December 2014 Newsletter

DECEMBER 2014

Greetings from all of us here at Serenity Now.  Happy Holidays to each of you!

As I (Brooke) was pondering the upcoming hustle and bustle of the holidays, I felt my attitude was not exactly as positive as I wanted it to be.  Since I knew an attitude adjustment was in order, I took a few moments to find out what was up with me.  It came to me that what I want to experience is peace, love and joy.  I know there has been a time in my life when the Universe has demonstrated to me how I could choose for peace instead of being afraid or worried.

Just a few days ago, I had been listening to a spiritual CD in my car, and the speaker was talking about how there is only one thing that explorers are faced with, and that is “the unknown.”  As I entered my apartment, that sentence was lodged in my mind.

Since I had DVR’d Super Soul Sunday, I watched as Barbara Brown Taylor was introducing her book, “Learning to Walk in the Dark.”  When Oprah asked her about the definition of the word “Darkness,” Barbara said one meaning could be “the unknown.”  And so, within a 10 minute period, I was given the same message, by two completely unrelated sources.  I am at a point in my life when I now know, there are no coincidences.

After watching the show, I had a craving for this particular drink called “Just Cranberry”.  I looked in the fridge.  I didn’t have any.  With much hope, I looked in the pantry, but “No such luck!”  Feeling disappointed, I considered driving to the grocery to purchase some of the juice, but I could not stir up the motivation or energy.

Completely releasing that idea, and wanting to be productive, I decided to tackle a project.  I have a box on the floor of my closet that I throw papers in, which I don’t know what to do with.  I decided that it would be as good a time as any to organize and sort through that box. As I knelt beside the box, and reached inside, I found an unopened bottle of Just Cranberry.  I could not believe my eyes!  I pinched myself to see if I was dreaming—nope I was wide awake.   I touched the bottle to see if maybe it was a picture (an advertisement or coupon that I had thrown into this neglected box).  Nope, it was the actual product.

I sat there trying to figure out an explanation.  First of all, I live alone.  Juices of any kind, I either put in the fridge or pantry.  As long as I have known myself, I have not done differently.

I do not smoke anything funny.  I finally gave up trying to understand the situation, went into the kitchen, fixed myself a tall glass of the drink (which was well within the expiration date!) and enjoyed every drop!

For the next couple of days, I pondered what had happened.  I remembered Barbara Brown Taylor saying that she thought she was a divine detective.  I resonated with that.  I think of myself, in some ways, as an explorer.  Of course, if any of you have spent time with me, you know that I talk a lot about the Universe’s infinite resources, and it came to me that part of those resources could be making “the visible from a field of invisible.”  In my understanding of Genesis, this is how the world was created.  If we are co-creators with God, then we are able to do the same thing.

As I put all these separate pieces together, I realized that we are all explorers and treasure hunters.  Looks like, in order to find the desires of our hearts (e.g. Peace, love and joy), we will get to explore the unknown, which may involve fear.   So I had to remind myself not to be afraid of being afraid.  Today, a bottle of Juice; tomorrow, the world (or peace, love and joy!)

On further exploration (no pun intended), I realize that anything visible was an idea (invisible) first, e.g. a table, a computer, juice…….!

I would love for you to join me this holiday season, if you so choose, to co-create our heart’s desires.

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