Let your Light Shine

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The year 2020 has given us the opportunity to share with others all those good aspects of ourselves, basically to let our light shine. Each one of us has aspects of our personality that shines. For example, some of us are good at listening to others, others love to pray, and some others are excellent at encouraging or motivating others. There is no one who does not have something to offer and share with humanity. Even a baby is sharing his sweetness and joy with those around him.

Now, more than ever it’s important to think of our qualities and have a committed intention to share them with humanity. The wonderful news is that the more we share of ourselves, the more we grow and the more we realize how important is to have a spirit of service towards humanity. It is actually a wonderful opportunity to let go of our own worries and focus on helping and uplifting others. If we think about those serving in hospitals, clinics and the like, these are truly heroes, who are committed to saving lives. We all have a part to play in this pandemic. The more we focus on helping others in whatever capacity we are able to do it, the more we are going to feel that we are in this together and we will be able to pull through as conquerors.

Here are some ideas on how you can let your light shine:

  • Make a phone call: Just calling someone to ask how they are doing gives that person the feeling that someone cares.
  • Surprise a neighbor with a Christmas gift. It could be a dish prepared by you.
  • Offer financially support, if you are able. Some of us might be in a financial position that permits us to offer a monetary gift to someone who is hurting financially.
  • Pray for others. This not only helps us increase our faith, it also makes us feel connected in brotherhood.
  • Listen when someone needs to release their pain or worries. You can also offer to pray for them or recommend a book to read.
  • Offer to do an errand. This is especially helpful for those who might be ill or not able to go out.
  • Be kind to others. Kindness is the most powerful way to demonstrate our love.
  • Smile. We never know how a genuine smile can bring hope to people.
  • Radiate love everywhere you go. We can become beacons of light and consciously and purposely share our love with others. It has been said that the channel is blessed by what runs through it.

All these ideas above are opportunities to let your light shine. It is not that difficult. If everyone of us is really committed to doing it, then we will experience true brotherhood, which is how we will be able to overcome the pandemic and any challenge that might come our way.

Affirm: I let my light shine

In divine friendship,
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Life’s Detours

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“The really happy person is the one who can enjoy the scenery, even when they have to take a detour.” ―Sir James Jeans

During a recent hiking trip with my friend Anna, we noticed the shape of the tree in the picture above. I was so impressed to see how this tree was, at one point growing downwards, and somehow it ended up changing its direction. I shared with my friend how in my own life I have taken many detours and, by the grace of God, I ended up moving in the right direction, towards living my highest potential.

Do you feel that your life has had detours? What has happened as a result? Have you grown more as a person? or do you feel that the detour helped you to take a better path?

Looking back at my own life, I can count so many detours. Many of them were really taking me in the wrong direction and others were a blessing because they directed me to take the right path. One thing that I have learned from all these experiences is to always pray for God’s guidance, so He can guide me in the direction that will be the best for me. It has taken me many years of practice, humility, detachment and trust to truly learn to follow His guidance. I have found out that in the process I have been blessed with life experiences that I would not have ever imagined or would have not been able to create on my own.



Here are a few tips to calmly face life’s detours:

  • Be willing to listen to the voice of your soul. The best way to identify this voice is by making sure that Its guidance is based on love for yourself and others. It will never guide you to harm others or yourself.
  • Keep focusing on your highest ideals. Affirm the highest ideals in all aspects of your life: prosperity, harmony in your relationships, good health, a fulfilling occupation and spiritual progress.
  • Pray for guidance. The Divine Presence in you is always ready and has the wisdom to guide you in a perfect and loving way. Be humble and attentive.
  • Be flexible and open minded. Ask yourself, is something trying to happen here? Let go of the temptation to control and instead, in every situation, do your very best and then relinquish the results to your Higher Power.
  • Be patient. What we want does not always come in our desired time, but there is always a perfect, divine time for everything. The secret is to trust and wait for the unfolding of the perfect outcome.
  • Commit to being happy. Choose to be happy regardless of the detours or circumstances in your life. Get up every day committing to yourself to wear a smile on your face.

Everyday life offers us the opportunity to be even-minded and cheerful, despite what is happening externally. I invite you to observe yourself and commit to staying calm and happy despite the detours that might show up in your life.

In divine friendship,

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How to Stay Focused

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Focusing our energy is vital to accomplishing anything we want in life. This requires discipline and will power to keep redirecting our efforts to accomplish the task at hand. How many times have you started a project and then you got distracted with something else and then days, months or even years later, you realized that you never finished your project? It’s occupying space in you mind until you give it your full attention and bring it to fruition.

