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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Appreciation

Appreciate what is. Always find yourself in a state of constant appreciation. Make a list of all the things you appreciate. Each time you find yourself in a situation where feelings turn sour, follow the stream of feelings through hatred, revenge, fear, anger, frustration, back to hope which is the fulcrum to love. Here is where you'll find appreciation. Soon you'll be living from a higher vibration. You'll be living in the feelings of optimism, excitement, compassion, happiness, joy, enthusiasm, satisfaction, thrill, wonder, and yes, love.

As I was contemplating the difference between appreciation and gratitude, I came to this wonderful Abraham-Hicks explanation on YouTube. Below is a bit of the translation, but please follow the link as the insight is delivered with such beauty and elegance you won't want to miss the experience in the vibration.

"Gratitude is looking at a struggle that you've overcome and feeling grateful, feeling happy that you're still not in the struggle. But you are still messing with that vibration just a little bit...the difference between inspiration which is being called to who you are and motivation which is trying to make yourself go somewhere that's a similar difference. Appreciation is that tuned in, taped in, turned on...Appreciation is vibrational alignment with who I have become. The state of Appreciation is me being in sync with the whole of that which I am. Being in a state of appreciation is seeing whatever I'm looking at through the eyes of Source. And when you are in that state of appreciation you could walk down a crowded street with all kinds of things that a lot of other people find reason to criticize or even worry about and you would not have access to them because your vibration in appreciation is picking out for you things of a different vibrational nature. A state of appreciation is a sate of Godliness. A state of appreciation is being who you really are. A state of appreciation is who you were the day you were born and who you will be the moment you die. And it would be if we were standing in your physical shoes your quest in every moment...."

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