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Loving is a DEI strategist, mindfulness leader, attorney, as well as an empowerment author and speaker.


In my book, Prayers for Those Standing on the Edge of Greatness, I say that “[p]raise and gratitude are important parts of the process of loving; their light opens our hearts and melts our defenses. Whatever we give thanks for, multiplies and gives way to more good . . . . If we are alive and breathing, we have something to praise and give thanks for.” Gratefully, we have a holiday that reminds us to be thankful.

But sometimes in the midst of all of the preparations and traveling, we forget the importance of gratitude.  Giving thanks is powerful for the person that we thank but also for ourselves.  Through gratitude, we center in the love of giving and through that energy align with the synergy of absolute good.

Giving thanks aligns us with the flow of calm, peace and thus less stress and better health.  The science supports that the more grateful we are, the better our physical health. (See The Science of Gratitude, Greater Good Science Center, 2018)

Our hearts work better when we are more grateful. We sleep better.  We are not as tired.  We are less swollen.  We even heal quicker.   Our emotional well-being improves. (See 28 Benefits of Gratitude, Positive, 2019)

Gratitude reduces a number of toxic emotions, like jealousy, resentment, frustration, regret, loneliness, and even depression. Being grateful makes us healthier and happier.  Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude, says that a daily practice of gratitude, like keeping a gratitude journal, boosters our immune system, reduces aches and pains, lowers our blood pressure, increases our exercise regime, results in higher levels of positive emotions, makes us more alert, alive, and awake, gives us more joy and pleasure, results in more optimism and happiness, helps us be more generous, compassionate, and forgiving.
(See Emmons, Why Gratitude is Good, 2010)

I’m not a scientist, but just based on a quick Google search, the science supports that we live longer when we are grateful.
At minimum, we live better.  We are more empathetic.  We have greater emotional intelligence.  We suffer less from depression, substance abuse and even PTSD.  We are more resilient.  Our health and well-being are improved.

What can we do today, other than eat with reckless abandon and get stressed out visiting relatives that we should have been visiting throughout the year?

We can tell them how grateful we are for them in particular and life in general.

We can move forward by developing a practice of writing letters of gratitude each week.

We can begin to keep a gratitude journal, which only requires us to jot down a few grateful sentiments before going to sleep.

We can thank our family and friends for the little things: the lunch that we shared; the great job that they did on a project; the joy that they bring to our lives each day; the talk that you simply listened to; the changes that you’ve witnessed, no matter how small.

Most of all, this Thanksgiving, we can cultivate new habits that encourage community-building, problem-solving and healthy habits by giving thanks and opening our hearts to give to one another.

This is the first time in years that I cooked for Thanksgiving, not because I was pressured to do so but because that really is my way of saying thanks to my husband and mother-in-law for all that they have done through the nearly 20 years that I have known them.

This is my way of giving thanks to you.

I wish you the best of health, love, light, and wisdom as we travel the path together.  I am here because of you, and you are here because of me.  In the divine connection, in which we are one, my heart and your heart really are very old friends.

Much love and many blessings,




Over forty years ago, I witnessed a miracle: after months of suffering, a young woman who was so ill after surgery and intensive care that the doctors did not believe she would make it, suddenly sat up in her hospital bed and was completely well.
It was an amazing “second chance” for her to be obedient to her calling.

