A Spiritual Publication
Issue # 13
Jan - Jun
2003
Hillsborough, NC
 
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ARTICLES: 
Editor's Welcome 

Diane's Welcome 

Serione's Message 

The Blue Ribbon 

"On The Road Again"

Link to Diane's schedule & incentives page 

"To Everything There is a Season" Ecc 3:1



Editor’s Welcome
In case you haven't heard, big changes are coming for Diane and I.   We are moving to Northern California.  So this issue will be largely (but not entirely) devoted to that theme. 
If you are amongst our North Carolina family please do not be sad, separation is an illusion.  Not only is it true that in Spirit we are all connected, but with technology where it is today, we are all connected in a very literal way. 
The next issue will be late (this issue filling two quarters to give us time to regroup in California), but it will go out to our mailing list in July.  It will definitely update you as to our contact info, and we will share our adventures.  Also our web site will be more frequently updated (www.serenityshop.net) and, our new e-mail address is serenityflows@earthlink.net 
So enjoy the newsletter and please keep in touch, spiritual networking IS light work. 

Love and Light
Jeffrey
 
 
Diane’s Welcome
 Hello Everyone :-),

With the ice storm that came through North Carolina...I gained a renewal of appreciation for what we have today.  Being without was a great eye opener on many levels for me.  Jeffrey and I were fortunate as we are living in our RV. We were without a battery for 2 days and electricity for 7 days.  In the 2 days, Mitzi and Miranda (our dogs) laid on top or beside us to keep us warm.  It was interesting  how the animals instinctually knew what to do. We were slowed down to a snails pace. When things like this happen...we are forced to really pay attention to what is important in our lives.  We assist each other (there is no segregation), become closer as families (related or not), and open up our hearts instead of business as usual. I didn't realize how out of touch I really was.  
Personally, this was a wake up call for me.    As a result, Jeffrey and I will be moving to the West Coast in March.  We are looking at Northern California - our destination is still unknown until we arrive. Please refer to page 3 for more information, "Move to California".  Due to our move, the next newsletter will come out in July.  When we listen and honor the completion of a career, relationship or geographic location we live a life filled with ease and passion.  What else could we ask for? 
With much love and
 blessings....Diane
 

Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good; try to use ordinary situations.
-- Jean Paul Richter


 
With Love, From Serione'
 
Much to behold in this coming year dear ones as you are now entering your physical year around January 17th.  As the energy of the previous year subsides, all that you bestow will be manifest directly for your viewing with choices to move forward or do different.  It is a time of great awakening and owning the  responsibility that comes with it.  It will be so ever present in your daily lives,  as well as your heads of union.  Pay attention to the battle fields of your  nation..    Your heads of union will mirror the majority on your planet.  Many are becoming more vigilant in their expression. Your heart carries the energy of change - not your words.  As you have discord, shall we say a dichotomy from within, your confusion will appear external.  As your words mirror your heart, peace shall reign.  Your weather patterns have increased in velocity and will continue to do so.  This cleansing allows room for the new.  As each of you in your daily lives cleanse the old patterns, the new shape will immerse and flower with the unfolding of  your journey.  The energy is of such that your dreams can manifest as reality.  Are you willing to shift in order to greet this change?  Would you not consider the factors that have created stagnancy and move forward?  Struggle is the element of perception and grace is the element of faith.  Your creative sides speak to be utilized, for it is your passion that creates   universal flow.  Pay attention to these upcoming months as you journey through them.  Are you experiencing ease of growth in all area's of your life or is it business as usual with blocks of intensity?  Is your physical body closing down or is it thriving?    Are you placing blame outside of yourself  or acknowledging your part in it?  Are you expressing truth or avoiding it?  Do you dwell on the past and feed it in the present?   You are vast in the world of the unseen and your subconscious beliefs are your daily reality.  If for a moment...you were as a child of curiosity and wonder, your enthusiasm would create outcomes beyond expectation.  As you frequent this light hearted sensation, your world begins to shift  and dreams become manifest.  Become aware of the youngest on your planet as they teach what you are searching for.

We wish you Sweet Dreams, Serione' 
 

 

 
two hearts
two minds
in time
did find
one love
one aim
two paths
the same
rejoice!
hold fast!
...and love will last
.
 

