The State-of-Grace: Where Unlimited Possibilities Await
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, EnlightenInk.com. 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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