And if you are wondering whether the woman was obedient, I can tell you because the woman is me.
At the moment I was healed, my calling began to reveal itself, a calling to tell a new story – and not just a single story, but many different stories that transform lives; stories that reveal our authentic voices; stories that not only hold us accountable to who we are but also to who we can be.
As Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozie Adchie says “the consequence of a single story is that it robs people of dignity.” She says that a single story emphasizes our differences rather than our similarities.
When I meet with people throughout the Department to explain my role as Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, my job is not only to tell my story but to be a witness to the stories of others and to honor their contribution to the rich tapestry of “One FDNY.”
There is not a single story that I refuse to hear because I am committed to tell the whole story, the story that would otherwise go untold, the story that some are afraid to tell, the story that is 153 years of many different perspectives.
Our story is not only about EMS but also about Prevention, not only about firehouses and stations but also about the communities that surround them, not only about marine rescue but also about fire marshals, not only about not only about uniforms but also about civilians, not only about the lives that perish but also those we birth, nurture, mentor, touch, heal, educate – like our FDNY high school students who are an important part of our family, not only about disputes but also about harmony, not only about discord but also empowerment, not only about men but also about women.
If I told you that being a woman was my only story, it would be an incomplete one.
I was raised in a housing project by a divorced mom, and I had four brothers who I fought every day.  I not only fought them physically but intellectually, not only strategically but creatively – later realizing that our battles were lessons that would toughen me as a “hired gun” to fight for clients like ABC, Hallmark, ESPN, the Republic of Chile, J&J, Coca Cola, Citibank, Wells Fargo, Pizza Hut, and so many others for over 22 years.
No matter who I met in “Corporate America,” however, no one provided me with a better foundation for how to tell my story, as well as interpret the stories of others, than my own mother.
First, my mother taught me that we were not poor because poverty meant you were culturally deprived, that you could not find your way to the museums, galleries, libraries, parks, and waterfronts that we frequented for free.  Poverty meant that you could not afford to be well-mannered, compassionate and respectful of others, which was not only free but mandatory.  Poverty meant that you were not well-read, creative or resourceful enough to think outside of a box because the universe gives us divine ideas for free.
Second, she taught us that wisdom has nothing to do with post-graduate degrees or “book sense.”  Common sense is more difficult to come by, she said, even though she completed graduate and post-graduate work. Nobody, she said, knows everything but a fool.
Third, she taught us to love ourselves, that we share the legacy of Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Langston Hughes, WEB and Booker T.
What we call diversity and inclusion wasn’t a career move, it was an obligation for my generation to create diversity organizations, committees, roundtables, expos, job fairs, panels, networking events, gatherings, fellowships, manifestos, and mentoring initiatives, because we loved well enough to know that everyone’s story must be told.
But the most important thing that my mother taught me is to listen – not to an old man in the sky – but to the power within so that I would be that power, behold it in others and serve as a catalyst to set their stories free.
In my book, God is a Brown Girl Toowhich may be the only book where God speaks to women of color as themselves, God says:

“Power is your ability to choose to celebrate who you are and what contribution you can make to this beautiful existence that you call life.  It gives you the honor to take charge of you.  All you have to do is be willing to create your own story.”
What this means, sisters who are being honored here today, and friends, colleagues and families who support them, is that we cannot look outside of ourselves to someone else to validate our stories.

But we have to stand boldly and shine our lights in order to demonstrate the full spectrum of our unique expressions – stories that will not settle for less than our best; stories that are fearless enough to whack success clear out of the ball park; stories known as victory.  We owe it, not only to Yadira Arroyo’s memory and to her sons but to all of those who come after us, to uplift the power of our differences.
As God is a Brown Girl Too says:

The finishing words come easily.
The truth has already been told.
It is already part of a memory.
It is already in the ethers, in the wind.
Now we must collect the missing scrolls. . . .
You have always been eternal light.
Remember the stories deep in your soul.
They will return to you throughout the ages.
Choose the one that you will tell.”

Keynote Address at the Women’s History Month Celebration at FDNY – March 2017


Artwork by Tomasz Alan Kopera; GIF by George Redhawk

This post and poem (see below) is dedicated to the amazing restorative justice – circle-keeping journey that I took last week at Planning Change
with Visionary Shaman Elizabeth Clemants in Tribeca
and those who journeyed with me on this experience,
which was life-changing.

Restorative Justice addresses the needs of individuals and  community after harm has occurred, giving those responsible an opportunity to make amends and providing those harmed with a safe space to heal.  Circle Keeping, which is not always restorative justice, is an important component of restorative justice. Planning Change specializes in training Circle Keepers in the foundational work of circle keeping, which has its roots
in indigenous communities.
The following poem celebrates the experience of the July 8-12 Circle Keeping Intensive at Planning Change, led by Elizabeth Clemants, with love, gratitude and humility.


