This writing is a response to an invitation to share some of my experiences as I continue to nurture my soul through my expressions and service to ministry. On March 30, 2016, it was with spiritual clarity and calmness that I resigned from the pulpit ministry of the Center for Spiritual Living Jacksonville after serving as Senior Minister for 15 years. Since that time my focus has been to keep discovering the unexplored spaces of my spirituality as I resonate with Rumi’s quote, “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.”
Before I left the pulpit ministry I followed a divine urge to write two books—Divine Nudges of Spirit which can be viewed and ordered through www.nancyfagen.com and It’s a Divine Done Deal: Affirmative Prayers for Easy Living and Steps to Write Your Own available in print and kindle at www.amazon.com These led me to continue answering the call to further writings which appeared in May of 2016 as Daily Guides in Science of Mind magazine and a feature article –In Your Dreams: Exploring Your Creative Imagination— scheduled to appear in the May 2017 issue.
One of my favorite writings to keep me in tune with myself is from Martha Graham, choreographer. It speaks to me as I focus on expressing my unique self. “There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and it will be lost. The world will not have it. …You do not even have to believe in your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you.”
How do I find my unique purpose—my soul power and keep myself open and aware to the urges that motivate me? I have found helpful sections of Thomas Moore’s book, Care of the Soul in which he suggests “It comes first of all from living close to the heart, and not at odds with it. It may emerge from depression, failure and loss. The general rule is that soul appears in the gaps and holes of experience. It is usually tempting to find some way of denying these holes or distancing ourselves from them.”
One of my affirmative prayers from It’s a Divine Done Deal: Affirmative Prayers for Easy Living and Steps to Create Your Own seems appropriate at this point. I share it through the following words.
Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. The past is closed and limited; the future is open and free. Deepak Chopra
I Live in New Beginnings
God is the power of now—everywhere present in all manifestations. In this moment of sacred unity with the One Power and Presence, I rejoice as I now live, move and have my being in new beginnings.
I wisely choose new intentions, intelligently cooperating with the Law of the Universe and staying in tune with my intuition as it guides me in the perfection of each new creation. Letting go of any thoughts or feelings, regrets or successes from the past, I live in the infinite potential of each and every moment, initiating new and glorious beginnings that are unprecedented and unlimited expressions of magnificence personified. I easily keep the focus of my attention on my intentions, creating and sustaining new and opulent experiences, blessing myself and all others.
Unfolding more and more to the Divine potential within me, I gratefully and joyously know this to be the truth of my being in each moment of my life. I live in new beginnings. And so it is.
For your continuing reading pleasure, I present this excerpt from Divine Nudges of Spirit: www.nancyfagen.com
A Deep Spiritual Book,
a Metaphysical Journey, Delighting the Soul in an Exploration of Intuition—Divine Nudges of Spirit
Casual is Causal
Driving home from a conference, I casually mentioned to a friend, “I’m ready for an angel to come for my white wicker furniture.” I was making a geographic move in a week and had already sold many items. The only major item left to sell was my white wicker furniture.
When I returned to my home, there was a message on the answering machine from a woman saying she was interested in buying a small television for her son. She wanted to come look at the one that I had advertised.
We arranged a time, and while she was looking at the television, she spotted the white wicker furniture. She immediately expressed an interest in buying it.
We arrived at a price, and she said her husband would return at five o’clock with a truck. I agreed and she left.
A few minutes after five o’clock, the doorbell rang. When I opened the door, a man introduced himself to me. “My name is Angel,” he said. “I’ve come for the furniture.” Feeling amazed but appearing calm, I said, “Yes, of course, please come in.”
In a flash of awareness, I recalled my comment to my friend the day before. After loading the furniture on his truck, Angel presented me with a check, saying, “And this check is good.”
I answered, “I’m sure it is!” The check has his name, Angel, on it and was beautifully decorated with small cherubs.
When I think of this event, I am reminded that any thought I think-expressed or unexpressed, however casual–is indeed causal to my experience.
In spiritual support
Rev. Nancy Fagen, Ph.D
32100 Harbour Vista Circle
St. Augustine, FL 32080