What is grace and how do we get closer to its sweet energy?

Slide26Here in the United States, it’s been a time of swift change and grace points amidst conflict and violence in our evolving history.

Gay marriage is now legal and love is equal for all. Health insurance via the Affordable Care Act remains available to all. The Confederate flag, considered by many a symbol of division and slavery, has come down. And Charleston, SC has showed us how to grieve and reframe senseless tragedy with compassion.

President Obama gave an eloquent and soulful eulogy for the South Carolina Senator, Reverend Clementa Pinckney and those who lost their lives to a rogue gunman. He spoke of grace and he even sang one of my favorite songs, “Amazing Grace.”

Now, you might ask, “Exactly, what is grace?”

We would all agree that grace is a transcendent force that moves us to another level of consciousness and higher vibratory awareness. Remember, our entire universe is a thrumming body of energy. Did you know our individual hearts can cast energies of many feet? These energies are measurable and quantifiable. Grace is one such energy with many faces.

There are many forms of grace; it can be a blessing, a healing, a release, or an insight. In my experience, grace brings comfort and light.

Grace, also, creates momentum and inspiration; stirs compassion; and opens doors – past, present, and future. And what may well be our most familiar face of grace, grace serves as a safe harbor and a place of peace.

What can bring us closer to the energy of grace?

I suggest the following elements may bring us closer to this sweet state:

Being present in the moment.
No thinking about yesterday’s phone call or worrying about tomorrow’s meeting. Simply slip into mindful awareness. Clearly, easier said than done, but when we can be 100% in the moment, we open the door for grace to appear.

Being open in the moment.
This means no expectations, no assumptions, and no judgments. In other words, we are open-hearted and accepting. This openness encourages compassion and understanding.

Allowing the flow.
For those of us who like to commandeer the universal remote control of life, this is a challenging task. As the word suggests, we allow life to unfold and grace to enter without interference or resistance.

Being receptive.
This means we are open to receive. Sounds easy enough, but many of us block that which presents itself to us. Perhaps we don’t believe that we are worthy or, even, that grace might knock at our door. Being receptive means saying, “Yes, I am open and willing to receive.”

Grace is a gift that sometimes arrives very softly during moments of intensity. It can also come unbidden at those times when we need the light of grace to show us the next step. Guidance, insight, inspiration, solace, and all of the other faces of grace are energies that offer a shift, a doorway and, even, transformation. And the extra benefit is that grace bring us closer to bridging the distance between heaven and earth. Grace is, indeed, amazing.

May Grace befriend you this week.

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6 Responses to What is grace and how do we get closer to its sweet energy?

  1. Adele Ryan McDowell July 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm #

    Thank you so much, dear Priscilla. I feel that this piece was given in grace. It seems to have struck a chord and I am so grateful. Thanks for your kind words the penguin is always posted on Facebook and LinkedIn just to spread the word… much love and many thanks!

  2. Priscilla P Anson July 26, 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Adele, I hope you are intending to post this on Facebook, etc. It needs to be read and heard by as many people as possible…to strengthen the light in this world.

  3. Adele Ryan McDowell July 25, 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Adrienne, thank you so much. That means so much coming from you. xx

  4. Adele Ryan McDowell July 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

    Thank you, dear Marga, for your beautiful words. You open the door even wider. xx

  5. adrienne pollock July 25, 2015 at 6:54 am #

    Hi Adele
    Wonderful
    It explains Grace so beautiful

  6. Marga July 25, 2015 at 1:48 am #

    I’m thinking of a conversation you and I and the WEAVE sisters have had dear Adele – I am reminded with your insightful post how grace involves trust in the timing of things; grace ensures that what needs to happen will happen at the right time. There is no rushing it, demanding it, or feeling worthy or unworthy…Just being open. Thank you for this beautiful reminder.
    Marga