With a circle of vision, we are weavers of dreams, welders of opportunities, molders, shapers, weavers of endless stories . . .
Us Circle Keepers.
Us wide-eyed and deep-dived and lazer sharp between messiness, finding magic beyond hatred to the patchwork bones of infinite colors of oneness . . .
Us Circle Keepers.
With hearts wide enough to welcome all, appreciate all, hold space for all, beyond construct to creator, beyond lies to truth, tasting the sweetness of prophecy, refraining only from
the profanity of disbelief and the sin of despair.
Oh Circle Keepers,
whose tongues part sands into separate pieces drawing lives whole
in the oneness that all embryos know
before they are shaped in the womb.

Us ears listening to innovate ideas,
changing and scraping and planting and fixing and rhythm and be-bopping and jazzing and rapping and swinging down low and high, crossing over to carry, to ignite, to build with fingers strong enough
to touch the hem of every miracle,
with shoulders as broad as every generation,
with hearts as great as every faith.
Oh, Matt, Dream Weaver
Oh Lauren, Light Bearer
Oh Tom, Truth Teller
Oh Tina, Torch Carrier
Oh Jason, Eloquence Resounding
Oh Tameka, Tongues Resonating
Oh Gina, Wisdom Reborn
Oh Wendy, Peace Shining
Oh Hilary, Pure Potential
Oh Scott, Infinite Possibilities
Oh Katie, Sacred Trust
Oh Mary, Magnificence Awakened
Oh Ada, Creative Consciousness
Oh Noama, Shape Shifter
Oh Noa, Anointed Energy
Oh Betsy, Prophetic Poet
Oh Cecilia, Love Warrior
Oh Elizabeth, Hidden Water, Grace Teacher, Freedom Rider, Life Lifter, Timeless Giver, Hope Harvester . . .
Us Circle as One
Us Circle as Everyone
Us Circle as Geniuses
and Gods
and Bridges
and Counselors
and Callings
Us Circle as All.
We Nowhere
and No one
and Nothing,
and Everything,
and Everyone.
We circle as us,
bold enough,
brave enough,
brilliant enough
to behold magnificence,
find forgiveness,
and move beyond fault,
filled with the breath of family,
one family

that breathes every single soul
that ever was
and ever will be.
Us . . . Circle Keepers.
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Gratitude is one of the most powerful prayers that there is because it places us solidly in the manifestation of what we seek as though it has already happened.  Giving thanks as though our good is here lifts us above physical limitations to realize the divine energy of receptivity with a powerful sense of appreciating that our good is there before we even ask.  When we know our good is here, we simultaneously open our minds, bodies and souls to receive.
The Psalmist said I will “[e]nter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name” (Psalm 100:4).  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever” (Psalm 106:1). Why?  Because our good is everywhere present, just waiting for us to claim it.
Scientists say that praise and thanksgiving is beneficial to our immune system,  protects our  cardiovascular system, helps recover and uplifts our spirit by helping us feel good regardless of whether we have achieved our goals or not.  We can always give thanks.  By believing that we can receive whatever we ask for, that we don’t have to beg someone outside of ourselves and that nothing and no one can keep our good from us, alone, should make us grateful.
Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

But where is God?

God’s kingdom is within us.

Every single quality that we attribute to God, all of the purity, all of the power, all of the compassion, all of the peace, all of the  patience, all of the greatness of God is within us.  So why should we be anxious?  Why would we deprive ourselves?  Instead, we can simply give thanks, and be grateful.
Jesus said “feed my sheep” and what he meant was the food of Spirit.

This doesn’t mean that his sheep are poor but that we need to be reminded of the power that we are.  That we are just as great-filled as God.  Jesus said these and greater things shall you do.  I am great-filled not only because of what I have done, but because of what I can do.  And by being great-ful, I create an energy that generates change, that stimulates the spiritual ethers, that are always molding and shaping the divine vibrations of the universe into what we want.
My teacher, Eric Butterworth, in Spiritual Economics, says that giving thanks is not a “reactionary emotion,” it is a causative energy.  He cites Plato, who said more than 2,500 years ago that “A grateful mind is a great mind which eventually attracts to it great things.”  It is not just a social grace, it is a prerequisite for success.

