Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Do You Know What You Want?

January 1, 2014

Happy New Year, Friends!

This is the time of year when many of you will begin to seriously visualize what it is you want to create for yourself in the coming 12 months. But I can already hear a few of you saying, “I really don’t know what I want.”

“I don’t know what I want” is something I hear fairly often in my workshops and retreats. And to be perfectly honest with you, it’s an issue I don’t relate to very well. Personally, I have never had any trouble identifying what it is I want to have, do, or be in my life. I just follow the old adage, “follow your bliss.” I notice what makes me the happiest, and I focus my time and energy on manifesting more of that.

If you are a person who claims to not have any specific goals or dreams—if you feel like you don’t really know what you want—I invite you to consider this: Perhaps you do know what you want. Perhaps you do know what you would like to have, do, or be. And perhaps you do know what makes you happy. Maybe you just aren’t willing to admit it to yourself. So you nip the idea in the bud before it ever fully develops.

And why would you do that? There are various reasons why. Among them are these: You don’t consider yourself worthy enough to have, do, or be what you want. You don’t think you are smart enough to have it, or capable enough to handle it. Or your goal is so lofty, your dream is so ideal, you can’t conceive of how such a manifestation could ever be possible. So you literally stop the thought before it ever fully forms in your mind.

Friends, if any of you are in this position, I invite you begin this brand new year by affirming the following: If you can dream it, then you deserve to have it!

As a holy and wholly-loved child of the Divine, you are innately worthy of whatever it is you want to have, do, or be in this life. You don’t have to know how to create it, and you don’t have to know how to handle it once you have it. The entire Universe is working on your behalf to fulfill your every heart’s desire . . . just because you desire it!

This year, don’t edit yourself. The only limits in life are the ones that you—yourself—put on it. Go ahead—dream big! Begin picturing your ideal life today. Let your imagination soar!

May your 2014 be limitless!


© 2014 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Secret For A Merry Christmas

December 15, 2013

Dear Friends,

December 25th is the day that many people celebrate the birth into this world of the being called 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 people 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. As an individual expression of Universal Divine Love, love is the 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!

Many people believe that being loved is what feels good, but that’s only how it appears. The fact is, when someone extends love to you, you don’t automatically feel good. What you feel is safe enough to love that person back. And loving that person back is what feels good. It is being love—not being loved—that is the real source of your happiness.

Conversely, when you perceive that someone has attacked you in some way, it’s not what that person has done that makes you feel bad. What feels bad is judging that person for what has occurred, and no longer extending love to him or her. It is not being yourself—not being the love that you are—that is the real source of your unhappiness.

When you experience all the good feelings that come from loving, you experience one of life’s greatest truths: the truth that love is its own reward. 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.


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Friday, December 6, 2013

The Gift of a Christmas "Present"

December 6, 2013

Dear Friends,

One of my favorite sayings is this one:


In this season of gift-giving, I invite you to remember that the true gifts of the holidays are always in the now moment.  But to receive those “presents” you must first be present yourself.  Instead of focusing all of your time, attention, and energy on what’s coming next, make a conscious choice to be fully present in the here and now.

Be present for the gift of a child’s laughter,
and for the gift of bright, twinkling lights.

Be present for the gift of fresh-baked cookies,
and for the gift of sweet-smelling evergreens.

Be present for the gift of a soundless snowfall,
and for the touch of a single snowflake on your tongue.

Be present for the gift of friends you may have taken for granted,
and for family members you haven’t seen in ages.

Be present for the gift of unconditional love
that embraces each of us this season.

And be present for the unbounded joy
that this season elicits in us all.

Here’s wishing you one of greatest gifts you could ever hope to receive this season: the gift of a Christmas present.


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Holidays and The Divine Flow

December 1, 2013

Dear Friends,

Well, here it is again—the holiday season. For many 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 now, 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 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 period of a week to fulfill the most important items on my “To-Do List.” But instead, by simply paying attention one day to the subtle guidance of my intuition, 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 this holiday season, your experience 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!


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanks For Everything!

