Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Easter Reminder

March 31, 2013

Dear Friends,

As the 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 time of the year to affirm that for yourself than Easter.

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.

Like I often mention, 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 that source energy that many of us call 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 upon 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.

Happy Easter!


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Ultimate Lucky Charm

March 17, 2013

Dear Friends,

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a day that brings to mind symbols of Ireland, such as the shamrock. Some people consider the shamrock to be a good luck charm, although they may be confusing it with the four-leaf clover. Nevertheless, whether it’s a shamrock, a four-leaf clover, a horseshoe, or a rabbit's foot, lucky charms are something that many people rely on to experience good fortune in their lives.

The way I see it, though, lucky charms are completely unnecessary. Because—for the most part—a “charmed life” is something that you can consciously create whenever you practice the principles for living life in the divine flow. It’s what occurs naturally whenever you:

• Pay attention to your intuition
• Notice signs and synchronicities, and discern their meaning
• Let go of your preconceived ideas and plans
• Release your attachment to specific outcomes
• See everything that happens as a stepping-stone to your highest good

In other words, “good luck” is the natural result of being attentive, flexible, and positive. Oh, and there’s one other thing that brings luck into your life—perhaps the most important thing of all: Loving . . . loving yourself, loving others, and treating everyone you meet with loving kindness.

And how, exactly, does love help you live a luckier life? Well, it’s just common sense that when you treat others with loving kindness, you are much more likely to experience the good fortune of their valuable assistance. But that kind of luck is simply the result of cause and effect. The true power of love goes way beyond the boomerang effect of action and reaction.

Love is the underlying power that is responsible for the experiences in our lives that we consider to be truly miraculous—a power that works its magic unrestricted by the confines of either time or space.

One single loving intention is enough to set the whole universe in motion, initiating a complex series of events that weave together in a way that no one would ever have imagined possible. It is the power of love that choreographs incredible synchronistic encounters between individuals who have similar desires of the heart, but need each other in order to manifest their dreams.

For example, an architect with a critically ill child may feel inspired to design a hospital wing for children with similar health challenges. At the very same instant, thousands of miles away, a wealthy benefactor may become inspired to finance just such a project. They both develop a “sudden desire” to vacation in New York City, where they just “happen” to encounter each other at a coffee shop. And . . . well . . . you can fill in the rest.

Love is a power that simultaneously inspires minds, ignites hearts, and orchestrates outcomes of incredible beauty. And, like I mentioned in my message for Valentine’s Day, it feels good to love! In fact, it feels so good, you may feel like you are the luckiest person in the world.

So, do you want to live a charmed life—a life of ease, grace, and incredible good fortune? Then treat everyone in your path with loving kindness, and make sure that your intentions are always loving ones.  Because love, my friends, is the ultimate lucky charm.


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC

Friday, March 8, 2013

Defining a Successful Life

March 10, 2013

Dear Friends,

How do you define success?  Do you define it as the achievement of fame or fortune?  Sounds good, but a fortune can disappear just as quickly as it appears.  And fame, too, can be fleeting.  So is the achievement of fame or fortune a good indicator that you have lived a successful life?  Not the way I look at it, no.

What about achieving a worthwhile goal, or realizing a lifelong dream?  With the sense of satisfaction that comes from that kind of accomplishment, surely that spells success, right?  Well, that is certainly the way the dictionary defines success.  But what if you reach the end of life’s journey and you have not achieved a goal you set for yourself?  Does that mean you have not lived a successful life?  Since that’s the case for a large number of people on this planet—perhaps the majority—I would hate to think that’s true.  

So what, then, does it take to live a successful life? 

In my humble opinion, there are two things that define success in life.  Both have to do with your true nature—the nature of your inner Divine Spirit—and the lasting happiness that comes from doing what your Spirit is continually calling you to do.

First of all, your Spirit is creative, and you are called to create.  I am not talking solely about creating a work of art, music, or literature—although those are admirable activities.  Nor am I limiting creativity to the pursuit of innovations in fields such as architecture, technology, or healthcare.  I am talking about creating a life for yourself, which also includes invaluable endeavors such as building a home, raising a family, or growing and nurturing friendships.

Whenever you do anything that brings something new and beautiful into this world, you are creating.  However—as I alluded to earlier—I question whether your success as a creator should hinge on your ability to actually complete a creation.  Sure, it feels wonderful to accomplish a goal or realize a dream.  But to your Spirit, the true joy of creating lies in the process of creation itself. 

If you doubt that, take the example of a painter.  Do you think a painter would continue to paint if every time he or she visualized a picture it just somehow instantly appeared on the canvas?  No. To an artist—and to your Spirit—the real joy of creating lies in the journey itself, not just in reaching the destination.  Which means, to me, that true success lies in the pursuit of a goal, not necessarily in its final accomplishment.  As a man named Charles Carlson put it:

But here’s a question for you:  What if you realize late in life that you have never pursued a goal that you consider to be truly worthwhile?  What if you realize that you have been stifling a dream because you didn’t think its fulfillment was possible?  Or what if you have spent your whole life living someone else’s dream—the dream of your parents, for instance, for you to be a doctor, when what you really wanted to be was a sculptor?  What then?  Does that mean you have you not lived a successful life?

Thankfully, even if you have never set your sights on something grand and glorious and strived to achieve it, you can still live a successful life.  In fact, it is highly likely that you are already living a successful life, and highly likely that you have been extremely successful in your life all along!  How so?  Because the second aspect for living a successful life is simply . . . to love.

Whenever you love, you are fulfilling a sacred mission that goes far beyond your call to create.  It is the mission to discover, experience, and express the most fundamental aspect of your inner Spirit—the essence of divine love.  

Love is the one facet of your Spirit that outweighs every other facet.  And in this plane of existence you are constantly being called upon to be that love . . . to share that love . . . and to let that love lead the way.   Nothing on earth feels better or makes you happier than being true to your innately loving nature.

So, my friends, have you ever loved?  Yes?  Then you are successful!  Have you ever attempted to bring something new and beautiful into this world that didn’t exist before? Yes?  Then you are successful twice over!

Here’s to creating.  Here’s to loving.  Here’s to living a successful life.


© 2013 by Steven Lane Taylor
Steven Lane Taylor, LLC