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Trust the gifts the universe has to offer

Along the Spiritual Path

Recently I volunteered to word-process a medical manuscript, pro bono, as a Lenten gift to the universe. Ruth Polata was impressed by this and invited me to expand on this gift and a lesson I learned long ago - "you can't outgive the universe."

It is easy to write about a giving universe in this season of resurrection and mystery. Bulbs transform into plants bearing beautiful flowers, complete with vivid colors and fragrances. Eggs break into winged beauties, complete with song. Blossoming trees and plants begin the abundant preparation of our food. And the Universal Spirit invites our individual participation in this great renewal.

Lenten season is a special time of inner reflection for me - a time to examine and appreciate my own gifts and talents waiting to burst into realization. The medical manuscript seemed an ideal way to participate in the renewal as the doctor prepares his wonderful beneficial research for publication.

Years ago I learned that time spent in prayer and meditation reveals great truths and new directions. Faced with the challenge of caring for my mother while still generating income, I turned to Our Creator for direction and help. Guidance to use my executive secretarial skills and work from home met this challenge. Within days of acting on that guidance, a computer-savvy friend helped in setting up the service.

Advised by friends and colleagues that I needed connections in order to succeed in business, I again turned to the Creator who has infinite connections. This resulted in two clients who could not offer any monetary compensation at the time. Needing the experience, I did the jobs, little realizing the unlimited resources and help of the universe that come from an act of faith.

Prayers aren't always answered in ways we anticipate - my answers came in different packaging and larger dimensions. But just as a few raindrops can soon start a stream, this started the flow of my business. It is still growing and now has world-wide connections. The gifts have far exceeded my expectations - being with my mother during her final days, meeting wonderful people, working on projects which challenge my imagination, expand my mind and delight my spirit - with the added bonus of time to enjoy my garden and have more time for meditation and thanksgiving.

Can't complain about the commute either!

Sue Stanley is a Los Altos resident who believes in practical spirituality based on the teachings of Jesus the Christ.

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