November 28, 2013

Dear Friends,

The fourth Thursday in November is when citizens of the United States celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  It’s a day when we express gratitude for all the things in our lives that we really do appreciate, but often forget to be consciously thankful for, such as food, family, and friends.

Well, here’s a challenge for you:  Can you also be thankful for the things in your life that you do not appreciate?  Can you be thankful for the people in your life that you hold resentments against?  Can you be thankful for the circumstances in your life that have brought you discomfort, or even pain?

Yes, you can . . . if you see those challenges as opportunities to discover where your blocks to loving are.  Yes, you can . . . if you see those challenges as opportunities to heal wounds you may have forgotten you have.  Yes, you can . . . if you see those challenges as opportunities to remember how precious life is, and to renew your appreciation for it.

When you look at the challenges in your life as opportunities to mature emotionally and spiritually, everything that occurs in your life can be viewed as a blessing.  And blessings are something that you are thankful for, right?

So this Thanksgiving, next Thanksgiving, and every day in between, be thankful not only for the “good” in your life, but also for what you judge to be “not so good.”

Be thankful for the entire experience of life, including the opportunities it gives you to grow in wisdom and compassion.

Be thankful for the entire experience of life, including the opportunities it gives you to grow in your ability to love others—and to love yourself—unconditionally.

Be thankful for the entire experience of life, including the opportunities it gives you to remember that life itself is a sacred gift—a gift that is meant to be enjoyed to its fullest, and never taken for granted.

I invite you to join me in giving thanks today and every day . . . for everything.


©2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

When The Divine Flow Leads You In An Unexpected Direction

November 12, 2013

Dear Friends,

The divine flow is continually guiding you toward the effortless fulfillment of your heart’s desires.  And it is fairly easy to follow that flow when it leads you in a direction you expect.  But what if it points you in a direction that is totally unexpected?  What if your intuition or some other divine sign or synchronicity seems to be leading you away from your chosen destination—guiding you, even, in the opposite direction of your dream or desire?  What then?

No doubt about it, it can be a real challenge to follow the flow when you are being guided in a direction you don’t understand. However, it is much easier to trust the flow when you know some of reasons why it may point you in a direction that defies logic and reason.

I recently posted four of those reasons on my Facebook Page called Living Life in the Divine Flow.  Here are all four of those reasons:

So, my friends, is there something you want to have, do, or be in life?  Is there a dream you want to realize, a desire you want to fulfill, or a goal you want to accomplish?  Then put your faith in the divine flow, and trust it to guide you to your highest good . . . even if it leads you in a direction you never, ever, planned on or expected.


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Thursday, October 3, 2013


October 3, 2013

Dear Friends,

Between my two books and my blog, I have shared three remarkable stories about the kind of divine signs that are literal signs—that is, they are printed messages that spell out a sentence or a phrase that answers a burning question you have, or points you in a particular direction, or supports you in a choice you recently made.

In Row, Row, Row Your Boat I wrote about a billboard in Dallas that helped guide me to the publisher of that very book. In Further Down The Stream I told the story of a woman in Arizona who made a life-enhancing decision when she saw three telling words on a T-shirt. And in my last blog post I shared the example of a poster on the side of a bus that supported my choice to adopt a certain kind of mindset in regards to my career as a spiritual author.

Today I would like to present two more examples that were shared with me by participants in two of my workshops. One divine sign supported a woman in taking a particular action. The other divine sign instructed a woman to resist taking a particular action.  Appropriately enough, I’ve titled their stories, “Do It!” and “Don’t Do It!”


The lady who told me this story had been offered a job in Denton, Texas.  The job sounded great, and she was excited about the possibilities the position offered her. Her only issue was this: She was a “big city girl” from Dallas, and Denton was more of a small country town. She just wasn’t sure whether she would enjoy living in a small town atmosphere.

She couldn’t make up her mind whether to accept the job or not, until one day she was driving up Central Expressway in Dallas and noticed a particular billboard on the side of the road. On the billboard were these three words: “YOU’LL LOVE DENTON!” That’s right. It was an advertisement for the very town she was debating moving to. And that was just the divine sign she needed. She accepted the job, and not only loved her new position, but also quickly discovered that Denton suited her just fine, too.