This is why it is so important that when we start a project or have a goal in mind, we must be willing to put the necessary effort to complete it. We must have a resolute attitude that if we do our part, there is an invisible power that is going to help us push it forward. There is a big difference between wishing for something to happen and putting the effort and being determined to succeed.

One of the practices that help me to stay focused is to have a plan for every day. This helps me to be organized and to dedicate a specific amount of time for each project so I move the energy forward. Another practice that helps me is to overcome distractions buy turning down temptations that could deviate me from my plan. I remind myself how important it is to be steadfast so I am able to accomplish my goal.

Here are some good practices that can help you stay focused:

  • Have a daily plan of action to carry out your project or goal and be faithful until you complete it.
  • Do your best to stay focused. Avoid distractions and if they show up, continue to be faithful to your plan.
  • Visualize your project already completed and how it is going to benefit you and others.
  • Celebrate once you complete each project. It is important to take the time to reflect on your accomplishments and even think about what good practices you used to be successful, so you keep using them for future projects. You can also reflect on what you could have done better so you can improve your focus.

Remember that where your attention goes, your energy goes. Staying focused generates the energy necessary to move your projects forward and to complete them.

Affirm: “As I focus my energy to accomplish my goals, I experience success”

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Developing the Virtue of Patience

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“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is “timing” it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen

Why is patience so important?

  • It gives us the ability to remain calm no matter what is going on around us
  • It helps us to think with a clear mind
  • It helps us to make wiser decisions
  • It keeps us centered in what is important
  • It helps us to be more sensitive to the needs of others
  • It helps us to stay joyful
  • It keeps us in the moment
  • It helps us to develop a positive attitude

If we think about it, the benefits of developing the virtue of patience are innumerable. It is therefore, for our benefit, that we must find ways to develop this quality. The challenge is that the demand for instant results, or instant gratification is in every corner of our lives: Retailers are jumping into same-day delivery services. Smartphone apps eliminate the wait for a cab, a date, or a table at a hot restaurant. Movies and TV shows begin streaming in seconds. Unfortunately instant gratification comes at a price: It’s making us less patient.

Deep inside of us what we are seeking is happiness and we keep looking for material things to fulfill that void. Anything external is going to give us only temporary happiness. The only way to find permanent happiness is by going inward where joy resides. We must develop the quality of patience to move in the right direction.

The best way to develop patience is to pay attention. Become aware of your thoughts, language and behavior and when you see them moving in the opposite direction, be willing to make the change. Gradually as you take the steps to master patience, you will see a change in yourself and this will give you the motivation to continue making the effort.

Affirm: “As I develop the quality of patience, I gain power over my life.”

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Mastering Relationships

Written by Gloria Ramirez
Most of us are conditioned from early age to look outside ourselves for happiness. I spent many years of my life trying to control others so I would get what I wanted, so I would be happy. Only after so many years of ups and downs, I have come to realize that when I go inward to awaken the joy that is already within, I do not have to demand or impose on anyone to make me happy. I just have to go inward. Doing this has made a huge difference in the quality of my relationships. I shifted my behavior from feeling that I was a victim to taking full responsibility for how my relationships were showing up in my life. Basically I have learned not to expect people to behave one way or another, but instead, to accept them exactly as they are.
This has been one of the most transforming experiences of my life. I have been able to understand that when there is an issue that shows up in any of my relationships, it is not about the other person. It is always an invitation for me to go inward and ask myself, how can I shift this situation? The answers that I receive include acceptance, forgiveness, compassion, respect, setting up boundaries, and trusting, among many others.
I have come to realize that relationships are the biggest channels to share the love that resides within us. The more I focus on giving, on being loving, kind, compassionate and accepting of others and myself, the more I am really giving to myself and the happier I feel.
To master relationships here are a few ideas that you can consider:
  • Go inward. Instead of taking things personally, blaming others, or playing victim, ask yourself, what is one aspect of me that I can change?
  • Awaken the happiness that resides in you. Empower yourself by realizing that within yourself you have the power to bring joy and peace into your life.
  • Share with others the true nature of your soul: Love. Demonstrate it through joy, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, generosity, support and gratitude.
  • Accept others as they are. Be willing to let go of the temptation to judge and instead look for the good in others.
  • Live in the moment. Enjoy each moment as if it was the last moment of your life. Smile often!
Affirm: I master my relationships through the power of love

Embracing the Moment

Written by Gloria Ramirez The ButtesI recently went on a camping and hiking trip with a couple of friends to a beautiful area in California called The Sierra Buttes. The morning of our trip we packed our car with our camping gear and drove to our destination, just two hours from home. When we got there we decided to go hiking first and find our camping site later because we knew it was going to take us some time to climb about 1,800 feet to an elevation of about 9,000 feet.

