Every year in August, I have been going on a week-long spiritual retreat to West Virginia. But last year, I was given the opportunity to attend a different gathering, in British Columbia. It was in powerful, very specific alignment with my soul’s mission in this lifetime, and so I chose to attend it instead.
For a year, I knew I would not be able to join my usual spiritual family, and when I went to the event in Canada this past June, it was absolutely the correct place for me to have been. It was one of the most powerful, magical experiences of my life. I was truly at peace about the choice I’d made, but I admit it was a little bittersweet as my friends excitedly made plans and prepared for the August gathering.
And then, only one week from the opening day, in a single stroke, a miracle happened. “If your registration was paid for, could you come?” This was completely unexpected and unsought on my part. Of course, my heart leaped, but also, I had to carefully consider my energy and whether this would truly be a wise choice for me. Not to mention that it is a gift of a very sizable amount of money.
After a day of meditating on matters both magical and mundane, I accepted this huge gift with gratitude.
So, that’s where I’ve been, and how it happened. But it has given me a lot to think about.
What happens when miracles are dropped in our laps? We often pray for guidance, redemption, wisdom, rescue, and, yes, miracles large and small. But what do you do when, out of the blue, the prayer you may or may not have even known you sent is answered? How do you react when the loving hand of generosity and good is made clearly, unequivocally visible before you?
Seems like it should be simple, doesn’t it? But it is not always, especially for people who are more used to being the givers rather than recipients. Even for those of us who are deeply devoted to our spiritual practice, when the Hand of the Divine moves in unexpected ways in our lives, it can take our breath away.
Acceptance, surrender, and gratitude are powerful magical tools that I will be discussing over the next several days. I hope you’ll join me here.