The Benefits of Waiting

Bending Time

“Patience is power. Patience is not an absence of action; rather it is ‘timing’ it waits on the right time to act, for the right principles and in the right way.” ~ Fulton J. Sheen

First off, waiting and anticipation are two completely different things. I’ve always loved anticipation. Waiting not so much.

When I’m anticipating an upcoming event, I enjoy visualizing what it will be like. I’ve never had a child, but I would imagine that the months leading up to the birth are full of lots of preparations and imaging what the new child will be like. Most of the time when I’m anticipating something, I’m not alone. The people I will visit, or who are visiting me, are also excited for the reunion, or we’re also looking forward to meeting that new little one. There are so many things we share as we look forward to the appointed time.

Waiting on the other hand can be tedious. It’s different than anticipation because the end time, or outcome is not defined and so my mind goes off on all kinds of tangents trying to “see” what’s ahead so I can relax. Of course that doesn’t work most of the time. The disastrous possibilities run rampant through my head.

About seven years ago, I got this premonition that we were going to move to New Mexico. When I told Barry about it, he was excited because, as pleasant as the weather and the people are here in Arizona, there are other situations that have been difficult for us. Not to mention there is something about the energy of this area where we live that is heavy. We want to live someplace less oppressive. I know that sounds cryptic but if you’re sensitive to the vibrations of a place, you will understand.

At first I thought that we would be moving in a year or two. Well, cosmic timing isn’t the same as human timing. I was getting quite impatient wondering when we were going to be able to go. The responsibilities we would like to let go of are wearing thin. The other day, however, another thought about waiting came to me. 

What if during this time of waiting, something profound is happening. What if I needed this time to build a community of like minded people who will read my books, blog posts and become fans of my podcast? What if the perfect person came along to take over my classes? What if the inner work that I needed to do wasn’t quite finished? And the same could be said for Barry. 

Now I think of waiting as active, or passive. Active waiting is very much like anticipation. If I’m practicing active waiting, I’m continuing to do my inner work, listen for guidance and visualizing what my new life will be like. 

Passive waiting, or maybe I could call it combative waiting, is when I complain to the Universe that what I want hasn’t shown up yet and I get angry about that. I forget to live in joy and notice the beauty in each moment when I’m complaining. I forget to have gratitude for the small and large blessings.

I don’t claim that waiting is easy for me. Many years ago I decided to quit teaching public school to become a writer. I was naïve and thought that everything would fall into place and I’d be making money from the books I wrote in no time. But, to round out my state retirement, I needed to work one more year. At first I got up every morning complaining in my head that I hadn’t had the courage to just quit and not commit to this one last year. But since I had an hour drive going and coming, I had lots of time to think about my situation and soon I realized that I could choose to be miserable, which would make everyone around me miserable. Or I could enjoy my students and colleagues for one last school year. I chose joy.

I get to choose that again. I know that one day we’ll make the move. But there must be things I’m still meant to do here while I wait and that’s finally okay with me.

Welcome new followers. Thank you to those who listened to my conversation with Pam Grout, episode 21 of Story~Power. It was one of the best days for visits to my website. I appreciate your likes and comments.

Have a blessed week ahead.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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The Power of Story

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

If you’ve been reading my blog for long, you know that I’m passionate about stories. That’s why I started my Story~Power podcast. I’ve tried to understand why that is. It might be part of my personality. I’m always doing self-examination and stories are one tool to help me get new perspectives. It seems to me from the above quote that I’m not the only one who is passionate about stories. Connecting with them is just part of human nature.

I had this profound aha moment years ago when I was studying theatre. As I was watching a play that was deeply emotional, I felt a shift in my awareness. At that moment, I understood the power of stories and about how we learn from them. Our emotions connect to our brains and then our perceptions change. When that happens, we can realize something new about ourselves and the world around us. Because of this realization, I’m always looking for stories that will touch my emotions so I can see things from a different point of view. 

For the last month or so Barry and I have been watching Marvel’s Agents of Shield on Netflix. We’re new to streaming and love it.

I know, some people think that superheroes are meaningless, frivolous entertainment. But here’s the thing. I’ve loved mythology since I was a young girl and superhero stories are just one form of our modern mythic stories. Scifi and fantasy are other genres of modern myths.

I’ve been trying to define why myths are so powerful. The first plays were mostly based on Greek myths. And I used to wonder what it was that made those plays so popular. I think I’ve come up with a partial answer. Myths are a much more dramatic way to examine human foibles, relationships, and our better natures. We get to step back and watch the dramas play out on the page or stage and then can go home and examine what we’ve learned.

But back to Agents of Shield. Barry and I got hooked on the latest superhero movies and TV shows because our nephew loves them. In order to connect with him and have meaningful discussions, we started watching them and found we loved them too. 

Agent Coulson is one of our favorite characters. So, when Agents of Shield debuted we considered watching it. However, we keep our TV watching down to a minimum and we already had other shows that filled our time so we passed on Agent Coulson and his team. 

