Last night, at our 4-year anniversary celebration, someone asked me how all this began. I could feel this little smile creeping up from inside me going, “it’s a faith thing.’ I would like to say that it began four years ago, but when I am honest with myself, I realize that I began manifesting this ministry years before I resigned from my pastorate. I remember having a conversation with a colleague who asked me what I would really like to do and I remember saying that I wanted to work with people who want to grow and evolve spiritually. I think that is when I first manifested this into being. When I told the Ultimate this is what I wanted to do, the Universe began to put everything in place for this to happen. However, one of the things that I came to realize is that I could not create this ministry while I was still pastoring and so things began happening to help me make the difficult decision to leave. While I will always care and pray for the congregation I left behind, the minute I announced my resignation I felt this wave of light and energy sweep through me from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet.
The next pivotal moment was while I was talking a friend a few months after leaving my pastorate about what I wanted to so and she said, “so what is keeping you?” The next day I began praying my way through what I was to begin doing. In the beginning, it was easy, just write, and work with people 1:1 doing spiritual partnership work. Then we began getting requests for groups and opportunities to learn and the energy just kept growing. It is amazing how four years later we are still going and growing. I have had to make some choices that people have not understood across the years, like choosing to focus on the Gross National Happiness rather than the Gross Domestic Product. However, it was clear that I was to create a space where all who needed healing could come and be nurtured, regardless of economic ability. The majority of our offerings are low (<$10) or no cost. This has enabled many who could not otherwise afford to come to experience the Ultimate’s healing energies.
Each step I have made has been in faith. Faith that if I listened to what I was told to do and how I was told to do it, that all things would fall into place. I had to follow the 200 ft. rule that I talk with clients about all the time and not worry about how things were going to happen, just know that we will become what we are supposed to be. This year the Ultimate told me there would be new people coming into my life who would make bigger things happen. Then the Ultimate told me this was the year for us to create this prayer and meditation garden. We began the fundraising efforts last night and people who have been touched by our ministry began making donations and bringing plants to get the garden started. It was so humbling to see how the Universe works. When I showed people an image of what we wanted to create and walked them through the space, it was so empowering to speak it into being I know that the process of creating it and watching it come into physical being will be humbling and self-transformative. It will stand as a legacy of faith, a witness of what the Universe can do, and how it works with us to manifest our dreams.
Then I think about how so many people have told me how awesome this is that we are doing this and creating a safe and welcoming space for people to come. How do you do all this someone asked? Then I smiled because each day the answer is the same “It’s a faith thing.”