Friday, March 28, 2008

Small Miracles

March 30, 2008

Dear Friends,

A while back, I was speaking to a group of people about my personal discovery of the divine flow. I related numerous synchronistic events and happy coincidences that led me to conclude that the universe we live in is, indeed, “intelligent”—that it is aware of what we need and what we want, and that it is continually working on our behalf to help us fulfill those dreams, desires, and goals.

One gentleman in the group didn’t doubt that I had experienced many coincidences in my life, but he did question whether the conclusion I reached as a result of those coincidences was a justified conclusion. Specifically, he wanted to know if the coincidences I had experienced were “statistically significant.”

“Statistically significant.” I remembered that term from a business class I took in college. What this man was talking about was the fact that—below a certain numerical threshold—sheer chance alone could account for my experiences. And he was seeking some kind of statistical “proof” that I had experienced enough of these minor miracles to reasonably conclude that there was, as I determined, a divine intelligence behind them.

I’m not sure my answer satisfied him, but it was more than satisfactory to me: First of all, I told him that right after I published my book, I began to keep an official journal of my “divine flow experiences,” so I would have some additional stories to put in my next book. But I stopped keeping that journal after just three weeks. Why? Because I was getting writer’s cramp! There were just too many miracles to keep track of—far too many, it seems to me, to be explained by mere chance.

I then pointed out that when I faithfully practice the principles involved with living life in the divine flow, the number of synchronistic events and happy coincidences that I experience dramatically increases. But when I don’t “practice what I preach,” that number dramatically decreases. If these events were just occurring by chance, then my behavior wouldn’t affect things one way or the other.

Which brings me to the point I want to make today. (That’s right, I’m just now getting to it!)

I think I have made it very clear in my book, in my workshops, and in these weekly messages, that it is extremely easy for you to unconsciously block or limit the experience of the divine flow in your life. Obviously, when you live life forcefully or fearfully, you are going to experience the divine flow to a lesser degree, because you are actually interfering with the manifestation process itself.

But even if you are doing a pretty good job of recognizing and cooperating with the divine flow in your life, that experience can still be diminished if you don’t make a conscious effort to appreciate each and every little miracle that manifests in your life—even something as “seemingly” insignificant as the appearance of the perfect parking place.

Like everything in life, even the divine flow can be taken for granted. And the more you take it for granted, the more likely you are to easily forget many of the miracles that have happened in your life—especially the smaller ones. Even recent occurrences can quickly be forgotten.

If you really want to fully experience the divine flow in your life, I suggest that you always take a moment to stop what you are doing and be consciously grateful for every little miracle that occurs. Celebrate it! Revel in it! Only then will you begin to get an accurate sense of how miraculous this world of ours truly is.

Will the number of miracles that you notice be statistically significant—that is, enough for you to reasonably conclude that there must be a higher power working on your behalf? I certainly think so, yes. But I’ll leave that for you to decide.

What is much more important to me is this: The miracles that I now so freely and frequently experience are not just statistically significant, they are personally significant . . . for they have transformed my life from one of constant stress and struggle, to one of consistent peace and ease. And that, my friends—all statistics aside—is significant enough for me.


© 2008 by Steven Lane Taylor
Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow

Saturday, March 22, 2008

An Easter Message

March 23, 2008

Dear Friends,

As the old saying goes, “You are not a human being having an occasional spiritual experience. You are a spiritual being having a temporary human experience.” And there is no better day in the year to affirm that for yourself than Easter Sunday.

For me, the Easter story is a dramatic demonstration and profound illustration of something that I believe is just as true for you now, as it was for Jesus over 2,000 years ago—that you are in this world, but you are not of this world.

Your true essence is spirit, not body. And unlike the body, your spirit is eternal and indestructible. Your authentic self is, in a word, divine—an individual expression of God, made in the image and likeness of God. And you are here for one purpose, and one purpose only: to express your divine nature in the body, and in the world.

And what, exactly, is that nature? Love. Unconditional love. Divine love.

It’s the kind of love that knows no limits . . . the kind of love that forgives—no matter what. It’s the kind of love that Jesus fully expressed throughout his life, right up to the final moments of his earthly existence. And it’s the kind of love that you, and I, and all of us are called to express on a daily basis.

Today, and every day of the year, may you remember who you are, and why you are here.

