t make any difference whether you see this higher power as a very real supreme being, or as some kind of conscious, cosmic energy. As long as you practice the principles required for living life in the divine flow—principles such as paying attention, thinking positively, letting go, and loving—the effect is the same. It feels like there is an intelligence operating in this world that is far greater than your own . . . and you are directly benefiting from its help.

I, for one, am grateful for this “celestial assistance.” And I imagine that you are, too.

Thank you, Universe.

Thank you, Divine Mind.

Thank you . . . God.


© 2007 by Steven Lane Taylor

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Oneness vs. Separation

December 9, 2007

Dear Friends,

Although there are rarely definitive answers as to why certain tragedies occur in this world—such as the shooting rampage that just took place in a department store in Omaha, Nebraska—I believe that the underlying cause for many of these events is ultimately the same thing: a feeling of separation instead of oneness.

“Oneness" refers to our intimately joined relationship with each other . . . a relationship that arises from the fact that we are all individual expressions of "The One Spirit”—that creative, loving, all-pervading Spirit we call God.

There are times when we sense that holy connection more than others, such as when we pray, meditate, spend time in nature, or hold a tiny baby in our arms. And the natural result of that sense of connection is a wonderful feeling of well-being.

But all too often we feel disconnected, instead. We forget that we are one with God, and one with all of God's children. We feel separate from others, and separate from everything around us. And that sense of separation—of being all alone and on our own in this world—can generate a fair amount of fear.

Sometimes that fear—and the anger that often issues from that fear—can be so magnified by mental illness or negative mental conditioning, we witness the kind of destructive behavior that exploded in Omaha on December 5th.

Although everything that happens in life is an opportunity for us to discover where our blocks to loving are, it may be quite a while before many of us are willing to feel compassion for the lonely soul that orchestrated that horrific event.

For now, let us remember that when we judge others—when we attack them, belittle them, and criticize them—we are not only mentally and emotionally separating ourselves from them, we are also mentally and emotionally divorcing ourselves from The One Spirit . . . from the All-That-Is that is God.

May we remember who we truly are at the core of our being: individual expressions of God, as inseparable from our Source as waves are from the ocean. And may we maintain that conscious connection—and the sense of well-being that comes from that connection—by seeing all of our brothers and sisters as equally beloved members of God's family.


© 2007 by Steven Lane Taylor

Saturday, December 1, 2007

The Flow At Christmas

December 2, 2007

Dear Friends,

For most of you, this is the busiest time of the year. As usual, you still have to go to work, handle family responsibilities, clean the house, feed the pets, work in the yard, pay the bills, and take care of a multitude of other tasks and chores that are a routine part of daily life.

But on top of all that, you may also have to decorate the house, trim the tree, host parties, prepare special meals, entertain company, visit relatives, and send out cards . . . not to mention buy gifts, wrap gifts, pack gifts, and ship gifts.

The list goes on and on. And yes, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by it all, and to lose the very sense of joy this season is supposed to elicit.

But take heart, because the divine flow is ready to come to your rescue! There is no task too small for the divine flow to focus its attention on. And there is no schedule too complex for the divine flow to manage.

At every given moment the divine intelligence of the universe is simultaneously orchestrating the most effective and efficient accomplishment of every single thing you need to do this season.

I remember a time that I thought I would have to make three separate trips over a two week period to fulfill the most important items on my “To-Do List.” But instead, by simply paying attention to the subtle guidance of my intuition one day, all three tasks were taken care of in one single hour, with not one bit of preparation or planning on my part. Everything just fell into place, and I just kept showing up in exactly the right place at exactly the right time to achieve what I wanted to achieve.

The way everything worked out for me in such an incredibly coordinated fashion was simply astounding. And your experience this holiday season can be a similar one. If you take the time to listen to your intuition—to literally feel what your next right step is, and to continue listening and continue taking those divinely guided steps—you may be amazed at how all of your holiday commitments can be accomplished in a virtually effortless and seamless manner.

Here’s to an exceptionally joyful and fulfilling holiday season. May everything flow beautifully for you and yours!


© 2007 by Steven Lane Taylor