Breath of Heaven



I wrote this reflection last Christmas.  The journey, trust and faith of Mary and Joseph give me hope and courage this season as we embrace the families of Connecticut…….


Our lives have changed since celebrating Christmas last year.  Are you asking yourself and asking God, “What do I do?  How am I supposed to react to it, or more importantly, how can I create and grow with this new situation I find myself in?”  How can I be the sculptor with this new slab of clay before me?  How do I interact with it?  How do I create with You, the One who gave me the clay?

Mary and Joseph probably asked similar heart-felt questions. From “out-of-the-blue” they were presented with an invitation to “Come to the Edge” – an invitation to journey into a bigger life.  At first they were confused.  They asked questions and pondered, then both put their trust in the Inviter; they aligned, then took action. They were willing, active participants in their own lives and used their free will to say “yes” to an unknown path (not having our vantage point of knowing where their path would lead).

Sounds like us, doesn’t it?  Each of us has our own invitation to “Come to the Edge”.  We have our own journeys to Bethlehem – our own opportunities to ask questions, to ponder, align, then to create with the One who is eager to sculpt the clay with us as we too, journey into a bigger life. 

The key phrase above is “With Us”!  We are not alone on our journey.  Heavens no!  We have the “Breath of Heaven” with us and in us!  This Breath is always here for us.  Life really gets “good” when we allow our lungs and our being to be filled with it.  With this “Breath of Heaven”, we L-I-V-E and leap and soar everyday, no matter the situation.

Mary and Joseph breathed it.

We can too.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Five years ago, my Dad was in the hospital over Christmas.  Each day I would travel 20 minutes to visit him; because I love Christmas music, I would daily play Amy Grant’s CD in the car.  As his health waned, I prayed for strength and an aligned attitude so our visit could be meaningful and life-giving for all of us.  “Breath of Heaven” became my driving prayer-song each day for 2 months.  Over time, I came to understand the depth of the refrain, “Breath of Heaven” – it became my mantra and its meaning for me is now beyond words.

Today’s exercise is to relax and focus on the lyrics, but specifically on the refrain “Breath of Heaven”.  When the song is complete, just lie quietly with your eyes closed and repeat the phrase, “Breath of Heaven”, “Breath of Heaven”, “Breath of Heaven”, until you feel you are complete.  Repeat each day.  Soon you will find you have reached new depths along the path with the One who journeys and creates with you……….Enjoy.

Merry Christmas – Joan Kappes

You Tube – “Breath of Heaven” Amy Grant

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12/12/12 – A Day of Alignment

As we live this wonder-filled life at “The Edge”, we are gifted with help and direction every day! Today, December 12, 2012 (12/12/12), even more beautiful gifts are freely offered. Today contains the gifts of discovery and alignment!

12/12/12 is a Day of Alignment!  Yes, this date is historic.  We are experiencing 12/12/12 in our lifetime!,** provides an interesting  summary of these numbers and their possible meanings (see below).

Interesting?  Insighful?  Fun?  Yes!  But, what does this have to do with our everyday life?

For me, it is an “opportunity-gift” that offers us the time to reflect and make choices about who we are in the world and how we ‘live’ this life we have been given.

12/12/12 – a Day of Alignment.  But, alignment to what or who?

Alignment to who we truly are – who YOU truly are!  So often, we live our days on autopilot and respond hither and yon to whatever someone says about who we are.  But, the thing is, we have free will to choose to live as we truly are!

So, who are we?  Who are you?

This came to mind this morning and I want to share two of my favorite ‘reminders’ of who we are.  I learned the first, Desiderata, by Max Ehrmann when I was in 6th grade.  (It was our morning prayer led by our parochial school teacher).  The second is from a workshop led by my favorite teacher and mentor, Abraham/Hicks:

Desiderata – Words for Life by Max Ehrmann (Stanzas 6,7)

You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive God to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

Who You Really AreAbraham/Hicks

“You don’t need to be better.  You just need to tend to your vibration and be who you really are.  And who you really are is really bright and smart with really good timing and wonderful intuitiveness and wonderful uplifting abilities.   Who you are is one who loves easily and thinks openly and expands profusely!  Who you really are is someone who adores life and who loves yourself and loves others – that’s who you really are!  Who you really are is an up lifter and an optimistic being who adores being here and who just cannot wait to get your hands in the creative clay of your life experience; because you know who you are and who you are is so wonderful.  Worthiness is not an issue.  You just expect wonderful things to happen to you and wonderful things have been happening to you and you know that wonderful things are continuing to happen.  That’s who you are….”

