Tag Archives: Mary Lee LaBay

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.”
~Willie Nelson

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become more than just a Thanksgiving word. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

grateful handsThat’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. … Read the rest

Modern Day Ghost Busting

“The ghosts of the past speak to all who will listen.”
~The Crow

Have you ever witnessed a ghost busting? Does the thought of a haunting send chills down your spine?

The world is filled with more than just what we can see with our physical eyes, whether or not you choose to believe it. And I have had enough first-hand experience with the spirit world that I have no doubt whatsoever of its existence.

When I was a child my mom would tuck me into bed and tell me about the angels that would be watching over me as I sleep. So I would fall asleep focused on seeing them and enjoying their comfort and care. Later, when I was a teen, I would be told that I must have guardian angels as I would get in and out of crazy escapades relatively unscathed. So in my good angels I was truly a believer.

As I grew older and wiser, I realized that guardian angels weren’t the only unseen Beings that roamed the spirit worlds. The astral realms are populated with as broad of a variety of creatures as is here with all our animal species, insects, sea creatures, … Read the rest

The Soul of Travel

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on
deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”

~Miriam Beard

There’s no limit to the amount of passion we can experience. For instance, one of my greatest passions is fulfilling my purpose. And my purpose involves enhancing my consciousness, expanding my awareness, and creating greater density in my energy field. Travel certainly supports those aspects of my greater purpose. Yet, it can only really do that if the experiences and knowledge learned are integrated into my authentic being.

waiting for streetcarMany times we travel and are simply observers. We witness the sights, endure the change in our routine, and perhaps enjoy the rest from our work. But, have we actually been changed by the experience? Are we significantly altered in our consciousness or existence?

Think about a trip you have taken, and consider whether the experience actually made a change in who you are as a soul and as a personality. Did you learn something that you are now applying? (Even if that is something simple like greater tolerance or patience.) Has the experience changed you in ways other than simply having stories and photos to … Read the rest

Follow the Thread to Find Your Purpose

“The two most important days in your life are
the day you were born and the day you find out why.”
~Mark Twain

To understand your true purpose, take the time to determine what would truly fulfill your passions.


A good place to start is to remember the games you most liked to play as a child.

  • What tasks did you enjoy?
  • What roles did you choose both among your friends and in your imagination?
  • What got you excited before all the filters and restrictions were imposed?

If reincarnation is a part of your philosophy, exploring your past lives will reveal lifetimes when you were expressing your purpose. You can even explore and learn from those lifetimes when you failed to find or pursue your purpose.

Know yourself

  • time and money no objectWhat is your true nature?
  • What are your cherished values?
  • How do you best function, and what is the highest use of that functionality?

Ask yourself the well-worn question about what you would do if time and money were no object. This time add the caveat of what you would do if you had to spend all your time away from the house except to sleep, and it can’t be anything … Read the rest

On the Quest for Purpose

“Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself
and know that everything in this life has a purpose.”

~   Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Finding true purpose is a challenge that plagues most people throughout their lives. Well…that is being kind, perhaps, because there are plenty who really never give it a thought and just walk through life doing what is acceptable or necessary. They don’t inquire, step out of line, make waves, take a chance, or dance like nobody is watching. They keep their heads down, and don’t take risks.

Is this you? I don’t think so.

You, on the other hand, are more aware and curious. You suspect there is something missing and desire more out of your life than the status quo. You have that nagging sense about something that needs to be discovered. Something more, something deeper.

Your friends and family may consider you successful because you have chosen a suitable career. Yet, in the quiet moments of your life, you ponder the lingering question about whether this is really the correct path that leads to fulfilling the goals and higher purpose that were a part of the deal your soul promised when incarnating into this lifetime.… Read the rest