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Laura V. Hyde Progressing with Passion
by Laura Grace

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Hyde
Gifts of the Soul

Progressing with Passion

Sometimes moving forward feels draining and hard. Resistance and anxiety surfaces and it seems that it’s taking everything we’ve got to take a mere baby step. Yet other times moving forward feels exciting and new, as though we’re on some meaningful adventure. The former experience occurs when we believe that we’re alone, that there is no divine plan or power working for our greater good. However, once you make-up your mind and start something; really commit to it; say "YES!", and never look back, the universe summons legions of support and sends it your way. Others who resonate to your same level of willingness with the same degree of intention will be drawn to you. Connections will be made. Circumstances will be crafted. Energetic dots will be connected—all aspects of the divine plan that have been created to assist you as you progress.

Saying "Yes" to opportunities is important, but saying "Yes!" with passion demonstrates faith and willingness, two qualities that are essential to our inner peace and happiness. Recently, I offered three different people an opportunity that would allow them to progress in their spiritual and emotional development and utilize their creative skills in ways they had declared they wanted to for several months. Because of my own healing work, I had opportunities available that would empower and enable these people to manifest something their heart’s desired. However, when I approached two of these individuals, their immediate reaction was pleasant surprise coupled with fear. They responded similarly, "Laura, that sounds wonderful but (long pause) I don't know if I can (or am ready) to do that quite yet." However, the third person willingly seized the opportunity presented. Since doing so, she has created books and workshops and has inspired many along the way.

Opportunities that empower us to move forward are always being made available, but all too often, we let fear get in the way. In the above example, two people allowed their fear to sabotage their happiness. The third person recognized her fear and successfully moved beyond it. However, many of us are not even conscious that we're blocking the flow and so we remain puzzled as to why wonderful things aren't happening. It's as if our left hand beckons the universe with, "Yes, yes, yes…I'm ready" as our right hand pushes away with, "No, no, no…not yet!"

Are you giving mixed hand signals to the universe? When people are offering you something (support, ideas, assistance), what is your initial reaction? Do you say "Yes!" with passion or do you find excuses not to act upon it?

Years ago in my own life, I made a commitment to say "Yes!" to opportunities in alignment with my highest life's purpose. Immediately upon doing so, the number of opportunities increased significantly. Today when opportunities seem to fade, I know it’s only because I’m not clear on my commitment (split energies) or I’m weak on willingness (internal resistance). If fear arises I know it is a hint that I am meant to embrace the offer. I've discovered on the other side of my fear is often something my soul desires for growth and awakening. As long as I'm willing to progress and supply the quantity of energy, my deepest Self will always supply the quality.

Saying "Yes!" to opportunities is the same thing as saying "Yes!" to life. The universe is always knocking on your door with the hope that you will participate. Your life's purpose will unfold in direct proportion to the passionate progress you’re willing to make. Keep in mind that fulfilling your dreams requires:


Consistency is an integral component for it demonstrates your intention and willingness to the universe. Think about it, aren't the artists, musicians, writers, etc., who have stood the test of time individuals who have kept on going, one step at a time? There is no step too small. Every action you take, like every piece of a puzzle, leads to a bigger picture of accomplishment.

Say "Yes!" to ideas and then "Yes!" again as you move forward. Commit to saying "Yes!" to all of the empowering opportunities being offered to you then watch as your highest vision turns into your greatest reality.

Affirmations for Progressing with Passion:

I invite and allow good to come into my life.
In faith and trust I embrace life's opportunities.
I give myself permission to create my soul’s desire.
I willingly live from my heart and choose love over fear.

© Copyright 2004 Laura Grace. All Rights Reserved.

 Laura's Books:

Gifts of the Soul by Laura Grace              The Intimate Soul by Laura Hyde


Read Laura's Current "Gifts of the Soul" Column

Read Laura's Past Columns:

June-July - "Deepening Your Spiritual Practice"

April-May 2004 - "Life's Crossroads: Love-vs-Fear"

January-February 2004 - "Faith the Foundation for Every Dream"

December 2003 Column - "Touching the Heart of Others"

November 2003 Column - "Knowing How to Care for Yourself"

October 2003 Column - "Dreaming a Happy Life"

May 2003 Column - "Living the Authentic Life"

April 2003 Column - "Rising Above the Battleground"

March  2003 Column - "Healing Through Your Relationships"

February 2003 Column - "Are You Going with the Flow?"

January 2003 Column - "Living the Soulful Life"

December 2002 Column - "The Power to Change"

November 2002 Column - "Peace Begins at Home"

October 2002 Column - "Spiraling to Higher Ground"

September 2002 Column - "Cradled in Nature's Arms"

August 2002 Column - "Recovering Your Soul"

Laura V. Hyde
Laura Grace
is Co-founder of Infinite Wisdom, an organization dedicated to the highest human capacity, and a national author and speaker. She is also host of the TV show "Relationship Wisdom." As a regular contributor for publications across the U.S. and Canada, Laura writes about human awareness and spiritual growth. Laura is the author of the widely acclaimed books The Intimate Soul and Gifts of the Soul, and the creator and teacher of various programs including the Self-Mastery Program, The Art of Compassionate Forgiveness, Wonderful Women: Reclaiming Our Power, Passion and Purpose, and Cultivating the Intimate Life. Please visit Laura's web site at: www.LauraGrace.net.

As a spiritual counselor, Laura provides assistance in person and by phone. You may contact her for a free brochure at: laura@lauragrace.net.





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