Divine Guidance

Growing in the Dark

Growing in the Dark

Plants have inherent knowledge of how to move, and where to grow based on the light of the sun. The presence of light is often associated with outward growth: the sunnier seasons of Spring and Summer and their leafy green fecundity. But what of the darker hours of Winter? As the darker hours grow, so …continue reading…

Going 'round again...

Going ’round again…

  The Sufi poet, Jalal id-Din Rumi said, “Don’t grieve. Anything you lose comes round again in another form.”     The grief today is mine. This is my final week writing to you as host of the newsletter and blog. It has been an honor and pleasure serving the USHS community over the past …continue reading…

She asked, and she received!

She asked, and she received!

  Today’s message comes from Mary Halima Fleming, Muqaddam Murabbi Ruhi, a beautiful beloved, teacher and community leader from Fort Lauderdale. FROM HALIMA: After trying sixteen different careers, trying to find my purpose for myself and the truth of who I was and why I’m here on this earth, I wrote a letter. It said, …continue reading…

How to help someone when they do not want to be helped

How to help someone when they do not want to be helped

We all have people in our lives who seem to struggle a bit harder than we believe necessary. It’s easy to look at someone’s life from a distance and see what they need to do to get their act together. We might offer all kinds of advice, financial support and more, but it seems to …continue reading…

The Real-Life Game of Chutes and Ladders

The Real-Life Game of Chutes and Ladders

Did you ever play the game Chutes and Ladders when you were a youngster? When we’re young, it seems like a fun friendly game with a relatively low level of competition. We’re striving to reach the finish line, hoping to land at the ladders and climb ahead, and praying to avoid the chutes that drop …continue reading…

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Preparing to Answer the Call in Your Heart

Just today, I was speaking with a new friend. You might relate to her story. She has known all her life that there is more to this existence than the mundane physical reality. And with all that is happening in the world today, she can no longer deny her awareness of a greater existence. She …continue reading…

The Long Journey Into Yourself

And you? When will you begin that long journey into yourself? ~ Jalal id-din Rumi   It’s that time of year again.  A new group of students will begin their Masters of Divinity studies in just 1 week from tomorrow. The Masters program provides a unique experience that guides students into that long journey through …continue reading…

Explore. Dream. Discover. Dare to be YOU!

Explore. Dream. Discover. Dare to be YOU!

  “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” Mark Twain   Have you ever missed an opportunity and …continue reading…

Standing on solid ground when the earth is shifting

Standing on solid ground when the earth is shifting

  A mentor recently advised me to put myself into the shoes of the people I’m writing to before I begin to write.  Trying to imagine this today, all I could do was cry.  My whole body felt tight like trying to squeeze into a spandex body suit that might have fit when I was …continue reading…

What children’s games tell us about traveling the path back to God

What children’s games tell us about traveling the path back to God

Did you ever play the game of Hot-Cold when you were young? I’m not sure if that’s the official name of the game, but it’s when one person hides an object or selects something in the room, and the other tries to find it. The one who hid or selected the item gives a hint, …continue reading…