FAITH FACTOR: Dwell in the present with faith, charity and hope |

FAITH FACTOR: Dwell in the present with faith, charity and hope

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212;-Spring has announced its presence as life begins to awaken throughout the northern hemisphere. Like the turning of the seasons, change is inevitable. Destruction and renewal is the continuous dance of the universe.

Each change of the seasons brings the excitement of new adventures, new clarity, new possibilities to engage in harmonious creativity with others and maybe even a little romance!

Now is the time to be and#8220;presentand#8221; with fast-moving transitions on the global scale and within our own spheres of influence. The tendency to dwell in the past or fantasize about the future is best curtailed. We truly must concentrate on the now. This moment in time is what matters most.

What thoughts, words and actions you take creates the path your life will follow.

We have all witnessed the terrible tragedy playing out in Japan and the incredible movements for liberation in other parts of the world. Now is the time to focus our conscious thoughts on projecting hope and with it, our determination to survive and thrive by being flexible and adaptable to the forces of the natural world.— — —

Slow down and breathe deeply. Look at where you are in your life and what you are doing.

What is most important to you at this time?-

Follow through on those things you feel passionate about. Time is the most precious commodity we have. Before beginning the flurry of activity surging within as spring unfolds, take the time to just and#8220;be.and#8221; Let the magic and mystery of the universe flow through every cell in your body. Allow your mind to sort through the and#8220;woulda, shoulda, coulda’s.and#8221;

Then let them go. They hold us back from following our true path. Sit in stillness and the very essence of our beings will direct us to the most beneficial course to manifest our dreams.

Out of destruction and chaos comes increasing awareness of the infinite possibilities of human potential, helping us realize how connected we are to one another and the planet.

Understand we need to release what we are so desperately trying to hold on to from the old order of things. Embrace the and#8220;Be Here Nowand#8221; philosophy to help see the human race not as victims of this process but as co-creators as we take responsibility for our actions.

Release your fears and doubts and live fully within each and every moment of the day.

Spring is the time for planting. Plant the seeds of hope, faith and charity. Nurture these seeds with your generosity of spirit in whatever way feels right to you. Like the flowers struggling their heads up through the snow, striving to reach the light as the days lengthen, we will be made stronger by surviving these changes and find ourselves blossoming in the coming days.

Happy Spring!

and#8212; Sharon Freewoman, teacher, author, spiritual counselor and owner of The Rainbow Bridge in the Village at Squaw Valley, can be reached at 530-584-6100 or for class and workshop information.-

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