May you remember that the journey of life is not about getting somewhere. The journey of life is about being something. It’s about being the love that you are in every single moment of that journey. And it’s about experiencing the absolute joy that your love brings to the journey, and brings to each and every spirit that you encounter along the way.

Here’s to a joyful, fulfilling, and divinely-loving journey, my friends.


© 2008 by Steven Lane Taylor
Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Life's Divine "Cairns"

March 16, 2008

Dear Friends,

Two weeks ago, a group of people I know from Dallas, Texas flew to Sedona for an inspirational retreat. While they were here, I offered to take them up on Bell Rock, one of Sedona’s popular Red Rock formations, where I would then lead them in a guided meditation.

If you have spent any time in Sedona yourself, you probably know that it is not extraordinarily difficult to reach the higher parts of Bell Rock. However, without knowing the best way to ascend, you can easily run into a dozen dead ends, and repeatedly encounter crevices that cannot be crossed.

To make it easier for hikers to reach the higher vistas, the National Forest Service has placed piles of rocks called “cairns” to guide the way. When you travel from cairn to cairn, you are able to climb up Bell Rock in the most efficient and unobstructed way possible.

And so it is with the divine flow in your life.

When you follow your intuition, when you are open to the intuitive guidance of others, and when you pay attention to the divine signs that are all around you, you will find yourself being directed toward the fulfillment of your heart’s desires in a virtually effortless and obstruction-free manner.

That doesn’t mean that your path will always be direct—a straight line from where you are to where you want to be. Nor does it mean that your journey will be swift. It is common to experience lots of twists and turns along the way, and reaching your chosen destination can take longer than you expected. But if you remain patient, and take one divinely guided step at a time—focusing only on the step that you are currently taking—your journey will still feel like a flow . . . a flow that is helping you get to your highest good in the most beneficial way possible.

Here’s to following life’s divine “cairns,” my friends. Here’s to noticing and heeding the divine markers that have been placed along the way to help us accomplish our goals without undue struggle or strain . . . and to help us reach even the loftiest of our dreams with effortless ease.


© 2008 by Steven Lane Taylor
Author of Row, Row, Row Your Boat:
A Guide for Living Life in the Divine Flow

Saturday, March 8, 2008

No Reason

March 9, 2008

Dear Friends,

When it comes to living life in the divine flow, the key I mention most often is maintaining a positive attitude, because a positive frame of mind helps you stay open and receptive to divine guidance.

One popular technique for staying positive is through the use of affirmations. In the area of prosperity, for instance, you might make an affirmative statement such as, “I am prosperous,” or “Prosperity is mine by divine right, and I claim my inheritance now!”

I often use affirmations to remind myself of basic truths that I have momentarily lost sight of. A couple of weeks ago, motivated by appearances to the contrary, I decided I needed to once again affirm my financial security. But this time, instead of a thought arising in my mind such as, “I am prosperous,” this statement occurred to me instead: “There is no reason why I can’t be wildly prosperous!”

I realize that since that statement contains the words “no” and “can’t,” it doesn’t appear to be very positive. Nevertheless, I have found it to be extremely reassuring. Every time I use that statement—for prosperity, or health, or whatever—I feel an immediate sense of relief, and I quickly regain a feeling of positive expectation.

Why? Mainly because that statement reminds me that “reasons” mean very little when it comes to living life in the divine flow. “Reasons” are limited and restrictive in their nature, and they are often based on information that is flawed and faulty, or incomplete at best. You will always find plenty of “reasons” why your heart’s desires cannot be fulfilled . . . including “reasons” like you are not worthy enough to have what you want, that you are not smart enough to do what you want, or that you are not talented enough to be what you want.

When you make the statement, “There is no reason why I can’t (fill in your desire here),” you are denying the power that “reasons” have over you, and you are, instead, affirming the real truth of the matter . . . the truth that the divine flow operates at a level beyond reasons, and beyond reason itself.

The divine flow operates in the realm of the miraculous, orchestrating things on your behalf in a way that is often beyond comprehension or prediction. And more importantly, the divine flow is completely unlimited in its nature, so anything and everything is possible.

Is there something that you want to experience in your life right now—something in particular that you want to have, do, or be? Then attune yourself to the divine flow and follow the divine directions that you receive! In spite of how things may look to you, Divine Mind sees no reason why you can't reach your destination with effortless ease . . . no reason whatsoever!


© 2008 by Steven Lane Taylor