Life is not a problem to be solved,
but a reality to be experienced.
-- Soren Kirkegaard

The Blue Ribbon
A teacher in New York decided to honor each of her Seniors in high school by telling them the difference they each made. She called each student to the front of the class, one at a time. First she told each of them how they had made a difference to her and the class. Then she presented each of them with a blue ribbon imprinted with gold letters, which read, "Who I Am Makes a Difference."  Afterwards, the teacher decided to do a class project to see what kind of impact recognition would have on a community. She gave each of the students three more ribbons and instructed them to go out and
spread this acknowledgment ceremony. Then they were to follow up on the results, see who honored whom and report back to the class in about a week.
One of the boys in the class went to a junior executive in a nearby company and honored him for helping him with his career planning. He gave him a blue ribbon and put it on his shirt. Then he gave him two extra ribbons and said, "We're doing a class project on recognition, and we'd like you to go out, find somebody to honor, give them a blue ribbon, then give them the extra blue ribbon so they can acknowledge a third person to keep this acknowledgment ceremony going. Then please report back to me and tell me what happened." Later that day the junior executive went in to see his boss, who had been noted, by the way, as being kind of a grouchy fellow. He sat his boss down and he told him that he deeply admired him for being a creative genius. The boss seemed very surprised. The junior executive asked him if he would accept the gift of the blue ribbon and would he give him permission to put it on him.  His surprised boss said, "Well, sure."  The junior executive took the blue ribbon and placed it right on his boss's jacket above his heart. As he gave him the last extra ribbon, he said, "Would you do me a favor? Would you take this extra one and pass it on by honoring somebody else. The young boy who first gave me the ribbons is doing a project in school and we want to keep this recognition ceremony going and find out how it affects people."  That night the boss came home to his 14-year-old son and sat him down. He said, "The most incredible thing happened to me today. I was in my office and one of the junior executives came in and told me he admired me and gave me a blue ribbon for being a creative genius. Imagine. He thinks I'm a creative genius. Then he put this blue ribbon that says "Who I Am Makes a Difference" on my jacket above my heart. He gave me an extra ribbon and asked me to find somebody else to honor.  As I was driving home tonight, I started thinking about whom I would honor with this ribbon and I thought about you. I want to honor you.  My days are really hectic and when I come home I don't pay a lot of attention to you. Sometimes I scream at you for not getting good enough grades in school and for your bedroom being a mess, but somehow tonight, I just wanted to sit here and, well, just let you know that you do make a difference to me. Besides your mother, you are the most important person in my life. You're a great kid and I love you!"
The startled boy started to sob and sob, and he wouldn't stop crying. His whole body shook. He looked up at his father and said through his tears, "Dad, earlier tonight I sat in my room and wrote a letter to you and Mom explaining why I had killed myself and asking you to forgive me. I was going to
commit suicide tonight after you were asleep. I just didn't think that you cared at all. The letter is upstairs. I don't think I need it after all."  His father walked upstairs and found a heartfelt letter full of anguish and pain. The envelope was addressed, "Mom and Dad."
The boss went back to work a changed man. He was no longer a grouch but made sure to let all his employees know that they made a difference.  The junior executive helped several other young people with career planning and never forgot to let them know that they made a difference in his life...one being the boss's son. And the young boy and his classmates learned a valuable lesson. Who you are DOES make a difference.

Remember - I just gave you a blue ribbon.


The really happy man is one who can
enjoy the scenery on a detour.
-- Anonymous




On the Road Again!
By Jeffrey Phillips
Late in the winter of 1998, Diane and I had a plan; to move to Oregon and start a spiritual retreat on a ranch owned by friends of ours.  We had even bought a 37-foot travel trailer a year earlier  to be our temporary home, whenever we got around to acting on “our plan”.  Now we obviously had this plan for some time and honestly we weren't making any real progress on it, but at least we had a plan. Then one night as I sat typing on the computer, Diane asked, “What do you think about moving to North Carolina”?
Pausing only for a second, without looking up from the  screen, I answered, “Sure sounds good”.  
Now I know what you're thinking,  he wasn't really listening.  You're probably even thinking it was the “E-version” of the classic “dad reading the paper thing” and that I was just giving the classic “Yes Dear” response.   Nope!   I really did hear her and it really did just sound right.  
It even sounded right a moment later, when I stopped again and really gave it some thought.  Of course with serious thought came serious fear, but it still sounded right.  
Diane’s plan shattering question was no casual query, nor an attempt to pull me from the computer.  Her question was born of a very vivid dream, in which she saw the two of us driving down a highway with beautiful green grass in the median and beautiful green deciduous forests flanking both sides of the road.  In the dream she was trying to convince me to move to North Carolina.  
She ignored the dream, but it persisted.  The scene would even erupt into view while doing the dishes or other waking chores, so important was the message that the dream carried.  Spiritual guidance dreams, we have learned, will not be ignored, and will bug you until acted upon.
Interestingly enough, my calm answer to her question seemed to indicate that while Diane was dreaming that she was convincing me to move, I was really being convinced. At any rate, our plans were definitely changed, as we began our first great moving adventure. 
Once the decision was made, everything fell into place.  I gave my employer, of more than a decade, three-months notice of my resignation.  It was received with some raised eyebrows; after all, I was leaving a good job with security, great benefits and salary for the complete unknown. 
But, with that act of commitment, the synchronicities really started presenting themselves.  The Universe conspired not only to make this move happen , but also to give us daily reassurance, that we were on the right path.
For example, back in the very beginning of Diane’s work, when she might only see a couple folks a week, she suddenly got three visits in short order all with real ties to North Carolina (two were moving back to this area).   It also turns out that the owner of the shop she was working out of attended UNC Chapel Hill (About ten minutes from where I am writing this article) so he gave her lots of advice and information too. 
To make the long story short, we bought an old truck, sold or gave away everything we couldn’t take,  put the house on the market and left.   Just Diane, our cat, Unique and I.  
With no idea where we were to go other than “the Triangle area” in North Carolina, we took thirty-one days to cross the country.  Within 3 days of arriving we found a place where we could park our trailer and live indefinitely.  Within a week we found the Shop (Herbal Harvest III) that would be where Diane’s business would take off, and it happened that the shop owner lived just a mile past us on the same road (a ready made ride to work for Diane every morning, and the beginning of a real friendship). 
So as you can see, it is with some experience in following our hearts guidance that we answer the call to move again.  This time however it is even easier, as we did not require such a huge kick in the butt to make the choice.  Again the signs are clear and lots of little synchronicities have been provided as moral support, and food for thought (it helps to keep the head busy when the heart is leading you).
In closing, I leave you with a quote, the origin of which is uncertain to me.  I found this on the Internet attributed to Goethe (and from there I copied it).  Later I read the same thing attributed to an explorer.  So with apologies to the true author, I offer it anyway as its wisdom bears repeating especially now.  It speaks to the power of real commitment and it goes like this.  
"Until one is committed there is always hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:  that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.  All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  A whole stream of events from the decision, raising in ones favor are unforeseen incidents, meetings, and material assistance  which no man could have dreamt would have come his way."