Giving thanks is not a quid pro quo.  It doesn’t make any difference to God whether you give thanks or not.  But it makes a difference to us—to our consciousness, to our strength, to whether we are in tune with the divine flow, the divine stream of God’s blessings.  The purpose of prayer is not to convince God, it is to convince us that we are always being blessed by the goodness of God, which is the pure potential of divine mind that is everywhere present.
1 Timothy 4:4 says “[f]or everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”  God is greater than anything we could imagine; greater than any myth we could conjecture; greater than any name we can create for everything that God is.  That’s why it is so important not to limit our prayers and meditations by what we can conjecture because it is far less significant than what lies in the quantum field of endless possibilities.
When my heart is filled with greatness, I realize that the things that I desire, I already have.  I know that the universe is always blessing me, that God is Good all of the time.  I accept that God expressing as me means there is no limit to what I can do.

I am only limited by my capacity to receive.  But when my heart is filled with gratitude, I expect the best – not the least, not the mediocre, not the half-filled cup but one running over with the capacity of all that I AM.  I am then open and receptive to all of God’s promises.
We are promised so much that we just gloss over it.  We gloss over the fact that the Lord is my Shepherd, so I have everything I need; there is nothing that I want; we gloss over the fact that an entire table is prepared before our enemies; that our heads are anointed with oil; that our cups runneth over; that goodness and mercy follow us all the days of our lives.  Jesus says “”blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”  (Luke 1:45)
The Psalmist says “my eyes stay open through the watches of the night, so that I may meditate on your promises” (Psalm 119:148).  And what are these promises?  Jeremiah says to give us “all the prosperity” we want (Jeremiah 32:42).  Genesis says blessings through our offspring (Genesis 28:14-15).  Deuteronomy says we will be given “a land flowing with milk and honey”  (Deuteronomy 26:15), with “praise, fame and honor high above all the nations” (Deuteronomy 26:19).

We are the recipient of unfailing love (Psalm 119:76), the Holy Spirit, (Ephesians 1:13), and the grace of divine inheritance (Galatians 3:18).  So all we have to do is give thanks.

Thank you.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Nothing and no one stands in the way of our good, but us.
We are the only blocks to our progress.

The desires, goals or dreams that come to us through our higher consciousness — not only for our good and our soul’s journey but for the good of others — are always being fulfilled.  These divine desires are bigger than us: the callings that guided us before we were formed in the womb.

Only we stand in the way of the manifestation of the greater things that we were called to do.

People can challenge us.  Situations can test us.  Circumstances can delay us.  But we are here to manifest the attainment of our goals.  When we slow down and listen to the wisdom that is always informing us, we move forward with an awareness that the universe conspires to help us attain our good.

In Matthew 5:14, Jesus says “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”  Our light, which is the light of the kingdom within, penetrates all darkness (1 John 1:5).  As Deepak Chopra says in The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore, we encounter light and God at the same time.

This light exists in everyone.

Fear, pain, discord, nervousness, anxiety, judgment, stress, hatred, jealousy, envy, are some of the gaps that prevent us from seeing the light.

The light is strength.  The light is love.  The light is grace.

In the light, there is no need for attachment, revenge, or righteous indignation.  Even enemies are illusions.  Chopra says “every enemy is a symbol of your own loveless state.”

Whenever we are tempted to call someone evil, we have to realize that the negative energy is our own, then we can move it out of our way.  That doesn’t mean that we should not steer clear of someone, not give them our time, not mistake them for our friends.
But it does mean that we can rise above their messiness in the sanctity of our own light by centering in prayer, meditation, study of truth, fasting, yoga, exercise, and other forms of self-care: shining our lights by being our best selves.

Our goals, desires, callings deserve our greatest attention.
We must do our best and then some, without judging ourselves by anyone else’s standards, or by what others may think.

When we are centered, we avail ourselves of the protection that divine mind always provides.  We are aware of who to allow into our lives and who to avoid.  Even those who do not intend to do so find themselves helping us.  Anything meant for evil blesses us with good.
We walk down the right path, make the right correction, allow the right solution to reveal itself to us.

