Issue # 10
Apr - Jun
A Spiritual Publication
"The year's at the spring,
And day's at the morn;
Morning's at seven;
The hillside's dew-pearled;
The lark's on the wing;
The snail's on the thorn:
God's in His Heaven-
All's right with the world!"
-- Robert Browning,
We all want to create a better world, but it is important
not to loose ourselves in that quest, because in truth, such changes must
start with each of us. So I invite you to contemplate Browning's experience
and find time to enjoy the spring. Where thought goes energy flows,
so for a time focus on beauty, and manifest more of that in your life.
Life around the world is full of unpleasant lessons, but in this time of
renewal, renew yourselves. See the creator in all things.
Springtime is here
Yeah!!! We are finally
getting the newsletter out again. Due to the volume, we will be sending
a note to those of you who have email addresses informing you that the
latest newsletter can be printed from our website. Many of you may
not have email addresses and you will continue receiving it by regular
mail. If you do have a email address and are willing to participate,
we will be very grateful. Just send us your email address via the
internet and put "serenity newsletter" in the subject line. If you
prefer not to be on our mailing list, please inform us by email, regular
mail or call.
This year is a growing
adventure for Jeffrey and I. We are on that fence line of change
and intend to start our store front "Serenity Shoppe". We are
actively pursuing the where abouts and spending the time to research.
The time frame is still unclear to us. We will keep you informed as to
our progress :-). For more information, please read page 3.
We have learned with our trip across country that everything is possible.
This year is the year of instant manifestation. All it requires
is that we step out of our own way and hand it over to Spirit. You
can remove your brain by putting it to work. Begin the process of
researching as if it is here and now. Spirit will provide the ways
and means to accomplish it
Blessings On Your Adventure
With much Love, Diane
Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Plans, credit and the Muse,-
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson, from Give All to Love
Love, From Spirit
Many have felt a sigh of relief for the New Year and some have
felt despair of might occur next. It is upon you to create that which
you truly want to experience in your reality. The planet has taken
on a radical transformation that was meant to open the hearts of those
who were willing to accept and give in love. It is a
time of grace and exploration in human kind and can be found within the
depths of each individual as you focus on your intentions and desires.
We recommend to pay particular attention to your thought processes which
may bring disharmony to yourself and those around you. You see regardless
of what you speak, your manifestations will mirror your intentions.
It is a great time of renewal. This renewal of intention will present
an awakening on your planet which has not been seen since the Christ walked
on your earth. Watch for the signs of allegiance for they will bring
the flowering of Jerusalem. Open your hearts to the truth and not
the cause. Consider the wrath for it imparts the truth in its underlying
subtlety. Honor the skies for they represent the balance collectively.
Honor the earth as she unites separateness. Honor yourselves for
the courage to step beyond what you see before you, for you are walking
in the footsteps of your Christ incarnate.
The road which has been strewn in your wake is one of intensity
and love for all of human kind - go within and find harmony, lighten your
load with detachment, play, dance and sing to praise the journey, create
to bring forth your spirit and laugh to shine your light.
We wish you fulfillment on your adventure of self discovery in
the transformation of your planet...Serione'
A spring day feeds
the whole year.
-- Russian Proverb
Chapel of Inner Light
We live in a very challenging time. The world is evolving and old
ways of government are failing. The greatest challenges in human
rights and in world relations lie not with other democracies or even the
communist nations, but the tribal mentality especially prevalent in dictatorships
and monarchies. Nations built for a single ruling class of people
or religion also fall into this set of problem nations. No matter
how hard they try to be a fair nation, those who are not of the “National
faith” are going to be considered second class by definition.
Tribalism is behind the genocide we see in some African nations today,
and in the Balkans with Croatians, Serbians, etc. all trying to ensure
ethnic superiority. The driving fear is that if our group is not
superior we are inferior, and our people will suffer. What is lacking
is commonality and equality. Indeed we are all children of God, and
the world is moving toward that realization, and individual freedom and
equality is a part of the movement.