  

To Everything There Is A Season   Ecclesiastes 3:1

The corporation called the Spiritual Chapel of Inner Light is no more.  By the time this has gone to print, the articles of dissolution will have been filed.  But dissolution is just the dispersing of the illusion of what the Chapel was, as a corporation.  The true Chapel still exists in our hearts, in that place of inner light.    
By having a church and church like structure we had a ministry in the older paradigm, which is becoming increasingly outmoded.  Our mission, "to assist seekers of spiritual wisdom in finding their own paths, while honoring all paths and all creation”, was appropriate to the times.  We worked that mission well, and we helped many find their own paths.  For some of the beautiful light workers we met that meant that those paths lead away from us (either geographically or philosophically, both of which are appropriate).  
The Chapel's passing as a corporation, reflects a larger truth deeply affecting the older and more entrenched religions as well.  The major religions have served humanity well over the eons, but times are changing.  Just as with a child whose maturation leads them to independence so are we as a race (Humanity) growing spiritually to be more spiritually independent.    
While living in a monastery or ashram surrounded by the faithful and by reminders of your commitment, it is easier to be pious and live a life in accordance with spiritual principles.   Likewise it is easier to be pious just one day in seven with the promise that we will be forgiven for being sinners on the other six days. But immersed in a culture, which is “drunk on the wine of sensuality”, the challenge to live a spiritual life on a daily  basis is much greater.  
But, it is no accident that you and I incarnated at this time.  The classroom we call human experience has progressed through the grades and is about to graduate from high school.  And, just like after high-school graduation, we are going to be held accountable to a higher level, for our spiritual energy, our thoughts and our actions.  We are becoming members of a larger spiritual society, while each of us pursues his or her own “higher education”.  
So even though the Chapel is disbanding, my ministry will continue, shifting to fit the new paradigm.  I will still be about teaching and helping others find the spiritual wisdom they seek from whatever “way” fits them.  Diane and I will be even more focused on living the spiritual life, and we will be in touch through this newsletter and the web page and whatever other modes present themselves.    Meanwhile we will be networking with more and more light workers, that is part of the reason for the travel.   It's like I said in the opening column of this issue, "spiritual networking IS light work".
So dear friends do not lament for the passing of the Chapel of Light.  Connections were made in hearts, connections that will live well beyond any organized religious Dogma; that will stand longer than the stacked stones of any worldly temple.  Hearts were joined in love and that is eternal.  

NAMASTE

Diane's Changes to Incentives and schedules

Incentives, Specials and Changes
Diane Rose Phillips - Spiritual Counselor
(888)910-2038
website:  www.serenityshop.net
New e-mail:  diane_rose@earthlink.net 


Incentives:

First Time Clients:  $15.00 off 1 hour session
  (does not apply with any other specials)

Expiration Of Referral Certificates:

Everyone who has been issued referral certificates by e-mail or
regular mail must use them by June 30, 2003.  You can use them for yourself or give them as a gift :-).  

Scheduled Classes, Groups and Speaking Engagements 

Schedules Will Be Listed
In Upcoming Newsletters or see Diane's page:
classes&schedules.htm

Testimonials

"I want to personally thank all of you who sent your testimonials to me.
I was extremely honored and humbled by the comments.   
If you wish to send a testimonial, please send it by e-mail:

diane_rose@earthlink.net  or send to the address on the front of this newsletter.
Thank-you,
Diane"

Testimonials may be viewed at:
testimonial.html




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