We check our own emotions of fear.  We embody the gratitude that applauds everyone’s success.  We align with the triumph and trust of God creating as us, through our unique expressions.

We block our good by failing to listen in the silence to the God in us.  God is always speaking, we just fail to listen.
Listening is the height of spiritual awareness.
When we take moments each day to be still and listen, whatever we need to know will be revealed to us.

There is abundance, joy and success for each one of us.
There is inexhaustible supply, infinite happiness that is better than our best just waiting to restore us, enlighten us, create as us.

When you feel a desire to sabotage yourself by negativity, bless your awareness and do not judge yourself.  The process of being with who you are and what you are experiencing will eventually unravel its chains, so that you can let go with love.

In this moment, breathe in the breath of love and be with it.
Allow it to fill every aspect of who you are.
Breathe in the breath of simply being,
and feel its presence loving you.

In this breath, there is nothing but light.
In this light, there is nothing but joy.
In this joy, everything manifests for your greatest good.

In this good, all blocks fall away,
and everyone, everywhere and everything

is blessed.



We are the co-creative energy of God — made in the image and likeness of the spiritual ethers of the Universe.  So the same way that God created the world in Genesis, we, too, have the ability to create.  In the book of Genesis, on the first day of creation, God said, “And Let There Be Light, and there was light.”
How does this help us?  It allows us to use the power of sound, the power of words to manifest what we want.

The biblical witness is saying: Let there be light! Let Spirit’s ideas illuminate me.  Let divine ideas come forth!  We are saying to God: Give me the guidance that I need.
The Bible says that on the second day, God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters…and God called the firmament Heaven.”   Now when we receive God’s divine idea, at first glance, it may appear to be impossible — because we are looking through the lens of the circumstances and the events around us and we do not see the “heaven”  — the ease with which Spirit has already breathed our desire into manifestation.

On the second day, when God said Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters called heaven, this is the summoning of radical change and insight into the acknowledgement of God present in all things.  Faith is not the belief that God will go to work for us; faith is the activity of God as us.  Heaven is our level of awareness, our creative genius, our ability to be open and receptive to God.

This is trusting that the work really is done — and to know that so well that you can feel and taste it and see it — regardless of what is in the physical realm.  Let the firmament appear!  Let my conscious connection to God be so established in my heart, in my soul and in my mind that I know nothing is impossible.  I am unshakeable in the Spirit.  If God has given me a divine idea, then God has already gone before me to manifest it.

The Bible says that on the third day, God said “Let waters under the heaven be gathered together in one place, and let the dry land appear.”  The appearance of the dry land represents our ability to create form, and shape, and texture and possibility through our ability to envision, to imagine, to see the good that we want.

Do you ever leave the house, and you see what you are wearing, where you are going, the completion of your tasks — all in perfect divine order?  You are letting the dry land appear.  All you had to do was see it done.

On the fourth day, God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night”…and God made the two lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night.”   The sun and the moon are said to be the two lights symbolizing   understanding and will — one energy that illuminates us and one energy that moves us forward.  God will guide us and give us the persistence that we need.
We don’t need to know all the details — the hows and the whys, Spirit reveals what we need to know when we need to know it.  And all we have to do is be willing to move forward and move!
On the fifth day, God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures.”  In other words, let the process evolve.  If there is confusion, let it give way to birth.  If there is chaos, allow it to show me what to do.  If there is a swarm let it be the repetitive constant presence of divine ideas. If there is doubt, let me witness the endless channels of God.  If things don’t work out the way that I anticipate, let me free myself of all anticipation and trust that in the Spirit everything is in perfect, divine order.  Everything is working together for our greatest good whether it appears that way or not.

Let the waters swarm with the inexhaustible source of God.

Let me trust that Spirit will bless me with the right people and resources and ideas to do the work that I have been appointed to do.

On the sixth day, God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”  God is omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent — claim that for yourself.  God is wisdom.  Claim that for yourself.  God is love.  Radiate in the love that you are.