This is who YOU really are!


How to align with you and Source who adores you?

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Alignment is a lifelong journey!  (That’s what ‘Come to the Edge Today’ is all about – the discovery and experience of alignment!)  Be patient, persistent and utterly devoted to the unfolding process.  Following are 12(!)* suggestions for opening up and aligning with You and God/Source within you who adores you!

  1. Give yourself permission to Love yourself vs criticism, loathing and not-enoughness
  2. Listen to your heart and follow it’s ‘downstream’ guidance vs listening to your ego and going the ‘upstream’ path
  3. Giving and receiving freely vs not giving or being open to receive
  4. Following your joy vs forcing yourself, acting out of ‘have-to’s’ and ‘shoulds’
  5. Trusting your heart vs not believing in your inner wisdom
  6. Thinking about how far you have come vs focusing on how far you have to go
  7. Focusing on what you want and love vs focusing only on what you don’t want
  8. Speaking of abundance vs talking about problems and lack
  9. Being aware and paying attention vs operating on autopilot
  10. Believing your dreams and passion are important (and acting upon them) vs the apathetic view of ‘my life isn’t working out’
  11. Clear intent and directed will vs vague or undefined goals
  12. Living a life of gratitude and appreciation vs not-enoughness and ‘why me’

*  Some suggestions are given from Orin/DaBen

**From   “According to Chinese numerology, the number one is a yang number which is ruled by the sun and represents independence and individualism. Two is a yin number which is ruled by the moon and represents symmetry and balance. When placed together, the number 12 brings harmony to the yin and yang, balancing the feminine energy of the moon with the masculine energy of the sun. So, what we can gather is that 12/12/12 equals lots of harmony.  Three is generally considered a heavenly number and often represents the soul or godhead. Four is the number of earth and mankind – for example, there are four elements (earth, air, fire, and water) and four cardinal directions (north, south, east, and west). Because of this, the product of the two numbers, 12, has been said to encompass both the secular and the sacred. So 12/12/12 should mean that both sides will be represented more than usual.”

It’s time to Re-member and delight in who you truly are- Joan Kappes

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Thankful for You!

This year, my thoughts are focused simply on You:  I am thankful for YOU.

YOU” ….that glorious word that encompasses all of us.

You are the smile of the stranger that greets me in the grocery store.  You are the greeting at Starbucks that says “Have a great day!!!”  You are the devoted person striving to bring peace to your corner of the world.  You are the politician striving to do your best.  You are the catalyst in my life helping me to be ‘more’.  You are the teenager, longing to be heard through newly discovered talent.  You are the baby, reminding me that we all are part of God.  You are the person determined to release resistance so wellness can come flooding through.  You are the one who shows me how to ‘let go’ of the oars so I can gently go with the flow of well-being.  You are the one who gives a thousand times a day….just because it feels good.   You are the one who shares your creativity and inspiration, making our world a better place.  You are the one who shares joy with the world.  You are the one who makes a difference by faithfully being who you are.  You are the piece of the puzzle that makes my life ‘picture perfect’.

I am thankful for You………Yes, You, for you are part of the Whole of which we all belong.

This wonderful video (below) beautifully reminds me of the Oneness that we all share as “You”, as “Us”, as “We”.  Enjoy!  Thanks to Matt Harding and Melissa Nixon for this amazing video!

Thankful for you – Joan Kappes


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Election Results, A Cockatoo, An Ibex & You

Every subject is really two subjects – what is wanted and what is not wanted. Today is a perfect day to see and experience this.  Yesterday, U.S. citizens exercised our right to vote and today we are experiencing the results.  I thought it would be fun to play with this a little as there is much to be experienced from a ‘Come to the Edge Today‘ point of view!

