Whenever something happens to block the thing you’re expecting, it’s interesting to think how the Universe might conspire to help you along on your journey. My co-director Trish and I were driving down Boulder Canyon recently from a staff member’s home in the mountains, and we came upon a line of cars going nowhere, quickly. Many of them were turning around. Curious, we decided to press on. As we inched along, a huge, just-fallen cottonwood tree came into view. We could see where the tree had rotted at the level of the soil, and it was on this pretty, still, autumn day that it finally toppled over, blocking the canyon road and the shoulder in both directions.
Before we had a chance to consider our options, Trish and I came upon a narrow bike path that allowed us to go around the tree. Soon we were in a line of cars, creeping down the bike lane at a glacial pace. A befuddled biker wove uphill in our midst.
Presently we saw a lone vehicle coming toward us on the bike path, bypassing the tree on his way up the canyon. I rolled down my window to ask him a question and for the moment, traffic was stopped. Young people spilled out of a car on the road. One of the party approached the pickup and said, “I’m getting married in 20 minutes, can we get a ride? It’s just a quarter mile up the road.” He pointed. White Pickup Dude didn’t miss a beat; he gestured at the bed of the truck and four men piled in while we wrapped up our intel. Soon we were all on our way: me and Trish to our homes and the groom to his wedding.
I don’t know what’s become of the tree, the pickup full of men or the marriage, but we witnessed a moment of grace for the husband-to-be and his groomsmen. The whole experience reminded me how grace shows up in our lives: the times when we might feel stuck or inconvenienced and something comes along and changes our luck. All the times a stranger has helped us, but also unexpected financial gains, influential friendships, a life-changing job offer and random acts of generosity. The many plot twists that help us continue on our way when we might have felt all was lost – even if just for a moment.
One of my favorite stories of unexpected grace is how a friend acquired a marvelous little chihuahua-dachshund mix named Poppy and it begins thus: My best friend was a stripper in Georgetown . . . The story continues in this vein among the charming Victorian buildings and iconic scenery of an historic Colorado mountain town, and there’s a nerve-wracking crescendo where the puppy gets dropped from a window safely into our protagonist’s arms. Meeting Poppy and hearing her story I thought, of course she had a dramatic start; Poppy has the soul of an actress, or an artist! She came along at a pivotal moment in her person’s life, when my friend benefited greatly from the emotional support, friendship and hilarity that Poppy has brought into her life.
I’ve become a fan of lists, and this is a great list to compile: where have you experienced grace on your journey? The beauty of a list, especially one that validates the journey, is that it elevates our vibration. Think about it; attention begets attention. If you focus on the supportive flow of the universe, it resets your energy to attract more support. If you focus on validation, it resets your energy to attract more validation.
Feeling uninspired? Unsupported? Lacking in creativity? Go into meditation, and start looking at times you were inspired, supported or filled with creativity. Write down those moments of grace! If you’re stuck, feeling negative and pessimistic, you can move the energy with your tools, or write down the feelings of lack and limitation, then burn them. Now go back to listing all the ways you’ve benefited from grace, inspiration or abundance – or whatever it is you want to experience more of! Reset your energy.
We have a metaphoric blank slate before us as we launch into 2024. It promises to be an exciting year! Let’s go into the New Year with awareness of the grace we have experienced in our lives, allowing it to inspire and support us and to raise our vibration.
Happy New Year to you all, many blessings, and thank you for being with us on this journey!
Rt. Rev. Katie Heldman is the Co-Director of Psychic Horizons Center, and wrote this article for the January 2, 2024 eNews.