Look for example at the United States. Our nation despite what
some say has NO common language, religion, or ethic history to bind it.
The Glue of this democracy is the Common belief in personal rights and
freedom, as manifested in the Constitution.
But now we have a new challenge, as for the first time in our national
history we have faced massive death of civilians in a act of “War”.
Our nation is responding by giving up some of our rights to increase our
security. While some of the actions are indeed wise and well thought
I am still reminded of the quote from Ben Franklin that: "Those that can
give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither
liberty nor safety."
So what do I recommend to light workers in this time of trouble.
First, remember this, Blessing are best made inclusively. In other
words replace the Patriot’s “God Bless America” with the sentiment of Dickens’s
A Christmas Carol: “God Bless us, Everyone”. We often say during
the season that we wish Christmas goodwill would last all year. Well
then, follow Christ’s example all year. Christ said in his Sermon
on the Mount, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those
who persecute you,” Matt 5:44.
We should remember that patriotism is not a bad thing but that it can
also be the refuge for tyrants. In Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany,
the term “a matter of State (or National) security” was used to hide other
agendas and cover for atrocities on fellow humans. Indeed our own
nation, used the cloak of national security to hide radiation dose experiments
on an unwitting general public, during the cold war.
I am not saying be unpatriotic, but the opposite, be involved.
The ultimate patriotism is to be involved in the expense of freedom.
There is a quote that says “America will remain the land of the free, only
so long as it is the home of the brave”. This means not only do we
need brave young warriors to defend our freedom, but we the people must
also have courage. This means having the courage to stand up and
question new laws, for only by reasoned debate not blind obedience is our
“OF the People, By the people and For the people” form of government going
The energy of revenge is hate, carrying that energy does not serve
the enlightened heart. But if you or your loved ones can’t get past
the hate yet, then consider this. A Spanish Proverb says the Living
well is the best revenge,” and in no case is that more true than in battling
this brand of supposed religious bigotry. If we as a nation and a
world, continue to not only live well, but to improve the lives of others,
we will win over even more converts to our side.
So in closing, live in the light, love all living things and shine
Gods love from within your heart into the world. By doing this you
become a true holy warrior, a warrior of the light. If you open a
door from a lit room into a dark one is there a fight at the threshold?
No, the light simply flows into the darkness, and this is how we all win,
not by fighting hate with hate, but darkness with light.
(received via internet-author unknown)
We all know what it's like to get that phone call in the middle of the
night. This night's call was no different. Jerking up to the ringing summons,
I focused on the red, illuminated numbers of my clock. Midnight! Panicky
thoughts filled my sleep dazed mind as I grabbed the receiver. "Hello?"
My heart pounded, I gripped the phone tighter and eyed my husband, who
was now turning to face my side of the bed. "Mama?" The voice answered.
I could hardly hear the whisper over the static. But my thoughts
immediately went to my daughter "Mama, I know it's late but, don't. . .
. don't say anything until I finish and before you ask, yes, I have
been drinking. I nearly ran off the road a few miles back and . .
. and I got so scared. "All I could think about!
was how it would hurt you if a policeman came to your door and said
I'd been killed. I want to come home. I know running away was wrong.
I know you've been worried sick and I should have called you days ago,
but I was afraid." I paused and tried to think what to say before I could
go on, she continued. "I'm pregnant, Mama and I know I shouldn't
be drinking. Now, especially now --- but I'm scared, Mama. So scared!"
The voice broke again and I bit into my lip, feeling my own eyes fill with
moisture. I looked at my husband, who sat silently mouthing, "who is it?"
I clutched the phone and stared at my husband, seeking guidance. "I'm here.
I wouldn't hang up," I said into the phone. "I should have told you, Mama.
I know I should have told you but when we talk, you just keep telling
me what I should do. You read all those pamphlets on how to talk about
sex and all, but all you do is talk. You don't listen to me, you
never let me tell you how I feel. It is as if my feelings aren't important.
