Wisdom Lesson #15: How letting go of everything you have can give you everything you need

“Do not be afraid to let everything you are doing right now go. Because it is only when we can sacrifice everything, that we can truly take the next step to reach our goals.” 

~ Evan Sanders, The Better Man Project

I’m not sure how I found my way to Evan’s amazing and inspirational blog. But since there are no accidents in life I know in my heart and spirit I was meant to connect to his path of introspection, inspiration and empowerment.

Recently, he wrote about letting go of the comfort of his all-too familiar old views, habits and ways of doing things in order to embrace the abundance of all that he really wanted in life. By the looks of all the comments and “Likes” he received for his post, his message resonated deeply with so many people, including me.

His post suggests that often times it’s not the fear of failure but of success that keeps us living below our fullest potential. But Evan’s message reminds me that in each moment I can choose to reach for the brass ring of life and shed my caterpillar reality to achieve the butterfly destiny I was created by my Creator to have!

And you can too. Let go. Let God. Transform into the butterfly you were intended to be and fly!

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Wisdom Lesson #13: A Lesson from Sarah Ban Breathnach — Ask for what you need!

[I originally posted this in the SHINE section of www.bythespirit.net. Reprinted with permission.]

“Today start asking. You see a woman with a great haircut? Ask where she got it. Ask for the name of a great paint color in a home accessory shop, a fabulous recipe from a hostess …. Ask for a deadline extension. Ask for the day off. Ask for a raise. Ask when the next sale will be. Ask Spirit for a daily portion of grace. Ask Divine Wisdom for operating instructions. Ask your guardian angel to manifest holy assistance. While you’re at it, ask for a miracle.” ~ Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance [June 3 passage titled “Ask, Ask, Ask”]

Recently Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of the nineties phenomenon known as Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort & Joy, returned to a seat she’d occupied and indeed owned at that time; a seat across from Oprah Winfrey to discuss spirituality and finding the miracles in the mundane.

Decades having passed since the last time, now in 2012 both women are in a different place and space. Sarah is a proverbial Phoenix rising out of a series of devastating personal and professional losses and Oprah is in the midst of her own challenging life transition from a daily talk show to 24/7 programming as a network owner with The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This time Sarah’s purpose and intention in her face-to-face with Oprah on Super Soul Sunday (covered in a recent ByTheSpirit.net post) was to share the wisdom of all that had transpired in the years since her initial rise to fame and fortune and the “fall” from its purported grace.

Her story of extreme loss (of all her wealth and, for a time, herself) was both heart-breaking and life-affirming for me for so many reasons. Her reflections on her journey were both encouraging and cautionary.  Her willingness to expose her “brokenness” in front of the millions of us (literally) who’d placed her on a spiritual pedestal and who soaked in her Simple Abundance wisdom like a dry, brittle sponge that absorbs water again, was awe-inspiring. Her honesty and humility seemed to make her advice and her wisdom so much more relevant, accessible and authentic. Continue reading