P.S. On a side note, it turns out that the billboard this lady saw was the very same billboard that—bearing a different message at a different time—helped lead me to the publisher of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. It makes me wonder how many other people have been divinely guided by that one particular sign!


I feel comfortable telling this woman’s story because I am not using her name or location—and, in fact, I don’t even remember those details. This woman revealed to me that several years earlier her marriage had been in trouble. The distance between her and her husband was growing daily, and she was beginning to feel very close to one of her associates at work . . . too close.

One evening she was driving down the road imagining what it would be like to allow herself to become even more emotionally involved with that associate . . . perhaps even physically intimate. She knew she needed to put the brakes on this relationship so she could work on her marriage in an appropriate manner, but she continued to play with the idea of jumping into something new.

And then she saw it. Up ahead was a sign for a hotel. It was the kind of electronic sign that changed moment by moment to either complete a message or to present a brand new one. And what did the sign say?  “DON’T HAVE AN AFFAIR . . .”  

To say this woman was shocked by the very clear and direct nature of that message is an understatement. Then, moments later, the rest of the message appeared: “UNTIL YOU’VE SEEN OUR BANQUET ROOM.” Yes, the sign was nothing more than an advertisement for the hotel’s banquet facility.  But to this lady, what she saw first—and when she saw it—was clearly a divine sign telling her to refrain from allowing her relationship at work to grow any further. 

Right then and there she vowed to focus solely on reestablishing a closer relationship with her husband. And, as it happily turns out, she was able to do just that.


So, my friends, is there something in your life that you are debating doing or not doing? Then pay attention to the divine signs that show up in your life—especially the literal ones. Because sometimes—perhaps more often than you realize—the answer you seek is being spelled out right in front of you.  


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Another Divine Sign

September 10, 2013

Dear Friends,

In my second book, Further Down The Stream, I devoted three chapters to divine signs. In the first one, I focused solely on the kind of signs that are literal—that is, they are actual printed messages on a poster, a bumper sticker, or some other surface—and I shared a great story as an example of that. Today I would like to share a similar story. It’s a story I often share in my workshops, but have never written down . . . until now.

When I published my first book, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, it was my intention to make my living as a full-time spiritual author. But I soon began to doubt the feasibility of that, and I began to worry. I was constantly thinking, “I’ve got to sell more books!” “I’ve got to sell more books!”

One day, Carol and I were invited to participate in a special event hosted by a nearby Unity church. The point of the event was to help the participants affirm something for themselves. Each person was to choose a word or a phrase that would support him or her in accomplishing a goal or healing an issue. Then, the lights would be lowered, incense would be lit, a gong would be struck, and we were to spend the next 45 minutes quietly repeating to ourselves the word or phrase we had chosen . . . giving it enough time to deeply seat itself within our hearts and minds.

Naturally, the first phrase I thought of was, “I’ve got to sell more books!” But I had to laugh at myself, because I knew that was not the kind of idea that was going to support me in my new career. In fact, that kind of fear-based thinking would only serve to sabotage my efforts, interfering with my ability to be attuned to divine guidance.

And that’s when I remembered something important: I didn’t write my book just so I could sell it and make money! I wrote my book because I had a message to share—a message I felt divinely compelled to share with others whether it generated an income or not! It occurred to me that my job was not to “sell more books.” My job was simply to “spread the word,” and let the Universe take care of everything else . . . including my income. So the phrase I chose to focus on that night was simply, “Spread the word.” 

The lights were lowered, the incense was lit, the gong was struck, and I began to silently repeat to myself, “Spread the word.” “Spread the word.”
When the 45 minutes were up, my mission seemed very clear, and I felt divinely supported in that mission. And based on what happened next, that certainly seemed to be the case.

Carol and I were driving home, when we had to stop at a red light. As we waited for the light to change, a bus crossed in front of us. Posted on the side of that bus was a sign. But not just any sign. For me, it was an unmistakable divine sign. It was sign with only three words on it—three words painted in my favorite color of purple:

To this day, I don’t know what that sign was actually promoting. Neither Carol nor I noticed a logo, and we never saw that sign again. Was it telling people to spread the word about how convenient it is to ride the bus? Maybe. All I know for sure is this: It was just the confirmation I needed to know that I was, indeed, on the right track . . . and that my job was simply to “spread the word,” and let the Universe take care of everything else. And you know what? The Universe has done just that.  