The experience was amazing. We were laughing and enjoying each moment with a sense of wonder and a great expectation to see what awaited us once we got there. When got to the top of the mountain, there was an outlook area that is only accessed by a pretty sketchy set of staircases. My legs were shaking as I went up each stair. The experience was exhilarating and fun and I made up my mind to make it to the top. The reward was priceless. The view was spectacular.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could live each moment of our lives with a sense of positive expectation, wonder and joy? What prevents us from living this way consistently? Maybe past conditioning, fear, or doubt? The good news is that we can always overcome all those blocks and decide to live life fully every day.

Image 72We enjoyed our time at the top of the mountain while we had lunch and experienced nature in remarkable ways. We saw the beautiful vegetation, a brown rattlesnake and the cutest chipmunk.

On our way back we enjoyed the trail and the gorgeous views of the mountain and the lakes around. Once we were back in our car we headed toward our camping site but then we remembered that we wanted to get marshmallows for the campfire  we were going to build later,  so went to a store/restaurant nearby. When we arrived there we decided to have something to eat. Finally, a little bit after 5pm, we were ready to drive to the camping site, only to find out that it was full. We checked other sites nearby and there was not any space available. We realized that without knowing we had chosen to go camping on a long busy holiday weekend.

Without any hesitation from any of us, or feeling bad, we just accepted the circumstances and begun to head back home. We were laughing about our camping preparation (to enjoy a comfortable night) and how our day ended joyfully even though we did not camp as planned. We made plans for an afternoon in the near future to go to a nearby park to make our marshmallow smores. Each of us were at peace and actually laughing about the experience. We were not attached to the outcome but only to having fun that day and embracing each moment with joy.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could let go of our attachments to the outcome of our experiences and always make a commitment to have fun? What restricts us from doing it? Could it be the need to control, or fear of the unknown, or past experiences? The good news is that it is possible to train ourselves to embrace adventure, to have fun no matter what the circumstances are, to not take ourselves so seriously, and to enjoy each moment as it comes.

Affirmation: I embrace each moment with joy

Gloria Ramirez

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How to Live Joyfully

Written by Gloria Ramirez

Joy 2“Joy does not simply happen. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day” ~ Henry J. M. Nouwen

It is so true that we have to be conscious participants and consistently choose joy every day. Joy does not happen without us understanding that we have to make the decision moment to moment to embrace it. For us to be able to do this, it is important to be clear on the ways in which we block our joy, many times not even aware that we are doing it. We do it when we complain, blame others, judge, feel guilty, resent others, live in fear, do not express gratitude for our blessings or simply are not kind and compassionate.

As we decide to eliminate any barriers to love, to open our hearts to let go of behaviors or beliefs that block our joy, we are able to feel the difference and live more in our true center, which is joy. This is real success!


To help you to embrace more joy in your life, I invite you to consider doing this self introspection exercise.

Ask yourself:

  1. Which 3 habits are blocking me from joy?
  2. Select one of these 3 habits and ask yourself: What is keeping me repeating this behavior or having this thought?
  3. Which positive habit can I adapt to replace the negative habit?
  4. Which 3 things can I do to reinforce the positive habit?
  5. Which affirmation can I use to help me change this habit?

For example:
Choose a habit you want to shift: Complaining
New habit you want to adapt: The opposite of complaining is praising or embracing yourself and others.

3 things to do to reinforce new habit:

  1. Speak to praise, to edify
  2. Express gratitude (keeps you from negativity)
  3. Practice self acceptance and acceptance of others

Affirm: I embrace everyone and every situation with joy

LIVING THE COURSE IN MIRACLES Study Groups are a wonderful opportunity to learn how to apply this message to each area of your life. Weekly Tele classes are on Wednesdays (English) & on Thursdays (Spanish). You are welcome to join any time.

Freedom is a State of Mind

Written by Gloria Ramirez

Freedom sis a state of Mind (1)For many years I was convinced that I was at the mercy of external circumstances and therefore I did not feel free. I did not know that I had created my own prison through the power of my mind. I did not know that was the only one holding the key to free myself from fear, anger, doubt, resentment, guilt, insecurity and anxiety. These were very difficult years because I felt hopeless and I did not know that I had all the answers inside of me. I wasted too much energy and time complaining, judging, controlling, being fearful and angry, and playing victim. As a result, I not only affected my own life, but also affected the life of the people around me.