Because you're my mother, you think you have all the answers but sometimes
I don't need answers. I just want someone to listen." "I'm
listening," I whispered. "You know back there on the road, after I got
the car under control, I started thinking about the baby and taking care
of it. Then I saw this phone booth and it was as if I could hear you preaching
about how people shouldn't drink and drive. So, I called a taxi. I want
to come home." "That's good honey." I said, relief filling my chest.
My husband came closer, sat down beside me and laced his fingers through
mine. I knew from his touch that he thought I was doing and saying
the right thing. "But, you know, I think I can drive now." "I know, but
do this for your mama, wait for the taxi please." I listened to the silence,
fearing. When I didn't hear her answer, I bit into my lip and closed my
eyes. Somehow I had to stop her from driving. "There's the taxi now."
There was a click and then the phone went silent. Moving from the
bed, tears forming in my eyes, I walked out into the hall and went to stand
in my 16 year old daughter's room. The dark silence hung thick. My
husband came from behind, wrapped his arms around me and rested his chin
on the top of my head. I wiped the tears from my cheeks. "We have
to learn to listen," I said to him. He pulled me around to face him. "We'll
learn. You'll see." Then he took me in his arms and I buried my head
in his shoulder. I let him hold me for several! moments, then I pulled
back and stared at the bed. He studied me for a second and then asked,
"Do you think she'll ever know she dialed the wrong number?" I looked
at our sleeping daughter and then back at him. "Maybe it wasn't such a
wrong number." "Mom, Dad, what are you doing?" The muffled young
voice came from under the covers. I walked over to my daughter, who now
sat up staring into the darkness. "We're practicing," I answered. "Practicing
what?" she mumbled and laid back on the mattress, her eyes already closed
in slumber. "Listening," I whispered and brushed a hand over her
By Joan Stets
The more enlightened we become, the more we realize that we are on earth
to learn and grow. Consistent with this philosophy is the belief
that the earth is in fact a school with a curriculum of twelve classes.
Each class lasts approximately 4 weeks correlating, not with the Roman
calendar, but with the zodiac. The course material of each class
is a specific energy which is showered down upon the earth during a particular
time frame (actually all of the energies are present all year, but during
each phase a different one is enhanced from above). We
experience this energy so that we can expand who we are.
The three energies presented in this newsletter are the three we will
be experiencing over the span of this quarterly publication. Please
note that the first energy according to the Spiritual realm is that of
Pisces (while the conventional zodiac begins with Aries).
The Second Energy
March 21-April 20
This energy helps remind us the reason we are here on Earth is to be
a servant to our soul. We need to take our lives in the direction
that benefits its growth and not get caught in the density of the social
minds around us. This energy inspires confidence, honesty and a dedication
to purpose that creates in us a vibrant, aliveness. It also increases
our awareness that our time here on Earth is short and should not be wasted.
April 21 - May 21
This energy honors the glorious being Gaia (Mother Earth) who continually
nurtures us through both her energy body and physical body. It also
calls into remembrance her lover, the Creator, whose soul inhabits all
the animals. Together they give the planet its feminine and masculine
attributes. Without their generosity, there would be no place for
us to grow, learn and progress to a higher plane. We owe them much.
It is a time to say thank you.
EnergyMay 22 - June 21
This energy stimulates our awareness that there is no true permanence
except our connection with our soul. We are not simply humans with personalities
but are part of a larger consciousness that resides within our bodies.
We are meant to shift between our life here on the Earth and the realm
of Spirit. To do this we must constantly change our awareness and
expand our hearts leaving certainty and stability in the dust.
For a schedule of upcoming Spiritual
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and offerings from Diane Phillips, please visit her web page:
SOON, our new store:
We welcome all of your idea's on what you would like to see in our Serenity
Shoppe. Our goal is to provide information and resources for various
religions and spiritual paths, as well as quality gift items for all occasions.
We also intend to have diversified Therapies that you may feel drawn to.
Anything that will create harmony and serenity within our lives is always
a plus :-). Please forward your suggestions to our new e-mail address
or our P.O. Box (on the front of this newsletter).
With much love and appreciation,..Jeffrey and Diane
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