When you are dealing with co-creative source, you cannot be negative.  This is not about trying to take somebody else’s energy.  This is about your own stuff, which is good stuff — the greatness that God is.  This step allows us to realize that the goal that we have is for the good of all.  It has come to you through nothing but love.
The Bible says that on the seventh day, God finished God’s work, and rested.    In other words, God said, it is done.  God acknowledged the need to let go and to trust in the universe to manifest our creative desires.  These are the final words that you will speak.   Take your goal, and make a statement that you leave it in the hands of the universe to grow into its proper form and shape.

See yourself releasing it to manifest in joy and harmony and bliss.
Now in the silence.  Acknowledge that you will speak it aloud each day.  You will be surprised at what will take shape.



When we ask God for something – ask the Universe for something, whether we speak the words out loud or not, our deepest desires plant the energy, create the movement, open the doors, direct the navigational system so that we zoom in on our desires in such a profound way that our desires begin seeking us.

But you see, the path is not straight.  Life is not linear.  Sometimes we are directed to where we don’t want to go to know where we need to be.

Sometimes a silent response says more than a vocal one.  Sometimes we are directed to chaos in order to find order.  Sometimes we cannot see the good that is everywhere present.  Sometimes what someone else means for evil, God means for good.  Sometimes the obstacles we face are what we need to teach us how to move in the right direction.  Sometimes no way becomes the way.

Why?  Because God is not just God above, or God as judge, or God as answer, or even simply God as love.  God is the transformational energy that is not only constantly creating good as us, but God is the force that pushes us to the finished line of its attainment.  God is manifesting power and the mere presence of God is the only thing that we need to manifest our desires.

Where is that presence?  Neither left nor right Jesus teaches in Luke 17:21. The Kingdom and all that we need is within, is part of every bone, cell, muscle, organ and fiber; is the air we breathe and the space we take up; is in the words we speak and the thoughts we think.
As Paul said in Philippians 3: 12-14, “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Our desires you see are from the same spiritual ethers that give us life; they are God’s good seeking us.  They awaken us, and they give energy and power and strength to move throughout the universe as the seeds of God that are here to take shape.

We are part of the creative evolution of the universe, called here to not only be the manifestation of what we perceive as good but to be the continuous unfoldment of good for others. We are the trajectory of God’s creation, and the good that we long for – the things and the people and the desires that we have – are here because the Universe needs us to bring them forth.
God doesn’t want us to be deprived of anything.  Our goals are not our own, they are God’s vision of good for us.  Our dreams are not our own, they are God’s good transforming us.   Even our victory — the prize that we are reaching for — is not our own; it is part of the universal fabric that nurtures God’s soul as us.
The prophet Malachi says God will open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.  The good that we express from is so phenomenal that it gave birth to us.  Our entire movement through this universe that we call life is to bring us closer to the divine will of God.
Love is the highest name of God.  Why wouldn’t the universe manifest the love that is so profoundly expressed as us?  The only thing standing between us and the love that we are – is our disbelief.  So let’s stop, right here and right now – and open our eyes to see the Kingdom of God, so that we know it for ourselves.

Close your eyes for a minute and see what is in your Kingdom of God.  You don’t have to worry about anybody else’s Kingdom, this is the universe of your good.  This is the divine idea that God has birthed as you.  This is the vision that you were called to have.  This is the dream that created you.  This is the endless possibility that life is breathing into your veins.

I want you to be a witness here and now: What does your Kingdom of God look like?  What are the colors?  What is present?  What do you see in this dimension — this space beyond length and height and depth?  How do you feel when you know that nothing and no one prevents you from attaining your good?
How do you feel knowing that not only do you desire and wish for and long for certain things but that they desire, wish for and long for you?  Your good is God seeking you.

Just as much as you want the transformation, your good wants to see it take shape.
What is it that you want to see take shape?  Don’t limit yourself.  God will surpass our greatest dreams.  What is in your vortex of infinite ideas?  Don’t put any restrictions on it.
Allow yourself to BE One with its energy and its purpose and nonresistant flow of all that is, and ever will be. All you have to do is claim your good, and God will do the rest.

