“I was doing so well until . . .” How many times does that happen to us? We are doing our claims, prayers, healing work, and then bam! We feel frustrated, act cranky, or get a bit snippy at people, only to then immediately think, “Oh my God, what did I just do?” In the land of the Guides, we just came down from the Upper Room!

There was a time when I used to get so bruised from kicking myself. I’d get mad at myself for not being perfect. After all, I was on a spiritual path, so I had to be perfect . . . all . . . the . . . time . . . didn’t I? I can laugh now, but it wasn’t funny then . . . so many years ago when I was so intensely focused on trying to do everything just right. I was so caught up in the need to be right, and it’s so often the energy of “need” that moves us out of alignment and keeps us from moving up the mountain, or down the river.

The Guides talk about going in and out of alignment in the second book, The BOOK of LOVE and CREATION. They use the image of a river as a metaphor for where you are being taken. You learn you can allow yourself to choose to release the past in significant ways that will allow you to embark on the next stage of your journey forward. You can embark on that boat going down a river . . . you have always been in this river, but now you are free to move in your frequency with the love of the Divine. When, and if you make a mistake, instead of kicking yourself, just see it as a moment that your boat got stuck on the riverbank. So, what do you do? You just take your oar and push away from the bank and get yourself floating down the river once again.

Every time you get stuck, you let it go, and push off down the river once more. If you ride horses and you fall off the horse, well you just get back up and keep riding. That’s it. It’s that simple. Not always easy . . . but that simple. And the simplicity . . . and the power . . . is in choice. You choose to get up, to go on, to dust yourself up, do your claims, and continue down the river . . . and to the sea.

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