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Laura V. Hyde

Gifts of the Soul
December 2003

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Hyde
Gifts of the Soul

by Laura Grace

Touching the Heart of Others

Teach no one that he is what you would not want to be. Your brother is the mirror in which you see the image of yourself. --A Course in Miracles

Perhaps the most powerful way we can transform and achieve healing in our relationships is to BE exactly what we WANT. Since like attracts like we can only benefit from thinking and behaving in ways that match what we most desire. As we become more accepting of ourselves and others, more willing to be truly honest, and take responsibility for our lives, the universe will send those whom mirror these same uplifting and illuminating qualities. Thus being a role model for others—being the change—is a potent way to uplift and evolve our relationships. So, right now, take a moment to visualize and feel the essences of what you most want in relationship.

In my own life, some of the qualities I appreciate in relationship are captured from the heartfelt words on a poster recently given to me by a friend titled, "I’m A Life Toucher." This enlightening placard hangs in my office and was created by motivational speaker Bill Sanders. "I’m a Life Toucher" demonstrates that all of us are teaching others in one way or another for we are always leading through example.

Some of the differences between ordinary "teaching" versus being a "Life Toucher" include:

Push Pull
Give examples  Are the examples
Teach a subject  Are subject to touching lives while teaching lessons
Try to change others  Change themselves
Sometimes get bitter  Get better and better
Don’t like to change  Change what they don’t like (by changing the way they look at it)
Are interested in teaching  Are interesting as teachers
Talk the message  Walk the message
Tell  Explain

Though the above may seem to relate to traditional teaching, it actually pertains to each of us. Becoming clear of the example we’re setting and taking responsibility for it is essential if we desire to create healthy relationships rich with intimacy, joy, trust and passion. Some soulful questions to consider are:

  1. What kind of relationships do you want and what is keeping you from having them?
  2. Are you ready to discover the more genuine "you", and are you willing to share your genuineness?
  3. Are you willing to embrace a new way of living, one that completely honors who you are?
  4. Do you feel deserving of having relationships that support you in your highest good?
  5. Are you willing to let go of patterns that are keeping you from being the person you were born to be?
  6. Do you believe the time is now for you to truly be what you want?

A dear friend once shared how she gave up an addiction by reminding herself to "never quit quitting." We can always start anew, right here, right now. Today is the perfect day for being a Life Toucher—the ideal time for taking an honest inventory of our relationships, letting go of past resentments, asking for healing, and enjoying the rich rewards that result from having the courage to do so. So go ahead, reach out and "touch" someone today…!

© Copyright 2003 Laura Grace. All Rights Reserved.

 Laura's Books:

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Grace              The Intimate Soul by Laura Hyde

Read Laura's Past Columns:

November 2003 Column - "Knowing How to Care for Yourself"

October 2003 Column - "Dreaming a Happy Life"

May 2003 Column - "Living the Authentic Life"

April 2003 Column - "Rising Above the Battleground"

March  2003 Column - "Healing Through Your Relationships"

February 2003 Column - "Are You Going with the Flow?"

January 2003 Column - "Living the Soulful Life"

December 2002 Column - "The Power to Change"

November 2002 Column - "Peace Begins at Home"

October 2002 Column - "Spiraling to Higher Ground"

September 2002 Column - "Cradled in Nature's Arms"

August 2002 Column - "Recovering Your Soul"

Laura V. Hyde
Laura Grace
is Co-founder of Infinite Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the highest human capacity, and a national author and speaker. As a regular contributor for publications across the U.S. and Canada, Laura writes about human awareness and spiritual growth. Laura is the author of the widely acclaimed books The Intimate Soul and Gifts of the Soul, and the creator and teacher of various programs including the Self-Mastery Program, The Art of Compassionate Forgiveness, Wonderful Women: Reclaiming Our Power, Passion and Purpose, and Cultivating the Intimate Life. Please visit Laura's web site at: www.LauraGrace.net.

As a spiritual counselor, Laura provides assistance in person and by phone. You may contact her for a free brochure at: laura@lauragrace.net.





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