A New Way To Pray

Recently, 3 long time friends told me they have cancer.

What does one do with that?

“I’ll pray for you”, or “you are in my prayers” is what immediately came to my mind and heart.

But, what does this mean?

What do I pray for?

How can I know their deepest life intentions?

How do I know the desires within the depths of their soul?

I’ve pondered this for years.  The ‘logical’ answer of praying for healing or whatever I think would be best for them may not be their true heart’s desire.  So, how can I support them and pray for them while respecting their unknown intentions?

The answer was gifted to me about a year ago,  It is wonder-full, simple, and very powerful (for both the person I am praying for and me)!

The answer:  Send them Love!  .

Love is the most powerful energy in the Universe.  According to the Wise Ones throughout the ages, Love is what binds everything together and makes us whole.

The power of Love is beyond comprehension yet everyone benefits when we call upon it.  We don’t really need to know how it works, just that it works.  (Kind of like the electricity in our homes.  We don’t know how it works, but we know it works wonders when the switch is turned on.)

Why is this a powerful way to pray?  Here are 6 Life-giving reasons:

  1. I can actively support them
  2. I honor the free will of their heart/soul (and it frees me not to have to think of what to pray for)
  3. They receive the power of Love and can use it in ways that most benefit them
  4. I actively trust that God/Source and my friend are using this Love for his/her highest good
  5. I can ‘let go’, knowing they are strengthened, cared for and “Loved”
  6. I personally benefit as this life-giving power of Love first flows through me
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Today’s ‘Come to the Edge’ “leaping” exercise:  Today, we are practicing this new form of prayer, sending Love to another person.  You will be using the gift of your imagination for this prayer.  Ready to give it a try?  Find a comfortable place to sit or lie down.  Take several deep breaths.  (Let the thoughts of the day go for a few minutes.)  Continue your deep breathing.  Close your eyes and focus your attention on your heart area.  Feel it.  Be aware of it.  Now, see and feel the warmth of a beam of light entering your heart (this is the Love energy).  Enjoy it.  Feel it.  Allow it to grow.  After ‘connecting’ with it and experiencing it for a few minutes, focus on the person you’d like to pray for.  Picture them in your mind with as much detail as possible.

Next, imagine you are sending this beam of light, this Love energy – from your heart to their heart.  See it.  Allow yourself to experience it!  Say  to this person, “I am sending this Light of Love to you today because I love you and because God/Source loves you.  Use this in any way you choose for your highest good.  This is given this to you freely.  We Love You.”

Gently release the beam of light and ‘come back’ to your present room and physical awareness.  Sit for a moment, and give thanks that you have given them the best gift ever…..the gift of divine Love.

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“Beloved, let us Love one another because Love is of God….God is Love” –  1 John 4:7,8

“And above all these put on Love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

“If we Love one another, God remains in us, and this Love is brought to perfection in us.” – 1 John 4: 12

“Do everything in Love.” – 1 Corinthians 16:14

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Sending you Love today – Joan Kappes

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Releasing the Real You

Living a “Come to the Edge Today” life gives us permission to wipe away falsehoods and offers us the freedom to claim and LIVE who we really are.  Below is a reflection that feels “good” AND also awakens the sense of deep knowing you already have of these Truths.

Enjoy!

“I am made of Divine Light.  I give myself permission to shine.

I am Freedom.  I give myself permission to be free from __________(name it).  I am now free to fly and soar and experience the life of my dreams.

I am More.  I release everything in my past, present and future that holds me bondage to experiencing more of the real Me.

I am Love.  I give myself permission to feel Love flow in me, through me and as me.

I am Joy.  I give myself permission to feel, give and live true joy.”

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  Repeat this at least 10x per day:  “Today I give myself permission to be the real Me.”

Find opportunities (at least once per day) to ‘try on’ and ‘use’ the “You” that just came out of hiding (you know – the shining, free, loving, joyful You!)

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Wisdom on a High Wire

 

 

While driving home the other day, I saw a group of birds on a wire.

This is what they taught me:

ENJOY THIS MOMENT

 

Today’s Come to the Edge leaping” exercise:  Stop what you are doing right now.  Breathe in this moment.  Feel this moment.  Experience this moment.  Enjoy this moment.  Repeat.  Repeat.  Repeat……..

“Life” is in this moment – Joan Kappes

 

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How Good Can You Stand It?

“I have a high pain tolerance.”  Have you ever heard people brag about this?  I know I have caught myself saying this, however I don’t think it ever improved the quality of my life.

I’ve come to realize that there is a better ‘Come to the Edge’ question:  How Good can I stand it?  How good can I allow my life to be?

Instead of raising your pain tolerance, make it your mission to raise your Joy tolerance!

Note:  This is not conditioned upon your current circumstances, health, wealth, or lack there-of.  This is about YOU allowing relief and goodness and joy and peace to enter and increase in your life….now.

How? Focus!  Focus on seeing only joy and goodness in your day, in your hour, in your moment.  Yes, it IS there……..I promise!  There is something in each moment that you can see and experience that will raise that ‘goodness/joy’ bar instead of the pain tolerance bar.  Try it!

How Good Can I Stand It?  How much joy, abundance, fun, health and healing and…..and….and….will I allow to pour into my life?  Only you can answer this.  Don’t settle for ‘ok’ or ‘getting by’ or anything other than ‘off-the-charts’ bliss……..no matter what! Yes, you CAN experience bliss – today! And you know what?  The more you focus on the joy, goodness and well-being already in your life, the more you allow God/Source to bring you more!  Yep – that’s how it works, so RAISE THAT BAR!

