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I am Grateful for You

As a special ‘Thank You’ to all our readers, I am giving away the Kindle version of The Women’s Book of Empowerment. Click on this link to receive the book within the next five days!

It’s the time of year where we can reflect upon our experiences. The Oneness Gospel, my newest book, reached the top in Kindle in the Spiritual and Self-Help categories and won a Silver Nautilus award. In this interfaith book, the Oneness teachings I brought back from Fiji and India, as well as a contemporary look at the New Testament teachings, helped many people have a new perspective on their personal growth. I’m so thankful to all my readers who have shared with me how this piece has inspired them to lead lives that are open to more joy and wonder.

I’m also excited about all the dance memories and for the wonderful people I have come to cherish on the ballroom dance circuit. Blake and I have successfully won two of the three national leaderboards this season, and will complete our scores for the final dance circuit by mid-December. The opportunity to experience music, my body, a creative partnership, and dance as an art form with light and love has put me in a state of gratitude for all human expressions that are available to each and every one of us.

It seems all the ideas I asked the Universe to create with me have come into being, whether writing a book or moving on the dance floor. Many people helped to make my life better and enjoyable. It’s been a year filled with laughter and blessings and I am deeply grateful for everything and everyone.

So, please accept my empowering gift and look for more gifts coming your way on December 21, where we will give away Kindle copies of Let Your Goddess Grow!
Every Blessing,

© Charlene M Proctor and The Goddess Network, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Think and Be Positive

Given the amount of complexity we’re juggling, these times demand a positive outlook.  It sounds simple – begin each day based upon the present, enriching yourself with whatever today brings.  A positive attitude given natural disasters, unemployment, or illness?  Sounds like a tall order, but remember, every day is new, no matter how you slice it.  The sun comes up in spite of our mistakes or despair we must face.  I believe we are meant to continually move forward – and focus on life as an incredible universe of opportunity.

What blocks a positive attitude?  Getting stuck in the past holds us behind.  True empowerment stems from living now, not reacting to now from a mindset of the past or living with worry about what might happen tomorrow, next month, or next year.  Every day, no matter what has happened to you in the past, is a new opportunity to begin painting your life on a fresh, new canvas.

Over the years, I’ve experimented with ways to release the past and move forward with a positive attitude, living life joyfully in the present moment.  I’ve noticed when I start my day without any clear direction of how I choose to think, I don’t get the results I want.  Instead of spending time regurgitating old problems, I choose to move loss, disappointment, and feelings of non-success far from my mind.  I’ll say an affirmation that will address some area of my life that needs improvement (yes, we can even say them about the Bassett Hound that won’t learn how to use the doggie door) and make that which is created by the mind into tangible or observable reality.  And our fuel to make it work, other than to be loving, is to realize that you are composed of Divine Spirit – and are a limitless example of uniqueness and wonder.

So, dedicate your day to the present moment. Say your affirmations with love, be grateful to be alive, and be in charge of your learning opportunities.  Ask the universe to show you its inherent perfection.  The power of your own thoughts will return to you in ways that’ll surprise you!

As you remain open to positive change, life will unfold in creative ways. Be joyful in your present moment thinking!  Remember, I believe in you and what you can do.

Charlene M. Proctor, Ph.D. is an ordained Minister of Spiritual Peacemaking and a Deeksha facilitator trained by the oneness guides from Fiji and India.  Charlene is the founder of The Goddess Network, an on-line educational resource for topics on spiritual growth, positive thinking, consciousness, and unity. She is the bestselling author of The Oneness Gospel: Birthing the Christ Consciousness and Divine Human in You, Let Your Goddess Grow! 7 Spiritual Lessons on Female Power and Positive Thinking and The Women’s Book of Empowerment: 323 Affirmations That Change Everyday Problems Into Moments of Potential. Her Midwestern sensibility and spiritual approach to self-empowerment has helped thousands awaken to their Divine magnificence within. She is an empowerment expert for Lifetime Television’s The Balancing Act, offering a spiritual perspective on everyday life to millions of viewers. She also offers advice on SelfGrowth.com and Beliefnet.com, the world’s largest personal-growth web sites.

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Oneness India Adventure

Hello Beloveds! I just returned from The Oneness World Headquarters in Varadaiapalem, in the Andhra Pradesh area of Southeast India. I spent two weeks with the Oneness Spiritual Guides who reviewed the Oneness teachings as given by Sri AmmaBhagavan. Nearly 400 people seeking to become oneness trainers (those who can initiate Blessing Givers to give Deeksha) attended from every country on the globe: Russian, China, Japan, The Netherlands, Italy, and Spain to name a few. All faiths were represented. During the week, Bhagavan met with each country separately and we had an opportunity to laugh with him as we received his blessing. His mission remains the same: to spread the power and beauty of God’s grace to every corner of this planet, as abundantly as possible.

Golden City, where the temple was built, is an amazing structure. It hosts thousands of visitors and local residents for ceremonies and darshans with Amma and Bhagavan. A darshan is an event in consciousness, where the spiritual seeker or devotee develops a greater love and devotion for the Divine Presence. The energy in the temple is very powerful and in some areas, I could feel it throughout my entire body.

At the Oneness University campus, we spent two weeks in deep meditation and honed our spiritual practices, such as PranaYama. Our group had many Homas which are ancient sacred fire ceremonies in the Vedic tradition of Sanatana Dharma. They last about 2 hours, and during many of these, my third eye opened up and I saw many mystical symbols while meditating. During a Homa, the spiritual guides hold an intention for healing, world peace, or even prosperity, and forms of the Divine are invoked through mantras and prayers. They cast offerings of fruit, flowers, or money in the fire, while chanting in Sanskrit. These chants have a unique vibration that infiltrates the energy field of everyone present.

On the last day of our spiritual pilgrimage, we were invited to do our own individual Homa, in the tradition of the local villagers. Under a thatched roof in the countryside, we sat at our own alters while Satish, a Oneness guide, presided over the ceremony. In conjunction with the fire, he instructed us in how to transform our intentions and prayers into reality. It was a beautiful experience!

I will be offering Blessing Giver events this spring in addition to the Oneness Experience course, so please check my website for details! The course will be given in an ‘East Meets West’ style, encompassing some of the eastern spiritual practices from India but will also include reverence and love for Jesus, the Spiritual Master. It should be very interesting! Above all, these classes will cultivate a deeper love for the Divine Presence within you, in whatever wisdom tradition that you hold most dear. Remember, we are all one within the Divine. I hope to pass the grace to many of you soon so please stay tuned! Om Shanti and Love, Charlene
Links: Oneness University: http://www.onenessuniversity.org/

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