The State-of-Grace: Where Unlimited Possibilities Await

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I love being in that state–of-grace place where synchronicity occurs, coincidences happen, just the right people, books, and events present themselves, and things work out better than I can imagine. It’s the magical realm of unlimited possibilities — I also call it the Miracle-Prone Zone. I’ve experienced this place throughout my life and it has thrilled me and filled me with a knowing that there is so much more to life than meets the eye.

For example, one night several years ago, I was having a dark night of the soul. I’d lost my temper with someone I deeply loved, and I was devastated that our relationship might be over. I felt bad and ugly and unlovable and, in a torrent of tears, I prayed for help. Just then, a card that was displayed on the shelf beside me floated to the floor. I picked it up and it read, “You are so loved.” A peace came over me. I knew I wasn’t alone. I knew I was loved.

This state-of-grace place where anything is possible is where I want to live. However, sometimes I find myself losing touch with that place and getting caught up on the hamster wheel of life. When I was diagnosed with uterine cancer almost three years ago, it was my wake-up call to hightail it back there! With a poor prognosis, I knew I needed to be in that expansive place beyond mind, beyond reason, beyond physical, beyond what most doctors will tell you is possible. My doctor said that though the grueling chemo and radiation treatment reduced the tumor in size, it would start growing again because that’s what tumors do — end of story. But in the state-of-grace place, it’s not the end of the story. Miracles happen there. Healing happens there.

As I cultivated the state–of-grace place through meditation, prayer, intention and healthy actions, everything I needed to heal came to me: the perfect diet and supplements, and just the right books and people showed up in my life. As the tumor growth was diminished my personal growth burgeoned, I realigned with my spirit, learned what I needed to learn from the cancer experience, and started doing the inspirational writing my soul had been longing to do. I even wrote a book that chronicled my cancer experience called “Oh No, Not Another ‘Growth’ Opportunity! An Inspirational Cancer Journey with Humor, Heart, and Healing.” I was good with my soul and my soul was good with me, and, therefore, I was in the flow of synchronicity and unlimited possibilities.

It’s been a year and half since my doctor basically told me, “You’re toast,” and I’m still here, feeling vibrant, more whole than I have ever been, more alive, more on purpose, and deeply connected to my spirit. I intend to stay in this state-of-grace place. I’ve taped the card that said “You are so loved” to my mirror to remind me every day that miracles happen, that I’m not alone, that I’m loved, as are we all.

Janet Jacobsen always said she’d write someday — cancer kicked her someday into ‘write’ now! For the last three years she’s been writing uplifting, entertaining, informative essays about her cancer journey, helpful for anyone with life challenges. The essays are archived at her website, She has compiled 60 of her juiciest essays into a book called “Oh No, Not Another ‘Growth’ Opportunity! An Inspirational Cancer Journey with Humor, Heart, and Healing.” Her greatest intention in sharing her journey is to be of service to others.

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19 responses to The State-of-Grace: Where Unlimited Possibilities Await
  1. Juli said on May 24, 2012

    This is so inspiring! Thanks and all the best to you Janet

  2. Have you ever read that book, “Dark Night of the Soul”? It came out last year, and although it has it’s foundation in Catholic history, it is way, way more far-reaching than that.

    Our dark nights are mysterious (to us and our thinking minds) but not bad or dangerous. they take us to the next step.

  3. Short, sweet and to the point! A quick and uplifting message, thank you for sharing.

  4. Thank you Janet for yet again another inspiring message. You are a gift to so many…

  5. Tia said on May 24, 2012

    Jan, I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE the way you share so beautifully! You are truly inspiring! I claimed grace and ease in my own life and it’s amazing how much more of both came into my life. Ok, I have just added
    the “Miracle-Prone Zone” above my door as a reminder of the magic I can step into everyday!
    Thank you!

  6. jOy said on May 24, 2012

    Love dancing in that ‘state of grace’ place with you!
    Thank you for sharing your light… more … and more..

    and more…

  7. This article is PURE GRACE, thankyou Jan for sharing.

  8. Mary said on May 24, 2012

    So exquisitely beautiful and well written … glad that you’re thriving in such a beautiful place!!! You rock, girl!!

  9. Jan said on May 24, 2012

    Thank you all. I feel blessed and blissed that you find this article uplifting and inspiring. Absolutely makes my day! Smiling ear to ear : )

  10. Tom said on May 24, 2012

    Jan is witty and wise. Her inspiring book, “Oh No, Not Another ‘Growth’ Opportunity!” is a fun read on Amazon as a book and ebook.

  11. Deeply inspired by the contribution you’re making with your writing Jan… Thanks for sharing your journey in such light-hearted and accessible terms… Appreciating YOU!

  12. A beautiful reminder of the power of synchronicity…and grace. She is such a talented, tender and soulful writer. Thank you, Jan. You inspire bravery in me, and for that I am so very grateful.

  13. Everyone of your pieces lifts me up and inspires me to live a richer and more healthful life, Jan. Thanks for this beautiful reminder that miracles happen when we allow for them to happen.

  14. If you liked this, do get a copy of her ebook and share with anyone who is open and has a cancer diagnosis…….so helpful to look at the emotional component and no one has been so helpful to me as Jan in that department.

  15. Jan I love how you continue to walk the talk while sharing your insights with others! I love that you have been called to serve humanity in this manner!

  16. Jan said on May 24, 2012

    Thank you wonderful women (and man : ) I’m all aglow from your loving words of appreciation.

  17. Jan, right on – you are refining the art of turning lemons into lemonade, putting your attention on the Miracle zone- making light of your grappling/soul searching with cancer and choosing to inspire, share and contribute to all of us with the juice of your journey.

  18. I look forward to Jan’s insights to put life into perspective and inspire me. I’ve never met anyone like Jan who continually finds meaning in both large and small life events. Thank you, Jan.

  19. Jan, this is a great read. I love that you have shared this with such a large community. You have inspired me to live from the truth, look at it, embrace it and move to an ever higher truth. I, too, will be making a Miracle-Prone Zone sign for my entry way. You are a gift and contribution to my life and I could only imagine how many other lives. Thank you!