When we got a Netflix subscription for Christmas, we decided to give AOS a try and I’m glad we did. Even though many of the characters have superpowers, the core group of agents become very close as the seasons go along. They call each other family. There are times when they argue just like any family but they also openly express their love for each other and I find that extraordinary. Other things I love about this show are, first, that even though they are fighting evil humans and other types of beings, they always try to appeal to their opponents better natures before taking drastic action. And, second, they are forced to develop their talents, both human and superhuman to save humanity. 

Even though I don’t have superpowers, I can relate to trying to hone my skills and talents. It’s not always easy. It takes discipline and diligence. But I can speak from experience, the effort is worth it. I know I’d still be wallowing in self-pity and hatred if I hadn’t decided to figure out who I am and why I’m here and then use the talents I was given to help others. That’s what Agents of Shield, and other mythic type stories do. The characters must dig deep within to find their purpose and then use their gifts to fulfill them.

I’d be interested to hear what types of stories speak to you. What is it you love about them?

Welcome to my new followers. Thank you all for reading, liking and commenting. 

Blessings and happy May!

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Metaphysics, Travel, and Cultural Stories

Pam Grout is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books including the brand new, Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (and Therefore the World.) She’s a freelance writer who has published with Scientific American Explorations, Outside, Men’s Journal, People magazine, Travel + Leisure, and many other publications. She’s the creator of the TV series Going Rogue, and the wacky proliferator behind two popular blogs. Her current focus is the 222 Foundation she started to honor her magical daughter, Tasman, who has been guiding her from the nonphysical since October 15, 2018. Pam can be reached at www.pamgrout.com and @PamGrout on all the socials.

Metaphysics, Travel, and Cultural Stories

Pam Grout book I’ve read:

E-Squared

E-Cubed

Thank and Grow Rich

Art and Soul Reloaded

A Course in Miracles Experiment: A Starter Kit for Rewiring Your Mind (And Therefore the World)

Pam Grout’s Blog

A Course in Miracles, Foundation For Inner Peace

Gary Zukav, Seat of the Soul, Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of the New Physics, The Heart of the Soul: Emotional Awareness

Other Metaphysical authors

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles”, Illuminata: A Return to Prayer

Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing, The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life

Gregg Braden, The Divine Matrix, Wisdom Codes, Human by Design

Wayne Dyer, Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao, Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting

Ben-Hur (1959) William Wyler, Director, Novel A Tale of the Christ, General Lew Wallace, Karl Tunberg, Gore Vidal, Maxwell Anderson, S.N. Behrman, Screenwriters

Pam’s Travel Blog, “George Clooney Slept Here”

  “All I Need to Know I Learned from Traveling”

222 Foundation Links: 

  “India as related to 222 Foundation”

  “A Treatise on Eternal Possibility”

  “I want to Give Money Away Now …” 

  “Taz-Grouts 222 Fund”

  “Forever Celebrating Taz with 3 New Projects”

  “My Magical Taz Snapshots of a Life Filled with Gusto, Grace, Goodness”

  “Vigorously and Relentlessly Making New Possibilities”

“Humans are not ideally set up to understand logic; they are ideally set up to understand stories.” ~ Roger C. Schank, Cognitive Scientist

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The Turning Wheel of History

Heart Connection (by Alisa Looney)

“There really can be no peace without justice. There can be no justice without truth. And there can be no truth, unless someone rises up to tell you the truth.” ~ Louis Farrakhan

“Only love is real.” ~ A Course In Miracles

I wept this week when the verdict came in convicting Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd. This is just one in a line of cases over the last few years where the focus of the case was shifted from the failings of the victim to the actions of the perpetrator. The same thing happened when Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein were convicted of sexual assault. The victims did not deserve what happened to them no matter what their character was like. And now, finally, a white police officer is convicted of murdering a black man. These types of events, and too many others to name, are changing how we see ourselves and each other. 

Over the last few years the people who are at the bottom of society have begun to be seen and heard. It’s like humanity is waking up to the fact that we are all made out of star stuff, as Neil deGrass Tyson says. No one of us is better than any of the others.

This coming week my Story~Power interview with Pam Grout will air. I’ve read five of her books. All of her spiritual books and essays point out vital lessons she’s learned from years of studying A Course In Miracles, which is trying to help us see that the way we think the world works isn’t true at all. The truth is that we are all a little piece of the Divine. Everything that happens to us is for our good. But often we think that when “bad” things happen to us, we’re being punished. In reality, we get to choose our response. Will we learn from the challenges we face, or not? Einstein said something like, “We get to choose whether we live in a hostile or a friendly universe.”

Maybe humanity as a whole is beginning to turn away from the old paradigm of a hostile universe where the rich and powerful run the show and that the rest of us must be slaves to their whims. Maybe we are beginning to believe that we are worthy of living lives filled with love and joy and that’s why we are standing up and saying “We’re not going to take this any more”.

Some days I weep because we’ve taken three or four steps backwards and the poor and marginalized are kicked down again. And other days, like what happened this week, make me feel enormous hope. I have to admit, I didn’t know whether Chauvin would be convicted on all counts. I thought maybe the jury would wimp out. But when they didn’t, I felt it in my gut. It was another indication that we are slowly waking up and setting things right. We’re moving toward justice, peace, and love for one another.