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Practicing Divine Discernment

July 16, 2013

Dear Friends,

Last Friday, July 12th, James Arthur Ray was released from prison.  Ray, you may remember, is the self-help author and motivational speaker who was convicted of negligent homicide after three people died in a sweat lodge ceremony he conducted in Sedona in 2009.  In addition to the three people who lost their lives, eighteen other people became seriously ill during this tragic incident.

Usually, a sweat lodge ceremony is reasonably safe, because the person in charge of this sacred ritual continually monitors the well-being of the participants, and allows anyone to leave the lodge if they are experiencing severe, physical discomfort. Although Ray did not physically restrain anyone from leaving his ceremony, one survivor of the ordeal claims that those who did attempt to leave—or complained about their distress—were strongly encouraged to “push through it.” In other words, they were encouraged to endure their discomfort, to persevere, and to literally “sweat it out.” 

Whether you personally believe this man was guilty of an actual crime or not, there is little doubt that the kind of mind-set he was exhibiting, combined with his influence as a trusted spiritual leader, had—in this instance—a disastrous result. And what does any of this have to do with living life in the divine flow? It points to the importance of practicing discernment whenever someone encourages you to “push through” a problem.

Although the accomplishment of a goal or the realiza­tion of a dream may require a great deal of patience on your part, the divine flow will never ask you to “push through” anything—that is, “force” your way forward. Nor, usually, will it require you to endure extreme conditions of any kind. Generally speaking, the path of the flow is always one of grace and ease. Instead of being directed to force your way through an obstacle, you will be guided to go around that obstacle, or—through the power of divine love—that obstacle might dissolve right before your very eyes.

That’s not to say that being in the divine flow always feels completely comfortable. There may be times when the divine flow will purposely invite you to step out of your personal comfort zone. But if you look closely at what your personal comfort zone is, you will see that is usually a “box” that was artificially created by your own personal history and conditioning . . . and it feels good to finally move beyond that limited—and limiting—space.

It appears, though, that Ray was doing far more than asking people to move beyond their personal comfort zone. He was inviting them to tolerate extreme discomfort, and encouraging them to ignore what their bodies were trying to tell them. There are physical limits to what the body can endure, and to what the body can do. And even though professional athletes are continually stretching those boundaries, those expansions happen very gradually, and in very tiny increments.

Friends, there are going to be plenty of times in life when you will run into a formidable obstacle that seems to be blocking you from reaching your desired destination. And there will probably be well-meaning people around you who will encourage you to “push through it.” But please remember, no matter what anyone encourages you to do, and no matter how much you respect his or her advice or opinions, it is up to you to decide what is best for you.

Never forget that your most valuable, reliable, and consistent source of guidance is always your own intuition. Even if someone makes a suggestion that sounds like it is “in the flow” and not at all forceful, it is still up to you to access your inner sense of “knowing” to decide whether that advice is right for you or not.

Regardless of what people say, or what the signs and synchronicities seem to indicate, it is always important to practice divine discernment—to get quiet, go within, and get in touch with that subtle, inner sense that helps you distinguish between “yes, this feels right for me,” or “no, this doesn’t feel like it is in my best interest.” As Rev. Suzanne Bishop of Payson, Arizona wrote to me: “I have learned the importance of taking personal responsibility for my own well-being—to not allow anyone to override my internal guidance, and to resist the efforts of someone else to push me beyond what I intuit is good or safe for me at the time.”

I hope you understand that I am not asking you to always ignore the suggestions of others. In fact—in addition to divine signs and synchronicities—one of the primary ways that you receive divine guidance in life is through other people. For the most part, though, that information should just be used to confirm what your own heart is telling you. In the end, every decision that you make, and every action that you take, should be based on the wisdom that lies within—on the wisdom of your very own inner Spirit.


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC