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A New Presence and Place of Belonging for an Awakening Humanity





By Jane Mountrose

The holiday season is a time of miracles. As winter in the northern hemisphere takes us indoors and more deeply within ourselves, we have a special opportunity to turn our focus to love of life, peace on earth, and gratitude for our many blessings.

With figures of angels and enlightened beings decorating our homes, we are reminded of divine order in the magic that surrounds us. We need to remember that the magic of the divine is with us all year around. We can recognize the synchronous nature of divine order every day of our lives, but we often forget to watch for it. The following quote from our book Getting Thru to Your Soul discusses how synchronicity is at play in our lives.  

“Our spiritual traditions provide valuable clues to the multi- dimensional realms of the soul. From the soul’s viewpoint, everything is connected, and all the events of our lives have an underlying meaning and purpose. While the prevailing scientific perspective regards life as a series of random events, there is a divine order underlying all of our experiences.

“Carl Jung recognized this divine order in his exploration of synchronicity , which could be described as the science of meaningful coincidences. From this perspective, the outer world is actually a reflection of the soul’s journey. We are here to learn from the situations that come up and the people we meet. When we look at life this way, it becomes a mysterious and magical experience. The challenges we face become gifts that allow our souls to grow and evolve. We may not welcome all of these gifts immediately, but we definitely have the opportunity to understand our lives in a more profound way.”

Our holiday wish for all is to stay connected with the divine as we embrace the infinite potential and miraculous unfolding of the coming year.


By Jane Mountrose

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By Sheila Hollingshead

Excerpted from Energy Therapy, Healing Your Life and Body, a workbook for using the Pendulum

DIVINE ORDER is always unfolding. Divine order is not something that God imposes upon you, instead it is the perfect unfolding of your soul's deepest desires. Learning to trust in that unfolding is what we are here to learn to do. This is a very high vibration and a very demanding vibration to be on. It requires you to be trusting of all that happens. It is resistance to what is happening that is the cause of negativity. That does not mean you should accept anything negative that is happening to you. Instead, negativity is showing you what isn't working for you and that change is needed.

You can either change your thoughts or change your life. If you change your life without changing your thoughts, it may not help. If you change your thoughts, your life may change for the better in a way that you never could have imagined!

The higher your vibration, the more the demand is to stay centered. When not centered, you will really feel it. When that powerful high energy is turned inward on a negative vibration, it can be very destructive. Do not blame yourself for any negativity that you feel or experience. Instead let negativity show you what you need to change or release. However, know that whatever happens or how badly you respond to it, Divine Order is still unfolding and will eventually unfold in a way that you will accept.

An excellent example of Divine Unfolding through great negativity is written by Donald Walters in his book, THE PATH. He is known as Swami Kriyananda and was one of the foremost disciples of Yogananda. After the death of Yogananda he lost his way, even wanting to die. He was finally expelled from the Self- Realization Fellowship and wandered for several years looking for direction. He eventually founded Ananada Cooperative Village , his spiritual community in Northern California , a dream he had since youth. His journey is really worth reading. It shows that no matter how well trained you are you can still get lost but will eventually find your way no matter how long it takes. It always gives me great hope when I am in the midst of doubt or depression.

The problem with Divine Order is that it is very hard to see THE BIG PICTURE. All we see is the past, the present, and how we think the future should be. It is our expectations of how we think it should be that causes all of the problems in life. Release expectations and trust in the unfolding.

The only thing that really matters is what IS. This moment is all you really have. The past is gone and the future isn't here yet. Be positive today and tomorrow will be taken care of.

Probably the most compelling evidence that illness in the body is not of the body, is from a study of MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES. Dr. Bennett Braun in the special issue of the Al1lerican Journal of Clinical Hypnosis devoted to multiple personality reported on the case of a woman who is DIABETIC while expressing one personality and NOT DIABETIC while expressing a different personality!

This example shows the extreme difference of a negative and positive vibration in one person. How you are when on a negative vibration is much different from how you are on a positive vibration. The goal, of course, is to stay on a positive vibration at all times. However, what is positive for one person may be negative for another. The direction of the swing of the pendulum can show which it is for you.

It is very easy to be on a negative vibration from being constantly bombarded with the negativity expressed from others, in magazines, newspapers, books, movies, and especially television. Each can lower your vibration. The lower your vibration, the more distressed you become. From a very low negative vibration, depending on the vibration you are on, you could become depressed, violent, or sick.

It can be very hard to be positive at all from this very low negative vibration and professional assistance may be needed. No one thing works for everyone so it is necessary to find what works best for you. Let your pendulum help determine what is needed.

However, it is important to remember that the desire to be more positive sets the intent to be positive. Then you have to make the choice, each moment, to see the positive in what is happening. If you can't do that, you will have to work at being positive. As you encounter a problem, identify and release it. As a negative thought arises, replace it with a positive thought or affirmation. The more positive you are, the higher in vibration you go, and the more stable your energy becomes on a positive vibration.

A woman who had been very depressed called me after reading a copy of this book. She told me she didn't do much with the pendulum but realized she was making herself depressed with her negative thoughts. She decided to release each problem as she encountered it, which really helped. She discovered it was then much easier to be positive about her problems and realized she was no longer depressed. She quickly got the message of this book - negative thoughts make you feel worse and positive thoughts make you feel better! Whether you use the pendulum or not, watch your thoughts.

Happiness and health are meant for you. You deserve it!

Sheila Hollingshead has worked with the pendulum since 1984. She views the pendulum as her teacher and considers her contribution to the field of energy healing to be the discovery of the exact negative thoughts that affect each part of the body, and how to release them to initiate healing. You can learn more about Sheila Hollingshead, the use of pendulums, and her books at:







Each person comes into this world with a specific destiny – he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed. You are not here accidentally – you are here meaningfully. There is a purpose behind you. The whole intends to do something through you.

                        -  OSHO


By letting go of my desire to control the things that are beyond my control, I can truly see divine order working in my life and be more patient. I know that if I wait on God’s timing, things work better than if I plan them myself.  

 – AE from Los Osos, CA  

In a global sense, divine order shows us that things are unfolding the way they are meant to be. When I see synchronicity in my life and things are going well, I feel that divine order is happening all the time. When things are not going so well, it takes trust to realize that there is a reason. I know that I lose awareness that divine order is unfolding in my own life when I lose my connection with my soul, and what I have to do is reconnect.

- KM from Pismo Beach, CA

To me, divine order is being in the flow. It’s about learning to open to trust that it is operating in my life.  

- CD from Morro Bay, CA

When you know that you are eternal, you can play your true role in time. When you know you are divine, you can become completely human. When you know you are one with God, you are free to become absolutely yourself …

                    -  MOTHER MEERA



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