This is something I always ask when I’m faced with challenges, “What am I supposed to be learning from this?” It’s my way of trying to view a difficult situation differently. I’m trying to take a step back from my myopic viewpoint and get a glimpse of how I can improve my life by letting go of old stuff, or of seeing things in a new way. I no longer believe I’m being punished. I know God is often viewed as vengeful, but I now know that’s not true. The Divine is loving and is trying to get us to love ourselves and each other. That’s why we’re faced with challenges on personal and collective levels.

Here’s another perspective about what is happening as ordinary people band together to stop the bullies. I’m a pacifist. I don’t believe in war so years ago when Neale Donald Walsch asked God, in his book Conversations With God, about his take on war, I was surprised by His answer. God told him that in some situations you have to stand up to the bully. For example, in the case of WW II, the world had to stand up and fight Hitler to save humanity. That’s what all these recent civil rights movements have been doing. Those people are standing up to the bullies. 

I’m grateful to all those who volunteered to push us toward love and away from hate and fear. And that goes for both sides of the situation. Everyone plays a role in helping us evolve. Being a Hitler is a very important spiritual role to play. I’m humbled by the courage of all those who volunteer to help us wake up and I’m excited to see where we go from here.

Welcome to my new followers. Thanks for reading, liking, and occasionally commenting on these posts.

Blessings for a joyous weekend.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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Ah-Ha Moments

Unbridled Joy

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love

The above quote happens to be one of my favorites, but you know how it is, you can love an adage but not fully understand it. This week I had an ah-ha moment which, helped me understand this quote more fully.

But first let me tell you this story. I know someone who refuses to eat chocolate in protest for, or maybe in support of all those people in the world who are too poor to be able to buy it for themselves. When I first heard this person state their reason for depriving themselves of chocolate I thought, “Okay, that makes about as much sense as telling a child to clean up their plate because there are starving children in China.” How does my depriving myself of chocolate, or eating everything on my plate help the starving people of the world? I could not see the correlation.

This week as I finished my 21 day meditation with Oprah and Deepak, he said something that made all my work on loving myself make a new piece of my life puzzle click into place. Deepak said, “You are not in the world, the world is in you. Therefore when you evolve inside, the world is being encouraged to evolve. Act out of love and your best intentions will go viral.” And that was it! I got what Marianne Williamson was trying to get me to understand. As I work on loving myself that spreads to others and when we get to critical mass, the world changes. And this goes along with what I had intended to write for today’s post. 

I’ve been contemplating suffering quite a bit lately. I have some aches and pains which could probably be addressed so I don’t suffer, but with COVID and my own stubbornness, I haven’t done anything about it. So I’ve been thinking a lot about why we torture ourselves? 

Barry and I have been binge watching Agents of Shield thanks to our nephew’s love of all things superhero. In one episode, one of the characters was torturing herself because she believed she should have died in the place of the man she loved, who died for her. As the episode ended I said to Barry, “Why do we make ourselves suffer?” A day or two later, I got my ah-ha from Deepak’s words.

As a result I took an even closer look at my life and realized that I’ve made myself suffer in other ways most decidedly, financially. 

I quit my full-time teaching job thirteen years ago so I could become a writer. I wanted to sell my work. But in the back of my mind, I didn’t feel worthy of making money selling my books. I made all kinds of excuses for why it wasn’t selling; I wasn’t good at marketing, I self-published and didn’t have the help of a big marketing department … and so on.

Then in 2013 I started this blog. I had low expectations of the number of people who would read it. I now have about 340 followers. I wish I had more followers, but I haven’t taken the time to promote it, or to build relationships with those of you who do follow it.

And now I’ve created my Story~Power podcast and again, I thought it would take a year or two to gain a lot of followers and get sponsors and finally make some money to compensate the time it takes me to do it. 

Now I know that’s all bull hockey. I want to make money doing what I love, but I never told the Universe what I wanted in a clear manner. I never stated it, and then asked for help in accomplishing it. I never expected the miracle to happen for me. Part of me felt like I should offer my creative talents on a sacrificial level. That whole idea of the starving artist thing has been a part of my consciousness for a long time. But Deepak’s words slammed home to me that that is just like depriving myself of chocolate, or finishing all the food on my plate because there are starving people in the world. I’m not helping anyone by expecting all my hard work to go uncompensated, or to have a small impact on the world. 

I’m determined to change my thinking and my actions right now. I can’t be the introverted wall flower forever so I plan to develop more relationships and support the work of others I admire. After all, life is about relationships. This will be a stretch for me. But there will be plenty of quiet time to recharge my batteries so I can go out and meet more creative people. 

I’m sure I’ll backslide. I’ll forget to shine as children do. It’s hard to break out of old programing. But for the first time in my life, I feel like I deserve to earn money doing what I love to create.

Thank you for supporting my work by following, reading, liking and occasionally commenting.

Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021

Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.

Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.

The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.

Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.

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