If you are feeling jubilant about the outcome of the election, perhaps you feel like this Cockatoo (watch video below now)


If you are not pleased with the outcome, perhaps you feel like this Ibex (watch video below now)


(Over the span of my voting career, I have felt like both of these wonderful creatures!)

Today, I want to playfully offer some ideas for really living this experience and growing from it.

Today’s “leaping exercise” If you are feeling hope and joy and elation, NOW is a great time to ‘milk’ it and increase your vibration and good feelings!  For fun, watch the video again and dance with this darling bird!  Then, make a list of 10 things you are hopeful, joyful and elated about (it can be about the election or about any subject).  The point is to ‘milk’ feeling good.  Why?  Because, we get the essence of what we think (and feel) – so, if we are feeling good and deliberately focus on better feeling thoughts, more good thoughts will come which will lead to better life experiences (that’s the way it works, so might as well be deliberate about it)!

If you are feeling somewhat like the Ibex today, this is ok too.   When I feel this way, I give myself permission to ‘get it out’ and sulk and be crabby.  I give myself, for example, an hour or a day to get it out, knowing that once I do, I can refocus and move on.  So, for fun, play back the video and pretend you are the Ibex reacting to the outcome of the election.

Now, here is the really great part – if you want to feel better NOW,  you can!  Even though you are disappointed and perhaps fearful or resigned (or whatever you are feeling), you can refocus to feel better NOW!  Will you be dancing like the Cockatoo in 5 minutes?  No, but you can feel better than you do right now.

How to do this?  By refocusing using ‘general’ thoughts.  Simply, they are thoughts that are general in nature – they are not specific.  It’s THE best place to begin to feel better.  How to be general on any topic?

1.  Stay general in your thoughts when feeling bad – it will help turn your thoughts around, little by little.  Getting too specific with your thoughts when feeling down will just make it worse.  Following are some examples of ‘general’ thoughts surrounding the election.  As you read them, feel if any of them give you some relief.  Then, build upon those that give you relief.  General thought examples:

  • “I like living in the U.S. where each citizen has a right to vote”
  • “I am glad I voted”
  • “I know that Americans want the best for the country”
  • “Some years my candidates win and other years they do not…I know that this process has been in existence for 236 years.  It’s a good system.”
  • “Progress seems slow, but over time, I notice that we learn and grow as individuals and citizens”

Write 10 statements of your own that are general in nature, feeling for the thoughts that give you relief.  Feel the relief of them.  Focus on these thoughts and allow other ‘downstream’ thoughts come to you.  See what happens!

2.  I suggest a 4 minute process (which can be used around any subject), called “The Focus Wheel” process.  Click the link for a video on how to use this powerful process.

No matter how you are feeling now, choose to feel better, find thoughts that give your relief and the magic of the Universe will deliver more than you can imagine!

Oh, the freedom of choice! – Joan Kappes


Videos courtesy of YouTube – Cockatoo videoIbex video

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It’s Time To Turn Off The Political Ads…Find Out Why…

This campaign season’s ads are something, aren’t they?  Wow.  Can they get any more negative?  From the ad’s viewpoint, it seems that everyone is a crook, the electorate is incompetent (because clearly we ‘don’t understand’) and ‘the other side’ is out to get us all.  Hmmmm…Many of these thoughts never even occurred to me until I saw the ads (pick an ad – any ad, as they are similar).

Finally, I asked myself:  “Do I need to surround myself with such divisiveness?  No!  I’ve had enough”… because I know that this is not who I am and this is not who we are.  We are much, much more!  After all, each of us are made from the same Source and the same Love!!!   I have decided to think my own thoughts and make my own choices.  I do not need this negative influence to divide me from my fellow citizens or to fearfully influence my choice on election day.

I have turned off the ads.  All of them.  The freedom  is instantaneous!  It feels great!  No more accusations, falsehoods, fear mongering, manipulation, degradation and on and on…..It feels good!

 So, my fellow citizens, in the next few days before the election, I ask you to consider this:

Turn off all political ads from now to election day.

Choose instead, to make your own decisions!  Choose to no longer be influenced by fearful, lack-filled, inaccurate, mean-spirited ads.

