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Laura V. Hyde Gifts of the Soul
Jan-Mar 2005
by Laura Grace

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Hyde
Gifts of the Soul

Witnessing the Truth about Your Life

Do not interpret against God’s Love, for you have many witnesses that speak of it so clearly that only the blind and deaf could fail to see and hear them.
--A Course in Miracles

When you look at your life, what do you focus on? The eyes of our ego would have us focus upon the problems and challenges we’ve experienced as well as the countless mistakes we’ve made. It takes pleasure from dwelling on suffering, pain and blame. It is attached to the belief that something "out there" can make us happy and lives in the land of regret and loss. The ego’s vision is limited and sees only darkness, separateness and fear.

Yet the truth of who you are and the value of your life cannot be discovered while looking at the darkness. Your reality will only be seen when you choose to look at the light. "Seeing the light" means "understanding;" your highest understanding stems from attesting to the spiritual growth and miracles that have occurred throughout your life.

Take a moment to reflect on your life. How many times have you received gifts of love? How often have you been bestowed with blessings of support, appreciation and opportunities? If you are gazing on the seeming disasters of your life, you are ignoring the gifts that have been given you. If you are willing to look at the gifts, you will see that they are much more than isolated "coincidences." They are witnesses that speak of genuine love about who you truly are.

A Course in Miracles teaches, "This year, determine not to deny what has been given you by God. Awake and share it for that is the only reason He has called to you. His voice has spoken clearly, and yet you have so little faith in what you heard, because you have preferred to place still greater faith in the disaster you have made. Today, let us resolve together to accept the joyful tidings that disaster is not real and that reality is not disaster."

In my own life, I can attest to innumerable times where loving support from the invisible spiritual realm has touched my life. Time and time again, I have experienced the power of a higher presence. From outward appearances, it can easily be observed by the transformations in my relationships, work, health, and abundance. But more importantly, it is the amount of peace of mind and unconditional love I experience that makes its presence known from within.

Take a moment to reflect on the "gifts" that you received last year. Include inner gifts such as higher awareness, shifts in perception, letting go of attachment and moments of inner peace. Can you see how these gifts are witnesses that you are not alone, that there is a Presence within you at all times? Can you see how these gifts are testimony that this Presence is willing to guide you each and every step of the way?

It’s a matter of focus. The time has come for us to stop focusing on the illusion that we are somehow lacking in any way. A Course in Miracles reminds us, "Only what we are not giving can be lacking in any situation." Ask yourself, "What am I withholding from this situation—understanding, forgiveness, love?" It’s never the situation that is the problem; it’s our unwillingness to extend what resides within us that is the issue.

Let us point our gaze inward and upward toward the truth. Each of us has a treasure chest overflowing with gifts of love. Every time you choose to reflect on the blessings you’ve received, you add yet another gift labeled "conviction" and "faith" to your collection. This year, make the commitment to reflect on the light that has illuminated your life. In so doing, you shine the light so others may truly see.

© Copyright 2005 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

October-December 2004 - "Letting Go"

August-September 2004 - "Progressing with Passion"

June-July 2004 - "Deepening Your Spiritual Practice"

April-May 2004 - "Life's Crossroads: Love-vs-Fear"

January-February 2004 - "Faith the Foundation for Every Dream"

December 2003 Column - "Touching the Heart of Others"

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. She is also host of the TV show "Relationship Wisdom." 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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