(If you are doubting this,  ask yourself, ‘What do I believe about why, if and how good things come to me?  Do I believe that life can be good for me?’  Knowing what you believe about how good your life can be plays a huge role in allowing your life to be better.)

 

 How Good Can I Stand It? 

 
  
Come To the Edge Today!
 

Today’s ‘Come to the Edge’ “leaping” exercise:  Copy the above ‘How Good Can I Stand It?’ reminder (right click and press ‘print’.  Cut to size) and carry it everywhere you go.  Make several copies!  Use it as a bookmark, a note in your car, bathroom, by the sink – everywhere!  DECIDE that you are going to raise your joy/goodness/well-being bar and allow yourself to get out of the way so the stream of relief and joy and bliss can become your new way of being.  Focus upon what is right in front of you that gives you relief and joy.  Dedicate yourself to thinking thoughts that bring relief instead of those that raise your pain tolerance, then eagerly look for life changing evidence!

You can do this……beginning —now.

“The Better It Gets, The Better It Gets” – Abraham

I like seeing you raise that bar! – Joan Kappes

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Celebrating 2 Years at ‘The Edge’ – My Gift to You, The Prayer of St. Francis

This month is the celebration of my 2nd year anniversary of Come to the Edge Today“!  THANK YOU  for  sharing this amazing journey with me!   In honor of all of you fellow “leapers”, I’d like to share with you the prayer that has been my life’s inspiration – The Prayer of St. Francis.

Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen

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May we come to know that we are One – When I console you, I am consoled.  When I strive to understand you, I am understood.  When I love you, I am loved.  Thank you for helping me to experience this……….

Thrilled to share life with you at “The Edge” – Joan Kappes

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The Perfection of a Summer’s Day

Usually, my day is filled with accomplishing the many tasks always in my head or on my “To Do” list.  Today however, my attention was drawn to experiencing the perfection of this Summer’s Day…..

The perfection of the blue sky.

Robins singing joyfully in the distance.

The hum of an insect flying by.

Bees flitting from one flower to another.

A plethora of brown bugs feasting on weeds in the garden.

The smell of compost completing the circle of life.

The grass standing tall, eagerly soaking in the sunshine.

The flowers shining in full bloom.

The weeds also shining in full bloom.

None were anxious or fretting.

All were content just being themselves – moment by moment.

A wellspring of life being lived right before my eyes!  All I had to do was stop and notice.

What happened next made the experience even more rich!  I heard this in my head:  “Consider the lilies of the field.  They neither toil nor spin.”  When I looked up the complete Bible verse, this is what I read:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body what you will wear.  Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father (the Source of All) feeds them.  Are not you more important than they?  Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?  Why are you anxious about clothes?  Learn from the way the wild flowers grow.  They do not work or spin.  But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of these.” Matthew 6: 25-29

Perfection…..

Today’s “leaping” exercise: Go outside right now (yes, now! 🙂 ).  Spend 5-10 minutes noticing the nature and life that surrounds you.  Think of nothing.  No need to analyze or judge or comment.  Just notice and be open to hearing what loving message is being sent to you.  When complete, just breath and appreciate your experience.  Repeat daily.

When looking through the eyes of Source, All is well.

Inviting you to experience your Summer’s perfection – Joan Kappes

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Filling the Bowl of Your Life – The Choice is Yours

I have a tendency to think that when something “happens to me” especially if it is something  I view as “bad”, I need to dwell on it, or at the very least acknowledge my current state or circumstance, because if I don’t, then I am secretly saying that it’s OK and more of it will come.

What I am realizing now, is that it is all about what I am providing space for. If I think of my life as a vast bowl which I  choose to fill up in a myriad of ways, and on many subjects, this image naturally reveals what I am choosing to focus upon.  My habit has been to fill up my bowl with thoughts about my current state or circumstances…. Because after all, that is “my reality”, right?  Consequently, this (my focus) is what is taking up the space and therefore, what I experience as my reality.

What if I choose to open the space – this “bowl” of my life – to allow new possibilities, some I may not even be aware of yet?  What if I let go and trust that the Universe, who knows my heart’s true desires,  will surprise and delight me?

By choosing not to fill my bowl with my “current struggles or perceived injustices” does not mean  they are not real to me….it’s just a new (and more beneficial) decision to keep the space open for the Universe to deliver and give to me in new ways.

Creating the space IS the process of allowing.

Today’s “leaping” exercise:  So much of what we think about is actually unconscious thinking; paying attention to what you think about will change your life! Today’s exercise is an awareness exercise; it focuses on what thoughts you find yourself dwelling upon.

For the next week, commit to developing the habit of noticing what you think about and what you dwell upon.  Choose some kind of cue that, whenever you hear it, will serve as a reminder to stop and notice what thoughts have recently been running through your head.  This could be a bird singing, a blue car on the road, a word that your hear, something you see on your desk – anything that occurs frequently (once per hour or so).  When you are reminded via this cue, or consciously on your own, stop and reflect:  What thoughts have I been dwelling upon?  What have I been thinking?  What feelings did these thoughts bring up?  Have these thoughts served me or hindered me in how I want my life to manifest?  What thoughts would I prefer?

Do this for 7+ days;  Record thoughts, patterns and beliefs.  Ask the above questions.  Use this time to get really clear on what you think about and what you habitually dwell upon and why.

These conscious observations are the opening for new possibilites.  As you empty your bowl, the Universe can fill it up with what you truly desire.

Living or being on “The Edge” is about creating new space – Jan Wikman

Thanks to my twin sister, Jan Wikman for sharing this reflection with all of us! – Joan Kappes

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