Choose to break free of who they say we are because we ARE more.  ALL of us are more!  Deep down, we know who we are: We are united.  We are part of the Whole.  We come from Love.  Choose to let your choice come from a space of Love and peace and Oneness!

We have a choice and it begins now.  Let the choice of who receives our vote come from within.   Let us be guided not by fear and divisiveness, but by the truth and Love that lives within.

Today’s “leaping exercise”:  Go within.  Find a quiet, uninterrupted space with the intention of allowing yourself to let go of any fearful, hateful lenses that you have been seeing through and allow yourself to be guided to vote through the lens of Love.  Breathe deeply.  See those negatives surrounded by a bubble.  Gently watch that bubble float away.  Next, turn your attention to what remains:  Feel and bask in the Love that is and always has been your real reality.  Simply allow yourself be wrapped in peace and Love and security.  Be surrounded by it.  Become One with it.  Enjoy it.

Once you are experiencing this peaceful reality, (and only then), ask for guidance about who to vote for.  Ask for the answer viewed through the lens of Love and peace (rather than from who is right and who is wrong.)

Each of us may have a different answer.  This is ok.  All is well.

The point is, on Tuesday, vote from your heart and connection with God/Source rather than a disconnection experienced as fear and suspicion.  Proudly vote ‘knowing’ that you are voting from Love.

This is freedom.

Feeling free – Joan Kappes

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Your Invitation To Soar!

“My Dearest Love,

The next level cannot be climbed.

You are meant to fly there.

Let go and enjoy the flight.

You see, you already have taken flight; now it’s time to head out with full awareness and relish playing in the sea breezes and experience the wonders of the ocean currents.

You are meant to fly!

 Fly with complete abandon…

Trust with full knowing…


Because, My Dearest One, We are flying together.”

With deepest Love for who you already are,                                           I AM, God/Source


Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Prior to watching this video of birds in flight, (see below) spend a few minutes becoming clear on what your heart is telling you is the ‘next level’ for your life.  (If you are not sure, use your imagination and decide upon something you’d like to experience.) Pretend that the bird in the video represents your experience of this ‘next level’.

In addition, envision that you and God/Source are One, and both of you are this bird –  sharing the same wings, sight, smells, sounds and feelings.  Imagine, as you fly that you are experiencing your ‘next level’ together, through the eyes of God/Source!  What are you seeing?  Smelling?  Hearing?  What does the wind feel like?  What does it feel like to soar with no boundaries and no limits?  What is God/Source showing you about soaring to your ‘next level’?  (Repeat video, if you’d like to continue flying!)

As you safely land back at “The Edge”, record your experiences and insights in your journal.  Know that you have an open invitation to soar with God/Source anytime you’d like!

It’s time to “Come to the Edge Today!” and soar – Joan Kappes to “Come to the Edge Today” to receive (via email) life-changing ‘how-to’s, inspiration, insights and as always, the invitation from Life to ‘Come to the Edge Today!’ so you can finally live your life in joy! See column at the right of this page where it says “Subscribe to Come to the Edge Today!”.  Enter your first name and email address, then hit submit”.  Your privacy is protected and respected.

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A Parable: Choosing a Room or a Mansion

This is a story of a human named Wo.*  As all humans in his culture Wo lived in a house, but Wo was really only concerned with the room that he lived in, since it was uniquely his own.  His room was beautiful and he was charged with keeping it that way…which he did.

Wo lived a good life.  He learned the things that made him feel happy, and he would find objects to hang on the wall that he could look at, to make him happy.  Wo also learned of the things that made him feel sad, and he learned how to hang these things on the wall when he wished to be sad.  Wo also learned the things that made him angry, and he found things to drag out and place on the wall that he could turn to when he chose to be angry.

As with other humans, Wo had many fears.  Even though he had the basics in life, he feared other humans and certain situations.  He feared the humans and situations that would bring change, for he felt secure and stable with the way things were, and he had worked hard to get them to that state.  Wo feared the situations that seemingly had control over his stable room, and he feared the humans who controlled these situations.  Several time throughout his life, Wo saw motion and a new doorway (with strange writing on the door) in the corner of his room.  Wo was a spiritual person and prayed to God that the humans and situations he feared (like the motion in the corner and the new doorway) would go away so as not to create changes, so his room could remain without change…and God answered Wo’s many requests each time he asked throughout his life.