When the pain of living this way was overpowering, I made the decision to seek help. I worked with coaches, took seminars and read inspirational books. Little by little, my life begun to transform in amazing ways. I opened my mind and heart to my own liberation by understanding that the solutions to all the challenges in my life were inside and all I had to do is change my attitude. Someone once said “our mind is the source of liberation and bondage”

Have you ever felt trapped in a vicious circle without any hope of the despair ever ending? At that moment it feels that it is going to stay with us forever. The wonderful news is that there is a way out of the prison that we have created, most likely, unconsciously. We can liberate ourselves from the prison of our own thoughts by making the decision to choose differently moment to moment.

I invite you to examine your life today and be willing to:

  • Be free from fear. Let go. Choose trusting
  • Be free from criticism. Change the habit. Choose praising others and yourself
  • Be free from resentment. Let go of whatever blocks your heart. Choose love
  • Be free from worries. Be willing to live in the present. Choose peace
  • Be free from disappointment. Be willing to not take anything personally. Choose acceptance

Liberation means letting go of the impurities of the mind. Liberation is a choice. Be free now!

Affirm: I choose to be free now

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Written by Gloria Ramirez

How many of us have postponed our happiness waiting for some event or someone to make us happy? How many of us find it difficult to accept what is? There is a misunderstanding that if we accept circumstances as they are it means that we are giving up or not doing our part. It is totally the opposite. We are letting go of controlling to allow other doors to open. When we are too strict about our viewpoints, we might be blocking other options and saying no to life’s flow.

How many times have you felt stuck and kept going around like in a vicious circle without going anywhere? Wouldn’t it be better and easier to trust and be willing to say YES to life in all circumstances, including challenging ones? What prevent us from having a positive attitude? Could it be fear, doubt, lack of self-confidence, or lack of trust? These are all ideas created in our minds and with determination they can be released so we give room to positive ideas. It is up to us to choose not to continue dragging from the past any negative experiences but instead, to inject our life with new energy of positive expectation. What happened to us in the past does not have to become our future reality. The present time is the moment to magnetize our thoughts, language and actions in a positive way so we can then harvest in the future the fruits of what we have planted.
I invite us to say YES to life by having a positive attitude. Only when we open our minds to other possibilities, we will be able to realize that there are many options to address life’s issues. As it has been said, every challenge comes with a solution. However we have to have an open mind and humbleness to see beyond any limited conditioning.
How can we say YES to life?
  • Accept what is and allow other doors to open
  • Let go of the past and focus in the present
  • Be willing to be happy now regardless of circumstances
  • Have an open mind and be willing to review other options
  • Have confidence in your abilities 
Affirm: I say YES to life with a positive attitude
LIVING THE COURSE IN MIRACLES Study Groups are a wonderful opportunity to learn how to apply this message to each area of your life. Weekly Tele classes are on Wednesdays (English) & on Thursdays (Spanish). You are welcome to join any time.

Positive Attitude

The Light“A positive attitude depends far less on things going right outwardly than on an inner determination to be happy always.”~Swami KriyanandaIt takes great courage, commitment and effort, to have the determination to be happy no matter what is going on outwardly. It takes no effort to be happy when things are going well. However when things are not going well it takes an inner determination not to allow defeat to dictate our happiness.

I have experienced so many times the results of both sides of the spectrum: positive and negative attitude. Without exception every time I dwell on negativity when something is not going the way I want, I attract more challenges and it becomes like a never ending spiral of negative events. When I make the conscious decision to keep a positive attitude no matter what is going on around me, I always end up receiving the help, the ideas, or the solution that I need.

After so many years of learning the hard way, I am now more open, humble, wiser and willing to have the inner determination to be happy always. It is amazing how I am realizing that it is really not difficult at all because our inner nature is to be happy, and peaceful. Your life becomes more like a flow of possibilities because you align with your inner essence. It is a matter of willing to let go of the old habits or conditioning and consistently strive to have the right attitude. It is a decision to not resist the natural flow of our energy.

For me, it has become a way of living and I am clear that right attitude is a choice and it does not have to do with external circumstances. I see clearly, how the universe conspires in our favor when we keep our mind and heart open. When we feel that we are at the mercy of outside circumstances, we obstruct the energy that wants to support us with fear, doubt, jealousy, guilt and any other negative emotion. The only solution is to decide to be happy always.

My invitation is that you continue to strive to have the right attitude in everything you do. Your effort will create a magnet to attract good things to keep coming your way. This is the law of cause and effect, but you have to set it in motion with your consistent positive thoughts, language, actions and attitude.

Here are some ideas on how to have the inner determination to be happy always:

  • Keep your heart aligned with joy and peace
  • Be willing to put the effort to have the right attitude despite of what is happening outwardly
  • Expect the best
  • Treat everyone with respect
  • Magnetize your life with positive thoughts, language, and actions

Affirm: I have the inner determination to be happy always!

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