Believe in the power of grace. When we least expect it, a new door will open and the light of grace will illuminate our next step. ~ Cheryl Richardson.
I have a link in my toolbar to Cheryl Richardson’s ‘Twinkle Stars’, the interactive animated version of her Grace Cards.
The quotation above is one of the gems you’ll find in each card, all of which are beautifully illustrated by an artist who reminds me of both Caspar David Friedrich and the Pre-Raphaelites.
I click on the link every day, and not once has it failed to guide me, inspire me or give me a lift. You can find the interactive version in my toolbar on the left – just click the star – or on Cheryl’s site. As this blog grows, I’m hoping to offer you more resources like this, sounds and sites to help you have that moment of respite in a busy day online. Here’s what Cheryl says about her cards:
There is a benevolent force of energy available to guide your life, and it always has your best interest at heart. This energy is grace. When you open yourself to its influence, you’ll begin to see the signs, symbols, and messages that are placed in your path to lead you in the right direction.
Grace Cards are a practical way of working with this Divine Energy. Close your eyes, ask a question, then choose a card. Follow the message and watch what happens.
They would make a perfect gift, or you could buy a spare pack and place a card in a returned library book or on a café table. Who knows; you could turn someone else’s day – their whole life – around.
I’ve always been open to signposts, to signals and symbols from the universe, from our divine source. That’s why my daily reading away from a computer is so important to me. I never read without a notebook – quotebook – close to hand. (I explain why in my post Quote-hunting.)Fragments of wise and holy texts, favourite poems and pieces like the Desiderata, Ithaka and and I thank you God for most this amazing day! all leap out at me unbidden, gracing me with moments of insight or guidance for my day.
Too much self motivation, pushing and fear-led planning and busy-ness can lead to paralysis. By staying open, by having moments of silence where we’re content to simply be, we send a message to the universe, to our divine Creator saying “Open for inspiration – fill me with spirit!” For that’s what being inspired means, to live in spirit, not just in our heads or with our bodies.
I first discovered Cheryl Richardson by pure chance. A review of her book Life Makeovers: 52 Practical & Inspiring Ways to Improve Your Life One Week at a Time appeared in a magazine the same week as The Alchemist literally fell at my feet in a book shop and I read the chapter in The Celestine Prophecy about objects and people somehow standing out brightly to catch our attention.
I devoured it in a day, then went back and did each section properly, focusing on one a week. The reference section after each chapter led me to some of my favourite books. This book is worth buying simply for those recommended book sections alone; it’ll help you create a library that will transform your life.
Life Makeovers turned my life around, led me out of what I later realised was low grade chronic depression caused by an undiagnosed medical condition. It also marked the beginning of my journey towards becoming a life coach.
At the start of her career, Cheryl was mentored by an amazing coach called Shirley Anderson. I was moved beyond words when Shirley wrote this about my own coach certification ebook, Sharing the Certification Journey:
I read your section Janice and thought it was totally wonderful. I have now read the whole book, and each section was individually different but equally inspiring. There is great basic information and advice in the book and it needs to be shared with every new coach. I especially appreciated how you each told the truth about what a long time it took you to feel competent (it takes practice, practice, practice for everybody), plus the various ways that you each did it….Your book lays that out with warmth, intelligence and humour.
I somehow felt like I’d paid forward the gift I’d been given by Cheryl.
Where do you turn for moments of guidance and grace? Have you had any breathtaking moments of synchronicity recently?