When Wo was 50, he became ill and died.  Wo arose from his bed only to discover that his earthly body remained; he was in spirit form.  He saw the motion in the corner and this time it drew closer.

Wo now saw that the motion was actually two entities who approached.  The white figures gleamed as though they had a light from within.  One of the figures spoke to Wo:  “Come, dear one, it’s time to go.”  He was starting to remember how familiar all this was…he was filled with a wonderful, unexplainable feeling. One of the entities took his hand and led him directly toward the door with the strange writing on it.  The door opened and all three went through it.

He found himself in a long hallway with doors to rooms on each side.  Wo thought, “This is indeed a far larger house than I had imagined!”  Wo noticed the first door with more odd writing on it.  “What is in this first door on the right?”  Without a word the white figure opened the door and motioned for Wo to enter.  As Wo entered he was amazed.  Stacked from floor to ceiling were riches beond his wildest dreams!  There were gold bars, pearls and diamonds.  In one corner alone there were enough rubies and precious stones for an entire kingdom.  He looked at his white, glowing companions and said “What is this place?  The larger white one spoke and said, “This is your room of abundance, had you wished to enter it.  It belongs to you even now and will remain here for you in the future.”

As they returned to the hallway Wo asked what was in the first room to the left…another door with writing that somehow was starting to make sense.  As the white one opened the door he said “This is your room of peace, had you wished to use it.”  Wo entered the room with his friends, only to be surrounded by a thick white fog.  The fog seemed to be alive, for it immediately encased his body, and Wo breathed it in.  He was overcome with comfort, and knew he would never be afraid again.  He felt peace where there had never been any before.

Wo again stepped into the hallway.  He had changed.  He looked at his companions and recognized them.  “You are the guides,” Wo stated matter of factly.  “No,” said the large one, “we are your guides.”  In perfect love they continued.  “We have been here since your birth for only one reason: to love you and help show you the doorway.  You were afraid and asked for us to retreat, and we did.  We are in service to you in love, and we honor your incarnation of expression.”  Wo felt no reprimand in their words.  He realized that they were not in judgment of him, but in honor of him, and he felt their love.

As he was led down the hallway there were doors marked HEALING, and another marked JOY.  He began to realize what he had missed.  And as if they knew his thoughts, the guides said, “Do not be reproachful with your spirit, for it is inappropriate and does not serve your magnificence.” He looked back down the hallway from where he had first entered and saw the writing on the door the writing that had originally frightened him.  The writing was a name!… it was HIS name, his real name…and He now fully understood.

He turned to walk toward the light at the end of the hallway.  He had been here before.  Wo was going home.


*To read the parable in its entirety: The Kryon Writings-Don’t Think Like a Human! PP 76-81 Copyright 1994  


Today’s Come to the Edge “leaping” exercise:  Find a quiet, relaxing place where you can be uninterrupted for about 15-20 minutes.   – the one with your name on it!  Breathe deeply and clear your mind. Imagine you are in your earthly room. You notice a new doorway in the corner of the room.  You see motion in this corner but you are not afraid.  The motion is your guides.  You allow them to draw near.  Notice their essence:  their color, smell, aura.  Take note of how they appear and sound to you.  They ask you to go with them through the doorway.  You eagerly agree.  Together, the three of you go through the doorway. Notice the number of doorways in your hallway.  What is written on each?  You eagerly open each door to see what is inside.  Take your time discovering as there is no hurry and your guides are pleased to share this with you.  Notice the Love and Peace that is present in your hallway and rooms.  What riches are available to you?  What have you discovered?  When you are complete, your guides lovingly take you back to your earthly room.  They assure you that they are always present, always available to help you open the doors to experience (in this lifetime) what you have just discovered.  Ask them for guidance and assistance in opening the doors and riches that are already available, awaiting your allowing.  Thank them for this journey.  You open your eyes and eagerly anticipate seeing the evidence!  “Ask and it is Given”!

The fullness of your life is awaiting you – just “Come to the Edge Today” and ask – Joan Kappes

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