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Also giving honor to Yemi Alade’s song “Wonder Woman”
excerpted here from her 2017 Album Black Magic which
can be purchased on i-Tunes

With a crown of wisdom, she is a weaver of dreams, a welder of opportunities, a molder, a shaper, a creator of endless possibilities.
Her eyes see beyond messiness, beyond confusion, beyond hatred to the pure potential of a future without judgment – with a vision clear enough to appreciate our differences of color, race, age, gender, expression, orientation, culture, lineage, thought, history, pain, blame, and shame.
Her mouth tastes the sweetness of prophecy, refraining only from the profanity of doubt, fear, disbelief, and despair.
Oh Wonder Woman, whose tongue speaks in the sound of oneness that all embryos know as soon as they are born, whose lips part with the truth that makes the world a better place, whose ears listen deeply to innovate ideas – like music making change, like jazz/gospel/blues/rap/be-bopping the sound of success, whose arms carry the persecuted, the sick, the possessed, the demonized, the blind, the traumatized.
You whose hands fold nothing but answered prayers. Your fingers touch the hem of every miracle. Your fists fight as warriors against every injustice, every poverty, every discrimination, every disease. You whose shoulders are broad enough to carry generations, whose heart is as great as every religion, every faith, every creed.
Oh Wonder Woman, Oh Hannah, Sarah, Hagar, Esther, Rachel, Ilana, Dianne, Sephardi, Mizrahi, Alysa, Oh Mary, Martha, Oh Sojourner, Harriet, Oh Maya, Oh Revital, Oh Perri, Oh, Aixa,
Oh Shanell, Oh Stephanie, Oh Sheri, Oh Mignon, Oh Lanesha, Oh Victoria, Oh Tamaya, Oh Miriam, Oh Malou, Oh Tara, Oh Gina, Oh Diana, Oh Mara, Oh Melinda, Oh Tamar, Oh Tal, Oh Myrtle, Oh Leslie, Oh Cassia, Oh Ruby, Oh Tali,
Oh nameless woman at the well, who gave birth to prophets and leaders and doctors and geniuses and gods and queens and kings, you who carry worlds in your loins.

Oh Wonder Woman, you who communicate across bandwidths and airwaves. You who heal lives. You who unite professionals. You who enact laws. You who build bridges. You who restore properties. You who develop lands.

You who serve as Council.  You who serve on the Senate. You whose age does not matter. You who close the wounds of trauma. You who break the mold.

Rev. Loving speaking on Galilee and the Mount of Beatitudes on the Mount of Beatitudes at the Sea of Galilee

You who shift the shape. You who preserve truth. You who lead colleges. You who manifest King’s Dream and then some.

Rev. Loving preparing to baptize at the Sea of Galilee

You who do the greater things that we are all called to do.
You who will not be touched or groped or violated anymore. You who are not limited to a hash tag because your magnificence makes the “me” – us.
Us Wonder Woman of glorious hope, us days are not our own, they are for greater purpose and realms of pure potential, dancing with the amazing grace that we have been summoned to restore, washing away inequity,
cleaning the disparity, dispensing with the terror, righting the wrong, healing the anger,
baptizing the anointed, holding the light for peace for generations to come.
We are Wonder Women because we are strong enough to know that one day, there will be peace, and we are bold enough and brilliant enough to behold its magnificence, find its forgiveness, bury its fault, and teach it, nurse it, and feed it from the same bosom that breathes every single soul that ever was and ever will be.
As my Mother would say, may our Circle be unbroken.

(“Wonder Women Poem,” presented in Jerusalem, Israel on May 31, 2018 at the MASHAV International Women’s Conference)


Care, Bliss and the Universe

Conflict of every kind has always been a plague that has ravaged our lives since the dawn of time. If we are not fighting against others, we are fighting against ourselves. If we are not fighting against ourselves we are fighting for an unattainable ideal, an unrealistic belief, or a toxic dogma. And so continues the eternal cycle of chaos in our lives.

Like me, you might have found that chaos comes in many shapes and forms; some obvious, some more lethal and subtle, some habitual, some gradual. But no matter what pain you are dealing with in life, know that the source of that pain comes from within you.

It took me a long time to own up to taking responsibility of myself; of the way I thought, felt and reacted to the world. Now, although I still struggle to keep perspective at times, I have got myself into…

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